Going back in time: When #former #President #Carter said “… #Venezuela has the best voting system in the world …”

“After having monitored 92 elections, I can say that Venezuela has the best voting system in the world, since it makes verifying the electoral results easier. It allows electronic voting and offers a physical, printed backup of the votes”.

 

Have Jamaica, St Lucia and Guyana become the ‘three blind mice’ of Caricom? – Via Jamaica Observer

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BY David Comissiong

The United States Department of State and the US’s millionaire secretary of state, Rex Tillerson (former CEO of American multinational oil corporation Exxon Mobil) are celebrating what they pulled off after engineering the so-called “Lima Group of States” (inclusive of the Caricom states of St Lucia and Guyana) into issuing an international declaration that attacks and vilifies the socialist Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, as well as the success of Tillerson’s recent diplomatic effort to enlist Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the Government of Jamaica in the USA’s ongoing crusade against Venezuela.

These recent happenings seem all part and parcel of a well-coordinated strategy on the part of the Donald Trump Administration to cause maximum disruption and subversion in our sister Caribbean country of Venezuela in the lead-up to Venezuela’s critical presidential election scheduled for April 22, 2018. And so, one is forced to query why three of our Caribbean Community (Caricom) member states — Jamaica, St Lucia, and Guyana — would remove themselves from our collective regional umbrella and, instead, associate themselves with this “big power” campaign of subversion against a fellow developing country that is trying desperately hard to keep its precious natural resources out of the hands of greedy North American multinational corporations.

The US Department of State website tells us that St Lucia and Guyana are members of something called “The Lima Group of States”. The questions one must therefore ask is:

• Do the citizens of St Lucia and Guyana know anything at all about this “Lima Group of States” that their governments have joined?

• Was any of this discussed with the people of St Lucia and Guyana by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and President David Granger, respectively?

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Tillerson, militarization and oil – Via Auca

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In the context of a geopolitical dispute with extracontinental capitalist competitors (China, Russia, European Union) that challenge the hegemony of the empire in its traditional zone of influence, the recent tour of the Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, by Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Jamaica had a clear expansionist projection based on two main axes: security and energy.

As a member of the transnational capitalist class, Tillerson, former executive director of the American private oil corporation Exxon-Mobil, the fourth largest company in the world behind state-owned Aramco (Saudi Arabia), NIOC (Iran) and CNPC (China), He used a “primitive mercantilism” approach (Jorge Eduardo Navarrete dixit ), as anachronistic as the Monroe Doctrine on which he based his speech at the University of Texas, in Austin, one day before his arrival in Mexico.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises to sail most immersive luxury Cuba Cruise in 2019 – Via Cruise Trade News

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As the only North American luxury cruise line to be granted permission to offer voyages to Cuba, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is adding eight more visits to the Caribbean island on two itineraries in 2019 and 2020. Seven Seas Mariner will offer the line’s first immersive Cuba itinerary on her 15 October 2019 voyage, calling on Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.

Guests will be provided with opportunities to engage in group, people-to-people activities intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, and to immerse in the island’s culture. Havana is also being added into Seven Seas Navigator’s 25 April 2020 voyage.

“We are proud to have been the first North American luxury line to call on Cuba and are delighted to offer more opportunities for travelers to visit such a historic and culture-rich destination,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “On these eight future sailings that visit Cuba, guests will be treated to informative presentations from experts and scholars, as well as enjoy our distinctive, highly personalized service from every member of our exceptional staff and crew.”

As part of Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ most-inclusive luxury experience, guests have the widest selection of free and unlimited, expertly crafted Cuba shore excursions in compliance with the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC) regulations. Guests can meet with the people of Cuba and explore the island’s music, art, history and culture while enjoying as many shore excursions as their time allows.

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SES Networks – ETECSA Cuba / connectivity with the world from within VS the interventionist policies

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Via Cuba Si + ETECSA CUBA+ SES Network

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Reliable satellite connectivity, using a new system, will allow the Cuban national telecommunications operator to diversify the connectivity of the island.

The Telecommunications Company of Cuba S.A., ETECSA and the company SES Networks of Luxembourg have signed an agreement for satellite capacity services.

This agreement will diversify the connectivity of Cuba, complementing the existing fiber optic, through its satellite service of medium orbit (MEO) of high-capacity and very similar in some quality parameters to the fiber, guaranteeing additional capabilities that support the internet service for our users.

SES is one of the leaders in the world market for satellite communications services and a pioneer in many important industry developments. The company provides satellite communications services to content providers, the internet, fixed and mobile network operators, governments and institutions.

Cuba Travel Services (CTS) First U.S. Travel Company to Open Offices in Cuba – Via Cision PR Newswire

 

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CYPRESS, Calif.Feb. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Cuba Travel Services, the leading charter and tour operator serving the destination with offices in CaliforniaFloridaNew Jersey, and Texas, announced today the upcoming opening of their Havana location on March 31st.

It is considered a significant event as this is the first time a U.S. based travel company is awarded permission to operate in Cuba in over 60 years. Services provided by the California based company in Havana will include:

  • Flight ticket sales
  • Customer support
  • Hotel reservations
  • Tour operation support
  • Car rentals
  • Excursions
  • Transfers
  • Programmed packages
  • Cruise Support Services
  • Advisory Services

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