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Panama has become the center of attention of national and international media, but even more for the peoples who have hope in organized sectors promoting concrete actions for the excluded peoples at the Peoples Summit. According to them, they see in the Americas Summit a lack of will and a worn-down rhetoric of solution to the region´s social and political problems.
Social forces and governmental representatives will debate many issues, such as Puerto Rico´s independence, the repeal of Barack Obama´s decree related to Venezuela and the relationship between Cuba and the US.
About this issue and in the framework of the Peoples Summit, the Cuban civil society was present on April 7 at Auditorio Jose D. Moscote of the Economy School, University of Panama. There, they presented a fact sheet detailing the profile of Cuba’s enemies, who disguise themselves as official representatives and are part of a strong opposition force which is operating from abroad looking to discredit a dignified and sovereign Cuba.
The declaration by the real Cuban civil society reads: "Cuban representatives present at the Parallel Forums of the Americas Summit denounce the presence in these spaces of mercenaries paid by the historical enemies of our nation. They are part of a strong opposition force that operates from abroad, which lacks legitimacy and decorum. Several of its members are even publically linked to renowned terrorists who have caused infinite pain to the Cuban people. It is offensive that those who have turned betraying the country a well-paid job are invited to these forums and are usurping in a shameless way the name of the country that they defame and offend on a daily basis".
While the Cuban delegation made public statements to the different national and international communication media, members of several social organizations submitted a letter to Panama´s Foreign Affairs Ministry to suspend the protests of Cuban and Venezuelan dissident groups.
It is worth mentioning that Bolivian President Evo Morales and Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa were present at the Peoples Summit. Other Presidents invited include Nicolás Maduro (Venezuela), Daniel Ortega (Nicaragua), Raúl Castro (Cuba), Cristina Fernández (Argentina) and Dilma Rousseff (Brazil).
One of the most important demands of international and national delegations of social movements is to repeal the decree that qualified Venezuela as a "threat". They are also requesting Obama to have the US apologize for their invasion to Panama in 1989 and to compensate the families of the victims of this military intervention. They also demand Puerto Rico´s right to independence and the end of the US blockade of Cuba.
Over two thousand social movement representatives are expected to participate in the Peoples Summit, a space that goes beyond social meetings, since its objective in parallel to the presidential meeting organized by the OAS is to submit the demands of the peoples prepared in different working tables. These demands will be presented by the Presidents participating in the Peoples Summit.
An example of this is the Proposal of the Bolivian Peasant Workers Union Confederation (CSUTCB) which will propose the creation of a Latin American Council in Defense of the Sovereignty of States against US meddling in regional policy.
One of the features of these summits is the custody of Presidents, and in this way, President Obama is almost laying a siege on Panama City with its military artillery that reminds Panamanians of the invasion of December 20, 1989. This can be seen in the over one hundred secret service officers and their weapons. Among them, The Beast, the Cadillac specially built by General Motors for Obama in 2009 and an aircraft carrier.
Some international analysts foresee a defeat of interventionism, since a decade after the FTAA´s defeat, this economic annexation project has not managed to thrive under other disguises.
In parallel, popular international delegations have stated that the real call is the Peoples Summit because it opens its doors for serious and pluralist discussions, without restrictions, as opposed to the OAS with its Americas Summit.
Amigos de la Tierra Internacional (ATI) ya tiene una delegación en Ginebra, Suiza, para dar muestras a una nueva sesión regular del Consejo de Derechos Humanos de Naciones Unidas (ONU), que va del 6 al 23 de junio, del respaldo popular a las negociaciones del tratado vinculante sobre transnacionales y derechos humanos, que se negocia en ese marco multilateral.
Esta edición de nuestro programa semanal abre con la flamante coordinadora general del COPINH, Berta Zúñiga Cáceres, con quien profundizamos en las luchas de ese movimiento indígena, el caso legal por el asesinato de su madre, Berta, y las principales preocupaciones.
La presión en el marco de Naciones Unidas (ONU) a favor de los principios rectores sobre empresas y derechos humanos es muy grande, reconoció la presidenta de Amigos de la Tierra Internacional (ATI), Karin Nansen. Pero esos principios no funcionan en los hechos y nunca lo harán, aseguró, por su carácter voluntario, que no obliga a las corporaciones a respetarlos.
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