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14 Views no discussions Tweet NewsRegional Reflections of Fidel: The overwhelming victory of Daniel and the FSLN by: – November 11, 2011 Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Fidel Castro. Image via: globalresearch.caON Sunday, November 6, 72 hours ago, there was a general election in which Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega and the FSLN won an overwhelming victory.Perhaps by chance, the following day was the 94th anniversary of the glorious Soviet Socialist Revolution. Indelible pages of history were written by Russian workers, peasants and soldiers, and the name of Lenin will forever shine among men and women who dream of a just destiny for humanity.These issues are constantly more complex and efforts invested in educating new generations will never be sufficient. For that reason, today I am dedicating a space to comment on this event, in the midst of so many taking place every day on the planet and of which news arrives in a growing number of ways barely imaginable a few decades ago.I must say that the elections in Nicaragua were in the traditional and bourgeois style, which has nothing just or equitable about it, given that the oligarchical sectors, anti-nationalist and pro-imperialist in nature, as a rule have a monopoly on the economic and publicity resources which – in general and particularly so in our hemisphere – are in the service of the empire’s political and military interests. This precisely highlights the magnitude of the Sandinista victory.This is a truth which is well known in our homeland since Martí died in combat in Dos Ríos on May 19, 1895, “so that the independence of Cuba will prevent in time the expansion of the United States throughout the Antilles, and that nation falling, with even more force, upon our American lands.” We will never tire of repeating it, especially after our people have demonstrated their capacity to withstand half a century of that empire’s sustained economic blockade and brutal aggression.However, it is not hatred which moves our people, but ideas. They gave birth to our solidarity with the people of Sandino, the General of free men and women, whose deeds we read about with admiration as students more than 60 years ago now, and lacking the marvelous cultural perspectives of those who, in a few days, together with high school students, will participate in what has become a beautiful tradition: the University Books and Reading Festival.The heroic death of the Nicaraguan hero who fought against the yankee occupiers of his territory was always a source of inspiration for Cuban revolutionaries. There is nothing strange about our solidarity with the Nicaraguan people, expressed since the very first day of the revolutionary triumph in Cuba on January 1, 1959.Yesterday, November 8, Granma recalled the heroic death in 1976, barely two and a half years before the FSLN triumph, of its founder Carlos Fonseca Amador, “the tayacán [daring leader] conqueror of death,” as a beautiful song written in his memory says, “bridegroom of the Red and Black Homeland, all of Nicaragua cries out for you ‘Present.’”I know Daniel well; he never adopted extremist positions and was always invariably faithful to basic principles. Charged with the presidency, based on a collegiate political leadership, he was characterized by his respectful conduct in the context of the varying points of view of compañeros from tendencies which emerged within Sandinism at a certain stage of the struggle before the triumph. He thus became a promoter of unity among revolutionaries and he maintained in constant contact with the people. The great influence that he acquired among Nicaragua’s poorest sectors is due to that.The profundity of the Sandinista Revolution earned him the hatred of the Nicaraguan oligarchy and yankee imperialism.The most atrocious crimes were perpetrated against his country and his people during the dirty war that Reagan and Bush promoted by the administration and the Central Intelligence Agency.Countless counterrevolutionary bands were organized, trained and supplied by them; drug trafficking became the instrument for financing the counterrevolution and the tens of thousands of weapons brought into the country resulted in the death or injury of thousands of Nicaraguans.The Sandinistas maintained elections in the midst of that unequal and unjust battle.This situation was compounded by the collapse of the Socialist camp, the imminent disintegration of the USSR and the beginning of the Special Period in our homeland. In these highly difficult circumstances and in spite of the majority support of the Nicaraguan people, expressed in all the opinion polls, a victorious election was made impossible.The Nicaraguan people were once again forced to endure almost 17 years of corrupt and pro-imperialist governments. The indicators for the health, literacy and social justice implemented in Nicaragua began to fall painfully. However, under Daniel’s leadership, the Sandinista revolutionaries continued their struggle throughout those bitter years, and once again the people restored the government, albeit in extremely difficult circumstances which demanded maximum experience and political wisdom.Cuba continued under the brutal yankee blockade, additionally suffering the harsh consequences of the Special Period and the hostility of one of the worst murderers who has governed the United States, George W. Bush, son of the father who had promoted the dirty war in Nicaragua, terrorist Posada Carriles’ liberty to distribute arms among Nicaraguan counterrevolutionaries, and who pardoned Orlando Bosch, the other mastermind of the Cubana passenger plane sabotage.However, a new stage was beginning in our America with the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela and the coming to power in Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay of governments committed to the independence and integration of the Latin American peoples.With satisfaction, I can moreover affirm that Cuba’s solidarity with the homeland of Sandino never ceased in the field of political and social solidarity. In all justice, I should point out that Nicaragua was one of the countries which best utilized Cuba’s collaboration in health and education.The thousands of doctors who have volunteered their services in that heroic sister country feel highly motivated by the Sandinistas’ excellent use of their efforts. The same could be affirmed in relation to the thousands of teachers who, once in the early phase of the process, went to the remotest mountain regions to teach campesinos to read and write. Today, educational experiences in general and particularly the practices of medical teaching derived from the Latin America School of Medicine, in which thousands of excellent doctors have been trained, have been transferred to Nicaragua. These realities constitute an excellent stimulus for our people.These details that I am mentioning are no more than an example of the prolific efforts of Sandinista revolutionaries for their homeland’s development.The fundamental aspect of Daniel’s role and in my opinion, the reason behind his overwhelming victory, is that he never moved away from his contact with the people and the incessant struggle for their well-being. Today he is a veritably experienced leader who was capable of managing complex and difficult situations, starting with the years during which his country was once again under the aegis of rapacious capitalism. He knows how to manage complicated problems in an intelligent manner, what he can or cannot do, what he must or must not do to guarantee peace and the sustained advance of the country’s economic and social development. He knows very well that the resounding victory is due to his heroic and valiant people, through their broad participation and close to two thirds of votes in his favor. He was capable of achieving close links with workers, campesinos, students, youth, women, technicians, professionals, artists and all the progressive sectors and forces sustaining the country and contributing to its advance. I believe that the call to all democratic political forces prepared to work for the country’s independence and economic and social development is very correct.In the current world the problems are extremely complex and difficult. But while the world exists, we small countries can and must exercise our rights to independence, cooperation, development and peace.Fidel Castro RuzNovember 9, 2011, 8:12 p.m.
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – Anthony Alleyne led a strong batting parade from Barbados Pride in their Regional 4-Day Championship match against Windward Islands Volcanoes yesterday.The left-handed opener led the way with 82 and was one of four batsmen who plundered half-centuries to carry the Pride to 273 for five in their first innings at the close. They were put in to bat on the first day of their fourth-round match at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex.All-rounder Kevin Stoute was not out on 59, Kenroy Williams made 55 and left-handed opener Shayne Moseley scored 54, as none of the Pride’s batsmen carried on to a hundred, but it was a solid effort and they were rewarded for their resolute batting.Tyrone Theophile, the Volcanoes captain, was the bowling hero for his side, grabbing 3-54 from 20 overs with his uncomplicated off-spin and fellow Dominican Shane Shillingford gave stingy support, conceding just 83 from 34 overs with his clever off-spin.Alleyne reached his half-century in the final half-hour before he and Moseley carried the Pride to lunch on 107 without loss, as they peppered the boundary with a few crisp strokes.Moseley also reached his 50 after the interval before he was caught at slip off Theophile in the ninth over after lunch, to give the Volcanoes their first scalp.Next delivery, the struggles of Pride captain Shamarh Brooks continued, when he too, was caught at slip off Theophile for a first-ball duck.This proved an unstable period for the Pride batting, as Jonathan Carter was caught on the second attempt by wicketkeeper Gian Benjamin off Shillingford for one in the next over before Theophile returned to have Alleyne also caught by Benjamin in the following over.This meant the Pride slipped from 141 without loss to 144 for four in the space of 16 deliveries, but Williams came to the crease and with Stoute they averted any further implosion.They carried the visitors to tea at 185 for four and continued merrily after the break to share 97 for the fifth wicket. Williams was then caught at slip off Tarryck Gabriel’s part-time spin in the final hour, leaving Justin Greaves to bat through the remainder of the day with his club-mate Stoute.PRIDE 1st inningsA. Alleyne c wkp. Benjamin b Theophile 82S. Moseley c Smith b Theophile 54S. Brooks c Smith b Theophile 0J. Carter c wkp. Benjamin b Shillingford 1K. Stoute not out 59K. Williams c Smith b Gabriel 55J. Greaves not out 14Extras: (b-1, lb-4, w-3) 8Total: (5 wkts, 90 overs) 273Fall of wickets: 1-141, 2-141, 3-144, 4-144, 5-241.Bowling: Lewis 6-1-11-0 (w-1), Mayers 19-5-58-0, Jordan 5-0-31-0 (w-2), Shillingford 34-10-83-1, Theophile 20-2-54-3, Gabriel 6-0-31-1VOLCANOES: D. Smith, *T. Theophile, K. Edwards, T. Gabriel, K. Hodge, R. Cato, K. Mayers, +G. Benjamin, S. Shillingford, R. Jordan, S. Lewis
In light of a recent ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that the unilateral appointment of Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, Retired Justice James Patterson is unconstitutional, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo says that he can present a new list of nominees within an hour for President David Granger to make a new appointment.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoAccording to the Constitution, the President is required to appoint a Chairperson for GECOM from a list of names submitted by the Opposition Leader. Back in 2017, Jagdeo had submitted three separate lists, but the Head of State rejected all 18 nominees and went ahead in October of that year to unilaterally appoint Justice Patterson as Chairman of the elections body.However, CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders on Tuesday ruled that Justice Patterson’s appointment was unconstitutional and that the process was “fatally flawed”.Against this backdrop, Jagdeo posited that he was ready to submit a fourth list to President Granger for the current Chairman of the elections body to be replaced. Insisting that the Head of State must comply with the Court’s ruling, the Opposition Leader noted that there could not be a unilateral appointment when he was still willing to engage.President David Granger“I am willing to engage and I can have a list ready in a matter of hours consistent with the judgement of the CCJ: that this is the way it should move forward. This is vital for us and I hope in the consequential orders, the Court will look at this because the President can use this as an excuse – you know, delay the appointment of the new Chairman of GECOM as an excuse to delay the elections further, because that is precisely what they want – as everyone can see,” Jagdeo insisted on Thursday at his weekly press conference.Only on Wednesday, President Granger maintained that he had selected a “fit and proper” person as Chairman of GECOM in accordance with the definition laid out in the Constitution. In defiance of the court’s ruling, the Head of State told reporters that the CCJ must show where the flaw was.“I’ve never gone outside the Constitution. If (the Court) tell that the process is flawed, they must let me know what the flaw is! So let us wait until the 24th of June when they make some consequential rulings. There is no way I can see that decisions I’ve taken are flawed,” he posited.However, in its ruling, the CCJ did give its reason, referencing historical facts pertaining to the previous appointments of GECOM Chairmen. Justice Saunders also cited the recommendations made by the Constitutional Reform Commission in 1999 that the Chairman should be appointed through consultations.“To determine the meaning, the Court looked at the drafting history of Article 161 (2), observing that changes had been made to it to promote consensus and inclusiveness by involving the Leader of the Opposition in the selection process,” he stated.Further, the Judge noted that the President relied on the provisions that gave him discretionary powers and insulated him from providing an explanation for excluding the Opposition Leader from his final decision.However, Justice Saunders pointed out that giving the President the power to reject candidates without giving reasons would frustrate what the Constitution contemplates. In fact, the Court decided that the President has a duty to give reasons for rejecting names in the interest of transparency.“The Court, therefore, found that the process was flawed and in breach of the Constitution. In a concurring judgment, Mme Justice Rajnauth-Lee stated that by giving reasons why nominees are rejected, the President will engender greater public trust and confidence in the Elections Commission,” Justice Saunders said.To this end, the Court concluded that the most sensible approach to the process of appointing the Chairman of GECOM is for the Leader of the Opposition and the President to communicate with each other in good faith and, perhaps, even meet to discuss eligible candidates for the position of Chairman before a list is submitted formally.The Court also recommended that moving forward, all parties work together as the Constitution envisions to select a Chairman.Justice Saunders also declared in the ruling that before President Granger rejected persons nominated by the Opposition Leader, reasons should have been given for the rejections in the interest of transparency.With the Trinidad-based regional court having delivered the landmark rulings, all eyes are on Guyana’s leaders now and their actions going forward. While President Granger on Wednesday committed to meet with the Opposition Leader to discuss the way forward, this meeting is not likely to happen before Monday’s hearing for consequential orders.On June 24, the CCJ is expected to hand down a series of consequential orders to follow its rulings on Tuesday that the no-confidence motion was validly passed on December 21, 2018 and that the appointment of the GECOM Chairman was unconstitutional.However, Justice Saunders had encouraged that the parties come together and agree on the consequences to follow instead of having the court do so.But Government’s spokesperson, Joseph Harmon told reporters on Thursday that that meeting would happen at a convenient time for both political leaders.“Monday’s orders do not set a timeframe for the leaders of our country to meet. Our leaders will meet at their convenience, when it is convenient for them to meet. But at all times, what we had said as a government is that the door is open for our leaders to meet. If, in fact, there is a request from the Leader of the Opposition for a meeting, we will accept that and we will meet. But in this case, we have made this clear that we are prepared to meet and we will invite the Leader of the Opposition to a meeting,” he posited.Harmon, who is the Director General at the Ministry of the Presidency, went on to note that Government was cognisant about the invitation to the Opposition Leader since it needed to first have an agenda before going into that engagement.Jagdeo, on the other hand, told reporters at his weekly press conference on Thursday that his lawyers were working on their submissions to come to a consensus ahead of Monday’s ruling.The Opposition Leader said that he was willing to meet the Head of State to discuss the way forward, giving effect to the court’s ruling. This, according to Jagdeo, means elections in three months and a new GECOM Chairman in place as soon as possible.