>Panama Canal Well and Truly Under Communist Influence:
– Panamanian President Visits Havana for Sixth Time, Panama Canal Authority Board Member Coddles Cuban Dictatorship
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As the Red Spread engulfs Latin America, preparing to consume El Salvador during that country’s March presidential election, diehard revolutionaries Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and Evo Morales took advantage of the new year to heap hosannahs on Cuba’s 50-year-old communist dictatorship. “The Cuban Revolution was the mother of all Latin American freedom movements and the vanguard of people’s pursuit for dignity in the continent,” Chavez gushed in Caracas. Panama’s social democratic President Martin Torrijos, son of former strongman Omar, took advantage of the region-wide love-fest to actually visit Cuba on Tuesday, as did Ecuador’s socialist President Rafael Correa yesterday.
Pictured above: Cuba’s President/Tyrant Raul Castro (right) hugs Torrijos during a ceremony at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana on January 5. On this occasion, his sixth visit to Cuba, Torrijos was awarded with a medal of the Order of Jose Marti, the country’s highest distinction, during his three-day official visit to the all-inclusive gulag resort known as Cuba. The Cubans also unveiled a monument to Martin’s deceased father, who negotiated the repatriation of the Panama Canal with a little help from former US president and veteran international meddler Jimmy Carter. Torrijos, in return, decorated the leader of the Cuban Revolution himself, the cadaverous Fidel Castro, with the Division General Omar Torrijos Herrera Order in the degree of Great Extraordinary Cross.
Reflecting upon Martin’s latest trip to Havana, Adolfo Ahumanda recalled that in the 1970s the elder Torrijos “ignored warnings and threats by the United States to avoid reestablishment of relations with Cuba.” According to Ahumanda, Omar received a letter from the US Secretary of State warning that Panama would face “consequences” for reestablishing relations with Cuba. Ahumanda emphasized that Omar’s monument in Havana is a “permanent reflection of the existing relations between both countries.” Ahumanda should know. He served as a member of the Panamanian committee assigned to the 1977 Torrijos-Carter Treaty negotiations and, in 1995, joined the Panama Canal Treaty Consultative Committee, in which he represented Panama as co-president. Ahumanda currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Authority.
In a total “disconnect” regarding the network of subversive relations between Latin America’s communist regimes and insurgent armies, President Martin Torrijos visited the border region where Panamanian border guards clashed in early December with guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. There he bestowed Panama’s Medal of Valor on 23 members of the National Border Service for repelling the incursion by a “group of armed bandits” and promised to beef up security along the porous border. Panama’s jungle province of Darien is a hotbed for Colombian drug traffickers, guerrillas, and right-wing paramilitaries.
Pictured here: Latin America’s leaders begin a new year’s parade to Communist Cuba. “It is always a joy to arrive in Cuba for a visit on the 50th anniversary of its Revolution,” enthused President Correa upon his arrival in Havana, “It is an honor for me to visit the sister Republic of Cuba, a land full of dignity, solidarity and Latin Americanism.” Joy? Honor? Dignity? What are Castro, Correa & Co. smoking down there? More than Cuban cigars, it would appear.
Meanwhile, on December 26, 2008, at the behest of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front, communists and other leftists worldwide signed a manifesto, “In Defense of Nicaragua,” in support of Daniel Ortega’s government in Nicaragua. The introduction of the manifesto states:
In November 2006, the Nicaraguan people elected the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) to guide their destiny and since January 10, 2007, the new government has restarted the process of rebirth begun on July 19, 1979 but abandoned for 17 years by three capitalist, neo-liberal, anti-democratic governments. Nicaragua has regained the national dignity of an independent government from the imperial powers, and has again put the poor at the center of development policies.
As part of this process, Nicaragua joined the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA). With the generous support of many people and governments, especially Cuba and Venezuela, the Sandinista government has implemented various programs through which the Nicaragua people have recovered much of their social and economic rights, opening the possibility for national, democratic, and socialist progress.
The signatories vowed:
1. Our unconditional support for the Nicaraguan people’s right to self-determination and national sovereignty, without foreign interference of any kind.
2. Our support for the independent, sovereign, and popular path adopted by the FSLN government led by President Daniel Ortega.
3. Our celebration over the Sandinista victory in 105 of 146 municipal governments.
The signatories rejected and condemned:
1. The alleged foreign, especially US and European, interference in the internal affairs of Nicaragua.
2. The US government and European Union’s alleged policy of blackmail with respect to Nicaragua.
3. The alleged campaign of lies and disinformation unleashed by multinational corporations about the FSLN government.
Pictured here: Ortega’s panegyric for the Cuban Revolution and mentor Fidel. The poster notes that 2009 represents the 50th anniversary of the communist takeover in Cuba and the 30th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution.
As of December 29 more than 1,200 individuals, organizations, and political parties–most from Latin America but also other regions–endorsed the manifesto, including:
– Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, President of the United Nations General Assembly and foreign minister during first Sandinista regime
– Gustavo Porras, National Front of Workers, Nicaragua
– Julio Briceño Dávila, Nicaraguan Marxist Revolutionary Movement
– Jacinto Suarez Espinoza, FSLN faction leader in Central American Parliament
– Mensaje de Alberto Muller Rojas, National Vice-President, (ruling) United Socialist Party of Venezuela
– Patricio Echegaray, General Secretary, Communist Party of Argentina
– National Director, Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, El Salvador
– Jaime Caycedo, Secretary General, Colombian Communist Party, Alternative Democratic Pole
– Silvia Solórzano, Committee for Solidarity with the Peoples of Guatemala, Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity Party
– Victor Oliva, Secretary General, Revolutionary Socialist Party, Peru
– Ivan Pinheiro, Secretary General, (ruling in coalition) Communist Party of Brazil
– Iván Rodríguez, Secretary General, (ruling in coalition) Dominican Workers’ Party, Dominican Republic
– Manuel Salazar, Communist Party of Labor, Dominican Republic
– Humberto Vargas Carbonell, Secretary General, Popular Vanguard Party, Costa Rica
– Carlos Eduardo and Alejandro Mendez, (ruling) Broad Front, Uruguay
– Secretary of International Relations, (ruling) Movement toward Socialism, Bolivia
– Osvaldo Chato Peredo, Che Guevara National Foundation, Bolivia
– Catalina Fernandez, Director, National Organization of Militant Peronism, Argentina
– Ruben Mendoza, Speaker of National Bolivarian Circles, Venezuela
– Jose Mendoza, spokesman, (ruling) United Socialist Party of Venezuela Battalions
– Aldo Vera, Secretary of International Relations, Movement toward Socialism, Paraguay
There are numerous signatories from the ruling Socialist Party of Chile, the Communist Party of Chile, and assorted Allende groupies:
– Gonzalo S Meza Allende, grandson of former Marxist Chilean President Salvador Allende and member of Salvador Allende Foundation
– Manuel Cortes Iturrieta, President of Association of Former Members of Security Staff of President Salvador Allende; member of Central Committee, Socialist Party of Chile
– Carlos Moya, Central Committee, Socialist Party of Chile
– Rafael Araya, Central Committee, Socialist Party of Chile
– Paddy Ahumada, Central Committee, Socialist Party of Chile
– Guillermo Teillier, General Secretary Communist Party of Chile
– Jorge Insulza, Political Committee, Communist Party of Chile
– Lautaro Carmona, Communist Party of Chile
Beyond Latin America the following communist organizations have given their imprimatur to the new FSLN regime in Managua:
– World Federation of Democratic Youth, Budapest
– World Federation of Trades Unions
– Miguel Figueroa, General Secretary, Communist Party of Canada
– Marie Nassif-Debs, Politburo, Communist Party of Lebanon
– Dr. Gyula Thurman, President, Hungarian Communist Workers’ Party
– Luke Weyland, Socialist Alliance and Democratic Socialist Perspective, Australia
– Walid Ahmad, Member, Central Committee, Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
– Feidias Pairidis, Editor of Aristera! (Left!), organ of Communist Organization of Greece, Athens
Nicaragua’s post-election violence, reports the Costa Rican media, spilled into the new year on Thursday when Sandinistas and supporters of the Liberal Constitutional Party (PLC) in the contested municipality of Nindirí reportedly attacked the homes of each other’s candidates. Suspects under the influence of alcohol fired mortar bombs at the house of former PLC mayoral candidate Lucas Reyes around 2 a.m. yesterday morning. The attack was allegedly in response to the bullets that were fired at the house of Nindirí’s Sandinista mayor-elect, Clarisa Rivas. Violence was also reported in the northern border outpost of Wiwilí, where the mayor’s office was burned to the ground yesterday morning. Eighty percent of the building and many official documents were destroyed. The violence in Nindirí and Wilwilí came one day after Sandinistas attacked and injured four Liberals in yet another contested municipality, La Concepción.