A diplomatic crisis has opened up between Mexico and Cuba. Mexico's Vicente Fox
government has demanded the recall of the Mexican ambassador from Havana and
ordered the Cuban diplomats to leave. The response of the masses was anything
but favourable. Thousands demonstrated in Mexico, while a million marched
through Havana. This has deepened the political crisis in Mexico and further
undermined Fox and his right wing PAN government.
The recent referendum was called by the Mesa government as a legal cover for
what it has laready gone ahead with - the privatisation of Bolivian gas. The
questions were not simply posed as yes or no to privatisation. The masses sensed
this and in many parts of the country took part in a boycott. This is the priced
the movement is having to pay for the compromise reached back in October.
The fraudulent nature of the recent gas referendum in Bolivia has become even
clearer to the Bolivian masses. Within just a few days Mesa was selling off even
more of Bolivia's natural gas resources to the multinationals. The response of
the masses has been to mobilise once more.
We publish a resolution, written by the editor of Marxist.com Alan
was defended by Celia Hart in the seminar entitled "The Utopia We
Need", held in Havana on Friday September 10, 2004. The conference took
place in the Hispano-American Centre in Malecón.
After the manoeuvre of the so-called referendum on the privatisation of gas, in August transport workers and community organisations organised protests against the rise in the price of gas. They were joined by the Landless Peasant Movement (MST). But the most striking development is what has become known as the "University Revolution" at Oruro.
Five Cuban security agents were involved in uncovering terrorist activities against Cuba. These activities were being organised by anti-Cuban Miami mafia elements based in the USA. Instead of arresting the terrorists the US authorities have arrested and handed down severe jail sentences on the security agents. This shows the double standards of Bush and his so-called war on terror!