March 28, 2014 - No. 34
Bill C-13, the Protecting
Canadians from Online Crime Act
Harper Government Lays Groundwork
for Police State
Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act
• Harper Government Lays Groundwork for Police
• Harper Government's New Weapon for Subversion
- Tony Seed
• New Canadian Ambassador to Venezuela
El Salvador's New
• Despite Reactionary Dirty Tricks, the People
• March 31 Day of Action for Health Care
• Tour of Cuban Musician Popularizes World
Conference in Solidarity with Cuba
Bill C-13, the Protecting Canadians from
Online Crime Act
Harper Government Lays Groundwork for Police State
On March 26, debate at second reading resumed on the
Harper government's Bill
C-13, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act,
the Competition Act and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters
Act, referred to by its short title as the Protecting
Canadians from Online Crime Act.
The bill was tabled on November 20, 2013 and reached second reading at
the end of November. On March 26 when debate resumed, Conservative
Peter Van Loan,
determined to curb opposition to the bill, tabled a motion to impose
time allocation to expedite
its passage. This restriced further debate on the bill at second
reading to just one more day. This motion
Bill C-13 purports to protect Canadians from online
crime. The bill makes it illegal to distribute intimate images online
without consent but its main thrust is to grant new powers to the
police and the state to intrude on the private lives of Canadians. It
would also grant immunity to telecom providers who hand
over their customers' private information to authorities without a
warrant, points out OpenMedia.ca, which is leading a nationwide
campaign against the proposed legislation.
Minister of Justice Peter
MacKay justifies the new police powers saying the bill modernizes the
Criminal Code. In a news release, the Department of Justice says Bill
C-13, "would ensure that the same type of information that is currently
available to law enforcement agencies for telephone calls would be
to police for newer technology such as computers, smart phones and the
OpenMedia.ca points out that more than 65 pages of Bill
C-13 are taken from Bill C-30, the Protecting Children from
Internet Predators Act, the previous attempt to pass similar
legislation. More than 150,000 Canadians spoke out against that Bill
which was so flawed it had to be withdrawn before
it reached second reading. Amongst other things, it tried to enact the
requirement that telecommunications service providers have real-time
data intercept capacity. It also sought mandatory disclosure of
subscriber information to police without court oversight.
Calgary lawyer Derek James, who practices with the
Canadian Constitution Foundation, in a March 26 Toronto Star
item writes: "Bill C-30, tabled in February 2012, mentioned neither
children nor predators and was likely so-named only to sway the public
toward accepting the legislation. It attempted
to do precious little of what its title purported, mostly dealing with
giving the police new powers -- including making it mandatory for
Internet service providers to disclose subscriber information to police
without court oversight. Vic Toews, then minister of justice, famously
rebuked critics saying, 'either stand with
us or with the child pornographers.'"
James explains: "Buried within Bill C-13 is a clever
mollifying of Bill C-30's mandatory disclosure provision. The
legislation clarifies that the police may request the voluntary
disclosure and preservation of data or documents, and that someone in
possession of that information can choose to comply with the
police request, provided that it is not otherwise illegal to do so.
"This alone seems innocuous. But the very next provision
says that anyone who voluntarily provides such information to police
upon request is absolved of all criminal and civil liability for the
"This absolution is problematic because it undermines
the incentive to await court oversight before disclosing information to
the police. Without the fear of incurring liability, Internet service
providers possessing information wanted by the police may be more
likely to comply with baseless disclosure requests.
Fishing expeditions and snooping may become more common. Further, it's
not unreasonable to question whether a so-called voluntary disclosure
can ever be completely without coercion, especially when you risk
losing the goodwill of police.
"Even though protecting Canadians from the harms of
cyberbullying may be a laudable goal, we must ask how these new police
powers in Bill C-13 could be abused. The mandatory disclosure provision
from Bill C-30 may be gone, but Bill C-13 contains a subtle means of
accomplishing much the same. And
we should not be too quick to give up our right to privacy, because
once we do, it will be difficult to get back."
OpenMedia.ca Executive Director Steve Anderson points
out: "Let's be clear: This online spying bill is a dangerous piece of
legislation that would open the floodgates to government spying on
innocent Canadians. We know the government has been spying on Canadians
through their spy agency CSEC. Now
it seems they're trying to cover their tracks by granting legal
immunity to telecom providers who hand over private information to
Anderson continued: "What's even worse is the way the
government is using bullied children as an excuse to try to smuggle
through this deeply unpopular online spying legislation. If Peter
MacKay had any sense of decency he would split this bill so that
important measures to tackle cyberbullying can be passed
separately. It seems Minister MacKay is too cowardly to advance his
online spying bill on its merits instead of trying to smuggle it
through with this reprehensible approach."
A recent video launched by OpenMedia.ca is "going viral
and making the top 2 posts on Reddit Canada. Over 34,000 have now
joined the Protect Our Privacy Coalition which is calling for effective
legal measures to protect Canadians' privacy from government spies,"
OpenMedia.ca reports. It informs that the Official Opposition has
joined it in calling for Bill C-13 to be split so that cyberbullying
measures can be dealt with separately. Those who want to join this call
can join the Protect Our
Privacy Coalition at Protect Our Privacy.
Petition to Stop Online Spying
- Protect Our Privacy
The government has just announced a shameful plan to use
bullied kids as a front to ram through an unpopular online spying plan.
Although we successfully forced the government to withdraw Bill C-30
they've just reintroduced many
of these online spying measures in their new Bill C-13. Speak out and
send the government a clear message by joining the Protect Our Privacy
Coalition at https://ourprivacy.ca
The government is about to push through an electronic
surveillance law that will invade your privacy and cost you money. The
plan is to force every phone and Internet provider to allow
"authorities" to collect the private information of any Canadian, at
any time, without a warrant.
This bizarre legislation will create Internet
surveillance that is:
- Warrantless: A range of "authorities" will
have the ability to access
the private information of law-abiding Canadians and our families
using wired Internet and mobile devices, without justification.
- Invasive: The laws leave our personal and
less secure and more susceptible to cybercrime.
- Costly: Internet services providers may be
forced to install millions of dollars worth of spying technology and
the cost will be passed down to YOU.
If enough of us speak out now the government will have
no choice but to stop this mandatory online spying scheme. Sign the
petition now, and forward it to everyone you know.
To sign the petition, click here.
Harper Government's New Weapon for Subversion
Amidst revelations about U.S.-led global espionage and
cyber warfare and other wrongdoings coming to light during the past
year, the Harper government is expanding its own participation in
anti-social media and electronic subversion of other states trying an
independent path of development and deemed hostile
to the interests of the U.S. and NATO bloc.
On February 7, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John
Baird visited the headquarters of Google and Twitter in Silicon Valley,
California, where he mapped out how "digital diplomacy" will be added
to the weapons of subversion such as covert operations, "aid," and
secret diplomacy that are already being used
internationally by the Harper government against targeted countries.
the extension into the Foreign Service and
international affairs of the direct involvement in government of
privileged private interests such as Google, Twitter and Amazon. The
latter monopoly, for instance, has a $600 million contract with the CIA
to provide the agency with "cloud"
computing services. When taken into context of Harper's "new economic
diplomacy" (see below), international affairs generally and members of
the Foreign Service are to work directly to promote the global private
interests of the most powerful monopolies within the United States of
North American Monopolies --
as well as act against anti-imperialist social movements and
According to a news release circulated by his
department, Baird stated:
"The fast and free exchange of information is changing
the nature of diplomacy and foreign affairs, just as it is changing
industries. The closed world of démarches, summits and
diplomatic dinners is no longer sufficient to project our values and
"Diplomacy may never live up to the Silicon Valley
mantra of 'move fast and break things,' for various reasons. But in the
environment of instant communication and social media, we do have to
move faster and not be afraid to try new things or to make mistakes.
"Using social media and insights from big-data
analytics, we can engage in direct diplomacy, not just elite diplomacy.
Social media mapping exercises at Foreign Affairs, Trade and
Development Canada have helped us to reach out to civic actors who seek
to bring about positive social and political change in
the countries they live in."
The Department of Foreign
Affairs, Trade, and
Development (DFATD) is already using social media as a virtual
"listening post" to analyze political patterns in target societies and
movements in other countries. Now it is to directly intervene in the
internal affairs of other countries and engage "civic actors," a
code word for those activating for regime change -- those actors that
Canadian embassies and other agencies have located on the "social media
According to an article by Roland
Paris of the Centre
for International Studies at the federally-funded University of Ottawa
hailing the initiative, the Harper government is already directly
intervening in the internal affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a
sovereign government, pushing its own political agenda
in the name of high ideals.
Paris writes, "In addition, it partnered with the Munk
School at the
University of Toronto to create the Global Dialogue on the Future of
Iran, which uses social media technology to circumvent Iranian
government censorship, thus permitting Iranians, both inside and
outside Iran, to freely communicate with each other. Although
some questioned whether such an initiative belonged at a university --
and wondered if the Munk School had allowed itself to become a de
facto instrument of the government's Iran-obsessed foreign policy
-- the initiative nevertheless represented a creative use of digital
tools to promote the maintenance
of an open Internet."
Intervention in the affairs of a sovereign country is
then called the defence of freedom, "open society" in the manner of the
Soros globalist network, and "a creative use of digital tools."
To this end, Dr. Paris reports that "in the last six
months, the foreign ministry has launched 60 new accounts on Twitter
and another 50 on Facebook."
Changing gears, Baird then declared in his statement
with a cynicism that is beyond belief:
"Tools for freedom can also become tools of repression.
"Closed and unstable governments fear the voice of their
own citizens and are no longer content to leave the Internet alone.
They respond by using the power of technology to try to block access to
information, restrict free expression and target dissent.
"Canada and the United States must continue to work
together to safeguard an Internet that remains innovative, free and
open for the social and economic benefit of all users. And we will
only succeed in this if government works hand-in-hand with the private
sector and civil society." (My
Not only has it been revealed that the largest
security consortiums themselves hack into the security systems of rival
states, Baird then blames the target states' security services for
blocking cyber warfare, all for purposes of having businesses and
governments trust them to protect them against counter-spying.
A Tool of "Economic Diplomacy"
"Digital diplomacy" is an
integrated tool of Harper's
"new economic diplomacy," which dictates a change in how the resources
of Canada's foreign affairs and diplomatic missions are deployed.
Following the 2011 electoral coup bringing a
Conservative Party majority to power, Prime Minister Harper ordered
newly appointed Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast, to guide the
changes towards what he calls a "New Economic Diplomacy."
In a detailed commentary, TML Weekly Information
Project reported on January 11:
"In a speech delivered to the Economic Club of Canada
November 27, 2013, Ed Fast said he assembled 'an advisory panel made up
of leading business and industry leaders. These leaders included
national associations such as the Canadian Council of Chief Executives,
the Canadian Agri-food Trade Alliance,
the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Federation of
Independent Business, and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.'
"The panel prepared a plan
of action called the Global
Markets Action Plan, the equivalent of a foreign policy white
paper. The Action Plan instructs the Department of Foreign
Affairs and International Trade, 'to entrench the concept of 'economic
diplomacy' as the driving force behind
the Government of Canada's activities through its international
diplomatic network. All diplomatic assets of the Government of Canada
will be marshalled on behalf of the private sector.' The Action
Plan directs Canadian diplomats and other officials to accept as
their core mandate to "open doors, generate
leads and resolve problems" for North American-based monopolies.
"According to the Globe and Mail in an article
on the Global Markets Action Plan, 'Stephen Harper's
Conservative government will make 'economic diplomacy' in the service
of private industry the centrepiece of this country's foreign policy,
marking a historic shift in Canada's approach
to the world.'
"Emphasizing that the 'new economic diplomacy'
politicizes the international private interests of the most powerful
businesses headquartered within the United States of North American
Monopolies, Mr. Fast said in his speech, ‘Our government's Economic
Action Plan 2012 committed to building on the success
of the Global Commerce Strategy by consulting extensively with Canada's
business community to identify new markets, strengths and
opportunities.... Couple this with a global marketplace in which the
free flow of goods and services -- and the proliferation of global
value chains -- predominates, and you will conclude
that we truly are doing business within a completely new paradigm....
In short, the Plan will play to our strengths and ensure that all
diplomatic assets of the Government of Canada are harnessed to support
the pursuit of commercial success by Canadian companies and investors."
"Digital diplomacy" is subordinated precisely to
"Canadian companies and investors" -- both their immediate needs and
their strategic agenda.
The privileged private interests who benefit from
Harper's actions are monopolies that tolerate no opposition in their
pursuit to maximize their rate of profit around the world.
"Digital diplomacy" is a euphemism for cyber warfare
through the use of anti-social media as well as hacking and other means.
The anti-social media such as the Twitter
embraced by the Harper government is integrated with the U.S. state
military and espionage agencies. The service plays an increasing role
in U.S.-led regime change and fomenting of violent tribal, religious,
ethnic and other clashes. The U.S. imperialists
have successfully used Twitter and its associated video service Vine to
spread gossip, rumours and disinformation in small, unchallengeable and
unverifiable chunks of words and video.
Its covert intervention in Syria, Venezuela, Iran, Egypt
and Venezuela provide textbook examples of this modus operandi,
which have become a matter of public record. Recent examples of fake
images in Syria and Venezuela have been exposed. In the latter case,
police oppression in places like Brazil,
Spain and Chile were passed off as images of Venezuela and circulated
through Twitter. By the time these cruel hoaxes were exposed, the
images had been circulated around the world. This has aided the U.S.
espionage agents and military to generate chaos and upheaval in the
targeted countries. This activity is also
aimed at generating support for big power intervention in sovereign
countries such as Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine under the imperialist
hoax of "responsibility to protect." (See also TML Daily, November 13, 2013 - No.
disinformation being sown on social media by reactionary opposition
forces in Venezuela. Photos from around the world are misused and said
to show government repression. Image on left is actually from Bulgaria;
image on right is from Egypt (click to enlarge).
Canada, too, knows how to wage internet campaigns and
will not be left behind, writes Gerard Di Trolio for Venezuelanalysis.com, on the
of Canada's new Ambassador to Venezuela, Ben Rowswell, at the end of
February, in the wake of Baird's announcement of the "digital
diplomacy" policy. Rowswell is the Harper government's
first overseas "digital warrior" and corporate playstation.
A Global Offensive
Twitter also spreads celebrity worship of leading
figures of U.S. imperialist culture.
Twitter and other U.S.-controlled media weaken targeted
states and pave the way for subversion and direct U.S. military
involvement throughout the world -- especially at this time in South
America, West Asia and throughout Africa -- and to wreck public opinion
opposing imperialist war and violation of the
sovereignty of nations.
The drive for U.S. world hegemony in which the annexed
Canadian monopolies and state participate is aimed at seizing control
of markets, sources of raw material, workers and strategic regions.
New Canadian Ambassador in Venezuela
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird appointed a new
Canadian ambassador to Venezuela at the end of February. Ben Rowswell
replaced Paul Gibbard.
Writing for Venezuelanalysis.com,
describes the new ambassador's
background and experience. In 2010 the Toronto Star described Rowswell
as a "rising foreign service star." He has served as Canada's official
diplomatic representative in Kandahar and Kabul, Afghanistan as well as
after the fall of Saddam Hussein, thus making him "an expert at
representing Canada's interests in the heat of conflict."
Di Trolio writes: "At the age of 22 he was baptized into
the foreign service by fire, working in Mogadishu during the Somali
Civil War of the early 1990s. He went on to work for the Canadian
Embassy in Cairo from 1995-98.
"A diplomat for the digital
age, he held the title of
'Director of Innovation' at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade
"While overseeing the 'democratic transitions' of
Afghanistan, Iraq, and Egypt, the fledgling attaché specialized
in the harnessing of social media for diplomatic missions, in order to
interact directly with non-state actors, in effect bypassing the target
nation's government. In 2011, Rowswell gave a fascinating
TEDx talk at Hayward University in California that outlined his views
about the power of social media to shape democracy. He focused on
post-Murbarak Egypt, before Mohammed Morsi's election. He detailed how
notions of race, ethnicity and class may be pushed aside when
organizing through social media platforms.
He theorized that the internet allows for 'opensource democracy,'
allowing individuals to exchange their ideas as equals."
Di Trolio points out that in
Venezuela, Twitter and Facebook have been the choice tools of the
opposition in recent months, both to organize protests and to call for
international support for the attempts to overthrow the government of
Nicolas Maduro. "The Canadian government has made it clear that its
lie outside the decades of organization led by the Venezuelan masses.
"A motion that received unanimous consent from all
parties in the House of Commons and sponsored by NDP foreign affairs
critic Paul Dewar effectively condemned the Venezuelan government's
attempts at dealing with recent protests.
"The statement was approved by Conservatives and
Liberals alike, including MP Jim Karygiannis who has been extremely
critical of the Venezuelan government.
"Rowswell also argued that social media can create
transparency yet Venezuela's opposition has provided ample evidence to
the contrary. Many photos from Turkey, Ukraine, Brazil, and even Syria
have flown around social networks, meant to stir up indignation at the
treatment of protestors in Venezuela. During
the telecast of the Oscars, the opposition took to Twitter to claim the
ceremony had been censored. The truth was that the Oscars was aired on
TNT in Venezuela, a satellite channel. Canada, too, knows how to wage
internet campaigns and will not be left behind. Within hours of
Rowswell's appointment, a new Embassy
account popped up on Twitter. (https://twitter.com/CanEmbVenezuela)
Adam Goldenberg, liberal partisan and former speechwriter for Michael
Ignatieff, tweeted in response: 'Congratulations, Ben! Excellent
choice, Minister, for all sorts of reasons.' As always, Canada's
imperial foreign policy is a bipartisan affair."
El Salvador's New President
Despite Reactionary Dirty Tricks, the People Prevail
The candidates of the
Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, Salvador
Sánchez Céren (left) and Oscar Ortíz receive their
credentials as President-Elect and Vice President-Elect of El Salvador,
respectively, from the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, March 25, 2014 in
In a ceremony in San Salvador on March 25,
Salvador Sánchez Céren and Oscar Ortíz of the
National Liberation Front (FMLN) were presented
with their credentials as President-Elect and Vice President-Elect of
El Salvador, respectively, by the President of El Salvador's Supreme
(TSE). The Communist Party of Canada
(Marxist-Leninist), which sent a member to join the International
Observer Mission for the first round of the election, congratulates the
new President and Vice-President and especially the people of El
Salvador and their organization the FMLN, on their tremendous
achievement. Thanks to their hard work, persistent mobilization and
ability to remain calm in the face of repeated
provocations, the people thwarted an electoral coup on the part of the
country's right-wing party ARENA, a notorious human rights abuser and
agency of U.S. imperialism.
Prior to this, on March 17, the TSE confirmed the
results of the second round of the country's
presidential election held on March 9. The FMLN slate of Salvador
Céren and Oscar Ortíz were declared the winners with
or 50.11 per cent of the vote. The ARENA party received 1,489,451 votes
or 49.89 per cent. Almost 3 million votes were cast, some 300,000 more
than in the first round held on February 2, marking the highest voter
participation for this type of election in the country's history. The
second round of the election
was necessary because no party received the required 50 per cent plus
one vote in the first round.
Congratulations have been sent to President-Elect
Sánchez Céren by many governments including Argentina,
Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala,
Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay, as
as the Russian Federation and the U.S.
The new President and Vice President will take office on
June 1 for a five-year term. Sánchez Céren and other
spokespersons for the FMLN emphasize that they intend to continue and
deepen the changes begun in the first FMLN government of outgoing
President Mauricio Funes. The President-Elect said he
intends to govern for all Salvadorans -- those that voted for the FMLN
and those who did not -- in an inclusive government that will pursue
the common interests of businesses, workers and other sectors. He
called on ARENA and other forces in the country to enter into dialogue
with his office to work together for
the good of the nation and enter into a national pact.
Speaking about what he hoped to accomplish during his
term Sánchez Céren made a point of saying that the FMLN
did not see economic development as separate from social development
and that his government was going to continue investing in social
programs. He said it would be important for the Legislative
Assembly to approve legislation guaranteeing financing for these
programs. He said the most important role of his government would be to
provide for the people's needs and to that end, one of his first
actions would be to seek meetings with all the country's productive
forces. Generating employment and increasing
productivity in the country as well as guaranteeing greater security to
the population were among his main goals, he said.
Sánchez Céren said that the country's
development would be based on a "Salvadoran model," making reference to
plans for the achievement of food sovereignty and to have El Salvador
become a logistics corridor and tourist destination. As for planned
economic measures during his term, the President-Elect explained
that he hoped to establish a national dialogue with different sectors
to discuss important issues such as the foreign debt, pensions and
Sánchez Céren said his cabinet would be
made up of members of the FMLN, officials of the current government,
representatives of civil society and members from different sectors who
had supported his candidacy.
Attempts by the Financial Oligarchy to
Overturn Election and Destabilize Country
celebrate victory, March 9, 2014.
In spite of social organizations and other international
observers all attesting to the efficiency, transparency and
professionalism with which the Supreme Electoral Tribunal carried out
is duties, ARENA and
its backers in the oligarchy refused to recognize the results of the
March 9 runoff election until March 26 when the Supreme Court ruled
ARENA's petition for a vote-by-vote recount inadmissible. With legal
channels exhausted to make a case against the results of the election,
ARENA issued a press release saying
it would recognize the results. However, this was also used as an
occasion to continue its disinformation campaign against the FMLN. In
its statement, ARENA said that while it would accept the high court's
resolution it did so "in spite of the inequalities and unfair
conditions experienced during the electoral campaign."
Continuing its attempts to malign the FMLN, ARENA went on to say it
would keep a close watch on the new government "to ensure it respected
the law and would point out its failures and errors, especially should
they dare to violate democratic institutions or put the country's
sovereignty at risk."
This second round of the presidential election saw a
relentless propaganda war based on disinformation and fear-mongering
waged against the FMLN bankrolled by big financial interests associated
with ARENA and by extension, the U.S. Hundreds of millions of dollars
were reportedly poured into bombarding
the nation with warnings on TV, radio and over social media about the
dire consequences of electing "a guerrilla commander" as president who
would destroy the country's economy and turn it into "another
Venezuela." At the same time there were reports of vote-buying around
polling stations, people being told
their jobs were at stake unless they voted for ARENA, and other dirty
tricks to try to obtain the outcome these forces wanted.
When the FMLN emerged victorious in spite of this
fearmongering and other unscrupulous activity, ARENA moved immediately
to try and overturn the election alleging "fraud." Setting the stage
for what was to come, with barely 50 per cent of the votes counted on
election night, ARENA's candidate Norman
Quijano and others in the party's leadership declared they had won the
election. As the counting proceeded, with the FMLN gaining and holding
a small though steady lead, ARENA leaders issued provocative calls to
party members to be "on a war footing" and to the armed forces to ready
themselves to go into action
"to defend democracy." The military command however declared that it
took direction from the president and had no intention of responding to
the ARENA leadership's call for what many regarded as a military coup.
ARENA's next steps involved the party refusing to
recognize the results and submitting petitions to the TSE and the
Supreme Court for the election to be nullified and/or for a
vote-by-vote recount, both of which were found to be baseless after
careful deliberation carried out in the presence of observers from
the Organization of American States and the European Union.
The aim of reactionary forces allied with big financial
and business interests appears to be to destabilize the situation,
taking a cue from the way right wing opposition forces have been
operating in Venezuela against the Bolivarian government of President
Nicolás Maduro. In fact ARENA used a "marketing consultant"
from Venezuela who specializes in organizing destabilization campaigns
around and after elections in countries where the international
financial oligarchy wants to impose its will on the people. Leaders of
ARENA make no secret of their alliance with those who attempted
unsuccessfully to remove then President
Hugo Chávez from office in a coup in 2002 and are trying to do
the same now to President Nicolás Maduro.
March 31 Day of Action for Health Care
The Canadian Health Coalition has called a National Day
of Action on March 31 for a new Canada Health Accord. Organizers write,
"March 31st marks the expiry of the 2004 Health Accord and the federal
Conservative government has refused to negotiate a new one. We are
sounding the alarm to alert Canadians
that the expiry of the Health Accord means the end of federal
leadership in health care and cuts of $36 billion to health transfers
over 10 years."
TML calls on
everyone to join the actions and go all out to fight for the right to
modern public health care.
Tour of Cuban Musician Gerardo Alfonso Popularizes
World Conference in Solidarity with Cuba
organized a tour of
outstanding Cuban composer
and guitar player Gerardo Alfonso Morejón to promote the
Third Meeting of World Solidarity with Cuba
in Havana, October 27-29, 2014. Gerardo's beautiful poetic songs will
be heard from
Halifax to Victoria, with stops in 11 cities from March 22 to April 13.
Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) will
accompany Gerardo and speak about the Solidarity Meeting. The work of
ICAP is focused on promoting people-to-people exchanges and friendship
between Cubans and peoples around the world. It
strives to act as a force for peace, mutual exchange and true
internationalism in the world.
Movement represents international support for the validity of the Cuban
model of social justice and its viability as an alternative for
"another world," for which the peoples are fighting.
thinking of José Martí and Fidel Castro, this conference
demonstrates Cuba's internationalist vocation and solidarity with all
the just causes which benefit the peoples and their enjoyment of their
fundamental right to freedom, peace and social justice.
About Gerardo Alfonso Morejón
Gerardo Alfonso is
Cuba in the 1960s and combines
traditional folk music with political lyrics. His songs touch upon
themes of humanity, society, love and life. He has shared the stage
with world famous musicians Silvio Rodriguez, Pablo
Milanes, Vicente Feliú and many others.
place in the hearts of all
Cubans, just as his fusion work has won him high marks among musical
critics. His songs incorporate elements of Latin American music
-- basically Brazilian and Caribbean -- but he has also understood how
take advantage of his urban and popular roots
in a range of mixtures that span from rock and reggae to rap and
guaguanco, though never abandoning his trova essence.
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