Coronavirus and internationalism: Solidarity á la Cuba
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The spread of COVID19 across the globe has generated a severe crisis, which will impact more than the thousands of people who have already been infected with this coronavirus. The way of life of the majority of the world’s people has been impacted; the international economy has suffered a serious setback. This situation has revealed the weakness of a society that is built on the interests of capital, and therefore has dismantled social protections, like public health. It is time for international cooperation and solidarity.
The EU member states initially acted in an uncoordinated and not very solidarity manner regarding the corona crisis: While Italy and Spain sent out an urgent call for medical equipment, not a single EU country responded. Countries such as Germany and France even issued export bans for medical equipment.
We say: Solidarity looks different. Cuba showed us how: Hundreds of Cuban doctors and medical experts have traveled to the countries most affected by the coronavirus in the past weeks and months and are helping on site. Cuba’s international Medical Brigades have a long history in tackling global health emergencies, like Ebola in West Africa in 2014/15 or cholera epidemic in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Cuba's medical mission has been recommended for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize by the French solidarity organisation Cuba Linda in recognition of its efforts in the fight against the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The 60-year-old blockade of Cuba by the USA, which violates international law and human rights and has been constantly intensified and supplemented by further coercive measures by the Trump government in the last few months, is impeding the supply of medicine, medical equipment, food and other goods essential to surviving the pandemic.
Not only human rights groups but also the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, have correctly called for lifting the restrictions and sanctions in force against Cuba, in order to permit the flow of more aid and help the island develop treatments against the disease. The island has a free unicersal health care and a high ratio of medical workers (95,000 for 11 million population) but operates without much oft he equipment and testing generally available in developed countries.
During this event (in English) we want to talk about Cuba's role in the corona crisis. It will take place on Monday, 25/05, 7-9pm and is our working groups contribution to the “International week of anti-imperialist struggle“ (https://antiimperialistweek.org/en/) beginning this Monday.
We are happy to announce the following participants and look very much forward to your participation as well:
- María Milagros Franco Suárez, embassy councellor for scientific and academic matters, including health policy, Cuban Embassy Berlin
- Dr. Emily Brown, medical doctor, graduate of ELAM, Latin American School of Medicine
- Harri Grünberg, activist of Cuba Si, member of LINKE Executive Board and party's international commission
Moderation: Judith Benda, co-speaker LAG Internationals, member of LINKE and European LEft Executive Board and LINKE international commission