“We will coup whoever we want! Deal with it.”—Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, responding to a critic who pointed out (correctly) that the US regime organised a coup in Bolivia to secure lithium for the Musks of this world.
“The US military has its knee on the throat of the world.”—Ellen Taylor, in Counterpunch
“Get me back to Caracas”—Headline in the Guardian (London) describing the plight of Venezuelans who had migrated to Colombia but who now want to get back to Venezuela
“International agencies that control currency, trade and credit practise terrorism against poor countries, and against the poor of all countries, with a professional frigidity and impunity that humiliate the best of those who resist.”—Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan writer
“That is why we strongly reject, condemn and repudiate all unilateral coercive measures imposed against sovereign nations like Cuba, Venezuela and others that are today suffering from the most cruel and massive punishments for having chosen a political or social system different from those of the dominant economic powers. Those measures are inhuman and should be eliminated, all the more so in the context of the current pandemic, when sanctions are pointing to genocide.”—Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, president of Cuba
“Take my home town, Chicago, the one-third black city that Obama deceptively claimed to hail from. It recently elected a black, female and gay mayor (a symbolic identity politics trifecta!) and named one of its leading downtown streets after the 20th century black civil rights activist Ida B. Wells . . . America pulls down monuments to racist oppressors, renames streets and paints Black Lives Matter all over them. But the real inequalities of cities like Chicago—rooted in class as well as race—are left to fester.”—Paul Street, American author
“Here we are, not battered, not subjugated, not tired. Scars, yes, there will always be scars, because to conquer rights you must face the bullets, and your skin suffers, and even your soul, but if you survive, as we have done, there is no power on earth that can extinguish the inexhaustible brilliance of a dignified life when you know you are free.”—Granma International, on the anniversary of the attack on the Moncada barracks on 26 July 1953 that marked the start of the Cuban Revolution