It is with deep concern and revolt that we are following the renewed escalation of tensions in occupied Palestine and especially in Jerusalem, where the Israeli leadership again imposes provocative measures against the Palestinian people, in flagrant violation of the agreements with the Palestinian Authority and other Arab neighbors, advancing on the Al-Aqsa Mosque's compound.
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) marked the 40th anniversary since it legal constitution, formalized in April 1976, with a number of initiatives, including the publication of a book from which we reproduce excerpts from its preface and introduction.
The present relevance of the struggle for peace
The Congress of the Cyprus Peace Council (CPC) took place in Nicosia on 8th July with the participation of dozens of delegates from the whole island and the dicussion and adoption of a declaration which you can see below. The Congress was attended by personalities and representatives of political parties and movements of Cyprus and by guests from the Cuba, represented by Aleida Guevara, daughter of the revolutionary “Che” and by the General Secretary of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), Jose Angel Maury.
At the World Peace Council (WPC) Assembly held in Brazil in November 2016 the various Caribbean Peace Organizations that were in attendance and the WPC’s regional coordinator for the Americas and the Caribbean -the Cuban Movement for Peace and People´s Sovereignty (MovPaz)- called for the holding of the First Caribbean Peace Conference in Barbados in the year of 2017.
U.S. television news programs (CNN, MSNBC, and Fox) have been pounding the war drums in the last few weeks and days, since North Korea successfully launched a long- range missile. The long drift to war with North Korea has seemingly become, overnight, a U.S. drive to war with North Korea.
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) strongly condemns the recent decisions buy the US president to strengthen the blockade against Cuba, namely by reverting some measures, that although insuficient, had been put forward by the previous US Administration. Now it will again become harder for US citizens to travel to Cuba and new restrictions on comercial trade with the island have emerged.
With indignation and firm rejection, we again denounce the US and its allies' attempts of promoting a direct offensive against the Arab Syrian Republic, using the same, demonstrated false pretexts to justify an invasion.
The US and its allies have promoted the tale, presenting no evidence whatsoever, according which the Syrian government is preparing a chemical attack against the population. It is passed time we bury the practice of imperialist powers and their servants of inventing outright lies and selling them as sentences to justify “humanitarian interventions”.
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) organized an action in solidarity with the people of Venezuela on July 5th, day of the 206th anniversary of the Venezuelan Independence.
The Brazilian Center for Solidarity with the Peoples and Struggle for Peace (Cebrapaz) joins all peace movements around the world in firm rejection of the escalation of threats made by the United States and its allies against Syria and its brave people.