Identity Verified Thinker in Politics / International / Latin America
Guillermo A Belt
Guillermo A Belt
Guillermo A. Belt received a Doctorate in Law from the University of Villanueva, Havana, Cuba. He was a staff member of the Organization of American States (OAS), Washington, DC, participating in several Inter-American political missions from 1961 until retirement in 1998.


This Blog has no active categories.
Aug. 16, 2011 3:55 pm
To hear the TV news anchors tell it, the public is fed up with politics, politicians, and even with institutions at the core of democratic government, such as the presidency and the Congress of the United States. Pessimism rules the day: the economy is weak, the future bleak. The principles the country has long stood for are increasingly being questioned, here and abroad. Not in Colombia,...  Read More
Jun. 27, 2011 3:58 pm
In a special report published in London on June 20, the Committee to Protect Journalists points out that of the 67 journalists who were forced into exile worldwide over the past 12 months, more than half came from Iran and Cuba. Between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011, the governments of countries in the Middle East and North Africa, the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and Central Asia used...  Read More
Mar. 30, 2011 11:50 am
Arriving in Buenos Aires this week, Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez called for all Latin American governments to unite and oppose the military intervention in Libya being carried out “by the United States and its allies”. Quoted by Telam, the official news service of Argentina, the autocratic ruler of Venezuela, who dreams of replacing Fidel Castro as the leader of any and all anti-U.S....  Read More
Feb. 22, 2011 3:32 pm
The eyes of the world are on Egypt and, increasingly, on other countries in the region where the people in the streets are demanding reforms, or the overthrow of the current regime. For obvious reasons the United States government’s attention is concentrated on these events, and the television audience in this country, fascinated by the images on the screen, is hardly aware of developments in our...  Read More
Jan. 25, 2011 5:07 pm
The organization Human Rights Watch, which in 1997 shared in the Nobel Peace Prize as a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, has just issued its report on the events that in 2010 had an impact on human rights around the world. The chapter on Cuba begins as follows: “Cuba remains the only country in Latin America that represses virtually all forms of political...  Read More
Jan. 5, 2011 3:22 pm
Appearing on television in Caracas on 3 January 2011, José Ramón Machado, the first vice president of Cuba, made it clear to his Venezuelan audience that the economic measures recently announced by the Cuban regime do not mean that it is giving up on socialism. As quoted by El Universal on January 4, Machado declared: “Cuba remains as socialist as ever. What we are doing is meant, precisely, to...  Read More
Dec. 7, 2010 1:59 pm
Antonio Maceo: Cuban Patriot and Hero In a single combat action, one of more than 800 in which he took part, usually leading the charge of his troops, he was wounded 8 times: 4 in the left chest, 1 in the left shoulder, and 3 in his right hand. At the age of 23, Antonio Maceo had said goodbye to his pregnant wife and baby daughter and as a private joined the Cuban patriots immediately after...  Read More
Nov. 18, 2010 4:55 pm
Yoani Sánchez is a 35-year old Cuban woman who since 2007 has been writing from Havana the blog “Generación Y” ( ), where she courageously discloses the many failures of the Castro regime. She has received several international awards for her work, the latest from CEPOS, the Center for Independent Research in Denmark. As is customary, CEPOS invited her to come to...  Read More
Nov. 3, 2010 3:02 pm
Despite Spain’s efforts to overturn the Common Position on Cuba, adopted by the European Union in 1996, the majority of the UE’s foreign ministers have decided to maintain this policy, which conditions improvement of Europe’s relations with the Castro regime to progress on human rights. The Socialist government in Madrid is trying to put the best face on its most recent diplomatic defeat, but...  Read More
Oct. 13, 2010 2:53 pm
Early on October 10, 1868, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, 49, born in Bayamo, the second oldest city in Cuba, a lawyer, sugar planter, and outspoken opponent of Spanish colonial rule, ordered the bell rung at his small plantation, La Demajagua , near the town of Yara, in the island’s easternmost province of Oriente. Over one hundred fellow patriots and thirty slaves answered the call. Céspedes...  Read More
Oct. 8, 2010 10:01 am
Mario Vargas Llosa, the Peruvian writer whose more than 30 novels, plays, and essays have been translated into many languages and who is renowned among the greatest in the Spanish-speaking world, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on October 7 by the Swedish Academy in Stockholm. The good news comes as a welcome change. A police revolt in Ecuador, which jeopardized President Correa’s...  Read More
Sep. 23, 2010 9:43 am
In an article published on September 22 by La Nación, of Argentina, Sergio Ramírez quotes the reply of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to a Russian interviewer who asked him if he hoped to establish a relationship of mutual respect with the United States. Ortega’s verbatim reply in Spanish, translated here, was as follows: “What has changed is the method, for the time being; I say for the time...  Read More
Sep. 9, 2010 7:36 pm
Fidel Castro is again in the news these days. At first, he made headlines just by showing up unexpectedly: at the Havana aquarium one day; at his own ceremony to commemorate another anniversary of the 26 th of July (he did not attend the official event); at a gathering of Cuban artists – the ones tolerated by the regime, that is. More recently he has been giving selected interviews to foreign...  Read More
Aug. 20, 2010 3:27 pm
Jorge Luis García Pérez, better known as Antúnez, signing his debut post on from Placetas, in the center of Cuba, on August 19, defines himself as “an ex-political prisoner who will not be silenced, and who will not leave Cuba.” Arrested for the first time in 1983 at the age of 19, Antúnez was beaten in the public square of his native Placetas for criticizing the government, taken...  Read More
Aug. 5, 2010 10:09 am
Latin America is making news in the first week of August. A few examples: Venezuela. WhenColombia showed photographs of several camps set up by the terrorist organizations FARC and ELN on Venezuelan soil, Hugo Chávez immediately broke off diplomatic relations with his neighbor and went on to charge that the Colombian government was about to declare war on Venezuela. Further, Chávez said that...  Read More
Jul. 27, 2010 4:59 pm
For the past 57 years two men, and only two, have addressed the people of Cuba on July 26, the date that marks the beginning of a revolution that long ago became in fact the longest family-run regime in the world. Fidel Castro and on occasion his brother Raúl have on that day handed down the political and economic guidelines that everyone is to follow, no questions asked. Not so this year. Fidel...  Read More
Jul. 20, 2010 6:05 pm
These days there is plenty of news from Latin America. Here are a few items. Colombia . On July 20 the country celebrated the 200 th anniversary of its independence from Spain. However, the shadow of renewed conflict with Venezuela hangs over the festivities. President Álvaro Uribe, who in a few days will hand over the government to Juan Manuel Santos, democratically elected in a landslide,...  Read More
Jul. 12, 2010 9:59 am
After 135 days on a hunger strike, kept barely alive by a team of doctors, the Cuban prisoner of conscience Guillermo Fariñas has decided to interrupt his act of protest until November when he and fellow dissidents will determine whether the Castro regime does indeed live up to its promise to release 52 of the political prisoners who have been jailed under the worst conditions since the mass...  Read More
Jun. 30, 2010 9:03 am
Ariel Sigler, 47, was arrested in 2003 as one of the 75 Cuban citizens rounded up for so-called counterrevolutionary activities. He was a strong, athletic man when he was thrown in prison. Today he is a paraplegic weighing less than 100 pounds and seriously ill. So ill, in fact, that the Castro government set him free a few days ago. The Catholic Church in Cuba is optimistic that more political...  Read More
Jun. 9, 2010 9:10 am
Very early on March 18, 2003, agents of the State Security Department fanned out across Cuba, entered more than 100 homes without a warrant and arrested many Cuban citizens, most of them freelance journalists, human rights advocates, librarians, and independent labor activists. Between April 3 and 7, after summary trials, 75 Cubans were sentenced to as much as 30 years in prison. Their “crime”:...  Read More
May 17, 2010 10:26 am
If you live in Venezuela, the Cubans are not coming, they are already there. Analysts place the total number of Cubans sent to Venezuela by the Castro government at more than 30,000, between military and security personnel, teachers, physicians, advisers, etc. They are not there out of altruism, or revolutionary solidarity. They have been bought and paid for at the rate of 100,000 barrels of free...  Read More
Latest Ebooks