ALBA August Meeting Announced

The next summit of ALBA will be held in the quaint little country of Dominica, according to articles in Cuba Debate and Granma issued today.

ALBA is the Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América. It was founded via an agreement between Venezuela and Cuba in 2004 on the ideals of integration to overcome the traditional methods of achieving free trade and fair trade, to develop joint policies for social care and to adopt financial and economic mechanisms independent of agencies like the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

On Saturday, amid numerous photo ops in which Fidel and Raul Castro, Daniel Ortega and Chavez appeared at the meeting in Caracas, Chavez requested an ovation for Fidel, whom he called the Father of all the Revolutionaries.

Also on Saturday, there was debate about the fact that Cuba is not invited to the Summit of the Americas. It was decided to hold a special meeting in Cuba to plan on what to do about its being denied an invitation. Chavez stated that if Cuba is not invited, Venezuela would not attend.

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