Europe for Cuba: World Caravan Against Economic Blockade

Vintage American cars are rolling along the Gulf Avenue, locally known as El Malecòn, in Havana, Cuba.
Vintage American cars are rolling along the Gulf Avenue, locally known as El Malecòn, in Havana, Cuba. | Photo: EFE/Ernesto Mastrascusa

Numerous voices continue to rise worldwide, demanding an end to the economic, financial, and commercial blockade imposed by the U.S. on Cuba for more than 60 years, aggravated during the Trump administration.

March 4 (teleSUR) The “Europe for Cuba” channel on the YouTube platform has called for a worldwide caravan on March 27 against the economic, commercial, and financial blockade and aggression imposed by the United States on the island, which has been in force for six decades.

In its 20th video, the platform that broadcasts through the audiovisual network YouTube called on people of solidarity around the planet to be part of the initiative.

“We urge all those in solidarity from the five continents to participate in the caravan for the lifting of the blockade on Cuba on Saturday, March 27, in all corners of the world,” it stressed.

The channel also acknowledged the holding of caravans in U.S. and Canadian cities to demand the end of the blockade and build bridges of love between Washington and Havana.

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The arrival on January 20 of President Joe Biden to the White House increased demands in the United States and globally to resume rapprochement with Cuba and reverse his predecessor Donald Trump’s aggressions, whose administration issued more than 230 measures to tighten the blockade.

The Trump administration ignored calls from the UN, the European Union, and other forums not to apply unilateral sanctions that would further complicate the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister highlights UN experts’ complaint

Caracas, Mar 4 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza highlighted the complaint by United Nations human rights experts against the United States for the coercive measures imposed on Venezuela.

The foreign minister shared on Twitter the statement by UN officials Alena Douhan and Obiora Okafor, who highlighted that Washington’s emergency declarations that authorize unilateral sanctions are giving rise to serious human rights violations.

The report emphasized that the emergencies declared by the White House can last for decades and ‘instead of true emergencies, they seem like excuses to impose sanctions indefinitely.’

The experts urged the US Government to fully comply with its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to avoid any negative impact on persons subject to authorized sanctions in emergency declarations.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden extended the 2015 Executive Order for a year, declaring Venezuela ‘an unusual and extraordinary threat’ to the security of the United States.

With this decision, the United States intensifies coercive and unilateral measures against Venezuela, preventing the acquisition of medical supplies and food, and make more difficult the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Cuba pays tribute to victims of terrorist attack

Havana, Mar 4 (Prensa Latina) Cuba on Thursday paid tribute to the victims of the sabotage of French La Coubre steamship, considered one of the most criminal terrorist attacks organized from the United States against this country.

In a ceremony celebrated in this capital on the occasion of the 61st anniversary of the attack on the vessel, the first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) in Old Havana, Tamara Placeres, highlighted that Washington’s attacks against this country are still vivid.

She recalled that the ship, with ammunition and weapons on board to strengthen the defensive forces of the emerging Revolution, exploded when port workers were unloading the merchandise, an attack planned by the CIA.

As a result, nearly 100 people were killed, 34 went missing and 400 were injured, dozens of whom were forever impaired.

According to the official, the explosion became a milestone in Cuba’s history when, at the victims’ funeral, Historic Leader Fidel Castro ratified the premise of always withstanding and fighting, crystalized in the slogan ‘Patria o Muerte!’ (Homeland or Death).

This was not the only terrorist attack perpetrated to change the course of the Cuban revolutionary process. There were other ones such as the explosion of an aircraft flying from Barbados, the terrorist attacks at hotels or the mercenary Bay of Pigs invasion.

She stressed that today’s main confrontation scenario is on digital platforms, where terrorism and war against Cuba are exacerbated.

‘US administrations have never been moral or decent enough to apologize and recant for the damage caused,’ Tamara Placeres denounced.

At the commemoration ceremony, attended by local authorities and the people in general, wreaths sent by PCC First Secretary Raul Castro and President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel were laid.

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Russian tourism remains stable in Cuba

Havana, Mar 4 (Prensa Latina) The arrival of Russian tourists to the north-central region of Cuba, to Jardines del Rey, remains stable despite the difficulties created by Covid-19, a press report said today.

The European electronic bulletin Good Travel to Cuba takes into account reports from local authorities published on Twitter, and adds that so far four weekly flights from that country to Jardines del Rey have been stabilized.

The note points out that the arrivals of Russian visitors to the tourist destination indicate the authorities’ cohesion in terms of operations and compliance with sanitary protocols to avoid the pandemic.

The place is a group of keys and islets in the north of the Cuban archipelago, and is one of the Caribbean’s tourist destinations par excellence, which can be accessed through an international airport or by crossing a modern causeway over the sea, they emphasize.

Its hotel infrastructure includes four-star and five-star facilities and offers several facilities for recreational boating and adventure tourism.

In the summer of 2020, Cuba reopened some of its destinations to international tourism. Since then, markets such as Russia and Canada implemented weekly flight frequencies to that scenario.

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Cuban FM Bruno Rodriguez denounces US migration policy for minors

Cuban FM Bruno Rodriguez denounces US migration policy for minors

Havana, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Wednesday denounced the migration policy implemented by the United States, after the reopening of border detention centers for minors.

That measure shows the hidden face of a political system that rejects migrants, but needs them to survive, the head of Cuban diplomacy wrote on his Twitter account.

‘The ‘American dream’ has separated thousands of children from their relatives to subject them to inhumane treatment,’ he tweeted.

According to media reports, a detention center for migrant children opened in the southern state of Texas, being the first measure of this kind taken by the administration of Democratic President Joe Biden.

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Solidarity with Cuba remains active in social networks

 Solidarity with Cuba remains active in social networks

Ciego de Avila, Cuba Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) The delegation of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) in this province maintains today its solidarity activity in social networks, due to the complex epidemiological situation caused by Covid-19.

The ICAP delegate in Ciego de Avila, Tania Maria Companioni, said that since direct contact with friends from other countries is impossible, they carry out exchanges virtually, through the page Always with Cuba.

She said that they focus their attention on denouncing the harsh economic, commercial and financial blockade maintained by the United States against the island for almost six decades.

On the 17th of each month, the members of this institution participate in online events to show the damages caused in different branches of the economy and services that directly affect the Cuban people, she said.

She pointed out that in February the residents of Ciego de Avila denounced the damages faced by the sports movement, among which stands out the lack of resources to carry out training sessions, due to the restrictive measures imposed by the United States against Cuba.

They also maintained contacts through social networks with friends in North America and were aware of the events held in several cities in the United States and Canada, he said.

He explained that they frequently maintain exchanges through Facebook and Twitter, with solidarity groups and affectionate people from Nicaragua, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Italy, France and Canada, among others.

He also maintains close ties with young foreigners studying in Ciego de Avila universities and with internationalist doctors serving missions in different parts of the world.

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Cuba´s Soberana 02 vaccine candidate to enter phase-3

Havana, Mar 4 (Prensa Latina) As many as 44,010 persons will volunteer from today in the clinical trial of Cuba´s Soberana 02 vaccine candidate that enters phase-3.

The Cuban public registry of clinical trials detailed on its website that in this phase-3 the objective is to assess efficacy, safety and immunogenicity of Soberana 02 vaccine.

In this last stage (phase-3), scientists will make a multicenter and adaptive study for parallel, randomized, placebo-controlled and double-blind groups.

As planned, two Finlay-FR-2 (Soberana 02) doses and a booster with Finlay-FR-1A (Soberana 01 A) will be administered.

Volunteers, in eight municipalities of Cuba´s capital, would be of 19 and 80 years of age.

The description said that those subjects with acute febrile or infectious disease in the seven days prior to the administration of the vaccine or at the time of its application will not be able to participate.

It also excludes individuals suffering from mental disorders, with a history of hypersensitivity to thiomerosal or to some of its formula components.

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Cuban projects nominated for Information Society Prizes

Havana, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) Cuban projects about gender equality, commercial television advertising speech and a radio station are nominated today for prizes at the 2021 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) published on its website a list of the candidates for this year’s competition, and Cuba is nominated for Enabling environment with the initiative ‘Gender equality in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT),’ by the Cuban Informatics Union.

In the Media section, Cuba is nominated with ‘CMHS Radio Caibarien,’ by the Institute of Radio and Television.

While in Ethical Dimensions of the Information Society, the project nominated is ‘Construction of gender in the commercial television advertising discourse of Cubavision Internacional,’ also by the Cuban Informatics Union.

From the island, citizens can vote by accessing the ITU website (https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/stocktaking/Prizes/2021/Vote).

Only one project is allowed to be chosen in each of the 18 categories and the deadline expires on March 31.

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Maduro to UN Human Rights Council: US Sanctions ‘Flagrantly Violate International Law’

Headquarters of the UN Human Rights Council (File photo)

This Monday morning, February 22, during the opening of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session, President Nicolás Maduro reiterated that Venezuela remains firm in its position of not accepting “the interference or intervention of any inquisitorial mechanism against our homeland that pretends to use the just cause of human rights as a political tool for a change of government by force in our country.”

Venezuela is part of the UNHRC, therefore has a voice and holds a vote to in its sessions, now held virtually due to the pandemic.

“Those who believe that Venezuela will diminish the cooperation achieved with the High Commissioner for Human Rights as a consequence of these ideologized provocations of a group of governments are mistaken,” said the Venezuelan head of state. “The Venezuelan State will work decisively with the actors of this Human Rights Council.”

“We have strengthened our cooperation with the United Nations in an integrated manner, with all its specialized agencies, programs and funds,” said Venezuela’s president. Maduro recalled that in September 2020, he renewed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for one year, to continue strengthening cooperation and technical assistance links in the promotion and protection of human rights in Venezuela.

He mentioned the visit to Venezuela of United Nations Human Rights Rapporteur Alena Douhan who, following meetings with various sectors of the country, concluded that “the sanctions and unilateral coercive measures applied by the United States and the European Union, as a deliberate tool to achieve regime change in Venezuela, flagrantly violate international law and all universal and regional human rights instruments.”

“The report specifically recognized that these extraterritorial actions threaten the lives of the Venezuelan people, and the full enjoyment of the social and economic rights democratically won in the last two decades,” said President Maduro. “The rapporteur demanded the lifting of sanctions against Venezuela, the return of its assets, and the guarantee of access by the Venezuelan State to the resources that have been frozen around the world, as well as access to the global financial system.”

He denounced the hybrid war aimed at putting an end to an inclusive model, through actions of unbridled pressure including more than 450 unilateral and illegal coercive measures, and an economic blockade that has affected the capacities of the Venezuelan State and society.

“The hijackers of Venezuelan assets and resources have shown great cruelty by disregarding the calls of the international community of the High Commissioner, and have increased economic aggressions, generating a humanitarian crisis in a treacherous and premeditated manner,” he said.

The President also said that the pandemic “has highlighted the need to see health as a fundamental human right,” and he pointed out that “multilateralism is demonstrating that it’s the only possible method for overcoming global difficulties, and building better living conditions for the people.”

Finally, Maduro urged the Human Rights Council and the United Nations to guarantee the happiness, security and stability of humanity, through the change of the capitalist economic organization system for a system of justice and equity, built on the pillars of respect for human rights, social rights and International Law.

Featured image: Headquarters of the UN Human Rights Council (File photo)

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Translation: Orinoco Tribune

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Cuba and Vietnam strengthen dialogue

Havana, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Vietnam on Tuesday reviewed their common agenda and ratified their willingness to promote high-level talks during the 5th round of Political Consultations between Foreign Ministries, held virtually.

Cuban First Deputy Foreign Minister Marcelino Medina and his Vietnamese counterpart, Bui Thanh Son, presided over the meeting, which favored boosting fraternity and cooperation in several fields, including the fight against Covid-19.

Among other topics, they highlighted the celebration of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2020, as well as the fact that Vietnam has become Asia’s major investor in Cuba.

They also acknowledged Vietnam’s significant role in projects related to food security in Cuba, according to a press release from The Cuban Foreign Ministry.

The two officials also debated topics of the common multilateral and regional agendas.

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