Raul Castro affirms that Cuba will defend its sovereignty

Havana, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuba will remain alert and ready to protect its sovereignty, assured here on Friday the First Secretary of the Communist Party (PCC), Army General Raul Castro, to the 8th Congress of that organization.

We have to remain alert, protect our country and the sovereign right to exist for which generations of Cubans have sacrificed, he affirmed in reference to aggressions and threats against Cuba and others in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The leader recalled that five years ago, at the 7th Congress of the PCC, he warned of a counter-offensive against progressive processes in the region, fueled by members of the Trump administration and the anti-Cuban counterrevolution associated with terrorism and corruption, he said.

They never disguised their commitment to the Monroe Doctrine, they resorted to methods of unconventional warfare and very dangerous destabilizing operations, he said in his main briefing to Congress.

Raul Castro criticized that such moves disregarded the sovereign rights of the nations of the hemisphere and dangerously threatened peace and security in the hemisphere.

Meanwhile, he denounced ‘several governments’ of the region that tried to dismiss the declaration proclaiming Latin America and the Caribbean as a zone of peace, which was agreed in Havana, January 2014, during the 2nd Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

Raul Castro referred to the use of lies and infamy to justify coercive measures against Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, in an effort to overthrow their constitutional governments and at great cost to those peoples.

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German organizations strengthen solidarity with Cuba

Berlin, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) German organizations of solidarity with Cuba reinforced their actions to denounce the US blockade against the country for over six decades, diplomatic sources indicated on Friday.

With the active participation of the Junge Welt newspaper and solidarity movements, the Unblock Cuba campaign has been arranged since October, which has included several actions in the latest months, its organizers explained.

In addition, a Cuba-Germany Virtual Business Forum on the biotechnological and biopharmaceutical sector was held in Berlin, with the participation of a large virtual audience.

Recently, the Overhaul Task event was carried out to debate on the economic and financial changes in Cuba amidst the Covid-19 impact on the world economy and the tightening of the US blockade.

Ramon Labañino Salazar, Hero of the Republic of Cuba and vice president of the National Association of Economists and Accountants of Cuba, was the main speaker at the aforementioned forum.

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Nicaragua’s solidarity organization highlights friendship with Cuba

Managua, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua’s Association of Friends of Socialism and Peace on Friday highlighted in a statement the commemoration of the Day of Friendship between Cuba and Nicaragua.

Both nations and peoples have been twinned since 1893 when the Cuban hero Jose Marti and the Nicaraguan poet Ruben Dario, deemed here Hero of Cultural Independence, met for the only time in New York, noted the press release of the organization that makes up the Nicaraguan Anti-imperialist Network of Solidarity with the Peoples ‘Augusto. C. Sandino.’

The Day of Friendship will be celebrated on Friday with a political act and an artistic evening, but the anniversary that serves as historic support is the fall in combat, on April 17, 1961, of the Nicaraguan internationalist pilot Carlos Ulloa, while rejecting the US mercenary invasion of Cuba through the Bay of Pigs.

The Nicaraguan Association of Friends of Socialism and Peace took the opportunity to salute the beginning of the 8th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, which it describes as glorious.

True, solid, transparent friendship has deep roots, many times invisible, thus it sometimes must be shown, says an excerpt of the statement.

In the case of Cuba and Nicaragua, the document refers that this reciprocal feeling ‘is based on fraternity, the heroism of their peoples, mutual interest, cooperation and humanism, fundamental principles that have a promising future.’

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Raul Castro criticizes US economic war against Cuba

Havana, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) The United States is waging against Cuba the most overarching and unequal economic war imposed on any other nation, the first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), Army General Raul Castro, said here on Friday.  

Raul Castro affirms that Cuba will defend its sovereignty
Raul Castro presented the Main Report at the opening session of the 8th PCC Congress, which is also attended by President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who is a member of the party’s Political Bureau.

He said that the United States is the biggest threat to world peace and security, and that explains the burden of the blockade imposed on his country for six decades.

The PCC first secretary noted that despite international rejection, that hostile policy harms Cuba’s economic relations with practically all nations of the world.

He pointed out that many governments lack the ability to implement their own rules with companies based on their territories. It happens when the banks in those countries prioritize Washington’s line before the government’s political stances, he added.

Raul Castro recalled that the Donald Trump administration intensified the blockade against Cuba amid the Covid-19 pandemic, showing the ‘ruthless nature of imperialism’.

Since 2017, that administration imposed more than 240 coercive measures with unprecedented methods that took the economic war against Cuba to the most aggressive levels as reflected in the people’s shortages, the party leader stressed.

He rejected the campaigns to deny the damage caused by the blockade, and pointed out that the White House enlarged a list that currently includes 231 Cuban institutions, many of which supply basic products to the population or operate in the hotel and financial sectors.

The intention is to sabotage Cuba’s entrepreneurial system, break the State’s management and promote chaos by strangling the country and causing a social outburst, he noted.

Raul Castro added that financial persecution is a real hunt of Cuban transactions, thus making foreign trade more expensive and complicating Cuba’s payments. At the same time, Cuba has to allocate huge resources to fight the pandemic and maintain hospitals and healthcare centers at higher costs due to the effects of the US blockade, he stated.

Raul Castro described as immoral the campaign against Cuba’s medical cooperation in other countries, which has saved lives and benefited millions of people.

Despite all these, Cuba is willing to engage in a civilized relationship with the US, if and when conditions are not set on its socialism or the right to exercise full sovereignty and independence, and to develop its own foreign policy.

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Cuba stresses US blockade impact on transportation

United Nations, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Permanent Representative to the United Nations Pedro Luis Pedroso stressed on Thursday the US blockade impact on the country´s transportation sector.

On Twitter, Luis Pedroso pointed out that from March 2019 to May 2020, Cuba´s transportation sector has been damaged for more than US$312 million. The US blockade regulations, particularly the measures adopted in 2019 by Washington in order to blockade Cuba, had a devastating impact on transportation sector.

Pedroso, for example, added that Consultores Marítimos S.A. Company reported US$160,000 losses due to cancellation of authorizations for cruise companies to operate in Cuba.

Due to the tightening of the US blockade it could not be possible to acquire B-100 aviation fuel slated for August, September and October 2019.

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Cuba’s Tourist Observatory to start operations

Holguin, Cuba, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) Promoting the potentials of Holguin as a tourist destination in the foreign market will be one of the fundamental working guidelines of the Tourist Observatory in this eastern Cuban province, after it starts working on Friday.

Provincial Tourism Ministry (MINTUR) Delegate Eddy Santos told Prensa Latina that the project resulted from the need to increase the commercialization of this destination in partnerships between all factors of the sector and the academy.

Santos stressed that the Observatory will also analyze the variables of the tourist movement, the statistics of the trends of tourism-sending countries regarding the Caribbean, and the major market niches where Holguin’s offers can be included and perfected.

In order to achieve those goals, the Observatory, the first of its kind in Cuba, will be made up of MINTUR specialists, travel agencies, tour operators, tourist industry experts and professors and students from the University of Holguin.

Some of the priorities are increasing the presence of this destination in several digital platforms, offering a continuous update of the product and attracting, organizing, assessing and processing information for effective scientific management.

Holguin is one of Cuba’s most important tourist destinations, due to the quality of its fine, white sandy beaches, history, culture and the significant ongoing investment process and natural resources, which include little explored pristine areas.

It can also be reached by plane from other continents and countries and is connected to the rest of the country’s tourist regions and marinas by roads.

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Cuba, Italy agree to collaborate in radio and television broadcasting

Rome, Apr 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s Institute of Radio and Television (ICRT) and the Italian Radio and Television (RAI) signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the field of media, the Cuban embassy informed on Thursday.

With the signing of that document, which will be valid for three years, both sides agree on the will to ‘boost and develop cooperation in the field of the media,’ notes the press release published by the diplomatic mission.

Cuba’s ambassador to Italy, Jose Carlos Rodriguez, signed the document representing ICRT’s president, Alfonso Noya.

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Mexico prepares for 25th Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba

Mexico, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) Mexico’s Movement of Solidarity with Cuba accelerates the preparations for the 25th National Meeting which will take place on April 24th and 25th, this time in a virtual way, according to organizers.

All solidarity organizations at national level are immersed in this task in order to, 62 years after the triumph of the Revolution, celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, Tamara Barro, member of the solidarity coordinator, explained to Prensa Latina.

They will also commemorate the triumph over the US mercenary invasion of Playa Giron, the first military defeat of imperialism in Latin America, she added.

This year, she said, the meeting will have luxury speakers such as the former Minister of Culture, Abel Prieto; Aleida Guevara, Ernesto Guevara’s daughter; Noemi Reboza, vice president of ICAP; Miguel Barnet, president of the Cuban-Mexican Society of Cultural Relations; and Alcides de la Rosa, a fighter of the Bay of Pigs, among other speakers.

The meeting will be inaugurated by Cuba’s Ambassador to Mexico Pedro Nuñez Mosquera, Mexican senator Gloria Sanchez, and Reboza representing ICAP, she noted.

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Cuba prioritizes food production

 Cuba prioritizes food production

Havana, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, today highlighted the recent approval of 63 measures to boost food production in the country, considered a priority on the government agenda.

In a message published on Twitter, the president recognized among the most important, the authorization of the sale of meat from large and small cattle, milk and derivatives with some conditions.

According to the president, this provision is subject to ‘compliance with the contracted plan, the state commission and the established indicators of quality and safety, as long as it is guaranteed that there is no decrease in the livestock mass.’

For the approval of the package, the Executive responded to the proposals generated in a meeting with 1,300 producers, scientists and experts from Cuba.

The regulations were released the day before after the meeting between the country’s top leaders and workers in the sector via videoconference, and include 30 priorities and others immediately.

In addition, they regulate aspects related to the prices of inputs and some agricultural products, the process of hiring the workforce, marketing, the promotion of local development projects, the implementation of financial measures and the payment of taxes.

These regulations seek to eliminate monopolies in the supply of inputs, commercialization, deficiencies in the use of the land, prohibitions, ineffective intermediaries, and solve the repeated difficulty in non-payment to producers.

According to the president, the directives focus on reducing these obstacles.

In the short term, they seek to boost production, eliminate inconveniences and guarantee a better diet in the midst of the complex crisis that the country is going through.

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US organizations highlight 8th Congress of Cuba’s Communist Party

US organizations highlight 8th Congress of Cuba's Communist Party

Washington, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuban and Latin American emigration organizations in the US city of Miami, Florida, on Wednesday stressed the importance of the 8th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) to be held from April 16 to 19.

In a press release, those entities recalled the leading role of the PCC, as established in the Constitution of the Republic, endorsed in a plebiscite by the vast majority of the citizens of Cuba.

The document denounces ‘the subversive, terrorist and genocidal plans against the Revolution, which are currently being developed; especially in these tragic Covid-19 times.’

The statement is signed by the organizations of the Cuban and Latin American emigration that, in Miami, integrate the Marti’s Coalition Alliance, the Antonio Maceo Brigade, the Marti’s Alliance -as an individual entity; the Jose Marti Cultural Association, the Bolivarian Circle of Miami, Negra Hipolita, the Women’s Association and Radio Miami.

The signatories point out the need to recall everyone of the inescapable commitment of the Cuban people to their Revolution while urging the US government to respect their sovereign will, as the only way to establish and develop peace between both countries.

The statement also stresses the importance of Article Five of Cuba’s Magna Carta, which appoints the PCC as ‘the superior leading political force of society and the State.’

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