Nobel Prize Committee confirms petition for Cuban brigade

Nobel Prize Committee confirms petition for Cuban brigade

Moscow, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) The Nobel Prize Committee confirmed the registration of a petition to grant the Nobel Peace Prize to Cuba’s Henry Reeve Medical Brigade, sent by Russian Rector Andrei Alexandrov, official sources reported on Monday.

After a petition filed by Alexandrov, rector of ‘I.N. Ulianov’ University, due to the contribution of this brigade to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, the committee replied with a letter saying, ‘Your nomination for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize was duly registered.’

‘The Nobel Prize committee shows its gratitude for your intention of nominating that candidacy,’ underscore the document sent to Alexandrov, head of the university located in Chuvashia province, according to the Cuba-Russia Friendship Association (SRAC).

The petitions sent by Oleg Abakumov, head of the association’s branch in Saratov province, and Nikolai Dmitriev, head of that organization in Tula province, were also confirmed.

The petitions from the rector of the State Pedagogical University of Altai, Irina Lazarenko, and Vice Rector for teaching and international activity at that institution, PhD Candidate Arkadi Kontev, were also received by the committee.

On July 7, the first substitute of the Duma president (lower Russian House) Ivan Melnikov, supported the iniciative of granting the Nobel Peace Prize to the Cuban medical brigade.


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Hostilities Won’t Stop Venezuela’s Upcoming Elections

Citizen wears a mask with the image of Commander Hugo Chavez, Caracas, Venezuela, Nov. 29, 2020.

Published 30 November 2020, teleSUR

The combined forces of the U.S., the Organization of American States (OAS), and the European Union (EU) can no longer block Venezuela’s electoral train.

The international campaign of discredit against the Venezuelan electoral process, encouraged by the U.S. and the European Union (EU), gains strength one week ahead of the legislative elections scheduled for December 6.

“Chavism won’t guarantee biosecurity measures,” “The voting machines will fail,” “Maduro seeks to settle his government after the parliamentary elections,” are some headlines shown by the Miami-Bogota-Madrid media in the last days.

“These media have intensified their strategy to incite the people not to vote. They are bursting with fake news, infamies, attacks, and distortions about our nation. They are angry at the freedom and sovereignty of the people of Bolivar,” Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza condemned.

The hostility towards the electoral process that Venezuela is experiencing has a long history. The most recent sabotage against the democratic process occurred in September when President Donald Trump sanctioned National Electoral Council (NEC) officials under the pretext that they “undermined Venezuela’s independence and democratic order.”

Shortly before, Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary Luis Almagro reiterated his support for Juan Guaido, self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, and he warned that the normalization of relations with Nicolas Maduro’s government “would devastate for the democracies of the hemisphere.”

Colombian President Ivan Duque also tried to look good in the eyes of Washington by calling the Venezuelan electoral process a “spectacle at the service of the dictatorship.”

“I ask the international community not to endorse the Venezuelan elections. It is a prefabricated orchestra. Colombia does not recognize that process, and it rejects the calling of elections by a dictator whom we do not recognize as president of Venezuela,” Duque commented, following the lead of Almagro.

EU also insisted on its position of not recognizing the legitimacy of the elections, despite repeated invitations from Caracas to send an observers’ commission to the December 6 elections.

The European block urged Venezuela to postpone the election date because “we need more time to form an electoral observation mission of 200 people. The invitation needs to be made at least five or six months in advance.”

President Nicolas Maduro’s government rejected “the EU conditions, which reflect its biased position. This is an unacceptable attitude that does not correspond to the spirit of our invitation.”

Despite hostilities, nothing stops Venezuela’s democratic course. “We will have elections on December 6,” Maduro asserted while calling on the people not to get influenced by the “nefarious strategy” promoted by the far-right-wing.

Contrary to what U.S. supporters want to show, the Venezuelan opposition also defends the democratic path.

“We continue to promote popular participation and the vote. Together, we will push for change for the better. December 6 is the day of the civic and electoral demonstration. There is no room for abstention, as Guaido is asking. That will not be an option,” said Claudio Fermin, a candidate of “Solutions for Venezuela” opposition party.

United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) Vice President Diosdado Cabello agreed that “the Revolution’s revenge will be to go to the polls. We will win the elections fairly against those who wanted to remove our President while applauding the U.S. sanctions and blockade against the people.”

The National Electoral Council (CNE ) renewal and the call to the polls to renew the National Assembly were part of the agreements reached by the dialogue table, installed in September 2019 between the Bolivarian government and several opposition parties.

Over 20 million voters will go to the polls on December 6 to elect assembly members in a process in which 14,000 candidates and a hundred political organizations participate.

President Maduro recently praised the beginning and the transparency of the campaign, in which the  PSUV and allied forces aspire to recover the National Assembly, which is in contempt today. 

“People of Venezuela, we want to tell you that everything is ready. You are the only one missing, with your vote, with your decision, so that on December 6, we elect the parliamentarians of the National Assembly,” NEC President Indira Alfonzo said to the press. 

“The electoral train is underway. The combined forces of the U.S., the OAS, and the European Union can no longer stop it,” Alfonzo assured.

Prensa Latina – The Washington Post – DW – VTV

by Alejandra Garcia

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Venezuelan opposition recognizes guarantees of electoral process

Caracas, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) The candidate for the National Assembly for the opposition party Soluciones para Venezuela (lit. ‘Solutions for Venezuela’), Claudio Fermin, acknowledged that the parliamentary elections have all the guarantees for the people to exercise the right to vote.

‘We Venezuelans have to come to an understanding (…) It is worth sitting down to legislate, and that means responding to the needs of the people,’ the opposition leader stated.

Fermin recalled that several meetings were held with the members of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces, responsible for the Republic Plan, the rectors of the National Electoral Council (NEC) and the political parties, in which various issues that were overcome were discussed.

‘I feel that there are guarantees in the elections,’ he reiterated, and noted that the current National Assembly is a kind of club of deputies who meet to talk among themselves and in five years they have not been dedicated to legislating.

The politician called on the people to vote and stressed the importance of exercising that right because the laws or agreements that are passed in Parliament are matters of public order and affect everyone.

Meanwhile, the president of the NEC, Indira Alfonzo, declared that all the conditions are ready for the holding of the legislative elections on December 6th.

During the development of the pre-dispatch audit of the voting machines, carried out this Sunday in the NEC warehouses located in Filas de Mariche, Miranda state, Alfonzo highlighted the verification of the transparency of each stage of the program by the political organizations and observers.


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Cuba will participate in the Special Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Ibero-American Conference

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 30 (ACN) The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, will participate in the Special Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Ibero-American Conference, which will be held virtually this November 30 under the theme “Innovation for Sustainable Development-Objective 2030. Ibero-America facing the challenge of the Coronavirus”.

The Cuban representation will also be integrated by the First Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment and responsible for Cooperation, Ana Teresita González Fraga; the Cuban national coordinator and general director of Multilateral Affairs and International Law of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez, and other directors of both institutions.

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Díaz-Canel participates in Cuban civil society’s support for the Revolution

Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel arrives at a concert rally to condemn the campaign in support of the San Isidro movement in Havana, on November 29, 2020

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 30 (ACN) Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Republic of Cuba, attended a peaceful demonstration organized by the capital’s civil society to condemn the recent destabilizing attempts by the United States through the so-called San Isidro movement.

We are willing to dialogue as long as it is with and for Socialism and the Revolution, we will not allow interference in our internal affairs, the Cuban leader reaffirmed to those gathered in Trillo Park, in the municipality of Centro Habana.

Díaz-Canel also thanked the support shown by those present and assured that he had been late in arriving because he did not want to distort the spontaneous spirit of the meeting.

Since before 4:00 p.m., hundreds of people gathered at Trillo Park, moved by the desire to make clear their position of invariable support to the revolutionary process.

Iramis Rosique Cárdenas, one of the organizers of the meeting, said that it was created by a Telegram group, with total autonomy, and that it later received the support of government institutions.

Among the organizers are students, state workers and self-employed workers from different generations, united under the sensibility and political militancy of the left, explained Rosique.

The young man added: We are here because the Revolution overflows the institutions and has the right to defend itself.

Claudia Damiani, a young designer and another of the organizers, said that this was an opportunity to say that Cuban civil society does support the social project and that it is time to have a greater participation in its construction and in the country’s politics.

The event included musical performances by several Cuban artists and also included personalities such as María Caridad Colón, Oscar Pino and Ana Fidelia Quirot.

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Venezuela ratifies support for Palestine

Caracas, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ratified strongly this Sunday his support for the people of Palestine, on occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with that Middle East nation.

On Twitter, Nicolás Maduro supported the will of Palestine to fight for its sovereignty and self-determination in the face of the Israeli regime.

‘On occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, we send our support to those who continue fighting courageously. Venezuela raises its voice in rebellion for the noble cause of the State of Palestine. No more blockade!’, Maduro Tweeted.

The International Day of Solidarity with Palestine urges the international community to support the right of that country to self-determination with no foreign interference, to national independence and sovereignty.


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Venezuela’s Voting Machines Audited Ahead of Parliamentary Elections

state of the are voting machines venezuela parliamentary elections

Published 29 November

Political organizations, expert technicians and other observers conducted audits on machines which will be used on December 6.

This Sunday, the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela carried out the pre-dispatch audit of voting machines, to validate and replicate all stages of the electoral process, sampling 0.5% of voting tables.

The purpose of the voting machines pre-dispatch audit is to replicate and validate all the stages of the electoral process, verifying that both the software and data, as well as the operation of the hardware, correspond to what was audited in previous phases.

Next Sunday, Venezuelans will go to the polls to elect lawmakers to the National Assembly for the 2021-2026 period.

From the CNE Warehouses, located in Mariche, Miranda state, Alfonzo explained that the within the spaces was a technological deployment with professors from universities who are experts in auditing. There were also representatives appointed by the 107 participating political organizations with their technicians, who evaluated the installation, the start-up of the machine, the operation of the automated identification, scrutiny, summation and transmission system.

“All is ready, the only thing missing is your vote, with your choice, so that on December 6 you can elect the parliamentarians of the National Assembly, we have done the work entrusted, we have done so with discipline, with responsibility, based on experience,” said Alfonzo.

More than 30,000 voting tables have been arranged in the country, in the 87 constituencies and in more than 14,200 voting centers.

The head of the CNE thanked and recognized the public and private media for having been present in accompanying the electoral process up until this stage.

“Each electoral exercise is an exercise of peace, we are demonstrating it and we will demonstrate it with your vote, it is time to elect on December 6,” she concluded.


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Cuba Condemns U.S. Operation in Havana’s San Isidro

Depiction of the U.S.-backed 'Movimiento San Isidro' group.

Published 29 November 2020

The U.S. embassy’s Charge d’Affaires has direct links with the so-called “San Isidro Movement” group.

The government of Cuba says it is aware of the current involvement of the U.S. government in interference in Cuba and the logistical support supplied to a group in San Isidro by the U.S. embassy.

Late night Saturday, the General Director in charge of the United States of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, summoned the United States Charge d’Affaires Timothy Zúñiga-Brown, to whom he conveyed that “Cuba it does not allow the United States or any state to interfere in the internal affairs of the country.” He also asked him to reiterate that statement to the State Department.

The U.S. diplomat has visited San Isidro on several occasions, when events of political and social provocation were taking place and would personally transport and support those who were violating the current health protection regulations. Fernández de Cossío deemed this in serious violation of his functions as a diplomat and as Head of Mission, a flagrant and defiant interference in the internal political affairs of Cuba and incontestable violations of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

He emphasized that Cuba does not accept such behavior, and that it will not tolerate him and his Embassy that they conduct themselves in Cuba in contempt of the law and norms, in violation of the obligations of a diplomat.

The Director General made clear that the government of Cuba “is fully aware of the involvement of the United States government in financing, guiding and inciting groups and individuals in Cuba to challenge the authority of the government, both through peaceful means and through violent ways,” which knows “the insistent but unsuccessful effort in trying to add to those purposes the most representative sectors of art, culture and the intelligentsia in the country.”

He emphasized that Cuba is also aware of the powerful machinery through which, from the United States, manages, manipulates and harasses on social media, with unmatched technological and financial support, in order to spread false information, incite hatred, divide the population and promote resentment.

The Director General said that as in the rest of the world, Cuba has “full knowledge of the trajectory of the United States government in the overthrow of legitimate governments, in the execution or promotion of coups d’état, in the promotion of social instability at the cost of deaths and suffering.”

On Sunday, President Miguel Diaz-Canel referred to “San Isidro, an imperial reality show act.” Tweeting, “The imperial show to destroy our identity and submit us again. All those plans will be defeated.”

The small San Isidro Movement in question campaigned for the re-election of Donald Trump in October, speaking to a South Florida-based audience, while applauding the damage being done to Cuba by the U.S. blockade, while asking for additional sanctions. Images have earlier circulated of the main leader of the San Isidro group, Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, with the Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. embassy in Havana. Another member, Omara Ruiz Urquiola, also paid a visit to the diplomat; and Carlos Manuel Álvarez, who resides in Mexico and is linked to U.S. special services, through the CIA front National Endowment for Democracy (NED), arrived at the headquarters of the San Isidro Movement last Tuesday, November 24.

Dozens of curated messages have been disseminated from the official Twitter accounts of U.S. State Department officials and the U.S. embassy in Havana in recent days, in chorus with the most recent provocation mounted by this group.

They have advocated for the tightening of the blockade and the cutting off of remittances and their end goal is an overthrow of the revolutionary Cuban government.

The pretext used as a trigger for the current provocation was the arrest, prosecution and sentencing of Denis Solís, a member of the San Isidro Movement, sentenced to eight months of deprivation of liberty for the crime of contempt of an officer of the National Revolutionary Police (PNR). He had been officially summoned on a previous occasion to appear at the PNR unit in order to clarify his links with a terrorist element based in Miami, which he acknowledged after his arrest, although he was not prosecuted for it.

Authorities believe that the application of justice in the case of Denis Solís served as a pretext for the San Isidro Movement. They wanted to have someone arrested to support their scandal, which included the declaration of a hunger strike through which the group would seek sympathy. The group quartered themselves at a location in Old Havana and had friends take to social media claiming that the hunger strikers were “on the verge of dying.”

Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Juventud Rebelde, Cubadebate

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Cuba reiterates its solidarity with Palestine

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Havana, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez this Sunday congratulated the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people and also underlined Cuba’s stance with the Arab nation.

‘Cuba reiterates its unrestricted support for a just and lasting solution that guarantees a Palestinian state on pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital,’ Bruno Rodríguez live-tweeted.

On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 181, which stipulates the establishment of a ‘Jewish State’ and an ‘Arab State’ in Palestine, with Jerusalem as a corpus separatum, subject to a special international regime .

The date, which celebrates the International Day of Solidarity with Palestine, draws attention to the right of that country to self-determination with no foreign interference, to national independence and sovereignty, to return to their homes where they were displaced from.


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Cuba and Cambodia strengthen diplomatic ties

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 27 (ACN) Cuban ambassador to Cambodia, Liurka Rodriguez, and that nation’s minister of transportation, Sun Chanthol, highlighted Friday the strong diplomatic ties between Havana and Nom Pen, during a meeting held in that Asian nation’s capital.

A statement published in the official site of the Cuban ministry of foreign affairs (Cubaminrex) underlines that in the meeting both authorities recalled the six decades of bilateral relations, based on mutual admiration, support and respect.

The Cambodian leader recognized the valuable Cuban help in health, with the sending of medical brigades in moments of emergency to his country, Cubaminrex added.

He also praised the advances of Cuban medicine, as well as its continuous contributions to the world, and referred to the role of the Henry Reeve medical contingent in the fight against COVID-19 in several countries.

For her part, the Cuban diplomat thanked Cambodia for its position of rejection of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba.