“El Mayor” opens Cuban film festival in Minnesota, USA

Washington, May 26 (Prensa Latina) The XIII Minnesota Cuban Film Festival opens today with the film “El Mayor”, an event that will show the American public outstanding productions of the Caribbean island’s filmography.

Starting today and until June 30, Cuban films will be screened every Thursday at the MSP Film at The Main, in Minneapolis, and then there will be debates on the works, according to the organizers.

El Mayor, the fiction film that opens the festival, is directed by Rigoberto López and recreates the life of Ignacio Agramonte y Loynaz (1841–1873), a Cuban independence fighter who played an important role in the Ten Years War (1868–1878 ) against Spain.

Later, on June 2, the hugs will be screened, by Jonal Cosculluela and Maritza Acosta, a documentary with stories of Cuban doctors who combated the Covid-19 pandemic on the island.

La Emboscada, by Alejandro Gil, is chosen for the night of June 9 at the MSP Film at The Main.
This fictional film narrates the vicissitudes of four Cuban soldiers, survivors of the liberation war in Angola, who were caught in an ambush.

Canción de barrio, by director Alejandro Ramírez Anderson, is the documentary that will be screened on Thursday, June 16, which shows stories woven around the tour of the most humble Cuban neighborhoods undertaken by the legendary troubadour Silvio Rodríguez from 2010 to 2012.

The Last Balsero, by Carlos Rafael Betancourt and Oscar Ernesto, is the film that will be presented on June 23.

The film tells the story of a young man who undertakes the dangerous illegal journey by sea from Cuba to the United States in search of an absent father. To close the festival, the film Los Hermanos, by filmmakers.

Marcia Jamel and Ken Schneider, was chosen. The production tells the story of two brothers who live in the midst of the geopolitical dispute between two nations, one in Cuba and the other in the United States.

This festival is organized by the Minnesota Cuba Committee, together with the MSP Film Society and the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry.

According to its organizers, this event shows diverse and challenging films about social change, human struggle and the audacity of the Cuban spirit.
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Lopez Obrador: Miguel Diaz-Canel is a man of integrity and principles

Mexico, May 26 (Prensa Latina) I think that Miguel Diaz-Canel is a man of integrity and principles, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador noted on Thursday when referring to the Summit of the Americas convened by the United States.

In his daily press conference at the National Palace, he said that probably tomorrow at the morning conference, which will be held in Sinaloa, he will announce his government’s stance regarding the meeting in Los Angeles, called by US President Joe Biden.

He did not elaborate because, he said, details are being assessed, and reiterated his criterion that whoever does not want to go, should not go, but that everyone should be invited, that no one should be excluded.

The Mexican head of State pointed out that the invitation from the White House had already arrived, although with a delayed date of five days, which he was going to investigate.

He repeated that it could be that tomorrow he could address the issue, and immediately expressed that he wanted to announce that he has a very good relationship with the government of Joe Biden and with the president of Cuba, and I consider that Miguel Diaz-Canel is a man of integrity and with principles. It is what I can say.

The Cuban president informed on Wednesday that he would not attend the summit in Los Angeles anyway, but that, as always, Cuba’s voice would be heard there.


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Lopez Obrador reveals false set-up in Mexico against Cuban doctors


Mexico City, May 25 (Prensa Latina) President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador today denied a press montage about Cuban doctors as part of a campaign against government decisions on health matters.

He made the accusation in the section Who’s Who in Lies, hosted by journalist Ana Elizabeth Garcia Vilchis, against whom the mainstream media also focus their attacks.

He denounced the criticisms, disqualifications, racism and xenophobia against Cuban doctors and clarified that it is only that group because Mexicans understand and know that other countries have recognized them as in Italy or Andorra for their professional and human quality.

Garcia Vilchis, on the other hand, gave details of the photo-report: an alleged hospital in Mexico where “Mexican” doctors appear against Cubans which, in reality, is a demonstration in Ecuador where the doctors asked the people during the Covid-19 pandemic “Don’t go out, stay at home!

The President said that the Mexican political opposition and certain private groups are against free medical care and medicines and with the decision to cover part of the deficit of specialists by hiring foreigners.

He denounced that these media, such as the newspaper La Reforma -the most radical of the ultra-right-wing , Impacto magazine and others with large advertising revenues, do not write a single line in favor of the Government and are the main ones in spreading fake news.

He described these smear campaigns as a “dirty war” against his executive.

On numerous occasions, Lopez Obrador has revealed the income that newspapers such as Reforma, El Financiero, El Universal, Proceso magazine and many others received from other governments.

The Mexican leader said that some of these media are like the Summit of the Americas where they invite representatives who are not even known from which continent, that is to say, they may be supposedly progressive, but they have right-wing citizens inside.

It is important not to “imperialize” the notes or manipulate the information, he urged.


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Cuba provides humanitarian care to Haitian emigrants

Havana, May 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuban authorities provided care and humanitarian aid to a group of Haitian emigrants whose boat landed on the north-central coast of the country as they were trying to reach the United States.

More than 800 people, including several minors, arrived at the coast of the municipality of Caibarien, in central Villa Clara province, where they received medical care and were transferred to a lodging facility in the nearby town of Corralillo.

According to information published on Cubadebate’s website, Cuban authorities are in contact with the Haitian Government to ensure the safe and voluntary return of these people.

By doing so, Havana is consistent with international agreements on migration of which it is a signatory.

Recently, a World Bank report pointed out that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Latin American and Caribbean economies caused a notable increase in emigration to the United States.

In the US, a regulation remains in force that allows the immediate deportation of migrants arriving on its borders, which was implemented by the Donald Trump administration (2017-2021) and maintained by the current occupant of the oval office, President Joe Biden.

Earlier this year, images of mistreatment of immigrants by US border officials with Mexico, most of them Haitians, sparked an uproar in that country and the region.


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WHO thanks Cuba for international support during Covid-19 pandemic

Geneva, May 25 (Prensa Latina) World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom on Wednesday thanked Cuba for its support for several nations during the most difficult times of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Adhanom tweeted that he met with Cuban Minister of Public Health Jose Angel Portal to discuss the country’s efforts to control Covid-19 and develop effective vaccines.

He also thanked Cuba for its solidarity with other countries during the pandemic and for offering its expertise and support, WHO director general commented.

On Monday, Cuba celebrated the Day of Medical Collaboration with the satisfaction of having provided services to 130 countries with over 605,698 specialists, showing Cuba’s altruism and humanity, local media reported.

At present, Cuba is providing medical services in 59 nations with 25,688 health experts.


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Ethiopia and Cuba have potential to diversify their relations

Havana, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Ethiopia and Cuba treasure long-standing relations and have great potential to diversify them, considered the new ambassador of that country on the island, Genet Teshone, who said he will work to achieve it.

Teshone traveled to Havana to present his credentials as new head of Mission, a position he will have to exercise from his country since Ethiopia was forced to temporarily transfer the operations of its embassy in Havana to Addis Ababa due to serious budgetary restrictions, as it did with others.

In conversation with Prensa Latina, the ambassador pointed out that the ties between the two countries are historic and in 2023 they will be celebrating the golden anniversary (50) of these ties, “so we are going to work to increase and diversify them”.

“Our relations are very strong, sustained by the blood of Cuban fighters who assisted the Ethiopian people in stopping and crushing the Somali invasion (1977-1978),” Teshone recalled, who previously served as the second head of his country’s embassy in China.

Subsequently, they grew and expanded. Cuba educated, he recalled, many young Ethiopians, including orphans of the conflict with Somalia.

The diplomat described as very good the cooperation in health in which doctors and other specialists have worked in Ethiopian hospitals providing medical and academic assistance. They have also collaborated in the transfer of technology.


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ALBA-TCP Summit announced in Cuba

Havana, May 24 (Prensa Latina) The XXI Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our America-People’s Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) will take place in Havana next Friday, it was announced.

This was reported by the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its web page.

At the forum, the nations that make up the alliance “will share common development strategies and analyze the regional political situation,” the announcement said.

The meeting will host leaders of Latin American and Caribbean countries that make up the grouping, founded in 2004 at the initiative of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, then presidents of Cuba and Venezuela.

ALBA-TCP emphasizes the fight against social exclusion through collaboration and complementation mechanisms.

The summit in Havana will take place days before the IX Summit of the Americas begins in Los Angeles, whose host, the U.S. government excluded Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

This decision was rejected by governments of the hemisphere, including members of ALBA-TCP.


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French Senator demands end of blockade against Cuba

Paris, May 24 (Prensa Latina) French Senator Laurence Cohen on Tuesday demanded the lifting of the US economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, a policy she described as infamous.

In declarations to Prensa Latina, the communist parliamentarian of the Val-de-Marne region, acknowledged Cuba’s resistance in the face of a siege with more than six decades of implementation, and tightened in recent years.

Cohen defended the right of the Cubans and of everyone in the world to freely choose the political and socioeconomic system they decide.

I want to take advantage of this message to ratify our support for a people such as the Cuban people, whose resistance and solidarity with others who need it we recognize, the communist senator said.


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Cuba ratifies support for China on territorial issues

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Beijing, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuba ratified its support for China on the issues of Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Tibet, rejecting double standards, politicization and the use of the issue of human rights to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.

Cuba’s ambassador, Carlos Miguel Pereira, reaffirmed his support for China’s position during an online meeting of the diplomatic corps with the High Commissioner of the United Nations Organization for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, who will be visiting China until May 28th.

“We celebrate the achievements made by China in the fight against poverty and its advances in recent decades in the economic and social areas. Similarly, we recognize its role as a leading actor and coordinator among developing countries and in terms of protection of human rights,” Pereira said.

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The official highlighted Cuba’s commitment to the purposes of the UN Charter and adherence to the principles of universality, impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity.

He also expressed hope that Michelle Bachelet’s visit to China can contribute to establishing, by mutual agreement, a good environment for cooperation and dialogue on human rights.


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Cuban Foreign Minister thanks donation to transplant program

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Havana, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez thanked the donation made by Cuban emigrants to the pediatric liver transplant program through the solidarity platform Puentes de Amor (Bridges of Love).

The official stressed that this gesture of altruism breaks the obstacles placed by the U.S. blockade on the island’s public health system, which has increased access to supplies and medicines or is prevented from acquiring technologies with U.S.-origin components.

Bridges of love bring hope to Cuban children who are victims of the senselessness of a criminal and inhumane blockade, Rodriguez wrote on the social network Twitter.

This Sunday, representatives of the Bridges of Love initiative delivered to the William Soler Hospital, in this capital, a part of the chemical compound essential to perform liver transplants in children.

This health program in Cuba has been stopped for two years due to the lack of this medicine, Cuban television authorities from the Ministry of Public Health told and explained that it will be resumed as a result of this gesture of solidarity.

“This is the first step. We will send all the medical material necessary to save the lives of all children, the project coordinator Carlos Lazo said on Facebook.


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