US-Cuba Bridges of Love continues campaign in US

Cuba, EEUU, Puentes de Amor, acciones, bloqueo

Washington, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) The solidarity project Bridges of Love on Wednesday called a new caravan against the United States blockade against Cuba next Sunday, with events that will extend to numerous cities around the world.

It is cruel and inhumane that in the midst of the worst health crisis in modern history, the US Government continues to be obsessed with the idea of suffocating the Cuban people, activist Carlos Lazo, coordinator of the initiative, said in a message to Prensa Latina.

The Cuban professor, who lives in this country, invited people to participate in the event that will take place this weekend in different cities around the world.

“If there is no caravan or event in your city, be the light in the darkness, be the event,” he stressed.

He asked people and solidarity groups from all over the world to take pictures with flags and posters demanding the end of Washington’s blockade against Cuba, and post them on the social networks.

The tags that will accompany the publications will be #PuentesDeAmor, #CubaVive, #UnblockCuba, as well as President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, he explained.

The members of the initiative led by Professor Lazo held between June and July this year a march, until then unprecedented, during which they traveled more than 2,000 kilometers, the distance between the city of Miami, Florida, with Washington, D.C., the capital.

Along the way, Bridges of Love joined forces and forged alliances in favor of Cuba and the lifting of the blockade.

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Cuba’s youth honor Fidel Castro’s legacy in solemn gala

Havana, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) The University of Havana, historic scenario of struggles and youth was the stage of the solemn gala in tribute to the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, with the attendance of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel.

The Young Communist League reaffirmed last night its commitment to the Homeland in the voice of its first secretary, Aylín Álvarez, who recalled Fidel’s presence in education, economy, Cuban science, as well as in ‘the Communist Party that overcomes hurdles and drives a nation’.

The nightly rain was not an obstacle for hundreds of young Cubans who attended the event and chanted numerous slogans like “I am Fidel” and “Long Live Cuba”.

Students and artists ratified the validity of Fidel’s thought in the current socio-political scenario.

Alvarez emphasized that ‘there never was and never will be a rupture nor forgetting, there will never be resignation nor betrayal’ in allusion to the events of last November 15 when millions of Cubans defeated the destabilizing plans executed from the US.

From the arts, the emblematic company Danza Contemporánea de Cuba showed its talent with the piece Matria Etnocentra, while tonadistas Héctor Gutiérrez and Aramis Padilla joined the tribute along with declaimer Alden Knight and troubadour Nelson Valdés.

To commemorate the man of thought and culture, vocalist Heydi Chapman performed “Su nombre es pueblo” (His name is people), which has become the anthem of the Cuban revolutionary process, along with the National Concert Band.

The “Comandante” was also honored by troubadours Raúl Torres, Eduardo Sosa, Annie Garcés and Tamy López with the symbolic piece “Cabalgando con Fidel” (Riding with Fidel).

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EU Observation Mission: Venezuela’s Electoral Process was “Good or Very Good”

MEP Isabel Santos, head of the EU EOM to Venezuela presenting its preliminary report.

Nov 23 (Orinoco Tribune) After recognizing the balance of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE), the head of the European Union’s Electoral Observation Mission, Isabel Santos, earlier today presented the preliminary report of its work in Venezuela.

The EU’s Electoral Observation Mission (EOM), which participated as an observer in last Sunday’s elections on the invitation of Venezuela’s government, will deliver its final report between January and February of next year, according to Santos.

“This is a preliminary report to comment on the observations to date,” Santos said at a press conference. “There are still critical stages… I will return to Venezuela at the end of January, the beginning of February, to present the full report.”

The report, written in a typical European supremacist tone, mentioned alleged flaws in the process, and was plagued with familiar US and European talking points attempting to smear Venezuela and its political system. While the preliminary report fails to provide a clear picture of the overall process, it does at one point stress that the observers evaluated the electoral process as “good or very good.”

Santos emphasized that the five CNE rectors achieved improvements in technical components of the elections through internal dialogue. In addition, she added that the three rectors considered close to the government had control of the executive bodies of the CNE, while the other two rectors did not hide their dissenting opinions from public opinion on issues on which consensus could not be reached. She failed to mention, however, that the most important decisions of the electoral authority were taken by consensus among the five rectors.

On the other hand, Santos saluted the CNE for its professionalism and the spirit of cooperation with which it always responded to the requests of the EOM. She also expressed her appreciation to all European observers, as well as to the Venezuelan staff who worked on the process, both in the long and short term.

She also said that the EOM and all the members of the organization adhered to the Code of Conduct, respecting the sovereignty of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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“All of our observers have adhered to the Code of Conduct,” Santos said. “This means that they have committed themselves at all times to respect the sovereignty of the country, its laws, maintain strict political impartiality and not interfere in internal affairs.”

In this regard, she specified that she will “fight” so that the preliminary text presented this Tuesday is not used by partisan interests.

“The preliminary report that we present today cannot be the object of political opportunism,” Santos said. “It is a technical approach, to an electoral context and an electoral moment lived, and a useful tool to improve electoral processes.”

“We will fight, personally, I will fight any… attempt to interpret this declaration in favor of partisan interests,” Santos added.

Among the advances, the head of the EU Mission highlighted the balance and professionalism on the part of the National Electoral Council.

“The current administration of the National Electoral Council has been the most balanced that Venezuela has had in 20 years, which is key to rebuilding trust in political life,” Santos said. “The five rectors achieved improvements in the technical components of the elections, through internal dialogue.”

On the other hand, Santos described the visit of the EU Observation Mission to Venezuela as “historic,” after 15 years of deciding not to participate as observers in Venezuela’s elections.

“This work has been possible thanks to the invitation of the CNE, I understand that this has also been the result of a process of dialogue between two Venezuelan political factors, all Venezuelan political actors,” Santos said.

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In this sense, she pointed out that 136 observers were deployed for election day, from 22 EU member states, throughout all the states of Venezuela plus the Capital District, visiting more than 600 voting centers.

“The elections were a first and crucial test for the return of the majority of the opposition parties in Venezuela,” Santos noted. “The elections were implemented in better conditions in relation to others.”

However, she considered that the “CNE needs to be strengthened in its sanctioning powers,” because—according to the EOM—the electoral campaign “was marked by the extended use of state resources,” as well as “check points, known as red dots (Puntos Rojos) in different states,” despite the explicit prohibition by the electoral body.

Trust in electronic voting
For his part, Jordi Cañas, head of a delegation from the European Parliament, highlighted the trust generated by the electronic voting system on this election day, which passed through more than 18 audits to guarantee the secrecy and accuracy of the vote.

“I would like to highlight the correct functioning of electronic voting as a positive aspect,” Cañas said. He went on to commend the “respect for our observation mission by the CNE, with the proper functioning of the electoral process.”

He also pointed out that the opposition’s decision to participate in these elections led to an EOM being sent to the country, despite the fact that the invitation was made by the CNE.

“We have been able to verify progress in the Venezuelan electoral process, progress as a result of political dialogue,” Cañas said. “The first is the majority decision of the opposition to participate, after years of not participating in electoral contests—a participation that was decisive for the European Parliament to come. Without the participation of the opposition in these elections, there would have been neither an Observation Mission nor a delegation from the European Parliament.”

He also highlighted the participation of women in political life. However, he considered progress in electoral matters to be slow in the country.

“These elections can be a first step, which can only advance in the political dialogue between Venezuelans, which we are willing to take,” Cañas said.

Featured image: Member of European Parliament Isabel Santos, head of the EU EOM to Venezuela, presenting its preliminary report. Photo by EU EOM.

(Últimas Noticias) by Ariadna Eljuri, with Orinoco Tribune content

Translation: Orinoco Tribune

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Cubans and Vietnamese evoke legacy of Fidel Castro

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Havana, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) Cubans and Vietnamese today evoked the legacy of the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, and ratified the historic ties of brotherhood between both nations.Share on facebook Share on twitter 

In a virtual work meeting, friendship organizations from the two countries highlighted the importance of preserving and transmitting that history to new generations.

The exchange was led by Fernando González, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), and Nguyen Phuong Nga, head of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO).

According to ICAP, González recalled during the contact Fidel Castro’s stay in South Vietnam in September 1973, when he shared with combatants in the liberated area of ​​Quang Tri.

The Cuban revolutionary leader was the first and only president to visit Vietnam during wartime.

Likewise, the head of ICAP offered updated information on the reality of Cuba, firm in the defense of sovereignty, with advances in the control of the pandemic, a gradual return to the new normal and incessant battle to develop the economy, said the source.

González urged to make the year 2022 “an international benchmark of what peoples and friendship organizations can achieve when they are united by feelings of cooperation, solidarity and brotherhood, such as relations between Cuba and Vietnam.”

On his part, Nguyen Phuong Nga affirmed that his compatriots will never forget the phrase of the Cuban leader “for Vietnam we are willing to give even our own blood”, and thanked the permanent expressions of friendship and cooperation.

He agreed on the importance of preserving and transmitting the history of Vietnamese-Cuban friendship to new generations, after learning that the historical memory of the Cuba-Vietnam Friendship Association and the Cuban Committee of Solidarity with South Vietnam are being worked on.

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Cabrisas updates Russian authorities on Cuban situation

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Moscow, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas continued today his extensive program of meetings with senior Russian officials and businessmen, to whom he offered a comprehensive explanation of the complex economic situation facing the Caribbean island.

This Tuesday, the Cuban official met with the interim minister of Civil Defense and Emergency Situations, Alexander Chupriyan; with the president of the GAZ Group, Vadim Sorokin; and with the CEO of the oil company Zarubezhneft JSC, Sergei Kudryashov.

During the exchanges in this capital, Cabrisas explained that the main problems affecting the country are linked to the tightening of the United States blockade against Cuba, the impact of Covid-19 and the effects of climate change.

The Cuban leader thanked the donations of food and medical supplies sent by Russia to the Antillean nation to contribute to fighting the pandemic.

In this sense, he highlighted the relations of brotherhood and solidarity that unite the peoples and governments of Russia and Cuba, based on historical ties that, he stressed, are indestructible.

The parties ratified the willingness to continue developing bilateral relations, with emphasis on the economic, commercial, financial and cooperation spheres, in keeping with the excellent state of existing political relations between both countries.

Yesterday, the Cuban deputy prime minister met with the first vice president of the State Duma (Lower House of Parliament) of Russia, Ivan Melnikov, with whom he discussed bilateral relations.

He also spoke with the deputy and vice president of the Legislative Finance Committee, Vadim Kumin, and with the vice president of the International Investment Bank, Georgy Potapov.

Cabrisas is expected to hold a meeting with the co-chairs of the Cuban-Russian Intergovernmental Commission, to review topics of interest in economic, commercial, financial, scientific-technical and cooperation relations between the two countries.

In addition, he will be received by the head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by the main authorities of the Eurasian Economic Union (UEE), an integrationist bloc in which Cuba participates as an observer state.

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Cuba prepares activities for Women Filmmakers’ Showcase

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Havana, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) The Women Filmmakers’ Showcase, one of the most awaited events by female directors currently working in Cuba, will open the debate on their roles and speeches within the circuit.

The four-day program of activities will include the issuing of the stamp: Ending violence against girls and women, as well as a theoretical panel entitled “From Sara Gomez to the new female filmmakers,” involving several generations.
Films, debates will mark the community profile of the event organized by the Gender Committee of the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC), which will watch over female equity within the island’s audiovisual panorama.

Two poster exhibitions will accompany the Festival, the first one already available at the lobby of the Charles Chaplin movie theater, where the work by Cuban film directors is exhibited; while the second one denounces gender violence.
More than 40 movies, among them full-length figure films, short-length films, documentary films and animated films, are included in the event, which will enable a thorough analysis of women’s participation, from different points of view, in films produced in Cuba.
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President of Cuba congratulates Nicolás Maduro on his birthday

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Havana, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, today congratulated his counterpart of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, on the 59th anniversary of his birth.Share on facebook 

There are reasons to celebrate life and work, dear brother, @ NicolásMaduro. Happy birthday to your beloved #Venezuela, who is winning all battles, the Cuban president wrote on his Twitter profile.

The day before, the National Electoral Council (CNE) ratified the triumph of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), in government, in the regional and municipal elections held on Sunday in that South American nation. In the elections, the PSUV and its allies from the Great Patriotic Pole won 20 of the 23 disputed governorships, as well as in the Capital District.

The main political force in Venezuela won the governments of Amazonas (Miguel Rodríguez), Anzoátegui (Luis José Marcano), Aragua (Karina Carpio), Bolívar (Ángel Marcano), Carabobo (Rafael Lacava), Delta Amacuro (Lizeta Hernández), Falcón ( Víctor Clark), Guárico (José Vásquez) and La Guaira (José Alejandro Terán).

Likewise, it prevailed in Lara (Adolfo Pereira), Mérida (Jehynson Guzmán), Miranda (Héctor Rodríguez), Monagas (Ernesto Luna), Portuguesa (Primitivo Cedeño), Sucre (Gilberto Pinto), Táchira (Freddy Bernal), Trujillo (Gerardo Márquez ) and Yaracuy (Julio León).

Meanwhile, the opposition alliance Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD) won the governorships of Cojedes (José Alberto Galíndez) and Zulia (Manuel Rosales), while Morel Rodríguez (Fuerza Vecinal) obtained the majority of the votes in the island state of Nueva Esparta .

After accounting for 99.20 percent of the minutes, the trend is irreversible, reported the CNE, which reported a participation of 42.26 percent of the voters registered.

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Cuba describes Nicaragua’s daring decision to withdraw from OAS

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Havana, Nov 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Saturday branded Nicaragua’s decision to withdraw from the Organization of American States (OAS) as plucky and also ratified his country´s solidarity with Nicaragua.

On Twitter, the Cuban president posted that Nicaragua once again gave lessons on sovereignty and dignity.

“Cuba fully supports for Nicaragua´s brave decision to withdraw from American Colonies Ministry, as appointed by our former foreign minister (Raúl Roa) to the OAS,” he tweeted.

On Friday, the Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez also supported Nicaragua´s decision and condemned OAS´ interference in internal affairs.

“We support #Nicaragua’s brave decision to withdraw from OAS. It constitutes a firm and dignified response to Luis Almagro´s actions in league with the United States, in order to try to meddle in decisions that only concern the Nicaraguan people,” Bruno Rodríguez live-tweeted.

Nicaragua´s Foreign Ministry sent a letter of complaint to Luis Almagro on Friday and announced its decision to definitively withdraw from the regional forum.

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Cuba reaffirms willingness to strengthen ties with Djibouti

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Havana, Nov 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuba´s Foreign Ministry (MINREX) on Saturday reaffirmed its willingness to continue strengthening friendship and cooperation relations with the Republic of Djibouti, on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of bilateral ties.

On Twitter, MINREX congratulated Djibouti´s people and government.

Havana and Djibouti founded their diplomatic ties on November 20, 1998. Since then, both countries have established a great number of agreements in strategic sectors such as health, education, sports and engineering.

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Venezuelan elections are a lesson in people’s democracy

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Caracas, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Executive Vice President Delcy Rodríguez noted on Sunday that today’s regional and municipal elections are a lesson in democracy for the people

After voting, the official highlighted to the press the discipline and civility with which Venezuelans go through the electoral process, as a result of dialogue between the opposition and the Government.

Rodríguez underlined that this is a significant day for the nation, because it is the time when the people will decide at the polls the direction of the country, but they will also reaffirm that issues in this nation are resolved among Venezuelans, without external interference or pressure by either the United States or the European Union.

She expressed gratitude for the presence of 300 international observers from more than 55 countries who are visiting Venezuela to check the process.

In this regard, she stressed: “… we are always grateful and will be grateful for the support and company of our friends who did not abandon us, not even in the worst times, thank you for your solidarity.”

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