Cuba’s President welcomes commemoration of first volunteer work

Havana, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel welcomed on Sunday the commemoration of activities to recall the first massive volunteer work in the country, led by the Argentine Cuban fighter Ernesto Che Guevara.

On Twitter, the president highlighted the efforts of youth contingents who take on production tasks.

Diaz-Canel also noted the connection of higher education students to the coffee harvest in the eastern province of Guantanamo.

‘University students in the coffee harvest, the young present. Students from the University of Guantanamo support the collection in the mountains. A new contingent will join work in entities that pay tribute to food production,’ he also tweeted.

The first massive volunteer work in Cuba was held in El Caney de Las Mercedes, on November 22, 1959.

Che promoted that modality to build the nascent Camilo Cienfuegos School City, built for thousands of children to study from the Sierra Maestra, to the east of the country.


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Panama’s government to boost literacy with Cuban teaching method (+Photo)

Panama, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Yes I Can teaching method of literacy reached 77,230 illiterates, 13 years after its implementation within ‘Muevete por Panama’ (Move around Panama) program, and the government plans to currently strengthen it, local press informed here.

On a meeting between Panama’s Minister of Social Development (MIDES), Maria Ines Castillo, and the Cuban ambassador to that nation, Lydia Margarita Gonzalez, they reviewed the work of Cuban advisers who remain in several areas, including remote regions of Panama.

‘We met with the Cuban Embassy with the aim to strengthening cooperation ties, as well as talking about the advancement and future of the literacy program,’ Castillo tweeted.

A report presented by MIDES at the meeting includes the projection of raising the literate to 5,000 per year by 2024, to ensure that by the end of the current decade ‘all youngsters and a considerable proportion of adults are literate and with them contribute to end poverty.’

The program, which has been active for five administrations, currently has 146 classrooms, where 682 students attend, about half of them are older adults, 67 percent women and 35 percent of those enrolled belong to some indigenous ethnicity, according to the source.


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ALBA-TCP France Collective demands agenda with Latin American nations

Paris, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) The ALBA-TCP France Collective urged the European Union (EU) to pursue its own agenda away from the aggressiveness of the United States towards Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
In a statement to which Prensa Latina had access, the platform that groups together organizations in solidarity with the Latin American peoples demanded that the EU ‘stop aligning itself with the international policy of the United States government’ and being an ‘accomplice’ of it.

According to the collective, the bloc has chosen the wrong side of history, recognizing the de facto president Jeanine Añez after the coup in Bolivia against Evo Morales, at the end of 2019, and not effectively applying its own regulations against the US blockade imposed on Cuba.

Regarding Nicaragua, the collective criticized the sanctions and restrictive measures applied by the EU, which include the freezing of assets.

In the case of Venezuela, ALBA-TCP France repudiated the recognition of spokespersons designated by the United States as supposed representatives of the country, including deputy Juan Guaido, and accused the bloc of having a ‘double discourse’, promoting dialogue and not supporting some parliamentary elections born of consensus.

For the solidarity organizations grouped in the platform, it is not possible to defend democracy and International Law and at the same time act in tune with a government executing an imperialist policy, which exacerbates the problems of humanity.

In addition, they said that the recent elections in the United States show that it is a ‘country eaten away by internal dysfunction and corruption, which invalidates it from giving democracy lessons to others.’


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Cuba and WFP strengthen cooperation relations

Cuba and WFP strengthen cooperation relations

Nov 19 (Radio Rebelde) Representatives of Cuba and the World Food Program (WFP) reaffirmed Wednesday in Rome the good state of their relations and the commitment to continue strengthening the work towards a world free of hunger.

At the Cuban diplomatic headquarters in Italy, the Ambassador to International Organizations, José Carlos Rodríguez, spoke with the WFP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Miguel Barreto.

Rodriguez thanked the UN specialized agency for its recent offer of assistance after Tropical Storm Eta and its support to social programs linked to food security and response to disasters caused by natural phenomena.

Highlighting the role of the WFP, the diplomat stated that, as a member of its Executive Board, Cuba would maintain its support and responsible contribution to unconditional, neutral, and impartial international cooperation, according to the principles of multilateralism.

He also mentioned the severe damage caused to the Cuban people’s food security by the US economic, commercial, and financial blockade, which has been reinforced in recent times.

Both parties exchanged on the next WFP Strategic Plan for Cuba 2021-2024, which is estimated to directly benefit over 1.5 million people and another 3.9 million indirectly.

For his part, Barreto thanked the Caribbean nation for its contribution to the WFP, and praised its technical cooperation, particularly in prevention, response, and risk management in the face of disasters caused by natural phenomena in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Another topic addressed at the meeting was the impact of Covid-19 on Latin American and Caribbean countries, with its damage to human health and life, in addition to severe economic repercussions.

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Personalities call on EU to respect election in Venezuela

Brussels, Nov 20 (Prensa Latina) Tens of political, scientific, and cultural personalities are standing out as the first to sign a petition launched today to urge the European Union (EU) to respect the results of the parlamentarian election in Venezuela.

‘If the EU truly betted on being a vehicle for peace in a world of turmoil, it should not support violence and clashes in Venezuela. Therefore, we urge it to respect the results of the upcoming Dec. 6 election and support the democratic will of Venezuelans,’ says the text posted on social media.

Former Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa, Nobel Peace Prize Adolfo Perez Esquivel, British musician Roger Waters, French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, intellectuals Ignacio Ramonet and Atilio Boron and Brazilian theologian Frei Betto are some of the personalities who signed the petition sent to Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The call to respect sovereingty and self-determination of the Venezuelan people also includes the denounciation of U.S. pressures and their objective to impose a regime change in this South American country.

This alignment with Washington’s falcon policy is a serious sign of abdication of an independent foreign policy that was exhibited in a number of speeches of intent, the call alerts, in allusion to Eu’s position in the face of the election.

In that sense, the personalities regretted that this bloc decided to reject the invitation of the Venezuelan State to send observers to guarantee the proper unfolding of the election.

‘Despite the repeated calls of Venezuela to hold talks, the European Union refused to accept this new democratic consensus,’ politicians, members of Parliament, journalists, human rights defenders, writers, scholars, economists, professors and film-makers from different countries questioned the document.

Those who signed recalled that this year, discussions between the government and the opposition decided to resume the constitutional path have led to the establishment of new electoral warranties, accepted by the political trends involved in the process.

They showed the democratic character of the Dec.6 parlamentarian election with the figures: 107 parties in the race and 14,400 candidates for the 277 seats in Parliament.

More personalities are expected to support this iniciative addressed to the EU in the next days.


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New British-Cuban Biotechnology Joint Venture Debuts in the UK

Today marked the London debut of BioFarma Innovations, a new British-Cuban joint venture aimed at bringing Cuban biopharmaceutical products and expertise to Europe and the world.
Today marked the London debut of BioFarma Innovations, a new British-Cuban joint venture aimed at bringing Cuban biopharmaceutical products and expertise to Europe and the world. | Photo: Twitter/@SoberonGuzman

The Cuban-British joint venture BioFarma Innovations was formally presented in the United Kingdom during an online seminar where Cuba’s outstanding results in biotechnology were exhibited, according to the Caribbean nation’s embassy in London on Friday.

Nov 20 (teleSUR) At the event, which was sponsored by the Caribbean Council, the advantages derived from this economic and commercial association were analyzed in the presence of the executive director of that organization, Chris Bennet, the co-president of the Cuba Initiative, Lord David Triesman, and the development director of the Cuban company Hebert Biotec S.A., Merardo Pujol.

BioFarma Innovations, the result of an agreement between the Cuban company BioCubaFarma and the British company SG Innovations Ltd., was launched last August to expedite access of the British Commonwealth and Europe more generally to the broad portfolio of medicines patented by the Cuban biotechnology industry, as well as to its experience in the sector.

Under the title “Bringing Cuban biopharmaceuticals to patients worldwide: a new British-Cuban joint venture,” the seminar also focused on issues such as the commercialization of pharmaceutical products in the world, the protection of intellectual property, as well as the opportunities that exist to expand this relationship and bring Cuban medicines to many more patients on the planet.“BioFarma Innovations, a company of Cuba and the United Kingdom, will take Cuban biopharmaceuticals, one of the most advanced in the world, to patients all over the world. It will accelerate the development of advanced medicines such as those supporting the global response to COVID19.”

According to the Cuban embassy in the British capital, the panelists emphasized the participation of Cuban science in facing the pandemic, the successful use of Cuban biotechnological products in the fight against COVID-19, and the development -by the Antillean nation- of three vaccination candidates against the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

It was also announced in the webinar that all of these results had been achieved despite the intensification of the unilateral economic, commercial and financial blockade that the United States has maintained against the Caribbean country for 60 years.

According to what was announced, the Cuban Chamber of Commerce and the British Embassy in Havana will organize a similar seminar next December 11 in Cuba.

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Diaz-Canel condemns US measure against humanitarian exchange

Diaz-Canel condemns US measure against humanitarian exchange

Havana, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Saturday rejected the recent measure by the Government of the United States against humanitarian exchange between Miami and Havana, as part of a policy that hinders cooperation between the two countries.

According to the president, it is an anti-Cuba measure that reaffirms the logics of the imperial policy of punishment to Cuban families, Diaz-Canel wrote on his Twitter account.

This week, the US Department of State refused to exempt two charter airlines from the flight prohibition between that country and Cuba.

‘We received guidance from the Department of State that the applications did not fall within the specified exceptions, and that grant of the requested authority would not be in the foreign policy interests of the United States,’ the Department of Transportation (DOT) said in a press release quoted by Sputnik.

The two companies that requested authorization, Skyway Enterprises and IBC Airways, Inc., said their proposed flights are humanitarian in nature and therefore should be permitted under the exceptions in the DOT’s charter suspension order.

The new measure is a merciless act, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez noted.

‘The Trump Government is reinforcing punishment on Cuban families in both countries until the last minute,’ the head of Cuban diplomacy wrote on Twitter.


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Cuban president welcomes Bolivia’s return to regional integration

Cuban president welcomes Bolivia's return to regional integration

Havana Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Saturday welcomed Bolivia’s return to Latin American integration, which was interrupted by the de facto government that left office this month.

On his Twitter account, the president welcomed Bolivia’s return to the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America-People’s Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).

‘Bolivia returns to ALBA, CELAC and UNASUR. Welcome sister nation to Latin American integration #WeAreCuba,’ he wrote.

In a recent interview with Prensa Latina, Bolivian Foreign Minister Rogelio Mayta expressed satisfaction with the resumption of the country’s full participation in those mechanisms.

‘Entities like ALBA, UNASUR and CELAC are efforts at integration, brotherhood and understanding that only in unity we will be able to confront the challenges imposed by the future,’ Diaz-Canel noted.

Those challenges affect a multipolar world that, at the same time, reports huge differences or advantages by the global powers in the economy, technology and many other spheres that make up relations among peoples, Mayta noted.


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The Aragón Grammy is an award for all Cuban musicians

Santiago de Cuba, Nov 20 (Prensa Latina) The Latin Grammy obtained by the Aragón orchestra is considered here today an award for all Cuban musicians, said Mario Escalona, director of the Music Recordings and Editions Company (Egrem).

In the Salón del Son, headquarters of the Septeto Santiaguero, where the broadcast of the award from the United States was followed, the manager transmitted the greeting of the family of the main record company in the country to the members of the group, current and those who already they’re not here.

Escalona expressed that Aragon has been a school of artists in its more than 80 years and has in its trajectory, among other indisputable merits, its numerous international tours and in particular, those carried out in Africa, a continent sometimes forgotten in those musical journeys.

He expressed the satisfaction of having musicians like them and their director, Rafael Lay, who has known how to sustain his father’s work with total attachment to an authentic and original sound legacy.

The director of the Egrem alluded to the productions they have made with the emblematic brass band and the album they are currently working on, together with Isaac Delgado and Alain Pérez, in which they continue their relevant career.

The phonograms Faílde con tumbao and Este es Nuestro changüí, signed by that label, competed in this 21st edition in the traditional tropical category of the annual competition, as well as Mariposas, by Omara Portuondo, which did so under the auspices of Bis Music.

Escalona pointed out that the aforementioned classification is one in which they have pigeonholed the richness and variety of Cuban music, a claim that they have made to the Academy of Recording Arts of the northern nation so that greater spaces are opened to that sound potentiality.

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Venezuelan socialist leader highlights resistance to US sanctions

Caracas, Nov 20 (Prensa Latina) First Vice President of the Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) Diosdado Cabello on Friday highlighted the capacity for resistance and will to overcome the effects of coercive US measures.

During a meeting with workers from the state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) in Monagas, the socialist leader emphasized the dedication of workers in this sector to put Venezuela’s major industry into operation.

Diosdado Cabello recalled the difficulties PDVSA has recently faced to access some financing sources, as well as the purchase of supplies and spare parts in the international market, due to the economic, commercial and financial US blockade.

The financial persecution actions, dispossession of assets and blockade on Venezuela’s international trade has caused the domestic oil production to drop by 66.5 percent between 2014 and 2019, according to official figures.

During 2015-2019 period, Venezuela stopped producing a total of 1.195 billion barrels of oil, and stopped receiving revenues in the order of 65 billion dollars


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