Cuba highlights ties of friendship and solidarity with South Sudan

Havana, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Foreign Ministry on Tuesday praised the ties of friendship and solidarity that unite the Caribbean island with South Sudan on the occasion of the African country’s national holiday.

The Cuban Foreign Ministry stressed on X that both nations maintain the will to continue to work to strengthen relations of friendship and cooperation.

The independence of South Sudan on July 9, 2011, was the result of a referendum in 2005 in which more than 98 percent of the electorate voted for the separation of the southern region from the composition of Sudan, although some differences with Khartoum persisted that hindered relations between the two countries.

Two years later, South Sudan continue to be stricken by an internal civil war that has put national integrity in crisis; however, the conflicting parties agreed on peace and an institutional reordering on 2018

General elections are expected to be held in December this year, before the Revitalized Agreement expires in February 2025.

Cuba has thanked South Sudan for supporting the resolution presented every year at the United Nations General Assembly against the United States blockade.

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Latin American activists repudiate US blockade against Cuba

Havana, July 10 (RHC) Representatives of 44 civil society organizations from several Latin American and Caribbean countries expressed their support for Cuba in the face of the intensification of the hostile policy of the United States.

 Through a declaration issued prior to the Fifth Meeting of the Regional Conference on Population and Development of Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, on the 3rd and 4th of this month, the participants demanded the lifting of the blockade against Cuba.

According to the Cuban Association of the United Nations (ACNU), the document also demands the exclusion of this Antillean nation from the State Department’s unilateral and illegal list of countries allegedly sponsoring terrorism.

It also recognizes and thanks Cuban medical cooperation and rejects the politically motivated infamy of considering the actions of these specialists in favor of health in many of the countries of the region as human trafficking.

The signatories come from Colombia, Peru, Brazil, El Salvador, Argentina, Guatemala, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico and Ecuador.

 According to the source, solidarity with Cuba was present in the applause and expressions of support that followed the speeches of the representative of the Cuban civil society, the president of the ACNU, Norma Goicochea, during the Forum of these organizations.  (Source: Prensa Latina)

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U.S. Catholic Bishops call for Cuba’s removal from terrorist list

U.S. Catholic Bishops Call for Cuba’s Removal from Terrorist List

Washington, July 10 (Radio Havana Cuba)– The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged Joe Biden’s administration to remove Cuba from the arbitrary list of countries sponsoring terrorism and begin the path of mutual understanding.

In a letter addressed to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the president of the Justice and Peace Committee, Bishop Elías Zaidan, reiterated the historic position of the Conference which, together with the Holy See and the international community, has also demanded the lifting of the blockade that has weighed on the Island for more than 60 years.

He recalled that when in 2021 the Donald Trump administration designated Cuba as a sponsor of terrorism, they expressed their profound disagreement and stressed the “longstanding position in favor of strong bilateral cooperation for the good of the American and Cuban people.”

“For decades, in conjunction with the Holy See and most of the international community, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has urged collaboration and mutual benefit!” the text stressed.

“I urge you, Mr. Secretary, to withdraw the designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism and maximize our country’s commitment to the good of the Cuban people,” Bishop Zaidan concluded.

This pronouncement joins the broad claim of religious leaders, churches and faith-based organizations that see Cuba’s inclusion in the list of terrorist countries as a coercive measure contrary to the ethics of their religious confessions.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, founded in 1966, is a permanent body that brings together Catholic bishops here.

Days before the end of his term, in January 2021, Trump put Cuba back on the unilateral list of state sponsors of terrorism, from which the Caribbean nation was removed in 2015 during the administration of Democrat Barack Obama.

Despite calls from inside and outside the U.S. to remove Cuba from that list, Biden continues to ignore the demand.

Paradoxically, over the years Cuba has been the victim of terrorism organized and financed by the United States against its people. (Source: Prensa Latina)

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Díaz-Canel wishes success to Cuban athletes in Paris 2024 Games

Havana, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel today wished success to Cuba’s Olympic and Paralympic delegations that will participate in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

With the honor of representing a brave people and being the continuators of an impressive sports epic, the Cuban delegation travels to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the head of state detailed on the social network X.

Diaz-Canel highlighted that the athletes who will represent the Caribbean nation in the sports events were flag bearers on Tuesday.

As part of the ceremony, held at the Plaza de la Revolucion, the Order of Sports Merit was awarded to multi-Olympic and Paralympic champions Mijain Lopez and Omara Durand.

The Cuban delegation to the Paris 2024 Games is made up of 62 Olympic athletes and 17 Paralympic athletes who have qualified so far.

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Diaz-Canel congratulates Mexico’s Morena party on its anniversary

Havana, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Wednesday congratulated Mexico’s Morena party on its 10th anniversary, and expressed the will to continue to strengthen ties between political organizations.

On his X profile, the head of State highlighted Morena’s work in these 10 years, under the leadership of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and focusing on the well-being of the Mexican people.

The National Regeneration Movement (Morena) was created in 2011 as a civil association dedicated to promoting democracy and the defense of Mexico’s sovereignty.

On July 9, 2014, the political organization was registration with the National Electoral Institute as a national party.

Four years later, in 2018, Morena had its first victory in the presidency of the Republic, led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The National Regeneration Movement again won the presidency this year under the leadership of the first woman elected to this position in Mexico’s history: Claudia Sheinbaum.

Morena celebrates a decade of work, consolidating itself as the leading political force in Mexico. Currently, the party holds the Presidency of the Republic and the parliamentary majority in both chambers of the Congress of the Union.

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Growing world rejection of Cuba’s inclusion in US SSOT list

Havana, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) To date, almost 50 governments globally have rejected Cuba’s inclusion in Washington’s State Sponsors of Terrorism (SSOT) list, the Cuban Foreign Ministry (MINREX) informed on Wednesday.

Statements of rejection by movements, organizations, institutions, activists, and international figures who described this designation as unjust and arbitrary, and denounced its consequences for the Cuban nation and families also added to the demand.

In a letter addressed to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urged the Joe Biden administration to remove Cuba from that list and take the path of mutual understanding.

The Russian State Duma (Lower House of the Federal Assembly) also rejected Washington’s provision, which limits the rights of Cubans in and outside their country, and hinders any humanitarian aid, business, investment, and trade for this nation and its citizens.

The persecution of financial transactions to and from Cuban territory and commercial relations affects all spheres of life.

Paradoxically, while the United States keeps Cuba on that list, it harbors groups that organize, finance, and carry out terrorist actions on its territory to undermine the revolutionary process.

On Monday, Cuba’s Interior Ministry (MININT) revealed details of an infiltration operation recently thwarted by specialized forces from that institution, aimed at attacking economic, social, and military targets with destabilizing purposes.

According to analysts, the US Government’s double standards in dealing with such a sensitive issue as terrorism expose the true nature of the policy with which successive US administrations have sought to overthrow the Cuban Revolution for more than six decades.

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World Peace Run to be held in Cuba

Havana, July 8 (Radio Havana Cuba) The Cuban Institute of Sports, INDER, and the South African Embassy in Cuba called today for the Mandela and Fidel Race for World Peace, to be held on July 20.

According to the digital site Jit, this event that pays tribute to the main political figures of both nations will be run in the facilities of the Ciudad Deportiva and will be a qualifier for the Marabana 2024.

The director of the National Commission of Marabana-Maracuba Races and Walks, Carlos Gattorno, told Inder’s official media that the 10-kilometer circuit will start and finish at the Ciudad Deportiva.

The organizers will award prizes to the first three places of each sex and to the winners of each association of people with disabilities.

In addition, the first 1,000 runners to cross the finish line will receive a medal, a sweater and a certificate of qualification for Marabana 2024.

This will be the last 10-kilometer qualifying race for the main long-distance event in Cuba, while for the half marathon the closing race will be the Olympic Ideal, scheduled for August 13.

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Nicaraguan group rejects terrorist plot against Cuba

Managua, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua’s “Love for Cuba” solidarity group rejected the terrorist plot against the Caribbean island planned in the United States in order to create unrest in the country.

The organization, which is a member of the Augusto C. Sandino Anti-imperialist Network of Solidarity with the Peoples, issued a statement in reference to the latest revelations about plans forged in Florida to perpetrate terrorist actions in Cuba.

The statement noted the arrest of Ardenys García Álvarez, 40, who illegally emigrated to the United States in 2014 and smuggled firearms and ammunition into Cuba by sea.

“The enemies of the Cuban people continue with the delirium of an alleged uprising on July 11, 2021, but they do not understand that these maneuvers were and will be defeated by the the Cuban people’s “homeland or death” decisive attitude,” the statement noted, adding that these kinds of actions are part of the imperial offensive to stop the advance of the progressive forces of the world, where the Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua axis stood up to fascist groups and supports the establishment of a new international order without Western hegemony.

“They desperately want to tarnish 45/19 in Nicaragua (45th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution), the 71st anniversary of the attack on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes garrisons (in Cuba) on July 26 (1953), and delegitimize the future and overwhelming electoral victory of the Venezuelan people on July 28,” said the statement, which underscored the importance of remaining alert.

The group stated that Cuba is not alone and expressed the need to close ranks and continue the fight against the United States blockade against Cuba.

The statement also denounced Cuba’s inclusion on the State Sponsors of Terrorism (SSOT) list and recalled that last May, the United States deleted Cuba from the list of countries that do not fully cooperate in the fight against terrorism.

“Cuba remains on the US blacklist of countries that support terrorism, which also includes Iran, North Korea and Syria, nothing has changed, let’s not be fooled (…) they are the terrorists,” the statement emphasized.

It called to unite to continue the fight for a fairer world for all peoples, and denounced Washington’s actions against other countries like Venezuela and Nicaragua.

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Cuba’s inclusion in Washington’s SSOT list is a disgrace

Washington, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) German Congresswoman Sevim Dağdelen stressed here on Monday that it is a disgrace that Cuba is included on Washington’s State Sponsors of Terrorism (SSOT) list.

“I am in solidarity with Cuba and the Cuban people; I think it is irresponsible, a shame that Cuba is included on that list,” the congresswoman said in an interview with Prensa Latina, a few minutes after speaking at a protest outside the White House against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Dağdelen, who is a member of the German Bundestag (Parliament) and the Foreign Affairs Committee, said, “We must unblock Cuba if we are truly in favor of human rights and the country’s development and sovereignty.”

That is why, I support Cuba’s struggle and the lifting of the blockade,” emphasized the parliamentarian, whose speeches at the “No to NATO, Yes to Peace” conference and Sunday’s protest in Lafayette Park, outside the Executive Mansion, mentioned the US naval base in the illegally occupied territory of Guantanamo, in eastern Cuba.

According to Brown University researchers, the wars of the United States and its allies have killed more than 4.5 million people over the last 20 years worldwide, the politician commented.

Attending the demonstration were representatives of a wide range of US groups and social movements and delegates to the “No to NATO, Yes to Peace” conference, which was held this weekend in advance of the military alliance’s Summit in Washington D.C. from July 9-11

The NATO Summit will bring together leaders and representatives of all 32 member States of the military alliance in the context of the 75th anniversary of its founding. \

NATO was formed by virtue of the Washington Treaty, signed on April 4, 1949.

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Problems mobilizing resources limit Unicef’s reach in Cuba

Havana, July 8 (Prensa Latina) The representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) here, Alejandra Trossero, considered the difficulties in mobilizing resources, today limit the scope and impact of that agency’s work in Cuba.

Unlike other countries, Cuba has a small group of donors due to the problems we know about and the sanctions imposed on it.

There are many difficulties in articulating donations and cooperation, she assured in statements to Prensa Latina.

These circumstances, she said, “put the country at a disadvantage, especially with respect to financing for development, because there are very big limitations to obtaining the specific funds it needs.”

Despite this, she is “very satisfied with Unicef’s results in the nation during 2023, “mainly because it maintains very positive working ties” with state agencies and institutions.

We did, she commented, intense work in the maternal and child area, with emphasis on “strengthening the capabilities of health professionals to care for newborns with low weight or other complications.”

We reinforced neonatology services in 19 centers, bringing necessary supplies to save lives, and at the same time we trained nearly 5 thousand professionals in that area alone, said Trossero, Unicef ​​representative in Cuba since January 2022.

“We also bring vaccines. Cuba has great capacity to produce them, but one in particular, for children under one year old, cannot be produced. We are committed to bringing them every year,” she explained.

It is, she pointed out, the so-called triple vaccine (it can prevent measles, mumps and rubella) and last year we brought 93 thousand doses.

In 2023, as she reported, “cold chains were also strengthened to transport and protect vaccines,” in addition to “incorporating high-performance ambulances to assist pregnant women in critical condition, which will allow them to reach more than 30,000 pregnant women.” All this work, she stressed, was possible due to the coordination and joint efforts with the Pan American Health Organization and the World Food Program, among other agencies.

I want to highlight the support for the nutrition of pregnant women and newborns. We promote breastfeeding as the best food and, with the Government, we work to ensure dietary diversity for the mother and thus guarantee good nutrition for the child, he highlighted.

Obviously, he declared, we want to do much more, because we know the difficult situation in the country…, and the truth is, sometimes we feel a little frustration for not being able to, although we do everything within our power.

“One of the biggest concerns is the lack of pediatric medications. It is a priority to obtain financing to be able to bring them. I know the reality of the country and that is a strong personal commitment, not only from Unicef,” he stated.

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