Campaign against blockade on Cuba revitalized in Honduras

Tegucigalpa, May 10 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Honduras-Cuba Association, Elena Flores, said today that this solidarity organization will launch a strong campaign against the blockade of Cuba given the proximity of the vote on the issue at the UN.

Precisely on June 23, the General Assembly will take a vote, and we are taking that effort together with the initiative of the nomination of the contingent of Cuban internationalist doctors Henry Reeve for the Nobel Peace Prize, Flores explained to Prensa Latina via WhatsApp.

Both directions of solidarity work, she explained, join the ongoing campaign to collect funds to contribute to the continental campaign of one million syringes in support of vaccination against Covid-19 on the Caribbean island.

Regarding the denunciation of the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States for six decades, she highlighted the propaganda work carried out by the catrachos of solidarity activists through the Association’s platform on social networks.

The solidarity movement includes approximately a thousand people, among whom are graduates of the Latin American School of Medicine and other university careers such as sports and agricultural engineering.

The Association conducts monthly conversations through the networks in which they discuss topics such as the most important event of the stage and on one occasion some 1,700 people joined the chat, says the president.

That gives the magnitude of the scope, and also the credibility that the population has in this association, founded on December 12, 2000, Flores acknowledged.

Among the significant events in those two decades, she referred to the creation of Plaza Cuba, in Tegucigalpa, in whose construction Cuban doctors working in Honduras at that time and solidarity activists participated.

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Mexico Issues Diplomatic Note in Complaint Against US Financing of Opposition NGOs

Featured Image: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at his daily morning press conference. Photo courtesy EFE/Sáshenka Gutiérrez

May 8 (Orinoco Tribune) The Mexican government issued a complaint to the United States in regard to US financing of the Mexican NGOs Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity (MCCI) and Article 19. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, president of Mexico, called these NGOs “opponents and coup plotters.”

President Obrador confirmed this Friday, May 7, in his daily morning 7am press conference, ​​just a few hours before his virtual meeting with US Vice President Kamala Harris, that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent the diplomatic note on Thursday through the United States Embassy in Mexico.

Obrador declared that this was “an act of interventionism that violates our sovereignty.” When asked by a reporter from the right-wing newspaper Reforma why he referred to it as “interventionist,” Obrador replied that “it is because a foreign government cannot give money to political groups in Mexico; you cannot receive money from another country for political purposes, it is treason… our constitution forbids this… it is interference; it is interventionism, and it is promoting a coup.”

The diplomatic note was issued after a report by the news magazine Contralínea was divulged during Obrador’s usual morning press conference on Thursday. The report documented how the United States government had donated 25.7 million Mexican pesos ($1.28 million) to MCCI from 2018 to 2020. Apart from this direct donation, MCCI also received money from the United States Agency for Development (USAID) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), both well-known CIA cutouts.

MCCI, an NGO that allegedly investigates corruption cases in Mexico, was founded by businessman Claudio X. González, son of the president of Kimberly-Clark Mexico, Claudio X. González Laporte. González also promoted the creation of the newly formed Yes for Mexico campaign (Sí por México, in Spanish), a political movement which groups together the right-wing opposition parties, PAN-PRI-PRD, who previously had governed in Mexico.

During his press briefing, Obrador exhibited the invoices and tax returns which showed that MCCI had received 50 million pesos ($2.5 million) from USAID, from 2018 to date; and in addition, 29.3 million pesos ($1.46 million) were given to Article 19.

López Obrador described the financing of opposition groups by the United States as a “bad practice,” but ruled out that the US was promoting a coup, despite referring to the aforementioned associations as “coup plotters.” He clarified that the diplomatic note was sent specifically to request information about the resources.

“Picture this, money grants from the United States Embassy to pay for propaganda against us,” said the president. “They now have to transparently clarify to whom have they given money and where else have they destined funding.”

Despite the scandal, López Obrador reaffirmed that “there is a very good relationship” with the United States government, both with current President Joe Biden and with former President Donald Trump.

President Obrador ruled out addressing the complaint with Vice President Harris on Friday, with whom he met virtually to address the issue of migration in Central America. There will also be a face-to-face meeting between the two in Mexico, scheduled for June 8 this year.

The president stated that he would not bring the issue up because it would “tense the meeting and because it is another topic; a completely different agenda. [I am only bringing this up now] because it was mentioned here yesterday and it has caught our attention. It has been twice now that this magazine [Contralínea] raised things that I was not aware of, it is a very good magazine,” he added.

Last year, on August 30, 2020, Obrador had already revealed foreign financial funding, when it was disclosed that many environmentalist NGOs lobbying against Mexico’s Mayan Train project (Tren Maya), including MCCI, had received money from the Rockefeller, Ford and Kellogg Foundations, as well as from NED.

Although López Obrador downplayed the foreign funding scandal, it is necessary to remember that this was not the first time that the US government intervened in Mexico’s internal politics. The most notable example was the coup that ousted and led to the assassination of President Francisco I. Madero, in a plot orchestrated in conjunction with the corporate press, the private sector, the army and the US embassy, in 1913.

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Sweden and Cuba express interest in strengthening relations

Stockholm, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Sweden and Cuba on Monday expressed interest in strengthening bilateral ties at a virtual meeting between Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde and Cuban Ambassador Alba Soto.

During the meeting, Linde lauded the good state of bilateral relations and noted the usefulness of the Political Consultations Mechanism, whose upcoming session is scheduled for next autumn.

She also highlighted Sweden’s cooperation policy and its development regarding Cuba, in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding that governs those consultations, in force since 2015.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Soto ratified Cuba’s interest in continuing to strengthen bilateral relations on the basis of their potentialities, including the breakthroughs in biotechnology, including her country’s vaccine candidates against Covid-19.

She also took the opportunity to condemn the tightening of the United States blockade against Cuba and the inhumane conditions of its implementation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

After referring to the upcoming submission of Cuba’s draft resolution to the United Nations General Assembly to eliminate that policy, which has been imposed on Cuba for more than 60 years, the ambassador thanked Sweden for its traditional support against US hostility.

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Morocco and Cuba discuss medical cooperation

Rabat, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the governments of Cuba and Morocco discussed issues of common interest, including cooperation in the healthcare sector, diplomatic sources reported on Monday.

During a meeting between Cuban Ambassador Javier Domokos Ruiz and Moroccan Health Minister Khalid Ait Khalet, the two parties reviewed the actions taken in each country to fight the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19.

They also talked about technological sovereignty, said the report, which noted that the Cuban ambassador took the opportunity to repeat his Government’s will to share its experiences in the fields of health care and biotechnology for the benefit of the Moroccan people.

Local media reported that Cuba enjoys great international prestige in those fields.

They also noted that as a show of solidarity with the world, Cuba is developing cooperation programs in health care and education in several African countries.

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Cuba denounces impact of the US blockade on food security

Havana, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez emphasized today that the US blockade is responsible for the effects on food security on the island.

Through his Twitter account, the headline mentioned that the report ‘WFP Global Update on COVID-19’ of the United Nations World Food Program also accuses the northern siege in this regard.

‘This genocidal policy that seeks to bend our sovereign will due to hunger and necessity must cease,’ added the Foreign Minister.

Recently, the Foreign Ministry reported that the US economic war on the agri-food sector on the island has caused an impact of over 428 million dollars in the period between April 2019 and March 2020.

In fact, during an international solidarity meeting, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Mauri Hechavarría, assured that ‘the blockade, intensified by the Trump administration, is real, constitutes the main obstacle to development in agriculture and makes it difficult to achieve goals for sustainable development’.

Despite the rejection of the international community, this economic, commercial and financial siege has continued for more than six decades.

According to a report prepared by the Caribbean nation, losses between April 2019 and March 2020 exceeded five billion dollars (five thousand 570.3 million) for the first time, even without accounting for the damages caused during the pandemic of Covid-19.

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Cuba thanks CARICOM for support against US blockade

Havana, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Saturday thanked the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for its solidarity and support against the United States economic blockade against Cuba. In a message on his Twitter account, the head of Cuban diplomacy welcomed the demand made by the CARICOM foreign ministers for an end to Washington’s pressures. ‘This extraterritorial policy affects third countries and is the main obstacle to our development,’ Rodriguez tweeted.

At a virtual meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), the CARICOM foreign ministers expressed their ‘ongoing concern that the US embargo (blockade) against Cuba will have a significant adverse impact on the socioeconomic development of Cuba and the wellbeing of the Cuban people,’ according to the final declaration.

The ministers also repeated CARICOM’s support for the lifting of the US long-standing economic, financial and commercial blockade, and agreed to continue advocating for its elimination.

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Health intervention against Covid-19 to start on Wednesday in Havana

Havana, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Health intervention in Cuba’s at-risk groups and territories will start on Wednesday, May 12, in seven municipalities of Havana, with the Abdala vaccine candidate against Covid-19, local media reported on Sunday.

The Tribuna de La Habana newspaper issued the information disclosed on Saturday at the meeting of the Provincial Defense Council in Havana with the presence of local authorities, the Minister of Public Health Jose Angel Portal, and Dr. Martha Ayala, director of the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), a leading institution in the development of Abdala.

From May to June, healthcare workers and students from all over the country who were not vaccinated in the intervention studies will receive the vaccine candidate, a sum of 474,676.

Likewise, in the first stage, 778,398 people from seven municipalities of Havana will be vaccinated from May to July.

The authorities detailed that those municipalities are Regla, San Miguel del Padron, Guanabacoa and Habana del Este with 396,382 inhabitants who will receive the doses during the first fortnight of May until June.

In Boyeros, Cotorro and Arroyo Naranjo, with 382,016 volunteers, the process will take place from the last week of May to July.

Then, in a second stage, 928,627 people will be reached in Plaza de la Revolucion, Playa, Centro Habana, Habana Vieja, Cerro, 10 de Octubre, La Lisa and Marianao, from the second half of June to August.

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French association highlights Cuba’s solidarity in Covid-19 times

Paris, May 9 (Prensa Latina) The French association Cuba Linda on Sunday highlighted the country’s solidarity in Covid-19 times, and reiterated its repudiation of the US economic, commercial and financial blockade.

In a statement on its general assembly, held this weekend, the organization created in 1998, noted Cuba has sent thousands of experienced doctors to more than 40 countries and territories hit by the novel coronavirus, despite the tightening of the blockade by the Trump administration (2017-2021).

In 2020, Cuba showed that its path chosen is the only one capable of protecting populations from the scourges that threaten them; the organization’s members attached importance to the nation’s effective, transparent and humane management of the pandemic, which included the development of its own vaccine candidates.

According to the association, Cuba’s example annoys the US imperialism, ‘which does not like it to be shown that the salvation of humanity is not capitalism.’

The US government maintains its criminal policy, a real intensity war against Cuba, to the point of tightening the blockade in the midst of the pandemic, he denounced in allusion to the 240 measures of reinforcement of the blockade decreed by Trump, many of them amid the global health Covid-19 crisis.

Cuba Linda ratified its full support for the people of the country, its government and its socialist Revolution.

We join the millions of voices that today have been raising around the world to demand the immediate and definitive lifting of the genocidal US blockade against Cuba for 60 years, the movement’s members assured.

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US Medical NGO Receives Commerce License To Send Cuba Syringes

 CodePink and The People's Forum are promoting a campaign to send syringes to Cuba as a direct way to support the Cuban people and denounce the cruel and inhumane US Blockade.
CodePink and The People’s Forum are promoting a campaign to send syringes to Cuba as a direct way to support the Cuban people and denounce the cruel and inhumane US Blockade. | Photo: Twitter/@manolo_realengo

U.S. medical humanitarian organization Global Health Partners has received a license from the U.S. Commerce Department in a victory for an international solidarity campaign to donate much-need syringes to Cuba in support of its mass vaccination campaign against COVID-19.

May 9 (teleSUR) According to Global Health Partners’ website, the Saving Lives Campaign and Global Health Partners are building a broad-based, urgent drive to supply vital medical tools to Cuba, which has a shortage of 20 million syringes critical to the goal of vaccinating the entire Cuban population against COVID-19.

The organizations are committed to raising $100,000 in May to start rushing syringes to Cuba and ask supporters to show their solidarity with the country that has committed so much for the health of its people and struggling communities around the world.

Over the past year alone, the organization notes, Cuba has sent 3,700 health workers, in 52 international medical brigades, to 39 countries overwhelmed by the pandemic. Global Health Partners reports that Cuba’s international medical brigades have treated patients and saved lives for the past 15 years in 53 countries confronting natural disasters and severe epidemics, such as the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Cuba has developed five internationally recognized candidate COVID-19 vaccines, with two in Phase III clinical trials as of May 2021. The island’s population is 11.3 million people. Still, Cuba plans to produce 100 million doses of vaccine to meet its commitment to sharing its low-cost vaccines with developing countries in the world.

To this end, Global Health Partners has received a rare and relatively inaccessible U.S. Commerce Department license to send medical supplies to Cuba, necessary due to US export restrictions resulting from the 60-year trade embargo on the island nation.

While humanitarian shipments of food and medications from the United States to Cuba may legally be permitted with the use of a Treasury and/or Commerce Department-specific license, restrictive “end-user verification” requirements as well as over compliance concerns and outrights refusals from US-based banking and financial services providers to process Cuba-related transactions make these humanitarian gestures excessively difficult in practice.

To date, Cuban residents and solidarity organizations from Canada, Panama, Spain, the United Kingdom, and numerous countries in Latin America have joined the global solidarity campaign to send Cuba syringes and needles in support of its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with hundreds of thousands of dollars and millions of syringes already having been donated to date.

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Venezuela: “Almagro and Lima Cartel Promote Lies Against Us”

Vice President Delcy Rodriguez described as
Vice President Delcy Rodriguez described as “media lynching” the hybrid war strategy used against Venezuela to influence the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which maintains a preliminary examination against the State of Venezuela. | Photo: Twitter/@PetraYsabelina

Executive Vice President of the Republic Delcy Rodríguez denounced that Venezuela is facing a media lynching against its political and social leaders, as well as the fraudulent use of social networks in campaigns orchestrated in Washington and five governments of the Lima Cartel led by Luis Almagro that attempt to manipulate public opinion against the country.

May 7 (teleSUR) “The Attorney General of the Republic presented an extension of the report filed before the International Criminal Court (ICC) showing that from the communicational point of view, social networks are being instrumentalized to create a public opinion adverse to the country,” explained Rodríguez, who, in a press conference to national and international media, was accompanied by Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and Sectorial Vice-President for Communication, Culture and Tourism, Freddy Ñáñez.

In this sense, the Executive Vice-President pointed out that Venezuela raises its voice and calls to highlight with scientific and professional rigor the country’s reality rather than the one that the media tries to impose.

“It is a very serious operation, and we always ask the international community to see themselves in the same mirror because what they do today to Venezuela they can do tomorrow to any country,” Rodriguez said.

“Executive Vice President, @delcyrodriguezv: What is being done against Venezuela is a media lynching against its political and social leaders through the networks.”

She urged the ICC to work with the Venezuelan institutions and relevant courts, which are authorized with everything related to Human Rights. In a recent study using Big Data, experts have revealed how social networks construct false information against the country’s human rights situation.

“In a well-elaborated study of more than 15,345,683 tweets, with more than 1,400,000 avatars and more than 31 million interactions, there is a small nucleus of profiles in the Twitter network created by bots that have drastically expanded these false opinions, false realities, and matrices to influence the decisions of the ICC. Venezuela is a constitutional state based on human rights and respect; those matrices have sought to lynch with lies conceived by the media to attack the Venezuelan people,” she expressed.

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