Cuba’s President advocates a fair and equitable international order

Cuba's President advocates a fair and equitable international order

Havana, Oct 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel stressed again on Sunday the UN importance as a promoter of a fair, democratic and equitable international order.

On his Twitter account, the president also called for a multilateral body that boosts sustainable development.

‘The UN, following the principles that originated it, must encourage, for the sake of present and future generations, a fair, democratic and equitable international order that responds to the demands of peace, sustainable development and justice of all the peoples of the world,’ Diaz-Canel tweeted.

Recently, the head of State defended strict adherence to the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and International Law on the 75th anniversary of that entity.

The president reiterated Cuba’s commitment to multilateralism in the face of the pressing challenges imposed by the complex world scenario.

Diaz-Canel urged to more practical actions to banish conflicts and the arms race, unconventional wars, acts of aggression and unilateral coercive measures from the planet.

In a letter sent to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the president ratified that Cuba will continue defending peace, International Law and fair causes, as well as denouncing threats to the survival of the human beings as species.

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Venezuelan president calls to consolidate peace among nations

Caracas, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday called to consolidate peace, cooperation and respect among countries on the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

On his Twitter account, Maduro noted the need to strengthen multilateralism as the only solution to humankind’s problems, amid the scourge of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Friday, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza ratified the Venezuelan State’s support and respect for the principles and purposes of the UN Charter, and urged the governments that do not do so to adopt the spirit of that document.

The United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the coming into force of the UN Charter, which was signed on June 26, 1945, in San Francisco, the United States.

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Cuban doctors get award for the 60 years of Cuba-China relations

Cuban doctors get award for the 60 years of Cuba-China relations

Beijing, Oct 25 (Prensa Latina) Three Cuban doctors received on Sunday China’s awards to honor the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, for their work after the onset of the novel coronavirus outbreak here.

The State mission delivered the diploma and the commemorative medal to Yamira Palacios, Ileana Alvarez and Rafael Arocha, who provided care to Cubans living in China from a medical post installed in Cuba’s embassy in Beijing.

The tribute was a moment where gratitude was expressed to those physicians and other colleagues who both in Cuba and in other countries work to save lives, prevent and control the dangerous disease.

The three doctors, meanwhile, highlighted the value of Cuban medicine, the training of professionals based on ethical principles and the dedication to a career exercised with a humanistic, supportive and highly sensitive concept.

From the beginning of 2020, the medical team provided consultations to their fellow countrypersons, followed up on the epidemiological situation in China and also supported the preventive efforts that the diplomatic mission adopted to be more effective in guiding and protecting Cubans.

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Bolivia: Luis Arce Calls for OAS Almagro’s Resignation

President-elect Luis Arce catacora at campaign event.
President-elect Luis Arce catacora at campaign event. | Photo: @LuchoXBolivia

The Puebla Group, CELAG, former President Evo Morales and many other prominent Latin American voices have called for the OAS head’s resignation.

Oct 24 (teleSUR) Bolivia’s President-elect Luis Arce has joined growing calls for the resignation of OAS chief Luis Almagro. In an interview with La Razon, a Bolivian newspaper, Arce said that Almagro must go for ‘ethical and moral reasons’ following the discredited OAS report of 2019 that indivated that there had been electoral fraud under the last government of Evo Morales.

“I think things are clear, we all agree here. There was no fraud, there was a whole preparation for a coup, of which the OAS was unfortunately a part,” in reference to the post-election audit that led to the military intervening to demand the resignation of Evo Morales. 

OAS chief Luis Almagro specifically has under criticism for his activist role in the region in favour of US interests. On Almagro, Arce said, “We do not agree that an important body be in the hands of people wearing the shirt of a political party or of a political ideology in the region. They should not be interference in the internal affairs of a country. If Almagro did that in Bolivia, imagine, he can do it with any other country, and we cannot allow that.”

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Puebla Group calls for the resignation of OAS head Luis Almagro for the role he played in the destabilization of Bolivia and given that there was no fraud in the October 2019 elections. @teleSURenglish

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Luis Arce’s comments follow similar calls by Evo Morales who said in a press conference on Thursday that, “Luis Almagro must resign, his hands are stained with the blood of Bolivians and he has no moral authority to direct the destinies of the OAS,”  in reference to the two massacres carried out by Bolivia’s de facto government, who seized power shortly after the now discredited OAS report was released. 

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Maximiliano Reyes Zúñiga Deputy Minister for Latin America and the Caribbean
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The government of Mexico has also joined calls for Almagros resignation. Senior official Maximiliano Reyes said on wednesday that, “In the Bolivian elections in 2019, the General Secretariat used the electoral observation mission in a facetious manner to prematurely denounce an alleged fraud that never existed.”

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Cuban medical brigade returns home after fighting Covid-19 in Mexico

Havana, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) The brigade of Cuba’s Henry Reeve international contingent of doctors who collaborated in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic in Quintana Roo, Mexico, returned home on Saturday after five months in that country.

Upon arriving at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, all seven members of the group were welcomed virtually by Prime Minister Manuel Marrero, who expressed the gratitude of the Cuban Government and people.

Marrero updated the brigade members about the epidemiological situation in Cuba, the actions taken to control the epidemic and the strategy to counter the impact of the resulting global crisis, which in Cuba’s case is more complex due to the tightening of the US blockade.

Brigade Chief Lirina Perpiñan told reporters about the work done by the multidisciplinary team of young experts who treated the most complex cases of the disease in the Intensive Care Units of the General Hospital in Quintana Roo.

Our doctors immediately earned the respect and appreciation of their Mexican colleagues, said Perpignan, who highlighted that they treated 6,213 Covid-19 patients and saved 6,130 lives during their mission.

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How Bolivia fights fascism – It takes more than the ballot box

Bolivia election MAS Ollie Vargas

ANYA PARAMPIL AND BEN NORTON·OCTOBER 21, 2020The Grayzone

Anya Parampil speaks with journalist Ollie Vargas in La Paz, Bolivia about the historic victory of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party in the October 18 elections.

Video by Ben Norton

Parampil and Vargas discuss the role of Bolivia’s social movements in overturning the coup regime that came to power in 2019, as well as the expectations of average people as the new government of Luis Arce takes power.

ANYA PARAMPIL

Anya Parampil is a journalist based in Washington, DC. She has produced and reported several documentaries, including on-the-ground reports from the Korean peninsula, Palestine, Venezuela, and Honduras.

BEN NORTON

Ben Norton is a journalist, writer, and filmmaker. He is the assistant editor of The Grayzone, and the producer of the Moderate Rebels podcast, which he co-hosts with editor Max Blumenthal. His website is BenNorton.com and he tweets at @BenjaminNorton.

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Cuban chefs delight in international culinary sculpture contest

Photos: Courtesy of Adolfo Enrique Espinosa, director of the School of Artistic Cooking

Havana, Oct 23 (Prensa Latina) The mastery of a Cuban team of chefs in the art of decorating fruits and vegetables is standing out today in the culinary sculptors community, after being granted the honorary prize at the International Competition of Mukimono Art.

Organized virtually by the Mexican Association of Culinary Sculptors and the Association of Culinary Artisans and International Carving Artists, the tournament welcomed competitors from 28 countries and an experienced professional jury in these kinds of competitions in the world.

The Cuban presentation, which was awarded the prize for the greatest dedication, effort and teamwork, consisted in the reproduction of a life-size work by artist Zaida del Rio, made of chocolate, sugar dough, fondant, marzipan, among other products, entitled Guajira Guantanamera.

According to the director of the School of Artistic Cooking, Adolfo Enrique Espinosa, the piece reflects one of the great constants of that painter, drawer and engraver: the treatment of women as a transmutable being and, in particular, the possibility of becoming a fine, sensual, peaceful and, at the same time, powerful bird.

Likewise, he highlighted the talent of the team of chefs – most from the Gran Caribe hotel group – capable of reproducing relief paintings, which exhibits the works on easels as if they were canvases and sit down to enjoy the reactions of the public.

Among the participants from Argentina, Russia, Spain, Thailand, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, United States, Canada, and others, the rest of the prizes of the contest were awarded to Benjamin Figueroa, from Mexico; Laura Hernández, from Bolivia and Adriano Cossu, from Italy, in that order.

The School of Artistic Cooking, the first of its kind on the island and founded in 2017, seeks to show that cooking is a complete art, which is why its works have been exhibited at the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Havana International Conference Center, the Colonial Art Museum, among other places.

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Puebla Group condemns US blockade against Cuba

Havana, Oct 23 (Prensa Latina) The Puebla Group condemned on Friday the US blockade against Cuba and thanked the country for its solidarity in a context of US coercive measures and the Covid-19 pandemic.

During a virtual workshop, the members of that forum highlighted Cuba’s heroism in the face of almost 60 years of the US economic, commercial and financial blockade.

On that meeting, Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez emphasized that the US blockade against the nation affects the bond between families and is the main obstacle to the progress of bilateral relations.

The FM referred to a new action by the US Treasury Department that increases the prohibitions on sending remittances from that country to Cuba.

‘This is an additional measure to the sanctions that already exist as part of the US blockade and that have to do with the upcoming elections,’ Rodriguez assured.

According to the minister, the recent US coercive measures cause profound damage to the Cuban family and bring about an extremely negative impact on the economic and social model of the country.

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Flight from Mexico reopens operations in Cuban airport

Matanzas, Cuba, Oct 23 (Prensa Latina) A flight from Mexico will reopen tomorrow operations at the Juan Gualberto Gomez International Airport, in the province of Matanzas, after seven months of commercial closure due to Covid-19, according to reports today.

Kirenia Echeverria, chief operations specialist for that western air terminal, told Prensa Latina that the aircraft belongs to Viva Aerobus, from Mexico, and will link the Mexican capital with the Matanzas airport.

She said that the airplane has 186 seats, and that company will make other connections with this airport on Oct 28-31, and on Nov.1, but it will fly from Monterrey this time.

Echeverria said that the Juan Gualberto Gomez Airport is certified and ready to receive travelers from abroad, with strict measures to protect the health of passengers and employees.

She also confirmed that this Sunday, Oct.25, an aircraft from the United Kingdom will arrive with the first tourists in the famous Varadero resort, after the reopening of this sun and beach destination since Oct.15 to international markets.

She also spoke about another arrival by the end of the month, that of the Condor airline, from Germany. The Azur Air lines, from Russia, and LOT, from Poland, are also interested in flying to Cuba.

The Juan Gualberto Gomez International Airport, located between Matanzas and Varadero, is considered the second most important airport in the country for its income and aircraft movement, and is an alternative to the capital’s Jose Marti International Airport.

According to statistics, this airport, with 31 years of service, receives over 30 percent of the visitors to the island, and most of the tourists who choose Varadero to spend their vacation, which has one of the best beaches in the world.

Work was planned at the terminal for the low tourist season, which was advanced due to the epidemiological situation caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which caused the closure of the program of arrivals and departures of flights on March 27.

These works took into account security measures for passengers, employees and crews.

There were changes in the signage, and maintenance work was carried out both in the airfield, the take-off and landing runway, as well as in the central building.

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US Implements New Measure Against Sending Remittances to Cuba

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Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said: “The new measure against remittances reaffirms that there are no limits for a criminal government to impose policies that limit contacts, communication and mutual aid between families in both countries.” Havana, Cuba. October 23, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/@BrunoRdgzP

The new measure is part of the ongoing actions taken by the Donald Trump administration against Cuba.

Oct 23 (teleSUR) The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury released on Friday a new measure against sending remittances to Cuba, as part of the policies adopted by the Donald Trump administration against the island.

As reported by OFAC, the amendment will restrict any transaction with entities on the so-called Cuba Restricted List, a State Department list that includes more than 200 Cuban entities and sub-entities prohibited by the US government, including those which process and distribute remittances on the island, such as Fincimex, AIS, CIMEX, and others. 

The final rule will be officially published in the Federal Register on October 27. The Donald Trump administration had previously limited the possible amount of shipments to only $1,000 per quarter (September 2019). Western Union suspended financial transfers to Cuba from anywhere globally except the United States (February 2020).

The current US administration noted that the new measure is intended to restrict access by such entities and sub-entities to funds obtained in connection with remittance-related activities, including in their role as intermediaries or their receipt of fees or commissions for processing remittance transactions.

Johana Tablada de la [email protected] With its new remittances discriminatory measure, the gov. of #UnitedStates makes Cuban emigrants the only ones in the world who cannot help their relatives, also affected by the largest worldwide system of illegal and unilateral coercive measures. #NoMasBloqueo #UnblockCuba

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For his part, the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, declared that the new measure against remittances reaffirms that “there are no limits for a criminal government in imposing policies that limit contacts, communication and mutual aid between the families of both countries.”

For the Cuban representative, the United States Government has intensified in an extreme and unprecedented way the blockade to the island, taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Far from alleviating the coercive measures in the context of the pandemic, the United States has proposed to provoke maximum punishment to the Cuban people. The new measure against remittances damages the population and confirms that the blockade is real,” the diplomat said this Thursday through Twitter.

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