Summer cultural program promotes book dedicated to Fidel Castro

Havana, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) The Provincial Center of Book and Literature in Havana is promoting on Tuesday the panel “Fidel en las artes” (Fidel in the Arts), one of the initiatives in honor of the 96th anniversary of the birth of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution.

The event, organized by the Cuban Fund for Cultural Assets and the Hermanos Saiz Association, will bring together authors and readers during the cultural fair Arte en la Rampa (Arts at La Rampa), which is taking place during the summer.

Journalist and critic Pedro de la Hoz; art critic, essayist and graphic researcher Jorge Bermudez; university professor and researcher Marilyn Garbey and poet, essayist and literary critic Victor Fowler are some of the participants in the panel.

Readers will also have at their disposal the titles “Fidel Castro. Argumentos Culturales de la Revolución Cubana,” “Che y Fidel. Imágenes de la memoria,” “Cuba 120 imágenes de un país en Revolución,” “Fidel Castro un retrato Íntimo” and “Ni Calles, ni momentos, el legado de Fidel”, all of them published by Ocean Sur publishing house.

The panel will take place at the Salon de Mayo as of 15:00 hours, local time.


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Puerto Rican movement expresses consternation due to fire in Cuba

San Juan, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) The National Hostosiano Independence Movement (MINH) of Puerto Rico has expressed its consternation to the Cuban people, in a message sent to its leaders released on Tuesday, due to the fire occurred at the Matanzas Supertanker Base.

“We feel deep pain and consternation at the unfortunate events that is taking place in Matanzas, which have caused destruction, death and unrest,” the leadership of the Puerto Rican movement stated in a message sent to the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC).

MINH presidents Julio A. Muriente and Angel Rodriguez-Leon wrote, “our solidarity feelings are at this terrible hour at the side of the brotherly Cuban people, the Party and the Government.”

They also recognized the value that several governments’ decision has, including that of the United States, to offer help to face this crisis, after a lightning struck on Friday evening, August 5, one of the crude oil storage tanks, which claimed the life of one person so far, while 14 people are still reported as missing.

The Puerto Rican leaders acknowledged that, although with pain and suffering, this heartbreaking crisis will be overcome, “because if any people in the world deserves and has earned the right to be happy, it is the Cuban people.”


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Chinese diplomat thanks Cuba for its support against US interference

Havana, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) The Chinese ambassador in Havana, Ma Hui, today thanked the Cuban government and people for their solidarity and support in the struggle of his country for sovereignty in the face of the US government’s interference.

The Cuban position also demonstrates support for the principles of international law and the United Nations Charter, said the diplomat while releasing a statement condemning the visit of U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.

Ma Hui commented that several countries and political organizations of the world sent messages of solidarity with China and highlighted the recent messages delivered in Havana by the government of Nicaragua and the United Left Movement of the Dominican Republic.

The ambassador stressed that this type of interference in the internal affairs of other States violates the interests and sovereignty of developing countries, which if not respected will always be subjugated.

On August 3, the Cuban Foreign Ministry expressed its firm rejection of actions aimed at harming China’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, which received the support of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and the National Assembly of People’s Power (parliament). The Chinese representative in Havana referred to the measures adopted today by the Chinese government, describing them as fair, necessary and important, including actions against Pelosi and her family and the interruption of dialogue and cooperation mechanisms with the United States.

Ma Hui stressed that his country will take all necessary measures to defend its sovereignty and achieve national unity and emphasized that the principle of one China is a universal consensus of the international community.


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IFCO/Pastors for Peace calls Biden to remove Cuba from terrorism list

Washington, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) The Interfaith Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO)/Pastors for Peace on Thursday urged President Joe Biden to remove Cuba from US list of States sponsor terrorism.

In a request on the Internet, IFCO-Pastors for Peace expressed Joe Biden its deep concern about hostile US policies towards Cuba, which have kept unchanged to date.

The Interfaith Foundation´s letter reminded Joe Biden such policies really impact on the Cuba people´s welfare and that while his recent easing of travel and remittance restrictions have been quite helpful, it is still not enough.

According to IFCO, “a positive and principled measure you (Biden) could easily roll out is to remove Cuba from the list of State Sponsor of Terrorism.”

In Trump’s last days serving as president, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo once again included Cuba in the list, from which the Obama-Biden administration withdrew in 2015.

Following an all-important review conducted under Obama-Biden´s administration, it was certified the Cuban Government has not provided any support to international terrorism.

“The new inclusion of Cuba on the terrorism list by Trump was a fully-political move to please conservative Cuban-Americans,” said the foundation, one of the most active ones in the United States in favor of lifting US blockade imposed on Cuba for over 60 years.

Being included in the list, Cuba is subject to international financial sanctions and restrictions limiting its capacity to make transactions, including those necessary to continue its efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and reactivate its domestic economy.

Far from supporting terrorism, Cuba has a long history of providing health care and saving lives globally.

Since 1963, over 600,000 Cuban health workers have given medical services in 160 nations, fighting diseases including Ebola and Covid-19.

However, instead of working together with Cuba in order to provide health care worldwide amid a global pandemic, the US government is applying sanctions and trying to stifle Cuba´s economy by imposing a hostile blockade.

“President Joe Biden, you could remove Cuba from the terrorism list out of a clear blue sky. We ask you to do so”, the IFCO-Pastors for Peace concluded.


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Panel in Cuba recalls Latin American Solidarity Organization

Havana, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) The Latin America and the Caribbean panel, 55 years after the first Organization of Latin America Solidarity (OLAS) conference, takes place in Havana on Tuesday, in the presence of Cuban professors and researchers and in tribute to heroine Haydee Santamaria.

Luis Suarez, academic of the Raul Roa Garcia Higher Institute of International Relations, diplomat Ramon Sanchez-Parodi and Maria del Carmen Ariet, scholar of the Che Guevara Studies Center, attend the meeting at Casa de las Americas.

Coordinated by the Social Sciences section of the Economic Society of Friends of the Country, the conference pays tribute to the 100th anniversary of the birth of the guerrilla fighter and politician of the Caribbean nation, who was OLAS secretary general.

The aforementioned organization was founded in Cuba in August 1967, at the initiative of former Chilean President Salvador Allende. It was made up of several anti-imperialist movements in the region, with proposals and strategies similar to those promoted by the Cuban Revolution.

The first meeting of the group took place from July 31 to August 10 of that year, and determined among the objectives the liberation of the peoples of the area and the overcoming of the economic, social and cultural underdevelopment, and summarized the interventionist trajectory of the United States.


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Bridges of Love leader rejects accusations by anti-Cuban US senator

Washington, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) Carlos Lazo, leader of the Bridges of Love movement, rejected the accusations made by US Senator Marco Rubio, who asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate the group to determine if they act as foreign agents.

In a communiqué to which Prensa Latina had access, Lazo stated that the solidarity project and its members act transparently and clarified that there is no contradiction in being a Cuban-American citizen and wanting better relations between Havana and Washington.

The senator accuses me of meeting with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Lazo said and stressed that he will meet with whomever he has to in order to demand an end to the sanctions on the Cuban people.

He recalled that with that objective, he already spoke in the past with Senator Mel Martinez, Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen and Congressman Dan Burton (a co-sponsor of the Helms-Burton Act, which codifies the blockade against Cuba), and had a small talk with Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

He referred to his attempts to talk both former US President Donald Trump (2017-2021), who imposed more than 240 measures on Cuba, and current President Joe Biden, who maintains a similar policy to his predecessor, but he only managed to see a State Department official.

Lazo, who is also a Seattle-based professor and a veteran of the Iraq war, said he will also meet with Rubio to explain to him many of those issues, because he has never visited Cuba, he does not know the Cuban family, and he has never walked the streets of Havana.

Rubio, a Florida Republican legislator, known for his anti-Cuban stance, asked the FBI for an “immediate” investigation about Bridges of Love to find out if they are acting as an unregistered foreign agent of the island’s Government.

Rubio’s request comes after the solidarity movement held caravans in Miami and other cities globally on Sunday to demand the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade that has been suffocating the Cuban families for more than six decades.


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Cuba reiterates support for the one-China principle

Havana, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez today expressed his rejection of any action that harms the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the People’s Republic of China and condemned interference in its internal affairs.

On his Twitter account, the Foreign Minister also expressed “concern about the increase in tensions and aggravation of the situation around Taiwan.”

In another tweet, he denounced that “new provocations, disguised as official contacts or high-level visits, deliberately generate additional dangers to regional and international peace and security,” referring to the visit of Nancy Pelosi, president of the United States House of Representatives to Taiwan.

In this way, Rodríguez referred to a statement issued this Tuesday by the Foreign Ministry, which indicates that these tensions are “a direct result of the aggressive policy and the high military presence of the United States and its allies in the Taiwan Strait.”

Added to this, adds the note, “military contacts and systematic arms sales, actions that undermine regional and international peace and security” and points out that “new provocations, disguised as official contacts or high-level visits, generate, deliberately, additional dangers.”

Cuba reaffirms the unrestricted adherence to the principle of “one China” and the recognition of Taiwan as an inalienable part of the territory of that country, the note points out.

It recalls that the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 2758, adopted on October 25, 1971, recognized as the true and only legitimate representative of the Chinese people the Government of the People’s Republic of China, which has relations with 181 countries, on the basis of the recognition of the “one China” principle.

The declaration underlines that “the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and International Law must be strictly respected without selectivity or double standards.”

It also points out that “the key role of China as a factor of stability and international balance cannot be ignored, nor the importance of its cooperation, without political conditions, with developing countries.”


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Latin Americans bring solidarity with Cuba to fruition

Havana, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) Women and men from Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and the Dominican Republic on Monday were part of the 27th Latin American and Caribbean Brigade of Voluntary Work and Solidarity with Cuba.

Such a solidarity brigade, made up of 80 people, was established on Monday at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp, located in the western province of Artemisa.

The brigade members will be deeply involved through August 14 in productive work in order to express their strong support for the Cuban people. They will also pay a visit to economic, historical and cultural centers and will participate in a Solidarity Meeting for the 96th anniversary of the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro´s birth.

After being the solidarity brigade established, Fernando González, President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP, in Spanish), heaped praise on the resumption of these solidarity groups´ activities suspended for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

González stressed that Cuban scientists´ breakthroughs and the country´s health system hard work made it possible to control Covid-19 nationwide in spite of shortage of material resources, largely due to the impacts of the US blockade against Cuba.

Plus, he added that even amid difficulties caused by the hostile US sanctions and the negative impacts of the global crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Cuban government and people continue to build a society based on social justice as major goal.

ICAP´s President thanked support of humble people from all over the globe, who identify with the Cuban people´s cause, according to the Cuban News Agency (CAN, in Spanish).


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Cuba recognized by Jamaica for medical solidarity

Havana, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) Cuba received a recognition from the Jamaican Government for its medical cooperation support during the fight against Covid-19, Cuban Ambassador to Kingston Fermin Quiñones reported on Sunday.

On his Twitter account, Quiñones thanked Jamaica’s Minister of Health and Welfare Chris Tufton for the recognition.

During the fight against the pandemic, more than 500 Cuban health collaborators provided services in public medical centers in Jamaica.

In 1976, the first Cuban specialists arrived in that country and since then, the solidarity has increased and been maintained to improve the health indicators of the Jamaican people.


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Cuba to continue strengthening relations with China, says Díaz-Canel

Havana, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermudez on Tuesday assured his country and China will continue strengthening both historic friendship and cooperation ties.

On Twitter, the Cuban leader also considered that China will continue “the peaceful development pathway and will always be a world peace builder.”

Díaz-Canel thus made reference to what was on Monday expressed by the Chinese ambassador in Havana Ma Hui during a ceremony in tribute to the 95th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army (EPL).

The ceremony, which on the Cuban side was presided over by Vice President of the Republic of Cuba Salvador Valdés Mesa and FAR Minister Army Corps Gen. Álvaro López Miera, the Chinese diplomat also highlighted the relations between the two countries.

In this regard, Hui stressed that “we will work together to strengthen relations between the two Armies; we will continue cooperation in several fields and face global challenges hand in hand in order to make due contribution to joint construction of a community of human destinies”.


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