African countries demand UN to end US blockade against Cuba

World Backs Cuba's Demand to End US Blockade – Escambray

United Nations, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) Namibia and Kenya demanded on Wednesday in the high-level UN General Assembly debate to put an end to the US blockade that has being kept against Cuba for over 60 years.

Namibia’s President Hage Geingob on the video presented in the plenary expressed his deep concern about the continuation of the US extraterritorial economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuban people.

‘We continue to express our support for Cuba’s government and its people and we ask for the unconditional lifting of the US blockade, and respect for the sovereignty of that Caribbean country,’ he stressed.

The leader added, ‘In the spirit of creating a fair, peaceful and united world in which we promote peace and harmonious coexistence among all nations, Namibia looks forward to the day when relations between the United States and Cuba will be fully restored.’

Meanwhile, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta also rejected the US blockade against Cuba.

‘We want to make a special call for an end to the US economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuba,’ Kenyatta noted on his video for the UN general debate.

On Tuesday, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa asked to end the US economic and commercial blockade against Cuba, and advocated for the end of the US economic sanctions against Zimbabwe and Sudan.

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UN Assembly: “It Is a Battle for Peace,” President Maduro Says

“It is a permanent siege” the president pointed out about the U.S. aggressions. | Photo: Twitter/ @PresidencialVE

The President also thanked the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet for their request to lift immediately the coercive and unilateral measures taken against the country. 
 

Sept 23 (teleSUR) More than 30 billion dollars have been snatched, frozen, and kidnapped from accounts in the United States and Europe. Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro denounced this practice on Wednesday during his speech to the 75th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (U.N.).

“Venezuela has prepared to overcome the U.S. blockade; it is a battle for peace, for the homeland, for the region, for humanity, where our heroic people have assumed, as in the past, their historical role in the face of the ignominy of the most dangerous empire in universal history,” Maduro assured.

The President also thanked the U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, for their request to lift immediately the coercive and unilateral measures taken against the country. These measures not only violate the Charter of the United Nations but difficult access to vital raw materials for Venezuelans.

“We ratify that Venezuela is preparing to resist this offensive of criminal and inhuman aggression. We have prepared ourselves to overcome this U.S. blockade; it is a battle for our people, peace, and our region,” Maduro confirmed.

The leader also recalled the failed coup attempt of May 3, 2020, organized by the U.S. with the support of Colombia. More recently, Venezuela’s intelligence captured a U.S. spy with weaponry and documents linked to the oil and electricity industry. “It is a permanent siege,” the President pointed out.

On the other hand, Maduro proposed the creation of a revolving fund as well as a bank of free technologies for countries, especially developing ones, to support each other amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“From Venezuela, we call to deepen the achievements made in the U.N. to advance towards new objectives. Let us generate its renewal that allows the world to face the complex crisis of the pandemic, climate change, and the need to advance towards sustainable development.”

“We propose the creation of a revolving fund for public purchases in the United Nations system to guarantee access to food and medicine financed with public resources, this will allow us to face discrimination and the economic blockade against countries,” the President said.

“The role of the U.N. must be an example of multilateralism that we must reinforce, and the World Health Organization (WHO) must act and speak faithfully, without bending to pressure and extortion from the powerful,” Maduro added.

Regarding the December 6 legislative elections, the President invited international observers once more to participate in the process and verify its legitimacy. “In Venezuela, there are guarantees to hold the elections; we already invited the world to join us,” the leader recalled.

Maduro also explained that “in the interests of reconciliation and the achievements made in the Dialogue Table with the political forces, measures were taken in favor of democracy. Recently, 110 citizens belonging to right-wing groups were pardoned and prosecuted for crimes related to crimes of aggression. against our country.”

As the country has allocated most of its resources to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the President highlighted that hundreds of migrants are voluntarily returning from countries like Colombia; Ecuador, Peru; Chile, and Brazil, looking for safe living conditions.

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“In faithful compliance with the Constitution and our right to self-determination, next December # 6, we will renew the Legislative Power. A democratic process that has all the guarantees for the people to exercise their sovereignty and elect their new deputies.”

Those migrants have endured the systematic violation of human rights, anachronistic and xenophobic policies even from branches of some governments; discrimination; mistreatment; lack of socio-economic conditions; semi-slavery situation; human trafficking, and more. Hence, the President urged the U.N. to review the role organizations such as the U.N. Refugee Agency and the International Organization for Migrations have been playing. 

Maduro pointed out that “Venezuela is one of the few countries to apply free and differentiated treatments for detected, mild, moderate, severe, and asymptomatic cases.”

“We have avoided the worst, despite the catastrophic plans and wishes of those who attack us. Neither the illegal blockade nor the attacks against our Government have prevented us from meeting our goals. We have applied close to 1,900,000 free tests per million inhabitants; we are the country that has done the most tests to its people,” Maduro explained.

The President also condemned the criminal U.S. blockade against Cuba and warned that “the U.S. stopped taking a propositional position to lead erratically under an intransigent and estranged government with diplomacy and high policy that despises multilateralism or any kind of pre-existing global rule.” 

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China, Cuba in pursuit of a successful future in diplomatic relations

Beijing, Sep 24 (Prensa Latina) China and Cuba today called for a future of success in their diplomatic ties, after highlighting the results achieved in six decades and the value of a friendship that overcame the ups and downs of the world scene.

During an event to mark the 60th anniversary of these ties, Yang Jiechi, Foreign Affairs Director of the Communist Party of China, described the achievements of cooperation in different fields as satisfactory.

He expressed his hope that the parties will move toward an even brighter future in the development of their relations.

Meanwhile, Lin Songtian, president of the Chinese People’s Friendship Association with Foreign Countries (Aapche), expressed his willingness to work together with Cuba to deepen fraternity and mutually beneficial cooperation.

He also called for strengthening political trust, cultural exchanges and mutual support in the international arena, as this would further contribute to the socialist cause.

In his speech, the Cuban ambassador here, Carlos Miguel Pereira, stressed that Beijing-Havana relations are marked by affinities, consensus and the challenge of building socialism despite unilateralism, blockades, protectionism, policies of force and double standards in the fight against terrorism.  He expressed certainty that in the next 60 years they will take new steps in that direction and will remain close friends, comrades in the cause and proven brothers in the struggle.

In this context, Beijing plans to open its International Book Fair on Saturday with Cuba as the guest of honor.

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Cuba’s President rejects new US aggression

Havana, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel rejected on Wednesday the new US sanctions against the country as part of its blockade policy, tightened by the Trump administration.

On Twitter, the president affirmed that as he denounced it on Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly, the US government implements new measures that violate the rights of Cubans and also Americans.

The cruel and criminal US policy will be defeated by our people who will never give up their sovereignty, the head of State added on Twitter.

Regulations issued by the US Treasury Department prohibit imports of Cuban rum and tobacco into that country, as well as lodging on Cuba in hotels or properties controlled by the government, State or Communist Party officials and their close relatives.

Under those provisions, travel and tourism companies subject to US jurisdiction will not be able to make reservations at facilities whose names will appear on a new list created by the US Department of State.

The US Treasury Department also eliminated a general authorization policy for the participation or organization of conferences, seminars, exhibitions and sporting events.

As of this date, citizens, residents and companies subject to US law must request a specific authorization or license for those activities.

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Faílde orchestra, from Cuba, new voting member of the Latin Grammys

Havana, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) The Failde Orchestra, a staple of danzon national dance, one of Cuba’s traditional musical genre, is currently on the list of voting members of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, awarder of the Grammy Latin awards.

Flutist and musical director, Ethiel Failde, tweeted making public the election that highlights the worth of the ensemble, which has revitalized a century of music in Cuba.

With the acceptance, the representatives of the Cuban music will be able to participate in the voting and delivery process of the Latin Grammy Awards, and will add their voice and professional experience within the community that distinguishes Latin music.

The band has won accolades in and out of the island, including by the Jazz Wise magazine, one of the most important magazines in the United Kingdom dedicated to the genre, which highlighted the band’s sound quality and collaborations with artists such as iconic singer Omara Portuondo.

The Cuban ensemble represented its country recently during the Concert for Cuba initiative, convened by the Chicago HotHouse, which united voices from around the world in a song of solidarity with Cuba.

Also noteworthy is its performance in the series of online recitals sponsored by the Cuban Ministry of Culture and the Institute of Music, which advocates for social isolation and enhances the value of art in times of pandemic.

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ELAM graduates in Honduras praise Cuban medicine

Tegucigalpa, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) Honduras is one of the many countries that currently has doctors graduated from the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), whose passing for that Cuban institution is remembered as one of the best stages of their lives.

Ana Garrigo and Nelson Sanchez are two doctors who praised the human and ethical values of medicine that is practiced and taught in Cuba, as they could personally experience when they studied at the ELAM, located west of Havana.

Garrigo also expressed her support so that the Nobel Peace Prize is granted to the ‘Henry Reeve’ Cuban Medical Contingent, from which she was a member ‘because we were also trained as internationalist doctors, we returned to each of our countries to work and deliver knowledge they gave us at ELAM.’

Dr. Sanchez highlighted how Cuba carries out its health programs despite ‘a strong US-imposed economic blockade that does not allow it access to technology, essential products, and prevents it from trading freely with other countries.’

Both doctors also referred to the important role played by the ‘Henry Reeve’ medical brigade, which collaborated from April to August to fight Covid-19 in this Central American territory.

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Cuba advocates at UN solidarity and cooperation in Covid-19 times

United Nations, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel advocated on Tuesday at the UN that, to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, it is imperative to boost solidarity and international cooperation in order to cushion the blow.

It is necessary to implement comprehensive policies in which the human being is a priority, instead of economic gains or political advantages, Diaz-Canel assured in his video intervention for the high-level debate of the UN General Assembly.

The Covid-19 impact goes beyond the health field and causes anguish and despair to leaders and citizens around the world, the president explained.

The multidimensional crisis triggered by the spread of the novel coronavirus clearly demonstrates the profound error of dehumanized policies imposed at all costs by the market dictatorship, the Cuban leader emphasized.

Now we are witnessing the disaster to which the irrational and unsustainable system of production and consumption of capitalism leads, he regretted.

Decades of an unfair international order and the application of crude and unbridled neoliberalism have worsened inequalities and sacrificed the right to development of the peoples, Diaz-Canel noted.

Unlike the exclusive neoliberalism, which separates and discards millions of human beings, condemning them to survive on the leftovers of the richest one percent banquet, the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus does not discriminate between one and the other, he underscored.

However, its devastating economic and social impacts will be most lethal among the most vulnerable, those with the lowest income, he said, referring to studies by UN agencies that warn of rising hunger and the loss of jobs and livelihoods for millions of people.

Diaz-Canel assured that only the United Nations, with its universal membership, has the authority and scope to resume the fair fight to eliminate the unpayable foreign debt that, aggravated by the effects of the pandemic, threatens the survival of the peoples of the South.

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Cuba expresses solidarity with Venezuela and Nicaragua at UN

United Nations, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel expressed on Tuesday at the UN the solidarity of his country with nations such as Venezuela and Nicaragua, given the actions that seek to destabilize their constitutional order and their achievements.

‘The plans to impose neocolonial domination on Our Americas, publicly stating the validity of the Monroe Doctrine, contravene the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace,’ Diaz-Canel noted on a video presented at the high-level debate of the General Assembly in its 75th session.

‘We want to ratify in this virtual scenario that Venezuela will always count on Cuba’s solidarity in the face of attempts to destabilize and subvert the constitutional order, the civic-military union and destroy the work started by Hugo Chavez and continued by President Nicolas Maduro in favor of the Venezuelan people,’ the president stressed.

Likewise, Cuba’s head of State rejected the US actions aimed at destabilizing Nicaragua, and reiterated his solidarity with the people of that nation and President Daniel Ortega.

‘We also sympathize with the Caribbean nations that demand fair reparations for the horrors of slavery and slave trafficking, in a world in which racial discrimination and the repression of Afro-descendant communities is increasing,’ the leader pointed out.

Likewise, Diaz-Canel reaffirmed Cuba’s historic commitment to self-determination and the independence of the people of Puerto Rico. ‘We support Argentina’s legitimate claim to sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, South Sandwich Islands and South Georgia,’ added the president, and also reiterated the commitment to peace in Colombia.

With regard to Syria, he noted that Cuba supports the search for a peaceful and negotiated solution to the situation imposed on that nation, without external interference and with full respect for its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In the same way, Diaz-Canel added, ‘we reject Israel’s attempts to annex new territories in the West Bank.’

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Foreign investment, an essential contribution to Cuba’s development

Havana, (Prensa Latina) The incentive to direct foreign investment is an essential aspect in Cuba’s socioeconomic strategy for development, amid the global crisis and the United States blockade.

A document published recently in Cuba refers to the key sectors where foreign capital is most needed.

One of them is food production, where the Cuban Government seeks to speed up the management, implementation and execution of investment to increase production of chicken, pork, cattle, and the agri-industry of fruits and vegetables.

According to the strategy, authorities are studying the incorporation of foreign entrepreneurs in the agri-industry of sugar and byproducts.

In order to develop the tourism sector, foreign financing is needed, especially in the facilities related to welfare, health care and quality of life.

Another prioritized sector for investments is the pharmaceutical, biotechnological and biomedical industries, where in addition to increasing exports, Cuba might materialize new projects with foreign capital that would benefit the Cubans’ quality of life and would raise the interest of foreign buyers.

Based on alliances with foreign investors, Cuba seeks to orient industrial development to modern production, such as 3D printing, nanotechnology, and automation with local designs, among others.

In the field of construction, businesses with foreign capital are also necessary. Precisely this sector benefited from the creation on Wednesday of a new joint venture, called Winperas S.A, which will make and market waterproofing products.

As an incentive to business in Cuba, the joint ventures that export their products and services will get a bonus of 10-30% from the taxes on profits, according to a resolution from the Ministry of Finance and Prices published on Wednesday.

In addition, since last week, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment has facilitated the procedures for business people after the inauguration of the Single Window of Foreign Investment, through which it is possible to provide information and advisory, among other benefits.

All those actions are supported by the Foreign Investment Act that came into force in 2014 and has acquired more notoriety amid the global economic recession caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, of which Cuba is not exempted.

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Venezuela calls for a multipolar world on the UN’s 75th anniversary

United Nations, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro stated on Monday that his country advocates a multipolar world and a renewed United Nations system, in which the peoples are respected.

The president, who participated with a recorded message at the high-level event held on Monday on the UN’s 75th anniversary, recalled that the organization emerged in the heat of the victory against fascism and Nazism, ‘the most horrifying capitalist and far-right expressions that humanity has ever gone through.’

According to Maduro, 75 years later the nations face the challenge of ‘building a multipolar world, where we all exist, we are respected, a world of balance’ or allow a hegemonic, unipolar world to prevail.

It is the contradiction of the historic time, the multipolar world against the unipolar world, the world in its diversity, in its peace, in its cooperation, against the world of imperialism, the head of State emphasized.

Venezuela calls, Maduro added, for a multipular world, and for a renewed United Nations system that enforces international law and protects the peoples of the world.

Likewise, and in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the president affirmed that his country ratifies its support for the World Health Organization (WHO), as an expression of multilateralism in a fundamental area of people’s lives.

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