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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Canadians demand in Vancouver end to US blockade against Cuba

Ottawa, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) A caravan took place this weekend in the city of Vancouver to demand the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade that the United States maintains today against Cuba.

The activists circulated in cars through the streets of that city in western Canada with Cuban flags and posters rejecting Washington’s coercive measures.

Likewise, as part of the activities of the LGBTQ+ pride parade and festival in Vancouver, the community in solidarity with Cuba in that city defended the Cuban project of the Family Code, which respects sexual diversity and will be submitted to a popular referendum on September 25.

In this way, Cubans and friends of the island joined the call of the Bridges of Love movement to carry out actions of solidarity with Cuba in the world and to demand the lifting of the siege against the Caribbean nation.

Parallel to the caravans, numerous messages circulated on Twitter with the hashtags #EliminaElBloqueo #UnblockCuba and #PuentesDeAmor.

Precisely the movement with that name is part of the growing wave that inside and outside the United States calls for the end of the blockade and for both parties to advance along the path of understanding.

Right in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, the White House intensified the siege in an opportunistic and unprecedented manner, as the Government of Cuba has repeatedly denounced.

Under the mandate of US President Donald Trump (2017-2021), Washington launched 243 measures and sanctions against Cuba that the current president, Joe Biden, promised to reverse, but 18 months after his arrival at the executive mansion, there are hardly any signs in that direction.

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Australians demand an end to the U.S. blockade against Cuba

Canberra, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) Friends of Cuba in Australia participated in the international day against the blockade imposed by the United States on the Caribbean nation and demanded the end of the illegal U.S. policy, diplomatic sources stressed.

In the city of Perth, capital of the state of Western Australia, the show of support for the struggle of the Cuban people against the economic war of the U.S. government took place, the embassy of the island in Canberra stressed.

According to the diplomatic legation, the Australians made a tour of the central Elizabeth Quay Bridge in that city to demonstrate their rejection of the unjust blockade against Cuba.

In addition, they ratified their solidarity and support for the island which suffers from the despicable policy, intensified by Washington in a very difficult context marked by the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact of the global economic crisis, the diplomatic sources pointed out.

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Blockade violates human rights of people with disabilities in Cuba

Havana, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) The US blockade against Cuba violates the human rights of people with disabilities and it is an obstacle to the achievement of their goals in all areas.

Jorge Luis Cala, president of the National Association of the Blind (ANCI), told Prensa Latina that this policy prevents to acquire Braille typewriters and paper in US markets.

Faced with this challenge, Cala argued that the Association depends on donations or third countries through which the purchase becomes up to 10 times more expensive than the initial price.

He confirmed that the blockade hinders the acquisition of optical aids for visually impaired people, means for rehabilitation and hearing aids for deafblindness.

The members of the Association cannot access the zoom platform, so our opinions and experiences are not heard at international congresses and workshops either, Cala said.

Despite these inconveniences, the ANCI celebrates its 47th anniversary as a protagonist of important legal changes for the country, such is the case of the new Family Code, which will be submitted to a popular referendum on September 25.

He mentioned the importance of following up on ANCI’s athletes and artists at schools and promoting community work, where the person with disability contributes to the transformation of his/her own family and neighborhood.

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Cuban president appreciates friendship of Dominican party leader

Havana, Jul 30 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Saturday thanked the secretary general of the United Left Movement Party of the Dominican Republic, Jose Miguel Mejia, for his solidarity and friendship with Cuba.

On his Twitter account, the Cuban head of State referred to the meeting held on Friday in the Cuban capital with the Dominican party leader, to whom he ratified the will to continue strengthening bilateral relations.

During the meeting, they discussed the importance of working together to build unity within diversity in order to consolidate Latin American and Caribbean integration, according to a press release from the Presidency.

Diaz-Canel, who is also the first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) acknowledged the work done by the United Left Movement Party in promoting Cuba’s reality in the world.

He also highlighted the solidarity with the Cuban people, especially during the confrontation with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The United Left Movement Party maintains a position of support for Cuba and solidarity in the fight against the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States Government.

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Pastors for Peace in Cuba: Yes We Can

Havana, Jul 30 (Prensa Latina) Members of the US-Cuba Friendship Caravan of Pastors for Peace reiterated they will continue their solidarity efforts towards the Cuban people, said Gail Walker, executive director of the solidarity project, during the event for the 30th anniversary of the solidarity caravans held at the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP, in Spanish).

In emotional words, Ms. Walker stated that many of those who traveled to Cuba in the first caravans are no longer here with them, but many young people who were not born at that time are part of it today.

She highlighted the significance of celebrating this 30th anniversary with the attendance of members of Pastors for Peace and the Venceremos Brigade, two of the most prominent Cuba solidarity movements in the United States.

Walker stressed that what they have done, what they are doing and what they will continue doing shows that it can be done! and also stated that “we will be together with the Cuban people no matter what.”

The ICAP President Fernando González Llort recalled that when socialism collapse in Europe triggered a deep economic crisis in Cuba, the United States bet on the fall of the Revolution.

However, he added, Reverend Lucius Walker, founder of Pastors for Peace, supported Cuba and the struggle against US blockade in what has been “one of the most constant and sincere examples of solidarity” with the Cuban people.

He pointed out this movement collected material aid for Cubans in hundreds of cities, disclosed the Cuban reality, supported the return of Elián González and later the release of the Cuban Five.

Pastors for Peace are welcomed as brothers in Cuba, which will continue fighting for peace, peaceful coexistence and construction of a socialist society, Fernando González pointed out.

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US Blockade Not to Defeat Cuba, Progressive Intellectuals Say

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel (C) with members of the U.S. Party for Socialism and Liberation, July 25, 2022. | Photo: Twitter/ @pslweb

“We reconfirm our love for Cuba because we want its people to know that we learn from their impressive resistance,” Ramonet, Calvo Ospina, Boron, and Buen Abad stressed.

July 28 (teleSUR) On Thursday, a group of internationally renowned intellectuals and journalists made up of Ignacio Ramonet (Spain), Hernando Calvo Ospina (France), Atilio Boron (Argentina), and Fernando Buen Abad (Mexico) published a letter of support to the Cuban government and people. Its content is presented below.

Some months ago we took the initiative to collect signatures from  scientists, politicians, artists and intellectuals renowned for their social leadership and their profound humanist commitment with the aim to launch a strong and worldwide denunciation of the blockade that the United States of America has been maintaining against Cuba for more than sixty years.

In these days some media are once again pointing at the four of us and explicitly mentioning our names and the petition that we organized, claiming, moreover, that we are part of the Cuban propaganda machine. That is the reason why today we reconfirm our protest and enlarge it with even greater conviction and emphasis. We are sure that all those who accompanied us with their signature, would still do so today and share our conviction.

The criminal blockade against Cuba, which is manifesting itself through hundreds of extremely malicious measures through threats, sanctions, defamation and economic-political harassment, has recently been complemented by destabilizing adventures, the funding of which is coming from the White House and from the South of Florida pointing more specifically at the Cuban youth.

The wickedness and absurdity of these acts are beyond any boundaries. It is unjust that the Cuban people is suffering from the criminal irrationality of the North-American empire and it cannot be condoned neither to keep quiet about the desperate situation to which Cuba is submitted as a result of the problems induced by the blockade and the multiple and never ending problems emanating from it. 

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It is the empire’s plan to forcibly put Cuba on its knees due to hunger, lack of health care, energy cuts, scarcity of basic technology, supplies and repairs. It is the empire’s plan to erase at all cost the Cuban example of humanism and revolutionary rebellion. It is the plan of the empire for the hatred of the executioner to triumph over the dignity of the rebels, to asphyxiate the Cuban economy and to provoke the sufferings of its population as to make them revolt against the revolutionary government.

The Donald Trump government alone emitted 243 sanction measures and Joe Biden has been incapable to modify the inhumane character of these sanctions that went to the extreme of the utmost arrogance showing a complete lack of sensitivity during the worst days of the Covid-19 pandemic. Washington disdainfully ignored the annual condemnation of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) which demands to put an end to these inhumane proceedings.

From within the empire millions of dollars have been spent to buy in hordes of “dissidents”, “opponents”, “critics” under the disguise of the narratives about “human rights”, “freedom of expression” and sense of “democracy”… who are operating from some editor’s desk of “newspapers”, “journals”, “social media” selling their informative merchandise with criminal purposes in exchange for a salary.

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They aspire to operate from within Cuba with the support of the “international press” with the aim to damage the image of the revolution, to underpin the application of the criminal blockade and to justify all kinds of interventions. Intending to isolate Cuba in order to turn it into the perfect crime scene that nobody was aware of.

Without any shame they spent millions of dollars to promote the internal subversion and then call it civil disobedience, anarchy and chaos, with the only aim to annihilate the current political system and to replace it by one that responds to their interests.

Washington is not at all interested in the enormous successes of the revolution in the area of science that, amongst others, allowed Cuba to be the first country in the world to have vaccinated its entire population against COVID-19, with its own vaccines, in spite of all endeavour by Washington to impede Cuba from acquiring even the syringes that are needed to inject them. We cannot remain silent in face of the inferno that Cuba is enduring. 

From within the country, individuals who feel reassured and protected by Washington, are using the difficult economic situation due to the blockade (and aggravated by the Covid pandemic, as in all other nations) as a banner to call for subversive manifestations.

They do so with disregard of the domestic legislation prohibiting any kind of political assault on the current political system, as exists in all states of the world. And even more so, when these assaults are instigated by foreign powers.

We reconfirm our statement and once again we raise our voice to call at the government of the United States to end the inhumane blockade against Cuba and to refrain from any attempt to  destabilize a nation that has never undertaken any action against their security; that has even less mingled with their internal affairs, that has never called the citizens of the United States to subvert the established order, in spite of the multiple and serious internal social problems that this world power is facing.

We reconfirm our love for Cuba because we want its people to know that we are brothers, that they are our role model, that we learn from their impressive resistance, entirety and prominence.

We want the revolutionary people of Cuba to know this, because these few lines express the clamour of millions of brothers and sisters and captures the fraternal emotions of gratefulness for the example of solidarity that Cuba is giving with all brother countries, in Angola as well as in Venezuela or in Mexico, just to mention a geopolitical and historical axe of the new generation, both in time and in space.

Emphasizing our love for the Cuban Revolution we reconfirm our statement, which is firm and progressive.

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Carlos Lazo calls for World Caravan opposing US blockade against Cuba

Washington, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) The Bridges of Love solidarity movement on Thursday called for a new World Caravan coming July 31 in Miami opposing the US blockade against.

On social media, Prof. Carlos Lazo´s solidarity group invited all people to join such an initiative in favor of the Cuban family.

“Let’s go together,” said the audiovisual published by Bridges of Love on the Internet, while reiterating: “No more blockade against Cuba!”

Caravanists will gather on Sunday morning in Coral Gables, an action that will be replicated in different US cities and in other countries including Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Belgium, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Japan and Spain, among others.

Every last weekend of each month, caravanists call for President Joe Biden to lift all sanctions against Cuba and eliminate the unilateral blockade imposed on Cuba for over 60 years.

Bridges of Love project is part of the growing wave inside and outside the United States calling for the end of the blockade and for both sides to move on along the path of understanding.

Joe Biden promised to reverse failed policies towards Cuba imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump, but 18 months after his assumption as president all sanctions and measures have kept unchanged.

On May 16, the Joe Biden administration announced some measures on visas, regular migration, flights to Cuban provinces, remittances and adjustments to regulations for transactions with the non-state sector; however, they did not touch the very essence of the blockade.

In this regard, the Cuban authorities expressed it is a limited step in the right track, but announcements do not change the blockade at all or Donald Trump´s economic measures.

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Cuba celebrates the life of Bolivarian leader Hugo Chavez

Havana, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel celebrated today the 68th anniversary of the birth of Venezuelan revolutionary leader Hugo Chavez.

The Cuban president tweeted affirming that Cuba celebrates the date, along with Venezuela and Latin America, and highlighted Chavez’s exemplary legacy of solidarity.

The Venezuelan politician and military officer Hugo Chavez (1954-2013), was described by Fidel Castro as Cuba’s best friend.

Chavez directed the destinies of Venezuela from 1999 until his death, on March 5th, 2013, after a tenacious fight against cancer that finally took his life at the age of 59.

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Foreign Health Graduates Thank Cuba

822 medical science graduates from 24 countries received their diplomas. Jul. 28, 2022. | Photo: Twitter/@espada_molina

At the graduation ceremony, foreign graduates from the health sector were grateful for the opportunity to train as professionals in Cuba.

July 28 (teleSUR) The doctor from the Republic of Congo, Prince Jofrelle, on behalf of the graduates, expressed his gratitude to the Cuban government and the Cuban population in general for their hospitality.

Speaking in Havana’s Avellaneda Hall of the National Theater of Cuba, Jofrelle acknowledged the Cuban Public Health System, while referring to the country’s achievements regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The Congolese doctor said that in the midst of such a pandemic that aggravated the crisis in the world and widened the inequity gaps resulting from the capitalism model, the island under U.S. economic blockade did everything possible to have all its population vaccinated and shared what it has with us and not what it has left over, Jofrelle said.  

At a time when many universities in the world paralyzed teaching, Cuba, through multisectoral work led by the Government, the Ministry of Public Health, and the faculties of Medical Sciences, made it possible to rearrange the curricula so that we could complete our studies, the doctor added. 

Our gratitude to Commander in Chief Fidel Castro, Army General Raúl Castro, and the President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, but also to the hospitality of an entire nation, expressed on behalf of the graduates the doctor of the Republic of Congo, Prince Jofrelle. 

On the occasion, 822 graduates from 10 medical science careers received their diplomas, 23 Cubans, and 799 foreigners from 24 countries.

With 605 graduates, the Republic of Congo accounted for the largest number, followed by Angola with 103, Namibia with 51, the U.S. with 10, along with youth from Chad, Palestine, Italy, Brazil, Canada, and Spain, among others.

There were also 67 graduates from the Health Technology degree program in careers such as Optics and Optometry, Rehabilitation, Hygiene and Epidemiology, Clinical Analysis, Medical Radiophysics, Imaging, and Nutrition. 

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