President highlights youths’ participation in defense day in Cuba

Díaz-Canel, día, defensa, participación, jóvenes

Havana, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Sunday described as a very inspiring the student troops who participated along with him in a military drill as part of the events on the National Defense Day.

On his official Twitter account, the president acknowledged the contribution of young people from the University of Computer Sciences and the Jose Antonio Echeverria Higher Polytechnic Institute in Havana, who accompanied him in during the military training at a tank unit.

The head of State also recalled in a tweet a demonstrative exercise to confront an emergency situation at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana.

“We checked the preparedness of our firefighters and it was impossible not to remember the May 18, 2018, painful event,” Diaz-Canel tweeted in reference to the plane crash that date in the vicinity of the Havana airport, where more than 100 people were killed.

On Saturday, Cuba celebrated the National Defense Day, with the participation of Army General Raul Castro, Diaz-Canel and other leaders and military chiefs.


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Pastors for Peace: Taking back the truth of Cuba

Cuba, EEUU, pastores por la Paz, Gail Walker

Matanzas, Cuba, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Gail Walker, executive director of the Interreligious Foundation for the United States Pastors for Peace Community Organization, highlighted here today the purpose of taking back the truth about Cuba to her country.

Gail, daughter of Lucius Walker, leads the 72 members of the XXXI United States-Cuba Friendship Caravan of Pastors for Peace, which arrived in Havana on November 15 and this Thursday visits this city, the provincial capital, and the coast of Cárdenas.

“For us, this period in which Cuba has resisted manipulations and attempts to falsify reality is very important, that is why we brought as many people as possible to see the truth,” Gail emphasized.

We want to tell the world, she said, everything that Cubans have achieved in their fight against the blockade of the United States government, and their example of resistance.

The religious leader praised the production on the island of five vaccine candidates against Covid-19, the vaccination of the majority of its population, and the dispatch of internationalist doctors to different parts of the world.

“We know Cuba’s commitment to Education and to give housing to people; These are all reasons why we come and admire it, all tremendous examples of the courage and commitment of its people, ”she said.

Gail expressed those ideas, after the reception ceremony for the caravan members held at the Plaza de la Vigía, next to the founding site of the tricentennial town.

“Returning to Matazas, the City of Bridges, is a great honor for our members; this city represents a lot of what the symbol of resistance means in Cuba, “she said.

The words of welcome were said by Marieta Poey, vice-governor of Matanzas, and Carlos Emilio Hams, rector of the Evangelical Seminary of Theology based in this town.

Until next Sunday, November 21, the 31st Caravan will carry out an intense program in the western territory that includes meetings with artists, communities, visits to the Slave Route and Junco Palace Museums, as well as the Center for Reflection and Dialogue in the Cardenas municipality, among others.


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Russia and Cuba advocate for strengthening of bilateral cooperation

Moscow, Nov 19 (Prensa Latina) The Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergei Ryabkov and the Director General of Bilateral Affairs of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Emilio Lozada, advocated for the strengthening of cooperation, the diplomatic service of Russia reported.

In a meeting that took place on Thursday in Moscow, both officials analyzed priority issues of the ties between Russia and Cuba, in addition to other issues on the regional and international agenda.

Ryabkov and Losada confirmed the interest of both countries in deepening exchanges in a wide spectrum of development areas, based on the spirit of the strategic alliance that defines relations between Russia and Cuba.

The spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry of Russia, Maria Zakharova, made statements to the press expressing her country’s rejection of interference in the internal affairs of Cuba, regarding the destabilization plans organized by the United States against Cuba.

The representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that the consequences of the unprecedented tightening of Washington’s blockade against Cuba are being completely silenced, and stated that Russia will continue to provide its comprehensive support to Cuba, in line with the close friendly relations between the two countries and peoples.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borísov assured on October 13th, during a working visit, that Russia will continue to assist Cuba as a strategic partner and will send more humanitarian aid before the end of the year; he also stressed that, despite the difficult situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the tightening of the US blockade, the strategic partnership between the two nations remains an unwavering priority for the Russian Government.

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Mexico and U.S. urge for principle of mutual respect

Washington, Nov 19 (Prensa Latina) US and Mexican Presidents, Joe Biden and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, respectively, agreed upon highlighting the mutual respect between the two countries and those in Latin America.

In their two-way meeting -a few minutes before the tripartite summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau- both leaders held a private meeting to express only their concordant criteria and leaving dissenting ones aside.

Joe Biden spoke about the good neighbor era with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and why there is a portrait of Abraham Lincoln inside the Oval Room and long 200-year Mexico-USA relationship.

López Obrador did it about Benito Juárez, the best Mexican President ever as he reiterated, who got on well with Lincoln especially because he never recognized Emperor Maximiliano, who was imposed through an invasion of Mexican territory.

But it is important, however, for Biden to repeat once again that his presidency will not be that of a good neighbor but the policy of equals, he stressed, because we no longer use expressions such as “our friends from the south “but” our peers “on an equal footing, that’s what I like.

Mexican president replied that what Biden said is easier because he wants a respectful and equal treatment. He told me that they weren’t going to see us (Mexico) as a backyard. We really appreciate it, because we don’t need in that way to be reaffirming our principles of independence and sovereignty.


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Cuba highlights progress in integration in Eurasian Economic Union

Erevan, Nov 19 (Prensa Latina) The Prime Minister of Cuba Manuel Marrero highlighted the progress made in the process of integration into the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) despite the global challenges imposed by Covid-19.

In his video message to the meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council, based in the capital of Armenia, Marrero considered the results obtained in the implementation of the strategic plans that mark the path of integration into the bloc encouraging.

The official reiterated the importance of expanding and strengthening exchange in key areas such as energy, transportation, tourism, mining, health, biotechnology, and information and telecommunications technologies and the pharmaceutical and the iron and steel industries.

In this regard, he stressed that the Cuban Government gave precise instructions to the different institutions of the country to promote cooperation with the EEU in these areas.

Marrero highlighted Cuba’s interest in positioning its products in demand in the Union’s markets, such as seafood, natural fruits, coffee, tobacco, rums, as well as corporate and health tourism.

He took the opportunity to invite institutions, organizations and companies from the member states to the 2nd Cuba 2021 Business Forum, which will be held online from November 29th to December 2nd of this year.

He noted that around 400 people from more than 40 countries have already confirmed their participation. “We are convinced that having the presence of representatives of the Eurasian bloc will be an opportunity to initiate inter-business exchanges on issues of interest to both parties,” he said.


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Support for Cuba grows in Germany before US destabilizing action

Berlin, nov 16 (Prensa Latina) A Day for the Dignity and Sovereignty of the Cuban people continues today in this capital and other German cities, amid growing rejection of recent interventionist actions against the Caribbean country, a spokesperson for the organizers said.

He highlighted this Tuesday that since last November 15, actions in support of the Cuban Revolution have also been carried out in the cities of Hamburg and Cologne, in which militants from various organizations take part, including the Democratic Socialist Left and the Germany-Cuba Friendship Association.

Members of the Socialist Federation of German Students, the Die Linke party, the German Socialist Workers’ Youth, the ‘Cuba Sí’ Regional Group and the Latin Voice organization also joined in this campaign, which carried out various activities in solidarity with the nation.

In Berlin, protesters carried posters and distributed flyers in which they expressed their rejection to external interference against Cuba, as well as their repudiation to the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against the Island.

The Ida-Ehre-Platz square, in Hamburg, was the scene for a public demonstration in which several speakers denounced the subversive maneuvers directed and financed by the US Government, and also highlighted Cuba’s progress in health, education and culture.

Several groups of friendship with Cuba organized an evening event in the city of Cologne in support of the Revolution and the Cuban people, where participants also expressed their rejection of the destabilization plans and received information about current situation, with the return to the new normal.

It was emphasized that thanks to the advances in the control of the Covid-19 pandemic, since this Monday the reopening to international tourism began as well as face-to-face classes in Cuban schools, with children and teenagers already vaccinated.


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Uruguayan solidarity members deliver 500,000 syringes to Cuba

Montevideo, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) The Uruguayan Anti-imperialist Committee of Solidarity with Cuba and the peoples of the world on Wednesday symbolically delivered 500,000 syringes to Cuban Ambassador Hector Fraginals, during the farewell act for the diplomatic mission of the official in this country.

On behalf of that Organization, Janina Dos Santos, a doctor graduated in Cuba, recalled Jose Marti’s embrace to the humble Uruguayans and Fidel Castro’s when at the beginning of the Revolution, he visited this South American country and donated 20,000 dollars of the time to the poorest and those affected by floods.

She also evoked hundreds of exiles protected in difficult times, students trained in Cuban universities, thousands of prostheses that benefitted compatriots and more than 100,000 eye surgeries.

Dos Santos emphasized that despite the crime against humanity from imperialism, Cuba became a biotechnological power that develops its own Covid-19 vaccines.

Jorge Bermudez, member of the secretariat of the PIT-CNT trade union, considered that hosting an activity of solidarity with Cuba in the headquarters is always a source of pride, and pointed out Marti’s figure in the center that “accompanies us and expresses our anti-imperialist conception.”


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Casa de las Americas hosts in Cuba event on communities in US

Havana, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) After 40 years of its first meeting, Casa de las Americas is hosting on Wednesday the 3rd Seminar on Studies on Native American, Afro-descendant and Latino Communities in the United States.H

The first edition of this event took place in November 1981 under the title “Seminar on the Situation of the Black, Chicano, Indian and Puerto Rican Communities in the United States.”

Also convened by the Research Center of International Policy, the event will run until November 19 with guests from several nations to analyze the challenges of these populations in the northern nation.

The participants will address issues related to the current economic, political, social and cultural reality of these communities and will talk about their communication and dialogue strategies, educational and training processes from a decolonizing perspective, and resilience against Covid-19.

In addition to the event, Casa de las Americas will develop a rich program of activities with panels, premieres of films and book launch related to the performing arts and the strategic thinking of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz.


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Members of Pastors for Peace caravan visit Denounciation Memorial

Havana, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) Members of the American interreligious organization Pastors for Peace arrived today at the Denounciation Memorial, in this capital, as part of their program of activities in solidarity with Cuba.

Visitors learned about historical data of Washington’s aggressiveness against the Caribbean nation, and rejected the interference of that power in Cuban internal affairs.

In statements to local television, the caravanists recognized Cuba as an example and ratified their support to the socialist project.

The day before, activists arrived at the capital’s José Martí International Airport.

Upon their arrival, the director of that group, Gail Walker, affirmed that 75 visitors from 20 North American states joined the 31st edition of this initiative to show the good sentiment of the American people towards Cuba.

She pointed out that her companions have a special interest in knowing the achievements of this Antillean nation in the confrontation with the Covid-19 pandemic, amid the intensification of the economic, commercial and financial blockade and other U.S.aggressions.

During their stay until November 26, the members of Pastors for Peace will carry out an intense agenda in the provinces of Havana and Matanzas (western part of the country), which includes meetings with women’s organizations, workers, and tours of educational institutions, of historical and social interest.


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US organizations to condemn hostile actions on Cuba


Washington, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) A group of progressive organizations from the northeast of the United States will conduct activities to condemn anti-Cuban plotting on Monday, the No Embargo Cuba Movement (NEMO) reported.

In a statement, NEMO announced that some events will be held in New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. NEMO, Greater New Haven Peace Council, Greater Hartford Cuba Solidarity Committee, Latin Unit in Action, Neighbors United, Latin America Solidarity, WSP of America, Coalition of Massachusetts, Veteran for Peace Connecticut and Green Party of Connecticut will also participate in the events.

We want to spread the truth about Cuba to counteract massive media hypes that will occur if any march is carried out in Cuba on November 15, NEMO pointed out.

Demonstrations supporting Cuba will be conducted in New York, Hartford, New Haven, Boston, Middletown, New Britain and other cities in order to deny the anti-Cuban slanders.

We Cuba´s friends will protect the permanent Cuban mission to the United Nations, since there is a counterrevolutionary call to gather in front of the diplomatic legation.

Likewise, NEMO indicated, we plan to intensify in coming days (during and after November 15) the visit to US congressmen to explain to them the truth about Cuba and how its government and people want a better relationship with the United States.

NEMO also intends to condemn the breach of President Joe Biden´s electoral promises and express total rejection of US State Department´s statement on Nov. 14 “trying to intervene in Cuba´s internal affairs in the most shameless and illegal way.”

This is a moment of truth, let’s talk now or be silent forever. Being silent ahead of such aggression on Cuba is an inexcusable act of cowardice, NEMO stressed.

We cannot turn a blind eye, or ignore our rejection, while the United States is trying to stifle Cuba´s economy as did so to assassinate George Floyd in Minneapolis! Homeland or Death! We Shall Overcome!


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