La Paz, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Luis Arce on Thursday confirmed the shipment of syringes, food and biosecurity supplies to Cuba in the framework of reciprocity between peoples.
All our solidarity with the Caribbean nation, which not only faces the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic but also the brutal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States, the president wrote on his Twitter account.
Arce charged that this hostile policy that is more than 60 years old affects more than ever the health and food rights of Cubans.
A plane laden with the solidarity aid will leave for Cuba on Friday 2.5 tons of disposable syringes, 16.5 tons of food and one ton of biosecurity supplies, as explained by Minister of the Presidency Maria Nela Prada at a press conference.
Prada reiterated the inhumane, criminal and genocidal nature of Washington’s unilateral sanctions against Havana, and said that they are the main cause of the current shortages in the Caribbean country.
‘From Bolivia we raise our voices of sovereignty, resistance and solidarity with the Cuban Revolution,’ he said.
That action joins others from countries such as Nicaragua, Mexico, Russia and Vietnam, which have also donated medical resources and food to the Cuban people in recent days.
Washington, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) Citizens of Cuban origin residing in the US city of Los Angeles, California, denied the campaigns circulating today on social networks, where they say there are users who are real fake news machines against Cuba.
According to Duane Fernandez, many lies have been told about the situation in Cuba on those Internet platforms, particularly Facebook and Twitter.
A participant in a lately demonstration against the US blockade, Fernandez rejected the manipulation of images following the recent riots on July 11 and 12 on Cuba.
Cited by La Opinion newspaper, he pointed out that there are users who have turned those networks ‘into real fake news machines against Cuba.’
He commented on the way in which images have been used that correspond either to clashes in London at the end of Euro 2020 or to protests in 2012 in Madrid, and they publish them as if they were in Cuba.
He acknowledged that the Cuban incidents would not have happened without the shortage of food and medicines, whose current shortage is caused by the impact of the unilateral blockade, which has been in force six decades.
Fernandez also warned of the millions of dollars spent by the US administration to destabilize Cuba, and affirmed there is an ‘army of people’ who spend the whole day on networks shouting things and ‘never talk about the economic blockade.’
‘If the United States decides not to trade with Cuba, why apply sanctions to other nations, commercial companies, banks, officials and individuals for doing business with the Cuban government,’ he wondered.
On July 25, the members of the Bridges of Love solidarity project, after successfully concluding a 2,000-kilometer pilgrimage in Washington DC, demanded in front of the White House, along with Cuban and US activists, that President Joe Biden cease the unilateral blockade and mitigate the suffering of the families on the other side of the Straits of Florida.
The day was extended to several cities across the country such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel denounced on July 17 in Havana, during a multitudinous act in support of the Revolution, ‘no lie has been committed by chance or error, it is all the cold calculation of an unconventional war manual’ against his country.
Havana, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) The first Voluntary National Report presented by Cuba at the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development reaffirms the country’s commitment to guaranteeing a more just, equitable and inclusive society.
The document, published on the Presidency’s website, ensures that Cuba is on the path to sustainability with the integration of the economic, social and environmental dimensions, as part of a national plan until 2030.
The report contains a dozen goals in each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to achieve their fulfillment with higher quality.
According to the Presidency, the National Group for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda, an institutional institution to monitor the SDGs in the country, participated in the preparation of the report, along with other alliances.
Establishing permanent communication and feedback channels meant a strength in the assessment, control and accountability at all government levels in the preparation and implementation of UN plan of action, according to the report, which was submitted on Tuesday.
The 2030 Agenda establishes, among its goals, the end of poverty, zero hunger, health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, as well as decent work and economic growth.
It also refers to the development of inclusive industries, the reduction of inequalities, actions in favor of climate, the sustainability of cities and communities, responsible production and consumption, work in favor of underwater life and land ecosystems, peace, justice and solid institutions.
Washington, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) The Bridges of Love solidarity project delivered the United States Government a petition supported by more than 27,000 signatures to urge that President Joseph Biden lifts the blockade against Cuba.
Carlos Lazo, main coordinator of the initiative, told Prensa Latina that when he took the request to lift the sanctions against the island, he talked with Emily Mendrala, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs at US Department of State.
We explained the official the necessity to reopen the Washington Embassy in Havana, normalize consular services and resume the family reunification program, the activist said in exclusive statements to this news agency.
We also highlight the importance of resuming flights from the United States to all Cuban provinces, eliminating restrictions that prevent US citizens from visiting the island, and facilitating unlimited remittances to the Caribbean nation, he added.
According to Lazo, respect prevailed during the meeting and they reflected on the political cost the strategy of trying to convince those who voted against Biden in the presidential elections could have to now join to the Democrats’ side prior to the 2022 mid-term legislative elections.
Solidarity actions such as those of Bridges of Love arise while the northern nation takes advantage of the complex economic situation in Cuba caused by the Washington siege and the health situation due to Covid-19 to promote a destabilization campaign, Cuban authorities denounce.
La Paz, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia’s media on Wednesday highlighted President Luis Arce’s announcement to send aid to Cuba as a gesture of solidarity reciprocity.
The president informed about the approval of a decree to send a plane with syringes and food to Cuba, ABI news agency unfolded.
‘Cuba is currently going through difficulties due to the criminal blockade. (…) We learned from Cuba that solidarity is sharing the little you have with those who need it most,’ Arce tweeted on the celebration of that country’s National Rebellion Day on July 26.
The head of State said the aircraft will be loaded with solidarity, with much affection, and recalled how much Cubans have supported the people of Bolivia.
Our country has benefited from Cuban solidarity with medical brigades that have reached Bolivian homes, with thousands of eye surgeries through Operation Miracle and with literacy, the president noted on another tweet.
Arce reiterated the rejection of the Bolivian government and its people to the US economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, which has been in force for over six decades, and demanded respect for the free self-determination of peoples.
‘Thank you Cuba for the solidarity and internationalism,’ the leader insisted.
Featured image: Jorge Arreaza the Venezuelan Chancellor during his speech at the CELAC summit. Photo courtesy of MPPRE.
July 26 (Orinoco Tribune) Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister, Jorge Arreaza, congratulated Mexico’s work as a fundamental part in the functioning of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
During his speech, Arreaza pointed out that this country has played an important role in creating a space for dialogue. Meanwhile it has prevented CELAC from becoming a hub for the interests of right-wing Latino governments, as happened to the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), explained news agency AVN.
“We believe that Mexico has done a great job,” Arreaza explained. “In these years of difficulty in the pandemic, we believe that Mexico has served not only as a mediator, but it has managed to prevent CELAC from meeting the fate that UNASUR did. It remains true that to achieve concrete results in specific areas, people must stand up.”
He also reiterated a message from President Nicolás Maduro to sustain the work that Mexico has been doing within the organization, with the intention that the next pro tempore Presidency of CELAC also continues this work.
Below is the full unofficial translation of Minister Arreaza’s speech:
Thank you very much brother minister for this meeting.
I really feel moved, overwhelmed, in the best sense of the word, by the tributes to the Liberator Simón Bolívar and for being here, precisely, on his anniversary.
In fact, I would like to start with a quote from the Liberator from the letter that he sent to the heads of state to convene the Amphictyonic Congress of Panama which, without a doubt, is the great precursor of our Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.
He told them that: “I have written to you so that we could form a confederation of the heads of each State to meet in the Isthmus of Panama…” This is the point I want to emphasize: “it would serve us as a place for advice in great conflicts, as a point of contact facing common dangers, as a faithful interpreter in public treaties when difficulties occur, and finally, as a place to reconcile our differences.”
Look at how the Liberator proposed our unity 200 years ago, the great conflicts, the common dangers: the pandemic, drug trafficking, violence and reconciliation in the face of our differences as well as the interpretation of treaties. That is the multilateralism and the joint action of our region.
This was written by the Liberator on December 7, 1824. Two days later was the Battle of Ayacucho in Peru, a decisive Bolivarian victory. The Liberator was not in charge—the Congress of Colombia called him, and although everyone suggested that he not do so, he returned to Lima in a disciplined way. He left the great Antonio José de Sucre and José María Córdoba in command, and the Liberator carried out the battle as planned.
In 1826, the Congress of Panama was able to meet. It was not easy, even some delegates had a hard time getting to Panama. In some cases, they died on the way to Panama. However, they met, and there they discussed, once again, a great treaty of union, a confederation, and a perpetual alliance between our countries.
Unfortunately, the course of history did not favor the Liberator’s project. Right here, they met again, in Tacubaya, Mexico City, and the effort to reach consensus was almost useless. But there, the Liberator left a well-marked path to follow. We believe, without a doubt, that it must be followed.
This morning, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s message for us was a doctrine, and we believe that CELAC should assume it in its founding documents and truly apply it. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was clear in the validity of Simón Bolívar’s thinking 200 years later; and it is here in CELAC where that validity is expressed in the most lively, most heartfelt, and most pertinent way.
Furthermore, reference was also made to the citizenship of the Liberator. The Liberator was born in Venezuela, for that we are grateful… but in reality, the Liberator stopped being Venezuelan alone, in his life. He became a citizen of our America, to the point that his was the precursor of a common citizenship that should exist among our countries and that will exist in the future. When the second Constituent Congress of Mexico granted Mexican citizenship to the Liberator, which was also proposed by that rebellious priest of Servando Teresa de Nieves, he said it was the best homage that could be made in his name. He remains present there.
We believe that Mexico has done a great job. In these difficult years of the pandemic, we believe that Mexico has served not only as a mediator, but it has managed to prevent CELAC from meeting the fate that UNASUR did. For us, it is important that it remains, that it stands with its head held high, that it interacts with the great powers in the world, and that it achieves concrete results in specific areas. Also, President Nicolás Maduro has told us “let’s take care of what Mexico has done,” so the next pro tempore presidency may continue it. Moreover, after so many reflections, we are no longer philosophers—we must take action, and we must also re-politicize CELAC.
As our Liberator said, it is there even to reconcile our differences. It was born as a forum for dialogue and political agreement, and here there can be no taboos or unaddressed issues. We must move forward very seriously.
This morning, President López Obrador even raised the historical dilemma of Bolivarianism and Monroeism. There is the OAS, and there is CELAC. I remembered Commander Chávez and President Rafael Correa, who told us, during the formation of CELAC, for example, that the Summit of the Americas should be the meeting point between the Community of Latin American States and the Caribbean, CELAC, with the two giants of the North. To get where? To these agreements, to this virtuous cooperation of the entire continent, of which President Andrés Manuel López Obrador spoke to us this morning. The Liberator Simón Bolívar also said to be anti-hegemonist, but there is also a balance in the universe.
Quite simply, in closing, we want to express our solidarity with the people of Haiti because we are deeply saddened by Haiti and the brutal assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. We express our solidarity with Cuba as revolutionary, socialist, and sovereign, along with Nicaragua, and all the countries that suffer difficulties. We have all suffered them throughout all these months of the pandemic. As always, we recognize the sovereignty of Argentina over the Malvinas archipelago, and the necessary decolonization of Puerto Rico.
I close with the following: yesterday we met with Alicia Bárcena. How good it was to see Alicia, ECLAC and FAO here chairing this CELAC summit? Because we must achieve self-sufficiency in all areas: in health, in food, and in energy. Venezuela once again makes its natural resources available.
We are going to revive Petrocaribe, despite the sanctions, despite the blockade. It will come back to life this year and, of course, the great project of Petrosur and other countries. We have the potential, minister, to be self-sufficient in the most fundamental needs of our people.
From Venezuela, receive our affection and hopefully we can see our presidents, prime ministers, and leaders gathered in this beautiful city on September 18.
The comments double down on the calls by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to support Cuba, as the third shipment of humanitarian aid departed from Mexico on Wednesday.
July 28 (teleSUR) Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard remarked on Wednesday that the U.S. blockade against Cuba “has reached the limits of logic and ethics,” as Mexico urges the world to support the Caribbean country tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. harassment on Cuba “is reaching the limit of logic, even of the ethics of the blockade, because in the face of a humanitarian crisis such as the one caused by the pandemic, how do you justify telling a country that it has no right to oxygen?” the official explained during an interview with local newspaper La Jornada.
“Together we are strong: Latin America and the Caribbean today.”
The comments double down on the calls by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to support Cuba, as the third shipment of humanitarian aid departed from Mexico on Wednesday.
“We would like another course of action. And I’m not just talking about Mexico, I’m talking about a consensus in the region. It would not only be a gesture to Cuba, but to a whole area,” the official said referring to Biden’s administration.
La Paz, Jul 27 (Prensa Latina) Former Bolivian President Evo Morales on Tuesday condemned the recent terrorist attack perpetrated against the Cuban Embassy in France.
On his Twitter profile, Morales denounced that this Monday attack is part of fascism that does not tolerate the peoples’ right to self-determination and, in the absence of arguments, only speaks with the language of violence.
He also expressed his solidarity and support for the Cuban people and condemned the economic, commercial and financial blockade the United States has maintained for almost six decades on the Caribbean nation. On July 26, Day of National Rebelliousness in Cuba, a terrorist attack took place against the island’s Embassy in Paris, where three artisanal bombs were thrown, two hit the outer perimeter and one did not enter the diplomatic headquarters, authorities informed.
As a result, a fire occurred and Cuban officials extinguished the blaze, as French police and firefighters arrived at the scene.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez denounced the terrorist act and held the United States Government responsible for the events.
Havana, Jul 27 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced today the siege of the embassy of the Caribbean nation in the United States, the same one that suffered a terrorist attack last year.
In its Twitter account, the Foreign Minister alluded to the posters placed on the perimeter of its diplomatic headquarters in Washington DC, many of which contain hateful messages, according to photos shared on the social network.
The tweet also recalled that the Cuban mission in North American territory was victim in April 2020 of an attack, on which the United States Government did not issue any statement of condemnation.
The Foreign Ministry added that other diplomatic headquarters have also been under siege, such as the Cuban Embassy in Panama, in front of which a group of people gathered shouting offenses against the Cuban Revolution and seemed to have violent intentions.
The day before, the Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, announced the occurrence of an attack with Molotov cocktails on the island’s mission in France, for which he held the United States Government responsible.
Rodríguez classified the attack as a terrorist action and said that Washington encourages such conduct with its continuous campaigns against the Caribbean nation.
He added that the continuous calls for violence from the North American country, with complete impunity, are a stimulus for these events to occur.
Meanwhile, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel commented on his Twitter account: ‘The ‘peaceful protesters’ against the # Cuban Revolution have reached # Paris with the encouragement of the anti-Cuban campaigns generated in #Washington. Is terrorism returning against the Cuban embassies? ‘
Mexico, Jul 27 (Prensa Latina) The multipurpose ship Arm Libertador Bal-02 set sail today from the port of Veracruz with aid for Cuba, the second to leave from this state and tomorrow a third will set sail, the Arm Papaloapan A amphibious warfare ship.
Yesterday, July 26, the 68th anniversary of the assault on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes barracks that started the Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro, the José María Morelos II left, with 100,000 barrels of diesel to supply energy to hospitals in Cuba.
That of this Tuesday carries medical material such as syringes, oxygen tanks and mouth covers, to attend the health emergency and supplies such as powdered milk, beans, wheat flour, cans of tuna and edible oil, and tomorrow’s will carry a similar load.
A press release from the Foreign Ministry indicates that the government of Mexico, in its capacity as president pro tempore of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), has developed, in conjunction with member countries, multiple international cooperation actions for the development in favor of member countries of Latin America and Caribbean region.
In this regard, he adds, within the framework of the Basic Agreement on Cooperation for Development between the governments of Mexico and that of Cuba, the Agency carries out International Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance actions in favor of Cubans in order to help mitigate the effects generated. by Covid-19.
The foregoing, he adds, in congruence with the policy of the Mexican government of international solidarity to support the Cuban people in the face of the social, economic and health situation they are currently experiencing and considering the needs of the Cuban hospital system.
It is very symbolic that the ships with aid to Cuba set sail from the ports of Veracruz, the state from which the yacht Granma departed in Tuxpan, with the 82 expedition members led by Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro, after their training in Mexican lands.