US blockade affects Cuba’s computerization strategy

Havana May 3 (Prensa Latina) Although Cuba has been advancing in the computerization of society with notable changes for some years now, the US blockade is currently an obstacle for the development of the telecommunications sector.

According to a report by Cuba’s Ministry of Communications (MINCOM), due to the US hostile policy, the damages and economic losses to the branch exceed 65,493,000 dollars from April to December 2020.

In the last five years, the Cuban government, hand in hand with the Cuban Telecommunications Company (ETECSA), has brought about changes in terms of connectivity, the massive use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Internet access and the digitalization of processes, among other services.

However, the company recorded a loss of 64,983,900 US dollars in losses due to the US blockade, which represents approximately 99 percent of the total amount of damages to MINCOM’s system.

According to the briefing, this is influenced by the limited supply of technologies and equipment produced under license or using US components, which implies purchases in other markets much further away.

In addition, there are monetary-financial damages caused fundamentally by the exchange variations and the prohibition to the Banks to carry out transactions with Cuba.

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Cuban president condemns accusations by US officials

Havana, May 3 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Monday condemned accusations by United States officials against Cuba, while Washington keeps the economic, commercial and financial blockade against the Caribbean island.

In a message on his Twitter account, the president shared a text published on Cubadebate website, which questions statements by US representatives on the well-being of Luis Manuel Otero, who is supposedly on a hunger strike.

‘What shameful concerns by officials of the most powerful nation on the planet, which viciously condemns more than 11 million Cuban men and women to hunger and shortages,’ the Head of State tweeted.

According to the text, Julie Chung, acting assistant secretary for the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA), on Saturday said that ‘the United States is deeply concerned about the well-being of Cuban activist @LMOAlcantara and urges the Cuban government to take immediate actions to protect his life and health.’

The message was immediately retweeted by Washington’s diplomatic mission in Havana, it adds.

The citizen in question, paid by the US government for his actions through the Cuba programs received by the National Democrat Institute, is being treated in a public health facility, according to Cubadebate, which noted that the tests made on Sunday indicate that ‘the patient’s parameters are not consistent with those of a person suffering from starvation, which indicates there was nutrition and hydration.’

His ‘hunger strike’ is but a performance, it concludes.

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How Nicaragua Thrives Despite Illegal US Intervention

By Madeline McClure – Apr 27, 2021

May 2 (Orinoco Tribune) In March, 2021, I traveled to Nicaragua as a delegate with the Sanctions Kill! coalition to witness the impact of the ‘coercive measures’ the U.S. uses to impose its political and economic interests, rationalized by its allegations of repression and political crisis. Yet rather than find a people under dictatorship, I arrived to a society thrumming with autonomous productivity, bolstered by decades of redistributed wealth, historic self-determination and a disciplined sense of resiliency.

There’s a feeling in the air that the U.S. media hasn’t quite been able to put its finger on. Perhaps it’s fourteen consistent years under a government which provides its people a level of support that most in the U.S. can hardly fathom. While we, the richest country in the world, debate over trillions of dollars of student debt and a failing healthcare system that causes hundreds of thousands of deaths, the poorest country in Central America offers universal healthcare and free university education to all of its citizens.

The memory of the bloody Somoza regime, scars of the U.S.-funded contra war, and the loss of progress to seventeen years under neoliberal capitalism are felt throughout Nicaragua. The history is kept alive through the celebration of the people’s triumph. It is felt in the public parks named after children who lost their lives to contra rebels and at the Salvador Allende port, once part of Nicaragua’s notorious garbage dump. The surrounding area is now a neighborhood of more than two hundred homes for the people who had survived picking through the dump’s refuse and who now have formal employment at a nearby recycling center. Throughout the country one finds these tangible symbols of revolution in the community’s sense of ownership over public space.

The history is felt, as well, because the repression against Nicaragua and its people’s freedom has never ended. US Economic sanctions against the country have prevented international aid, loans and trade deals for years, despite the illegality of sanctions under international law. Sanctions have been particularly devastating during the pandemic, and have ruined brilliant solutions to poverty – such as the Petrocaribe Agreement between Latin American countries, an exchange of goods which moved the region away from dependence on the U.S. and World Bank. While many in the U.S. would insist that these sanctions are an acceptable alternative to ammunition, they should be widely regarded for what they are: a form of criminal warfare.

But Nicaragua refuses to be colonized. Feeding over 80% of its entire population, their self-reliant food system provides an example for a world facing climate change. This was made possible by massive land reform: over half of the country’s land was redistributed to peasants and small farmers when the Sandinistas took office in 1979. Now, small-scale farming produces 85% of the country’s food and owns 62% of the land. The government contributes the resources for rural landowners to live sustainably by granting loans, livestock and agricultural supplies through their bono productive (production packages)program, and educational projects throughout the countryside teach agroecological methods to make the most of these resources.

With respect to education, Nicaragua sets another leading example. Since returning to office in 2007, the Sandinista Front provides preschool, primary and secondary students with free meals, backpacks and uniforms to supplement their education. Once graduated, students have the option of attending free technical school or public university—6% of the national budget is devoted to providing universal higher education to the population. We visited one such public university, the Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region of Nicaragua University, which uses Indigenous philosophy focused on rescuing generational knowledge. Their intercultural form of education provides undergraduate, graduate and PhD programs to the multi ethnic communities which reside on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast.

The autonomous Caribbean Region is a unique example of Indigenous sovereignty organized within the national context. Self-governing municipalities have access to state programs which supply resources to the region. One year after the sanctions went into effect, the Sandinista government built the first highway to ever connect the Caribbean to the Pacific coast, creating access to areas which had previously been in isolation and allowing easier movement of people farm and ocean products. In the past several years, the region has seen massive amounts of development from very little electricity to nearly complete coverage of electricity, to the construction of hospitals in every municipality. Last November, when hurricanes Eta and Iota ravaged the coast, 160,000 people were relocated in advance—0 died. The government has helped in rebuilding through efforts like Plan Techo, which provided over half a million new roofs to the coastal communities within a month of the hurricanes.

What is clear is that the U.S. would love to see Nicaragua suffer, that it is waging its war not just against the government, but against its workers, its mothers and its children. It is clear, at least, to the Nicaraguan people; they have fought this war for over a century.

Upon returning to the U.S., news has broken that a Democratic senator is introducing further sanctions on Nicaragua, cutting it off further from developmental aid. Paid social media posts and fabricated reports bury the country’s extraordinary reality, producing their own hostile version. In Washington, the think tanks are publishing their lauded studies, while back in Nicaragua someone is doing the real work, plunging a shovel into the fertile ground.

You can help Nicaragua today by resisting sanctions. Our actions must speak louder than the propaganda—get involved by joining [email protected]contacting your congress members, and/or donating to the Nicaragua Solidarity Fund and AfGJ.

Featured image:  The silhouette of Augusto Sandino presides over the site of his assassination. Photo: Madeline McClure

(Resumen Latinoamericano-English)

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Cuba denounces new destabilizing attempts

Cuba denounces new destabilizing attempts

Havana, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Cuban media have denounced new provocations aimed at undermining internal order as part of a US strategy to subvert the revolutionary process on the island.

National TV offered details of a show staged on Friday by a dozen people in the capital’s neighborhood of Old Havana under the pretext of going to the home of counterrevolutionary Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara.

The objective was to ask him to desist from the hunger strike he has allegedly been on for a week. They stage the sit-in close to a shop where people were lining to get it to present them as supporters the report explained.

According to the story, the leader of this action is antisocial individual with a long criminal record as he has been prosecuted for illicit economic activity, theft, misappropriation and robbery with violence against persons, among other crimes.

The report disclosed a telephone conversation in which a Cuban-American living in San Antonio, Texas, offers money to the participants in the event to guarantee the support of this type of actions.

It also denounced that Miami television stations manipulated this incident to present it as a demonstration of popular clamor and to accuse the authorities of violating civil rights.

Specialists and the media agree that the search for reactions inside and outside Cuba, the use of social networks to incite civil disobedience and the dissemination of false news are part of the script of the soft coup against the island.

The United States recently reported having spent more than $261 million on subversion projects against Cuba since 1990.

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Cuba’s Famous Restaurant Turns 79 Years Old

Cuba's Famous Restaurant Turns 79 Years Old

Havana, May 2 (Prensa Latina) The famous Havana restaurant La Bodeguita del Medio (B del M), celebrated its 79th anniversary under harsh times due to restrictions to fight Covid-19, but keeping its enchanting ambiance and good service.

Behind closed doors, and only with take-out food, this renowned establishment celebrated its 79th anniversary on April 26. Many people who have enjoyed its food and enthralling Bohemian ambiance sent congratulatory messages.

Located in Old Havana, the city’s historic center declared World Heritage Site in 1982 by UNESCO, the restaurant opened on April 26, 1942, and quickly became the preferred eatery for many locals, particulary intellectuals.

Throughout its history, the restaurant received visits from numerous personalities such as Gabriela Mistral, Agustin Lara, Pablo Neruda, Salvador Allende, Ernest Hemingway and Nicolas Guillen.

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DIaz-Canel appreciates support against U.S. blockade of Cuba

DIaz-Canel appreciates support against U.S. blockade of Cuba

Havana, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Sunday thanked the support of intellectuals from around the world for the struggle to end the blockade imposed by the United States on this island for almost six decades.

Through Twitter, the Cuban leader wrote that these personalities, members of the Network in Defense of Humanity (REDH), give prestige with their signatures the long and unwavering struggle of this country against Washington’s economic, commercial and financial hostile policy.

The REDH, which was founded in other threatening days for Cuba, knows very well the seriousness of the siege imposed by the empire, he wrote.

This Saturday, REDH, which brings together intellectuals and artists from around the world, urged lovers of peace, justice and international law to condemn the unprecedented strengthening of Washington’s policy.

Through a communiqué endorsed by more than 3,900 signatures, this group denounced that these measures affect the entire Cuban population and pursue the objective of making their daily life unbearable in order to motivate political reactions and achieve change of regime.

It is an ethical duty to denounce this injustice and demand that the principles of peace, international legality, multilateralism and mutual respect be imposed to guarantee civilized relations between states, the text states.

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Greek organizations demand an end to the blockade on Cuba

Athens, May 1 (Prensa Latina) Nine union organizations and eight municipal groups in Greece demanded the end of the United States blockade against Cuba and demanded that the European Union (EU) refuse to comply with the provisions of that policy.

In a statement sent today to Prensa Latina, its signatories indicated that the demand to lift the restrictive measures is now becoming even more urgent due to the period of the global Covid-19 pandemic, with millions of cases and hundreds of thousands of cases. dead all over the world.

This moment should be the occasion for all countries to turn to international cooperation and mutual assistance and abandon the policies of economic competition, the looting of the weak, wars and policies that ecologically strangle the planet, the statement urged.

‘The peoples of the world yearn and are fighting for a different course for humanity,’ he said.

He described as aggressive and inhuman policy the legislation maintained by all the governments of the United States for six decades with the objective of overthrowing the Cuban Revolution and restoring Washington’s domination in that small country.

He recalled that, in April 2019, the US government intensified these measures in an attempt to further strangle Cuba, to deprive it of its development potential, thus constituting another blow against the standard of living of its people.

‘Cuba does not threaten any other country, on the contrary, with the best of its capabilities it helps other peoples, when there is a need and it is requested,’ the statement said.

He added that Cuban medical brigades have offered assistance and solidarity to many countries in need and this has also become clear now in the midst of the pandemic.

‘The people of Cuba do not deserve such unfair and criminal treatment from their powerful neighbor, the United States. The people of Cuba have the right to choose their own path, without foreign aggression, embargoes and sanctions,’ the statement concluded.

The resolution, issued by the Trade Union Association of Library, Stationery, Editorial and Digital Media Workers of the Attica Provincial Council, in Athens, was signed by eight other unions of primary and secondary education educators, salaried engineers and other unions from different regions of Greece.

Eight social and popular organizations from Thessaloniki, Nea Smirni, Northern Greece and the Hellenic capital also joined in.

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Embassy of Cuba in Ukraine celebrates Workers’ Day

Kiev, May 1 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban embassy here, together with activists from solidarity movements with the island and directors of the Ukraine-Cuba Business Committee, commemorated International Workers’ Day today.

For the second year, the epidemiological situation caused by Covid-19 prevented the traditional parades in Cuba and other nations of the world, so the digital space was the alternative to highlight the date, indicated the diplomatic mission of Havana in this country.

The celebration day began this Friday with the holding of the International Forum against the US blockade, convened from the island by the Central of Cuban Workers (CTC) and the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP).

Via the internet, representatives of friendship movements with the Antillean nation from all over Ukraine joined the world demand for the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial siege of the United States against Cuba and reiterated their support for the island.

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Tribute to José Martí begins celebration of Cuban workers

Havana, May 1 (Prensa Latina) The celebration for International Workers’ Day began today in Cuba with a tribute to the National Hero José Martí, in a ceremony led by President Miguel Díaz-Canel.

Prime Minister Manuel Marrero and the Secretary General of the Central de Trabajadores de Cuba (CTC), Ulises Guilarte, accompanied the first secretary of the Communist Party of this country in placing a wreath before the statue of Martí in the Palace of the Revolution (seat of the Executive).

At the event, the head of the CTC highlighted the prominence and patriotic commitment of the nation’s working class, immersed in the battle to resist the blockade and the aggressions of the United States in the midst of the battle against the Covid pandemic. 19.

We are aware of the demanding and challenging scenario but also of the conception of the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, that only those who fight have the right to triumph, Guilarte pointed out.

Due to the health measures implemented to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, this May 1 is celebrated mainly on social networks, where Internet users post messages, images and videos to express their support for the Revolution.

Among the fundamental demands of the workers are the demand for the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for more than six decades, and the denunciation of its resurgence as of 2017, after the arrival of Donald Trump. to the White House.

As part of the festivities, an International Meeting of Solidarity with the Caribbean nation is also held, in which more than 80 representatives of trade union, youth, women’s and political organizations from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and America participate.

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Solidarity orgs ask from Europe to end the US blockade on Cuba

Havana, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of 18 European organizations, solidarity associations and unions reaffirmed today the demand for the end of the blockade that the United States has imposed on Cuba for six decades.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of this Caribbean nation, these activists participated in the International Virtual Solidarity Meeting, held as part of the celebrations for International Workers’ Day.

At the event, convened by the Central de Trabajadores de Cuba and the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, were Angelika Becker, president of the Solidarity Network with Cuba in Germany, and Jonas Pohle, from the Junge Welt newspaper.

According to the source, the Germanic activists offered details of their solidarity work and commented on the UnBlockCuba campaign, coordinated by that newspaper, in which organizations from 27 European countries participate to demand the lifting of the US blockade.

On the opening day of this contact on social networks, held on Friday, the general secretary of the World Federation of Trade Unions, George Mavrikos, also highlighted the leading role of Cuba in defense of the causes of workers in the world.

The trade unionist and Greek politician thanked the contribution of the Health professionals of this Caribbean country in the confrontation with Covid-19 in some 40 nations and territories of the world.

He also pointed out that in the face of a scenario of international crisis and intensified economic siege, Cuba’s advances in matters of health and defense of workers’ rights show the ideological, political and humanist superiority of socialism.

Cuba mainly celebrates virtually this May 1 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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