Brazil with broad agenda at Cuban 32nd Book Fair

Havana, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) Brazil will deploy a broad agenda today at the San Carlos de la Cabaña fortress, the venue of the 32nd Havana International Book Fair, where it participates as the guest of honor.

The Brazilian booth at the fairgrounds will host the conference: “From the networks to the Printed Book”, by Ilustralu.

There will also be the activity It’s All for Yesterday: a conversation on the literary creation of Conceição Evaristo e Emicida.

In addition, the Professional Hall will host a lecture on “Brazilian literature at Casa de las Américas” by Caridad Tamayo (researcher at this Cuban institution).

This will be followed by “The challenges of the productive chain in Brazil”, by Juliana Monteiro (Brazilian journalist, writer and bookseller).

Later, Socorro Aciolli, a prominent Brazilian writer and teacher, will address the topic “Literary creation in the contemporary publishing market”.

An activity that promises to be dynamic will be the debate on “The Latin American comic strip. Different views”, with panelists: Ana Luiza de Souza Freitas (illustrator and cartoonist from Brazil); Gidalti Oliveira Moura Júnior (cartoonist from Brazil); Centro Cultural Pablo de la Torriente and Vitrina de Valonia (Cuba).

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Cuba seeks to boost its economy in a hostile context 

Madrid, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s Prime Minister Manuel Marrero stressed that his country seeks to boost its economy amid a hostile context due to the U.S. blockade.

We are facing a war on all fronts, we face all the challenges as a war economy, but we do not rest finding alternatives, diversifying our markets, with the conviction to move forward, Marrero said.

In a meeting with the Cuban State Mission in Spain, in transit to Havana, after participating in the World Summit in the United Arab Emirates, the president shared the priorities to move onward with the socialist project defended by the island.

He pointed out that, within the tightening of Washington’s blockade, which is worsening with the impact of global crises and conflicts, if only one of the measures were removed, the one that unjustly places Cuba on the list of countries that collaborate with terrorism, doors would be opened to bank credits.

Accompanied by the Cuban ambassador to Spain, Marcelino Medida, the head of the Government of the Caribbean island stressed that strategies are being worked on to correct distortions, boost the economy, and maintain its social project, with a plan that includes seven major objectives.

Macroeconomic stabilization, from price updating and decentralization to exchange rate control; increase and diversification of foreign exchange income, with the stimulation of exports; increase of national production, towards food sovereignty; improvement of the entrepreneurial system and territorial development, are some of the initiatives underway.

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Resilience of the Cuban people highlighted in Ecuador

Quito, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian friends of Cuba highlighted the resilience that the people of the island maintain, despite the obstacles of the blockade imposed by the United States.

In a virtual conversation, organized by the Unitierra University, lawyer and activist Veronica Naranjo told her experience after a recent visit to the Caribbean nation as part of the XXIX South American Brigade of Volunteer Work and Solidarity with Cuba.

She described her stay in the Antillean country as personally and humanly rewarding, and commented on how many people told her before leaving for Havana that she would be “brainwashed” there.

However, it was quite the opposite, as we were able to learn first-hand about the political system in Cuba, an example of citizen participation and respect for human rights, as well as the security in its streets, Naranjo said.

She also referred to the negative impact of the blockade on the health system, something she was able to see together with the rest of the brigadiers with a visit to a hospital in the Cuban capital.

However, she stressed that “they are a people aware of their reality, convinced of their Revolution, of extreme human quality, ethics, resilience, resistance, and fighting capacity”.

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Acosta Danza Company to present “Eclectic Cuban” in Germany

Berlin, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Acosta Danza, under the general direction of first dancer Carlos Acosta, will present the show “Eclectic Cuban” on February 17 and 18 at the Bonn Theater in Germany, the company announced today.

The program comprises well-known works of its collection such as “Satori”, by Raúl Reinoso, a piece that takes as a starting point the precepts of Zen Buddhism; and “Paysage, soudain, la nuit”, by the Swedish Pontus Lidberg, inspired on a musical piece by Cuban master Leo Brouwer.

Photo: Yuris Nórido

He will also present “Impronta”, a solo created by the Spanish María Rovira in which contemporary dance and Afro-Cuban dances are combined; as well as “Fauno”, a duet by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui inspired by a mythical piece in the history of ballet.

To close the evening, the German public will be able to see “De punta a cabo”, a choreographic version of the original by Alexis Fernández (Maca).

Photo: Enrique Smith Soto

Since its stage debut, Acosta Danza aims to perform dance shows in full accordance with the most current notions being developed in the world, not only in terms of the movement of the bodies, but also in everything related to the scene.

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Cuban ambassador attends ceremony on Serbian State Day

Belgrade, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Ambassador in Belgrade Leyde Rodriguez Hernandez attended a State Ceremony in Orašac on the Serbian State Day, also attended by Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić, diplomatic sources noted on Friday.

The commemoration is connected with the beginning of the First Serbian Uprising in Orašac on February 15, 1804, and the proclamation of the Sretenje Constitution of the Principality of Serbia on February 15, 1835, the source added. On its X account, Cuba’s Foreign Ministry congratulated the people and Government of the Republic of Serbia on the occasion of their National Day.

“We ratify the will to continue to strengthen the historic relations of friendship and cooperation between our countries,” the Cuban Foreign Ministry noted.

During the State ceremony in Orašac, Bishop Jovan of Šumadija said that a nation that does not remember its predecessors and the past is not worthy of the present and the future.

Dačić, in turn, noted that “exactly 220 years ago, the most prominent people of the Serbian people gathered in this place and made one of the most important decisions in our history.”

They decided to start the struggle for freedom, which the previous generations had been dreaming about for centuries, the head of Serbian diplomacy added.

The President of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, indicated that he is convinced that the unity of the Serbian people is unbreakable and indestructible, wherever our people are.

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Cuba denounces US complicity in Israeli attacks on Gaza

Havana, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel denounced today that Israel, with the complicity of the United States, is responsible for the extermination of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.

In the social network X, the president said that he agrees with the thinking of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, who said that ‘a new and repugnant form of fascism is emerging with remarkable force at this moment in history’.

We see it every day in Palestine, the president stressed in his message, while calling for an end to the aggression.

Cuba will soon present its arguments before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Israel’s practices and activities against the rights of the Palestinian people and other Arab inhabitants of the occupied territories.

A statement issued by Deputy Foreign Minister Anayansi Rodriguez said that as part of the process requested by the United Nations General Assembly on December 30, 2022, the island asked for a pronouncement on the legal consequences derived from Israel’s practices and policies against the Palestinian people.

Cuba legally reaffirms that both Israel and its accomplices should be declared responsible for the genocide that the Palestinian people have lived through for decades.

The Palestinian Health Ministry figures show that the number of victims of the current Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip amounted to more than 28,700 dead and 68,500 wounded.

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Cuban president receives credentials from new ambassadors

Havana, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Tuesday received the credentials of seven new ambassadors accredited to the Cuban authorities and representing countries from different latitudes.

The head of State welcomed the heads of the diplomatic missions from Malaysia, Dominica, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Australia, Oman and Zambia, the Presidency of the Republic reported on its X account.

As usual, the president was accompanied by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, at an official ceremony that took place at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana.

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Syria and Cuba address prospects for trade cooperation

Damascus, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) The mechanisms and possibilities for economic and trade cooperation were the center of talks in this capital between Cuban Ambassador to Syria, Luis Mariano Fernández, and Abdula Huda Laham, president of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce.

Fernández highlighted the excellent relations between the two nations and the need to take concrete steps so that economic cooperation and commercial exchanges reach the same level as the excellent relations in the political and diplomatic fields.

We call on all companies and entrepreneurs in Syria to take advantage of the facilities granted for investments in Cuba.

Laham, in turn, suggested more participation in the economic fairs and events held in both countries to create more exchanges among entrepreneurs.

Usama Mostafa, lawmaker and Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce in Rural Damascus, a province with more than 70,000 factories and companies, expressed interest in the Cuban market and in achieving cooperation. He expressed his willingness to improve contacts between entrepreneurs of both countries.

The export of textiles, clothing, sweets, and olive oil to Cuba and charcoal, generic medicines, and vaccines to Syria were under discussion during the meeting.

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The Cuban Revolution is our greatest work of love, says Diaz-Canel

Havana, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel today stressed that the Revolution is the island’s greatest work of love, on occasion of the Day of Love and Friendship.

On the social network X, the president stressed that love is the engine that drives Cuban revolutionaries. #CubaEsAmor, and from here we also extend it to our beloved Palestine, he wrote on the platform.

The president of the National Assembly of People’s Power (parliament), Esteban Lazo, sent congratulations to the Caribbean nation and recalled Marti’s premise that ¨the only force and the only truth that exists in this life is love¨.

Patriotism is nothing but love, friendship is nothing but love’.

The President of the Council of State also congratulated the children’s company La Colmenita, which is celebrating its 34th anniversary.

According to popular chronicles, the date of February 14 was chosen as Love and Friendship Day almost all over the world because it marks the anniversary of the death of St. Valentine, a priest related to romantic love and confronted to the prohibition of marriage in the Middle Ages.

When he was a bishop, Valentine disrespected the orders of the emperor who banned marriages during wartime so that his soldiers could fight better and he continued to secretly unite passionate young men.

He was arrested and sentenced to death.

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Spanish journalist reiterates commitment to Cuba despite harassment

Madrid, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) Spanish journalist and political activist José Manzaneda reiterated today his commitment to Cuba, despite the harassment he is suffering in a context he described as “media and judicial persecution”.

In an interview with Prensa Latina, Manzaneda, coordinator of the digital media Cubainformación, in television, web and print format, explained that he faces this week’s trial against him and the Euskadi-Cuba friendship association with absolute tranquility.

Next Thursday, February 15, will take place in the Criminal Court 31 of Madrid the oral hearing against Manzaneda, accused by the president of the NGO Prisoners Defenders, Javier Larrondo -an open opponent of the Cuban Revolution- of “serious insults and slander and of a hate crime”.

Larrondo’s reference is for an article on Cuban medical cooperation, in which he was called a “war criminal”.

Regarding this and other related issues, Manzaneda responded in detail to Prensa Latina and also said: “This is not the first attack, in the mainstream media we have suffered criminalization for many, many years, they have lied about our activity, and within organizations opposed to the Cuban Revolution such as this one that now summons us, we have been the target of all these people.

He added that behind them there is a strategy that tries to damage Cuba, and its economy, to destabilize the country, and in this great strategy we are some people or organizations, of solidarity, of critical and alternative journalism, and to a lesser extent, we have also been victims of harassment, criminalization of our activities and of media lies for many years.

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