Celac and a resounding no to US blockade on Cuba

Buenos Aires, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) expressed today its rejection of the United States blockade against Cuba and requested its exclusion from the unilateral list of nations that allegedly sponsor terrorism.

In a document adopted in the Buenos Aires declaration, the Heads of State and Government of the 33 CELAC countries reiterated the call of the United Nations General Assembly to put an end to the economic, commercial and financial siege, which causes serious damage to the welfare of the Cuban people.

They also urge US President Joe Biden to lift this measure and reiterated that said blockade is contrary to the principles of the UN Charter and International Law.

On the other hand, the Celac Heads of State expressed their deep concern about the intensification of this policy, especially in the context of Covid-19, and their rejection of the extraterritorial dimension of the blockade, which has a severe and negative impact on Cuba’s international financial transactions and the well-being of its people.

The text also repudiates the arbitrary inclusion of the island in the unilateral list of States that allegedly sponsor terrorism and requests that the parties involved comply with the successive resolutions approved by the UN that reiterate the call to put an end to the blockade.

In this 7th Summit, which was attended by several presidents, the voice of rejection of a siege that for more than 60 years has sought to suffocate the Cuban people was heard, and which in the administration of Donald Trump was intensified with more than 240 measures, still currently applied.

The island, whose delegation was headed by its president Miguel Díaz-Canel, was also congratulated for his recent election as president of the Group of 77 and China.

“We trust that during his management the interests of our region will be promoted and the relations of cooperation and solidarity of the Member States will be consolidated for the benefit of our peoples,” the final text states.

Several leaders reiterated their support for Cuba during the meeting, among them the Honduran Xiomara Castro, who denounced the policy of aggression against that island, Venezuela and Nicaragua, and thanked Fidel Castro, Raúl Castro and Díaz Canel, for promoting Celac.

Meanwhile, from Chile, Gabriel Boric, pointed out that “the policy of exclusion does not offer authentic and lasting results. This is demonstrated by the history of Latin America and the Caribbean with the ignominious blockade of the United States on Cuba and more recently to Venezuela”.


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China donates 100 million dollars to Cuba

Beijing, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) On Wednesday, China’s Government formalized the donation of 700 million yuan (about 100 million dollars) to Cuba to support projects of social impact linked to priority sectors of its economy.

Cuban Ambassador to China Carlos Miguel Pereira informed that he signed the agreement alongside Tang Wenhong, Vice-Chairman of the China International Development Cooperation Agency, to deliver these resources.

China granted the donation when Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel visited this nation in November, and the parties sealed several agreements in different sectors.

According to Pereira, its implementation “will also contribute to China’s strategic participation in our economic and social development plans and the construction of a community of shared destiny that we wish to create for the benefit of our countries and peoples.”

Díaz-Canel made a brief and intense visit to China on November 24-25, which included official talks and where he signed agreements to boost bilateral cooperation.


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Over 500 Cuban students to graduate from Matanzas University

Matanzas, Cuba, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) In line with the 2022 school year closing in higher education, the University of Matanzas (UM) on Tuesday graduated more than 500 students in the eight faculties.

As many as 534 young people from the daytime course, including 46 from short-cycle program and one Angolan student, have received their university degrees at the Sauto Theater.

The UM rector Leyda Finalé said this graduation is a fact that fills the university with joy since it shows a young people generation with high patriotic and revolutionary senses.

Finalé praised that all graduates have a job opening to prove their knowledge and to contribute to Matanzas´s socioeconomic development.

56 Gold Degrees, 14 scientific merit awards and the fact that over 66% of graduates were women, all these figures show these professionals´ quality and the role of women in Matanzas and Cuban society, she pointed out.


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China and Cuba analyze work to protect women rights

Beijing, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Leaders of women organizations in China and Cuba today examined the work of each side in favor of the inclusion and protection of women in all sectors of society.

The issue was discussed by Shen Yueyue, president of the All China Women’s Federation; and the secretary general of the Cuban Women’s Federation, Teresa Amarelle, during a videoconference meeting.

According to the embassy of the Caribbean country here, the meeting demonstrated the priority given by the two nations to the full realization of women’s rights, considered a relevant edge in the respect and defense of human rights.

He indicated that the contact between Shen and Amarelle also evidenced ‘the consolidation of exchanges of experiences with impact for the respective processes of socialist construction, carried out between both countries’ organizations’.


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Saharawi Foreign Minister assesses Cuba’s support for his people

Aaiun, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is for the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) part of the family; and an incentive in the struggle for the right to self-determination, a senior official of the Polisario Front stressed on Monday.

Mohamed Salem Salek, Foreign Minister of SADR and a relevant figure within the Polisario organization, told Prensa Latina that the Cubans not only serve as an inspiration by their example in defense of the Revolution but also in the medical and educational collaboration they have provided to the Sahrawi people.

Our battle for independence and sovereignty to recover the territory seized by Morocco is tireless and eternal; having Latin American allies such as Cuba and Venezuela is a tremendous stimulus, Salek commented.

The head of SADR diplomacy remarked that in the end, “we are historically a Spanish-speaking country, so we have close ties with Latin America.”

Earlier, Brahim Gali, leader of the Polisario Front and president of SADR, sent a warm message to Cuba’s people and authorities.

On the occasion of celebrating the 16th Congress of the organization in these territories, Gali received the Cuban delegation headed by Yudi Rodríguez, a member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Cuba’s Central Committee, who ratified her country’s solidarity with the cause of this people.


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Cuba thanks Algeria for its support in the fight against US blockade

Algiers, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) The member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), Yudi Rodriguez, thanked today the support of Algeria in the fight against the US blockade.

In the framework of her participation in the 16th Congress of the Polisario Front which is in session in Dakhla, the high official met with representatives of Algerian parties and organizations with whom she discussed the points of convergence in foreign policy, in defense of the self-determination of Western Sahara and the Palestinian cause.

For his part, the member of the political bureau of the National Liberation Front (FLN), Arghib Farhat, highlighted the presence of the Cuban delegation at the great event of the Saharawi organization and reiterated their support for the Revolution, while stressing the historic ties that unite these nations.

The Algerian political leader extended an invitation to the PCC to participate in the XI Congress of the FLN, whose date is not yet defined, Rodriguez also invited them to visit the Caribbean nation, to which they responded affirmatively.

Meanwhile, the top leader of the National Rally for Democracy (RND), the former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, valued as positive the opportunity to be together in the Saharawi refugee camps and thanked what Cuba has done and continues to do for Algeria in terms of solidarity and cooperation.

Ouyahia underlined the national unity around the party and expressed her confidence in the continuity of the Cuban Revolution.

The official member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the PCC, culminated her meetings in a talk with the Algerian Construction Movement and described the working day as excellent and productive.


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Mexico, U.S. and Canada condemn coup attempt against Brazil

Mexico City, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) Mexican, Canadian and U.S. presidents condemned Monday in a joint statement the coup attempt orchestrated against Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

The brief statement indicated these incidents were attacks on Brazilian democracy and peaceful transfer of power.

We support the Federative Republic of Brazil in safeguarding its democratic institutions. Our governments support the free will of the Brazilian people.

We look forward to working together with President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to deliver for our countries, the Western Hemisphere and the rest of the world, the text concluded.


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Mexico accuses Miami´s Cuban conservatives of goading on US blockade

Mexico City, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) Miami´s Cuban conservative, just a few but with much political influence, are presently stirring up the U.S. blockade against Cuba instead of condemning it, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Monday.

During his morning briefing at the National Palace, the Mexican leader replied to a migration-economic integration question that he will discuss on Monday in a meeting with his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden.

López Obrador stated migration issue is all-important not only because over 40 million Mexicans are living in the United States, but also because of the huge migration flow caused by poverty and inequality south of the Rio Bravo, so it is not enough to develop and integrate the north whether the rest of the continent remains the same.

López Obrador gave as an example of profiting from the needs and pain of the people the case of a group of Cubans in Miami who, being a tiny minority, have great political influence and are the ones who whip up U.S. blockade and are against migrants from other nations as well, profiting and enriching themselves at their own people´s expense.

U.S. blockade against Cuba and Miami´s Cuban conservatives´ stances are a flagrant violation of human rights, as is Washington’s hostile policy towards Cuba, López Obrador said, while asking the United States what gave it permission for one country to blockade another if we are not in the Middle Ages, are we not free?

We have to continue working and not leave it aside, and let us defend our fellow Mexicans who live there, so that they do not feel alone even though they are many, when they are despised, and in the United States they do not remember that a large region of their country belonged to Mexico such as the state of Texas where so many Mexicans are presently living in.

Plus, López Obrador called on U.S. Congress to pass resources to crack down on migration through development plans, and praised Joe Biden for approving 30,000 monthly work visas for four nations which will help mitigate illegal migration flows and, therefore, dangers migrants are subjected to when trying to enter the United States through the Mexico border.

The Mexican president called for solving the needs of people who are forced to leave their countries and not building walls.


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U.S. blockade against Cuba stokes up irregular migration, says expert

Havana, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuban immigration expert attorney José Pertierra considered that the U.S. government could stop the irregular migration flow from Cuba to that country, if it eliminates hostile economic policy towards Cuba.

According to the Pertierra, the major reason for Cuba-to-USA migration flow is the present severe situation caused by the U.S. blockade against Cuba, so that measures including granting limited number of parole and trying to block the US-Mexico border are not enough to stop it.

Illegal migration of Cubans, Venezuelans and Nicaraguans has skyrocketed. It is no coincidence they come from nations Washington has been trying to stifle economically, Pertierra stated.

I have no doubt that, as Cuba’s economic plight takes off, illegal migration will scale down enormously. We´ve seen it before, he said.

In an interview with Temas magazine, Pertierra talked about the new regulation, published on January 9 in the Official Gazette, the Joe Biden administration seeks to quickly deport more Cubans detained at the Mexican border trying to enter illegally the United States.

Pertierra stressed the White House is currently preparing another regulation that would disqualify for asylum any person who, en route to the United States, has passed through a third country and has not called for asylum there.

In other words -he said- they want to close the border to Cubans who try to cross irregularly, something his predecessor Donald Trump tried during his administration and was blocked by federal courts.

U.S. authorities remain in practice the validity of the Cuban Adjustment Act, which has a discretionary nature.

If the Joe Biden administration decides that the Adjustment Act is not convenient, let’s say for national security reasons or to control more efficiently the migratory flow of Cubans, the Executive has the legal power to close that way to reach a residency status.


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Cuban President reaffirms support to Lula da Silva

Havana, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Monday spoke by phone with his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to reaffirm his country’s support ahead of right-wingers´ violent attacks to destabilize his government.

On Twitter, Díaz-Canel posted that “in a phone conversation with my brother President Lula, I reaffirmed all our solidarity towards him and his government, ahead of Sunday’s violent incidents”, while adding: “I ratified the willingness to promote and strengthen bilateral ties for mutual benefits”.

After learning of vandalism actions by Bolsonaro´s supporters, the Cuban leader and other senior leaders and institutions strongly condemned these fascist actions and reaffirmed their support to the Brazilian people.


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