President Raúl Castro receives Evo Morales

President Raúl Castro receives Evo Morales
On the afternoon of Friday, May 20, the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro, received Bolivian President, Evo Morales, on an official visit to the country
Author: Redacción Internacional | internacionales@granma.cu
may 20, 2016 18:05:47

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Photo: Jorge Luis González

On the afternoon of Friday, May 20, the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro, received Bolivian President, Evo Morales, on an official visit to the country.
Among members of the Bolivian delegation accompanying Morales were the country’s Foreign Minister, David Choquehuanca and Ambassador to Cuba, Palmiro Soria.
Participating on the Cuban side were Party Political Bureau member and Council of State Vice President, Mercedes López Acea; a Council of Ministers Vice President, Ricardo Cabrisas; Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, as well as the Ministers of Health and Education, among others. 
Prior to the encounter the Bolivian President laid a floral wreath at the José Martí Memorial, accompanied by Mercedes López Acea.
Bolivia’s first indigenous president also toured the José Martí Memorial facility which preserves the memory of the most important moments in the life of Cuba’s national hero.

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Photo: captura de la televisión
Director of the Memorial Center, Haydée Díaz Ortega, presented Morales with copies of several of José Martí’s works.
The Bolivian president toured the facility where he was given a detailed explanation of the life, work and integrationist vision of Cuba’s national hero.
The South American leader signed the visitors book stating: “Thanks to our hero José Martí, thanks to Martí’s rebellion we now have Revolution. Thank you to Cuba and its leaders such as Fidel, Raúl and to the Cuban people.”
CONTEXT
Diplomatic relations between Cuba and Bolivia were re-established on January 11, 1983, under President Hernán Siles Zuazo.
Broad links exist between the two countries in the field of public health. 
The principal Cooperation Agreement between La Paz and Havana, signed by leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro and Bolivian President Evo Morales, came into effect in 2006.

Bolivian President Evo Morales began his official visit to Cuba this morning

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The Bolivian leader was received at Havana’s José Martí International Airport by First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez

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Author: laura Bécquer Paseiro | laura@granma.cu
may 20, 2016 1:05:57

The Bolivian leader was received at Havana’s José Martí International Airport by First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez. Photo: Anabel Díaz
Bolivian President Evo Morales began his official visit to Cuba this morning, Friday, May 20. Morales has traveled to the island to review the current state of bilateral relations and expand cooperation ties between the two nations, among other activities.
The Bolivian leader, who was received at Havana’s José Martí International Airport by First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, will pay tribute to Cuba’s national hero José Martí at the Plaza de la Revolución this afternoon and meet with the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro.
This visit by Bolivia’s first indigenous President is also a demonstration of the strong ties which unite the two countries. Morales has repeatedly highlighted the continued support offered by Cuba to his country, despite the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States.
Both nations have been at the forefront of denouncing acts of aggression against progressive governments of the region.

Cuba and U.S. set ambitious agenda for coming months

Cuba and U.S. set ambitious agenda for coming months
The third meeting of the Bilateral Commission established by the two countries to guide the normalization of relations was held in Havana, May 16

Author: Sergio Alejandro Gómez | informacion@granma.cu
may 17, 2016 16:05:17

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Josefina Vidal, the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s director general for the United States, with ambassador in Washington, José Ramón Cabañas. Photo: Juvenal Balán

The third meeting of the Bilateral Commission established by Cuba and the United States was held in Havana, May 16, and an ambitious work agenda for the coming months was set, as part of the process of moving toward normalization of relations, according to Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations.

Josefina Vidal, the ministry’s director general for the United States and Cuba’s leading representative to the Commission, stated during a press conference that the two sides made plans for the signing of new cooperation agreements.

Since December 17, 2014, Havana and Washington have agreed to a total of nine accords on a variety of issues such as direct flights, postal service, protection of marine areas, and the reestablishment of diplomatic relations.

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STATEMENT OF THE SOCIAL AND MASS ORGANIZATIONS OF CUBA IN SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT DILMA ROUSSEFF AND AGAINST THE COUP D’ÉTAT IN BRAZIL

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STATEMENT OF THE SOCIAL AND MASS ORGANIZATIONS OF CUBA IN SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT DILMA ROUSSEFF AND AGAINST THE COUP D’ÉTAT IN BRAZIL
The undersigned, social and mass organizations of the Cuban Revolution that support the efforts to join together the struggles for social justice and unity in the continent, express our anger and condemn the parliamentary coup d’état that took place yesterday as an alarming step in the purpose of removing President Dilma Rouseff from her post.

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The staging of this new attempted coup against the state of law and democracy in Brazil, ignoring the popular vote of more than 54 million Brazilians, has not presented evidence of crimes of responsibility to justify a political trial against President Dilma, who has been forced to abandon her post as of this date for a six-month period until a final voting will decide whether or not there is impeachment. However, the constitutional norm forbids the enforcement of a political trial without the existence of a crime to justify such extreme measure. Not even her worst enemies have been able to accuse her of any act of corruption or in her personal benefit.

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Senate votes to initiate impeachment of Dilma Rousseff Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been obliged to leave office for at least 180 days

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Senate votes to initiate impeachment of Dilma Rousseff
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been obliged to leave office for at least 180 days as a result of a 55-22 Senate vote to begin the process of impeaching her

Author: TELESUR | internet@granma.cu
Author: internet@granma.cu | internet@granma.cu
may 12, 2016 17:05:40

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff commented on her Facebook page, “It’s a coup,” after the Senate decision made this afternoon, May 12, to initiate the process of impeaching her.

Rousseff is now obliged to leave office for at least 180 days, as a result of the Senate vote. Of the body’s 81 members, 78 voted: 55 in favor, 22 against, with one abstention.

The President posted videos of her defense attorney, José Eduardo Cardozo, who insisted during the proceedings that judicial pretexts were being used to remove a legitimately elected President, resulting in “a historic injustice.” The nation’s Attorney General has previously said that minimum legal requirements for impeachment, such as proof of a “crime of responsibility” have not been met.

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Declaration from Cuba’s Revolutionary Government What has occurred in Brazil is part of the reactionary counter-offensive mounted by imperialism

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Declaration from Cuba’s Revolutionary Government
What has occurred in Brazil is part of the reactionary counter-offensive mounted by imperialism and the oligarchy against revolutionary and progressive governments in Latin America and the Caribbean

Author: MINREX | internet@granma.cu
Author: internet@granma.cu | internet@granma.cu
may 12, 2016 20:05:58

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Photo: Jorge Luis González
The revolutionary government of the Republic of Cuba has repeatedly denounced the parliamentary-judicial coup d’etat, disguised with legality, which has been developing in Brazil for months. A majority of Brazilian Senators to continue the process of impeachment of the legitimately elected President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, and with this “provisionally” remove her from office for a period of 180 days, during which the Senate must decide, via a two thirds majority vote of its members, to definitively dismiss her.

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Blockade must end if Cuba-U.S. relations are to advance Ministry of Foreign Relations announces

Blockade must end if Cuba-U.S. relations are to advance
Ministry of Foreign Relations announces Cuba-U.S. Bilateral Commission to meet in Havana May 16

Author: Sergio Alejandro Gómez | internet@granma.cu
may 13, 2016 09:05:18

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Photo: Ismael Francisco
While Cuba and the United States have made important progress over the last 17 months, economic and commercial relations continue to be hampered by the blockade which remains in full force despite modifications, the Ministry of Foreign Relations (Minrex) reported yesterday, May 12, in a press conference.

Gustavo Machín – the Ministry’s deputy director for the U.S. – announced that set to take place in Havana, this coming May 16, is the third meeting of the Cuba-U.S. Bilateral Commission, created in August of 2015 to organize the development of ties following the reestablishment of diplomatic relations.

During this meeting, agreements reached at the last gathering, held in Washington in November, will be reviewed, as well as progress made since the Commission’s first meeting, September 11, 2015, Machín reported.

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Blockade continues The Co-operative Bank acknowledges extraterritorial application of the blockade in Britain

The Co-operative Bank acknowledges extraterritorial application of the blockade in Britain

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The bank’s Chief Executive has finally confirmed in writing that the closure was due to the sanctions imposed by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

Author: Catriona Goss | cati@granma.cu
may 5, 2016 15:05:27

The Co-op Bank closed the accounts of the British Cuba Solidarity Campaign in November 2015. Photo: Getty Images
As reported in GI in March, the Co-op Bank closed the bank accounts of the British Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) in November 2015, citing among the reasons a change in its “risk appetite” and “global regulations”.
Now, following a huge campaign by CSC members and affiliates, the bank’s Chief Executive Niall Booker has finally confirmed in writing that the closure was due to “risk” arising from the sanctions imposed on the island by the U.S. government.
Responding to direct questions from concerned CSC members, Booker stated “It is correct that the sanctions that are in place are those imposed by OFAC.”
As such, the bank has acknowledged the extraterritorial application of the blockade in closing the accounts. Obeying the sanctions imposed by the United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is illegal under British and European Union law.

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