The Trump administration, organizes fake protest received no response

The never-ending, lucrative search for a Cuban Euromaidan
This July 1, popular streets corners in Havana and provincial capitals, were to have been the scene of protests against police violence, orchestrated by paid counterrevolutionaries, who once again received no response whatsoever from the Cuban people

Iroel Sánchezjuly 6, 2020 12:07:54

This is a demonstration. This is a strong police presence.

Photo: Composition by Javier Gómez

This is not a déjà vu, it is the obstinate search for a Cuban Maidán, which never tires of failure.

On December 30, 2014, the international corporate media came to cover what would be an “open microphone” allowing the censored Cuban people to express in the Plaza de la Revolución all that, according to the conveners, they had not been able to say aloud in more than 50 years. The call – disguised as an artistic performance – was launched from Miami, that paradise of freedom of expression, where raising a dissident voice when it comes to Cuba can mean, at best, unemployment, while finding ways to communicate from outside the dominant ruling class is practically impossible. The objective was obvious: to create an incident that would derail the process of normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, announced just two weeks before.

Cuban authorities prevented the arrival to the Plaza of a small group, who, financed from abroad, intended to turn the political and administrative center of the Cuban capital into a tropical Maidán, while the fact that the island’s population, allegedly eager to finally express themselves freely, did not flock massively to the Plaza was explained by the media as a consequence of “fear of repression” and the limited access to the Internet in Cuba at that time, although over previous days cell phone users on the island were bombarded with text messages from the U.S. announcing the event.

Almost six years later, the alliance between the ultra-right wing in Miami and the Trump administration has clouded memories hope for normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba. The economic blockade Washington imposes on the island has reached new heights and the same forces dream that the effects of a blockade intensified with more than 80 anti-Cuban actions by the current administration, combined with the harsh economic blow dealt by the COVID-19 pandemic, will facilitate what they could not achieve in December 2014. As the blockade’s tightening screws have almost lost their thread, new economic sanctions must be justified by “the regime’s repression” and pressure exerted to weaken Cuba’s relations with Europe and other Western nations.

For the haters, anything goes. Those who attempt to equate a regrettable but exceptional incident in Cuba with systemic and daily violence in the United States have no scruples. Perhaps they believe that a non-conformist and critical people like Cuba’s, with an acute political culture, will allow ourselves to be swayed by a crude manipulation financed from the North.

This July 1, the popular corner of 23rd and L in the Havana neighborhood of Vedado, and other busy sites in the national and provincial capitals, were to have been the scene of a protest against police violence in Cuba, called by the same individuals who failed on December 30, 2014. The “regime’s troops” were already advancing on the capital to repress the protests, as evidenced by a photo published on one of the “free” press sites. But oh, the license plates on jeeps driven by the repressive forces appearing in the post – with their tops down and no weapons or facemasks in sight – expired years ago, while the background was that of Santiago de Cuba, not Havana, and the buildings visible in the image no longer even exist. The troops, yes, were moving, but only in a time machine and on the Internet highway.

“Once again, more of the same, linking anyone protesting in Cuba with the U. S. government,” someone might say. But check the Twitter accounts of the embassy’s chargé d’affaires in Havana, the OAS Secretary General, Cuban-American Congressmen pushing for new sanctions against Cuba, or the website of the government’s Radio-Television Martí and the “independent” media, financed by the sponsor of “colorful” revolutions and financier of the Ukrainian Maidan, George Soros, and the National Endowment for Democracy -which even The New York Times recognizes as a screen for the CIA – to see who is behind this call, amplified by media such as the BBC, which in spite of being a British public press outlet ignored Cuba’s humanitarian rescue of hundreds of citizens of that country onboard a cruise ship, in danger of becoming a floating morgue. This is the same source that contributed months ago to the history of yellow journalism by telling the world that an armored car security guard was a regular police officer controlling lines on the island with a high caliber rifle.

In Cuba, without a doubt, channels of communication need to be expanded, representative bodies and spaces for political participation to be perfected, and mechanisms of transparency, accountability and popular control to be improved. I am not saying anything new; the Cuban government has recognized this and this reality is reflected in the spirit of the new Constitution, which was overwhelmingly approved by popular referendum. But this path is heading in the opposite direction, away from the power of money in politics and the acceptance of U.S. interference, which are common currency in capitalist democracies. There is consensus among Cubans that those who serve a foreign agenda of regime change, and are paid to do so, lack legitimacy.

There is no historical basis to say that Cubans are afraid to overthrow their government , when you are talking about a people who, at the end of the 19th century, raised machetes against modern rifles to win independence, and in the 20th century, overthrew two dictators supported by Washington, and went to Africa to defeat apartheid South Africa, which was armed with nuclear weapons. At a time when the United States said there was a democratic government in Cuba, those opposed it defied the police, who tortured and murdered citizens, and dared to struggle in the streets despite gunshots, beatings and water cannons. Thousands of deaths attest to this fact.

Now that the United States claims that there is a dictatorship here, those who, with the support of our northern neighbor, claim to oppose such tyranny, insist that the police do not allow demonstrations, but not a single one of them is willing to do what those who, without asking permission, confronted the “democracy” that tortured and killed thousands, supported by the country that claims to defend freedom of expression and information in Cuba, but viciously persecutes those who exercise it, if it cannot silence them. Julian Assange and Edward Snowden can testify to this.

Despite the fact that there are more than seven million Cubans connected to the Internet, bombarded everyday with propaganda manufactured in fourth-generation psychological warfare laboratories – on the U. S. government payroll – this call for protest went nowhere. On July 1, in the rain, the island’s streets were filled to receive members of the Henry Reeve Contingent returning home after battling COVID-19 and saving lives in the Principality of Andorra.

We are crushing the empire’s efforts to discredit the solidarity of Cuban medical brigades

We are crushing the empire’s perverse efforts to discredit the exemplary solidarity of Cuban medical brigades
Comments by Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Republic of Cuba, during the remote reception of doctors in the Henry Reeve Brigade, returning from the Principality of Andorra, upon their arrival at José Martí International Airport, July 1, 2020, Year 62 of the Revolution

Author: Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúde | informacion@granmai.cu
july 2, 2020 12:07:46

Cuban President Diaz-Canel conveyed to the returning brigade “the recognition, admiration and affection of all our people.

: José Manuel Correa
(Transcript: Presidency of the Republic)
As we have become accustomed, in recent days, we have the pleasure, the satisfaction of receiving another group of our valuable health workers, who are members of the Henry Reeve Brigade serving on different international cooperation medical missions, in solidarity, in the fight against the pandemic in other countries.

Therefore, for you, as we did with the Lombardy Brigade, first of all, a warm embrace and welcome home on behalf of all our people.

We are here with several compañeros working on the task force that has guided the COVID battle in the country: Vice President Salvador, Prime Minister Marrero, Deputy Prime Ministers Comandante de la Revolución Ramiro Valdés and compañero Morales, Minister Portal, the Attorney General of the Republic, compañero Amado, Council of Ministers secretary, and other compañeros who are also here today, participating in the work sessions we had during the day.

Photo: José Manuel Correa
I think that with your arrival, the victorious arrival of the Cuban medical brigades to the homeland is being confirmed. Over these d the brigade from Lombardy, our advisors

in Nicaragua have arrived, as well as some members who arrived earlier from your brigade and the brigade from Antigua and Barbuda, and all of them are arriving in the homeland with the satisfaction of having fulfilled their duty.

I have here a letter sent to us on April 14, 2020 by the head of government of the Principality of Andorra, Mr. Xavier Espot Zamora, in which he recalls that, in response to the request for bilateral cooperation they made to the Cuban government on March 22, immediately, a few weeks later, they welcomed to Andorra, and proudly so, 39 members of the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade. And at the end of the letter, he expressed profound gratitude and appreciation for the efforts made by our compatriots who are members of the Henry Reeve International Brigade.

I believe that, in general, the results of the Andorran brigade have been publicly assessed as positive by authorities in the Principality, especially health authorities and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of that country.

It is clear that your work contributed to the improvement of epidemiological indicators in Andorra, with the result that by the end of the mission there were no new cases of COVID-19, no patients admitted to intensive care, with a gradual decrease in active cases and a greater number of hospital discharges.

These results and, above all, the example you have set with your altruism, with your dedication, your solidarity, as opposed to neoliberal self-interest, is one of the best ways in which we are crushing the empire’s perverse efforts to discredit the exemplary, supportive work of Cuban medical brigades, and consequently the insistent, constant attacks on the work of Cuban health care and, above all, the work of the Cuban Revolution.

For all these reasons, you have the recognition, admiration and affection of all our people, who tonight will also be applauding you.

I believe we will see each other again after the quarantine, just as we did with the Lombardy brigade, and will be able to discuss your experiences, all that you can offer as we continue to perfect our COVID-19 control program, and also as part of the analysis being conducted to continue perfecting all actions we must take when confronting other pandemics or situations like the one we have faced for the past three months.

Once again we reiterate, on behalf of the government, the Party and the Cuban people, our welcome to the homeland.

(Applause)

President Díaz-Canel sends letter to UN Secretary-General

President Díaz-Canel sends letter to UN Secretary-General
“The moment and common sense demand that the international community set aside political differences and seek joint solutions to global problems through international cooperation”

Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdezjune 26, 2020 14:06:17

Photo: MINREX
Havana, June 26, 2020

Year 62 of the Revolution

Your Excellency Mr. Antonio Gutérres

United Nations Secretary-General New York

Your Excellency:

Seventy-five years after the member states of this organization signed the United Nations Charter, strict adherence to its purposes and principles, to international law and the preservation of multilateralism are more important than ever.

We are facing multiple crises as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with devastating effects, visible in all spheres of society, expected to last and aggravate pending global challenges.

The international panorama is increasingly complex. Conflicts and the arms race are proliferating. Non-conventional wars for the purpose of domination, acts of aggression, unilateral coercive measures, the manipulation and politicization of human rights and disrespect for the self-determination of peoples are intensifying. Multilateralism is attacked, international agreements ignored and the role of organizations such as the UN and the World Health Organization is discounted.

At the same time, the current unjust international economic order deepens inequality and underdevelopment; while increasing poverty, hunger, marginalization and limited access to essential services, such as health care.

The moment and common sense demand that the international community set aside political differences and seek joint solutions to global problems through international cooperation.

It is the duty of all to keep the commitments we made when we signed the UN Charter, which continues to be an enduring, universal and indispensable basis for promoting a just, democratic and equitable international order that responds to the demands of the peoples of the world for peace, development and justice, and contributes to meeting the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

I take advantage of the opportunity to reiterate, to your Excellency, the assurance of my highest consideration and esteem.

Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez

President of the Republic of Cuba

UNESCO recognizes Cuba’s leadership in education

In a recent report, the United Nations organization recognized Cuba’s work to achieve quality, inclusive education

Enrique Moreno Gimeranezjune 25, 2020 10:06:54

Photo: UNESCO
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recognized the results of Cuba’s work to achieve quality, inclusive education in the 2020 Global Monitoring Report on Education for All -known as the GEM report.

This global monitoring mechanism is used to evaluate progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDA) No. 4: Ensure inclusive, equitable, quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

The 2020 report emphasizes that Cuba has achieved 100% participation in early childhood education, in accordance with target 4.2 of this goal: “By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood care and development and preschool education, so that they are ready for primary school.”

Yahima Esquivel, Cuba’s permanent representative to UNESCO, noted on her Twitter account that the report “recognizes the effectiveness of the Cuban program “Educate your Child” in ensuring inclusive, quality education from early childhood and in rural contexts,” and praises “Cuba’s Sex Education Program, highlighting its preventive approach, gender and sexual rights, throughout the basic curriculum, optional courses and postgraduate studies.”

The diplomat likewise commented on the international organization’s recognition of Cuba exemplary work on inclusion of students with special needs in the conventional education system.

Once again, UNESCO recognizes the leadership of Cuba in this sector at the world level, a nation that in Article 73 of its Constitution states, “Education is a right of all persons and a responsibility of the state, which guarantees free, accessible, quality education services for comprehensive development, from early childhood to postgraduate university education.”

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