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The U.S. Immigration Service, Ended Services In Cuba

Cuba: A U.S. obsession
The Trump administration has closed the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Havana, as of December 10, requiring Cubans to travel to the office in Mexico City to acquire visas to the U.S.
Author: Gabriela Ávila Gómez | informacion@granma.cu
december 12, 2018 16:12:25 

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With the blockade, the Cuban Revolution will not make it to 1961 that is 1962 no 1964 … Photo: Lema
Cuba has, for years now, been a recurrent theme on the agenda of the many U.S. administrations that have passed through the White House. The same phrases are repeated and the rhetoric is the same, and while bilateral relations had improved briefly, the Trump government has done away with that progress, almost entirely.
One of the latest moves took place on International Human Rights Day, which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “celebrated” by announcing that he had sent a letter to Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez – that reached the press before its recipient – in which he expresses his “concern” for human rights in Cuba.
Despite the fact that Cuba’s commitment to human rights has been demonstrated time and time again, and noted by representatives of multilateral organizations who have visited the island, U.S. attacks have not ceased. Immediately after the Pompeo letter was published, many Cuban figures and leaders responded through various media:
The President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, tweeted, “The U.S. has no moral authority to talk about human rights; its discourse is hypocritical, dishonest, and reflects double standards. Does anyone know of a more cruel violation of human rights than the economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba?”
Also on Twitter, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez addressed Pompeo, demanding: “Lift the blockade. Reestablish the issuing of visas for Cubans. Stop the repression of immigrants, minorities, and the poor.”
Likewise, the Foreign Ministry’s General Director for the United States Carlos Fernández de Cossío stated, “If the United States were truly interested in the human rights of Cubans, it would not impose a criminal economic blockade that punishes the entire country, nor create more obstacles to orderly emigration and consular services, on which tens of thousands of Cubans depend.”
Fernández de Cossío was referring to the Trump administration’s decision to close the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office in Havana, as of December 10, requiring Cubans to make the journey to the USCIS office in Mexico City, which has assumed jurisdiction over immigration and travel to the United States previously addressed here.
It should be recalled that as of November last year, the majority of USCIS services in Cuba were transferred to U.S. consulates in other countries, but now, with the closure of the office in Havana, permanent residents in that country will be also affected. If while in Cuba, they lose their “green card” which serves as a re-entry permit to the United States, these individuals are obliged to rearrange their papers elsewhere.The decision will also affect the Family Reunification Program.

Cuban President condemned lying, US statement on Human Rights

Díaz-Canel responds to new accusations made by the United States against Cuba
The President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers condemned in a tweet the document published by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on December 10

Author: Digital news staff | informacion@granma.cu
december 11, 2018 16:12:23

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Photo: Twitter
The President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers condemned in a tweet the document published by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on December 10, in which he accuses the Cuban government of violating human rights.

The Cuban leader described U.S. discourse on this issue as hypocritical, dishonest, and indicative of double standards, emphasizing that the U.S. has no moral authority whatsoever to talk about the issue, when it has imposed a prolonged economic, commercial, and financial blockade on Cuba, which constitutes a massive, cruel violation of human rights.

“While others export weapons and wars, Cuba shares knowledge and services. Our doctors and teachers have illuminated, and are illuminating, remote regions. Our currency is solidarity,” Díaz-Canel insisted.

Tribute to Fidel on the Second Anniversary of His Passing

An eternal presence
More than 350,000 in Santiago paid tribute to Fidel on the second anniversary of his passing to immortality

Author: Eduardo Palomares Calderón | palomares@granma.cu
december 5, 2018 10:12:39

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Photo: Enrique Meneses
Santiago de Cuba.–The passage of our Comadante en Jefe into immortality –marked by the moment Army General Raúl Castro Ruz placed a cedar chest holding his ashes into the heart of a monumental boulder here, December 4, 2016 – was commemorated by 350,000 residents of the city who reaffirmed his eternal presence.

Thus, as the first rays of the sun appeared, he received the first tribute of the day from the Cuban people, when, in the name of all the grateful, a floral wreath was placed at the site in Santa Ifigenia Cemetery by members of the Party Central Committee, and the provincial leaders of the Party and government,

Lázaro Expósito Canto and Beatriz Johnson Urrutia, respectively.

Recalling, as well, the innumerable battles directed by the historic leader of the Revolution – the Moncada, La Plata, Uvero, and many more – different sectors of the population converged on Mayor General Antonio Maceo Plaza at dawn, and departed along Patria Avenue to Santa Infigenia.

The 2.7 kilometer stretch, the same route taken by the funeral procession that unforgettable morning, was adorned with Cuban flags, those of the July 26th Movement, and other expressions of deep affection for Fidel.

At the end of the march, the spontaneous tribute continued with visitors from Santiago de Cuba, neighboring provinces, and around the world, to set a record for a single day at the cemetery, and surpass 1.5 million visits over the last two years – more evidence that the Comandante en Jefe lives on in the hearts of Cubans and peoples around the world.

Diaz-Canel receives President of Haiti

Diaz-Canel receives President of Haiti
The President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, on Monday received the President of the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency Mr. Jovenel Moïse, on an official visit to Cuba
Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
december 4, 2018 10:12:19

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Photo: Estudio Revolución
The President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, yesterday received the President of the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency Mr. Jovenel Moïse, on an official visit to Cuba.
In a cordial atmosphere, the two leaders reviewed the progress of the positive bilateral relations shared by their countries, highlighting the importance of the 20 years of uninterrupted cooperation, which began on December 4, 1998, and agreeing to continue developing these ties for the benefit of the two peoples. They also discussed various topics on the international agenda.
Accompanying the distinguished visitor were Bocchit Edmond, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cults; Grèta Clement Roy, Minister of Public Health and Population; Ardouin Zepherin, Special Adviser; Lesly David, Ambassador of Haiti in Venezuela; Jude Piquant, director of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cults; Guito Edouard, head of the Potable Water and Sanitation Directorate; and Elvire Beauchard, interim chargé d’affaires at the Haitian Embassy in Cuba.
On the Cuban side, participating were Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla; Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz and José Ángel Portal Miranda, Ministers of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment and Public Health, respectively; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rogelio Sierra Díaz, and the Ambassador of Cuba in Haiti, Luis Castillo Campos.