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The Cuban President delivers a forceful speech at the 18th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement

Díaz-Canel: There is a historically postponed world waiting for our agreement and action
The Cuban President delivers a forceful speech at the 18th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, in Baku, Azerbaijan

Author: Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez | internet@granma.cu
october 25, 2019 15:10:09

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Dear President Ilham Aliyev,

Distinguished heads of state and government,

Delegates and guests:

With sincere emotion, I am grateful for the warm welcome given us by the people and government of the Republic of Azerbaijan, with whom we are joined by 27 years of uninterrupted relations. It has been a long but essential journey.

We reached the beautiful, prosperous Baku, after traveling more than 11,300 kilometers, breaking the blockade’s barriers – which in recent months have been brutally reinforced – because the current serious challenges require us to retake the role required of the Non-Aligned Movement in the international arena, as the organization that represents the majority of the planet.

Again, as in 1961, it is crucial that we work together, upholding the founding principles of Bandung, for peace and development of our peoples. Because it is our responsibility as political leaders, and because no one else will do it for us.

Before the open contempt for the just demands of the nations of the South by the United States and other governments; in the face of obscene politicization of human rights and flagrant disrespect for the right of peoples to choose their own political, socio-economic, and cultural systems; in the absence of a commitment to multilateralism and international treaties, others may be indifferent. We are not. Because all these actions are directed against our peoples.

The nations which, with their blood, their sweat, and their suffering have paid the highest price for progress, emerging from colonial exploitation and plunder, from centuries of economic and social relegation, have every right to ask:

Why do military expenditures continue to increase irrationally, while investments for development and cooperation are cut?

Why underestimate the seriousness of climate change that has endangered the existence of small island states and the survival of humanity itself?

Why are weapons not silenced and the most backward and impoverished nations compensated for their looting with fair, special, differentiated treatment?

Your Excellencies:

Cuba is honored to have been the first Latin American country in the Non-Aligned Movement. This grouping of free nations that operates under democratic rules and without veto, is what we defend and dream of seeing one day at the UN. Given the strength of these values, ​​we reiterate here:

Our solidarity with all peoples struggling for the recognition of their right to self-determination.

Our condemnation of unilateral decisions by the United States in support of Israel and against Iran, which increase instability in the volatile region of the Middle East.

Our call to end the war against the Syrian people and to find a comprehensive, fair, lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Our welcome to the process of rapprochement and inter-Korean dialogue and our condemnation of unilateral sanctions against the DPRK.

Our energetic rejection of U.S. campaigns against political forces, left leaders, and progressive governments in Latin America and the Caribbean

Our firm solidarity with the constitutional President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, the Chavista Bolivarian Revolution and the civic-military union of the people, who have managed to defend the country’s sovereignty against great threats and dangers.

We also reaffirm our support and solidarity with the Nicaraguan government in the face of U.S. attempts to destabilize this sister nation.

Our congratulations to the people of the Plurinational State of Bolivia for their active participation in the electoral process and to President Evo Morales Ayma for his re-election.

We denounce the attempted coup and campaign of misinformation, destabilization, and violence unleashed by sectors of the opposition and instigated by the United States against peace and citizen security in Bolivia. The Bolivia of native peoples, vilified for centuries, which was placed by its extraordinary leader among the countries, with the greatest growth and reserves in our region

And, in particular, given the serious dangers it entails for our region and for the world, we reject the decision to activate the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), aimed at militarily supporting the U.S. desire to revive the Monroe Doctrine, in an irrational effort to “Make America Great, at the price of recovering the continent’s free nations as their backyard.

Dear leaders present here:

During the Cold War they called us the Third World. It was assumed that by not belonging to one bloc or another, we would be free from war. But our people know, because we took the deaths and the losses, since, if the weapons ever cooled, it was only among the powerful.

There is practically no nation in Africa, Asia, or Latin America, which has not suffered the painful cost of war, of liberation or intervention, of low, medium, or high intensity, during the second half of the 20th century, to this day.

Even where there was no death and destruction, there were high costs, when the prices of what we bought skyrocketed and the price of what we sold fell; when the dictatorship of the dollar and abusive financial institutions born of the so-called Bretton Woods agreement were imposed, that great scam to ensure that the world revolved around the vicissitudes of imperial politics.

The powerful, from their comfortable armored spaces, have made our countries laboratories and marketed their weapons, leaving us with millions dead, displaced, homeless, hungry, victims of violence.

They dictate rules of universal conduct that they constantly violate, and draw up lists to exclude us or punish us, if we do not submit to the blind laws of the market and imperial hegemony.

World War III is not the next war. There is a war underway with no beginning date or estimated conclusion, which for years has bled noble and peaceful nations, with weapons of imperial armies, mercenary soldiers, and terrorists disguised as liberators, in the name of the fight against terrorism, the defense of democracy, freedom, or human rights. Lies!

More lies than ever before told, with greater disdain and a more terrible cost to the vast majority of humanity, in the interest of a minority that has taken their luxuries to mind-boggling excesses.

In the 21st century, threats and aggressions of varying degrees are launched against all sovereign governments that refuse to serve the hegemonic power as sites for military bases, hand over resources, or yield to their mandates.

There is heroic Venezuela, for decades looted of its almost infinite energy reserves, until the Bolivarian Revolution recovered them, to put them at the service of its people, and regional and international solidarity and cooperation.

Against a Venezuela that resists, wielded are the most perverse accusations, psychological warfare techniques, and destabilization plots, in a thousand-times-failed attempt to provoke an internal conflict.

Displaying the worse infamy and cynicism, the empire accuses the Bolivarian government of being an instrument of Cuba.

As they do not practice or understand solidarity, blinded by maliciousness and impotence, they accuse our health workers of being disguised military personnel, pursue and block trade between our nations, affecting the vitality of our economies.

They break agreements, and unleash commercial, electronic, and media wars. They close doors, erect walls, confiscate assets, steal funds, prohibit exchanges. They ignore and violate international law. They promise to make America great – their America, not ours – at the cost of reducing what is available for the rest of the planet.

“They go to the heavens engulfing worlds,” our José Martí would say.

It is time to respond.

The Non-Aligned represent more than two thirds of the United Nations and close to 55% of the world’s population. We bring together nationalities, cultures, identities, human and political forces of all tendencies, lovers of peace intent upon achieving their own development, but without exclusion or hegemony.

A review of our common history, of the words and agreements of our leaders over six decades, has taught us, first of all, the libertarian, anti-imperialist vocation of the movement and the extraordinary force that can emerge from our solidarity and cooperation.

Together we have defeated colonialism and apartheid; we have faced aggression and interference, famines and natural disasters, epidemics, economic and political blockades.

We thank the Non-Aligned Movement for its longstanding position of condemnation and rejection of the blockade, of more than five decades, against our country and the Helms-Burton Act, with a marked extraterritorial nature, which reflects the increasing hostility of the United States in the face of our people’s resistance.

This criminal policy is the main obstacle to our development, but it is also an expression of disrespect, by a great power, for the human rights of Cubans, international law, and free trade.

Against all human logic of coexistence with respect for differences, the blockade is intensified day after day. Barely a week goes by, without the announcement of new measures to asphyxiate our economy.

Like pirates from other times, the current government of the United States has extended its blockade policy to the sea, pursuing and punishing companies, ships, and shippers involved in the transportation of fuel to Cuba.

Today we would like to reiterate to you that we will not give in to threats and pressures, and that we will not cease in our effort to move forward on our project of building a prosperous and sustainable nation. More prosperous and more sustainable, as we are more free, independent, socialist, and sovereign.

Your Excellencies:

On behalf of Cuba, I would like to recognize the work of the Presidency of Venezuela at the head of the Movement, amidst the most complex and harsh circumstances created by imperial political attacks.

At the same time, we commit all our support to the work of the Republic of Azerbaijan, during the 2019-2021 triennium.

If you allow me, I will refer to a small page from the long history of the Non-Aligned, to return to its essence. This is part of a speech by Fidel Castro, historical leader of the Cuban Revolution and one of the bravest and boldest defenders of non-alignment. Fidel said, at the Sixth Summit in Havana, in 1979, (and I quote):

“The strength of our united countries is very powerful. Those gathered here represent the vast majority of the peoples of the world. Let us all unite tightly together, concentrate the growing forces of our vigorous Movement at the United Nations and in all international forums to demand economic justice for our peoples, so that dominion over our resources and theft of our sweat cease! Let us unite to demand our right to development, our right to life, our right to the future! ”

Let us not wait for the bombs to fall on Venezuela or on Cuba, as they already fall on Syria, and before on Iraq and Libya, to support their reconstruction. Let us prevent aggression. Let us stop the runaway ambition and arrogance of the empire in time.

Cuba is proud to have been the scene of the Proclamation of Latin America as a Zone of Peace, and to have welcomed in our homeland the talks to end the long conflict in Colombia, today also at risk, given the constant attempts to destabilize the region that the United States promotes there, where it maintains nine of the 76 military bases it has across Latin America.

I would also like to remind you of the permanent disposition of our country to dialogue without conditions and based on reciprocal respect. Three years ago, during the previous summit, just 21 months had elapsed since the restoration of relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

There on Margarita Island, Venezuelan territory, our Army General reaffirmed Cuba’s “… will to maintain relations of civilized coexistence with the United States,” but at the same time warned, “Cuba will not renounce a single one of its principles, nor make concessions inherent to its sovereignty or independence. We will not yield in the defense of our revolutionary, anti-imperialist ideals, or in supporting the self-determination of peoples. ”

We confirm the decision to continue cooperating with peoples who request it, under the principle of sharing what we have, not giving what we have left over, since all we have in abundance is our courage.

We come to reaffirm to the NAM that Cuba’s new generations of leaders will give continuity to the principles that for almost 60 years we have sustained in the community of nations of which it is composed, and that we accept the challenge and have the strength to correct the imbalances that today endanger world peace.

I say, like José Martí referring to Our America, to the member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement:

“We can no longer be the people of the leaves, who live in the air, among flower-laden treetops, crackling or buzzing, as a capricious light caresses us, and storms topple or cut us. The trees must line up, so that the giant of the seven leagues cannot pass! It is the hour of recounting, and of united march.”

They have the strength of weapons. We, the strength of the peoples.

There is a historically postponed world waiting for our agreement and action.

I propose to align ourselves, but only around our own consensus:

No to war, yes for peace

No to hegemony, but for multilateralism

No to interference, but for sovereignty

No to exclusion, but for inclusion

No to hate, but for solidarity

No to the control of the world by the powerful, but for true freedom and the democratization of the United Nations and international relations.

Only unity can save us. There are more of us. Let us do more.

Thank you

(From Cubadebate)

U.S. Preparing, to use military force against Venezuela

Ministry of Foreign Relations Statement: Cuba strongly rejects activation of IRAT
Cuba’s Foreign Ministry denounces the shameful decision to activate the Inter-American Reciprocal Assistance Treaty that contemplates the use of military force

MINREXseptember 13, 2019 20:09:30

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounces the shameful decision to activate the Inter-American Reciprocal Assistance Treaty (IRAT), a treaty that contemplates the use of military force.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly rejects its invocation under the pretext of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela being a threat to peace and security in the hemisphere, when in reality, the interventionist Monroe Doctrine implemented by the United States, hostility toward Venezuela, and the use of this treaty for such ends, that endanger the region’s peace and security.

Once again, the discredited Organization of American States was the vehicle for this outrage, in which an honorable group of nations openly opposed the decision.

Invoking the IRAT, which the United States used to justify military interventions and aggression in the region, causing so much pain and death to Latin Americans and Caribbeans, is a deliberate attempt to provoke a situation that could lead to the use of force to overthrow the legitimate government of President Nicolás Maduro Moros, in flagrant violation of the principles of international law and the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace.

By rejecting this decision, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls upon the governments and peoples of Our America and the world to resolutely oppose this measure that pretends to justify, via an artificial legal framework, intervention in the internal affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which is unacceptable.

Havana, September13, 2019

LIVE UPDATES: May Day in Cuba (+Photos)

LIVE UPDATES: May Day in Cuba (+Photos)
The Cuban people today march across the country in a show of support for the Revolution, the new Constitution of the Republic and the sister nation of Venezuela.

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As the massive May Day parade draws to a close in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución José Martí, heard is The Internationale, the anthem of the workers of the world.

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This May Day, 1,427 international guests and friends of Cuba from over 100 countries and representing 140 trade union organizations, are accompanying Cuban workers on this international day of proletarian solidarity.

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Cuban workers express their support to the international movement for the freedom of Brazilian leader, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, for respect for the progressive governments of Latin America, and for the constitutional government of Venezuela and its President, Maduro.

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Because “We are all Cuba” and “We are Continuity,” the workers of the country fill Havana’s Revolution Square for a prosperous and sustainable Socialism, and state “The Youth will not fail you! Long live Free Cuba!

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From the Plaza Mariana Grajales in Guantánamo, Cuban workers are on the frontline of anti-imperialist struggles.

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Cuban Television offers images of the May Day parade in the Eastern province of Holguín, where workers march for the Homeland and the Revolution.

The Presidency of Cuba (@PresidenciaCuba) on Twitter:

“In the Plaza José Martí, as across all plazas of #Cuba, the people are united: workers, campesinos, students, and all Cubans.

Against the #LeyHelmsBurton #LeyGarrote; “We will not agree” #SomosCuba #SomosContinuidad

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The bloc of the Ministry of Energy and Mines passes through Havana’s Jose Marti square, in a show of commitment to defending the environment, the legacy of our eternal Comandante en Jefe, Fidel Castro Ruz, as well in support of the Revolution and the Communist Party of Cuba.

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The dignified workers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs march today to defend the Cuban Revolution. #SomosCuba #1Mayo

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The Five Cuban Heroes are also present in Havana in this fiesta of Cuban workers. From left to right: Fernando, Ramon, Rene, Antonio, and Gerardo 

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In the central province of Villa Clara, the Cuban people also march in support of their Revolution and the international proletariat.

Next comes the bloc formed by workers of the Ministry of Education (Mined), alongside the second Health bloc, as representatives of the huge achievements of the Cuban Revolution.

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The May Day parade for the unity, commitment and victory of Cuban workers and those of the entire world in Havana is this year led by the country’s nurses, as part of the huge bloc formed by the National Health Workers’ Union and BioCubaFarma.

Also marching are doctors and health personnel who collaborated in the “More Doctors” internationalist mission in Brazil.

They are followed by workers of the Immunoassay Center, the Psychiatric Hospital of Havana, MediCuba, and FarmaCuba.

A tweet from the official account of the Cuban Presidency:

All generations of Cubans are united to offer a “resounding, firm and revolutionary response to the statements loaded with threats, provocations, lies and slanders of the Yankee empire,” without a doubt, we are free, sovereign, independent and socialist. #SomosCuba #1Mayo

The Cuban President announces that he is on his way to Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución José Martí, a historic site, to offer a “firm and revolutionary response to the statements loaded with threats, provocations, lies and slander of the Yankee empire. Cuba ratifies that we are free, sovereign, independent and socialist.”

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This International Workers’ Day, the President of the Council of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, recalled the words of the Historic Leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz:

“Cuba is waging a battle today against the giant with seven-league boots, first discovered by Martí, and whose steps not only reach the lands of our America, but all regions of the rest of the planet.”

Just a few hours before the May Day march begins throughout Cuba, the streets are full of workers ready to participate in the renowned act that today celebrates the international proletariat, the bicentenary of the birth of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, the 60th anniversary of the creation of the National Revolutionary Militias, the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, and the 150th anniversary of the Constitution of Guáimaro.

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The Cuban Workers’ Federation (CTC) tweeted: “We workers are ready to offer another show of national unity. Even as they try to silence the truth, we are ready for anything. Stay and watch.”

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Just past 7:00 a.m. the May Day parade commenced across Cuba, a march for unity, commitment and the victory of Cuban workers and those of the entire world.

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This year’s International Workers’ Day parade in the Cuban capital is attended by: Army General and First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Central Committee, Raúl Castro Ruz, the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and other Cuban and international figures.

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Díaz-Canel tweets images of the people gathered and ready to march in Havana, to celebrate the Cuban and international proletariat, and condemn the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, and the unacceptable Helms-Burton Act.

The Cuban President tweets: “The people of #Cuba are ready in the Plaza de la Revolución to commence the historic May Day parade. Viva Cuba! #SomosCuba #SomosContinuidad

The Presidency of Cuba (@PresidenciaCuba) on Twitter:

“In the Plaza José Martí, as across all plazas of #Cuba, the people are united: workers, campesinos, students, and all Cubans.

Against the #LeyHelmsBurton #LeyGarrote; “We will not agree” #SomosCuba #SomosContinuidad

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The bloc of the Ministry of Energy and Mines passes through Havana’s Jose Marti square, in a show of commitment to defending the environment, the legacy of our eternal Comandante en Jefe, Fidel Castro Ruz, as well in support of the Revolution and the Communist Party of Cuba.

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The dignified workers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs march today to defend the Cuban Revolution. #SomosCuba #1Mayo

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The Five Cuban Heroes are also present in Havana in this fiesta of Cuban workers. From left to right: Fernando, Ramon, Rene, Antonio, and Gerardo.

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In the central province of Villa Clara, the Cuban people also march in support of their Revolution and the international proletariat.

Trump breaks Cuba-U.S. baseball agreement

Trump breaks Cuba-U.S. baseball agreement
The agreement applauded by players and fans around the world was canceled to further the Trump administration’s increasingly confrontational policy toward Cuba
Author: Oscar Sánchez Serra | informacion@granma.cu
april 9, 2019 16:04:48

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It is not news that the Trump administration has canceled the agreement signed by the MLB and the Cuban Baseball Federation, on December 19, after three years of hard work by both parties.And it is not because the agreement sought to end the human suffering of Cuban athletes. In January of this year, the MLB, not Cuba, sent a letter to the United States government, detailing their plans and intentions with this new deal, stating that it was mainly directed toward avoiding the trafficking in persons that Cubans usually face when leaving the country and the harsh conditions they face in order to be contracted by a Major League team, citing the examples of Yasiel Puig, Yoan Moncada, José Abreu, and Yoenis Céspedes, among others.These “harsh conditions” include the very high risk of losing one’s life to sports merchants conspiring with unscrupulous individuals engaged in illegal trafficking of persons, as happened to Puig, who was taken out of Cuba by traffickers linked to a Mexican drug cartel, according to court testimony.

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Anayansi Rodríguez, viceministra de Relaciones Exteriores

Cubadebate – Video: teleSUR.- “Cuba es un aliado absolutamente vital para las Naciones Unidas, aseguró este miércoles al llegar a La Habana María Fernanda Espinosa”, presidenta de la Asamblea General de ese organismo de concertación multilateral.
“La ONU necesita de países como Cuba puesto que es uno de los grandes defensores del sistema multilateral”, agregó la diplomática, quien fue recibida en la terminal tres del aeropuerto internacional José Martí, por Anayansi Rodríguez, viceministra de Relaciones Exteriores.

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Espinosa dijo sentirse muy contenta de estar en La Habana y adelantó que trae una agenda muy completa en la que constatará los avances de la isla en la igualdad de género y el acompañamiento de la ONU al gobierno cubano para el cumplimiento de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible.
“Estaremos aprendiendo de las iniciativas cubanas en materia de cooperación Sur-Sur y también pretendemos avanzar una conversación sobre la necesidad imperiosa de fortalecer el sistema multilateral”, añadió la presidenta del órgano más democrático del sistema de Naciones Unidas.
Una nota de prensa de la cancillería cubana agregó que Espinosa sostendrá encuentros de alto nivel con autoridades gubernamentales cubanas, se reunirá con integrantes de la sociedad civil e impartirá una conferencia magistral a estudiantes del Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales Raúl Roa.
María Fernanda Espinosa ocupa desde junio de 2018 la presidencia de la Asamblea General de la ONU, fue la cuarta mujer en llegar a ese puesto y la primera en representación de América Latina.
Al momento de ser elegida era la canciller de Ecuador, donde también fue ministra de Defensa y ministra coordinadora de Patrimonio Cultural y Natural. Es poetisa, ensayista y licenciada en lingüística aplicada, y posteriormente se especializó en Antropología y estudios amazónicos en cursos de postgrado y máster.
Cuba en diversos foros internacionales ha reclamado la reforma de las Naciones Unidas, encaminada a lograr una organización realmente democrática y participativa, con un Consejo de Seguridad transparente y democratizado, y una Asamblea General revitalizada.
El primero de noviembre de 2018, por XXVII ocasión consecutiva, la Asamblea General de la ONU aprobó la resolución que presenta Cuba contra el bloqueo, la cual contó con el apoyo de la abrumadora mayoría de la comunidad internacional.
Fundada el 14 de octubre de 1945, Naciones Unidas en la actualidad cuenta con 193 Estados Miembros.

Cubainformación TV, a website devoted to challenging media campaigns against Cuba

 A critical eye exposes media manipulation
“The media war is more active than ever against revolutionary processes,” stated José Manzaneda, coordinator of Cubainformación TV, a website devoted to challenging media campaigns against Cuba
Nuria Barbosa Leónmarch 22, 2019 10:03:05

José Manzaneda, chief coordinator of the Cubainformación TV website.

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“The media war is now more active than ever against revolutionary processes,” stated José Manzaneda, chief coordinator of the Basque-based website Cubainformación TV, during a recent visit to Havana. The site is a space to challenge media manipulation against Cuba, offering content on the reality of the Caribbean island, silenced by the mainstream international press.
“The large international media corporations based in the United States, Europe, and countries of Latin America, are currently focused on Venezuela. They are very clearly the civilian army in the psychological war to overthrow a political and social process, in which the great power, with a capital “P”, is international and too much is at stake. They focus their content on creating a scenario in which armed intervention is possible and feasible.
“They have attempted this in all ways, but in recent months, they have combined several very important factors: the death of the great leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chávez, the fall in oil prices, and the development of highly coordinated economic warfare, as well as a very intense psychological and media campaign. With that concoction, the imperialists believe that now is the right moment to deal the death blow to the Venezuelan government. To this is added a U.S. administration linked to the extreme right, and a regional context that has led to satellite governments in countries such as Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Chile, and others. The mass media act as never before against revolutionary processes, as seen in Syria, Cuba, Libya, and other sovereign nations.

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Statement by Cuban Ambassador at UN Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo

Statement by Ambassador Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo. Permanent representative of Cuba to the un, at the Security Council. 26 January 2019.

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Mr. President,

Latin America and the Caribbean is today the scenario of persisting threats, inconsistent with the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace signed by the Heads of State and Government at the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in January 2014.

This commitment implies fully respecting the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and international law, not intervening, directly or indirectly, in the internal affairs of any other State and observing the principles of national sovereignty, equal rights and self-determination of peoples.

The current U.S. administration has proclaimed the validity of the Monroe Doctrine and, in a new deployment of its imperial policy in the region, threatens Venezuela with special fury and declares that it has “all options on the table”.

The region resembles a large meadow in times of drought. A spark could generate an uncontrollable fire that would harm the national interests of all.

Mr. President,

We regret that the United States government intends to use the Security Council to legitimize the international campaign against the constitutional government presided over by Nicolás Maduro Moros.

The main threat to peace and security in Latin America and the Caribbean is the harassment by the United States and its allies against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in open disregard of the popular will and the institutionalism of that country expressed in the elections of 20 May 2018, from which the Venezuelan opposition excluded itself.

We reiterate our full support for the Bolivarian and Chavez’s Revolution, for the civil-military union of the Venezuelan people and for their legitimate and democratic government, led by the constitutional president Nicolás Maduro Moros.

We strongly condemn the attempt to impose through a coup d’état a government at the service of the United States in Venezuela and the recurring calls to the Bolivarian military to join this onslaught.

The sovereignty of our peoples is resolved today in the attitude towards Venezuela. Supporting the legitimate right of the sister nation to define its destiny is to defend the dignity of all.

Mr. President,

Other attempts should not be forgotten, such as the military coup of 2002 and the oil coup of 2003, the aggressive Executive Order of the United States that qualifies Venezuela as “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy” of the superpower, the unilateral coercive measures, the call to a military coup against the constitutional Government of Venezuela, the warning of the President of the United States to use “a possible military option” and the attempted assassination on 4 August against President Maduro.

Mr. President,

The acts of a group of countries and the shameful role of the OAS constitute a new and desperate attempt to implement an unsuccessful policy of regime change, which has not been imposed due to the unwavering resistance of the Venezuelan people and their willingness to defend the national sovereignty.

We reaffirm our steadfast respect for the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and international law, for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States, for the non-use or threat of use of force in international relations and for non-interference in the internal affairs of States.

The sovereign will of the Venezuelan people will prevail over imperialist intervention. History will judge those who encourage and recognize coup usurpation.

Thank you very much.

Díaz-Canel meets with U.S. congress members

Díaz-Canel meets with U.S. congress members
The President noted that the recent setback in relations, and in particular the blockade, harm the interests of both peoples and pose further obstacles to the economic development to which Cuba is entitled

Author: Leticia Martínez Hernández | internet@granma.cu
Author: René Tamayo | internet@granma.cu
Author: Alina Perera Robbio | perera@juventudrebelde.cu
september 24, 2018 17:09:27

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NEW YORK.— The President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, held a meeting with members of the U.S. Congress this Monday afternoon at the Cuban Mission to the United Nations.

In the presence of Democrat and Republican senators and representatives, the Cuban President reiterated Cuba’s will to promote the progress of bilateral relations with the United States, and to take advantage of the potential of cooperation between the two countries on the basis of equality and mutual respect.

He noted that the recent setback in relations, and in particular the blockade, harm the interests of both peoples and pose further obstacles to the economic development to which Cuba is entitled.

He also thanked those present for their efforts to facilitate a climate of rapprochement; and invited them to continue working in favor of that process.

Díaz-Canel referred to the current political priorities in Cuba, especially the constitutional reform process that is being carried out with the broad participation of the population, and with a view to updating the country politically and legally.

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At the end of the meeting, the Congress members commented to Cuban reporters their interest in strengthening the commercial ties between the two countries, especially in the field of agriculture.

They expressed opposition to the travel restrictions that the U.S. government applies against the island, noting that Cuba is a very safe country.
They were also emphatic in criticizing the economic, commercial and financial blockade.