Anti-Cuban provocation fails, Declaration by Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations

Anti-Cuban provocation fails

Declaration by Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations
Author: MINREX | internet@granma.cu
February 23, 2017 12:02:39

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Over the last few weeks, international media have reported the intention of OAS General Secretary Luis Almagro Lemes to travel to Havana, in order to receive a “prize” invented by an illegal grouplet, which operates in concert with the ultra-right wing Foundation for Pan American Democracy, created in the days of the 7th Summit of the Americas in Panama, to channel efforts and resources in opposition to legitimate, independent governments in Our America.

The plan, plotted during several trips to Washington and other capitals of the region, consisted of mounting a serious, open provocation against the Cuban government in Havana, generating internal instability, damaging the country’s international image, and at the same time, affecting the positive development of Cuba’s diplomatic relations with other states. Perhaps some calculated poorly and thought that Cuba would sacrifice its fundamental principles to maintain appearances.

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HURRICANE MATTHEW IN GUANTÁNAMO

HURRICANE MATTHEW IN GUANTÁNAMO
Unicef praises recovery efforts
Unicef program coordinator, Victoria Colamarco highlighted the impact of recovery efforts undertaken by the people of Guantánamo, together with national and international support, following Hurricane Matthew
Author: Jorge Luis Merencio Cautín | merencio@granma.cu
february 23, 2017 11:02:17

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Guantánamo residents affected by Hurricane Matthew have benefited from donations by various UN bodies.
Guantánamo.– On February 22, Unicef program coordinator, Victoria Colamarco highlighted the impact of recovery efforts undertaken by the people of Guantánamo, together with national and international support, following Hurricane Matthew.
The UN representative also emphasized the impact of donations benefiting both children and communities in affected regions; noting the gratitude expressed by recipients.
The Unicef official went on to state that fund-raising actions to support recovery efforts in Guantánamo will continue.
Colamarco led a delegation of Unicef representatives in Cuba who visited areas affected by the hurricane, in order to strengthen coordination efforts with local governments and follow-up on the distribution of resources donated to the four most severely affected municipalities.

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Cutting edge pharmaceutical production and scientific research in Cuba

Cutting edge pharmaceutical production and scientific research in Cuba
To supervise clinical evaluations required to register patents, and distribute pharmaceuticals and biotechnology produced in Cuba, the National Clinical Trials Coordinating Center was established in 1991, and has been involved in more than 150 such projects over the years
Author: Nuria Barbosa León | internet@granma.cu
Author: Joaquín Rivery Tur | rivery@granma.cu
february 14, 2017 17:02:21

Director Carlos Manuel García noted that the National Clinical Trials Coordinating Center has expert staff in all provinces.

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The Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center.

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Browsing the web reveals an extraordinary number of sites citing the strength of Cuba’s pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, along with the number of countries purchasing Cuban products for their populations. Yet the corporate media makes little mention of this accomplishment.
Among the country’s most important, latest-generation medications is Heberprot P, used by more than 225,000 patients in many countries to treat diabetic foot ulcers and avoid a large percentage of amputations. It is currently administered via nano-capsules, making the drug’s anti-microbial impact very effective.

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The first Cuban-made computer

Cuban style laptops and tablets
The country’s first computer factory is able to produce up to 500 devices per day, which will initially be destined for the wholesale market, supplying state institutions and organizations affiliated with Central State Administration
Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
january 19, 2017 14:01:33

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If the creation of the first Cuban-made computer (CID-201), was a genuine technological achievement which opened new pathways on the road to the development of information technology in the country during the 1970s, then the inauguration, at the end of last year, of a factory producing portable tablets and computers, is a clear demonstration of the encouraging prospects in this sphere.
The first sixth generation Core i3, Celeron and Core i5 laptops will be ready this month; as well as eight and ten inch tablets, which will initially be destined for the wholesale market in order to supply state institutions and organizations affiliated with Central State Administration, representing a step forward in efforts to continue expanding the computerization of Cuban society, in accordance with the country’s financial possibilities.
René Cano Díaz, director general of the Informatics, Communications and Electronics Industrial Enterprise (Gedeme), leading the project, explained that the whole process was completed in less than four months, including the installation of the production line and training personnel responsible for assembling the devices.
He added that the new project is a collaborative initiative with the Chinese company Haier, which is providing technology, equipment, know-how, quality control laboratories and staff training, as well as the raw materials for production.

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OSCAR LÓPEZ RIVERA’S SENTENCE COMMUTED

OSCAR LÓPEZ RIVERA’S SENTENCE COMMUTED

Justice served after 35 years
After serving 35 years in jail in the United States, Puerto Rican independence fighter Oscar López Rivera’s sentence is set to expire on May 13, 2017, after it was commuted by President Barack Obama, yesterday, January 17

Author: International news staff | informacion@granma.cu
january 18, 2017 12:01:51

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The prison sentence of Puerto Rican independence fighter, Oscar López Rivera, who has spent the last 35 years in prison in the United States, will expire on May 17, after it was commuted by President Barack Obama, on January 17, according to media outlets citing a Whitehouse source.

Photo: Granma

A commutation or offer of clemency is the reduction of a prison sentence, either totally or partially; while a pardon represents complete or partial remission of a sentence issued by a court of law.

According to Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Día, both commutations and pardons can be granted by the President or ruler of a country.

Obama also announced the commutation of another 208 sentences, including that of Chelsea (Bradley) Manning, a U.S. Army intelligence analyst. Manning was convicted in 2010 of leaking thousands of documents related to U.S. military and diplomatic activities around the world, via WikiLeaks.

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The end of the so-called “wet-foot/dry foot” policy

Obama announces an end to preferential treatment of Cuban migrants

This January 12, the White House issued a statement on the ending of the so-called “wet-foot/dry foot” policy and the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program
Author: Granma International news staff | informacion@granma.cu
january 12, 2017 20:01:37

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This January 12, theWhite House published a statement by outgoing U.S President Barack Obama on the ending of the so-called “wet-foot/dry foot” policy and the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program, both of which offer preferential treatment to Cuban migrants, encouraging unsafe and disorderly migration.
The statement reads as follows:
Statement by the President on Cuban Immigration Policy
Today, the United States is taking important steps forward to normalize relations with Cuba and to bring greater consistency to our immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security is ending the so-called “wet-foot/dry foot” policy, which was put in place more than twenty years ago and was designed for a different era. Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities. By taking this step, we are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries. The Cuban government has agreed to accept the return of Cuban nationals who have been ordered removed, just as it has been accepting the return of migrants interdicted at sea.
Today, the Department of Homeland Security is also ending the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program. The United States and Cuba are working together to combat diseases that endanger the health and lives of our people. By providing preferential treatment to Cuban medical personnel, the medical parole program contradicts those efforts, and risks harming the Cuban people. Cuban medical personnel will now be eligible to apply for asylum at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, consistent with the procedures for all foreign nationals.
The United States, a land of immigrants, has been enriched by the contributions of Cuban-Americans for more than a century. Since I took office, we have put the Cuban-American community at the center of our policies. With this change we will continue to welcome Cubans as we welcome immigrants from other nations, consistent with our laws. During my Administration, we worked to improve the lives of the Cuban people – inside of Cuba – by providing them with greater access to resources, information and connectivity to the wider world. Sustaining that approach is the best way to ensure that Cubans can enjoy prosperity, pursue reforms, and determine their own destiny. As I said in Havana, the future of Cuba should be in the hands of the Cuban people.

Cuba and US the normalization of their migration relations

Joint Statement between the governments of Cuba and the United States

This January 12, the governments of the Republic of Cuba and the United States of America agreed to take a major step toward the normalization of their migration relations, in order to ensure a regular, safe and orderly migration

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Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
january 13, 2017 10:01:46

MOTIVATED by an interest in the normalization of bilateral relations consistent with the Purposes and Principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, including those related to the sovereign equality of States, settlement of international disputes by peaceful means, respect for the territorial integrity and political independence of States, respect for equal rights and self-determination of peoples, non-interference in the internal affairs of States, and promotion and encouragement of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all;
ENCOURAGED by the re-establishment of diplomatic relations on July 20, 2015 based on mutual respect and the political will to strengthen bilateral relations and establish new understandings in various areas of common interest;
AWARE of the necessity to facilitate regular migration to the benefit of both countries, and to discourage irregular migration;
COMMITTED to preventing irregular migration, impeding departures from the Republic of Cuba that risk loss of human life, combating acts of violence associated with irregular migration, such as trafficking in persons and alien smuggling; and beginning the regular return of Cuban nationals, as set forth in this Joint Statement.

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Solidarity with Cuba in 2017 and beyond ( ICAP )

 

Today, the movement is redefining its focus after a successful end to the long campaign to secure the release of the Cuban Five (Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, René González and Fernando González); an overwhelming victory for the island and its supporters

Author: Nuria Barbosa León | informacion@granma.cu
january 10, 2017 12:01:05

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Kenia Serrano Puig, President of ICAP noted that over 25,000 visited Cuba as part of solidarity brigades in 2016. Photo: Juvenal Balá

A year of intense work is how Kenia Serrano Puig, President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) described 2016, while speaking to the national press in Havana in honor of the institution’s 56th anniversary, and the lead up to the anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution,onJan.1

Also a deputy to the National Assembly, Kenia highlighted the multiple expressions of gratitude sent from around the world, praising Fidel Castro’s contribution to the struggle for just causes, and noted that actions in solidarity with Cuba undertaken at the end of the year were dedicated to the 90th birthday of the Comandante en Jefe, who founded ICAP and promoted efforts to help other Third World nations.
”Various tributes took place, expositions were organized, friends found different ways of reproducing Fidel through various mediums, taking him to the tops of mountains. Encounters were held, anecdotes collected, all underscoring Cuba’s position with regard to its principles, the main architect of which is Fidel,” added Serrano Puig.

She noted that the Cuba Solidarity Movement is composed of 2,045 unique organizations in 152 countries, featuring members of diverse ages and represents a vanguard that has supported the Caribbean island for almost 60 years.
Exemplifying this support are the over 25,000 visitors affiliated with different solidarity projects, from around 60 countries who visited Cuba over the last 12 months, Serrano noted.
Today, the movement is redefining its focus after a successful end to the long campaign to secure the release of the Cuban Five (Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, René González and Fernando González); an overwhelming victory for the island and its supporters. The Cuba Solidarity movement is now looking to strengthen unity among its ranks in order to create a united front against attacks by right wing political forces in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and the United States

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Revolutionary Armed Forces Day – in honor of Fidel and Cuba’s youth

The Cuban people will triumph (+ Photos)
The words of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro, spoken last April at the 7th Party Congress, were reaffirmed during the Military Review and March of the Combatant People, today January 2, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the heroic uprising in Santiago de Cuba and the Granma expedition’s landing – Revolutionary Armed Forces Day – in honor of Fidel and Cuba’s youth
Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
january 2, 2017 11:01:26

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Cuba awoke early this January 2 and filled Havana’s José Martí Plaza de la Revolución, where the Military Review and March of the Combatant People took place, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the heroic uprising in Santiago de Cuba and the Granma expedition’s landing – Revolutionary Armed Forces Day – in honor of Fidel and Cuba’s youth.
Since this is a country in Revolution, and history is respected, the first to reach the review stand was a mambi cavalry unit, followed by soldiers representing the militia that heroically fought at Playa Girón in 1961, where imperialism suffered its first defeat in the Americas and socialist Cuba won a great victory.
They were followed by teachers who achieved the historic conquest of eliminating illiteracy in the country. Next came a replica of the Granma yacht, with its 82 expedition members now millions, accompanied by elementary school students who will lead the homeland to a victorious future.
The Military Review saw the Revolutionary Armed Forces’ three armies – eastern, central and western – represented, as well as other commands marching in tight ranks displaying their unwavering confidence in victory.
Closing the March of the Combatant People were two blocs from Production and Defense Brigades and the University Militia. Behind them came men, women, children, and youth who inundated the Plaza with their loyalty, commitment, and unity. Cuba marched with its Revolution, with its Comandante en Jefe, whose image is reproduced in the faces of the people.
On the review stand was his brother, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first Party secretary and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, who observed the people with revolutionary pride. Once again Fidel was heard, in the voice of Jennifer Bello, president of the Federation of University Students, affirming to the people of the world and friends in the Americas, “The Cuban people will triumph.”

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