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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Nothing will silence Lula

Nothing will silence Lula
Cuban President Díaz-Canel Bermúdez tweets support for the demand that Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva be freed immediately

Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
april 8, 2019 09:04:09

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Cuban President Díaz-Canel Bermúdez expressed his support, yesterday April 7, for the demand that Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva be freed, one year after his unjust imprisonment, tweeting, “We demand freedom for Lula.”
On the occasion of a worldwide day of action calling for the former Brazilian President’s freedom, some 10,000 people from around the country gathered in Curitiba this weekend for a vigil marking the 365th day of the Workers Party leader’s incarceration, demanding his freedom and denouncing the reactionary social and economic measures of the Bolsonaro government.
This Sunday Lula da Silva sent a letter to the Brazilian people saying that his voice is that of millions, and that the setbacks suffered will only strengthen the struggle since we are “alive and strong.”
“They are afraid of the millions of Lulas. Because they know what we are capable of when we come together to transform this country. … Together, we are going to reverse every setback, every step back on the difficult path to the Brazil we dream of, that we will prove is possible to build. We will win,” he said.

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.

Libya is a very clear example of what United States military intervention

Eight years of “spring”
Libya is a very clear example of what United States military intervention means for the world

Author: Ana Laura Palomino García | informacion@granmai.cu
april 2, 2019 17:04:30

Libya has been devastated by the endless conflict provoked by the United States and its allies.

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In 2011, the Middle East suffered a reconfiguration of its political map through protests encouraged from abroad, and interventions disguised as aid. This series of events went down in history as the “Arab Spring.” However, the similarity with one of the most festive seasons of the year is only found in the nomenclature, because this geographical region has since been hit by continuous internal crises, resulting in a climate of permanent instability.

This is the situation experienced in Libya, a nation that for four decades had seen stability and progress under President Muammar Gaddafi, a leader who promoted social and economic development in this North African country.

What happened? A well-aimed formula of manipulation, lies and “humanitarian intervention,” designed by the United States government and supported by the European Union (EU), was applied against Libya, which sounds suspiciously familiar given the situation facing the Venezuelan people today.

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