Peace Boat Arrives in Cuba

Japan's Peace Boat arrives today in Cuba, where its crew and passengers will convey messages about global solidarity and promote a world free of nuclear weapons.

The Peace Boat, belonging to the homonymous non-governmental organization, departed from the port of Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on May 8, on its 98th Global Voyage for Peace.

This is the eighteenth time that the vessel comes to Cuba, this time with 1,200 people on board.

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Of that total, 900 are Japanese and the rest comes from other Asian countries, coordinators of the initiative said during a news conference held last week at the headquarters of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP).

The visitors will participate here in a forum on youth, nuclear disarmament and peace. In addition, three hibakushas (survivors or descendants of the US atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945), will present their testimonies.

They will also visit health, education centers and communities, where they will learn about the development of the comprehensive local health program, mainly related to elderly care.

 

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Cuba Deems As Vital to Advance in CELAC-EU Cooperation

Cuban Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Abelardo Moreno today deemed as vital to advance in cooperation between the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union (EU) despite the differences between the two regions.

When speaking at the second CELAC-EU ministerial meeting, the Vice Minister assured that it is possible to identify points of convergence such as the proliferation of protectionist measures, the extraterritorial application of national legislations and the defense of multilateralism.

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'We work on the issues of women, children, climate change and drugs, the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, and even, the negotiation of a World Agreement for a safe, regular and orderly migration,' he urged. Moreno stressed CELAC is willing to strengthen cooperation with the EU 'under the guidance of the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, and with due respect for our diversity.'

He likewise indicated, 'policies that proliferate today in violation of international law constitute an affront to humanity,' and also recalled that waves of refugees and migrants face situations of high vulnerability.

On Monday, the meeting began in Brussels, which will last two days with the participation of senior representatives of the 33 member countries of CELAC and 28 of the EU.

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Brazil's Lula da Silva sends message of gratitude to Sao Paulo Forum in Havana

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sent a message to participants in the 24th Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum, a space for political agreements of the Left in Latin America and the Caribbean that Lula helped to found together with Fidel Castro in 1990.

Lula affirms in his message that he will not be silenced, and thanks the Havana forum for the support and solidarity shown to him and his Workers' Party, subjected to persecution in Brazil by a right that, he said, does not know how to live in democracy.

Lula recalled that he and Fidel were clear about the importance of that first forum in 1990 in the city of Sao Paulo, convened so that the Left in Latin American and Caribbean could evaluate the impact on the region and the world of the rise of neo-liberal free-market economics.

In his letter to the Havana forum, the former Brazilian president condemns the U.S. blockade against Cuba and the manner in which Washington treats Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean.  He also repudiates the sanctions applied against Venezuela and the threats of armed intervention made by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Lula da Silva voices his wishes for a good meeting in Havana and regrets that his “absurd and Kafkaesque” imprisonment prevents him from personally delivering his message to the gathering.

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Mexican Singer Armando Manzanero Records Songs in Cuba

Havana, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) Mexican singer-songwriter Armando Manzanero today recorded for the first time in Cuba three songs with the renowned singer Haila Maria Mompie, which will be included in the artist''s next production.

'With all due respect, Haila sings Armando Manzanero' is the new work's title, which will be a tribute to the legend of Mexican romantic music and will contain songs from his extensive repertoire brought to the salsa genre, Mompie told Prensa Latina.

The studios 18 of the Company of Recordings and Musical Editions (EGREM) today welcomed the duo that gave voice to the titles 'You Drives me Crazy', 'There Are No Limits' and 'Nothing Personal.'

According to the Mexican musician, it was a privilege to record with Haila, a singer who admires and whose work he respects a lot.

The two artists shared the stage this Sunday in the first concert offered by Manzanero on the island, where Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa were also guests.

This Monday the musician returns to his country not without first confessing that he would like to come back, 'because he loves Cuba and its people, an island that has given so many good musicians,' he said.

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Salvadorian President to Join Cuban Meeting of Sao Paulo Forum

San Salvador, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) The government of El Salvador today confirmed the attendance of President Salvador Sanchez Ceren to the 24th Meeting of Sao Paulo Forum, in Cuba, where the Latin American left join together to discuss its challenges.

The Presidency of the Republic specified that the head of State will talk in the final day of the meeting that will conclude tomorrow at the Havana Convention Palace, after several working sessions, debates and proposals.

The President will also participate in exchanges of experiences among leaders of leftist and progressive organizations in Latin America, to whom he will update on the achievements and challenges of his government.

Official sources specified that the 'Professor' Ceren will present the programs implemented to develop the Salvadoran economy, and to improve the life of the people, reducing hunger, poverty and insecurity.

In addition, he will speak about the struggle carried out by the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) from the grassroots, the Parliament and the government, to prevent rightist attempts to privatize water and other resources.

Founded in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, in 1990, this mechanism brings together more than 100 progressive and leftist parties and organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean, and El Salvador hosted it in 1996, 2007 and 2016.

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Cuban Los Van Van Orchestra to Close Josone Varadero Festival

Varadero, Cuba, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) Popular Cuban orchestra Los Van Van Van will give tonight the final notes of the Josone Varadero Jazz & Son Festival, an event which takes place at the famous Cuban resort.

A luxurious programme with local musicians was prepared by the organisers for the last day of the event, a four-day event with a wide range of sounds by renowned artists.

In addition to Los Van Van Van, the poster announces the tresero Pancho Amat, the percussionist Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez, and the group known as Rumberos de Cuba, among others.

The event featured the participation of the salsa artists Gilberto Santa Rosa and Jose Alberto 'El Canario', the jazzman Nicholas Payton, and the urban music duet Gente de Zona among its main attractions.

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Ralph Gonsalves Asks for Defense for Latin Countries

Havana, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, called today in this capital to defend the governments of Nicaragua and Venezuela, and to support the people of Brazil.

'We have to support these sister nations with their successes and failures, that is the meaning of our struggle,' said Gonsalves, speaking on the opening day of the 24th Annual Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum that takes place at the Convention Center until Tuesday.

'One day is Venezuela, anotherday, it is Brazil and then Nicaragua, we always remember the coup against the government of Manuel Zelaya in Honduras in June 2009,' Gonsalves explained.

'Now Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is in prison but the people support him because people continue to see him as their leader,' he said.

The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines lamented the impact of the economic, financial and commercial blockade that Cuba suffers, as this policy of the United States affects in other latitudes.

He denounced how external agents conspire against governments and systematically practice interference in the internal affairs of countries.

To date Cuba has hosted two editions of the meeting, the one in 1993 and the one in 2001.

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More Than 430 Delegates Attend the 24 th Sao Paulo Forum in Cuba

Havana, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) More than 430 delegates from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe are participating in the 24th Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum, a three-day meeting inaugurated today in this capital with the Left's unity as its central theme.

The inauguration of the meeting was held in the Convention Palace, presided over by the second secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, and gathered more than a hundred left-wing and progressive parties and organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean.

The opening ceremony was also led by the executive secretary of the Sao Paulo Forum, Monica Valente, with the participation of personalities such as the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, and the Puerto Rican independence fighter Oscar Lopez Rivera.

On its first day, the annual forum - which returns to Havana after the 1993 and 2001 editions - includes a debate to establish a position against colonialism and in favor of anti-imperialist solidarity and peace.

It will also host the meeting of the regional secretariats, the 3rd Seminar between the Left Party and the Sao Paulo Forum, and a meeting of the Network of Intellectuals in Defense of Humanity.

This regional left-wing initiative was created in 1990 by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro (1926-2016), and the former president and founder of the Brazilian Workers' Party, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

According to the participants, the new edition of the Sao Paulo Forum should promote the momentum of the revolutionary and progressive forces of Latin America, in response to the onslaught of the right and the hostility of the United States towards governments and peoples who oppose its hegemony and interference.

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