Cuban president reiterates support to Venezuela

Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Saturday expressed support to Venezuela after the imposition of new U.S. economic sanctions.

"The Venezuelan people's dignity and the strength of the Bolivarian Revolution can't be broken by criminal, imperialist sanctions," Diaz-Canel wrote on his Twitter account.

Two weeks ago, the Cuban president attended the 25th edition of the Sao Paulo Forum held in the Venezuelan capital Caracas, where he also voiced Cuba's support "to the Bolivarian Revolution, to Venezuela's constitutional government and to the civic-military union that underpins that process," and to the efforts to achieve peace.

"Cuba will neither give up nor betray its principles and Venezuela," the Cuban president said at the conclusion of the three-day forum that gathered progressive political parties as well as social and political movements from Latin America and the Caribbean.

U.S. President Donald Trump signed on Monday an executive order to freeze all the Venezuelan state assets in the United States.

Venezuela cut diplomatic ties with the United States in January after Washington recognized far-right opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's "interim president" as he proclaimed.

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Council of Ministers addresses national agenda

The Council of Ministers meeting for the month of July was held, presided by its President, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez.

– A report on the improvement of zoning and land use policies was presented.

– Samuel Rodiles Planas, president of the Institute of Physical Planning, presented a special urban plan for Varadero, the country’s most popular beach resort.

– A territorial land use plan was approved for mountainous areas.

– Results from the recently concluded sugar harvest were analyzed. It was reported that production reached only 87% of tonnage projected, due, among other causes, to industrial inefficiency, a shortage of workers, delays in deliveries of inputs, bad weather, and external factors.

– President Díaz-Canel insisted on the need to apply research findings to improve results in the sugar industry, and emphasized that efforts must continue to increase exports, especially of sugar cane derivatives.

– Two cases of mismanagement of resources were discussed, with the President commenting that waiting around for someone else to take care of responsibilities is not an acceptable practice.

– Also debated were additional measures to boost the economy, which will be implemented gradually over the coming period.

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Diaz-Canel Flags Cuban Delegation to Pan-Am Games in Lima

President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Saturday flagged the Cuban delegation that will participate in the 18th Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru.

According to a post from the Presidency of the Republic on Twitter, the wrestler Mijain Lopez, three times Olympic and five times world champion, who was escorted by the pole vaulter Yarisley Silva and the badminton player Osleni Guerrero, received the flag from the Cuban head of State.

The ceremony was held at the Jose Marti Memorial in this capital, where the Olympic judo champion Idalys Ortiz read the Cuban athletes' commitment.

At the ceremony, the president of the Cuban National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER), Osvaldo Vento, called on the delegation to turn the regional sports event into a victory of dignity.

The 18th Pan-American Games will take place from July 26 to August 11 in Lima, with participation of athletes from 41 countries of the Americas who will compete in 39 sports.

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Cuba Reiterates Support for Venezuela against US Sanctions

President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday has reiterated Cuba''s support for Venezuela despite newer and hasher sanctions imposed by Washington against the island.

We will continue supporting the Bolivarian Revolution without submitting to the US-applied unilateral measures violating International Law, the president posted on his Twitter account @DiazCanelB.

Diaz-Canel added a link to an article on the issue published on Cubadebate website.

On Wednesday, the US Department of the Treasury placed Cubametales company on its unilateral list of enterprises sanctioned for maintaining economic ties with Venezuela, particularly importing oil.

According to the US government, Cuba continues to support Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Defense, Intelligence and Security Assistance in exchange for that oil. President Donald Trump and his top advisers have called Cuban doctors providing services in Venezuela soldiers.

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Culture can and should contribute to the Cuban economy: Diaz-Canel

Culture can and should contribute to the Gross Domestic Product of the country and that is what its companies are for, said today the president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel.

During the closing ceremony of the IX Congress of the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists (Uneac), in the Convention Center of this capital, the Head of State assured he shares the concerns of those who feel that some cultural institutions are lagging the creators.

It is unacceptable that it is not understood that all cultural institutions exist by and for the creators and their work, not the other way around, he said.

According to the dignitary, bureaucratism and lack of professionalism choke creative work and in the fight against these windmills, as old as they are harmful, the Uneac plays a fundamental role and should be more proactive from its bases.

In addition, he stressed the importance of cultural criticism because, he said, the drought of serious and well-founded analysis of the real values ​​of works and cultural spaces discourage creators and deprives the public, particularly the youngest, of guiding criteria that establish artistic hierarchies in time.

Why can't Cuba insert, disseminate, export the work of those who work within the country and instead we promote and replicate what the market already coined and returns to us wrapped up in its rules?, Diaz-Canel questioned.

What do our institutions need to make our most authentic cultural creations flourish? He added.

At the same time, the statesman pointed out that as artists themselves have the obligation to pay their taxes, they should not have to pay companies if they have had nothing to do with labor contracts, nor with their promotion and legal protection.

Amidst a sea of ​​applause, the Cuban president criticized that form of parasitism that favors corruption and reduces opportunities for creators and their works.

Díaz-Canel defended the social commitment of culture, against vanity, selfishness and privatization attempts that predominate in some countries.

He also praised respect for the symbols and sacred values of the Homeland, as well as the artists who defend them inside Cuba.

Building and defending a socialist project means defending revolutionary humanism, he testified.

Also, the president commented on the intention of holding monthly meetings with the elected board of the Uneac, groups of creators and the ministries, to review everything that can collaborate and tear away each time the problems and difficulties.

The Head of State acknowledged the intense work of the ethnologist, poet and novelist Miguel Barnet, who spent more than a decade at the helm of Uneac and from now on became its honorary president, by unanimous approval of the Congress.

As he pointed out, the new presidency led by the radio and television director Luis Morlote has the relevant mission to unleash an irreconcilable battle against ignorance and indecency.

Culture can and should contribute to the Gross Domestic Product of the country and that is what its companies are for, said today the president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel.

During the closing ceremony of the IX Congress of the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists (Uneac), in the Convention Center of this capital, the Head of State assured he shares the concerns of those who feel that some cultural institutions are lagging the creators.

It is unacceptable that it is not understood that all cultural institutions exist by and for the creators and their work, not the other way around, he said.

According to the dignitary, bureaucratism and lack of professionalism choke creative work and in the fight against these windmills, as old as they are harmful, the Uneac plays a fundamental role and should be more proactive from its bases.

In addition, he stressed the importance of cultural criticism because, he said, the drought of serious and well-founded analysis of the real values ​​of works and cultural spaces discourage creators and deprives the public, particularly the youngest, of guiding criteria that establish artistic hierarchies in time.

Why can't Cuba insert, disseminate, export the work of those who work within the country and instead we promote and replicate what the market already coined and returns to us wrapped up in its rules?, Diaz-Canel questioned.

What do our institutions need to make our most authentic cultural creations flourish? He added.

At the same time, the statesman pointed out that as artists themselves have the obligation to pay their taxes, they should not have to pay companies if they have had nothing to do with labor contracts, nor with their promotion and legal protection.

Amidst a sea of ​​applause, the Cuban president criticized that form of parasitism that favors corruption and reduces opportunities for creators and their works.

Díaz-Canel defended the social commitment of culture, against vanity, selfishness and privatization attempts that predominate in some countries.

He also praised respect for the symbols and sacred values of the Homeland, as well as the artists who defend them inside Cuba.

Building and defending a socialist project means defending revolutionary humanism, he testified.

Also, the president commented on the intention of holding monthly meetings with the elected board of the Uneac, groups of creators and the ministries, to review everything that can collaborate and tear away each time the problems and difficulties.

The Head of State acknowledged the intense work of the ethnologist, poet and novelist Miguel Barnet, who spent more than a decade at the helm of Uneac and from now on became its honorary president, by unanimous approval of the Congress.

As he pointed out, the new presidency led by the radio and television director Luis Morlote has the relevant mission to unleash an irreconcilable battle against ignorance and indecency.

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Helms-Burton Law Threatens Peace, Cuban President Warns


Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel has warned the Helms-Burton Act threatens peace, solidarity, peaceful coexistence and friendship.

'It's a law enacted to neo-colonize and enslave,' he further wrote in Twitter about Washington's barring the Peace Boat from docking in Cuban ports, as a result of restrictions recently enforced on US private vessels and planes.

Due to such punitive measures that are hurting the Cuban people, the NGO Peace Boat, with headquarters in Japan, won't be able to touch Cuban land as it was scheduled next June 13 because the vessel is US property.

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The cruise ship was reportedly carrying donations given by the Cuban community living in Japan and by Japanese individuals and organizations for the victims of the killer tornado that violently hit municipalities of Havana on January 27.

The peace-promoting NGO has visited Cuba 19 times as part of its itinerary around the world, carrying a message of peace, love and against nuclear weapons.

The Peace Boat came to the island twice last year, and its members participated at a forum dedicated to Cuban historical leader Fidel Castro and paid homage to the thousands of victims the two US atomic attacks caused in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Diaz-Canel Calls to Tackle Housing Problem after Tornado

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has called to tackle housing problem caused in Havana by a devastating tornado and expedite construction and repair.

During a summary of the Council of Ministers meeting held on Tuesday to follow up the recovery, the President insisted on going into detail in the communities hit by the tornado, so all damages are identified.

The Cuban Statesman informed participants to guarantee the quality of the technical data of each affected house, in order to avoid mistakes to resolve the problems created by the January 27 tornado.

Diaz-Canel demanded an effective functioning of the mechanisms activated to respond to the damage in houses, particularly the procedures offices and the points where the affected people can buy the construction materials.

Construction Minister Rene Mesa said during the meeting that more than 4,800 homes were affected, 380 of which suffered total collapses.

According to the minister, the identification of damages, recovery works, roof assembly and wall lifting continues after the lashing of the tornado in the municipalities of Regla, Guanabacoa, Diez de Octubre and San Miguel del Padron.

The restoration of communications was also analyzed. Communication Minister Jorge Luis Perdomo stated that the works continue in Diez de Octubre municipality, where, in addition to recovering damages, a new investment is being carrying out to replace wiring.

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President of Cuba Rejects Interference from the United States

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel condemned the United States interventionist policy, following the decision to suspend for only 45 days the application of Title III of the Helms-Burton Law.

We strongly reject this new interventionist, threatening, arrogant provocation, in violation of international law. The US government demonstrates its contempt for the rest of the world, the president wrote on his Twitter account @DiazCanelB.

Also, Díaz-Canel rejected all types of political blackmailing and actions to intensify the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba.

We will not allow political blackmail; we have enough and legitimate reasons and truths to face so much hostility and contempt. With our convictions, he stressed in another message.

The day before, the US State Department announced the suspension for 45 days of the aforementioned title of the law that came into force in 1996.

This section establishes the authorization to American nationals to present before US courts lawsuits against any foreigner who 'traffic' with American properties that were nationalized in Cuba in the 1960s.

After hearing the news, the Cuban Foreign Ministry issued a statement in which it states that 'the government of President Donald Trump threatens to take a new step that would reinforce, dangerously, the blockade against Cuba, would flagrantly violate International Law and attack directly the sovereignty and interests of third countries.

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