Helms-Burton Act is Illegal and Inapplicable, President of Cuba Says

Havana, June 3 (Prensa Latina) Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez has reaffirmed on Monday that the Helms-Burton Act is illegal, unenforceable and has no legal value or effect.

Cuban President, on Twitter, referred to the Cuban Dignity and Sovereignty Reaffirmation Act, passed in 1996, in response to the US regulations codifying the economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuba.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's statement on April 17 was strongly rejected by Cuba and other nations, so as to end the continuing suspensions of the Title III of the Helms-Burton Act.

The clause openes the possibility for US citizens to file lawsuits in US courts against individuals or companies that 'traffic' with a nationalized property - legitimately - by the Cuban Government after 1959.

This legislation highlights the extraterritorial nature of the economic, financial and commercial US blockade against Cuba.

In a recent meeting, Cuban MPs and jurists restated that the nationalizations and corresponding compensations were made in accordance with the sovereign right of Cuba and foreign norms.

They stressed that Cuban law includes in its 14 articles the willingness to negotiate with Washington the pending nationalizations issues.

It also includes addressing the compensation owed to the State and the Cuban people for the 60-year aggression damages, always on the basis of equality and mutual respect.

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Díaz-Canel warmly welcomes on Twitter Cuban medical brigade

Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, gave a warm welcome on his Twitter account to the 28th Brigade of the Henry Reeve Contingent after two months of intense work in Mozambique.

Welcome to the homeland compatriots. They exemplarily fulfilled their mission in Mozambique. The president wrote when he highlighted the arrival in Cuba of the 40 members of the brigade of the Henry Reeve Contingent, specialized in situations of disasters and serious epidemics, who gave their help to the people of Mozambique, after the passage of cyclone Idai, last March.

José Ángel Portal Miranda, Minister of Public Health, highlighted the work carried out under difficult conditions, as well as the satisfaction of seeing them return with their duty fulfilled.

The gratitude not only belongs to that sister nation, but also to Cuba, he affirmed, because in addition to providing a very positive result in terms of medical care, they also leave a mark of the Revolution and of the Cuban people in Mozambique.

During its stay in Mozambique, the brigade carried out 22,259 consultations and 331 surgical interventions. Likewise, actions were developed to confront malaria, an activity in which more than 17,000 homes were visited and more than 50,000 people were benefited.

Cuba does not know hatred, but infinite love and dedication for the most needy, said Dr. Rolando Piloto, Chief of the brigade, on behalf of the new arrivals. (ACN)

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Cuban President Rejects Donald Trump's Meddling Message

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has accused his US counterpart, Donald Trump, of being threatening, manipulative and shameless on Twitter.

Trump, clinging to the US meddling tradition, issued a threatening, manipulative and shameless message against Cuba on May 20, marking the proclamation of the neocolonial republic. We will not return to that past and we will firmly defend independence', wrote the Head of State in his account @DiazCanelB.

US President posted a tweet on Moday which disrespects Cuba's sovereignty, questions its ties with Venezuela and once again meddles in the Cuba´s internal affairs.

On May 20, 1902, the neocolonial Republic was proclaimed, presided over by the government of Tomas Estrada Palma, under the aegis of US military intervention in Cuba.


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President: Cuba Ratifies its Freedom, Independence and Sovereignty

Havana, May 1 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel ratified on Wednesday that Cuba is free, independent, sovereign and socialist.

'We are on our way to the Square. We will give a convincing, strong and revolutionary response to the statements full of threats, provocations, lies and slanders from the Yankee empire. Cuba ratifies that we are free, sovereign, independent and socialist,' the president wrote on his Twitter account.

In another message, Diaz-Canel said, 'Fidel expressed, 'Cuba struggles today against the seven-league giant whom Marti was the first to discover and whose steps not only extend to the lands of our Americas but to all regions on the planet''.

'The people of Cuba are ready at Revolution Square to start a historic parade on International Workers' Day. Long live Cuba!,' the head of State said on social networks.

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Cuban President Participates in Biopharmaceutical Company's Balance

Havana, April 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel participates in the annual balance of BioCubaFarma, a mega-company that produces and distributes a large part of the products included in the country's basic table of medicines.

BioCubaFarma, considered an industry of wide impact for the economy, has among its missions, appart from the production of medicines, equipment and high technology services.

In fact, BioCubaFarma manufactures more than 60 percent of the drugs that make up the basic table of essential medicines for dissimilar diseases, made up of 761 products, 486 of which are nationally produced.

At the same time , they locate in pharmacies, polyclinics, hospitals and institutes the reagents, diagnostic means, equipment, products for stomatological use, among others to guarantee human health.

The entity, characterized by its closed-loop line, from invention and development to production and commercialization, works on 422 projects, 393 of which are aimed at product and 29 technological, according to the most recent data provided by the institution.

On its website, the company highlights its international presence, with 765 medical records in 53 countries, and exports to more than 50 countries. It also has more than 400 projects in different stages of development and a large portfolio of inventions with 2,640 patents registered in Cuba and abroad.

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Cuban president congratulated youth organizations

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel congratulated the Young Communist League (UJC) on its 57th anniversary and the José Martí Pioneers Organization, celebrating 58 years of existence.

"To the Cuban children and youth of today, who celebrate the anniversary of their organizations this April 4: Congratulations!  Cuba is in you," tweeted the Cuban head of state.

Diaz-Canel also pointed to the revolutionary legacy of the organizations dedicated to instilling values in Cuba's younger generations.

Young people nationwide are celebrating the day with various activities, ranging from volunteer work to cultural and sports activities.

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Banking system must play a leading role in development, says Diaz-Canel

Miguel Díaz-Canel, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, stressed the need that the Cuban banking system plays a bigger role in the development of the country.

"There is an essential relationship between banking services and the domestic economy, which should focus on financing productive chains, the most active role of commercial banking with those companies that do not resort to credit, and support for the fight against disorder in the deposit of cash. And with regard to the population, it is necessary to simplify procedures, queues, increase banking penetration, and prepare people for the use of these services, he said

He said it is also necessary to understand the importance of the banking system in the implementation of monetary, financial and credit policies, as well as the decisive role it must play in broadening the road to electronic commerce.

Diaz-Canel also discussed the need for a more efficient public administration that conveys confidence to individuals, the business system, the non-state sector, investors, and insisted on the effective development of cadre policy.

He then spoke of the need to create favorable work environments that allow the realization of professional aspirations, especially of young people, that facilitate overcoming, as strategies to face the exodus of qualified personnel, without ignoring, of course, the salary motivations.

Banking system must play a leading role in development, says Diaz-Canel

The cadres, in all sectors, but especially in this one, agreed Miguel Diaz-Canel, must be distinguished by honesty, sensitivity to address the problems of the population and the culture of detail. This undoubtedly has an impact on the quality of services, which should be carried out with less bureaucracy.

He also insisted on the value of social communication in its performance, on the development of strategies that foster a culture about banking services and their advantages and encourage the use of all banking instruments by the business sector.

In his speech, Díaz-Canel emphasized the importance of continuing to develop, on the one hand, electronic government, with the computerization of all internal processes and services to the population, and on the other, electronic commerce, with the banking of services, a process that can contribute to the regulation of the non-state sector. And it did not overlook the impact of scientific research in the search for innovative solutions. Hence the value of alliances with study centers and universities.

"The economy has to be developed with science; the modernization of the banking activity takes science," he said. (ACN)

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Cuban Media Denounces New Fake News about President Diaz-Canel

Havana, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Media and Cuban Internet users denounced Friday a new fake news attributed to President Miguel Diaz-Canel and an alleged Facebook page of the President.

The lie attributes to the Head of State a call to Cuban artists to the concert for Peace in Venezuela.

We are in front of a new fake news (...) for some time now, a Facebook page has appeared, which supposedly belongs to President Diaz-Canel. This page is fake and among copies of the real account content of our President in Twitter, at any moment public statements that are not real', warns Cubadebate website.

In this regard, it denounces the new maneuver, says: 'we already know what is hidden behind this lie' and reminds social media users that the Head of State 'does not have any official Facebook page yet'.

For its part, the Juventud Rebelde newspaper posts on Twitter that 'the enemy never stops mounting lies and fake news against Cuba, like this supposed call to artists'.

In six decades of Revolution, Cuba has faced armed aggressions, terrorist actions, biological warfare and a sustained media attack with manipulation and misrepresentation as spearheads, a crusade which has increased with the arrival of new information and communication technologies.

Diaz-Canel does have an account on Twitter, in which since Oct. 10, the date on which he issued his first tweet, he has almost 98,000 followers.

The support for Venezuela, the Bolivarian Revolution and its president, Nicolas Maduro, the call to vote Yes for the new Cuban Constitution and his travels around the country, where he talks with ordinary Cubans, stand out among the issues tweeted daily by the president.

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