Miguel Diaz-Canel Reaffirms that Cuba will Not Shift towards Capitalism

The President of the Council of State and Minister, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez reaffirmed on Tuesday in Havana that Cuba is not and will not shift towards capitalism, decision which also means an oath to the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro.

In his speech before the special plenary dedicated to the Commander in Chief at the closing of the 24th Encounter of the Sao Paulo Forum, the Cuban government ratified that, there will not be “any concessions of any type for those that are looking to move us away from the historic internationalist positions of the Revolution”.

You can only expect from Cuba, efforts and decisions to fight, unify, multiply, organize, combat and triumph, there will never be space for division or weakness, said the Cuban Head of State to over 600 representatives.

Diaz-Canel dedicated a large part of his speech to warn the participants on the Empire’s attempts to impose “capitalism and neoliberalism” and the urgent challenge of the left in Latin America to “save the achievements and stop neoliberalism”.

We are living in an international situation characterized by the growing threats of peace and national security said Diaz-Canel who mentioned other problems that are “devouring” today’s world, like the thirst for profits, arms race and climate change.

In this state of crisis, he said, globalized capitalism is attempting to expand and broaden its growth capacities, while denouncing the monopoly and economic interests that are attempting to revert the self-determination of the peoples of the region.

Miguel Diaz-Canel pointed out that the Organization of American states, private media outlets and Internet, where the lies reign, are instruments that joins the unilateral measures of the United States and its allies against governments of the world.

He criticized the belligerent tendency of the US government that defends hegemony and “punishes” and threats the nations that do not support its interests.

In this sense, he said, the regional left is meeting once again in this Forum to design a strategy of struggle before the aggressions of imperialism and oligarchic allies that apply methods of non-conventional war, like the cases of Venezuela, Nicaragua, Brazil and Bolivia.

After 28 years of the creation of the organization by Fidel and former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, “it opens for the first time as a space of dialog between Parties and social movements”, premise, according to the Cuban President that must continue.

The President of the Council of State and Ministers paid tribute to Fidel who mentioned qualities like dignity, attached to the truth, humanism, audacity, heroism and internationalism, “values in the conduct of those that aspire the condition of a revolutionary”.

The participants also honored Hugo Chavez, and other progressive leaders of the region like Nestor, Kirchner, Cristina Fernandez, Daniel Ortega, Rafael Correa and Jose (Pepe) Mujica.

Among the figures that participated in the special plenary were the Presidents of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro; Bolivia, Evo Morales, and El Salvador, Sanchez Ceren. (ACN)

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Evo Morales Thanks Sao Paulo Forum for Support for 2019 Candidacy

La Paz, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales expressed gratitude for the support from the 24th Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum for his candidacy for a new term in his country''s elections in 2019.

In a message on his Twitter account, Morales thanked the Latin American left for its support in the Havana Declaration.

We welcome the resolution of the 24th Sao Paulo Forum, which supports the constitutional candidacy of authorities for the peoples' self-determination by the American Convention. In democracy, it will be the people that will decide to give continuity to economic growth and to improve what has been achieved, Morales wrote.

The Bolivian president also welcomed that the final document of the meeting calls on Bolivia and Chile to find a solution to Bolivia's access to the sea on the basis of dialogue and international law.

We thank the resolution of the 24th Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum that calls on Chile and Bolivia to find a solution to the maritime confinement with dialogue and respect for international law for the integration of our peoples. The Hague's ruling must unite us, instead of dividing us, the head of State said in another Twit.

On Tuesday, the participants in the 24th Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum closed the event with a declaration that, among other issues, supports the candidacy of Bolivian President Evo Morales to run in the 2019 general elections, and calls to solve the Chilean-Bolivian maritime dispute peacefully.

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Left Wing Is Still Struggling in Latin America and Caribbean

Amid an offensive by the right wing with its neoliberal policies and the stepping up of hegemonic stance of the United States, progressive and left-wing forces from Latin America and the Caribbean noted here that they are still struggling.

More than 600 delegates who attended the 24th Sao Paulo Forum from July 15-17 at Havana's Convention Center set that position after discussing the need for unity to respond to the current situation in the region.

Heads of State, former presidents, renowned figures and intellectuals from Latin America and the Caribbean condemned the thesis on the defeat of the left wing and the supremacy of the right wing, based on coups d'état and elections with negative results for the progressive forces.

In that regard, the Final Declaration adopted at the end of the meeting on Tuesday describes as absurd and inadmissible the notion that the US-sponsored power elites are ruling the region.

The parties and groups of the Forum, created in 1990, agreed to take actions to counter the right wing's attacks, boost integration mechanisms like the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and fight the Organization of American States (OAS)'s interference.

The documents approved at the 24th Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum support the governments that have been victims of foreign aggressions, including those of Venezuela and Nicaragua, and condemned the US blockade of Cuba and the persecutions of popular leaders.

They also demanded the release of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, whose imprisonment they described as unfair.

The Sao Paulo Forum also expressed support for former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, who recalled in a video message the crusade against him, and accused President Lenin Moreno of betraying the Citizens' Revolution.

The Havana meeting was attended by progressive and popular leaders from the region, including the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), Raul Castro, and Presidents Miguel Diaz-Canel (Cuba), Nicolas Maduro (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia) and Salvador Sanchez Ceren (El Salvador).

Other participants were former Presidents Dilma Rousseff (Brazil) and Manuel Zelaya (Honduras), and the Puerto Rican pro-independence fighter Oscar Lopez Rivera.

In their speeches, Diaz-Canel, Maduro, Morales and Sanchez Ceren insisted on the urgency for the left wing and the sectors opposed to neoliberalism to unite, a stance that was ratified by PCC Central Committee Second Secretary Jose Ramon Machado Ventura in his closing speech.

The third and last session of the 24th Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum paid tribute to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and his legacy.

According to Evo Morales, the best tribute to Fidel is to materialize Latin American and Caribbean unity and do not give in, while Maduro noted the Cuban leader's commitment to the defense of social justice and the peoples' dignity.

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Maduro Highlights Fidel Castro's Legacy in Sao Paulo Forum

Havana, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro highlighted today the legacy of Fidel Castro's resistance and struggle at the 24th Meeting of Sao Paulo Forum.

In a plenary session devoted to the thought of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, during the last day of the three-day meeting, the President pointed out Fidel's commitment to unity and the defense of social justice and the dignity of the people.

At Havana's Conventions Center, Maduro also mentioned the example of the Cuban leader (1926-2016) as a creator and promoter of projects marked by justice, democracy and dignity, regardless of what those processes are called.

During his speech, the Venezuelan leader addressed the situation in his country, subjected to internal and external aggression, with the United States government as a protagonist, a crusade that includes the danger of a military aggression.

We have resisted the violence and the attacks of the most powerful empire, said Maduro, who recalled the interest of the powers, and in particular of Washington, in seizing the great resources of the South American country, including oil and gold.

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Unity is the Best Tribute to Fidel Castro, Says President Diaz-Canel

Havana, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel affirmed here today that the unity of left parties and political movements in Latin America and the Caribbean is the best tribute to the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro.

The left in the region has the challenge of saving what has been achieved and that´s why it is important to return to the integrationist ideal of Fidel Castro (1926-2016), who together with the former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was one of the promoters of the Forum of Sao Paulo, said Diaz-Canel when participating in the 24th edition of the conclave.

In his speech, the President recalled how the Cuban leader thought and organized the Revolution of January 1, 1959, gave dignity to Cuba, brought hope to humanity and confronted U.S. imperialism in an undefeated way.

Fidel Castro reminded us that Revolution is unity, and that this is one of the keys to understand how we have successfully faced external aggressions of all kinds, he added when addressing the audience gathered at the Havana Convention Center.

Diaz-Canel insisted on the importance of unity given the international situation, characterized by growing threats to peace and dangers to the survival of the human species in a world devoured by the desire for profit and the arms race.

In another moment of his speech, Diaz-Canel spoke of unity as an important way to demand the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba and the return of illegally occupied territory against the will of the people by the U.S. naval base in the eastern province of Guantanamo.

In Cuba there are no capitalist gyrations, neither concessions of any kind to those who, in a thousand different ways, seek to distance us from the historical internationalist positions of the Revolution, I stress this and ask that it be understood as a solemn oath before Fidel Castro.

Cuba will not give up its anti-imperialist positions and will maintain its principles of solidarity and internationalism, the President concluded.

Inaugurated last Sunday, the 24th Meeting of the Forum of Sao Paulo gathers more than 600 delegates and guests from 51 countries in Havana.

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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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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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Sao Paulo Forum: Space for Criticism and Construction of Perspectives

Port-au-Prince, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The Sao Paulo Forum, to be in session this Sunday in Havana, will be a space for criticism and the construction of new perspectives, said Haitian economist and political activist Camille Chalmers.

The teacher is also a delegate to the 24th Annual Meeting of political agreement of the regional left-wing forces, which aims to discuss and set guidelines on the struggles that unite us, he said.

'We are going to have a really important presence of all the left-wing forces, a wide range of options and trends, and innovation this year is that there will be a meeting with social movements,' Chalmers told Prensa Latina.

Camille, who is a great friend of Cuba and a follower of progressive social projects, remarked that the exchange with these movements will allow a rapprochement between concrete social struggles and policies, which can lead to 'the creation of a front to resist the pressure and the permanent threat of imperialism.'

He warned that an enormous violence against democracy, peoples and workers has been unleashed at present, with the intention of dismantling the conquests of the left in recent years.

'It is very important to create a front that can oppose this and that can overcome and relaunch the process of progressive accumulation in Latin America,' he said.

The Sao Paulo Forum, created by the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, groups 112 left-wing political parties from Latin America and the Caribbean.

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