Canadian Brigade of Solidarity arrives in Cuba

The Solidarity Brigade with Cuba Calixto García, from Canada, arrived here Saturday to fulfill a broad program of activities in several provinces of eastern Cuba.

The group is made up of members of the Solidarity Movement with Cuba, delegates to the International Symposiums for the Liberation of the Five Heroes, members of the Ernesto Che Guevara Brigade and trade unionists, whose objective is to deepen their knowledge of the history, culture and traditions of this area.

According to the Brigade's plan, which ends on December 14, they will visit historical and agricultural sites in the territories of Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, Granma and Holguín provinces.

In Santiago de Cuba they will arrive at the Santa Ifigenia heritage cemetery, to pay tribute to the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, as well as the mausoleum of the Second Eastern Front Frank País, where the remains of revolutionary fighters and the Spanish dancer Antonio Gades rest.

Another point to visit will be the town of Caimanera, located very close to the territory illegally occupied by the Naval Base of the United States in the bay of Guantanamo.

They will also tour the native homes of Cuban heroine Celia Sánchez Manduley and that of the Father of the Fatherland, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, in Granma province.

The itinerary will conclude in Holguin, with an activity in tribute to the General of the Three Wars, Calixto García, and a visit to an agricultural cooperative in the town of Velasco.

The Calixto García Brigade was established in November 2018, as a sign of the consolidation of friendship ties between the peoples of Cuba and Canada.

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Cuba begins to withdraw doctors from Ecuador

The first of nearly 400 Cuban doctors assigned to Ecuador were pulled back Tuesday at the request of Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno.

A plane carrying 174 doctors landed in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, home to some of the medical professionals, before flying to Havana, where the remainder were met by Cuban Health Minister Jose Angel Portal.

Portal praised their work and denied that they had played any political role in the recent wave of protests that roiled Ecuador, as Moreno has charged.

Ecuador's government alleged that during the riots in early October "there were an unusual flow of foreigners in the country with an official Cuban passport, arriving as healthcare workers."

On Nov. 12, Ecuador announced its unilateral decision to terminate health accords with Cuba that entailed the 382-member Cuban medical mission, saying Ecuadorians would replace the doctors.

Cuba's Health Ministry blames Washington for the dispute, accusing Washington of trying to "sabotage" and "discredit" the prestige of its renowned international healthcare cooperation, also known as medical diplomacy.

"At all times, Cuban professionals have strictly adhered to carrying out the functions entrusted to them by Ecuador's health system in strict compliance with the signed agreements," the ministry said in a recent statement.

Cuba began medical cooperation with Ecuador in 1992. It was expanded in 2009 through a framework cooperation agreement in health matters signed during then Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa's visit to Havana.

Some 3,565 Cuban doctors have worked in Ecuador, attending to millions of patients and carrying out 212,360 surgeries, according to the Cuban government.

In a message to the Ecuadorian people, Portal said Cuba was willing to continue collaborating in medical matters.

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Cuba and Kazakhstan expand cooperation in biotechnology and health fields

Cuba and Kazakhstan will expand their cooperation in the fields of biotechnology and health, with the visit to the Eurasian country of an important delegation composed of representatives of the Cuban business group Biocubafarma and the Centre for Molecular Immunology.

The website of the Cuban Foreign Ministry informed that the visit is headed by Dr. Idania Caballeros Torres, director of the Biocubafarma Representation in Moscow and for the entire post-Soviet area, and its objective is to follow up and sustain negotiations with Kazakh counterparts on the introduction and use of Cuban medicines in that country, as well as to explore new possibilities and fields of cooperation between both nations in the biotechnological and health fields.

The Cuban representatives develop an intense program of visits to medical, scientific, academic, educational and governmental institutions, as well as holding a series of meetings and negotiations on various joint projects aimed at strengthening cooperation and a greater and broader approach to the advances of Cuban biotechnology.

In her statements upon arrival in this country, Caballeros Torres referred to the importance of this type of visits and negotiations for the development of exchange between the peoples and institutions of Cuba and Kazakhstan, since they allow to verify the potentialities for cooperation and to advance ongoing negotiations for the realization of important exchange projects between both countries.

At the same time, the Cuban ambassador, Emilio Pevida Pupo, stressed his satisfaction with the visit of Cuban directors, scientists and researchers, which will undoubtedly contribute to the strengthening of bilateral relations between both countries, particularly in the field of health, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as a greater dissemination of the important and innovative advances of the Caribbean nation in these fields in the vast territory of this enormous country and throughout Central Asia.

Biocubafarma is a business organization that produces medicines, equipment and high-tech services related to human health, has 62 production facilities, and among its results has 802 health records and exports to 48 countries.
The Center for Molecular Immunology is one of the main centers of this sector in Cuba, with more than 30 awards from the Cuban Academy of Sciences, was inaugurated on December 5, 1994 by the leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz.

Its CIMAvax-EGF vaccine is a world reference in its use for the treatment of very advanced stages of cancer with null surgical possibilities, and has other products online and registered, including CIMAher, for the treatment of tumors of the head, neck, esophagus and pancreas, and iorEPOCIM, 2000, 4000 and 10000, for the treatment of anemia in chronic renal failure, AIDS, and cancer patients under chemotherapy regimen.

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Cuban Doctors Arrested, Harassed in Bolivia Return Home Safely

The four doctors were detained for allegedly "encouraging and financing" the protests demanding the reestablishment of the Constitutional Order.

Cuba's Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez announced Sunday the return of 207 medical personnel who were offering their services in Bolivia, among them the four doctors who were detained for allegedly "encouraging and financing" the massive protests that demand the reestablishment of the Constitutional Order in the Andean nation.

"Another 207 Cuban collaborators in Bolivia are already flying back to their homeland. Their families, patients, neighbors and all of our people await them proudly and gratefully," announced Rodriguez.

The doctors were forced to abruptly interrupt their work due to the lack of safety as right-wing violence and repression escalate in Bolivia, part of the coup perpetrated against President Evo Morales.

Cuban doctors return to their country by groups, after the de facto Bolivian government investigated them for "encouraging and financing" the massive demonstrations demanding Morales' return and the restoration of the constitutional order.

A first group made up of 224 professionals arrived in Cuba last Saturday night, where they were received as heroes after their valuable work in the South American country.

“You are missionaries of life, who only have love to oppose hatred. Welcome back," Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said during his welcome speech.

In a similar fashion, the departure of Cuban doctors from Brazil earlier this year saw severe consequences for that country’s most vulnerable population as the government of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro struggled to fill up the vacuum left by the physicians; El Salvador is another country that halted the medical programs with Cuba, followed last week by Ecuador.

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NYC council members introduce resolution against blockade of Cuba

On the steps of City Hall on Oct. 17, City Council representatives Inez Barron, Ydanis Rodriguez, and Jimmy Van Bremer announced the introduction of a council resolution calling for an end to the economic blockade and travel bans imposed by the U.S. federal government on Cuba. In addition to members of the media, a crowd of Cuba solidarity activists were in attendance at the 9 a.m. press conference, which began with a rousing call to end the blockade.

In opening remarks, Barron read from the resolution, to which she added her own heartfelt appeal to the U.S. federal government. She called for the lifting of what the government calls the “embargo” and the elimination of regulations that hamper U.S. citizens from visiting the island.

She pointed out that a clear majority of the world’s nations, as well as a majority of citizens in the U.S., oppose the blockade and said that ending it would be good for everybody. The blockade is detrimental to the economies of both Cuba and the U.S., she said, arguing that lifting it would serve as an economic stimulus.

Speaking in English and in Spanish, Rodriguez mentioned the progress that was made several years ago to improve U.S.-Cuba relations and ease the restrictions. He expressed the hope that, rather than returning to the days when harsh measures were imposed, progress would continue.

Rodriguez has been a long-time champion of solidarity with Cuba and, in an earlier statement said, “We need to end this archaic Cold War-era embargo that has impacted the people, not the government as [was] its original intent. We must end the Cuban embargo and travel ban now!“

At the close of the event, Barron said the resolution would be formally introduced later that day and that the process of reaching out to other members of the council to get them on board would begin immediately.

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Cuba President Continues Working Tour of Cuban Provinces

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel praised the way the western province of Pinar del Río has reacted in the implementation of the measures to mitigate the difficult energy situation that the island is experiencing.

Speaking with local authorities on Monday, he acknowledged the measures undertaken by that territory to guarantee the vitality of services, the processing and distribution of food and also agriculture, despite the limitations imposed by the U.S. blockade on the island´s people.

Responsible for nearly 70 percent of Cuban tobacco production, Pinar del Río is approaching the beginning of the campaign in which it should cover 19,890 hectares with tobacco plants.

“This has been an exercise in real time for situations of a certain complexity, he said, and ‘it has allowed us to face the deficiencies, prepare and systematize solutions,’ he added.

The Cuban head of state also visited the neighboring western province of Artemisa, where he acknowledged its preparation for the current energy situation

In an encounter with local party and government authorities, he noted the coherence of the work done in the province and pointed to the innovative use of personnel currently without work content being assigned as inspectors to support public transportation.

Díaz-Canel said that the Cuban people is going to emerge stronger from this situation because ‘in the same measure that solutions are found in the permanent reserve of creativity that we have, we will be better citizens, better revolutionaries and better public servants of the nation,’ he stressed. Since the announcement of the energy difficulties last week, Miguel Diaz-Canel is touring the island´s provinces to oversee the implementation of the measures adopted to mitigate the fuel deficit, and to hear feedback on initiatives adopted by local authorities.

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Cuba: under Siege, but Fearless

Cubans usually make a mockery of their own problems. It is a natural gift to solve with humor every hardship we face.

“Let the girl get in first. Help the pregnant woman. Take good care of old men and women. Let’s squeezed together a bit! As the song goes: “step by step.” Let’s help each other. Squeezed, but relaxed. Step on the gas, driver!

Dealing with transportation these days is like going out there into a battlefield with sensitivity, patience, and trust as your only protective shields. The U.S. blockade hurts once again. The Empire is there. It is all over again, this time his name is (Donald) Trump.

The full implementation of the Helms-Burton Act jeopardizes the arrival of diesel to the country with the purpose of triggering distrust, fear, and havoc in the Cuban society. Bus stops are busy. Buses do not show up. Workers, students, old men, women, and children are losing valuable time just waiting. Once again the Cuban people have decided to resist. Once again the Cuban people have decided to trust.

Before such temporary situation, the President of the Council of State and Minister Miguel Diaz-Canel announced a list of measures that are being implemented to ease the energy situation. In this regard, he suggested being creative, following strict discipline, and finding effective solutions to problems. These are times to confirm our revolutionary ideals and principles, and put Cuba as the top priority. These are times of solidarity, which makes us different worldwide.

“The best way to sort problems out is to tell people the truth,” stated the President. And the truth of Cuba lies on its people, history, and present time even though major foreign media strive hard to silence it.

The Cuban press removed any trace of fake news regarding alleged extreme measures and a regression to the Special Period in times of peace, and echoed a campaign against the U.S. blockade and aggressions. Our journalists and civil society quickly reported, contextualized, and became essential in the information management in every platform.

Restricting basic needs and discrediting the Cuban revolutionary government in every scenario are some of the failed attempts of the U.S. government to make the Cuban people and its Revolution kneel down.

The Minister of Economy and Planning Alejandro Gil stated in the information TV program Mesa Redonda that there is going to be a very different situation as soon as in October, especially with the arrival of new oil tankers at Cuban ports. Up until then, it is very important to keep discipline in the compliance with administrative standards which aimed at softening the energy crisis as well as facing the current situation with sympathy and solidarity.

Our enemies should have learned, once and for all, that Cubans do not fear threats. And our response to every attack will be always the same: We shall never surrender!

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz/CubaSi Translation Staff

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Vietnamese Party delegation visits Cuba to boost traditional ties

A delegation of the Communist Party of Việt Nam (CPV) led by Hoàng Trung Hải, Politburo member of the CPV and Secretary of the Hà Nội City Party Committee, paid a working visit to Cuba from September 9-13.

During the visit, Hải met with Raul Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, and Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of Cuba.

At these meetings, the two sides exchanged experience in building socialism in each country and affirmed their determination to promote socio-economic cooperation to further deepen the long-standing friendship between Việt Nam and Cuba.

Hải informed the Cuban leaders about the outcomes of the delegation’s working trip and affirmed the Vietnamese people’s consistent sentiments and support to the revolutionary cause of the fraternal Cuban people.

At a reception for the Vietnamese Party delegation, José Ramón Machado Ventura, Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, highlighted the special brotherhood between the two Parties, Governments and peoples as the two nations will celebrate the 60th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties in December 2020.

He also shared difficulties and challenges that the Cuban people are encountering due to the complicated situation in the region and the world.

The Vietnamese official said he believed that with the strong will, experience and the leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba, the Cuban people will overcome these obstacles to push ahead with their development path.

Hải affirmed that Việt Nam has been and will always stand side by side with the Cuban people in any circumstances.

At the talks with Luis Antonio Torres Iríbar, Secretary of the Havana Party Committee, Hải voiced his hope that the two capital cities will have more cooperation projects in the future to make practical contributions to the development of bilateral traditional relations.

During his working visit to Cuba, Hải also worked with Vice President of the Council of Ministers Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz to discuss cooperation in potential fields.


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