More Cubans Living Abroad, Visiting

The Cuban tourism industry which some consider to be the most efficient of the harsh local economy is receiving significant support from Cubans living abroad and coming to the island.

There were 623,831 Cubans settled abroad their homeland who were visiting in 2019, according to official statistics released.

From this amount 552,816 came from the United States, according to a message on Twitter of the Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez.

The official saw in that result "evidence of the strengthening of ties of Cuba with its compatriots."

Around the announcement, the official media also stressed that the high statistics was attained despite the measures taken by the United States government in order to reduce the arrivals of tourists to Cuba.

The visits of Cubans residing abroad to their homeland have as main motive to meet with relatives and spend free time. Authorities also keep permanent contact with those citizens.

On the arrivals the director of Consular Affairs and Cuban Residents Abroad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ernesto Soberón published that in the last six years more than three million Cubans living abroad entered the country.

President Miguel Díaz-Canel confirmed with a phrase that policy by saying that "we count on you. We are Cuba."

The official newspaper Granma described the visits thanks to an attitude of "commitment and activism" of more than 160 Cuban associations in 79 countries with whom "unbreakable ties" are strengthened.

With that objective was already announced a new La Nación y Emigración Conference next April.

In order to make the trips of Cubans living abroad to the island normal again, important changes took place in the Cuban rules and laws, including immigration reform seven years ago that even opened more doors to the so-called "repatriation".

Consequently, living behind an era during which ties of Cubans with much of their communication abroad were very complex based on ideological motivations.

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Díaz-Canel evokes memory of Cuban heroine Celia Sánchez

The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, today recalled the memory of the Cuban revolutionary, political and research fighter, Celia Sánchez (1920-1980), commemorating 40 years of her death.

Celia teaches us the virtues that we must develop. In every space of the Palace of the Revolution (headquarters of the Executive), in every detail, every day one feels her eternal presence, her trail without equal, said the president in his Twitter account.

Díaz-Canel also placed a link to the website of the Presidency, which publishes fragments of the words pronounced by the intellectual and politician, Armando Hart, at the funeral of who organized the clandestine network of peasants in support of the guerrillas led by Fidel Castro and played an important role in the Cuban revolutionary process.

Hart said she was the bearer of an exceptional intuition, sensitivity and feminine intelligence, together with her personal value, shown throughout her life as a revolutionary and, especially, in difficult moments of war and in the crucial and decisive moments of the process.

Months before the landing of Granma there has been no episode of the revolutionary struggle led by Fidel in which Celia was not in the first line of combat, he said.

He also affirmed that Celia, from the moment of the landing in Las Coloradas, until the moment of her death (at the age of 59), she worked permanently with Fidel.

He highlighted the firmness, modesty, affection and determination, together with her fervent revolutionary passion in facing injustices, addressed the problems and was involved in solving any issue of revolutionary interest.

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Diaz-Canel celebrates birthday of Cuban Hero's daughter

Havana, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel recalled on Monday the birthday of Gema, the eldest daughter of Hero of the Republic Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Five anti-terrorist fighters who served years of unjust imprisonment in the US.

Diaz-Canel shared on Twitter a link to an article in the local newspaper Granma reflecting the fifth birthday of little Gema.

'Her birthday brings back the collective memory of the Cuban people regarding the special circumstances of her gestation, in the midst of the battle for Gerardo to return to the island after being sentenced to two life sentences and 15 years in prison,' according to the article.

The commentary recalls that negotiations between Washington and Havana during 2013 and 2014 included assisted reproductive treatment for Gerardo's wife, Adriana Perez.

Upon their arrival in Havana after their release on December 17, 2014, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino and Antonio Guerrero met with their fellow comrades, Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez, who had served their full sentences, following the rigged trial against the Five in Miami.

The expression 'they will return,' pronounced by the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro on June 23, 2001, began the motto of the international campaign for the return of The Cuban Five, as they became known worldwide.

Arrested in 1998 in the United States and later sentenced in that country to long prison terms, the Five infiltrated terrorist organizations based in the US to prevent attacks on against the Cuban people.

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Cuban president shares report on coup d'état in Bolivia

Havana, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Monday shared an article on Twitter on the coup d'état in Bolivia, which shows the manipulation of that issue.

Diaz-Canel posted a report published on the Cubadebate website, which explains through five questions that the coup d'état against President Evo Morales on November 10, 2019, combined military statements and repression with 'the unprecedented action of cyber troops on digital platforms.'

The goal was to generate an alleged consensus aligned with the rhetoric of the United States and the interest of the regional right wing, according to Cuban journalist Rosa Miriam Elizalde, one of the authors of the article.

One of the questions is whether thousands of fake accounts with a common narrative supporting the coup d'état in Bolivia could be created without Twitter realizing immediately.

The affirmative response demonstrates that several studies have documented the creation of thousands of fake accounts during the coup in Bolivia.

The method used to spread false information was hybrid, as it combined the digital actions of real accounts of coup supporters, trolls (cyber troops with authentic accounts aimed at polarizing the conversation), and bots (partially or totally automated accounts), among others.

Bolivia is currently ruled by a de facto government that took power after the coup d'état against President Evo Morales.

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Cuban president highlights the legacy of National Hero José Martí

Havana, January 5 (RHC)-- Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez highlighted on Sunday the influence of National Hero José Martí on the Caribbean nation's efforts to consolidate its independent development model.

The Cuban president stated on Twitter that Martí's legacy is always present and indispensable.  "He is a premise and reference in our aspirations and achievements," he wrote.

The head of state posted a link to an article published by Juventud Rebelde on Sunday, which refers to the transcendence of the person considered to be the universal Cuban.

José Julián Martí Pérez created the Cuban Revolutionary Party and organized the War of '95 or the Necessary War.

Because of Marti's universal projection, as a writer, politician, thinker, journalist, philosopher, and poet, his stature went beyond the borders of his country and the time he lived in to become the greatest Hispanic-American political thinker of the 19th century.
 

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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President of Cuba recalls Fidel Castro's words about unity

Havana, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Díaz-Canel recalled today the words of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, about the importance of unity to succeed and have the strength to resist adversity.

The president published the phrase of Fidel in his Twitter account which culminates stating that the Revolution will remain standing despite the pressures.

In another message on that social network, Díaz-Canel shared an opinion article published this Sunday in the local newspaper Juventud Rebelde.

The text highlights the triumphs of the process led by Fidel in Cuba and that reaches its 61st anniversary on January 1.

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Cuban President congratulates Foreign Ministry on its 60th anniversary

Havana, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel today congratulated workers and diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minrex) on the 60th anniversary of the creation of that agency. "Congratulations to our worthy diplomats, the workers of #CubaMinrex and the Cuban people for building, making, defending and exalting our foreign policy on the 60th anniversary of MINREX," the president posted on Twitter.

Previously, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez congratulated sector workers and the Cuban people, whom he described as the main protagonist of revolutionary diplomacy.

He also called to remain united in the defense of the Caribbean nation, which is currently facing the growing hostility of the United States government in its intention to destroy the Cuban Revolution.

The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs was constituted on December 23, 1959 by Decree of the Revolutionary Government, to replace the Ministry of State, created under the first US occupation of the island and designed to serve the interests of the United States government.

In an interview published Monday on the Cubaminrex website, Abelardo Moreno, current adviser to MINREX, said the creation of the revolutionary institution transformed Cuban foreign policy in a very short time.

With decades of experience in the diplomatic sphere of the Caribbean nation, he explained that "not only did it institutionalize the fundamental changes in Foreign Relations undertaken by the Revolution, but it totally broke with the diplomacy of the neocolonial republic. It buried the State Ministry."

Regarding the 'Minister of Dignity' Raúl Roa, Moreno pointed out that he laid the foundations for the transformation of the former Ministry of State into a revolutionary, anti-imperialist, invincible body.

He added that the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, was and is the creator of the current revolutionary diplomacy.

"The most important thing that the Ministry has done for 60 years I will summarize in a few words: being unconditionally faithful to Fidel's ideas and the Revolution. Everything else derives from there," he stressed.

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Díaz-Canel summons to unleash productive forces in Cuba

Havana, Dec 17 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Díaz-Canel today summoned members of the National Association of Economists and Accountants of Cuba (Anec) to 'put their thoughts' in order to unleash productive forces in the Caribbean nation.

In a meeting with members of that organization, Díaz-Canel also called on them to conclude the National Economic and Social Development Plan until 2030 and to make internal trade more robust and meet the demands of the population, the website of the Presidency reported.

The ruler also asked them to think on how to strengthen foreign investment, exports and productive chains; while highlighting the role of Anec in the economic battle in force in the country.

The head of state listed issues in which the accompaniment of the association of more than 80 thousand members is vital, such as the elimination of obstacles to the performance of the Cuban economy or the best development of the socialist state enterprise.

The Anec, Diaz-Canel added, has to motivate the development of thinking about the world and national economy and our economists must place their articles in the debate spaces.

He said that the lines of work with more progress are the proposals for the increase of exports, the promotion of local development, the improvement of the business system and the strengthening of accounting, the report added.

The Anec, founded on June 14, 1979, is made up of economists, accountants, auditors, industrial and computer engineers, and other professionals with an active and direct participation in economic activity, refers its website.

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