President Raul Castro Welcomes Cuban Delegation

Cuban President Raul Castro welcomed on Monday in Havana the Cuban delegation that headed Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez to the 8th Summit of the Americas recently held in Lima, Peru.

On board were also representatives of the Cuban Civil Society, youth, deputies and business executives that participated in the Summit’s parallel forums.

Accompanying Raul Castro were members of the Political Bureau, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party; Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, First Vice President; and Esteban Lazo, President of the National Assembly of the People’s Power.

The Cuban President also welcomed a group of intellectuals, artists, athletes, among others that participated in the alternative Summit of the Peoples held last Tuesday to Saturday in Lima, Peru.

President Raul Castro Welcomes Cuban Delegation to the 8th Summit of the Americas

President Raul Castro Welcomes Cuban Delegation to the 8th Summit of the Americas

By Jorge Leganoa Alonso

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Cuba's call for open and frank dialogue highlighted in Peru

Cuba once again called for an open and respectful dialogue amidst attempts to silence the voice of its true civil society, represented at events at the VIII Summit of the Americas, taking place in Lima, capital city of Peru.

Both young people and social actors from the Caribbean nation participating in the youth forums of the Americas and civil society were subjected to arbitrary exclusions and irregularities "not foreseen" by the organizers of these hemispheric meetings, who at all times only replied: "We will take notes".

Coalition 15, For an Inclusive and Respectful World, which leads the largest of the West Indies, also denounced the lack of transparency of the forum organizers in choosing the spokesperson for Thursday's dialogue with government representatives.

After making proposals and putting it to the vote, the responsibility of the spokeswoman fell on the young Mirthia Julia Brossard Oris, who is part of this group along with 67 other Cubans.

Coalition members also expressed their disagreement with the distribution and organization of the work of the 28 civil society forum groups.

From the Sheraton Hotel, located in Lima, the Cubans also expressed their disagreement with the way in which the document to be presented to the Heads of State at the high-level segment of the Summit will be prepared next Saturday.

Ronald Hidalgo Rivero also presented a point of order in the plenary of the youth forum, in which he asked the organizers and authorities present to review the accreditation mechanism, which included three Cubans who do not represent the legitimate interests of Cubans.

Another side event: the III Meeting of the Open Parliament Network of ParlAmericas began Tuesday at the Peruvian Congress, where the positions and work of legislative institutions in the countries of the hemisphere to confront corruption were respectfully shared.

The five deputies who make up the delegation of the largest of the Antilles, presented Cuba's experiences on the subject, which has totally different nuances in the Caribbean country, as there is no political corruption, as confirmed by the prosecutor Edward Roberts Campbell.

As an alternative space to that of the Americas, discussions also continued at the People's Summit, today with broad support for former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, imprisoned after a manipulated judicial process for alleged involvement in a corruption case.

At the same time, the voice of trade union, youth and feminist leaders and social, progressive and leftist movements in the region in favor of Cuba and Venezuela excluded from the meeting of the heads of state and government of the hemisphere was felt.

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Trump Cancels his Participation at 8th Summit of the Americas

Washington, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) US President Donald Trump canceled his participation at the 8th Summits of the Americas this week in Peru and a subsequent visit to Colombia, in what would be his first visit to the region as president.

'President Trump will not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, nor will he travel to Bogota, Colombia, as he was originally scheduled,' White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Tuesday.

According to the spokeswoman, Vice President Mike Pence will travel instead, while Trump will remain in the United States 'to monitor the US response to Syria and monitor events around the world.'

The news about the non-participation of the head of state in the hemispheric forum occurs only a day after a State Department official offered details of the trip and the Republican ruler's intentions to attend the event, which will be held on the April 13 and 14.

In that time, however, he has undertaken more distant trips to Europe, Asia and the Middle East on several occassions.

The news of the cancellation of the trip is spread after Trump said Yesterday that the United States would have 24 to 48 hours to decide the response to an alleged attack with chemical weapons in Syria, from which Washington wasted no time to blame the government of Bashar Al -Assad.

The possible presence of Trump at the Summit of the Americas in Lima was seen as a cause of tension in the meeting, as the president was with an agenda aimed at seeking regional support for his hostile stance against Venezuela, as confirmed by his administration on Monday.

Also, his position on immigration and recent comments against countries in the area considered offensive augured another reason for disagreement in the forum.

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Five Things That Went Under-Reported at the Summit of the Americas

1. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Meets with Cuban President Raul Castro – Canadian Media Not Advised

Cuban President Raul Castro and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper held a bilateral meeting, however Canadian media reported that they were only informed of the meeting after the fact and only because the Canadian head of government made a passing reference to a meeting between the two leaders. A photo of the meeting was not released by the prime minister's office, nor were any statements released, suggesting that the prime minister was seeking to deliberately downplay the meeting.

Canada and Cuba have a long-standing political and economic relationship, although Canada supported past efforts by the United States to exclude Cuba from summits.

2. U.S. Refuses to Repeal Sanctions against Venezuela, Despite Pleas from Regional Leaders

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson told CNN that her country will not repeal the executive order signed by President Barack Obama that declared Venezuela a national security threat.

Latin American leaders have been unanimous in their condemnation of Obama's executive order, with many touching the topic during their interventions at the Summit of the Americas. Obama and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who brought the signatures of over 11 million Venezuelans opposed to the decree, held a formal meeting which was described as “cordial” by Maduro. However, no announcement regarding the executive order was made after their meeting.

3. Summit Fails to Issue Final Declaration Due to U.S. Opposition

The Summit of the Americas once again failed to issue a final declaration, as is common during summits that gather heads of state and government.

Bolivian President Evo Morales blamed the United States government for the lack of a final declaration, as did Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman. Both the U.S. and Canada opposed clauses in the draft document that made references to the strengthening of collective rights, as well as those that called on states to have greater obligations. This is the third summit in a row that failed to issue a final declaration.

4. To Avoid Embarrassment, Obama Skips Critical Speeches by Presidents

Anticipating a barrage of criticism, U.S. President Barack Obama walked out of the room where the region's leaders were giving remarks. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez criticized the U.S. leader for issuing unilateral sanctions against Venezuela, calling them “ridiculous.”

It was later reported that Obama left the plenary in order to hold a bilateral meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, despite the fact that protocol establishes that bilateral meetings be held once the heads of state and government have all spoken.

5. Seemingly Irritated Obama Remarks about ‘History Lessons’ at Summits

With many regional leaders using their time to remark on the history of U.S. interference in the internal affairs in nearly all of the countries of the hemisphere, the U.S. president made a tongue-in-cheek comment about the “history lessons” he always receives in these summits.

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa criticized Obama's position, saying that U.S. interference was not a thing of the past. “Unfortunately, the executive order against Venezuela, or the request for funds from the Senate to interfere in Ecuador and other countries, are not things from the past, they are things from the present,” said Correa.

U.S.- Summit of the Americas: Time of the Vultures?

Just after the end of that meeting, several possible republican presidential candidates attack the encounter Raul-Obama.

An article from EFE issued in Washington expressed this Sunday that he was harshly criticized while “many considered it historical.”

Written by Raquel Godos, the information quotes, among other things the statements of the Texas senator, Ted Cruz.

The latter said in an official statement that Obama’s approach grants the Castro brothers legitimacy in the international scene.

There is the expression of someone as ignorant as ill-intentioned, because Cuba is one of the countries with more legitimacy credentials in that regard.

Some hard facts prove it.

Will Texan Cruz know that since 1992 most of the nearly 190 countries that comprise the U.N. General Assembly every year has demanded the end of the North American blockade to the island?

Does he know that 33 nations of this region chose Havana to preside over (pro-tempore) the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC)?

And that the island was appointed a few months ago to head the sessions of the Sixty-seven World Health Assembly (WHO) in Geneva?

  

Has Mr. Cruz learned that Cuba has been chosen and reelected to be part of the United Nations Human Rights Council?  

Furthermore, does it ring a bell, that after confronting another extreme rightwing plot to avoid its presence in Summits of the Americas, now was invited to the Seventh?

Ted Cruz, as the article from EFE reminded is a man “next” to the Neo-Nazi sect Tea Party.

Then, with incredible bluntness, the senator admitted that Obama’s performance toward Cuba “abandons the pro-North American opposition.”

“This president, highlighted the news agency, demonstrates to be willing to do what nine prior presidents from both parties had not done: to give refuge to a communist dictator in our own hemisphere.”

On the other hand, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, close to sell his candidacy, made evident his rejection to the Raul-Obama dialogue, and called the first one a “cruel dictator.”

With a single fact, among so many, is enough to know who Jeb is, like the British journalist, Greg Palast narrates to the detail in his book “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.”

Considered a best seller by The New York Times, it sheds light on the huge fraud in Florida during the 2000 elections to guarantee George W. Bush's victory as president.

Back then the governor of that state was, in fact, the republican presidential candidate's brother.

Now, Florida senator, Marco Rubio, close to make public similar electoral purpose, catalogued as “ridiculous” the possible de-listing of Cuba from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism.

This character drags a background that includes financial scandals back when he was a member of parliament in that state, even an accusation of the Washington Post to have lied with electoral intentions on the origin of his parents.

In the last months he has outstood for spreading a ferocious opposition to the opening of embassies in Washington, and Havana.

Bob Menendez, extreme rightwing democratic senator for New Jersey also joined that tendency.

The latter devised a harsh attack to the encounter held by the leaders of Cuba and the United States during the VII Summit.

Bob anticipated at Fox News Sunday program that his president makes a calculation mistake when estimating that “if it stretches the hand to dictators, these they will loosen the fist.”

When did the senator speak to Fox Television? In moments that he confronts serious accusations of the Justice Department for his steady corrupt performance.

The serious accusations are big enough that some observers foresee the beginning of the end of his political career.

According to the same analysis of EFE, the political turn of Obama towards the island has a great support among citizenship and a two-party majority in the Congress.

  

Then, what outcome could take away from the vultures who in Washington oppose the bilateral approach?

Due to his great lack of reputation, to keep wading against a process that points to be really thorny, and piece by piece possible.

Alicia Barcena Seeks to Promote Public Education at Panama Summit

The secretary general of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Barcena, said in a statement to ACN that she has come to the Forum of Rectors of the 7th Summit of the Americas to promote the idea of public education, free and of quality for the inhabitants of the region.

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