Cuba Denounces Development Drawbacks Due to US Blockade

The upsurge of the US blockade against Cuba brings about major drawbacks to the national population development policies, according to the Cuban ambassador to the UN, Humberto Rivero.

In a special session of the UN General-Assembly for the 35th anniversary of the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development, Rivero strongly rejected the recent activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act which imposes more hurdles to Cuba.

All Cubans have universal and free access to health care and education at all levels, 100 percent of the population is literate, he said.

The fulfillment of the Cairo Program of Action of the Montevideo Consensus and the 2030 Agenda are ways to solve the existing inequities among nations and within our societies, he stated

However, he uttered, the realization of these Action Programs require a comprehensive and inclusive approach and a real political will, effective international cooperation and a respectful and sincere dialogue.

'They also need developed countries to honor their historic commitments to the developing world forthwith.'

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Cuba: The President’s 500 Tweets

Since last October 10th the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, began in Twitter, his tweets have already reached more than 500. Number 500 was posted this Wednesday on March 20th, at 7:41 a.m.

The piece of news is not just simple math, but the consolidation, through that media of thousand of messages, of the new type of communication in the Cuban political environment that the Cuban president has started in the Island.

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Although the topics in the tweets have been dissimilar, all are characterized by the same super objective explicit on the hashtag #SomosCuba, #SomosContinuidad and #FidelCastro.

Hence, from the systematicity, the transparency and commitment, the presidential agenda is on the hand of all residents and anyone interested worldwide.

Next to the Cuban flag and the royal palm as symbols he intentionally repeats, the President has made of his micro blogging a unique engine that drives leaders and institutions to join this contemporary way of doing which are a way to stay in touch with the people they respond to.

With every tweet, Díaz-Canel ratifies his respect to the citizenship that voted for him, his commitment to democracy and to “man's full dignity” validated in the Constitution by which he voted among the first ones.

His exhortations and arguments in favor of the new Constitution put the #YoVotoSí in Twitter.

What does the President talks about?

The order here below does not sets priorities, the Cuban President has talked about his journeys through the country and the contact with the people, about meetings held at the Council of Ministers, about science, computerization, History, about the Cuban economy and associated to it the Blockade, the commerce, the innovation, the production and efficiency, as well as imports and exports.

His tweets have also touched health, education, culture, family, students, youth in general and the Cuban woman.

There have also been present topics like Havana and its 500 years, the disaster and recovery soon after passing of the tornado, the press, the laws, the new constitution and especially, about Fidel Castro as example and guide next to Raúl.

He has also approached in his topics the foreign affairs, particularly the United States actions regarding Cuba and Latin America. In this topic of foreign affairs, the message on January 23rd, at 6:52 p.m., on the support of Cuba to Venezuela, he received the largest amount of “Likes” among all tweets, as indicate index engines for that social network.

Indexes also revealed that January was in fact the month in which the President was more active in Twitter, with 99 messages.

The so-called online government, the electronic government, and specifically the contact with leaders at the bottom, those who work in municipalities and provinces, have been rules in the President’s mandate and have equally feedback in his Tweeter profile.

Another of the peculiarities that distinguishes his tweets, marked by their reach, passion, feeling and strength, it’s how many of them highlight the worth of Cubans, their self-esteem and feeling of belonging.

When the president congratulates one specific Cuban, either a famous personality or somebody little known, when he equally stimulates with one of his messages to a group of workers or an entire sector like that of lawyers or the written press, he is also motivating the will of improvement every day.

Praising in those people or groups features like dignity, decency, human solidarity, the selflessness, the working spirit and the commitment to Homeland, he is implicitly setting examples to follow, stressing the “Yes we can” of Raúl, ratifying that #VamosPorMás.(#WeWantMore)

Cuban Churches Also Blockaded by the U.S.

The Cuban United Lutheran, Baptist and Evangelical churches have denounced in Havana the innumerable impacts caused in relations with other religious institutions by the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on the island.

In statements to Prensa Latina, Antonio Santana, President of the Cuban Council of Churches, pointed out that the blockade carried out by the White House administration affects the delivery of biblical material to Cuba from solidarity entities of other nations.

The reverend also indicated that within the U.S. territory a large number of devotees are pressing for the elimination of the blockade against Cuba, which has been in force for almost 60 years.

Santana stressed the reestablishment of diplomatic relations with the United States, however, he regretted the decline in ties.

Havana and Washington re-established their diplomatic ties in July 2015, leading to high level visits and the signing of some 20 agreements, but Donald Trump's inauguration at the White House in January 2017 represented an escalation in hostility towards the island.

'We present our declaration against the blockade and its essentially pastoral mission emphasizes the comparison of life with death and the damages this U.S. policy causes to society in Cuba', Ismael Laborde, bishop of the United Evangelical Cuban Church, told Prensa Latina.

He added that relations with North American religious institutions are always carried out through third countries, making procedures and twinning with these difficult.

In this regard, Laborde emphasized the heavy visa processes faced by U.S. Lutheran pastors and the obstacles to sending books and materials essential to church activities.

The United Nations General Assembly approved on November 1, for the twenty-seventh consecutive time since 1992, a resolution demanded the end of the blockade against Cuba.

The text was supported by 189 of the 193 member states of the multilateral organization.

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Cuban Mission at UN Warns of US Blockade's Damage

Cuba''s diplomatic mission at UN stressed how the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States, which is now intensifying its actions, is a brake on achieving sustainable development.

That siege is the main obstacle to the development of all Cuban economy's potentialities, the diplomatic representative said through a press release.

The blockade is the main obstacle to the development of the economic, commercial and financial relations between Havana and Washington, and due to its extraterritorial nature, Cuba with the rest of the world, it also stressed.

This policy, which is still in force after 56 years, is a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of the human rights of the Cuban people and is described as an act of genocide, in accordance with the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted in 1948, the Cuban mission said.

At the same time, it ignores the 26 resolutions adopted by the international community within the framework of the UN General Assembly and that dictate the end, without any conditioning, of its actions on Cuba.

This is also reflected in the most recent report on the damage caused by the blockade on Cuba, a mechanism that violates the Charter of the United Nations and International Law, and represents an obstacle to cooperation.

According to that report, only from April 2017 to March 2018, that hostile policy has caused losses to Cuba valued at $4.32 billion USD.

This is so far the most unjust, severe and prolonged system of unilateral sanctions that has been applied against any country, since it was instituted on February 3, 1962, by John F. Kennedy, who served as the 35th president of the United States.

The increase in the negative effects of the worsening of the blockade on the state economy and the non-state sector of the island are evident as of the serious setback in the bilateral relations, imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump and embodied in the memorandum signed on June 16, 2017.

In November 2017, the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Treasury and State issued new regulations and provisions that strengthened the extraterritorial application of the blockade and intensified the persecution of financial transactions and banking and credit operations with Cuba globally.

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First Cuban on Mount Olympus Sent Message against Blockade

A Cuban climbed to the top of Mount Olympus where he displayed a flag of his country as well as a message of condemnation and rejection of the U.S. blockade against Cuba.

Jose Oriol Marrero Martinez, Counselor of the Embassy of Cuba in Greece, thus becomes the first Cuban to reach the top of the mythical mountain, second in height in the Balkans, reports a note of that diplomatic mission.

Today he said that he dedicated that feat to his country and to the anniversary of the 150th anniversary of the War of Independence and the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution.

Sources from the Cuban embassy highlighted the extraordinary effort made by Marrero due to the difficulties of the path, considered by specialists long and fraught with dangers, to the point that, according to statistics, less than 50 percent of those who undertake it manage to reach the cusp.

Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece and second in the Balkans, with an altitude of 2,922 meters.

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Cuba Denounces Negative Effects of US Blockade on Nephrology

Nephrology has not escaped the negative effects of the economic and financial blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States, the president of the Cuban Scientific Society of Nephrology, Jorge Perez, denounced today.

The technology for hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis is very expensive in the world, and it is not the same to be 90 miles from a very developed and powerful country that is blockading us as to be forced to import everything from Europe and Asia, Perez told Prensa Latina.

However, thanks to our State's political will, we have acquired the best equipment in prestigious world markets, but that undoubtedly implies increased costs, he commented.

Regarding scholarships, our experts have won them, but as funds from most international societies are in the United States, access has been denied to finance a Cuban nephrologist and opportunities have been missed, he added.

However, Perez, who is also the president of the Cuban Congress on Nephrology in 2018, underlined that due to that reason, most nephrologists who have received training abroad have gone to Europe, mainly to France.

Therefore, since the 1960s, Cuban nephrology followed the example of French nephrology to develop dialyses and transplants in Cuba.

At present, more than 1,400 patients live thanks to successful kidney transplants in Cuba, where there are more than 433 nephrologists, 57.3 percent of whom are women.

We are approaching international standards, but we need to improve the early detection program and provide timely and efficient treatment by interacting with risk groups and on the factors that lead to kidney damage, Perez pointed out.

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What the Cuban People Demonstrated

The enemy, its allies and those who domestically pander them were on embers this past May 1st, they were hoping a lack of support to the Revolution and just the opposite occurred. Their hopes disappear in a mist of smoke.  

The people, that which they don’t know at all and which they attempt to substitute by hired mercenaries, gave them another lesson of unity and commitment. They were left with the desires.  

Domestic enemies, those who are used to saying that we are hopeless, indifferent and exhausted, once again their appreciations were mistaken. Against the images broadcasted, the millions of articles filled with lies and naivety neither the opinions of make-believe leaders or intellectuals who sold their pens and thoughts to devious causes are worthless, everything collapses before that tide of people that in the entire country have demonstrated their support to the Revolution.  

What will say now those who have no rights and attempt to speak on behalf of the people and make demands that don't match with the fair goals of the people, those who try to make believe that their personal interests are those of the majority? They just have to acknowledge and remain silent.  

Those who raise up as advocates on behalf of everyone else, perhaps now they can understand that, for the continuity and development of our social project the essential ones are those that without having the high life standards they show, walked by the Revolution Square, that majority that is not tired and will never get tired of having dignity, independence and a homeland of their own. The same majority that in its hands has the capacity not only to assert problems and mistakes, but also of solving them. Perhaps many, perhaps most of them, can’t write in internet, but they do write daily pages of heroism with their work without boasting of intelligence, and together with their dreams they haven’t allowed anyone to steal, they keep pulling our homeland into the future.

The May 1st parade has constituted an example of the Revolution’s strength, it has shown why Cuba, without nuclear weapons, with a population under 11 and half million inhabitants, without large natural resources, a small island, in a globalized world, without having the military power and the economic potential that today determines the influence capacity of nations, be so influential, admired, followed and lover worldwide.  

The intense strength radiating from their moral example, of unity, of endurance and victory against the hostility and blockade of the greatest empire humanity has known, it cannot be counteracted with media campaigns, neither made invisible in the very face of the countries that see us as a beacon of hope, it can’t be destroyed with weapons, that makes feel powerless those who are against us.  

Those who are tired, the skeptic ones, the hopeless, the dark preachers of pessimism and those who think themselves as owners of the absolute truth step aside, you are not the people. The Cuban people is the one who has carried out this feat that is the Revolution, a true epic poem written with the blood and sacrifice of the best sons of this land. This feat that will close inexorably with the achievement of a prosperous and sustainable socialism, moment that will mark the definitive victory over all our enemies.

Cubasi Translation Staff/ Amilkal Labañino Valdés

United Nations Agencies Report on Blockade Damages to Cuba

UN agencies and bodies have stated the impact of the U.S. blockade on Cuba in a report addressed to the General Assembly, which will pronounce itself today on the siege made official in 1962.

Around 30 entities sent their criteria to UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, who drew up a report on occasion of the 26th vote at the Assembly of a draft resolution on the necessity to lift the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on the island, maintained and intensified by the last 11 U.S. presidents.

Most of agencies warned in their considerations the impact of the siege, which ratifies Cuba's accusations that Washington's unilateral sanctions affect all sectors and represent the main obstacle for its development.

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The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) reflected the damage of the blockade in the area of medical care.

The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) exposed the impact on the education sector, to which UNICEF, recalling the obstacles it establishes when acquiring books, laboratory equipment and computers, also referred to.

In the case of food security, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP) addressed the increase in supplies, the difficulties in importing products for human consumption and in the production of food, derived from the siege.

Regarding the economic scenario, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), stressed that the blockade is still in force and its effects limit the growth of the Caribbean island.

Other UN agencies, among them the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), reported on the document from the Secretary General for the Assembly on the impact of the siege.

For the 26th consecutive year since 1992, the main UN body is analyzing a text that demands the lifting of the blockade, the 25 previous ones were categorically approved.

The initiative adopted in October 2016 had 191 of 193 possible votes, while the United States and Israel abstained.

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