Argentina to Open University Chairs on Fidel Castro's Legacy

Two University Departments, one in Buenos Aires and another one in Cordoba will deepen in the thoughts and legacy of historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro when they are inaugurated on March 9 and 10.

The initiative emerged from the resolution of the most recent continental Movement to Alba -Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas -Trade Treaty of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP) to create in all countries of that block the professorship Fidel Castro in all countries belonging to the organizatin.

The province of Cordoba will be the first selected for that project, on March 9, where it will be presented at the Clinic Che Guevara, and the documentary Forever Fidel will be screened.

One day after, at the amphitheater Eva Peron, of the Association of Workers of the State, a second chair will session from April to July.

At the presentation will attend two outstanding Cuban fighters, Marilin Peña of the Center of Popular Education Martin Luther King and Yohanka Leon del Rio, from the Philosophy Faculty of the University of Havana.

The program of the chair will focus on highlighting the legacy of Fidel, from the influence that National Hero Jose Marti had on the Cubans' Commander in Chief.

The program includes a review of the revolutionary genesis that led to the triumph of the revolution on January 1, 1959, the importance he gave to internationalism and the antimperialist and anticapitalist definitios, as well as his historic relation with Argentinean-Cuban guerrilla, Ernesto Che Guevara.

Militants of popular and social organizations as well as interested persons are allowed to attend. It will be free of charge and at the end of the four-month period diplomas will be given to participants, organizers announced.

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Acosta Danza Company to present World Premieres in Cuba

Acosta Danza Company will present from today, until next day five, a season of world premieres that will includes works by Spanish and Cuban choreographers.

¨Avium¨, by Ely Regina, ¨Nosotros¨, by Beatriz García and Raúl Reinoso, and ¨Twelve¨, by Spanish Jorge Crecis, will be shown to the public at García Lorca Room of Alicia Alonso Havana's Grand Theatre, Prensa Latina reports.

Nosotros, with music by Cuban pianist and composer José Víctor Gabilondo, treats the intimate world of a couple with their zones of light and shadows.

Avium uses the melody of Camille Saint-Saëns and Gabilondo, and resorts to the myth of male and female birds to talk about the cycle of life and solidarity.

Twelve, on the music of Vicenzo Lamagna, demands from the dancers a maximum physical and mental arrangement, with sports and mathematical elements.

Third Season is the title of this program that includes the revivals of ¨Alrededor no hay nada¨, by Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero, on poems by Joaquin Sabina and Vinicius de Moraes, and ¨End of Time¨, a neoclassical piece by American Ben Stevenson, with music by Serguei Rachmaninoff.

It returns to the stage ¨Babbel 2.0¨, by Catalan Maria Rovira, and with an original score of Salvador Niebla; work that is a reflection on the world chaos in the present, where men lack of communication.

Acosta Danza, created by the prestigious dancer Carlos Acosta, debuted in Cuba on April 2016 and responds to a commitment of its founder to offer integrating shows from the contemporary and neoclassicism, without discarding other expressions, times and styles of dancing art.

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Documentary Film Festival in Cuba to Recall Fidel Castro

Santiago de Cuba, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) The 15th International Documentary Film Festival Santiago Alvarez in Memoriam, hosted by this city from March 6-11, will recall Fidel Castro, the historic leader of the Cuban revolution, according to organizers.

The same source said that one of the first activities on Monday will be the homage by the participants to Fidel Castro, in front of the monolith that keeps his mortal remains at the necropolis, close to mausoleum to National Hero Jose Marti.

The tribute will be also expressed with the exhibition of documentaries made by Cuban documentary filmmaker Santiago Alvarez about the late leader and will include a meaningful moment with the exhibition in communities of the documentary 'Mi Hermano Fidel' (My Brother Fidel), a touching documentary film about a meeting with a humble farm worker from Guantanamo.

Venezuelan filmmakers Luis Rodriguez and Andres Rodriguez will present the title 'Fidel entre nosotros' (Fidel among Us).

The city is ready to host the event, in which documentary filmmakers from around 25 countries will participate with 39 films in contest and theoretical sessions that will shed new light on that genre, believed to be a weapon for the people's struggle.

Around 139 works with acknowledged quality were registered for this edition of the festival, with Peru as a guest country and marked presence of documentary filmmakers from Cuba, Argentina, Venezuela, Uruguay, Paraguay, Mexico, Serbia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the United States, Colombia, Austria and Canada.

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Colombia Thanks Cuba for Supporting Peace Process

Colombians in solidarity with Cuba will be traveling the island next Saturday to thank Cuban support for the peace talks with the FARC-EP and the ElN, according to coordinators.

We will never finish off paying Cubans generously for supporting the peace negotiations with the FARC-EP and the equally insurgent ELN, one of the organizers, Alirio Uribe stated.

In a press conference, the lawmaker stressed that Cuba has been witnessing of the public meetings with that first guerrilla for four years.

On November 24, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC-EP leader Timoleon Jiménez signed the final agreement, by pledging to end clashes and hostilities between both parties.

The members of the Colombian delegation, among them representatives of 'Vamos para los derechos' group, will be our spokespeople, the objective is to say to a brother people: here we are and we want to thank you, the parliamentarian stressed.

During the official stay, they will pay homage to the Cuban historic leader, Fidel Castro.

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Parliament of Catalonia Lashes out US Blockade on Cuba

The parliament of Catalonia today urged the United States to end the blockade imposed on Cuba for over half a century, according to the international community.

At Joan Josep Nuet´s suggestion, deputy of the Catalonia Yes We Can Left-Wing Coalition, the autonomous legislative chamber adopted a motion of condemnation to that economic, commercial and financial siege.

In his presentation, Nuet stressed that despite the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between USA and Cuba, the US government continues applying that siege to the Caribbean island.

He stated that the extraterritorial reach of this unilateral measure is the main obstacle for Cuban people progress and full normalization with its USA.

He denounced that the US administration maintains sanctions to third countries, which, he stressed that it violates international law and contradicts the terms of coexistence expressed in the precepts of the UN Charter.

Similar motions were also confirmed by 77 Spanish municipalities, according to Cuban diplomatic sources.

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Association of Caribbean States Seeks Common Paths

Havana, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) is seeking common paths for the region, so it will focus on fighting climate change and on the need for interconnection at its upcoming ministerial and cooperation meetings.

According to the agenda, on March 8, representatives from about 60 countries that cooperate with the Caribbean region will participate in the 1st Conference on Cooperation of that mechanism in Havana.

On March 9 and 10, the 22nd Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Association will take place in the Cuban capital.

On March 11, the 5th Caricom-Cuba Ministerial Meeting will be held to review the achievements in integral relations between Cuba and the sister nations associated to the Caribbean Community.

The ACS was founded in July 1994 with the main objective of being a consultation and cooperation body for the insular countries and territories or the nations with shores in the Caribbean Sea.

This regional mechanism is being revitalized and it was boosted at the 7th Summit in June 2016, when agreements were reached on common issues by the 25 member countries and the associated States.

The head of the Norman Girvan Chair of Caribbean Studies at the University of Havana, Antonio Romero, noted that since its foundation, the group has defined four areas of priorities, in terms of the search for consensus and cooperation, trade, tourism, transportation and the reduction of disasters.

He pointed out that at the same time, there is a dynamic and dialectic interrelation among those four working areas of the ACS, because tourism is a key element in the economic infrastructure of many of those countries and it is highly vulnerable to climate change, and some development strategies in that sector are not environmentally friendly.

At the same time, maritime and air transportation is still a big problem in the region, as it is essential to foster trade among the Caribbean countries, it is one of the big historic limitations, he added.

The expert said that in general terms, there is a low level of trade among Caribbean countries, even though there are considerable dynamics of bilateral trade, and that situation is caused, among other factors, by the region's weak transportation.

Big states like Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia coexist in the Caribbean with microstates like Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, so differences are clear in terms of international insertion.

Romero added that different modalities of trade and commercial partners exist in the region as well, there are differences from the perspective of development models as a result of ideological diversity.

The 7th Summit also approved the ACS Action Plan for the next three years (2016-2018) with the objective of boosting sustainable development in the region.

In the first of its seven key items, the document expresses the ACS member countries' commitment to establish and consolidate the so-called Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Zone.

In order to achieve that goal, the signatories agreed to boost concertedly the potentialities of that economic sector, which is vital for most countries in the region, which they defined as a tourist multidestination par excellence.

In addition, they agreed to build capacities in transportation to enhance the development of trade and economic investment through initiatives like the program to 'Unite the Caribbean by Air and Sea'.

Another issue directly addresses the problem of climate change and the mitigation of its effects by dealing with the reduction of the risk of disasters in countries that are threatened by that phenomenon.

The plan aims to channel cooperation in terms of culture and education with the funding of projects to favor academic exchanges among universities and other regional institutions.

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Pakistan, Cuban NA ink MoU to boost cooperation

The Senate of Pakistan and the National Assembly of the People's Power of Cuba have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for strengthening cooperation on parliamentary affairs.

Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani said that the MoU would further boost the parliamentary cooperation to augment the existing close and friendly relations between the parliaments, governments and people of the two countries, as the parliaments embody the will and aspirations of the people.

The MoU has been signed between the Senate Secretariat and Cuban National Assembly Secretariat General in Havana. Senate Secretary Amjed Pervez Malik and his counterpart Miriam Brito Sarroca signed the MoU in the presence of Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani and president of National Assembly of People's Power of Cuba as well as parliamentarians from both the countries.

Raza Rabbani said that both the countries had inked this cooperation realising the fact that strengthening parliamentary interactions in bilateral and multilateral areas help enhance mutual trust and understanding, expand consensus and promote cooperation.

Desirous of further strengthening of their friendly relations and cooperation, the secretariats of Senate of Pakistan and Cuban National Assembly have agreed to promote exchange of parliamentary delegations, maintain friendship groups within both the parliaments and promote close interaction between the two sides through enhanced exchanges to generate a consensus-based approach on various regional and international issues. Both the secretariats have agreed to benefit from each other's experiences, knowledge and expertise by arranging study visits.

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Cuba Explores in France Technologies for Better Use of Water

A delegation from the National Institute of Hydraulic Resource of Cuba has complied in France with a broad agenda aimed at exploring technologies that allow a better distribution and use of water, Abel Salas, the entity's first vice president, said.

Salas told Prensa Latina that the program included several activities such as visits to factories, companies and construction projects, in order to learn about these technologies never used in the Caribbean nation, and they could be very useful for the efficient management of this resource.

According to the Cuban expert, 'everything has to do with using technologies that allow us to make a more efficient use of water, shorten the deadlines for carrying out the works, get the resource quickly from where we have it to places where it is in short supply, and also improve the overall treatment of waters.'

His mission, which also included tunnel designer, Pedro Ricardo, and work supervisor, Ramon Quinta, was also to visit places where technologies for the drilling of tunnels are in use and they do not involve a destruction of the urbanization in the Earth's land surface.

The Cuban delegation also visited companies specializing in seawater desalination plants through the use of renewable energy, which would be very useful for a country like Cuba, which is surrounded by water.

Other activities included visits to pipe factories, a laboratory that monitors the quality of concrete production and a waste treatment plant considered the largest one in Europe, where all processes for the handling of solids, sludge and gases were observed.

The agenda also included several meetings with French companies that could help Cuba in the application of these technologies.

According to Salas, the Cuban specialists detailed in those meetings the characteristics of the new law for foreign investment in the Caribbean nation and the possibilities foreign companies have to operate in his territory.

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