The US blockade to Cuba considered in France immoral and criminal

French university professor and activist Jean Ortiz today described the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for six decades as immoral and criminal.

In an interview with Prensa Latina, less than a month after the UN General Assembly returns to pronounce on the encirclement, the writer also considered that a violation of human rights of such magnitude and the objective cannot be called otherwise of trying to starve a people.

'It is inconceivable that such a thing can happen, how the United States can maintain this cruelty against a small country that does not bother anyone', he said.

According to Ortiz, the blockade exacerbated by the administration of President Donald Trump is not any crime.

'It is against humanity, of the most important that can be committed, of those who because of their gravity do not prescribe and do not really have qualification', he added.

The professor rejected the economic impact of the aggressiveness of Washington and accused the White House of wanting to sow hunger and despair in Cubans to rise against the government they chose.

The government of Cuba is the victim, it is not responsible for the situation created by an absurd policy, aimed at destroying the revolution, because they see it as the bad example, the black sheep, Ortiz said.

Regarding the November 7 vote in the UN General Assembly, on a draft resolution submitted by the island year after year since 1992 demanding the end of the blockade, he regretted that the United States trampled the multilateral organization.

'They do not comply with anything, they are international bandits who act assuming that the world belongs to them', he warned in relation to the overwhelming support that the text receives at the United Nations, where only the American and Israeli governments usually oppose the forum of 193 countries.

This disrespect is very serious, which deserves not only the condemnation at the UN, but also that the European Union denounces it and makes it clear that the United States cannot impose its jungle law, he remarked.

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Ulacia, a Ballplayer Through and Through

Among the most complete players ever in our National Baseball Series of Cuba appears without question: Luis Ulacia Álvarez from Camaguey.

The player from Camaguey was able to defend accurately any infield position, including the difficult shortstop, and also the outfields, either in Cuba as abroad.

Born on September 24th, 1963 in Havana City, very young he moved with his family to Camaguey, where he trained as a baseball player.

He made his debut playing for Camaguey in the national championship in 1980-81 season, when the teams of that central-eastern region were quite far in the final positions.

He quickly earned his position as a first-choice player, and with his contribution Camagüey ended third in the 1982-83 Series, but the best was yet to come.

He started as a shortstop, and together with Sergio Quesada they made, one of the most effective combinations of the 80s around the second base, as well as their 1-2 at batting, the customary weakness of the teams from that area of
​​the country, abundant in good level pitchers. The two of them were key in the conquest the second place in the 1984-1985 season.

He shares with other 15 players the record of more hits in a single game (6), he attained that on February 16th, 1986, in the XII Selectiva Series in game of 10 innings between Camagüeyanos and Mineros.

At the time, he was the seventh player to do that, and with such performances he was catapulted to the national team, where he remained until his retirement.

He then held the post left by Rodolfo Puente, the captain for more than a decade of the Cuban team, and didn’t let down the trust bestowed on him by specialists with excellent performances in the Indianapolis Pan-American Games-1987 and the World Cup in Italy-1988.

going back to the domestic field, he led the Camaguey team in their first time in play offs, in the 1990-1991 season, when he beat Havana in the first round 3-1, and then lost against Henequeneros 2-4 in the final.

The following year, they made it to the play offs again, but they had to play against Industriales, the undisputed champion of that time, who swept them 4-0.

They had to wait until the 1997-1998 season, when Santiago de Cuba left them in third place, and the same position, thanks to the same opponent, they occupied in 2000-2001, precisely Ulacia’s last year wearing the uniform.

Since then, the most outstanding performance of the teams from that province has been reaching the play offs, but they lost on the first cross and left without medals. Ulacia’s contribution was so great in both the field and outside the field.

We are talking about the player who finished leader of batters in the XXVIII NS (157-67 = 427) and in the XXI (165-62 = 376), in both cases for the Eastern Zone, and in the XXXVI he was the absolute leader (242-102 = 421), besides leading the stolen bases in 1988, with 26.

With the Cuban team he won the gold medals at the Central American and Caribbean Games of Mexico-1990 and Ponce-1993, at the Pan-American Games in Indianapolis-1987, Havana-1991, Mar del Plata-1995 and Winnipeg-1999.

He was also part of the team that won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona-1992 and Atlanta-1996, in addition to the silver medal in Sydney-2000.

When the line-up for the Taipei World Cup-2001 was made public, many fans and specialists criticized his inclusion, being a 38-year-old baseball player.

However, with bat in hand he smashed all the criteria and was the MVP, because he hit 600 (30-18), leader, with 10 scored, co-leader and six stolen bases, second.

On August 2nd, 1996 he lived one of his best moments in the international arena, hitting 5-4 against Japan in the final match of the Atlanta Games, with three scored runs, a two-run homer.

After going into retirement, he coached in the Amateur League of Japan, and after passing down his experiences in other Latin American countries, he returned with the difficult mission of putting Camagüey again among the four greats of Cuban baseball, but health problems prevented him from completing his work.

President speaks out for boosting Moldova’s relations with Cuba

Moldovan President Igor Dodon met with Anna Teresita Gonzalez Fraga, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Cuba, who is in our country on a working visit.

The parties discussed current issues of bilateral cooperation between our states, speaking out in favor of their development in all areas of mutual interest. Igor Dodon expressed hope that the current visit would give a new impetus to bilateral dialogue, contributing to the development and deepening of ties between the two countries.

“We noted the insufficient implementation of trade and economic potential. The last trip of representatives of business circles of the Republic of Moldova to Cuba, organized under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Moldova, took place in April 2013. I advocated intensification of relations in this direction, organization of contacts at the level of business circles, increase in trade, implementation of bilateral economic missions, participation in fairs, exhibitions and other events, development of cooperation in the agricultural and food industries, in the field of tourism and healthcare,” the President noted on his page on the social network following the results of the conversation.

At the end of the discussion, the Head of State thanked the representative of the Cuban government for invitation to visit this country at a convenient time.

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Cuban Health Minister Unable to Attend PAHO in Washington

Lack of Medical decency, breaking of the human and international rights that are incompatible with their role as the venue of that Health venue and the wickedness and the powerlessness are some of the very deserved criticism against the U.S. Government on the social networks to refuse the Visa to the Cuban Public Health Ministry, José Ángel Portal Miranda and the rest of the delegation that would attend to the Health Pan American Health Organization in Washington city.

It is not more than an unusable way to gag a truth that floats like a sovereign flag before the astonished world sight.

It would cause great envy that our local Health Ministry commented that Cuba reached the lowest infantile mortality of its history with a 4.0 for each thousand child born alive and that is a number that is a number much better positioned that the one reported by the mighty US nation with a 7.0 for each child born alive.

It would be uncomfortable for them that the Cuban official announced that the life expectancy for Cubans reaches the 80 years, along with over 2100 centenarian people.

Cuban Health Minister Unable to Attend PAHO in Washington

The US Health officials don´t like the WHO recognizes Cuba keeps eliminated the congenital Aids and syphilis transmission and the fact that Cuba has trained until July of the current year 376608 health professionals through the Medicine and Stomatology, Nursing Spheres and others such as the Health Technologies and they are added to the 35787 foreign students from 141 countries who were graduated in our universities.

As it is well said by my female neighbor through her peculiar way to call the things by their name. She, who is a Spanish citizen who has traveled throughout the world, said to her local clinic´s doctor:

“I go overseas, but I always return because it sucks abroad, without a medical insurance, and I paid $ 25.00 Dollars for an vaccine , so I come to see you here even for a minor pain in my food, for instance.”

The Cubans have one of the best regional parameters in terms of doctors per inhabitants, 9 doctors per 1000 inhabitants and that also gets upset our US neighbor that has tried to asphyxiate us without achieving to make us to give us.

The little Cuban nation should buy related technology and medicine at a double price multiplied by two and even three times its real price. However, Cuba is accused of people trafficking, enslave the local Health staff who travel to other nations and for benefitting economically from the Medical works overseas.

If Cuba obtains strong currencies and thankfulness for the services carried out by its Health collaborators, it also obtains them for keeping a free and accessible health system that can be improved by guaranteeing medical care for all, while they gain millions dollars, along with an US arms industry that causes death, pain, disruptions and traumas to other lands.

Our little territory with only 11 million inhabitants has had to invest in the training of its human resources due to the lack of industrialization and development due to the US Blockade. The Commander, Fidel Castro, had dreamt about it and put into practice due to he knew the human resource was certainly the best value in terms of the social and economic development of a country.

Cuban Health Minister Unable to Attend PAHO in Washington

Nevertheless, it was so human his way of thinking that he tried to go beyond the instruction as such, taking into account that human potentiality implies not only related knowledge but also an ethical awareness, solidarity, true human feelings, sacrifice spirit, heroism and the capacity to do a lot with very little.

The arrogant Trump´s government feels annoyed due to the Cuban medicine´s high quality is praised and even the fact that the hospital with Cuban medical staff in Qatar is the reference in the Persian Gulf and the one preferred by the local citizens there do not mind travelling the 80 kilometers separating them from the Doha capital city because they do know that apart from examining them the Cuban doctors watch them into their eyes, talk and find the way to cure them and not taking away their money by making them dependent of medicines.

The current demon of the White House and his Brazilian subject, Bolsonaro, don´t really care the millions of Brazilian people who lost that Cuban doctor who placed a stethoscope on their chests for a first time in those far-off lands of religious people who talk about the Cuban doctors as the best after God.

The US feel worried because the best of Cuba keeps present throughout 67 nations of the world where they are transforming the health parameters with their presence as if a humanism and sensitivity brigade had arrived.

Cuban Health Minister Unable to Attend PAHO in Washington

If the Cuban Health Ministry and this delegation attended to Washington, they would practically disrupted the millionaire campaign used for discrediting the Cuban public health care system because each of the slanders on the international medial cooperation would be drawn by the power of a true that hurts them: Cuba gains the international prestige and admiration for its own efforts and intellectual one and the capacity to diagnose properly with little resources.

As part of the most laudable pages of the international medical cooperation, Cuba magnifies its altruism. It was the Cuban medical staff who cured the Haitians´ wounds after the earthquakes.

In the frozen geography of Pakistan, they carried out their healing work as well as in Guatemala, Chile and Mozambique in its fight against the Ebola disease in Africa in spite of the risk of losing their lives. They got to those lands with their backpacks and campaign hospitals to show that all the world glory fits in a corn grain.

Once again, the United States tries to prevent the participation of Cuba in a scenery where it has the right to be, but there are starts which shine with their own light and there is an island that has resisted 60 years.

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Diaz-Canel: Nothing is more important in Cuba than the life of a child

Havana, October 14 (RHC)-- President Miguel Diaz-Canel conveyed his condolences to the parents of Paloma Dominguez Caballero, the one-year-infant who died on October 9 because of health complications resulting from an adverse reaction to a Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) vaccination.

Diaz-Canel wrote on his twitter account that the Public Health Ministry is investigating the event and is taking good care of the other children hospitalized.

 “The political manipulation of adversaries offends and hurts. Nothing is more important to the Cuban Revolution than the life of a child,” he stressed.

A note from the Ministry of Public Health issued Saturday reported about an incident in Habana del Este municipality in which five children reacted adversely to the vaccination and were hospitalized. Of them, Paloma Dominguez died.

No similar incidents have been reported anywhere else on the island.

As a result of this unfortunate event, enemies of the Cuban Revolution have unleashed a political campaign of manipulation intending to tarnish the image of Cuba and its health system, which enjoys worldwide recognition for its achievements.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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Cuban journalists organization unmasks maneuver by IPYS

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel commended a declaration recently issued by the Union of Cuban Journalists (UPEC)  against entities at Washington´s service as dignified and described it as an expression of the firmness and patriotism of journalists in the face of manipulation and interference.

A declaration of UPEC leadership  issued over the weekend blasted the maneuvers orchestrated by the Press and Society Institute (IPYS), an  NGO whose primary goal is to work against progressive governments and organizations in Latin America, especially the Bolivarian revolution.

According to the document, IPYS made phone calls and sent messages to Cuban journalists, informing them that some of their works had been chosen for a chronicles contest on Cuban issues, in which they had not enroll to participate.

Among those finalists on the competition were works published initially by public media and private outlets, whose antisocialist editorial line of the latter is aligned with Washington's anti-Cuban policies.

The UPEC´s declaration noted that the OAS, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and the Open Society Foundation finance the subversion of IPYS.

The Cuban journalists' organization said it has a very clear political and ethical bases;and that while there is room in its base for multiple opinions, its members are not  in communion with the NED, nor with the OAS, nor with the Open Society of Soros, which are functional to the strategies of the United States government to suffocate the island.

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Cuba sends condolences to Japan in aftermath of Saturday’s typhoon

Cuba has sent heartfelt condolences to the people and government of Japan for the loss of human lives and damages caused by typhoon Hagibis.

“Our deepest sympathies and solidarity to relatives and persons close to the victims,” wrote on Twitter Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.

Rescuers in Japan are working through waist high flood waters, searching for those who remain missing after Saturday’s typhoon.

At least 36 people are confirmed dead, with another 16 missing. Tens of thousands of searchers from police and firefighters to soldiers and coastguard personnel have been deployed.

Thousands of homes on Japan’s main island are flooded, damaged or without power.

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Dominicans win NORCECA Title in five thrilling sets to USA

Dominican Republic won NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship to United States in five thrilling sets 3-2 (25-19, 25-23, 15-25, 20-25, 15-9) on Sunday night at Roberto Clemente Coliseum of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Dominican Republic finishes the tournament with 4-1 record serving United States their only loss of the tournament 4-1; Dominicans have lost to the U.S. in the preliminary round. This is the fourth time Dominicans and the U.S. battle for the NORCECA title and the first time Dominicans come out on top winning their second gold medal in the history of the event.

Dominicans offense and defense over the net, as well as receiving skills were solid, from the beginning. Outside hitter Brayelin Martinez was unstoppable but the U.S. reaction did not come light, bouncing back 0-2 for the overtime on a formidable display of speed.  

Dominican Republic led 11-9 in blocks and allowed 19 points on errors against 29; the U.S. held a 69-58 advantage in kills and a 4-2 margin in aces.

Dominicans leading scorers were Brayelin Martinez with 20 points on 20 kills and 4 blocks, followed by Bethania De La Cruz with 19 points and Lisvel Eve added 11 points. Michelle Barsch-Hackley of USA scored a match-high of 26 points, Kelsey Robinson and Andrea Drews tallied 13 and 12 points accordingly.

Prisilla Rivera, captain of Dominican Republic: “It has been a rough year for us, many events, lots of work, lots of suffering and finishing this way is the icing on top, I am very proud of my team. We could have finished 3-0 but United States is one of the best teams in the world and wasn’t going to give up easily. Our best skill was team effort; we had a moment of distraction when they started to pressure with serves”.

Marcos Kwiek, Head Coach of Dominican Republic: “Today we faced an elite team, it wasn’t easy. We lack money, we lack structure, among other things, but we have big hearts. My players battled a lot and it was a spectacular way to close the year; they worked a lot, it was a difficult year and we are happy that none of the players were injured, it’s a blessing”.

Karch Kiraly, Head Coach of United States: “Well played match from Dominican Republic, congratulations to them”.

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