Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Kiev hit the streets to demand: Hey Trump! Lift the Blockade on Cuba Now!

For over 56 years, the Cuban people have been enduring an unjust U.S. blockade, which has negatively impacted their daily lives. One example of the cruel effects of the blockade is the damages caused to the Cuban healthcare system. In this sector alone, the monetary damage is estimated at more than $87 million just in one year.

Despite all these challenges and obstacles by the Unitec States, Cuba is world renowned for its universal health care system, which has achieved a lower infant mortality rate than many first world countries, including the United States and Canada!

On December 17, 2014, former U.S. President Barack Obama and former Cuban President Raul Castro made the historic announcement that they would be moving towards normalizing relations. Although positive first steps were made towards lifting the U.S. blockade on Cuba, this progress was stalled under the Obama administration. Now the Trump administration has made efforts to turn back completely the progress made.

Here in Vancouver, after the 2014 announcement Cuba solidarity activists mobilized to protest the U.S. blockade, knowing that a big push of public opinion was needed to keep this momentum going in the right direction. Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade – Vancouver (FCAB-Van) was formed and started organizing monthly picket actions in front of the U.S. Consulate in downtown Vancouver. Vancouver is now joined by Ottawa and Montreal, Canada and Kiev, Ukraine in united and coordinated monthly actions against this criminal and unjust blockade and demanding that the U.S. return the U.S. occupied territory of Guantanamo to Cuba!

In Vancouver on August 17, 2018, Cuba solidarity activists and their supporters marched in front of the U.S. consulate holding picket signs high and chanting “Hey Trump, Lift the Blockade!” and “Return Guantanamo to Cuba Now!”. Between rounds of picketing, the protesters gathered together to hear from local speakers, as well as to hear a phone message of solidarity from Ottawa Cuba Connections, who also protested that day in front of the U.S. Embassy.

To wrap up the action, protesters gathered together for a photo in front of the U.S. Consulate doors, proudly holding a banner reading “End the Blockade of Cuba!” This photo was shared on Twitter and Facebook around the world to spread the word that supports for Cuba and protest against the blockade is alive and well here in Vancouver!

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Trump: “A Boy with a Fifth Grader Understanding”

As it frequently happens, in the United States Donald Trump’s performance is judged again with a bitter and pessimistic tone.

Alarmed White House officials attempt to control the unsteadiness, ignorance, amorality and childish behavior of their president that can cause damages beyond repair.

Several media published that this Wednesday. One of them, The New Herald, wrote an article under the signature of Rosa Townsend.

Another of their concerns revolves about what they call republican plot, where they exonerate the behavior of the leader, nevertheless the great threat it represents to National Security.

They operate under the motto: “It doesn't matter that Trump is crazy if economy goes well and if we can name ultraconservative judges, it doesn't matter while his base of fanatics follow him and that allows us to stay in power.”

The aforementioned journalist adds that while a national debt never seen before is looming, the president refused to integrate the World Trade Organization, (WTO) although, in general, it favors the United States.

With that and other countless tantrums, and impulsive decisions, Trump appears as a president disconnected from reality, reluctant to learn or change his opinion.

Also paranoiac, vengeful and with a huge inferiority complex that tries to be strong. A wayward and ignorant baby sat in the Oval Office.

He was even called “idiot” by his Chief of Staff, John Kelly.

“A boy with a fifth grader understanding” by the Secretary of Defense, John Mattis who frustrated by his ignorance had to explain to him during a meeting of the National Security Council that the North American Army was in South Korea “to avoid the Third World War.”

Due to the characteristics of the leader, now the North American people are even more aware of the dysfunctional government they have.

Although, Trump sustains the approach that true power resides in instilling fear.

In articles published in other media, their authors wonder: who would lead Washington in the event of a serious crisis, or another catastrophic situation?

An erratic, isolated, more paranoiac than never president, while he spends several hours a day to watch television and tweet nonsense.

Journalist Rosa Townsend affirms that a number, every larger of North Americans also wonder: Whose hands are we in?

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Cuban President Met US Senator Robert Corker

Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel received the head of the Foreign Relations Committee of the US Senate, Robert Corker, who is on a working visit with two of his legislative assistants.

At the meeting on Thursday evening the two men talked of bilateral relations and issues of common interest, it was officially reported.

The chargé d'affaires of the US Embassy, Mara Teckach, accompanied the republican legislator from the State of Tennessee.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and the general director of the US Office at the Foreign Ministry Carlos Fernandez also attended the meeting.

This is Senator Corker's second visit to Cuba.

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Venezuelan Migration: Another War

The war against Venezuela continues through every possible way. On Wednesday 5th took place a meeting of the Permanent Council (PC) of the stinking OAS with the purpose of approaching what it’s called the migratory crisis in that country.  

Venezuela, the issue that obsesses the puppet Luis Almagro, general secretary of that organization, and some others members of the obedient Lima Group (GL), as if there weren’t unsolved pressing matters in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the member countries of the LG dozens and dozens of millions suffer from hunger, illiteracy, they are forced to emigrate, they are victims of a public health crisis of major proportions, the youths - without education or decent jobs - lack all hope, scourges increased scandalously by the neoliberal model. But that doesn't worry the OAS neither the governments of the LG.  

The meeting of the PC of the OAS is nothing, but another step in the calendar of the hybrid or fourth-generation war against Venezuela, designed by the U.S. Southern Command in different plans. Let’s mention the Venezuela Freedom I, Venezuela Freedom II and the so-called Master Blow. That military organization, controlled, like the Fourth Fleet, to advance the North American militarization in Latin America and the Caribbean with the purpose of controlling population, natural resources and armed intervention, direct or camouflaged. In fact, the LG - popularly begins to be known as mafia of Lima -, even though it’s not the intention of its members, it has become the political arm of the U.S. Southern Command in the ongoing war of the international capital to capture that unique recipient of natural resources and, at the same time, beacon of freedom which is the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The LG is partner in the military aggression that looms against Venezuela. It’s not secret the great interest of president Donald Trump to carry out a direct intervention in the Caribbean country. His highest military bosses had talked him out of that idea because of the political cost and the extraordinary military effort that would require. But in the media looms the ghost of a "refugees" crisis, people – it’s understood – who escape from oppression or from a failed State, with the purpose of building a case for a humanitarian intervention.  

The PC of OAS approaches an unreal crisis, because nearly 5 million Colombians live in Venezuela and the figure of UNHCR (UN agency for refugees) of a million 500 thousand Venezuelan migrants since 2014 is not alarming in a country under an economic war. A war of which the Venezuelan government is not guilty regardless the many errors they have committed. The term “migratory crisis”, originally coined by the ultra-neoliberal The Economist on August 20th, it was the starting shot of the huge media campaign on the topic. Although a resolution against Venezuela by the PC is not in the agenda of the meeting, it was leaked that they had the 18th vote to approve it, but for some reason what they agreed was a follow-up mechanism to the topic whose extents I don't know as I write. Let’s remember that the OAS was baptized "ministry of colonies" by the unforgettable Raúl Roa, acclaimed by the Cuban people as chancellor of dignity, thanks to his fertile and sharp tongue, restless informer of crimes committed by the United States, often prepared by that organization.  

Venezuela is considered "an extraordinary and unusual threat to the national security and foreign politics of the United States" through an ordinance issued by president Obama and ratified by Trump. It’s not a coincidence that on August 23rd, three days after The Economist began to refer to the Venezuelan emigration as migratory crisis, this definition was used by the Monroe-follower senator Marcos Rubio to express that the crisis constituted a threat for the U.S. national security. The continuous interference of Rubio is known in the domestic lives of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua which he carries out on Trump’s orders. Also that this fellow is always in favor of the hardest line against countries that don't bend to the imperial power.  

But Venezuela is not sitting on its hands. Thousands of Venezuelans living in other countries want to enter the plan Return to the Homeland, devised by Maduro. The vice-president Delcy Rodríguez announced that Venezuela had requested help from countries of the region so that they facilitate the return of Venezuelan nationals. In a "constructive" meeting with Peter Grohmann, from the United Nations Program for Development, he had requested to intercede before other governments with that purpose and agree to cooperate to protect the most vulnerable ones in Venezuela.

Cuban Resident in US Satisfied with Commenting on Draft Constitution

Damian Diaz, a Cuban resident in the US city of Miami, Florida, described as very significant the opportunity that people like him have to suggest their criteria on the new Draft Constitution of his country.

Those who live in other nations do not stop being Cuban and having this possibility to express our opinions is a clear sign of the confidence and recognition of our emigration, Diaz told Prensa Latina.

He noted that the Draft Constitution covers Cuban society, and echoed the statement that Cuba is a socialist, democratic, independent and sovereign State of law, organized under the premise expressed by National Hero Jose Marti (1853-1895), 'with all and for everybody's wellbeing'.

That way, the foundations for the continuity of our nation are laid, said Diaz, who is also the president of Alianza Martiana, which groups several organizations of Cuban émigrés in Miami

Diaz assured that the Draft Constitution is in tune with Cuba's reality and reflects the thought of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro (1926-2016), regarding changing everything that has to be changed.

On the other hand, Diaz noted the importance that the new Constitution will prioritize foreign investment by Cubans living abroad and will define a single currency. On July 22, the People's Power National Assembly approved the Draft Constitution, which will be submitted to popular consultation until November 15, as part of a process that started on August 13.

For overseas Cubans, the opportunity to express their opinions on the document began on August 31, after the necessary technical conditions were created.

They can comment on the Draft Constitution on a section on the website Nation and Emigration of the Cuban Foreign Ministry (http://www.nacionyemigracion.cu).

Cuban residents abroad have the opportunity to contribute to the development of a socialist and democratic society, led by premises like humanism and solidarity, according to Ernesto Soberon, director of Consular Affairs and Cuban Residents Abroad at the Foreign Ministry.

Of an estimate of 1.4 million Cubans who live in some 120 countries, only a minority favors the destruction of the Revolution and the return to capitalism as established before 1959, Soberon told reporters in Havana in early August.

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Cuba, US Collaborate in Study of Soil Erosion

Researchers from Cuba and the United States have conducted a sampling campaign in the central region of the island as part of a joint study on soil erosion, one of the leading entities reported today.

The joint project of the Center for Environmental Studies of the central province of Cienfuegos (CEAC) and the U.S. universities of Vermont and Oberlin is included in the scientific exchange agreements approved this year by these institutions.

According to a CEAC press release, nearly 30 sites in Cuba's central geography were sampled, where water and river sediments were collected and evaluated in laboratories.

In the water samples, different physical-chemical parameters were measured, such as pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity and temperature, characterizing the waters of the monitored rivers.

For the study of the collected sediment, new methods are used to help clarify the background erosive processes, as well as soil losses during the period of intensive agriculture (1959-1991), and later with the development of organic sowing and soil conservation.

Cuban researcher Rita Yvelice Sibello said the campaign served as training for participants from both countries and has created the conditions for the application of erosion study methods in tropical and Caribbean environments.

The results of this study will support the importance of the development of conservation agriculture for the protection of soils from erosion, which will be part of the Life Task -the Cuban State's Plan to combat climate change-, Sibello added.

For their part, U.S. specialists agreed that Cuba can be a catalyst for raising public awareness of the significance of soil conservation.

The CEAC, attached to the Citma, is dedicated to the study and solution of environmental processes and is recognized by the International Atomic Energy Agency as a Regional Reference Center in the application of nuclear techniques for the solution of specific problems of integrated coastal management.

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Cuban scientist rejects microwaves as source of mysterious acoustic attacks on diplomats

A Cuban government investigator looking into reports of mysterious acoustic attacks on US and Canadian diplomats on Cuba on Monday dismissed a US government theory that microwave weapons emitting concentrated beams of radiation may have been used in the incidents.

"If you look at the alleged events, there have been reports that there are several people in a room with thick walls and thick windows and only one person was targeted. This is a kind of weapon that doesn't exist," said Dr. Mitchell Valdes-Sosa, a well-known neurologist who is part of the Cuban special task force investigating the alleged attacks. "It's science fiction, not science," he said.

"First, it was sonic weapons, now microwave. What's next, kryptonite?" the investigator said in an interview with CNN at his research center in Havana, referring to an earlier theory that sonic weapons emitting high-powered ultrasound waves could have caused the injuries.

Valdes-Sosa said researchers and investigators are working on a paper to rebut the microwave weapons theory.

Previously, the island government not only denied involvement in the attacks but cast doubt on whether they actually occurred. In June, Cuba's Foreign Ministry said "political motivations" drove the United States to withdraw its embassy personnel.

Though a March report based on the examinations of 21 diplomats who served in Cuba didn't link the attacks to microwaves, the study's lead author, Douglas Smith, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Brain Injury and Repair, told The New York Times that US diplomats in Cuba and China likely suffered brain injuries and that microwaves are considered the culprit.

Valdes-Sosa said for a microwave weapon to work it would have to been used at a close distance, and none of the diplomats reported seeing the alleged perpetrators. He said that Cuban authorities had investigated the report that one diplomat who suffered an apparent attack had seen a van speed off and that the vehicle belonged to a church.

While the US has not directly blamed the Cuban government for carrying out the attacks, US officials said Cuba is responsible for safeguarding the diplomats well-being and that Cuban officials would likely know if a third government were responsible.

But Valdes-Sosa said after more than a year of US, Canadian and Cuban investigations there was still no hard proof that any attacks actually took place.

"For an attack to have occurred you have to have a real victim. First the thing we are not sure is if all these people evacuated from Cuba are really ill or have suffered do something that happened to them," Valdes-Sosa said. "Second, you have to have a perpetrator. Who would be interested? You have to have the opportunity."

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China Defends Opening and Reform, Despite U.S. Pressures

China's Ministry of Trade emphasized today this country will continue the reform and opening as well as protecting multilateralism, despite pressures from the United States on trade issues, highlights the local media today.

The spokesperson Gao Feng thus responded the accusations of Washington on alleged disloyal trade practices of Beijing.

Foreign trade activities of China have been done in strict compliance with the international multilateral trade system

since its entry to the World Trade Organization, assured the spokesperson.

According to Gao, economic and commercial cooperation China-United States, of mutually beneficial nature, has generated a notable growth for enterprises of both countries and for both peoples.

We hope the United States does not ponder the general situation based on the criteria of a reduced number of persons and does not mislead itself or the public, said Gao.

The spokesperson repeated the call to an equitable, honest and pragmatic dialogue with mutual respect and listen to the voices of industries and consumers, long-term cooperation and fundamental interests of both peoples to take the right decision.

According to Bloomberg news agency, president Donald Trump wants to go ahead with a plan to impose higher tariffs on Chinese imports valued in 200 billion dollars as son as next week.

If the new tariffs are enacted, it would be the greatest escalade in the trade war between the two biggest economies of the world, which according to the same source, creates even greater worry in the financial markets.

The head of the White House continuously accuses other nations, fundamentally the Asian giant, of taking advantage in trade with that country and boosts this aggressive tariff policy, criticized by the affected territories, U.S. economic sectors and mwembers of his own party.

The news on the possible enactment of more tariffs on China is published when trade conversations between Washington and Beijing do not show signs of progress, as those held last week in this capital showed little results.

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