President evaluates progress of Cuban educational program

The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, evaluated the progress of the educational program implemented in the country, national television reported Sunday.

Deputy Prime Minister Roberto Morales and Olga Lidia Tapia, a member of the secretariat of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, accompanied the president.

According to the report, the meeting examined the preliminary results, in coordination with the Latin American Laboratory for the Evaluation of the Quality of Education, an entity inaugurated in 1994 at the request of the ministers of the sector in Latin America.

The largest island of the Antilles was present at the first two studies, conducted in 1997 and 2006; now it participates in the fourth applied on May 30 and 31 to third and sixth grade students of 251 primary schools throughout the national territory, except Santiago de Cuba and Isla de la Juventud.

The process was carried out without incidents with the presence of national and international observers, and according to specialists, the best results were registered in students of sixth grade and the Spanish Language subject, but the significance of this study goes beyond the figures.

According to Silvia Navarro, director of the Central Institute of Pedagogical Sciences, the intention of this type of study is to identify where the problems are in order to organize work strategies on that basis.

Participants also examined a proposal to gradually introduce elements of automation and robotics at different educational levels.

For its elaboration, experience in this sphere lies in centers such as the Enrique José Varona Higher Pedagogical Institute, universities of Pinar del Río, Oriente, Las Villas and the José Antonio Echeverría University City (Cujae) that was taken into account.

It was learned that the Finca de Los Monos Technology Park, inthis capital, prepares the first courses to introduce children to the world of robotics, starting next April.

On the day, the Cuban president also followed up on the agreements emanating from the ninth congress of the University Student Federation, held in July 2018.

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Belgium residents reject MEPs' new campaign against Cuba

Latin American and Cuban organizations residing in Belgium rejected this Tuesday a new campaign against the country boosted by right-wing lawmakers in the European Parliament.

In a statement, these organizations denounced the subordination of European politics' sectors to the aggressiveness of the Trump administration towards Cuba, which has its maximum expression in the tightening of the US economic, commercial and financial blockade in force for over 60 years.

The solidarity groups criticized that the event's organizers, the Spanish MEP Jose Ramon Bauza Citizens party member and the NGO Civil Rights Defenders only invited 'a delegation of pro-American Cubans in order to define political actions for the European Union (EU).'

The people summoned to the European Parliament on February 4 are not either independent or represent the Cuban civil society at all. All belong to the ultraconservative and reactionary right. Their organizations are funded by the US National Foundation for Democracy (NED), they warned.

In the press release, to which Prensa Latina had access in that capital, parliamentarians are asked if they would accept that entities sponsored by secret services of a hostile nation as the United States to Cuba, be the representatives of civil society in their country.

'Because the aid provided by the US to the Cuban opposition is far from being insignificant, amounts to around 20 million dollars every year and the NED funds are approved by Congress, the figures are public,' noted the signatories.

Latin Americans and Cubans residing in Belgium recalled the escalation in aggressiveness against Cuba since Trump's arrival at the White House in January 2017.

They also asked those who try to drag the EU into a new crusade to attack Cuba if 'the European problems are not big enough.' And if 'the European Parliament really needs to interfere in the internal affairs of a nation located 7,800 kilometers from here.'

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Cuba holds 46th Bonfire of Friendship

The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) held on Saturday the Bonfire of Friendship at the Julio Antonia Mella camp in the western province of Artemisa.

The member of the 27th South American Brigade of Voluntary Work Rafaela Rigatti expressed that the yearly holding of this activity is the way of being among the sister nations which make up the Movement of Solidarity with Cuba.

'This is a meeting to feel ourselves accompanied amidst a great worry felt on a global level due to regressions in important spheres such as peace, self-determination and people sovereignty,' she said.

The President of the ICAP, Fernando Gonzales, convened a campaign called 'Embracing Friendship' in honor of the 60th anniversary of the foundation, a special motivation to consolidate the work of solidarity with Cuba.

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Solidarity: Basic Condition of an Anti-imperialist

Being an anti-imperialist today is to be anti-capitalist, to be anti-colonialist, and understand imperialism in all its dimensions, in its economic dimension and, persistently, in its cultural dimension.

Being an anti-imperialist today is to be anti-capitalist, to be anti-colonialist, and understand imperialism in all its dimensions, in its economic dimension and, persistently, in its cultural dimension. Why? Because it’s the most subtle and generally less understood. We need to see that cultural dimension every time more to be able to face it.

We need to know how to differentiate what’s anti-interference and another antimperialism. There may be an anti-interference position – which is very good — as there was even in the early decades of the 20^th century but still all that anti-interference was not antimperialism. Marti and Bolívar were precursors, ahead of their historical time in being able to see all these dimensions of North American imperialism.

And from that understanding, act; act in correspondence with those ideas and of course embrace all fair causes of the peoples that today face all those types of dominations. As Camilo said: “Those who fight, no matter where, are our brothers". I believe that this is a basic condition of an imperialist: solidarity.

But you have to know how to tell apart too — within tactics and strategy - where is the main enemy, so afterwards defeat that imperialism. And I keep saying that that main enemy resides in the leading power of that imperial system that still is the United States and which is a threat not only to other political systems, and socialism itself, because in the way they attempt to avoid or destroy any experience that opposes their hegemony, they are a threat to the very existence of the human species and of life on earth, like the Commander in Chief pointed out so many times.

And we must embrace those causes that today appear in that first anti-imperialist trench I’d say that if we put ourselves in the context of Latin America, in our case we are being attacked practically every day, it's a constant persecution. But we must also understand that Venezuela is placed in a situation of direct aggression, understanding what that country means in the international geopolitics for the resources they owned and for what it means for the rest of the region.

We are the burning flame, from the moral point of view, from the ideological point of view we are the biggest challenge for that imperialism, but after the Revolution appears in Venezuela with Chavez and with all that process that has withstood all the imperial attacks, for that flame to spread and last over time, it’s essential today to put a knee on the ground with these causes.

Therefore being anti-imperialist today is also understanding that what happens in Venezuela it’s a very peculiar situation and will largely define the future of the region and humanity. No wonder imperialism has its eyes set on Venezuela and that's why everything they do against Cuba responds to a strategy against Venezuela and everything they do against Venezuela responds to an intention against Cuba, and against all the progressive and leftist causes that had strongly thrived, especially in the late 90’s.

But there’s a new left-wing that is resurfacing, that’s why we don’t believe it’s the end of the cycle. There’s disputed ground in the region and there are processes that may not be seen at all because they are in progress underground, but the peoples are gaining awareness with every passing day of what oligarchies mean, what these right-wing governments mean and what imperialism means to social justice and for the hope of progress for all our countries.

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Canadian Brigade of Solidarity arrives in Cuba

The Solidarity Brigade with Cuba Calixto García, from Canada, arrived here Saturday to fulfill a broad program of activities in several provinces of eastern Cuba.

The group is made up of members of the Solidarity Movement with Cuba, delegates to the International Symposiums for the Liberation of the Five Heroes, members of the Ernesto Che Guevara Brigade and trade unionists, whose objective is to deepen their knowledge of the history, culture and traditions of this area.

According to the Brigade's plan, which ends on December 14, they will visit historical and agricultural sites in the territories of Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, Granma and Holguín provinces.

In Santiago de Cuba they will arrive at the Santa Ifigenia heritage cemetery, to pay tribute to the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, as well as the mausoleum of the Second Eastern Front Frank País, where the remains of revolutionary fighters and the Spanish dancer Antonio Gades rest.

Another point to visit will be the town of Caimanera, located very close to the territory illegally occupied by the Naval Base of the United States in the bay of Guantanamo.

They will also tour the native homes of Cuban heroine Celia Sánchez Manduley and that of the Father of the Fatherland, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, in Granma province.

The itinerary will conclude in Holguin, with an activity in tribute to the General of the Three Wars, Calixto García, and a visit to an agricultural cooperative in the town of Velasco.

The Calixto García Brigade was established in November 2018, as a sign of the consolidation of friendship ties between the peoples of Cuba and Canada.

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Cuba begins to withdraw doctors from Ecuador

The first of nearly 400 Cuban doctors assigned to Ecuador were pulled back Tuesday at the request of Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno.

A plane carrying 174 doctors landed in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, home to some of the medical professionals, before flying to Havana, where the remainder were met by Cuban Health Minister Jose Angel Portal.

Portal praised their work and denied that they had played any political role in the recent wave of protests that roiled Ecuador, as Moreno has charged.

Ecuador's government alleged that during the riots in early October "there were an unusual flow of foreigners in the country with an official Cuban passport, arriving as healthcare workers."

On Nov. 12, Ecuador announced its unilateral decision to terminate health accords with Cuba that entailed the 382-member Cuban medical mission, saying Ecuadorians would replace the doctors.

Cuba's Health Ministry blames Washington for the dispute, accusing Washington of trying to "sabotage" and "discredit" the prestige of its renowned international healthcare cooperation, also known as medical diplomacy.

"At all times, Cuban professionals have strictly adhered to carrying out the functions entrusted to them by Ecuador's health system in strict compliance with the signed agreements," the ministry said in a recent statement.

Cuba began medical cooperation with Ecuador in 1992. It was expanded in 2009 through a framework cooperation agreement in health matters signed during then Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa's visit to Havana.

Some 3,565 Cuban doctors have worked in Ecuador, attending to millions of patients and carrying out 212,360 surgeries, according to the Cuban government.

In a message to the Ecuadorian people, Portal said Cuba was willing to continue collaborating in medical matters.

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Cuba and Kazakhstan expand cooperation in biotechnology and health fields

Cuba and Kazakhstan will expand their cooperation in the fields of biotechnology and health, with the visit to the Eurasian country of an important delegation composed of representatives of the Cuban business group Biocubafarma and the Centre for Molecular Immunology.

The website of the Cuban Foreign Ministry informed that the visit is headed by Dr. Idania Caballeros Torres, director of the Biocubafarma Representation in Moscow and for the entire post-Soviet area, and its objective is to follow up and sustain negotiations with Kazakh counterparts on the introduction and use of Cuban medicines in that country, as well as to explore new possibilities and fields of cooperation between both nations in the biotechnological and health fields.

The Cuban representatives develop an intense program of visits to medical, scientific, academic, educational and governmental institutions, as well as holding a series of meetings and negotiations on various joint projects aimed at strengthening cooperation and a greater and broader approach to the advances of Cuban biotechnology.

In her statements upon arrival in this country, Caballeros Torres referred to the importance of this type of visits and negotiations for the development of exchange between the peoples and institutions of Cuba and Kazakhstan, since they allow to verify the potentialities for cooperation and to advance ongoing negotiations for the realization of important exchange projects between both countries.

At the same time, the Cuban ambassador, Emilio Pevida Pupo, stressed his satisfaction with the visit of Cuban directors, scientists and researchers, which will undoubtedly contribute to the strengthening of bilateral relations between both countries, particularly in the field of health, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as a greater dissemination of the important and innovative advances of the Caribbean nation in these fields in the vast territory of this enormous country and throughout Central Asia.

Biocubafarma is a business organization that produces medicines, equipment and high-tech services related to human health, has 62 production facilities, and among its results has 802 health records and exports to 48 countries.
The Center for Molecular Immunology is one of the main centers of this sector in Cuba, with more than 30 awards from the Cuban Academy of Sciences, was inaugurated on December 5, 1994 by the leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz.

Its CIMAvax-EGF vaccine is a world reference in its use for the treatment of very advanced stages of cancer with null surgical possibilities, and has other products online and registered, including CIMAher, for the treatment of tumors of the head, neck, esophagus and pancreas, and iorEPOCIM, 2000, 4000 and 10000, for the treatment of anemia in chronic renal failure, AIDS, and cancer patients under chemotherapy regimen.

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Cuban Doctors Arrested, Harassed in Bolivia Return Home Safely

The four doctors were detained for allegedly "encouraging and financing" the protests demanding the reestablishment of the Constitutional Order.

Cuba's Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez announced Sunday the return of 207 medical personnel who were offering their services in Bolivia, among them the four doctors who were detained for allegedly "encouraging and financing" the massive protests that demand the reestablishment of the Constitutional Order in the Andean nation.

"Another 207 Cuban collaborators in Bolivia are already flying back to their homeland. Their families, patients, neighbors and all of our people await them proudly and gratefully," announced Rodriguez.

The doctors were forced to abruptly interrupt their work due to the lack of safety as right-wing violence and repression escalate in Bolivia, part of the coup perpetrated against President Evo Morales.

Cuban doctors return to their country by groups, after the de facto Bolivian government investigated them for "encouraging and financing" the massive demonstrations demanding Morales' return and the restoration of the constitutional order.

A first group made up of 224 professionals arrived in Cuba last Saturday night, where they were received as heroes after their valuable work in the South American country.

“You are missionaries of life, who only have love to oppose hatred. Welcome back," Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said during his welcome speech.

In a similar fashion, the departure of Cuban doctors from Brazil earlier this year saw severe consequences for that country’s most vulnerable population as the government of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro struggled to fill up the vacuum left by the physicians; El Salvador is another country that halted the medical programs with Cuba, followed last week by Ecuador.

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