Julian Assange Says US Blockade Against Cuba is Immoral

Havana, Sep 26.- The founder of the Wikileaks website, Julian Assange, denounced the economic, financial and commercial U.S. blockade on Cuba today during a Havana-London videoconference conducted at the Press Information Center in the Cuban capital.

During the meeting, with the participation of journalists, journalism students, and bloggers from different Cuban cities, Assange expressed his interest in the situation faced by Cuba as a result of the U.S. blockade.

According to the online magazine Cubahora, Assange said that an exchange of opinions like the videoconference made it possible to break, at least for a moment, the immoral blockade suffered by Cuba for over 50 years.

He also said that his organization has learned from Cuba about confronting U.S. aggression, fundamentally in terms of principles, determination, humanity, ethical clarity and intelligence.

Assange also expressed solidarity with the cause of the Cuban Five. Four of these patriots are still in U.S. prisons for monitoring the actions of violent, anti-Cuban groups based in the United States.

Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González were arrested in 1998 in Miami and given long sentences during a trial that a UN panel described as biased.

René González is now in Cuba after completing his sentence and a period of supervised freedom, and renouncing his US citizenship.

As a gesture of support for the Cuban Five, Assange appeared onscreen wearing a yellow ribbon pinned to his chest, a symbol used as part of the campaign for their freedom.

The dialogue closed a workshop of cyberjournalism given by Pedro Miguel Arce, editorial writer for the Mexican newspaper La Jornada, sponsored by Havana’s Jose Marti International Institute of Journalism. (Prensa Latina)


South Nations Demand at UN End of US Blockade of Cuba

Havana, Sep 27.- Leaders of Latin American, African and Asian countries demanded at the United Nations General Assembly the lifting of the over-50-year US economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba.

During the session prime ministers and heads of state described the US blockade as policy of genocide, illegal, failed, a relic of the Cold War period, anachronistic and obstacle to development, among other terms.

Representing Latin America, the leaders of Bolivia, Antigua and Barbuda, Uruguay, El Salvador, Guyana, Trinidad-tobago demanded the end of the US siege which has inflicted huge damage on all Cuban economic and social sectors, particularly health and education.

Meanwhile, the representatives of South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, Chad, Mozambique and Gabon, and for Asia, the leaders of Sri Lanka and East Timor also called for the end of the US blocakde at the plenary session attended by 193 states, the overwhelming majority of which have repeatedly voted a Cuban resolution since 1992 demanding the lifting of the Uss anti-Cuba measure.

In his remarks at the forum, Bolivian President Evo Morales criticized the US administration for ignoring the claim by the international community against the US blockade of the island.(ACN)

US Blockade of Cuba, Four Days of Rejection at UN

United Nations, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) Demanding that the United States lift its blockade of Cuba were presented in the first four days of discussions at the UN General Assembly, where Latin American, Caribbean and Asian countries showed their solidarity with the island. Presidents, prime ministers and ministers of foreign affairs of around 25 countries included in their speeches in full session of 193 States, denunciations, criticism and demands about the economic and financial siege that Washington has applied for more than 50 years.

On Friday, in the fourth of the seven days of the general discussion of the 68th period of sessions of the Assembly, presidents of Venezuela, Vietnam, Angola, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Gambia, Seychelles, Congo, Niger and Tanzania joined the demands to end the blockade.

The demands presented yesterday add to those on previous days of the general discussion, started on Tuesday at the UN by Bolivia, Antigua and Barbuda, Uruguay, El Salvador, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Algeria, Namibia, Ghana, Chad, Mozambique, Gabon, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste.


Updating of Cuban economic model continues to advance

Yaima Puig Meneses & Leticia Martínez Hernández

THE Council of Ministers, in a September 21 meeting presided by President Raúl Castro Ruz, approved a group of policies which respond to various Economic and Social Policy Development Guidelines of the Communist Party and the Revolution, thus continuing to move forward with the updating of Cuba’s economic model.

President Raúl Castro RuzCouncil of Ministers Vice President Marino Murillo Jorge presented the National Medications Program, which he recalled has been revised and renovated on several occasions over the last few years, although its fundamental purpose has been maintained: to guarantee the people’s health and limit the effects of the economic blockade imposed by the United States government, which has had a serious impact in the medical field.

He clarified that the essential concept of the program has not changed, but that some elements have been modified. He explained that the policy is directed toward developing a comprehensive program based on the complete cycle of research, development and production, prioritizing the needs defined in the Basic Health Profile for the population and the appropriate use of medications. Additionally the policy projects producing a 120-day reserve supply so that the Public Health System’s planned needs can be met in a timely fashion.

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Cuba reaffirms commitment to human rights

GENEVA.—The Cuban ambassador in Geneva, Anayansi Rodríguez, described as “very successful for our country” the process of adopting the report from the working group of the Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Cuba.

Cuba reaffirms commitment to human rightsThe second and final phase of Cuba’s appearance before the UN human rights mechanism, which included the presentation of a national report this past May, closed September 20.

This is the conclusion of a four-year period – since the first UPR cycle in 2009 – during which Cuba has been implementing the recommendations received at that time, Rodríguez explained to Granma.

In the debate, in which 13 delegations participated, “the work of the country in terms of human rights, as much economic, social and cultural rights as civil and political ones was once again recognized; and the results of the review were valued as positive, as well as the usefulness of this mechanism,” the ambassador affirmed.

“Moreover, it was confirmed that the blockade imposed by the United States continues to be the principal obstacle to efforts made by our country toward the enjoyment of human rights by all its people,” she added.

“There was a generalized recognition of the implementation of the recommendations of the first cycle, related to various themes such as the rights of women, of children, and people with disabilities. At the same time, there was support for the return of the five anti-terrorists incarcerated in the United States.”

Cuba fully accepted 230 recommendations, took note of a further 42 and only rejected 20 of them.

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Evo Morales affirms that as long as imperialism exists there will never be peace

During the second day of discussion in the UN General Assembly various heads of state and government reiterate their condemnation of the U.S. blockade of Cuba

Evo MoralesUNITED NATIONS.—Bolivian President Evo Morales stated September 25 at the UN that as long as imperialism exists, there will never be peace, justice or sovereignty for the peoples of the world, and that war is the business of capitalism.

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Care for Pregnant Diabetics in Cuba: Achievements and Challenges

Care for Pregnant Diabetics in Cuba: Achievements and Challenges