Latin America and Caribbean Strengthen Energy Complementarity

By Sinay Céspedes Moreno*

Montego Bay, Jamaica (PL) The 2nd Meeting of Ministers of Energy of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, was an opportunity for consensus to strengthen the complementarity of the two sub-regions on energy issue.

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Cuba No. 1 in Density of Healthcare Workforce

Washington, Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuba ranks first among countries with the greatest density of healthcare providers, reporting 135 doctors per 10,000 inhabitants, followed by the United States with 125, and Canada with 96, according to a 2013 Pan-American Health Organization report.

Haiti led the nations below the minimum standard with only 4 doctors per 10,000 inhabitants, followed by Guyana (11), Guatemala (13) and Bolivia (14), the report adds.

The report, titled A Universal Truth: No Health Without a Workforce, also analyzes challenges in distribution, migration and training of health professionals.

The report says that about 70 percent of countries in the Americas have sufficient, and in some cases more than enough, medical staff to provide basic health care services for their populations.

The problem is ensuring that everyone, especially people in vulnerable communities and remote areas, have access to well-trained, culturally sensitive and competent health staff, said Carissa F. Etienne, PAHO director.

“The best strategy for achieving this is to strengthen multidisciplinary professional teams at the primary health care level,” she added.

The report highlights that the number of health workers worldwide needs to grow by more than seven million. It also suggest a better geographical distribution, since in many countries, these providers are concentrated in big cities.

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Message from ICAP #YolandaPH #Haiyan

Message from ICAP #YolandaPH #Haiyan

Message from ICAP

Blockade on Cuba: an Embarrassment for the USA and their vassal Israel

By Pedro Paneque Ruiz / Radio Cadena Agramonte

It could not have been otherwise, good sense and good judgment prevailed during the voting of the Cuban report at the U.N. General Assembly. Once again most of the member nations supported the island country in its demand. So for 22nd time in a row, the majority (188 States out of 193 members) said YES to the draft resolution which demands the end of the U.S. blockade on Cuba.

It is certain that the Yankee Empire (the United States) and their most faithful vassal, Israel -and I say vassal because empires do not have allies as history has proved so- once again were the only member nations at the UNO that said NO in a bid to perpetuate this genocide. A policy that has brought about a tragic toll for all Cubans and in a course of over 50 years has included deaths and irreparable damages to the people’s health and the country’s economy.

But there is something more, Obama’s administration has tightened the siege impeding the Caribbean country to buy products of American origin and has expanded the extraterritorial character of this policy, becoming a sheer punishment to the islanders for we have not betrayed our principles, our political system and our humane programs. 

Recently, a young friend asked me what was really the objective of voting a Cuban report on the need to end the US blockade on the island at the UN General Assembly, because since he had full control of his own senses he had always heard of the blockade and he suffered because of it, but the U.S. successive administrations hadn’t done anything to lift it.

The voting is simple the universal condemnation of the international community of nations, because this aggressive plan against Cuba is framed as an act of genocide, according to article 2 of the Geneva Convention. Then I wonder how much the country could have done in all fields for the development of its inhabitants, if it were not for the blockade and its causes, a strategy of domination that the United States have pondered for ages.

But there is more, if there were a contest among countries that are habitual liars, the United States would be the champion. Unilaterally, Washington has included Cuba on a list of state sponsors of terrorism, without admitting that notorious terrorists walk freely in that country; that is the case of Orlando Bosh (already dead) and Luis Posada Carriles, masterminds of the bombing of a Cubana airliner off the coast of Barbados, or the case of Herminio Díaz, of whom The National Enquirer recently published that had close links to the CIA and the Mafia, and even assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy on November 22nd 1963. 
 
In spite of the harshness of the enduring economic, financial and commercial blockade, it is also true that the Cuban people are committed to move forward, aware that some day the blockade will be lifted. Sooner or later, our grandchildren or great-grandchildren will see the end of this ill-advised and archaic policy and will no longer be subjected to its consequences, even though they miss the embarrassment which is for the United States and Israel the voting of the Cuban report at the UN General Assembly.  

Former US Judge Urges Obama to Release #CubanFive #FreeTheCubanFive

Washington, Nov 4.- Former U.S. Judge Claudia Morcom today urged President Barack Obama to release four anti-terrorist fighters who have been held in the United Status for 15 years for preventing violence against Cuba.

In a letter addressed to Obama, Morcom recalled that Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Rene Gonzalez and Ramon Labanino were only defending their homeland against unjustified attacks, according to the International Committee to Free the Cuban Five.

Rene Gonzalez completed his prison term and is now in Cuba after giving up his US citizenship to end an additional three years of supervised release.

These Cuban heroes were arrested in September 1998 while supervising Florida-based violent anti-Cuban groups, which planned actions resulting in more than 3,400 victims in Cuba in the past 53 years.

In Morcoms opinion, Obama can put an end to the imprisonment of the Five and take a first step to unconditional rapprochement with Havana.

“It is a simple act of justice you can easily do,” she wrote.

Morcom also urged President Obama to comply with the international demand to lift the U.S. economic, financial and commercial blockade that has been imposed by Washington on Cuba for over half a century, and which has been voted down for 22 consecutive years at the UN General Assembly.

Morcom is the first African-American woman to work in a law firm and is a prominent human rights activist.(Prensa Latina)

U.S blockade has concrete impact

YENIA SILVA CORREA

IN the more than 50 years of the Cuban Revolution, millions of dollars have been accumulating in lost revenue as a direct consequence of the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the U.S. on the country. Education is a sphere of great social benefit which has not escaped this reality.

From March 2012 to April 2013 alone, revenue lost from goods and service exports amounted to more than $80,000.

One loss which has affected Cuba for a long time is the geographical relocation of trade, which means acquiring necessary goods from distant markets, considerably increasing transportation costs.

In concrete figures, the situation is as follows: in 2012 the transfer of goods purchased for the education sector cost $1.12 million. If these products had been purchased in the southern United States they would have cost only $543,800. This additional expenditure means having to buy less than the necessary amount of other goods. A case in point is that only 100 Natural Science modules for elementary schools were purchased this year. Similarly, this complication makes obtaining essential resources to develop skills in Vocational Education, Geography and Language very difficult.

In Arts Education, because of the U.S. imposed blockade, it has not been possible to buy musical instruments and audio equipment for all institutions in the sector. Acquiring parts to repair instruments in Music Schools has also been affected. The impossibility of using the U.S. dollar in Cuban trade has forced the country to pay sums well above the contracted rate to obtain raw materials used for producing text books.

The genocidal policy of the blockade prevents exchanges between Cuban and U.S. academic institutions, seriously obstructing the development of Computation Science. Many of the licenses needed to access these tools must be paid to U.S. companies but existing restrictions prevent this.

Despite these concrete examples, the Cuban government continues to uphold the fundamental right to education of all its people. 

Latin America and Caribbean Strengthen Energy Complementarity

By Sinay Céspedes Moreno*

Imagen activaMontego Bay, Jamaica (PL) The 2nd Meeting of Ministers of Energy of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, was an opportunity for consensus to strengthen the complementarity of the two sub-regions on energy issue.

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