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.  

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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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Cuba presents natural products for treating cancer at Latin American Congress

VICTORIA FRIENDS OF CUBA • Solidarity & Friendship

Havana, Cuba, Oct 23 (ACN) – The development of natural products applied to humans in Cuba is among the topics to be debated at the 20th Latin American Congress on Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Latinfarma) 2013, which is in session in Havana with the participation of 800 delegates from about 40 nations.

Today there was a presentation of results from peptide RJLB-14 in the treatment of patients with epithelial tumors.

Dr. Alexis Díaz-García and other scientists from the business group of biopharmaceutical labs (LABIOFAM) will present the potential of this compound for treating metastatic breast cancer. Its preclinical assessment has verified a high effectiveness rate, a dose-response relation, and its influence in the reduction of tumors; although they are still working on determining toxicity and action mechanism.
In addition, the State Center for Controlling Drugs and Medical Equipment will offer a dissertation on the economic implications of the consumption and safety…

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Seven experimental photovoltaic stations assembled in Cuba

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Havana, 23 oct (acn) – Cuba is assembling seven experimental photovoltaic stations as part of its strategy to boost the use of renewable energy sources.

Aleisly Valdés Viera, director of Renweable Energy from the Electric Union Enterprise (UNE), told ACN that these facilities will add 10 megawatts in contribution of the National Energy System (SEN, by its Spanish acronym).

Many of these stations, still under construction, are producing electricity and have already been synchronized with some units – Guantánamo´s (Santa Teresa-Los Güiros), Camagüey´s (Guáimaro), Villa Clara´s (Santa Clara) and Cienfuegos´ (Cantarrana)– to the SEN.

Santiago de Cuba, the Isle of Youth and Havana provinces are also included in this investment program that aims at decreasing the use of fossil fuels and protecting the environment, said Valdés Viera.
This is a preparation stage for better use of the sun, once the policy for the sector of renewable energy has been approved.

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Reading, Passport to Human Development

Havana, Oct 23 (Prensa Latina) Reading is the passport to human development, social, economic, it is freedom, agreed here today participants in the International Congress To Read the 21st Century.

Fabiano dos Santos, Brazilian professor and researcher, lectured on the act of reading as a practice of freedom, book policies and the formation of readers.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, he said, there are critical points in the literacy and knowledge indicators which could improve through the promotion of reading from early stages.

We learn to read in order to write our own history, he said rephrasing his fellowman Paulo Freire, distinguished pedagogue.

About the event he commented to Prensa Latina that it is a great Cuban contribution to the world in order to promote the reading habit as a need to cultivate intellect.

On her part, Brazilian editor Dolores Prades spoke about the seminars Conversations at the end of the page which she coordinates over the last three years in her country.

The Cuban event allows the opportunity to know what is being done over the world in favour of literature for children and youths, said Prades to Prensa Latina.

On Thursday the event proposes the conference The Sense of Reading by Argentinian Angela Pradelli and a dialogue about ageless books.

The Second International Colloquium on Books for Babies, Children and Youths will also take place to exchange ideas about the conception of books for those ages.

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