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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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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Increased U.S. operational capacity in Latin America and the Caribbean

Abel González Santamaría

A joint report recently presented by three influential U.S. research and analysis centers specializing in Western Hemisphere studies – the Center for International Policies (CIP), the Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF), and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) – reveals that the U.S. government has favored the deployment of Special Operations Forces in its security policies for the region.

Abran ala puertaAccording to the report, titled Time to Listen: Trends in Security Assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean, these Special Forces are to be more and more utilized in Latin America for training tasks, intelligence gathering and other military missions, within the category of the old anti-drugs schemes. These missions fulfill functions which go beyond the mere provision of training and allow units to familiarize themselves with the terrain, culture and key officials in countries where they might operate some day. It notes that they also allow U.S. personnel to gather confidential information on their host countries.

The study adds that, to a large extent, what is happening is not reflected in major budgets, but comes cloaked in a veil of mystery, lackluster reports to Congress and the public, and a migration of program management from the State Department to the Department of Defense.

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Renowned filmmakers: Chilean Miguel Litín & Bolivian Jorge Sanjinés, condemn media conspiracy against Syria

Filmmakers Condemn Media Conspiracy Against Syria

Havana, Sep 16 (Prensa Latina) A group of Latin American and Caribbean documentary makers condemned the media manipulations to support an eventual attack against Syria. Internationally renowned filmmakers, like the Chilean Miguel Litín and the Bolivian Jorge Sanjinés, condemned the ‘use of lies and deception to get the world’s consent for this attack on people’s lives and sovereignty’.

The text, posted at the site Rebelión.org has been signed by 70 filmmakers from Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Brazil, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Honduras and Colombia.

The filmmakers also appealed to the human conscience to ‘defeat the powerful minority forces that prevent the world from embracing life, justice and peace’.

The pretext of the use of chemical weapons against civilians has been used by the U.S. government to justify an attack against the administration of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

This script this time around is similar to one used in previous wars, a trick immortalized by Hollywood itself in ‘Wag the Dog’, a film about media manipulation with political purposes.

In the document, the documentary makers warned about fictional stories being told in order to engender a war of incalculable proportions and consequences.

Signatories expressed their doubt about the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian army, an attack which has been denied from multiple angles, through the arguments, testimonies and confessions offered, even by members of the opposition.

“This attack comes on top of 33 months of ‘civil war’ fostered and funded by foreign powers through the use of mercenaries, and it has already claimed more than 100 thousand lives,” continues the text.

sc/sa/cbr/lac/cmv Modificado el ( lunes, 16 de septiembre de 2013 )

PAHO Recognizes Cuban Health Achievements

PAHO Recognizes Cuban Health Achievements

Prensa Latina

Havana (PL) Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Clarissa Etienne, extolled progress of the Cuban health system, as well as universal coverage to all free of charge. In a visit to Cuba. The Cuban nation is one of the few in Latin America and the Caribbean with accesible and free of charge medical attention for all its citizens, said Etienne in a press conference held in the PAHO/WHO headquarters in the island.

She highlighted government commitment to guarantee the different levels of medical attention: primary, secondary and terciary, which show in the indicators achieved by this country and talked about the interest of PAHO in continued promotion of cooperation with Cuba.

She also underlined Cuban solidarity with other peoples over the world, and the fact that 30 thousand professionals work in 59 nations, a meaningful contribution to human welfare.

Etienne explained it is essential to be aware that health services are very expensive, while the system must be made sustainable.

During her visit to Cuba, director of PAHO took part in an exchange between authors with the objective of developing a special series for scientific journal The Lancet, on universal health coverage in Latin America.

She told Prensa Latina this is a very important topic for the region and Cuba in particular, can position and make its results visible.

Etienne said the editors of the prestigious journal are very much interested in promoting the achievements of the Cuban health system and is open to coordinate work in this direction.

The expert named PAHO priorities for Latin American and thje Caribbean, a region with great diversity and inequities which should be solved.

Universal coverage must be guaranteed, in particular the treatment for VIH patients while attending to cure transmissible illnesses like tuberculosis and malaria.

She also mentioned the unfinished agenda, like reducing maternal deaths in childbirth and of children below five years.

Etienne said to be aware that for Latin America and Caribbean governments, health indicators are very important, making social inclusion a priority.

Clarissa Etienne held meetings with public health authorities and visited the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipment State Control Center (Cecmed), the National Coordinating Center of Clinical Trials (Cencec) and the Center of Molecular Immunology.

Etienne, citizen of Dominica, was elected director of PAHO in 2012 and assumed this post in January, 2013.

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