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Defense Attorney Discloses US Manipulation of Cuban Five case

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 20 (ACN)  The defense attorney of Gerardo Hernandez, one of the five anti-terrorist fighters held in the US since 1998, disclosed illegalities committed by the US administration during the 2001 Miami trial that gave the five Cubans unfair and extremely long sentences.

In a press conference via telephone, Attorney Martin Garbus revealed a long list of US-based journalists who were paid to launch a hostile campaign against the five defendants during the trial, PL news agency reported.

The denunciation is part of actions aimed at putting an end to the unfair incarceration of the five Cuban antiterrorists, based on Washington’s anti-constitutional behavior to have the men jailed.

The most severe sentence was given to Gerardo Hernandez who is meeting two life terms plus fifteen years.

Known as the Cuban Five, Hernandez and his compatriots, Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Ramon Labanino, were in US territory monitoring the activities of Florida-based terrorist groups. They were arrested in 1998 and submitted to a biased Miami trial in 2001.

According to attorney Garbus, the US government paid journalists to flood the Miami community with propaganda through the local media against the Five, between 1998 and 2001. The paid journalists published their articles in outlets like El Nuevo Herald, The Miami Herald, Diario de Las Americas, Radio and TV Marti and WAQI Radio Mambi, among others, who played the role of paid and secret agents.

The El Nuevo Herald published 806 negative articles in just 194 days, while the Miami Herald posted another 305 similar works in the same period of time, said the attorney.

Garbus revealed a list of the paid journalists, which includes names such as Pablo Alfonso, Humberto Cortina, Julio Estorino, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Olance Nogueras, Enrique Encinosa, Ariel Remos, Luis Aguilar, Wilfredo Cancio, Helen Ferre, Caridad Roque, Enrique Patterson and Alberto Muller.

Some of the aforementioned have participated in violent actions and subversive activities against Cuba and have been linked to the CIA, like Humberto Cortina, who participated in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion; Alberto Muller, who was in charge of organizing armed gangs; Julio Estorino, Carlos Alberto Montaner and Enrique Encinosa, who were part of violent groups that acted against the island.

The payment offered by the US Government ranked between 3 000 to dozens of thousands of dollars, said the lawyer. But despite these elements, the Washington insists in hiding the proofs in an effort to prevent the disclosure of the names of all the paid reporters and the amount of money dedicated to the propaganda activity.


Wife of Cuban Anti-terrorist in US Jail Meets Working Agenda in Bolivia

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 21 (ACN)  The wife of Gerardo Hernandez, one of the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters held in the US since 1998, is scheduled to arrive in Bolivia on Tuesday for  a five-day working visit and to pay homage to Cuban-Argentinean guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara.

Perez, who previously visited Peru, will attend a forum on the five Cuban prisoners  at the Law School of the San Andres University, where participants will set up the Bolivian Committee for the Release of the Cuban Five.

The visitor will also meet with lawmakers at the Legislative Assembly  and with representatives of the Cuban medical and education brigades in the South American nation.

Adriana Perez is scheduled to travel to the locality of La Higuera, where she will pay tribute to Cuban-Argentinean guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara, who was assassinated in that Bolivian site in October 1967.

Gerardo Hernandez was given two life terms plus 15 years in 2001 by a Miami Court, which also punished with unfair sentences another four Cubans who were monitoring US-based terrorist organizations.

Hernandez, along  Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero and Rene Gonzalez are internationally known as the Cuban Five.


Bolivia Calls International Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba

La Paz, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) The Movement of Solidarity with Cuba in Bolivia call today to an international meeting for next October in the locality of Vallegrande with the intention to create a space of international endorsement in favor of the Caribbean island.

The International Solidarity Meeting with Cuba will center its objective in strengthening internacionalist solidarity in the context of the present processes lived by Latin America and reaffirm the commitment with the Cuban Revolution", said the call.

According to the organizers, the event will be held on October 7 in Vallegrande, department of Santa Cruz, trench battle of the Heroic Guerrilla fighther Ernesto Che Guevara.

"The meeting looks to coordinate concrete international actions against the blockade on Cuba and to fight for the freedom of the Cuban Five unjustly jailed in the United States".

At the same time, the "internationalist spirit of commander Ernesto Che Guevara, his thoughts and the revolutionary processes of today in Latin America, will be analyzed.

With the example of the Che we will try to weave the links of brotherhood and internationalist solidarity of our America, to create a wide communication network, to conduct coordinated battles on a continental scale, denouncing the blockade, in favor of the Five Heroes, the Revolution and the Cuban people, the document said.

In the event, according to the call, internationalist brothers and militants will be able to participate from all the Movements of Solidarity, countries and towns, who must send their request to the e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , before the 15th of September.

At the same time, it reminds that " we cannot be indifferent to this situation of increasing injustices the empire commits against Cuba".

Participants in the International Solidarity Meeting with Cuba will be able to join the activities of commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the murder of Che Guevara, anticipated for October 8 and 9.


Asia Readies to Express Solidarity with Cuba

Colombo, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) The preparations for the 6th Regional Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba is progressing well, said today the Caribbean nation''s ambassador to Sri Lanka, where the meeting will be run on October 20-21.

All organizations of friendship with our country in Asia have been invited, and we expect the assistance of a great number from them, Cuban diplomatic head in this country Nirsia Castro told Prensa Latina.

The meeting will be dedicated to express the Asian nations' solidarity with the island, reject the U.S. blockade and, in particular, demand the release of five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in that northern country since 1998, the diplomat said.

Monitoring the activities by groups responsible for numerous attacks against Cuba made a Florida court will impose sentences of double life sentences plus 13 years in prison to Gerardo Hernandez, Fernando Gonzalez, Rene Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Rene Gonzalez.

The latter was freed in October 2011 after completing his prison term, but he was forced to stay in Miami for three years under supervised release, implying a great risk to his life given the prevailing anti-Cuban atmosphere in that southern U.S. city.

The regional meeting of solidarity with Cuba will coincide in time with the closing of the international campaign for the release of the Five, the ambassador said.


Peruvians Ask Government to Ratify Historic Stance vs. Blockade on Cuba

Chiclayo, Peru, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) The Peruvian government should ratify at the UN its historic stance to the U.S. blockade on Cuba, stated the 13th National Meeting of Solidarity with the island, recently concluded in this city.

A statement from the forum about the over-five-decade unjust measure condemns the Washington criminal policy and states the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to maintain Lima's traditional stance, for ending the economic, financial and trade siege with the Caribbean country.

The ratification of the Peruvian policy will be consistent with the speech President Ollanta Humala pronounced about the blockade last year at the UN General Assembly, the document noted.

The statement demands the cessation of the genocidal blockade and calls the international community to reiterate its almost unanimous rejection of it, when the General Assembly analyzes the issue again in the coming weeks.

It also calls the Peruvian citizens to send emails to U.S. President Barack Obama to lift the blockade established over 50 years to submit Cuba.

The statement defines the blockade as an outrageous and unreasonable measure and an act of economic war Washington has imposed on Cuba to stifle and isolate it.


Cuba and China Signed Promotional Trade Agreement

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 21 (ACN)  Cuba and China signed a cooperation accord in Havana to boost commercial promotion between both countries.

The document was penned by the general secretary of Cuba’s Chamber of Commerce Omar Fernandez and by the general deputy director of China’s Trade Center, Xu Bing during a ceremony at Havana’s National Hotel.

Fernandez told reporters that the accord stipulates the exchange of commercial information and the promotion of trade activity between the two countries. However, the accord does not include concrete commercial actions, since the two signatory institutions are only involved in the promotional activity. This means that both parties will share access to publications and other commercial information issued in their territories.

The signing ceremony was also the occasion to brief Cuban entrepreneurs on the business opportunities they can find at China’s Import-Export Fair,  considered the major trade show in the Asian country.

China is Cuba’s second major commercial partner after Venezuela.


Cuban Veterinarians Work in Haiti

Port of Prince, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Dozens of Cuban veterinarians began to work in Haiti as part of a collaboration project which is now planning to join another 13 professionals of that sector.

The Cuban experts, with more than 20 years of work experience, will work in 10 Haitian departments for two years.

They will also have the task of supervising the development of Haitian colleagues, graduated from 2006 to 2009 in Cuba.

Cuba is carrying out various cooperation projects with Haiti, chiefly in the Public Health sector.


Cuba and China Sign Agreement on Trade Promotion

Havana, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and China today signed an agreement on trade promotion activities including bilateral exchange of information between companies of the two countries. The document was signed by the Secretary General of the Chamber of Commerce of Cuba (CCC), Omar Fernandez, and the deputy director general of Foreign Trade Center of China, Xu Bing.

As part of the commitments made in this agreement, both companies will have access to publications issued by eachone of them, said Fernandez.

The signing took place at a meeting to promote participation in the 112th edition of the Import and Export Fair in China, also known as the Canton Fair, which will take place from October 15 to November 4.

China is Cuba's second largest trading partner after Venezuela, and the most important in Asia.

That country's ambassador in Cuba, Zhang Tuo said bilateral trade relations are going very well, and called to trust the future of the Chinese economy and its links to the archipelago.

The meeting was also attended by economic and commercial counselor of the Chinese Embassy, Ma Keqiang, and Director of International Relations of the CCC, Celia Labora, and other officials.


Tourist Arrivals to Cuba Increased

Havana, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) The arrival of foreign visitors to Cuba grew in the first seven months of 2012, by 5.4 percent, reported the National Bureau of Statistics and Information (ONEI).

The agency said the island reached one million 842 thousand 202 visitors, 95 thousand 093 more than the same period last year, which shows the progress of one of the key sectors of the Cuban economy.

In July, there were over 215 thousand 850 foreign tourists, three percent more in the year on year comparison.

Cuba was visited in 2011 by more than 2.5 million tourists from countries like Canada, the UK and Spain.


Alicia will Release Three Works in Ballet Festival of Havana

Havana, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s National Ballet (BNC) will premiere three works by the prima ballerina, Alicia Alonso, during the 23rd edition of the International Ballet Festival of Havana, to be held from next October 28 to November 7.

Thanks to the Alonso’s tireless creative energy, fans of ballet in Havana will enjoy in autumn choreographic versions of pastoral opera Acis and Galatea by Georg Friedrich Handel; La Destrucción del danzante (The destruction of the dancer), a tribute to Cuban writer Virgilio Piñera, and the duo entitled Nosotros (We), with music of Fryderyk Chopin, BNC sources reported here.

Alicia Alonso is also the artistic director of Acis and Galatea, in which performance will participate BCN dancers, soloists from the Opera de Cuba and the National Association of Concert, Camerata Vocal and Sine Nomine, among other artists.

The designs for this work will be in charge of Italian and Cuban Brotto Agostino Frank Alvarez.

In the centenary of the poet, playwright and writer Virgilio Piñera, the director and founder of BNC conceived, with music of Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos, this dramatic solo, The destruction of the dancer, inspired by a poem titled precursor of the absurd theater in the field of Spanish language.

A melody of Chopin, in version for violin and piano by Nathan Milstein, dictate the tempo and choreographic nuances of We, a romantic story about a dancer who tested alone, while a colleague observes.

But when he decides to help in a difficult ballet step, both understand that binds something deeper than friendship.


Gerardo Hernandez: Justice will Not Come Along by Itself

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 18 (ACN)  Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo, one of the five anti-terrorists held in the US since 1998, said that justice will not come along by itself regarding their case, because it takes permanent struggle against the media campaign on Cuba, as a crucial factor.


The case of the Cuban Five is now at an important moment, said Hernandez in a message sent on behalf of the five heroes held in the U.S. which was read by his wife Adriana Perez at the 13th Peruvian National Forum in Solidarity with Cuba, underway in the city of Chiclayo.

Hernandez, who was given two life terms plus 15 years in the U.S., said that he has progressively been closed all his legal ways, though US authorities now have a new chance to make justice, as he referred to an affidavit to be filed with the Miami Federal District Court on Monday by his defense attorney, PL news agency reported.

“Our defense team will present new documents to denounce the public opinion manipulation carried out  prior, during and after the trial by the US government, which said to have guaranteed a fair process for the Five, reads the message.

It has been proven that the Miami journalists who wrote defamatory articles against the five Cubans were paid by the US government, while the prosecution never informed the defense about it, as it is stipulated by the law.

But despite this fact, the prosecution opposes the release of the contracts signed by the government and the journalists, or that they are summoned by the court, the message explains.

Gerardo also appreciated the expressions of solidarity with the Five at the Chiclayo forum and stressed the importance of such support.

Hundreds of participants at the meeting listened to Adriana Perez, who affirmed that justice in the case of the Cuban Five will be achieved through solidarity actions.

Perez will also visit Bolivia August 22-26, where she will meet with local journalists and media directors, and with professionals.


New Legal Move Backs Habeas Corpus for Anti-terrorist Jailed in the U.S.

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 18 (ACN) Defense attorney for Gerardo Hernandez, a Cuban anti-terrorist prisoner meeting two life terms plus 15 years in the U.S., will file a groundbreaking affidavit with the Federal District Court of Miami on August 20, seeking the overturning of his wrongful conviction.

Martin Garbus, a renowned First Amendment and civil rights attorney, who joined the legal defense of the case in April 2012, will file the affidavit on Monday, the National Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five reported on its webpage.

The new legal action supports the prisoner´s habeas corpus petition based on the US government misconduct with multi-million-dollar payments to Miami journalists during the prosecution of Hernandez and another four Cuban anti-terrorists.

Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and Rene Gonzalez were given unfair sentences by a Miami court in 2001, after they monitored Florida-based terrorist organizations.

The 90-page Affidavit will be made publically available Monday morning, the international committee announced.

Thousands of contract pages reportedly reveal that the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the US agency in charge of anti-Cuba  Radio and TV Marti, employed a team of reporters linked to the Miami-based right-wing circles.


Local Government Authorities in Peru Receive Adriana Perez

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 20 (ACN)   The governor of the Peruvian region of Lambayeque, Humberto Acuna, met on Sunday with Adriana Perez, wife of Gerardo Hernandez, who is one of the five Cubans condemned to long prisons sentences in US jails, in 2001, for fighting terrorism.

According to PL news agency, the regional governor received Adriana Perez, along the Cuban ambassador to Peru Juana Martinez, as well as the representative of the Cuban Committee of Relatives of Terrorism Victims, Ileana Alfonso.

The visitors, who attended the 13th Solidarity with Cuba Forum in Chiclayo, capital city of the Lambayeque region, briefed the Peruvian governor on the serious situation facing the five Cubans, who were in US territory monitoring terrorist organizations.

Four of the five Cubans are still in prison, while one of them, Rene Gonzalez, was released from prison after he met his sentenced by was forced to remain for a three-year probation in US territory.

The 13 th Solidarity Forum issued a declaration demanding the immediate return of the Cuban Five to Cuba.

During the meeting, governor Acuna and ambassador Martinez address opportunities for bilateral cooperation in the fields of education, health, sports.


Peruvian Solidarity Forum Demands Release of Cuban Five

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 20 (ACN)  The Peruvian activists, who gathered at the 13th National Forum in Solidarity with Cuba in the city of Chiclayo, demanded the immediate release of the five Cuban antiterrorists held in the United States since 1998.

The gathering, which wound up on Sunday, issued a call to maintain the struggle for the return to Cuba of Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino and Fernando Gonzalez,  a task that takes human dignity and justice, said the activists at the meeting.

The declaration of the forum also demanded the end of cruel measures taken against the Cuban Five, as the five heroes are internationally known, by  US judicial and government authorities and that all of them  be allowed family visits by their spouses, mothers and children.

The document denounces US restrictions preventing Olga Salanueva and Adriana Perez, wives of Gerardo Hernandez and Rene Gonzalez, respectively, to visit them in US territory.

Adriana Perez attended the Chiclayo forum and received the overwhelming support of participating activists from around Peru, who also demanded the immediate return to Cuba of Rene Gonzalez, currently under a three-year probation imposed upon his meeting of a 13-year prison sentence.

The declaration also stressed that the Cuban Five are innocent and adds that their fight against terrorism entailed a patriotic duty and a human value in a confused world that undergoes oppression and wars.


Forum Asks Peru to Ratify Support of Cuba against US Blockade

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 20 (ACN) The government of Peru must ratify at the United Nations its historic stance against the US blockade of Cuba, reads a declaration of the 13th National Encounter in Solidairty with Cuba, held in the Peruvian city of Chiclayo.

The document condemns the criminal US policy and calls on the Peruvian Foreign Ministry to maintain its traditional position in favor of the lifting of the economic, financial and commercial siege of the Caribbean nation.

The declaration calls on the international community to again express its almost unanimous rejection of the US blockade at the next UN General Assembly session that will take place over the next few weeks.

The forum invites all Peruvian citizens to send President Barack Obama email messages demanding the end of the over-50-year US policy, which the declaration describes outrageous and irrational action and an economic warfare activity aimed at strangling and isolating Cuba.

The document explains that the US’s hostile Cuba policy has inflicted the island over 900 billion dollars; however, it has not managed to force the Cuban people to yield. “The blockade has not prevented Cuba from being a leading country in the fields of education, healthcare, scientific research, arts and sports, reads the declaration.


Foreign Students in Cuba Support Cuban Five Case and the Revolution

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 17 (ACN)  The 4th Solidarity Brigade of foreign students from 36 nations, currently studying on the island, ratified their commitment to fight  current misinformation campaigns against Cuba and to back international actions for the return to the island of the five Cuban heroes held in the United States.

Over 100 youths were received on Thursday at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp in the western province of Artemisa, where they are dedicating part of their holidays to economic and social activities.

During the welcoming ceremony, Cuban Young Communist League’s foreign relations official Sarahis Figueras thanked the youths for their support and said it was an honor to share with them working activities in the area.

The students exchanged views with national student organizations and learned of their structure and actions.

Bolivian Alexa Flores, a medical student, told the Cuban News Agency that she considered it an honor   having been able to study on the island, and she thanked the Cuban government for granting scholarships to so many foreign youths.

The brigade is made up of students from Angola, Ghana, Nicaragua, Bolivia, China, Vietnam and other nations.


Solidarity with Cuba Forums Open in Peru and Argentina

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 17 (ACN)  The 13th Meeting in Solidarity with Cuba opens today at the Peruvian city of Chiclayo, while a similar forum, the 12nd of its kind, is taking place over the weekend in the city of Cordoba, Argentina.

According to PL news agency, the gathering in northern Peru will be attended by Adriana Perez, wife of Gerardo Hernandez, one of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters held in the US, and by hundreds of  solidarity activists from around the country.

Also attending are professionals who graduated in Cuba and youths currently taking courses on the island, along with Cuban Ileana Alfonso, whose father was one of the 73 victims of the 1976 terrorist bombing of a Cubana airlines jet off the coasts of Barbados.

In interviews with different media outlets, Adriana Perez has explained that her husband, who was given two life terms plus 15 years, and his four countrymen were convicted after they tried to prevent new crimes against the Cuban people, like the one in Barbados.

Meanwhile, the 12th Solidarity Forum to take place in Argentina aims at adding new forces to the international campaign for the return to Cuba of the five anti-terrorist fighters.

Known as the Cuban Five, Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez, were arrested in 1998 by FBI agents and submitted to a biased Miami trial that gave them extremely long and unfair sentences.

The forum, to take place at the General Paz municipal sports center in the city of Cordoba, will also promote actions for the release of the five like urging municipal and provincial governments and parliamentarians to join the international campaign.


Preparations for General Elections Satisfactorily underway throughout Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 17 (ACN)  Preparations for the first stage of general elections, to take place October 21-28 in Cuba, are satisfactorily underway, according to electoral authorities.

The president of the National Electoral Commission (CEN) Alina Balseiro stressed the support  of the population and the full commitment to the task and high responsibility in their duties by all officials appointed to organize and lead the electoral process.

With this factor guaranteed, the upcoming election of candidates is expected to see the massive participation of the people, said Balseiro, who added that electoral commission members at all levels are currently taking training, prior to the opening of candidate nomination assemblies, which will take place September 3-29.

At the same time, electoral authorities are identifying over 50 900 nomination sectors in all constituencies and drawing up the nomination assembly schedules.

The general registration of voters has been updated with the information necessary to make the different lists of eligible voters. Such lists will be published next month, said CEN official Julio Torres Garcia.

The voters registration includes some 8 million Cubans, 200 thousand of whom will vote for the first time in this year’s elections, said Torres Garcia.


New Group of Young Haitians to Take Medical Courses in Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 20 (ACN)  A new group of Haitian youths will take medical courses in Cuba in the 2012-2013 school year as part of a bilateral education agreement between Havana and Port-au Prince, under which over 800 Haitians has graduated as medical doctors.

The group, which  is made up of ten students that will take their courses at the University of Medical Sciences in eastern Santiago de Cuba province, shared views during a recent meeting with Cuban officials  and members of the Cuban Medical Brigade at the island’s diplomatic mission in Haiti.

During the gathering, the vice-director of the medical brigade doctor Alejo Sagol explained the youths about the work of Cuban doctors in Haiti and congratulated them for having picked such a noble profession, which is badly needed in their country.

“This is a very important profession for Haiti. You undoubtedly are part of the future and we have the task to help you work as professionals at community hospitals throughout the country, so that you progressively replace the Cuban personnel here,” the doctor said.

Haitian medical student Louis Jhonny, who is currently on his third year of Biochemistry at the Camaguey university, told the youths about  his experience at the Cuban university and briefed them about the situation of the five Cuban antiterrorists held in the U.S.

Every year, the Santiago de Cuba Medical School includes in its registration youths from all Haitian regions. The selection of the youths takes a group of exams. Once the students graduate as medical doctors, they are assigned to health institutions in their own regions, said the head of the Medical Training Office at the Haitian Health Ministry Margaret Sanon.


Cuba Supports Ecuador´s Sovereignty and Rejects British Threats

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 20 (ACN) Cuba strongly rejects the threats by the government of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to suspend the inviolability to the Ecuadorean embassy in London and burst into the diplomatic premises.

The statement was made by Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez at the 9th Extraordinary Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our Americas (ALBA), held over the weekend in Ecuador.

This threat constitutes a hostile act, an unquestionable violation of international law and an attempt against the sovereignty of Ecuador, and it offends our Americas, said Rodriguez as cited by PL news agency.

The foreign minister cited article 22 of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which stipulates that “The premises of the mission shall be inviolable.” “The receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity.”

Cuba underscores the need for strict respect for the Vienna Convention and emphasizes that the privileges, inviolability and immunity of the Ecuadorean embassy must be guaranteed, said the foreign minister.

Bruno Rodriguez said that it is illustrative and peculiar the silence kept by the United States at the reasonable and legitimate questions posed by Ecuador with respect to the US position on Assange.

“We urge the US administration to give a clear reply to the following questions: Is there a legal process in effect or the intention to open a legal process against Julian Assange?

Meanwhile, Sweden’s attitude in this case has been dubious at best from the legal point of view, said Rodriguez.

The unquestionable fact is that this situation would not have existed if Julian Assange had not leaked secret documents revealing atrocities, crimes, the violations of human rights and international law, as well as interference with the domestic affairs of nations by the government of the United States.

“I reiterate Cuba’s support of the search for diplomatic solutions on the basis of consultations and negotiations, in tune with the principles of independence and juridical equality of the states, peaceful coexistence and the proscription of the use of threat of using force,” Rodriguez stressed.

“Cuba will resolutely support the actions that the Ecuadorean state may undertake to defend its sovereignty, which translates into the defense of international law, and the defense of the sovereignty of all our countries and of our Americas,” concluded the Cuban foreign minister.


Homage in Cuba to Trinidadian Artist Patricia Bishop

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 18 (ACN) As part of cultural activities in Cuba marking the 50th anniversary of Trinidad-Tobago’s independence, a gala will be held at Havana’s National Theater on August 30 to pay homage to outstanding Trinidadian artist Patricia Bishop, who passed away in 2011.

In a recent press conference, Trinidadian ambassador to Cuba Jennifer Jones invited the Cuban people to participate in the homage-paying gala for Bishop, who became an icon of her country’s cultural area, Pl news agency reported.

Patricia Bishop was granted numerous distinctions for her work as musical director, musicologist, fashion designer, historian and civil rights activists. She was the first musician to have achieved a combination of a steel band with a symphonic orchestra.

The gala will also pay tribute to the so-called “steelpan” or steel drum, a music instrument created in Trinidad-Tobago in the early 20th century.


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