News on Cuba - May 28, 2012 Print

National Convention of Solidarity with Cuba in Brazil

Salvador, Brazil. - The struggle being waged for the freedom of the five antiterrorist Cubans unjustly imprisoned in the US and for the lifting of the US blockade on Cuba, were two main topics that were broached in the National Convention of Solidarity with Cuba held in Brazil, that came to an end last Sunday, May 27th, by Kenia Serrano, President of The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), as its acronym in Spanish language.

Some 300 representatives of 19 associations of solidarity with Cuba in as many Brazilian states, from 39 social movements and political parties and the Parliamentary Friendship Group Brazil-Cuba attended the meeting, in which Serrano said that if there is a nutshell to summarize the current circumstances in the cause of The Five, its is URGENCY, because these five cuban fighters against terrorism have to be released right now

"Urgency- the President insisted – because on June 4th, the unjust and contemptible punishment of confinement is reaching the five thousand days, She added.

The president of ICAP exalt the space of solidarity with Cuba is a network of people throughout the world, reflected in the two thousand 116 associations of friendship with the Caribbean island,

The President of the ICAP highlighted that the demonstrations of solidarity with Cuba being carried out by a large network of people throughout the World, lays bare in the two thousand 116 associations of friendship with the Caribbean island, existing in 152 countries.


Cuban Vice President Reiterates Commitment with Africa

Havana, May 27 (Prensa Latina) Vice president of the Cuban Council of State Esteban Lazo today attended the Global African Diaspora Summit, where he reiterated the commitment of his country with the peoples of that continent in seeking new ways of collaboration.

During the event held at South African city of Johannesburg, Lazo said that the Caribbean country is in solidarity with the African immmigration, broadcast local television.

The vice president also demanded the end of the US blockade on Cuba, a struggle to which the African, Latin American, and Caribbean countries have joined too.

Lazo also mentioned the results of cooperation in the training of human resources and literacy programs, and social development.

In this regard, the vice president said that Cubans, with a strong African heritage, find in solidarity the only way to pay their debt with the African continent.

Cuban health and education professionals are currently working in 35 African nations and young people from 42 African countries are studying in Cuba


The Cuban Council of Churches Ratifies its Social Commitment

HAVANA, Cuba, May 26 (acn) The Cuban Council of Churches, reaffirmed on Friday, during its 45th General Assembly, held in this capital, its commitment to support and stay next to the people in its battle in defense of social achievements.

In a statement issued at the end of the meeting, the movement condemned the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on the island by the US government, a maneuver he described as "a criminal attitude and genocide."

The over 40 churches, Christian institutions and ecumenical groups met at the Council agreed to give a leading role to the search for peace and to continue joining efforts with their US counterparts for the normalization of bilateral relations.

The Council’s outgoing president, Reverend Marcial Miguel Hernandez, stated that they will continue the struggle for the definitive return of the five Cuban heroes –condemned in the US for fighting terrorism- to their homeland and families.

Reverend Joel Ortega Dopico, new president of the Council, said that there was a sense of unity in the new board and that it managed to achieve great balance and diversity, with a high number of young members, which is, in his opinion, a sign of maturity in the movement.

We expect to be able to accompany our nation along its path to progress, above all in these times of transformations and changes, he pointed out.

The Cuban Council of Churches –founded in 1941- is a fraternal community of churches, which includes ecumenical and Christian movements and institutions and others entities like the Jewish community and the Yoga association of self-realization, bringing together over 50% of Cuban evangelical churches -a total of 48 denominations.


The Vatican Presents Cuban Ambassador with Grand Cross

HAVANA, Cuba, May 26 (acn) The Cuban Foreign Ministry considered on Saturday that the decoration bestowed upon outgoing Cuban ambassador Eduardo Delgado by the Vatican “ratifies” the “good level” of bilateral relations between the two states.

An official communique by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, circulated in Havana by the Prensa Latina news agency, points out that Delgado received the Knights Grand Cross of the Pian Order.

The note cites the director of Protocol of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, Monsignor Nwachukwu Fortunatus, who asserted that the award “constitutes a concrete gesture of acknowledgment of bilateral bonds.”

In turn, the diplomat said that he received the decoration “as an expression of the high level of relations between the Cuban government and people and the Holy See.”


Cuba Takes Place in WHO Executive Board

Geneva, May 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuba on Monday became member of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO), during the 131st meeting of such a body, held in this city under the chairmanship of Barbados.

Cuba was elected by acclamation in the 65th WHO World Assembly, scheduled from May 21-26.

"Our country will play this high responsibility on behalf of the region of the Americas, together with Mexico, Ecuador, Panama, Barbados and the United States, at a time when momentous processes take place as part of the WHO reform and the creation of goals and indicators on non communicable diseases (NCD)," according to a report of the permanent mission in Geneva.

The Executive Board is composed of 34 individuals technically qualified in the field of health and its mandate runs for three years.

The main functions of such a board include the implementation of decisions and policies of the World Health Assembly, while providing guidance and preparing projects in this matter.


Ramiro Valdes Presides over Analysis on Medicaments in Granma

BAYAMO, Cuba, May 26 (acn) Commander of the Revolution Ramiro Valdes, vice-president of the councils of State and Ministers, presided over on Friday in this city the analysis carried out on measures to stabilize the production of medicaments.

Valdes, also a Politburo member, met with executives of national and territorial entities involved in the production and commercialization of medicines at two important factories in the city of Bayamo, the Pharmaceutical Laboratory of Oral Liquids -the only Cuban industry producing drops syrups, solutions and suspensions- and the Abihail Gonzalez factory, which produces powdered milk for babies and supplements for pregnant women and against anemia.

Measures to eliminate arrears, stabilize the flow of production, and guarantee preventive maintenance and investments scheduled were suggested during the meeting.

Valdes insisted on the need to improve work and technological discipline and consolidate collective responsibility with the quality and quantity of productions, as established by the guidelines approved by the 6th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC).

The Commander of the Revolution visited the two centers, accompanied by Sonia Perez, first secretary of the PCC in Granma province; Manuel Sobrino, president of the territory’s Assembly of the People’s Power, and other leaders.


Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo Thanks Cuba for its Solidarity

HAVANA, Cuba, May 26 (acn) Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo expressed his appreciation on Friday for the solidarity of the Cuban people and government.

In a meeting in New Delhi with Cuban ambassador to India, Abelardo Cueto, Lugo asserted that  Paraguayans will never forget the aid given by Cuba with the sending of physicians to his  country and the training of Paraguayans on the Caribbean island.

The head of state, in a fraternal atmosphere, greeted the diplomatic corps attending a forum  in which representatives of the presidential delegation presented, in the presence of Indian  businessmen, possibilities for business and investment in Guarani territory.

Cueto conveyed the Paraguayan President the high value given by the Cuban people and its  leaders to relations with Paraguay, the Web site reported.

Cuban specialists working in the Operation Miracle program have returned the sight to more than 15,000 Paraguayans thanks to surgeries carried out at the eye center that the island operates in Maria Auxiliadora, 500 kilometers away from Asuncion.

Since the beginning of cooperation between the two countries, after the reestablishment of full relations in November, 1999, a total of 908 Paraguayan students have graduated in Cuba, where another 499 are currently studying.


Latin American Association Grants Prize to Cuban Poet Nancy Morejon

HAVANA, Cuba, May 26 (acn) The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) officially conferred the 2012 Prize of Excellence on Cuban poet and essayist Nancy Morejon.

Received on Friday in the United States by Miguel Barnet, president of the Cuban Association of Writers and Artists (UNEAC), the prize, granted for her studies on Cuba, honors the  intellectual for her vast work, originality, scope and commitment.

A full member of the Cuban Academy of Language, Advisor to Havana’s Casa de las Americas  cultural Institution, and president of the Writers Section of the UNEAC, Morejon is also a  promoter of the Grand Caribbean as cultural conception.

She has published over 10 collections of poems and several essay and research books; she  obtained the National Literature Prize in 2001; and received the Victor Hugo medal granted by  the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO).


Latin American Forum Confirms Validity of Jose Marti´s Ideas

HAVANA, Cuba, May 25 (acn) The Latin American Identity and Integration Forum, sponsored by the Argentinean Foreign Ministry, confirmed the validity of the political thinking of Cuba´s National Hero Jose Marti.

After an analysis of Marti´s essay Our America, text that surprises people for its literary beauty and for the validity of its content and resumes and exposes the essential Latin American thinking, integration and anti-imperialist ideas of the island´s most important independence leader.

This was expressed by Ana Sanchez, Director of the Center of Jose Marti Studies, based in Havana who pointed out that the essay was published on January 1st, 1891 in a New York magazine.

According to a report by Prensa Latina News Agency, the Cuban academic said that Our America is also characterized by its scientific rigor and early warning on the dangers that the US represented for the nations to the South.

Diego Tettamanti, Under Secretary of Latin American Policy of the Argentinean Foreign Ministry recalled that our independence leaders in general thought of Latin America at that time.

He recalled that during the 19th century, foreign influence pushed forward a plan of isolation among our nations, while the following century was marked by political instability and foreign intervention.

They, said the diplomat, led to policies in compliance with foreign interests and in the late 20th century, a consciousness of the region was born that it was possible and necessary to join forces with a common integration project.

Latin America and the Caribbean today looks to the future as one, said Tettamanti while looking back to the number of regional blocks created in the so called sub continent.

Jorge Lamadrid, Cuba´s ambassador to Argentina, recognized the value of the Latin American Identity and Integration Forum and added that Argentina–Cuba bilateral ties are at its best moment.

The Argentinean diplomat praised the fact that over 150 thousand citizens from the South American country have visited the island in the last 16 months which reflects the current sympathy among the two peoples and highlighted the rediscovery of the bridge that unites us.


Pierre Richard Says He is Definitely in Love with Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, May 25 (acn) The great French comedian Pierre Richard said in Havana that he had fallen in love with Cuba the first time he came in November 1987 to make a documentary about Ernesto Che Guevara.

Richard is in Cuba shooting the movie Three brothers, by Patrick Grandperret , in which he said he plays a small but beautiful part as the father of a French banker, who is seeking the traces of a pirate ancestor who disappeared off the Baracoa coast, Cuba’s easternmost city.

In a brief meeting with reporters at the Sevilla Hotel, the star of memorable films as The tall blond with a black shoe, pointed out that when too much time passes without him returning to the Caribbean nation, he misses it deeply.

It's magical, irrational, I can not explain it, he confessed. I have always admired the dignity of the Cuban people, especially professing affection for their country, a feeling that I can’t find in France, said the star.

He announced he is coordinating with the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) to have a joint project and have artistic reasons for him to return,  because every time I have worked here I’ve got impressed by the efficiency and quality of the technicians and workers of the Cuban movie industry.

He argued that the professional efficiency is accompanied by a zest for life and a joy to work that is exceptional.

About the film he is shooting, he said that is about Cuba today without clichés or stereotypes, through which Cuba is seen in some parts of the world but, on the contrary, he said, it deals with the everyday life of people.

On his immediate plans, he confessed that when he returns to Paris he would work hard on a one-man show by the name of Pierre Richard III, with many texts, which he humorously describes as a tête-à-tête between him and William Shakespeare.

He also announced that he will shoot the second part of a film that he starred with American actress Jane Fonda, a blockbuster, named “And if we lived together”, that he hopes will soon premiere in Havana.


Participants in LASA Congress in the US Request Release of the Cuban Five

HAVANA, Cuba, May 24 (acn) Academicians from several nations and representatives of the US society met on Thursday to ratify the request of freedom for the five Cuban antiterrorists unfairly condemned in the United States.

The specialists attending the 30th Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) under way in the US joined the initiative that was also organized to express solidarity with Cuba and condemn Washington’s criminal blockade against the island.

The meeting was convened by the US National Committee for the Freedom of The Five, headed by Gloria La Riva, the Cubadebate Web site reported.

Cuban intellectual Miguel Barnet highlighted the importance of the permanent and solidarity work carried out in defense of Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and Rene Gonzalez, who were illegally arrested and tried for monitoring the activities of Miami-based extremist groups and prevent terrorist actions against their homeland.

Barnet is part of the group of 75 Cuban academicians participating in the meeting of Latin American and Caribbean scholars, which another 10 professors and researchers from the Caribbean island couldn’t attend, since the US authorities didn’t grant them the entry visas.


U.S. Students Seek Multi-topic Synergy in Cuba

Havana, May 28 (Prensa Latina) Students from the university of Woodbury in Los Angeles, U.S., are seeking multi-topic synergy in Cuba, as part of a first visit which according to its U.S. promoter, Jeannette V. Fischer, could be repeated.

The US university professor considered the project a unique experience, which implies exchanges in arts, society, academic knowledge, and mutual spiritual growth.

According to the National News Agency, the visit of the first group of US students is due to an intercultural communication program between Woodbury and Jose Marti Cultural Society.

Fisher highlighted the interdisciplinary nature of the initiative which includes students from various degree courses, such as social communication, architecture, cinema, design, and economy, contributing to enlarge the horizons of exchange and including different fields.

Due to the professional and practical results, this will be the first group of many others to come, noted the coordinator of the project.