News on Cuba - October 8, 2013 Print

Cuba Presents Report Condemning US Blockade

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 7 (acn) Cuba's Report on Resolution of condemnation of the U.S. blockade imposed on the island, was presented today in this capital.

Abelardo Moreno, deputy foreign minister, released a document entitled "Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba" that will be under discussion at the United Nations on October 29th.

The report was presented at the William Soler Pediatric Cardiology Center, where the national and foreign press learnt of the economic damage that the illegal policy continues to cause Cuban people, which has now reached a staggering one trillion 157 billion 327 million dollars, taking into account the depreciation of the dollar against gold.

Business transactions, academic exchanges, the long list of drugs denied to Cuba, the failure to grant visas for sporting events, and the damage to foreign trade are some of the restrictions that are hurting Cuba according to the report presented by Moreno.

This resolution has been presented by Cuba to the General Assembly of the United Nations for the last 21 years, and has received the overwhelming support of the vast majority of the member countries each time.


Bolivia Holds Activities to Honor Che Guevara

La Paz , Oct 7 (Prensa Latina) Tributes to the Argentine-Cuban guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara begin today in the eastern department of Santa Cruz, and will run until Wednesday, Oct. 9, on the occasion of the 46th anniversary of his death in La Higuera.

A film series began yesterday in memory of Guevara, who led a guerrilla group in the eastern region of the country from 1966 to 1967, seeking an end to the oligarchic governments that ruled Bolivia.

The film "El coraje del pueblo" (The Courage of the People), by filmmaker laureate George Sanjines, opened the series, which also includes another film by the same director, "Insurgentes" (Insurgents), while "Nicaragua, patria libre o morir" (Nicaragua, Homeland Free or Die), will be shown tomorrow.

The film "Fidel, la historia no contada" (Fidel, The Untold Story) will be also screened tomorrow, and "Che, un hombre Nuevo" (Che, A New Man) will be shown on Oct. 9, marking 46 years since the murder of Guevara.

Tomorrow's activities on occasion of Guevara's death will include a tour of places linked to the guerrilla team he led in the area of Vallegrande, including the sites where several members of his column were buried.

Latin American ambassadors, and Che's younger brother, Juan Martin Guevara de la Serna, who is on his second visit to the country this year, will participate in the marches.

The central activity in memory of Che's death will be held in a small mausoleum built next the Vallegrande airstrip, where his remains were hidden for 30 years before being unearthed and taken to the Cuban city of Santa Clara.

Another event will be held in La Higuera on Wednesday, Oct. 9, to whose school the guerrilla fighter was taken after being imprisoned in Quebrada del Yuro, and where he was killed that day in 1967.

Che was born in the Argentinean city of Rosario on June 14, 1928. After completing his medical studies he joined the Granma Yacht expedition departing Mexico that, led by Fidel Castro, was planned to free Cuba from the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship.

Guevara arrived in Cuba as the physician of the emerging guerrilla force, but his additional merits soon became clear and he was promoted to commander and column chief. When the war ended on January 1, 1959, he was in the central city of Santa Clara, where he had led invading troops.


Cuban Parliament Vice-president at Geneva Interparliamentary Forum

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 7 (acn) The vice-president of the Cuban Parliament Ana Mari Machado is heading the island's delegation to the Inter-parliamentary Union Assembly, underway in Geneva, which will focus on crucial issues such as nuclear disarmament.

The forum, running until Wednesday, is being attended by 1,200 participants, including 600 legislators frm 129 countries of the world.

This is a significant moment for the Interparliamentary Union to pave the way for an increasing peaceful world, said the president of that organization, Abdelwahad Radi.

A document submitted by Cuba to the forum alerts on the threat posed on humanity by the possible use of the nuclear weapons that exist in the world today.

The struggle for the prohibition and total elimination of nuclear weapons must constitute a priority for the Inter-parliamentary Union, because it is the only way to prevent the disappearance of human species, the Cuban document explains.

Some 19,000 atomic bombs exist on the planet, with 2,000 of them ready to be used.

The Parliamentary Union was set up in 1889 and it is made up of 163 countries.


Cuba Cooperates in Health in 70 Angolan Municipalities

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 4 (acn) Cuban voluntary health workers presently offer their services in 70 municipalities of Angola, informed Angolan Health Minister José Van-Dunem within the framework of the International Fair of Luanda (FIL), the Prensa Latina news agency reported from the Angolan capital.

Van-Dunem pointed out that her Ministry placed Cuban teams in those 70 territories, composed of one physician, one specialist in statistics, and one in infirmary in mother-child care.

He explained that these teams support local measures to solve priority public health problems, by way of vaccination campaigns, comprehensive attention of mothers and children, deliveries without risk, prevention and the treatment of endemic and non-transmissible diseases.

Last year, the governmental representative acknowledged the quality of Cuba’s medical staff, the cooperation of which is a fundamental element, very much appreciated by his country’s authorities.


Vice President of the Cuban Parliament Attends IPU Assembly

Geneva, Oct 7 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Parliament’s Vice President Ana Maria Mari Machado, leads his country’s delegation to the 129 Assembly of the Inter Parlamentarian Union (IPU), started here today and which have among its main issues the nuclear disarmament.

The event will run until Wednesday and it attended by around 1,200 participants, including 600 lawmakers from 129 countries.

"It is truly a time for IPU to help build the foundations of a more peaceful world ever," said the president of the organization, Abdelwahad Radi.

A document submitted by Cuba to the meeting warns the existence of nuclear weapons and the threat of its use is one of the greatest dangers facing humanity.

The struggle for its elimination and the permanent ban must be one of the IPUÂ’s priorities, because that is the only way to avoid the disappearance of the human species, says the text.

Currently there are about 19,000 nuclear weapons, 2,000 of them ready to be used immediately, and just a fraction is used to trigger a nuclear winter.

The document also warns that the considerable resources devoted to modernize these stocks could be used to address the most pressing problems of mankind, such as hunger, poverty and insecurity.

The Cuban delegation to this event is also integrated by Yolanda Ferrer, president of the International Relations Committee of the National Assembly of People’s Power (Parliament) and Yoerky Sanchez, Deputy president of the Commission of Care to Children, Youth and Equal Rights of Women.

The event will also inspect other issues such as the prohibition of chemical weapons and their destruction, sustainable development, natural disasters and the protection of children’s rights, mainly migrants and those in conflict zones.

Created in 1889, the IPU is formed by 163 countries, with new movements in the organization, which incorporated Bhutan and Somalia, while Egypt was suspended after the dissolution of its Parliament.