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Cuban and Spanish Artists Launch Concert for the Five in Madrid

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 14 (acn)In gesture of solidarity, as recognized by Cuban ambassador to Spain, Eugenio Marinez, a music concert was launched with the participation of Spanish and Cuban singers until late hours Monday in the capital Madrid.

The concert took place at the Galileo Galilei Center, where the artists joined their voices in demand of the release of  Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and Ramón Labañino ,  four Cuban anti-terrorists imprisoned in the US since 1998. The imprisonment, which occurred in the US city of Miami, also included Rene Gonzalez,  who served a 13-year prison sentence  and achieved the modification of his probation term in exchange for the renouncement of his US citizenship and returned to the island.

In his remarks at the concert, the ambassador said that he was deeply honored to have attended his first public activity in Spain being that action for the five. The concert, he said deserved the appreciation of Cuba and the Cuban Five, as the Cuban anti-terrorist fighters are internationally known. 

There is no more important compromise with justice than fighting for the freedom of the five Cuban heros said the Cuban ambassador.

Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega Meets President of Cuban Friendship Institute

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 9 (acn)Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega highlighted the example and historic leadership of the Cuban Revolution as he met on Wednesday with the president of the Cuban Friendship Insitute Kenia Serrano, who is visiting that sister Central American nation.

During his dialog with Serrano, who is also deputy to the Cuban Parliament, Ortega expressed his confidence that sooner than later the four Cuban anti-terrorist fighters still held in US prisons, will be released.

Kenia Serrano updated the Nicaraguan president on the case of Rene Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, Fernando Gonzalez and Antonio Guerrero, internationally known as the Cuban Five, who were arrested in 1998 after they monitored Florida-based terrorist organizations.

Although Rene Gonzalez managed to return to Cuba after serving a three-year sentence, justice will not be fully made till all of them return home, said Serrano.

The Nicaraguan head of state was particularly interested in the situation of each of the Five, and he praised the unconditional support given by Cuba to the Nicaraguan people, which he described as a sample of the example given by the Cuban Revolution to Latin America.

US Analyst James Cockroft says Cuban Five Imprisonment is Shameful to US Justice

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 14 (acn)US historian and analyst James Cockroft said that it is shameful for the US legal system the fact that four of five Cuban antiterrorist fighters are still being held in prisons of that country,  15 years after their arrest in 1998, in Miami.

In statements to PL news agency, Cockroft demanded the unconditional release of Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando Gonzalez because he said “15 years in prison is enough.”

The Cuban anti-terrorist will not be release through any legal process because they are political prisoners, therefore only US public opinion and international solidarity will achieve their return home, said the analyst.

Cockroft, who is also said that US President Barack Obama can make use of his constitutional powers and based on humanitarian reasons he can free the Cubans on no conditions at all.

The analyst, who has written 48 works on Latin American and US issues, explained that there is a huge movement of solidarity with the Cuban anti-terrorists around the world, which is spreading the truth of the case.

For Cockroft, who resides in Montreal Canada, the ineternational movement must stressed the fact that the Cuban heroes must receive the support of all social movements of the world because they symbolize the struggles waged by the people on the planet and they represent the values of culture, justice, peace and solidarity.


Cuba and Ecuador Boost Medical Cooperation

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 14 (acn)Ecuador and Cuba will sign new cooperation agreements to strengthen the integral health attention system being promoted by the Ecuadorian government, said the chief fo the Cuban medical contingent in Quito Jorge Jimenez.

The Cuban doctor told PL news agency that the Ecuadorian Health Ministry is interested in hiring the services of 15 Cuban epidemiologists and 69 physical therapists, while that country's Social Security Ministry asked for the support of another 43 specialists in the field of primary health attention, electro-medicine and pharmaceutical service advisors.

The upcoming arrival in Ecuador of one thousand Cuban medical specialists following a request by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa is another project to be implemented. The doctors will help put in practice the Family Doctor system in the South American nation. In the meantime, dozens of Ecuadorian students are taking medical courses on the island to later help their communities.

Doctor Jimenez recalled that Cuban medical collaboration with Ecuador began in 2006 with the implementation of the Operation Miracle free-eye-surgery program in the cities fo Latacunga, Ballenita and Machala, where 41 Cuban doctors have administered over 140 thousand operations on cataracts and other eye conditions.

Bilateral collaboration between Havana and Quito also includes the training in Cuban hospitals of Ecuadorian doctors in different medical specialties.


International Community Supports Lifting of US Blockade against Cuba

Havana, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) The next vote at the United Nations of a project demanding the US to lift the blockade that has kept for more than half a century against Cuba, is preceded by numerous expressions of support of the international community.

Presidential summits, United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the UN General Assembly have been one of the places where the world's public opinion has condemned the blockade to the island.

The 21st Summit of the African Union, held last May in Addis Abeba demanded the lifting of the commercial, financial and economic blockade against Cuba.

Organizations like Europe-Third World Centre, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and the American Association of Jurists also issued a joint declaration condemning the blockade.

Earlier this year, during the presentation of Cuba in the universal periodic review mechanism of the Human Rights Council, 22 delegations criticized the blockade and considered it an obstacle to the realization of human rights in the Caribbean nation.

The Fifth Summit of Heads of State and/or Government of the Association of Caribbean States, held in Haiti, demanded to end the isolation of one of its member states.

Meanwhile the First Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC ) meeting in Chile earlier this year, issued a special statement condemning the policy of siege to the island.

On paragraph 6 of the Declaration of Santiago , issued by the first summit CELAC - EU rejects the unilateral coercive measures, that go against international rights and the extraterritorial provisions of Washington against states, entities and individuals related to Havana.

That project became a resolution last year, with 188 countries in favor. Only The United States, Israel and Palau declared themselves against it, while Micronesia and Marshall Islands abstained.

The Group of 77 and China, the Non-Aligned Movement, the CELAC, the Caribbean Community, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the African Group and MERCOSUR, along with other 17 delegations declared themselves to be in favor of the resolution presented by Cuba.

Russian Veterans Demand Solidarity with Cuban Five

Moscow, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) The Moscow branch of the Russian Veterans Association of the October Crisis of 1962 today urged U.S. veterans to demand the release of four Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly convicted in that country.

In a message addressed to William Zain, chief commander of the organization of Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, the Russian internationalists demanded the release of Ramón Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and Gerardo Hernandez.

The text indicates that these antiterrorists were arrested 15 years ago for monitoring the groups planning violent actions against their country, organized in the United States.

The document explains that Rene Gonzalez is already in Cuba after 13 years in prison, another period of supervised release and having renounced to U.S. citizenship, requirement of the judge in charge of the case. The message notes that the Five, as they are known worldwide, warned of various sabotage plans and attacks, benefiting even the United States, whose leaders call themselves authorities in the fight against terrorism.

Paradoxically, adds the text delivered to Prensa Latina, a Miami court convicted these true heroes to absurd sentences of imprisonment from 15 years to double life imprisonment plus 15 years.

Muscovites veterans warn that the case is complicated because the U.S. leaders put pressure on the media to silence everything related to this case as well as other issues related to Cuba such as the economic, commercial and financial blockade.

By contrast, emphasizes the text, in the United States enjoy full freedom and get government protection well/known criminals such as Luis Posada Carriles, major responsible for blowing a Cuban airliner with 73 passengers on board in October 6, 1976.

Muscovites fighters mobilized to Cuba in 1962 when a U.S. military invasion seemed imminent, emphasized that their claim has the support of colleagues from other regions of the Federation.

They are members of veterans organizations in the province of Moscow, Risia, Arkhangelsk, Bryansk, Vladimir, Volgograd, Voronezh, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Mordova; Nizhegorod, Penza, Rostov, Ryazan, Samara, Saratov, St. Petersburg, Smolensk, Khakassia and Yaroslavl.

In the document signed by Major General Mikhail Makaruk, head of the Moscow branch, and secretary, Guiorgui Petrov, it is noted that a copy was also sent to the U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul.

Great Festival of Indian Culture to Be Held in Havana

Havana, Oct 13 (Prensa Latina) An Indian Cultural Festival will be held in Cuba from October 24 to November 4, the first large-scale-festival in a Latin American country.

According to Indian ambassador here, C. Rajasekhar, the festival will strengthen ties between both countries, which have been cordial for years.

The festival will coincide with the visit of a government delegation to the Asian country, led by Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari and several members of the cabinet and parliament, said the diplomat.

"We want to show the Cuban public the colorful splendor of various manifestations such as visual arts, film, dance and cuisine," said Rajasekhar.

The show Nrityarupa, a mosaic of Indian dance, will open the inaugural gala at the Teatro Mella in Havana on October 29, the same venue will host the function the next day and then, on October 31 will be exhibit at the Teatro Milanes, of the western Pinar del Rio province.

Besides folk and classical dances, literature will also have a special place because Indian poets, playwrights and novelists will travel to Havana to hold exchanges, conferences, workshops and reading sessions.

Meanwhile, Alba Cultural House in this capital will host from October 28 to November 5 a joint exhibition of painters Narendar Reddy, Sanjiv Nath and Cubans Zaida del Rio and Ernesto García Peña.

The prolific Indian film will also focus the attention of the event: the capital Charles Chaplin cinema will screen several successful films such as Ek tha tiger, partially filmed in Havana, and Parineeta, among other titles.

Gastronomy and the practice of yoga, two of the great benefits of this ancient culture, will also convene in Cuba prestigious chefs and yogis of India to show what they do best: some, yummy dishes and the others, meditation sessions.


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