Venezuela’s UN Ambassador Hits Out at US Double Standards

The Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations, Rafael Ramirez, New York, September 18, 2017 | Photo: @RRamirezVE

Ramirez also condemned the U.S. attempts to use the U.N. Security Council to promote an intervention in Venezuela

The Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations Rafael Ramirez has said the United States is consistent with its aggressive attitude on a unilateral basis, but contradictory within the Security Council.

Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Ramirez said “The United States is consistent in what has been its attitude and aggressiveness towards the world, but inconsistent in what they proclaim in the United Nations, because in practice they do the opposite.”

He added that Washington talks about human rights, but its military troops have intervened in Syria without the consent of the people, and remains silent about the situation in Yemen.

Ramirez also condemned the U.S. attempts to use the U.N. Security Council to promote an intervention in Venezuela, a maneuver that was rejected by other member states.

“The North American country has tried to use the human rights issue as a political tool to continue its aggression against Venezuela and continue to support Israel’s aggression against Palestine,” said the diplomat.

Interviewed later on Venezuelan state television, the ambassador pointed out that the U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres has fostered a climate for foreign non-intervention in Latin America and especially in Venezuela.

The annual U.N. General Assembly starts on Tuesday. Venezuela will be represented by the nation’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.

Arreaza will make his address on September 23.

See video here.

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by teleSUR

teleSUR, September 18, 2017

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Cuban Dance Troupe to Open Dancing Festival in Russia

Havana, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban ballet troupe Danza Contemporánea de Cuba (DCC) confirmed Monday that it will open the 2017 edition of the Russian International Dance Inversion Festival in Moscow on September 25, by an invitation by prestigious Russian Bolshoi and Stanivslaski Theaters respectively.

The Cuban main contemporary ballet dancing group will offer shows on September 25 and 26 at the Stanivslaski Theater in Moscow.

DCC is directed by Miguel Iglesias, and will offer a program formed by three successful pieces from its most recent repertoire: ‘El Cristal’ (The Glass), a choreography by Julio Cesar Iglesias; Tangos Cubanos, by British Billie Cowie; and Matria Etnocentra, by Cuban George Céspedes.

Besides DCC, companies such as Teac Danza de Irlanda; Rocío Molina from Spain; the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company (Germany); the Jessica Lang Dance from the US and groups from Montecarlo, Mónaco; Marseille, Francia, and Zurich, Switzerland, will take part in this edition..

Just on September 25, DCC will celebrate the 58th anniversary of its foundation and after the event of Moscow it will get ready to dance in October, in the City Center of New York, US.

This year, the company tackled a tour along several theaters of the United Kingdom, sponsored by the Dance Consortium and received a spectacular welcome of the European audience and press media.

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Dominican Ship Arrives in Cuba with Humanitarian Aid Irma’s Victims

Havana, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) A ship from the Dominican Republic’s Navy arrived in this capital today laden with a humanitarian aid to help Cubans during the recovery works after Hurricane Irma hit the country.

According to Frigate Captain MacDonal Belliard, the cargo consists of about 90 tons of mattresses and construction materials such as timber, zinc coated steel and metal doors, among others.

The cargo was prepared by direct indications from the Dominican President Danilo Medina, who, being acquainted with the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, phoned Cuban diplomats and expressed his support.

Belliard stressed that the crew is proud to respond to the president’s call and assist Cubans at difficult times like this.

For his part, Dominican Ambassador to Cuba Joaquin Geronimo Berroa said that the shipment, although it is not so big, is a sign of the historic ties between the two Caribbean nations.

He also praised the Cuban people’s perseverance and willingness to fight this incident, virtues from which they can successfully find a way out of difficulties, he said.

Mercedes Lopez, vice president of the Cuban Council of State, welcomed the Dominican gesture and assured the visitors that the Dominican Republic can count on Cuba’s solidarity for any problem.

According to experts, Irma has been the strongest and most powerful hurricane hitting the Caribbean nation ever.

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Restoration of Water Supply Benefits 25,000 Cubans Affected by Irma

Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) More than 25,000 residents in this central Cuban city benefit today from the restoration of the pipeline that supplies water to the southern part of the city, interrupted after Hurricane Irma hit the country.

This way, the service was restored in the Popular Councils of Colón and Jesús María, two of the largest in Sancti Spírtus, located 360 kilometers east of Havana, after the flood of the Yayabo River caused the collapse of the pipeline.

Maydeé Ponce de León, a specialist with the Provincial Aqueduct and Sewer Company, explained to the press that the pipeline was almost a century old and was damaged by the push of water during the heavy rains caused by the meteorological phenomenon.

After several days of work, the new 400-millimeter-wide pipeline began pumping on Sunday. It was installed with a safer route above the emblematic Yayabo River that runs through the city.

Other important actions to restore the water service in the province of Sancti Spíritus are concentrated in the cities of Trinidad and Yaguajay, in the south and north of the territory, respectively, where significant damage was reported.

Irma, a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, caused severe damage in central western Cuba where it hit with strong winds and heavy rains on September 8 and 9.

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Cuban Vice-President Highlights Recovery after Irma Hurricane

Matanzas, Cuba, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Vice-President Ramiro Valdés said today that the country is advancing in the recovery phase, after being severely affected by Hurricane Irma along the north coast of the country.

Valdes noted during a meeting here with journalists that great tasks are necessary as the atmospheric phenomenon damaged a large number of buildings, including workplaces, service units and health institutions.

He described the damage on housing as serious and, in that regard, he called for the proper use of resources and the local production of construction materials.

The Cuban State noted that it will cover 50 percent of the cost to be paid by the families affected by the hurricane to rebuild or building their totally or partially damaged homes.

Valdés visited this city, 100 kilometers east of Havana, where hard work is being done to start up the Thermoelectric Power Plant (CTE) Antonio Guiteras, whihc was seriously damaged.

Valdés, who was accompanied by top authorities in the province of Matanzas, also visited the damaged tourist destination Varadero.

In Cuba’s major coastal resort, authorities are working hard to completely restored the region before November 15, when the peak tourist season begins until April.

A total of 4,500 foreign tourists and 1,500 national vacationers are in Varadero on Monday, according to tourist sources.

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Global Social Movements Boost Solidarity with Venezuela

Representatives of from social groups have been visiting projects in Venezuela | Photo: @MPComunas

“We have tried to see the reality through the encounter with the people and their leaders,” Nino Pagliccia.

Members of the international social movements taking part in the “We are all Venezuela” solidarity summit in Caracas have being seeing the reality of life in the country with their own eyes rather than from viewpoint of the international media.

Nino Pagliccia, a representative from Canada’s Hugo Chávez Peoples Defence Front, joined 14 companions for a tour of several works built by the government in Vargas state.

They also learned about socio-productive experiences and social organization

“We have tried to see the reality through the encounter with the people and their leaders, and we saw, for example, on new buildings made for the needy, which gives us hope that the Bolivarian Revolution is following the direction marked by Chávez, “said Pagliccia.

“It is clear that the lies about Venezuela are completely fabricated, so it is good that we have come to see clearly, and then give testimony of the concrete actions of how society is organized, its level of democracy, consultations and popular participation in action , which is not seen every day in Canada, for example,” said Mary Boti, representative of the Montreal Women’s International Movement.

While Giugliano Granatto, of the Italian Movement Power to the People of Naples said: “I have seen a decent people who want to fight, who are not tired, and despite the obstacles wants to build socialism.”

He added that the most valuable legacy of the Bolivarian Revolution is participatory and protagonist democracy. International activists also pledged to promote global solidarity with Venezuela.

The Minister for the Communes and Social Movements, Kira Andrade, told the Venezuelan News Agency that the “We are Venezuela” summit, which ends on Tuesday, is an opportunity to discuss and design an agenda of solidarity with the South American country and the Bolivarian Revolution.

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September 18, 2017

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U.N. provides Cuba with food aid after Irma rips up coast

People line up to buy bread after Hurricane Irma caused flooding and a blackout in Havana, Cuba, September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

HAVANA (Reuters) – The United Nations’ World Food Programme said on Saturday it was launching a $5.7 million operation in Cuba to help feed nearly 700,000 people in areas most affected by Hurricane Irma.

The monster storm ripped last weekend along the length of the northern coastline of the Caribbean’s largest island, tearing off roofs, wrecking the power grid and damaging crops.

“This hurricane just went down the entire coastline, the volume of impact is just unprecedented,” WFP Executive Director David Beasley said during a visit to Havana, after meeting with Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel.

The WFP already had more than 1,600 tonnes of food pre-positioned around Cuba available to distribute and had funds to buy more. It would start by distributing for free rations of rice and beans in the most vulnerable areas.

Irma’s impact on food availability in the a nation of 11 million inhabitants may be both short and medium-term, Beasley said.

Reuters Staff 2 Min Read People line up to buy bread after Hurricane Irma caused flooding and a blackout in Havana, Cuba, September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer HAVANA (Reuters) – The United Nations’ World Food Programme said on Saturday it was launching a $5.7 million operation in Cuba to help feed nearly 700,000 people in areas most affected by Hurricane Irma. The monster storm ripped last weekend along the length of the northern coastline of the Caribbean’s largest island, tearing off roofs, wrecking the power grid and damaging crops. “This hurricane just went down the entire coastline, the volume of impact is just unprecedented,” WFP Executive Director David Beasley said during a visit to Havana, after meeting with Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel. The WFP already had more than 1,600 tonnes of food pre-positioned around Cuba available to distribute and had funds to buy more. It would start by distributing for free rations of rice and beans in the most vulnerable areas. Irma’s impact on food availability in the a nation of 11 million inhabitants may be both short and medium-term, Beasley said. Executive Director of the U.N. World Food Programme David Beasley (C), walks inside a damaged house due to Hurricane Irma during a visit to Havana, Cuba, September 16, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

“We are talking about 60,000 hectares of agricultural land that have been dramatically impacted, banana trees, citrus, rice maize, everything,” Beasley said.

Cuba would need to assess the soil’s salinity to ascertain how that would affect the next planting season, he said.

In the light of climate change, Irma could be a “sign off more things to come”, Beasley warned.

“Fifty to forty years ago, the hurricanes were less frequent, and less severe,” he said, adding that WFP was working with the Cuban leadership to prepare for such change.

At the height of its strength, Irma ranked as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century and was the first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in Cuba since 1932.

“It’s times like this when we all lay aside our political differences and come together for the common good,” said Beasley, former governor of South Carolina in the United States, Cuba’s old Cold War foe.

Reporting by Sarah Marsh; Editing by Mary Milliken, Reuters

September 17, 2017

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Cuban Hero Urges to Strengthen Use of Networks to Fight for Venezuela

Caracas, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), Fernando Gonzalez, noted here the contribution that social networks can make today to defend the countries” truth.

The Cuban social activist, who is participating in the international event We All Are Venezuela, told local media that those alternative communication platforms have been used to attack Venezuela, but they can become spokespersons for the reality in this South American nation.

Gonzalez, one of the so-called Cuban Five, noted that in those networks, the war is intense, but they are also means to spread the truth ‘to people who receive distorted information’, he added.

Interviewed by the program La Hojilla, broadcast by VTV, Gonzalez underlined the example of the Bolivarian Revolution, which is a guide for the processes of change in Latin America.

He went on to say that its geopolitical importance has caused a wave of unprecedented aggressions against any country.

The ICAP president noted the importance of the meeting: We All Are Venezuela: World Dialogue for Peace, Sovereignty and Bolivarian Democracy, to strengthen the solidarity movements with the Homeland of Liberator Simon Bolivar and with all the peoples who defend democracy and sovereignty.

The event has brought together more than 200 delegates from 60 countries and will continue on Sunday, when participants will seek an efficient strategy to confront the hegemonism and the desire of domination of the empire and is right-wing acolytes.

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WFP Presents Food Aid for Cuba for Those Affected by Hurricane Irma

Havana, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley has announced the donation of 1.5 million dollars in food, and a food aid valued at 5.7 million dollars for those affected by Hurricane Irma.

After visiting Jaimanitas, one of the most damaged communities in the Cuban capital, the former governor of South Carolina said that the aid will meet the food needs of 664,000 affected people for four months.

Beasley recalled that the UN agency founded in 1961 has in Cuba about 1,606 metric tons of food and has provided 1.5 million of its emergency fund to buy more food.

The former governor added that if the Cuban government would have not worked with the people, the impact would have been worse.

I am here on behalf of the United Nations to observe, work and see with Cuban authorities how we can cooperate, said Beasley, who met with Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel.

A WFP statement said that the operation will begin with the free distribution of a portion of rice and beans in the prioritized areas.

The UN agency is mobilizing funds to complete the total amount planned and that distribution will prioritize children from boarding and semi-boarding primary schools and children under five, he said.

The aid will also benefit people over 65 of age, pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers.

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French Organization Renews Support for Cuba and Venezuela

Paris, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) The Cuba Yes France solidarity organization has renewed its support for the Caribbean island and Venezuela in the wake of the current complex situation in Latin America, at the L”Humanite festival, which ends today.

The president of the association, Charly Bouhana, stressed the unrestricted support for the two nations and reiterated the commitment to continuing to develop an active solidarity towards both peoples from this European nation.

Bouhana particularly referred to the recent passing of Hurricane Irma along the northern coast of Cuba, where 10 people died, and severe material damage was reported, so ‘we want to tell them that we share their pain.’

‘The reconstruction work is huge, but for 50 years, Cubans have proved that they are capable of rising, and we will be at their side to support them with our means,’ he said.

The French legislator François Michelle Lambert stressed that in the face of this kind of catastrophe, ‘the most important thing for Cuba is the preservation of human lives, a model that has been praised even by the United Nations.’

The president of the France-Cuba parliamentary friendship group also expressed willingness to support the Caribbean nation: ‘Everybody knows that my heart beats twice, once here and once in Cuba, because I am lucky to be Cuban and I bear that nationality proudly,’ he said in reference to his birth in Havana.

Cuban Ambassador to France Hector Igarza and the official of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, German Ferras, expressed gratitude during the ceremony, and the decision to work to rebuild the country.

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