Nearly 6,000 Cuban Doctors Have Arrived Home from Brazil

Havana, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) After the arrivals of 409 Cuban medical professionals from Brazil on Sunday, nearly 6,000 doctors have already returned home after assisting people in poor and remote communities.

At Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport, Construction Minister Rene Mesa and the member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Victor Gaute, welcomed the physicians.

On behalf of the group, Dr. Rosbel Almaguer noted the Cuban physicians’ commitment to noble causes and their willingness to accomplish any tasks of the Revolution.

On November 22, the return home of the medical collaborators started amid the hostility unleashed by Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro against the Cuban government and physicians.

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Venezuela Denounces New U.S. Conspiracy Plans

Caracas, Dec 10 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro denounced new aggression plans gestated from the United States as part of the campaign currently being deployed by right-wing sectors against his government.

This project is organized by the White House, in an attempt to disrupt the democratic life of the nation and promote a coup d’état against the constitutional, democratic and free government of the country, the president emphasized this Sunday in statements to the press.

‘Whoever contravenes the Constitution will meet us face to face. Venezuelans want peace, improvement, tranquility, prosperity, happiness’, Maduro said.

The president recalled, thus, the failed assassination attempt perpetrated against the high political-military command of the nation last August, during the celebration of the Bolivarian National Guard’s 81 years in the central Bolivar Avenue, in Caracas.

The action, aimed at detonating two drones near the podium, was unknown to Washington and other Latin American governments despite evidence presented by the Caracas Executive.

The terrorists involved would receive 50 million dollars and stay on U.S. territory, the head of state also recalled, while announcing that the details of the new destabilizing actions will soon be disclosed in a press conference.

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Successful Concert by Cuba’s Buena Fe Makes Headlines in Bolivia

La Paz, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) The successful performance in La Paz by the Cuban duet Buena Fe, made up of Israel Rojas and Yoel Martinez, who are currently on their first tour of Bolivian cities, made headlines on local media on Sunday.

On Saturday night, the musicians sang for almost two hours many songs composed during their career of more than 16 years, as well as others composed by Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez and the Argentinean musician Fito Paez, in front of an emotional audience, members of the Cuban medical brigade and Cuban residents in Bolivia, Cambio newspaper reported.

Abya Yala Television and state-owned TV Bolivia channels posted on social media some moments of the concert, attended by about 500 people at the headquarters of the State Vice Presidency because, due to operational reasons, it could not be held in the auditorium of Casa Grande del Pueblo as planned.

Buena Fe’s concert concluded at about 22:00 hours, local time, with expressions of brotherhood between Bolivia and Cuba.

Culture and Tourism Minister Wilma Alanoca, Minister of the Presidency Alfredo Rada; the president of the House of Deputies, Gabriela Montaño; the ambassadors from Cuba and Argentina, and several cultural personalities, attended the concert.

Buena Fe previously performed in the cities of Santa Cruz and Cochabamba.

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Cuban Doctor Is Satisfied with Mission Accomplished

Havana, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Doctor Yaima Borges on Sunday stated that she is returning from Brazil with the satisfaction of her mission accomplished, after providing medical care to very poor people in that country.

As part of the More Doctors Program, I spent three years in the northeastern Brazilian state of Paraiba, where I worked in Triunfo municipality, the collaborator, one of nearly 20,000 Cubans who worked over the past five years in vulnerable communities, told Prensa Latina.

According to Borges, the joy of returning to Cuba was accompanied by a feeling of sadness for knowing that poor people could be left without health care.

The Cuban doctors worked in remote places in Brazil, where other doctors do not want to go, that explains the gratitude and sadness expressed by patients when we left, she said.

Given the hostility from President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, the Cuban Ministry of Public Health announced on November 14 the decision to withdraw from the More Doctors Program.

Since November 22, most of 8,300 medical professionals who were in Brazil at the time of the decision have returned to Cuba, and new flights are expected in the next few hours and days.

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An eternal presence

Fidel Sierra Maestra

Dec 5 (Cubadebate) The passage of our Comadante en Jefe into immortality –marked by the moment Army General Raúl Castro Ruz placed a cedar chest holding his ashes into the heart of a monumental boulder here, December 4, 2016 – was commemorated by 350,000 residents of the city who reaffirmed his eternal presence.

Thus, as the first rays of the sun appeared, he received the first tribute of the day from the Cuban people, when, in the name of all the grateful, a floral wreath was placed at the site in Santa Ifigenia Cemetery by members of the Party Central Committee, and the provincial leaders of the Party and government,

Lázaro Expósito Canto and Beatriz Johnson Urrutia, respectively.

Recalling, as well, the innumerable battles directed by the historic leader of the Revolution – the Moncada, La Plata, Uvero, and many more – different sectors of the population converged on Mayor General Antonio Maceo Plaza at dawn, and departed along Patria Avenue to Santa Infigenia.

The 2.7 kilometer stretch, the same route taken by the funeral procession that unforgettable morning, was adorned with Cuban flags, those of the July 26th Movement, and other expressions of deep affection for Fidel.

At the end of the march, the spontaneous tribute continued with visitors from Santiago de Cuba, neighboring provinces, and around the world, to set a record for a single day at the cemetery, and surpass 1.5 million visits over the last two years – more evidence that the Comandante en Jefe lives on in the hearts of Cubans and peoples around the world.

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Venezuela Uses Oil Resources for People’s Development

Caracas, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela is promoting the need to use oil resources for the economic and social development of nations, Oil Minister Manuel Quevedo said.

The minister posted on his Twitter account from Vienna, Austria, that some strategies are planned for 2019 as part of cooperation established by the member nations of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to boost world sovereignty.

‘The participation of everyone is imperative, to listen to us, for the independence and sovereignty of countries. Oil resources have to be for the development of the people in economic and social matters, that is the work of unity,’ Quevedo wrote.

The investment by oil producing territories is important to maintain the oil flow that will help in the development of nations worldwide and mainly the high consumers of the natural resource, he stated.

Quevedo, who is also the president of the state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), also announced that the country will soon report on the mechanisms to preserve the stability of the world oil market, in order to work together with OPEC.

Venezuela participated on Thursday in the 175th meeting of the Conference of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, in Vienna, where it took over OPEC presidency for 2019.

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Brazil HR Commission Apologizes to Cuban Physicians

Brazilia, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) The Brazilian Commission of Human Rights and Deputies Chamber offered apologies this Friday to Cuban physicians for the questioning and disrespectful stance of president-elect Jair Bolsonaro.

‘Bolsonaro’s actions to discredit Cuban professionals of ‘Mas Medicos’ program will deprive Brazilian people from health attention, one of their main rights’, Congressman Luiz Couto, president of that Commission told Prensa Latina.

He reaffirmed his gratitude to the doctors of the Island and offered apologies to the Cuban people which gave us highly-trained professionals who have contributed to our peoples’ health.

Couto hopes the Brazilian people will realize the damage caused by the former military and it is not a secret that Brazilian doctors ‘don’t want to work inland and in poorest areas’, where the communities experienced the quality and humanism of Cuban professionals.

We are happy that those professionals who ceased their participation in the ‘Mas Medicos’ program, will now serve in other countries where the governments respect their selfless work to ensure human rights, health,’ said the parliamentarian.

He insisted that unfortunately Brazil lost the quality of Cuban medicine, ‘but we hope that one day it will return, when another government respects the dignity of those who took care of our health’.

The Brazilian people is now ‘crying and saying’: We lost our comrades, because they were just considered like that. There was no distance between doctors and the people who received the attention, stressed Couto.

As part of Mas Medicos, specified the Health Ministry, in the last five years about 20,000 Cuban collaborators treated 113 million 359 000 patients in nearly 3,600 municipalities, ‘covering with them a universe of up to 60 million Brazilians’.

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Cuban President Evokes John Lennon to Reflect on Dream

Havana, Dec 8 (PL) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel who is very active in social media reflected on Saturday that sharing a dream with the people is a challenge, and days seem short when there is so much to do.

‘A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality, said John Lennon,’ the Statesman wrote in his Twitter account @DiazCanelB.

In his latest twit, Diaz-Canel added ‘From Cuba I dare to say: A dream you share with a nation is a wonderful challenge that wakes you up every minute #SomosCuba,’ the President asserted.

‘Days seem too short when there is so much to do. Today, December 8, I can’t forget what John Lennon warned: Time is on our side. Do not waste another minute,’ wrote the Head of State.

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Cuban Music Aspires to 2019 Grammy Awards

Los Angeles, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban music has an important presence on the list of nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards that the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States announced on Friday.

In Cuba, Los Van Van orchestra with the album Legado (Egrem, 2017) aspires to the golden gramophone in the Best Tropical Album category. In the record, Los Van Van pay tribute to the band’s founder, Juan Formell.

Also on the list is the group Orishas, which is competing its album Gourmet (Sony Music Latin, 2018) in the Best Latin, Urban or Alternative Rock Album section.

In jazz, one of the genres in which Cuban musicians have had greater representation in the history of the Grammy, the candidates to the coveted award is the pianist Elio Villafranca, with the CD Cinque (ArtistShare, 2018); and the drummer Dafnis Prieto, with Back to the Sunset Dafnison Music, 2018).

The award ceremony for the 61st edition of the Grammy Award will take plac on February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles.

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Venezuela Denounces US at UN as Threat to Regional Peace

Caracas, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations Samuel Moncada on Friday denounced at the UN Security Council the warmongering pretensions by the US Government against Venezuela.

‘We reject Washington’s manipulation through the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, to push forward its imperialist interests, foster its warmongering policy, and attack peace and security in Latin America and the Caribbean’, he stressed.

The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry’s website noted that the diplomat expressed his opposition to the United States and OAS plans during the open debate on the role of states, regional agreements or organizations and the United Nations in the prevention and resolution of conflicts.

Moncada also rejected the violations of international law that the US government commits by coercing member nations of regional agencies in order to achieve its political domination agenda.

The OAS, specifically and intentionally, violates its founding Charter and threatens its members to join the campaigns of aggression against Venezuela, he stressed.

During the debate, the representative asked, on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement for greater cooperation and coordination between regional organizations and the United Nations, in line with the UN Charter.

As the president of the Non-Aligned Movement, Venezuela has repeated its call for cooperation and coordination between the United Nations and regional organizations, agreements and agencies and, according to established provisions, for its significant contribution to the preservation of international peace and security, he added.

He also expressed the need to develop integrated strategies and coherent programs to guarantee peace.

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