Fidel Castro is more alive than ever, French association states

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Paris, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) Fidel Castro lives in the January 1, 1959, Revolution and the struggles for the just causes of the Latin American peoples and the world, the France-based Cuba Linda Association said in Paris on Sunday.

‘Three years after Fidel’s death and despite the vultures who expected that the socialist Revolution would disappear with him, Cuba’s stance remains clear, alongside the peoples for their welfare, sovereignty and self-determination, and denouncing imperialism, its dirty wars and interfering maneuvers,’ Rose-Marie Lou, the association’s political director, told Prensa Latina.

On behalf of the association, founded in 1998 to foster ties between France and Cuba, the activist insisted on the legacy of the historic leader of the Revolution and his inspiring presence in the Cuban people.

We recall the Cuban people’s commitment to continuing Fidel Castro’s work of dignity and solidarity with other peoples of the world, an immense work that progresses and multiplies in the light of attacks and slanders spread by the media, she stressed. Lou highlighted the Cubans’ resistance to the criminal blockade that tries to asphyxiate them.

Cuba is still standing as an example for the peoples of the world, and its people, along with the government headed by Miguel Diaz-Canel, follow the path outlined by Fidel with eagerness and commitment, she said.

The Cuba Linda Association reiterated its support for the Revolution and the ‘pride of being on its side and continue to denounce the West’s lies and achieve the lifting of the illegal and genocidal blockade.’

‘As we said in early November to 1,500 participants in the anti-imperialist meeting held in Havana, Fidel lives, the struggle continues,’ Lou said.

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Cuban laboratory will carry out anti-doping tests for Mexican athletes going to Tokyo 2020

Havana Anti-Doping Laboratory. Photo: ACN / Archive.

According to a statement from Mexico’s National Commission of Physical Culture and Sports, the doping control laboratory in that country was closed due to its high cost, which amounts to 40 million pesos (about two million dollars) every year.

 by OnCuba Staff December 6, 2019

The Havana Anti-Doping Laboratory will carry out the tests of more than a hundred Mexican athletes who will participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Prensa Latina (PL) news agency reported.

According to a statement from Mexico’s National Commission of Physical Culture and Sports (Conade) cited by PL, the doping control laboratory in that country was closed due to its high cost, which amounts to 40 million pesos (about two million dollars) every year.

Athletics star Ana Gabriela Guevara, director of Conade, said that the laboratory is “untenable,” and revealed that the only possibility to reactivate it is that it leave the jurisdiction of the Commission she directs, according to the As México digital site.

For the 400-meter silver medalist at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, in addition to the economic problem, there is a conflict of interest in the fact that the laboratory belongs to the sports institution.

The also world champion said that they cannot “be the authority and have that control with bias, even if we don’t have access to it, even if there are protocols and so on. There are persons who are interested in buying it, but now it is closed.”

Since 2013, the Mexican laboratory carried out doping control tests for its high-performance athletes, and also offered its services to the MX League, that country’s professional soccer tournament.

After it was closed, the Mexican authorities decided that their more than 100 athletes who classified for Tokyo 2020 be tested in Havana.

“It’s a joint work with the island, because of the costs, because we speak the same language, because of the proximity and professionalism that Cuba has shown in its laboratory, which is one of the most certified and with the best guarantees,” said Guevara, quoted by As México.

The Havana Anti-Doping Laboratory and that of the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro are the only two in Latin America accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee.

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Cuba and Djibouti agree to maintain health cooperation

Havana, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) The ministers of Public Health of Cuba, Jose Angel Portal, and Djibouti, Mohamed Warsama Dirieh, reaffirmed in Havana their commitment to maintain cooperation ties in that sector.

According to the Cuban Ministry of Public Health, Warsama Dirieh and Jose Angel Portal met on Friday in the context of the official visit made by the Djiboutian official to the island.

Since 2002, hundreds of Cubans have worked in Djibouti, a country located in the Horn of Africa, bordering Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, with a population of less than one million inhabitants and an economy mainly dedicated to port activity.

From that date until today, 110 young Djiboutians have graduated from Cuban universities, 63 of them as doctors, and currently work in that country; 88 medical specialists; six high-level trainers, and several professionals from Cuban agriculture and water resources sector, the Cuban News Agency reported.

For 22 years Cuba and Djibouti have maintained diplomatic relations based on respect, cooperation and friendship.

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TIAR Meeting is a Coverup of Social Crisis in Countries Repressing Their Own People

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Dec 6 (Orinoco Tribune) The executive vice president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, said Wednesday that the meeting held by the countries that are members of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), in the city of Bogotá, Colombia, “is nothing more than a montage to cover the social and political crises of nations that repress the people and violate human rights.”

This was announced on her Twitter account @DrodriguezVen, in which she said: “TIAR clowns set up a circus to pretend to distract from the scandal of the gang of criminals, bandits and organized criminals of the National Assembly in contempt deputy Juan Guaidó.”

Likewise, Rodríguez stressed that Colombia faces a national strike called by different social sectors since November 21, protesting the measures taken by President Iván Duque.

Vice President Rodríguez also referred to the declarations of the Colombian President, through which he stated that “greater coordination between countries is required to impose economic sanctions on groups close to the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro, including powers for the extinction of ownership of the proceeds of theft to the heritage of the Venezuelan people (expropriating Venezuelan assets abroad)”.

In this regard, Rodríguez also urged Iván Duque “to coordinate his suitcases.” And she said that, “the sister people of Colombia is on the streets raising its voice against neoliberalism and its warmongering policy. Venezuela will continue to be the light of freedom and independence of our continent. ”

She also stressed that despite the blockades and threats against Venezuela, the people remain in resistance and support a government that fights for the social stability of its citizens.

The Venezuelan government has denounced on several occasions, protected by the TIAR, imperialist governments who are trying to establish a false positive, a false flag operation, a skirmish, on the Colombian-Venezuelan border, to have an excuse to attack the Bolivarian nation.

Source URL: Alba Ciudad

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Evo Morales travels to Cuba for a medical check-up

Havana, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) Former Bolivian president Evo Morales traveled to Cuba from Mexico yesterday for a medical check-up, as reported by Granma.

The former president’s Health Minister in exile, Gabriela Montaño, reported that in Havana Morales will be seen by the same Cuban medical team that previously treated him in Bolivia.

According to the Mexican Foreign Ministry, Morales’ visit to Cuba is ‘temporary.’

Morales arrived in Mexico in mid-November after being offered asylum following a coup in which the Bolivian Army demanded his resignation amid accusations of fraud after his triumph in the October 20 presidential elections.

In 2017, Morales was treated in Havana for a nodule in his throat. Previously, the 60-year-old former coca grower received corrective nasal surgery conducted by Cuban doctors and shortly thereafter an operation on his knees following an injury while playing soccer.

Morales governed Bolivia for almost 14 years until the coup of November 10, after which Jeanine Añez proclaimed herself interim president.

Morales was the victim of coup d’état orchestrated from the United States, with the support of the Organization of American States (OAS), which issued a report that claimed that the election process saw ‘intentional manipulation’ and ‘serious irregularities.’

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The U.S. State of Georgia looks forward to more engagement with Cuba

Image (From left to right): Lieutenant Governor of the State of Georgia, Mr. Geoff Duncan and Third Secretary Yanet Pumariega. 

Dec 5 (MINREX) Third Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba to the United States, Yanet Pumariega, visited Atlanta (Georgia) on 2-3 December. The diplomat had the opportunity to meet with several officials there and to talk about the potentialities for and mutual benefits of improving bilateral relations between Cuba and the United States.

Pumariega was received by the Lieutenant Governor of the State, Mr. Geoff Duncan, and had a very professional and fruitful exchange on ways to move forward.

In the past, several companies from the State of Georgia benefitted from licenses granted to sell foodstuffs to Cuba, which has been limited now by a series of measures taken by the current Administration. In 2015, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta led a group of business leaders, academics and government officials to Cuba and noted endless opportunities for a two-way trade and exchanges with Cuba.

The meeting with officials of the State Department of Agriculture reaffirmed their interest in further expanding trade opportunities in Cuba, which is considered the “gateway” of the Caribbean Sea and realized that Georgia is behind other markets just because of the obsolete U.S. policy affecting their own interest.

During the visit, Pumariega also met with the Chairman of the Fulton County Commission, Robb Pitts, and the Board commissioners who coincided on a variety of areas available for mutual benefits such as joint research and the sharing of best practices in education, health and human services.

Image (From left to right): Commissioner Bob Ellis, Chairman Robb Pitts, Third Secretary Yanet Pumariega, Commissioners Natalie Hall, Lizz Hausman and Joe Carn.

The City of Atlanta Director of International Affairs, Vanessa Ibarra, also noted the existing potential for collaboration between the City and Cuba in the areas of culture, tourism and technology. Atlanta is the hometown of several companies with huge business opportunities in Cuba and of others that have been affected by the current U.S. policy, like Delta Airlines.

Image (From left to right): Atlanta City Global Engagement Officer Paulina Guzmán, Third Secretary Yanet Pumariega and Atlanta City Director of International Affairs, Vanessa Ibarra.

During a friendly meeting with State representatives and senators, it was recognized that there is plenty of room for cooperation that would benefit both their districts and Cuba. Also recognized were the outcomes that Cuba shows in health and education such as the literacy, maternal health and infant mortality rates.

Image (From left to right): Former Speaker of the House of Representatives of Georgia, Terry Coleman, Representative EI-Mahdi Holly, Senator Sheikh Rahman, Third Secretary Yanet Pumariega, Representatives and Gregg Kennard and Shelly Hutchinson.

This visit Georgia, like those to other states, has once again confirmed that the current policy of the U.S. government attempts against the interest of the majority of the U.S. citizens in more engagement with Cuba.

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Cuban film triumphs in Amsterdam and competes in Havana Festival

Havana, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban documentary ‘A media voz’ (In a Whisper) awarded at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, is today competing in the 41st edition of Havana’s International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

Directed by Cuban filmmakers Heidi Hassan and Patricia Perez, the film won the award for Best Feature-Length Documentary at the prestigious event in Amsterdam, which was held from November 20 to December 1.

The jury described the work as ‘A refreshing expression of womanhood; an ode to loss; a celebration of friendship, will, and vulnerability; a reclaiming of hope and passion; and a piercingly honest cinematic dialogue are all embodied in this magical, original, and risk-taking cinematic endeavor.’

According to Cuban critic Joel Rodriguez, the film’s story is closely related to the lives of both filmmakers, who graduated from the International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba.

‘In a Whisper,’ he notes, starts with archive VHS footage and photographs on childhood and the shared memories that built an indissoluble friendship, over time, despite the distance.

The specialized Cineuropa website describes the film as ‘a touching story about friendship, affection, homesickness and the characters’ lifelong love of filmmaking. It is a sincere heart-to-heart reflection on the value of our aspirations, our need to follow our passions and our constant search for love.’

The film features the production of Daniel Froiz for Matriuska Producciones (Spain) and Delphine Schmidt for Perspective Films (France), in cooperation with PCT Cinema-Television SA (Switzerland) and Producciones de la 5th Avenida (Cuba).

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Academics state there was no election fraud in Bolivia

Mexico, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) Former Bolivian president Evo Morales reiterated that there was no fraud in the elections of October 20 in which he was reelected, as claimed by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the coup leaders to justify the overthrow of his government.

The former president referred Wednesday on his Twitter account @evoespueblo to ‘the analysis of 98 statistics experts from several universities such as Harvard, Massachusetts, Cambridge, Toronto, Complutense, UNAM, among others, who deny the existence of fraud in #Bolivia.’

In their statement, they demand the OAS withdraw its misleading statements and ask the US Congress to investigate this body and reject the coup d’état and human rights violations in Bolivia, Morales noted.

‘We have nothing to hide and that is why we have promoted an audit,’ Morales noted, taking the opportunity to warn of the obscure intentions of coup leader Jeanne Añez related to the country’s lithium reserves.

‘Añez’ coup government wants to have diplomatic relations with #Chile again. Surely she wants to give the Chilean oligarchy our nationalized companies and RRNN (natural resources) such as lithium. It doesn’t surprise me, just as Carlos Mesa and his allies wanted to give away our gas,’ Morales tweeted.

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France rejects unilateral US measures against Cuba

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Paris, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) The French SSecretary of State to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, on Friday expressed his government’s rejection of the United States unilateral measures against Cuba and reiterated his country’s willingness to boost relations.

With our vote in the UN we ratify this position, he noted on referring to the adoption a month ago in the General Assembly of a resolution that demands the lifting of the blockade, backed by 187 nations.

In the context of the IV Session of the French-Cuban Economic and Trade Commission and after the signing of new cooperation agreements, the official recognized the

‘complicated scenario’ for ties with Cuba, after the tightening of Washington’s hostile policy and its extraterritorial nature.

France and its European partners are determined to use the available instruments to protect the economic activities and legitimate investments of their citizens and businesses in Cuba, Lemoyne stressed at the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry, where he spoke with Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca.

Lemoyne recalled that since the approval by the United States of the Helms-Burton Act (1996), which codifies and reinforces the blockade, the European Union (EU) has taken measures to deal with the extraterritorial effects of US policy.

According to the French official, the US position threatens the economic and commercial sovereignty of the EU, in addition to being based on unilateral measures, imposed without the support of the international community. We want to insist on France’s position to trade with whoever it decides, without another power preventing it, he said.

Lemoyne highlighted the signing of three bilateral instruments in the framework of the IV Session of the Economic and Trade Commission and the IV Meeting of the Strategic Orientation Committee, which deals with the management of the Countervalue Fund.

This entity is a mechanism created following the agreement for the restructuring of Cuban debt, in order to stimulate investment and development projects on the island with the participation of French partners.

Cuba and France signed two financing instruments, one with an impact on cultural heritage and tourism, by strengthening the coffee plantation route in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba; and another for the reconstruction on the island of areas hit in 2017 by Hurricane Irma.

Malmierca expressed gratitude for the welcome and support of France, and highlighted the cooperation agreements signed.
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Cuban president receives executive president of Central American Bank

Havana, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel received yesterday Dante Mossi, executive president of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI).

According to an official press release, Mossi is visiting Cuba on the occasion of the Dialogue Table for Financing of Development Projects in Cuba, which sessioned for two days in Havana.

The meeting took place in a friendly environment, and the parties agreed to highlight the excellent relations between the island and CABEI, of which Cuba is an extra-regional partner, the source said.

They also highlighted the desire to continue strengthening ties.

Mossi expressed his satisfaction with the meeting and confirmed that CABEI and the Cuban authorities are working on a country strategy that serves as a guide to identify development priorities according to the five-year strategy of the Central American Bank.

Díaz-Canel thanked CABEI for its support in achieving the objectives proposed in the strategy.

Accompanying Mossi were Salvador Sacasa, head of CABEI’s Institutional Relations Office, and CABEI Finance Manager Hernán Danery Alvarado. On the Cuban side, the meeting was attended by Minister-President of the Central Bank of Cuba, Irma Martínez.

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