Cuba Settles Exchanges, Signs Agreements at Colombian Fair

Bogota, July 20 (Prensa Latina) Meetings with businessmen and signatures of agreements have highlighted Cuba”s participation in the Agroexpo 2019 fair, closing its doors in Bogota on Sunday.

The Agrarian University of Havana (UNAH) and the University of Cundinamarca, Colombia, strengthened ties earlier this week with the signing of an agreement that includes various areas to work on the topic of research, Miguel Perez, dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of UNAH, told Prensa Latina.

In addition, the Cuban Institute of Animal Science and the University of Cundinamarca signed a framework cooperation agreement to foster scientific, cultural and technological exchange.

The result of the fair has exceeded our expectations. All company representatives had previously generated meetings with businessmen and Colombian officials, and that has made the work much easier, Tania Rodriguez, director of the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba in the provinces of Camaguey and Ciego de Avila, told Prensa Latina Saturday.

Everybody has come, they have attended one way or another. We have had people with whom we had not contacted, but knowing that we were here at the fair, have come to contact and learn about our products, she said.

Rodriguez also highlighted the solidarity for the situation of the blockade (imposed by the United States on the island for more than half a century), ‘telling us that we can succeed, that we have good things. They have highlighted the level of our health, both human and animal. Agricultural Business Group; Labiofam, exporter of natural products for human and animal health; the National Center for Agricultural Health; Citricos Caribe S.A.; Coralac S.A., ice-cream marketer under the Nestle brand; and Caribex S.A., a company dedicated to the export of fish and food products, are among the 17 Cuban entities participating in Agroexpo 2019.

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Martinique Theater Crams to See Lizt Alfonso Dance Company

Havana, July 20 (Prensa Latina) The company Lizt Alfonso Dance (LADC) and the Failde Orchestra crammed the Great Carbet Aimee Cesaire in Martinique, with capacity for about 900 people.

At the closure of each of the three shows offered there, including the one on Friday, in addition to the usual applause, the public’s heels imitating artists filled the event as a sign of maximum approval and in tune with the show’s title: Vibrate! 

According to Prensa Latina, the producer of the traditional Cuban music group, Pedro Pablo Cruz, thus fulfilled the prediction of the organizers of the 48th edition of the Cultural Festival of Fort de France because they had announced the Cuban representation as the golden moment of the event.

Such clatter against the floor is not usually heard in all parts of the world generating a speechless satisfaction. It is always said that the greatest prize of an artist is the applause, so imagine when that applause comes multiplied in such a cheerful and unique way, commented the first dancer Massiel Yedra.

LADC imposed its seal of quality for the third time in Martinique, where the dance fusion style that characterizes it already gains followers.

This year, Alfonso Company triumphed once again with Vibrate! in the United States, where it performed at the invitation of the so-called ‘Queen of Country Music’, Dolly Parton, within the Festival of Nations that the artist sponsors in Dollywood, Tennessee.

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Cuban Parapan Athletes Ready for Lima-2019

Havana, July 20 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban national flag already accompanies this Saturday the fifty athletes who will defend the colors of the Caribbean Island in the 6th Paralympic American Games in Lima, to be held from August 23 to September 1.

The ceremony was held in Havana at the Revolution Square, where the several times awarded swimmer Lorenzo Perez received the patriotic symbol from the hands of Olga Lidia Tapia, member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Cuba.

The Olympic champion in the Rio 2016 Paralympics was escorted by other pillars of the Cuban delegation, which will participate in 10 of the 16 sports summoned, such as the discus Leonardo Diaz and the shooter Yenigladys Suarez.

In a separate interview with Prensa Latina, Perez said that although he is still awaiting a medical classification test to define his participation in the Peruvian competition, he will know how to assume the challenge he has with the Cuban Paralympic movement.

Brazil has been the great dominator so far, with more than a thousand awards, including 445 gold, 311 silver and 270 bronze.

The historical podium is followed by Mexico (347-318-257) and United States (162-177-139), while Cuba appears in sixth place at the rate of 94 championships, 71 subtitles and 43 third places.

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Catholic Priest Urges End to Sanctions against Nicaragua

Managua, July 20 (Prensa Latina) Nicaraguan Catholic priest Antonio Castro called for the end of external sanctions that affect his country, which are considered by the government of President Daniel Ortega illegal and in violation of human rights.

Priest Castro addressed US evangelical pastors invited to the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution and asked them to intercede with the US authorities to end the sanctions.

With almost five decades of priestly life, the Catholic requested the cessation of the Magnitsky Law and the well-known Nica Act, which directly harms the economic development of the country since the US can veto the access to loans from international financial organizations.

Pastor of the La Merced church, in a humble neighborhood of Managua, Castro also referred to the need for peace so that Nicaragua will leave behind the differences resulting from the coup attempt of April 2018.

‘We want peace, peace is not the absence of war, peace is the fruit of development, growth, progress, life, love. We have to build peace every day, each one of us, ‘said the Catholic priest at the ceremony that celebrated the 40th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Popular Revolution.

He pointed out that the event marked the definitive defeat of the Somoza tyranny, also the beginning of a new society, a new Nicaragua.

The Somoza family firmly ruled Nicaragua for over four decades, hence most of Nicaraguan people deemed this family as a national symbol; thus, they celebrate each anniversary of the arrival of Sandinismo to power on July 19, 1979.

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Diaz-Canel Welcomed Vice President of Ghana

Havana, July 19 ( Prensa Latina ) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel welcomed Ghanaian Vice President Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia at the Palace of the Revolution this Friday.

Diaz-Canel and Bawumia reviewed the bilateral relations and expressed their willingness to continue expanding them in different fields.

Both leaders also talked about issues on the international agenda.

In the morning, the Ghanaian Vice President paid tribute to Kwame Nkrumah, founder of the African country, which celebrates this year the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties, friendship and cooperation with Cuba.

Mawadi, in front of a bust of Nkrumah, in the African Heroes Park in Havana, praised the role played by Cuba in the African struggle against colonialism and for its independence.

More than 1,000 young Ghanaians have graduated as professionals in the Caribbean nation and 458 others are studying at Cuban higher education centers.

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120 NAM States Condemn US Intervention, Promote Multilateralism

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza (l) and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez at ministerial meeting of NAM in Caracas, Venezuela. July 20, 2019
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza (l) and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez at ministerial meeting of NAM in Caracas, Venezuela. July 20, 2019 | Photo: @BrunoRguezP

Cuba, Venezuela, Iran and Bolivia say the U.S. foreign policy of unilateralism is destabilizing world peace, they call for dialogue among many nations.

July 20 (teleSUR) The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) condemned Saturday the United State’s continued hostile policies toward Venezuela — this year’s host country — and called for stronger multilateralism against the hegemony of powerful nations that undermine the world order and international law.

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The Ministerial Meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement (Co-BNAM) began Saturday in Caracas, Venezuela and is slated to continue until July 21. 

The Bolivarian foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, said: “We are experiencing a historic moment in which multilateralism is being attacked, a systemic phenomenon that affects many countries in the world (with) coups d’états, political and economic destabilization, geopolitical interests,” said the minister at the movement’s opening meeting. 

Arreaza insisted on the right to peace and for the people of nations to decide their future without external pressures.

“Venezuela, like Cuba, Iran, Syria, Nicaragua, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, we are victims of interventionism, of foreigners who insist on a change of government, who bet on a servile regimes (that will bend) to their interests,” Arreaza said. 

During his speech, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Yavad Zarif affirmed that a “new wave of extreme unilateral adventurism” on behalf of the U.S. that “threatens world stability and peace in one way or another.” 

Despite the “efforts to address the concern about our peaceful nuclear program,” the U.S. government “is ending the Iranian nuclear agreement, violating resolutions” from the United Nations Security Council, said Zarif Saturday. The foreign minister, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump, said, “He has sanctioned those who are trying to comply” with the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Zarif added that in the case of Venezuela, the U.S. is on a path of “gross intervention” in the internal affairs of the South American country, as exemplified by “the instigation of a failed coup last April.”

Greeting the 120 delegates, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said his country “urges all states to refrain from exerting pressure on other countries in flagrant violation of the human rights of the peoples of the world.” Rodriguez went on to express Cuba’s support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the Bolivarian Revolution and its people while rejecting Washington’s interference against both nations. 

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“Over the last few months, the United States has intensified sanctions against Cuba with the Helms-Burton Law that violates human rights,” denounced in that sense.

The diplomat expressed that the actions of the United States: calling Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and declaring Syria’s Golan Heights a part of Israel; withdrawing from Iran nuclear deal, increasing sanctions and military measures on Iran, the U.S. is intensifying long-held Middle East conflict.

Bolivian Foreign Minister Diego Pary Rodriguez said that multilateralism is the only space in which peoples and states can debate on equal terms in the search and formation of peace for the countries of the world.

“The defense of multilateralism is not an option but a vital necessity to defend our interests, with respect to our diversity, our differences, our sovereignty and on the basis of the principles and norms of international law,” said the representative.

The Bolivian minister stressed that the multilateral system is being harshly attacked by some powers through ignorance of the institutionality of international organizations, the violation of international law and its basic principles.

The president of the U.N. General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa said in her speech transmitted via video that the NAM must continue to fiercely defend the respect for sovereignty, the right to self-determination, international solidarity and peace and development for all people.

Espinosa said that NAM is essential to the response to the great challenges facing society: poverty eradication, inequality reduction, the protection of the environment and ensuring that all people have healthcare, education and decent work.

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The U.N. diplomat said that both organizations agree on maintaining peace and preventing conflicts, promoting dialogue, cooperation and fair solutions for all.

According to the organization, the Non-Aligned Movement was formally established in 1961 after initial talks to form the organization began six years earlier at the African-Asia Conference. It was founded by member states “during the collapse of the colonial system and the rise of independence struggles across Africa, Asia, Latin America” during the Cold War. 

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Cuba Ratifies Commitment to Multilateralism at MNOAL Meeting

Caracas, July 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuba will ratify its commitment to multilateralism at the ministerial meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement (Mnoal), Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Saturday.

The Cuban Foreign Minister, in Twitter, stressed the willingness of the Cuban delegation to work for ‘the establishment of a democratic, just and equitable international order that responds to the demand for peace, sustainable development and justice of our people.

With an agenda focused on peace and respect for international law, the meeting will present documents to revitalize the values of the Movement, ratify the sovereignty of the peoples, the non-interference in internal affairs and the practice of peaceful solutions to existing conflicts on the international scene.

The meeting will be attended by the delegations of the 120 member states, 17 nations and 10 international organizations with observer status, as well as personalities invited to the conclave.

Venezuela will present a balance of its management at the head of the organization in the 2016-2019 term, before handing over the presidency pro tempore to Azerbaijan at the summit scheduled for Baku in October this year.

The agenda of the meeting – scheduled until Sunday – will include a meeting to address the case of Palestine, with the adoption of a political declaration on the issue.

The Non-Aligned Movement is the second largest and most important international organization after the United Nations.

This forum fosters respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations, the recognition of the equality of all races, and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries as fundamental axes of its policy.

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Russian Foreign Minister’s Latin American Tour Confirmed

Moscow, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Ministry on Friday confirmed that the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, will make a Latin American tour that will take him to Cuba, Surinam and Brazil, where he will participate in the meeting of the Brics group.

Lavrov will pay an official visit to Cuba on July 23 and 24, and will visit Surinam on July 26 and 27, while in Brazil, he will stay on July 25 and 27 to participate in the meeting of foreign ministers from Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa (Brics).

On July 24, Lavrov will meet with his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, in Havana, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

During their talks in Cuba, the two parties will discuss key issues on the bilateral, international and regional agendas. In addition, Lavrov will meet with top Cuban leaders, the Foreign Ministry added.

The Bricks meeting, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, will discuss issues on the global and regional agendas, including keeping peace and security, and the settlement of acute international conflicts, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced recently.

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40th Anniversary of the Sandinista Victory—But So Much More

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, July 2018
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By: Jorge Capelán and Stephen Sefton 

July 19 (teleSUR) The 40th anniversary of Nicaragua’s Sandinista overthrow represents victory over Zamoza dictatorship in 1979 and U.S. imperialism today. 

For all Nicaragua, and especially the capital of Managua, July 19 of this year, more than ever will see a spectacular festival of revolution, peace and above all popular resistance against United States aggression.

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Forty years ago in 1979, a huge majority of Nicaraguans led by the Sandinista Front for National Liberation (FSLN) overthrew the cruelest dictatorship in the Americas, a close ally of the United States. Ever since then the U.S. government has worked to destroy the FSLN. For forty years they have failed miserably, at the cost of enormous suffering for Nicaragua’s people.

Pro governement march in Nicaragua

When President Daniel Ortega salutes the hundreds of thousands of FSLN supporters today, it will be an unassailable vindication of his own massive political achievement and a truly historic testament to the power of Augusto Sandino’s legacy. All of that would be sufficient to make this national event, in a small country with fewer than seven million people, of tremendous regional significance in Latin America and the Caribbean. But two things make the 40th anniversary of the revolutionary triumph in 1979 even more special and significant.

First, in the current international context, Nicaragua’s unbreakable identification and solidarity with Venezuela and Cuba, supported too by Bolivia, has created a regional bloc based on the Bolivarian vision of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, formidably resilient in every sense. Their socialist policies of economic democratization expose the neoliberal austerity policies of the U.S. and its allies as a deliberate corporate-driven war on the impoverished majority. Likewise, their defense of sovereignty, non-intervention and peaceful resolution of conflicts contrast sharply with the sadism and hypocrisy of U.S. and allied aggression.

In that context, the Sandinista government’s undeniable social, economic and cultural advances, like those of Cuba and Venezuela, effectively dismantle the mystifying neocolonial labyrinth of impoverishment and dependence. Their success, despite unending U.S. aggression, demonstrates that the U.S. has no viable policy for the region, only its abhorrent Monroe Doctrine mission of looting and domination.

Second, July 19 of this year is the first anniversary of the Nicaraguan people’s defeat of the failed U.S. backed coup attempt of 2018 against Presiden Daniel Ortega. That victory over the vicious, hateful Nicaraguan right-wing and their U.S. owners was an overwhelming, categorical affirmation of broad and deep popular loyalty to the revolutionary leadership both of President Ortega and the Sandinista Front for National Liberation.

For two or three weeks in April and May 2018, a majority of people in the country were bemused and unsure what to think of the unprecedented murderous unrest and psychological warfare they experienced. But within two months the reality of the coup attempt became clear and the majority reaction against it was patient, resolute and definitive.

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In Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba that strategic grass roots discipline, humanity and determination has developed in response to decades of right-wing opposition abuse, violence, sadism, corruption and deceit. In Nicaragua, the insistence of President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo on dialogue and peaceful resolution of conflict was embodied in the conditional amnesty approved June 8 this year, releasing around 300 opposition activists either sentenced or awaiting trial for very serious crimes, many involving murder, torture and grievous bodily harm. So, July 19th this year will also be a triumphant vindication of the commitment to Peace, Reconciliation and Understanding which gives the leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela such strong moral prestige and authority both among their own populations and also in the wider region, for example among Caribbean countries.

July 19 also marks further advances in the implementation of the FSLN’s historic program begun 40 years ago in 1979.

Development of the Caribbean Coast, equality between women and men, mass participation of people in literacy, education, health care and both civil and military defense. Perhaps most important of all have been the processes of popular consultation promoted by the FSLN, from the Autonomy Law for Indigenous and Afro-descendent people in the Caribbean Coast and the Constituent processes of the 1980s to the processes of social and economic consensus and dialogue of the last 12 years.

Just as there was clearly one Nicaragua before and a very different Nicaragua after July 19, 1979, so now too there is a new Nicaragua on July 19, 2019. Of particular importance is how the defeat of 2018’s failed coup attempt has vindicated the popular economy’s fundamental role in deepening Nicaragua’s revolutionary democratization. Hundreds of thousands of previously excluded women and rural families now participate making a decisive contribution to Nicaragua’s economic development via micro-businesses, collectives and cooperatives

Two things bear repeating. First, the attempted coup was a blow not against possible mistakes the government may have made, but against all the progress and achievements on behalf of peasants and workers that threatened the interests of the national and regional elites.

Second, the coup attempt was indeed defeated, and the coup plotters today, within Nicaragua, in the eyes of Nicaragua’s people, are more discredited and marginal than ever. This means that the Sandinista Revolution’s 40th anniversary marks a new stage in the Nicaraguan people’s march towards independence and justice. It symbolizes a class victory guaranteeing political power to all Nicaragua’s people, both as subjects of social rights, and too as direct producers controlling decisive spaces in the economy. This is a categorical defeat for the country’s reactionary and traitorous oligarchy who can see power slipping irrevocably from their hands.

In July 2018, the FSLN defeated the U.S.-backed opposition attempt to destroy it, just as it did in the 17 years after the historic electoral defeat of 1990. Promoted by the U.S. and its allies, the 2018 “soft coup” was a life-or-death trial of the resolution of Nicaragua’s people and of the Sandinista movement.

It failed because it crashed against the reality of a people who had been empowered and who identified with the grass roots social and economic policies of a Sandinista government regarded by the majority as fair, efficient and focused on the human person, namely, the families of Nicaragua. It also failed thanks to the sacrifice and restraint of the national police and the army during the months of crisis, from which those forces emerged with more popular legitimacy than ever.

Forty years on from 1979, the challenges for Nicaragua and the Sandinista movement are enormous, but so are their advances. Forty years ago, people at the grass-roots level learned to read and write. Today their children are professionals, lawyers, doctors, engineers, revolutionary teachers, trained in an ethic of serving the people.

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The Nicaragua of 40 years ago has urbanized impressively. The generation now ready to assume the leadership of Nicaraguan society are children of the generation of Sandinista heroes and martyrs who sacrificed everything in the 1970s and 1980s. While the generations that follow may have lived all their lives in the 21st century, Sandino’s project and that of the Sandinista Front, is more valid than ever. It is the vision of a free and sovereign homeland, with social justice, free from ignorance, one in which as Sandino wrote, “the law of LOVE reigns, the only one that will reign over the Earth, when human fraternity comes about and the people are of LIGHT”.

Forty years on, the revolutionary impetus of Sandino, of Carlos Fonseca, of July 19, 1979 continues—unstoppable. Comandante Tomas Borge described the process as one of “patient impatience”, of strategic vision, alert understanding of the historical moment, a process of political discipline and the highest moral values. As long as the Nicaraguan nation exists as an objective, as a project, as a work-in-progress, there will be Sandino and there will be a Sandinista Front ensuring that this revolutionary project will be of, by and for the people.

And if the world ever reaches a stage that no longer need nations, when all the Earth’s people live in fraternity and human beings have become “of light,” there too will be Sandino, because that is the vision he has bequeathed to us. Forty years after the triumph of 1979 and one year after the defeating the failed coup attempt, the 40th anniversary celebration signifies absolute revolutionary commitment and unity among Sandinistas of all generations who have gained a new awareness of the historical sense of their identity and are more determined than ever to defend their victories and achievements for Nicaragua, for Latin America and for all of humanity.

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Chilean MP Condemns Worsening of US Blockade against Cuba

Santiago de Chile, July 19 (Prensa Latina) As one of the last desperate shots of a ruthless economic war against Cuba, the Chilean politician Hugo Gutierrez described the activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act.

The lawyer and MP for the Tarapaca region told Prensa Latina that the legislation in force since 1996 is ‘one of the most outlandish tools of the United States against Cuba’s sovereignty and economic development, and a key part of the blockade to choke the economy and sabotage its socialist model.

He considered that the activation of Title III by President Donald Trump last May demonstrates the fear that the Cuban revolutionary process will continue along the path of independence and the successful business model based on the associativity of the State with foreign investors in numerous areas.

He recalled that Title III gives U.S. citizens the possibility of suing in their country’s courts those who do business with U.S. property nationalized by the Cuban Revolution after 1959.

He pointed out that this action is intended to extend the blockade on foreign investment from European and Asian countries. Gutierrez added that, as in most Latin American and Caribbean countries, foreign investment is for Cuba a key factor and a major component for the country’s economy and development.

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