Cuban president receives director of Royal Spanish Academy

Cuban president receives director of Royal Spanish Academy

Havana, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel received the Director of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) and President of the Association of Spanish Language Academies, Santiago Muñoz, who is visiting Cuba.

The Historian of the City of Havana, Eusebio Leal, and the President of the Casa de las Americas also participated in the meeting.

The visitor’s schedule includes a meeting with Cuban jurists in the University of Havana, where he will be received by the rector, Miriam Nicado.

The RAE Director will also attend the presentation of the Pan-Hispanic Dictionary of Legal Spanish, to take place in the Faculty of Law of the University of Havana.

Muñoz stated his admiration for the work of the Language Academy of Cuba and the commitment despite the lack of resources. Cuba is the first stop in his work trip, which includes Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.


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Juan Guaido Stars Venezuela’s Biggest Corruption Case Ever

Lawmaker Juan Guaido facing local media, Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 2020.
Lawmaker Juan Guaido facing local media, Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @Unionradionet

The U.S.-backed opposition politician is involved in a US$116 billion damage to the Venezuelan people.

Feb 15 (teleSUR) Venezuela’s Communication Minister Jorge Rodriguez Saturday presented new evidence on a series of corruption acts in which the U.S.-backed opposition lawmaker Juan Gaido is the main protagonist.

Rodriguez unveiled a corruption case linking Guaido with Alejandro Betancourt-Lopez, who faces trials for laundering US$1.2 billion in the United States and US$4 billion in Europe.

Since the opposition lawmaker has repeatedly denied having ties with such a businessman, Rodriguez showed photos of a meeting held in the Alamin castle (Spain) which was attended by Betancourt-Lopez, Juan Guaido’s father, and Rudy Giuliani, who is President Donald Trump’s lawyer.

Minister Rodriguez recalled that some details of this information had been previously published by Reuters and CNN​​​​​​, although the press would appear not to show that plot of personal connections.

Nevertheless, “we will insist on the denunciation of the greatest plot of corruption that Venezuela’s history has known,” he said and highlighted that mainstream private media hide “Guaido’s brutal robbery. They still have a hard time holding back the stench of so much rot.”

teleSUR English@telesurenglish · Feb 15, 2020

#LIVE | #Venezuela‘s Communication Minister @jorgerpsuv: “It is not a struggle for power that Juan Guaido does. It is a fight for the money they give him. This is the most gigantic case of corruption in Venezuela.”

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#LIVE | #Venezuela‘s Communication Minister @jorgerpsuv: “The collaborators of Juan Guaido and Leopoldo Lopez have several lawsuits and unjustified money in several countries of the world.”

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Alejandro Betancourt-Lopez, who is the cousin of the opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez, would have financed “Popular Will”, the right-wing party from which Guaido separated on January 5, once the businessman’s ​​​​​​​dealings became internationally known.​​​​​​​

“Guaido, videos of your dad talking to you, videos of Betancourt-Lopez talking to you, and videos of you speaking wonders of Betancourt Lopez, are going to be leaked,” Rodriguez said.

The Bolivarian Minister also indicated that his country has sued the U.S. government for “the theft of our foreign assets and bank deposits… The looting equals up to US$116 billion.”​​​​​​​

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Serbia and Cuba strengthen relations

Belgrade, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Parliamentary Group of Friendship with Cuba at the National Assembly of Serbia, Ljubi?a Stojmirovic, received on Sunday the Cuban ambassador Gustavo Trista del Todo to discuss issues of bilateral interest.

During the conversation the also parliamentarian of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) informed the diplomat about the current internal situation leading up to the legislative elections convened for April.

The legislator referred to the most recent laws approved in favor of the elections and stressed the importance of the decision to reduce the electoral threshold by up to three percent, as well as the increase to 40 percent of female representation in the candidates for all levels.

Meanwhile, Trista del Todo reported Stojmirovic on the new US government’s aggressive measures against Cuba, aimed at strengthening the economic, commercial and financial blockade, and he ratified his people’s decision to resist and move forward.

In this context, he repudiated the full application of the Helms-Burton Act, the suspension of flights to Cuba, the prohibition of cruise travel and attempts to interrupt the oil supply.

Both officials confirmed the good state of bilateral and interparliamentary relations and agreed to an upcoming meeting with the Friendship Group on a date to be defined.

In the legislative elections on April 26, the SNS headed by President Aleksandar Vucic starts as a favorite, according to opinion polls.


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Trial Against Venezuelan Embassy Protectors in US Called Null

The four activists helped to prevent the administration of Donald Trump from giving the headquarters of the Venezuela Embassy to Juan Gauidó, and his illegal government.
The four activists helped to prevent the administration of Donald Trump from giving the headquarters of the Venezuela Embassy to Juan Gauidó, and his illegal government. | Photo: EFE

Members of the jury could not reach a unanimous decision whether to condemn or not Adrienne Pine, David Paul, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, the four pro-Venezuela activists accused “interfering with the functions of the US Department of State.”

Feb 14 (teleSUR) U.S. judge, Beryl Howell, declared the trial against the Embassy of Venezuela in Washington Protectors Collective null, after the jury could not reach a verdict.

The magistrate gave the jury extra time to deliberate. However, the members could not reach a unanimous decision. In this regard, Howell asked for a new trial, but there is still no certainty that it will happen.

The four activists, Adrienne Pine, David Paul, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, were arrested in May 2019, after being accused of “interfering with the functions of the U.S. Department of State” for staying at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, to prevent the administration of Donald Trump from giving the headquarters to the envoys of the Venezuelan self-proclaimed ‘president’, Juan Guaido.

During the trial, judge Howell refused to allow the defense to present its evidence, and even claimed that she considered it was U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision who the president of Venezuela was.

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BREAKING: Case of #EmbassyProtectors declared a mistrial! The jury could not come to a guitly verdict. #HandsOffVenezuela #NoMasBloqueo

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The Venezuelan government, led by Nicolas Maduro, repeatedly declared that the activists were their guests and they were legally allowed to be there, so their detention represented a transgression of international laws that protect the inviolability of diplomatic facilities.

Max Blumenthal@MaxBlumenthal · Feb 13, 2020Replying to @MaxBlumenthal

No verdict today. Jury deliberations in the Embassy Protection Collective 4 will continue through tomorrow at least.

Max Blumenthal@MaxBlumenthal

MISTRIAL in the case of the Venezuelan Embassy Protectors 4!!!

Jurors were not convinced by government prosecutors who were every bit as incompetent as Guaido’s henchmen.

Judge Howell, biased as she has been towards the govt, called for a retrial but it may not happen.6421:21 PM – Feb 14, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy293 people are talking about this

During their stay at the embassy, the activists suffered verbal and physical aggressions, power cuts and water, as well as restriction of the passage of food and medicine.

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Day of deeds and memories at Havana’s International Book Fair

Havana, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) Today will be marked by deeds and memories at Havana’s International Book Fair, Cuba 2020, when books on the Vietname War will be launchedin.

On Saturday, the great literary event will launch ‘Relatos de Guerra de Vietnam Heroico’ (War Stories from Heroic Vietnam) by journalist Marta Rojas and diplomat Raul Valdes Vivo, who lived the intensity of one of the bloodiest conflicts in history after World War II.

‘Relatos …’ will be presented at the Alejo Carpentier Hall in Havana’s Morro-Cabaña Park, the main venue of the fair that will conclude on Sunday.

The books ‘Vietnam y las Fantasias Norteamericanas’ (Vietnam and American Fantasies) and ‘Vietnam, Siglos de Heroismo’ (Vietnam, Centuries of Heroism) by researchers H. Bruce Franklin and Jose Ramon Rodriguez Torres, will be launched in the same hall.

Another important moment will be the presentation of ‘Guerra del Pueblo. Ejercito del Pueblo’ (People’s War. People’s Army), by legendary Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap, who was was a hero from the Vietnam wars against France and the United States.

In other areas of the Morro-Cabaña complex, fairgoers will be able to learn about books such as ‘Hugo Chavez y el Destino de un Pueblo’ (Hugo Chavez and the Destiny of a People); ‘Tina Modotti, Angel de la Calle’ (Tina Modotti, Angel of the Street); and the interesting research ‘El Asesinato de Julio Antonio Mella: Informes Cruzados entre Mexico y Cuba’ (The Assassination of Julio Antonio Mella: Crossed Reports between Mexico and Cuba).

Meanwhile, the Cultural Project ‘Nuestra Historia y el Internacionalismo’ proposes the books ‘La Guerra Sucia contra Cuba (The Dirty War against Cuba) and Heroinas de Angola (Heroines of Angola), while the award-giving ceremony of the National History Prize will take place at 16:00 hours, local time, at the Nicolas Guillen Hall.

The International Book Fair will conclude on Sunday, February 16, after 10 days of activities during which more than 200 guests from 44 nations participated, including Vietnam as a guest of honor.

After the event concludes in Havana, it will begin its journey through the rest of Cuba until April 12, in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba.


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Cuban high jumper Zayas celebrates new victory in Europe

Paris, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuban high jumper Luis Enrique Zayas is celebrating his second victory in indoors contests in Europe, after winning the Val de Reuil athletics meeting in France.

Zayas, who had won the Banska Bystrica tournament in Slovakia a few days ago with a 2.33-meter jump, could not approach that height now, but jumping over 2.24 meters was enough to win the gold medal.

The 22-year-old Cuban jumper was followed by Mexico’s Edgar Rivera (2.21 meters) and France’s William Aubatin (2.18) in the second and third places, respectively.

This is Zayas’ second victory. He also leads the world ranking in indoors events of the World Athletics, formerly IAAF, with 2.33 meters.


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Interferon, a Cuban drug with proven efficacy and safety

Havana, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) A Cuban drug known as Interferon maintains its efficacy and safety to treat viral diseases such as hepatitis B and C, HIV-AIDS, dengue and Herpes zoster.

Developed in 1986 by a team of researchers from the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center (CIGB), the 2B alpha human recombinant Interferon has benefited thousands of Cuban patients since its introduction in the national healthcare system more than three decades ago.

The drug prevents viral multiplication within cells and has also been used to treat different kinds of cancer.

Chinese medical authorities’ decision to use it to fight the coronavirus resulted from the general way in which this virus reduces the natural production of interferon in the human body, Granma newspaper reported.

The Cuban drug can make up for that deficiency by strengthening the immune system of patients suffering from the infectious respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.

As a result of a technological transfer from the CIGB to China in 2003, the Chinese-Cuban joint venture ChangHeber was established in the city of Changchun.

A decade later, a modern plant was inaugurated there to manufacture biotechnological products created in Cuba, including the 2B alpha human recombinant Interferon.

Granma noted that the drug received the 2012 National Technological Innovation Award granted by the Cuban Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment, and the 2013 National Health Award.


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Cuban president lauds China’s work against coronavirus

Havana, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel lauded China’s huge sense of responsibility for its people and the world on Saturday, in light of the epidemic caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus.

On his Twitter account, the president expressed the support, trust and solidarity of the Cuban people, Party and Government for China.

On Friday, Diaz-Canel and other authorities met with Chinese Ambassador in Havana Chen Xi, to whom they repeated Cuba’s will to accompany China in whatever is necessary.

China has the necessary experience and the able leadership of the Communist Party to overcome adversities, the Cuban head of State said at the meeting.


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Fidel’s view on the role of Cuban women highlighted

Destacan visión de Fidel sobre el papel de la mujer en Cuba

Havana, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) The role of Cuban women in society from the viewpoint of the historical leader of the revolution, Fidel Castro, was one of the topics of the last day of the 12th University Congress 2020 in this capital city.

In the lecture ‘Marti, Che and Fidel,’ the former rector of the University of Havana Juan Vela said that the leader of the Cuban Revolution had the Cuban woman in mind, whom he considered a pillar in each of the social, cultural and educational ‘revolutions’ that took place in Cuba.

He recalled Fidel’s words when he said: ‘let us work, organize and activate the creative spirit and enthusiasm of Cuban women in this revolutionary stage.’

Vela highlighted the need to end all forms of discrimination and violence against all women and girls worldwide, referring to one of the sustainable development goals of Agenda 2030. The event entitled ‘The University and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development’ held five days of intense debates and exchanges of experiences in the capital’s Convention Center, attended by nearly 2,000 delegates from 45 nations.


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Vice President of Uganda finishes visit to Cuba

Vicepresidente de Uganda concluye visita a Cuba

Havana, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) The vice president of Uganda, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, concluded this Friday a five-day official visit to Cuba.

Vice Foreign Minister Anayansi Rodriguez went to the Jose Marti International Airport to say goodbye to him. She described his stay as fruitful because it contributed to strengthen the positive bilateral links.

Ssekandi was received here by President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Vice President Salvador Valdes and other authorities, in addition to visiting sites of economic and social interest.

Both countries have kept relations of friendship, solidarity and cooperation for 46 years, since they established diplomatic ties.


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