Collaborators in Venezuela reject campaigns against Cuba.

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Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Dec 8 (P L) Cuban residents and collaborators in this Venezuelan city on Sunday approved a statement against the alleged actions by Latin America’s extreme right wing to discredit the work of Cuban medical personnel abroad.
At a meeting with representatives of the Cuban Consulate in Valencia, participants rejected the accusations against the Cuban medical missions in some countries of the region, where a discredit campaign against doctors and other collaborators is being carried out as a way to justify the end of contracts with Cuba.

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Diaz-Canel highlights Cuba’s relations with the Caribbean.

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Havana, Dec 8 (P L) President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Sunday highlighted the sovereign and dignified policy of the Caribbean nations with respect to Cuba, on the 47th anniversary of those ties.
Today, December 8, we celebrate 47 years of Cuba-CARICOM relations. The small Caribbean nations, with their sovereign and dignified policy, were pioneers in establishing relations with Cuba when the empire demanded isolating us, the president posted on Twitter.

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Fidel Castro is more alive than ever, French association states.

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struParis, Dec 8 (P L) 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.

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Fidel unites us.

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With the dawn’s first light, and the placement of a floral wreath beside the monumental boulder where the ashes of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz rest, in Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, the tribute to the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution began on the third anniversary of his physical disappearance.

Santiago de Cuba – The city he called “the strongest stronghold of the Revolution,” marched again with Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz, on the third anniversary of Army General Raul Castro Ruz’s farewell.

The people of Santiago reiterated their response to U.S. imperialism that the tightening of the blockade brings greater unity among Cubans. Such determination marked the procession of thousands of workers, youth, students, and the city’s people in general, from Antonio Maceo Plaza de la Revolución, along Patria Avenue to the cemetery, re-enacting the journey of the small cedar urn bearing five letters: Fidel, with all the glory of the world.

The first tribute was the placement of a floral wreath before the monumental boulder in Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, in the name of the Cuban people, accompanied by Brigadier General José Solar Hernández and medical student Josefina Pósper Bruff, in the presence of Lázaro Expósito Canto and Beatriz Johnson Urrutia, members of the Party Central Committee and top party and government authorities, respectively, in the province. Continue reading

Viengsay Valdes supports close relationship between film and ballet.

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Havana, Dec 2 (P L) Viengsay Valdes, deputy artistic director of the Cuban National Ballet (BNC), on Monday recognized the contribution of film to dance as an essential art expression to record essential historical information.

 

There are dancers who find it difficult to convey in words what they feel when dancing and a simple verbal explanation fails to express what motivates them; however, an image can help us immediately capture what we want to say through a gesture or a sequence within a story, the prima ballerina said.

Valdes is currently supervising the snow scene rehearsals of the classic ‘Nutcracker,’ which the BNC will perform during the opening gala of the 41st International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, on December 5, at Karl Marx Theater in Havana.

As she told Prensa Latina, that special moment of the piece, over music by Piotr Ilich Chaikovski, will be intertwined with an audiovisual material honoring Alicia Alonso.

Thus, film and dance will offer a tribute to the recently deceased Cuban prima ballerina assoluta and the most universal artist of the island, whose excellence was immortalized by several films produced in conjunction with the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC).

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Latin America: Imperialist subversion forges full speed ahead.

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The United States is losing ground. Its projected dream of an American century, in the 21st, is fading away, and the Yankee battleship sinking. For its experts, it is no secret that the People’s Republic of China, with its booming economy, is on its way to becoming the world’s number one power by 2030, and Russia is not far behind. The confluence of the international interests of these two powerful nations, and their allies, make them an influential counterweight to U.S. power.

In these circumstances, the United States believes it more necessary than ever to control its “backyard”, to completely subjugate the restless nations of the continent. Even its closest satellites cannot do without trade and business with China and Russia. On the other hand, the integrationist seed revived by Fidel, Chavez, Kirchner, Evo, and Correa, no matter their efforts to destroy it, sends up new sprouts again and again.

The rescue plan – carefully elaborated in the 1980s, after the bloody military dictatorships began to show signs of exhaustion, and the rebirth of dangerous, radical revolutionary processes that could end the power of the servile oligarchy, despite the systematic elimination of left-wing leaders – also failing miserably, along with “democratic transition” projects, or what was the same, maintaining dictatorships with a democratic mantle, without the expected results.

The continent south of the Rio Bravo began progressive processes, some authentic revolutions, as in Venezuela, and the peoples began to construct the integration that had historically frightened the empire: Latin America and the Caribbean united in a Bolivarian project. Bolívar’s guards were once again appearing on the horizon.

The U.S. trembled; its servants and lackeys trembled. The task of the imperial special services, and in particular of their praetorian guard, their think tanks and “Straussian knights,” was thus to stop, and destroy, the integrationist revolutionary movements that were taking shape. Overthrowing inconvenient governments was the task of the company, an organization with great experience in this field. The diabolic machinery that was oiled in the struggle against Eastern European socialism, especially the USSR, was set in motion.

The right-wing offensive was not long in coming in Latin America; one after another governments of the “progressive decade” began to fall, product of a multifactorial strategy, well thought out, unscrupulous, supplied with all logistic and financial resources. The few resources and little importance afforded by progressive governments to the political preparation of the masses, among other factors, influenced the initial success of these plans to restore neoliberalism.

All the variants of unconventional warfare, created in U.S. laboratories, some of them tested with variable success in the Middle East and Europe, have been applied on the continent: soft coups, judicial coups, parliamentary coups, with greater or lesser presence of the military and police forces – always faithful to neocolonial states – and sowing Trojan horses, the most infamous example being Lenín Moreno in Ecuador.

There is always a “but.” The right does not have much to offer, its plan is simple: restore neocolonial neoliberalism – the worst variant of neoliberalism – but the plan is doomed to failure. America revolts, it rises, neoliberal governments are rejected at the polls, and the threat to U.S. power becomes greater.

Now the empire is a crouching beast waving its paws right and left, its machinery of destruction and subversion is working overtime. Worse yet is that this machinery is directed by a group of troglodytes, dinosaurs anchored in the time of gunboat diplomacy, which they learned in comics and television series – not history books. These powerful cavemen are profoundly ignorant, their vision of the world has been built in the closed environment of fundamentalist opinion; they don’t even know their own country.

Anything can be expected of them, the lesser evil challenges this group, not because of deep disagreement with their basic objectives, but because they consider them a real danger to U.S. interests, to the future of the empire. Continue reading

European Parliament resolution contradicts spirit of dialogue and mutual respect

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The International Relations Commission of the National Assembly of People’s Power has expressed its strongest rejection of the European Parliament’s Common Resolution (2019/2929 RSP), given its interventionist content and disrespect for Cuban sovereignty, with absolute ignorance of our reality.

Cuban legislators commented on the text, approved by a 56% majority vote, stating, “Unfortunately, such statements respond to the new slander campaign orchestrated by the United States government, as part of its failed policy of hostility and aggression toward Cuba, which has escalated over the last few months, and run up against the Cuban people’s capacity for resistance.”

The International Relations Commission also expressed “deep concern that a group of Euro deputies, who are members of certain political forces within the European Parliament, echoing this campaign with evident political motivations, have lent themselves to orchestrating this anti-Cuban maneuver by promoting such statements in the forum, in open subordination to the imperial desires of the United States and alignment with its aggressive policy toward Cuba.”

This resolution “contradicts the spirit of respectful dialogue that has prevailed in relations between Cuba and the European Union,” the Cuban statement points out and adds: “Following its usual course of action, the United States finances activities that threaten Cuba’s constitutional order, attempting to recruit mercenaries to artificially fabricate the “opposition” they desire, in the absence of legitimate support for their goals of domination. Such is the case with José Daniel Ferrer, whose criminal record has been well documented.

The International Relations Commission stated, “There is plenty of evidence of these actions which the U.S. government would never allow in its own territory, with which it openly violates the bilateral Agreement on the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries and disregards the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and international law. This constitutes clear and unacceptable interference in Cuba’s internal affairs.” Continue reading

Cuba’s truth exposes new U.S. slanders.

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Clear evidence was screened last night, on Cuban television’s nightly news, exposing the new slander campaign to discredit Cuba launched by the United States government, which this time uses the detention of the counterrevolutionary José Daniel Ferrer as a pretext.

The images destroy the credibility of fallacies regarding his disappearance, alleged physical abuse, torture, and insufficient food, spread by this character and those who disseminate and exaggerate them abroad.

Several videos confirm that the salaried agent of United States has received family visits in prison, enjoys adequate health attention, and that the injuries he has reported were self-inflicted, after his arrest.

The recordings also show visits to Ferrer’s home by Mara Tekach, U.S. chargé d’affaires in Cuba, evidence that the diplomat personally conducts this individual’s activity.

Ferrer’s own words demonstrate his status as a mercenary in the service of a foreign power, when in an interview on a U.S. television program, he acknowledges that he has received a total of $50,000 from various sources, including the Cuban American National Foundation, financed by the U.S. government. Another participant in the program noted that such mercenary conduct is considered a crime in many countries, and is severely punished.

The television report also presents strong testimony from victims – including counterrevolutionary activists – who have suffered the violence of José Daniel Ferrer, such as Emenelio Céspedes, Roberto Ayala Galindo, and Erik Domínguez.

“If something happens to my family, or to me in particular, I hold José Daniel Ferrer responsible. If something happens it is by his hand. (He is an) abusive, arrogant murderer, torturer…” denounced Sergio García González, who was abducted by Ferrer.

Dr. Yaro Sánchez Corona conducted a specialized evaluation of Ferrer, certifying that he is in “good general condition, is eating properly, ingests liquids, and has adequate diuresis. From the nutritional point of view, his weight to appropriate given his stature, and according to his biological parameters, he has good respiratory and heart rates, and normal blood pressure.”

Encouraged by the implementation of non-conventional warfare methods and recent coups in the region, Washington is resorting to a new wave of slander, using its monopoly control of the mass media and social networks, given the failure of its attempts to force Cuba to surrender, by tightening the economic blockade and imposing sanctions to deprive us of fuel, which has again demonstrated our people’s capacity to resist.

“Against the truth, nothing endures,” said Cuba’s national hero José Martí. Aware of this, Cuba confronts all hoaxes and will not renounce its sovereignty or independence despite threats from the United States. Continue reading

Díaz-Canel: Cuba will not renounce its sovereignty or independence.

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“We are not intimidated by threats from the United States, which are part of its interventionist policy toward Cuba. It is deplorable that the country’s diplomats are incited to violate international law and the laws of the United States. Cuba will not renounce its sovereignty or independence,” said President of the Republic of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, on his Twitter account.

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla also referred to the situation: “The U.S. Secretary of State, who applauds coups and ignores murders, acts of barbarism, repression, and violations of human rights by its allies, calls on its embassy in Cuba to intervene in the internal affairs of a sovereign country that will not allow it.”

Cuba has repeatedly denounced the U.S. government’s slander campaign, most recently using as a pretext the arrest of a salaried agent serving the United States, with a long history of provocative, illegal actions to disrupt the public order. The embassy of the United States in Cuba has been the fundamental vehicle of attention, orientation, and financing of his conduct. Continue reading

Liberal US press and propaganda disinform about Cuba

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London, Nov 27 (P L) Propaganda against Cuba and disinformation campaigns on the island are most effective when they are published by supposedly liberal media, Canadian writer Keith Bolender warned here today.

 

As he explained to Prensa Latina, the author of ‘Manufacturing the Enemy’, the ‘Media War Against Cuba’ and two other books on the Antillean country, the reader is more likely to believe what a newspaper publishes which they associate with the so-called free press.

The power of the press is in confidence, and the reader hopes that a medium such as, for example, The New York Times, which they identify as liberal, does not lie to him, added Bolender, who believes that the matter is even more dangerous in The United States, as its citizens, he said, have no chance of freely traveling to Cuba to contrast the information.

In this regard, the journalist recalled the articles favorable to the lifting of the US blockade published by the influential New York newspaper during the administration of President Barack Obama.

According to Bolender, for whom the American press is another corporate institution such as the Stock Exchange, those writings were part of the same government strategy that sought to cause a regime change on the island.

One of the biggest myths is that the corporate press always tells the truth, said the writer, who since the beginning of November has toured the United Kingdom to present his most recent book, as part of a tour sponsored by the Solidarity Campaign with Cuba.

In ‘Manufacturing the Enemy’… Bolender scrutinizes the origins of media hostility against the economic, political and socialist system established in the Caribbean country after the triumph of the 1959 Revolution, and provides data on the propaganda of the so-called American and Western free press.

He says that one of the reasons that motivated him to write it was when it was made public that the United States Government paid journalists from The Miami Herald to write articles against the five Cubans who had been arrested in 1998 under assumptions of spying charges.

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