U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he signed an order to keep open the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which his predecessor, Barack Obama, unsuccessfully tried to close.
In his first State of the Union address to U.S. Congress, President Donald Trump took aim at the governments of Cuba and Venezuela calling them “dictatorships” as he ramps up his country’s long standing interventionist and regime-change policy towards left-wing governments in Latin America.
Trump’s approval rate after his first 12 months in office is currently languishing at 38 percent: the lowest ranking U.S. president since Gallup first began its popularity polls with Harry Truman in 1945.
The recently concluded Congress was held as a prelude to the seventh National Congress, which will take place in April in Lebanon.
With a greeting to all progressive and left forces of the Americas, and after two days of work, the Regional Congress of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) concluded yesterday in the Cuban capital.
The gathering was held as a prelude to the seventh National Congress, which will take place in April in Lebanon, and attended by Palestinians from across the American continent.
Topics of vital importance for the Palestinian cause were discussed, the documents pending approval by the Central Congress of the DFLP were debated, and the 12 direct delegates to the national event were selected.
Fahd Suleiman, DFLP deputy secretary-general explained the selection of Cuba as the venue for this important gathering for the Palestinian cause.
“Cuba is a country friendly to the Palestinian people and cause, so it was natural that it be selected to host the meeting,” he said.
“There are a lot of Palestinians living in this continent. We are a people that fight for their national liberation, the restoration of their 1967 borders, the return of refugees to their homeland and precisely in the framework of these conditions it was decided to hold this event in Havana, to send a message from here to U.S. President Donald Trump,” he added.
The official criticized the alliance and cooperation between the United States and Israel, which openly occupies Palestinian land and divides the people by creating settlements.
“The Palestinian territory is the patrimony of its people and Jerusalem is the capital of our state,” he stressed, in reference to the Trump administration’s recognition of the holy city as the capital of Israel.
On behalf of the DFLP, Suleiman also condemned the U.S. decision to move its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Jamaican sprint icon Usain Bolt attended a training session with the Mamelodi Sundowns soccer team’s Chloorkop training facility in South Africa, on Monday.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will arrive Saturday in Argentina’s capital, where he will participate in a regional meeting in the afternoon about the situation in Venezuela.
Representatives from Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia will be present, according to local media.
“We want to maintain pressure on the corrupted regime of Venezuela,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement on Friday, condemning the snap presidential elections called by President Nicolas Maduro before April 30.
Syrian government and opposition peace negotiations have entered their second and final day in the Russian resort city of Sochi. Participants in the talks aim to reach a peaceful settlement to the deadly conflict which has gripped the Arab state for almost seven years.