Cuba criticizes inaction by Security Council over Palestine

The United Nations.— On July 12, Cuba denounced the UN Security Council’s failure to act in response to Israeli attacks against the Palestinian people, despite global support for the occupied Arab nation’s cause, reported PL.

In an open debate on the situation in the Middle East, the island’s permanent representative Ana Silvia Rodríguez denounced the Security Council’s failure to adopt a single resolution demanding Israel end its aggressive policies and colonial practices against the Palestinian people.

“The Council’s failure to take action in the face of such acts is alarming. It is unacceptable that the Security Council should continue be held hostage by the veto, or the threat of veto, by the United States, preventing the organization from fulfilling its responsibility and protecting the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people,” she stated.

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How negotiations stand between Cuba and the U.S.

How negotiations stand between Cuba and the U.S.

Barely one year and a half after the announcement of a decision to initiate a process aimed at normalizing relations between Cuba and the United States, it becomes convenient to do a balance of that process, inasmuch as people’s perception often ranges from the opinion that everything has been resolved to the assertion that almost nothing has moved forward — and the answer does not seem to be at either extreme.

Sometimes, one is surprised by the swift evolution of negotiations on certain issues. Diplomatic relations were reestablished; accords were formalized on 10 areas of common interest, and negotiations on dozens of others look promising. This demonstrates the existence of a complementarity determined by our nature as neighbors and other international exigencies.

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First U.S. managed hotel begins operating in Cuba

Havana’s newly named Four Points by Sheraton, the first U.S. managed hotel in Cuba in over 50 years, begin operations today, June 29, under the administration of the Starwood chain, in association with Cuban state enterprise Gaviota.

Located in the capital’s Miramar neighborhood, the establishment formerly known as the Hotel Quinta Avenida is one of two in the capital to be managed by the chain as part of an administration contract signed between Starwood and Cuba, the first of its kind since 1959, and announced on the eve of President Obama’s visit to the island last March.

According to company sources speaking to EFE, since June 28 the hotel has been functioning under its new name, while those wishing to stay at the establishment can now book online via the hotel’s official website.

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Cuba reiterates solidarity with Puerto Rico

During a UN Special Committee on Decolonization session Cuba once again demanded independence for the Free Associated State of Puerto Rico, subjected to 118 years of neo-colonial domination by the United States, a status which prevents it from adopting measures to resolve its difficult economic situation.

Poverty, unemployment, and the local government’s inability to pay off a debt in excess of 7.2 million dollars, are putting strain on the Caribbean island, which decades ago was intended to become the great showcase of the Caribbean, with monopolies based there exploiting the island’s natural resources and importing all the country’s consumer goods.

Responsible for creating this situation were companies such as: Oppenheimer Funds, Franklin Templeton, Marathon Assets Management, Blue Mountain Capital, Angelo Gordon & Company, Knighthead Capital, D. E. Shaw Galvanic Portfolio & Ad Hoc Group – composed of exploitative hedge funds – Fir Tree Partners, Monarch, Perry Capital, Brigade Capital, Centerbridge Capital, Stone Lion and Davidson Kempner.

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US Opening to Cuba Is Irreversible, Says Assistant to President Obama

US Opening to Cuba Is Irreversible, Says Assistant to President Obama

The reestablishment of relations between Cuba and the United States is irreversible and the legislative restrictions are likely to be lifted by the Congress, the Assistant to President Barack Obama Ben Rhodes said.

Obama deputy national security adviser made this statement during a forum on cultural diplomacy with Cuba, held at the Meridian International Center.

According to the Washington Post, Rhodes said that the fact of the matter was that the US people and the Cuban people overwhelmingly want this to happen.

Frankly, whatever the political realities in either country, for somebody to try to turn this off, they would have to be working against the overwhelming desires of their own people, he added.

The White House official recalled that a strong majority of the US public, according to a wade range of opinion polls, favored restoring relations long before it happened.

According to recent surveys, more than 70 percent of US citizens support lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba for over half a century.

(Prensa Latina)

Cuba Supports Venezuela against Imperialist Aggression

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez confirmed in Caracas his country’s support for the Venezuelan people and President Nicolás Maduro against the latest attacks promoted by U.S. imperialism.

Addressing a meeting of the political council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA), Rodríguez said that Cuba’s friendship and solidarity with Venezuela remains unabated.

Minister Rodríguez said: “Cuban health workers, the culture instructors, the sports trainers, all the Cuban professionals who are working in Venezuela, fulfilling humanitarian missions as part of existing cooperation programs,  will continue there despite the U.S. blockade of Cuba and the imperialist aggression against the South American country.”

The top Cuban diplomat noted that the Organization of American States (OAS)  has spearheaded the latest wave of attacks against Venezuela, which further confirms the organization’s submissiveness to U.S. imperialism.

(Radio Havana Cuba)

Abe, visiting Cuban Veep agree to boost economic, other ties

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez agreed Thursday to strengthen economic and other relations between Japan and Cuba, Japanese officials said.

In a meeting at his office, Abe said Tokyo wants to further enhance ties with Havana based on Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida’s visit to Cuba last year and Diaz-Canel’s trip to Japan this time.

Diaz-Canel, Cuba’s first vice president of the Council of State and Ministers who is seen as a potential successor to Cuban President Raul Castro, voiced confidence that bilateral ties will be deepened as many Japanese companies are interested in Cuba.

During his visit to the Caribbean country in May last year, Kishida pledged to boost Japan’s official development assistance to Cuba.

Japan hopes to strengthen its ties with Cuba, which it sees as a potential investment destination, in wide-ranging areas such as infrastructure development, tourism and the medical field.

Diaz-Canel is visiting Japan at the invitation of the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo.

(The Japan Times)