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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US House of Representatives Strengthens Blockade Against Cuba

The House of Representatives approved new restrictive measures against Cuba, a clear evidence that the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the US against the island remains in effect.

A set of measures were included in the draft budget for financial services, which was approved in the lower house of Congress.

The measures include bans to certain travels to Cuba, such as educational exchanges, as well as bans on importing goods confiscated by the Cuban government. Other measures prevent financial transactions involving Cuban military personnel.

The measures also prohibit the use of funds to approve the licensing of trademarks or trade names which were confiscated by the Cuban government without the express consent of the United States.

The anti-Cuban provisions remained in the bill, after two other amendments which were proposed by Congressmen Rick Crawford and Mark Sanford and that favored the elimination of restrictions on economic and social exchanges with Cuba were eliminated.

The anti-Cuban lobby group in the House of Representatives, composed of legislators Mario Diaz-Balart, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Carlos Curbelo, maintain an intense activity to prevent the approval of measures that seek to alleviate the blockade imposed by Washington on Cuba in 1962.

According to experts on the topic, US President Barack Obama will veto this bill.

(Prensa Latina)

Miami Protesters Demand End of US Blockade to Cuba

Miami Protesters Demand End of US Blockade to Cuba

A motorcade with flags and banners demanding an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade the United States has imposed to Cuba for more than 50 years, toured the streets of Miami, local media reported here.

About 50 vehicles toured on Saturday, July 9, more than 25 kilometers of the main avenues and residential neighborhoods in Miami, where a large population of Cuban-born immigrants is living.

The demonstration was organized by the Marti Alliance coalition, which includes several organizations of Cuban emigrant residents in the northern country.

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Fidel Castro Awarded Venezuelan Order in Framework of Cuban Leader’s 90th Birthday

The Venezuelan orders Bicentennial of the Battle of Araure and Argimiro Gabaldon have been awarded Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro on the occasion of his 90th birthday this August 13th.

In a ceremony at the Ezequiel Zamora National Experimental University, located in the Venezuelan state of Portuguesa, the governor of that territory Reynaldo Castaneda Rivas, expressed satisfaction over the awarding of Fidel Castro, whom he called commander of commanders. Fidel Castro’s universal thinking has guided us, his humanistic outlook has become a paradigm of ethical dignity for Cuba and the world, said the governor.

Cuban diplomat Ignacio Echeverria received the awards in the name of the Cuban leader.

(Radio Havana Cuba)

Cuban Legislators Approve Guidelines Updating Until 2021

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Cuban legislators approved and supported today in plenary session the updating of the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines of the Party and the Revolution for the 2016-2021 period.

Those guidelines, adopted in April during the 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), were submitted for consideration by lawmakers from July 4 to 6, during the three working sessions of the 10 standing commissions of the Legislature.

Leonardo Andollo, deputy chief of the Standing Commission for Implementation and Development of the Guidelines, explained that the legislators approved that document during their discussions.

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There is no room for improvisation or defeatism

Speaking during the plenary session of the National Assembly of People’s Power, July 8, President Raúl  Castro Ruz, insisted, “When facing difficulties and threats, there is no room for improvisation or defeatism.”

In an explication of the current economic conjuncture, Raúl commented that a June 25 Council of Ministers meeting and Party Central Committee Plenum, July 7, had both concentrated their analysis on the economy’s performance during the first half of the year.

“In December of 2015, I explained that financial limitations were being projected as a consequence of a reduction in income, as well as effects on mutually beneficial, advantageous cooperative relations with several countries, in particular with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, subjected to an economic war meant to weaken support for its revolution,” Raúl said.

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Party Central Committee Plenum meets

Yesterday afternoon, July 7, the 2nd plenum of the current Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba met, with Army General Raúl Castro Ruz presiding, to discuss the performance of the economy.

Presented were details of reports on the execution of the economic plan during the first six months of the year, and the close-out of last year’s state budget, both recently discussed by the Council of Ministers.

Central Committee members emphasized the need to eliminate unnecessary expenses, promote more conservation, and careful control of resources.

Discussion on these economic issues will continue at the National Assembly during its plenary session today, July 8.