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)

Operation Miracle: an example of humanism and solidarity

On July 9, on the initiative of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez, late president of Venezuela, Operation Miracle – a program providing comprehensive medical care to patients suffering from a variety of eye conditionswas founded.

According to figures provided by the Cuban Ophthalmology Institute, during its first year only Venezuelan patients were treated under the program, at the Ramón Pando Ferrer Hospital in Havana. Surgeries were also performed in Santiago de Cuba and Holguín.

In 2005, the program was extended to other Caribbean, Central and South American countries. Initially all patients traveled to Cuba to be treated, however in 2006 ophthalmology centers were set up in various nations, making treatment more readily available to those most in need.

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Cuban heroes arrive in the UK for freedom tour

The Cuban anti-terrorists and heroes of the Republic of Cuba, René González and Gerardo Hernández, arrived in the UK this morning, Friday July 8, together with their families, to participate in the “Miami Five Freedom Tour” during which they will speak about their unjust imprisonment in the United States and express their gratitude for the solidarity of British activists in the struggle for their freedom.

The tour is organized by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign in the UK (CSC), with the support of several unions, following fundraising by members and affiliates.

Until just a few days ago, the visit was threatened by a delay in granting visas to René and Gerardo by the British Home Office.

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Cuba, Mexico and U.S. discuss maritime boundaries in the Gulf of Mexico

Representatives of Cuba, Mexico and the United States met in Mexico City July 5-7 to discuss maritime boundaries in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, also known as the Eastern Gap.

According to the Cuban Foreign Ministry, this was the first technical meeting to achieve the delimiting of maritime boundaries.

In May 2009, Cuba made its presentation on the issue before the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf on the natural expansion of the island´s area on the continental shelf more than 200 nautical miles from its shores in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

The technical meeting was attended by the director of International Law at Cuba´s Foreign Ministry, Manuel Pirez; the Legal Advisor of Mexico´s Foreign Ministry, Alejandro Alday, and by the Legal Advisor of the US Department of State, Oliver Lewis.

The meeting was reportedly held in a respectful and professional environment as the three sides agreed to keep with those meetings on the important issue.

(Cuban News Agency)

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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