Cuba Thanks Qatar for Traditional Vote against US Blockade

The Cuban Ambassador to Qatar, Ernesto Plasencia, was thankful for the rejection of Qatar to the US blockade to Cuba, a policy that stops Cuba from normalizing the recently reestablished relations between Cuba and the US.

Plasencia praised the traditional support of Cuba to the resolution that Havana preseents every year in the United Nations General Assembly.

This is a position with a lot of evidence that was showed when copies of the text of the resolution were given to local authorities of Qatar.

The Caribbean diplomat provided the Director of Multilateral Affairs of the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mutlaq Al Qahtani, the draft resolution and the report by Cuba on the impact of the blockade.

Al Qahtani assured that Qatar will remain on the position, Plasencia said during a meeting with newspaper reporters of the Qatar Tribune, The Peninsula and other independent media.

He explained that the economic, commercial and financial US blockade against the Cuban Revolution persists, despite the restoration of diplomatic relations and the reopening of embassies in July.

He even said that, although President Barack Obama took some steps, the blockade to the Caribbean island is ‘far from relaxed, has been intensified after December 17, 2014, when the resumption of the links was announced.

Therefore, he said, the draft resolution “Necessity of Ending the Economic Blockade” will be submitted again to a vote at the UN on October 27.

The Ambassador recalled that the text received broad international support on 23 occasions, with 188 countries voting for an end to the policy of hostility last year.

He noted that, unlike previous motions, this year includes the recognition of the efforts of Obama for the restoration of relations and lifting the blockade itself.

He added, however, that although the total removal of sanctions lies with the US Congress, the President could do much more under the executive powers he has to turn it practically inoperative.

Book on Raul Castro Presented at Russian Institute

The book “Raúl Castro, A Man in Revolution” by Lieut. Gen. Nikolai Leonov, was presented today by its author at the Institute of Latin America of the Academy of Sciencies of Russia.

The ceremony, organized by the music group Grenada, its young solidarity club and the scientific center, was attended by Director of the Institute, Vladimir Dav idov, as well as veterans of the Cuban Missile Crisis of October, 1962, intellectuals, Latin American diplomats and dozens of Russian youngsters.

Director General of Grenada, Tatiana Vladimirskaya, said that at his 87 years of age, Leonov accumulates as author a dozen works,including a political biography of Cuban historical leader Fidel Castro, and this, the first biography of Raul Castro.

She described Leonov as a legendary figure. He headed the Department of Analysis of the State Security Committee of the Soviet Union, he is Doctor of Historical Sc iences, professor of the State Institute of International Relations of Moscow and was member of the State Duma of Russia (lower chamber) in 2003-2007.

Referring to his book, published by the Molodaya Gvardia publishing house, Loonov remembered anecdotes leading him to meet Raul Castro in the Andrea Gritti ship, nearly three months before the attack on the Moncada Garrison of Santiago de Cuba.

He described Raul Castro as “one of the main pillars for the triumph of the Revolution” and recalled the heroic deeds of the Cuban people in their struggle for freedom.

In response to questions made by those present in the ceremony, Leonov highlighted the important role of Cuba in the current international politics.

He said that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, everybody was awaiting the fall of Socialism in Cuba, and today the Cuban people have overcome all difficulties in a truly biblical feat that is acknowledged even by their enemies.

Tim Ryan heads to Cuba to scope opportunities for Ohio businesses


Niles-area Democratic congressman Tim Ryan and State Rep. Sean O’Brien, a Bazetta Democrat, will head to Cuba on Wednesday to investigate ways local businesses and educational institutions can benefit from normalized ties with the island nation.

During the three-day visit, Ryan will visit with Cuban transportation and commerce officials whom the U.S. embassy has suggested he meet. He will be accompanied by local business leaders who are seeking opportunities in Cuba. The trip was suggested by Cuban business people acquainted with O’Brien.

Frei Betto awarded honorary doctorate in Havana

Dominican friar, liberation theologian, researcher, journalist and popular educator, Frei Betto is a tireless fighter for the just causes of the oppressed peoples of the world, a man committed to social change; the author of over 50 books of different literary genres and themes. His book Fidel and Religion was the result of 23 hours of conversation with the leader of the Cuban Revolution, for whom he feels a deep admiration.

As well as participating in a range of educational congresses, Frei Betto has been active in the fight against the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, in the campaign for the return of Elián González and for the freedom of the Five anti-terrorists.

This Monday, in the Aula Magna of the University of Havana, he was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa in Philosophy, during a ceremony presided over by Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, member of the Party Political Bureau and first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers.

Winner of the National Social Sciences Award, Dr Fernando Martínez Heredia, emphasized Betto’s commitment to the people of Brazil, noting that “The poorest and the workers of Brazil proclaimed him their doctor years ago, because he put his intellect and his actions at the service of those struggling against prolonged dictatorship and until now he has defended the rights of the Brazilian people.”

On accepting the honorary title, Betto noted that “The most outstanding Cubans were students at this university, from Félix Varela to Fidel Castro. Another name worth mentioning is the student president of the struggle against Batista, José Antonio Echeverría, who was president of the FEU, founded the Revolutionary Directorate, and on the day of the assault on the Presidential Palace, March 13, 1957, died fighting against the wall of this university.”

He expressed thanks to the university and to Cuba “for giving Latin America and the world men and women who embody the deepest human values.”

Also attending the ceremony were Dr. Rodolfo Alarcón Ortiz, minister of Higher Education; the advisers to the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Abel Prieto and José Ramón Fernández; Dr Gustavo Cobreiro Suárez, rector of the university; Armando Hart Dávalos, director of the Martí Program Office and president of the José Martí Cultural Society, and His Excellency Cesario Melantonio, ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil.

BBC Film on Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta

BBC’s Creative Director, Alan Yentob, says that the British TV network is working with Cuban Ballet dancer, Carlos Acosta, on a series of films on the Cuban island nation.

The BBC executive told the Independent that it’s also working with renowned musician, Mick Jagger and movie director, Julien Temple on the films.Yentob said that BBC is making a movie on a new stage of Carlos Acosta’s life: his announced intention to set up a new dance company in his natal Cuba, after retiring from the Royal Ballet in the 2015-2016 season of Carmen at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Yentob said that Temple traveled to Havana with Jagger for a long term project to film a series based on cities for the BBC1 show Imagine. The host of Imagine has highlighted that he hopes to capture all the magic of a Rolling Stone concert in Havana next year during the band’s South American tour.

Raúl congratulates Meteorology Institute workers

Havana, October 12, 2015

Year 57 of the Revolution

Dear Meteorology Institute workers,

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of this prestigious scientific institution’s creation, accept my congratulations and recognition that you have fulfilled with dedication the missions assigned to you, throughout all of these years.

Continue moving forward, before current and future climactic challenges, committed and always alert.

A strong embrace,

Raúl Castro Ruz

Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, called the people of the world to defend Mother Earth”s rights the wars and the development of nuclear weapons.

‘When developing countries of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean suffer damages due to climate change, but above all, suffer the excesses of predatory capitalism, we call to defend Mother Earth’s rights’, he said.

In the closing ceremony of th 2nd World Summit on Climate Change in Tiquipaya, Cochabamba, the Cuban Minister recalled that industrialized countries wish to impose on the South American nations unsustainable patterns of consumption and that they should be renewed for a new global economic system.

In this regard he said that at the Paris Climate Change Conference, the South will not accept an agreement that dilute the responsibilities of developed countries.

The Minister said tha Cuba backs the creation of an International Court of Justice in defense of Mother Earth, but warned that the court has to be clean, transparent and democratic, and it could never be a puppet of capitalists.

In his statements, Rodriguez Parrilla reiterated Cuba’s support to governments and presidents of Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil and urged the Alba and CELAC members to fight together against the effects of climate change and opportunistic, selfish capitalism.

Before concluding his speech, he extended to all present a greeting from the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro and from the President of Cuba, Raul Castro.