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Havana, Cuba. Year 16 - Friday, July 18, 2014


An unheard of provocation

THIS morning the cables were full of reports about the unheard of news that a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane had been hit at an altitude of 10,100 meters as it flew over Ukrainian territory, along a route controlled by the war-hungry government of chocolate king, Petro Poroshenko.

Cuba, which has always stood in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, and in the difficult days of the Chernobyl tragedy provided medical care to the many children affected by the accident’s harmful radiation, and is always willing to continue doing so, cannot refrain from expressing our repudiation of the action of the anti-Russian, anti-Ukrainian and pro-imperialist government.

At the same time, coinciding with the Malaysian aircraft crime, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, head of the nuclear state, ordered his army to invade the Gaza Strip, where, over the last several days, hundreds of Palestinians have died, many of them children. The President of the United States supported the action, describing the repugnant act as legitimate defense.

Obama does not support David against Goliath, but rather Goliath against David. As is known, young men and women from the Israeli people, well prepared for productive work, are being exposed to a death without honor, without glory. I am not aware of the Palestinian’s military strategy, but I know that a combatant prepared to die can defend even the ruins of a building, as long as he has his rifle, as the heroic defenders of Stalingrad demonstrated.

I only wish to express my solidarity with the heroic people who defend the last sliver remaining of what was their homeland for thousands of years.

Fidel Castro Ruz

July 17, 2014

11:14 p.m.

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Brasilia, capital of the South
• Cuba’s President arrived in the Brasilia, Wednesday afternoon, July 16, accompanied by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, minister of Foreign Trade and Investment


Leticia Martínez Hernández

BRASILIA, Brasil.- Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Minsiters arrived here July 16, to participate in a meeting between China’s head of state and Latin American and Caribbean leaders.

The meeting will take place after the 6th Summit of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), which, in its final statement, emphasized the bloc’s support for the process of integration underway in Latin America and the Caribbean, recognizing its contribution to peace and sustainable development in the region.

On Thursday, Dilma Rousseff and Xi Jinping will meet with Latin American and Caribbean leaders in Itamaraty Palace, headquarters of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where the BRICS Summit took place under the banner of equality and mutual benefit, cooperation and common development.

Subsequently a meeting of the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC) leadership quartet, including Cuba, will meet to discuss the progress of talks and regional cooperation with China.

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Margaret Chan impressed by Cuba’s healthcare achievements

Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan, expressed her great satisfaction with Cuba’s many achievements in the sphere of health, after inaugurating - together with President Raúl Castro - the new Centre of State Control of Medicines, Medical Equipment and Devices (Cecmed); and the National Coordinating Centre of Clinical Trails (Cencec), headquarters.

Chan emphasized the importance of combining, under one roof, areas of work essential to scientific development. “Cuba is the only country I have seen which has a healthcare system closely linked to closed-loop research and development. This is the right direction to be moving in, because human health can not improve without innovation,” she highlighted.

She praised Cuban scientists, describing them as dedicated people who have achieved astonishing results within a difficult context given the economic, financial and commercial blockade (imposed by the United States for over 50 years) which Cuba suffers from.

"I keep a special place in my heart for Cuba and recognize the efforts of the Cuban government to establish health as an essential pillar of development,” stated Chan.

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Putin announces expanded collaboration with Cuba
• Russia reaffirms opposition to U.S. blockade

An increase in Russian collaboration with Cuba, with large projects planned, was announced by Vladímir V. Putin, President of the Russian Federation, speaking at a press conference with Raúl Castro Ruz, President of Cuba’s Council of State and Ministers, after the signing of 10 important new bilateral agreements.

Putin emphasized that his country will continue to support Cuba in its struggle against the illegal and illegitimate blockade imposed by the United States for over 50 years, and thanked Cubans for the cordial hospitality offered during the Russian delegation’s visit, and the excellent environment which facilitated joint work, PL reported.

Speaking in the Palace of the Revolution July 11, the Russian President said that planned are large, comprehensive projects which will expand cooperation between the two countries in such key areas as energy and health.

He referred to the decision made by his government to cancel 90% of the debt Cuba has owed Russia since the Soviet era, which had reached some 35 billion dollars, according to AIN.

The other 10% will be invested in Cuba, Putin added, recalling that joint efforts have been planned through 2020.

These investments were agreed upon during the 10th meeting of the Inter-governmental Commission for Economic-Commercial and Scientific-Technical Collaboration, held in 2012.

Cuban President Raúl Castro also spoke with the press following the signing ceremony, recalling that Cuba’s debt to Russia grew as a result of the "USSR’s decisive aid," adding, "It was generous aid, without which, we can be sure, the Revolution would not have been able to persevere."

"After so many years, that the current government of Russia would forgive 90% of this debt, and that the remaining 10% - around 3.5 billion - would be invested in Cuba, once again demonstrates the great, palpable generosity of the Russian people toward Cuba," PL reported.

He thanked the Russian government and people for the decision to cancel a large portion of Cuba’s debt and expressed confidence in the future growth and strengthening of ties between the two countries, saying, "We wish to express our gratitude to the people and government of Russia for this accords, and for the decisions President Vladímir Putin has announced."

Raúl also commented that events which took place in the Soviet Union, during the 1990’s, left the world power off balance, and that, as of 2000, Russia began to recuperate strength in the international arena, the effects of which are currently being noted, first on a global scale, and now in the relations of a new kind which Cuba maintains with the people and government.

"We are very pleased that, in the international arena, we agree with the firm, intelligent policy currently being implemented, as we see it, by Russia," the Cuban President stated, adding that he expected this level of agreement to continue, in a new stage of international relations.

The Russian President arrived in Havana during the early morning hours and began his day with a visit to the Soviet Internationalist Soldiers Monument, where he placed a floral wreath during a commemorative ceremony, in the company of President Raúl Castro.

The distinguished guest paid tribute to the 68 soldiers and officers who fell in combat or died in Cuba 1962-1964, whose remains rest at the site constructed in 1978, a symbolic reminder of the fraternal ties shared by the two countries.

The ceremony featured a commemorative march by a Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) unit, and was attended additionally by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, and Army General Álvaro López Miera, deputy minister of the FAR and decorated Hero of the Republic.

Later in the day, Bruno Rodríguez accompanied President Putin to the José Martí Memorial, in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución, where the visiting leader paid his respects with a floral wreath.

Havana was the first stop on the Russian President’s Latin American tour, which also took him to Argentina, Nicaragua, and finally Brazil, for a Summit of the BRICS bloc, which includes Brazil, India, China and South Africa.

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Poverty in Ecuador falls 12
points in 7 years

According to Pabel Muñoz, director of Ecuador’s National Secretariat of Planning and Development (Senplades), poverty indicators in the country have recorded a significant decrease of 12 points in the last seven years, and shown the highest rate of investment in Latin America during the period.

Muñoz stated that Ecuador’s achievements are a result of a political decision and that a change in perspective would bring instability.

He commented that Ecuador has the highest investment rate in Latin America, with 15% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) funding roads, health centers, schools and hospitals.

"We received the country with a poverty index of 37.5 % and we reduced it to 25.5 % in 2013. The message is that in this period [seven years] we reduced poverty by 12 points. Meanwhile the Gini index, which measures inequality, fell from 0.55 to 0.47, that is to say it fell eight points," he said.

Muñoz added, "Important decisions have been made in public policy. We have prioritized the payment of the social debt over the external; successfully renegotiated oil contracts; returned to the country idle capital which the financial sector held abroad and invested it in national production. These are political decisions directed toward paying the social debt and productive investment."

Furthermore, he stated, "Reducing poverty is the government’s first priority, the second is changing the systems of production, a process which is advancing, primarily due to the establishment of structural conditions to stimulate the production sector and we are also changing the energy system."

During the first year performance report of President Rafael Correa’s second term, he stated that in the country, the Citizens Revolution has shown, "It is possible to govern well with quality and equality, just as is being done." (Contrainjerencia.com)

 


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