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Honduran congress honors Fidel

El Líder de la Revolución cubana, Fidel Castro, también ha sido también recibió la distinción "El Mérito a la Vida" por parte del canal árabe Al- Mayadeen.

The Honduran Congress awarded its highest distinction to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, in recognition of the island’s constant support and solidarity offered to the Central American nation.
The Grand Cross Extraordinary with a Gold Plaque, awarded by the Honduran Congress, is a distinction which has only been presented to national leaders or former leaders, as well as Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon. Lee el resto de esta entrada

“Papa,” New Hemingway Film Shot in Cuba, Gets Around U.S. Embargo

“Papa,” New Hemingway Film Shot in Cuba, Gets Around U.S. Embargo

“Papa,” the U.S. film about the darkest years in the life of Ernest Hemingway that successfully skirted the longstanding embargo so it could be shot in Cuba, had its world premiere on the island that became his “true home,” said the legendary writer’s granddaughter, Mariel Hemingway, who plays a part in the movie.

“The film shows something that a lot of people in the U.S. don’t know, which is the deep connection my grandfather had with Cuba. This island was his home for more than 30 years, and he considered Cubans to be his family,” Mariel told the press at the film’s screening Sunday at the Havana Film Festival.

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Military Industrial Complex Stocks Soaring Since Paris Attacks

A lot of people are making a lot of money from the rise of terrorism.

While travel and tourism-related stocks have suffered since last Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, defence industry stocks have seen all-time highs since the rise of ISIS as investors keep pouring their cash into weapons.

Military Industrial Complex heavyweights had a great opening at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, with Lockheed Martin trading 3.5 percent higher, Northrop Grumman up 4.4 percent, and Raytheon up 4 percent.

Despite French markets being down overall, stocks of Thales, a French defence giant, were up 3 percent.

The rise of terrorism has been very good for business in the defence sector, and the post-9/11 ‘War on Terror’ was even credited with driving the American economy back into good standing. Lee el resto de esta entrada

Raul Castro stood up for a more democratic UNO and without unilateralisms to preserve peace


Esteemed heads of State and Government,
Distinguished heads of delegations,
Mr. Secretary General of the United Nations,

Mr. President,

Seventy years ago, on behalf of their peoples, the member States of this organization signed the United Nations Charter. We pledged ourselves to preserve future generations from the scourge of war, and to build a new type of relationship guided by a set of principles and purposes that should bring about an era of peace, justice and development for all of humanity.

However, as from that moment, there have constantly been wars of aggression, and interference in the internal affairs of the States; the ousting of sovereign governments by force, the so-called “soft coups” and the re-colonization of territories; and, all of these upgraded with new ingenious actions employing new technologies, and under the pretext of alleged human rights violations. Lee el resto de esta entrada

Pope Francis’ address to the United Nations General Assembly

Read the full text of Pope Francis’ address to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 25, 2015, here:

Mr President,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for your kind words.

Once again, following a tradition by which I feel honored, the Secretary General of the United Nations has invited the Pope to address this distinguished assembly of nations. In my own name, and that of the entire Catholic community, I wish to express to you, Mr Ban Ki-moon, my heartfelt gratitude. I greet the Heads of State and Heads of Government present, as well as the ambassadors, diplomats and political and technical officials accompanying them, the personnel of the United Nations engaged in this 70th Session of the General Assembly, the personnel of the various programs and agencies of the United Nations family, and all those who, in one way or another, take part in this meeting. Through you, I also greet the citizens of all the nations represented in this hall. I thank you, each and all, for your efforts in the service of mankind. Lee el resto de esta entrada

Frei Betto speaks of the Pope’s visit to Cuba



Just finished reading an enlightening interview with Frei Betto in the magazine Religion Digital (Digital Religion) that we’ve re-printed (in Spanish) in Progreso Semanal. The subject of the interview is Pope Francis’ visit next month to Cuba. Those who know of Betto understand he has had close ties to Cuba for many years; he is also a good friend of Fidel Castro, and published a 1985 interview with the Cuban leader that later became the book, Fidel and Religion.

Betto is a Brazilian Dominican friar, theologian, poet, journalist, educator, and novelist. He is very knowledgeable of the Cuban Revolution. In the 1980s he advised socialist governments including Cuba, the former Czechoslovakia, China, the former Soviet Union, Nicaragua and Poland about relations between the Catholic Church and the State. In Brazil, he survived two illegal arrests and was tortured during the military dictatorships. Lee el resto de esta entrada

Democracy and the Restoration of Cuba-US Diplomatic Relations

The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the US and the opening of embassies in Havana and Washington, DC is a victory for Cuba. Negotiations between the two countries had been taking place secretly for 18 months before being made public on December 17, 2014. On July 1, 2015, the agreement was sealed through the announcement of a formal opening date of July 20 for the embassies. It is important to note that over the course of this two-year process, Cuba has not given up its principles. Two primary examples of Cuba sticking to its precepts pertain to the contentious issues of democracy/human rights and of Venezuela. Lee el resto de esta entrada

Cuba in the CELAC-EU Summit and the NGO wolves

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By Daniesky Acosta

On 10 and 11 June, the Second Summit between the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the European Union (CELAC-EU) takes place in Brussels, with the aim of assessing bi-regional relations between both parties. At the conclusion of the Summit, between the 15 and 16 June, Cuba and the EU will resume negotiations on the bilateral Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between them. One of the anticipated topics for discussion is the so-called Common Position that the EU has taken against Cuba since 1996 and that has obstructed the improvement of relations, because of its interventionist nature which mirrors the US blockade of Cuba. Lee el resto de esta entrada

Reporters Without Borders founder keeps records on Muslim children



Robert Menard, the founder and former head of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an organization that receives U.S. financing and never misses the chance to slander Cuba and Venezuela, has once again revealed his true political affinities by admitting that in the French city of Beziers where he currently serves as mayor, he has authorized records to be kept on Muslim children, marking them as such in their schools.

The French press is in an uproar over the situation and calling for Menard to be arrested for violating the law and engaging in neo-Nazi practices.  France’s Attorney General has already opened an investigation.

Menard, who was elected to his post as a member of the extreme rightwing National Front confessed in a television interview that he was keeping a file on the children in his municipality, classifying them by nationality, an illegal action that carries a five year prison sentence and a 300,000 Euro fine. Lee el resto de esta entrada

VII Summit of the Americas: the International Decade for People of African Descent Disappears in the Bermuda Triangle

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Dear Members of the Civil Society Organizing Committee for the VII Summit of the Americas:

The Yoruba Cuba Association has carefully read the email sent by the Organizing Committee for the VII Summit of the Americas’ Hemispheric Forum of Civil Society stating space limitations as the reason for excluding an organization such as ours, which has demonstrated over the years to have the capacity, knowledge, and skills to address important subjects relevant to the freedom and development of people of African descent. Our organization would like to express indignation at the message received, as it does not take into consideration the years that we have been involved with consistent dedication and active participation in the struggle for the rights of our people of African descent both inside and outside the United States. While the organizers have the right to grant or deny participation in the forum, the reasons they give for their decision are insufficient and harmful. Lee el resto de esta entrada

US Senator Seeks to Disrupt Restoration of Relations with Cuba

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U.S. Senator Robert Menendez wants to keep Cuba on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

An influential Democratic senator is lobbying to keep Cuba on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

In letters released Thursday, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry and FBI director James Comey asking that the issue of U.S. fugitives in Cuba be raised in upcoming talks with Cuban officials.

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