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  • Seven key points | Cubadebate (English)
    the blockade the return of the illegally occupied Guantanamo Nalval base territory an end to subversive radio and television broadcasts the cancellation of U S plans to promote regime change and compensation for the damages caused to the Cuban people over half a century of aggression among others It has never been stated that these issues need to be resolved in order to open embassies as some media agencies have erroneously stated although U S authorities have recognized Cuba s position Completely normal relations do not include an economic embargo or economic sanctions a U S State Department official who asked to remain anonymous recently stated Without a doubt this new stage includes discussion of other important issues for both countries But Cuba has clearly expressed that it can not be expected to give something in exchange Cuba does not apply any sanctions on the United States nor does it have military bases in U S territory or promote regime change Likewise Cuba has said that the U S can not demand that the country renounce its ideals of independence and social justice nor cede a millimeter in its defense of national sovereignty 4 Washington s change of policy is a victory for the Cuban people and Latin American integration It wouldn t be conceited to recognize as the majority of the international community has that Cuba has arrived at this point as a result of almost half a century of heroic struggle and loyalty to its principles Likewise it wouldn t be possible to analyze a policy change of this magnitude without understanding the new era our region is experiencing and the firm and courageous demand made by the governments and people of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States CELAC In the 2nd CELAC Summit held in Havana an unprecedented regional document was signed the declaration of the hemisphere as a Zone of Peace which recognizes The inalienable right of every state to choose its political economic social and cultural system as an essential condition to guarantee peaceful coexistence among nations 5 The United States has changed its methods not its objectives One of the greatest questions which has followed this process is what does the U S policy change entail and how far does it go There is no easy answer and perhaps it is too early to carry out a thorough analysis When President Obama made his announcement he said that after 50 years of a failed policy it was time to try something new Obama speaking in Panama noted in reference to Cuba that The United States will not be imprisoned by the past we re looking to the future However U S authorities have stated on various occasions that its methods not its objectives are changing These objectives have been since January 1 1959 to overthrow the Cuban Revolution In his speech during the 7th Summit of the Americas Obama commented We re not in the business of regime change remarks which filled

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  • Opinions | Cubadebate (English) - Part 3
    Lesson for Europe May 25th 2012 1 By Richard Gott Some years ago travelling on the presidential plane of Hugo Chávez of Venezuela with a French friend from Le Monde Diplomatique we were asked what we thought was happening in Europe Was there any chance of a move to the left We replied in the depressed and pessimistic tones typical of the early years of the 21st century Neither in Britain nor France nor anywhere in the eurozone did we see much chance of a political breakthrough Opinions Why the Cuban Five are Heroes of Today May 14th 2012 It was during the 7th colloquium in Holguin Cuba for the liberation of the 5 Cuban patriots unjustly imprisoned in the US for their counter terrorist activities that friend a well known comrade veteran campaigner and documentary film maker explored concepts of what heroism in the 21st century might mean Opinions Remarks by President Raúl Castro On behalf of our nation I offer you the warmest welcome Mar 27th 2012 3 By Raúl Castro Ruz Cuba welcomes you with affection and respect and is honoured by your presence Here you will find a fraternal and educated people bent on attaining full justice and sparing no sacrifices to accomplish it From Marti we learned to honour the full dignity of man and inherited the brotherly formula we continue to apply until this day with all and for the good of all News Opinions USAID contractor work in Cuba detailed Feb 13th 2012 Piece by piece in backpacks and carry on bags American aid contractor Alan Gross made sure laptops smartphones hard drives and networking equipment were secreted into Cuba The most sensitive item according to official trip reports was the last one a specialized mobile phone chip that experts say is often used by the Pentagon and the CIA to make satellite signals virtually impossible to track News Opinions LOVE FOR EVERYONE FROM HAVANA Feb 10th 2012 1 From the heart of Havana in Pabellón Cuba surrounded by very young people and the fantastic music of Cuban Singer Raúl Torres I sat down and let my feelings of love flow freely Love is a wonderful feeling that moves the world no matter what your ideas are in science arts life and culture politics or anything else Everyone shares their love so today is a day for all here in this little but deep and emotive space in Cuba in the world News Opinions The Marketing of Yoani Sánchez Translation as invention Feb 6th 2012 2 As one might have expected Bloomberg and Reuters dutifully shaded their reports on the recent visit to Cuba of Brazil s President Dilma Rousseff with mentions of the Yoani Sánchez Twitter campaign to pressure Rousseff to intercede on Sánchez s behalf and persuade the Cuban government to grant her an exit visa to attend a propaganda event in Brazil News Opinions Cubans Mourn Sara Gonzalez Feb 3rd 2012 Cuban media have widely covered on Thursday the life

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  • Opinions | Cubadebate (English) - Part 4
    21st 2011 Today October 16 was another beautiful day in this tour of the U S capital We had the enormous pleasure of visiting the Smithsonian s Air and Space Museum where we had many moving experiences among them the unforgettable Planetarium the Apollo 10 and the first flight of the Wright brothers Opinions La Colmenita at American University Of And yet and just in case Videos Oct 21st 2011 On October 15 the first performance of Abracadabra by La Colmenita The Little Beehive was held at the Kay Chapel at American University in Washington DC It was a gorgeous performance where the public was entertained by its beauty and moved to tears just as we ve experienced in Cuba Opinions La Colmenita s First Performance in Washington Video Oct 21st 2011 La Colmenita s first performance in Washington DC was extraordinary The audience began arriving at the Kay Chapel at American University at 5 30 p m even though the performance was not to begin until 7 People of all ages arrived along with plenty of children The chapel filled up Two young parents with their small children came from New Jersey driving four hours to attend the event because they d been unable to see the troupe when it was in New York Opinions U S Congressional Representatives Greet Members of La Colmenita in Washington DC Photos Oct 21st 2011 U S Congressional Representatives Barbara Lee and Laura Richardson both Democrats from California received members of the Cuban children s theatre group La Colmenita at their offices next to the Capitol building on Friday morning October 14 Opinions Iranian Terror Plot Fake Fake Fake Oct 15th 2011 Fake fake fake I m talking about the latest anti Iranian propaganda coming out of Washington which claims the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were involved in a plot to take out the Saudi ambassador to the US and blow up both the Saudi and Israeli embassies Opinions Obama s Chance to Distance Himself from Bush Oct 12th 2011 Thanksgiving is near and following an old American tradition President Barack Obama might decide to release the four Cubans accused of espionage who are jailed in different US prisons on the basis of documents of the Court of Appeals and the Justice Department The documents concluded at the time that there was no evidence that the arrested Cubans had spied on the government and that the sentences passed by the Miami court were illegal and disproportionate Opinions Murder in Paradise Oct 12th 2011 By José Pertierra Bridgetown Barbados It was a peaceful Wednesday afternoon in Barbados 35 years ago Dalton Guiller had just finished a round of waterskiing and was refueling his boat on shore when a roar in the sky startled him A low flying and apparently damaged airliner was fast approaching from the west toward the beach It didn t look right It was too low I then saw the plane rise slightly bank to the right and crash into the water

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  • Opinions | Cubadebate (English) - Part 5
    Miami Five Opinions Guards Retaliate Against Inmates In Growing Prison Hunger Strike Oct 5th 2011 The Pelican Bay Prison Hunger Strike has gained considerable momentum The renewed strike began last week and is the second such mass action staged by inmates in less than six months to draw attention to overly punitive treatment Thousands of inmates have reportedly joined the effort in prisons throughout California and across three additional states despite efforts by prison administration to crackdown on inmates Opinions The age of the Reaper Sep 24th 2011 The Reaper was not formally invited to the United Nations General Assembly annual bash in New York In ancient times he used to be known as the Grim Reaper Grim the wily fellow still is always under many guises Reinventing the concept of death from above he may call himself MQ 9 Reaper and strut his stuff equipped with Hellfire missiles Or he may wear a business suit and incorporate the persona of the president of the United States Opinions A message from the Cuban Five on the execution of Troy Davis Sep 23rd 2011 We feel deeply the horrific execution of Troy Davis It is another terrible injustice and stain on the history of this country We join in the pain felt by his relatives friends and brothers across the world Now we have another cause another flag to pursue our struggle for a better world for all free of the death penalty and barbarism Opinions Palestine Now or Never Sep 19th 2011 1 Palestine is people culture and nation that cannot be denied nor oppressed by any force no matter how powerful it claims to be more you oppress the people more they will rise with determination foresight and power to seek freedom from foreign occupation and slavery of the few Opinions Judge Lenard s Cruel and Bizarre Decision against Rene Sep 17th 2011 2 By José Pertierra On Friday September 16 a federal district court judge made a bizarre ruling concerning one of the Cuban Five defendants who completes his jail sentence on October 7 Judge Joan Lenard ruled that René Gonzalez who has already served thirteen years in a federal penitentiary for being an unregistered agent of the Cuban government will be forced for the next three years to live in Miami on what is called supervised release Opinions Libya The real war starts now Sep 14th 2011 2 Enough about The Big G s downfall Now comes the real nitty gritty Afghanistan 2 0 Iraq 2 0 or a mix of both The NATO rebels have always made sure they don t want foreign occupation But the North Atlantic Treaty Organization which made the victory possible can t control Libya without boots on the ground So multiple scenarios are now being gamed in NATO s headquarters in Mons Belgium under a United Nations velvet cushion Opinions Calixta in Chiapas Sep 13th 2011 Tony and Calixta Guiteras Holmes inherited from their parents a precious legacy which involved the

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  • Opinions | Cubadebate (English) - Part 12
    22nd 2004 By Bernie Dwyer Among those attending the trial this week in Panama City are families of victims of previous terrorist acts by the accused as well as the Venezuelan ambassador to Panama Claudio Grenado whose country is interested in the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles to complete serving a prison sentence there Posada Carriles was convicted of the sabotage deaths of 73 passengers aboard a Cubana airliner in October 1976 He escaped from a Caracas prison in 1985 and was since sought by Venezuelan authorities for nearly 20 years Opinions The Cuban Five Not a word of Top Secret in Four Years of Wire Taps Mar 16th 2004 By Bernie Dwyer This is a report on the oral arguments of the appeal put to the US Court of Appeal of the 11th Circuit by the defense team in the names of Antonio Guerrero Fernando Hernández René González Gerardo Hernández and Ramón Labanino at the James Lawrence King Courthouse in Miami Wednesday 10th March 2004 Opinions Fascism A Thing of the Past Aug 2nd 2003 By Bernie Dwyer Mussolini said that fascism should more properly be called corporatism since it was under Mussolini a blending of state and corporate power He should know he was the first fascist leader As an economic system fascism was widely admired in the Northern hemisphere But fascism has other elements apart from an economic system in which corporations and governments serve each others needs Many people think that fascism is a thing of the past but if one examines the ideology behind the word we find that it is as alive and thriving today as it ever was Page 12 of 12 First 8 9 10 11 12 Youtube Facebook Twitter Picasa RSS Most Commented Cubadebate opens its new Web page in English

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  • News | Cubadebate (English) - Part 3
    Raúl Castro expressed in a message sent to the President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro following the legislative elections held this Sunday News The Bolivarian Revolution will see future victories Dec 7th 2015 We come with our morals our ethics to recognize these adverse results We accept them the constitution and democracy have triumphed Nicolás Maduro Moros President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela stated this Sunday night having received the results of the parliamentary elections announced by the President of the National Electoral Council CNE Tibisay Lucena News I m going to study in Cuba Dec 4th 2015 Upon reading his surnames it is immediately clear that his father is not Cuban He later confirms this in conversation My father is from Zimbabwe He and my mother met when he was studying here This could be one of many stories of young foreign students who come to pursue their higher education at Cuban institutions which have seen over 60 000 international professionals graduate News Los Portales explores the world Dec 4th 2015 As 2015 draws to a close Los Portales S A a joint enterprise created by Cuba s Corporación Alimentaria and the Nestle Group will complete two decades of existence having reached monthly sales of eight million CUC within the national market News Movie lovers descend on Havana Dec 4th 2015 Festival president Iván Giroud commented in his opening remarks that the event occurs this year in a different environment at a time when the world is facing new challenges threats and uncertainty in which organizers have as their first priority protecting Latin American cinema implementing policies of promotion preservation and development News 6th Round of Negotiations between Cuba and the EU concludes Dec 3rd 2015 European Union and Cuba negotiating teams led by Christian Leffler Deputy Secretary General

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  • News | Cubadebate (English) - Part 4
    News Revolutionary Government Statement Dec 1st 2015 Since the beginning of the month of November a difficult situation has developed as a result of the arrival to Costa Rica of an increasing number of Cuban citizens coming from various Latin American countries with the intention of emigrating to the United States News Press release from Cuban delegation to migration talks in U S Dec 1st 2015 On November 30 a new round of migratory talks took place between delegations from Cuba and the United States respectively led by the Ministry of Foreign Relations Director General for the United States Josefina Vidal Ferreiro and Deputy Assistant Secretary for South America Edward Alex Lee News Miguel Díaz Canel Bermúdez Humanity has placed its hopes in the results of this conference Dec 1st 2015 Twenty three years have passed since the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro where the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz warned that and I quote An important biological species is in danger of disappearing given the rapid and progressive destruction of its natural habitat humankind News Valuable lessons learned Nov 30th 2015 As a commemoration of Revolutionary Armed Forces Day marking the anniversary of the Granma yacht s departure from Mexico in 1956 military exercises were successfully conducted November 28 29 to ensure the nation s readiness to defend its conquests in the event of any aggression News Ecuadorian Consulate in Havana addresses Cuban citizens Nov 30th 2015 With the purpose of controlling the movement of persons who are targeted by human trafficking networks protecting the physical integrity of those whose lives are at risk and stopping any attempt to violate human rights Ecuador has made a commitment to the Cuban government and to the Latin American and Caribbean Community to make a contribution to protecting Cuban citizens given the vulnerability they could face if they come under the influence of traffickers who offer them the possibility of leaving the country and especially of reaching the United States News A festival of books and literature Nov 30th 2015 Soon Havana will be immersed in literature In just three months time February 11 21 2016 the 25th International Book Fair will be held this year dedicated to the Eastern Republic of Uruguay and authors Lina de Feria and Rogelio Martínez Furé Rodolfo Nin Novoa Foreign Minister of Uruguay and Sergio Mautone National Director of Cultural Affairs of the Ministry of Education were in Havana to coordinate preparations prior to the event heading a large Uruguayan delegation News New round of talks between Cuba and EU Nov 27th 2015 Representatives from the EU and Cuba will meet for the sixth occasion this time in Brussels from December 1 2 to continue negotiations on a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement reported the Ministry of Foreign Relations Minrex November 27 Page 4 of 109 First 2 3 4 5 6 Last Youtube Facebook Twitter Picasa RSS Most Commented Cubadebate opens its new Web page in English

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  • News | Cubadebate (English) - Part 5
    ready to listen learn and grow reports Prensa Latina Glover s encounter with Gerardo Hernández who he visited on many occasions while the decorated Hero of the Republic of Cuba was unjustly imprisoned in a California penitentiary was a jovial one News New round of talks between Cuba and EU Nov 27th 2015 Representatives from the EU and Cuba will meet for the sixth occasion this time in Brussels from December 1 2 to continue negotiations on a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement reported the Ministry of Foreign Relations Minrex November 27 News Opening the doors to artisans Nov 27th 2015 Just like every year Cuba s largest crafts fair is back December 4 20 the Pabexpo exposition center will host the 19th edition of Fiart an event which attracts artisans from across the world to the Cuban capital in order to showcase and sell their products ranging from textiles and footwear to all manner of decorative objects News Raúl holds meeting with Uruguayan Foreign Minister Nov 26th 2015 Army General Raúl Castro Ruz President of Cuba s Councils of Ministers and State yesterday November 25 received Rodolfo Nin Novoa foreign minister of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay who was making an official visit to the country In a cordial environment the two parties emphasized the excellent state of current bilateral relations and reiterated their disposition to continue working on implementation of the Binational Program agreed upon when Raúl visited Uruguay in March earlier this year They additionally discussed issues of regional and international interest News Raúl receives President of the International Red Cross Nov 25th 2015 President Raúl Castro Ruz yesterday November 24 received Peter Maurer president of the International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC who is on an official visit to the country The two parties discussed the positive relations shared by Cuba and the Red Cross as well as other issues of humanitarian interest News Emir of Qatar arrives in Cuba Nov 23rd 2015 Emir of the state of Qatar Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani arrived yesterday November 22 in Cuba the first stop of a Latin American tour which includes visits to Mexico and Venezuela Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra Díaz and members of the diplomatic corps from several Arab countries welcomes the leader at José Martí International Airport News Guantánamo central to debate on world peace Nov 23rd 2015 Opening today in the city of Guantánamo is the 4th International Seminar on Peace and the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases with some 200 delegates from 30 countries participating Objectives of the gathering announced include expanding actions calling for world peace denouncing the establishment of military bases on all continents by powerful nations and supporting Cuba s demand for the return of territory illegally occupied by the U S Naval Base in Guantánamo Page 5 of 109 First 3 4 5 6 7 Last Youtube Facebook Twitter Picasa RSS Most Commented Cubadebate opens its new Web page in English 20 Mandela is dead Why

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