Mensaje del ICAP al Movimiento de Solidaridad con Cuba

June 20, 2017

Siempre con Cuba

… nosotros hemos podido disfrutar el privilegio de la amistad de ustedes, de la solidaridad de ustedes, de las batallas de ustedes contra el bloqueo, contra las agresiones a Cuba, porque ustedes no son guerreristas, ni son lanzadores de bombas atómicas. ¿Qué es un bloqueo? Un arma atómica silenciosa que mata mujeres, hombres, niños, adolescentes; ese es el bloqueo.

Fidel Castro Ruz,

Misión de Cuba en ONU, Nueva York, 1995

Estimados amigos y amigas:

El hostil pronunciamiento del Gobierno de EEUU el pasado viernes 16 de junio contrasta y se opone diametralmente con los crecientes deseos y lucha del pueblo estadounidense por lograr una total normalización de las relaciones entre su país y Cuba y el levantamiento del genocida bloqueo que por más de cincuenta años se ha aplicado contra nuestra patria.

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Rechazo internacional a los anuncios de la Casa Blanca contra Cuba

June 18, 2017

Cuba en Resumen

Tomado de Granma.

Mandatarios y cancilleres de América Latina lamentaron la decisión del presidente estadounidense de endurecer sus políticas contra la isla. Algunos lo califican de incoherente y otros señalan que el presidente ha echado por tierra los avances entre La Habana y Washington sin proponer nada lógico en su lugar.

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Declaración del Gobierno Revolucionario ante anuncios de Donald Trump hacia Cuba.

June 17, 2017


Tomado de Cubadebate

El 16 de junio de 2017, el presidente de los Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, en un discurso cargado de una retórica hostil, que rememoró los tiempos de la confrontación abierta con nuestro país, pronunciado en un teatro de Miami, anunció la política de su gobierno hacia Cuba que revierte avances alcanzados en los dos últimos años, después que el 17 de diciembre de 2014 los presidentes Raúl Castro Ruz y Barack Obama dieran a conocer la decisión de restablecer las relaciones diplomáticas e iniciar un proceso hacia la normalización de los vínculos bilaterales.

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Cuba has a plan for responding to climate change

June 17, 2017

By W. T. Whitney Jr., June 15, 2017

Cuba’s Council on Ministers on April 25 approved “Life Task (“Tarea Vida”): the State’s Plan for Confronting Climate Change.” Cuba’s National Assembly will soon consider Life Task for approval. Implementation will be the responsibility of the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment (CITMA). The ministry’s head, Elba Rosa Pérez, indicated that the Plan will require “progressive investments executed over short (the year 2020), medium (2030), long (2050), and very long (2100) terms.”

The unveiling of Life Task comes as the latest manifestation of Cuba’s sustained endeavor to contain the impact of climate change. The Cuban government has dedicated resources and talent to the project over the course of many years. Policy makers have relied on facts, data, and ongoing research. The process has been orderly and thorough, and yet accepting of modifications to fit with new realities. Crucially, the nation has responded to climate change on behalf of all Cubans.

In June1992, Cuban President Fidel Castro was in Rio de Janeiro attending the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development – the “Rio Earth Summit.” There, nations of the world arranged for future UN – sponsored meetings at which scientific findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change would be reviewed. Those meetings, the “Conferences of the Parties,” have made recommendations and facilitated actions. The Paris agreement of 2015 was one of them.

Castro could well have stayed home in 1992; in the wake of the Soviet collapse Cubans were enduring humanitarian and economic disasters. He was in Brazil because the Cuba he spoke for espouses solidarity with all people. In remarks to the delegates, he gave voice to Jose Marti’s idea that “the homeland is humanity.” Castro warned of danger to humankind “due to the accelerated and progressive destruction of its natural living conditions.”

Afterwards, the government he led took steps on behalf of its own people. It created the Institute of Meteorology, the Institute of Hydraulic Resources, and networks of environmental agencies. It produced maps: a “Climate Atlas,” a national atlas, and soil and geological maps. In 1993 it created “The National Program for the Environment and Development.” The Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment took shape in 1994. In 1997, Law 81 defined the structure and functioning of centers specializing in environmental work.

Cuba’s Academy of Sciences initiated studies in 1991. The Institute of Meteorology issued two major reports in 1998 and in 2000. After Hurricanes Charley and Ivan in 2004, research efforts intensified. Collective scientific work culminated in a summarizing report released by the Institute of Meteorology in 2014. The 430 page document took shape over three years. Titled “Impacts of Climate Change and Measures for Adaptation in Cuba,” it contained articles by dozens of authors from 26 Cuban research institutes.

The report surveys manifestations of climate change in Cuba, presents likely climate scenarios “for 2050 and 2100,” evaluates effects on various socio-economic sectors, identifies knowledge gaps, and establishes priorities in protecting natural resources. It calls upon the government to develop new capacities and to apply remedial and protective measures in an integrated fashion.

Findings of the report found their way into Cuba’s contribution to the “Second National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.” Speaking of the report, Myrta Kaulard, a United Nations representative assigned to Cuba, observed that, “The team of Cuban experts was capable of achieving equilibrium between the scientific rigor imposed by an investigation of such magnitude and the necessity to explain the anticipated impacts in clear language.”

CITMA head Elba Rosa Pérez on April 25 explained that the “Life Task” endeavor was the fruit of research, experimentation, agricultural innovations, and previous experience with protecting natural systems. She identified three priorities: “preserving lives in the most vulnerable areas,” food security, and tourism.

The plan calls for “strategic actions,” among them: a ban on new home construction in vulnerable coastal areas, adaptation of infrastructure to coastal flooding, adaptation of land use to drought and rising sea water, and new farming methods.

Specific projects will include : crop diversification; development of heat-resistant plant varieties; protection of urban infrastructure and dwellings; rebuilding of urban sea fronts; relocation of homes; restoration of protective eco-systems such as beaches, coral reefs, and mangrove swamps; improved engineering and hydraulic infrastructure for coastal regions; enhanced water availability; and reforestation to protect soil and water sources.

All in all, Cuba’s preparations for meeting threats on the way from climate change have been persistent and comprehensive; ample human and material resources were available.

Fidel Castro’s remarks in 1992 in Brazil foreshadowed the tension that would come later between two opposed ways of dealing with climate change. People in wealthy nations, he said, enjoy “lifestyles and consumer habits that ruin the environment; … consumer societies are chiefly responsible for this appalling environmental destruction.”

Castro was referring to the flow of wealth from poor to rich nations and implying that acquisitiveness in those countries fosters expanded production. He continued: “They have saturated the atmosphere with gases, altering climatic conditions with the catastrophic effects we are already beginning to suffer.” Today we realize that expanded production requires unlimited energy sources, mostly in the form of fossil fuels. So carbon emissions increase, and global warming accentuates.

“Make human life more rational,” Castro insisted. “Adopt a just international economic order. Use science to achieve sustainable development without pollution. Pay the ecological debt. Eradicate hunger and not humanity.” In effect, he was saying that privilege in the industrialized countries rests on subjecting the world’s majority population to poverty and suffering.

The entire line of reasoning, from Castro in 1992 to what we know now, confirms the imperialist and exploitative nature of imperatives shaping the prevailing worldwide approach to climate change. It also demonstrates the link between climate change and capitalist modes of living and producing.

Socialist Cuba has long resisted big – power pretentions and no longer do private businesses and corporations exploit workers there. In responding to climate change, aggravated by capitalism, Cuba had the right tools available, the very ones that were useful as Cuba moved toward a socialist society. Cuba elaborated a plan, and did so collectively. Planners looked at realities, subjecting them to scientific study. In a socialist society plans developed under state auspices serve the good of all. They don’t allow for accumulation or profiteering.

El desafìo de Cuba para Trump

June 16, 2017

Cuba en Resumen

Texto de Javier Salado. Editor de Resumen Latinoamericano Cuba.

El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, anunció que el próximo viernes 16 de junio dará a conocer en el estado de la Florida las líneas y medidas de la política de su administración hacia Cuba. Mucho se ha especulado al respecto desde ambos bordes del estrecho que separa a ambos países. Algunos pronósticos y análisis parecen sostenerse en un hecho por demostrar, el que sustenta que existe en la Isla incertidumbre ante lo que se anuncie y que es un reto para la Revolución Cubana. Considero que en realidad el desafío es para el controvertido recién estrenado presidente norteamericano.

Sean las que sean las líneas políticas que anuncie el viernes, se hace necesario valorar un grupo de elementos objetivos que conforman los antecedentes del desafío Cuba para Trump.

En la era del presidente Obama, el hombre de negocios Donald Trump…

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Michael Moore lanza “TrumpiLeaks”, un portal para filtrar información sobre Donald Trump

June 8, 2017

Cuba en Resumen

Tomado de Cubadebate. Foto: Getty.

El cineasta estadounidense Michael Moore lanzó un sitio digital titulado TrumpiLeaks, destinado a que personas interesadas en denunciar puedan compartir información de forma protegida sobre la administración del presidente Donald Trump.

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African Unity Celebrated in Santiago de Cuba.

May 26, 2017

Cuba Inside The World

Inseparable in the struggle against colonialism, Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro

The celebrations, a wide variety of cultural and educational programs, as well as scientific and sports activities, are scheduled to continue until Saturday.

On Wednesday, the 54th anniversary of African Unity, the predecessor of the African Union, was commemorated by African university students and fellow Cuban students in Santiago de Cuba.

Angolans Travel to Cuba to Honor Soldiers Who Fought in Africa

The celebrations, a wide variety of cultural and educational programs, as well as scientific and sports activities, are scheduled to continue until Saturday.

Prensa Latina reported that support for the event is being provided by the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples, Fernando Ortiz African Cultural Center, diplomatic representatives of the participating nations, and educational institutions in the city.

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#Cuba: Cuando la Enmienda Platt cambió de disfraz #CubaEsNuestra

May 24, 2017

Cuba por Siempre

Por Narciso Amador Fernández Ramírez

Para los cubanos de hoy, quizás nada signifique el Tratado Permanente de Relaciones firmado entre Cuba y Estados Unidos el 22 de mayo de 1903, que en su esencia ratificó la injerencistaEnmienda Platt.

Y por qué debiera interesar si han pasado más de cien años y la Enmienda Platt, y su articulado convertido en Tratado, son cosas de un pasado de dependencia barrido por la Revolución triunfante en 1959.

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La Joven Cuba estrena revista y nueva imagen

May 22, 2017

La Joven Cuba

Hace siete años tres jóvenes profesores comenzamos este blog en una oficina universitaria. Escogimos el nombre de una organización que entró de lleno en la lucha por el socialismo sin padecer el dogmatismo y sectarismo común en su tiempo. Sabíamos desde el inicio que debía existir organicidad entre la imagen del proyecto y su contenido.

Desde el inicio participamos en la lucha por el regreso de los Cinco y entablamos comunicación con varios de ellos. En febrero de 2011 recibimos con sorpresa una carta de Gerardo Hernández Nordelo y el que desde entonces sería nuestro logo. Escrito a mano en una prisión estadounidense por un Héroe de la República de Cuba, no podríamos tener mejor identidad como proyecto.

El logo de Gerardo nos ha acompañado durante seis años, hemos compartido con él éxitos y fracasos, siempre luchando un día más. Cuando alguien proponía un cambio de color o alguna transformación…

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You Can Never Go Back: Update on the Cuba Policy Review

May 20, 2017

Cuba Central - The Blog

It is altogether fitting that Little Havana, the community in Miami which has long been a stronghold of support for the embargo against Cuba, is getting its own museum.

The community has no doubt catalogued, and oftentimes shaped, U.S. policy toward Cuba in all its complexities. Perhaps the museum’s first exhibit will be designed in the months to come as President Trump announces the results of the ongoing Cuba policy review.

What we’re reading

As we mark time waiting for the administration’s Cuba policy review to end, this is what we learned this week.

As USA Today and the Miami Herald both reported, the administration had planned to announce changes on May 20, the 115th anniversary of the founding of the Cuban Republic, but the policy review wasn’t finished and, besides, the President would be overseas.

We are now hearing that day will come and go without a…

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