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FAO Sends Congratulatory letter to Fidel Castro

May 6, 2013

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José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO), sent a congratulatory letter to Fidel Castro, historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, from Rome, Italy, on April 29, which we reproduce in full below:

Dear Commander:

I have the honor to address you in my capacity as Director-General of the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO), to sincerely congratulate you and all the Cuban people for having fulfilled the goal set in advance by the World Food Summit, held in Rome in November 1996, and that he proposed to halve the number of undernourished people in each country by the year 2015.

As you may recall, you honored us with his presence in that Summit and delivered a brief but powerful speech, which still lingers in the collective memory of our Organization. You concluded by saying: “the bells that toll today for those who die of hunger every day, will toll tomorrow for humanity if it refused, failed or could not be wise enough to save them.” And they say that you said in the press conference that followed the Summit that even if the target were achieved we would not know what to say to the other half of humanity if it would not be freed from the scourge of hunger. They are concepts that until today still retain its meaning and value.

It’s been 17 years since then and now I have the great pleasure to inform you that the decision of its members and for the first time in its history, the FAO Conference, to be held next June in Rome, take the total eradication hunger as the number one goal of our Organization.

At that time, we will pay a tribute to Cuba and 15 other countries that have been most successful in reducing hunger. To all of them we will give a certificate of recognition for having met the target of the Summit in advance. The countries that accompany Cuba are: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Chile, Fiji, Georgia, Ghana, Guyana, Nicaragua, Peru, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Thailand, Uruguay, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Besides reiterating my congratulations on the significant success achieved by your country, I wish you well-being and success for you and all the Cuban people.

Yours with great esteem and appreciation,

José Graziano da Silva

Mariela Castro Points to Progress on LGBT Rights in Cuba

May 6, 2013

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At the Equality Forum in Philadelphia, she emphasized the work she and others are doing to improve conditions for LGBT people in the nation.
BY Trudy Ring

Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban president Raul Castro and niece of former president Fidel Castro, said Saturday that she’s proud of the advances she and her allies have made on LGBT rights in Cuba.

Castro spoke on a panel at the Equality Forum in Philadelphia, where she also received an award Saturday night for her activism. “We can make the best together,” she told attendees at the panel, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

“Castro said that she was ‘very proud’ of the work she and others had done to promote LGBT equality and that she would push for gay marriage,” the Inquirer notes. “Castro, a sexologist and director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX), has long been an activist for LGBT equality in Cuba. She has been credited with improving conditions for gay Cubans, who faced imprisonment as recently as the 1970s.”

She also defended her country’s record on human rights, saying, “There is not any government or any country who has the right to impose or make decisions to the other ones regarding the human-rights area.”

Castro was initially denied a visa clearance to attend the Philadelphia event, but the State Department then reversed its decision and allowed her to do so. There has been some criticism of her appearance there, including by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, one of the most pro-LGBT Republicans in Congress, who fled Cuba as a child with her family after Fidel Castro came to power.

“For a person like Mariela Castro to attend a conference on civil rights for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people, and to receive an award, is shameful, pathetic and a ruse,” Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement posted on her website Thursday. “The words equality and human rights don’t exist in the vocabulary of the Castro tyranny.”

Former congressman Barney Frank, who spoke at the Equality Forum dinner Saturday night, praised Mariela Castro for her work but had harsh words for her father and uncle, saying they were “among the great betrayers of liberalism and human rights,” according to the Inquirer.

“I’m glad that they’re lessening the repression of gay and lesbian people, but no, I certainly don’t think that people should say, ‘OK, well, that’s all you have to do,’” Frank said.

Source URL: http://www.advocate.com/politics/2013/05/05/mariela-castro-points-progress-lgbt-rights-cuba
Links:
[1] http://www.advocate.com/
[2] http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20130505_Castro_niece_wins_local_gay-rights_award.html

La doble cara de #Joe García. (#Cuba,#Miami,#Madrid).

May 6, 2013

Por Edmundo García/ www.latardesemueve.com

Desde hace más de una semana la propaganda desinformativa de la prensa hegemónica de Miami y de algunas agencias federales muy poco serias cuando de enfocar a Cuba se trata, se ha orientado a crear un ambiente anticubano en vísperas de la publicación de la llamada lista de países que patrocinan el terrorismo que cada año actualiza el Departamento de Estado y cuya edición del 2013 se esperaba el pasado martes 30 de abril, mientras que ahora dicen que se dará a conocer en la segunda quincena de este mes de mayo. ¿Cuál es el objetivo de esa burda campaña?  Preparar a una opinión pública cada vez más crítica con la injusta, inmoral y no fundamentada inclusión de Cuba en esa lista, quizás para justificar la decisión de mantenerla también en la versión de este año.

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