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Cuba’s Next President: Miguel Díaz-Canel? 

February 24, 2016


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Cuba’s current President, Raúl Castro, has announced that he will leave office when his current term expires on February 24, 2018, and it is widely expected that Cuba’s current First Vice President of the Council of State, Miguel Dìaz-Canel, will succeed him.

Who is Miguel Díaz-Canel?

According to a lengthy Miami Herald report, the 55-year-old Díaz-Canel is an electrical engineer by training and while in military service as a young man established a strong bond with Fidel and Raúl Castro as a result of helping to provide personal security to the two brothers. [1]

Afterwards he was active in the Union of Young Communists, the party’s youth league, and in his mid-20s  was appointed the party’s liaison to Nicaragua — then communist-ruled and Cuba’s key ally in the Western Hemisphere.

Since then his career has alternated between senior managerial posts, including minister of higher education and increasingly…

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Ramon Castro Ruz, Hero of Labor of the Republic of Cuba Dies

February 24, 2016

NYC Havana Blog

The Hero of Labor of the Republic of Cuba Ramón Castro Ruz died today at the age of 91 years, said a note issued here.

Born in Biran, current province of Holguin, on October 14, 1924, he was imprisoned by the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1953, the text says.

During the liberation war he cooperated with the July 26 Movement and organized one of the networks for supplies to the Frank País Second Eastern Front, highlights the text.

It also notes that after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, Ramón Castro Ruz developed various activities at different levels in the agricultural sector, mainly in sugarcane and livestock branches.

He was director of the Genetic Special Plan at Valle de Picadura and advisor to the Ministers of Agriculture and Sugar.

For the services rendered he received several awards and held the title of Hero of Labor of…

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The US wins in Bolivia: Morales will not run for re-election in 2019

February 24, 2016

JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

Source:  TeleSUR
February 24 2016

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The smear campaign against Bolivian President Evo Morales has borne fruit as  the US funded “No” side in the national referendum has won a narrow victory over the “Yes” of 51.3 percent versus 48.7 percent with 99.5 percent of votes counted, according to reports from Bolivia’s electoral authorities Bolivian President Evo Morales will not run for re-election in 2019 .

Morales’ impressive achievements

evo morales 10.jpgMorales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, has adopted policies which have lifted millions out of poverty and has implemented a variety of state-funded social programs which have reduced  extreme poverty from 38.2 percent in 2005 to 21.6 percent in 2012.

Over the past nine years, Morales’ macro-economic policies increased state revenue from the country’s natural resources which enabled increased investment in public spending by over 750 percent.

Under the Bolivia Changes, Evo Comes Through initiative, Morales’ government provided small-scale infrastructure projects to many underprivileged communities, allocating over US$1 billion for over 5,000 projects throughout…

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¿Por qué Obama tiene que hablar de DDHH?

February 24, 2016


obamaPor Félix Edmundo Díaz @feddefe*

Decidí salirme de la serie ¡Ay, Obama, Obama…! para que después no digan que la tengo cogida con Mr. President, lo que, of course, no es cierto por mucho que así impresione. No obstante, la abstención voluntaria de no dirigirme directamente a su persona no me impide exponer qué pienso sobre su (de Mr. President) letanía de frases en relación a los DDHH en Cuba, la promoción de la democracia, las opciones del sector privado y otras de corte similar.
En este mismo orden, deseo significar algunas ideas:

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