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U.S. Congresspersons Seek to Intensify Blockade against Cuba

July 19, 2016

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Source:  Cuban News Agency
July 13 2016

The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress was the scene of a new maneuver of the anti-Cuban lobby that managed to include sanctions against the Caribbean nation in the 2017 House Financial Services and General Government Bill.

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The Congresspersons -openly opposed to the rapprochement between Havana and Washington- continued their anti-Cuban campaign after managing to obtain the removal last week of amendments that would allow U.S. citizens to travel freely to Cuba and make agricultural trade viable without current conditions of payment in cash and in advance.

In the text that appeared in the House of Representatives, far from eliminating the economic, commercial and financial sanctions against Cuba, the position towards Cuba on issues such as the ban on travel to Cuba for certain educational exchanges in the called people-to-people exchanges is intensified.

Banning of imports

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Publican las páginas secretas del informe clasificado sobre el 11S y aparece la mano de Arabia Saudí en los atentados

July 16, 2016


Tomado de: Resumen Latinoamericano

Los documentos secretos sobre el ataque terrorista más cruel de la historia han sido desclasificados.

El Congreso estadounidense ha publicado las 28 páginas secretas del reporte bipartidista sobre los atentados de 2001 en Estados Unidos. La información estuvo guardada en secreto desde el año 2002.

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Video de Orishas impacta en internet

July 16, 2016

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OrichasTan solo pocas horas después de su estreno y llegada a la red de redes, el video del grupo cubano Orishas, que marca su regreso a los escenarios, acumula hoy más de 100 mil reproducciones en Youtube.

Así destaca el sitio digital que reseña el éxito de este material audiovisual, dirigido por Joshua Morin y uno de los integrantes de la banda, Yotuel Romero.

El clip de Cuba Isla Bella, el primer sencillo promocionado por Orishas tras más de siete años de separación, muestra imágenes de barrios habaneros, su ambiente, la familiaridad de la gente en las calles…

“Aquí está el video desde lo más profundo de nuestros corazones para todos los emigrantes que añoran su tierra”, publicó la agrupación en su página en Facebook al compartir el clip de Cuba Isla Bella.

El tema fue creado por Orishas junto al compositor panameño Omar Alfanno y la cantante…

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Cuba criticizes inaction by Security Council over Palestine

July 14, 2016

NYC Havana Blog

The United Nations.— On July 12, Cuba denounced the UN Security Council’s failure to act in response to Israeli attacks against the Palestinian people, despite global support for the occupied Arab nation’s cause, reported PL.

In an open debate on the situation in the Middle East, the island’s permanent representative Ana Silvia Rodríguez denounced the Security Council’s failure to adopt a single resolution demanding Israel end its aggressive policies and colonial practices against the Palestinian people.

“The Council’s failure to take action in the face of such acts is alarming. It is unacceptable that the Security Council should continue be held hostage by the veto, or the threat of veto, by the United States, preventing the organization from fulfilling its responsibility and protecting the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people,” she stated.

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Con Ana Belén Montes

July 13, 2016

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Ana Belén Montes merece que desde todos los países, señaladamente desde el seno mismo de los Estados Unidos, se reclame con energía su pronta excarcelación. Para ello urge desplegar no menos que una campaña a la altura de la que hizo posible que los cinco luchadores antiterroristas cubanos regresaran libres a su patria.

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US House of Representatives Strengthens Blockade Against Cuba

July 13, 2016

NYC Havana Blog

The House of Representatives approved new restrictive measures against Cuba, a clear evidence that the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the US against the island remains in effect.

A set of measures were included in the draft budget for financial services, which was approved in the lower house of Congress.

The measures include bans to certain travels to Cuba, such as educational exchanges, as well as bans on importing goods confiscated by the Cuban government. Other measures prevent financial transactions involving Cuban military personnel.

The measures also prohibit the use of funds to approve the licensing of trademarks or trade names which were confiscated by the Cuban government without the express consent of the United States.

The anti-Cuban provisions remained in the bill, after two other amendments which were proposed by Congressmen Rick Crawford and Mark Sanford and that favored the elimination of restrictions on economic and social exchanges…

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Miami Protesters Demand End of US Blockade to Cuba

July 12, 2016

NYC Havana Blog

Miami Protesters Demand End of US Blockade to Cuba

A motorcade with flags and banners demanding an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade the United States has imposed to Cuba for more than 50 years, toured the streets of Miami, local media reported here.

About 50 vehicles toured on Saturday, July 9, more than 25 kilometers of the main avenues and residential neighborhoods in Miami, where a large population of Cuban-born immigrants is living.

The demonstration was organized by the Marti Alliance coalition, which includes several organizations of Cuban emigrant residents in the northern country.

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Raul: There is no room for improvisation or defeatism

July 9, 2016

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Source:  Granma
July 8 2016

Speaking during the plenary session of the National Assembly of People’s Power, July 8, President Raul  Castro Ruz, insisted, “When facing difficulties and threats, there is no room for improvisation or defeatism.

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Speaking during the plenary session of the National Assembly of People’s Power, July 8, President Raúl  Castro Ruz, insisted, “When facing difficulties and threats, there is no room for improvisation or defeatism.”
In an explication of the current economic conjuncture, Raúl commented that a June 25 Council of Ministers meeting and Party Central Committee Plenum, July 7, had both concentrated their analysis on the economy’s performance during the first half of the year.

Financial limitations 

“In December of 2015, I explained that financial limitations were being projected as a consequence of a reduction in income, as well as effects on mutually beneficial, advantageous cooperative relations with…

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Mayors conference adopts resolution on ending embargo

July 8, 2016

NYC Havana Blog

Mayors conference adopts resolution on ending embargo

The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) has adopted a resolution calling on Congress to end the embargo against Cuba, citing their leaders’ recent trip to Cuba, organized by the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA), in the case that the organization made for endorsing its official pro-normalization policy.

The action came during the recently concluded 84th annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors which took place in Indianapolis, Indiana.

CDA executive director Sarah Stephens worked with Tom Cochran, CEO and executive director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, in organizing a fact-finding delegation to Cuba for USCM officers from May 25-29. While mayors and municipal officials frequently visit the island, this was the first official visit by the U.S. Conference of Mayors since 1978.

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How negotiations stand between Cuba and the U.S.

July 8, 2016

NYC Havana Blog

How negotiations stand between Cuba and the U.S.

Barely one year and a half after the announcement of a decision to initiate a process aimed at normalizing relations between Cuba and the United States, it becomes convenient to do a balance of that process, inasmuch as people’s perception often ranges from the opinion that everything has been resolved to the assertion that almost nothing has moved forward — and the answer does not seem to be at either extreme.

Sometimes, one is surprised by the swift evolution of negotiations on certain issues. Diplomatic relations were reestablished; accords were formalized on 10 areas of common interest, and negotiations on dozens of others look promising. This demonstrates the existence of a complementarity determined by our nature as neighbors and other international exigencies.

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