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Cuba Uses ‘Wonder Drug’ to Fight Coronavirus Around World Despite U.S. Sanctions.

March 28, 2020

via Cuba Uses ‘Wonder Drug’ to Fight Coronavirus Around World Despite U.S. Sanctions.

How Cuba’s antiviral medicine is helping China By a guest author posted on March 4, 2020 By Rosa Miriam Elizalde

March 14, 2020

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How Cuba’s antiviral medicine is helping China

By Rosa Miriam Elizalde

Rosa Miriam Elizalde is a Cuban journalist and editor of the site Cubadebate.  Reprinted from La Jornada, translation by Resumen Latinoamericano, North America bureau. 

Cuba’s antiviral Recombinant Interferon Alpha 2B (IFNrec) is among the medicines chosen by China to treat the coronavirus, the disease that has already caused at least 1,800 deaths in that country. To date, there is still no specific vaccine.

Interestingly, Interferon has been in Cuba for 39 years; the country began the development of this protein with antiviral properties at the same time that the biotechnology industry was being invented in 1981.

In that year, you could count on one hand the number of countries of the so-called first world that were working on this set of techniques that used living organisms — or part of them — with the aim of obtaining products or modifying them to improve plants or animals, or developing biological systems for specific purposes, in particular for the improvement of human health.

This definition of biotechnology is based on a wide range of knowledge that is supported by elite disciplines such as microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, bioengineering and chemical engineering, molecular biology and immunology. The combination of these new techniques led to the so-called aircraft carrier of science, genetic engineering, which in Cuba opened its first center in 1986.

How can the phenomenon of Cuban biotechnology, which emerged in a country with no previous industrial development and under the obsessive blockade of the United States, be explained? How did it manage to become an economic line in a few years, while improving the health of the population, generating products and the basis of treatments for thousands of patents? Why was this an obsession of Fidel Castro?

Scientist Agustin Lage, who was director of the Havana Immunoassay Center — one of the many that emerged after the production of interferon alpha and beta in Cuba — has explained the miracle. “First a strong investment in education and health, with the guarantee of universal and free access is needed. Taking a stand for biotechnology, even during the worst crisis Cuba has experienced in the 1990s, and the social ownership of institutions that guarantees integration by freeing them from the trap of competing against each other.

“The design of the institutions as research-production-marketing centers that addresses the complete cycle of scientific research and the fact that in biotechnology, as in other industries of the so-called knowledge economy, productivity depends directly on the creativity of the workers, and this, in turn, on motivation. Finally understanding that real, competitive science is being done with first-rate results.”

All this explains why Cuba has the most extensive vaccination program in the world (recognized by the Pan American Health Organization and other international organizations), which includes universal coverage for newborns with vaccines against 13 diseases; epidemiological surveillance with the use of immunoassays for more than 20 diseases; hospitals  regularly use medicines such as interferon, monoclonal antibodies, cytokines, and other biopharmaceuticals.

Heberprot-P, a prodigious cure for diabetic foot ulcers that is in common therapeutic use in the national health network, could save a good part of the 83,000 patients who each year require amputation in the United States, whose government refuses to allow the commercialization of the drug because it comes from the rebellious little island.

Other factors play a role in the high public health indicators in Cuba, but there is no doubt that research in immunology and the use of industrial biotechnology have contributed to the reduction of infant mortality to 5 per thousand births while life expectancy is now 79 years.

The combination of these factors has allowed several infectious diseases to disappear, including polio, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and measles, and others to be controlled or reduced in their occurrence (hepatitis B; meningoencephalitis).

By the way, the man who put Fidel Castro on the path of biotechnology in the early 1980s was a Black Democratic congressman from Texas, Mickey Leland. He brought with him to Havana an eminent oncologist from Houston who used interferon in the treatment of cancer.

Leland was deeply hurt by his country’s government hostility to Cuba and considered the blockade not only counterproductive but inconsistent with U.S. values. “The United States,” he said, “should not refuse to sell medicine; the only victims are the sick and the helpless.”

Leland, a fighter against poverty in Africa, died in an airplane accident in Ethiopia shortly after uttering these words. Another fact hidden in the news

The coronavirus and the society of the global lie

March 2, 2020

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Source:  La Santa Mambisa

February 28 2020

By Pedro Luis Angosto

During the past year, 277,000 cases of cancer were registered in Spain. Half of the patients will die within a period of less than five years, suffering for the rest of their life an unspeakable ordeal of comings and goings to the hospital, chemo and radiotherapy, pain and suffering and indescribable fear.

In an advanced and civilized society, research to cure or alleviate cancer, heart disease and degenerative diseases should occupy a preeminent place, devoting all possible economic means to them.

Similarly, in a civilized and fair world, the World Health Organization, instead of shushing, should denounce the very high prices of treatments for those diseases that are ruining state health systems, declaring the freedom of all countries copy any medication that serves to improve the lives of the sick and condemn the mafia and monopolistic distribution of new treatments…

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Behind the Coup: The most important CIA agents in La Paz, Bolivia. (Part I

February 17, 2020

Just as I had been alerting, the plans for a Coup against the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, were consummated. Nevertheless, keep in mind that, this is just the beginning of that Langley has in store for the countries of Latin America they don’t like.

The list is long, and every thing points to Managua being the next in live. I will speak more on this in future articles.

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China completes first hospital in Wuhan to treat coronavirus patients

February 3, 2020

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Source: Chamosaur
February 2 2020

China today announced the completion of the first of two hospitals built in record time in Wuhan only to isolate and treat cases of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus epidemic and its consequent pneumonia.

The Huoshenshan center will begin receiving patients from tomorrow and will be managed by 1,400 members of the People’s Liberation Army approved this Sunday by the president of the country and the Central Military Commission, Xi Jinping.

Among its staff will be specialists with experience in the fight against the epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and that of Ebola in Africa.

The construction of the sanitarium has been extended since January 25, covers an area of ​​34 thousand square meters and has the capacity to accomodate a thousand people.

Images from the local press show the arrival of military commands, equipment work and the installation of remote diagnostic systems.

On Thursday…

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Trinidad and Tobago Joins Barbados in Boycotting Mike Pompeo’s Meeting in Jamaica That Excludes CARICOM Nations

January 25, 2020

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Source:  The Virgin Islands Consortium

Staff Consortium | January 21, 2020 09:15:00 AM

White Hall, Trinidad By GOVERNMENT OF TRINIDAD

TRINIDAD — The Government of Trinidad and Tobago on Monday said it supports Barbados’ position not to send a representative to a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jamaica. The decision represents a strong boost to Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who said over the weekend that Mr. Pompeo’s meeting in Jamaica, which excludes many of the 15-member CARICOM nation, could serve to divide the long-running treaty amongst Caribbean islands founded in 1973.

Trinidad Prime Minister Keith Rowley said Ms. Mottley has his country’s support.

“PM Mottley has the full support of the Government and the people of Trinidad and Tobago in outlining our principles and vision of Caribbean unity. In the expectation of Caribbean unity, the Prime Minister of Barbados speaks for Trinidad and Tobago,” said…

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Caricom Rejects US Attempt to Split the Caribbean

January 21, 2020

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Source: Cuba Debate / Internationalist 360
January 20 2020

https://i2.wp.com/www.ultimasnoticias.com.ve/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Mia-Motteley.jpgThe Caribbean Community (Caricom) today rejected US attempts to divide the region, in the wake of a meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and several leaders in Jamaica.

Barbadian Prime Minister and Caricom President Mia Mottley criticized the meeting between Pompeo and an undisclosed select group of Caribbean representatives, which is intended to fragment the region.

In a speech at the gala marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late Barbados prime minister and regional integrationist Errol W. Barrow, Mottley said her decision to reject the invitation to send her foreign minister to the meeting in Kingston on Tuesday was based on the right to peace.

“I do not seek to fight, but I am aware that if this country does not stand for something, it will fall for anything. As president of Caricom, it is impossible…

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The United States changes its strategy on Venezuela

January 16, 2020

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Source:  Chamosaur

January 13 2020

By Francisco Herranz

As a result of the strong support of Russia and Cuba for Nicolás Maduro, and the division of the opposition groups, the US has modified its strategy towards Venezuela. It no longer shuffles the use of force among his plans. Now it only demands a negotiating process between the two opposing parties with the aim of renewing the Presidency and Parliament.

Although it occupies only three paragraphs, the statement of the US Department of State, released on January 9, clearly indicates an important change of course, not because of what it says but because of what it omits. It doesn’t say it has all the options on the table. Nor does it require the immediate or prior departure of Maduro as an essential condition to address the necessary changes. That represents a very remarkable circumstance in diplomatic and political terms.

The document, signed…

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Cuba: The most sustainably developed country in the world, new research finds

January 1, 2020

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Source:  Morning Star Online

November 29 2019

The Capitol building in Havana

Cuba is the most sustainably developed country in the world, according to a new report launched today.

The socialist island outperforms advanced capitalist countries including Britain and the United States, which has subjected Cuba to a punitive six-decades-long economic blockade.

The Sustainable Development Index (SDI), designed by anthropologist and author Dr Jason Hickel, calculates its results by dividing a nation’s “human development” score, obtained by looking at statistics on life expectancy, health and education, by its “ecological overshoot,” the extent to which the per capita carbon footprint exceeds Earth’s natural limits.

Countries with strong human development and a lower environmental impact score highly, but countries with poorer life expectancies and literacy rates as well as those which exceed ecological limits are marked down.

Based on the most recent figures, from 2015, Cuba is top with a score of…

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Venezuela-ALBA Weekly 12.20.2019 Interviews with Evo Morales, US Authorizes over $400 million against Venezuela, Cuba Speeches

December 23, 2019

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Manitos Children’s Fund: AFGJ launches Humanitarian Program for Venezuela Manitos Children’s Fund raises money in North America (US and Canada) to buy food from Nicaraguan cooperatives to donate for children’s nutrition in Venezuela. The reason Venezuelan children need to have their nutrition supplemented is because the US government is trying to overthrow their government, and the weapon of choice is unilateral coercive measures – sanctions – that are explicitly forbidden in the Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS).

The Manitos Children’s Fund  hopes to ship our first 18 ton container of beans to Venezuela by the end of January. We need approximately $20,000 to purchase and ship the beans. The final price will depend on how good the current bean harvest is. I hope you can make a tax-deductible contribution online at: https://manitoschildrensfund.org/donate/. Or mail a check made out to AFGJ/Manitos Children’s Fund to 225 E 26th St…

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