President #MiguelDíazCanel Bermúdez offers exclusive interview with #teleSUR (+video)

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Patricia Villegas interviews President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez for teleSUR in Havana. Foto: Rolando Segura

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For the first time since he assumed the presidency of Cuba in April, Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez granted an in-depth interview to a foreign media outlet.

Journalist Patricia Villegas of the multinational channel teleSUR, founded precisely as a voice for progressive movements of Our America and the rest of the world, and as an alternative to mass hegemonic media, conversed with the Cuban President in the Palace of the Revolution.

Díaz-Canel explained that his four months in the post, following his appointment by the National Assembly on April 19, have offered a wealth of experiences.

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#Cuba Criticizes #US Stance on Diplomats’ Health Incidents

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Por Prensa Latina

The United States has a big credibility problem regarding the health incidents reported by its diplomats in Cuba, an official from the Foreign Ministry said here.

Each theory in that regard fails to pass public and scientific scrutiny, said Johana Tablada, deputy director of the United States Department at the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

In statements to reporters at the Cuban Embassy in Washington last night, the diplomat noted that a thorough investigation into what happened is needed.

Before reaching political conclusions and arbitrary retaliatory measures that will lead to a political escalation, there must be evidence, she noted.

We want the US Department of State to stop saying that there were attacks on its diplomats in Cuba and the embassies to work as they should, with all the staff, she stated.

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#USA: Congressman Questions Response to Health Incidents in #Cuba

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By Prensa Latina

Congressman Eliot Engel criticized the delay in involving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the investigation of symptoms reported by U.S. diplomats in Cuba, a statement said today.

The statement issued Friday reflects the intervention of the Democratic legislator for New York at a hearing held Thursday at the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs of the House of Representatives.

In that space, the congressman recalled that last December he and the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Lower House, Republican Ed Royce, sent a letter to the CDC urging them to assume a leadership role in the investigation.

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How is a pretext for a cold #war manufactured?

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A pretext is all that is needed to start a conflict, something with which the United States has experience, from the Spanish-American War, to Vietnam, Iraq… but its latest efforts to vilify Cuba are unique.

Last year, the U.S. asserted that its diplomatic personnel in Cuba had been affected by “sonic attacks,” an accusation that has been developed in the media in an attempt to justify launching a Cold War.

A timeline of events illustrates the current administration’s efforts to undermine the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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#US Gov’t Took Too Long to Assess Response to Incidents in #Cuba

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By Prensa Latina

Problems of internal communication in the US Department of State delayed for months the setting up of a panel to assess the response to the health incidents reported by diplomats in Cuba, according to a report published here.

A report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), dated in July and published on Wednesday, pointed out that some institutions within that federal agency started to respond to the alleged symptoms in early 2017.

However, the Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing, and Innovation (M/PRI), which is in charge of determining if a situation deserves the appointment of an Accountability Review Board (ARB), only learned about the incidents in August 2017, after they were reported in the press.

It was in August when several media organizations started to report that US officials at the embassy in Havana had shown symptoms like dizziness, memory loss and hearing problems.

Those symptoms, which the Department of State later described as the result of ‘attacks’, although their cause is still unknown today, were used as a pretext for the Donald Trump administration to reduce its personnel in Cuba drastically and expel 17 Cuban diplomats from this capital.

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#US Bipartisan Group Calls for Agricultural #Trade with #Cuba

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A bipartisan group of more than 60 agriculture associations, companies and elected officials from 17 U.S. states today urged members of Congress to adopt an amendment that would expand agricultural trade with Cuba.

According to the Engage Cuba coalition, these actors called on the leadership of the Agriculture committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate to include in the 2018 Farm Bill a provision that according to the Congressional Budget Office would save 690 million dollars in 10 years.

The suggested amendment, adapted from the Agricultural Exports Law of Cuba, would expand this type of exchange by eliminating restrictions on private financing for exports of American food to the neighboring country.

In a letter, the group also asked lawmakers to preserve a Senate provision that will allow U.S. farmers to use federal market promotion funds in the Caribbean island.

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#Cuba: It is impossible to prove something that did not occur, and the #US knows it

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The media agenda to keep public opinion focused on controversial arguments repeated time and time again regarding supposed “incidents” suffered by U.S. diplomats in Havana, seems to be fully implemented every time the string of lies is resuscitated.

Now one of the old theories about the possible impact of microwaves has reemerged and an article in The New York Times has been published referring to new, unnamed witnesses and facts, including the alleged presence of vehicles circling the diplomat’s residences, which could have possibly emitted waves and caused brain damage.

In exclusive statements to Granma, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, director for the United States at the Cuban Foreign Ministry, insisted that the latest theory about the possible impact of microwaves cannot explain the variety and diversity of symptoms that the State Department claims its diplomats in Havana suffered, and with time will lose credibility.

“They started with the theory of sonic attacks that could not withstand the analysis of the scientific community and police investigations conducted by both countries. Then they resorted briefly to a hypothesis about a viral attack that was discarded for lack of evidence. For several months now, they have been talking about a brain concussion, without a concussion taking place, and attributed to only four diplomats,” Cossío recalled.

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