The Helms-Burton is not applicable in #Cuba

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«The Helms-Burton Act is not applicable in Cuba; in the first place, because it is a law of the United States and therefore its jurisdiction, its range of action, is the United States. No sovereign country that respects itself would allow the extraterritorial application of a U.S. law in its territory. In addition, in our case, Cuba has a law approved in 1996 that declares the Helms-Burton Act null and void.»

This is how Carlos Fernández de Cossío, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ general director for the United States, explained the situation, which is worth repeating for those with doubts about this famous law’s lack of validity. This legal creation, meant to strangle the Cuban economy, is well-known precisely because of its extraterritoriality, and its disrespect for international law.

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D-Day, V-Day, and beyond

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Cuba and Venezuela continue to resist imperialist attacks and advance their national projects

This February 23, it was raining false news: trucks crossing the Venezuelan border only on Twitter, and “massive protests” in Havana in which two people yelled and no one chanted along. Several filmed the two, and among those, to be heard was “Viva la Revolución Cubana!”

D-Day for the enemies of Cuba and Venezuela first became D for ‘doubtful’ and then D for ‘defeat.’ For Cuba, as well as Venezuela, V-day began, for ‘victory.’ For both nations, the Cuban people voted overwhelmingly YES in the referendum to approve the new Constitution on the 24th.

Defeated repeatedly in the latest episode of a conflict that has already lasted 60 years, those who first said that the people had no interest in debate on the new Constitution, then said that there was no transparency in the compilation of results from the popular consultation, and later that no attention would be paid to the population’s proposals, were left without excuses, and now say that the YES campaign was so overwhelming, that the NO voice could not be heard.

The truth is that the NO campaign began 10 years ago, when they believed that with Fidel not nominated as head of state, the time had come for a transition to multi-party capitalism. A millionaire in Miami offered to finance the process and the Comandante responded emphatically, “They want to buy us cheap.” One of the millionaire’s collaborators confirmed recently, “We have devoted exactly 10 years to this effort.”

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#Cuba says YES, loud and clear

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The 86.85% of voters who cast ballots on February 24 said YES to the new Constitution, 6,816,169 Cubans who reaffirmed their commitment to the country’s socialist project, respect for rights, and inclusion – that is the full dignity of the people.

This support, undoubtedly massive, in a popular process in which every citizen acted as a constituent, acquires greater resonance in the current adverse international context, with imperialism beating the drums of war and announcing the end of all utopias.

But Cuba, with 150 years of struggle behind us, is not willing to surrender.

Unity, consciousness, legal culture, revolutionary reaffirmation … are what prevailed in the constitutional reform process, an experience that will not end with the proclamation of the new Magna Carta.

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The Cuban people vote in Constitutional #Referendum

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Yesterday, February 24, 124 years since the country’s independence struggle was re-initiated, millions of Cubans participated in the successful referendum, conducted transparently, in accordance with the law, to support the construction of a brighter future and strengthen unity around the Revolution.

The National Electoral Commission (CEN), in its last report of the day, described the Constitutional referendum process as positive, recognizing the people’s broad participation.

Participation was massive, said Alina Balseiro Gutiérrez, CEN president, reporting that as of 5:00 pm, 7,524,318 citizens had voted, representing 81.53% of the electorate. This figure is 3% higher that the voter turnout recorded in the second round of the last general elections in March of 2018.

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Cuba’s New #Constitution is Modern and Revolutionary, Specialist Says

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Cuba’s new Constitution is very modern, revolutionary for the times we live in, on Cuba and in the world, a specialized source stressed Friday.

When you study other countries’ constitutions, you realize that ours comes from the experiences of other countries, but it is very Cuban’, said Lisset Robaina, a researcher on local and territorial development issues at Cuba’s National Institute of Economic Research.

It is a Constitution that strengthens the power of the people. That’s important because we’re a socialist society and that’s how it’s been declared since the beginning of the Revolution, she said during an interview with Prensa Latina.

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Cuba’s #Constitution is discussed and approved by Cubans. #YoVotoSí

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“The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS) continues to follow the script provided by the United States, organizing a new spectacle attacking Cuba, which he has called a conference. On this occasion, in regards to the Cuban constitutional reform project,” stated Eugenio Martínez Enríquez, the Foreign Ministry’s director for Latin America and the Caribbean, during a press conference yesterday.

Martínez noted that the OAS Secretary General continues his anti-Cuban obsession, repeating vulgar lies about our country, ignoring so many truly urgent issues facing the region. The Secretary General should know that neither he or this organization has any right to debate the constitution of a state which is not part of the OAS, nor wishes to be, and is thus not a party to its system of treaties.

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#Cuba: A #Constitution for and by the people

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The new Carta Magna reflects the country’s 150 years of struggle for sovereignty. Photo: Endrys Correa Vaillant

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Isle of Youth.– With their presence at the polls this coming February 24, the Cuban people will reaffirm their commitment to the continuity of the Revolution and the determination to defend its conquests, and as the best way to honor José Martí, Fidel Castro, and the homeland’s heroes, stated Esteban Lazo Hernández, president of the National Assembly of People’s Power, during a visit to the Special Municipality.

Lazo added that this is a Constitution for and by the people, and a product of agreements reached at Party congresses, as envisioned in the Guidelines for Social and Economic Policy and the Conceptualization of Cuba’s model.

The new Carta Magna establishes the legal basis for the country’s development and embodies Fidel´s concept of Revolution, he noted, defending social justice, solidarity, and the countrys independence, while reflecting 150 years of struggle that cannot be betrayed.

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To support the #Constitution is to support the equality that the #Revolution has promoted

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The new Constitution recognizes the achievements of Cuban women. Photo: Jose M. Correa

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We are certain that Cubans will support the constitutional process and the 10th Congress of the Federation of Cuban Women, which will take place in the capital March 6 through 8. It will be the perfect setting to celebrate that great triumph of the new Constitution, stated FMC Secretary General Teresa Amarelle Boué, in a press conference.

We are in the run-up to the constitutional referendum, a momentous moment where the people will go to the polls and support the new Magna Carta, the member of the Communist Party of Cuba Political Bureau noted.

“The FMC feels honored to accompany this process with the preparations for its 10th Congress,” she added.

During 2018 to date, the organization has focused its efforts on the legal preparation of all Cuban women.

“We drew up educational materials, such as ‘Women and the Constitution in Cuba”; and we convened the Women and Rights contest, the awards of which will be announced on February 22nd,” she explained.

This motivated, in the first place, participation during the popular consultation process on the draft Constitution, which took place from August to November of last year, she noted.

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#Cuba. The reasons behind my vote

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The Constitution establishes the fundamental principles that must govern the society we are constructing. Photo: Martínez Arias, Rafael

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I am not a legal scholar. My reading of the Constitution is one of a citizen conscious of her responsibility and commitment to the future of the country.

In the first place, I refer to Fidel´s call to change everything that must be changed, taking into account factors that characterize the times in which we live. The analysis of the context that defines our current situation includes the international panorama and elements of our society (…)

Seen as a whole, the Constitution articulates our projections for the future and the demands of the present, keeping alive the perspective of a Communist society and establishing the conceptual foundations for a legal body that must reflect changes occurring in Cuban society in terms of forms of property and guarantees for foreign investment.

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#Cuba: Upcoming referendum exemplifies citizen participation in the new #Constitution

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One of the most important steps leading to the February 24 referendum on Cuba’s new Constitution took place recently with the establishment of electoral commissions at the provincial, municipal, and constituency level, and for special voting sites.

In solemn ceremonies, those designated as members of these bodies signed the document establishing their creation, an oath, and code of ethics, given the responsibility they have assumed to organize, direct, and validate the vote, in which some eight million Cuban citizens are eligible to participate.

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