Mexicans and Cubans Condemn Unjust #US #Blockade

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By Prensa Latina

The Association of Cuban Residents in Mexico, the Mexican Solidarity Movement (MMSC) and the Cuban Embassy in this country on Sunday condemned the unjust U.S. blockade of Cuba and the new threats by President Donald Trump.The political-sports event, called ‘Hitting the

U.S. Blockade with a Bat’ was held at the Reynosa Sports Complex, in the neighborhood of Azcapotzalco, in the presence of Cuban Ambassador Pedro Núñez Mosquera.

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#US Officials Attend #Business Meeting in #Cuba

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Por Prensa Latina 

City Council members of Tampa and St. Petersburg, businesspeople and Tampa Port Authorities, attend today a business meeting in Cuba.

After talking with government authorities of this capital, the U.S. delegation will exchange views with representatives of the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment (Citma), the Ministry of Transport and the Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, among other Cuban institutions.

During a meeting in this capital with the legendary Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso, the eve, the U.S. group advocated for normalization of relations among both nations.

This delegation arrives in Cuba after the U.S. government announced the decision of withdrawing ‘non essential’ diplomatic personnel and their families from their Embassy in the island, in response to alleged incidents affecting some of them.

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Cuban doctors denounce impact of #blockade

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By internet@granma.cu

Estimated damages within the healthcare sector caused by the blockade, between April of 2016 and March 31, 2017, surpass 87 million dollars, according to Cuban doctors and medical students speaking in Havana.

With only a few days remaining before Cuba denounces the hostile U.S. policy within the United Nations, the National Assembly of People’s Power held a public hearing on the economic impact of the blockade on the population.

This policy “must not be addressed with lamentation, but rather with condemnation,” said Isabel Moya, PhD in Communication Sciences and director of the Mujer publishing house, during the meeting, held in Havana’s Oncology and Radiology Institute.

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#USA- #Cuba: Beyond the Supposed Health Incidents

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By Roberto García Hernández/Prensa Latina

When ex-President Barack Obama started to apply his new policy to Cuba and accepted the failure of the previous one, he could not imagine his successor would start to reverse the process.

On December 17, 2014 (17D), Cuban President Raul Castro and his peer of the U.S. announced to the world the decision to reestablish the diplomatic links and start a long and difficult road to normalization.

During several months, work meetings followed in Havana and Washington among officials of both countries, dozens of visits of congress members, businesspeople and cultural personalities ensued.

Also an increased amount of U.S. citizens visited here, anxious to know Cuba, despite that tourism is still banned by the laws of the economic, commercial and financial blockade are in place for over half a century.

Now, almost three years after the 17D, Obama’s successor adopts rush and unacceptable measures regarding Cuba, by sending home most of its diplomats in Havana and expelling 15 officials of the Cuban embassy in Washington.

In fact, both missions were left, regarding personnel, smaller than when they were Interest Sections, alleging supposed incidents that affected the health of several U.S. diplomats based in Havana.

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#US Measures, a New Setback to Relations with #Cuba

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By Martha Andres Roman/Prensa Latina

The new steps taken by the United States in response to the recent incidents reported by U.S. diplomats in Havana are nowadays raising an alert among those who consider that Washington’s measures are wrong, or a warning of their aftermath on bilateral relations.

The U.S. Department of State on Tuesday ordered the expulsion of 15 Cuban diplomats from their embassy in Washington, D.C., just four days after announcing the departure of more than half of the non-emergency personnel assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Havana.

Such actions respond to U.S. foreign service members reporting some health problems in Havana, which Washington called ‘attacks’, despite the lack of evidence on what and how these symptoms were caused as probes are still ongoing.

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#Cuba’s achievements in spite of the economic #blockade outlined in the #UN

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Cuban Ambassador to the UN, Anayansi Rodríguez, denounced the current U.S. administration’s plans to tighten the economic, commercial and financial blockade, repeatedly condemned by the international community. Photo: Cubaminrex

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On October 2, Cuba presented some of its achievements in education, health and social inclusion, and recalled that these have been attained despite the U.S. blockade against the island, in force for more than half a century.

“This criminal policy causes damages and scarcities for the Cuban people, is the main obstacle to the development of our country, affects other nations because of its extraterritorial reach, and continues to harm the interests of U.S. citizens and companies,” stated Ambassador Anayansi Rodríguez.

Speaking to the Third Committee of the General Assembly, Cuba’s Permanent Representative to the UN denounced the current U.S. administration’s plans to tighten the economic, commercial and financial blockade, which has been repeatedly condemned by the international community.

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#Cuba has never perpetrated, nor will it ever perpetrate attacks of any sort against diplomatic officials

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By Cubaminrex

On September 29, 2017, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the decision to significantly downscale the diplomatic staff of the US embassy in Havana and withdraw all their relatives, claiming that there had been “attacks” perpetrated against US Government officials in Cuba which have harmed their health.

Once again, on October 3, the US Government, in an unwarranted act, decided that 15 officials of the Cuban Embassy in Washington should depart from the United States, claiming that the US had reduced their diplomatic staffing levels in Havana and that the Cuban Government had failed to take all appropriate steps to prevent “attacks” against them.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly protests and condemns this unfounded and unacceptable decision as well as the pretext used to justify it, for it has been asserted that the Cuban Government did not take the appropriate measures to prevent the occurrence of the alleged incidents.

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