Oliver #Stone Repels #US Policy Change Towards #Cuba

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By Prensa Latina

Award-winning North American filmmaker, Oliver Stone, has expressed today his support for Cuba facing the U.S. policy change proclaimed by President, Donald Trump, to the detriment of the relations with this Caribbean country.

The writer and director signed the message sent by the National Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) to the friends of the Cuban culture in the United States, in order to denounce the policy change Trump announced on June 16.

The Cuban organization described that speech as outdated, obsolete, loaded with falsehoods and stereotypes, and with words particularly directed to an audience that does not represent the majority of the Cuban emigration.

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Lifting the #Blockade, the #US Best Possible Deal with #Cuba

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By Martha Andres Roman/Prensa Latina

If U.S. President Donald Trump wants a ”better deal” with Cuba, he should continue the rapprochement and lift all aspects of the blockade, the journalist and activist Cheryl LaBash said here.

LaBash, who promotes ties with Cuba and is the co-president of the National Network on Cuba in the United States (NNOC) referred in those terms to the decision by the Republican president to reverse aspects of the U.S. opening policy on Cuba started by the previous administration.

Trump said a week ago in Miami, Florida, that his executive order to restrict U.S. citizens’ travels to Cuba further and to limit trade and business was seeking a ‘better deal’ for the Cuban people and for the United States.

However, in an interview with Prensa Latina, LaBash noted that if the president really wanted that, he should not only keep the rapprochement with Cuba but also eliminate all aspects of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington for 55 years.

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While US Continues #Blockade, #Cuba Forges Global Ties with #Europe, #China, and #Vietnam

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In spite of the U.S. imposed blockade, Cuba has constructed a high degree of self-sufficiency, and international ties. | Photo: Reuters

By Telesur

The U.S.’s blockade looks to cripple Cuba economically, but with the Caribbean nation building strong global ties, that may prove difficult.

While the United States government insists on maintaining their blockade, Cuba has continued to build strong diplomatic and economic links with the rest of the world. In only one week following Donald Trump’s rollback of efforts to normalize U.S.-Cuba relations, the Caribean island is moving forward with the process of building groundbreaking ties with the European Union, as well as strengthening the bond with its historic allies China and Vietnam.

In a major move this week, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament voted to approve the first agreement of bilateral cooperation between the EU and Cuba, after several decades of contingent relations imposed by the EU. The agreement is set to be put to a final vote by Parliament in July.

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#US Congresswoman Calls for Uniting Efforts for Engaging #Cuba

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By Prensa Latina

Democratic Congresswoman Yvette Clarke is one of the lawmakers who calls today in the United States for engaging Cuba, despite the new restrictions announced by President Donald Trump.

Clarke, a daughter of Jamaican immigrants and a legislator in the ninth district of New York, called on her colleagues in the House and Senate to unite in an effort to restore the ‘practical and common sense approach’ of former President Barack Obama (2009 -2017) towards the island.

Obama worked to transcend past mistakes and build a future defined by the common interests and aspirations of the United States and Cuba, Clarke told content-provider Caribbean Media Corporation.

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#OAS: From Interference to Irrelevance in #Venezuela

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By Prensa Latina

The 47th OAS General Assembly, which concludes today in Cancún, has gone from interference to irrelevance in attempts to pass a resolution against Venezuela, the editorial of the Mexican daily La Jornada says today.

The report says that everything indicates that the attempt led by the United States and Mexico, along with other Latin American countries will fail, to impose a resolution in which they request to annul the call to a Constituent Assembly, ‘among other interfering demands’ to the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

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Rejection in #Venezuela of #OAS Servility to #US Interests

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By Prensa Latina

First Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) Diosdado Cabello asserted today that the current meeting in Mexico shows the servility of the Organization of American States (OAS) to imperialist interests.

In an important anti-imperialist march and also against OAS interference in the Venezuelan political life, Cabello denounced that the servility attitude by the regional organization was ‘a well-known issue,’ because it represents the oppressive arm of the United States in Latin America.

What they are trying to do is paying the bills for the US imperialist system, said the socialist leader in reference to the foreign minister meeting that began today to analyze the situation in Venezuela.

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Una vacuna cubana podría algún día convertir el cáncer de pulmón en una enfermedad crónica

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Dr. Kelvin Lee y Dra. Grace Dy discuten su trabajo en Roswell Park Cancer Institute. El Centro de investigaciones de Buffalo está probando una vacuna contra el cáncer de pulmón producida en Cuba. Foto: Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Por Mimi Whitfield

Los primeros pacientes en un ensayo clínico en el Instituto del Cáncer Roswell Park han comenzado a recibir dosis mensuales de CIMAVAX-EGF, una vacuna cubana contra el cáncer de pulmón que investigadores estadounidenses aseguran se muestra prometedora en la prevención de la recurrencia de cáncer de pulmón – la causa principal de muerte por cáncer en los Estados Unidos.

El ensayo de Roswell, el cual fue autorizado por la Administración de Alimentos y Fármacos de Estados Unidos el pasado otoño, constituye la primera terapia fabricada en Cuba que ha sido probado en pacientes en Estados Unidos. CIMAVAX ya ha sido objeto de extensos ensayos clínicos en Cuba y en todo el mundo y es una terapia aprobada para el tratamiento del cáncer de pulmón no sólo en la isla, sino también en Colombia, Perú, Paraguay, y Bosnia y Herzegovina.

La asociación única entre los investigadores de Roswell Park y el Centro de Inmunología Molecular de La Habana comenzó en 2011, mucho antes del acercamiento de la administración Obama con Cuba, y tuvo su origen en una llamada en frío de Gisela González, un investigadora cubana que estaba visitando a su familia en Pittsburgh.

Ella se ofreció a dar una charla sobre el trabajo del centro de La Habana a los investigadores en Roswell, un centro reconocido internacionalmente en el tratamiento contra el cáncer y la investigación. “Realmente salió de la nada, y nosotros, como muchos otros, pensábamos que Cuba estaba atrapada en los días de ‘I Love Lucy’ y su tecnología iba probablemente a la par con sus coches de 1950”, recordó el Dr. Kelvin Lee, presidente de Departamento de Inmunología de Roswell.

“Ella se acercó y dio esta gran charla”, dijo Lee, quien anteriormente trabajó en Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center de la Universidad de Miami. “Reconocí algo realmente emocionante, pero no me di cuenta de la magnitud hasta varios meses después.”

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