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April 2018

Cuba calls, love answers

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When the people of Cuba march, it is no mere formality. When streets and souls resound with a “Viva Fidel” or a “Patria o muerte” followed by a “Venceremos” (We will triumph), the day resounds with pride and confidence in the future. Fortunate are the nations that have not lost their dreams, and those determined to continue building them. The date has been set for May 1, because only unity and commitment will lead us to new victories. The island calls its sons and daughters of goodwill, marked by the love that our history has sowed.

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A perverse look … – By Omar Perez Salomon – Via La Pupila Insomne / Automatically Translate

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Several media at the service of capital have published an article by Sarah Moreno entitled, ” Beer is over and lobster is burned: journalist tells the failure of tourism in the ‘Cuba without Fidel’” that addresses some details of the book by Mexican journalist Julio Patan , “Cuba without Fidel.”

I have the impression that the mobile of this text is commercial, looking for a handful of money, it does not matter if a whole town is denigrated, for other friend of the Mexicans, or perhaps the author’s hatred for the Cuban Revolution motivated his chronicle after to visit the island for a few days.

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One simple fix could open $2b market for U.S. farmers – Via Feed Stuffs

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Time is now for U.S. to send message to Cuba that it is ready to forge an improved relationship with its agribusiness sector.

Apr 23, 2018 – By Roger Marshall, Rick Crawford and Tom Emmer

While the U.S. economy is projected to exceed 3% this year due to President Donald Trump’s tax cuts, the economic outlook for America’s 3.2 million farmers and ranchers continues to falter to concerning lows.

At the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 94th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum earlier this year, the department’s chief economist, Robert Johansson, reported that U.S. farm income remained 50% below its 2013 peak for the third year in a row and predicted that 2018 net farm income would be even lower. Returning to farm growth, he said, will depend heavily on expanded exports.

A $2 billion potential market remains largely untouched just over the horizon in Cuba. Because of Cuba’s proximity, U.S. rice, corn, wheat and other exports to the island have a solid advantage over competitors both in shipping costs and delivery times. Yet the U.S. share of Cuba’s agribusiness market is less than 15% due to restrictions imposed decades ago. Cuba now imports more food products from Brazil, Argentina, Vietnam and the EU than from the U.S. because these competitors offer preferential trade credit terms.

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New Luxury Hotel to Decorate #Havana forbidden for Americans …

Related: U.S. Bans Americans From Staying In More Than 80 Cuban Hotels

The Packard Hotel is in phase of completion, to become the second of its kind for the city, after the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski Havana opened last year, the Cuban News Agency reported.

This facility will have five star plus Cuba category, when 192 of 321 rooms of the facility are already getting ready, located on Havana’s Paseo del Prado.

Daysi Malvares, development director of Almest Real Estate company, said that they are working on the completion of the bedrooms of three of the 10-story hotel, for its gradual reception by state Gaviota group, and Spanish chain Iberostar, in charge of its administration.

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#FitCuba2018 / January to March 2018: Tourist arrivals to Cuba grow by 7% – Via Cubadebate

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Tourism represents for Cuba the second source of income behind the sale of professional services abroad, which represents a contribution of 10% to gross domestic product (GDP) and the generation of half a million jobs.

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Cuba maintains its commitment to welcome 5 million visitors in 2018 despite the devastating effects caused by Hurricane Irma as it passed through the country last September, according to the commercial director of the Ministry of Tourism (Mintur)

He advanced that in the next International Tourism Fair “FitCuba”, to be held from May 2 to 5 in Santa Maria Key and with the United Kingdom as a guest country, it is planned to “fine-tune” the contracting of operations for the winter 2018- 2019 and surpass the results of commercialization of tourist offers.

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53.2% of Cuban Parliament are Women

Vaccination Week in the Americas launches in Cuba for the first time – Via PAHO

 

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Related: President Díaz-Canel receives WHO and PAHO directors

\The most important vaccination initiative on the continent, Vaccination Week in the Americas, kicked off today in Cuba for the first time. As part of this campaign, led by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) since 2003, 70 million people will be vaccinated against more than a dozen dangerous diseases.

“Vaccination is one of the most powerful tools we have to prevent disease and save lives,” said Carissa F. Etienne, Director of PAHO, at the opening ceremony of Vaccination Week in the Americas, which took place at the Victoria de Giron Institute of Basic and Preclinical Sciences in Havana. Ministers and other high-level health authorities from Latin America, the Caribbean, and other regions of the world participated in the launch.

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Who is Miguel Díaz-Canel, Cuba’s new President of the Councils of State and Ministers ?

Via Latin Press + Granma Cuba + TeleSurEnglish

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Lawmaker Miguel Diaz-Canel is from today on the President of Cuba’s Council of State, a responsibility he’s taking on after a long political career.
Graduated in electronic engineering and with a master degree in Management, the new Cuban president born on April 20, 1960, has grown as a top official since his inception as a student leader to the position of first secretary of the Provincial Committee of the Union of Young Communists (UJC) in the central province of Villa Clara.

Diaz-Canel Bermudez also worked as second secretary in the National Directorate of the UJC, an organization that is a direct reserve of the governing Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), which according to the Constitution, is the highest leading force in society and the State.

In the Party, he accumulates a vast experience, and in 1993 he was promoted to member of the Provincial Bureau, performing as its first secretary in Villa Clara and then in the eastern province of Holguin.

Since 2003 he has been a member of the Political Bureau of the PCC.

The Cuban Head of State and Government was appointed in 2009 Higher Education Minister, three years later Vice President of the Council of Ministers and in February 2013 he was elected First Vice President of the country.

Diaz-Canel Bermudez served his social service in the Revolutionary Armed Forces as an anti-aircraft missile troops officer, post in which he received the Army Distinguished Service recognition.

He also attended the National Defense Academy and was an internationalist aid worker in Nicaragua.

Cubans: Teaching us to succeed him with dignity is Fidel’s greatest legacy – Fidel taught us to walk

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“They are awaiting a natural and absolutely logical event, the death of someone. In this case, they have honored me by thinking of me. It might be a confession of what they have not been able to do in a long time. If I were a vain man, I could be proud of the fact that those guys admit that they are waiting for me to die, and this is the time.”

Thus Fidel warned on November 17, 2005, in his historic speech delivered in the University of Havana’s Aula Magna, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of his admission to the educational institution.He had directed his words to youth many times, but perhaps never before addressed so purposefully two realities that inevitably touched the hearts of all. The first: due to the irrevocable law of life, he would one day cease to physically exist. The second: “This country can self-destruct; this Revolution can destroy itself, but they can never destroy us; we can destroy ourselves, and it would be our fault.”

Perhaps, during the historic moments that we experience today, and after having faced the irreversible blow of his departure, the message that the Comandante bequeathed to us is more understandable. However, at that moment he confronted us with a reality that, I insist without fear of being mistaken, called for reflection on the part of all revolutionaries, even those who, like me, were just 15 years old. Fidel was, unquestionably, calling us to provide “continuity.”

It’s not that he had not done so before, as from the very beginning of the struggle in the Sierra Maestra, and the first years of the Revolution in power, he always made clear that the social process that was beginning was not limited to his person, not even to the Centennial Generation, but to something much more powerful: the People. But that day he confronted us with the possibility that our social system could be reversible, and not because our enemies had the weapons to achieve it, but only should the true commitment of Cubans to this work collapse.

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