He said that the plan includes the strengthening the product of Cuba, an island in which the northern and southern keys, have an important piece of space.
Tourism is a crucial sector for most Caribbean countries.
The Caribbean’s tourism sector lost close to US $700 million in revenue and saw almost one million fewer visitors in 2017 due to the devastating impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria. An industry report released by the London-based World Travel and Tourism Council revealed the disastrous effect the storms had on one of the region’s most critical industries when compared to previous years Tuesday.
“The hurricane season resulted in an estimated (loss) in 2017 of 826,100 visitors to the Caribbean, compared to pre-hurricane forecasts,” the Council’s report noted. Those tourists and the missed revenue the Council stated could have sustained more than 11,000 jobs within the region.
Tourism is a crucial sector for Caribbean countries. The industry, according to the report, is responsible for 15.2 percent of the region’s gross domestic product. It’s also responsible for 14 percent of the overall all jobs in the islands.
Worldwide, tourism accounts for, on average, 10.4 of the total gross domestic product, according to the Council.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria left a trail of destruction in several Caribbean countries in August and September 2017.
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Tens of thousands of mourners have turned out in Gaza for the funerals of the protesters killed by Israeli soldiers on Monday. At least 60 people lost their lives in what’s become the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 2014. More than 27-hundred others were injured – many with live ammunition. The violence came as the U.S. controversially opened its new embassy in nearby Jerusalem.
In 2016, more than 50 bills were introduced in Congress targeting Trans people. Since Trump took office, dozens of pieces of landmark legislation have been canceled, severely rolling back Trans rights. To explore this wide-ranging assault, Abby Martin speaks with two leading voices and activists in the Trans community: Chase Strangio, attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, and Jennicet Gutierrez, founding member of La Family: Trans Queer Liberation Movement.
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THE GUANTANAMO NAVAL BASE
The Guantanamo Naval Base of 117.6 square kilometers has been occupied since 1903 by the United States, against the will of the Cuban people. Its creation was the result of a coaling station leased signed by Tomas Estrada Palma’s government with the United States, in 1903. It continues to be a source of tension between the two countries and has been used for a variety of aggressive purposes. During the last part of the 20th century it served as a detention center for Cubans and Haitians intercepted at sea, and after 2001, for prisoners of the alleged war on terrorism.
THE U.S. OCCUPATION OF GUANTANAMO IS ILLEGAL
1. The 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, in Article 52, describes as null any agreement made under the threat of force or its use, just as occurred in the case of Guantanamo.
2. Moreover, the lease of Cuban land and waters by the United States government to establish the naval base in Guantánamo, according to the 1903 treaty and its replacement signed in 1934, was for as long a period of time as the U.S. deemed necessary. But no lease can be valid without an ending date established, since it is legally absurd that a proprietor cannot reclaim a property at some point.
3. On March 5, 1959, the Cuban government demanded that Washington end its occupation in Guantanamo, but the U.S. continues to control the area. Originally the rent was established as 2,000 dollars a year in gold, but as time went on, the U.S. decided to pay $4,085 by check deposited in a Swiss bank.
4. Since then, Cuba has never cashed these checks, refusing to recognize the legality of the occupation.
5. The lease specifies that the area rented is to be exclusively used as a coaling station, but the U.S. Navy has used the Guantanamo base for whatever purpose it sees fit.
GUANTÁNAMO IN FIGURES
– Of the base’s 117.6 square kilometers, only 49.4 of firm ground is occupied, the rest being the bay’s waters, along 17.5 kilometers of coastline.
– Through 2008, some 800 prisoners from 42 countries were detained at the base, the majority from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
– Currently the U.S. is holding more than 140 prisoners at the base.
– In 2013, President Obama requested 450 million dollars from Congress for maintenance and repair at the prison, and more than 200 million to improve temporary facilities.
* Information shared at Cuba-Dominican Republic Pedagogical Conference held in Guantanamo
By Professor Guillermo Paumier Labacena Via Granma International
In his opinion, the base imposes a different type of conduct on individuals who find themselves affected by the presence of the base. Special legal regulations exist that make people feel uncomfortable in their own environment and oblige them live differently.
The Guantanamo native mentioned restrictions on movement throughout the area, and a prohibited zone closed off with a two-meter high, triple fence of 15 to 18 strands of barbed wire and other materials. No Cuban from another province can freely visit the area without first requesting permission from authorities.
“In the military ranges, they conduct exercises with combat aircraft and mechanized equipment that break the sound barrier and cause deafening noises. As a consequence, there are a number of people who suffer hearing problems, or associated illnesses like headaches, stomachaches, and dizziness, plus psychological problems caused by stress,” Paumier reported.
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The works of creators of the plastic arts came to life outside the canvas in the form of costumes made by five Cuban designers, exhibited during a great festival that continues today in the US capital.
On this Monday, pieces by renowned figures such as Adigio Benítez, Alfredo Sosabravo, Manuel Mendive, Roberto Diago and Roberto Fabelo inspired the colorful dresses that filled a catwalk on the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
This important institution hosts from May 8 to June 3 the Arts of Cuba festival: from the island to the world, which brings together about 400 creators and performers in half a hundred activities.
In just one week, Cuba will present for the third time in Geneva, Switzerland, a report for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on human rights, an area in which the island shows unattainable results for many countries.
The largest of the Antilles went before in 2009 and 2013 to the mechanism established following the emergence in 2006 of the Human Rights Council, a body that replaced the Commission of the same name, which for decades was surrounded by criticism for selectivity and double standards used in its bosom against nations of the South bent on carving their own destiny.
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