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Despite the #US blockade: “In #Cuba the Industry 4.0 is coming soon”

Since 1959, employment and the right to work have been guaranteed in Cuba, codified in the Labor Code and reaffirmed in the new Constitution.

Not even in the most difficult moments of the Revolution has a single worker been abandoned to fate, shock therapies have never been applied. On the contrary, adhering to the principle of non-discrimination, access to jobs has been ensured regardless of sex, race, creed, or any other exclusionary factor.

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#Cuban Economy Will Not Enter Recession Despite #Blockade: Report Via TeleSurEnglish

“we can take advantage of our domestic potential and overcome, successfully, the siege to which we are subjected to by the United States, which will not succeed in forcing us down”

Despite the recent tightening of the U.S. economic blockade, Cuba’s economy is showing resilience and will not enter recession, instead will enjoy small growth over the coming year, according to forecasts published by ‘Economic Commission for Latin America and the Carribean’(CEPAL) one of the regions leading think tanks.Cuba’s economy minister Alejandro Gil Fernandez responded via Twitter on Wednesday to the recent report by CEPAL, saying “Despite the worsening of the blockade, #CEPAL forecasts that the Cuban economy will not decline in 2019 and estimates a 0.5% growth, similar to that of the region. We remain focused on improving the quality of life of the people, which is truly the most important task”. The CEPAL report predicts slow growth across the region, with South America likely to see just 0.2 percent growth, and 0.5 percent across Latin America. The figures forecasting modest growth for Cuba come despite new economic sanctions announced by the Trump administration. In April the U.S. began enforcing Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, the legislation that formalized the blockade on Cuba.

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Travel to #Cuba; don’t let the #blockade stop you – peoplesworld.org

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“Where have you been this trip?”

“Cuba and México.

“Did you travel with a license from the State Department?”

“On the advice of attorneys, I decline to answer that.”

“You do know you’re not allowed to go there without a license?”

“On the advice of attorneys, I decline to answer that.”

“Did you buy any Cuban products?

“On the advice of attorneys, I decline to answer that.”

Thus we were coached to answer any question not on the standard U.S. re-entry questionnaire, which is limited to what countries we visited, whether we have farm products, and such. We, the members of the U.S.-Cuba Friendshipment organized by Pastors for Peace (PfP), had just committed civil disobedience, having openly defied a travel ban that carries the potential penalties of ten years in prison and a quarter-million-dollar fine, publicly refusing to apply for a license, even refusing one when it was offered in a previous year.

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World Peace Council Condemns Blockade and Sanctions against Cuba #UnblockCuba Via Latin Press

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The World Peace Council (WPC) on Monday repeated its condemnation of the blockade and new sanctions imposed by the United States on Cuba to destroy its Revolution.
‘We want to express our unrestricted support for the Cuban people and nation who are victims of the most horrible persecution by the United States and its president, Donald Trump,’ WPC President Socorro Gomes said in a brief video sent to the Prensa Latina office in Brasilia.

The Brazilian pacifist and politician charged that Trump ‘is implementing Title III of the Helms-Burton Act to strangle the Cuban economy and install suffering and chaos in order to destroy the Cuban Revolution’.

‘That would be impossible, because the Cuban Revolution has been confronting the US genocidal blockade for 60 years and keeps its banner of self-determination, of self-defense of the sovereign and socialist State. We know that once again, the Cuban people will win,’ she underlined.

In the video, Gomes expressed indignation over the criminal attitude by the United States, which is trying to destroy a sovereign nation that lives in peace and seeks to share its people’s fruits and wealth for all.’ 

 

#Cuba is not frightened by the measures tightening the #blockade – #HandsOffCuba #UnblockCuba #US Via misiones.minrex.gob.cu

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Declaration of the Revolutionary Government

The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba condemns in the strongest terms the measures announced by the United States Government on 4 June 2019, further tightening the economic blockade imposed on Cuba for over 60 years, at a cost for the Cuban economy which amounted to over 134 billion dollars in 2018 at current prices, and to the figure of 933 billion dollars, taking into account the devaluation of the US dollar vis-à-vis the price of gold in the world market.

According to what has been learned, this new escalation, effective as of 5 June, further strengthens the hard restrictions already imposed on US citizens to travel to Cuba, includes an absolute ban on any vessels from the United States and immediately prohibits cruise ships from visiting our country.

The intent continues to be to extract political concessions from the Cuban nation through suffocation of the economy and hurting the population. In this particular case, these measures are also aimed at preventing the American people from knowing the Cuban reality thus bringing down the effects of the slanderous propaganda that is fabricated on a daily basis against our country.

Such actions disregard the majority view of Americans, whose interest to know Cuba and exercise their right to travel was proved by the 650 thousand US travelers who came in 2018, together with half a million Cubans residing in the United States.

Last 17 April, National Security Advisor John Bolton, at an anti-Cuban show attended by the mercenaries defeated in Bay of Pigs and family members of the henchmen of the Fulgencio Batista tyranny, announced that his government would restrict non-family travel to Cuba. This individual is known for having taken over the US foreign policy towards the Western Hemisphere, which constitutes the main threat to peace and stability of the whole region.

The United States supports the Monroe Doctrine openly, with which it tries to deny the sovereign equality and the right to self-determination of every nation of the hemisphere.

The recent attacks against Cuba are grounded on new pretexts. The best-known excuse is the defamatory accusation of Cuba’s military interference in Venezuela. This lie has been publicly and repeatedly rejected by the Cuban government.

They have even gone to the unscrupulous point of proposing Cuba to betray its convictions and the principles that have sustained the foreign policy of the Cuban Revolution, in return for promises of negotiation or relief from the draconian and criminal measures making up the economic blockade.

The solidarity of Cuba with constitutional President Nicolás Maduro Moros, the Bolivarian and Chavista Revolution and the civic and military union of its people, is non-negotiable. The more than 20 thousand Cuban cooperation workers who, on a voluntary basis and selflessly, are providing social services in that country, most of them in the field of health, will remain there cooperating with that sister nation as long as they are welcome by the Venezuelan people.

For Cubans, betrayal is not an option. We are not naïve. It’s already been 150 years of hard struggle for our independence, having to face from the outset the hegemonistic ambitions of the US imperialism.

Cuba will not let itself be frightened or distracted from the essential and urgent tasks for the development of our economy and the construction of socialism. Closely united, we shall be able to face the most challenging adversities. They cannot suffocate us, nor can they stop us.

Havana, 5 June 2019

#HandsOffVenezuela #FactsMatter / Crimes of the #Blockade: The Story of #Children with Bone Marrow Transplants

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The history of the agreement between the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Association for Bone Marrow Transplantation (ATMO) dates back to 1997 when Mercedes Álvarez accompanied her little niece Michelle to Italy to treat a type of leukemia.

At that time, Michelle needed a stem cell transplant that was almost impossible for a person with “limited economic resources in Venezuela, but with the help of many hands, she managed to get to Italy to obtain this operation.”

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Hugs vs the blockade #UnblockCuba #RomeriasdeMayo

“The Fiesta de los Abrazos” was an initiative of foreign students in Cuba in 2004 with the aim of achieving an exchange on their customs and experiences.

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#DustingOffFiles “Talking Points / Blockade vs Tourism” #Cuba #UnBlockCuba

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