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A long history aggression’s – Via “Miradas Encontradas” Cuba

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The “ripe fruit” theory, by John Quincy Adams; the Monroe doctrine, the conception of “Manifest Destiny” … and what hangs, are not recent or forgotten in the US policy towards Cuba.

The wishes of the rulers and the great interests of the United States to try to seize Cuba, are not new, did not originate on January 1, 1959, as some, interested, seek to see and believe.

As early as June 23, 1773, three years before the independence of the Thirteen Colonies was decreed, John Adams, second president of the United States (1797-1801), in a letter to Robert Livingston, one of the main collaborators of Thomas Jefferson in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and signatory of the Constitution of the United States by the State of New Jersey, stated the following: “… it is almost impossible to resist the conviction that the annexation of Cuba to our Federal Republic will be indispensable for the continuation of the Union. “

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Havana could see cruise arrivals triple as Cuba’s tourism boom continues – Via The Telegraph

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The number of Cuba itineraries and Caribbean cruises with port calls at Havana (on the Atlantic coast), Cienfuegos and former capital Santiago de Cuba (both on the Caribbean coast) has soared in the last two years. 

Between them major cruise lines offer more than 650 sailings. Now, Cuba has signed an agreement with the world’s largest independent cruise port operator to ramp up capacity at the cruise terminal in Havana.

The port, on the edge of Unesco-protected Old Havana, will triple its cruise ship berths from two to six by 2024, after an agreement with Istanbul-based Global Ports Holding. “Cuba has been a tremendous success for Norwegian,” said a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line. “Havana is a fabulous destination and guest feedback has been tremendously positive.”

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Cuba’s Constitution: conquests codified in a single document

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More than just words, ideas, and principles written on a few pieces of paper, even its definition as the Fundamental Law of Our Republic fails to capture the significance of the 137 articles which make up Cuba’s Constitution, because to speak of the Constitution is to speak of the State, equality, rights, democracy, social justice, respect for the full dignity of all humans…

Cuba’s parliamentary history was born amidst the clamor of our independence wars, when the island’s insurgent forces met at La Manigua to form a single government, whose first action was to proclaim all men equal.

The first Constitution to be implemented in the country was written during the Guáimaro Assembly in April 1869. The document recognized that all inhabitants of the island were free, a principle that would never be abandoned and would feature just as prominently in the three other constitutions that were to emerge in the 19th century over the course of the country’s independence struggles: The Constitution of Baraguá (1878); Jimaguayú (1895); and La Yaya (1897).

And as difficult as it was to achieve national sovereignty, creating a Constitution that represented the people, that served citizens’ interests and not those of a certain social class or government, was just as arduous. However, this was a feat that could only be achieved through revolutionary struggle, the only way Cuba could secure full independence and create a Republic “with all and for the good of all,” as envisioned by Cuba’s national hero, José Martí.

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Why African-American Doctors Are Choosing to Study Medicine in Cuba – Via The New Yorker By Anakwa Dwamena

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In the countryside of western Havana, during the fall, rickety yellow buses carry first-year medical students from the Latin American School of Medicine. Wearing short-sleeved white smocks and stethoscopes, they go door to door, doing rounds, often speaking to their patients in broken Spanish. “Even people whose houses I wasn’t visiting sometimes would ask me to take their blood pressure, because they just saw me in the street,” Nimeka Phillip, an American who graduated from the school in 2015, told me.

The Latin American School of Medicine, or E.L.A.M., was established by the Cuban government, in 1999, after a series of natural disasters, including Hurricane Mitch, left vulnerable populations in Central America and the Caribbean in dire need of health care. This year, in the aftermath of hurricane season, hundreds of Cuban health workers, many of them E.L.A.M. graduates, will travel to some of the hardest-hit areas of the Atlantic to treat the injured and sick. All of the students who attend E.L.A.M. are international. Many come from Asia, Africa, and the United States. The school’s mission is to recruit students from low-income and marginalized communities, where they are encouraged to return, after they graduate, to practice medicine.

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HAVANA’S TOP ROOFTOP HANGOUTS – Via Cuba educational travel

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There is no better way to spend a beautiful Havana night than enjoying one of the city’s hip rooftop hangouts. An opening to the private sector in recent years has led to a diversity of options and many of the most stunning spots provide great views and an opportunity to enjoy fresh sea breezes. Here are some of our favorites.

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Related: CONFUSED ABOUT CUBA TRAVEL? A POLICY EXPERT BREAKS IT DOWN

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Cuba Constitutional Reforms

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The Cuban Constitution adopted in 1976 was changed in 1992 and 2002, so far from what the media touting these days has not been unmovable since its first edition / Related: Las reformas a la Constitución cubana: Martha Prieto Valdés

Commission working on Constitutional reform holds initial sessions: June 3, the National Assembly commission of deputies charged with drafting and presenting Constitutional reform proposals held its first session at the Revolution Palace.

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‘I’ve Never Been in Favor of the Embargo’

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Díaz-Canel receives U.S. Senator Jeff Flake and Google executive

 

Havana Cruise Terminal to Triple in Size as Cuba Chases Tourists – Via www.bloomberg.com

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Havana’s cruise-ship terminal will be able to handle three times as many vessels by 2024 as communist Cuba upgrades its tourist infrastructure to accommodate a surge in U.S. visitors.

The dock at the heart of the capital will get an extra four berths, allowing it to handle six ships at one time, as part of a 15-year management agreement with Istanbul-based Global Ports Holding Plc.

After initially fretting over President Donald Trump’s push-back against the easing of travel restrictions by Barack Obama, the cruising industry has found that new rules banning visits to government hotels and restaurants favor its business model of providing food and lodging on board.

Havana is attractive for its colonial-era architecture, music scene and local hospitality, Chief Executive Officer Emre Sayin said in an interview Wednesday. The city attracted about 328,000 cruise passengers last year, up 156 percent from 2016, and is targeting a tally of 500,000 in 2018. The Caribbean cruise market, the world’s biggest, totals about 9.6 million customers.

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Cuba-U.S. Collaboration in a New Era of Change Successes and Opportunities in the Environment and Historic Preservation – Via prnewswire

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Cuban Ambassador Jose R. Cabañas Rodríguez Ph.D. will kick off an event on June 4 that considers how the U.S. and Cuba can work together at an uncertain political time, marking one of his first public appearances since Miguel Díaz-Canel succeeded Raúl Castro as president of Cuba last month. The event, co-hosted by the nonprofits Center for International Policy (CIP) and Ocean Doctor, focuses on environmental sustainability and historic preservation, long cited as among the most successful areas of collaboration between Cuba and the U.S. even before the normalization of diplomatic relations in 2014.

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