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Cuba to UN: End the blockade!

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Cuba’s government on August 24 released a 59-page report on adverse effects of the U.S. economic blockade. Its authors maintain, “The blockade … against Cuba constitutes the principal obstacle to the development of all potentials of the Cuban economy.” Taking inflation into account, they say the blockade has drained $933.68 billion from Cuba’s economy since it took effect. Losses during the most recent year amounted to $4.3 billion.

Once again the report appears ahead of a vote in the United Nations General Assembly on a Cuban resolution titled, “Necessity for putting an end to the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.” The vote this year takes place on October 31. Cuba’s first purpose in issuing the report is to inform national delegations at the Assembly about the blockade. In effect, the Cuban government is also sending a message to world opinion.

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Why are changes proposed to the structure of the Cuban state and government?

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What are the main changes proposed in the draft Constitution, which is currently being debated in neighborhoods, workplaces and schools, regarding the structure of the Cuban state and government? What motivates this decision?

In a panel held at the headquarters of the Union of Cuban Journalists, Dr. Martha Prieto, vice president of the Cuban Society of Constitutional Law and tenured professor at the University of Havana, acknowledged that the proposed changes in the leadership structure of the island are among the most novel of the draft Constitution.

The new proposal separates the functions of the President of the Republic and those of the Prime Minister, which were previously merged into one, based on collegial decision making.

“Now, although he (the President) is the head of the Executive, he must also be a deputy, approved by the National Assembly of People’s Power (ANPP). This is a necessary measure, because it prevents Assembly-state leadership separation,” the jurist explained.

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Have you heard the story of American diplomats who supposedly got sick in #Cuba? – Via @DominioCuba

It is impossible to prove something that did not occur, and the U.S. knows it

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Via Granma Cuba – Carlos Fernández de Cossío, director for the United States at the Cuban Foreign Ministry, insists that the latest theory about microwaves cannot explain the variety and diversity of symptoms that the State Department claims its diplomats in Havana suffered, and with time will lose credibility.

The media agenda to keep public opinion focused on controversial arguments repeated time and time again regarding supposed “incidents” suffered by U.S. diplomats in Havana, seems to be fully implemented every time the string of lies is resuscitated.
Now one of the old theories about the possible impact of microwaves has reemerged and an article in The New York Times has been published referring to new, unnamed witnesses and facts, including the alleged presence of vehicles circling the diplomat’s residences, which could have possibly emitted waves and caused brain damage.

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Report of Cuba under resolution 72/4 of the General Assembly of the United Nations – #UnBlockCuba

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“Need to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”

Cuban airline with limited resources due to US #blockade

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Cubana de Aviación SA is going through serious difficulties to buy or lease aircraft with technical components of virtually any technology, due to the economic, financial and commercial #blockade of the United States.

The extraterritorial effect of the sanctions makes it impossible for the company to access aircraft produced by companies such as Airbus, Dassault and Boeing, said the report presented by the Foreign Ministry of Cuba.

 

Cubana de Aviación can not carry out the maintenance of the equipment in specialized agencies of many countries, said the document with a view to the next examination of the issue within the United Nations.

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A hostile policy more harmful than a hurricane – Via Granma Cuba

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The main obstacle to the development of the Cuban economy’s potential is not related to nature but to an immoral way of doing politics: the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba.

When a hurricane is identified as a threat to the island, all Cubans begin to worry. Despite measures adopted by our Civil Defense system to protect human life and material resources, it is well known that the powerful winds and rain show no mercy.

Every natural phenomenon that strikes leaves damage that must be repaired as soon as possible. Thus, some plans are put on hold to free resources for the recovery, and the state cannot move forward as fast as it would like.

Damages caused by Hurricane Irma, for example, were estimated at more than  13 billion pesos, mostly to housing, healthcare facilities, schools, agriculture, hotel infrastructure, as well as roads.

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Getting a Taste of Cuba An enticing new cookbook captures the island’s people, places, and recipes – Via The Nation

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People shop at an outdoor food market in Havana in July 2018. (AP Photo / Desmond Boylan)

“Our business is down 70 percent,” Havana restaurateur Niuris Higueras told a group of Nationmagazine travelers who were spending their final evening of a weeklong spring tour in Cuba at her renowned eatery, El Atelier. “We may have to reduce staff,” she sadly noted, after a major boom in US-generated business following Barack Obama’s history-making rapprochement with Raúl Castro.

Culinary entrepreneurs such as Higueras, along with other Cuban businesses catering to US tourists, have been hit hard by the sharp shift in relations under the Trump administration. In the first quarter of 2018.

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VISITING CUBA WITH KIDS – WHY IT MAKES SENSE / Via locally sourced cuba

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Deciding upon a holiday destination that is of equal appeal to both the adults and the kids in your family can be a tricky balancing act. If it’s too much in the children’s favour, you might find yourself spending your precious vacation days at a theme park, your eyes practically glazing over as yet another costumed character capers in front of your kids (and the actor inside probably once had dreams of being on Broadway). Sure, you will take some pleasure in your children’s joy, but the cynic in you will treat it all as an advertisement for all the merchandise on sale in the countless souvenir stores.

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