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Cuba Rejects Luis Almagro’s ‘Interventionist’ Remarks – Via TeleSurEnglish

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Cuban Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Rogelio Sierra has denounced statements made by Organization of American States, OAS, Secretary General Luis Almagro against the island’s electoral process, arguing he has “no credibility, morality or ethics to judge what the government and the people of Cuba does.”

“We categorically reject the declarations by the Secretary General of the OAS for being interventionist; Cuba will continue on its own path,” Sierra said during a press conference Tuesday.

 

On Saturday, during with a meeting with anti-government Cubans in Miami, Almagro claimed “we cannot accept a non-democratic succession in Cuba,” insisting the international community should not accept “dictators” in the upcoming Summit of the Americas.

“Today at the @cubanmuseum in Miami I participated in an event about the future of Cuba with @CubaDecide. Democracy for Cubans is being able to decide their future. We can not accept a non-democratic transition in Cuba.”

This March, the Cuban people will elect over 600 new members of the National Assembly, which chooses the island’s president. According to Sierra, Almagro is “supporting the campaigns and action of the counter-revolution and its allies” with his comments.

In his statement, Sierra also pointed to Almagro’s complicit silence after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson openly expressed his support for a military coup in Venezuela on the eve of his Latin America tour.

However, Almagro’s silence is due to his support for regime change in Venezuela. During the same Miami meeting, Almagro referred to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as a “dictator” and argued that to confront Maduro “first, we must confront the Cuban regime.” He also said Cubans living inside and outside of the island are “responsible for stopping the regime.”

In an interview with CNN Español, Almagro attacked the Venezuelan presidential elections scheduled for this April, saying “we already know, not because we are seers, that Maduro is going to win.”

Sierra concluded his rebuke assuring that “no one will be able to crush Cuba, even if the submissive and subservient, like the OAS Secretary General, dream with it.”

 

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Standing with Arkansas Farmers and Ranchers – Via Newton County Times

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As the economy continues to grow in Arkansas, it is important to remember that agriculture continues to be our Number 1 industry. Today, I want to take a moment to thank our farmers for all they do for Arkansas. Farming isn’t easy, but important work never is.

 

I grew up on a poultry and cattle farm and, as a boy, I saw the hard work it took to make a living off the farm.

 

I’ve seen first-hand what it takes to plant, raise and harvest a crop. I know the challenge of raising livestock to maturity for market. More importantly, I know the work and investment our farmers carry out every day.

Arkansas’s agriculture has a $20 billion economic impact in the state each year. And that number has the potential to grow.

Since I took office in 2015, I’ve traveled the globe to help open additional markets for our state’s agricultural producers, including trade missions to Cuba and China and Europe.

 

As a result, we’ve brought back a handful of Chinese companies that will directly benefit our cotton and timber industries. And shortly after I returned from Cuba, the Cuban government ordered 4,500 tons of poultry from Arkansas companies.

As governor, not only do I make it a priority to stay abreast of the challenges that our farming community faces, but I have been — and will continue to be — a vocal advocate for Arkansas agriculture on the national and international stage. After all, farming isn’t just a pastime for Arkansans but rather a vital part of who we are as a state.

That’s why, at the National Governor’s Association meeting last summer, I took the opportunity to stress the importance of agricultural trade for our state with President Trump. It’s the reason I met with Vice President Pence to discuss North American trade. And it’s why my office facilitated two visits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in less than a year so he could see — and hear — first-hand the issues facing our famers and ranchers.

 

Earlier this week, I spent a couple days in New York pitching our state to companies as a great place to do business. While I was there, I gave several interviews to editors, reporters and anchors from different national news organizations touting our economic development efforts. Those interviews are an effective way to spread the good word about Arkansas.

One of the subjects of interest to reporters was NAFTA – the North American Free Trade Agreement – which needs to be modernized but its continuance is essential for Arkansas and the rest of the nation. My message was clear: As the United States considers the future of NAFTA, the nation must be careful that it does not harm global trade. Arkansas must be able to continue its access to North American markets unimpeded by unfair trade barriers, which would inflict serious harm on Arkansas’s agriculture, retail and manufacturing sectors.

 

That message is especially important when you look at the statistics.In 2016, Arkansas’s agricultural exports to Mexico and Canada alone, including poultry, rice, soybeans and cotton, totaled $357 million. Our total exports worldwide in 2016 came in at $1 billion.

Additionally, Mexico and Canada consume nearly 30 percent of all U.S. rice exports.

 

I have always stood with our famers, and I will continue to advocate for their interests, because their interests are our interests. When Arkansas’s agriculture industry succeeds, our state succeeds.

 

I am grateful for the farmers and ranchers who built agriculture into our top industry and for those who keep it there.

Internet wars: U.S. plans to overthrow the Cuban Revolution with new technologies – Via Cuba Solidarity

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In this modern era of cell phones, the internet, and social networks, it is easy to forget that the U.S. has been using communications technologies to attack Cuba ever since the age of shortwave radios and the emergence of television.

The U.S. State Department’s announcement this past January, of the creation of a Cuba Internet Task Force is, therefore, just another scheme in a long saga of Washington’s subversive plans to overthrow the Cuban Revolution.

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WA needs trade with Cuba – Via Spokesman

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In December 2017, my wife and I led a trip to Cuba to study the Cuban health care system, musical and culinary cultures.

As I was boarding the plane to return, I began a conversation with the gentleman behind me. He told me he was there monthly as he was mission head of the U.S. Department of Commerce for the island. I asked him about the decades-long Cuban embargo, which at that point the Obama administration was loosening but still greatly impacted American exports to Cuba. I asked him how that might impact Washington state. He replied:

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Cuba has invested around 300 million USD a year in developing high standard infrastructure / ZED Mariel

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Containers Terminal: Mariel Containers Terminal is the most modern in the region, located in a deep water port and designed to operate Neo Panamax vessels. Its current annual capacity is 822 thousand TEUs.

Roads: The Zone is interconnected internally and with the rest of the national territory through primary, secondary and tertiary roads.

Railway: The new double track railway, which began operations in July 2014 for the transportation of cargo and passengers, links with the rest of the national railway network.

Info communications

  • Connection by optic fiber
  • Broadband Internet
  • Wi-Fi
  • ETECSA Commercial Office

Warehouses

  • 46 784 m² roofed warehouses
  • 30 000 m² open warehouses
  • 8 500 m³ refrigerated warehouses

Trade Center

  • Office space to rent available.
  • Commercial offices
  • Restaurant
  • Cafeteria

Electricity and public lightning: ZED Mariel is connected to the national grid by two circuits and has several electric substations. The current available installed power is 130 MWh and we promote the installation of solar panels on the roofs to contribute to Cuba’s goal of generating 24% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030. The urbanized area has public lightning .

Aqueduct and sewerage: Water supply, sewage and rain drainage networks have been developed. Current water availability is 300 liters per second.

Waste treatment: There are modern treatment plants for non-harmful liquid waste, located in various areas, in accordance with the nature of the waste generated in each area. A comprehensive system of solid waste management is currently being designed.

To date 33 users, whose products and services will supply the national and international markets, have been approved in the economic enclave known as the Mariel Special Development Zone as it aspires to become a regional reference for foreign investment.

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Politicizing the growth of the internet in Cuba

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Roswell Park CEO sees cancer research on cusp of big advances – Via The Buffalo News

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Advances in immune-therapy offer great optimism that new, effective ways to treat and prevent cancer are close to becoming reality for patients, the head of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center said Thursday, in a review of work at the cancer center.

“The immune system has the power to treat cancer and maybe get rid of it before it starts,” said Candace S. Johnson, the president and chief executive officer.

She served as keynote speaker at The Buffalo News’ Prospectus Premiere event at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens in Depew. The News’ annual business forecast publication, Prospectus, will be published Jan. 28.

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The Monroe Doctrine and the causes of rejection from Cuba

 

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba has warned of the seriousness of the message of arrogance and contempt with which the Secretary of State of the United States began a tour of several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Rex Tillerson, in an appearance at the University of Texas at Austin, made alarming interventionist statements that openly instigate the overthrow, by any means, of the legitimate government of Venezuela, and are also aimed at undermining the unanimous repudiation of the region of the retrogressive measures and tightening of the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, whose purpose is to harm the Cuban economy and people to attempt to subdue the country.

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