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Walking Tour of Old Havana Via InsightCuba

Our Weekend in Havana tour is far more than a mere brush with exotic culture – it’s a full-on immersive discovery allowing you to not only pay witness to Cuba’s dynamic rhythm and color, but to dive right in and become part of the canvas. 

Like the fiery salsa rhythms that can be heard rippling through its city streets, Havana springs to life with warmth and vivaciousness that never stops taking you by surprise. Removed from the quiet fields of sugar cane and mango trees that thrive further afield, Cuba’s largest city is an urban metropolis – a place of rambling Colonial architecture, endless adventure and unfettered discovery.

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#FactsMatter – THE #US STATE DEPARTMENT USES THE GRANTING OF VISAS TO AFFECT DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH #CUBA / Via CubaMinrex #RollingBackPolicy

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During the past few months, the U.S. State Department has been concocting a new pretext to affect bilateral diplomatic relations, associated to the granting of the diplomatic and official visas required by the staff of the respective embassies in Washington and Havana to perform their duties. The maneuver consists of claiming that Cuba is hindering the granting of visas for designated officials at the U.S. embassy in Cuba, which allegedly hinders the work of that diplomatic mission.

In doing so, the State Department deliberately conceals the fact that it was the U.S. government that unilaterally decided to downsize its staff in Havana in September, 2017, including particularly the staff in charge of consular services, with the consequent encumbrance for Cuban and U.S. citizens who depend on those services. The U.S. government decided to arbitrarily and unjustly expel 15 Cuban diplomatic officials from the Cuban embassy in Washington in October of that same year.

Since that date, the work of both diplomatic missions has been affected by these unilateral decisions. Likewise, the granting of the visas required by the staff of the respective embassies has been subject to whimsical approvals and delays by the State Department.

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New @CarnivalCruise Line Itineraries Include #Cuba from #NewYork & #Norfolk in 2020 – Via www.cruisecritic.com

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(9:15 a.m. EST) — By 2020, Carnival cruisers will be able to cruise to Cuba from New York and Norfolk, Virginia, for the first time ever.

Carnival Cruise Line will expand its Cuba offerings when Carnival Victory and Carnival Triumph emerge from dry dock to become Carnival Radiance and Carnival Sunrise, respectively. Carnival Sunrise will undergo its major refurbishment in March 2019, while Carnival Radiance completes its $200 million transformation in late April 2020.

Beginning May 21, 2020, Carnival Sunrise will sail the line’s first voyages to Cuba from New York City, spanning nine nights and including an overnight call in Havana with stops in Half Moon Cay and Nassau. Carnival Radiance also will offer nine-night Cuba cruises from New York in June 2020. A weeklong Cuba cruise will be offered from Norfolk on Carnival Radiance, in late October 2020.

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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”

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