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Cuba’s Constitution: conquests codified in a single document

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Via Granma Cuba

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

Via TeleSUR English

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

 

HeberFERON: an effective solution to skin cancer. #Cuba

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Taken from CIGB

The Cuban drug HeberFERON, developed by specialists from the island, is now confirmed as an effective treatment against basal carcinoma, the most frequent skin cancer disease and increasing globally.

After two years in the basic table of medicines in Cuba, the HeberFERON is tested in the national territory with more than satisfactory results in the treatment and prevention of this condition.

This is confirmed by the results shown by the drug in the province of Sancti Spíritus, where almost a hundred patients have been treated since the clinical trials began, according to Dr. Vladimir Sanchez, a specialist in Dermatology.

Cuba and its reasons to speak proudly of human rights – Via Auca

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In just one week, Cuba will present for the third time in Geneva, Switzerland, a report for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on human rights, an area in which the island shows unattainable results for many countries.

The largest of the Antilles went before in 2009 and 2013 to the mechanism established following the emergence in 2006 of the Human Rights Council, a body that replaced the Commission of the same name, which for decades was surrounded by criticism for selectivity and double standards used in its bosom against nations of the South bent on carving their own destiny.

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ECLAC meeting, UN chief heads to Cuba – Via Granma Cuba

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Granma: Five issues on the agenda for Havana ECLAC meeting

1- CUBA ASSUMES PRESIDENCY PRO TEMPORE / Cuba will hold the ECLAC presidency pro tempore for a term of two years. In the 36th Session, held May 23 through 27, 2016, in Mexico City, the island was elected unanimously to take the reins of the regional body.

2- IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 2030 AGENDA / Analyzing the development strategies of member states to meet the commitments of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals will also be one of the points of debate.

3- EQUALITY IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN / Latin America and the Caribbean continues to be one of the most unequal areas on the planet, so this issue is key. In February, ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena noted that the meeting will discuss the idea and need for equality in Latin America and the Caribbean, in line with what was worked on in its four previous sessions held in 2010 in Brasilia; in 2012 in San Salvador; in 2014 in Lima and in 2016 in Mexico City.

4- SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION / One of the themes proposed by Cuba as host state is South-South cooperation. The UN system on the island will offer a presentation on the opportunities and lessons learned from Cuban experiences. A recent UNESCO report described Cuba as the most outstanding country in Latin America and the Caribbean, by a wide margin, in terms of its contributions to South-South technical cooperation with other developing nations.

5- FOREIGN INVESTMENT / The ECLAC Session will also see a seminar on foreign investment, business opportunities and sustainable development for Cuba, where representatives of the 46 ECLAC member countries and 13 associate members will be able to discover more about the island’s legislation in this regard.

Cuba joins two strategic health funds (+ Photos)

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Dr. Francisco Duran Garcia, national director of Epidemiology, described the signing of the Regional Revolving Funds for Vaccine Procurement and Strategic Public Health Supplies, between PAHO and the Cuban Ministry of Public Health, as an opportunity for the island to maintain stability in the acquisition of medicines, essential resources for public health and its immunization program.

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Vaccination Week in the Americas launches in Cuba for the first time – Via PAHO

 

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Related: President Díaz-Canel receives WHO and PAHO directors

\The most important vaccination initiative on the continent, Vaccination Week in the Americas, kicked off today in Cuba for the first time. As part of this campaign, led by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) since 2003, 70 million people will be vaccinated against more than a dozen dangerous diseases.

“Vaccination is one of the most powerful tools we have to prevent disease and save lives,” said Carissa F. Etienne, Director of PAHO, at the opening ceremony of Vaccination Week in the Americas, which took place at the Victoria de Giron Institute of Basic and Preclinical Sciences in Havana. Ministers and other high-level health authorities from Latin America, the Caribbean, and other regions of the world participated in the launch.

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