As faithful practitioners of revolutionary solidarity, more than 400 members of Cuba’s medical brigade in Brazil were welcomed at Havana’s José Martí International Airport during the dawn hours Sunday, returning on the 27th and 28th flights bringing Cuban doctors home, following the end of Cuba’s participation in the South American country’s More Doctors program.
Dr. Oralys García González speaking for the group on the second flight emphasized that the Cuban school of medicine teaches not only science, but humanism and internationalism as well, distinguishing Cuba doctors around the world.
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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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Thirteen films by Cuban filmmakers are up for a Coral Award at the 40th International Festival of New Latin America Cinema, in the categories of Feature length, Fictional Short, Documentary, Animation, and Debut; as well as one for Post-production, five in Unpublished Screenplay, and 13 Film Posters.
A score of titles by Cuban filmmakers were also included in all the sections not in competition, recognition of their quality.
We have previously referred to two of the films selected to compete in the fiction category: Inocencia (Innocence) by Alejandro Gil, and Nido de mantis (Mantis’ Nest) by Arturo Sotto. Thus we turn to Insumisas, from the prize-winning Fernando Pérez, who worked together with Swiss filmmaker Laura Cazador on both the screenplay and directing.
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Nestled between the crowded Havana streets, just where the neighborhoods of Centro Habana, Cerro and Habana Vieja converge, a space regains its vitality for the happiness of their citizens. Almost a century after its founding, the “Mercado Único de La Habana” – popularly known as “Cuatro Caminos” – promises to once again welcome the “pregones” and smells of the centenary place, at its best one of the most famous shopping plazas in the city.
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The Commission was informed of results from the recently concluded popular consultation, during which 133, 681 meetings were held, with 8,945,521 persons attending.
In these meetings, 1,706,872 citizens spoke, making 783,174 proposals, (666,995 modifications, 32,149 additions, 45,548 eliminations, and 38,482 requests for clarification).
Boticario is a town lost in the vast northeast of Brazil, in the municipality of
Santo Amaro de Brotas, close to the Aracaju coast in the State of Sergipe, more than 1,600 kilometers from the capital, Brasilia.
It is hard to say if the President-elect of the country, Jair Bolsonaro, has been here, or if he knows where this town is located on the map. It is even more unlikely that he knows the story of María, a humble, young woman, 29 years of age, to whom a Cuban doctor provided relief.
Bolsonaro said: “Currently, Cuba gets most of the salary of Cuban doctors and restricts the freedom of those professionals and their families, they are withdrawing from More Doctors for not accepting to review this absurd situation that violates human rights, regrettable!
I answer: Bolsonaro, my son, when you Mr. says that Cuba keeps my salary, I only think about the following questions:
- I accepted the terms of this contract for free and personal determination.
- Aware that with that money, my mother, brothers, nephews, cousins, uncles, neighbors, my whole family, is guaranteed the care of their health without paying anything.
- Aware that my training as a doctor is thanks to the creation of public universities throughout the national territory. Where the children of bricklayers, lawyers, peasants, service and post employees, doctors, etc., share the same classroom without discrimination based on sex, color, ideology or wealth. That, Bolsonaro, is called equality. Which you do not know, because it does not exist in a country where corruption and political privileges end with the wealth of Brazil.
- I have the courage to work for the Brazilian people even without receiving the salary you are talking about. Because I do not work just for an economic issue. I work because I like my profession, because I have never tried to make myself rich at the expense of the poor. Because I will never use politics as a way of life. Because I will never deceive the poor with false promises. Because I’m never going to plant hatred and discrimination in anyone’s heart. Because I’m going to think things through before I talk so I do not have to do like you (who apologizes every day for the follies he talks about).
- Yes, I can bring someone from my family, but I do not bring it because, Mr. Bolsonaro, the poor have to have priorities in life and for me the priority is to help my family, even more than buying an air ticket knowing that in home we have other needs and priorities.
- I also know that you have the support of a small number of my colleagues who, for political and economic reasons, believe that it is better to enrich oneself with money and not with love, experience, moral values, patriotism, dignity. Because I can not agree with my salary there in Cuba. I may not even agree with the political system in Cuba. But I do not have to defame my country either. I saw that also in poor Brazilians, mostly in Brazil. They like Brazil, that small town where they were born, only they would certainly like that same Brazil they have in their hearts to have equality, zero poverty, zero hunger, zero discrimination, zero violence, zero corruption, health and quality education. But still, in imperfect Brazil, they like their country.
- Mr. says that Cubans “are withdrawing from the Más Médicos program for not accepting to review this absurd situation that violates human rights.” No Bolsonaro, what really violates human rights is to deprive the poor of Brazil of access to health for not agreeing with other political ideologies. Because you want to change the rules without asking the beneficiaries of the program if the Cubans really do the job the way it has to be. Because here, in Brazil, we have Brazilian preceptors, we are doing a course in family medicine, all under the supervision of excellent Brazilian professionals. We are not here in any corner doing things on a whim, no. Now he comes to say that we are disguised as doctors. Here the only one disguised is the Lord and all those who support his absurd vision of reality. Mr. is only fighting for the privileges of the medical class, of the political class. Regrettable! Yes, Mr. Bolsonaro, what is regrettable is to see how a guy without knowledge of anything, only weapons, gets elected president. And even more regrettable was to see how some poor people voted for you. God take account of the poor. God takes account of Brazil.
- Who studied in the age of books, who studied at the time that research was done in books and not through Google or the Internet, deserves respect. Who fought for life and cried for the death of a person or a child deserves respect. Who was there, where for many is the end of the world, to take care of the sick, deserves respect. Whoever stayed away from his family to smile back at an old man or a child deserves respect. Is not it to take off your hat? It is absurd that 66 countries in the world are benefiting from our work and you come to say that we disguise ourselves as doctors. Even worse is to doubt that anyone wants to be served by Cubans.
I ask for respect for my colleagues.
I ask respect for the free choice of my people.
I ask respect from the poor and ignorant.
I ask for respect for public medicine.
I also ask you to study what it means to love one’s neighbor.
What Homeland means
What dignity means
What diplomacy means
What family medicine means
What equality means
Which means respect of thought.
What it means to be also the president of the poor Brazilians and not just that of the rich and powerful.
Health and long life for you Mr.
God bless you and your people.