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… “a city on the hill,” that the entire world would consider an example to follow


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In 1630, during a speech given aboard the Arabella, anchored in Massachusetts Bay, before disembarking John Winthrop stated that the colonists would found “a city on the hill,” that the entire world would consider an example to follow…

Since the process of English colonization of North America began almost four centuries ago, the U.S. political creed has been in formation. In 1630, during a speech given aboard the Arabella, anchored in Massachusetts Bay, before disembarking John Winthrop stated that the colonists would found “a city on the hill,” that the entire world would consider an example to follow.

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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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10 signs that the US prepares military intervention in Venezuela – Via Islamia Cuba


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The fact that the US relive their failed policies in Latin America and in particular against Venezuela, only result in being more aggressive. In recent weeks, the promotion of its hegemonic ambitions concealed by “universal principles” [1] has taken a worrying course.

However, the US arsenal has missiles of all powers but is short of political arguments. [2]

The Venezuelan Government rejected this Sunday, February 11, the statements of the US Undersecretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Francisco Palmieri, who confirmed the intention of his country to intervene in the internal affairs of this nation.

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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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A safe country ? Definitely !

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Original Post Automatically Translate: Empresas turísticas de EEUU aseguran que Cuba es un destino seguro / Cubadebate Cuba

“The reality is that Americans can continue to travel to Cuba almost as they did before the new regulations,” said Tom Popper, president of Insight Cuba, which organized a forum in Havana with US companies in the tourism sector.

Executives from companies from the travel agencies, hotels, tour operators, airlines and cruise companies expressed their interest in continuing trade relations with Cuba.

“We see many opportunities in Cuba, especially on the Havana-Miami route,” said Martha Pantin, corporate communications manager of American Airlines, a company that already operates nine daily flights to five Cuban destinations. “We have requested permission for 17 additional frequencies,” 

“The message is that Cuba is open to business, safe, wonderful and legal for travelers from the United States,” said Terry Dale, president of the Association of Tour Operators of the United States.

Within the new policy of US President Donald Trump, to the island, banned US companies from making direct monetary transactions with a number of companies in the tourism sector, on the charge that they are controlled by the Cuban Army.

It also hardened the conditions for travel to the island by US citizens, who although were already banned from tourism, and only can travel as part of a cultural, academic or religious trip, among others.

But despite the obstacles in the procedures, Trump’s measures did not vary the 12 categories of trips approved by the previous US administration to facilitate visits to the island, which have now been restricted to trips organized in groups.

“The new measures have created a lot of confusion about the reality of travel to Cuba. But the truth is that Cuba remains a legal and safe destination for American travelers even before the new regulations of the Treasury Department, “said lawyer Lindsay Frank.

During 2017, 620,000 Americans traveled to Cuba and none had health problems during their stay on the island. An argument that would contradict the travel warning issued by the State Department last September and that in early January had to lift and pass it to “reconsider” the trip.

“It is very important for American travelers to understand that the travel warning from the State Department does not legally prevent Americans from traveling to Cuba,” explained lawyer Lindsay Frank.


“Internet Task Force” – returning to failed Cuba policies


Original Post: United States returns to failed Cuba policies – The creation of an “Internet Task Force” to undermine Cuba is one more subversive program using new technologies, along the lines of ZunZuneo, Piramideo, and Conmotion


– ZunZuneo: Financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with the objective of launching a messaging system that could reach hundreds of thousands of Cubans using “non-controversial” content, like sports news, music, weather reports, and announcements. When they had won over a following, the plan was to begin sending political messages inciting Cubans to make appeals on the network for massive demonstrations to destabilize the country.

– Piramideo: Similar to ZunZuneo, this program was undertaken by the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB), responsible for the infamous Radio and TV Martí. The plan was to create a network of “friends” that would offer the possibility of sending a massive message to members of a “pyramid” at the cost of a single SMS. The objective was to prepare a platform for subversion.

– Conmotion: A tool to create independent create wireless networks, developed by the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute (OTI), with headquarters in Washington, originally intended for military use. Although no information on its functioning in Cuba is known, government sources told the New York Times that millions of dollars had been dedicated to an effort toward that end.

– Operation Surf: Unmasked by State Security agent Raúl – Dalexi González Madruga – this program involved the smuggling of equipment and software into the country to install illegal antennas to access the internet.

If the Trump administration presumes to use new technologies to impose changes on Cuba’s internal order, it has chosen a very time worn route, one that has been inoperative and ineffective in the past – not to mention that it violates the laws of the country involved, and even those of the United States.

The creation of an Internet Task Force focused on Cuba, announced by the State Department January 23, opens the doors for the continuation of a failed Cold War policy, which the two countries had stated their intention to change on December 17, 2014.

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