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      We don’t need the empire to give us anything. Our efforts will be legal and peaceful, because our commitment is to peace and fraternity among all human beings who live on this planet.



    • The kings of Spain brought us the conquistadores and masters, whose footprints remained in the circular land grants assigned to those searching for gold in the sands of rivers, an abusive and shameful form of exploitation, traces of which can be noted from the air in many places around the country.


      Tourism today, in large part, consists of viewing the delights of our landscapes and tasting exquisite delicacies from our seas, and is always shared with the private capital of large foreign corporations, whose earnings, if they don’t reach billions of dollars, are not worthy of any attention whatsoever.

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    • Obama in Cuba: How Political Prisoners Hit the Corporate International Media Headlines

          ARNOLD AUGUST 
      Saturday, March 26,2016

       HAVANA: In the course of President Obama’s visit to Cuba on March 20–22, 2016, the issue of supposed Cuban “political prisoners” took centre stage in Cuba–US relations for at least 24 hours in much of the international mainstream media. 

      The sets of international foreign television outlets were situated on a floor of the emblematic Lonja del Comercio (the fully renovated former Stock Exchange in pre-revolutionary Cuba) overlooking Old Havana. 
    • A cacophony of phrases from the reporters about political prisoners emanated from the sets. It seemed that “Obama in Cuba” had become equated with “political prisoners.” The only exception appeared to be TeleSUR, based in Caracas, Venezuela.
      How did this come about? In the joint press conference offered by Presidents Raúl Castro and Barack Obama on March 21, Obama stated in reference to the discussions with the Cuban government:

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    • President Obama met with Cuban President Raúl Castro in Havana, Cuba, Monday, where the two held a joint press conference.


      Here is a transcript of the full event.

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    • Do the Cuban People Have the Right to Choose Their Leaders?

        Versión para impresión
    • In the context of developing Cuba-US relations, on March 2, 2016 in Geneva, the Deputy secretary of State of the US State Department, Antony J. Blinken, issued the National Statement at the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. In this statement he indicated that Obama during his visit to Cuba in March “will emphasize that the Cuban people are best served by an environment where people are free to choose their political parties and their leaders...”


      Let us concentrate for the moment on the theme of “choosing their leaders.”

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    •   Wed Mar 9, 2016 3:14pm EST   
        Related:     World,   Election 2016,   Politics,   Cuba   

      Cuba issues bristling editorial ahead of Obama visit

        HAVANA  |  
    • Cuba said it would welcome President Barack Obama to Havana later this month, but the Communist government had no intention of changing its policies in exchange for normal relations with the United States.

      In a long editorial on Wednesday in Communist Party newspaper Granma and other official media, Cuba demanded Washington cease meddling in its internal affairs and said Obama could do more to change U.S. policy.

      The White House brushed off the piece and defended the president's trip next month as an opportunity to engage both with Cuba's government and its citizens.

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    • Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:08pm EDT   
        Related:     World,   Election 2016,   Politics,   Cuba   

      Cuba, U.S. renew talks while differing over Venezuela

        HAVANA  |  
    • U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson appears at a news conference during talks between the U.S. and Cuba at the State Department in Washington February 27, 2015.

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    • Fidel received the Grand CrossExtraordinarywith a Gold Plaque awarded by the Honduran Congress, a distinction which has only been presented to national leaders or former leaders, as well as Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon.

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    • Armand Mattelart: “Las TIC’s también benefician las formas de dominación”
    • 8 diciembre 2015

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    • Message from Raúl to Maduro

    • We will always be with you, Army General Raúl Castro expressed, in a message sent to the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, following the legislative elections held this Sunday


      Dear Maduro:


      I followed, minute by minute, the extraordinary battle that you have fought and listened to your words with admiration.


      I am sure there are new victories to come for the Bolivarian and Chavista Revolution under your leadership.


      We will always be with you.


      An embrace


      Raúl Castro Ruz

    • Nunca como hoy urge contar con lúcidos y honestos como Armand Mattelart

        Por:   Abel Prieto Jiménez 
        8 diciembre 2015
    • Cuando Garcés me pidió que dijera “las palabras de elogio” de Armand Mattelart en este acto, le expliqué que en todo caso, lo que podría compartir aquí con ustedes sería un mensaje de admiración, de afecto, de gratitud, por él, por Armand, y también (inevitablemente y con gran placer) por Michèle.


      Hay que felicitar a Armand por haber encontrado a Michèle y por haber fundado con ella una pareja para la vida y para el trabajo en común. Es un privilegio. Los felicito a los dos. (En Cuba tenemos el caso de dos poetas y ensayistas de los más grandes de nuestra historia literaria, Fina García Marruz y Cintio Vitier, dos martianos además, que vivieron y escribieron juntos hasta que Cintio lamentablemente falleció. “Destinada mía”, le llamó Cintio a Fina en un bello poema. Así, como la pareja de Fina y Cintio, veo yo a la pareja de Michèle y Armand. Es decir, que Michèle es la destinada de Armand y viceversa.)


      Volviendo a al tema de “las palabras de elogio”, quiero decir que he estado presente en muchos actos de este tipo y he visto que “las palabras de elogio” son auténticas conferencias magistrales. Estas notas que hice no tienen nada que ver con eso.  En todo caso, la culpa es de mi querido compañero Garcés.

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    • An End to Cuban Exceptionalism
    • Dec 7, 2015

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    • United States and Cuba Hold Claims Talks In Havana

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      Media Note
      Office of the Spokesperson
      Washington, DC
      December 7, 2015

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      The United States and Cuba will hold their first government-to-government claims discussion in Havana on December 8. The U.S. delegation will be led by Mary McLeod, Acting Legal Adviser for the U.S. Department of State. This initial meeting will allow the two sides to exchange information on a wide variety of claims. These include claims of U.S. nationals that were certified by the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, claims related to unsatisfied U.S. court judgments against Cuba, and claims of the United States Government. The Government of Cuba has also raised claims against the United States related to the embargo. The meeting is the first step in what we expect to be a long and complex process, but the United States views the resolution of outstanding claims as a top priority for normalization.


      The reestablishment of diplomatic relations allows us to more effectively represent U.S. interests and values in Cuba and strengthen our ties with the Cuban people.

    • Mon Dec 7, 2015
    • Exclusive: Cuba nears deal with Paris Club on debt forgiveness

        HAVANA  |  

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    • Restoration of U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations sparks a trademark battle Add to ... 


       CAMAGUEY, CUBA — Reuters



    • When Julio Manzini decided two years ago to name his small restaurant McDonald’s after the famous fast-food chain, he had no idea it could cause any trouble. He has since been frightened into removing the name.

      “I don’t even know what McDonald’s tastes like, I just thought the name was striking, like Shakira or something,” he said at the lunch counter of what used to be “Cafeteria La McDonald’s Camagueyana” in the Cuban city of Camaguey, about 500 km east of Havana.

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      This month, Mr. Manzini stripped “McDonald’s” and the famous golden arches from his handcrafted sign as a precaution after he said his establishment was visited by a lawyer sent by the company.

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    • Does God work for the CIA?
    • Published time: 15 Jan, 2014

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    • One of the most positively commented on articles I have written recently was the piece on freedom of the press and Cuba–US relations, published on September 9, 2015. The emails coming from the US, Canada, Europe and Cuba reflected a pent-up frustration – and even a barely veiled anger – at how some of the US press deals with Cuba. Readers of the article seemed to breathe a sigh of relief that writers are not getting caught up in illusions, in the wake of the new Cuba–US relations, about the traditional media war waged against Cuba since the 1959 Revolution. Another writer, Iroel Sánchez from Cuba, took on The Washington Post for its misinformation and bias regarding Cuba. My piece did not target CNN USA, but challenged one high-ranking CNN anchor, Jake Tapper. Furthermore, it dealt initially only with his reporting from Havana of the August 14, 2015 reopening of the US Embassy and the flag-raising ceremony conducted by John Kerry.

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      Redefining Socialism in Cuba

    • US Secretary of State John Kerry travelled to Havana this past August for the flag-raising ceremony at the re-established US Embassy in Cuba. While this event was viewed as a landmark occasion by many in the United States, including the mainstream media, it was just the latest in a never-ending stream of landmarks for Cuba. From the victory of the socialist revolution in 1959 to emerging ties with the Soviet Union and the Socialist bloc during the 1960s to political and economic reforms in the mid-1970s to the disintegration of the Soviet Union and resulting “Special Period” during the 1990s to the far-reaching economic reforms of recent years. In other words, socialism in Cuba is not stagnant; nor is it reliant on US policy. To the contrary, Cuba’s socialism has constantly evolved as it has responded to both domestic and international conditions, and this constant redefining of the model continues today.

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    • Cuba-US Relations and Freedom of the Press
      Global Research, September 09, 2015

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      Barack Obama, Raul Castro shake hands amid thawing relations


      The pair expected to meet again Saturday at summit in Panama


          Thomson Reuters    Posted: Apr 10, 2015

    • U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shook hands on Friday at a summit in Panama, a symbolically charged gesture as the pair seek to restore ties between the Cold War foes.


      A photograph showed Obama and Castro, both wearing dark suits, chatting in a small group of leaders at the summit's opening ceremony. A White House official confirmed the two men shook hands and spoke briefly.


      "This was an informal interaction and there was not a substantive conversation between the two leaders," the official said.


      Obama and Castro are expected to meet again on Saturday and talk about their efforts to restore full diplomatic relations and boost trade and travel between the two countries.

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