Welcome to the 18th Festival of Youth and Students


2013 Festival Info

18th World Festival logoFestival Location: Quito Ecuador
Dates: December 7th – 13th 2013

Slogan:“Youth unite against imperialism for the world of peace, solidarity and social transformation!”

In December, the 18th World Festival of Youth and Student will be celebrated in Quito, Ecuador. It is a political movement with a history of 66 years. The First Festival took place in 1947 in Prague. It was organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth and its international partner organizations, in an effort to demonstrate the political will of the Youth that defeated Nazism to continue their efforts for everlasting peace and solidarity among the peoples. To achieve that, the participants adopted the ideal of the anti-imperialist struggle; because imperialism is the main cause of wars, misery and exploitation. They knew back then, as we know now that imperialism changes many faces and methods but its true nature stems from the economic system itself.

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Zimbabwe: ACP Assembly Calls for Removal of Sanctions

acp_logoTHE African, Caribbean and Pacific Parliamentary Assembly has trashed claims by the European Union that the sanctions regime on Zimbabwe was “smart” or “targeted” saying the sanctions were unjustified, had caused company closures and suffering among ordinary people and should be lifted.

The ACP Parliamentary Assembly, which is made up of 79 countries drawn from Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific regions made the groundbreaking declaration at its 34th session held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from Friday last week to Wednesday this week where the embargo was rapped for spawning negative economic and social consequences in Zimbabwe.

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Venezuela: 289 Community Doctors Graduate

Source: venezuelanalysis.com

26th November 2013

venezuela community medicine doctors graduateYesterday President Nicolas Maduro announced that next year the government will create the Salvador Allende University of Health Sciences.

He made the announcement at the graduation of 289 community doctors from the Salvador Allende Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), in Caracas, which will form part of the new initiative.

Maduro said the new health sciences university would train doctors, nurses, dentists, and other health professionals. He said Venezuela would found the university, and that he would propose it to the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) summit next month in Caracas

The Venezuela based ELAM was inaugurated in April 2007 by Hugo Chavez following an agreement between himself and then Cuban President Fidel Castro in 2005. It aims to train people from around Latin America as “humanist” doctors. Priority is given to countries and students who have problems accessing higher education due to location or economic reasons, and the initiative also aims to promote Latin American and Caribbean integration.

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Guyana Solidarity President meets with ICAP in Cuba

The President of the Guyana Cuba Solidarity Movement, GCSM, Haleem Khan, recently visited Cuba where discussions were held with Kenia Serrano, President of ICAP (Cuban Haleem with ICAP President Kenia 5Institute of Friendship with the Peoples The ICAP President used the opportunity to update Mr. Khan on the situation in Cuba generally while the GCSM President shared with her the plans developed by his solidarity organization for the coming year 2014.

Mr. Khan reiterated his organization’s condemnation of both the unjust imprisonment of the Five Cuban Heroes and the inhumane, unilaterally imposed US blockade of Cuba.

The Guyanese solidarity president’s stay was not limited to meetings as he also found time to participate in the posting of stickers in the streets of Havana calling for the release of the anti-terrorist Cuban fighters

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Source:  Guyana Cuba Solidarity Movement

Dr. Fuhrman: Beans – the Ideal Carbohydrate

Beans are nutritionally unique
dr fuhrman 2Beans and other legumes (such as lentils and split peas) are the ideal starchy food. When many people think of high-fiber, starch-containing foods, they think of whole grains, which are healthful foods, but beans are nutritionally superior. Beans and other legumes have uniquely high levels of fiber and resistant starch, carbohydrates that are not broken down by our digestive system. Though indigestible, these carbohydrates have a number of valuable health effects: first, because they are indigestible they reduce the total number of calories that can be absorbed from beans; fiber and resistant starch also limit the glycemic (blood sugar raising) effects of beans; finally, when resistant starch and some fibers reach the colon, they act as food for our healthy gut bacteria, which then ferment it into anti-cancer compounds in the colon.

Beans help prevent diabetes and weight gain
Since the fiber and resistant starch in beans and other legumes keep their glycemic load low, they are great foods for preventing or reversing diabetes. A study on 64,000 women followed for 4 years found that high intake of legumes were associated with a 38% decreased risk of diabetes.1 Also, a recent clinical study found that type 2 diabetics who Continue reading

Ethiopia, Cuba Keen to Deepen All-round Ties

Ethiopia and Cuba have expressed their readiness to deepen all round relations between the two countries. The remark was made during a high level discussion held in Addis Ababa between the two countries with the Cuban delegation led by its foreign minister Bruno Eduardo Rodríguez Parrilla.

Demeke Mekonnen deputy prime minister of ethiopia“Our bilateral ties should be a multifaceted one with party to party relations taking the foundation,” Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said during a brief meeting with the Cuban foreign minister at the office of the EPRDF Secretariat.  (Photo: Demeke Mekonnen)

The call was welcomed by Bruno Rodríguez, who came to Ethiopia to participate in the 26th African, Caribbean, Pacific and European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly, which kicked off on Monday.

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Lavrov: CELAC an Important Partner for Russia

Moscow, Nov 27 (Prensa Latina)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey LavrovRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today said that the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) constitutes an important future partner for Russia, and praised the initiative to establish a permanent dialogue mechanism.

In a statement to Prensa Latina, Lavrov reiterated that this is the first time an organization has joined all Latin American and Caribbean nations, and Russia considers it an important partner for the future.

Lavrov and his Guatemalan counterpart Luis Fernando Carreras gave a press conference after signing a joint declaration at the end of their meeting in this capital today.

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Zuma praises long-standing relations between Cuba and Africa

Addis Ababa

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the AUDr Dlamini Zuma praised relations between Cuba and Africa, which go back a long way and thanked Cuba for sending a representative to the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity/ African Union held in May this year. She also briefed the Cuban Foreign Minister on preparations being made to finalise Agenda 2063.

She said wide consultations were taking place with different stakeholders and these were being fed back to the Commission for inclusion in the framework. “We want this to be something that the public owns, and not just governments”, she added.

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China: Improving and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics

 Series of measures to advance reforms approved by the
18th Communist Party Central Committee third plenum

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of ChinaChina continues to surprise. The government of the nation which, in the not so distant future, could displace the United States as the first economy in the world has announced a new reform package which seeks to reorient its growth model toward internal consumption and limit the country’s dependence on external markets.

In 1979, a process of socioeconomic transformations designed to unleash the country’s productive forces began. The development model implemented was based on stimulating foreign investment and exports, with excellent results sustained over the years, which allowed it to accumulate a surplus of billions of dollars.

The Chinese economy was also able to maneuver in order to survive the explosion of the international financial bubble in 2008.

A dream: to double the gross domestic product and per capita income by 2020

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