Cuban Civil Society Delegation to Attend Forums in Panama


28 March, 2015

seventh summit of the americasOver one hundred representatives of Cuban civil society will participate in forums that will run parallel to the 7th Summit of the Americas, in Panama.

Intellectuals, farmers, cooperative members, entrepreneurs, academics and others 

The large group includes intellectuals, farmers, cooperative members, entrepreneurs, academics and other social actors who will take to Panama the proposals issued in numerous civil society meetings held over the past weeks on the island.

Cuba will also be represented at the forums of university rectors and entrepreneurs.

To exchange views and share experiences in an open and constructive way

The goal of the Cuban delegation is to exchange, in an open and constructive way, with other representatives of the hemisphere and convey Cuban experiences in issues such as governance, democracy, education, health, energy, sustainable development, innovation and use of new information technologies, among others.

The Cuban delegation will also join other progressive organizations at the Summit of the Peoples and at the meeting of the Social Movements of Our America, to take place April 9-11.

The island´s representatives are also scheduled to participate at a gathering in solidarity with the progressive causes of Latin America and the Caribbean, which will be held at the University of Panama on April 11.

Source: Cuban Civil Society Delegation to Attend Forums in Panama

Cubans hold discussions in preparation for the 7th Summit of the Americas

Sources:  Granma, Prensa Latina
March 26, 2015

During a Youth Forum entitled ‘Youth and the Americas we want’ held yesterday, March 25, Cuban students, and young workers, artists and social leaders discussed their realities, offering opinions and proposals to be shared at the upcoming Seventh Summit of the Americas Youth Forum, to be held in Panama, April 8-10, which Cuba will be attending for the first time.

cuban youthoffer their perspective on the americasDebates took place at various sites at the University of Havana and presented at the Pabellón Cuba were panel discussions on several topics including security, the environment, education, health, democratic governing and citizen participation.

Cuban Civil Society

Two weeks ago, on March 17, Cuban Civil Society held a similar event where issues such as democratic governance and citizen participation were addressed in preparation for the Civil Society Forum of the  Summit.


In the discussions, religious leader Orlando Gutierrez expressed his solidarity with Venezuela as they faced the  hostile US policy and demanded respect for the Bolivarian Constitution and the right of the South American country to self-determination.

Opportunities for youth in Cuban society

Journalist Yoerky Sánchez outlined the many opportunities that were open to Cuban youth to participate in the political life and the process of decision-making in their nation based on the characteristics of the electoral system of the island, which allows youth to be elected as councillors at the age of 16 and as deputies at 18.

Joel Suarez from the Martin Luther King Memorial Center proposed to highlight the contributions of the constitutions of countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador in terms of democracy and citizen rights.

Participation of workers in Cuban society

In trade union matters, Heriberto Gonzalez, member of the America’s Office of the World Trade Unions Federation, highlighted the participation of Cuban workers in the social life of the country and the fact that their rights were guaranteed.

Participants also recommended that their representatives at the Summit raise the need to continue the fight against the economic blockade imposed for over half a century to Cuba by the United State, despite the international rejection.

In addition to democratic governance and citizen participation in this Cuban Civil Society Forum, other issues such as Migration, Security, Energy, Environment, Health and Education were also addressed.

Cuba’s achievements in education and health

Cuba’s achievements in education and health, recognized worldwide, would not be possible without the joint participation of actors and social organizations, scientific societies and professional associations, said Jaime Gomez, moderator of a working group based in Casa del ALBA Cultural.

With this forum, the Cuban civil society aims to encourage reflection and make recommendations to the national delegation representing Cuba in Panama, as well as to generate concrete actions to address the current challenges in the Americas.

Cuban Civil Society Debates Towards Seventh Summit of the Americas  Prensa Latina
Cuba’s Youth Offers its perspectives on the Americas  Granma

Over 5 Million Signatures against US’ Aggressions on Venezuela

Obama venezuela is not a threat

As of early Sunday morning, 5 million, 1,058 signatures had been collected, Mayor Jorge Rodriguez announced.

Venezuelan officials reported on Sunday that over 5 million signatures have been collected in the campaign against President Barack Obama’s March 9 executive order arbitrarily declaring Venezuela an extraordinary threat to its national security to justify further aggressions against the South American country.

Mayor of the municipality Libertador de Caracas, the country’s capital, Jorge Rodriguez, who also heads the Campaign “ObamaRepealtheDecreeNow,” indicated that as of this Sunday morning just over 5 million signatures had been collected.

The aim – 10 million signatures for the Summit of the Americas

The aim of the campaign is to gather at least 10 million signatures to be presented at the Summit of the Americas, which is scheduled to take place in Panama City next April 10 and 11.

Rodriguez told state-owned Venezuelan Television (VTV) that the campaign has been very well received by Venezuelans, who have gone to the different designated locations in the country to sign the petition.

“As of this Sunday morning, 5 million 1,058 signatures have been collected in solidarity with the defense of the sovereignty of Venezuela,” Rodriguez said.

The mayor condemned Washington’s newest aggressions against Venezuela, and described them as acts of interference in the internal affairs of the country and against the democratically elected government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Widespread condemnation around the world of Obama’s executive order

The Obama executive order on Venezuela has been widely condemned around the world and by international organizations such as the Organization of American States, UNASUR, CELAC, among many others.

A recent poll showed that 92 percent of Venezuelans reject any U.S. intervention in the country, while 64 percent disagreed with sanctions imposed on Venezuelan officials by Washington,  while 62 percent thought that the U.S. government’s perception of what is really happening in Venezuela was wrong.

Source: Over 5 Million Signatures against US’ Aggressions on Venezuela  TeleSUR

Bolivia: Movement Towards Socialism wins again

Source: TeleSUR
March 29, 2015

Unofficial exit polls place the governing party ahead in six out of nine provinces. The Bolivian Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) — President Evo Morales’ party — would have won most of the country’s local governments after Sunday’s elections, according to unofficial exit polls.

Bolivia MAS wins againThe governing party the polls suggest that MAS obtained victories in six out of nine provinces.

Meanwhile the remaining provinces would be ruled by the opposition, together with the city of El Alto, in La Paz province. In the provinces of Pando and Cochabamba the governing party registered victories with over 60 percent of the ballots, with 66.3 and 60.1 respectively.

In the province of Oruro, MAS won with 55 percent of the votes. Similarly in Potosi, the government party won with 57.1 percent.

The lowest result would have been in Beni, where — according to the exit polls — MAS would have won with 38.4 percent of the votes.

Official results are expected after midnight local time in Bolivia.

Source:  Bolivia’s MAS Party Wins Majority In Local Governments  TeleSUR

Mujica Leads Uruguay’s Venezuela Solidarity March


March 24 2015

Jose Mujica, Uruguay’s much-loved former president, led a march in the capital city Montevideo for “peace in Latin America” and “in solidarity with the people of Venezuela.”

mujica leads march in support of venezuela 1

Hundreds of Uruguayans walked alongside Pepe and Vice President Raul Sendic, demanding that the United States withdraws its declaration that Venezuela presents an “extraordinary” threat to “national security.”

mujica leads march in support of venezuela 2Mujica has been vocal in the outcry over the U.S. aggression towards Venezuela.

mujica 5Earlier this month, Mujica said that he was “fed up with (the U.S.) meddling” in internal Latin American business.

Commenting on U.S. President Barack Obama’s declaration that Venezuela presented a “national threat,” Mujica said that whoever says that the South American country could be “a threat” to the U.S. “has a screw loose.”

Source: Mujica Leads Uruguay’s Venezuela Solidarity March  venezuelanalysis

Cuban-trained Liberian medical specialists thankful to Cuban and Liberian governments

March 25 2015

Speaking on behalf of his fellow colleagues, the spokesman and head of the Liberian Foreign Students studying in Cuba, William Wesseh, lauded the Cuban Government for the opportunity and the hospitality accorded them while undergoing their studies in Cuba

Liberian Foreign Minister Augustine NgafuanThree Cuban-trained Liberian medical specialists have returned home after successfully completing studies in various medical fields, including Clinical Engineering, Clinical Bio-analysis, and Radiology & X-Ray respectively in Cuba. (Photo:  Liberian Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan)

According to the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia, the three young Liberian medical professionals left here in 2008 under a Cuba-Liberia Bilateral Scholarship Program to pursue advanced medical studies in that part of the world, after they were recruited and vetted by the Civil Service Agency (CSA) and the Inter-Ministerial Scholarship Committee of the Ministry of Education.  The three specialists are William Wesseh, B.Sc  in Clinical Engineering; Michael Mator,  B.Sc in Clinical  Bio-analysis,  and  Varnjah  Quincy  Quiah,  BSc  in  Radiology & X-Ray.

The release indicated that the three specialists with requisite skills and knowledge are back to join their professional colleagues, who are impacting the country’s health sector, which is facing serious post Ebola technical and human resource challenges.

Cuban government lauded

Speaking on behalf of his fellow colleagues, the spokesman and head of the Liberian Foreign Students studying in Cuba, William Wesseh, lauded the Cuban Government for the opportunity and the hospitality accorded them while undergoing their studies in Cuba.

Mr. Wesseh, who acquired B.Sc in Clinical Engineering, said despite the huge challenges faced while undergoing studies in Cuba, they were three out of 12 candidates from Liberia, who successfully completed the studies, while one female Liberian candidate is left behind with one semester to complete her studies.

He thanked the Liberian government through the CSA and the Ministry of  Education for the  moral, technical and financial assistance rendered them,  which he noted, was significant  in making the realization of their dreams and aspiration, adding, “We have come back to contribute our quota to the Liberian society”.

The Liberian medical specialists also hailed authorities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its concern and support as well as intervention which he said impacted their learning processes while in that foreign land.

The students’ spokesperson paid special tribute to Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan and the Assistant Minister for American Affairs, Hon. Sie-Teba Neufville whom he emphasized, had been very supportive and instrumental in ensuring their return home.

The release added that the field of Clinical Engineering basically deals with the purchase, installation, maintenance and repair of medical equipment or generally the regulation of medical equipment.

Clinical Bio-analysis is concerned with laboratory diagnosis of different types of diseases within the human body; while Radiology and X-Ray (medical Radiography and medical radio-physics) deals with the use of ionizing radiation in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases using CT-scan, M R I, ultra-sound, Mammogram and Radio-therapy.

Source: 3 Liberian medical specialists return home

Díaz-Canel emphasizes love shared by the peoples of Cuba and Namibia

Source:  Granma
March 23 2015
Deisy Francis Mexidor

Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel met with new Namibian President Hage Geingob after his inauguration ceremony, and emphasized that the success of his visit to the country was based on the love shared by the two countries’ peoples.

cubans and namibians

Earlier during his visit, Diaz-Canel met with the country’s historic leader and founding father Sam Nujoma.

Diaz-Canel commented that the meeting with Geingob was an affectionate one, with the new President recalling his conversations with Fidel and Raúl during his last visit to Cuba.

fidel y hage geingob 2The Cuban Vice President reported that also discussed was Cuba collaboration in Namibia which, he said, will continue to expand.

A bi-national committee of experts to be established

Miguel Díaz-Canel BermúdezHe explained that, as a result of the visit, a bi-national committee of experts was to be established, “to evaluate all areas of cooperation, to see what fields we can open up and how to improve in areas where we are already.”

Diaz-Canel reported that, during the inauguration ceremony, he had the opportunity to greet several African heads of state, who expressed their affection and confidence in Cuba.

The Cuban Vice President visited three African countries this past week – Namibia, South Africa and Angola – and will conclude his international tour in India on Monday, after meeting with high-ranking leaders there. (PL)

Source:  Díaz-Canel emphasizes love shared by the peoples of Cuba and Namibia  Granma