A burning topic nowadays. In Cuba the Human Rights are not violated.


Thursday, August 31, 2006

Cuba’s Doctors Help in Indonesia

Three months have passed since a powerful earthquake devastated a large portion of the island of Java and the members of Cuba’s International Henry Reeve Contingent were swiftly dispatched to Indonesia to help the victims. They are still deployed in the most remote areas of the municipality of Klaten, one of the hardest hit by the disaster.
The pathologies related to the earthquake have started to dwindle, but the precedent established by the Cuban medical brigade in central Java goes beyond all types of borders.
Today, Cuban field hospitals are not only visited by the inhabitants of Klaten, but also the residents of he heavily populated neighboring province of Yogyakarta, as well as people from remote surrounding villages. People make long journeys by nights to arrive early in the morning to the waiting areas of the Cuban hospitals to be assisted by the island’s personnel.
"Termia kasik, terima kasik, terima kasik" Niki repeated over and over again. She is the mother of a six year old girl who was thanking the orthopedic team that operated on her daughter who had an open femur fracture from when her house collapsed after the earthquake. "We did not know that there could be people so different, so unselfish," an emotional Niki told the Cuban specialists who took care of her daughter.
By August 20, I a little more than two months after their arrival in Indonesia, the Cuban medical brigade has assisted a total of 89,550 of low-income or extremely poor patients. Of those, 47,451 were seen on field calls and 1,865 underwent surgery in the two Cuban field hospitals.
The first Cubans with a lot of work in the operating room were the orthopedic experts who had to deal with open fractures, hip prosthesis and external fixtures implants, as well as other innovations of Cuban medicine, brought to this humanitarian mission.
The picturesque district of Wedi, bordering Gantiwarno, in Klaten, is a valley covered by lush vegetation. Its quite and peaceful atmosphere was suddenly disturbed on the fateful morning of May 27. The earthquake destroyed most of its villages and turned them into piles of rubble. 75% of the houses were destroyed and three out of every four inhabitants sustained injures. In Wedi, there are still makeshift bamboo beds, while many elders lie without roofs exposed to the sunlight. The damage in the area was more severe due to its proximity to the earthquake epicenter.
The surgical team working at the hospital in Gantiwarno
Nani is a friendly 10 year old girl. She is still visibly shocked when she recalls the events she witnessed. Although she starts her story with a calm tone, suddenly she pauses and losses all her serenity: "I was very scared!" she exclaims with sad eyes. "What hurt me the most was to lose my school". But her sadness dissipates when she reminisces about the time she spent at the Gantiwarno Camp, aided by Cuban personnel who carried out activities to cheer up the children of the community: "Now I’m happy because the doctors have come to visit us, they vaccinated my little sister and other children from my school."
Just like Nani and her sister, the Cuban Medical Brigade in Indonesia has also conducted prevention and education drives. Some 10,000 inhabitants from Klaten have been vaccinated by the Cubans against tetanus.
"Thanks to God and the Cuban medical doctors my husband is alive. I didn’t have the money to pay for the blood he needed," said Rianti, the wife of the first Indonesian who received Cuban blood, from Hectico, as everyone calls him. "Keep on saving lives and keep on helping the poor as you have done here in Indonesia," said Rianti while she kissed and gave a tight hug to this nurse, who has become the contingent’s symbol.
Vonny is a joyful Indonesian young lady of 25 who has voluntarily joined the Cuban contingent as an interpreter. She is the leader of a group of 10 locals who share with the Cuban personnel intense hours in the hospitals and on the field visits.
It was Vonny who taught us some of the history and traditions of the people here. "Women here give birth in their homes," she explained surprised after witnessing how Dr. Angelita assisted the first delivery 45 days after the brigade’s arrival in Indonesia. Today, Vonny is still astonished. Fidelia was the first to be born, Mariana followed, then Celia, Ernesto, Vilma… By August 20, thirty one children had been born in the Cuban field hospitals. "I am following the pregnancy of 104 women," said Dr. Angela del Toro, a few minutes before having to leave her lunch intact to rush to perform an urgent caesarean.
"At first I was skeptical, I thought that no woman would come to deliver in the hospital, but now I am proud to see that they trust us." Prenatal care has become one of the top priorities of the Henry Reeve Brigade in Indonesia. Today, 107 expecting women are being taken care at the field hospitals of Prambanan and Gantiwarno.
"We are here exclusively for humanitarian reasons," Dr. Luis Oliveros Serrano, chief of the medical brigade, told CNN. "Authorities from the Indonesian government have been cooperating with us all the time and they have voiced their profound appreciation for our work. The visit of their foreign minister to the hospitals, as a well as those by other high ranking officials brings a lot of satisfaction to us. It is a sincere demonstration of respect to Cuba and to our people."
The mission in Pakistan after another devastating earthquake in October 2005 blazed the trail for the "Henry Reeve" International Contingent, which was formed shortly before to offer Cuba’s assistance to the victims of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, but rejected by George W. Bush.
The 96 members of the brigade in Indonesia, who also worked in the Himalayan Mountains, spend time recalling anecdotes of an experience that marked their lives forever. Now they continue planting seeds in another part of the world.


Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Uncomfortable Witness

It appears that the main witness in the case against Miami-based terrorists Santiago Alvarez and Osvaldo Mitat has made someone uncomfortable to the point of becoming the target of a drive-by shooting by "unknown persons" on a road northwest of Dade County.
An article in the Nuevo Heraldo Spanish language newspaper on Saturday reports that Gilberto Abascal’s pickup truck was shot several times as Abascal drove in the area known as Los Ranchos near Hialeah Gardens. "Something happened, but I’m fine…Saturday they fired on me," said Abascal who is supposed to be under the federal witness protection program.
The attack should come as no surprise. It can be explained by the climate in this southern Florida city and the fact that the individual involved is a key piece in the network involving Alvarez, Mitat and Luis Posada Carriles.
Gilberto Abascal knows very well how fugitive terrorist Luis Posada Carriles entered the United States: via the Santrina yacht in March, 2005. He was on the boat, as were Alvarez and Mitat. Therefore, his reports to the FBI are vital in this case, since the US authorities maintained for months that they had no knowledge of Posada’s presence or how he arrived to the US, actions that were repeatedly denounced by Cuba at the time.
But delimiting Abascal’s knowledge to this incident would be inaccurate. He also has other information on Posada and his associates that encompasses far more than the illegal entry. Delving into the past would provide key information on innumerable terrorist plans. Perhaps some of these would surface during the Alvarez-Mitat trial to be held starting September 11 in Fort Lauderdale, where the FBI will call Abascal as a prosecution witness.
As for the shooting incident, which occurred a few days before he was to take the stand in the Posada case, the defense lawyers refused to comment.
The game pieces have begun to move. After Abascal talked, "unknown persons" tried to kill him. This event adds to the claims made by Cuba. The terrorists are there. Maybe the US would be better off using the recently announced intelligence center —that will be used for spying on Cuba and Venezuela— to monitor the activities of local terrorists.


Tuesday, August 29, 2006

More US Students at Cuba Med School


"We are bringing young people who couldn’t fulfill their dreams in the United States," said Rev. Lucius Walker, as he accompanied a new group of US students to the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana.
ELAM began primarily as a center to train doctors from the Central American countries hit by hurricane Mitch in 1998. Soon after, it expanded to accept low-income students from around Latin America and more recently has also given underprivileged young people from the United States the opportunity to study medicine.
Rev. Walker said that the new students are themselves victims of "the values in our country" that turns medicine into a commercial product and of a deficient public health system. He noted that these young people haven’t lost their dreams and now can continuing dreaming thanks to Cuba.
"We have a marvelous task through Pastors for Peace —which each year sponsors a caravan to Cuba in defiance of the US blockade against the island—, but we have never been part of a project that brings so much joy as the Latin American School of Medicine, said Walker.
After expressing his gratitude for all that Cuba does, Walker asked that Fidel Castro be told "the immense appreciation we feel for him, for his ideas, and also reiterate to him our commitment to continue working together for this project."
The new US students, seven women and six men, were welcomed by ELAM President Dr. Juan D. Carrizo Estevez. With this new group, a total of 88 young people from the US are now studying medicine in Cuba.


Monday, August 28, 2006

Cuban Doctors Helping Guatemalans

IZABAL, Guatemala, August 25.— A Cuban medical brigade is currently bringing health and hope to thousands of people in Guatemala’s Caribbean zone.
Eight years ago, when Hurricane Mitch devastated large portions of Central America and the Motagua River flooded extensive parts of this region, the first Cuban physicians arrived in the department of Izabal, and they are still working here today.
"We are 15 collaborators, mostly women, including gynecologists, pediatricians, anesthetists, epidemiologists, nurses and experts in Integral General Medicine," said Odalys Rodriguez, coordinator of the Jose Marti Brigade in this department.
The Cuban doctors are working in five Izabal municipalities: Puerto Barrios, Livingston, El Estor Morales and Los Amates.
The most frequent diseases reported are acute respiratory problems, intestinal parasitism, skin afflictions and malnutrition, mainly in children.
Five doctors are also stationed at the Mother-Child Center of El Estor, where they offer 24-hour service on a rotating basis. The facility operates in the zone known for having the highest maternal mortality rate in all of Guatemala.
Odalys Rodriguez says that since the center opened, the maternal mortality rate has dropped drastically by two-thirds, from the 179 per 100,000 women rate a year earlier.
She noted how the Guatemalans have a good impression of the Cuban physicians and most importantly trust them. The fact that many patients speak native languages instead of Spanish has not been an obstacle for understanding, added Odalys (PL).de inundación. (O.P.)


Saturday, August 26, 2006

Nobel Prizewinner against US Bully

"That is the very first reason why I signed the intellectuals declaration in defense of Cuba s sovereignty," said the outstanding social fighter to Prensa Latina.
In second place, she asserted, it is abominable that any government attribute itself the right to ride roughshod over people s opinions, interests and self determination.
Menchu referred to her love for the Cuban people and their spirit of resistance as the third motive encouraging her to join the signatory intellectuals.
"Cuba is an example of dignity and Latin American dignity is also brought to mind when it comes to crazy presidents like Bush trying to impose their policies," she stressed.


Friday, August 25, 2006

China Backs Venezuela Bid for Security Council Seat

BEIJING, August 24.— China supports Venezuela’s bid for a UN Security Council seat, said President Hugo Chavez on Thursday following a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao.
The meeting, attended by the closest collaborators of both presidents, was held after the official welcome to the Venezuelan president at the People’s Palace.
Chavez said that the Chinese decision to support the Venezuelan candidacy as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council was announced by Hu Jintao at that meeting, reported Prensa Latina.
The Venezuelan leader said he was pleased with the agreements and understanding achieved with the Chinese authorities.
Chavez noted that the positive outcomes of the meeting are the result of three years of efforts to strengthen relations, now closer in the geopolitical, economic, technological, investment and cooperation fields.
Chavez made brief statements to the press at the end of the eight-document signing ceremony, which included memorandums of understanding and agreements in energy, finance, oil exploitation and home building.
The deals also included visits of Chinese tourist groups to Venezuela, as well as the setting up of a bilateral Business Committee.


Thursday, August 24, 2006

New Cease Fire Violation by Israel in Lebanon

For the second time in two days, the Israeli army has violated the cease fire in Lebanon with a Monday attack that left three Lebanese dead and four Israeli soldiers wounded in the Bekaa Valley, reported ANSA.
On Saturday, Israeli helicopters transporting commandos launched an attack also in the Bekaa Valley and killed four persons, less than a week after the cease fire.
Hours before the new aggression on Monday, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi urged the United Nations to adopt immediate measures against Israel for violating the cease fire in Lebanon, reported PL.
Badawi is the current chair of the 116-member Non-Aligned Movement (until the September summit in Cuba) and rotating president of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. He said he was stunned by the passivity of the Islamic Conference, which he said has taken no action against the Israeli government.
"Israel has violated or ignored many resolutions, but what it is most troubling and disturbing is that the United Nations takes no action against Tel Aviv," said Badawi.
US President George W. Bush continued to justify the Israeli attacks on civilian populations in Lebanon arguing that Tel Aviv has "the right to defend itself." The aggression against Lebanon has left more than 1,300 dead and thousands wounded from the indiscriminate Israeli bombing raids.


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Injustice for Cuban Five, Impunity for Terrorists

Gerardo, Ramon, Rene, Fernando and Antonio,the Cuban Five, remain behind bars in the United States, several of them in maximum security penitentiaries, and all of them subjected to the revenge of those in Washington who punish them as a means of reprisal against the Cuban revolution.
The hole, lack of communication, psychological pressures, are some of the tools that have been used against them in attempts to undermine their integrity, adding to the unfair and manipulated trial that led to their harsh prison sentences.
Recently, Gerardo has been told that there will be a several month delay in receiving his correspondence. Paradoxically, this comes while terrorist Orlando Bosch, the guy who enjoys life in Miami under a pardon granted to him by George Bush Sr., is publicly boasting about his crimes, even of the blowing up of a Cuban airliner in October 1976 that killed 73 persons and several assassination attempts against President Fidel Castro.
So, while the 11th Court of Appeals of Atlanta decided to overturn the opinion of its three judge panel, which had called for a new trial and new venue for the Cuban Five due to the highly anti-Cuban atmosphere in Miami when they were tried five years ago, Bosch makes statements to the Barcelona daily La Vanguardia in which he brags about his crimes.
The double standard practiced by the Bush administration in its global anti-terrorist crusade becomes all too clear with such examples. Washington keeps the Cuban Five as political hostages while it turns a deaf ear to the numerous terrorist plots against Cuba revealed in the US media.
Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times, published in the state where Gerardo is serving two life sentences and 15 years, ran an article by Carol J. Williams sustaining that conspiracies of the sort involving Robert Ferro (caught with a cache of 1,500 weapons), and the purchase of arms and helicopters for terrorist acts against Cuba revealed by Jose Antonio Llama, should help the Cuban Five’s cause.
In other words, they confirm the reason why Cuba needed to send these patriots to infiltrate Miami-based terrorist groups to prevent their attacks against Cuba. Over the years their acts have left over 3,000 dead and a similar number of injured and disabled, a number that surpass the victims of the World Trade Center attack in New York.
Bosch’s statements, confirm the article in the L.A. Times. He told La Vanguardia: "There were lots of attempts" to kill Fidel. He claimed responsibility for the assassination attempt on the Cuban president in Chile in 1971, as well as the assassination plan of the Cuban Ambassador in Buenos Aires. And then he gloats: "We then did a thousand things."
Bosch takes prides over the plane bombing known in Cuba as the Barbados Crime. "To me (the Cuban airliner with 73 people on board) was a war target" and he continues, "They were all communists. The athletes were carrying 5 gold medals in fencing…. That was glory for Fidel…"
Nobody in the United States would dare to publicly affirm he or she is preparing a bomb attack, or that they did so in the past. Doing so would mean sure prison, except if the statement has to do with Cuba, a country which the White House has relentlessly sought to destroy for nearly a half century.


Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Chávez inaugurates largest children’s cardiology hospital in Latin America

CARACAS, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez inaugurated in the capital the Latin American Children’s Cardiology Hospital, considered the government’s most important achievement in the public health field.

On his Sunday "Aló Presidente" program, the leader spoke with specialized personnel working at the institution, the largest of its type in Latin America, with an area of nearly 50,000 square meters.
According to expert sources, the center—named Gilberto Rodríguez Ochoa—has the capacity to perform 1,440 operations this year.
The facility has 144 hospital beds, 33 of them for intensive care; four operating rooms; 30 consultation rooms; and 82 residential rooms.
As part of the health strategy, the hospital will have a learning unit dedicated to training personnel responsible for running the center, always maintaining attention to quality of patient care.
Its stated goal is to respond in its initial years to the needs of thousands of children with heart malformations, which constitutes the second cause of childhood death in the nation.
Likewise on "Aló Presidente," the president highlighted the social and economic successes of the country, which registered GDP growth of 9.6% in the first semester.


Friday, August 18, 2006

No enemy can defeat us Affirms Raúl in a statement to Granma.

The General of the Army Raúl Castro Ruz has offered an interview to Granma daily. The conversation took place in his office at the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (MINFAR) and focused on the principal events of recent days.
Without any doubt, what most interests all of us at this time is the Jefe’s health.
On behalf of all the people, I will begin by congratulating and thanking the doctors and the other compañeros and compañeras who have attended to him in an excellent manner, with an unsurpassable professionalism and, above all, with much love and dedication. This has been a very important factor in Fidel’s progressive recovery.
Moreover, I think that his exceptional physical and mental nature has also been essential to his satisfactory and gradual recovery.

We Cubans, even when we don’t see you for a while on television or in the written press, know that you are there, at your combat post as always. But I think that these words of yours will also disarm the speculation and lies present in some of the foreign media.
If you are referring to those in other countries who entertain themselves by speculating about if I am going to appear on television or in the papers or not; well, I appeared with Fidel on Sunday (August 13) and when I received President Chávez , although really those comments don’t bother me in the slightest.
What does interest me greatly is what our people are thinking, although, fortunately, we live in this geographically small island, where everything that we are doing is known. I can confirm that when I talk with the population or other local leaders in my tours of the country.
As a point of fact, I am not used to making frequent appearances in public, except at times when it is required. Many tasks related to defense should not be made public and have to be handled with maximum care, and that has been one of my fundamental responsibilities as FAR minister. Moreover, I have always been discreet, that is my way, and in passing I will clarify that I am thinking of continuing in that way. But that has not been the fundamental reason why I don’t appear very often in the mass media; simply, it has not been necessary.
Taken from www.granma.cu


Thursday, August 17, 2006

Cuba presents draft final declaration of the NAM Summit

CUBA has presented the Coordination Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) with a draft final declaration to be discussed at the 14th Summit of this body in September.
A Cuban Foreign Ministry source confirmed to Prensa Latina today that the document has been handed over to representatives of the member countries at the UN headquarters in New York by Abelardo Moreno, deputy minister of foreign affairs on the island.
According to traditional NAM practice, the proposal is first reviewed by the Bureau, in charge of coordinating activities and the positions of the states represented in the movement.
The draft declaration was prepared by Cuba as the host nation for the upcoming meeting of heads of state and government of the Non-Aligned Movement and the country to assume the presidency of the group for the second time in its history.
The text covers essential issues related to the current dangerous international scenario at a juncture when positions must be adopted given U.S. foreign policy that favors the imposition of its views by force.
On the other hand, it was announced that journalists covering the Summit will have all the technical facilities for doing so.
The organizing committee has said that it is to provide 100 computers with Internet access and various points to link in with personal laptops with WiFi and physical connections.
The press is to have available international telephone lines and FAX services, on a commercial basis of prepaid telephone cards, which can be acquired at ETECSA outlets.
Journalists will have working spaces where, in addition to receiving signals from the Summit venue, they can attend press conferences which are to take place in the lower floor of the building. A website opened by the Cuban Foreign Ministry (www.cubanoal.cu) with updated information on the preparations for the important meeting is at the disposition of those interested.
An important group of countries and international organizations are to participate as observers, in addition to the 116 permanent member states of the Movement. (PL)


Monday, August 14, 2006

Human rights in Cuba. it is not thing of games

It cannot be left in silence the situation of the human rights in this small blocked country: it must and it must be known everywhere. The Cubans have arguments to think that their rights deserve attention. Mainly, its human rights. The subject must be presented with more amplitude anywhere in the world. So that one knows what it happens in Cuba! Perhaps not only are answers for subject so used and mentioned by the United States. It is possible that the Administration of Washington knows it, but of all ways it is necessary to say it. In Cuba the human rights are not game thing. What occurs in Cuba must be disclosed and is that now that begins the 2005, and approved the budget of the State, they are predicted growth and guarantees of fundamental human rights like the health, the education, the sport and the culture, among others. The education in the greater one of the Antilles is guaranteed for all the same, where all have identical real possibilities to climb in the education levels until the universities and soon to have insured the use for which studied. The instruction is gratuitous totally. The Parliament approved to destine to the education four thousand 117 million weights. It means a growth of 11.3 percent in relation to the previous year, already of by full himself of profits. The Cuban Revolution applies from its origins the principle of its National Hero, Jose Martí, of which "to be cultured it is the only way of being free". It developed a campaign that freed to the country of the illiteracy and in more than 40 years it has extended and consolidated an educational system of the best ones of the world At the moment it makes a series of transformations that deepens the learning, and for example, according to official data, carried out measurements show that due to it a boy learns 2.2 More mathematical times and 1.5 times More Spanish. It can be argued of the right acquired by a single boy, in the mountain, or any separated zone, to that the government to him has put televising, computer, video... in short, has completed him his necessities. In distant places two thousand 335 classrooms work with solar paddles. More examples of the human right to the guaranteed education exist many. Rigorous international surveys give faith of the advantages of Cuba. Next to the education, the access to the services of health constitutes one of the most essential human rights, because it determines on the possibilities of life or death of the people... In order to maintain the profits in the health and to endorse unpublished programs two thousand 335 million weights, 9.4 are predicted percent superior to the calculated thing for the 2004. One is new securings when in the last months more of the 30 percent of the 444 policlínicas whereupon it counts the country were remodeladas and it is continued with the rest. In them 217 rooms of fisioterapia were inaugurated, attention that will be completed next. To 118 centers of intensive therapy and 24 new facilities for hemodiálisis have been opened. In the next months 500 ambulances will be incorporated. They are data and numbers, nevertheless, most important are the concept and the political will in this subject. In Cuba when a citizen arrives at a hospital, it is not wondered to him how much it wins, nor if it surely has doctor or credit card. The electoral certificate is not demanded to him, nor is asked to him its political connection. The medicines are within reach of all. The services of health are totally gratuitous and near the residence places. Until the towns far from the great urban conglomerates the services of health of high quality arrive, with single technology Vista until now in great hospitals of countries with resources. They are services like ultrasound, vital support, fisioterapia, endoscopía, cardiology, radiology, menstrual regulation, consultation of allergy for children, intensive care units, and other many specialties. In the 2005, 35 great hospitals will be repaired and modernized. The culture and the sport count with 272 million weights, as much for eldesarrollo of high performance like massive. Internationally the Cuban triumphs are known in these two spheres. Four fronts of development for any country are single: education, health, deport and culture. How much it is worth a country. - the value of its men and women. The greater capital than can be had is the human and is there where is the force of Cuba. A nation assures its future if it hoards men and women of good. It is for that reason, that the case of Cuba, cannot be in silence, the situation of the human rights in this small blocked country must and must be known everywhere. Taken from: www.aldia.cu


Thursday, August 10, 2006

The sovereignty of Cuba must be respected

As a result of the communication of Fidel Castro on his state of health and the provisional delegation of his responsibilities, high ranking U.S officials have formulated more explicit statements about the immediate future of Cuba. The Secretary of ommerce Carlos Gutierrez said that “the moment has arrived for a true transition towards a true democracy” and the White House spokesman Tony Snow said that his government is “ready and eager to provide humanitarian, economic and other aid to the people of Cuba", as was recently reiterated by President Bush. Already the “Commission for Assistance to a free Cuba”, presided over by the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, pointed out in a report issued on June “the urgency of working today to ensure that the Castro regimen's succession strategy does not succeed” and President Bush indicated that this document “demonstrates that we are actively working for change in Cuba, not simply waiting for change”. The Department of State has emphasized that the plan includes measures that will remain secret “for reasons of national security” and to assure its “effective implementation”. It is not difficult to imagine the character of such measures and the “announced assistance” if one considers the militarization of the foreign policy of the present American administration and its performance in Iraq. In front of this increasing threat against the integrity of a nation, and the peace and the security of Latin America and the world, we the signatories listed below demand that the government of the United States respect the sovereignty of Cuba. We must prevent a new aggression at all costs.


Wednesday, August 09, 2006

U.S. Supreme Court declares trials in Guantánamo prison illegal

WASHINGTON .— This Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President George W. Bush does not have the authority to order military trials for detainees in Guantánamo.
The ruling is an admonishment to the Bush government, which has been accused of using the war against terrorism as a pretext for exceeding its constitutional powers, reported AP.
John Paul Stevens, a Supreme Court judge, wrote the ruling which states that such trials would be illegal and in violation of U.S. law and the Geneva Convention.
The case from which the ruling emerged focused on Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a Yemeni detained on the U.S. base in Cuba who had worked as Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard and driver.
From Paris, the news agency EFE reported that Terry Davis, secretary general of the European Council described the U.S. Supreme Court ruling as "a victory of justice over terror and hypocrisy."
U.S. authorities should take advantage of the ruling to "review their policy, close down Guantánamo and abandon the practice of abusive treatment of prisoners as well as other measures contrary to international human rights regulations," said Davis.
Human rights defenders and Democratic Party legislators are also celebrating the Supreme Court decision, according to EFE.

Cuba still holding out a friendly hand to Africa

More than 30,000 African have graduated on the island and almost 2,000 young people from 44 nations on that continent currently studying in our universities
FOREIGN Minister Felipe Pérez Roque has confirmed "Cuba’s unvarying solidarity with the African peoples and governments in their battle against poverty and underdevelopment inherited from centuries of slavery, rapine wars, colonialism and a profoundly unjust and exclusive international economic order.
Speaking in the ministerial segment of the African Union Summit on June 30, Pérez Roque reiterated the offer of "the friendly hand of Cuba and the support of our principal wealth: the human capital created by the Revolution."
After recalling that throughout 47 years Cuba has been working and fighting alongside the African peoples in combating AIDS and other ills that are scourging them, he noted that in that period of time more than 30,000 African students have been trained on the island and close to 2,000 young people from 44 nations of the continent are currently studying in our universities.
"Likewise tens of thousands of Cuban doctors, teachers, engineers and construction workers have traveled as far as Africa. Close to 2,000 Cuban doctors, nurses and health technicians are working today in Africa," he stated.
The foreign minister also recalled that more than 2,000 Cuban combatants fell in African independence struggles and against apartheid.
Later in his speech, Pérez Roque highlighted the valuable support of African nations for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) as the largest regional group within it, and that Cuba knows it can count on the support of those nations for the 14th NAM Summit and the island’s assumption of the presidency of "a forum that is as necessary and relevant today as at the time of its emergence," 45 years ago.
On behalf of the Cuban people and government, and especially President Fidel Castro, he reiterated an invitation to them to attend the 14th NAM Summit in Havana this September. At the same time he promised that we would make every effort for this to be a meeting from which a more fortified and vigorous Movement will emerge.
"Cuba will work for unity of action and solidarity among all the NAM members as the only alternative for overcoming the challenges that we are confronting," affirmed Pérez Roque."


Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Proclamation of the Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro Ruz to the Cuban people.

Because of the enormous effort I have made at visiting the Argentinean Córdoba City, participating at the meeting of MERCOSUR, participating at the closing of the Summit of the people in the historical University of Córdoba and at the visit to Altagracia, the city where Che lived when he was a child, and together with this my immediate attendance to the commemoration of the 53rd Anniversary of the attack to the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons, on July 26th, in Granma and Holguín, and days and nights after a continuous work without sleeping, brought about a wane of my health, which has resisted a lot of proofs, and my health got stressed and is having problems.

It caused me a high intestinal crisis with a continuous bleeding which obliged me to face a complicated surgery. All the details of this health accident are in radiographies, endoscopes and filmed materials. The surgery obliges me to stay in bed for several weeks, away from my responsibilities and charges.

As our country is been threaten nowadays by the Government of the United States, I have made the following decision:

1) For the time being, I authorize Mr. Raúl Castro Ruz as Second Secretary to take the charge of First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party.

2) For the time being, I authorize General of Army Mr. Raúl Castro Ruz, to play the role of Commander in Chief of the heroic Revolutionary Armed Forces.

3) For the time being, I authorize Mr. Raúl Castro Ruz as Vice-president to take the charge of President of the Council of State and Ministers of the Government of the Republic of Cuba.
4) For the time being, I authorize Mr. José Ramón Balaguer Cabrera as Member of the Politic Bureau and Minister of Public Health to take the charge of main impeller of the National and International Program of Public Health.

5) For the time being, I authorize Mr. José Ramón Machado Ventura and Mr. Esteban Lazo Hernández as Members of the Politic Bureau to take the charge of main impeller of the National and International Program of Education.

6) For the time being, I authorize Carlos Lage Dávila as Member of the Politic Bureau and Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Council of Ministers to take the charge of main impeller of the National Program of the Cuban Energetic Revolution and the Program of Collaboration with other countries in this field.

The corresponding funds to these three programs: Health, Education and Energetic, shall continue being managed with priority as I have personally done until now, it will be carried out as usual by Mr. Carlos Lage Dávila, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Council of Ministers, Mr. Francisco Soberón Valdés, Minister and President of the Central Bank of Cuba, and Felipe Pérez Roque, Foreign Minister, who have been with me in these affairs and shall constitute a commission for fulfilling this objective.

Our glorious Communist Party, held on mass organizations and people, has the mission of assuming the assigned duty in this Proclamation.

The meeting Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, which will take place between September 11th and September 16th, shall receive the best assistance of the State and the Cuban Nation so that it can be held brilliantly on the date that was set.

The 80th Anniversary of my birthday, which thousands of great personalities gently agreed to celebrate next August 13th, I beg you to postpone it for next December 2nd of this year, on the 50th Anniversary of the Landing of ‘Granma’.

I ask the Central Committee of the Cuban Party and the National Assembly of the Popular Power the firmest support to this Proclamation.

I have no shade of doubt about the fact that our people and our Revolution will stand up until death for defending these and other ideas and measures that will be necessarily taken in order to protect this historical process.

The imperialism will never defeat Cuba.
The Battle of Ideas will go on.
Long life the Homeland!
Long life Revolution!
Long life Socialism!
Until Victory forever!
Fidel Castro Ruz
Council of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, Comander in Chief, President Fidel Castro Ruz.
July 31st, 2006
6:22 p.m.