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Cuba Solidarity Campaign statement on the current situation in Cuba

Campaign News | Monday, 12 July 2021 The Cuba Solidarity Campaign calls on the US government to suspend the blockade of Cuba to allow emergency medical and humanitarian aid into the country in order to ease the economic and health crisis the island is experiencing. The current emergency is a result of the ongoing US blockade, an additional 243 sanctions imposed by the Trump administration, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cuba has shown incredible resilience in the face of six decades of economic warfare by the US government in the form of a blockade intended to strangle the economy and create hunger and hardship in an attempt to destabilise the country. The Cuba Solidarity Campaign opposes any calls for foreign intervention coming from those in the US who seek to exploit the current difficulties and provoke unrest. The solution to the challenges Cuba faces must be resolved by the people of Cuba and we support the efforts that the Cuban people and their government are making to fight the pandemic in the face of ongoing sanctions and provocations from the US. On Sunday 11 July, some street protests took place against the scarcity of food, medicines and power supplies. The vast majority of these protesters have genuine concerns regarding these shortages. President Miguel Díaz-Canel travelled to San Antonio de los Baños, site of the original demonstration, and spoke to...

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Bolivia: right wing threatens the recovery of democracy

Bolivia: right wing threatens the recovery of democracy (prruk.org)   Bolivia: right wing threatens the recovery of democracy BY PUBLIC READING ROOMSLATIN AMERICA, POLITICS Francisco Dominguez writes: After a full year of racist and repressive horror perpetrated by a de facto government resulting from a coup, the people of Bolivia went to the polls on October 18, 2020 and stunned their own country and the world by giving Evo Morales’ MAS-IPSP party candidate, Luis Arce, a landslide. The coup d’état that installed a racist regime led by Jeanine Añez, was engineered by OAS secretary General, Luis Almagro, carried out by fascists in November 2019, and of course, supported by the US.1 The specifics of the landslide reveal the size of the defeat of the de facto extreme right wing regime: the MAS-IPSP won the presidency with a 55% of the votes cast, against 28% of right-wing Carlos Mesa, and 14% of extreme right-wing Luis Camacho. This was a much improved performance compared to the election in November 2019 when their candidate, Evo Morales won with 48% against right wing Carlos Mesa’s 36%. Not only that, the MAS-IPSP won in 6 out of the country’s 9 departments (with 68% in La Paz; 65% in Cochabamba; 62% in Oruro; 57% in Potosí; 49% in Chuquisaca; and 46% in Pando), with the right wing winning in 2 (with 50% in Tarija, and 39% in Beni) and the extreme...

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Cuba and a Covid-19 vaccine

Cuba has begun late-stage trials of its most advanced experimental Covid-19 vaccine, edging closer to a potential home-grown inoculation campaign. The country started this week recruiting around 44,000 volunteers in Havana aged between 19 and 80 for its randomised, placebo-controlled trial of the two-shot vaccine in which some will receive a third booster shot with another Cuban vaccine candidate, Reuters reports. If the vaccine proves effective, Cuba has said it would inoculate its entire population of 11 million with what would be the first Covid-19 jab developed and produced in Latin America. Cuba said it would also export the vaccine and offer it to tourists. While Latin American and Caribbean countries are largely competing with richer nations to access limited vaccine supply produced abroad, Cuba has chosen to bet on its own shots even as it faces its worst outbreak since the start of the pandemic. The country’s most advanced experimental vaccine is Soberana, which means sovereignty, 2, reflecting national pride in Cuba’s relative self-reliance in areas like healthcare in spite of the crippling decades-old US trade embargo. Neighbouring countries like Mexico, Venezuela and Jamaica have already expressed an interest in acquiring Soberana 2 should it succeed. The large phase 3 trial should be complete in November, with final results available in January 2022, according to Cuba’s official registry of clinical trials. Source: Pauline via Guardian Live online – ...

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Cuba criticises ‘media blockade’ around its Covid-19 record

Cuba Update 10 September 2020 Cuba criticises ‘media blockade’ around its Covid-19 record Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, has condemned the international media’s blackout on the country’s progress against the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the fact that the island is the only one in Latin America to have a vaccine candidate, little information about this has been shared: “Ignoring or censoring successes is part of the media blockade,” he tweeted. On 20 August, just before Cuban television was about to livestream a programme about the start of trials for Cuba’s COVID-19 vaccine, YouTube management disabled a Cuban news channel’s broadcast of the discussion. Read the full report of Bruno Rodriguez’s statement What media moguls don’t want you to know: Youtube and Google attack Cuba and Venezuela Students begin phased return to school under strict hygiene measures Hundreds of thousands of students returned to schools in central and eastern Cuba on 1 September wearing mandatory masks and received by health workers at their school gates. However, 355,000 students in Havana and a few other towns in the west of the island remain at home following an increase in COVID-19 cases in some provinces. School start times will be staggered to avoid all years moving around buildings together. Secondary and higher education timetables have also been scheduled on alternate days so that they can be used by nearby primary schools to ease the...

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