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    3 dic 2017
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      ACN: Cuba decreases accident rate at work by "Abel Gonzalez Alayon" amauryglez2003



      Fri Dec 1, 2017 5:05 am (PST) . Posted by:

      "Abel Gonzalez Alayon" amauryglez2003

      Cuban parliament to hold ordinary session on December 21

      HAVANA, Cuba, Dec 1 (ACN) The President of the Cuban national People´s
      Power Assembly (parliament) Esteban Lazo Hernandez convened this Friday the
      Tenth Ordinary Session of the Eighth Legislature for next December 21.

      The over 600 Cuban deputies will gather at the Havana’s Conventions
      Center. In 10 standing committees the lawmakers will discuss the country´s
      results in the past six month, the 2018 budget and new regulations for the
      coming year.
      Abel González Alayón
      Chief-Editor Language Department
      Cuban News Agency

      Fri Dec 1, 2017 5:25 am (PST) . Posted by:

      "Abel Gonzalez Alayon" amauryglez2003

      Cuba declares its solidarity with the Palestinian people in the UN

      HAVANA, Cuba, Dec 1 (ACN) Cuban Ambassador Humberto Rivero expressed in the
      United Nations (UN) the solidarity of his country towards the Palestinian
      people, and demanded the end of the Israeli occupation, which causes so much
      damage in the region.

      Cuba supports the Palestinian people in their legitimate struggle for
      justice, dignity, peace and the defense of their inalienable right to
      self-determination and sovereignty, said Rivero, according to a Prensa
      Latina report.

      Speaking at the General Assembly debate on the Palestinian issue, the
      diplomat expressed deep concern over the crisis in the Gaza Strip.

      In his opinion, it is time to pay off the enormous debt owed to the State of
      Palestine and to restore the inalienable rights of his people, violated by
      Israel during half a century of occupation, repression and collective
      punishment, destruction and confiscation of their lands and forced

      The Security Council must adopt concrete measures to put an end to this
      historical injustice, putting an urgent end to the occupation by Israel of
      the Palestinian territory and other Arab territories, since 1967, Rivero

      He also called for an immediate end to the blockade of almost a decade to
      the Gaza Strip, which almost completely isolates some two million civilians
      living in the area.

      In Gaza, a serious humanitarian crisis persists and the socio-economic
      conditions have fallen to the lowest levels since the beginning of the
      occupation in 1967, denounced the Cuban ambassador.

      The General Assembly adopted in November 2012 the decision to grant
      Palestine the status of Observer State in the UN: as at that time, Cuba will
      continue to support the entry of that Arab country as a full member of the
      UN, he stressed.

      The Cuban representative also denounced the numerous violations of human
      rights committed by Israel and called for all the support of the
      international community to put an end to this situation.

      Declara Cuba en ONU su solidaridad con el pueblo palestino
      Abel González Alayón
      Chief-Editor Language Department
      Cuban News Agency

      Fri Dec 1, 2017 5:25 am (PST) . Posted by:

      "Abel Gonzalez Alayon" amauryglez2003

      Cuba decreases accident rate at work

      HAVANA, Cuba, Dec 1 (ACN) The rate of work-related accidents in Cuba shows a
      decrease, as a result of the joint effort of all agencies, said Ana Julia
      Cleger, an official in the Labor and Social Affairs area of ​​the
      Cuban´s Workers Confederation.

      At the end of last September, 44 deaths were reported for this cause, a
      figure that has decreased since 2007, when 251 lethal cases occurred, Cleger
      explained to the ACN.

      She affirmed that in the last times the majority of the labor accidents
      happen on the roads, and in them they are involved private carriers that
      realize interprovincial trips.

      She noted that national unions have the obligation to demand compliance with
      the Labor Code and negotiate everything related to the safety of its members
      in terms of, for example, the provision of means of protection.

      In Cuba it is a priority that security is the weapon of employers to
      guarantee productivity, but above all, human life, she said.

      Cleger considered essential that the budget allocated for the improvement of
      working conditions and maintenance to eliminate or minimize risks are

      The National Seminar on Occupational Safety and Health was held in the
      country from November 1 to November 30, in order to maintain safe and
      hygienic conditions in each work area, and for personnel to become aware of
      the need to comply with established safety regulations.

      Disminuye en Cuba índice de accidentalidad en el trabajo
      Abel González Alayón
      Chief-Editor Language Department
      Cuban News Agency

      Fri Dec 1, 2017 5:25 am (PST) . Posted by:

      "Abel Gonzalez Alayon" amauryglez2003

      High-level Cuban communist party delegation arrives in China

      HAVANA, Cuba, Dec 1 (ACN) A high-level Cuban delegation arrived in Beijing
      to participate in an annual meeting between the Communist Party of China
      (CPC) and other political forces from different countries of the world.

      Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento, a member of the Political Bureau of the
      Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) and general secretary
      of the Workers Confederayion, heads the group.

      Germán Ferrás and Basilio Gutiérrez, coordinators from Asia and Oceania,
      and South America from the Department of International Relations of the
      Central Committee of the PCC, are part of the delegation as well.

      Upon his arrival in Beijing, the Cuban delegation was received by Wang
      Jialei, an official of the International Department of the Central Committee
      of the CPC.

      Its members will be present at the event that will run until December 3 with
      representatives from other states and regions of the planet.

      According to the organizers, the role of the parties in the construction of
      a community with a shared future will be discussed at the meeting.

      The agenda also includes parallel sessions on various topics and in the end
      a document will be issued with strategies that will contribute to improving
      interparty communication and collaboration.

      It is expected that the Chinese president and leader of the CPC, Xi Jinping,
      will receive the attendees.

      En China delegación cubana para diálogo internacional partidista
      Abel González Alayón
      Chief-Editor Language Department
      Cuban News Agency

      Fri Dec 1, 2017 5:31 am (PST) . Posted by:

      "Abel Gonzalez Alayon" amauryglez2003

      Half of Cuba´s sugar mills to start harvest in December

      HAVANA, Cuba, Dec 1 (ACN) Twenty-six sugar mills will start operations Cuba
      next December, announced today in this capital the Liobel Pérez Hernández,
      institutional communicator of AZCUBA Sugar Group.

      Most of them will do it between December 5 and the last days of that month,
      Pérez Hernández said in exclusive statements to the ACN.

      He informed that another 26 mills will enter into action in January until
      adding the amount of 53 that will do so in the current harvest 2017-2018,
      which began last Saturday in the country with the Boris Luis Santa Coloma,
      in the western province of Mayabeque.

      With nine factories, the province of Villa Clara is the one that will
      incorporate the largest amount to the campaign, scheduled to end on May 3 by
      Argeo Martínez, in Guantánamo, despite the negative impact of the drought
      and the scourge of Hurricane Irma last September, according to the same

      The sugar harvest is increasingly less manual, with only 2.3 percent of all
      cane cutting done by men, and it is estimated that 68 percent of the crop
      employs modern equipment for cutting and carrying of canes, combined
      cutters, self-bale, tractors and trucks.

      The Boris Luis Santa Coloma sugar mill was the last to finish last harvest,
      and now it became the first to start it, because it had enough raw material,
      Ana Bueno Guzmán, director of the Business Unit of the Base, recently told

      She said that their areas occupy 41 percent of long cycle cane, which was
      left over from the previous harvest, and the cut will be mechanized and also
      by machete cutters brigades.

      Cobra auge la zafra azucarera en Cuba
      Abel González Alayón
      Chief-Editor Language Department
      Cuban News Agency

      Fri Dec 1, 2017 10:38 am (PST) . Posted by:

      "Walter Lippmann" walterlx

      Challenges to the Colombian Peace
      Process and the case of Simón
      Trinidad (Ricardo Palmera) -
      Event in NYC Dec. 5
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      Fri Dec 1, 2017 11:34 am (PST) . Posted by:

      "William Whitney"

      The Assassination of John F. Kennedy and the Plot against Cuba 54 Years Later

      By Fabián Escalante Font, November 20, 2017, Translated by W. T. Whitney Jr.


      Translator’s Note: Fabian Escalante, born in 1941, joined Cuba’s Department of State Security in 1960, becoming its head in 1976. After 1993, Escalante headed the Cuban Security Studies Center where he re-examined the assassination of President Kennedy. That year, on Cuban television, he named three Chicago gangsters and two Cuban exiles as gunmen involved in the killing. His books include: The Secret War: CIA Covert Operations against Cuba, 1959-62, (1995), CIA Targets Fidel: The Secret Assassination Report (1996), and JFK: The Cuba Files (2006).

      Fifty four years after the fact, the assassination of President Kennedy hasn’t been clarified and nothing about his direct and indirect killers is discoverable in reports that North American authorities periodically declassify. Nevertheless, media campaigns are orchestrated now and then that accuse Cuba, without any basis, of having taken part in the assassination. Suspiciously, they crop up every time an administration in power toughens its aggressive, inhumane policies against Cuba.

      That’s why we think it’s necessary to clarify essential aspects of that trauma and put forth analyses and viewpoints from Cuban investigations and from North American scholars in this regard. They are revealing, and clearly so, as to the causes behind the murderous plot, and they point to its instigators and to those who eventually carried it out.

      1. President Kennedy was assassinated in the middle of the day on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, just at the time when, in Cuba, his emissary, the French journalist Jean Daniel was talking with Fidel Castro about the extent and causes of existing conflict between both nations, and about eventual solutions.

      2. What circumstances gave rise to these two occurrences? Without a doubt, they were about changes in North American foreign policy toward Cuba just beginning to be delineated. These changes were a direct result of conflict that put the world on the brink of nuclear war following placement of Soviet missiles on the Island for defensive reasons. Cuba at that time was confronting an escalation of terrorist actions and aggressions from the United States that [we thought] had to end in a military invasion by the end of 1962.

      As the crisis played out, Kennedy became aware that Pentagon hawks and the CIA were inclined, as long as their political-military doctrine was in the ascendant, to let loose a nuclear holocaust. Because of this, he deliberated and then presented a new approach toward resolving the so-called “Cuban business.”

      His speech on June 10, 1963 at the American University in Washington showed that to be the case.

      “What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children--not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women--not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.”

      3. At the beginning of 1963 a North American emissary, the lawyer James Donovan, visited our country and with his Cuban counterpart explored alternatives for a negotiated solution of the conflict. He returned again in April, this time with a North American journalist with ABC News, Lisa Howard. She carried out a long interview with Fidel Castro – shown on North American television – that addressed this theme. That leader took the occasion to outline Cuba’s inclination to find a political solution to the conflict, consistent with its principles.

      Then in September their ambassadors at the United Nations, following guidelines from both governments, met in Washington in order to devise an agenda for eventual political negotiations. Consultation took place on all of this with Robert Kennedy with Ambassador William Atwood serving as intermediary. And, finally, in November, President Kennedy, aware that Jean Daniel was traveling to Cuba to interview Fidel Castro, met with that French journalist and asked that he use the interview to address the issue of relations between both countries and to elicit the Cuban leader’s opinions on that.

      In other words, facts speak for themselves. A new atmosphere was being created for both countries that might have led – if Kennedy had not been assassinated – to a peaceful and political solution to the ongoing conflict.

      4. But there were cross currents; subversive war against Cuba had escalated. In that year alone, the CIA set in motion 17 murderous plots against Fidel, with one of them, with poisoned pills, on the verge of being carried out. Commandos originally from Cuba were training in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Some of them had ideas of attacking merchant ships and thereby shoring up the blockade. Others were carrying out guerrilla warfare in the eastern mountains of the country.

      By then the CIA had created a subversive’s emporium in Miami, which we labeled as the “CIA and Mafia’s Cuban-American machinery.” Already at the time it operating quite on its own with respect to top brass in Langley. The operation could count on 4000 men already trained, 55 businesses providing support and logistics, planes and ships for war and transport, training camps, and an annual budget of $100 million. And that doesn’t take into account contributions from the Mafia and from companies like United Fruit and ITT, each with important longstanding interests in Cuba. From Miami, dozens of armed groups, special-forces teams, planes, and speedboats continually carried out attacks against our fishermen and coastal populations. They were arming their agents inside the country with the most sophisticated explosives to sabotage everything they could and kill teachers and farmers. All the while, a brutal, psychological – warfare campaign was underway employing every means within reach in an attempt to soften up the consciousness of the Cuban people and turn them against the revolution.

      Meanwhile in Paris, France, the CIA was finalizing its AM/Lash operation that was ready to assassinate Fidel and provoke a military coup inside the country that would quickly bring about a call for North American intervention.

      5. That was the political – operative scenario back then and it was within the same scenario that JM/Wave - the “CIA and Mafia’s Cuban-American machinery” - decided to assassinate the President, or ordered it. They began to engineer the plot in May. There were two objectives: to assassinate JFK and to blame Cuba for the deed. That way, a military response would be possible on such a scale that it could overthrow the Revolution.

      6. Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged solitary assassin, was the main focus of our investigations what with his background as a CIA agent, his “asylum in the USSR,” his return to the U.S. with all expenses paid by his embassy. There was also his activity as a FBI informant in Dallas, his sudden arrival in New Orleans, his behavior of faking sympathies for the Cuban revolution and becoming an organizer for the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. We looked at his attempt to travel to Cuba and his comings and goings to and from the Soviet consulate [in Mexico City] on the pretense of documenting ties with both countries. And, finally, confronted with the impossibility of traveling to the Island, he returned to Dallas where his “managers” fashioned Option B. This involved documenting his relations with Cuba through “fabrication” of five letters sent from Havana to his mailbox in Dallas. They contained vague instructions as to assassinating the president.

      We also took into account the investigative results from our archives regarding high-profile terrorists of Cuban origin who, according to various sources, were in Dallas on the eve of the assassination – this as per statements from Antonio Cuesta Valle. This important CIA agent, implicated in [terrorist] actions and on that account imprisoned in the Island, identified Herminio Díaz and Eladio del Valle as two of the sharpshooters in Dallas. We undertook detailed analysis of all aspects of the official North American investigations, and also of contributions from other North American scholars (Jim Garrison, Gaeton Fonzi, etc.). We were aware, finally, of terrorist Antonio Veciana’s acknowledgement in his memoir that he met with Oswald and his CIA officer David A. Phillips in Dallas during the month of September, 1963. Their purpose there was to coordinate Oswald’s trip to Mexico, which was the key piece in the entire provocation they mounted.

      Finally, we know by means of the Warren Commission and congressional investigations that in November 1963 the U.S. Secret Service had access to information about two significant plots to assassinate JFK, one in Chicago and the other in Miami, where CIA agents of Cuban origin were implicated. And it investigated nothing regarding that information, nor did so much as to merely reinforce security measures in Dallas. Something really stunning!

      7. We conclude from the information cited so far that JM/Wave, “the CIA and Mafia’s Cuban-American machinery,” provided brain power and implementation for the assassination and we regard its officers David A. Phillips, David Morales, Howard Hunt, George Ionides, William Harvey, Cord Meyer, and chiefs Richard Helms and Allen Dulles as the people responsible for originating and carrying out the operation that killed Kennedy. To them we add other elements who were associated, including: Joaquín Sanjenis, Félix Rodríguez, Luis Posada, Orlando Bosch, the Novo Sampol brothers, Herminio Díaz, Eladio del Valle - all members of so-called “Operation 40.”

      8. From the items presented so far, it’s evident that North American authorities have shown no intention to clarify the facts. The recently declassified documents are a case in point. They only serve, one, to contribute new data as to the levels of aggression the anti-Cuban operation reached in those years and, two, to make use of the disinformation they elaborate to raise questions perhaps leading to Cuba eventually being accused of complicity in the assassination.

      The CIA and its Miami unit JM/Wave were the ones who organized and carried out the crime. They had the motives, the means, and the opportunity to carry it out. That’s the truth!

      9. Why 54 years without answers? Because those in the United States who arranged for the assassination, those who make up the real governing power in that country and who possess all information relating to the assassination, want it that way.

      Then why the systematic blaming of Cuba? We remember the Goebbels principle that says a lie repeated a thousand times becomes the truth. There’s no doubt that these periodic accusations are tied to escalations of North American aggressions against Cuba. Perhaps the present government of Trump wants to use them to strangle the Revolution, step up U.S. aggressions, and finally overthrow Cuba’s government. They have learned nothing of history and of the capacity of the Cuban people to overcome.

      Fri Dec 1, 2017 12:00 pm (PST) . Posted by:

      "Walter Lippmann" walterlx

      Hondurans Seek Revenge at the Ballot Box

      By Manuel E. Yepe

      Exclusive for the daily

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