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NEVES WRAPS UP VISIT TO CUBA WITH MEETING WITH RAUL CASTRO (Cape Verde and Cuba)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 22, 2009

20-01-09

A Semana

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CUBA: NICKEL AGAIN EARNED MORE THAN TOURISM IN ’08

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 7, 2009

Mon, Jan. 05, 2009 08:15PM

The Associated Press

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US WILL ‘NEVER STOP AGGRESSION’, CUBAN PRESIDENT RAUL CASTRO WARNS

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 2, 2009

January 03, 2009

Agence France-Presse

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CUBA CONDEMNS ISRAELI ATTACK ON GAZA

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 31, 2008

Havana. December 29, 2008

Granma

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CUBA SAYS GDP ROSE 4.3 PERCENT IN 2008

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 27, 2008

Dec 24, 1:18 PM EST

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RAUL CASTRO: CUBA, BRAZIL SHARE FIRM CONSENSUS

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 22, 2008

Domingo, 21 de Dezembro de 2008

Prensa Latina

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LATIN AMERICA SUMMIT: NEW INDEPENDENCE, END EMBARGO

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 18, 2008

December 17, 2008 – 5:55pm

by Bradley Brooks – Associated Press Writer

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CUBAN TOURISM SURGES AS REST OF CARIBBEAN STALLS – Tourism In Cuba Up Nearly 11 Percent Despite 3 Hurricanes

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 10, 2008

HAVANA, Dec. 8, 2008

The Associated Press

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(AP) Cuba’s vacation industry has remained as hot as the tropical sun here, even as the world economic crisis sparks cancellations and layoffs elsewhere in the Caribbean.

The communist country says it’s booked solid through December and expects a record 2.34 million visitors this year _ largely because global financial woes have so far been softer on Canada, its top source of visitors.

Luck also played a role: While the island suffered three devastating hurricanes, its key tourist sites were largely spared. And where beachfront resorts did get hit, the tourist-hungry government has made sure to repair hotels _ in some cases even before damaged homes and infrastructure. Tourism is Cuba’s second-largest source of foreign income, behind nickel production.

So while other islands in the region are laying off hotel workers and suspending construction of new property, Cuban resorts are gearing up for a strong season.

“We’ve had a few cancellations, but overall our numbers are still strong,” said David Gregori of WowCuba, a travel agency in Charlottetown, Canada, that specializes in bicycle trips and other Cuba tours. “People still like to get away. They might try to save some money while doing it, but they’re still traveling.”

The number of foreign visitors has swelled nearly 11 percent this year, making up for 4 and 3 percent declines in 2006 and 2007, government figures show.

Officials offer no explanation for those slower years. But tour operators blame the island’s low returning-visitor rates: Some tourists complain of poor service, crumbling infrastructure and lousy food, indicative of a communist system where shortages are common and state employees are unaccustomed to putting customer service first.

Still, the island is often cheaper than its subtropical neighbors, because many foreigners buy all-inclusive packages offering dozens of direct flights from Europe and Canada to airports all over Cuba, as well deep discounts on hotels, food and booze.

Others are enticed by the prospect of seeing one of only five communist countries left on the planet.

“A lot of people who are going for simple fly-and-flop holiday, and there are others who are going for history and culture, dancing, music,” said Julia Hendry, marketing director for Europe and the United Kingdom of the Bahamas-based Caribbean Trade Organization. Cuba has both, she said, “whether it’s swimming and beach or the excitement of Old Havana and Cuban history.”

About 35 percent of this year’s tourists have been Canadian, with 635,000 visiting through September, one-fifth more than in the same period last year. Canada’s economy has not suffered the same losses now sapping the savings of homeowners in the U.S.

Russian tourists rose 40 percent to top 28,000 thru September, and Cuban Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero traveled to Moscow last month to further promote his country.

Visitors from Britain, Italy, Spain and Germany, the top suppliers of tourists after Canada, declined between 3 and 5 percent respectively, however.

Washington’s trade embargo prohibits Americans from visiting, though island immigration records show about 41,000 came last year, many presumably without permission. But not relying on U.S. tourists may now be a blessing.

“Canadians are going to keep coming, especially with snow at home,” said Helen Lueke of Sherwood Park, Canada, who has vacationed in Havana about once a year for decades.

Alexis Trujillo, Cuba’s deputy secretary of tourism, predicted full bookings at least through next summer.

“There’s no doubt tourism is always sensitive to everything,” he said of global economic turmoil. “But we don’t think that for Cuba that will mean an important decrease.”

Tourism generated $2.2 billion for Cuba in 2007. The government has announced no plans to delay a $185 million plan to upgrade more than 200 resorts and build 50 boutique hotels by 2010 _ nt even after Hurricanes Gustav, Ike and Paloma hit within two months, causing more than $10 billion in damages and crippling farms and infrastructure across the countryside.

Construction crews assigned to vacation properties in Havana and elsewhere have largely continued working as normal since the storms.

In the eastern province of Holguin, the island’s No. 3 tourist destination after Havana and the beach resort of Varadero, officials prioritized hotel repairs, trucking in workers to rebuild beachfront resorts. Holguin expects about 270,000 foreigners this year, about the same as 2007, despite scores of hurricane-related cancellations.

Havana’s decaying yet picturesque historic district saw little damage, as did Varadero, 90 miles (140 kilometers) to the east, where white sand and warm, see-through surf has enticed everyone from Fidel Castro to Al Capone. A record million visitors are expected to stay in the town’s 7,000 hotel rooms, which range in price from about $120 to $350 per night, with meals and open bar included.

Though European tour operators say sales have slowed since the financial crisis deepened in October, they expect trips to Cuba and some other Caribbean destinations to stay strong through the winter. Europeans are putting off short, side trips closer to home, but many families are still willing to splurge on once-a-year trips to the tropics, Hendry said.

“We have noticed that all-inclusive markets, where travelers can budget in advance, seem to be doing relative well. Cuba is quite well-populated with that sort of property,” she said.

The industry could get another boast if President-elect Barack Obama keeps campaign promises to ease restrictions on Cuban Americans who want to visit their relatives on the island. Currently, those with family here can only come once every three years.

Nelson Gonzalez, a 56-year-old physical therapist, said his mechanic brother in Miami last came to visit in 2007. But his brother called the morning after the U.S. election to say he was reserving a seat on one of the many special charters that fly from the U.S. to Havana for the last week in January _ confident Obama will ease family travel rules immediately after his Jan. 20 inauguration.

“When your family members reach a certain age, you don’t know if in three more years everyone will still be here,” said Gonzalez, who lives with his 80-year-old parents.

Though visiting family members spend less than tourists, Gregori said many Cuban Americans use his company to book rental cars in advance of visiting relatives.

But “if you want to rent a car in Havana in December, I don’t have any,” he said. “They’ve been sold out for months, and every year they get sold out earlier and earlier.”

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FIDEL ABRE PORTAS DE CUBA AO DIÁLOGO COM OS EUA (Brasil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 7, 2008

06/12/2008 – 14:53

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por Zé Dirceu

O ex-presidente e líder cubano Fidel Castro saiu na frente e 44 dias antes da posse (20 de janeiro) do novo presidente dos Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, tomou a iniciativa de abrir as portas de Havana ao diálogo com o governo norte-americano em relação à suspensão do bloqueio econômico com que Washington sufoca Cuba há 48 anos.

Em seu mais recente artigo assinado no Granma, Fidel considera que Obama é um líder com quem o governo de Cuba, hoje chefiado pelo presidente Raúl Castro, pode conversar “em qualquer lugar” que o norte-americano escolher.

Ele lembra sua condição, e de Cuba, de “não pregadores da violência e da guerra” e só adverte a Obama que se lembre de que “a diplomacia da cenoura e do porrete (afagar ou castigar)” não funcionará nos entendimentos com o governo de seu país.

Há uma semana Raúl já antecipou à revista The Nation estar disposto a encontrar-se com O presidente Obama em território neutro. Sua disposição casa-se com a do futuro secretário de Comércio de Obama, Bill Richardson, para quem os EUA têm de “mudar a política em relação à Cuba porque o embargo (bloqueio econômico) não faz sentido”.

TODOS NO MUNDO CONTRA O BLOQUEIO

Conforme registrei aqui nesse blog ontem, também a Câmara de Comércio Americana juntou-se a outras 11 entidades empresariais e entregou essa semana carta ao presidente Barack Obama na qual solicita a suspensão do bloqueio.

As 12 entidades reconhecem ser complicado a suspensão total e imediata do bloqueio de 48 anos, mas até sugere que ela se faça gradualmente – no começo, suspendendo-se a proibição de viagens e de envio de dinheiro a Cuba, dos cubanos residentes nos EUA.

Estes, conforme pesquisa que também publiquei ontem, em sua esmagadora maioria já não querem mais saber desse bloqueio. De acordo com a pesquisa, feita pela Universidade Internacional da Flórida (FIU), 55% dos cubanos de Miami (maior colônia cubana do mundo) estão a favor do fim do embargo.

Esse índice sobe para 60% que querem o fim da proibição de viagens e chega a 65% entre jovens e cubanos de meia idade de Miami que são contra as sanções. O bloqueio já foi rechaçado e teve sua suspensão pedida por 185 países em nada menos que 17 resoluções oficiais aprovadas pela Organização das Nações Unidas (ONU).

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SWIMMING UP STREAM

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 6, 2008

Friday, Dec 05, 2008

REFLECTIONS BY COMRADE FIDEL

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REFLECTIONS BY COMRADE FIDEL

Following Obama’s speech, on May 23 this year, to the Cuban American National Foundation established by Ronald Reagan, I wrote a reflection entitled “The Empire’s Hypocritical Policy”. It was dated on the 25th of the same month.

In that Reflection I quoted his exact words to the Miami annexationists:

“[…] together we will stand up for freedom in Cuba; this is my word and my commitment

[…] It’s time to let Cuban American money make their families less dependent upon the Castro regime.

[…] I will maintain the embargo.”

I then offered several arguments and unethical examples of the general behavior of the Presidents who preceded the one who would be elected to that position on the November 4 elections. I literally wrote:

“I find myself forced to raise various sensitive questions:

1 – Is it right for the President of the United States to order the assassination of any one person in the world, whatever the pretext may be?

2 – Is it ethical for the President of the United States to order the torture of other human beings?

3 – Should state terrorism be used by a country as powerful as the United States as an instrument to bring about peace on the planet?

4 – Is an Adjustment Act, applied as punishment on only one country, Cuba, in order to destabilize it, good and honorable, even when it costs innocent children and mothers their lives? If it is good, why is this right not automatically granted to Haitians, Dominicans, and other peoples of the Caribbean, and why isn’t the same Act applied to Mexicans and people from Central and South America, who die like flies against the Mexican border wall or in the waters of the Atlantic and the Pacific?

5 – Can the United States do without immigrants, who grow vegetables, fruits, almonds and other delicacies for Americans? Who would sweep their streets, work as servants in their homes or do the worst and lowest-paid jobs?

6 – Are crackdowns on illegal residents fair, even as they affect children born in the United States?

7 – Are the brain-drain and the continuous theft of the best scientific and intellectual minds in poor countries moral and justifiable?

8 – You state, as I pointed out at the beginning of this reflection, that your country had long ago warned European powers that it would not tolerate any intervention in the hemisphere, reiterating that this right be respected while demanding the right to intervene anywhere in the world with the aid of hundreds of military bases and naval, aerial and spatial forces distributed across the planet. I ask: is that the way in which the United States expresses its respect for freedom, democracy and human rights?

9 – Is it fair to stage pre-emptive attacks on sixty or more dark corners of the world, as Bush calls them, whatever the pretext may be?

10 – Is it honorable and sound to invest millions upon millions of dollars in the military industrial complex, to produce weapons that can destroy life on earth several times over?”

I could have included several other issues.

Despite the caustic questions, I was not unkind to the African American candidate. I perceived he had greater capacity and command of the art of politics than his adversaries, not only in the opposing party but in his own, too.

Last week, the American President-elect Barack Obama announced his Economic Recovery Program.

Monday, December 1st, he introduced his National Security and Foreign Policy teams.

“Vice President-elect Biden and I are pleased to announce our national security team […] old conflicts remain unresolved, and newly assertive powers have put strains on the international system. The spread of nuclear weapons raises the peril that the world’s deadliest technology could fall into dangerous hands. Our dependence on foreign oil empowers authoritarian governments and endangers our planet.”

“…our economic power must sustain our military strength, our diplomatic leverage, and our global leadership.”

“We will renew old alliances and forge new and enduring partnerships […] American values are America’s greatest export to the world.”

“…the team that we have assembled here today is uniquely suited to do just that.”

“…these men and women represent all of those elements of American power […] they have served in uniform and as diplomats […] they share my pragmatism about the use of power, and my sense of purpose about America’s role as a leader in the world.”

“I have known Hillary Clinton…,” he says.

I am mindful of the fact that she was President-elect Barack Obama’s rival and the wife of President Clinton, who signed the extraterritorial Torricelli and Helms Burton Acts against Cuba. During the presidential race she committed herself with these laws and with the economic blockade. I am not complaining, I am simply stating it for the record.

“I am proud that she will be our next Secretary of State,” said Obama. “[she] will command respect in every capitol; and who will clearly have the ability to advance our interests around the world. Hillary’s appointment is a sign to friend and foe of the seriousness of my commitment…”

“At a time when we face an unprecedented transition amidst two wars, I have asked Robert Gates to continue as Secretary of Defense…”

“[…] I will be giving Secretary Gates and our military a new mission as soon as I take office: responsibly ending the war in Iraq through a successful transition to Iraqi control.”

It strikes me that Gates is a Republican, not a Democrat. He is the only one who has been Defense Secretary and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, that is, he has occupied these positions under both Democratic and Republican Administrations. Gates, who is aware of his popularity, has said that first made sure that the President-elect was choosing him for as long as necessary.

On the other hand, while Condoleezza Rice was traveling to India and Pakistan under Bush’s instructions to mediate in the tense relations between these two countries, two days ago, the minister of Defense from Brazil gave the green light to a Brazilian company to manufacture MAR-1 missiles, but instead of one a month, as it had been the case until now, it will produce five every month. One hundred of these missiles will be sold to Pakistan at an estimated cost of 85 million euros.

In a public statement, the minister said that “these missiles that can be attached to planes have been designed to locate ground radars. They allow the effective monitoring of both the ground and air space.”

As for Obama, he continued unflappable his Monday statement: “And going forward, we will continue to make the investments necessary to strengthen our military and increase our ground forces to defeat the threats of the 21st century.”

On Janet Napolitano, he indicated: “[she] offers the experience and executive skill that we need in the next Secretary of Homeland Security…”

“Janet assumes this critical role having learned the lessons – some of them painful – of the last several years, from 9/11 to Katrina […] She understands as well as anyone the danger of an insecure border. And she will be a leader who can reform a sprawling Department while safeguarding our homeland.”

This familiar figure had been appointed a District Attorney in Arizona by Clinton in 1993, and then promoted to State Attorney General in 1998. Later on, in 2002, she became a Democratic Party candidate and then governor of that bordering state which is the most common incoming route used by illegal immigrants. She was elected governor in 2006.

About Susan Elizabeth Rice, he said: “Susan knows that the global challenges we face demand global institutions that work… We need the UN to be more effective as a venue for collective action – against terror and proliferation; climate change and genocide; poverty and disease.”

On National Security Advisor James Jones he said: “[…] I am convinced that General James Jones is uniquely suited to be a strong and skilled National Security Advisor. Generations of Joneses have served heroically on the battlefield – from the beaches of Tarawa in World War II, to Foxtrot Ridge in Vietnam. Jim’s Silver Star is a proud part of that legacy […] He has commanded a platoon in battle, served as Supreme Allied Commander in a time of war, (he means NATO and the Gulf War) and worked on behalf of peace in the Middle East.”

“Jim is focused on the threats of today and the future. He understands the connection between energy and national security, and has worked on the frontlines of global instability – from Kosovo to northern Iraq to Afghanistan.”

“He will advise me and work effectively to integrate our efforts across the government, so that we are effectively using all elements of American power to defeat unconventional threats and promote our values.”

“I am confident that this is the team that we need to make a new beginning for American national security.”

Obama is somebody we can talk to anywhere he wishes since we do not preach violence or war. He should be reminded, though, that the stick and carrot doctrine will have no place in our country.

None of the phrases in his latest speech shows any element of response to the questions I raised last May 25, just six months ago.

I will not say now that Obama is any less smart. On the contrary, he is showing the mental faculties that enabled me to see and compare his capacity with that of his mediocre adversary, John McCain, who was almost rewarded for his “exploits” merely due to the traditions of the American society. If it had not been for the economic crisis, television and the Internet, Obama would not have won the elections against the omnipotent racism. It also helped that he studied first in the University of Columbia, where he graduated in Political Sciences, and then in Harvard where he graduated as a lawyer. This enabled him to become a member of the modestly rich class with only several million dollars. He is certainly not Abraham Lincoln, nor are these times similar to those. That society is today a consumer society where the saving habits have been lost while the spending habit has multiplied.

Somebody had to offer a calm and serene response even though this will have to swim up the powerful stream of hopes raised by Obama in the international public opinion.

I only have two more press dispatches left to analyze. They all carry news from everywhere. I have estimated that only the United States will be spending in this economic crisis over $6 trillion in paper money, an amount that can only be assessed by the rest of the peoples of the world with their sweat and hunger, their suffering and blood.

Our principles are the same as those of Baraguá. The empire should know that our Homeland can be turned to dust but the sovereign rights of the Cuban people are not negotiable.

Fidel Castro Ruz

December 4, 2008 – 5:28p.m.

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CABRISAS: LA ECONOMÍA NO PODÍA SEGUIR FUNCIONANDO COMO UN CASINO – Cabrisas en su participación en la cumbre del Alba, resaltó la incapacidad de los países de Europa y Estados Unidos de contribuir con las solicitudes de los organismos internacionales, para la ayuda de los países en vía de desarrollo, pero ”en pocos días fue capaz de invertir más de 30 millones de millones para salvar a los banqueros”

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 26, 2008

TeleSur – Hace: 01 hora

El primer vicepresidente del Consejo de Ministros de Cuba, Ricardo Cabrisas indicó con relación a El primer vicepresidente del Consejo de Ministros de Cuba, Ricardo Cabrisasla crisis económica mundial que “la economía no puede seguir funcionando como un casino”.

Según Cabrisas el sistema económico funcionaba “para el beneficio de unos pocos especuladores y el sufrimiento para el 80 por ciento de la población del planeta”.

Las declaraciones fueron emitidas durante su participación en la reunión de los países del ALBA que se realiza este miércoles en la capital de Venezuela y donde se realiza un debate para buscar la respuesta de esta organización regional a la crisis financiera mundial.

Sobre la crisis destacó que “se trata de la crisis del orden económico mundial injusto, sin equidad alguna, sobre el cual se apoya en buena medida el orden social y político más injusto de nuestra época”

Asímismo indicó que esta crisis no es la repetición de otras anteriores, “ni siquiera de aquella que, en los años 30 del siglo 20, se conoció como la gran depresión, en la actualidad la crisis económica se acompaña de otros variados rostros de crisis, como la energética, la alimentaria, ecológica y por supuesta la social”

Cabrisas explicó que “La crisis actual tiene lugar cuando la globalización de la economía mundial es más extensa e intensa que nunca antes.”

Calificó la crisis como un reto a la capacidad de los humanos: “Ésta va más allá del neoliberalismo y de la crisis misma, para convertirse en un reto a la capacidad de los humanos para salvar la especie – mediante la construcción de un mundo mejor que éste – de las recurrentes y devastadoras crisis económicas, de la suicida destrucción del medio ambiente, de la guerra global del exterminio”.

De igual manera denunció que “el plan de rescate del Gobierno de Bush y el plan de rescate europeo priorizan el de los especuladores y banqueros que fueron declarados fracasados por el mercado. En pocos días han destinado unos tres millones de millones de dólares para salvar la estructura especulativa fracasada, pero durante décadas no fueron capaces como grupo de cumplir siquiera el compromiso contraído de destinar el 0,7 por ciento del Producto Interno Bruto para la ayuda oficial del desarrollo”.

” Y el país más rico de todos retrocedió en los años del gobierno de Bush hasta apenas el 0,2 por ciento en pocos días han destinado unos tres millones de millones de dolares para salvar la estructura especulativa fracasada pero durante décadas” enfatizó el Cabrisas.

De igual manera denunció la falta de cooperación económica para atender los reclamos de la FAO en el intento de mejorar la producción agrícola en el tercer mundo.

“Ni fueron capaces de reunir entre todos 20 mil millones para cumplir con el programa de educación para todos de la UNESCO o apenas 10 mil millones para resolver los problemas de salud reproductivas de las mujeres de los países pobres solicitada por la OMS”, destacó

Enfatizó que el reto requiere de un amplio y bien preparado debate, con la participación de todos los países sin exclusiones, el sistema monetario internacional surgido en Breton Woods “basado en el papel privilegiado del dólar de EE.UU es un factor central en el nudo de contradicciones de la actual crisis económica”

En cuanto a los conflictos que mantiene EE.UU. reflexionó: “Hacer fabulosos gastos militares sin aumentar impuestos es como una aspiradora que absorbe alrededor de tres mil millones de dólares diarios del resto del mundo para sostener sus déficit y consumismo”.

Realzó el papel de los países miembros del ALBA y su propuesta a la crisis, “hemos optado por una formula avanzada de relación basada en la solidaridad, en la cooperación, en las ventajas compartidas y en la sensibilidad para encontrar solución a la deuda social acumulada en contra de los pueblos”.

“La más importante contribución de América Latina y los países del caribe pueden hacer a la comprensión de la naturaleza de esta crisis global y reducir su impacto es la efectiva integración regional no basada en el lucro del mercado no atrapada por la especulación financiera no diseñada para que los países de menor desarrollo queden rezagados”.

El vicepresidente cubano, Ricardo Cabrisas, relató que ” Durante casi 50 años, sucesivos gobiernos norteamericanos intentaron ahogar a la Revolución Cubana imponiéndole el bloqueo económico más largo, intenso y con mayor desproporción de fuerzas entre el bloqueador y el bloqueado que registre la historia. Pretendieron imponerle al pueblo cubano una situación económica tan severa que lo asfixiara y obligara a rendirse”.

Destacó la contribución de Cuba en base a su dura experiencia por el bloqueo económico ejercido por Estados Unidos contra la Isla “nuestra modesta experiencia de resistencia y creación y nuestra sincera voluntad de trabajar por el ALBA y por una América Latina y el Caribe integrados y unidos”.

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IN LATIN AMERICA, MEDVEDEV WILL TAKE FIGHT TO US DOORSTEP

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 21, 2008

11/20/2008

MOSCOW — President Dmitry Medvedev embarks this week on a Latin American tour crafted to slake MEDVEDEV'S LATIN TOURRussia’s thirst for respect as a serious global power and carry its message of US defiance to Washington’s doorstep.

Medvedev’s four-nation trip kicks off Friday in Peru, where he will meet at the weekend with leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, including outgoing US President George W. Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao.

The Kremlin leader then heads to Brazil to meet its leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva before traveling to Venezuela, whose maverick President Hugo Chavez is famous for his virulent broadsides against Washington.

For the grand finale, Medvedev rounds off his tour in Cuba, the flagship Cold War ally of the Soviet Union during the Cold War and the United States’ communist arch-foe in the western hemisphere since the late 1950s.

The Russian navy, keen to prove that reports of its death a decade ago were exaggerated, will flex its muscles under Washington’s nose by conducting joint maneuvers with Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea, officials said.

The extensive trip expands a Cold War-era strategy revived by Medvedev’s mentor Vladimir Putin of raising Russia’s profile globally and taking rivalry with the United States to Washington’s doorstep in Latin America, analysts said.

But it also comes as Russia has taken a battering in the global economic crisis, while calls by the new Kremlin leader for a reshaping of international financial and military structures have met little response.

The tour will demonstrate Russia’s “increasing interest in expanding its global influence, particularly on the continent Washington believes to be a traditional sphere of American influence,” said Yevgeny Volk, Moscow representative of the US Heritage Foundation, a research center.

In comments to RIA Novosti on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted Russian ties with South America and the Caribbean region were not aimed at “third countries” — a clear reference to the United States.

But Russian media have portrayed the naval exercises and recent Russian air force exercises in Venezuela as a direct response to US plans to extend a missile shield close to Russian borders in central Europe.

Venezuela’s purchase of a slew of Russian weapons have already prompted concern on the part of neighboring Colombia and the United States about the dangers of a South American arms race.

Russia’s Kommersant newspaper has reported that negotiations will be pursued during Medvedev’s visit on new Venezuelan arms purchases from Russia, possibly including air defense systems and fighter jets.

His visit to Cuba is sure to revive memories of Cold War rivalry, although the daily Kommersant reported in August that Cuba had reacted badly to Russian suggestions the island might host Russian bomber planes.

Hailing warm bilateral relations this month, Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said that defense ties with Russia were aimed at “reinforcing the defensive potential of Cuba.”

Amid the Russian-US tensions, Medvedev’s encounter with Bush in Peru may prove chilly.

Moscow has all but written off coming to terms with the outgoing US administration on its missile defense plans, which Washington insists do not threaten Russia and are directed against “rogue states” such as Iran.

As well as pursuing military ties, Medvedev’s tour is sure to be aimed at expanding economic ties with South America, where Russian energy firms Gazprom, Lukoil and the British-Russian joint venture TNK-BP have been pushing projects in Venezuela.

But analysts remain sceptical about Russia’s goals in both Latin America and Asia.

Melbourne-based Asia specialist Damien Kingsbury said that Russia, despite its vast territory in the far east, was not seen as a significant Asian power and had damaged its cause by its military surge into Georgia in August.

Russia’s alliance with China remains “short-term”, said Kingsbury, of Deakin University, adding that after the August war, “states in the Asia-Pacific region would view Russia with a degree more caution.”

Reflecting on Russia’s dependence on energy exports to finance its ambitions, Volk concluded: “With the decrease in oil prices it will be much more difficult for Russia to play the role of superpower.”

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EL PARTO DE LOS MONTES – La reunión de Washington

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 17, 2008

Noviembre 16 de 2008 – 4 y 12 p.m.

Fidel Castro Ruz

Bush se mostraba feliz con tener a Lula a su diestra en la cena del viernes. A Hu Jintao, al que respeta por el enorme mercado de su país, la capacidad de producir bienes de consumo a bajo precio y el caudal de sus reservas en dólares y bonos de Estados Unidos, lo sentó a su izquierda.

Medvédev, a quien ofende con la amenaza de ubicar los radares y la cohetería estratégica nuclear no lejos de Moscú, fue ubicado en un asiento distante del anfitrión de la Casa Blanca.

El rey de Arabia Saudita, un país que producirá en un futuro próximo 15 millones de toneladas de petróleo ligero a precios altamente competitivos, quedó también a su izquierda, al lado de Hu.

Su más fiel aliado en Europa, Gordon Brown, Primer Ministro del Reino Unido, no aparecía cerca de él en las imágenes.

Nicolás Sarkozy, descontento con la arquitectura actual del orden financiero, quedó distante de él, con el rostro amargado.

Al Presidente del Gobierno español, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, víctima del resentimiento personal de Bush y asistente al cónclave de Washington, ni siquiera lo vi en las imágenes televisadas de la cena.

De esa forma fueron ubicados los asistentes al banquete.

Cualquiera hubiera pensado que al día siguiente se produciría el debate de fondo sobre el peliagudo tema.

Temprano en la mañana del sábado, las agencias informaban sobre el programa que tendría lugar en el National Building Museum de Washington. Cada segundo estaba programado. Se analizarían la actual crisis y las medidas a tomar. Se iniciaría a las 11 y 30 hora local. Primero, sesión gráfica: “fotos de familia”, como las llamó Bush; veinte minutos después, la primera plenaria, seguida de una segunda a la mitad del día. Todo rigurosamente programado, hasta los nobles servicios sanitarios.

Los discursos y análisis durarían aproximadamente tres horas y 30 minutos. A las 3 y 25, hora local, almuerzo. De inmediato, a las 5 y 5, declaración final. Una hora después, a las 6 y 5, Bush marcharía a descansar, cenar y dormir plácidamente en Camp David.

El día transcurría, para los que seguían el evento, con la impaciencia por conocer cómo en tan breve tiempo se abordarían los problemas del planeta y de la especie humana. Estaba anunciada una declaración final.

El hecho real es que la declaración final de la Cumbre se elaboró por asesores económicos preseleccionados, bastante afines al pensamiento neoliberal, mientras Bush en sus pronunciamientos pre y pos cumbre reclamaba más poder y más dinero para el Fondo Monetario Internacional, el Banco Mundial y otras instituciones mundiales que están bajo riguroso control de Estados Unidos y sus más cercanos aliados. Ese país había decidido inyectar 700 mil millones de dólares para salvar a sus bancos y empresas transnacionales. Europa ofrecía una cifra igual o mayor. Japón, su más firme pilar en Asia, ha prometido una contribución de 100 mil millones de dólares. Esperan de la República Popular China, que desarrolla crecientes y convenientes vínculos comerciales con los países de América Latina, otra contribución de 100 mil millones procedentes de sus reservas.

¿De dónde saldrían tantos dólares, euros y libras esterlinas como no fuera endeudando seriamente a las nuevas generaciones? ¿Cómo se puede construir el edificio de la economía mundial sobre billetes de papel, que es en lo inmediato lo que realmente se pone en circulación, cuando el país que los emite sufre un enorme déficit fiscal? ¿Valdría la pena tanto viaje por aire hacia un punto del planeta llamado Washington para reunirse con un Presidente al que le quedan sólo 60 días de gobierno, y suscribir un documento que ya estaba diseñado de antemano para ser aprobado en el Washington Museum? ¿Tendría razón la prensa radial, televisiva y escrita de Estados Unidos al no concederle atención especial a ese viejo rejuego imperialista en la cacareada reunión?

Lo increíble es la propia declaración final, aprobada por consenso de los participantes en el cónclave. Es obvio que constituye una aceptación plena de las exigencias de Bush, antes y durante la cumbre. A varios de los países participantes no les quedaba otra alternativa que aprobarla; en su lucha desesperada por el desarrollo, no deseaban aislarse de los más ricos y poderosos, así como de sus instituciones financieras, que constituyen mayoría en el seno del Grupo G-20.

Bush habló con verdadera euforia, usando palabras demagógicas, leyó frases que retratan la declaración final:

“La primera decisión que tuve que tomar —dijo— fue quiénes venían a la reunión. Decidí que teníamos que tener a las naciones del Grupo de los 20, en lugar de solamente el Grupo de los Ocho o el Grupo de los Trece.

“Pero una vez que se toma la decisión de tener al Grupo de los 20, la pregunta fundamental es con cuántas naciones de seis diferentes continentes, que representan a diferentes etapas de desarrollo económico, es posible alcanzar acuerdos que sean sustanciales, y me complace informarles que la respuesta a esa pregunta es que lo logramos.”

“Estados Unidos ha tomado algunas medidas extraordinarias. Ustedes, que han seguido mi carrera, saben, yo soy un partidario del libre mercado, y si uno no toma medidas decisivas, es posible que nuestro país se suma en una depresión más terrible que la Gran Depresión.”

“Recién empezamos a trabajar con el fondo de 700 mil millones de dólares que está comenzando a liberar dinero a los bancos.”

“De manera que todos entendemos la necesidad de promover políticas económicas a favor del crecimiento.”

“La transparencia es muy importante para que los inversionistas y los reguladores puedan saber exactamente qué está pasando.”

El texto del resto de lo que dijo Bush es por el estilo.

La declaración final de la Cumbre, que requiere por su extensión media hora para leerlo en público, se define a sí misma en un grupo de párrafos seleccionados:

“Nosotros, los líderes del Grupo de los 20, hemos celebrado una reunión inicial en Washington el 15 de noviembre entre serios desafíos para la economía y los mercados financieros mundiales¼ ”

“¼ debemos poner las bases para una reforma que nos ayude a asegurarnos de que una crisis global como esta no volverá a ocurrir. Nuestro trabajo debe estar guiado por los principios del mercado, el régimen de libre comercio e inversión¼ ”

“¼ los actores del mercado buscaron rentabilidades más altas sin una evaluación adecuada de los riesgos y fracasaron¼ ”

“Las autoridades, reguladores y supervisores de algunos países desarrollados no apreciaron ni advirtieron adecuadamente de los riesgos que se creaban en los mercados financieros¼ ”

“¼ las políticas macroeconómicas insuficientes e inconsistentemente coordinadas, e inadecuadas reformas estructurales, condujeron a un insostenible resultado macroeconómico global.”

“Muchas economías emergentes, que han ayudado a sostener la economía mundial, cada vez más sufren el impacto del frenazo mundial.”

“Subrayamos el importante papel del FMI en la respuesta a la crisis, saludamos el nuevo mecanismo de liquidez a corto plazo y urgimos a la continua revisión de sus instrumentos para asegurar la flexibilidad.

“Animaremos al Banco Mundial y a otros bancos multilaterales de desarrollo a usar su plena capacidad en apoyo de su agenda de ayuda¼ ”

“Nos aseguraremos de que el FMI, el Banco Mundial y los otros bancos multilaterales de desarrollo tengan los recursos suficientes para continuar desempeñando su papel en la resolución de la crisis.”

“Ejercitaremos una fuerte vigilancia sobre las agencias de crédito, con el desarrollo de un código de conducta internacional.”

“Nos comprometemos a proteger la integridad de los mercados financieros del mundo, reforzando la protección del inversor y el consumidor.”

“Estamos comprometidos a avanzar en la reforma de las instituciones de Bretton Woods, de forma que puedan reflejar los cambios en la economía mundial para incrementar su legitimidad y efectividad.”

“Nos reuniremos de nuevo el 30 de abril de 2009 para revisar la puesta en marcha de los principios y decisiones tomadas hoy.”

“Admitimos que estas reformas sólo tendrán éxito si se basan en un compromiso con los principios del libre mercado, incluyendo el imperio de la ley, respeto a la propiedad privada, inversión y comercio libre, mercados competitivos y eficientes y sistemas financieros regulados efectivamente.”

“Nos abstendremos de imponer barreras a la inversión y al comercio de bienes y servicios.”

“Somos conscientes del impacto de la actual crisis en los países en desarrollo, particularmente en los más vulnerables.

“Mientras avanzamos, estamos seguros de que mediante la colaboración, la cooperación y el multilateralismo superaremos los desafíos que tenemos ante nosotros y lograremos restablecer la estabilidad y la prosperidad en la economía mundial.”

Lenguaje tecnocrático, inaccesible para las masas.

Pleitesía al imperio, que no recibe crítica alguna a sus métodos abusivos.

Loas al FMI, Banco Mundial y las organizaciones multilaterales de créditos, engendradores de deudas, gastos burocráticos fabulosos e inversiones encaminadas al suministro de materias primas a las grandes transnacionales, que son además responsables de la crisis.

Así por el estilo, hasta el último párrafo. Es aburrida, plagada de lugares comunes. No dice absolutamente nada. Fue suscrita por Bush, campeón del neoliberalismo, responsable de matanzas y guerras genocidas, que ha invertido en sus aventuras sangrientas todo el dinero que habría sido suficiente para cambiar la faz económica del mundo.

En el documento no se dice una palabra de lo absurdo de la política de convertir los alimentos en combustible que propugna Estados Unidos, del intercambio desigual de que somos víctimas los pueblos del Tercer Mundo, ni sobre la estéril carrera armamentista, la producción y comercio de armas, la ruptura del equilibrio ecológico, y las gravísimas amenazas a la paz que ponen al mundo al borde del exterminio.

Sólo una frasecita perdida en el largo documento menciona la necesidad de “afrontar el cambio climático”, cuatro palabras.

Por la declaración se verá cómo los países presentes en el cónclave demandan reunirse de nuevo en abril de 2009, en el Reino Unido, Japón o cualquier otro país que cuente con los requisitos adecuados —nadie sabe cuál—, para analizar la situación de las finanzas mundiales, con el sueño de que las crisis cíclicas nunca vuelvan a repetirse con sus dramáticas consecuencias.

Ahora les corresponderá a los teóricos de izquierda y de derecha opinar fría o acaloradamente sobre el documento.

Desde mi punto de vista, no fueron rozados ni con el pétalo de una flor los privilegios del imperio. Si se dispone de la paciencia necesaria para leerlo desde el principio hasta el final, podrá apreciarse cómo se trata simplemente de una apelación piadosa a la ética del país más poderoso del planeta, tecnológica y militarmente, en la época de la globalización de la economía, como quienes ruegan al lobo que no se devore a la Caperucita Roja.

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TRADE GROUP: US AG EXPORTS TO CUBA HIT RECORD – A U.S.-Cuba trade group says the island has spent a record $536 million for American agriculture goods through the third quarter, already surpassing all annual amounts since 2001.

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 17, 2008

Originally published Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 11:35 AM

HAVANA — A U.S.-Cuba trade group says the island has spent a record $536 million for American US AG EXPORTS TO CUBA HIT RECORDagriculture goods through the third quarter, already surpassing all annual amounts since 2001.

The U.S. Trade and Economic Council says that most of the growth is because of price increases, and not quantities. The council released the figures Friday.

Washington’s nearly 50-year-old trade embargo prohibits nearly all trade between both countries, but Cuba has been allowed to buy U.S. food and agricultural products with cash payments since 2000. Cuba began taking advantage of the loophole in the American trade sanctions after a hurricane ravaged parts of the island in November 2001.

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FIDEL CASTRO LOOKS THIN BUT ALERT IN LATEST PHOTO (Cuba)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 17, 2008

14 Nov 2008, 0844 hrs IST, AP

Thursday.

The ailing 82-year-old former president is seen standing and peering at the camera with a hint of Fidel Castro - AFP Photosurprise on his face. His gray hair is combed back and his wispy gray beard is neatly trimmed. As if for support, he is holding onto the arm of Metropolitan Kirill, the church’s top foreign relations official.

The church said the picture was taken Oct. 20, when Kirill was in Havana for the consecration of a new Orthodox cathedral.

Cuban state media covered that meeting but did not release any images. It was the first image of Castro published since June 17, when government-controlled broadcasts showed him chatting in a garden during a visit by his close friend, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The latest image shows Castro wearing a black and white exercise suit, a variation on the red and blue Fidel Castro looks thin and frail but alert in a photograph from last month posted on the website of the Russian Orthodox Church on Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Havana - AFP Photo tracksuit that has become his standard uniform since he underwent emergency intestinal surgery and disappeared from public view in July 2006.

He is suffering from an unknown illness and has been holed up in a secret location. As with most other images, the Orthodox church’s photo shows him indoors, providing few clues to the exact location.

Raul Castro, Fidel’s hand-picked successor for nearly five decades, formally succeeded his brother as president this year.

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ZAFRA CAFETALERA MANTIENE UN RITMO POSITIVO EN LA PROVINCIA DE HOLGUÍN (Cuba)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 15, 2008

Jueves, 13 de noviembre de 2008

por Yanela Ruiz

La zafra cafetalera en la provincia mantiene un ritmo positivo, a pesar del déficit de fuerza de trabajo, ocasionado por la desmovilización de unos 2 mil estudiantes, a causa de la amenaza del huracán Paloma.

“Los municipios más afectados fueron Mayarí y Sagua de Tánamo. No obstante la respuesta positiva que dieron las fuerzas internas, se necesita del importante aporte de los educandos en la recogida del aromático grano.

Para suplir esta insuficiencia, se reinicia, en las próximas horas, la subida de estudiantes a las montañas. Ya hoy se deben incorporar dos escuelas”, informó Raciel Aguilera, subdelegado de Café y Forestal.

Puntualizó que se trabaja en la recolección del café Arábigo, que ya termina la cosecha, pero no se cumple el rendimiento planificado. De 205 mil 735 latas sólo se recogieron 184 mil 798.

Sin embargo, con la variedad Robusta, que ya comienza su producción, se mantienen las expectativas, lo cual permitiría llegar al plan. De un estimado de 242 mil 824, ya se han recogido unas 194 mil 239 latas, subrayó.

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REFLEXIONES DEL COMPAÑERO FIDEL – LA REUNIÓN DE WASHINGTON (Cuba)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 15, 2008

Sábado 15 Noviembre 2008

Fidel Castro Ruz

Noviembre 14 de 2008

5 y 35 p.m.

Algunos de los gobiernos que nos apoyan, a juzgar por declaraciones recientes, no dejan de incluir en FIDEL CASTRO BY PEPITO JUNIOR CARLOSlas mismas que lo hacen para facilitar la transición en Cuba. ¿Transición hacia dónde? Hacia el capitalismo, único sistema en el que religiosamente creen. Ni una sola palabra expresan para reconocer el mérito de un pueblo que, sometido a casi medio siglo de crueles sanciones económicas y agresiones, defendió una causa revolucionaria que, unida a su moral y patriotismo, le dio fuerzas para resistir.

También olvidan que, después de las vidas ofrendadas y tanto sacrificio defendiendo la soberanía y la justicia, no se le puede ofrecer a Cuba en la otra orilla el capitalismo.

Le hacen guiños a Estados Unidos, soñando que los ayudará a resolver sus propios problemas económicos inyectándoles sumas fabulosas de monedas de papel a sus tambaleantes economías, que sostienen el intercambio desigual y abusivo con los países emergentes.

Sólo de esta forma pueden garantizarse las ganancias multimillonarias de Wall Street y los bancos de Estados Unidos. Los recursos naturales no renovables del planeta y la ecología ni siquiera se mencionan. No se demanda el cese de la carrera armamentista y la prohibición del uso posible y probable de armas de exterminio masivo.

Ninguno de los que participarán en la reunión, convocada precipitadamente por el actual Presidente de Estados Unidos, ha dicho una palabra sobre la ausencia de más de 150 Estados con iguales o peores problemas, que no tendrán derecho a decir una palabra sobre el orden financiero internacional, como propuso el Presidente pro tempore de la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas, Miguel D’Escoto, entre ellos la mayor parte de los países de América Latina, el Caribe, África, Asia y Oceanía.

Mañana se inicia la reunión del G-20 en Washington. Bush está de plácemes. Proclama que de la reunión espera un nuevo orden financiero internacional. Las instituciones creadas por Bretton Woods deben ser más transparentes, responsables y efectivas. Es lo único que admitiría. Para señalar la prosperidad de Cuba en el pasado, habló de que una vez estuvo sembrada de campos de caña de azúcar. No dijo, por cierto, que se cortaba a mano y el imperio nos arrebató la cuota establecida durante más de medio siglo, cuando la palabra socialismo no se había pronunciado todavía en nuestro país, aunque sí las de ¡Patria o Muerte!

Muchos sueñan que, con un simple cambio de mando en la jefatura del imperio, este sería más tolerante y menos belicoso. El desprecio por su actual gobernante conduce a ilusiones del probable cambio del sistema.

No se conoce todavía el pensamiento más íntimo del ciudadano que tomará el timón sobre el tema. Sería sumamente ingenuo creer que las buenas intenciones de una persona inteligente podrían cambiar lo que siglos de intereses y egoísmo han creado. La historia humana demuestra otra cosa.

Observemos con atención lo que dice cada cual en esa importante reunión financiera. Las noticias lloverán. Estaremos todos un poco mejor informados.


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MALAWI IDENTIFIES NEW EXPORT MARKET

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 15, 2008

11:12:34 – 14 November 2008

by Caroline Kandiero

Government has secured an outright order of 15,000 metric tons of red beans to export to Cuba as RED BEANSsoon as possible.

Minister of Industry and Trade Henry Mussa said this on Wednesday on his arrival from the country’s 26th International Trade Fair which was held in Havana.

According to Mussa, the hurricanes that were experienced in Cuba destroyed nearly one third of the crops in the country.

“We have been given an outright deal to export to Cuba about 15,000 metric tons of red beans, which is translated to nearly US$12million (K1.9bn),” said Mussa, adding that there is a big export market in Cuba.

He further said apart from the beans export, there was also an agreement that Cuba would assist Malawi with expertise and knowledge to process fruits to improve shelf life after harvest.

Mussa therefore urged all beans farmers to come forward so that government can arrange logistics for the exportation of the beans especially on transportation.

The Minister also said that Cuban government has also offered technical support on the Shire Zambezi water corridor, and the technicians are expected in the country next year.

Principal Secretary in the trade ministry Nebert Nyirenda said Malawi has the capacity to export the beans at the same time have surplus.

“Beans are early maturing and we are not going to export the whole lot at once. We will be exporting in tranches and that will give us room to plant more,” he said.

According to Nyirenda, experts from Cuba are expected in the country to select a variety of their choice.

As a country, Malawi showcased several agricultural commodities which included groundnuts, tea, and coffee among others.

Statistics from the Ministry indicate that the country produces about 34,000 metric tonnes of beans annually.

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LULA, OBAMA E O FIM DO BLOQUEIO A CUBA (Brasil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 14, 2008

14/11/2008 09:53

JOSÉ DIRCEU por José Dirceu
A imprensa noticia que o presidente do Brasil, na conversa telefônica que teve com o presidente eleito dos Estados Unidos, senador Barack Obama (Partido Democrata-Illinois), insistiu no fim do bloqueio a Cuba, um tema caro ao PT e ao governo Lula, mesmo nos 8 anos de administração George W. Bush.

Eufemisticamente chamado de embargo pelos americanos e pela oposição cubana, mas de fato um bloqueio cruel e desumano, que já foi repudiado oficialmente 17 vezes pelas Nações Unidas (e da tribuna da ONU e, no mundo todo, milhares de vezes), a última no mês passado com somente três votos a favor de sua manutenção, o próprio, dos Estados Unidos, o de Israel e o de uma pequena ilha, Palau.

Como vemos, o bloqueio, além de uma agressão de uma superpotência a uma nação independente e a HAVANAum povo soberano, é ilegal e condenado pela comunidade internacional. A expectativa de todos é que mais do que suspender a proibição de viagens a Cuba ou de remessas de dinheiro pelos imigrantes cubanos, o presidente eleito, Barack Obama, uma vez empossado, ponha fim ao bloqueio.

A medida será bem vinda, especialmente depois que a ilha caribenha foi devastada por três furacões nos últimos meses, com perdas estimadas em US$ 10 bilhões de dólares para sua economia.

Trata-se de um ato de reparação e justiça histórica, da suspensão de uma agressão e bloqueio sem sentido, a não ser o de demonstrar a iniqüidade e a perversidade da política norte-americana com relação a Cuba.

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MEDVEDEV PLANS TRIP TO CUBA ON LATIN AMERICAN TOUR LATER THIS MONTH

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 14, 2008

Published: November 14, 2008, 15:30

Agencies

Nice: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will visit US foe Cuba on a tour of Latin American states later DIMITRI MEDEVEDEVthis month, his spokeswoman said on Friday.

“As part of his trip to Latin America … this month, the president will also visit Cuba,” spokeswoman Natalya Timakova told reporters on the sidelines of a European Union-Russia summit in the French resort of Nice.

Russia has been building ties with Latin American leaders who are cool towards the United States, a drive the Kremlin said is about trade but which some analysts say is designed to signal to Washington that Russia is once again a world power.

Medvedev had been scheduled only to visit Venezuela, Brazil and Peru on his tour of the region. His spokeswoman did not give an exact date for the Cuban leg of the trip.

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PRODUCEN ACEITES DIELÉCTRICOS A PARTIR DE CRUDO AVILEÑO (Cuba)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 11, 2008

(Actualizado 5 de noviembre de 2008, 9:00 am)

por Lubia Ulloa Trujillo (AIN)

La obtención de aceite dieléctrico a partir del crudo avileño se consolida en Cuba después de 10 meses La refineria Sergio Soto, en Sancti Spiritus sin necesidad de importar ese producto.

Rafael de la Grana León, director general de la refinería Sergio Soto, en Sancti Spíritus, informó que al cierre del 2008 la Isla habrá ahorrado más de un millón de dólares por ese concepto, gracias a la calidad del combustible que se extrae de los pozos de Ciego de Ávila.

La producción del lubricante garantiza la demanda que exigen los 12 000 equipos que elabora la fábrica de transformadores cubanos marca Latino, aseguró el directivo.

Por cada tonelada de aceite adquirida en el exterior el Estado cubano desembolsaba 1 975 dólares, mientras que procesarlo en el territorio nacional cuesta menos del 50 por ciento de ese precio, explicó el especialista.

La refinería de Sancti Spíritus asimila todo el crudo que los petroleros del municipio de Majagua, en Ciego de Ávila, extraen de los cuatro yacimientos, pues es el único que sirve para alcanzar este tipo de grasa dado su bajo porcentaje de azufre, que oscila entre 1,9 y 2,0.

Además del hidrocarburo de Ciego de Ávila se logra diésel, keroseno, aceites básicos demandados en la industria y en la agricultura, así como también la nafta, que se emplea para obtener gasolina y como reductora de viscosidad.

La Sergio Soto, que cumplirá 61 años de fundada el próximo diciembre, fue la primera de las cuatro refinerías nacionalizadas en Cuba y la que inició el procesamiento del crudo soviético que entró al país cuando Estados Unidos suspendió su entrega.

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Posted in CHEMICALS (processed components), COMMERCE, COMMODITIES MARKET, CUBA, ECONOMIC CONJUNCTURE, ECONOMY, INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, INDUSTRIES, INTERNATIONAL, PETROL, REFINERIES - PETROL/BIOFUELS, THE FLOW OF INVESTMENTS | Leave a Comment »

REFINAN PETRÓLEO EN CUBA

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on October 31, 2008

30/10/2008

Por William Fernández Jiménez

Cuba trabaja de manera intensamente en la creación de nuevas capacidades de refinación de petróleo REFINERIA CAMILO CIENFUEGOS - CUBAcomo resultado de los diferentes mecanismos de solidaridad, integración y cooperación con la República Bolivariana de Venezuela.

Esas acciones posibilitarán ampliar las producciones en las refinerías de Cienfuegos, recién reinaugurada y modernizar la existente en Santiago de Cuba, donde también se proyecta construir una con capacidad para procesar 150 000 barriles anuales.

El descubrimiento de nuevos pozos y la continua exploración para hallar otros, permiten incrementar las reservas del país y mantener niveles de producción similares a los actuales e incluso, pudieran ampliarse.

Antes había que contratar las máquinas para perforar, reparar y cementar; hoy el país cuenta con el equipamiento necesario para asumir los pozos de la Empresa Cubana del Petróleo.

Unido a esto, se impulsa el aprovechamiento del gas acompañante en la generación de combustible doméstico y el correcto manejo del agua, partes de la mezcla triflujo que emana de los pozos.

A eso se suma que de conjunto con el Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente la mayor de Las Antillas desarrolla acciones encaminadas a minimizar las afectaciones al entorno.

Fuente AIN

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CUBA USA TECNOLOGIA DA EMBRAPA NO CULTIVO DA SOJA (Brasil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on October 31, 2008

28/10/2008

Os cubanos vão aplicar tecnologias da Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa). A ação faz parte do projeto Cubasoy, que substitui uma área tradicional de cultivo cana-de-açúcar pelo da soja. A parceria da Agência Brasileira de Cooperação (ABC), Embrapa com os ministérios das Forças Armadas Revolucionárias e da Indústria Alimentícia de Cuba vai permitir que 20 variedades da oleaginosa entrem em fase de testes daqui 30 dias.

O projeto será testado em 2 mil hectares, na província de Ciego de Ávila, com meta de chegar a 40,5 mil hectares a longo prazo. A expectativa é obter uma produtividade média entre 1 e 3 toneladas do grão por hectares.

O governo de Cuba aposta também na capacitação do pessoal envolvido no projeto. Segundo o pesquisador, Antônio Garcia, o aprendizado nos laboratórios permitirá aos parceiros cubanos mais precisão ao lidar com a qualidade de sementes – experiência que eles não contam pois, até agora, trabalhavam apenas com cana-de-açúcar. Além disso, é necessário introduzir diferentes variedades da soja e analisar quais se adaptam melhor ao clima e solo da região de Ciego de Ávila.

Assessoria Comunicação do MAPA

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