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Chapeando: Red Florida


I like nothing less than starting our podcast with what is happening across the street, but today everything revolves around something that cannot be underestimated due to the weight it has in international politics. And by the sign it bears. We are talking, of course, about the mid-term elections, held this Tuesday in the United States, to elect 36 governors and renew the House and a third of the Senate. At the level of the Union, the red tide so announced by the Republicans, which did take place in nearby Florida, the base of the political forces that support the Cuban counterrevolutionary industry, remained wishful thinking.

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A lock that denies rights

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Following the same strategic design of the sixties, the current Government of the United States maintains the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba. Throughout time, US politicians have insisted on maintaining that policy of siege and suffocation in their speeches and actions. This is the case of Jesse Helms and Dan Burton, Robert Torricelli, Bob Graham, Marco Rubio, Mauricio Clever Carone, Mario Díaz Balart, Bob Menéndez and others who see the set of coercive measures as a way of sensibly damaging the Cuban economy and influence popular support for the island government.

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Chapeando: Culture, donations and contrasts


“We are going to win, we are going to win…” sings Nsila Cheche, starting our podcast. The cajon touch sounds with the invincible optimism of the Cuban, who in the worst moments laughs and dances, scaring away the bad omen. Well chosen musical greeting to the Day of Cuban Culture. And also the celebration of the date by artists and intellectuals, who did not go to a theater to celebrate themselves. They walk through the towns of Pinar del Río where Ian’s winds took away the roofs and the souls of many people.

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Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla: “The world would be better without the blockade against Cuba”


Transcript of the words of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, in the presentation to the national and foreign press, of the update of the national report by virtue of resolution 75/289 of the General Assembly of the Nations Nations, entitled “Need to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.” (Period August 2021- February 2022)

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Cuban President highlights appeal by artists and intellectuals in favor of Cuba and its sovereignty


The President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, highlighted the adherence to the appeal of Cuban intellectuals and artists, which he described as a worthy and sovereign document. Exceeds one thousand one hundred signatures appeal of Cuban intellectuals and artists. A sovereign and dignified document, which defends the essence of the Cuban nation, the president wrote on the social network Twitter.

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US blockade causes millionaire losses to Cuban agriculture


The value of the damage caused to Cuban agriculture by the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States government on Cuba, only in the period from August 2021 to February of the current year, amounts to 270,852,548 dollars, they reported this Friday in Havana directors of the Ministry of Agriculture. At a press conference, Orlando Díaz Rodríguez, director of International Affairs of the Minag, explained that this figure summarizes the income lost from exports of goods and services.

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They publish in The New York Times a call to President Biden: “Let Cuba rebuild itself”


Concerned leaders and activists in the United States have issued an urgent call in the Sunday edition of the New York Times, demanding that Biden temporarily lift sanctions and allow Cuba to purchase urgently needed supplies for reconstruction after Hurricane Ian. Biden needs to act right now to help the Cuban people. Hurricane Ian caused great devastation. The power grid was damaged and the electrical system collapsed. More than 50,000 homes have been completely destroyed or severely damaged.

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Cuban media denounce new violent acts financed from the United States


What would happen if any country in the world paid money to provoke terrorist acts and sabotage in the United States? Their spokesmen would come out immediately to impose their democracy by cannon. But in the case of Cuba, their actions are very different. Those who pay to unleash violence and chaos in Cuba act with total impunity from US soil. They allocate considerable funds to finance terrorist acts within Cuban society, without any foreign authority ruling on the matter.

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Another one of the blockade: the United States forces European passport holders who visit Cuba to request a visa from that country


Europeans and Cubans with dual nationality who have traveled to Cuba must apply for an entry visa before visiting the United States, according to the provisions of the Government of that country. Citizens of the European Union are usually exempt from a visa and only need an entry permit that they can request at line in the portal of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA, for its acronym in English).

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China reiterates call to US to lift blockade against Cuba


China on Monday reiterated its call to the United States Government to immediately and completely lift the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed against Cuba, after highlighting that it is a global claim. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian deplored the permanence of such policy although the international community has rejected it consecutively at the United Nations General Assembly in the last 29 years.