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11th Cuban Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Marcha LGTB

A range of activities are being undertaken May 4 through 18, as part of the 11th Cuban Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (Cuba’s event to mark IDAHO – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia). Under the motto of “Me incluyo” (I include myself), this year’s activities have been focused on raising awareness in schools and educational institutions regarding discrimination against the LGBTI community, working both with teachers and students.

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Spain confirmed as one of Cuba’s top trading partners

Fernando Garcia españa

On the morning of May 9, Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, a vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, and Minister of Economy and Planning, received Fernando García Casas, Secretary of State for International Cooperation with Ibero-America and the Caribbean, of the Kingdom of Spain, heading a delegation attending the 37th period of sessions of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), currently taking place in Havana.

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Colombian government and ELN negotiating new ceasefire in Havana


Peace talks between the Colombian government and National Liberation Army (ELN) resumed on May 10 in Havana, as the two delegations look to negotiate a new ceasefire. Talks between the Colombian government and ELN which began in Quito 2017, were moved to the Cuban capital after President Lenín Moreno pulled out as a guarantor to the process, following a security crisis on the border between Ecuador and Colombia.

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Cuba condemns U.S. withdrawal from nuclear agreement with Iran


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba expresses its strong condemnation of the decision made by the United States government to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or Iran nuclear agreement, and re-impose sanctions on this country.

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Díaz-Canel receives Alicia Bárcena

Canelñ y Barcenas

On the afternoon of May 8, the President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, received the honorable Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), in Cuba to attend the organization’s 37th period of sessions and 70th anniversary celebrations.

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Cuba shows that economic growth and equality are not incompatible

Alicia Cepal

During her remarks opening the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean’s 37th period of sessions, May 7, in Havana’s International Conference Center, the group’s executive secretary Alicia Bárcena presented a summary of the tour conducted alongside the formal meetings.

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Raúl meets UN Secretary General

Raul y Guterrez

On May 8, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, met with the honorable Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary General, on an official visit to the island.

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Cuba rejects attacks by Mike Pence in the OAS


On Monday, May 7, the Cuban Foreign Ministry rejected the “aggressive and untrue” remarks made by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, in Washington. Director General for the United States at the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, warned that such actions only serve to remind Latin Americans that the Monroe Doctrine and its hegemonic aspirations are as alive today as ever.

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What challenges do Cuban neighborhoods face?

Cuba barrios

The leading role of youth and the importance of their ideas in neighborhood work, along with the necessary participation of those with more experience in community organizing and revolutionary vigilance – and teamwork as the most effective way to stay connected – were some of the challenges noted in discussion held in Artemisa, during the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) Provincial Assembly, leading up to the organization’s 9th Congress.

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Five issues on the agenda for Havana ECLAC meeting

Cepal reunion

Cuba will host this week the 37th Session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the most important intergovernmental meeting of this United Nations body, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary.
Havana will host the forum for the first time since the triumph of the Revolution, in which crucial issues for the economic and social development of the countries of the region will be analyzed.