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Books by Fidel Castro in Digital Format at Cuban Fair

Havana, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) Three books written by the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, will be launched in e-book format at the 22nd International Book Fair, Cuba 2013, Cubadebate website posted today.

Published by the Ruth Publishing House, the titles "La paz en Colombia" (Peace in Colombia), "La victoria estrategica" (The Strategic Victory) and "La contraofensiva estrategica" (The Strategic Counteroffensive) will enter the world of digital literature, aimed at achieving greater distribution on different continents via the Internet.

The e-book package also includes other books related to the Cuban leader's life, written by journalist Katiuska Blanco: "Todo el tiempo de los cedros" (All the days of the cedars), "Angel, la raiz gallega de Fidel" (Angel, the Galician root of Fidel) and "Fidel Castro Ruz, Guerrillero del Tiempo" (Fidel Castro Ruz, Guerrilla of Time).

Regarding the event, Blanco said that this is great news for Fidel Castro and shows how revolutionary he is, because "the word revolution not only refers to political or historical ideas, but also to man's ability to realize the need to move with the times," Cubadebate quoted.

According to the writer, "Fidel is not simply a reference to the past or present; Fidel is installed as a wise man on top of the mountain in the 21st, 22nd, 23rd centuries, "he is a man who has overcome time due to his revolutionary spirit in every sense of the word."

It is necessary that Fidel's life and ideas be understood by young people in countries where the awakening of social consciousness is underway due to dissatisfaction with the system, different forms of struggle and related searches. Fidel is, first and foremost, a humanist reference, she said.


US Social Organizations Will Demand End of Blockade on Cuba

Washington, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) Several social organizations of United States will carry out a concentration here on next February 24 to demand the end of the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the US government to Cuba for more than for half a century.

The activity will be carried out during the whole Sunday in front of the headquarters of the Section of Interests of Cuba in the US capital, said the National Committee for the Liberation of five antiterrorist fighters of the island condemned in the northern country since 1998, mostly known as The Cuban Five.

Members of that group, of the ANSWER Coalition and of the Revolutionary Party of the Peoples of Africa, among others, will participate in the protest action and will demand the immediate ceasing of the unilateral blockade of the White House, rejected in the UN in a serial way in the last 21 years.

In accordance with a report presented by the authorities of Havana, the economic damages that the Caribbean nation suffered because of the blockade until December 2011 ascend to a trillion, 66 billion dollars, considering the depreciation of the US dollar compared to the gold in the international market.

The demonstrators will also claim for the immediate and unconditional liberation of the Cuban antiterrorist fighters Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez.

Four of them face severe sanctions since 1998 for monitoring violent groups based in Miami, from where they plan actions like those that have left more than 3, 400 victims in Cuba in the last 53 years.

Meanwhile, René left prison in October 2011 after completing his 13 year-old sentence, and now he has a three year-old additional punishment under supervised freedom in that city.

This Wednesday, prominent intellectuals from the United States will develop a discussion panel in the University of Maryland to expose the reality of the Cuban Five.

This forum intends to exert more pressure on the government so that the return of the Cuban Five to Cuba is finally effective.

Bill Norris, defense lawyer of Ramón Labañino; Kurt Schmoke, ex-dean of the Faculty of Rights of the University of Howard, Washington DC; Brian Becker, coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition; and José Pertierra, lawyer for Venezuela in the extradition request on terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, are some of the members of the panel.


Act of solidarity ¨Sowing the seeds for the Five¨ comes to an end. Journey throughout South America by motorcycles

In the Patagonian city of San Martin de los Andes, where the mythical and heroic guerrilla man, Ernesto ¨Che ¨Guevara, when he was still called ¨Ernesto¨, rested and took a slumber during his trip to Chile as part of his journey throughout America, venezuelan doctors ended their trip on motorcycles in solidarity with the Five started last august from the Venezuelan Amazons.

This way, these young doctors who graduated from the Latin American School of Medicin (ELAM), by its acronym in Spanish, located in Cuba, ended on February 19th, a seven-month journey and more than 23 kilometers throughout America, campaigning for the cause of the Cuban Five. They are by their names, Milco Figueroa and Dario Valenzuela (argentinians) and Juan Tola (Bolivian), on their motorcycles, and the constant logistic support from Laura Machín (Uruguayan-venezuelan) and Nicolas Bravo (Argentinean).

A long journey encouraged by the strong conviction of knowing that this is a fair cause they are defending. It was enough motivation for the youngsters to go on the journey because of the tremendous injustice that endures 14 years, of the arrest in the US of Ramón Labañino, Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and René Gonzalez, The five fighters against terrorism sponsored by the mafia linked to the CIA and the Department of State.

Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Uruguay and Argentina, witnessed the motorcycles rolling with Cuban flags in tow and listened the voices of the three doctors, explaining the harrowing situation of the Cuban Five, el genocidal act that stands for the ruthless blockade against Cuba, and letting people learn about the huge solidarity that the Cuban Revolution carries out sharing everything it belongs to.


Cuba Outlines Nominations for Council of State

Havana, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) The National Candidature Commission is outlining Council of State nominations to be submitted to the Parliament in a constituent session on Sunday, February 24, the press is reporting today.

According to the Granma newspaper, the Commission, comprised of a cross-section of civil society (workers, women, students and farmers) is working toward the opening of the Eighth Legislature of the People's Power National Assembly.

On February 24, close to 90 percent of registered voters in Cuba, or 7,900,000 citizens elected some 612 deputies elected 17 days ago, and these in turn will select by secret ballot the body that will represent the Cuban State.

The parliamentarians will elect the president, who is head of State and Government, the first vice president, five vice presidents, the secretary, and 23 other members of the State Council, which represents the National Assembly between its two annual regular sessions.

On Sunday, deputies will also elect the president of the Parliament for the next five years, the duration of each Legislature.


Cuban Drug vs. Diabetic Foot Tests Positively in Seychelles

Victoria, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) An experimental study on the application of Heberprot-P, a Cuban medicine that has revolutionized the treatment of diabetic foot, concluded in Seychelles with highly encouraging results, the Caribbean nation''s embassy in this capital reported today.

Advised by Cuban specialist Manuel Estate, of the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), the investigation allowed appreciating the positive evolution of 10 patients to whom the medicine was applied, in relation to others who continued receiving the traditional treatments.

In addition of having no adverse reactions, patients receiving Heberprot-P showed an encouraging healing of tissues, although some of them have up to 10 years suffering the disease.

For them, a great hope has been opened, the possibility that their limbs do not have to be amputated and have a better quality of life, local media highlighted after disseminating the results of the study.

Developed exclusively by the IGBC as of the recombinant human growth factor, Heberprot-P has been shown in more than a dozen countries, its clear superiority over other products prescribed for the ailment.

The experimental study in Seychelles, where there are a large number of diabetic patients, was conducted by Cuban angiologist Neobalis Franco, who works as a health collaborator in this Indian Ocean archipelago.

According to the World Health Organization, diabetes affects more than 300 million people, and diabetic foot ulcers are one of the complications of worse outcomes and higher costs of resources in national health systems.


Angola and Cuba Tighten Cooperation

Luanda, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) The links of cooperation between Angola and Cuba were examined here on Wednesday at a meeting between the vice president of Angola, Manuel Domingos Vicente, and Ambassador of Cuba in this African state, Gisela Garcia Rivero.

After the meeting, the Cuban official stated that bilateral relations are positive and highlighted the presence of about 4,000 Cuban workers in this African territory.

Workers who contribute to the development of Angola, are inserted in sectors like health, education and construction, she stressed.

Angola and Cuba maintain strong bonds of friendship, grounded in the common struggle for the independence of the African country, accessed in November 11, 1975.


International Tourism Fair in Cuba Ready

Havana, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) Organizers of the next International Tourism Fair in Cuba (FITCuba 2013) said in advance that there is a great effort in the preparation of the Plaza America Convention Center, Varadero Beach, to receive such an event.

Some spokesmen specified that FITCuba 2013 will be held in this important resort (the most important in Cuba), 86, 9 miles distant east from Havana.

The main commercial tourism fair in Cuba will start on May 7 to finish on May 10.

Raul Caballero, director of the Plaza America Convention Center, said the works to fit the place started at the end of 2012.

This is one of the best Cuban convention centers, close to one of the most outstanding beaches in the island, to which more than a million foreign visitors arrive.

The organizers and officials added that 6 rooms are being remodelled mainly for tour operators from Europe, Canada and Latin America.

FITCuba 2013 will be dedicated to Brazil, a guest of honor, and will show the development of Cuban tourism to the participants apart from allowing visitors make businesses with the Cuban tourism sector.


Germany Conducts Meetings on Cuba's Economy, Trade

Berlin, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) An information forum on Cuba's economy and trade was held at the headquarters of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Chemnitz, in the German state of Saxony.

The event, presided over by Dr. Katrin Foerster, director of Industry and Foreign Trade of such institution, was attended by about thirty German businessmen from many sectors.

Cuban Economic Adviser Tania Vazquez Garcia and Economic Attache Luis Ruiz Gonzalez, both from the diplomatic mission of that Caribbean country, also attended the event.

According to reports from the Cuban embassy, both officials gave an update on the performance of the main Cuban economic indicators, and the state and prospects of trade exchange between Germany and Cuba.

They also informed on the priorities in the investment process and the importance of the participation of German managerial sector in the International Fair of Havana and other sector events.

The Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Chemnitz made a promotional presentation of the 31st International Fair of Havana, recounting German participation in the event.

Cuban diplomats responded to questions forwarded by the attendees, while the used the occasion to denounce the extraterritorial nature of the U.S. blockade against Cuba


Fidel Castro Meets Dimitri Medvedev

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 22 (acn) The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, met on Thursday evening with Dimitri A. Medvedev, prime minister of the Russian Federation.

Fidel and Medvedev exchanged views on the Russian leader’s visit  to Cuba and about the signing of important accords between the two countries. They also addressed issues of international interest, such as the world food situation and the dangers pending on humanity due to increasing prices and the harmful impact on the environment, as well as the serious threat posed by climate change on the human species.

This has been the second meeting between Fidel Castro and Dimitri Medvedev.


President Raul Castro Receives Russian PM Dimitri Medvedev

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 22 (acn) The President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raul Castro Ruz received the President of the government of the Russian Federation Dimitri A. Medvedev, who is paying a working visit to Cuba. The two leaders presided over the signing of bilateral cooperation protocols.

Raul and Medvedev held a cordial meeting on Thursday evening, in which they addressed the excellent state of bilateral relations between their two countries and they ratified their political will to further enhance those links in the fields of trade, investment, tourism, health, education, science and culture. They also addressed issues of international interest.

The Russian Prime Minister was accompanied by the first deputy chief of the Russian cabinet Serguei E. Prijodko, and by Russia’s Industry and Trade minister Denis V. Manturov.

On the Cuban side were government vice-president Ricardo Cabrisas; foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez and Foreign Trade and Investment minister Rodrigo Malmierca.

Following the talks, Raul Castro and Dimitri Medvedev presided over the signing of 10 bilateral cooperation protocols in different economic areas.

Ricardo Cabrisas, vice-president of the Council of Ministers and Serguey Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister signed an agreement on the regularization of the Cuban debt to the Russian Federation based on credits granted by the former Soviet Union.

Candido Regalado, head of the National Office of Hydrography and Geodesy, and Vladimir Popovkin, head of the Russian Federal Space Agency, signed an agreement on cooperation in the exploration and use of the outer space with peaceful purposes.

Other agreements included the areas of hydrometeorology, the environment, and customs.

The two parties also signed memorandums of understanding to cooperate in the fields of nuclear medicine and the production of radioactive preparations with medical purposes. They also agreed to enhance cooperation in the field of education.


Cuba and Russia Sign New Bilateral Agreements

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 21 (acn) Cuban President Raul Castro and the President of the government of the Russian Federation, Dimitri Medvedev, on a working visit to the island, were present on Thursday in this capital in the signing of 10 new bilateral agreements.

Ricardo Cabrisas, vice-president of the Council of Ministers and Deputy Foreign Minister Serguey Ryabkov signed an agreement on the regularization of the Cuban debt at the Russian Federation for credits granted by the former Soviet Union.

Candido Regalado, head of the National Office of Hydrography and Geodesy, and Vladimir Popovkin, head of the Russian Federal Space Agency, signed an agreement on cooperation in the exploration and use of the ultra-terrestrial space with peaceful purposes.

Other agreements include hydrometeorology, monitoring of the environment, and customs, among other sectors.

The two parties signed memorandums of understanding to cooperate in the fields of nuclear medicine and the production of radioactive preparations with medical purposes, another one on education, as well as another agreement for the supply of Russian aeronautical technique.


US Publisher releases a book on the Cuban Five

The president of the National Assembly of People’s Power, Ricardo Alarcón and Kenia Serrano, Head of The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP, acronym in Spanish), attended the House of Friendship to partake in the launch of the volume ¨The Cuban Five¨: Who are they?, why is it a case sent to trial?, and why they should be released?¨ produced by the US publisher Pathfinder.

Edited by Mary-Alice Waters and Martin Koppel, the book is a compilation of several articles previously Publisher in the Marxist magazine ¨The activist¨, which is an approach to the injustice carried out against the five antiterrorist Cubans, held in US cells for over 14 years.

Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González and René González, received long term prison sentences in 2001 for infiltrating extreme right-wing organizations in Miami being hatching out terrorist acts against Cuba.

During her speech Mary-Alice Waters pointed out that the work represents an effort for the disclosure of the truth about the Cuban Five, and assured that thousands of the British edition’s copies have been acquired by US workers that did not have any knowledge about the case.


US Ban on Habano Cigar Sales Inflicts Huge Loss on Cuban Economy

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 22 (acn) The prohibition on the sale of Cuban habano cigars in US territory, imposed by US economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba, prevents the island from earning over 300 million dollars annually.

Cuba would market some 150 million cigars of all 27 renowned cigar brands in the U.S. if the blockade were lifted.

Habanos S.A Corporation vice-president Jorge Luis Fernandez said that the island counts on the raw material and expertise to carry out such sales. Habanos S.A. is in charge of commercializing the Cuban product in over 150 countries of the world.

If the US ban were lifted, Habanos could distribute some 50 million cigars during the first year alone, he said and went on to recall that before 1959, Cuban cigars, rum and coffee were major products traditionally marketed in the U.S.

Cuba operates over 100 cigar shops in all continents, but the Cuban product is banned from the US market by the unilateral measure.

Famous personalities, such as Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon Bonaparte, Stalin, Sigmund Freud, Orson Welles, Winston Churchill and Enrico Caruso, among others were cigar smokers.


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