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Cuba Slams US ‘Criminal’ Practices it Says Are Undermining Country’s Development

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Cuba’s Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla denounced the US for allocating tens of millions of dollars toward political subversion and denying the First Secretary of Cuba’s Communist Party an entry visa on the basis of “gross slanders”.  (Photo Credit: UN/Cia Pak)

NEW YORK, United
States, Monday September 30, 2019 –
Cuba’s Foreign Minister has condemned the United States for imposing
blockades and other “criminal, non-conventional measures” that are
hindering his country’s progress. 

Addressing the UN General Assembly on Saturday, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla painted a grim picture of the foreign trade obstacles, banking and financial restrictions, and travel limitations which he said are part of Washington’s “steady and qualitative” increase in hostilities against Havana. 

Meanwhile, he stressed that
the US-imposed economic, commercial and financial
blockade continued to be the main obstacle to the country’s
development.  

With companies
transporting fuel, flag states, states of registration, as well as
shipping and insurance companies all being “threatened and persecuted” by
the US, Cuba has been “facing severe difficulties” and forced to adopt
temporary emergency measures. 

He rejected all such target
measures, saying the US itself is “drowning in a sea of corruption, lies
and immorality.”  He also denounced the country for allocating
tens of millions of dollars toward political subversion and denying the First
Secretary of Cuba’s Communist Party an entry visa on the basis
of “gross slanders”. 

Moreover, Rodríguez Parrilla pointed out that last week, in its
“anti-Cuban obsession”, the US had blamed Cuba for “the failed plan
to overthrow the Venezuelan Government.” 

“Bilateral relations between Cuba and
Venezuela are based on mutual respect and true solidarity,” he stressed,
affirming his country’s support for “the
legitimate Government headed by comrade Nicolas Maduro Moros”. 

The Foreign Minister condemned the US
for “the encouragement of coup d’etats, assassination of the country’s
leaders, economic warfare and sabotage to power generation plants”. 

Noting that the US and a few other countries recently decided to activate the “obsolete” Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, which he said “envisages the use of the military force,” Rodríguez Parrilla criticized the “absurd decision” as jeopardizing regional peace and security while justifying interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs. 

“We reject Washington’s attempts
to destabilize the Government of Nicaragua and ratify our unswerving
solidarity with President Daniel Ortega”, he continued. 

He said “neoliberal capitalism
is…responsible for the increasing social and economic inequality affecting even
the most developed societies” and that it “fosters corruption, social
marginalization, the rise in crime, racial intolerance and xenophobia”. 

Even under the present circumstances, Rodríguez Parrilla said “we will not renounce our determination to develop a civilized relation” with the US, as his country believed that to be the desire of the American and Cuban people living in the US. 

At the same time, the Foreign Minister cautioned that “economic aggression, no matter how hard the threats and blackmail might be, will not extract a single concession from us”. 

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Haiti needs U.S. to care | Editorial

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Life has never been easy in Haiti, and that may be why the current nightmare there is not getting more attention. For about seven weeks now, a struggle between President Jovenel Moïse and the opposition has fed a storm of violent demonstrations, burning tires, looting and arson, all but shutting down transportation, schools, gas stations and medical services and leaving at least 30 dead.

The ostensible goal of the demonstrations is the ouster of Mr. Moïse, a businessman who came to power in 2017 after a two-round election plagued by accusations of fraud and a meager turnout. Before that, he had been involved in a scandal over whether he received funds for road repairs that never took place, allegations he denies. He refuses to step down, and few Haitians have put forward any ideas on who or what should come next, or how Haiti can pull itself out of its tailspin.

At the heart of the crisis is a broad despair that the existing political and economic system has not overcome the rampant corruption, spiraling inflation, food and drinking water scarcities, lawlessness and endless other indignities that have steadily worsened the lives of people in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world. The country has had at least 10 presidents since its first democratic election in 1990; only three have completed five-year terms.

Compounding the misery is a sense that nobody cares. During the Cold War, the United States tacitly supported the dictatorships of François Duvalier and his son Jean-Claude Duvalier because of their anti-Communist stance, and in the 1990s Washington first propped up and then helped force out the first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

After a horrific earthquake in 2010, in which more than 200,000 people lost their lives and tens of thousands of buildings were destroyed, many countries and organizations responded with generous aid and teams of rescue and medical workers. A United Nations peacekeeping mission set up in 2004 provided a modicum of stability, but it was also blamed for bringing cholera to Haiti, and dozens of its peacekeepers were involved in sexual abuse scandals. The last of the United Nations peacekeepers recently departed, contributing to the current lawlessness.

In the present crisis, protesters have accused the United States of standing by Mr. Moïse, who curried favor with the Trump administration by turning against Haiti’s former patron in Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, the leftist president the administration is trying to oust. In fact, the American “support” has consisted solely of limp calls for “dialogue.” Haiti has been on the receiving end of Donald Trump’s ill will, which has been focused in migrants and the movement of drugs, most notably when he said in 2018, among other crude things: “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.”

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It is clear from the current meltdown that Haiti needs more than another election or a “dialogue” among elected leaders to tinker with malfunctioning institutions. Some followers of the crisis have argued for a concerted effort by the international community to restart a functioning system. Some Haitians believe that the future requires the convening of a council of elected officials and civil and business leaders to stop the continuing deterioration of the rule of law.

What is clear is that something has to change, and the country needs outside help. The question is where to begin. The Trump administration is not in the business of helping poor countries unless there is some sort of reciprocal deal. The current spasm of destructive demonstrations does not seem capable of bringing real change.

Yet it is demonstrably in the interest of the United States and the rest of the Western Hemisphere to help their poorest neighbor get back on its feet. There must be enough expertise and imagination available in Haiti and among international and nongovernmental organizations to formulate a plan and to help form a coalition government, and there must be long-term international assistance to get them going.

The first step is to recognize that Haiti, a nation of 11 million just over 800 miles south of Florida, is in dire straits and getting worse by the day. And to care.

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Guyana Launches Mass Drug Administration Campaign to Intensify Efforts to End Mosquito-borne Parasitic Disease

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Over the next month, health workers will provide pills to prevent Lymphatic Filariasis in a variety of locations in all endemic areas.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Friday November
8, 2019 –
At-risk
populations throughout Guyana will be treated for the lymphatic filariasis (LF)
over the next month in a bid to eliminate the mosquito-borne, parasitic disease
as a public health problem.

Under the Mass
Drug Administration (MDA) campaign launched by the Ministry of Public Health, in
collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), health workers
and volunteers visiting homes, workplaces and schools in eight of the country’s
10 regions to administer the pills.

“Eliminating
lymphatic filariasis is a national, regional and global priority,” said the
Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence, adding that it will require
commitment from not just the government and partner organizations, but from the
general public as a whole in order to rid populations of this “public health
scourge”.

LF is a
debilitating disease that affects the lymphatic system. While it is not fatal,
it can cause severe swelling in the lower extremities (elephantiasis, or ‘big
foot’ as it is commonly known in the Caribbean) and genitals (hydrocele) that,
once it has manifested, cannot be reversed. Around 60,000 people in Guyana are
already affected by LF, and approximately 500,000 live in endemic areas, at
risk of contracting the disease.

“This MDA
represents the final stage in an initiative that will see a huge reduction in
the cost to society of LF – the cost of drugs, the cost of the stigma. This,
for me, is priceless,” said Dr William Adu-Krow, PAHO/WHO Representative in
Guyana.

A new,
triple drug therapy will be implemented during the MDA. This includes the use
of Ivermectin, along with Diethylcarbamazine and Albendazole- a combination
which has been proven to significantly reduce the burden of filarial infection
while also treating scabies, lice and intestinal worms. 

The
initiative, which is also being supported by the United States Center for
Disease Control with funding from USAID and the End Fund, consists of three
phases: A remapping survey, which ended in July 2019 to show which regions are
endemic; the mass drug administration to provide preventative treatment for
people living in endemic regions; and treatment of those already infected with
LF in order to manage symptoms and reduce morbidity.

The decision
to implement this therapy was taken by Guyana in order to scale-up activities
to eliminate filaria transmission and receive WHO validation by 2025. The
country is also increasing efforts to provide care for those already affected
by the disease.

On October 1, countries of the Americas agreed to a collective approach to the elimination of communicable diseases throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The Elimination Initiative identifies a wide range of diseases and related conditions, including lymphatic filariasis, as potential candidates for elimination in the Region, and enables countries to consolidate efforts and resources towards ending these diseases and ensuring public health.

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12/11/2019 11:14:17

Haïti - Actualité : Zapping...

Fusillade à Martissant, des victimes dans une école ?

Dimanche des affrontements armés ont eu lieu entre les gangs rivaux de « Grande Ravine » et de « Ti Bwa » (Martissant) non loin du Lycée Jacques Roumain. Durant la fusillade il y aurait eu plusieurs morts et blessés dans les rangs des deux gangs mais aussi des victimes collatérales dans le lycée Jacques Roumain, où des témoins rapportent plusieurs morts et blessés. Toutefois, pour le moment la Police Nationale d’Haïti ne confirme pas ni ne dément ces faits…

Assassinat de l’agronome Frantz Nelson :

L’agronome Frantz Nelson, ancien cadre du Ministère de l’Agriculture, a été assassiné samedi 9 novembre par des individus armés non-identifiés alors qu’il était sur le point de s’approvisionner en médicaments. Sa famille a découvert son corps à l’hôpital La Paix, à Delmas 33, où il avait été transporté.

Grosse panique à Liancourt :

Lundi, grosse panique dans la commune de Liancourt (commune de Saint-Marc, Artibonite) où des établissements scolaires ont relâché très tôt les élèves. Selon les informations recueillies, des individus armés auraient attaqués certaines écoles…

Propos de Rudy Hériveaux :

« Les errements continus de certains, en total déphasage avec la réalité, loin de nous dégoûter de la politique doivent nous stimuler pour leur rappeler comment accéder au pouvoir. Haïti est en train définitivement de tourner le dos aux pratiques délétères des coups d’État […] À chaque rupture de l’ordre démocratique, Haïti est amputée de ses rêves de progrès, de ses espoirs de renouveau. C’est une chute vertigineuse dans le gouffre insondable de la violence et de la corruption… Nous devons tout mettre en œuvre pour arrêter définitivement ce désastre, » a déclaré Rudy Hériveaux, Porte-parole du PHTK.

Le transport public victime de la crise :

Mardi, Changeux Méhu le Président de l’Association des Propriétaires et Chauffeurs d’Haïti, a lancé un appel aux acteurs de la crise pour qu’il fasse preuve de dépassement et trouve une solution à la crise, rappelant que le secteur du transport public est la principale victime de la paralysie des activités.

Jacmel : Vaste opération de nettoyage :

Après plusieurs semaines de blocage, la Mairie de jacmel a débuté une vaste opération de ramassage de fatras qui entravent la circulation et nuisent à la santé des riverains. La Mairie de Jacmel et la Direction départementale des travaux Publics s’activent à nettoyer les rues de Jacmel et les abords du Marché de Beaudouin où de tas d’immondices jonchent les allées. L’objectif étant d’ouvrir la voie à la reprise des activités dans la ville.

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