[CrashList] Havana Radio news/views Nov 24. Africa-slaves, OEC greed

John Clancy jclancy at smartchat.net.au
Sun Nov 26 11:01:45 MST 2000


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subject: Havana Radio news/views Nov24. Africa -slaves till death
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Radio Havana Cuba-24 November 2000
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      Radio Havana Cuba - News Update - 24 November 2000

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*CUBA DONATES HEALTH SERVICES IN 13 COUNTRIES

*ITALIAN CULTURE WEEK BEGINS IN CUBA

*CUBA IMPLEMENTS COMBINED-DRUG THERAPY FOR HIV VIRUS

*TIMES CLIPPER 2000 REGATTA CEREMONY ON SATURDAY

*CUBAN MENTAL HEALTH ADVANCES WIN PRAISE

*THE LONG TERRORIST CAREER OF LUIS POSADA CARRILES

*Viewpoint: AFRICA - FROM LIFE TO DEATH

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*CUBA DONATES HEALTH SERVICES IN 13 COUNTRIES

Havana, November 24 (RHC)-- Cuban health professionals are offering
their services free-of-charge in 13 nations, as part of a
comprehensive program that includes more than 2400 doctors, nurses
and health technicians.

Speaking in the eastern province of Las Tunas, Health Minister Carlos
Dotres noted that Cuban cooperation has helped to improve health
conditions in those nations, especially in the reduction of infant
mortality rates. The Cuban health minister also stressed that Cuban's
recent health indicators are on the same level as those in the
developed world. Nevertheless, Cuban doctors continue working to
maintain and improve health services on the island.

 *ITALIAN CULTURE WEEK BEGINS IN CUBA

Havana, November 24 (RHC)-- The 5th Annual Italian Culture in Cuba
week, officially opened on Thursday in Havana. The inauguration was
held in Havana's colonial section, in the restored Basilica of San
Francisco de Assisi. Attending the ceremony were the mayor of the
Neapolitan City of Nola, Giuseppe Sarpico and Italian ambassador in
Cuba, Giuseppe Moscato.

The event, which winds up next Friday, December 1st, includes
conferences, concerts, plays and other activities aimed at expanding
cultural exchange between Cuba and Italy.

 *CUBA IMPLEMENTS COMBINED-DRUG THERAPY FOR HIV VIRUS

Havana, November 24 (RHC)-- Cuban Hygiene and Epidemiology official,
Dr. Rigoberto Torres, has announced that Cuba is ready to implement
two-drug therapy treatment for people infected with the HIV virus.

Dr. Torres told reporters in Havana that within the first few months
of next year, Cuba will also begin to use a triple therapy program,
which is considered to be one of the most effective treatments in
prolonging the lives of those infected with the virus.

The Cuban health stated that there is hope that within a decade
a preventative vaccine the HIV will be developed. Until then, the
only way to prevent the spread of AIDS is to maintain a stable
relationship, and always use condoms.

Since its emergence in the 1970's HIV/AIDS has killed more than 18
million people worldwide. In Cuba, 3145 people have been diagnosed as
HIV positive, of which 1138 have developed the disease and 825 have
died.

 *TIMES CLIPPER 2000 REGATTA CEREMONY ON SATURDAY

Havana, November 24 (RHC)-- Six of the eight British vessels that
are participating in the Times Clipper 2000 Regatta have arrived in
Havana. Other boats are expected to sail into the capital's Marina
Hemingway in the coming hours.

An awards ceremony will be held tomorrow, Saturday, at the Marina.
Early next week, after its short stay in Havana, the regatta will set
out for Panama.

 *CUBAN MENTAL HEALTH ADVANCES WIN PRAISE

Havana, November 24 (RHC)-- The president of the Cuba-French
Psychology and Psychiatry Association, Annette Tevenot, has
highlighted Cuba's advances in the area of mental health. The French
specialist said that the island is doing noteworthy work, not only in
medical assistance, but also in community and social work.

Tevenot stressed that the Association's recently concluded 3rd
meeting promoted expanding exchanges between specialists of the two
countries to encourage scientific cooperation, through visits between
the staffs of psychiatric hospitals in Cuba and France.

The 3rd meeting of the Cuban-French Psychology and Psychiatry
Association is underway in the eastern province Santiago de Cuba.
Professionals from Cuba, Martinique and Canada are participating in
the event.

 *THE LONG TERRORIST CAREER OF LUISE POSADA CARRILES

The long terrorist career of Luis Posada Carriles, which Cuba
has consistently condemned and which the world is slowly discovering,
was discussed on Cuban television last night in a program covering an
interview given by President Fidel Castro to The New York Times in
1998.

New York Times writer Tim Golden retraced Posada Carriles counter-
revolutionary activities back to the Bay of Pigs invasion,
his involvement at Fort Benning better known as the School of
Assassins, as well as the Cubana Airlines bombing of 1976 and the
Havana hotel bombings in 1997. Further attacks included those on
Cubana offices in foreign countries. The terrorist's connections with
the CIA and special forces in the USA were also explored in Golden's
discussion with Fidel Castro. Posada Carriles was shown to be
involved in drug running and currency fraud from Colombia to Miami
via Venezuela. At all times he maintained his contacts with
US intelligences services.

Posada Carriles was known by Cuban intelligence to have made contact
with the CIA and the Cuban exile community to blow up the plane
carrying the Cuban president and his entourage back to Havana from
Panama after the recent Ibero-American Summit. This prompted the
press conference given by Fidel Castro shortly after his arrival in
Panama.

In 1976, information was received by Cuban authorities to warrant
concern that Posada Carriles was planning the downing of a Cuban
airliner. Messages were intercepted in Miami in which the possibility
was openly discussed by anti-Cuba groups and Posada Carriles. In
spite of warnings to regional governments about this very real
possibility of sabotage, no one tightened security as a result and on
October 6, 1976, a Cubana flight loaded with the island's youth
fencing team was blown up in mid-air shortly after take-off from
Barbados.

Fidel Castro commented to New York Times journalist Tim Golden that
he felt that the CIA - although having said that it had broken ties
with Posada Carriles - was actually in constant touch with him. The
CIA was the only organization capable of providing the type of
assistance needed to carry out these tasks and to hold together the
different right-wing exile groups in Miami. The Cuban-American
National Foundation was the principal member of these groups and was
in continuous communication with Posada Carriles over the many
terrorist attacks he planned and carried out against Cuba.

The information provided by the Cuban leader's discussion with the
New York Times, while not new to Cubans, published details for that
many Americans read for the first time. The level of knowledge as to
the movements and history of this dreadful man Luis Posada Carriles.
When two of his associates in the bombing of the plane in 1976 in
which the entire youth fencing team of Cuba lost their lives, were
asked in the safety of Miami if they had indeed blown the plane up
they responded, "Yes we did, and what of it?"

The extradition of Posada Carriles has been requested by Cuba, which
has promised an open, fair and public trial. The folks at CIA
headquarters in Langley must be biting their nails down to the quick
in fear of what their agent may reveal if he begins to talk.
Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso must be under enormous pressure
from Washington. But, whatever the outcome, the dirty tricks played
by this man in the pay of the Central Intelligence Agency need to be
aired for all to hear. For the people of the U.S. to finally know
what has actually been happening in their name and with their money
for so many years.

 Viewpoint:

*AFRICA - FROM LIFE TO DEATH

Scientific studies indicate that the human species first appeared in
Africa more than a hundred and forty thousand years ago. U.S.
researcher Peter Underhill from the Laboratory of Population Genetics
of Stanford University in California asserts that the first men and
women from whom present humans descended all lived in Africa. And
paradoxically, in the African continent humans are deprived of their
basic human rights more than in any other part of the world.

Directly resulting from four centuries of pillage and humiliation,
imposed by Western civilizations, Africa inherited poverty and
division. According to the United Nations, thirty-three out of the
forty-eight poorest countries in the world are on the African
continent, where some fifteen million people survive on less than a
dollar a day. Continuous internal wars, which are largely caused by
the arbitrary delineation of borders imposed by European colonial
powers, only make the situation worse.

Colonizers turned Africa into a big source of cheap, raw materials
by unrestrained plundering of its natural resources. This explains
the weakness of the continent's current economic base, thus excluding
most African nations from the process of economic and technological
globalization. Neoliberal policies widen the gap, forcing African
nations to deregulate their national markets to the benefit of the
First World.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation (OEC), which groups the
richer nations across the globe, annually destines some three hundred
billion dollars to agricultural subsidies to the enormous detriment
of African products. The OEC's fund for their own farmer's subsidies
equals the sum of the GNP of all African nations put together.

The Northern developed nations impose high tariffs and trade
limitations on Africa that cost the continent more than twenty
billion dollars every year. This grossly unfair order explains why
African exports represent a mere two percent of world trade, in spite
of the continent's large natural wealth. Thus, it naturally follows
that the number of investments in Africa can be counted on one hand.

With such policies and precedents, Africa -- the land where humanity
began--  is destined to servitude and a slow death.

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