The Russian Gosduma made a statement pertaining the NATO actions, which pose political and military threats not only to Russia, but also to the whole world. Moscow naturally wants to weaken the alliance. The statement was made by the First Deputy Head of the State Duma Committee on the International Affairs Dmitry Novikov.
Russian police arrested more than 3,000 people on Sunday during new demonstrations across the country to demand the release of the nation’s opposition chief, Alexei Navalny. Thousands of people ignored the government’s warnings and took to the streets of several Russian cities, from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg.
The Administration of the outgoing US president, Donald Trump, once again included Cuba on its list of State Sponsors of Terrorism Monday. Cuba had been taken off the list in 2015 by the Obama administration. The decision was made just nine days before President Trump leaves the White House.
On January 1st, 2021, the Cuban authorities initiated new monetary reforms. Last month, the Cuban President, Miguel Díaz-Canel, announced the plan of reform. Since 1994, Cuba has essentially had two currencies: one usually given to tourists and another for Cuban nationals. The reform entails the removal of the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC).
This month, Russian diplomats were expelled from Colombia on the grounds of espionage. Russia denied the allegations, and claimed that US and UK intelligence were involved. Nevertheless, Russia is trying to expand its presence in Latin America, in order to counter the United States.
Talks surrounding Cuba and Russia re-establishing close ties have been surfacing since 2014. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union provided financial support to Cuba. However, after the collapse of the USSR, it halted. Back in the 1970s, the Soviet Navy ships visited but never had a full fledged base in Cuba.
After seven days in institutional quarantine, the 12 Cuban doctors on duty in Angola’s Lunda-Norte province started working yesterday in the 10 municipalities in the province. The municipality of Chitato, headquarters of the province of Lunda-Norte, and home to the most people, received two doctors. Other municipalities received one specialist each.
At least 109 people have died in the Dominican Republic as a result of drinking clerén, a drink made from sugar cane and fermented fruits. Experts have explained that the drink has got a high methanol content, which can lead to subsequent contamination. The victims ingested the drink believing that it is an effective remedy against the coronavirus.
Cuba’s state news agency is reporting that health professionals from the country have arrived in Angola, and will reinforce the fight against COVID-19 in all provinces and municipalities. In addition to assistance, and 30 tons of support material, including medicines, Cuban specialists in several areas will also train national staff, Prensa Latina says.
They were greeted as heroes. Fifty-two Cuban doctors, who who landed at the airport in Milan, were greeted with applause, and even tears, by Italians. From Milan, doctors immediately went to Cremona, and other cities in the Lombardy region, to help Italian colleagues fight the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic of coronavirus.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday called for a “relaxation or suspension” of international sanctions against Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, and other countries facing the coronavirus pandemic. Michelle Bachelet called it a “crucial time,” marked by the COVID-pandemic.
Stereotypes and homophobic prejudices affect the access and quality of health care of lesbian women in Cuba. “There are lesbian women who are afraid to go to the doctor and spend years without caring about their health,” says Isbrailda Ruiz Bell. “Doctors tell you terrible things when they see that you are not a classic prototype of a woman with a painted face and high heels, and that’s hard. As a result, a person completely stops going to the doctor.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Latin America in the coming days in order to deepen relations with his nation’s allies. Lavrov will visit Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela shortly after his counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s tour of four former republics of the Soviet Union, which became the main arena of competition for influence.
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Bolivia’s interim government has issued an arrest warrant against the nation’s former President, Evo Morales. The former head of state is accused by the country’s current regime of alleged sedition as well as terrorism-related accusations. The interim government of Bolivia also alleges that Morales has been fueling unrest in the country since he resigned and left for exile. Morales is currently a refugee in Argentina after his November resignation.
Cuba has imposed a general price control plan on Tuesday for all state and private companies in the midst of a deepening economic crisis and increasing US sanctions. The new measures prohibit the rise in prices in retail and wholesale trade, except for products imported and distributed by the State, where current profit margins cannot be increased.