Mueller’s report concludes that no one from Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia

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EFE: The investigation of special prosecutor Robert Mueller has found no evidence incriminating U.S. President Donald Trump, neither for having conspired with Russia in the 2016 elections nor for having obstructed justice, although he left the door open to the latter charge.

“The special prosecutor’s investigation did not find that Trump’s campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” U.S. Attorney General William Barr wrote in a letter sent Sunday to the House and Senate judicial committees.

According to Barr, Mueller indicated that “while this report concludes that the president did not commit a crime, it does not exonerate him.

The document released yesterday leaves “unresolved whether the actions and intent of the president could be seen as an obstruction” to justice, Barr said.

Thus, the document released yesterday leaves “unresolved whether the actions and intent of the president could be seen as an obstruction” to justice, according to Barr.

However, Barr argued that he and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, concluded that the evidence Mueller had gathered “is not sufficient to establish that the president committed a crime of obstruction of justice.

After the report’s main findings were released, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders called it Trump’s “total and complete exoneration.

“The special prosecutor found no conspiracy or obstruction. (…) The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States,” Sanders said in his official Twitter account.

The release of Mueller’s findings puts an end to a few days of speculation after the special prosecutor delivered the report to the Justice Department on Friday.

“The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States,” Sanders said.

Neither Trump nor anyone in the White House had received Mueller’s report beforehand, and they had not been informed of its contents, said presidential spokesman Hogan Gidley, who accompanies the U.S. president this weekend at his Mar-a-Lago rest stop in Florida.

Members of Congress, mostly Democrats but also some Republicans, have asked for the full dissemination of the report, which has raised much expectation in the United States.

Mueller already announced that after the closing of the investigation, which has lasted almost two years, he did not plan to file any more charges in relation to this issue.

Attorney General Barr, appointed by Trump last December after firing Jeff Sessions after repeatedly criticizing him for his handling of this investigation, which he inhibited shortly after taking office, had at no time undertaken to disclose the report once it had reached his hands.

As a result of this investigation, 34 people have been charged, including six former Trump advisers – Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn and Roger Stone – and 26 Russians who will probably not be tried because the US has no extradition treaty with Russia.

Mueller’s report does not include new charges or charges under secret summary proceedings, which rules out the possibility that Trump may be subject to an indictment that becomes public once he leaves the Presidency, but its content may derive from charges brought by prosecutors in other states.

Mueller’s report does not include new charges or charges under secret summary proceedings, which rules out the possibility that Trump may be subject to an indictment that becomes public once he leaves the Presidency, but its content may derive from indictments filed by prosecutors in other states.

Trump has insisted that this investigation constituted a “witch-hunt” activated by the Democratic opposition and has consistently denied that in the election campaign for the 2016 elections there was a plot between his team and the Russian government to help him win by undermining Clinton’s candidacy.

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Lopez Obrador is booed at stadium opening, but says no one stops him

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EFE – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was booed on Saturday at the inauguration of the Red Devils stadium in the Mexican Baseball League and in response bet that no one will stop him in his race to change the country.

“I’m very happy to inaugurate this extraordinary baseball stadium, I’m not going to talk much because there are some of the cheers of the fifi team, but most people are in favor of change and in favor of the king of sports, baseball,” said the president.

Dressed in a Diablos jacket, the professional team with the most titles in Mexico in any sport, with 16, López Obrador used a language from his favorite sport, baseball, to reiterate his fight against the opposition, which he calls the “mafia of power.

“I’m going to control with a 95-mile straight and curves, we’re going to keep punching the mafia of power,” he said shortly before climbing the mound and throwing the opening ball of a friendly match between the Diablos and an alternate team from the San Diego Padres of the Mexican Baseball League.

“I’m going to control with 95-mile straight and curves, we’re going to continue punching the mafia of power,” he said shortly before climbing the mound and throwing the opening ball.

The president was accompanied by the owner of the scarlet team, businessman Alfredo Harp Helu, who praised baseball’s status as a team sport and compared it to the need to work together in the country.

Lopez Obrador inaugurated the Hall of Fame last month in Monterrey, northern Mexico, and earlier this month announced the approval of a budget to support the development of baseball, in addition to walking and boxing.

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The president assumed power last December 1 after sweeping the presidential elections and despite the fact that, according to polls, maintains a great popularity, this Saturday was received in the stadium with shouts of “outside, out, out” to enter the grass of the park in the company of the director of the National Commission of Physical Culture and Sports, Ana Guevara, and members of his team.

As he often reiterates, the Mexican president was a good central gardener in his youth, with fast legs and a strong arm, even retains from that time a deformation in the little finger of his left hand, a consequence of a fall when capturing a ball in a play in which his arm was under the body.

“I presume it as a trophy,” he said last month at a public event where he showed people his crooked finger.

The new stadium, with a capacity for more than 20,000 people, will be the home of the Diablos starting with the 2019 season of Mexican summer baseball in which it will debut next April 5 when it will host its fiercest rival, the Tigres.

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Carlos and Camila from England arrive in Cuba on an official visit


Prince Charles of England and Camilla

MIAMI, United States – Prince Charles of England, heir to the British crown, and his wife Camila, Duchess of Cornwall, arrived in Cuba on Sunday for a three-day visit that marks the first official stay on the island of a member of that country’s royalty.

Carlos and Camila landed on a private flight at Havana’s José Martí international airport a few minutes before 17:00 local time (21:00 GMT) and were received by the Caribbean country’s deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, Ana Teresita González Fraga.

The British heir and his wife arrived in Cuba from Grenada as part of a Caribbean tour that has previously included stops in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Kitts and Nevis and will conclude next week in the Cayman Islands.

The visit of the royal couple to Havana seeks to consolidate and strengthen bilateral relations within the process of rapprochement begun in 2016 with the trip to the island of the then Foreign Minister and current Finance Minister of the United Kingdom, Philip Hammond.

That trip took place in the context of the normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States under then President Barack Obama, a process abruptly paralyzed by his successor in the White House, Donald Trump, who has reversed the bilateral “thaw” and tightened sanctions on the Caribbean country.

Upon his arrival, the Prince of Wales is expected to move directly to the famous Plaza de la Revolución in the Cuban capital, where he will place a floral offering in front of the monument to the independence hero José Martí, a protocol fulfilled on the island by all high-ranking visitors.

The meeting with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel will take place tomorrow, Monday afternoon, within a busy day that will also include a tour of Old Havana, a World Heritage Site, and a meeting with representatives of the incipient private sector, known as the “cuentapropistas”.

According to British diplomatic sources, this high-level visit is a reflection of the good state of the relationship between the United Kingdom and Cuba that seeks to further stimulate the development of ties, a commitment that does not mean that the two countries agree in all areas, but that they see opportunities for exchange.

The main purpose, within a philosophy of “constructive diplomacy,” is to promote a closer dialogue with the Cuban government, according to the same sources.

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Cuba rejects U.S. accusations of military support for Venezuela

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EFE: Cuba “categorically” rejected on Friday the “repeated and false” accusations made by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and other U.S. officials regarding the presence of Cuban military personnel in Venezuela.

“I categorically reject repeated and false accusations by Vice President Pence and other U.S. officials about Cuban military men who ‘train’, ‘control’ or ‘intimidate’ in Venezuela,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez wrote in his Twitter account.

The U.S. Vice President said that “Cuban intelligence and military continue to train, support and equip Venezuela’s secret police to “harass protesters and silence the opposition” in an article published in the Nuevo Herald newspaper in Miami.

In response to Pence’s accusations, the head of Cuban diplomacy replied that they are “gross lies” and attributed them to “the ferocious macartista propaganda campaign deployed by the United States” against Venezuela.

Cuba has repeatedly ratified its unconditional support for the government of President Nicolas Maduro and has accused the United States of unleashing an “unconventional” war against it.

“Cuba and Venezuela maintain a relationship of mutual respect and true solidarity. Without intervention in internal affairs and without political subordination. #NicolasMaduro and the civic-military union of the Bolivarian and Chavista people,” emphasized the head of Cuban diplomacy.

Last month, the Cuban executive, presided over by Miguel Diaz-Canel, described as “infamous” another accusation by Washington that Cuba maintains a private army in Venezuela and urged the U.S. to present evidence in this regard.

Since the current political crisis in Venezuela began on January 23 with the proclamation of the leader of the Venezuelan Parliament, Juan Guaidó, as president in charge, Cuba has repeatedly ratified its unconditional support for the government of President Nicolás Maduro and has accused the United States of unleashing an “unconventional” war against it.

The Havana executive has also considered that the real objective behind the crisis in Venezuela and the U.S. recognition of Juan Guaidó as interim president of that country is the control of the “vast resources” of the oil power.

Cuba and Venezuela have been close allies since 2000, when then Presidents Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro – both deceased – signed the so-called Integral Cooperation Agreement by which the South American country began to provide the island with oil at subsidized prices in exchange for professional services.

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She dies in Cuba, due to lack of medical attention, doctor who returned from Brazil.


Recognition to Cuban doctor in Brazil. Photo courtesy of the author

VILLA CLARA, Cuba – Dr. Magdelenis Cordoví Santiesteban, who returned to the island after the closure of Brazil’s More Doctors program in late 2018, died from a lack of medical attention on March 2 at the Orlando Pantoja hospital in the Contramaestre municipality, in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, according to her family.

Ulises Mora, the doctor’s husband, revealed that it all began when he took Magdelenis to the hospital with nephritic colic, vomiting and diarrhea. However, he had to return to his home when he was denied admission, an action that Abel Álvarez, a Cuban boatswain who now lives in Brazil, called “negligence.

Cuban doctor who died in Cuba. Photo courtesy of the author

With that picture,” continues Álvarez, “it could perfectly well have been another disease. In the abdomen there are many important organs and in the case of women it is even worse, because it is necessary to rule out ectopic pregnancy, appendicitis, biliary colics, etc,” said Cubanet this doctor, who was a friend and student of Magdelenis.

The next day, according to the Independent Frontier blog, Magdelenis returned to the hospital because her ailments had worsened and, hours later, the doctor on administrative duty considered her condition to be serious. He notified the management of the centre, as well as the Municipal Health Director, but neither of the two authorities was concerned about the case of Cordoví Santiesteban.

Through Cordoví’s Twitter account, the family went to Governor Miguel Díaz-Canel, Public Health Minister Dr. José Ángel Portal Miranda and the official account of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) to inform them that the galena had died dehydrated on March 2 at the Contramaestre hospital due to lack of medical attention.

Álvarez said he was surprised by the news and added that there is no justification for such a regrettable fact. “It may have been due to a lack of human resources in hospitals, a lack of interest on the part of professionals. I worked in Cuba as a doctor and the conditions are subhuman. But none of that justifies a country that claims to be an example in the world when it comes to medicine to let these things happen,” he said.

Other sources claim that the doctor was the victim of a heart attack, which could have been caused, among other things, by the lack of water in the body. “Dehydration in its most severe state can also cause a heart attack,” Álvarez added. “It cannot be ruled out that, due to a hemoconcentration resulting from the same dehydration, the heart attack occurred. More than that, one can only be certain after a necropsy”.

“I recommend that the investigation be kept open and that one does not rest until the true cause is discovered, and that those who have to pay should pay. In the end, every doctor takes the Hippocratic oath. And it’s because of that oath,” the Cuban physician said energetically.

Recognition to Cuban doctor in Brazil. Photo courtesy of the author

As a person and professional, Alvarez described her colleague as “a wonderful teacher and excellent co-worker and friend. It is a pity, indeed, that many have not learned from the human quality that Magdalenis had. He gave so much for his country and look how he was treated, to the point that today he is no longer with us.

Dr. Cordoví was one of the professionals who returned to the Island after Cuba’s unilateral withdrawal from Brazil’s More Doctors program, in response to the new demands of the then-elected president of that nation, Jair Bolsonaro. The doctor offered her services in the municipality of Constantina, belonging to the state of Rio Grande do Sul. At the time of his departure, the Municipal Prefecture of that locality honored him for his dedicated health care since 2017.

Hospital of excellence?

Previously, several patients have issued complaints against the hospital where Dr. Magdelenis Cordoví Santiesteban had her last minutes of life. Unique to this eastern Cuban town, several residents have denounced the lack of basic utensils, medical personnel, as well as mistreatment received by local workers.

This medical center was in the middle of a polemic for committing an injustice against one of its own workers, facts that all show the bad practices that are undertaken inside the General Teaching Hospital Orlando Pantoja Tamayo.

In 2017, the doctor Nelson Alfredo Pelegrín, with 28 years of experience, was sanctioned for his decision not to continue performing the medical guards, a task he believed to be voluntary. In an interview with the Unión Patriótica de Cuba (UNPACU), Pelegrín said that after an escalation of sanctions and threats he was expelled from the Cuban Health System.

On the other hand, Jorge Cervantes García, from UNPACU, announced in 2017 that during his stay in this health center, with his father in critical condition, the electrical power went out in the installation. He also reported on misplaced medical records and the lack of beds for admissions.

In June 2018, Idael Aguilar arrived at the same medical center with a fractured arm and found the Guard Corps completely desolate, without patients or staff. When he began to film the situation, as he had been waiting for several minutes, a receptionist arrived and told him that he could not record and immediately a doctor appeared, who indicated a cast without first performing an X-ray test.

Aguilar said that he revived this procedure with his three-year-old pequeño, also in a cast without having applied an X-ray, probably because of the lack of raw material used to make the medical plates.

Despite all these situations, the Cuban Health Portal (Infomed) assures that the Orlando Pantoja Tamayo Hospital constitutes a center of excellence in the provision of medical services, and provides “specialized medical care services, with sufficient human, physical and technological infrastructure, committed to the welfare of our society.

Prison, Lula’s fate and Fear for “commanding” corruption in Brazil

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(EFE). -Former Brazilian presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Michel Temer are at the antipodes of politics, but both, in the eyes of justice, have one thing in common: they are accused of leading criminal organizations in Brazil.

Fear, arrested Thursday for corruption, reached the presidency in 2016 after the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, stripped of power by Congress, amid the discontent of thousands of Brazilians fed up with corruption and the economic crisis attributed to the Workers’ Party (PT).

While the leftist PT forcibly closed thirteen years of power, its leader, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, began to be surrounded by suspicions of corruption and a harsh accusation on the part of the Attorney General’s Office, that of being the “maximum commander” of the detours in the state oil company Petrobras and the head of “bribery”.

Lula accused the justice system of initiating a political persecution against him, while pointing the finger at Michel Temer’s government by calling him a “coup plotter”.

Lula, the most charismatic politician in Brazil’s history (2003-2010), accused the justice system of initiating political persecution against him, while pointing the finger at Michel Temer’s government by calling him a “coup plotter”.

The suspicions of corruption were not long in planning about Temer, who was left on the ropes after an explosive revelation made by the owners of the meat giant JBS and which made him the first Brazilian president in office to be formally denounced by the Public Prosecutor’s Office for corruption matters.

The then president used his political astuteness to get support in Congress and thus curb two of the three complaints filed by the Attorney General’s Office during the exercise of power, but the processes, along with previous ones, were referred to the first instance once he lost the privileged privilege after leaving the presidency, last January 1.

While Temer was juggling to impede the progress of the denunciations and stay alive in government, former president Lula was arrested in April for passive corruption and money laundering, accused of receiving an apartment on the coast of Sao Paulo by the OAS construction company in exchange for political favors.

Nearly a year after Lula’s imprisonment, Temer became the second former president in Brazil’s history to be arrested for corruption offenses

Almost a year after Lula’s imprisonment, Temer became the second former president in Brazil’s history to be arrested for corruption offences.

Like Lula, the prosecution accused him of being the “leader of a criminal organization” that committed the crimes of corruption, embezzlement and money laundering and “the main responsible for the acts of corruption” described.

The investigation in this case was based on the complaint made by the owner of Engevix, José Antunes Sobrinho, who assured that he paid bribes to win a contract for the construction of the Angra 3 nuclear power plant and that these payments to favor leaders of the Brazilian Democratic Movement (MDB) party were known to Temer and former minister Wellington Moreira Franco.

In spite of the political disagreements that have taken place in recent years following the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, the former trade union leader and the constitutional lawyer have been politically defeated by the same scandal, Lava Jato.

The former union leader and constitutionalist lawyer have been politically defeated by the same scandal, Lava Jato.

Brazil’s biggest anti-corruption operation, which began in 2014 as a small money-laundering investigation at a car wash, has determined the fate of those two political animals.

Since April 7, Lula has been serving a sentence of 12 years and one month at the Federal Police headquarters in Curitiba (south), while Temer has been the subject of a preventive arrest warrant and, according to the justice system, will be imprisoned in Rio de Janeiro.

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Cessation of oil shipments from Venezuela would force Cuba to spend 2 billion dollars


Tanquero venezolano entra en la Bahía de La Habana Venezuelan Tanker Enters Havana Bay (Photo AP)

MIAMI, United States. – The regional political context, the crisis in Venezuela and, with it, the decrease in the supply of fuel could become a serious problem for Cuba in the coming months. That was confirmed to El Nuevo Herald by Jorge Piñón, director of the energy program for Latin America at the University of Texas at Austin.

Piñón assured the Miami newspaper that if Maduro falls, or failing that, if Juan Guaidó manages to stop oil shipments to the Caribbean island, the Havana regime could see a critical situation that would force it to pay nearly 2 billion dollars a year to satisfy domestic demand for fuel.

“Cuba’s demand for oil is approximately 130,000 barrels a day and Cuba produces around 50,000 barrels a day, which means a deficit of around 80,000 barrels a day,” said the director.

Although for the time being there are no reports of massive cuts in electricity or announced blackouts, losing Venezuelan oil would represent a hard blow to the island’s economy, already affected by the recession and the toughening of sanctions of the Donald Trump administration.

Piñon explained to the Herald that the island has reserves of fuel for about 45 days and that, if shipments stop, the government would be forced to spend about $5.2 million to buy at international market prices – $65 a barrel – the 80,000 barrels of oil it needs to meet daily domestic demand.

For this reason, not a few analysts affirm that Havana is looking for alternatives to replace the decline in Venezuelan crude oil, which could come from Russia and Algeria, strategic allies of the island. All this in a framework where the Cuban regime has already lost the profits from the medical mission in Brazil, an important part of the 11 billion dollars that the country received annually for the export of professional services.

Just two weeks ago, the opposition-controlled National Assembly of Venezuela ordered the suspension of shipments of crude oil to Cuba, established in an agreement to exchange oil for medical services between the late governors Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez, as a result of which the state-owned PDVSA sent between 40,000 and 50,000 barrels of oil a day to Cuba.

<The IACHR includes Nicaragua on its "black list" and maintains Cuba and Venezuela .

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EFE: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announced Thursday that Nicaragua is on its “black list” due to the “de facto” installation of a state of emergency with the abuse of force, the imprisonment of dissident voices and the closure of the media.

This is the first time in 25 years that Nicaragua appears in Chapter IV of the IACHR’s annual report, which this time refers to 2018 and each year names the states of the American continent where respect for human rights deserves the “special attention” of the Washington-based organization.

In statements to Efe, Antonia Urrejola, Nicaragua’s IACHR rapporteur, explained that the establishment of this state of exceptionality “de facto” has been considered by the organization as a “determining element” to incorporate the Central American country to the “black list”.

“The grave human rights crisis (…) has lasted more than eight months due to the de facto installation of a state of emergency characterized by the abusive exercise of public force.

“The serious human rights crisis that the country is going through has extended for more than eight months due to the de facto installation of a state of exception characterized by the abusive exercise of public force to repress dissident voices against the government,” Urrejola said.

The Nicaraguan executive was also pointed out by the IACHR due to the “massive, systematic and serious repressive state response against the population” from the protests that began last April against the president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, and that have left 325 dead, according to the agency itself.

According to the document, the Nicaraguan government has rejected the report because it considers it to be unscrupulous and politicized and, furthermore, assured that it reflects “destabilizing political interests against the State of Nicaragua,” whose president considers the protests an attempt at a “coup d’état” orchestrated by Washington.

Nicaragua was last placed on the “black list” in the 1993 report, after having been included in that list every year since 1982.

With respect to Venezuela, which has been on the list every year since 2005, the IACHR asserts that the “structural” conditions affecting the rights of Venezuelans have “worsened” and have led to “a serious political, social, and economic crisis, to the point where there is currently an absence of the rule of law.

The Commission referred to the elections held last May, won by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and whose results were not recognized by the opposition, which led the president of Parliament, Juan Guaidó, to proclaim himself head of state on January 23.

The IACHR did not mention Guaidó because the report refers to 2018, but affirms that “the way” in which the May elections were held “deepened the institutional crisis”.

The IACHR did not mention Guaidó because the report refers to 2018, but affirms that “the way” in which the May elections were held “deepened the institutional crisis.

The agency urged the Venezuelan state to “re-establish constitutional order,” to release those detained for exercising their right to protest and to avoid “illegal or arbitrary detentions,” as well as to take the necessary measures to guarantee access to food and medicine.

On Cuba, in the list every year since 1984, the IACHR warns of “arbitrary restrictions” on the right to vote and freedom of expression, as well as “violations” of due process.

Specifically, the IACHR believes that the process of debating the new Cuban Constitution suffered “serious flaws” and questioned the process that led to the appointment of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who replaced Raul Castro in April 2018.

The Cuban Executive was the only one that did not respond since it does not recognize the competence of the IACHR because it depends on the OAS.

In this regard, the agency said that “during the development of the electoral process” that led to the election of Diaz-Canel “was observed the persistence of conditions that prevent the genuine political participation of various sectors of society.

The governments of Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Cuba know that they have been included in Chapter IV since late January, when the IACHR sent them the draft report for comments.

The Cuban Executive was the only one who did not respond since it does not recognize the competence of the IACHR because it depends on the OAS, which Cuba refuses to reinstate because it considers that the organization is an instrument of U.S. imperialism to influence Latin America.

Cuba was suspended from the OAS in 1962 after the triumph of the revolution led by Fidel Castro and, although the organization lifted that suspension in 2009, the island refused to return.

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Abortion in Cuba (I): Boomerang effect


aborto cubaAbortion in Cuba, a growing trend. Photo taken from the Internet

GUANTÁNAMO, Cuba: Many women defend abortion because they consider it a right. But in the face of this position, a disturbing question arises: who defends the right to life of those in the womb?

Abortion was decriminalized in Cuba in 1936, but then it could only be done under the conditions imposed by law. In keeping with the moral relativism it imposed, Castroism liberalized abortion since 1965, the practice of which reached extraordinary proportions in the seventies, eighties and nineties of the last century, a phenomenon that continues in spite of the fact that some official media report that there is a tendency to decrease, although this affirmation may not be true at all.

By removing the legal restrictions that existed on the practice of abortion, the Cuban regime not only departed from continental tradition, but made it as natural as going to the movies. The abuse of what many classify as a conquest of the revolution has consequences: irresponsible sexual behavior or complete ignorance about sex education, something that doesn’t seem to have changed much. The country’s poor economic situation, the impossibility for young couples to have adequate housing, and the high prices of the basket and other essential goods for raising a baby with dignity also contribute to this, although the latter is the sole responsibility of an economically inefficient regime.

As if we were not facing an extremely worrying situation for the future of the country, many people who occupy important responsibilities in state institutions related to this issue stubbornly defend the right to abort, without taking into account that beings who are going to be deprived of life cannot defend themselves.

An article signed by Liliet Heredero and published by BBC Mundo, with the title Cuba: When abortion is an alternative to the contraceptive method, assures that contrary to what happens in most Latin American countries, in Cuba there is a social and moral tolerance to abortion and its practice is frequent.

According to data recorded by the Johnston Archive in 2015, the abortion rate in Cuba is among the highest in the world.

Everything seems to indicate that despite the magnitude of this problem, many young Cuban women have no real knowledge of its physical and psychological consequences.

Yindra Garcia ̶ a 28-year-old boy and mother of a one-year-old baby when interviewed by Liliet ̶ said she decided to have her child because she was afraid to have another abortion, since she had had nine from the age of 20 until then.

In 2009, more than half of the infertility cases of women treated in health centers were caused by the sequelae of one or two abortions.

Alarming figures

Although some articles related to the subject, available on the Internet, cite as source the figures offered by the Statistical Yearbook of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), the Yearbook corresponding to 2018 does not offer any information in this regard.

According to a Cibercuba publication, dated September 1, 2017 in Havana, in 2016, 85,445 abortions were performed on women between the ages of 12 and 49, resulting in 49.1 terminations per 100 pregnancies, half of those performed in 2005, according to the publication.

In order to have another reference on the magnitude of the problem, another news item, this time from the EFE agency, published on January 24th of this year with the title Abortions outnumber births on the Isle of Youth, in Cuba, in that territory 1,200 abortions were registered last year compared to 900 births. If we add to the number of abortions the 1,500 cases of women who had menstrual regulation, we would have that 70% of these (1,050) plus the cases of abortions add up to 2,250, a figure that exceeds 2.5 times the number of births.

The assertion that the practice of abortion in Cuba tends to diminish can be misleading if we follow the testimony given by Dr. María Elena Benítez to Cibercuba in the article cited. This galena published in 2014 a study in which it assured that there is an underestimation of the level of abortions in recent years, given that 70% of menstrual regulations are considered to interrupt an unwanted pregnancy. The doctor’s affirmation is due to the fact that MINSAP does not consider menstrual regulation as a form of abortion ̶ and it is ̶ , enabled in Cuba since 1989 ̶ although other specialists assure that since 1987 ̶ . Menstrual regulation is less invasive because it consists of applying the technique of aspiration of the uterus and is performed on women who have not exceeded six weeks of pregnancy.

According to the figures provided by Liliet Heredero, until 2004 the number of regulations had been increasing, since in 1989 it was 11 per 1000 women of childbearing age and in 2004 it was 36.

Anti-abortionist positions gain ground

Anti-abortionist positions are gaining ground in Cuba, and although they are led by different religious denominations, there are public demonstrations by some MINSAP leaders who, faced with the magnitude of the problem, have warned of its consequences at a time when population ageing is increasing and population growth has gone from low to negative, as thousands of young women continue to opt to leave the country.

Abortion has become a boomerang for castrism, since it harms one of the essential constituent elements of every State, its population.

The government’s very liberal position had a turning point after John Paul II’s visit to Cuba in 1999. From then on, Cuban authorities began to express that abortion is not a contraceptive method.

Cuba Says U.S., Not Canada, Manipulates Diplomatic Health Incidents


Director of United States Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Fernández de Cossio. Photo Reuters

MIAMI, United States – Cuba denounced Donald Trump’s government on Thursday for continuing to refer to health incidents among its diplomats in Havana as “attacks” without presenting any evidence, and said it was part of a broader campaign to damage bilateral relations, according to a Reuters news agency cable.

Both Canada and the United States reduced their embassy staff in Havana after diplomats began complaining of mysterious episodes of dizziness, headaches and nausea two years ago.

“The issue has been highly manipulated politically by the U.S. government, with unfounded accusations, which has been a pretext for taking action against bilateral relations,” Carlos Fernández de Cossio, director of U.S. affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a press conference in Havana.

U.S.-Cuba relations have plummeted since Trump became president once again, reinforcing the trade and travel embargo he has been in Cuba for decades.

“This manipulation is also serving those who want to reinforce the idea that Cuba is a threat and those who opportunistically seek to label Cuba as a country that sponsors terrorism,” Fernandez de Cossio said, according to Reuters.

While Cuba had no doubt that some diplomats had fallen ill, so far there was nothing to suggest that this was not due to a pre-existing condition, natural causes or even psychological suggestions, he said.

In contrast, cooperation with Canada had been much better, the Cuban official said. “Canada made no accusations against Cuba regarding the attacks, Canadian politicians have not come out threatening us or making irresponsible statements.”

However, in January the Cuban government criticized Canada’s decision to reduce the number of diplomatic personnel in Cuba by half after someone else became ill, bringing the total number of Canadians with unexplained symptoms to 14.

At the time, he said the measure would not help solve the mystery and would damage bilateral relations. “We hope that there will be no greater damage to our relations (with Canada), nor do we see any reason why there should be,” Fernandez de Cossio said.