[Marxism] Blast from the past

Charles Brown cbrown at michiganlegal.org
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M-TH: Castro cheered in Venezuela 


Radio Havana Cuba, Weds, February 3, 1999

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The following items are taken from Radio Havana Cuba's news
service for Wednesday, February 3, 1999.  Today's stories:

1.- MORE THAN ONE MILLION VENEZUELANS CHEER CUBAN PRESIDENT 
    FIDEL CASTRO IN CARACAS 

2.- VISITING CUBAN VICE PRESIDENT CARLOS LAGE SIGNS        
    IMPORTANT ECONOMIC ACCORD WITH MADRID

3.- FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION SAYS ONLY THE RICH   
    HAVE ACCESS TO BIOTECHNOLOGY

4.- PEDAGOGY '99 CONFERENCE CONTINUES IN HAVANA

5.- FIRST SECRETARY OF HAVANA'S COMMUNIST PARTY URGES ALL  
    WORKERS IN THE CUBAN CAPITAL TO HELP FIGHT CRIME

6.- CUBA'S NEW 1999 TOURISM DIRECTORY OFFICIALLY RELEASED

7.- SECRETARY GENERAL OF AUSTRIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY VISITS CUBA

MORE THAN ONE MILLION VENEZUELANS CHEER CUBAN PRESIDENT
FIDEL CASTRO IN CARACAS 

Caracas, February 3(RHC)-- More than one million Venezuelans
cheered Cuban President Fidel Castro late Tuesday during and 
following a speech by new Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. 
During what has been called an unprecedented assumption of
power -- following the swearing-in ceremony at Venezuela's
Congress -- Chavez was interrupted on several occasions by
massive expressions of solidarity with Cuba and its leader.

After the new Venezuelan president's speech, the crowd
called on Fidel Castro to also take the podium.  The Cuban
leader declined, however, despite an invitation by Chavez
himself.  Numerous Venezuelans, carrying posters proclaiming
solidarity with Cuba, also shouted slogans against
Washington's blockade of the island.

In statements to reporters following the popular
demonstration, President Castro termed the speech by
President Chavez "wise, intelligent and even-tempered."  
The Cuban leader said that he has had the honor to struggle
during 40 years in defense of the ideas of Latin American
independence heroes Simon Bolivar and Jose Marti, and that
now the dream of seeing their rebirth in Venezuela has come
true.

Commenting on the numerous references to Marti during the
Venezuelan president's speech, Fidel Castro said that when
the political ideas of Cuba's national hero concerning the
Americas and Latin American unity were expressed, they were
only a dream.  But now, he said, "that unity is an
necessary."

Chavez proclaimed that Venezuela will now become the
standard bearer of Latin American unity.  The Cuban leader
declined to make any comparisons between the Cuban
Revolution and the peaceful Venezuelan revolution proclaimed
by Chavez, saying that every government "must design its own
strategies to respond to its own challenges."

President Fidel Castro met this evening with Cuba solidarity
activists in Venezuela at the country's Central University. 
Afterwards, he gathered with several hundred business
executives in an encounter sponsored by the Venezuelan
Chamber of Commerce. 

In related news, the new Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jose
Vicente Rangel has called on the United States to lift its
economic blockade against Cuba.  

According to Venezuela's official press agency, VENPRES,
Rangel called Washington's economic measures against the
island "an ominous threat by a huge power against a
fraternal people."  

Venezuela's new foreign minister affirmed that there are
many investors in his country that are interested in doing
business with Cuba, adding that the incoming administration
of President Hugo Chavez hopes to broaden its relations with
Havana.

VISITING CUBAN VICE PRESIDENT CARLOS LAGE SIGNS IMPORTANT 
ECONOMIC ACCORD WITH MADRID

Madrid, February 3(RHC)-- Visiting Cuban Vice President 
Carlos Lage has signed an important economic accord with
Spanish Vice President and Economy Minister Rodrigo Rato. 
The agreement is aimed at eliminating double taxation on
exports between the two countries, which is expected to
further enhance bilateral trade relations.  This is the
first such agreement that Cuba has signed with another
nation.

The Spanish official also announced important advances in 
negotiations concerning arrears in the payment of Cuba's
debts to Spain, which will allow Madrid to convert Cuba's
debt into investment programs.  Lage pointed out that trade
with Spain -- Cuba's leading commercial partner -- has
tripled in recent years.

Of the 340 mixed enterprises in Cuba, 65 are with Spanish
firms, while Spain has some 200 diverse agencies operating
on the island.   
During a news conference following talks with the Spanish
vice president and cabinet members, Lage reiterated Cuba's
insistence that Washington has not eased its blockade
against the island, as was interpreted by some following a
recent announcement by President Bill Clinton.

He recalled that months after the White House announced last
year that restrictions on Cuba's purchase of medicines in
the U.S. would also be eased, Cuba has still not been able
to buy a single American aspirin.  Lage, who arrived in
Spain Tuesday evening for an official visit, will meet with
diverse Spanish political leaders and members of the
country's business community.

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION SAYS ONLY THE RICH HAVE
ACCESS TO BIOTECHNOLOGY

Havana, February 3(RHC)-- The United Nations Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) stated that biotechnology is
a powerful instrument capable of feeding the world's
population, but that it must be made available to poorer
nations that do not have access to such technology.

A report issued by the FAO reveals that in many
underdeveloped countries, the funds earmarked for research
in agriculture are reduced or privatized.  According to the
study, this cuts off poorer countries from biotechnology,
making it available only to rich nations. 

The FAO report adds that research and policies regarding
biotechnology must concentrate on the needs of the poor --
many of whom are dependent on agriculture and live in
marginalized areas where production is difficult.

According to UN predictions, by the year 2020, the world's
population will reach seven billion, with 6.3 billion living
in Third World countries.

PEDAGOGY '99 CONFERENCE CONTINUES IN HAVANA

Havana, February 3(RHC)-- The International Conference
Pedagogy '99 is finishing the third day of sessions at
Havana's International Convention Center with a presentation
on the importance of education in the national health care
system.  Many of the conference participants also attended
a lecture entitled "Jose Marti and the Challenges of the
21st Century."

A special commission met on Tuesday to discuss the training
of values in schools.  During Tuesday evening's sessions,
participants from Cuba, Brazil and Venezuela discussed
environmental education and the importance of teaching young
people about protecting the country's flora and fauna as
well as sustainable development.

FIRST SECRETARY OF HAVANA'S COMMUNIST PARTY URGES ALL
WORKERS IN THE CUBAN CAPITAL TO HELP FIGHT CRIME

Havana, February 3(RHC)-- The First Secretary of Havana's
Communist Party, Esteban Lazo, called on all workers in the
Cuban capital to contribute to the fight against crime.

Lazo made the statements during a meeting with the National
Council of the Confederation of Cuban Workers which was
broadcast on national television Tuesday evening.  Lazo, who
is also a member of the Political Bureau of the Party, said
that 7000 new recruits will be trained as police officers in
Havana.

The Cuban official explained that the National Revolutionary
Police is undergoing internal reorganization, stressing that
labor unions need to help fight against crime in the
capital. 

CUBA'S NEW 1999 TOURISM DIRECTORY OFFICIALLY RELEASED

Havana, February 3(RHC)-- Cuba's new 1999 Tourism Directory
was officially presented in Havana on Tuesday.  The 376-page
directory was edited and published by the Mexican Limusa
S.A. publishing house.  Limusa representative Cynthia
Martinez said that the new Tourism Directory contains more
updated information.

Martinez added that this year's edition contains useful
information for the visitor, including photographs and maps
of the island's main tourist facilities.  There is also an
Internet directory included in the new Tourism Directory. 

SECRETARY GENERAL OF AUSTRIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY VISITS CUBA

Havana, February 3(RHC)-- The Secretary General of Austria's
Foreign Ministry, Benita Ferrero-Walsner, is in Cuba on a
working visit.

In statements to journalists, the Austrian official
characterized relations with Cuba as "very good" and
reiterated Austria's support of Cuba's status as observer in
negotiations for a new Lome Convention.

During her stay on the island, the Austrian government
official has met with the President of the Cuban Parliament
Ricardo Alarcon, Culture Minister Abel Prieto, Justice
Minister Roberto Diaz and other government officials.

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