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Post by Addie » Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:47 pm

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Cuba has a lung cancer vaccine. Many U.S. patients can’t get it without breaking the law

George Keays is not a rogue kind of a man. A Colorado real estate agent and grandfather of three, the 65-year-old practices yoga and meditates regularly. But the U.S. government, he says, has left him no choice but to break the law. If, that is, he intends to stay alive.

Keays has stage 4 lung cancer. As his treatment options appeared to be dwindling this fall, he went to Cuba for a vaccine treatment despite a federal law that prohibits Americans from going there for health care. Now, with President Trump’s recent tightening of the regulations governing travel to Cuba, it has become much harder to travel there. But Keays needs more of the vaccine. This spring, he’s going back.

“I am not looking to break the law. But I am not looking to die, either,” Keays declared. “People with stage 4 cancer, like me, should be allowed to try whatever they want to stay alive, whatever they think will work. The last thing they need is the government on your neck over some archaic regulation saying just take what is available here and die.”

Keays has abundant company. In the two years since relations between the U.S. and Cuba were normalized under President Barack Obama, a growing number of lung cancer patients traveled to Cuba for a vaccine called Cimavax, and more recently, a newer vaccine, Vaxira. These patients are an elusive group. None of those who went apparently provided their real reason for going to Cuba when applying for a visa, nor did many of them declare to U.S. customs officials that they were bringing multiple vials of the vaccine into the U.S. on their return. Few even tell their doctors they are taking the injections for fear they will refuse to treat them further. ...

Just how effective are the vaccines they’re smuggling into the country in their small refrigerated lunch boxes is unclear. Neither of the vaccines prevents cancer; rather, they are a kind of immunotherapy that prompts the body’s immune system to battle the disease in patients with non-small cell lung cancer. In January, the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, N.Y., launched a clinical trial of Cimavax with Cuba’s Center of Molecular Immunology, which developed the vaccine. It is the first such joint venture between the two countries since the Cuban revolution.

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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:52 pm

Cuba offers 3G mobile internet access to citizens
5 December 2018

Cubans will be invited to join the 3G network between Thursday and Saturday
Cuba's population is to be offered internet access via a 3G mobile network from later this week.

Telecom provider Etecsa said citizens would be able to start subscribing to the service from Thursday.

Until now, locals have mostly relied on wi-fi hotspots and internet cafes and the 3G service has been restricted to state-employed journalists and foreign businesses among others.

This will change - but many will still be unable to afford the new contracts.



https:// www.bbc.com/news/technology-46456944
A note elsewhere indicates that China supplied the hardware and network.

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Post by Addie » Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:50 am

The Atlantic - Nov 29
How Cubans Live as Long as Americans at a Tenth of the Cost ...

Cuba has long had a nearly identical life expectancy to the United States, despite widespread poverty. The humanitarian-physician Paul Farmer notes in his book Pathologies of Power that there’s a saying in Cuba: “We live like poor people, but we die like rich people.” Farmer also notes that the rate of infant mortality in Cuba has been lower than in the Boston neighborhood of his own prestigious hospital, Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s.

All of this despite Cuba spending just $813 per person annually on health care compared with America’s $9,403.

In Cuba, health care is protected under the constitution as a fundamental human right. As a poor country, Cuba can’t afford to equivocate and waste money upholding that. This pressure seems to have created efficiency. Instead of pouring money into advanced medical technology, the system is forced to keep people healthy.

It’s largely done, as the BBC has reported, through an innovative approach to primary care. Family doctors work in clinics and care for everyone in the surrounding neighborhood. At least once a year, the doctor knocks on your front door (or elsewhere, if you prefer) for a check-up. More than the standard American ritual of listening to your heart and lungs and asking if you’ve noticed any blood coming out of you abnormally, these check-ups involve extensive questions about jobs and social lives and environment—information that’s aided by being right there in a person’s home.

Then the doctors put patients into risk categories and determine how often they need to be seen in the future. Unlike the often fragmented U.S. system where people bounce around between specialists and hospitals, Cuba fosters a holistic approach centered around on a relationship with a primary-care physician. Taxpayer investment in education about smoking, eating, and exercising comes directly from these family doctors—who people trust, and who can tailor recommendations.

The system requires around twice as many primary-care doctors per capita as we have in the U.S., made possible because the country also invested in medical education, creating in 1998 what U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called “the world’s most advanced medical school.” Cuba has become known for training not just domestic doctors, but those from around the world—and sending its doctors to help other, wealthier countries when needed. During the recent Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, more than 100 Cuban doctors and nurses were at the front lines.

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Post by Volkonski » Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:36 pm

WW3: Vladimir Putin ‘to re-open’ Soviet military bases in CUBA sparking Cold War 2 fears

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/10 ... -trump-spt
In the darkest days of the Cold War, Cuba was at the centre of tensions between the US and the Soviet Union, with the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis bringing the world closer to all-out nuclear war than ever before. Ever since, Cuba’s relationship with the US has been frosty at best and the legacy of the island’s close diplomatic ties with Moscow remains strong to this day. Now, the island’s bond with the Kremlin is as strong as ever and current Russian supremo Vladimir Putin appears hell-bent on strengthening it further.
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Post by Addie » Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:38 pm

This should liven things up, Volki :cantlook:

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Post by RVInit » Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:33 pm

I really do fear for the US of A. Just two years of Trump has brought us to a scary place. I can't imagine where we will be if he is able to do any more damage these next two years.
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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:08 pm

Volkonski wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:36 pm
WW3: Vladimir Putin ‘to re-open’ Soviet military bases in CUBA sparking Cold War 2 fears

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/10 ... -trump-spt
In the darkest days of the Cold War, Cuba was at the centre of tensions between the US and the Soviet Union, with the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis bringing the world closer to all-out nuclear war than ever before. Ever since, Cuba’s relationship with the US has been frosty at best and the legacy of the island’s close diplomatic ties with Moscow remains strong to this day. Now, the island’s bond with the Kremlin is as strong as ever and current Russian supremo Vladimir Putin appears hell-bent on strengthening it further.
DJTs art of the deal to un-invite Cuba after Obama thawed relationsships was a nice invite to Russia. Putin will love the opportunity to put some pressure onto the USA. While Cuba is no longer a strategic location giving the advancments in weapons technology, it's a nice place to have a navy base for the Russian Atlantic fleet and a warm place for the sailors to have R&R. Should Venezuela become a major oil producer for Russia, this will also be a base to protect their tanker shipping lanes.

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Post by RVInit » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:30 am

Yes. Trump has diminished the USA in pretty much every way possible in just two years. He's right. His first two years have produced historic results. And future presidents will spend years trying to regain all the losses. At this point he's put us so far outside of trade deals and lost so much of our strategic positioning all over the world, they will probably fail to ever bring us back to where we were before Trump made America start all over again. If our allies around the world have any brains at all they will race full speed ahead to keep the USA at bay so that a Donald Fucking Trump can never happen to them again. We'll be stuck with much of the damage.
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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:26 am

RVInit wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:30 am
Yes. Trump has diminished the USA in pretty much every way possible in just two years. He's right. His first two years have produced historic results. And future presidents will spend years decades trying to regain all the losses. At this point he's put us so far outside of trade deals and lost so much of our strategic positioning all over the world, they will probably fail to ever bring us back to where we were before Trump made America start all over again. If our allies around the world have any brains at all they will race full speed ahead to keep the USA at bay so that a Donald Fucking Trump can never happen to them again. We'll be stuck with much of the damage.
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Post by Addie » Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:17 pm

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Cuba Votes on New Constitution That Nods to Free-Market Policies

Cubans are voting Sunday on their first new constitution in more than 40 years, one which emphasizes the goal of attracting foreign investment.

While the referendum won’t shake Communist Party control, the government views it as a way to ratify Cuba’s gradual post-Cold War opening to outside investors and private enterprise. President Miguel Diaz-Canel called on the island’s estimated 8 million voters to back the overhaul. Government opponents urged a boycott or “no” vote.

“Attracting foreign investment will be key for Cuba’s ailing economy,” Alana Tummino, head of the Cuba Working Group at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas in New York, said by email. “It will be interesting to see if these constitutional changes create a new strategy to push this agenda forward.”

Even so, with continued one-party control enshrined in the new charter, “this is not a new political and economic order,” she said. Results are expected on Monday.

The document reflects changes to Cuba’s economy since relations with the U.S. were normalized under former presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro. By recognizing private property, it could strengthen the legal status of self-employed workers under future private-sector reforms.
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Reuters: By afternoon., 75 per cent of the 8.7-million electorate had cast ballots, according to the national electoral commission. Results are due to be announced on Monday.

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Post by Addie » Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:31 pm

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Trump Threatens a Second Embargo of Cuba

The Trump administration is threatening to unleash a flood of lawsuits involving Cuba, which no U.S. president has ever done. It has set a deadline of March 2 to announce whether it will create, in the words of the National Lawyers Guild, “a second embargo” of Cuba — “one that would be very difficult to dismantle in the future.”

Trump may give current U.S. citizens standing to sue in U.S. courts even if they were Cuban citizens when the Cuban government nationalized their property after the 1959 Revolution. They would be able to bring lawsuits against U.S. and foreign companies that allegedly profit from the nationalized properties.

In accordance with international law, the Cuban government had offered compensation to U.S. nationals for the taking of their property, as I explain below. If Trump permits myriad new lawsuits to proceed, it would unleash a tsunami of litigation that would harm U.S. companies and punish the Cuban people even more.

For 59 years, the United States has maintained a cruel embargo against Cuba. “The embargo on Cuba is the most comprehensive set of U.S. sanctions on any country, including the other countries designated by the U.S. government to be state sponsors of terrorism — Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria,” according to the U.S. government.

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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:58 pm

Addie wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:31 pm
Truthout
Trump Threatens a Second Embargo of Cuba

The Trump administration is threatening to unleash a flood of lawsuits involving Cuba, which no U.S. president has ever done. It has set a deadline of March 2 to announce whether it will create, in the words of the National Lawyers Guild, “a second embargo” of Cuba — “one that would be very difficult to dismantle in the future.”
:snippity: .
How so? Any future president can again remove said diretives.
In accordance with international law, the Cuban government had offered compensation to U.S. nationals for the taking of their property, as I explain below. If Trump permits myriad new lawsuits to proceed, it would unleash a tsunami of litigation that would harm U.S. companies and punish the Cuban people even more.
Can the president open the US courts for such litigation without the help of Congress? Is legislation already in place?

Why do I have the feeling that this may backfire?

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Post by Addie » Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:55 pm

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New Cuban constitution gets 87 percent approval

HAVANA (AP) — Nearly 87 percent of Cuban voters approved a new constitution that preserves the island's single-party socialist system and centrally planned economy while updating some financial, electoral and criminal laws, authorities said Monday.

The margin of victory was relatively low for a country where opposition parties and campaigns are illegal and official proposals routinely receive higher than 90 percent approval.

Cuba's National Electoral Commission said 7,848,343 people voted Sunday on the new charter, which was widely promoted as a vehicle for continuity in one of the world's last communist nations, whose founding generation of olive-clad revolutionaries is ceding the spotlight to a new class of middle-aged bureaucrats.

The commission said 6,816,169 people voted in favor of the new constitution. Some 300,000 votes were counted as invalid because they were blank or defaced, while 706,400 people voted against the new constitution. ...

The "no" campaign was amplified by the rapid spread of mobile internet across Cuba in recent months. Some 2 million Cubans on the island have contracted mobile data service since it was offered for the first time in December.

The largest block of "no" votes was expected to come from the growing ranks of evangelical Christians in Cuba, who object to language that eliminates a requirement for marriage to be only between a man and woman, paving the way for a future legalization of gay marriage.

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Post by Volkonski » Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:30 pm

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Stepping up pressure on Cuba, the Trump administration will allow lawsuits against foreign companies doing business in properties seized from Americans after the island’s 1959 revolution, a senior administration official said.
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Speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the official announcement, the Trump administration official said there will be no more waivers to the key piece of Helms-Burton, known as Title III.

The official said the administration also plans to start enforcing the section of the act that allows the U.S. to deny entry visas to Cubans and citizens of other countries involved in trafficking in the confiscated property.
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Post by RTH10260 » Mon May 27, 2019 12:22 am

while the US under this administration shuns Cuba, China is stepping in
New China TV wrote: Published on 21 May 2019

China and Cuba are teaming up to revamp the island nation’s railroad system. The ambitious program, which includes these beautiful bright blue train cars, will modernize the country’s railways, putting them on par with the best in the world.

Cuba received its first shipment of 56 cars, out of a total of 240, on Monday. The other cars will arrive in batches of 80 from this year until 2021. The cars were acquired through a loan from China, payable in 15 years.

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Post by AndyinPA » Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:51 pm

I guess we blew our chance. We were going to go with friends in February, but hubby wasn't so good for flying after the pneumonia.

The reasoning given is straight out of the cold war. Cuba's destabilising the Western Hemisphere. :brickwallsmall:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/ ... 11774.html

US imposes major new restrictions on travel to Cuba

The Trump administration bans group educational and cultural trips known as 'people to people' travel to the island.
4 hours ago

The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed major new travel restrictions on visits to Cuba by United States citizens, including a ban on many forms of educational and recreational travel.

The Treasury Department said in a statement that the US will no longer allow the group educational and cultural trips known as "people-to-people" travel to the island. Those trips have been used by thousands of American citizens to visit the island.

Treasury said it would also deny permission for private and corporate aircraft and boats. However, commercial airline flights appear to be unaffected and travel for university groups, academic research, journalism and professional meetings will continue to be allowed.

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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:17 pm

How long until the majority of the Cuban exiles have expired and no one remembers the country any longer?

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Post by Volkonski » Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:20 pm

What's an advanced Russian warship doing in Havana harbor?

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/wh ... iq?ocid=st
One of the Russian navy's most advanced warships entered Havana's harbor Monday and docked at the port used until this month by U.S. cruise lines. Here are some questions and answers about the Admiral Gorshkov's travels through the Caribbean.

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Russian ships have become an occasional presence in Havana over the last decade. In 2008, after a visit by then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, a group of Russian ships entered Cuban waters in what Cuban media described as the first such visit since 1991. Another group visited the southern city Cienfuegos in 2010, reportedly with a cargo of wheat. Others visited in 2013 and in 2014.

In January 2015, the reconnaissance and communications ship Viktor Leonov arrived unannounced in Havana a day before the start of discussions between U.S. and Cuban officials on the reopening of diplomatic relations. The Viktor Leonov returned again in March 2018.

All of the Russian naval missions to Cuba have been seen as a projection of military power close to U.S. shores, although neither Cuba nor Russian have described them as anything other than routine.
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Post by Slim Cognito » Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:05 pm

But, but...doesn't that mean Cuba has Putin's seal of approval? I'd think trump would be ordering everybody to visit Cuba, and be sure to only spend money at the Putin-approved government outlets.

Just read an article in a local (SWFL) paper about a woman who can still get around the ban by offering "humanitarian" tours. They only stay at private lodging and eat at private "restaurants" (people's homes). If she spots you wandering towards a gov-owned bar, she'll drag your ass back to the group. She's bumfuzzled as to why trump did this, as it only hurts the ordinary citizens. In her words, "the government always gets their money."

We'd planned to take a (very affordable) cruise to Havana next summer. We were going to go this summer but I screwed around and never got our full passports renewed. We only have the mini passport that's good for Canada, Mexico and the caribbean, but not Cuba. I'd love to take this woman's tour but it's probably out of our price range.
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