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Cuban envoy to Moscow will end his mission New Year’s Day

Cuban envoy to Moscow will end his mission New Year’s Day

Emilio Ratmir Lozada García will leave his post in Moscow as Cuba’s ambassador to Russia and return to Cuba on Jan. 1, 2018, after a four-year assignment in the Russian capital. His experience in Moscow will be invaluable now that President Donald Trump’s reversal of policy has made Russia an important supplier of goods to Cuba, second only to China.

Experts: Trump’s snub of Cuba brings Russia into U.S. backyard

Experts: Trump’s snub of Cuba brings Russia into U.S. backyard

An article in the British daily The Independent has buoyed Russian politologists, businessmen and politicians for its outlook on Russo-Cuban relations. Jason Marczak, director of the Washington-based Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, says, “the more the Russian footprint increases in Cuba, the more that will reinforce hardened anti-U.S. attitudes and shut out U.S. businesses from eventually doing greater business in Cuba.”

New tax law supercharges existing inequality trends

New tax law supercharges existing inequality trends

The 2018 World Inequality Report shows in rich and convincing detail why the new Trump-Republican tax law makes a bad situation worse. It will increase economic inequality significantly amid the-decades-long trend toward an ever more unequal share of income and wealth documented in the new report.

Cuba, Serbia presidents vow to increase political, economic ties

Cuba, Serbia presidents vow to increase political, economic ties

Cuban president Raúl Castro received his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vučić, on Friday [and both] agreed to increase economic and commercial ties between both countries and highlighted the “high level” of political dialogue.

Russia offers to mediate in U.S.-North Korea rift; Cuba already has

Russia offers to mediate in U.S.-North Korea rift; Cuba already has

Russia is ready to mediate in the negotiations between the U.S. and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the first deputy chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Vladimir Dzhabarov, said Friday. He said that official Moscow will make every effort to convince Pyongyang of the need to sit down at the negotiating table to resolve the crisis situation on the Korean peninsula.

Climate change threatens 1 in 4 natural heritage sites

Climate change threatens 1 in 4 natural heritage sites

A report released during the U.N. climate talks in Bonn, Germany, warns that climate change imperils one in four natural World Heritage sites — nearly double the number from just three years ago. Among the ecosystems most threatened are coral reefs, which bleach as oceans heat up, as well as glaciers which melt.

Cuba seeks to increase trade, join China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Cuba seeks to increase trade, join China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Cuba seeks to increase trade with China and join the Belt and Road Initiative as a possible “regional node” for this plan to spread throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, the island’s first deputy minister of foreign trade and investment said this week.

191-2 UN vote condemning blockade; Cuba’s foreign minister calls U.S. ambassador ‘disrespectful’

191-2 UN vote condemning blockade; Cuba’s foreign minister calls U.S. ambassador ‘disrespectful’

As expected the General Assembly of the United Nations voted 191-2 condemning the United States embargo against Cuba. The only votes against were from the U.S. and Israel. Acknowledging that the U.S. is alone in the world, a haughty Ambassador Haley said, “The United States does not fear isolation in this chamber or anywhere else.”

Finland to pay Cuban volleyball player $235,652 for wrongful imprisonment

Finland to pay Cuban volleyball player $235,652 for wrongful imprisonment

The Finnish government has agreed to indemnify one of six Cuban volleyball players who were arrested and tried last year on charges of raping a Finnish woman. Luis Tomás Sosa Sierra, 22, was released in late June of this year after a court of appeals determined that the charges against him could not be sustained.

Over 30 nations call for end to U.S. blockade against Cuba

Over 30 nations call for end to U.S. blockade against Cuba

A total of 12 heads of state from the Caribbean and Latin America, Africa and Asia demanded the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial siege on the Caribbean island on the only day of recess during the 72nd U.N. General Assembly held in New York City.

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