Is there hypocrisy when talking about human rights?

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Mohammed bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia

There are few countries whose governments are constantly accused of violating human rights. We could think about North Korea, Iran, Cuba and Venezuela because these are fire targets when talking about what West countries call “elementary liberties” and took by media as the center of dark and inconceivable fabrications.

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Cuba and Antigua Sign Declaration of Solidarity

Cuban President Raul Castro and Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne signed the agreement during an official visit by the brother of the late Fidel Castro.

The leaders of Cuba and Antigua and Barbuda have signed a Declaration of Solidarity and Cooperation in the interests of continued development among the small island nations.

Cuban President Raul Castro and Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne signed the agreement Saturday during an official visit to Antigua by the brother of the late Fidel Castro.

Cuba’s Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra said the “will to expand and strengthen cooperation between Antigua and Cuba marked official talks between the two leaders,” describing the event as “fruitful.”

“It is essential to promote an international environment that favors the development of countries of the South, in particular of small island developing states,” Sierra posted on his Twitter account. “The negotiations between both parties were fruitful.”

Castro delivered a speech of “friendship and fraternity” during Saturday’s Assembly of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, Sierra noted.

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Honduras: between elections and challenges

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In what is seen by many as a crucial election race, the opposition coalition, led by Salvador Nasralla is pit against the right-wing incumbant Juan Orlando Hernandez. Nasralla, a former businessman and TV host of Palestinian descent, is backed by former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was overthrown in a U.S.-backed coup in 2009, leading to a period of right-wing National Party rule.

With the past few years seeing a sharp rise in violence against activists, land grabs, and violent crime, many are clamoring for a change and rallying behind Nasralla, a center-leftist.

Early results gave the edge to Nasralla, but the final count has yet to be announced. In the meantime, TeleSUR takes a look at the voting and celebrations.

The youth of Cuba pay tribute to the commander Fidel Castro

 

The youth of Cuba have come together in an evening of cultural activities across the Caribbean island to commemorate the first anniversary of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro’s death.

The Union of Communist Youth organized the “political-cultural evening” marking the “physical death” of El Comandante.

Televised footage of the event showed vast crowds gathered in the capital Saturday night, with students and other youths amassed on the steps of the prestigious University of Havana.

The celebrations, which included a public concert, marked the passage of a year since the man who liberated Cuba was pronounced dead at the age of 90.

Medical students from Cuba’s Federación de Estudiantes de la Enseñanza Media (FEEM) told local radio station Radio Rebelde: “We know well that preserving our socialist project is to keep Fidel’s legacy in our hearts.”

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Puerto Ricans denounce U.S. response to hurricane Irma

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After Hurricane Maria first hit in September nearly 60 percent of the island is still without electricity.

Support given by local artists, communities, associations, foundations and churches to Puerto Rico’s hurricane victims far exceeds official aid received from the U.S., according to an organization on the tiny U.S. territory.

“Remember that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, is an insurance that is paid for the mortgages of all in Puerto Rico,” the Independentista Nacional Hostosiano Movement, MINH, said in a statement.

The slowness and pettiness of the federals contrasts with the immediacy and determination of the recovery of the people of Puerto Rico through their communities and organizations.”

Cuba offered to assist the Caribbean island with reconstruction of both its electrical and medical systems, while Venezuela provided diesel fuel. Artists, athletes and “brother countries” offered additional support, but were blocked by federal agencies under a law dating back to the 1920s.

“If it were not for that immediate collective coherence of our people, we were still pulling dead people out of the rubble,” the statement continued. “Do not depend on what the ‘other’ will do for us. Do not rest until you have the desired result. Let’s continue sharing what we have with the most needy. It has been and will be the backbone on which we will build the new Puerto Rico that is not only possible, but necessary.”

Natalie Jaresko, executive director of the Board of Supervision and Financial Administration for Puerto Rico, has told the U.S. Congress that the island requires emergency funds “on an unprecedented scale” to rebuild homes and restore water and electricity services.

Since the hurricane first hit in September, thousands of people have had to be housed in temporary shelters. Tens of thousands of homes still have no roof, and nearly 60 percent of the island is still without electricity.

The board estimated that Puerto Rico will require at least US$21 billion over the next two years to “guarantee the provision of basic government functions,” including fire crews, police, teachers and other public employees. Puerto Rican authorities estimate the island has suffered between US$45 million and US$95 million in damages.

What should be the future of US foreign policy?

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The US foreign policy hostility is not a recent episode with president Donald Trump as the main character from now on.

As soon as Trump assumed the presidency he has spread intolerance, racism and all kind of agressive speeches against other nations. But his arrogant and disrespectful behavior is being an incentive for extremists groups and white supremacists in his own country.

Under Trump´s empire, the world is living in constant uncertainty because of his threats regarding a nuclear war, a military intervention in venezuela or the building of the border wall with Mexico.

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What will come next in the U.S weapons madness?

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Today´s principal debate should be putting an end to the unbridled arms race that threats human survival.

A few hours after mass shooting that took place at a country music concert, attended by more 40,000 people, near the famed Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, the world is shocked.

But as well as this attack took at least 59 lives and caused nearly 527 injured, people should think about millions of war and conflicts´ victims from other forgotten countries.

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Mexico earthquake victims received central American ‘Migrant Brigade’ helping hand

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After the hard impact of last week’s devastating 8.1 magnitude earthquake, low income communities are still waiting for federal assistance.

Only the Red Cross and other goodwill organizations are packing provisions and giving a basic medical assistance to those people injured and afected by the quake.

Residents in the country’s southern Oaxaca state are organizing to assist each other. Among these groups is a brigade of nearly 50 migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala, who are supporting communities in Mexico’s poverty-blighted Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca. This brigade is working without rest in a country where they usually face discrimination, distrust and abuse.

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Irma hit hard the Caribbean countries

Hurricane Irma a record Category 5 storm churns across the Atlantic Ocean on a collision course with Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

At least 26 dead people  and substantial material losses are reported after the crossing of the hurricane Irma through most of the Caribbean islands.

Nature seems to be charging a pay to human civilization due to climate change. Experts say hurricane Irma and other environmental disasters today are not like in the past because of global warming, pollution and greenhouse gases.

Even though capital defenders denied it, the industries ecological harm is the reason why our planet is on the verge of collapse.

Meanwhile, some governments -like the US- are proud to be out the few strategies to stop human extinction.

Unfortunately, people who suffer natural disasters´ impact are not the minority that owns the resources and industries, but the disadvantaged.