Luciano Rivera, 10th victim of crimes against journalists

Rivera is the 10 th journalist killed during 2017 in Mexico

Luciano Rivera, is the 10 th journalist on the list of 2017 press victims in Mexico, which is considered one of the deadliest countries in the Western Hemisphere for reporters.

Rivera was murdered in Rosarito, a coastal resort city in Baja California. He was at a bar named “La Antigua de Playas de Rosarito” when a group of people assaulted and shot him directly in the face.

The attackers ran away but they were arrested soon after and the police found the murder weapon in their vehicle.

Bibi Gutierrez, president of the Association of Journalists of Tijuana, expressed her condolences in a message on her Facebook account.

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Sao Paulo Forum concludes with a claim for Latin American countries unity


For the first time in the history of Latin America and the Caribbean countries have developing processes of revolutionary transformation or progressive social reform. But these achievements are threatened by a regional right-wing offensive to reverse social transformations in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

The biggest error of Latin American people is to forget a past of horror, of coups d`états, of plans for training mercenaries, of tortures, military dictatorships and thousands of disappeared progressive leaders. All those episodes were the result of conservative and imperialist groups action.

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Palestinian-owned bakery attacked for featuring a revolutionary

The restaurant has been under attacks in the last couple of months, but community support remains strong.

The Palestinian-owned restaurant Reem’s California Bakery, located in the heart of Oakland, California, has been under fascism and bigotry attacks for having a grand mural of former Palestinian political prisoner and revolutionary Rasmea Odeh.

“Now we’re terrorists ourselves,” Cece Carpio, one of four artists who created the mural in the community-centered-and-funded bakery.

Carpio explained that Reem Assil, the owner of Reem’s, and her colaboration for Palestinian liberation, had been targeted by pro-Israel groups in the bay area.

But it wasn’t until assil opened her eatery a few months ago, with Odeh’s profile on its walls, that the forces opposed to Carpio´s work.

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Suicide attack in Manchester


At least 19 people are dead and about 50 injured as a consequence of an explosion this Monday at Manchester Arena in England, where pop singer Ariana Grande was performing, Greater Manchester Police said.

Some videos posted on social networks revealed people screaming and running out of the stadium in an unexpected situation that shake up England and the world.

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Cuban search and rescue team returns from #Ecuador


The search and rescue brigade which left for Ecuador following the earthquake which hit the country’s northern coast on April 16, returned to Cuba on the evening of April 27.

The brigade members were received at Havana’s José Martí International Airport by
Marcia Cobas, a member of the Party Central Committee and deputy minister of Public
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Ukrainians Thank Cuba for Medical Help of Chernobyl Catastrophe Victims

In Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, Cuba‘s assistance in alleviating the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident was recognized on Friday, 30 years after that catastrophe.

Solidarity with Cuba activists who gathered to thank Cuba for its assistance spoke highly of the island’s contribution with medical attention to Chernobyl children and youngsters, who traveled to the Havana for recovery.

More than 24,000 Ukrainians, of them over 20,000 children, were treated in Cuba, where special facilities were set up. The Cuban Chernobyl Children Medical Program was free of charge for the victims and extended over 21 years.

Yulia Palamarchuk, president of a non-governmental organization that follows the case of children affected by that nuclear accident, described Cuba’s treatment program for the Chernobyl children as a true show of friendship and disinterested help.

Ecuador 7.8 Earthquake. How You Can Help Ecuadoreans Affected by Deadly Earthquake

One in four buildings have been destroyed in Manta. People inspect the damage of a fallen building in Manta.
Ecuador’s coastal regions have been destroyed by the force of the earthquake, leaving some towns in complete ruin.

At least 235 people have been killed and 1,550 injured as a result of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake registered Saturday night, according to official estimates. Continue reading “Ecuador 7.8 Earthquake. How You Can Help Ecuadoreans Affected by Deadly Earthquake”

Studying Medicine in Cuba, an Option for International Youth


Ismael Oumarou Issaka, from Niger, is grateful to Cuba for offering professional training to international students. Ismael Oumarou Issaka, from Niger, is grateful to Cuba for offering professional training to international students. Careers in the medical sciences are an option for young international students in Cuba, who are offered both undergraduate and postgraduate training through a network of 13 universities across the island.

Luis Alberto Pischs García, rector of the University of Medical Sciences of Havana, spoke regarding these students. “The 12 faculties of the capital train over 2,500 students from Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, incorporated by way of funding from their governments or self-financed studies supported by their families.”

The Doctor in Pedagogical Sciences added that 700 doctors from across the world are enrolled in 43 specialization courses offered by the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap) including training, certification, masters degrees and doctorates in health sciences, medical education and oral medicine.

Dr. Pischs García explained that any interested applicant should approach the Education or Public Health ministry in their respective country, the Cuban embassy or inquire with the Cuban Medical Services Enterprise, through the website:

“Once in Cuba, undergraduate students receive Spanish language training at a preparatory school in the capital, should they not be Spanish speakers. On arrival, their previous studies are assessed to ensure the necessary level of knowledge to begin university studies. Meanwhile, for postgraduate studies, certain areas of expertise are favored, adapted according to their needs,” the rector noted.

International medical students have a close relationship with Cuban society, as they are trained through direct provision of patient care. “We intend not only to train a good professional, but a professional with a humane and social sense of medicine, with a greater commitment to their surroundings. That is our aspiration,” explained the rector, who also specializes in Internal Medicine and Intensive and Emergency Care.

Ismael Oumarou Issaka, a student from the Republic of Niger, noted that from the first year of an undergraduate degree in medicine, students visit doctors’ clinics and have contact with patients. “They teach us every day to strengthen clinical examination as an exploratory method for arriving at a diagnosis. Our learning is based on linking theory with practice,” he stated.

The young African, who is currently in his third year of medicine, explained that professors demand solid knowledge of bibliographic materials. He devotes long hours to his studies, to correctly understand scientific terms and the academic language of his textbooks.

A similar opinion was expressed by Congolese Rodin Oko Pea, aged 22, who is pleased to study at the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), inaugurated by the leader of the Revolution, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro in 1998, which has graduated over 24,000 health professionals from 84 countries.

Oko Pea also spoke of student participation in cultural galas, at which they present different artistic expressions from their home countries, as well as in events to mark historic dates of Cuba; “The more than 720 Congolese students at ELAM promote events, festivals, concerts and all kinds of activities to share with the Cuban people.”

His friend from Panama, Reymar Alvarado Vega, acknowledged the efforts of their professors, who strive to provide them the knowledge needed to become caring professionals, and stressed that in Cuba, the philosophy of disease prevention, universal medical attention, and improved length and quality of life for the population, continue to be key.

They all agree on the benefits of learning based on strong theory combined with immediate practice, as the optimal formula to train a good doctor.