A Communist should have largeness of mind and he should be staunch and active, looking upon the interests of the revolution as his very life and subordinating his personal interests to those of the revolution; always and everywhere he should adhere to principle and wage a tireless struggle against all incorrect ideas and actions, so as to consolidate the collective life of the Party and strengthen the ties between the Party and the masses; he should be more concerned about the Party and the masses than about any private person, and more concerned about others than about himself. Only thus can he be considered a Communist.
Havana, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is celebrating the International Day against Homophobia today with events around the country, where the sixth annual symposium against that discriminatory conduct is part of the activities scheduled for the month of May.
Mariela Castro, director of the National Sexual Education Center, stressed that there is political willingness in Cuba to defend the sexual rights of all citizens.
“We are working to change consciousness and legitimize those rights. Laws do not guarantee human rights on their own; they must be backed by political will, but above all by a transformation in social consciousness,” she said.
Community panels, marches, theatrical plays, and cultural galas celebrating respect for diversity are platforms that help bring people closer to that reality, which touches everyone, whether in the neighborhood or within their own family.
It was on this date that the General Assembly of the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and other Health Problems.
April 14, 2013 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – The Venezuelan government has announced a range of measures to overcome the increase in food shortages in the country.
In recent months shortages of some basic products such as milk, butter, cornmeal and sugar have been observed throughout Venezuela. Last month shortages reached their worst levels since April 2009, according to the country’s Central Bank.
On Monday night Vice President Jorge Arreaza announced a range of government measures to resolve the problem.
The regulated price of chicken, beef, milk and cheese will be increased by 20% to stimulate production. Most of these products last saw price rises in 2011, with price controls on basic goods introduced to ensure affordability for the poorest Venezuelans.
Other measures focused at increasing production of basic foodstuffs include removing income tax on primary agricultural production, introducing state subsidies for sugar production, and granting increased prices to sunflower oil producers.
The government will also directly invest in a 1,000 hectare greenhouse complex and reorganize state agro-industrial production.
Officials attribute the increase in food shortages to an “economic war” by the private sector against the government, citing high consumption and accusing food makers of reducing production and hoarding food in order to create scarcity.