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ADDRESS BY ESTEBAN LAZO HERNANDEZ, VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL OF STATE OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA, FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL SUMMIT "SOVEREIGNTY AND FOOD SECURITY: FOOD FOR LIFE", HELD ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 7TH, 2008, IN MANAGUA, NICARAGUA.

Esteemed Comandante Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua,

Distinguished presidents and high representatives,

The facts speak clearly for themselves. In 2005, we used to pay 250 dollars for every ton of rice we imported; now we pay 1,050 dollars, four times as much. For a ton of wheat, we used to pay 132 dollars; now we pay 330 dollars, two and a half times as much. For a ton of corn, we used to pay 82 dollars; now we pay 230 dollars, nearly three times as much. For a ton of powdered milk, we used to pay 2,200 dollars; now it's 4,800 dollars. This is a perverse and unsustainable trend.

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Cuba's Fidel Castro warned of food crisis a year ago PDF Print E-mail

By Marc Frank
HAVANA (Reuters) - As global fears about food security mount with riots in Africa and panic buying elsewhere, one world figure can sit back and say he warned a year ago of a coming food crisis -- Fidel Castro.

Cuba's ailing revolutionary has not appeared in public since he underwent intestinal surgery in July 2006 from which he has never fully recovered.

He finally retired as president in February but from his sickbed he has been writing columns on world affairs since March 2007, when he launched an attack on the biofuels policy of his ideological enemy, the United States, saying it was pushing up food prices and threatening global famine.

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UN Representative Praises Respect for Human Rights in Cuba PDF Print E-mail

Havana, Dec 11 (acn) UN resident coordinator in Cuba Susan McDade congratulated the island on Monday for its respect for human rights.

In a press conference at the UN venue in Havana, McDade recognized the free and universal nature of medical services on the island and also
the access to education at all levels.

She also noted that the ongoing efforts to level all the people's capacity to acquire a basic food basket reflects the government's political will and respect of these and other rights.

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US Radio Bombing of Cuba Found Illegal PDF Print E-mail

Geneva, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) The World Radiocommunication Conference recognized Wednesday that US transmissions against Cuba are illegal, thus causing irritation among US representatives at the forum.

After three weeks of negotiations, the conference of technical experts from several countries rejected this practice.

"Radio transmissions from an aircraft only toward the territory of another government, and without its consent," contravenes radio communication regulations," the conference decided.

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