PRESIDENT BUSH ADDRESSES U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY: "IN CUBA, THE LONG RULE OF A CRUEL DICTATOR IS NEARING ITS END"

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 -- The White House released the following transcript:

The United Nations Headquarters
 
PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen: Thank you for the opportunity to address the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Sixty years ago, representatives from 16 nations gathered to begin deliberations on a new international bill of rights. The document they produced is called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - and it stands as a landmark achievement in the history of human liberty. It opens by recognizing "the inherent dignity" and the "equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family" as "the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world." And as we gather for this 62nd General Assembly, the standards of the Declaration must guide our work in this world.

Achieving the promise of the Declaration requires confronting long-term threats; it also requires answering the immediate needs of today. The nations in this chamber have our differences, yet there are some areas where we can all agree. When innocent people are trapped in a life of murder and fear, the Declaration is not being upheld. When millions of children starve to death or perish from a mosquito bite, we're not doing our duty in the world. When whole societies are cut off from the prosperity of the global economy, we're all worse off. Changing these underlying conditions is what the Declaration calls the work of "larger freedom" - and it must be the work of every nation in this assembly.
 
This great institution must work for great purposes - to free people from tyranny and violence, hunger and disease, illiteracy and ignorance, and poverty and despair. Every member of the United Nations must join in this mission of liberation.
 
First, the mission of the United Nations requires liberating people from tyranny and violence. The first article of the Universal Declaration begins, "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights." The truth is denied by terrorists and extremists who kill the innocent with the aim of imposing their hateful vision on humanity. The followers of this violent ideology are a threat to civilized people everywhere. All civilized nations must work together to stop them - by sharing intelligence about their networks, and choking their - off their finances, and bringing to justice their operatives.
 
In the long run, the best way to defeat extremists is to defeat their dark ideology with a more hopeful vision - the vision of liberty that founded this body. The United States salutes the nations that have recently taken strides toward liberty - including Ukraine and Georgia and Kyrgyzstan and Mauritania and Liberia, Sierra Leone and Morocco. The Palestinian Territories have moderate leaders, mainstream leaders that are working to build free institutions that fight terror, and enforce the law, and respond to the needs of their people. The international community must support these leaders, so that we can advance the vision of two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side in peace and security.
 
Brave citizens in Lebanon and Afghanistan and Iraq have made the choice for democracy - yet the extremists have responded by targeting them for murder. This is not a show of strength - it is evidence of fear. And the extremists are doing everything in their power to bring down these young democracies. The people of Lebanon and Afghanistan and Iraq have asked for our help. And every civilized nation has a responsibility to stand with them.
 
Every civilized nation also has a responsibility to stand up for the people suffering under dictatorship. In Belarus, North Korea, Syria, and Iran, brutal regimes deny their people the fundamental rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration. Americans are outraged by the situation in Burma, where a military junta has imposed a 19-year reign of fear. Basic freedoms of speech, assembly, and worship are severely restricted. Ethnic minorities are persecuted. Forced child labor, human trafficking, and rape are common. The regime is holding more than 1,000 political prisoners - including Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party was elected overwhelmingly by the Burmese people in 1990.
 
The ruling junta remains unyielding, yet the people's desire for freedom is unmistakable. This morning, I'm announcing a series of steps to help bring peaceful change to Burma. The United States will tighten economic sanctions on the leaders of the regime and their financial backers. We will impose an expanded visa ban on those responsible for the most egregious violations of human rights, as well as their family members. We'll continue to support the efforts of humanitarian groups working to alleviate suffering in Burma. And I urge the United Nations and all nations to use their diplomatic and economic leverage to help the Burmese people reclaim their freedom.
 
In Cuba, the long rule of a cruel dictator is nearing its end. The Cuban people are ready for their freedom. And as that nation enters a period of transition, the United Nations must insist on free speech, free assembly, and ultimately, free and competitive elections.
 
In Zimbabwe, ordinary citizens suffer under a tyrannical regime. The government has cracked down on peaceful calls for reform, and forced millions to flee their homeland. The behavior of the Mugabe regime is an assault on its people - and an affront to the principles of the Universal Declaration. The United Nations must insist on change in Harare - and must insist for the freedom of the people of Zimbabwe.
 
In Sudan, innocent civilians are suffering repression - and in the Darfur region, many are losing their lives to genocide. America has responded with tough sanctions against those responsible for the violence. We've provided more than $2 billion in humanitarian and peacekeeping aid. I look forward to attending a Security Council meeting that will focus on Darfur, chaired by the French President. I appreciate France's leadership in helping to stabilize Sudan's neighbors. And the United Nations must answer this challenge to conscience, and live up to its promise to promptly deploy peacekeeping forces to Darfur.
 
Second, the mission of the United Nations requires liberating people from hunger and disease. Article 25 of the Universal Declaration states: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food and clothing and housing and medical care." Around the world, the United Nations is carrying out noble efforts to live up to these words.
 
Feeding the hungry has long been a special calling for my nation. Today, more than half the world's food assistance comes from America. We send emergency food stocks to starving people from camps in Sudan to slums in - around the world. I've proposed an innovative initiative to alleviate hunger under which America would purchase the crops of local farmers in Africa and elsewhere, rather than shipping in food from the developed world. This would help build up local agriculture and break the cycle of famine in the developing world - and I urge our United States Congress to support this initiative.
 
Many in this hall are bringing the spirit of generosity to fighting HIV/AIDS and malaria. Five years ago, in Sub-Saharan Africa, an AIDS diagnosis was widely considered a death sentence, and fewer than 50,000 people infected with the virus were receiving treatment. The world responded by creating the Global Fund, which is working with governments and the private sector to fight the disease around the world. The United States decided to take these steps a little further by launching the $15 billion Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Since 2003, this effort has helped bring cutting-edge medicines to more than a million people in sub-Sahara Africa. It's a good start. So earlier this year, I proposed to double our initial commitment to $30 billion. By coming together, the world can turn the tide against HIV/AIDS - once and for all.
 
Malari

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Pedro Corzo
Escritor, Periodista y Editor
Izando la bandera en el Palacio de los Gobernadores el 20 de mayo de 1902. Foto: commons.wikimedia.org   (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Frecuentemente pienso que el proceso cubano que algunos identificamos como castrismo tiene más semejanzas con un movimiento contracultura que uno de acción política. Fue notable la rigurosidad con la que se destruyó la República y sus valores, lo que evidencia que el objetivo no era un simple cambio político o la sustitución de la clase dirigente, sino la pulverización del pasado, para edificar un presente y futuro a conveniencia del liderazgo emergente enemigo de la esencia de la nación cubana.
Comunicado por el día internacional contra la Homofobia
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Fundación Cubana por los Derechos LGBTI
  (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Madrid, 17 de mayo de 2020. Como cada año es una fecha importante para nuestra organización donde coinciden un aniversario más de nuestra Fundación y un día reivindicativo para la comunidad LGBTIQ+ marcado por una lucha constante por nuestros derechos con matices en diferentes países y que en el nuestro se acentúa por una dictadura que ha marginado durante más de 60 años y ha vulnerado a los nuestros.
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  (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Las autoridades del régimen castrista han mostrado, en diversas ocasiones, la preocupación por la escasa producción de piensos para el alimento de animales en la economía. En momentos como el actual, en los que se incrementan las necesidades de consumo de carne, si no se hacen crecer las unidades de ganado, los mercados se desabastecen. Y una vez más, Granma se hace eco de una experiencia en una Estación Experimental de Pastos y Forrajes, la “Indio Hatuey”, que dicen “ha sustituido un 30% del pienso que importa el país por una combinación a base de yuca, follaje de plantas proteicas como la morera y microorganismos eficientes”.
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  (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Un artículo en Granma titulado “Salvar vidas y estimular el desarrollo económico de Cuba” ofrece información de la nueva sesión extraordinaria del consejo de ministros en la que se aprobaron “nuevas indicaciones para la elaboración de la estrategia económica a implementar en la etapa de recuperación post COVID-19 para fortalecer la economía cubana”. Hay mucha inquietud en las autoridades por lo que están sucediendo, y tienen razón en preocuparse, porque lo que puede ocurrir es mucho peor.
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