Archive for October, 2010

Bolivian President Rejects U.S Blockade of Cuba

October 4, 2010

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La Paz, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales rejects the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for the last 50 years.

  “It is a hostile policy destined to fail”, he said.

At a press conference at Quemado Palace, Morales recognized the struggle of the Caribbean Island against the limitations caused by the blockade, maintained by a series of U.S. administrations.

He also praised Cuba’s development of public safety and social programs, among others.

Morales also praised the demonstrated capacity of the Cuban government and its people to resist complex situations such as in the 1990s, known as the special period.

The demand for the end of the U.S blockade against Cuba is at the center of the current session of the UN General Assembly, which on October 26, for the 19th year in a row, will vote on a new resolution calling for the end of the blockade.

In 2009, 187 countries, included Bolivia, voted against the blockade, in the highest-ever vote in that respect since 1991. Just three countries voted in favor of the blockade — the USA, Israel and Palau, while two abstained — the Marshall Islands and Micronesia.

Source: Prensa Latina

Bolivia Celebrates World Day of Tourism

October 4, 2010

La Paz, Sept 24 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia will celebrate World Tourism Day on Monday with a number of activities throughout its nine departments.

  Culture Minister Zulma Yugar told reporters that the idea is to promote attractions in all regions in homage of this celebration, with the slogan “Tourism and Biological Diversity.”

The events will promote a remodeling of the Cretaceous Park of Sucre (Chuquisaca) and the Carnaval of Oruro, declared a UNESCO Oral and Oral World Heritage.

The minister also announced a series of lectures on tourism and biological diversity in the cities of Sucre, La Paz and Santa Cruz.

In addition, tourism experts will meet in La Paz next week to highlight the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values.

On September 28, at least 50 diplomatic delegations will observe the launching of the Carnival of the Bicentennial of Oruro, 2011.

According to the National Institute of Statistics, the flow of tourism during the first half of 2010 grew by 22 percent compared to the same period last year when the so-called smokeless industry generated income of $336 million.

Source: Prensa Latina