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An historic date — July 20, 2015 — is now set for re-establishing diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. We cover the terms and conditions in our lead stories, the presidential exchange of letters, and US secretary of state John Kerry’s enlightening comments all under BLOCKADE, and we’re reminded how it all started — with refusal by US and British oil companies to refine oil from Russia.
Cuba is claiming a world first — techniques to eliminate mother-to-infant HIV and congenital syphilis transmission — as well as developing new natural health products dealing with the lower urinary tract as well as a vaccine candidate against cholera. Brazil is working with Cuba to go further into agricultural collaboration, South Africa farewells ‘The Cuban Five’ after their successful goodwill visit, the Ivory Coast and Mexico are working with Cuba commercially and diplomatically, and Cuba is soon to be visited by the Spanish minister of competitiveness and the economy.
INSIDE CUBA we learn of Fidel’s interesting conversation with cheesemakers; ‘legendary’ Mexican athlete Ana Guevara receives more Cuban awards, this time from the media; Cuba’s sharks get to star on the US Discovery Channel and we report on proceedings of the eighth Cuba-China biotechnology work group.
And finally, on a lighter note, foreigners have been dancing the night away at the Danzón Habana festival learning merengue, salsa, bachata and more, bringing together musicians and styles from nine countries.