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Honduras: President Signs ALBA Agreement

(Sept. 11, 2008) On August 26, 2008, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales signed an agreement making Honduras a member of the international cooperation organization ALBA, whose acronym in English stands for the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas or the Bolivarian Alternative for the People of Our America. Currently the member states of […]

Cuba: Cuba Signs International Human Rights Agreements with the United Nations

(Mar. 2, 2008) New York, U.N. Headquarters–Cuba signed the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The covenants were signed on 28 February 2008, where Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque met with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Coordination Bureau of the […]

Ecuador: Coalition to Propose a Ban on the Presence of Foreign Forces in Ecuador

(Feb. 2, 2008) The "No Bases" Coalition of Ecuador ("La Coalición No Bases Ecuador") will propose before the Constituent Assembly that the draft Carta Magna (constitution) forbid the establishment of foreign military bases on Ecuadorian territory. The conference was held by the "No Bases: International Network for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases". The coalition […]

Cuba: Cuba to Market and Distribute a new Vaccine to Foreign Countries

(Dec. 2, 2007) Various products of Cuban biotechnology, among these the newly created pentavalent vaccine "Heberpenta," will be at the disposal of commercial associates of Heber Biotec S.A. between 2008 and 2010. Heber Biotec S.A., which is certified by Norm ISO 9001:2000, is the exclusive representative and commercial corporation [comercializadora] of the Centro de Ingeniería […]

Venezuela: Congress Approves Constitutional Reforms Proposed by the President

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 23, 2007, the National Assembly of Venezuela approved an increase in powers for the president of the republic as part of a constitutional reform in progress. Among the new presidential powers included in the reform, are the following: To create or suppress federal provinces, federal territories, federal cities, operational districts, […]

Cuba: The Cienfuegos Oil Refinery Will Be Inaugurated in December 2007

(Nov. 2, 2007) On November 7, 2007, Rafael Ramírez, the Venezuelan Minister of the People's Power for Energy and Petroleum asserted that by December of 2007 the Cienfuegos Oil Refinery of Cuba would be inaugurated. The notice was confirmed during the signing of the 2007-2009 Collective-Bargaining Agreement and notice was also given concerning the respective […]