Why we don’t need more than one party

Why we don’t need more than one party
Excerpts from speech delivered by Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro, July 26, 1988

Author: Fidel Castro Ruz | internet@granma.cu
may 13, 2021 09:05:38

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There is one very essential idea, and that is never to forget where we are situated, which is not in the Black Sea, but in the Caribbean, not 90 miles from Odessa, but 90 miles from Miami, with a border on our own land, in an occupied part of our territory, with imperialism. Our people are in charge in our country; and our Party is responsible for its policy, its line, its defense.

Our Party knows that mistakes bemade that weaken it ideologically… There will be nothing to weaken the authority of the Party! Without the Party no revolution is possible, without the Party no construction of socialism is possible!

And we must say here, once and for all, that we do not need more than one party, in the same way that Martí did not need more than one party to wage the struggle for the independence of Cuba, in the same way that Lenin did not need more than one party to make the October Revolution. I say this so that those who believe that here we are going to begin to allow parties in the pockets of someone else. To organize who? Counter-revolutionaries, the pro-Yankees, the bourgeoisie? No, here there is only one party, which is the party of our proletariat, of our peasants, of our students, of our workers, of our people, solidly and indestructibly united…

We do not need capitalist political formulas, that is complete garbage, they are useless, with their penchant for incessant politicking. I was talking about how, here, they demanded votes in for exchange medical attention; none of these phenomena exist now. We have created our own form of political organization appropriate to the country, we do not copy; People’s Power is our own form of organization…

We do not need to rectify anything at all, given that we have a very democratic system, much more democratic than all systems of the bourgeoisie, of millionaires, of the plutocracy which is, really, who governs, in general, in capitalist countries.

We have nothing to learn and we will not stray one iota from this path, on which power emanates from the people. And you know that our Party came from the people, it did not fall from the sky, and that our members are chosen among the best of the youth and among the best workers…

And you know very well what it means to be a Party member: It means being the first in everything when there is a difficult task, an internationalist mission, a sacrifice, a risk; taking the first shift, the first possibility is for the Party member, ours is not a party of the privileged, but a party born from the heart of the people, whose members must to serve as examples, and when they do not, the Party takes charge of removing them from its ranks.

The Party of national unity counts on the participation of all

The Party of national unity counts on the participation of all
The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, led the second day of the Secretariat’s visit to the province of Sancti Spiritus.

Author: Pedro Jorge Velázquez | internet@granma.cu
Author: Mailenys Oliva Ferrales | internet@granma.cu
january 21, 2022 10:01:18

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In a socialist democracy, power must be socialized; the people have the capacity to construct the revolutionary project, with their daily work and criticism of what is poorly done. This is why the First Secretary of the Party Central Committee and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, is in Sancti Spiritus, leading a comprehensive visit by the Secretariat and its support staff, underway since January 19.
The anti-Cuban press speaks of elites, but it is Díaz-Canel and other members of the Secretariat, who are in modest neighborhoods and rural areas to understand the problems there, listening to residents and emphasizing the opportunity they have to join in making change.
His first stop was the Agramonte neighborhood in the Jesús María People’s Council, to review how much has been done since the 8th Congress, in this community in transformation.
There, the president visited the Sports and Recreation Complex, a medical office and produce market.
Next, Díaz-Canel moved on to Yaguajay, where he toured the Caonao Valley Agroindustrial Grain Enterprise. He was accompanied by Roberto Morales Ojeda, the Central Committee’s Secretary of Organization and Cadre Policy. They visited Batey Colorado, one of the four production poles affiliated with the company, which specializes in grain production and has mechanical irrigation.
There, Juan José González, the Ministry of Agriculture’s provincial representative, reported on the diversification of production. “Of the 5,214 hectare under cultivation, 3,000 are devoted to various crops: sorghum, beans, corn, root vegetables, fruits, greens… for the state wholesaler. They also deliver 800,000 liters of milk annually.”
The delegation also visited the center’s rustic greenhouses, where they confirmed the quality of productions and the export capacity being developed.
Díaz-Canel and Morales Ojeda then visited the Melanio Hernández sugar mill in Tuinucú, where they conversed with workers about the plant’s electrical generation system based on organic waste and the sale of energy to the Electric Company, essential to boosting the mill’s efficiency.
At the end of the afternoon, Díaz-Canel and Morales Ojeda met with professors and students of José Martí University of Sancti Spíritus, where they listened to the experiences and contributions being made to the agricultural and industrial sectors in the province.
Rogelio Polanco, another member of the Secretariat and head of the Central Committee’s Ideological Department, met with university students in the morning, as well, and visited media outlets, the Casa de la Guayabera, the Colmenita Espirituana children’s theater project and the Oscar Fernandez Morera Gallery.

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Photo: Estudios Revolución

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Unesco, confirms Cuban education as one of the great achievements of the Revolution

Education in Cuba: A comparative regional view
Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study ERCE-2019, conducted by Unesco, confirms Cuban education as one of the great achievements of the Revolution

Author: Yenia Silva Correa | informacion@granma.cu
january 19, 2022 09:01:31

Photo: Ministry of Culture
“In Cuba, education is truly inclusive, there is gender parity and when any difference between males and females is noted, those doing better are the females,” stated Minister of Education Ena Elsa Velázquez Cobiella, referring to results of the Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study ERCE-2019, conducted by Unesco, in terms of socio-emotional indicators.
She added that the research also confirmed that in our island country, there is no difference between rural and urban education, or in the achievement of students from families in different socioeconomic situations, stating, “We are convinced that we have met the sustainable development goals through 2030, on the quantitative order.”
Accomplishments like these make clear that Cuban education remains one of the great achievements of the Revolution and one of its fundamental pillars. Referring to the research conducted, the Minister said, “One factor studied was the acceptance of diversity on the part of students. In the case of Cuba, this indicator is well above the average. We are at 93%, and the regional average is 85%. The same can be seen in terms of self-regulation in school, in which we showed 87%, higher than the regional average (74%), as well as in empathy, which 70% of our students demonstrate, higher than the average of 55%.”

Nuestro socialismo se construye desde la comunidad

Nuestro socialismo se construye desde la comunidad
El Primer Secretario del Comité Central del Partido Comunista, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, recorrió este jueves el barrio Agramonte, como parte de la visita integral del Secretariado a la provincia de Sancti Spíritus. Esta es una de las 43 comunidades vulnerables de ese territorio en las que se realizan transformaciones

Autor: Leticia Martínez Hernández | internet@granma.cu
20 de enero de 2022 16:01:20

Díaz Canel en Sancti Spíritus
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El barrio Agramonte, lugar de gente humilde y trabajadora, recibió este jueves al Primer Secretario del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, quien encabeza una visita integral de la organización partidista a la provincia de Sancti Spíritus, la primera de este tipo luego del VIII Congreso.

Como explicara en diálogo con los vecinos, desde hace tres años se han sistematizado los recorridosdel Consejo de Ministros a las provincias: a Sancti Spíritus se han hecho dos. Pero en esta ocasión se trata del Partido, de una visita integral “con la queestamos rescatando ese sistema de trabajo que nos permite vincularnos a la población, ver lo que se está haciendo, las inquietudes que existen y cómo apoyamos desde el Partidola gestión gubernamental”.

Con ese fin, el mandatario, acompañado por Roberto Morales Ojeda, secretario de Organización y Política de Cuadros, estuvo en el barrio Agramonte, una de las 43 comunidades vulnerables de la provincia donde se trabaja para solucionar añejos problemas.

Entre esos planteamientos “envejecidos” estaba el deterioro de las instalaciones deportivas de este asentamiento donde viven poco más de 2500 espirituanos. No por azar Díaz-Canel recorrió el nuevo Complejo Deportivo Recreativo, sitio abandonado durante años, y que luego del trabajo de vecinos, empresas e instituciones, va recobrando su vitalidad. Una nueva sala para practicar ajedrez, un terreno de pelota rescatado entre todos y un gimnasiobiosaludable son la muestra de cuánto puede hacerse con recursos mínimos.

Allí el Jefe de Estado habló de generar espacios para la recreación sana de niños y jóvenes, de involucrar a la población en todo lo que se haga, de lograr también que las entidades enclavadas en los barrios se responsabilicen con lo que en ellos sucede: la escuela, las instituciones culturales, el sistema de Comercio, las empresas. La prosperidad, dijo, la vamos a alcanzar trabajando entre todos.

El Presidente, junto a los vecinos y las autoridades locales del Partido y del Gobierno, llegó también al Consultorio de la circunscripción, igualmente recién reparado, donde fue recibido por el doctor Dayrel Guzmán, que a sus 26 años y en el segundo año de la especialidad, es el encargado de velar por la salud de casi 1 400 habitantes, junto a la enfermera Nancy Valdés.

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