Massive May Day parade in Havana

International solidarity on May Day
More than 200 friends of Cuba from 34 countries make up the 11th May Day Solidarity Brigade, who have traveled to the island to express their support for the Cuban Revolution. The brigade’s activities extend from April 25 through May 8 and include participating in the massive May Day parade in Havana

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Author: Nuria Barbosa León | internet@granma.cu
april 28, 2016 08:04:16

Every year friends from different parts of the world join the Cuban people to celebrate May Day. Photo: Juvenal Balán
More than 200 friends of Cuba from 34 countries make up the 11th May Day Solidarity Brigade, who have traveled to the island to express their support for the Cuban Revolution. The brigade’s activities extend from April 25 through May 8 and include participating in the massive May Day parade in Havana. 
Staying at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp, located in the municipality of Caimito, Artemisa province, just west of Havana, the “brigadistas’” program includes voluntary work on local farms, talks from experts on the current process of updating the country’s economic model, tributes to Cuban heroes and visits to the provinces of Villa Clara, Sancti Spíritus and Havana.

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Cubans welcomed the announcement on April 22 of a reduction of up to 20% in the price of certain products, the majority foodstuffs.

Reduction in food prices of up to 20%
Cubans welcomed the announcement on April 22 of a reduction of up to 20% in the price of certain products, the majority foodstuffs.

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Author: Redacción Nacional | internet@granma.cu
april 28, 2016 10:04:29

Cubans welcomed the measure designed to increase the population’s purchasing power over the short term.
Cubans welcomed the announcement on April 22 of a reduction of up to 20% in the price of certain products, the majority foodstuffs.
The Ministry of Finance and Prices highlighted in an informative note published the same day in the national press, that the Central Report to the 7th Party Congress, held April 16-19, states that “salaries and pensions are still insufficient to meet the needs of the Cuban family.”
The note adds that although the definitive solution to this complex situation will only be reached through an increase in the productivity and efficiency of the national economy, “the political will of the Party and government leadership to do everything possible to improve the situation of the population in the context of existing limitations, as well as a drop in food prices on the world market,” have led to the adoption of such measures, which aim to gradually increase the population’s purchasing power over the short term.
The announcement had an immediate impact: “Great news, I think the country’s policies should continue along this line, not only with well deserved wage increases based on greater productivity, but by continuing to reduce prices, above all of basic and essential products,” stated Jorge Luis, one of the many readers who expressed his reaction to the measure on the Granma website.
Cuba is currently in the process of updating its economic model in order to build a prosperous and sustainable socialism. As President Raúl Castro stated at the close of the recently held 7th Party Congress, this process demands “that the principles of justice and equality, which have served as the Revolution’s foundation, be preserved and strengthened.”
The Communist Party of Cuba First Secretary added, “A Revolution of the humble, by the humble and for the humble, as Fidel defined it, with undeniable social works constructed, will never find solutions to its problems behind the backs of the people, or with the restoration of capitalism, which would imply the application of shock therapies to layers of the population with the least resources, and destroy the unity and confidence of the majority of our citizens in the Revolution and the Party. In Cuba, I reiterate once again, no one will be left to their fate.”

Barack Obama and terrorism, described Miami as an example of hope for the Cubans

Andrés Gómez, Director of Areítodigital / April 11, 2016

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Miami.- I have lived in Miami since November 29, 1960, and now
I’m 68 years old. I was 13 when I arrived with my family,
much like almost 130,000 Cubans who left their country in that
year as a result of the radical changes made by the Cuban
revolutionary process and war threats issued by the United States
that were partially carried out in April 1961, five months later,
with the Bay of Pigs invasion, the defeat of which those 55 years
ago will be soon celebrated by the Cuban people in revolution.

Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961, and not in Miami. After
living in that city for so many years I know very well that
“clear monument”, as Obama described Miami, calling
it an example of hope for the Cubans, especially the young
people,” in his well-timed and much-quoted speech of March
22 in Havana’s Gran Teatro.

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Fidel Castro: The Cuban people will overcome Remarks by the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, during the closing of the 7th Party Congress

Fidel Castro: The Cuban people will overcome
Remarks by the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, during the closing of the 7th Party Congress

Author: Fidel Castro Ruz | internet@granma.cu
april 20, 2016 07:04:51

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Photo: Estudio Revolución
It constitutes a superhuman effort to lead any people in times of crisis. Without them, the changes would be impossible. In a meeting such as this, which brings together more than a thousand representatives chosen by the revolutionary people themselves, who delegated their authority to them, for all it represents the greatest honor they have received in their lives, to which is added the privilege of being a revolutionary which is the product of our own consciousness

Why did I become a socialist, or more plainly, why did I become a communist? That word that expresses the most distorted and maligned concept in history by those who have the privilege of exploiting the poor, dispossessed ever since they were deprived of all the material wealth that work, talent and human energy provide. Since when does man live in this dilemma, throughout time without limit. I know you do not need this explanation but perhaps some listeners do.

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First Party Secretary Raúl Castro, during his presentation of the Central Report to the 7th PCC Congress

COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA 7TH CONGRESS
The development of the national economy, along with the struggle for peace and ideological resolve, constitute the Party’s principal missions
First Party Secretary Raúl Castro, during his presentation of the Central Report to the 7th PCC Congress, said that the proposed conceptualization of the country’s social and economic model, and the Development Plan through 2030, will be debated by the Party membership, as well as mass organizations and the people
Author: National news staff | informacion@granma.cu
april 17, 2016 13:04:5

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Photo: Juvenal Balán
The development of the national economy, along with the struggle for peace and ideological resolve, constitute the principal missions of the Communist Party of Cuba, First Secretary Raúl Castro said, during the inaugural session of the 7th Party Congress.
PCC First Secretary Raúl Castro Ruz, presented the Central Report to the 7th Congress, after evoking the 55th anniversary of the proclamation of the socialist character of the Cuban Revolution, on April 16, 1961, on the eve of the mercenary invasion at Playa Girón, which was defeated in less than 72 hours, with Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz on the front lines, and noted that participating in the event were 1,000 delegates and some 280 invitees, representing the Party’s 600,000 members, organized in 54,000 grassroots units.

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May Day Solidarity Cuba Trip Fundraiser Posted on April 15, 2016 by July 26th Coalition …for Delegation with Family of Victims of Police Brutality

 

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May Day Solidarity Cuba Trip Fundraiser

 

A fundraiser to support a group of family members of victims
of police brutality and activists who fight against police
brutality traveling to Cuba April 30th to May 7th

They seek to learn more about the Cuban Revolution and to
explain to the Cuban people the truth about the American
“justice” system, its police, courts and prisons.

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MESSAGE FROM THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA TO FRIENDLY POLITICAL AND SOCIAL FORCES

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No. 2/2016 14 de abril de 2016 

MESSAGE FROM THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA TO FRIENDLY POLITICAL AND SOCIAL FORCES

th-16Between April 16 and 19, the Communist Party of Cuba will celebrate its Seventh Congress with the main targets of evaluating the fulfillment of the Guidelines of the Economic and Social Policy approved at the Sixth Congress. The country’s development strategy up to 2030 and the conceptualization of the Cuban economic and social model will also be discussed and approved.

The Congress will be held in an international climate marked by the world crisis and the sharpening of the global geopolitical contradictions, at a time when the imperialist and rightist counteroffensive against the revolutionary, democratic and liberating processes of the continent and against the integrationist efforts in the area intensifies in the Latin American context.

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Cuando los niños llaman a Fidel (+Fotos)

Los estudiantes del complejo educacional Vilma Espín pudieron intercambiar con el líder de la Revolución Cubana este 6 de abril

Autor: Juventud Rebelde | internet@granma.cu
10 de abril de 2016 09:04:18
Fidel en la escuela Vilma Espín

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Foto: Estudios Revolución
Cada vez que lo ven acercarse, desde las áreas del complejo educacional Vilma Espín, en el municipio capitalino de Playa, los niños se aglomeran y le dicen a coro: ¡Fidel, amigo! ¡Yo quiero estar contigo! Entonces el líder de la Revolución los saluda y en muchas ocasiones ordena detener el auto para conversar con ellos. Así sucedió el pasado miércoles 6 de abril, mientras ensayaban el matutino por el tercer aniversario de la escuela, los 86 años de Vilma, y los 55 de los círculos infantiles, una de las obras más sensibles de la Heroína de la Sierra y el llano.

«Estábamos en el portal, perfilando los últimos detalles del acto, cuando vimos que Fidel iba a pasar por la carretera que nos queda enfrente», cuenta emocionada Rubizaida Riverón Pozo, directora del Complejo. «Enseguida los saludos, las consignas y, de pronto, el Comandante nuevamente entre nosotros.

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Fidel Castro pays tribute to Vilma Espín

Cuban leader Fidel Castro attended an event honoring revolutionary heroine Vilma Espín, yesterday April 7, according to a Cuba television report.Author: Cubadebate | internet@granma.cu
april 8, 2016 09:04:00

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Photo: Cubadebate Archives
Cuban leader Fidel Castro attended an event honoring revolutionary heroine Vilma Espín, yesterday April 7, according to a Cuba television report.
He visited the Vilma Espín educational center located in the Havana municipality of Playa, where, along with preschool and elementary students and teachers, he participated in a tribute to the founder of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), held on the 86th anniversary of Vilma’s birth.
“I am sure that on a day like today, Vilma would be very happy,” the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution said.
“She would be seeing why she sacrificed her life, why those who die struggling for the Revolution leave energy along the way, leave strength, and struggle for this,” he added
Fidel, who will celebrate his 90th birthday in August, could be seen in the television broadcast spiritedly greeting the children and teachers, and discussing issues related to education, health and nutrition.
“Those of us who are here consider being in this school today a privilege, since this type of school is getting close to a kind of dream. I was trying to remember if I had known of a place where a school like this one existed. Such a place doesn’t appear,” Fidel said.
Boris Fuentes, the Cuban television journalist covering the event, reported that Fidel emphasized the school’s experience and its utility for rural areas.
Currently attending the Vilma Espín School are preschool and elementary children, while a middle school program is to be initiated next September.
The educational center was inaugurated April 9, 2013, with two classroom buildings, a library, as well as computer lab, and is staffed by a total of 43 individuals including teachers, assistants and service workers.

55 YEARS SINCE THE BAY OF PIGS Worst U.S. defeat since 1812

55 YEARS SINCE THE BAY OF PIGS
Worst U.S. defeat since 1812
On April 17, 1961, a mercenary brigade armed, trained and, transported by the CIA, landed at Playa Girón on the Bay of Pigs, as part of Washington’s plans to defeat the nascent Cuban Revolution. The people in uniform, with Fidel on the front lines, defeated the invasion in less than 72 hours
Author: Gabriel Molina Franchossi | informacion@granma.cu
april 7, 2016 09:04:14

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Fidel on the front lines in Playa Girón. Photo: Archivo
General Lauris Norstad, head of Allied Forces in Europe (1956-1963), stated “The Bay of Pigs is the worst defeat of the United States since the War of 1812,” in his analysis of the U.S. government’s failed invasion of Cuba at Playa Girón, on the Bay of Pigs, in 1961.
The War of 1812, unleashed and lost by the U.S. against Canada, was the first attempt at expansion by the 13 colonies which constituted the country in 1776.
Once free of the English, some of the new country’s founding fathers proclaimed that they had been chosen by God to guide the rest of the world, and expand to the west and south.
Playa Girón is related to many of the most important issues of the 20th century, including the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the Churchill-Truman alliance; Hiroshima and Nagasaki; the CIA; anti-communism; the Cold War; McCarthyism; neoliberalism; and the growth of the military-industrial complex. The Bay of Pigs is also linked to the war in Vietnam, those in the Middle East (Palestine, Iraq, Syria) Afghanistan, Ukraine, and the mysterious death of Franklin D. Roosevelt – given his opinions about the use of the atomic bomb, the establishment of Israel, and Churchill, himself.

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