Presentation on Commander Ernesto Che Guevara Memorial by Representative of Casa Las Americas

Presentation on Commander Ernesto Che Guevara Memorial by Representative of Casa Las Americas

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50 years have passed since the fall of Commander Ernesto Che Guevara in Bolivia, a fervent fighter for the freedom and well-being of the suffering peoples of America and the world; a hero of the glorious Cuban revolution.

Che belongs to a lineage of men and women who have attained eternal glory by their achievements for the good of humanity. With his death, an extraordinary human being was lost, and a brave fighter, who gave his life for the greatest force that flows through the universe: love. That is why his image has spread throughout the sphere of the planet.

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On the fateful afternoon of October 9 at one and 10 minutes of the afternoon of 1967, in La Higuera, Bolivia, with the assassination of the heroic guerrilla, a new star in the sky was born.

Other compañeros and compañeras here tonight discuss different aspects of the historical trajectory of Comandante Che. Casa de las América today shares theirs and narrates a brief chapter in the life of Che, a little known one—-as it was directly linked to the founders, specifically with a companion of ‘Casa:’ the late Don Pablo Estremera who, by the way, was the first president of Casa Cuba, what we now know as Casa de las Américas.

This comrade was a member of the July 26 movement in NY, founded by Fidel during his stay in this city in 1955. There it was established that said committee would be a support group for the combatants once they were on the war front that turned out to be in the Sierra Maestra. In due time after their arrival, the committee of 26 in NY is asked for a sum of money, which must be delivered to Fidel in the Sierra Maestra. Don Pablo Estremera was selected for this task because, despite being Puerto Rican by birth, he was the only one familiar with the region, having been raised around the Sierra Maestra.

Says the unpublished history, that Don Pablo, undertook his trip to the Sierra Maestra in search of Fidel, there he met with a brigade of guerrillas led by Che and they took him as a prisoner. When Che interrogates him, he tells him that he has an assignment from the July 27 NY committee to meet with Fidel. Che tells Don Pablo that if what he says is not true, he runs the risk of being shot.

After three days of touring the mountain range, they arrived at Fidel’s camp. Che went forward to alert Fidel of Don Pablo’s presence and told him that there was a parakeet there who said he had an assignment from NY to meet Fidel.

After three days of touring the mountain range, they arrived at Fidel’s camp. Che went forward to alert Fidel of Don Pablo’s presence—that there was a ‘parakeet’ who said he had been entrusted from NY to meet Fidel.

Parakeet? Fidel asked. Che relates tod the word parakeet because the man talked so much, did not stop talking on their way to Fidel. His name is Pablo Che replies. “Oh, that’s Pablito,” make it happen responded Fidel. Both men talked, in this way fulfilling the much difficult and dangerous task.

Since then Don Pablo was baptized by Che with the nickname of “Periquito.” A man of short stature and giant in bravery, at 65 years of age he became Fidel’s “mail delivery man” as he returned to the mountains when necessary. A great friendship was forged from that unexpected encounter between Che and the “Periquito” Pablo Estremera, the anonymous hero of the Cuban revolution.

In his visit to the United Nations, Che asked to meet with the compañeros and compañeras of Casa Cuba, especially Don Pablo Estremera, to thank him for the great work they did during the Cuban liberation war. A great friendship was established between Don Pablo and Che.

Long live Che, long live Fidel, and long live the great Cuban revolution.

Data acquired from the archive of Arnaldo Barrón

The Bolivarian Elections A Real Lesson in Democracy

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A real lesson in democracy
The Bolivarian Revolution obtained 71% of the vote in the country’s December 10 elections, the largest margin of victory in Venezuela’s history, winning 308 of the 335 mayor’s offices
Author: Alina Perera Robbio | perera@juventudrebelde.cu
december 13, 2017 13:12:27

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President Nicolás Maduro Moros described the voter turn out for December 10 municipal elections as “extraordinary,” noting, “In the last 140 days, on three occasions, we have exercised our popular will, our national sovereignty, our ability to make decisions.”
The head of state commented to the press, shortly before the vote, that 15 checks of the electoral system had been conducted, saying that as soon as the voting stations across the country were closed, 54% would be audited, and “This is the only place in the world where this is done.”
Maduro recalled that this is the 24th vote in the Bolivarian Revolution’s 18 years, and that the Venezuelan people have been subjected to every kind of warfare, from abroad and internally, yet, “We have become accustomed to this, and we have strengthened the nation’s political consciousness. No matter the economic war, no matter the psychological war, no matter the media war – the people always step up.”
He emphasized the importance of the battle for peace, saying, “The only alternative is the debate of ideas, political participation…”
Over the course of election day, several leaders of the Bolivarian Revolution shared their views with the press.
Diosdado Cabello, first vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) commented to Venezolana de Televisión (VTV) that during these moments, it is once again made clear that the nation is free and sovereign, and will not accept meddling or intervention by any other country in internal affairs.
Elías Jaua, vice president for Social Development and the Missions Revolution, stated on VTV that Venezuela continues to have vigorous popular participation, while Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza stated in his analysis that just when the violent opposition thought the leadership of the Revolution, the government and President, were weakened, the people reacted and peace was established.
President Maduro called on local authorities elected December 10 to govern with the people, to strengthen social policies of comprehensive attention, and build unity within revolutionary forces.
“I congratulate the Venezuelan people,” he wrote on his Twitter account, “for this great victory… We have won 308 of the 335 mayors’ offices and won 70% of the vote. Now it’s on to govern with the people in the streets, in the neighborhoods, in settlements, and to work for the unity of revolutionary forces,”
Reports indicate that the Revolution obtained 71% of the vote, representing
6,517,606 voters, as compared to the opposition’s 2,749,000.
Jorge Rodríguez, head of the Zamora Command running the PSUV election campaign, noted that this is the largest margin of victory any political force has ever achieved in Venezuela’s history.
He added that Chavista forces now hold more mayor’s offices than ever before, recalling that in 2013, they won 255.

Raúl attends funeral tribute for Armando Hart, an essential figure in the country’s history

Raúl attends funeral tribute for Armando Hart
Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, attended the funeral tribute which took place at the Center for Martí Studies to honor Armando Hart Dávalos, an essential figure in the country’s history

Author: Leticia Martínez Hernández | internet@granma.cu
november 28, 2017 08:11:49

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Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, attended the funeral tribute which took place at the Center for Martí Studies to honor Armando Hart Dávalos, an essential figure in the country’s history.

Accompanied by other members of the Political Bureau, Raúl headed the final honor guard for the fervent revolutionary who based his thought on that of Martí and Fidel, and dedicated his entire life to the homeland.

The ceremony’s central remarks were delivered by First Vice President Miguel Díaz -Canel Bermúdez, who recalled the Hart ‘s work, and the extraordinary example of loyalty, selflessness, conviction, and consistent adherence to principles, which he leaves for today’s generation and those of the future.

Armando Hart, a leading figure during the Cuban revolution who oversaw a literacy campaign

Armando Hart — known for his shock of white hair and dark-rimmed glasses — focused on promoting the life and works of Cuban independence hero José Martí. (Desmond Boylan/Associated Press)

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By Michael Weissenstein November 27 at 12:16 PM
Armando Hart, a leading figure during the Cuban revolution who oversaw a literacy campaign that tried to ensure that all Cubans could read and write and spent much of his career as culture minister, died Nov. 26 in Havana. He was 87.

Cuban state media said the cause was respiratory failure.

Designated education minister shortly after the 1959 revolutionary triumph that put Fidel Castro in power, Mr. Hart was tasked with sending more than 100,000 volunteers across the island for the literacy campaign. He served six years in the post and then was organization secretary for the newly formed Communist Party. He was culture minister from 1976 to 1997.

In his later years, Mr. Hart — who was known for his shock of white hair and dark-rimmed glasses — focused on promoting the life and works of Cuban independence hero José Martí.

Mr. Hart was reelected as a member of the party’s Central Committee in April 2011, although he gave up a seat on the more powerful Politburo. He also had sat on the island’s supreme governing authority, the Council of State, until he was removed in February 2008 amid reports that he was in ill health.

Armando Hart Davalos was born in Havana on June 13, 1930. He studied law at the University of Havana, where he joined the youth wing of the Orthodox Party, a major political party at the time.

After Fulgencio Batista took power in a 1952 coup, Mr. Hart joined Cuba’s Federation of University Students in protests against the new government. That same year, he graduated with a law degree and joined the opposition.

When Castro launched his revolutionary struggle with an unsuccessful attack on a military barracks in the eastern city of Santiago on July 26, 1953, Mr. Hart became an early member of the movement’s urban support group. He and other July 26 Movement organizers carried on after Castro and the other survivors were imprisoned and then later traveled to Mexico to form a rebel army.

Mr. Hart was arrested numerous times for his organizing activities in eastern Cuba after the rebels returned to Cuba in late 1956 to launch their guerrilla war from the island’s eastern mountains. His last arrest was in early 1958, and he remained behind bars until the revolution’s triumph nearly a year later on New Year’s Day 1959. Castro soon named Mr. Hart education minister.

In his later years, Mr. Hart published several books on political and cultural thought, including “Perfiles” (“Profiles”), a 1995 collection of texts studying the lives and works of Cuba’s political and intellectual leaders.

Among Mr. Hart’s favorite leaders was Martí. In February 1997, he was named director of the Cuban government’s Office of Martí Program, created to publish and promote Martí’s extensive writings. Mr. Hart also headed the José Martí Cultural Society.

Mr. Hart received the Order of Felix Varela, First Grade, the highest award Cuba’s communist government grants to Cuban and foreign intellectuals. The Cuban Foreign Ministry awarded him its Raúl Roa García medal, named for the first foreign minister under the revolutionary government.

Recibió Raúl al canciller de la República Popular Democrática de Corea En el fraternal encuentro

Recibió Raúl al canciller de la República Popular Democrática de Corea
En el fraternal encuentro, ambas partes constataron los históricos lazos de amistad que existen entre las dos naciones y dialogaron sobre temas internacionales de interés común

Autor: Redacción Digital | internet@granma.cu
25 de noviembre de 2017 17:11:30
Raúl Castro recibió al canciller de Corea del Norte

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El General de Ejército Raúl Castro Ruz, Presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros, recibió en la mañana del pasado viernes al compañero Ri Yong Ho, ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de la República Popular Democrática de Corea, quien realizó una visita oficial a Cuba.

En el fraternal encuentro, ambas partes constataron los históricos lazos de amistad que existen entre las dos naciones y dialogaron sobre temas internacionales de interés común.

El canciller norcoreano trasladó un saludo del Presidente Kim Jong Un dirigido al General de Ejército, el cual fue reciprocado por este, así como un mensaje verbal y las condolencias por el primer aniversario del fallecimiento del líder histórico de la Revolución Cubana Fidel Castro Ruz.

Acompañó al visitante Pak Chang Yul, embajador de la República Popular Democrática de Corea. Por la parte cubana Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, ministro de Relaciones Exteriores.

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Bruno Rodríguez receives Foreign Minister of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Ri Yong Ho stated that he was pleased to be visiting the island

Author: Ernesto J. Gómez Figueredo | internet@granma.cu

november 22, 2017 14:11:02

“This visit is a demonstration of the consolidation of the ties of cooperation and friendship between both nations, and which are the legacy of historic leaders Fidel Castro Ruz and Kim Il-Sung,” stated Cuba’s Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, on receiving his counterpart from theDemocratic People’s Republic of Korea, Ri Yong Ho, this November 22.
During the meeting, which took place at the Cuban Foreign Ministry in Havana, Rodríguez noted that the island supports peace in the Korean Peninsula, and believes that a lasting political solution in the region can only be reached through dialogue.
The Cuban minister also noted that the country strongly rejects the imposition of sanctions and unilateral, arbitrary lists drawn up the United States, which violate International Law.
“We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our demand for the sovereignty and independence of all states, free self-determination of the peoples, against the use and/or threat of force by states, the resolution of conflicts through peaceful means, every state’s right to establish its own economic, political and social model, and non-interference in the internal affairs of any state,” he added
Rodríguez went on to note that the minister’s visit will contribute to strengthening ties and to the continuation of fruitful political dialogue between the two peoples, parties and governments.
Meanwhile, Ri Yong Ho stated that he was pleased to be visiting the island. “Although Cuba and the DPRK are geographically distant, we have many similarities and I feel at home here,” he stated.

 

 

Puerto Rican independence fighter Oscar López Rivera arrives in Cuba

Oscar López Rivera arrives in Cuba: “I feel at home”
The Puerto Rican independence fighter was greeted at José Martí International Airport by Fernando González, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with Peoples

Author: Arlin Alberty Loforte | informacion@granma.cu
november 13, 2017 09:11:12

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Puerto Rican independence fighter, Oscar López Rivera, was greeted at José Martí International Airport by Fernando González, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with Peoples (ICAP).

Upon his arrival in Havana during the dawn hours today, November 13, the Puerto Rican patriot expressed his gratitude and affection for the Cuban people and government.

“I feel at home, this is a dream come true; for many, many years, I have wanted to come to Cuba and today for the first time I have arrived,” he said after receiving a warm embrace from decorated Hero of the Republic Fernando González, with whom he shared a cell for several years, when they were both unjustly incarcerated in the United States.

López, who was imprisoned for almost 36 years, convicted of “seditious conspiracy,” before being released May 17 this year, said he wished Cubans much strength, adding that the Puerto Rican people will always stand with Cuba.

“I am very encouraged to be able to enjoy some time with the Cuban people. I’m alive and kicking; at my age I believe I can work 14 or 15 hours a day. I feel good.”

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“We will persevere, with the consensus of our people and especially the patriotic commitment of the youngest Cubans”

“We will persevere, with the consensus of our people and especially the patriotic commitment of the youngest Cubans”
Full text of speech by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, on the “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba,” in United Nations headquarters, New York, November 1, 2017

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Author: Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla | internet@granma.cu
november 2, 2017 14:11:4

Mr. President;

Your Excellencies permanent representatives;

Distinguished delegates;

U.S. citizens and Cubans resident in the United States who are present in this hall:

I would like to express to the people and government of the United States; Mayor Bill De Blasio; Governor Andrew Cuomo; and other authorities in New York; as well as its citizens and especially families of the victims, our most heartfelt condolences, in the name of the Cuban people and government, for the terrorist attack which occurred yesterday afternoon.

I also express our sincere condolences to the peoples and government of Argentina and Belgium.

Mr. President:

I express the most energetic condemnation of the disrespectful, offensive, and interventionist statements made by the United States Ambassador to the United Nations against Cuba and against the Cuban government, a few minutes ago.

I recall that the United States, where flagrant violations of human rights are committed, of deep concern to the international community, does not have the slightest moral authority to criticize Cuba, a small, solidary country, with an extensive, recognized international record; an honorable, hard-working, and friendly people.

She spoke in the name of the head of an empire that is responsible for most of the wars in progress on the planet today, and which murders innocent people, and is the decisive factor in instability worldwide and the very serious threats to peace and international security, trampling international law and the United Nations Charter, which she has just cynically evoked.

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Alleged sonic attacks, another attack on the Cuban economy!

This past February 17, the State Department and the U.S. embassy in Havana, reported, for the first time, to Cuba’s Foreign Ministry and diplomatic mission in Washington, the alleged occurrence of sonic attacks between November of 2016 and February, 2017.

Author: Razones de Cuba | internet@granma.cu
october 27, 2017 10:10:07

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Cuban doctors conducted thorough medical examinations of persons living close to the residences of U.S. diplomats and none experienced any similar health or hearing problems.

This past February 17, the State Department and the U.S. embassy in Havana, reported, for the first time, to Cuba’s Foreign Ministry and diplomatic mission in Washington, the alleged occurrence of sonic attacks between November of 2016 and February, 2017.
According to statements by U.S. authorities, these incidents were produced by long-range sonic devices, which affected the health of diplomatic personnel and their family members.
What is a sonic attack? A sonic attack is defined as the emission of high decibel sound to generate different physical and cognitive reactions, with the goal of neutralizing a person with the use of non-lethal weapons or equipment available on the market.
This type of technology does not exist in Cuba and the commercial import of any equipment with these functions is prohibited. Thus, its introduction into the country could only be accomplished in an illegal fashion.
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The US blockade adversely affects Cuba´s foreign trade, in Spanish and English version

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Permanent Mission to the United Nations

315 Lexington Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10016

Dear Colleague:

A have the pleasure to send you a press release, entitled: The US blockade adversely affects Cuba´s foreign trade, in Spanish and English version.

Thanks for your attention,

Warm Regards,

Press Office

Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations.

Press Release:

The US blockade adversely affects Cuba´s foreign trade.

New York, October 24, 2017. The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba had a significant impact on Cuba´s foreign trade between April 2016 and April 2017, causing an estimate of 3,524,993,996.32 dollars in damage.

As in previous years, the most affected indicator was income from exports of goods and services, which accounted for 83.6% of total damages. During that period, there was also an increase of 42% in the cost of financing received due to country risk. Numerous examples show how this policy has a negative impact on the development of the Cuban economy.

The Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) has developed product Heberprot-P, a unique medicine worldwide in the therapy of severe diabetic foot ulcer (DFU). This drug has benefited more than 230,000 patients worldwide and has obtained 21 health records and more than 30 patents have been granted.

Statistics show that the prevalence of diabetes in the United States is 9.3%, which is equivalent to about 29.2 million people. According to US sources, 3.5% of them develop DFUs, which represents more than one million people each year. Of these, 204 296 could develop complex DFUs. If Heberprot-P were exported to benefit only 5% of US citizens who develop a complex DFU per year, this would help to significantly reduce the over 70,000 amputations carried out annually in the United States in diabetic patients. The biotechnology industry in Cuba could also receive revenues of about 122 million dollars a year.

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