First shipment of Cuban vaccines arrives in Syria

First shipment of Cuban vaccines arrives in Syria
As part of a comprehensive agreement underway, the first two-ton shipment of Cuban-manufactured pentavalent vaccines for the Syrian people, subjected to a harsh trade blockade, arrived at Damascus airport on August 29
Author: Prensa Latina | internet@granma.cu
august 29, 2016 16:08:04
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DAMASCUS, August 29.— As part of a comprehensive agreement underway, the first two-ton shipment of Cuban-manufactured pentavalent vaccines for the Syrian people, subjected to a harsh trade blockade, arrived at Damascus airport today.
Syrian Transport Minister, Ali Hamud, along with Deputy Health Minister, Huda al Saied, and Cuban Ambassador to that country, Rogerio Santana, among others, received the shipment which included vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Hepatitis B and influenza.
During a press conference Hamud stressed that the shipment comes as a result of cooperation between Cuban authorities and the Syrian ministries of Transport and Health.
Both Hamud and Santana noted that the initiative represents a clear demonstration of solidarity and support between the two nations, which must continue and be intensified amid the unjustified boycott by Western powers against Syria, imposed for over four years.

IRS attacks Pastors for Peace

IRS attacks Pastors for Peace
After over seven years of harassment and intimidation by the IRS (U.S. Internal Revenue Service), the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO)/ Pastors for Peace has been informed that its status as a non-profit organization will be revoked due to its humanitarian work in Cuba
Author: Cubadebate | internet@granma.cu
august 25, 2016 18:08:34
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The IRS is attempting to revoke the IFCO’s non-profit tax exempt status. Photo: Cubadebate
After over seven years of harassment and intimidation by the IRS (U.S. Internal Revenue Service), the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO)/ Pastors for Peace has been informed that its status as a non-profit organization will be revoked due to its humanitarian work in Cuba.
The IRS audit began in 2009 citing the IFCO’s humanitarian aid to Cuba and fiscal sponsorship of a humanitarian flotilla that delivered aid to Palestine. According to a statement published on the organization’s website, “the IRS claimed that our work to bring humanitarian aid and build friendship with the Cuban people was done in violation of the Treasury Department’s ‘Trading with the Enemy Act’.”
The IRS’ decision comes in the context of a process of rapprochement and normalization of relations between Cuba and the U.S., announced on December 17, 2014, by Cuban and U.S. Presidents Raúl Castro and Barack Obama, respectively.
Since 1992, the IFCO, through the Pastors for Peace project, has organized friendship caravans to Cuba, bringing over 4,000 tons of humanitarian aid in the form of school supplies, medicines and 300 buses.
In 2009 alone, when the audit began, the organization had donated eight school buses, two trucks and 100 tons of medical supplies to churches, schools, hospitals and NGOs across the island.
In the same statement the IFCO also noted that “We challenge the ability of the IRS to make this claim…OFAC, fully aware of our annual caravans not accepting government licenses, has never prosecuted us. How is it that IRS now has the right to strip us of our tax-exempt status?”
The IFCO is a multi-issue national ecumenical agency founded in 1967 by progressive church leaders and activists. It has been working for almost five decades to support oppressed peoples around the world and struggles for justice and self-determination. As such it promotes, funds and coordinates domestic and international community development efforts and administers the scholarship program for students from underprivileged communities in the U.S. to study medicine at Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine.

A promise kept, Mijaín wins gold

A promise kept, Mijaín wins gold

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Rio de Janeiro.- On August 15, Cuban pride filled the Carioca Arena 2 of this city, when Greco-Roman wrestler Mijaín López won the island its second gold medal of the 31st Olympic Games, also becoming three-times Olympic champion and confirming his title as King, as his family call him.
Precise tactics, outstanding skill, copious amounts of courage and a great effort in the final against the only man who has defeated him in nine years, Turkey’s Riza Kapaal, saw Cuba and the world tremble with joy.
Today, August 16, gymnast Manrique Larduet, another outstanding Cuban athlete, will also be competing for gold despite an injury to his right ankle. Larduet will participate in the high and parallel bars events, while World Champion Denia Caballero will face off against Sandra Petkovic of Croatia and teammate Yaimé Pérez in the discus competition.
Cuba has six athletes set to compete in the boxing tournament, including Yasmani Lugo, Miguel Mar­tínez, Lenier Peró, Julio C. la Cruz, Robeisy

Another Olympic medal for Cuba

 

Another Olympic medal for Cuba
Discus thrower Denia Caballero became the first female athlete to win a medal for Cuba in this year’s Río Games
Author: Enrique Montesinos Delvat | informacion@granma.cu
august 17, 2016 09:08:10
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Río de Janeiro.- Discus thrower Denia Caballero became the first female athlete to win a medal for Cuba in this year’s Río Games. Caballero won bronze on August 16, with a throw of 65.34 meters.
“I’m happy about the medal, but still not satisfied,” she stated shortly after the competition, although the achievement represents Cuba’s first medal in an athletics competition and won by a female competitor as well as its eighth medal thus far in the overall competition.
“It’s my first Olympic medal, but not my last,” stated the 26 year-old athlete from Villa Clara, also Beijing 2015 World Champion.

Julio César secures Cuba’s third Río gold

Julio César secures Cuba’s third Río gold
Boxer Julio César La Cruz secured the island’s third gold medal of the Río Games. Cuba remains 21st on the medal table
Author: Oscar Sánchez Serra, Enviado especial | subdirector@granma.cu
august 19, 2016 10:08:45
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RÍO DE JANEIRO.— With Cuba’s third gold medal stemming from the fists of Julio César La Cruz, in the 81 kilogram boxing division, the Cuban delegation remains firmly in position 21 on the 31st Olympic Games medal table, while preparing for further competition in the closing days.
“The Shadow” as the boxer from Camagüey is dubbed, was a true enigma in the 81kg final, managing to settle an old score from London 2012, when he was unexpectedly absent from the podium.
His rapid attack style saw him land direct hits on rival Adilbek Niyazymbetov of Kazakhstan. The performance secured him Cuba’s first boxing gold in Río, a feat Robeisy Ramírez and Arlen López will seek to emulate this Satureday.

The leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday was celebrated both in and outside of Cuba.

Ninety years celebrated around the world
The leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday was celebrated both in and outside of Cuba. Various messages of congratulations and activities were undertaken around the world in honor of the Comandante this August 13

Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
august 17, 2016 12:08:48

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Multimedia platform teleSUR dedicated various specials in honor of the leader of the Cuban Revolution’s 90th birthday. Photo: Twitter

The leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday was celebrated both in and outside of Cuba. Various messages of congratulations and activities were undertaken around the world in honor of the Comandante this August 13.

From Nicaragua, the home of revolutionary leader Augusto César Sandino, President Daniel Ortega and Coordinator of the Communication and Citizenry Council, Rosario Murillo, sent messages of congratulations in which they described Fidel as a visionary and courageous person who has always worked for the good of humankind. They also recalled his solidarity efforts, victories, keen foresight and ingenuity toward changing the world.
On behalf of the Nicaraguan people, the messages also highlighted his efforts and great struggle against imperialism, as well as his eternal commitment to achieving peace, citizen security and the complete independence of all countries.

For his part, Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, expressed his respect and admiration for Fidel Castro, “Our big brother, who is turning 90 this Saturday.”

Fidel accompanies us and will continue to accompany us because he is the true representation of the peoples, noted Morales. Our best tribute is the unity of our peoples, he added.

On behalf of the members and leadership of the Communist Party of Bolivia (PCB), sympathizers, friends and the working people, we transmit to you our best wishes on your birthday, being celebrated by Latin American, Caribbean and global revolutionaries, read a statement signed by Mendoza Pizarrom, PCB first secretary.
Meanwhile, former President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández, stated “In regards to politics there are no longer words to describe him, it seems to me that he has definitively entered into history through the front door.”

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Pastors for Peace celebrate Fidel Castro’s birthday during Cuba tour

Pastors for Peace celebrate Fidel Castro’s birthday during Cuba tour
Lucius presented Fidel with a bible, to which the latter responded that the book was not yet complete as many pages of love and solidarity – such as the work undertaken by the Pastors for Peace Caravan – still remained to be written…

Author: Nuria Barbosa León | internet@granma.cu
august 3, 2016 15:08:50

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Speaking to the press Gail Walker, executive director of the U.S. project Pastors for Peace noted that a range of activities in honor of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday, August 13, are set to take place in various states around the country, including New York. Photo: Eduardo Palomares

My father felt a great respect for Fidel and always said that there was no contradiction between faith and the principles of the Cuban Revolution, stated Gail Walker, executive director of the U.S. project Pastors for Peace and daughter of the late Reverend Lucius Walker, founder of the U.S.-Cuba Friendship Caravan, which has been undertaking solidarity work with the island since 1992.
Speaking before national and international press in Havana, the outstanding activist highlighted numerous activities taking place in honor of the Comandante en Jefe’s 90th birthday, August 13, in various U.S. states, including New York City where she lives.
One of the tributes will include placing a commemorative plaque in the Theresa Hotel, located in New York’s Harlem neighborhood and where Fidel, then Prime Minister of Cuba, stayed while attending the 15th United Nations General Assembly, in 1960. At that time the Cuban delegation was scheduled to stay at the Manhattan hotel, but was denied entry by the institution’s management. On hearing the news, African American leader Malcolm X invited the Cubans to Harlem where they were welcomed by local community members, who kept watch over the hotel day and night. 
Walker noted that the project is planning to install a statue of Fidel with Malcolm X sometime in the near future.

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Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno describes meeting between Cuba and the U.S. to discuss compensation claims

Mutual compensation: a complex issue
Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno describes second informative meeting between Cuba and the U.S. to discuss compensation claims by both parties
Author: Laura Bécquer Paseiro | laura@granma.cu
august 2, 2016 09:08:37

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During a press conference in Havana, yesterday August 1, Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno described the second informative meeting between Cuba and the U.S. held in Washington, July 28, to discuss compensation claims by both parties.
Talks on mutual compensation, as part of the process of normalization of relations between the two countries, are currently in their initial stage, and of a highly complicated nature, technically and legally, explained Moreno, who led Cuba’s delegation to the meeting.
He recalled that since the very first nationalizations laws were established, after the triumph of the Revolution, Cuba has always been willing to compensate foreign individuals and companies affected.
Moreno noted that agreements regarding nationalized property were reached with Canada and five European countries some time ago. Plans with the United States for compensation included a defined time frame, but the actions of the U.S. government prevented their realization.
He clarified that the July 28 meeting involved an exchange of information, specifically on the two countries’ legal frameworks, giving continuity to a first meeting on the issue held in Havana in December of 2015.
No decision has been made regarding actual negotiations on compensation, but the exchange of information will continue over coming months, Moreno said.
He noted that many elements are involved in this discussion, most importantly the U.S. blockade which remains in full force. Cuba’s claims, originally presented in 1999 and 2000, are based on rulings made by Cuban courts placing the value of material and human damages caused by the blockade at 300 billion dollars.
Washington’s claims, Moreno reported, were established by the Justice Department’s Foreign Claims S

Tomorrow, July 26, at 7:00am, in the city’s Serafín Sánchez Valdivia Plaza de la Revolución

Principal celebration of National Rebellion Day tomorrow, in Sancti Spíritus
Tomorrow, July 26, at 7:00am, in the city’s Serafín Sánchez Valdivia Plaza de la Revolución, the principal national commemoration of the 63rd anniversary of the assaults on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons will take place

Author: National news staff | | internet@granma.cu
july 25, 2016 09:07:03

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Tomorrow, July 26, at 7:00am, in the city’s Serafín Sánchez Valdivia Plaza de la Revolución, the principal national commemoration of the 63rd anniversary of the assaults on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons will take place.
The central remarks in honor of National Rebellion Day will be made by Second Party Secretary and Vice President of the Councils of State and Minister José Ramón Machado Ventura.
Cubavisión, Cubavisión Internacional, Radio Rebelde, Radio Progreso, and Radio Habana Cuba will broadcast the event live, and Cubavisión will repeat the recorded program at 8:30 pm, tomorrow evening

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