Message from Army General Raúl Castro to Oscar López Rivera

Message from Army General Raúl Castro to Oscar López Rivera

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The Cuban President expresses his congratulations to the fighter for Puerto Rican independence, who was finally released yesterday from U.S. custody

Author: Raúl Castro Ruz | internet@granma.cu
may 19, 2017 09:05:07
Havana, May 18, 2017

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Dear compañero Oscar,
Accept my fraternal congratulations in the name of the Cuban Party, government, and people, who share the joy of your liberation.
History will not forget your determination and loyalty to the cause of Puerto Rican independence, which is essential to Our America.
We await you in Cuba, with all the honors and affection you deserve, whenever it may be possible for you.
An embrace,
Raúl Castro Ruz

10TH CUBAN DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA AND TRANSPHOBIA

For schools free of discrimination
The 10th Cuban Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, which will see a range of activities held in different parts of the island May 3-20, is this year dedicated to the prevention of bullying and harassment in school spaces
Author: Lisandra Fariñas Acosta | lisandra@granma.cu
may 4, 2017 10:05:34

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Cenesex Director Dr. Mariela Castro Espín speaking during a press conference alongside Chilean transgender actress and singer Daniela Vega. Photo: Alejandro Ernesto/EFE
The 10th Cuban Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, which will see a range of activities held in different parts of the island May 3-20, is this year dedicated to the prevention of bullying and harassment on the basis of sexual and gender identities in school spaces.
Once again, Cuban activities to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT, May 17), will be an opportunity for raising awareness and debating the prejudices that persist within society.
Speaking during a press conference, Dr. Mariela Castro Espín, director of the National Center for Sex Education (Cenesex), noted that it is a question of promoting a change of mentality and attitude among people who exclude, reject and isolate those with non-heteronormative sexual orientations or gender identities.
Under the theme: “For Schools without Homophobia and Transphobia: I Include Myself,” this 10th edition of the event will address an issue that has been identified in social, legal and medical sciences research in Cuba. “We are not engaged in this battle because it is a huge problem, but because it is a problem, and therefore it must be made visible. The biggest obstacle is that there is not enough awareness that these issues exist, nor the knowledge to identify at what point this type of phenomena are expressed and their various manifestations, from the most explicit to the most subtle. Today it is a challenge for Cuban institutions to further these types of studies,” the Cenesex director explained.

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No to the blockade, Yes to socialism

On May 4, the Bloguerías de Mayo #UnblockCuba space was inaugurated, as part of traditional celebrations held over these days in Holguin

Author: Madeleine Sautié | informacion@granma.cu
may 5, 2017 10:05:57

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Photo: Facebook
Holguin.– On May 4, the Bloguerías de Mayo, #UnblockCuba space was inaugurated, as part of traditional celebrations held over these days in the City of Parks, during which participants in the annual Romerías cultural festival raised their voices in opposition to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the Unites States on Cuba for over five decades.
The Alex Urquiola provincial library played host to the event, which kicked off with a conference by historian and essayist, Ernesto Limia.
The event, which was attended by Liliem Aguilera, president of the AHS in Holguin, and Alexis Triana, a member of the event organizing committee, together with social network activists, was a moment of intense exchange, during which Limia referred to the need to investigate country’s true history in the face of the United States’ unrelenting campaign of intervention waged since the triumph of the Revolution.
According to Limia, in its actions against Cuba, the U.S. only extols those who play by the rules of the market and their societies; marked by unbridled individualism. “The most important thing is to share the truth and that’s what this people in Revolution are doing. A better world is not only possible, but is also what we are currently building,” she insisted.

Cuba reaffirms its commitment to Venezuela

 

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Declaration by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba

Author: Cubaminrex | internet@granma.cu
april 27, 2017 21:04:27

We have once again witnessed another infamous and immoral decision by the discredited OAS, against the Bolivarian Revolution; a repetition of the shameful pages written against the Cuban Revolution in the 1960s.

The calling of a Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, to continue harassing the Venezuelan government, constitutes another action consistent with the OAS’ traditional role as an instrument of imperialist domination in the hemisphere; in order to undermine the sovereignty, independence and dignity of Our America.

The OAS has always remained with its back to the peoples of America, over an almost 70 year history of subordination to oligarchic and imperialist interests. It has been absent when our region has been the victim of political, economic and military intervention and aggression, or serious democracy and human rights violations.

It is now time to recognize that the OAS is incompatible with the most pressing needs of the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean. It is incapable of representing their values ​​and interests. It imposed a doctrine of false democracy, responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans and Caribbeans and the impoverishment and exclusion of millions. The OAS chooses to attack and impose, rather than reconcile or dialogue; and disregards the right of states to equality and self-determination. It conspires and subverts genuine and legitimately constituted governments with proven popular support, and deserves the most profound repudiation.

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Final details of May Day march announced

MAY DAY MARCH

Final details of May Day march announced
This year’s May Day march in Havana will be led by 50,000 youths who will march “For Fidel, for Raúl, for the historic leadership of the Revolution, and for the youths that gave their lives during the process, for our combatants and for the history of Cuba”

Author: Jesús Jank Curbelo | informacion@granma.cu
april 26, 2017 09:04:43

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Cuban youth will lead the May Day march in Havana. Photo: Padrón, Abel

This year’s May Day march in the Cuban capital will be led by 50,000 youths who will march “For Fidel, for Raúl, for the historic leadership of the Revolution, and for the youths that gave their lives during the process, for our combatants and for the history of Cuba,” according to Susely Morfa González, a member of the Council of State and first secretary of the Young Communist League (UJC) National Committee, speaking on April 25.
“Cubans have many reasons to continue defending what we have achieved. And if we wish to honor the Comandante en Jefe, the best way to be faithful to his legacy is to do something good every day. As such, the march represents the main expression of the continuation of the Revolution,” she stated.

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A unique drug developed in Cuba is being tested in New York state.

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Why an American went to Cuba for cancer care

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20 April 2017- bbc.com
•Cuba has faced more than 50 years of US sanctions. Now, for the first time, a unique drug developed on the communist island is being tested in New York state. But some American cancer patients are already taking it – by defying the embargo and flying to Havana for treatment.
Judy Ingels and her family are in Cuba for just six days. They have time to go sightseeing and try out the local cuisine. Judy, a keen photographer, enjoys capturing the colonial architecture of Old Havana.
And while she is in the country, Ingels, 74, will have her first injections of Cimavax, a drug shown in Cuban trials to extend the lives of lung cancer patients by months, and sometimes years.
By travelling to Havana from her home in California, she is breaking the law.
The US embargo against Cuba has been in place for more than five decades, and though relations thawed under President Obama, seeking medical treatment in Cuba is still not allowed for US citizens.
“I’m not worried,” Ingels says. “For the first time I have real hope.”
She has stage four lung cancer and was diagnosed in December 2015. “My oncologist in the United States says I’m his best patient, but I have this deadly disease.”

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Maria “Mappy” Torres, ¡¡Presente!!

Maria “Mappy” Torres, ¡¡Presente!!

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There will be a small Funeral Service
for our beloved sister and friend.

Sunday April 23rd at 2 pm

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May Day 2017 celebrations announced

May Day 2017 celebrations announced
The Federation of Cuban Workers (CTC) and national trade unions calls on the Cuban people to mobilize to celebrate May Day, in a joyful environment of unity and commitment in the defense of socialism, under the banner of “Unity is our strength”
Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
april 3, 2017 10:04:05

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The Federation of Cuban Workers (CTC) and national trade unions has a issued a call on the Cuban people to mobilize to celebrate May Day, in a joyfyl environment of unity and commitment in the defense of socialism, under the banner of “Unity is our strength.”
There are many reasons for us to make this celebration of the global proletariat the greatest demonstration of support for our Revolution, Raúl and the Communist Party of Cuba, as well as a tribute to our historic leader, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz. This will be an opportunity to reaffirm the sacred oath to fulfill his Concept of Revolution endorsed by our people.
We will dedicate this May Day to Cuban youth, who today, as never before, stand as the continuators of the work of those who, almost 60 years ago, changed the course of our homeland’s history to make Cuba a free and independent nation, an example of sovereignty, dignity and heroism for the world.

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Remarks by Ambassador Mrs. Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations

Remarks by Ambassador Mrs. Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, at the closing session of the National Solidarity Conference for the Full Normalization of Cuba – United States Relations.
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From Left: Nancy Cabrero, Ambassador Mrs. Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, Franklin Flores, Jaime Mendieta, Casa de Las Américas Delegation

Dear friends,

We are touched to see, once again, that we have so many good friends here. The work you have done over these years has been particularly important and helpful. You know very well what these expressions of solidarity mean for a country like Cuba, a small, blocked and rebel Island, that continues and will continue to withstand.
The strong support we have always received from the worthy sons of this country, who are increasingly demanding the unconditional lifting of the blockade and the normal relations between the two nations, have been fundamental.
We have followed with close attention the discussions in the panels and workshops held at the Conference.
Highly sensitive issues have been addressed, such as Cuba’s role in the liberation of Africa; democracy in Cuba; the racial theme; and the empowerment of women; as well as problems directly linked to the current state of relations between Cuba and the United States, like the return of the territory illegally occupied in Guantánamo and the fight against the blockade, among other aspects.

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Ernesto Che Guevara: His path to making history in the Americas

Ernesto Che Guevara: His path to making history in the Americas
A necessary historical, biographical, military atlas
Author: Mireya Castañeda | internet@granma.cu
march 22, 2017 09:03:22

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The Atlas histórico, biogra?fico y militar Ernesto Guevara, by authors Reinaldo Espinosa Goitizolo and Guillermo Grau Guardarrama.

THE figure of Ernesto Che Guevara awakens great passions and has become a symbol of universal appeal. One of his portraits, from the lens of Alberto Korda, is one the world’s most reproduced images.
This year, the tragic date of October 9 seems even more piercing: 50 years since his assassination in La Higuera, Bolivia. Despite the dozens of books written about Che, the search for information leads inevitably to the Atlas histórico, biográfico y militar Ernesto Guevara, by authors Reinaldo Espinosa Goitizolo and Guillermo Grau Guardarrama, published in Havana, in 1990, by the Pueblo y Educación house, with the support of the Cuban Institute of Geodesy and Cartography.

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