Recibió Raúl Castro al Patriarca de la Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa Su Santidad Kirill sostendrá

Recibió Raúl Castro al Patriarca de la Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa
Su Santidad Kirill sostendrá este viernes en La Habana, un encuentro histórico con Su Santidad el papa Francisco
Autor: Redacción Nacional | internet@granma.cu
12 de febrero de 2016 00:02:54

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Foto: Estudios Revolución

El Presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros, General de Ejército Raúl Castro Ruz, recibió en el aeropuerto internacional José Martí al Patriarca de Moscú y de Toda Rusia, Su Santidad Kirill, en la primera visita pastoral a Cuba como Primado de la Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa.
En el recibimiento se encontraban además Esteban Lazo Hernández, presidente de la Asam­­blea Nacional del Poder Popular; el canciller Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, ambos miembros del Buró Político del Partido; Mar­ta Her­nán­dez, presidenta de la Asam­blea Pro­vincial del Poder Popular en La Habana; Caridad Diego, jefa de la Oficina de Atención a los Asuntos Religiosos del Comité Central del Partido; el embajador de la Fe­deración Ru­sa en Cuba, Mijaíl Kaminin, y autoridades de la Iglesia Ortodoxa rusa.
“Con un sentimiento muy cálido visito por cuarta vez el territorio de Cuba”, inició su discurso el Patriarca Kirill, quien afirmó además que llega a nuestro país en una “visita de amistad” por invitación del General de Ejército Raúl Castro Ruz, y recordó que “los pue­blos de Ru­sia y Cuba están unidos por mu­chos años de relación, de colaboración y amistad”.

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The largest engineering and construction company in Latin America and the Caribbean is committed to actively participating in the updating of Cuba’s economic model

THE FIRST COMPANY IN MARIEL: ODEBRECHT

A philosophy of “surviving, growing and persevering”
The largest engineering and construction company in Latin America and the Caribbean is committed to actively participating in the updating of Cuba’s economic model

Author: Katheryn Felipe | informacion@granma.cu
february 5, 2016 15:02:22

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Mauro Hueb assures that there is strong potential for foreign investment in Cuba. Photo: Ismael Batista
Speaking to Granma International, Mauro Hueb, director of operations for the Odebrecht Organization in Cuba, explained that whenever the conglomerate arrives to a country for the first time, its mission is to fit into the constructive agenda of this nation, to become a local business and remain there long-term.

Working along these well-defined lines, the Brazilian company, founded over 70 years ago, has been operating for more than four decades in over twenty countries across Latin America and the world, including in the fields of real estate, environmental engineering, power generation and the chemical, petrochemical and agriculture industries.

After introducing itself to Cuba in 2008, Odebrecht began its operations on the island participating in the construction of the Port of Mariel, which was inaugurated in 2014. Just over two weeks ago, the company officially became one of the first authorized to operate in the Mariel Special Zone Development (ZEDM), located in Artemisa, 45 kilometers from Havana.

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Cuba develops biopharmaceuticals to treat cancer

Cuba develops biopharmaceuticals to treat cancer
Cuba currently has a total of 28 drugs registered, or in various stages of investigation, for the treatment of cancer, which include therapeutic vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, interferons and peptides

Author: Orfilio Peláez | orfilio@granma.cu
february 4, 2016 09:02:03

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Photo: cubaahora.cu
Cuba currently has a total of 28 drugs registered, or in various stages of investigation, for the treatment of cancer, which include therapeutic vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, interferons and peptides, developed in different scientific institutions linked to the country’s biotechnology sector.

Dr. Rolando Pérez Rodríguez, of the Center of Molecular Immunology, reported on advances in the sector at the inauguration of the 5th International Seminar and National Workshop on Use and Development of Health Related Industrial Isotope Products, organized by the Center of Isotopes (Centis) and running through Friday, February 5, at Havana’s Hotel Riviera. Professionals from various countries, including Italy, Germany, the U.S., Hungary, Spain, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and El Salvador are participating in the event.

As the specialist noted, these biopharmaceuticals should have an increasing impact over the coming years in cancer treatment, with the aim of turning advanced cancer into a long-term manageable chronic disease, with an acceptable quality of life.

He also highlighted that the planned introduction in the country of advanced imaging equipment in nuclear medicine and oncology will lead to more effective treatment for malignant neoplasms, according to the specific biological characteristics of each tumor.

Also speaking at the opening of the event, Dr. Jorge Cruz Arencibia, director of Centis, noted that beyond import substitution, the gradual installation of a plant to produce yttrium-90 will enhance the use of therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals in the treatment of neuroendocrine tumors, joint complications due to rheumatoid arthritis and hemophilia, pain relief for bone metastases, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and other types of tumors.

Another busy day for Raúl in Paris

Another busy day for Raúl in Paris
On his second day in France, the Cuban President met with important government authorities, as well as the director general of UNESCO
Author: Leticia Martínez Hernández | internet@granma.cu
february 3, 2016 09:02:40

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Raúl with Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Photo: Estudios Revolución Photo: Estudio Revolución

PARIS, France. – On his second day in France, Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz completed a full work agenda, meeting with important government authorities, as well as the director general of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO).
The day began early in UNESCO’s Paris headquarters, a site visited by
Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz, in 1995, after participating in the Copenhagen World Summit of Social Development.
Meeting Raúl at the main entrance was Director General Irina Bokova, who has held this position since 2009, and visited Havana on two occasions, most recently in September of 2015.

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Victory Caravan reenacted Young workers and soldiers from the Revolutionary Armed Forces and Ministry of the Interior recall the entry of the Rebel Army Victory Caravan in Holguín

Author: Germán Veloz Placencia | german@granma.cu
Author: Darelia Díaz Borrero | internet@granma.cu
Author: Eduardo Palomares Calderón | palomares@granma.cu
january 4, 2016 09:01:20

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Photo: Eduardo Palomares

HOLGUÍN.—Full of joy and enthusiasm, as if 57 years had not passed, Adolfo Begdadi Herrera, accompanied by students of all ages, young workers and soldiers from the Revolutionary Armed Forces and Ministry of the Interior, recalled the arrival of the Rebel Army Victory Caravan’s to the region.
Begdadi spoke during the celebratory event held in the community of Oscar Lucero, once the headquarters of the Batista dictatorship’s Seventh Regiment, known for its brutal attacks on the revolutionary forces and the population which supported them. He emphasized that the Holguín of today, with its many health care centers and schools, is nothing like the region the victorious rebels saw in 1959, as they advanced toward Havana.
Joining Begdadi were revolutionary combatants Idinio Macías Samé, Ramiro Rodríguez Arias and José Amado Árias who were pleased to be surrounded by representatives of younger generations committed to defending the nation’s independence and dignity conquered on January 1, 1959
Elizabet Cuenca Peña, a student at Enrique José Varona High School, was one of the 57 youth which earlier in the morning had met a contingent from Granma in Cacocum, to continue the reenactment of the Victory Caravan’s 1959 march to the capital.
The 17-year-old expressed her amazement that Idinio Macías was only a few years older than her when he was chosen to join Fidel as part of the Caravan, a recognition of his role on the Frank País Second Eastern Front during the insurrection.
Also attending the dialogue between generations in Holguín were Ernesto Santies­te­ban, member of the Party Provincial Political Bureau and Julio César Es­tupiñán Ro­dríguez, president of the People’s Power Provincial Assembly.

Cuba will not renounce the principles and ideals for which generations of Cubans have fought

Cuba will not renounce the principles and ideals for which generations of Cubans have fought
The economic plan and state budget for 2016 was approved by the National Assembly of People’s Power on December 29. It was reported that the Cuban economy has grown by 4%
Author: Yenia Silva Correa | informacion@granma.cu
Author: Katheryn Felipe | informacion@granma.cu
Author: Nuria Barbosa León | informacion@granma.cu
december 31, 2015 09:12:27

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Sixth Ordinary Session of the Eighth Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power Photo: Jorge Luis González

THE history of our Revolution is full of glorious chapters in the face of challenges, risks and threats, the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, stated during his speech closing the Sixth Ordinary Session of the Eighth Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power, December 29.
The Cuban head of state noted that despite the economic crisis and the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba, the island’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 4% this year, and will continue to grow in 2016, albeit at a slower pace.
He also noted that the number of foreign tourists visiting the country this year rose to 3.5 million; the highest number recorded to date; and reaffirmed the Cuban government’s intention to honor its commitments resulting from the agreements reached in the renegotiation of the island’s debt.
Regarding the issue of relations with the United States, President Raúl Castro stressed that Cuba has repeatedly advised the U.S. government that in order to normalize bilateral relations, the blockade must be lifted and the territory illegally occupied by the Guantánamo Naval Base must be returned, “as I explained in my statement in the Council of Ministers on the 18th, during which I also reaffirmed that Cuba should not be asked to abandon its independence cause, or renounce the principles and ideals for which generations of Cubans have fought, for a century and a half.”

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A year of freedom, A year has passed since the Cuban Five returned home

A year of freedom
A year has passed since the Cuban Five returned home and were reunited with their families and friends. Granma spoke to them about what this year has meant

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december 30, 2015 18:12:49

ANTONIO GUERRERO. Photo: www.radiorebelde.cu

ANTONIO GUERRERO: Ready as always

“After 16 years and, I think, three months and four days in prison, being released and returning to my homeland, there is no way, no words to describe that moment (…) What I can say is that from that moment on (…) all that time spent in prison was erased.

“(…) First of all, we would have been willing to fulfill the task we had been sent to complete under the greatest secrecy, and could have died there like other comrades (…). Later came prison, where some of us were sentenced to life, we would have also been willing to die in jail. We knew from day one that the leaders of the Revolution, our government and people weren’t going to abandon us (…). Even in the worst times, we felt that freedom, that joy, that feeling of usefulness of being there denouncing every day the double standard of the empire’s policy in its much-vaunted fight against terrorism. And that was useful, this cause brought many people from around the world together (…) This inspired me to write, to paint, which was another way of feeling even more useful and free.

“So we arrived here, and the year has flown by in the blink of an eye (…) Its been a year in which we have wanted, above all, to express our gratitude to our people and all our friends.

“Just to be clear, from the day we arrived we expressed our willingness to undertake whichever task might be needed to our President, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz; we told him ‘Please also let Fidel know that we are here.’ And our country decided that we would spend the year, not only sharing with our families, but also meeting with many collectives, many young people…

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Statement by the President of the Councils of State and Ministers Army General Raúl Castro Ruz

Declaration by Army General Raúl Castro on the occasion of the first anniversary of the announcements made on December 17, 2014, regarding the decision to reestablish diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States

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Author: Raúl Castro Ruz | internet@granma.cu
december 18, 2015 15:12:36

 

 

One year has gone by since the simultaneous announcements made on December 17, 2014, by the presidents of Cuba and the United States to re-establish diplomatic relations between both countries and work to improve our relations.

One year ago, on a day like yesterday, as part of the agreements reached to find a solution to issues of interest for both countries, we were able to announce, to the great joy of all of our people, the return to our homeland of Gerardo, Ramón and Antonio, with which we made true the promise made by Fidel who had asserted that our Five Heroes would return.

On that same date, in accordance with our reiterated disposition to hold a respectful dialogue with the Government of the United States, on the basis of sovereign equality, to discuss a wide variety of issues in a reciprocal way, without any detriment to our people’s national independence and self-determination, we agreed to take mutual steps to improve the bilateral atmosphere and move on towards the normalization of relations between the two countries.

It could be said that, since then, we have achieved some results, particularly in the political, diplomatic and cooperation spheres:

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The Vietnamese people hold dear the words of Fidel Castro when he said: “For Vietnam, we are ready to give even our own blood.”

55TH ANNIVERSARY OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS CUBA – VIETNAM

A friendship that has stood the test of time
On December 2, 2015, Cuba and Vietnam celebrated 55 years of diplomatic relations, two countries which whose friendship has stood the test of time

Author: Iramsy Peraza Forte | internet@granma.cu
december 3, 2015 18:12:03

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Duong Minh, ambassador of Vietnam in Cuba. Photo: Yander Zamora

On December 2, 2015, Cuba and Vietnam celebrated 55 years of diplomatic relations.

Over the past five decades the two countries have made an example of their friendship. Admired by many, the ties that unite Cuba and Vietnam have stood the test of time.

To further discuss and discover the significant moments of this shared history, Granma spoke with the Ambassador of Vietnam in Havana, Duong Minh.

“This has been a special relationship since the beginning. When the resistance against U.S. aggression began in my country, the people of Cuba provided a great deal of solidarity and disinterested support to the Vietnamese people,” Minh noted.

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The government of the Republic of Cuba reiterates its commitment to legal, orderly and safe emigration

 

f0006705 The government of the Republic of Cuba reiterates its commitment to legal, orderly and safe emigration, and will continue to guarantee the right of Cuban citizens to travel, emigrate and return to the country, in accordance with migratory law.

 

Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
december 1, 2015 11:12:00

Since the beginning of the month of November, a difficult situation has developed as a result of the arrival to Costa Rica of an increasing number of Cuban citizens, coming from various Latin American countries, with the intention of emigrating to the United States.
Several thousand Cubans who left Cuba legally – and likewise entered a first destination country, from where they initiated irregular travel – find themselves at this time in an illegal situation in Central and South America, as they attempt to reach the Mexican border with the United States.
This irregular emigration is organized through networks of traffickers in persons operating in the region, responsible for acts of violence, extortion, harassment and other crimes, of which Cubans become victims in their attempt to reach the United States, after a dangerous journey of no less than 7,700 kilometers, crossing eight borders illegally.
The Government of the Republic of Cuba has expressed its concern and has maintained contact with the countries involved in the search for a rapid, adequate solution, as was indicated in the statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Relations this past November 18.

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