Speech by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz at the 9th Extraordinary Alba-TCP Summit, convened in solidarity with the sister nation of Venezuela

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Speech by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, at the 9th Extraordinary Alba-TCP Summit, convened in solidarity with the sister nation of Venezuela, held in Caracas, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, March 17, 2015

Esteemed Heads of State and Government of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America;
Esteemed Heads of delegations and guests;
Compañeras and compañeros:



ALBA brings us together today to reaffirm our firmest support for the Bolivarian people and government in the face of the latest interventionist measures and threats from the U.S. government against Venezuela.
The facts demonstrate that history can not be ignored. The relations between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean have been marked by the “Monroe Doctrine” and the objective of exercising domination and hegemony over our nations.

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Fidel sends message to President Nicolás Maduro

Fidel sends message to President Nicolás Maduro
The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution emphasizes the heroic attitude assumed by the Venezuelan people, as well as the exemplary discipline and spirit of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces in the face of U.S. sanctions
Author: Fidel Castro Ruz | internet@granma.cu
march 17, 2015 09:03:04

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Honorable President of the BolivarianRepublic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro:
As the press has reported, tomorrow Tuesday March 17, an Alba Summit will take place in Caracas to analyze the outrageous policy of the United States government toward Venezuela and Alba.
The idea of creating this organization came from Chávez himself, wanting to share with his Caribbean brothers and sisters the enormous economic resources with which nature had blessed his native homeland, the benefits of which had however landed in the hands of powerful U.S. corporations, and a few Venezuelan millionaires.Corruption and squandering were the fundamental motivations of the first oligarchy with fascist tendencies, addicted to violence and crime. The violence and crime committed against the heroic Venezuelan people was so intolerable that it can never be forgotten, and a return will never be allowed to the shameful past of the pre-revolutionary era which led to attacks on commercial centers and the murder of thousands of people, the number of which no one can today confirm.

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Esteban Lazo, Politburo member and president of the National Assembly of People’s Power of Cuba, has sent a letter to the President of the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Deputies Condemn US Actions against Cuban Caracas

By: Juventud Rebelde
Email: digital@juventudrebelde.cu
2015-03-14 | 13:04:22 EST

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Esteban Lazo, Politburo member and president of the National Assembly of People’s Power of Cuba, has sent a letter to the President of the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, which expresses the solidarity of the Cuban deputies with “the Government led by President Nicolas Maduro, in particular the National Assembly over which you preside and the Venezuelan people in their just struggle in defence of national sovereignty and civic peace and stability.”

In his letter, Lazo strongly condemns the new US government actions against the South American nation, in addition to the unjust sanctions applied to that sister nation as part of the economic and media war trying to destabilize it. “Venezuela is a sovereign state and has every right to take any action it deems necessary to defend its independence against the interventionist actions of the US governmental authorities and Congress,” says the text.

Also, the Committees for the Defence of the Revolution (CDR) joined the support for the cause of the homeland of Bolivar and Chavez in a declaration which recognizes that “for more than a decade our nations have strengthened the bonds of friendship and solidarity on various fronts and today the nation’s largest mass organization stands ready to defend, in whatever circumstances, the interests of the Venezuelan people.”

Letter from Fidel to Maduro, and Statement from the Revolutionary Government of Cuba states its position with regards to the aggressive Executive Order issued by Obama

Letter from Fidel to Maduro
The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution sent a letter to the Venezuelan President in reference to his speech addressing U.S. threats to his country

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Author: Fidel Castro Ruz | internet@granma.cu
march 10, 2015 10:03:48
Dear Nicolás Maduro,

President of the BolivarianRepublic of Venezuela:

I congratulate you on your brilliant and courageous speech against the brutal plans of the U.S. government.

Your words go down in history as proof that humanity can and must know the truth.

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Fraternally,
Fidel Castro Ruz

March 9, 2015     11.24 p.m.

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Cuba states its position with regards to the aggressive Executive Order issued by the President of the United States against the Government of the BolivarianRepublic of Venezuela, which declares the country a threat to U.S. national security

Author: Redacción Nacional | internet@granma.cu
march 10, 2015 10:03:27

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The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba has learnt of the arbitrary and aggressive Executive Order issued by the President of the United States against the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which declares the country a threat to its national security, in reprisal for the measures adopted by Venezuela in defense of its sovereignty against the interventionist actions of the U.S. Congress and governmental authorities.

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The second round of face-to-face talks between diplomats from Cuba and the United States

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CUBA, March 5, 2015. The second round of face-to-face talks between diplomats from Cuba and the United States concluded on February 27, with progress made toward implementing measures announced by Presidents Barack Obama and Raúl Castro on December 17.

The meeting took place at the Department of State in the U.S. capital with the aim of opening the way toward restoring relations and the opening of embassies, taking place in a “respectful and professional climate,” according to Josefina Vidal, Ministry of Foreign Relations (Minrex) Director General for the United States and head of the Cuban delegation.
“We had a good meeting and made some progress.”
Roberta Jacobson, assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and the U.S. host, said that for her part, they had seen, “the type of constructive exchange that advances us toward a more productive diplomatic relationship.”
“In an open, honest, and sometimes challenging yet always respectful conversation, we addressed the requirements of each side and the differences we identified in our first discussion in Havana a month ago, and we made meaningful progress towards resolving them,” she added.

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Fidel meets with the Five heroes

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On February 28, the Cuban leader received the Five anti-terrorists and conversed about the many years of injustice they suffered

Author: Fidel Castro Ruz | internet@granma.cu
march 2, 2015 11:03:08

I received them on Saturday, February 28, 73 days after they stepped foot on Cuban soil. Three of them had served 15 long years of their youth breathing in the damp, foul smelling, repugnant air of yankee prison cells, after being convicted by venal judges. The other two, who also attempted to stop the empire’s criminal plans against their homeland, were also sentenced to various years of brutal imprisonment.
The very same investigating bodies, completely devoid of the most basic sense of justice, participated in their inhumane incarceration.

Cuban intelligence services had absolutely no need to track the movements of a single U.S. military team, as they could observe from space everything that moved on our planet through the Lourdes Radio Electronic Exploration Centre, located to the south of the Cuban capital. This center was able to detect any moving object thousands of miles from our country.

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The blockade has not ended Interview with Josefina Vidal, Ministry of Foreign Relations Director General for the United States

Author: Cristina Escobar | informacion@granma.cu

february 12, 2015 18:02:55

Cristina Escobar.- Cuba and the United States are entering a new stage of diplomatic relations. How can these relations be constructed after so many years of confrontation, and what do the recent talks between the two countries mean? These were the questions posed to Josefina Vidal, Ministry of Foreign Relations (Minrex) Director General for the United States, in an exclusive interview with Cuban television.

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Josefina Vidal stated, “The President of the United States has options, I would say unlimited, to gut the blockade of its fundamental content.”

Josefina, there are people on the street here in Cuba, and also in the international media saying, or asking, if the United States blockade of Cuba has ended. Is this true?
Josefina Vidal.- No, no, the blockade has not ended; what has happened is that the President of the United States, making use of his executive prerogatives, which he has, announced a series of measures modifying the implementation of some aspects of the blockade. It was within this context that a series of regulations were issued – mandated by him and formulated by the Departments of Treasury and Commerce – to expand travel to Cuba, expand as well allowances for remittances, and permit some commercial transactions, still of a limited nature, in spheres such as telecommunications, for example.

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Declaration of Community of Latin American and Caribbean Countries on the necessity to end the United States economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba

 

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The Heads of State and Government from Latin America and the Caribbean, gathered in Costa Rica, in ocassion of the III CELAC Summit, made an appeal to end the United States blockade against Cuba.

SPECIAL DECLARATION OF THE COMMUNITY OF LATINAMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STATES ON THE NEED TO PUT AN END TO THE ECONOMIC, COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL BLOCKADE IMPOSED BY THE UNITED STATES AGAINST CUBA

The Heads of State and Government of the Latin America and the Caribbean States gathered in Costa Rica, on the occasion of the III Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), on 28 and 29 January 2015:

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