Voices of solidarity from Canada to Join Days of Action Against the Blockade in Washington D.C.

Get on the Bus: Don’t Miss the Days of Action Against the Blockade

Be a part of this growing solidarity movement and travel with us to DC to participate in an all day conference The U.S. Blockade Against Cuba: Why It’s Wrong and What We Need To Do To End It on September 18th.

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The Caravan Bus will depart New York City on Thursday September 17th and return September 19th.

$20 contribution to cover cost of transportation

For more information on how to reserve a seat contact IFCO/Pastors for Peace at: daysofaction@ifconews.org

Voices of solidarity from Canada to Join Days of Action Against the Blockade in Washington D.C.

To coincide with the Actions in Washington D.C. Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade together with the Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association will hold a march and rally on Saturday September 19, outside the US Consulate in Toronto to call for an end to the blockade.

Driulis González enters the Judo Hall of Fame The Cuban judoka is the first Latin American woman to feature in the discipline’s Hall of Fame

Driulis González enters the Judo Hall of Fame
The Cuban judoka is the first Latin American woman to feature in the discipline’s Hall of Fame
Author: Aliet Arzola Lima | aliet@granma.cu
august 24, 2015 10:08:54

Driulis also participated in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

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Photo: Ricardo López Hevia Photo: Ricardo López Hevia.

When one hears about the Judo Hall of Fame, they discover, among other things that only 30 great figures in the history of the sport have achieved such a distinction. This detail demonstrates how difficult it is to be included in the select group, to which Cuba’s Driulis González was inducted last Saturday, August 22.
Four-times Olympic medalist (1992-bronze, 1996-gold, 2000-silver and 2004-bonze) and three-times world champion (1995, 1999 and 2007), the athlete from Guantanamo has been part of the national squad for 20 years, becoming an example for her teammates and a paradigm of judo worldwide.
Driulis has done it all; she commands respect in every competitive scenario while her efforts have now seen her inducted – as the only Latin American woman to date – into the Judo Hall of Fame; the second Cuban after Héctor Rodríguez received the recognition two years ago.
According to the athlete, her selection – based on yeas of hard work, results and dedication – represents one of the happiest moments of her career, stating, “But I won’t let the fame go to my head, I’ll continue to be the same Driulis as always, only a little more touched,” to journalist Joel García after the induction ceremony held in theAlauIce Palace, Astana, Kazakhstan, where the 2015World Judo Championships will be taking place, kicking off thisMon day, August24.

La mujer cubana en todos los frentes, *** English Ver. Follows

La mujer cubana en todos los frentes
Con el ánimo de reconocer la inigualable labor de quienes protagonizan acciones a favor del progreso de la mujer cubana en la defensa de la obra revolucionaria, un grupo de compañeras y compañeros recibieron la Distinción 23 de agosto

Autor: Amaya Saborit Alfonso | amaya@granma.cu
19 de agosto de 2015 23:08:38

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Con el objetivo de reconocer la labor de quienes, desde diferentes sectores, protagonizan acciones a favor del progreso de la mujer cubana en la defensa de la obra revolucionaria, se entregó este miércoles, en el Salón de Protocolo El Laguito, la Distinción 23 de agosto a un total de 37 personas destacadas.

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Cuban women on all fronts

Cuban women on all fronts
In recognition of their tireless efforts to advance the rights of women, a group of 37 men and women were awarded the August 23 Distinction

Author: Amaya Saborit Alfonso | amaya@granma.cu
august 20, 2015 09:08:30

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José Ramón Machado Ventura presented the FMC’s August 23 Distinction to a group of men and women, in recognition of their efforts to advance the rights of women. Photo: Anabel Díaz

Yesterday, August 19, in recognition of their tireless efforts to advance the rights of women, a group of 37 men and women were awarded the August 23 Distinction. The ceremony took place in the El Laguito protocol hall and was presided by Teresa Amarelle Boué, Party Central Committee member and FMC secretary general.
José Ramón Machado Ventura, Party Central Committee second secretary and a Council of Ministers vice president, presented the awards and emphasized that Cuban women “must be, and are, on all fronts in our country.”
The Distinction was granted by the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), on the occasion of its 55th anniversary, to deserving individuals based on their professional and social careers; their ethical, revolutionary values; their exemplary conduct in areas such as government, the judiciary, science, production, the arts, culture and sports.

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The challenge of building a future without forgetting the past Hundreds

The challenge of building a future without forgetting the past
Hundreds of people gathered outside the newly reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana on August 14, to witness the historic flag-raising ceremony, the equivalent of no longer be prisoners of the past, standing before him where the three Marines who which took place at the Cuban mission in Washington on July 20.

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august 18, 2015 12:08:58

Hundreds of people and journalists from across the world attended the reopening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Havana.

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Photo: Juvenal Balán

WHEN John Kerry stated on August 14, in Havana that Cuba and the United States could lowered the U.S. embassy flag on January 1961. To his right was Wayne Smith, a young diplomat assigned to the Cuban capital at the moment when President Eisenhower decided to sever diplomatic relations. Smith later became Head of the U.S. Interests Section at the end of the James Carter administration, but resigned at the beginning of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, becoming a tireless advocate for a change in U.S. policy towards the island. From the Malecón, three classic Chevrolets watched over the official reopening ceremony, the foremost a black 1959Impala.
History, just like the stars and stripes flag, was up in the air that morning.

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Fidel’s fraternal meeting with Maduro and Evo (+Photos)

Fidel’s fraternal meeting with Maduro and Evo (+Photos)
The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution held a fraternal meeting, yesterday August 13, with Presidents Nicolás Maduro and Evo Morales.
Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
august 14, 2015 08:08:46

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The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution held a fraternal meeting, yesterday August 13, with Presidents Nicolás Maduro and Evo Morales, on the occasion of his 89th birthday.

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El primer Partido Comunista de Cuba, for Spanish readers

El primer Partido Comunista de Cuba
El 16 de agosto de 1925, en una vieja casa de la calle Calzada, en el Vedado, demolida tiempo después y donde hoy se erige la sala Hubert de Blanck se fundó en primer Partido Comunista de Cuba
Autor: Pedro Antonio García | internet@granma.cu
16 de agosto de 2015 22:08:09

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Julio Antonio Mella y Carlos Baliño, dos figuras fundamentales en la fundación del Primer Partido Comunista de Cuba el 16 de agosto de 1925. Foto: Archivo
Eran un puñado de revolucionarios. Reu­nidos el 16 de agosto de 1925 en una vieja casa de la calle Calzada, en el Vedado, demolida tiempo después y donde hoy se erige la sala Hubert de Blanck, tenían como su principal misión la de crear el primer Partido Comunista de Cuba y afiliarlo a la Tercera Internacional, fundada por Lenin en 1919.
Carlos Baliño, uno de los fundadores del Partido Revo­lucionario Cubano, junto a José Martí, y quien durante las primeras décadas de la república neocolonial se había dedicado a difundir las ideas marxistas en la Isla, procedió a recibir las credenciales de los delegados. De la Agrupación Comunista (AC) de La Habana, a la cual también pertenecía, asistían el dirigente estudiantil antimperialista Julio Antonio Mella y el sindicalista de los cigarreros Alejandro Barrei­ro. Por la AC de la Sección Hebrea y su Juventud Comunista, asistían Yoshka Grinberg, Yunger Semiovich (seudónimo de Fabio Grobart) y Félix Gurbich.

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Cuba and U.S. discuss next steps in developing relations

Cuba and U.S. discuss next steps in developing relations
Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla this afternoon, August 14, reported that he and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed next steps to be taken as the countries move toward normalizing relations, now that the initial phase of reestablishing diplomatic relations has concluded

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Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
august 14, 2015 15:08:48

 

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla this afternoon, August 14, reported that he and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in a constructive and respectful conversation, discussed the next steps to be taken as the countries move toward normalizing relations, now that the initial phase of reestablishing diplomatic relations has concluded.

During a joint press conference at the Hotel Nacional, Rodríguez said that, to begin this next stage, agreement had been reached to establish a Bilateral Commission to identify questions which can be addressed immediately, as well as more complicated pending issues which have accumulated over the past 50 years.

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Cuban hepatitis B medication undergoing clinical trials

Cuban hepatitis B medication undergoing clinical trials
A Cuban medication to treat chronic hepatitis B, HeberNasvac, created by scientists at the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center (CIGB), is currently undergoing clinical trials in collaboration with the French company Abivax

Author: Prensa Latina | internet@granma.cu
august 11, 2015 17:08:49

A Cuban medication to treat chronic hepatitis B, HeberNasvac, created by scientists at the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center (CIGB), is currently undergoing clinical trials in collaboration with the French company Abivax.

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A Cuban medication to treat chronic hepatitis B, HeberNasvac, created by scientists at the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center (CIGB), is currently undergoing clinical trials in collaboration with the French company Abivax.

The product has been undergoing safety and efficacy tests for several years, stated a CIGB specialist.

According to Iris Lugo Carro, the clinical trials being carried out by Cuban scientists and Abivax – involving 230 patients from eight Asian countries, and the participation of 50 clinical centers – are being realized under regulation ABX 203.

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Cuba-China: An alliance with infinite potential

Cuba-China: An alliance with infinite potential
The two countries signed their first commercial and cultural agreements on July 23, 1960, and since then relations and cooperation have expanded.
Author: Claudia Fonseca Sosa | claudia@granma.cu
july 30, 2015 10:07:1

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ON September 28, 1960, Cuba and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations. A few months later, during a visit to China by Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara, the first bilateral agreements on economic and technological cooperation were signed.

China is now the second largest trading partner of the island.
This first contact made by Che in the land of Mao Zedong was of great significance to the young Cuban Revolution, not only because of the magnitude of the contracts, but more importantly because of the recently imposed U.S. economic, financial and commercial blockade.
Over the years, as relations between the two countries deepened, reflecting growing mutual trust, trade and economic cooperation expanded.
China is today Cuba’s second most important trade partner, and Chinese participation in several sectors critical to the country’s development has made the relationship strategic.

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