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

Bolivia recognizes Fidel’s contribution to liberation struggles

Bolivia recognizes Fidel’s contribution to liberation struggles
Bolivian social, political and cultural organizations highlighted the influence of Fidel on the actions and ideas of Bolivians and all those committed to anti-imperialist struggle.

Author: Glenda Arcia | internet@granma.cu
july 21, 2016 09:07:42

f0013087La Paz.— On July 20, during an event to present activities organized in honor of the leader of the Cuban Revolution’s 90th birthday, Bolivian social, political and cultural organizations highlighted Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro’s contribution to global liberation struggles.

Speaking to Prensa Latina, organizing committee spokesperson, Marianela Prada emphasized Fidel’s influence on the actions and ideas of Bolivians and all those committed to the anti-imperialist struggle.

We learn from his internationalist example every day. The Bolivian people are eternally grateful to Fidel Castro and Cuba, for all their concrete acts of solidarity, such as sending medical and educational brigades to our country, she stated.

Cuban doctors have restored the vision and saved the lives of thousands of Bolivians and people all over the world. Collaborators have also helped to eradicate illiteracy in the country, added Prada.

She noted that various activities – such as cultural events, film screenings, conferences and photographic expositions – will be taking place in departments across the country including, La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Tarija, Beni.

During a press conference, the Bolivian Ministry of Culture’s director of Artistic Promotion, Max Eguivar, highlighted the importance of “honoring a great friend of Bolivia and celebrating his 90th birthday, which translates to commitment and struggle.”

The youth must learn from Fidel’s example, raise their voices and continue fighting against imperialism, he stated.

The blockade is an outdated policy and must end: Josefina Vidal, director general for the United States at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Relations

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The blockade is an outdated policy and must end
A year after diplomatic relations between the two countries were reestablished on July 20, 2015, Granma International spoke with Josefina Vidal, director general for the United States at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Relations, to discuss Cuba-U.S. relations as they stand today

Author: Sergio Alejandro Gómez | informacion@granma.cu
july 20, 2016 14:07:30

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Josefina Vidal, director general for the United States at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Relations. Photo: Juvenal Balán

“We have been working for many years for a change in U.S. policy toward Cuba,” stated Josefina Vidal, the main face representing Cuba in diplomatic negotiations with the United States to open a new chapter in bilateral relations between the two nations.

But the Cuban diplomat isn’t referring to the quarter of a century she has spent dealing with this issue. “You need to read history and see how Fidel, at different times, expressed Cuba’s willingness to discuss and resolve our differences with the United States through negotiations, without renouncing a single one of our principles. And Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, on assuming the leadership of our government, stated that we have always been willing to normalize relations with that country on the basis of equality.

“This process began on December 17, 2014, following more than half a century of resistance by the Cuban people to all kinds of aggression. A few months later, on July 20, 2015, diplomatic relations between the two nations were officially reestablished with the opening of respective embassies in Washington and Havana.”

A year on, Granma International spoke with Josefina Vidal, director general for the United States at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Relations, to discuss Cuba-U.S. relations as they stand today.

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Leading National Latino Coalition Calls for Lifting of Cuban Trade Embargo Washington, D.C.

 

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Leading National Latino Coalition Calls for Lifting of Cuban Trade Embargo
Washington, D.C. – In a major indicator that the U.S.-Cuban relationship is changing dramatically, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of 40 of the nation’s preeminent Latino advocacy organizations, called for lifting of the Cuban Trade Embargo. At its June 22nd board meeting, NHLA adopted the following resolution:
“The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) supports the full normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba. We do not support the Cuban Trade Embargo because we recognize that it does not promote mutually beneficial economic, cultural and scientific relations between both countries. We believe this can be best achieved through an active and open engagement between them. The current policies only serve to impede the full human development of the people of Cuba and Americans, including Cuban-Americans. Support for normalization is, also, strong among Americans, the people of Cuba and a majority of Cuban-Americans.”
“Following the resumption of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, removal of our nation’s trade embargo on Cuba is the next logical step, which will provide a path toward greater engagement between our two nations, to the benefit both nation’s peoples and particularly for the much-needed advancement of human rights and economic well-being for the Cuban people,” said Hector Sanchez, NHLA Chair and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.
“This is a historic moment for the Latino community,” stated Angelo Falcón, Co-Chair of NHLA’s Cuban Trade Embargo Working Group and President of the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP), “The leading mainstream Latino civil rights organizations have historically avoided addressing the issue of U.S.-Cuban relations in deference to the anti-Castro Miami exile community, but this support for the lifting of the embargo marks a major departure from longtime political accommodation.” Falcón went on to point out that “this development reflects a change not only in the Latino community in general, but also within the Cuban-American community, which is undergoing significant generational changes in their politics.”

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Two peoples united by fraternity and solidarity, Puerto Rican mission in Havana

Two peoples united by fraternity and solidarity
On March 8, 1966, a Puerto Rican mission was inaugurated in Havana by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, and Puerto Rican independence activist, Juan Mari Bras. The mission works to demand the decolonization of the Caribbean nation, as well as an end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba
Author: Nuria Barbosa León | internet@granma.cu
july 7, 2016 09:07:0

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During the ceremony at ICAP, the Puerto Rican independence movement repeated their demand for the release of political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera, unjustly incarcerated for over 35 years for his support of Puerto Rican independence. Photo: ICAP

A strong history of fraternity and solidarity unites Cuba and Puerto Rico, demonstrated by the presence in Havana for over 50 years, of a mission from the sister nation, sole representative of Puerto Rico’s independence movement on the island.
Inaugurated March 8, 1966 by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz and Puerto Rican independence activist Juan Mari Bras, the mission works to demand the decolonization of the Caribbean nation, subjected to five centuries of foreign domination, the last 118 by the United States.
The organization also directs its efforts to condemning the criminal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the U.S. government on Cuba, and facilitating cultural exchanges between both peoples.
As such, it has contributed to enabling Puerto Rican students to study in Cuba, like Alberto Rodríguez Rivera, who has just completed his fifth year of Medicine at the University of Medical Sciences in the central province of Las Villas. The young Puerto Rican is grateful for the knowledge he has gained, not only in regards to his profession but also life.

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Assassin of Victor Jara convicted, in Orlando, Florida,

Assassin of Victor Jara convicted, denying repressive forces impunity
A U.S. verdict convicting Pedro Barrientos of murdering singer-songwriter Víctor Jara has opened the way to investigations into events surrounding the country’s 1973 military coup
Author: Miguel Fernández Martínez | internet@granma.cu
july 8, 2016 08:07:16

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Víctor Jara was murdered at 41 years of age, following the military coup which overthrew President Salvador Allende in 1973. Photo: Archives

The U.S. verdict convicting former Chilean army officer, Pedro Barrientos, accused of the murder of Víctor Jara singer-songwriter Víctor Jara, has opened the way to continue investigations into the events which occurred during the country’s 1973 military coup.
On June 27, a jury at the civil trail in Orlando, Florida, found Barrientos guilty of the torture and extrajudicial killing of the popular Chilean musician, poet and political activist, during the early days of the military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet against President Salvador Allende, 43 years ago.
The jury awarded Jara’s family 28 million dollars in punitive and compensatory damages, while Barrientos could now also be extradited to face criminal murder charges in Chile.
Barrientos is the subject of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Miguel Vázquez, on several charges including murder and aggravated abduction and obstruction of justice, also linked to Jara’s murder.
The 67 year old criminal, now a U.S. citizen residing in the town of Deltona, near the city of Daytona Beach, Florida, has lived in the country since 1989. The suit was first brought against him in 2013, under theAlien Tort Statute and Torture Victim Protection Act, designed to prosecute human rights abusers living in the U.S. before eventually going to trial in an Orlando court. 
According to U.S. immigration service records, the former army officer, failed to declare his ties to the military coup plotters, and his participation in the acts of torture and murder committed in Santiago de Chile’s stadium.
The civil suit filed by Joan Jara, the musician’s widow and his daughters Manuela and Amanda, was represented by the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) a California-based human rights group, and New York law firm, Chadbourne & Parke.
During the trial, Barrientos denied knowing the popular singer-song writer and having been in the Santiago Stadium, used as a torture center, at the time of Jara’s murder.
The prosecution refuted the former army officer’s claims, presenting testimonies recorded in Chile of six former soldiers loyal to the military government led by Pinochet, who all stated that they had seen Barrientos at the sports complex at least 20 times over the days before and after the murder. 
The prosecution called attention to former solider José Navarrete Barra’s statement, in which he claimed that Barrientos even boasted about his crime. “He repeatedly said that he had killed Víctor Jara,” stated the solider in a video recording.
Joan Jara never lost faith that her husband’s murderer would be brought to justice. Despite having filed a criminal complaint in Chile in 1978, she was obliged to wait over 40 years before she was to hear the verdict delivered in a Florida court.
“It’s the beginning of justice for all those people, those relatives in Chile who are waiting to learn the fate of their loved ones, who have been for years and years, just like us, seeking justice [and] knowledge,” stated Jara’s widow speaking to British newspaper, The Guardian.
For her part, Almudena Bernabéu, CJA lawyer who led the case investigation, expressed her satisfaction following the verdict. “This verdict is not the end, but rather the beginning of work to extradite or expel Barrientos from the country and achieve full justice for the Jara family,” she noted.

The perfect blend of culture and commerce , the Art on La Rampa Fair is currently taking place,

The perfect blend of culture and commerce
Just like every summer, the Art on La Rampa Fair is currently taking place, a venue hosting cultural activities and commercial offers of high quality arts and crafts, popular with Havana residents and visitors alike
Author: Mireya Castañeda | internet@granma.cu
july 8, 2016 13:07:00

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The newly designed central hall is now more spacious. Photo: Mireya Castañeda
Just like every summer, the Art on La Rampa Fair is currently taking place, a venue hosting cultural activities and commercial offers of high quality arts and crafts, popular with Havana residents and visitors alike.
Mercy Correa, director of the Cuban Cultural Goods Fund crafts department, co-sponsoring the event alongside the Asociación Hermanos Saíz, was right when she noted that the new design of the Pabellón Cuba site provides greater visibility, above all in the central hall, where from July 1 through September 18, the 52 different sales stands – which will be changing every month – are located.
The 17th edition of the event was inaugurated with the exposition Fidel, soldado de las ideas, by photo-journalists Liborio Noval and Ismael Francisco; its title taken from the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution’s March 11, 2011 speech, during which he stated: “I am and will continue to be, just as I promised; a solider of ideas for as long as I can think and breathe.”
The exposition, a tribute to Fidel on his 90th birthday, includes 19 photographs tracing practically the entire revolutionary period.
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High quality leather goods on sale. Photo: Mireya Castañeda
The oldest photo in the collection, taken by Liborio, is from 1960, while the most recent, by Ismael Francisco, is from Fidel’s last public appearance during the Seventh Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, on April 19, this year.
Liborio Noval (Havana, 1934-2012) was a founder of the newspaper Granma and is considered to be one of Cuba’s best photo-journalists. He received over 30 national and international awards throughout his lifetime, and his photos have been featured in dozens of collective exhibitions.
His photographic works appear in various books such as Instantáneas, published in 1999, which includes 77 images of Fidel taken over 40 years, as well as in Cien imágenes de la Revolución, 15 of which were taken by Liborio.
For his part, Ismael Francisco is one of the most outstanding contemporary Cuban photo-journalists and son of Ismael González also a photo-journalist at Granma. The deserving recipient of various awards, Francisco has worked for Granma, Prensa Latina, La Agencia Cubana de Noticias and currently Cubadebate.
In 2010 the exposition Ismael con Ismael was presented in the Casa de la Prensa. Trained in the rigorous world of press-photography, Ismael Francisco is also renowned for his technical skill, compositions and framing.
On Friday, July 1, it was all about the kids, with the Fair providing numerous offers for little ones, such as the presentation in the Salón de Mayo, of the DVD of the performance of Peter and the wolf by La Colmenita children’s theater company, followed by a rendition of La Cucarachita Martinaby the collective directed by Carlos Alberto Cremata, in the Pabellon’s main hall.f0012889

 

 

 

 

The exposition Fidel, soldado de las ideas, is displayed in the tunnel of the Pabellón Cuba. Of its 19 photos, pictured in the foreground is one taken by Liborio Noval in 1961, Fidel con boina. Photo: José Raúl Concepción/Cubadebate
Despite the fact that there are apparently fewer stands this year (with artisans alternating throughout the three-month fair), the high quality of products continues to be maintained, with offers ranging from footwear, textiles, jewelry, ceramics, and out-door furniture.
Like always, the summer event again has a cultural agenda, with a special program for children featuring clowns, music, and dance. 
Music is without a doubt one of the mainstays of the event, with jazz, trova and repentismo concerts by various musicians and performers, including popular figures such as Polito Ibáñez, Ernesto and David Blanco, Interactivo, Telmary and Adrián Berazaín.
Art on La Rampa is one of the city’s most visited events during the summer. The Fair has many merits including its central headquarters in the Pabellón Cuba, crafts, books, reproductions of art works, albums, and a program which in addition to musical events also features visual arts, film showings and talks, which combine to create a superb Cuban cultural Fair, just as organizers have planned.

Pro-Cuba legislation inches forward in Congress

Pro-Cuba legislation inches forward in Congres
The debate over Cuba is gaining strength in the U.S. Congress, despite that fact that a year and a half after President Barack Obama called for lifting the blockade, no concrete steps have been taken
Author: Sergio Alejandro Gómez | informacion@granma.cu
june 27, 2016 11:06:49

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Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Jeff Flake (R-Ari¬zona) are pushing through a bill to lift travel restrictions to Cuba in the U.S. Senate. Photo: www.article.wn.com Photo: Granma

The debate over Cuba is gaining strength in the U.S. Congress, despite that fact that a year and a half after President Barack Obama called for lifting the blockade, no concrete steps have been taken.
Last week, as part of the 2017 Financial Services and General Government Bill, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved four amendments to remove restrictions on travel to Cuba; authorize private loans for the sale of agricultural products to the island; expand exports of equipment and telecommunications services; and allow airplanes from third countries flying to or from Cuba to refuel in the Bangor International Airport, in the state of Maine.

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Full text of remarks by Raul Castro Ruz, President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, opening the 7th Association of Caribbean States Summit, June 4, 2016

We cannot remain indifferent to disturbances in Latin America and the Caribbean
Full text of remarks by Raul Castro Ruz, President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, opening the 7th Association of Caribbean States Summit, June 4, 2016
Author: Raúl Castro Ruz | internet@granma.cu
june 4, 2016 14:06:35

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Photo: Ismael Francisco
Distinguished Heads of State and/or Government,
Esteemed Ambassador Alfonso Munera Cavadia, Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States,
Distinguished delegates and guests,
For the seventh time, we are meeting as Heads of States and/or Government, alongside other high representatives of the States and territories of the Association of Caribbean States, ACS. On this occasion we have gathered for a deep exchange on the theme “Together to confront the challenges of sustainable development, climate change and peace in the Caribbean”.
Our deliberations will also be aimed at strengthening the organization on the basis of its foundational principles, as a mechanism of coordination, cooperation and concerted action.
We welcome the French Overseas Collectivity of Saint Martin, a new Associate Member, and salute the adherence as Observers of the Multinational State of Bolivia, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Eastern Republic of Uruguay and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA-TCP), the same as the presence of representatives of nations and organizations as Observers.
We hope one day to be able to count with the adherence of all of the Caribbean territories, including the sister island of Puerto Rico, as an independent and sovereign nation.

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