Another Olympic medal for Cuba

 

Another Olympic medal for Cuba
Discus thrower Denia Caballero became the first female athlete to win a medal for Cuba in this year’s Río Games
Author: Enrique Montesinos Delvat | informacion@granma.cu
august 17, 2016 09:08:10
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Río de Janeiro.- Discus thrower Denia Caballero became the first female athlete to win a medal for Cuba in this year’s Río Games. Caballero won bronze on August 16, with a throw of 65.34 meters.
“I’m happy about the medal, but still not satisfied,” she stated shortly after the competition, although the achievement represents Cuba’s first medal in an athletics competition and won by a female competitor as well as its eighth medal thus far in the overall competition.
“It’s my first Olympic medal, but not my last,” stated the 26 year-old athlete from Villa Clara, also Beijing 2015 World Champion.

Julio César secures Cuba’s third Río gold

Julio César secures Cuba’s third Río gold
Boxer Julio César La Cruz secured the island’s third gold medal of the Río Games. Cuba remains 21st on the medal table
Author: Oscar Sánchez Serra, Enviado especial | subdirector@granma.cu
august 19, 2016 10:08:45
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RÍO DE JANEIRO.— With Cuba’s third gold medal stemming from the fists of Julio César La Cruz, in the 81 kilogram boxing division, the Cuban delegation remains firmly in position 21 on the 31st Olympic Games medal table, while preparing for further competition in the closing days.
“The Shadow” as the boxer from Camagüey is dubbed, was a true enigma in the 81kg final, managing to settle an old score from London 2012, when he was unexpectedly absent from the podium.
His rapid attack style saw him land direct hits on rival Adilbek Niyazymbetov of Kazakhstan. The performance secured him Cuba’s first boxing gold in Río, a feat Robeisy Ramírez and Arlen López will seek to emulate this Satureday.

The leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday was celebrated both in and outside of Cuba.

Ninety years celebrated around the world
The leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday was celebrated both in and outside of Cuba. Various messages of congratulations and activities were undertaken around the world in honor of the Comandante this August 13

Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
august 17, 2016 12:08:48

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Multimedia platform teleSUR dedicated various specials in honor of the leader of the Cuban Revolution’s 90th birthday. Photo: Twitter

The leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday was celebrated both in and outside of Cuba. Various messages of congratulations and activities were undertaken around the world in honor of the Comandante this August 13.

From Nicaragua, the home of revolutionary leader Augusto César Sandino, President Daniel Ortega and Coordinator of the Communication and Citizenry Council, Rosario Murillo, sent messages of congratulations in which they described Fidel as a visionary and courageous person who has always worked for the good of humankind. They also recalled his solidarity efforts, victories, keen foresight and ingenuity toward changing the world.
On behalf of the Nicaraguan people, the messages also highlighted his efforts and great struggle against imperialism, as well as his eternal commitment to achieving peace, citizen security and the complete independence of all countries.

For his part, Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, expressed his respect and admiration for Fidel Castro, “Our big brother, who is turning 90 this Saturday.”

Fidel accompanies us and will continue to accompany us because he is the true representation of the peoples, noted Morales. Our best tribute is the unity of our peoples, he added.

On behalf of the members and leadership of the Communist Party of Bolivia (PCB), sympathizers, friends and the working people, we transmit to you our best wishes on your birthday, being celebrated by Latin American, Caribbean and global revolutionaries, read a statement signed by Mendoza Pizarrom, PCB first secretary.
Meanwhile, former President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández, stated “In regards to politics there are no longer words to describe him, it seems to me that he has definitively entered into history through the front door.”

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Pastors for Peace celebrate Fidel Castro’s birthday during Cuba tour

Pastors for Peace celebrate Fidel Castro’s birthday during Cuba tour
Lucius presented Fidel with a bible, to which the latter responded that the book was not yet complete as many pages of love and solidarity – such as the work undertaken by the Pastors for Peace Caravan – still remained to be written…

Author: Nuria Barbosa León | internet@granma.cu
august 3, 2016 15:08:50

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Speaking to the press Gail Walker, executive director of the U.S. project Pastors for Peace noted that a range of activities in honor of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday, August 13, are set to take place in various states around the country, including New York. Photo: Eduardo Palomares

My father felt a great respect for Fidel and always said that there was no contradiction between faith and the principles of the Cuban Revolution, stated Gail Walker, executive director of the U.S. project Pastors for Peace and daughter of the late Reverend Lucius Walker, founder of the U.S.-Cuba Friendship Caravan, which has been undertaking solidarity work with the island since 1992.
Speaking before national and international press in Havana, the outstanding activist highlighted numerous activities taking place in honor of the Comandante en Jefe’s 90th birthday, August 13, in various U.S. states, including New York City where she lives.
One of the tributes will include placing a commemorative plaque in the Theresa Hotel, located in New York’s Harlem neighborhood and where Fidel, then Prime Minister of Cuba, stayed while attending the 15th United Nations General Assembly, in 1960. At that time the Cuban delegation was scheduled to stay at the Manhattan hotel, but was denied entry by the institution’s management. On hearing the news, African American leader Malcolm X invited the Cubans to Harlem where they were welcomed by local community members, who kept watch over the hotel day and night. 
Walker noted that the project is planning to install a statue of Fidel with Malcolm X sometime in the near future.

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Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno describes meeting between Cuba and the U.S. to discuss compensation claims

Mutual compensation: a complex issue
Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno describes second informative meeting between Cuba and the U.S. to discuss compensation claims by both parties
Author: Laura Bécquer Paseiro | laura@granma.cu
august 2, 2016 09:08:37

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During a press conference in Havana, yesterday August 1, Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno described the second informative meeting between Cuba and the U.S. held in Washington, July 28, to discuss compensation claims by both parties.
Talks on mutual compensation, as part of the process of normalization of relations between the two countries, are currently in their initial stage, and of a highly complicated nature, technically and legally, explained Moreno, who led Cuba’s delegation to the meeting.
He recalled that since the very first nationalizations laws were established, after the triumph of the Revolution, Cuba has always been willing to compensate foreign individuals and companies affected.
Moreno noted that agreements regarding nationalized property were reached with Canada and five European countries some time ago. Plans with the United States for compensation included a defined time frame, but the actions of the U.S. government prevented their realization.
He clarified that the July 28 meeting involved an exchange of information, specifically on the two countries’ legal frameworks, giving continuity to a first meeting on the issue held in Havana in December of 2015.
No decision has been made regarding actual negotiations on compensation, but the exchange of information will continue over coming months, Moreno said.
He noted that many elements are involved in this discussion, most importantly the U.S. blockade which remains in full force. Cuba’s claims, originally presented in 1999 and 2000, are based on rulings made by Cuban courts placing the value of material and human damages caused by the blockade at 300 billion dollars.
Washington’s claims, Moreno reported, were established by the Justice Department’s Foreign Claims S

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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