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Puerto Rico’s inalienable right independence

Puerto Rico’s inalienable right to self-determination and independence reiterated in the UN
This Monday saw a session of the UN Special Committee on Decolonization, and the approval of a draft resolution that would call upon the U.S. to facilitate the island’s self‑determination

Author: International news staff | informacion@granma.cu
june 19, 2018 09:06:10

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New York hosted the UN Special Committee on Decolonization session. Photo: Prensa Latina

The UN Special Committee on Decolonization reiterated Monday, June 18, Puerto Rico’s inalienable right to self-determination and independence, in accordance with General Assembly Resolution 1514, on the granting of independence to colonial countries and peoples.

In a draft resolution adopted by consensus, the Special Committee once again urged the United States to assume the responsibility of promoting a process that allows Puerto Rico to take sovereign decisions to address its urgent economic and social needs.

Promoted by Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Ecuador, Russia and Syria, the text was added to the 36 resolutions and decisions on Puerto Rico adopted by the Committee since 1972.

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The Federation of Cuban Women remembered Vilma Espín

Vilma’s struggles more necessary than ever
The Federation of Cuban Women remembered Vilma Espín yesterday, June 18, 11 years after her death, and 25 since she participated in the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna

Author: Alejandra García | internet@granma.cu
Author: Eduardo Palomares | informacion@granmai.cu
june 19, 2018 09:06:24

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Equality, condemnation of gender violence, and recognition of the rights of women have been the topic of debate and struggle for decades, in which Cuba, with the leadership of Vilma Espín, has played a leading role, members of the Federation of Cuba Women (FMC) recalled yesterday, during a press conference.

During the Vienna World Conference, held June 14-25, 1993, the issue of violence against women was addressed for the first time at this level, with the notable participation of Vilma and other FMC members.

“In this conference, it was recognized that all rights are universal, indivisible, and interdependent, related to each other, and thus this was made explicit in the Vienna Declaration and Action Plan,” explained Yamila González Ferrer, vice president of the Union of Cuba Jurists and member of the FMC National Committee.

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A Nobel Peace Prize for Trump is a terrible joke

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A Nobel Peace Prize for Trump is a terrible joke
The history of the Nobel Peace Prize includes several unlikely recipients. Awarding the Prize to Trump would represent a coup de grâce for the Norwegian Academy
Author: Elson Concepción Pérez | internet@granma.cu
june 18, 2018 15:06:43

Since he assumed the Presidency of the United States, Donald Trump has threatened several countries with the use of military force. Pictured announcing increased defense spending on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford.

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WHILE anything can happen in this world, I would prefer to think that it is only a joke that U.S. President Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
A group of 18 Republican Party congressmen sent a letter to the chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to nominate Trump “in recognition of his work to end the Korean War, denuclearize the Korean peninsula, and bring peace to the region.”
The history of the Nobel Peace Prize includes several unlikely recipients. But Trump would be the most preposterous proposal yet and, if awarded, would represent a coup de grâce for the Norwegian Academy.

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Guantánamo: Resisting an illegal occupation for 120 years

Guantánamo: Resisting an illegal occupation for 120 years
Historians, academics, researchers and students gathered in Guantánamo to discuss the damages caused as a consequence of the illegal U.S. occupation of the territory occupied by the Guantánamo Naval Base

Author: Roxana Romero Rodríguez | internet@granma.cu
june 14, 2018 10:06:49

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Enhance interrogation at the Guantánamo Naval Base/Prison

GUANTÁNAMO.–  is evidence of U.S. geopolitical and economic interests, riding roughshod over Cuba’s sovereignty and harming the Cuban people.

This was noted by historian José Sánchez Guerra, during the “Theoretical Encounter: 120 Years of the Yankee Military Presence in Guantánamo,” held at the University of Medical Sciences of this territory; as part of which professors, social science researchers and university students discussed the damages caused as a result of the United States’ oldest overseas military base.

Sánchez added that Guantánamo residents have responded with a spirit of resistance accumulated over 120 years, which forms part of their identity.

The event saw the book launch of Guantánamo and American Empire: The Humanities Respond by its author, U.S. writer and professor Don. E. Walicek, who currently lives in Puerto Rico, and the editor Jessica Adams.

The text contains historiographical elements, interviews and academic essays that, from a Caribbean humanistic and cultural perspective, condemn the arbitrary methods of detention and torture employed at the prison located in the illegal military base.

Don. E. Walicek explained that the book is the result of four years of research, and also attempts to show the world that the province of Guantánamo is much more than just the naval base. At the same time, it highlights the international condemnation of the illegal occupation, as well as the just demand of the Cuban people for its return to the island.

Researcher Mario Montero Campello, meanwhile, referred to the impact of the military base on the surrounding environment. The United States occupies the deepest areas of the Bay of Caimanera, affecting also the flora and fauna of the area, as a result of continuous constructive extensions, and the systematic dumping of waste, which pollutes the surrounding area.

Memorial ceremony for Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara

A model revolutionary
On the 90th anniversary of Che’s birth, Granma presents excerpts from Fidel’s speech given October 18, 1967, during the memorial ceremony for Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara, in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución
Author: Fidel Castro Ruz | internet@granma.cu
june 14, 2018 10:06:49

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Excerpts from Fidel’s speech delivered during the memorial ceremony for Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara, in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución, October 18, 1967
“Che was one of those people who was liked immediately, for his simplicity, his character, his naturalness, his comradely attitude, his personality, his originality … the type of man who, when a difficult mission must be completed, doesn’t wait for you to ask him to take on the mission …”
“This was one of his principal characteristics: his willingness to instantly volunteer for the most dangerous mission. And naturally this aroused admiration – and twice the usual admiration, for a fellow combatant fighting alongside us who had not been born here, a person of profound ideas, a person in whose mind dreams boiled of struggle in other parts of the continent, and who nonetheless was so altruistic, so selfless, so willing to always do the most difficult things, to constantly risk his life.”

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Major General of the Liberation Army, Antonio Maceo Grajales

ANTONIO MACEO

The feats of a Titan
“Whoever tries to conquer Cuba, will gather the dust of her blood-soaked soil, if he does not perish in fight”

Author: Danae González Del Toro | internet@granma.cu
june 13, 2018 16:06:04

“Whoever tries to conquer Cuba, will gather the dust of her
blood-soaked soil, if he does not perish in fight”

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“I have no other wish but for a free and sovereign homeland.” Photo: Archive
Antonio Maceo Grajales (1845-1896), renowned leader and Major General of the Liberation Army, was a staunch fighter for Cuba’s independence and is widely considered to be a master military strategist.

He is believed to have been involved in over 800 battles, the majority during the independence struggles of 1868, and was wounded 26 times.

But, what makes a man join such a fearsome war, one which caused him such heartache? He didn’t live to see the end.

All people of unmatched greatness are connected by a common desire, to see their homeland free, free of the yoke of oppression and exploitation of their fellow citizens. And there is no doubt that Antonio Maceo was one of those people.

José Martí would say of him: “We must pay heed to what he says, because Maceo has as much strength in his mind as he does in his arm.”

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The United States admits it does not know the cause of the alleged health problems affecting US diplomats

MINREX: US accepts it don’t know case of “sonic attack
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:22 am (PDT) . Posted by:
“Walter Lippmann”

The United States accepts that they do not know the explanation,
nature or cause of the health problems reported by its diplomats
Submitted by editor <http://www.minrex.gob.cu/en/users/editor>
on Mon, 06/11/2018 – 09:04On May 29, 2018, the Embassy of the
United States in Havana informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of the Republic of Cuba that, on May 27, an official of that
Embassy had reported health symptoms as a result of
“undefined sounds” in her place of residence.

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On May 29, 2018, the Embassy of the United States in Havana
informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba
that, on May 27, an official of that Embassy had reported health
symptoms as a result of “undefined sounds” in her
place of residence.

Immediately, the Cuban Government gave top priority to the
matter and officially requested the Diplomatic Mission of the
United States that specialized medical doctors and investigators
respectively, could interview said official.

The thorough and urgent investigation carried out in the
residence premises found no indication of any kind of sound
capable of causing health damages.

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You can count on Cuba, today and always

You can count on Cuba, today and always
Remarks by Miguel M. Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, on receiving the Order of the Liberators of Venezuela, Caracas, May 30, 2018, “Year 60 of the Revolution”

Author: Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez | internet@granma.cu

june 1, 2018 10:06:32

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Remarks by Miguel M. Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, on receiving the Order of the Liberators of Venezuela, Caracas, May 30, 2018, “Year 60 of the Revolution”

(Council of State transcript / GI translation)

COMPAÑERO Nicolás Maduro Moros, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela;

Members of the delegations of Venezuela and Cuba:

With pride and reverence I begin to speak, as Martí said. I do so aware that, having been judged worthy of the Order of the Liberators of Venezuela, it is to Cuba, to Cuban men and women, to whom this immense honor is conferred.

I humbly receive it, on behalf of a heroic and noble people, and I interpret this as an act of undeserved generosity toward myself, and of just recognition to the Cuban people, who have followed, through glorious pages of sacrifice the preaching of Bolívar and Martí to make the dreams of independence and liberty of these heroes a reality.

It was Bolívar who envisaged from that distant era the threat posed by U.S. imperialism to genuine Latin American and Caribbean integration, which still has a long way to go to materialize, but which merits all our efforts.

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Cuba’s support of the Bolivarian Revolution is and will always be inalterable

Cuba’s support of the Bolivarian Revolution is and will always be inalterable
Speech delivered by Miguel M. Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, before the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly, on the occasion of his official visit to the country. Caracas, May 30, 2018, Year 60 of the Revolution

Author: Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez | internet@granma.cu
may 31, 2018 12:05:57

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Speech delivered by Miguel M. Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, before the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly, on the occasion of his official visit to the country. Caracas, May 30, 2018, Year 60 of the Revolution

(Council of State transcript – GI translation)

Compañera Delcy Rodríguez, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly;

Compañero Tareck El Aissami, Executive Vice President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela;

Distinguished guests;

Dear Venezuelan people;

Cuban compatriots:

It is an honor to speak before members of the National Constituent Assembly, and I convey, in the name of Cuba, our respect and great admiration.

(Applause)

I bring a strong embrace from Army General Raúl Castro Ruz (Applause), who has expressed his admiration for the popular victory won last Sunday, May 20, that was resounding. (Applause) And this is precisely the reason for our visit to sister Venezuela.

Personally, we feel much support – and that is what we expressed to President Maduro – when just two days after the National Assembly of People’s Power in our country was held, when we took on the responsibility with which today we represent the Cuban people, the warm solidarity of Venezuela arrived right away, that of its people, the Bolivarian Revolution, and Maduro, with a delegation of figures from the Venezuelan government to visit our country – the first to visit following this National Assembly (Applause). We saw and appreciated this tremendous expression of support, of solidarity, of brotherhood, of friendship.

 

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General Raúl Castro Ruz, this morning received Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez

Raúl receives Díaz-Canel
The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, this morning received Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, at José Martí International Airport, returning from a state visit to Venezuela

Author: Digital news staff | informacion@granma.cu
may 31, 2018 17:05:58

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The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, this morning May 31, received Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, Prersident of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, at José Martí International Airport, who was returning from a state visit to Venezuela.

During his stay in the sister nation, Diaz-Canel completed a busy work agenda that included an official visit with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros, who awarded him the “Liberatores y Libertadoras” Order in the first degree.