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Another Victory Cuba has a new President

Another April 19, another victory
The fact that today Cuba has a new President is not only the result of an electoral process. This was a transition from one historical generation to another, which was as natural as it was transcendental

Author: Lissy Rodríguez Guerrero | informacion@granma.cu
Author: Yudy Castro Morales | internet@granma.cu
april 20, 2018 09:04:03

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Miguel Díaz Canel and Raúl Castro. Photo: Estudios Revolución Photo: Estudio Revolución
The fact that today Cuba has a new President is not only the result of an electoral process. There is a great deal of responsibility, and symbolism. in this transition from one historical generation to another which was not forged in the Sierra or on the plains in the hard-won victory, but one that has risen to the occasion to preserve the victory, without losing the way, to found, transform, triumph…

And there is also disinterest in this act of ceding, that does not imply quitting. There is much humility in those who leave to others the leadership of the great work of the Revolution to which they have given their all – to now accompany those bearing the responsibility, in Raúl’s case, as the highest authority in the political vanguard and from his seat as a deputy.

The events were as natural as they were transcendental.

On the first day of the Assembly’s constituent session, we saw Raúl take his seat in the first row, exercise his right to vote, ballot in hand, showing with his unassuming conduct that the time had arrived, the moment that always seemed so distant.

And when Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez was elected as President of Cuba, Raúl stepped up, without any unnecessary protocol or solemn posture, to receive him, embrace him, show his confidence in the man, the future.

Speaking of Díaz-Canel, Raúl emphasized that he is no rookie, noting his work as an engineer, an officer in the Revolutionary Armed Forces, a youth leader and later a professional Party cadre in Villa Clara and Holguín. He spoke of his performance as Minister of Higher Education, and for the last five years, as First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers.

The new President spoke of Raúl as a statesman, of his leadership in the development of national consensus on the updating process underway in the country, as well as his rich history as a participant in the Moncada assault, a Granma expeditionary, a guerilla, military commander, and political leader.

“I’m not here to promise anything,” Díaz-Canel said, “as the Revolution never did over all these years. I’m here to offer commitment,” to continue working and creating tirelessly, in step with the people.

In this endeavor, we are not alone, because “even our dead accompany us.”

It may not be easy to do all that needs to be done, but this April 19, there was no parting. The continuity has a face, faces.

Miguel Díaz-Canel: I assume this responsibility

Miguel Díaz-Canel: I assume this responsibility with the conviction that all we revolutionaries will be faithful to Fidel and Raúl
On the morning of April 19, a historic date on which not only is the first defeat of Yankee imperialism in the Americas commemorated, but Cuba also sees the inauguration of a new government that makes evident the continuity of the new generations with the legacy of the historic generation that founded the Cuban Revolution in the highest leadership positions of the country

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Author: Digital news staff | informacion@granma.cu
april 19, 2018 11:04:18
On the morning of April 19, a historic date on which not only is the first defeat of Yankee imperialism in the Americas commemorated, but Cuba also sees the inauguration of a new government that makes evident the continuity of the new generations with the legacy of the historic generation that founded the Cuban Revolution in the highest leadership positions of the country, compañero Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, offered his first speech as President of the Councils of State and of Ministers of Cuba.
He began by recognizing the leadership of Army General Raúl Castro, the candidate for deputy to have received the most votes in the recent general elections; as well as the Comandantes of the Revolution, “who on being in this room offer us the opportunity to embrace history,” he noted.
He also referred to the “dark attempts to destroy us” of those who have not been able to destroy “our faith.”
With the inauguration of this new legislature, he emphasized, the electoral process comes to its conclusion. The Cuban people, who have massively participated throughout, are conscious of its historic importance. They have elected their representatives based on their capacity to represent their localities, without media campaigns, corruption or demagoguery. Citizens have elected humble, hard-working people as their genuine representatives, who will participate in the approval and implementation of the country’s policies.

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Days of combat

GRANMA
OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST
PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

Days of combat
The invader had not been able to establish the beach head needed to justify an OAS intervention. United in resistance, the people displayed the strength that would allow them to confront other battles. The spirit of a nation re-conquered had taken shape in Girón

Author: Graziella Pogolotti | internet@granma.cu
april 16, 2018 10:04:2

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Fidel proclaimed the socialist nature of the Revolution on the Havana street corner of 23rd and 12th, during the burial of those killed in the airport bombings of April 15, 1961, the prelude to the Bay of Pigs invasion at Girón. Photo: Raúl Corrales

Rumors of the fighting were heard during the dawn hours. It was at a distance. I went out on the balcony. From the heights of Vedado, militia men ran down the hill as they finished buttoning their uniform shirts. Right away, the news began to spread. They had bombed the Ciudad Libertad airport. We were in the prelude to an imminent invasion, expected since the United States had broken diplomatic relations. We were on the eve of Playa Girón. (on the Bay of Pigs)

Moved by an impulse from the depths of my conscience, I decided to end the convalescence that followed a series of operations. I joined the work. My individual reaction was the same as that of the vast majority of the people who were not on the front lines. On the rearguard, it was our responsibility to assure the normal functioning of the country. And so it was.

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Ten landmarks in Cuba-Vietnam relations

Ten landmarks in Cuba-Vietnam relations
On the occasion of a visit to our country by Nguyen Phu Trong, secretary general of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Granma offers a summary of events shared by the sister nations
Author: National news staff | informacion@granma.cu
march 28, 2018 08:03:40

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Photo: Jorge Oller
1- THE ESTABLISHMENT OF DIPLOMATIC RELATONS:
During the commemoration of the landing of the yacht Granma and the creation of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, December 2, 1960, Fidel announced the decision to establish formal diplomatic relations with Vietnam.
2- ACADEMIC EXCHANGE:
In the 1960s, the first group of Vietnamese students arrived in Cuba. Since 1961, more than 3,000 have studied different fields here. Cuba offers scholarships every year to youth to pursue degrees here.
3- SOLIDARITY:
September 25, 1963, the Cuban Committee for Solidarity with South Vietnam was founded, headed by Moncada heroine Melba Hernández and supported by mass organizations across the island. Public events and symposiums were organized to denounce the horrors of napalm. Today the organization is known as the Cuba-Vietnam Friendship Association.
4-NATIONAL BALLET OF CUBA VISITS VIETNAM:
In 1964, members of the BNC, led by Alicia Alonso, visited Hanoi – the first cultural company to travel to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam – and was received by Ho Chi Minh. Years later, in 1978, the BNC danced before 17,000 spectators and the delegation was awarded the country’s Friendship Medal.

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El Ballet Nacional de Cuba en Vietnam. Encuentro con Ho Chi Minh, a la entrada en el Palacio en Hanoi. Photo: Osvaldo Salas

5-CUBA WILLING TO SHED ITS BLOOD FOR VIETNAM:
During a solidarity with South Vietnam event, June 3, 1969, Fidel stated “…when we say that we are willing to shed our blood, we are not saying anything extraordinary, because the people of Vietnam have not offered to shed their blood for us or other peoples, but rather have shed blood for us and other peoples!”
6-FIDEL’S FIRST VISIT TO VIETNAM:
The Comandante en Jefe became the first head of state to visit liberated areas in South Vietnam, crossing the 17th parallel, with the war still underway. (The moment is pictured above)
7- CONSTRUCTION BRIGADES:
After his visit to Vietnam, Fidel directed the creation of the Ho Chi Minh Contingent, including more than 1,000 men. Outstanding among their efforts was the Victoria Hotel, today a symbol of the deep ties of friendship and cooperation shared by the two peoples.
8- VIETNAMESE RICE:
Rice is an essential component of the Cuban diet, and is one of the principal products imported from Vietnam.
9-A DEEP FRIENDSHIP:
In 2005, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of South Vietnam’s liberation and the country’s unification, Army General Raúl Castro, then second secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba and a vice president of the Councils of State and Minister, again travels to Vietnam.
10-SUPPORT IN HARD TIMES:
After the death of Cuba’s Comandante en Jefe in November of 2016, a high level delegation led by Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, member of the Communist Party’s Central Committee and president of the National Assembly, attended
the funeral events in Cuba. Many other authorities sent their condolences.

The General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam to arrive to Cuba today

The General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam to arrive to Cuba today
The distinguished visitor will hold official talks with the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, and undertake other activities

Author: International news staff | informacion@granma.cu
march 28, 2018 10:03:53

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Nguyen Phu Trong will arrive to Cuba this afternoon.
The General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, comrade Nguyen Phu Trong, will arrive to Cuba this afternoon on a state visit.

During his stay, the distinguished visitor will hold official talks with the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, and undertake other activities.

Phu Trong was born on April 14, 1944, in the Dong Hoi Commune, Dong Anh District, Hanoi. In 1963, he enrolled in the Faculty of Literature of the University of the Vietnamese capital, where he obtained the title of Bachelor of Literature.

On December 19, 1967, he joined the ranks of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

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Cuba y Vietnam: una hermandad que se afianza

Cuba y Vietnam: una hermandad que se afianza (+ Fotos)
Durante el último día de su visita de Estado, el Secretario General del Partido Comunista de Vietnam rindió honores a la historia de la Isla en la ciudad heroica de Santiago, acompañado por el General de Ejército Raúl Castro Ruz

Autor: Leticia Martínez Hernández | internet@granma.cu
31 de marzo de 2018 02:03:30

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Nguyen Phu Trong depositó una hermosa ofrenda floral dedicada al líder la Revolución Cubana. Foto:
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líder la Revolución Cubana. Foto: Estudios Revolución
Santiago de Cuba.–Caía la tarde en esta ciudad cuando el Secretario General del Partido Comunista de Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong, llegó al cementerio de Santa Ifigenia, acompañado por el Primer Secretario del Partido Comunista de Cuba, el General de Ejército Raúl Castro Ruz, para rendir tributo a Martí, Fidel, Céspedes y Mariana, justo en la última jornada de su visita de Estado a la Isla.

Como sucede siempre en ese sagrado altar de la Patria, las emociones afloraron cuando, luego de los himnos de ambas naciones y el estremecedor toque de silencio, se efectuó el cambio de la guardia de honor que, como exacto mecanismo de reloj, ocurre cada media hora del día en este histórico sitio.

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Anti-Cuban lobby linked to bridge collapse in Florida

Anti-Cuban lobby linked to bridge collapse in Florida
While Miami continues to be in a state of shock after six people died on March 15 when a pedestrian-bridge on SW Eighth Street collapsed, ties between the company responsible for the work and members of the anti-Cuban lobby, in particular Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Mario Díaz-Balart, are coming to light

Author: Sergio Alejandro Gómez | internet@granma.cu
march 21, 2018 12:03:06

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Anti-Cuban Lobby in Congress, Representative Mario Díaz-Balart, Senator Marco Rubio and Representative lena Ros-lehtinen

While Miami continues to be in a state of shock after six people died on March 15 when a pedestrian-bridge on SW Eighth Street collapsed, ties between the company responsible for the work and members of the anti-Cuban lobby, in particular Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Mario Díaz-Balart, are coming to light.
The 950 ton bridge, which was intended to improve access at Florida International University, was built by Munilla Construction Management (MCM) at a cost of over 14.2 million USD.
MCM, with important political ties in the city, is now coming under growing public scrutiny as investigators try to discover why the bridge collapsed just one week after it was completed, as well as the reason behind design flaws in the high-tech structure.
Initial investigations indicate that cracks in the bridge were reported at least two days before its collapse, raising questions about the conduct of the company and local authorities.

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Mañana ocho millones de cubanos podrán ejercer voto

Mañana ocho millones de cubanos podrán ejercer, con su voto, el derecho a decidir un destino de soberanía arduamente conquistada. Con la elección de los diputados a la Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular y de los delegados a las asambleas provinciales, se dará otro importantísimo paso en unas elecciones generales de trascendental impacto para la Isla y su Revolución
Autor: Granma | internet@granma.cu
9 de marzo de 2018 22:03:50

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More Coverage AT:

http://www.granma.cu/elecciones-en-cuba

Anti-Cuban provocation plot foiled on eve of elections,

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba

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Source: Granma

March 9 2018
Anti-Cuban provocation plot foiled on eve of elections

The operation was carried out with financing and support from counter-revolutionary groups based abroad and other international organizations such as the so-called Democratic Initiative of Spain and the Americas (IDEA); Pan American Democracy Foundation; the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation; and using a small, illegal anti-Cuban group as instrument.
As is customary in any reactionary initiative in our region, the involvement of the OAS Secretary General was not lacking.

It should also be remembered that a similar operation was attempted last year in which, as well as the aforementioned groups, the Democracy and Community Center; the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL); and Interamerican Institute for Democracy, run by terrorist and CIA agent Carlos Alberto Montaner, all of which have been actively working against Cuba and whose links with the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy (NED), which receives funding from the U.S. government to carry out subversive programs against Cuba, are well known.

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During the Summit, Cuban President Presidents Raúl Castro Ruz, reiterated the unwavering support for the Bolivarian Revolution

Raúl: The joint defense of Venezuela is the strategic and urgent task of support was expressed for the Bolivarian RevolutionALBA
The Cuban President attended the 15th ALBA-TCP Summit, where tribute was paid to Hugo Chávez and support was expressed for the Bolivarian Revolution

Author: Leticia Martínez Hernández | internet@granma.cu
march 6, 2018 09:03:50

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During the Summit, the Cuban President reiterated the unwavering support for the Bolivarian Revolution and the civic-military union of its people, led by President Nicolás Maduro. Photo: Estudio Revolución
CARACAS.–As a tribute to the memory of the Comandante of the Bolivarian Revolution Hugo Chávez Frías, precisely five years after his passing, the 15th Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Peoples’ Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) was held in the Venezuelan capital’s Miraflores Palace.

The moving first public activity of the gathering brought together heads of state and delegations on a terrace of the Venezuelan government headquarters to witness together the ceremony held daily, at 4:25 p.m. – the time at which Chávez passed away – to honor the Latin American leader with the firing of a cannon salute from the Cuartel de la Montaña.

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