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The United States has some 800 military bases around the world

U.S. military presence in Latin America & the Caribbean
The United States has some 800 military bases around the world, with 76 in Latin America and the Caribbean to protect its hegemonic interests in the region

Author: Raúl Capote Fernández | informacion@granmai.cu
august 15, 2018 15:08:05

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The United States has some 800 military bases around the world, and 76 of these are in Latin America. Among the best known are 12 in Panama, 12 in Puerto Rico, nine in Colombia, and eight in Peru, with the greatest number concentrated in Central America and the Caribbean.

In March of 2018, the U.S. Southern Command released information on its strategy for our region over the next ten years, the principle dangers and threats identified, and plans to confront these. Mentioned in this context were Cuba, Venezuela, and Bolivia; the struggle against drug trafficking; regional and transnational criminal networks; the greater presence of China, Russia, and Iran in Latin America and the Caribbean; disaster response (remember the “aid” given Haiti after the earthquake); as well as the role assigned to security forces in every country in terms of internal, regional, and international order. (1)

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With all and for the good of all

The press at a decisive civic moment
The press will play a decisive role in the constitutional reform consultation which began August 13 across the country, the most decisive civic test of recent years, according to sector leaders`

Author: Alejandra García | internet@granma.cu
august 16, 2018 10:08:07

With all and for the good of all.

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The press and journalists will play a decisive role in the constitutional reform consultation which began August 13 across the country, the most decisive civic test of recent years, according to experts and professionals who spoke during a conference yesterday, August 15.
The challenge we face of building consensus, around changes to be made in the Constitution, begins with considering the opinions of others for the good of all, commented Ricardo Ronquillo Bello, president of the Union of Cuban Journalists (UPEC), during a panel discussion entitled “The press in Cuba at the crossroads of a new Constitution.”
Ronquillo, who participated digitally, insisted that this process demands innovation and creativity of journalists, on traditional platforms and on channels offered by new information technology, so the debate is transparent and the way opinions are collected and evaluated is clear to all.
Dr. Rosa Miriam Elizalde, UPEC first vice president, emphasized the importance of knowing the country’s constitutional history, beginning in the
Guáimaro Constitution of 1869, which included freedom of the press among Cubans’ individual rights.
She noted however that past guarantees have referred only to the rights reporters and media, and not of those seeking information. The current proposal, she pointed out, establishes freedom of expression and access to information, as well as the responsibility of all authorities to make public information they have.
Dr. Elizalde emphasized as well, “This document safeguards the political, class character of our press, defining the property that sustains it as socialist, owned by the people as a whole, blocking the possibility that a private monopoly remerge in Cuba’s media sector.”
The meeting took place at UPEC headquarters in Havana, with journalists, experts, and academics participating, and served to recall the organization’s former president Antonio Moltó, who died August 15, 2017, as well as other journalists recently deceased: Ana María Radaelli, Jesús Hernández, Pedro Hernández Soto, Lázaro Fernández, Rafael Daniel, and Renato Recio, among others.
UPEC has activated an email account to receive comments on issues related to the press included in the proposed Constitution: constitucion@upec.cu.

A reflection on the occasion of Fidel’s birthday

Fidel’s Cuba takes on the impossible
A reflection on the occasion of Fidel’s birthday – August 13, the 92nd anniversary of his birth – and a life well lived

Author: Yeilén Delgado Calvo | nacionales@granma.cu
august 13, 2018 09:08:26

Fidel delivers a speech circa 1960.

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Life seems short to humans. We are but specks of light in the infinity of history. Death puts an end to material existence and inexorably arrives for all.
Defeating it, despite all the efforts of those have tried for centuries, can only be accomplished two ways: leaving love, sowed with kindness and devotion, or by developing ideas that surpass the personal to become shared property.
Few men and women have been able to do both and reach a sublime form of immortality. They cease to exist to become a people, and as the date of their deaths recedes in time, their presence continues to spread, like a fire.
Just saying their names is enough to feel their closeness, to sustain and encourage us in the joyful times and those of sacrifice. Thus Fidel remains in our hearts, and as always speaks to us of what makes our country great: the unity of our people facing the impossible.
We must believe in humanity despite the dark sides, to make a Revolution, and understand that the struggle does not end with the victory, but rather truly begins at that moment. This vision is what makes Fidel so magnetic: his caliber as a leader and his unquestionable authority had as their foundation great faith in the will of human beings to grow, and the analytical ability to see beyond the evident.
Amidst our current effort to achieve a Constitution that works for us, not only putting the society we are on paper, but also the society we want to be, it is no accident that today’s date marks the beginning of a time period when we are called upon to speak loud and clear, knowing that politics is the people’s business – something else Fidel taught us.
August 13 does not mark the beginning of a life that lasted 90 years, but rather of a spiral that will continue upward as long as there is someone repeating what has become a moral conviction: Comandante en Jefe, at your orders!

Maduro shows his strength, looks death in the face

Maduro shows his strength, looks death in the face
The self proclaimed T-shirt Soldiers group claimed responsibility for the August 4 attack on the Venezuelan President’s life

Author: Misión Verdad | informacion@granmai.cu
august 10, 2018 15:08:40

Venezuela’s President during an event celebrating the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard.

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During an event attended by thousands on Bolivar Avenue in the city of Caracas, on the occasion of the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard, two drones exploded close to the Presidential stand, as the country’s head of state was finishing his speech to the crowd.

According to police accounts, the nature of the explosive material the drones carried was confirmed when they crashed. “Unofficial” sources told an opposition journalist named Román Camacho that the artifacts contained C4 plastic explosives.

Minutes after the explosions, a group calling itself Soldados de Franelas (T-shirt Soldiers) took credit for the attack. They have been linked to the now-defunct paramilitary CICPC (Scientific, Penal and Criminology Research Corps) led by Óscar Pérez, which at the end of last year carried out several armed attacks on civilian and military institutions in the country, publicly taking credit on social media.

This acknowledgement on their part invalidated the narrative disseminated about a “self-attack” or an “isolated explosion” in a building adjacent to Bolívar Avenue, which some operatives on social media, and international news outlets like the Associated Press, have attempted to present, to distract attention from the perpetuators and shield those responsible.

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Nicolás Maduro: Here is the evidence on the failed assassination attempt

Nicolás Maduro: Here is the evidence on the failed assassination attempt
During a nationally radio and TV broadcast, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro presents evidence regarding the failed attempt on his life that occurred this past August 4
Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
august 9, 2018 10:08:12

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During a national radio and TV broadcast, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro presented evidence regarding the failed attempt on his life that occurred this past August 4.
There are still suspects at large, including Rayder Alexander Russo Márquez, residing in Colombia, and Osmán Alexis Delgado Tabosky, a U.S. resident, both being sought by Venezuelan justice, reported teleSUR.
Juan Carlos Monasterios, one of the suspects, was arrested and has provided details regarding who, in Colombia, hired, trained, and financed the attack. He revealed that also involved was Venezuelan deputy Juan Requesens, now under arrest.
What the evidence shows thus far:
A drone was taken into the Cipreses business center by group calling itself Bravo, and up to the 10th floor by terrorists trained at the Atalanta farm in Chinacotá, in the Colombian municipality of Santander.
They had observed preparations for a July 24 parade in the Venezuelan state of Carabobo, as well as one on July 5, and considered carrying out the attack at these events, but decided they were not adequately prepared.
Friday afternoon, they confirmed details of the August 4 event, learning that it would to take place on Bolivar Avenue, not on Los Próceres, and therefore moved the drone. At the same time, a second drone was taken to the Cipreses by another group.
On the day of the attack, the two drones were deployed, the first exploded near the Presidential stand at the event, while the second was disoriented and crashed into the Eduardo building.
Ten minutes after the attack, two persons with the drone remote control were captured, thanks to popular intelligence.
The intellectual authors of the attack also participated in violent actions in 2017, and offered those 50 million dollars and U.S. residency to the individuals who carried out this terrorist act.
All statements by those arrested point toward the Venezuelan opposition leader Julio Borges, who lives in Colombia.

Cuban socialism is rooted in a fully democratic, popular decision

 

Socialism in Cuba is deeply rooted
Our socialism is not an arbitrary imposition, accepted by a docile people, but rather the result of a conscious, popular decision, upheld for generations, and reaffirmed forcefully in 2002 when more than nine million people signed a petition to include its irrevocable nature in the Constitution
Author: Yudy Castro Morales | internet@granma.cu
august 7, 2018 09:08:32

Cuban socialism is rooted in a fully democratic, popular decision.

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Constitutions can also tell the story of a country – a history that takes into account every right won, and the struggles waged to gain them. The letter and spirit of all such texts are a clear reflection of the society they govern, through what is included in their articles and what is not.
The evolution of Cuban constitutional history is an inseparable part of our revolutionary tradition, of the legacy of our independence struggles that have brought us thus far, and that in a January almost sixty years ago, opened the way to take the socialist route with a Revolution “with all and for the good of all,” deeply tied to the thought of Martí and Fidel.

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Estoy de pie, firme y victorioso, afirma Nicolás Maduro

Estoy de pie, firme y victorioso, afirma Nicolás Maduro
El presidente de Venezuela hizo una alocución especial al pueblo venezolano, luego del intento de atentado contra su vida perpetrado en la tarde de este sábado, mientras hacía uso de la palabra en un acto a propósito del aniversario 81 de la Guardia Nacional Bolivariana

Autor: Bertha Mojena Milián | internet@granma.cu
4 de agosto de 2018 22:08:51

El presidente denunció el intento de atentado en su contra.

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El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, en una alocución especial al pueblo venezolano, afirmó que está «de pie, firme y victorioso», luego del intento de atentado contra su vida perpetrado en la tarde de este sábado, mientras hacía uso de la palabra en un acto celebrado en la avenida Bolívar de Caracas, a propósito del aniversario 81 de la Guardia Nacional Bolivariana.
«Aquí estoy de pie otra vez», reiteró Maduro, quien contó que justo en el momento en que hacía referencia al Censo de Transporte que está convocando el gobierno para la reorganización de este sector y evitar el robo de combustibles en el país, vio una primera explosión frente a él desde un dron con explosivos.

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Cuba reiterates unconditional solidarity and support for President Maduro

Cuba reiterates unconditional solidarity and support for President Maduro and the Bolivarian Chavista Revolution
The revolutionary Cuban government issued a declaration forcefully denouncing the attempted attack on the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, which occurred Saturday August 4, during a military parade in Caracas
Author: Gobierno de la República de Cuba | internet@granma.cu
august 6, 2018 09:08:06

Leading the commemoration of the 8th anniversary of ALBA were Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, then President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, and President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela NicolásMaduro Moro.

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The revolutionary government of the Republic of Cuba forcefully denounces the attempted attack on the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, which occurred Saturday August 4, during a military parade in Caracas, on the occasion of the 81st anniversary of the founding of the Bolivarian National Guard.
This terrorist act, presuming to ignore the will of the Venezuelan people, is yet another desperate attempt to achieve via assassination what has not been possible in multiple elections, or through the 2002 coup against then-President Hugo Chávez, the 2003 oil industry lock-out, or the unconventional war conducted with media campaigns, sabotage, and violent, cruel acts.

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Identifican autores materiales de terroristas en Venezuela

Identifican autores materiales de intento de magnicidio en Venezuela
El fiscal general, Tarek William Saab señaló que las investigaciones preliminares permitieron determinar la identidad de los terroristas
Autor: Redacción Digital | internet@granma.cu
6 de agosto de 2018 14:08:35

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Los órganos de la seguridad del Estado identificaron a los autores materiales y colaboradores inmediatos del intento de magnicidio perpetrado contra el presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, informó hoy el fiscal general, Tarek William Saab.
En rueda de prensa desde la sede del Ministerio Público, Saab señaló que las investigaciones preliminares permitieron determinar la identidad de los terroristas, su lugar de alojamiento antes de perpetrar el atentado y las primeras conexiones internacionales de los involucrados.

El sábado 4 de agosto último a las 17:41 horas, durante la celebración de la parada militar en homenaje al aniversario 81 de la Guardia Nacional Bolivariana, elementos criminales atentaron contra la vida del mandatario venezolano mediante el uso de drones cargados con explosivos.

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Preparations for popular discussion of Constitutional reform

Preparations underway for popular discussion of Constitutional reform
National seminar on consultation process held in Havana

Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
july 31, 2018 09:07:02

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Concluded yesterday, July 30, in Havana was a two-day national seminar on the Constitutional reform consultation process, which included more than 280 provincial representatives of the Party, the Young Communists League, mass organizations, the Union of Jurists, political leaders of the Ministries of the Revolutionary Armed Forces and the Interior, as well as the commission charged with Implementation and Development of Policy Guidelines, the National Electoral Commission, the Center for Socio-political Studies, and the Ministry of Foreign Relations.

The Sunday session was devoted to an exchange with the committee of deputies charged with drafting the proposal that was debated, modified, and approved by the National Assembly, and will be discussed by the population August 13 through November 15.

On Monday an explanation was presented as to how proposals and comments will be compiled from the more than 135,000 meetings to be held in workplaces, schools, community centers, and abroad – which will be conducted by 7,600 two-person teams who will receive further training.

Some 600,000 copies of the proposed Constitutional reform will be offered for sale at the cost of one CUP, while the draft is also available online.

As Army General Raúl Castro Ruz stated July 26, the success of the popular consultation depends on the active, committed participation of all Cubans, to ensure understanding of the changes proposed, and reaffirm the irrevocable nature of socialism in the country and the continuity of the Revolution.