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Cubainformación TV, a website devoted to challenging media campaigns against Cuba

 A critical eye exposes media manipulation
“The media war is more active than ever against revolutionary processes,” stated José Manzaneda, coordinator of Cubainformación TV, a website devoted to challenging media campaigns against Cuba
Nuria Barbosa Leónmarch 22, 2019 10:03:05

José Manzaneda, chief coordinator of the Cubainformación TV website.

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“The media war is now more active than ever against revolutionary processes,” stated José Manzaneda, chief coordinator of the Basque-based website Cubainformación TV, during a recent visit to Havana. The site is a space to challenge media manipulation against Cuba, offering content on the reality of the Caribbean island, silenced by the mainstream international press.
“The large international media corporations based in the United States, Europe, and countries of Latin America, are currently focused on Venezuela. They are very clearly the civilian army in the psychological war to overthrow a political and social process, in which the great power, with a capital “P”, is international and too much is at stake. They focus their content on creating a scenario in which armed intervention is possible and feasible.
“They have attempted this in all ways, but in recent months, they have combined several very important factors: the death of the great leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chávez, the fall in oil prices, and the development of highly coordinated economic warfare, as well as a very intense psychological and media campaign. With that concoction, the imperialists believe that now is the right moment to deal the death blow to the Venezuelan government. To this is added a U.S. administration linked to the extreme right, and a regional context that has led to satellite governments in countries such as Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Chile, and others. The mass media act as never before against revolutionary processes, as seen in Syria, Cuba, Libya, and other sovereign nations.

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The Guaidó case has all the characteristics of CIA operations

Juan Guaidó: From self-proclaimed President to sacrificial lamb
The Guaidó case has all the characteristics of CIA operations to overthrow governments not amenable to U.S. interests
Author: Raúl Antonio Capote | informacion@granmai.cu
march 19, 2019 09:03:04

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History is full of self-proclaimed kings, presidents and governors. Many are to be found in literature, as well, and some of these real and fictitious figures marked eras, while others end up as protagonists of some hilarious anecdote or after-dinner joke.
The Bible says that Adonijah, son of Jaguit, conspired with Joab, son of Sarvia, and the priest Abiathar, to gather his followers and relatives by the Stone of Zochelet in Enoguel, and proclaimed himself king of Judah, behind David’s back.
Don Fernando de Guzman proclaimed himself, “by the grace of God, Prince of Terra Firma and Peru,” ignoring his allegiance to King Phillip of Spain. Guzman was not willing to share the riches of the mythical Dorado with any king across the Atlantic.
England, during the second half of the 15th century, was plunged into a chaos of intrigue and shifting alliances. Two irreconcilable sides, the Yorks and the Lancasters, fought to the death for the throne. The self-proclaimed kings were many, as ambitious men and women competed ruthlessly for the crown.

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Cuban solidarity in Venezuela wears a white coat

Cuban solidarity in Venezuela wears a white coat
Since the beginning of Cuban medical solidarity in Venezuela, more than 140,000 health care professionals have participated, a large portion of the 220,000 total collaborating in various arenas

Author: National news staff | informacion@granma.cu

march 18, 2019 12:03:30

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Some 155 Venezuelan doctors will conclude their specialty training in Cuba in 2020, a great opportunity for the country considering the strengths of Cuban medical education, according to Yanet Torrealba Cordero, deputy director of the Health Ministry’s Research and Education Directorate, who, noted some key characteristics of the Cuban system, saying, “Their experience in the missions, their experience in the Revolution, in a different system of equity and equality, not mercantilist, but social.”
She is also responsible for the Specialist Training Project within the Comprehensive Cuba-Venezuela Cooperation Agreement, adding that this step means strengthening the system with the required talent, a demand initiated by President Chávez.
“Our brothers in Cuba have been strategic allies for our health network, both in the medical training of General Practitioners (MGI) and these specialists,” she added.
Dr. Fernando González Isla, head of the Cuban Medical Mission in Venezuela, said that in recent years more than 24,000 community doctors have been trained in Venezuela, now working alongside 21,000 Cuban doctors, contributing to the construction of an ideal health care system, imagined by our Comandantes Fidel and Chávez.
The greatest contribution of the Barrio Adentro mission, he said, is the training of human resources with a network of institutions that has created conditions to advance the principles established, with accessibility to services as a basic premise.
Since the beginning of Cuban medical solidarity in Venezuela, more than 140,000 health care professionals have participated, a large portion of the 220,000 total collaborating in a variety of sectors and areas of cooperation
Over the last 55 years, Cuba has completed 600,000 internationalist missions in 164 nations, in which more than 400,000 health workers have participated, many taking on this honorable task on more than one occasion.

Helms-Burton Act meant to re-colonize Cuba

Helms-Burton Act meant to re-colonize Cuba
The Trump administration is dusting off the law’s Title III to tighten the blockade and dissuade foreign investors in Cuba
Author: Raúl Antonio Capote | informacion@granmai.cu
march 14, 2019 10:03:37

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This law is more interventionist that the Platt Amendment of 1901 and the Reciprocity Treaty Cuba was forced to sign to be granted fictitious independence, at the beginning of the 20th century.
-It is an attack on the independence and dignity of Cuba, with openly annexationist, colonialist intentions.
– The Helms-Burton Act was approved to provoke a change in Cuba’s political and economic system.
– Its Titles I and II include a series of requirements defining a transition government, and what constitutes a democratically elected government, according to the U.S.
– It constitutes intervention in the internal affairs of a sovereign country, in violation of international law.
– It is also an affront to the sovereignty of other countries of the world, given its intention to enforce U.S. jurisdiction extraterritorially.
– This law expresses, in all its amplitude, the Monroe Doctrine, proclaimed more than a century and a half ago.
– Given the fears the law creates in some businesspeople, it harms both Cuba and U.S. citizens, preventing or delaying investment and further complicating economic relations.
– The law rules out the possibility of the two countries resolving claims on nationalized properties in a rational way; setting a serious precedent for international standards on the resolution of these types of disputes, which may turn against the United States itself when facing property claims in other countries.

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Cuba condemns terrorist sabotage of Venezuelan electrical power system

REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT STATEMENT
Cuba condemns terrorist sabotage of Venezuelan electrical power system
The Revolutionary Government strongly condemns the sabotage perpetrated against the Venezuelan electrical power system, which is a terrorist act intended to harm the defenseless population of an entire nation, and taking it hostage in the non-conventional war launched by the government of the United States against the legitimate government headed by comrade Nicolás Maduro Moros and the civic and military union of the Bolivarian, Chavista people.
Author: Redacción Digital | internet@granma.cu
march 12, 2019 09:03:29

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Several U.S. politicians have rushed to celebrate an action that deprives the population from an essential basic service; leaves hospitals without the power they require to work; disrupts other basic services which are indispensable in the everyday-life of people, such as food, water supply, transportation, communications, public safety, trade, bank transactions, and crtedit card payments. Such acts affect work in general and the proper functioning of schools and universities.
The sequence and modality of these actions remind us of the
sabotage perpetrated against the oil industry in 2002 by a U.S. company that owned and operated the automated system that controlled production, refining, transportation, and distribution of oil.
This adds to the ruthless economic and financial warfare imposed on Venezuela with the clear intention to subjugate, through shortages and deprivation, the political and sovereign will of a people that has not been brought to its knees.
This is an escalation of a non-conventional war led by the U.S. government against this sister nation, which is taking place after the failed provocation orchestrated on February 23 with the intention of introducing by force alleged humanitarian aid into Venezuela, thus challenging the legitimate authorities of the country and violating international law and the principles and norms of the United Nations Charter, with the purpose of causing widespread death and violence as a pretext for a “humanitarian intervention.”
The experience of Cuba’s own history and the history of other countries in the region show that these actions are a prelude to violent acts of a larger scope, as was the case of the armed invasion at the Bay of Pigs in 1961. The international community has accumulated sufficient evidence to be on the alert.

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Hugo Chávez Frías: When a friend departs

Hugo Chávez Frías: When a friend departs
Chávez embodied Venezuela’s longing for freedom, and set out to raise a rebellious continent and lead it on the path to its second independence

Raúl Antonio Capotemarch 8, 2019 17:03:44

Chávez was the Venezuelan people, he was one of them, he was born of them, and he maintained that spirit of origin.f0024333

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ignacio Ramonet, in the book My First Life, an extended interview with Hugo Chávez, describes how: “We had arrived at the center of the infinite Venezuelan plains the day before (…) the cracked, hardened earth around us was dotted with colorful bushes, splendid giant fruit trees flowering.” They were in the land of Chávez, the boy who sold dulce de lechosa (papaya in syrup), the man who embodied Venezuela’s longing for freedom, and set out to raise a rebellious continent and lead it on the path to its second independence.

Ramonet relates their stay in Sabaneta de Barinas, the land of “my circumstances,” as Chávez referred to it. Reading this account sparks one’s imagination, navigating those splendid spaces through which Simón Bolívar passed, as well as the plainsmen of “Páez the Centaur,” and Ezequiel Zamora, and where “Cuba’s best friend” grew up.

Chávez’s death was a mean trick, there was much left to do in these lands. “I love my country dearly,” he tells Ramonet, “deeply, because as Alí Primera says, the homeland is man (…), only history provides a people with the full awareness of themselves.” Venezuela, and extending the horizon as Bolívar, Martí and Fidel knew, to encompass the Great Homeland, is that man who bore within himself the marks of that land, punished by the gusts of a hot breeze, hardened earth, and at the same time perfumed by the aroma of its fruit trees.

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Why do Cuban women support the Revolution so firmly?

                                                                       

Cuban women support the Revolution sofirmly, so enthusiastically, so loyally… because it is a revolution that means double liberation for women. Women are a part of the country’s most humble sectors… women face discrimination not only as workers, but as women, as well

 
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I told a compañero that this phenomenon of women in the Revolution was a revolution within another revolution. And if we were asked: what is the most revolutionary thing that the Revolution is doing, we would answer that the most revolutionary thing the Revolution is doing is precisely this; that is, the revolution that is taking place within the women of our country. If we were asked: what are the things that have taught us the most in the Revolution, we would answer that one of the most interesting lessons that revolutionaries are receiving in the Revolution is the lesson that women are giving us. (…)
What is occurring to us, in reality, is that this potential force is superior to what the most optimistic of us could have ever imagined. And that is why we said that, maybe in the background, unconsciously, unconsciously there was some prejudice, or there was some underestimation, since reality is demonstrating, just beginning to march along this path, all the possibilities and all the roles women can play in a revolutionary process (…)
If women believe that their situation within society is optimal, if women believe that the revolution’s function, its revolutionary function within society, has been fulfilled, they would be mistaken.
It seems to us that women must still struggle a great deal, that women must work hard to reach the place they should really occupy (…)
If women in our country were doubly exploited, doubly humiliated, that means simply that, in a social revolution, women must be doubly revolutionary.

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Cuban Foreign Ministry denounces escalating U.S. hostility

Cuban Foreign Ministry denounces escalating U.S. hostility
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejects, in the strongest terms, the new escalation in aggressive U.S. behavior toward Cuba through the Helms-Burton Act

Author: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba | informacion@granmai.cu
march 5, 2019 09:03:03

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The U.S. State Department announced today the decision to allow, as of March 19 this year, the filing of lawsuits before U.S. courts under Title III of the Helms-Burton Act only against Cuban companies included on the List of Restricted Entities issued by that government in November of 2017, which was updated one year later. This arbitrary and illegitimate list, intended to tighten the blockade and expand its extraterritorial effects, forbids U.S. citizens from engaging in direct financial transactions with the aforementioned entities.
The announcement made by the U.S. State Department also indicated that it would suspend for only 30 days the option of initiating legal action with the same purposes against other Cuban entities or foreign companies which maintain commercial or economic relations with Cuba.
Since its entry into effect in 1996, the Helms-Burton Act has sought to universalize the economic blockade through brutal and illegal pressures exerted by the United States against third countries, their governments, and companies. It is intended to asphyxiate the Cuban economy, and generate or increase shortages among the population with the purpose of imposing in Cuba a government that serves the interests of the U.S.
Given the illegitimate character of the goals they pursue, which are contrary to international law, the Helms-Burton Act and the blockade arouse universal rejection, which has been reiterated for almost three decades within the most important regional and international fora. The most recent example of this was the United Nations General Assembly meeting held on November 1, when this policy was rejected in 10 consecutive votes, thus leaving the U.S. icompletely isolated.
Title II of the Helms-Burton Act states that the overthrowing of the revolutionary government, the subsequent tutelage by a U.S. intervenor and the subsequent establishment of a counterrevolutionary government subordinate to Washington, that would no doubt pursue the return to, or compensation for, former owners of all properties they or their descendants might claim, regardless of whether or not they were U.S. citizens at the time the nationalizations took place, or the fact that they abandoned the property. During this entire period, the economic blockade would continue to be fully implemented.
Consequently, Cubans would be forced to return, reimburse or pay U.S. claimants for the house in which they live, the area on which their communities are built, the arable land where they cultivate produce, the school where their children are educated, the hospital or polyclinic where they receive medical assistance, the place where their workplace is located or where they have a private business, and also sites used to provide subsidized services such as electricity, water, and communications enjoyed by the population.
This is an aspiration that can only be conceived by the minds of those who identify Cuba as a colonial possession. According to the Helms-Burton Act, the economic blockade would be lifted only when that ambition is fulfilled.
This law relies on two fundamental lies: the notion that nationalizations carried out soon after the triumph of the Revolutionary were illegitimate or inappropriate, and that Cuba is a threat to the U.S. national security.
Cuban nationalizations were carried out in accordance with the law, strictly abiding by the Constitution and in accordance with international law. All nationalizations included processes of fair and appropriate compensation, something that the U.S. government refused to consider. Cuba reached and honored global compensation agreements with other nations which are today investing in Cuba, such as Spain, Switzerland, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and France.
The real threat to regional peace and security are the irresponsible declarations and actions of the U.S. government as well as the destabilization plans aimed at Latin America and the Caribbean, pursuing the express purpose of imposing the Monroe Doctrine.
The Reaffirmation of Cuban Dignity and Sovereignty Act of December 24, 1996, states that the Helms-Burton Act is illegal, inapplicable, and has no legal value or effect whatsoever. It considers null and void any claim under that law by any individual or legal entity.
According to that law, claims for compensation for nationalized properties could be part of a process of negotiation on the based on equality and mutual respect between the governments of Cuba and the United States, and be “reviewed together with the indemnifications the Cuban state and people are entitled to as a result of the damages caused by the blockade and aggressions of every sort, for which the U.S. government is responsible”. It also makes it clear that those who resort to procedures or mechanisms under the Helms-Burton Act, to the detriment of others, will be excluded from possible future negotiations.
The Cuban Government reiterates to all economic partners and foreign companies operating in Cuba that full guarantees will be granted to foreign investments and joint projects. Article 28 of the Cuban Constitution, which was ratified by an overwhelming majority on February 24, 2019, also recognizes these guarantees, which are additionally included in Law No. 118 on Foreign Investment of March 29, 2014.
Today’s decision imposes additional obstacles to our economic development and progress goals, but the United States will continue to fail to achieve its main objective of suppressing by force the sovereign will of Cubans and our determination to build socialism. The majority opinion of the peoples of Cuba and the United States, in favor of improved relations, and the development of civilized, respectful coexistence, will prevail.

 

 

A revolution within the Revolution

A revolution within the Revolution
The 60-year path of emancipation Cuban women has taken bears the imprint of Vilma, the militant fighter, the dreamer of the future, who led the struggle along an ever ascending course: that of a Revolution with a vocation for justice, with noble leaders like Fidel and Raúl who always understood the importance of women being protagonists. Beginning today is the 10th Congress of the Federation of Cuban Women

Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
march 6, 2019 09:03:07

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Dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the initiation of Cuba’s independence struggle; the 60th of the Cuban Revolution; Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz; Vilma Espín; and all young Cuban women, beginning today is the 10th Congress of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), with 360 delegates and 40 guests on hand.
Scheduled today are four commission meetings, to be held in different institutions around the city, in which the role of the organization and its mobilizing role will be analyzed in the context of the updating of Cuba’s economic model; gender equality in the family and society; youth as a guarantee of the FMC’s continuity; and the organization’s internal functioning.
The venues for this first day of the Congress are the Ministry of Agriculture; the Revolutionary Martyrs of Tarara National Police Academy; the University of Havana Event Center; the Center for Engineering and Biotechnology; and the Party’s Ñico López School.
March 7-8, plenary sessions will take place in Havana’s International Convention Center.
Among activities that took place prior to the Congress included the inauguration of social works, photographic exhibitions dedicated to women, political-cultural galas, and the granting of awards to outstanding workers.

Idolka Sánchez, the militia face immortalized by Korda’s lens in 1962

Korda’s militia woman
The story of Idolka Sánchez, the militia face immortalized by Korda’s lens in 1962, one of the millions of women protagonists of the Cuban Revolution

Author: Alejandra García | internet@granma.cu
march 6, 2019 13:03:06

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Among the crowd that May Day, 1962, a young photographer focused on the adolescent face of Idolka Sánchez, as she marched in front of the José Martí Memorial in Havana.

One of the almost 2,000 members of the Lidia Doce women’s militia battalion, Idolka saw him approach, camera in hand. He appeared as if hell bent on photographing her, as if he had seen her from a distance and couldn’t let her escape his lens. He had chosen her.

“Lift up the machine gun!” the man she had barely heard of ordered. This was the same photographer who, in March 1960, had immortalized Che’s face, hair blowing in the wind, during the funeral of the victims of the terrorist attack on the La Coubre steamship. The order was followed by several clicks of his camera and, in a matter of seconds, Korda had disappeared.

Idolka had already forgotten the incident when the photographer reappeared, that same morning. Korda wanted to take two more shots of her. He didn’t just want to capture a face or an image. He was seeking a symbol, and he found it. The following day, the photo was seen across the island, on the front page of the newspaper Revolución. Continue reading