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July 26, the national commemoration for the 66th anniversary of the assaults on the Moncada Garrison

Special coverage: July 26 in the heart of Cuba
Today, July 26, the national commemoration for the 66th anniversary of the assaults on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons will be held in Bayamo

National news staffjuly 26, 2019 06:07:49

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With the presence of Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez opened the political-cultural commemoration for the 66th Anniversary of the Assaults on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Garrisons.

Also in attendance are José Ramón Machado Ventura, second secretary of the Party Central Committee, and members of the Political Bureau, Salvador Valdés Mesa, first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers; Esteban Lazo Hernández, president of the National Assembly of People’s Power; Susely Morfa González, first secretary of the Young Communists League National Bureau; and other Party leaders and the Granma provincial government.

As soon as the day dawns, Bayamo’s Plaza de la Patria will welcome thousands of Granma residents for the national commemoration for the 66th anniversary of the assaults on the Moncada in Santiago de Cuba and the Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrison, in this historic city. Granma offers special coverage of the events.

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Moncada: A victory of ideas

Moncada: A victory of ideas
The July 26, 1953, events in Santiago de Cuba and Bayamo changed forever the direction of an entire country, and opened a new stage in the history of Our America

Author: Juan Diego Nusa Peñalver | internet@granma.cu
july 24, 2019 19:07:17

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History cannot be forgotten. At a time when U.S. imperialism and its regional allies are intent upon eliminating the idea that “a better world is possible,” the Cuban Revolution and its heroic people are resisting at all costs, convinced of the justness of their ideals, and celebrating the 66th anniversary of the assaults on the Moncada in Santiago de Cuba, and the Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrison in Bayamo.

These glorious events changed forever the direction of an entire country, their greatness recognized beyond the nation’s borders, opening a new stage in the history of Our America.

The justness of their revolutionary ideas led the generation of Martí’s centenary, led by Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz, to risk their lives to plant the seed of this historic change, which despite the failure of the military action would bear fruit a few years later.

The daring attack on the cruel U.S. backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, allowed the population to gain consciousness of the need for armed struggle to transform the nation’s dire circumstances, with which Cubans retook the road to full independence, that given its projections and significance, became an example for Caribbean and Latin American countries, also battling to win their “second and definitive” independence, as José Martí said.

The armed action was based on a progressive program, in which the most important aspirations for socio-economic and political transformation at that time were outlined masterfully by Fidel in his historic ​​self-defense during the spurious trial that followed the frustrated assault, October 16, 1953, when the Comandante en Jefe ended with the celebrated phrase: “Condemn me, it doesn’t matter, history will absolve me.”

The group’s action and program reflected a Marxist-Leninist analysis of the prevailing objective and subjective conditions in Cuba, which had matured extraordinarily following Batista’s pro-imperialist coup, on March 10, 1952, in order to prevent a majority party, of a reformist orientation, from coming to power through an electoral process, convened within the framework of “representative democracy,

” which the bourgeois regime itself, dependent on the United States, did not respect.The tactical setback suffered on July 26, 1953, when the military objectives foreseen in the action were not achieved, did not modify the historical results of the events, which were definitively inserted into the annals of Cuba’s revolutionary history.

A new stage of armed struggle was opened with the assault on the Moncada garrison in Santiago de Cuba, a city with a long tradition in the country’s previous independence wars, and the simultaneous attack on the Batista army’s garrison in the city of Bayamo – a stage that would continue until the dictatorship was overthrown January 1, 1959.

The deep convictions and ideals that motivated the glorious events were strengthened and extended. The Moncada became the antecedent and a valuable experience leading to decisive subsequent events: the Granma expedition, from the sister land of Mexico, and the guerrilla struggle in the mountains, which would be the principle form of revolutionary action, with the indispensable support of an underground movement across the entire country.

Fidel insisted that the Cuban people’s struggle for liberation did not begin that day: “The heroic march begun in 1868 by Céspedes was reinitiated, and later continued by that exceptional man whose centenary was commemorated the same year (1953), the intellectual author of the Moncada: José Martí.

”Sixty-six years after the Moncada, seen by many, inside Cuba and beyond, as an impossible “assault on heaven,” the national celebration invites Cubans to reflection on the past, present and, above all, the future of the revolutionary struggle on the road to building a prosperous and sustainable socialist country, in which the greatest possible share of social justice is achieved.

Cuba is a safe country

Cuba is a safe country, but U.S. continues its attempts to manipulate reality
Yesterday, July 25, Cuba demanded that the U.S. government cease its manipulation of alleged health problems reported by its diplomatic staff in Havana, as a pretext to impose aggressive measures to harm our country, economy, and people

Author: Ana Laura Palomino García | informacion@granmai.cu
july 24, 2019 10:07:25

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Yesterday, July 25, Cuba demanded that the U.S. government cease its manipulation of alleged health problems reported by its diplomatic staff in Havana, as a pretext to impose aggressive measures to harm our country, economy, and people.
In statements to the press, Johana Tablada, the Foreign Ministry’s director for the United States, described a new study from the University of Pennsylvania, published in the American Medical Association Journal, which compared images of the brains of U.S. diplomatic personnel who reported health problems during their stays on the island, with those of a control group, and concluded that differences between the two exist.
Tablada recalled that in March of 2018, in the same journal, an article was published that described the clinical condition of the diplomats, yet, on this occasion, following the publication of the new article, the corporate media has immediately responded with full coverage.
“Two years later, after much speculation and little information or cooperation, not a single reason has appeared to justify the closing of consular services, the expulsion of Cuban diplomats in Washington, deceptive travel warnings, and all the unjust measures adopted by the U.S. using the pretext that its functionaries may face some kind of danger in Cuba.”
She noted that these measures have had a significant human cost to our population, now obliged to travel to third countries to seek U.S. visas to visit relatives, or participate in professional events, with no guarantee that they will actually be granted – despite the fact that specialized agencies in the U.S. and Cuba, such as the FBI and the Directorate of Criminal and Criminal Investigation, agree that there is no evidence of any kind of attack on diplomats in Havana.
Tablada denounced U.S. National Security advisor John Bolton and the State Department, which in their public documents have maintained the irresponsible use of the term “attacks”, which deliberately “implies malicious intentions and has never been substantiated.”
She stressed that Cuba is a safe country for diplomats from the U.S. or any other country, and for the millions of travelers from the entire world who visit Cuba every year, and reiterated the Cuban government’s desire to develop a respectful dialogue and cooperate on this and other issues for the benefit of both peoples.

In Venezuela, Non Aligned Movement reaffirms its anti-imperialist

In Venezuela, Non Aligned Movement reaffirms its anti-imperialist essence
During a Non-Aligned Movement ministerial coordinating bureau meeting, which concluded in Caracas yesterday, Cuba reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to multilateralism and efforts to advance towards a fair and equitable democratic international order that responds to the demands of peace and sustainable development of all peoples

Bertha Mojena Miliánjuly 22, 2019 09:07:56

Fidel representó al Movimiento de Países No Alineados en varios escenarios internacionales. Cuba obstentó la presidencia pro témpore, del Mnoal de 1979 a 1983 y de 2006 a 2009.

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More than 60 years after its founding, the Non-Aligned Movement ministerial coordinating bureau met in Caracas, and Cuba reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to multilateralism and efforts to advance towards a fair and equitable democratic international order that responds to the demands of peace and sustainable development of all peoples – for a world, as Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla said, “that is possible if we struggle together to achieve it.”

“On the economic plane, underdevelopment, poverty, hunger, and marginalization are the result of the reigning unjust international economic order, which has been aggravated as a result of the impact of neoliberal policies,” Rodriguez stated.In an international scenario he described as “dangerous and complex,” in which the security and well-being of our nations face unprecedented challenges, and in which unity and solidarity for peace and development of our peoples are indispensable, the Non Aligned Movement must remain – by its own decision – as defined by the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution: anti-imperialist, anti-colonialist, anti-neocolonialist, anti-racist, anti-Zionist, and antifascist, “because these principles… are the essence, the origin, the life, and history of the Movement .”This is this futurist vision shared by Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro during the organization’s third Ministerial Coordination Bureau meeting, held in Havana, in March 1975.

Díaz-Canel receives actor Danny Glover

Díaz-Canel receives actor Danny Glover
During the cordial meeting, discussed was the importance of promoting artistic exchanges between Cuba and the United States, based on existing historical and cultural ties

Granmajuly 23, 2019 09:07:38

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TheDíaz-Canel receives actor Danny Gloverof Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, on Monday afternoon received the actor and film director Danny Glover, who is visiting our country to attend the 20th graduation at Havana’s Latin American School Medicine (ELAM).

During the cordial meeting, discussed was the importance of promoting artistic exchanges between Cuba and the United States, based on existing historical and cultural ties. President Díaz-Canel expressed his concern regarding the negative impact this arena has suffered, as a result of the deterioration in bilateral relations, while reiterating his willingness to move forward with sectors in the U. S. that favor improved relations.

The visitor was accompanied by James Early, director of Cultural Studies and Communication at the Smithsonian Institute’s Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies, in Washington; Allen Warren, city council member in Sacramento, California; and Dr. Luther Castillo, a Honduran doctor who graduated from ELAM.

Also attending on the Cuban side were Noemí Rabaza, first vice president of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples, and Carlos Fernández de Cossío, general director for the United States at the Foreign Ministry.

Cuba and the Monroe Doctrine

The United States is intent upon returning the world to the worst of times
Excerpts from speeches by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez during the National Assembly of People’s Power and the Congress of the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC)

Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdezjuly 17, 2019 12:07:30
The current U.S. administration, which despises multilateralism and is intent upon returning the world to the worst of times, using the most impudent threats, with insolent interference and constant ultimatums, including the possibility of invasions, has publicly declared, more than once, its goal of destroying any alternative development, different from the savage capitalism it attempts to develop in the region.

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Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba are the nations whose political processes do not accept the Trump administration’s resurrection of the Monroe Doctrine… sinking into a morass of ridiculous lies to ensure that three Latin American nations, struggling to overcome inherited underdevelopment, threaten the powerful empire.
The novelty lies in the tactics of unconventional warfare, which go from the symbolic to the real: from so-called fake news to sabotage, to the computer networks that sustain the vitality of the country.
Those who are now in charge of the political leadership of this influential nation have shown that they disregard commitments and legal instruments freely agreed upon by the great majority of states, ignoring the right to self-determination of peoples, and denying the principle of sovereign equality among nations.
They believe that their government’s desires can be imposed on others, including their own allies, through threat or punishment, with the imposition of punitive trade tariffs and other coercive, unilateral measures. In more serious cases, they resort to unconventional warfare or armed conflicts, regardless of the consequences, the coups, or the open, overt imposition of so-called “regime change” strategies.
They intend to quickly destroy the system of international relations built around the norms and principles of the United Nations Charter.In the Western Hemisphere, the United States government has openly declared the validity and implementation of the infamous Monroe Doctrine, an old instrument of colonialism, neocolonialism, and imperialism, which denies the right to self-determination, threatens the sovereignty of all nations in the Americas, without exception, and seeks to intimidate the entire world.
The conduct of the United States toward Cuba continues to cling to the objective of economic strangulation, through the tightening of the blockade, the promotion of political subversion, to which tens of millions of dollars are dedicated every year with the intention of dividing, confusing, and weakening the unity of our people, and a fierce propaganda campaign aimed at discrediting the Revolution, its leaders, its glorious historical legacy; denigrating our economic and social policies in favor of development and justice; and liquidating political forces of the left and popular movements, resorting to McCarthyism to attempt to destroy the ideas of socialism.
As Raúl pointed out last April 10 before this Assembly, “Despite its immense power, imperialism does not possess the capacity to break the dignity of a united people, proud of its history and of the freedom conquered with so much sacrifice.”
(Excerpts from speeches during the National Assembly of People’s Power Ninth Legislature’s Third Period of Ordinary Sessions, and the closing of the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists Congress, June 30, 2019)

The demands of the people guide government work

The demands of the people guide government work
Legislators approved three new laws and addressed a variety of issues of special importance to the population and key to the nation’s development, during this challenging period

Lisandra Fariñas Acostajuly 16, 2019 14:07:23

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Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party Central Committee, exercised his right to vote as a deputy in the election of the new National Electoral Council. Photo: Estudios Revolución
The Third Period of Ordinary Sessions of the Ninth Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power, that concluded July 13, began the extensive legislative process required to concretize the new Constitution’s stipulations.

Participating were Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Party Central Committee; Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers; Second Party Secretary José Ramón Machado Ventura; and Esteban Lazo Hernández, Political Bureau member and president of the Assembly. Deputies approved three new laws of special importance: an Electoral Law, a National Symbols Law, and a Fisheries Law, the first on this subject to be approved at the national level.

The Assembly also elected the National Electoral Council, to be headed by Alina Balseiro, and reviewed issues of central relevance to the country’s development, including the performance of the 2019 Economic Plan during the first half of the year and the close-out report for the 2018 state budget, reaffirming the national priorities identified by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz: defense of the homeland and the economic battle.

Initiating the session, Esteban Lazo recalled the “memorable” session held last April 10, when the country’s new Constitution was proclaimed, demanding “more dynamism, sensibility, patriotism, and intelligence, in order to confront the challenges and keep the homeland free, independent, and sovereign.”

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Díaz-Canel: In the defense of Cuba we have Fidel and Raúl

Díaz-Canel: In the defense of Cuba we continue to have Fidel at our side and stand beside Raúl
The President described as tremendous the population’s participation, understanding, and reception of new measures adopted by the Council of Ministers

Nuria Barbosa Leónjuly 8, 2019 15:07:55

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The President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez; and Ministers of Economy and Planning Alejandro Gil Fernández; Finances and Prices, Meisi Bolaños Weiss; as well as Labor and Social Security, Margarita Fernández González, appeared on the second Mesa Redonda television program devoted to explaining details of measures recently adopted by the Council of Ministers.

The President described as tremendous the population’s participation, and response to the information presented the previous evening, recognizing this understanding and positive reception as important to the success of the government’s proposals.

He displayed a document containing all the opinions collected from social media, the Presidency’s website, personal Twitter accounts of government officials, and via other means.

The President emphasized that the response also indicates that, over the next few days, and as the decisions are implemented, more explications will be needed.

To match explanations with doubts expressed, the plan for the program was to respond by theme to provide details and complement information, he clarified.

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Eternal gratitude for Cuban blood shed to win Angola’s independence

Eternal gratitude for Cuban blood shed to win Angola’s independence
As part of his official visit to the island, Angolan President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço met with Cuban combatants who fought in his country’s independence struggle, recalling those times

Author: National news staff | informacion@granma.cu
july 4, 2019 10:07:23

Cuba contributed decisively to the liberation of Angola.

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As part of his official visit to the island, Angolan President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço met with Cuban combatants who fought in his country’s independence struggle, emphasizing his people’s eternal gratitude for this solidarity.

During the meeting, participants recalled those times, when Cuba’s friendship, solidarity, and cooperation was established, “consecrated and eternalized when both shed precious blood to defend the most noble human ideas; freedom, and the right to seek one’s own destiny,” Gonçalves said.

Upon receiving the José Martí Order, earlier this week, the highest distinction awarded by the Cuban state, the Angolan President emphasized that the two people’s “united in an indestructible alliance and defeated on all fronts the powerful forces attempting to prevent, with aggression and war, the independence of Angola, and the liberation of Namibia and South Arica from the grip of apartheid.”

Operation Carlota in Angola, from August of 1975 through May of 1991, when the last group of Cuban internationalists returned, was the Cuban government’s response to a request for help made by the historic leader of the Angolan Liberation Movement (MPLA), Agostinho Neto, given the aggression perpetuated by the apartheid regime in South Africa, with its internal and external allies, in an attempt to deny Angola independence, defeat the MPLA, and occupy the country.

A total of Cuban 385,908 combatants participated in the mission, and 2,398 gave their lives.

Not one of them was seeking personal glory or riches. They were motivated by the desire to be useful, and their loyalty to the Revolution’s internationalism.