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The Cuban government’s response to OAS General Secretary Luis Almagro

Cuban resistance to external provocation highlighted
The Cuban government’s response to OAS General Secretary Luis Almagro Lemes’ intention to travel to Havana, in order to receive a “prize” invented by an illegal grouplet, was met with various reactions from around the world
Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
february 24, 2017 14:02:38

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Photo: Quintana Roo
The Cuban government’s response to OAS General Secretary Luis Almagro Lemes’ intention to travel to Havana, in order to receive a “prize” invented by an illegal grouplet, was met with various reactions from around the world.
Also implicated in the scheme were former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón, and Chile’s ex Minister of Education, Mariana Aylwin.
In Bolivia, President Evo Morales expressed his admiration for the Cuban people who prevented imperialist intervention in their country and frustrated a provocative scheme hatched by right wing organizations in the region.
“Thank you for upholding the dignity of the people of Latin America,” wrote the Bolivian leader on his Twitter account.
Meanwhile Nicaragua’s Friends of Cuba Association (AAC) condemned the actions intended to provoke the country, describing them as vicious.
We consider preposterous the plan to try and violate Cuba’s sovereignty under the ridiculous pretense of awarding Almagro a prize, noted the AAC in a statement cited by Prensa Latina.
The text also read: “Not satisfied with discrediting the Cuban government or with committing any kind of vile act against the Cuban people, they now wish to enter Cuban territory to honor an enemy of the people.”

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Anti-Cuban provocation fails, Declaration by Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations

Anti-Cuban provocation fails

Declaration by Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations
Author: MINREX | internet@granma.cu
February 23, 2017 12:02:39

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Photo: Molina, Vladimir Photo: MINREX
Over the last few weeks, international media have reported the intention of OAS General Secretary Luis Almagro Lemes to travel to Havana, in order to receive a “prize” invented by an illegal grouplet, which operates in concert with the ultra-right wing Foundation for Pan American Democracy, created in the days of the 7th Summit of the Americas in Panama, to channel efforts and resources in opposition to legitimate, independent governments in Our America.

The plan, plotted during several trips to Washington and other capitals of the region, consisted of mounting a serious, open provocation against the Cuban government in Havana, generating internal instability, damaging the country’s international image, and at the same time, affecting the positive development of Cuba’s diplomatic relations with other states. Perhaps some calculated poorly and thought that Cuba would sacrifice its fundamental principles to maintain appearances.

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HURRICANE MATTHEW IN GUANTÁNAMO

HURRICANE MATTHEW IN GUANTÁNAMO
Unicef praises recovery efforts
Unicef program coordinator, Victoria Colamarco highlighted the impact of recovery efforts undertaken by the people of Guantánamo, together with national and international support, following Hurricane Matthew
Author: Jorge Luis Merencio Cautín | merencio@granma.cu
february 23, 2017 11:02:17

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Guantánamo residents affected by Hurricane Matthew have benefited from donations by various UN bodies.
Guantánamo.– On February 22, Unicef program coordinator, Victoria Colamarco highlighted the impact of recovery efforts undertaken by the people of Guantánamo, together with national and international support, following Hurricane Matthew.
The UN representative also emphasized the impact of donations benefiting both children and communities in affected regions; noting the gratitude expressed by recipients.
The Unicef official went on to state that fund-raising actions to support recovery efforts in Guantánamo will continue.
Colamarco led a delegation of Unicef representatives in Cuba who visited areas affected by the hurricane, in order to strengthen coordination efforts with local governments and follow-up on the distribution of resources donated to the four most severely affected municipalities.

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Victory Caravan reenacted Young workers and soldiers from the Revolutionary Armed Forces and Ministry of the Interior recall the entry of the Rebel Army Victory Caravan in Holguín

Author: Germán Veloz Placencia | german@granma.cu
Author: Darelia Díaz Borrero | internet@granma.cu
Author: Eduardo Palomares Calderón | palomares@granma.cu
january 4, 2016 09:01:20

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Photo: Eduardo Palomares

HOLGUÍN.—Full of joy and enthusiasm, as if 57 years had not passed, Adolfo Begdadi Herrera, accompanied by students of all ages, young workers and soldiers from the Revolutionary Armed Forces and Ministry of the Interior, recalled the arrival of the Rebel Army Victory Caravan’s to the region.
Begdadi spoke during the celebratory event held in the community of Oscar Lucero, once the headquarters of the Batista dictatorship’s Seventh Regiment, known for its brutal attacks on the revolutionary forces and the population which supported them. He emphasized that the Holguín of today, with its many health care centers and schools, is nothing like the region the victorious rebels saw in 1959, as they advanced toward Havana.
Joining Begdadi were revolutionary combatants Idinio Macías Samé, Ramiro Rodríguez Arias and José Amado Árias who were pleased to be surrounded by representatives of younger generations committed to defending the nation’s independence and dignity conquered on January 1, 1959
Elizabet Cuenca Peña, a student at Enrique José Varona High School, was one of the 57 youth which earlier in the morning had met a contingent from Granma in Cacocum, to continue the reenactment of the Victory Caravan’s 1959 march to the capital.
The 17-year-old expressed her amazement that Idinio Macías was only a few years older than her when he was chosen to join Fidel as part of the Caravan, a recognition of his role on the Frank País Second Eastern Front during the insurrection.
Also attending the dialogue between generations in Holguín were Ernesto Santies­te­ban, member of the Party Provincial Political Bureau and Julio César Es­tupiñán Ro­dríguez, president of the People’s Power Provincial Assembly.

Cuba will not renounce the principles and ideals for which generations of Cubans have fought

Cuba will not renounce the principles and ideals for which generations of Cubans have fought
The economic plan and state budget for 2016 was approved by the National Assembly of People’s Power on December 29. It was reported that the Cuban economy has grown by 4%
Author: Yenia Silva Correa | informacion@granma.cu
Author: Katheryn Felipe | informacion@granma.cu
Author: Nuria Barbosa León | informacion@granma.cu
december 31, 2015 09:12:27

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Sixth Ordinary Session of the Eighth Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power Photo: Jorge Luis González

THE history of our Revolution is full of glorious chapters in the face of challenges, risks and threats, the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, stated during his speech closing the Sixth Ordinary Session of the Eighth Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power, December 29.
The Cuban head of state noted that despite the economic crisis and the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba, the island’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 4% this year, and will continue to grow in 2016, albeit at a slower pace.
He also noted that the number of foreign tourists visiting the country this year rose to 3.5 million; the highest number recorded to date; and reaffirmed the Cuban government’s intention to honor its commitments resulting from the agreements reached in the renegotiation of the island’s debt.
Regarding the issue of relations with the United States, President Raúl Castro stressed that Cuba has repeatedly advised the U.S. government that in order to normalize bilateral relations, the blockade must be lifted and the territory illegally occupied by the Guantánamo Naval Base must be returned, “as I explained in my statement in the Council of Ministers on the 18th, during which I also reaffirmed that Cuba should not be asked to abandon its independence cause, or renounce the principles and ideals for which generations of Cubans have fought, for a century and a half.”

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