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José Ramón Fernández Álvarez dies

José Ramón Fernández Álvarez dies
The Hero of the Republic of Cuba and retired Brigadier General passed away in the early hours of Sunday, January 6, at the age of 95

Author: Digital news staff | informacion@granma.cu
january 7, 2019 10:01:25

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The Hero of the Republic of Cuba and retired Brigadier General, José Ramón Fernández Álvarez, passed away in the early hours of Sunday, January 6, at the age of 95.

Familiarly known as “El Gallego Fernández,” he was born November 4, 1923, in Santiago de Cuba. From a young age he participated in the revolutionary struggle against the Batista dictatorship, in conspiratorial movements with different military and political groups. He was imprisoned for almost three years on the Isle of Pines for these activities.

With the triumph of the Revolution, he joined the Revolutionary Armed Forces, participated in the fight against counterrevolutionary bandits, as well as in the direction of the battles in Playa Girón, under the orders of the Comandante en Jefe of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz.

Fernández held different responsibilities within the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, including director of the Rebel Army Cadet School, the School of Militia Officers of Matanzas, and the Militia Battalion Schools of the province of Havana, and was head of the Combative Training Directorate and FAR deputy minister.

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Speech by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, at the central act to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution, in Santiago de Cuba

After 60 years of struggle, sacrifices, efforts and victories, we see a free, independent country, the master of its own destiny
Speech by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, at the central act to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution, in Santiago de Cuba, January 1st, 2019, “Year 61 of the Revolution”

Author: Raúl Castro Ruz | internet@granma.cu
january 2, 2019 18:01:31

As part of Our America, our respect and solidarity with sister nations has, and will be, invariable.

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(Council of State transcript / GI translation)

SANTIAGO women and men;

Compatriots of all Cuba:

We gather today to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the revolutionary triumph of January 1st, and we do so again in Santiago de Cuba, cradle of the Revolution, here in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery, where the immortal remains of many of the best children of the nation are venerated, very close to the tombs of the National Hero, of the Father and Mother of the Homeland, and of the Comandante en Jefe of the Cuban Revolution.

I do not come here to speak in a personal capacity; I do so in the name of the heroic sacrifices of our people, and of the thousands of fighters who gave their lives over more than 150 years of struggle.

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CELEBRATION OF THE MONCADA ATTACK THE EVENT THAT LAUNCHED THE CUBAN REVOLUTION

                        SATURDAY, JULY 29

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NEW YORK – NEW JERSEY

ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE MONCADA ATTACK

THE EVENT THAT LAUNCHED THE CUBAN REVOLUTION

DINNER – RECEPTION 6:00 PM

PROGRAM 7:00 PM

REPRESENTATIVES FROM CUBA, VENEZUELA

MUSICIAN JUDY GORMAN

DJ VERSETI

LOCATION NYSNA 131 WEST 33RD STREET, 2ND FLOOR

(BETWEEN 6TH AND 7TH AVENUES IN MANHATTAN, TWO BLOCKS FROM PENN STATION)

SUGGESTED DONATION: $10, NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS

SPONSORED BY: CUBA SI, JULY 26 COALITION, CASA DE LAS AMERICAS

The imperishable example of Fidel

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With the passing of the great revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on November 25, 2016 it is first and foremost to the Cuban people that we express our condolences and our solidarity.

Fidel was a product of a profound and rich Cuban and Latin American history, but it must be said that the example and legacy of Fidel belongs in truth to the world. And in particular to the oppressed and exploited overwhelming majority of humanity, in every corner of our Earth.
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Campesino Congress in Arms: the birth of the agrarian Revolution

Campesino Congress in Arms: the birth of the agrarian Revolution
On the morning of September 21, 1958 a transcendental event featuring over 200 delegates, was inaugurated
Author: Pedro Antonio García | internet@granma.cu
september 21, 2016 17:09:54

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Raúl Castro speaking during the First Campesino Congress in Arms, accompanied by Vilma Espín (seated behind him), Rebel soldiers and campesinos. Photo: Archive
Before 1959 Soledad de Mayarí Arriba was a place forgotten by those who governed in Cuba. A truck, in 1958, would have a difficulty accessing the area, and often need help to make its way out of the tricky terrain. A cock fighting ring and a bar with an adjacent dancehall were the only facilities there. Sick people would have to be carried on foot in hammocks to receive medical attention in La Prueba, located close to Alto Songo, some 40 kilometers away; some dying along the way.
When the Second Front, led by then Commander Raúl Castro Ruz, established itself in the region, the first Revolutionary Campesino Committees (CRC) were created, based on the experience of the Rebel Army in the Sierra Maes­tra, with a secretary as leader, and civil and military delegate. These committees, in addition to maintaining order in their respective areas, were responsible for gathering supplies and information for the guerillas. Expanding its activities, the directorate of the Second Front created the Agrarian Bureau, a body which would function as a link between the masses and Rebel Army military commanders.

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Campesino Congress in Arms: the birth of the agrarian Revolution

Campesino Congress in Arms: the birth of the agrarian Revolution
On the morning of September 21, 1958 a transcendental event featuring over 200 delegates, was inaugurated
Author: Pedro Antonio García | internet@granma.cu
september 21, 2016 17:09:54
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  Raúl Castro speaking during the First Campesino Congress in Arms, accompanied by Vilma Espín (seated behind him), Rebel soldiers and campesinos. Photo: Archive
Before 1959 Soledad de Mayarí Arriba was a place forgotten by those who governed in Cuba. A truck, in 1958, would have a difficulty accessing the area, and often need help to make its way out of the tricky terrain. A cock fighting ring and a bar with an adjacent dancehall were the only facilities there. Sick people would have to be carried on foot in hammocks to receive medical attention in La Prueba, located close to Alto Songo, some 40 kilometers away; some dying along the way.
When the Second Front, led by then Commander Raúl Castro Ruz, established itself in the region, the first Revolutionary Campesino Committees (CRC) were created, based on the experience of the Rebel Army in the Sierra Maes­tra, with a secretary as leader, and civil and military delegate. These committees, in addition to maintaining order in their respective areas, were responsible for gathering supplies and information for the guerillas. Expanding its activities, the directorate of the Second Front created the Agrarian Bureau, a body which would function as a link between the masses and Rebel Army military commanders.

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Tomorrow, July 26, at 7:00am, in the city’s Serafín Sánchez Valdivia Plaza de la Revolución

Principal celebration of National Rebellion Day tomorrow, in Sancti Spíritus
Tomorrow, July 26, at 7:00am, in the city’s Serafín Sánchez Valdivia Plaza de la Revolución, the principal national commemoration of the 63rd anniversary of the assaults on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons will take place

Author: National news staff | | internet@granma.cu
july 25, 2016 09:07:03

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Tomorrow, July 26, at 7:00am, in the city’s Serafín Sánchez Valdivia Plaza de la Revolución, the principal national commemoration of the 63rd anniversary of the assaults on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons will take place.
The central remarks in honor of National Rebellion Day will be made by Second Party Secretary and Vice President of the Councils of State and Minister José Ramón Machado Ventura.
Cubavisión, Cubavisión Internacional, Radio Rebelde, Radio Progreso, and Radio Habana Cuba will broadcast the event live, and Cubavisión will repeat the recorded program at 8:30 pm, tomorrow evening

Bolivian President Evo Morales began his official visit to Cuba this morning

Evo arrives in Cuba
The Bolivian leader was received at Havana’s José Martí International Airport by First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez

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Author: laura Bécquer Paseiro | laura@granma.cu
may 20, 2016 1:05:57

The Bolivian leader was received at Havana’s José Martí International Airport by First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez. Photo: Anabel Díaz
Bolivian President Evo Morales began his official visit to Cuba this morning, Friday, May 20. Morales has traveled to the island to review the current state of bilateral relations and expand cooperation ties between the two nations, among other activities.
The Bolivian leader, who was received at Havana’s José Martí International Airport by First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, will pay tribute to Cuba’s national hero José Martí at the Plaza de la Revolución this afternoon and meet with the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro.
This visit by Bolivia’s first indigenous President is also a demonstration of the strong ties which unite the two countries. Morales has repeatedly highlighted the continued support offered by Cuba to his country, despite the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States.
Both nations have been at the forefront of denouncing acts of aggression against progressive governments of the region.