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Raúl and Díaz-Canel commemorate 124th anniversary of José Martí’s death

Martí, a constant presence lighting the way
Raúl and Díaz-Canel commemorate 124th anniversary of José Martí’s death in battle, sending floral wreaths to his mausoleum in Santa Ifigenia Cemetery

Author: Eduardo Palomares Calderón | palomares@granma.cu
may 20, 2019 08:05:11

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Photo: Juvenal Balán
Santiago de Cuba.–As an expression of the constant presence of Cuba’s national hero, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Party Central Committee, and President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez commemorated the 124th anniversary of José Martí’s death in battle, sending floral wreaths to his mausoleum.
These were placed beside the tomb covered with a Cuban flag, in Santiago de Cuba’s Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, May 19, alongside others from the Council of Ministers and the people of Cuba.
The honor guard participating in the special ceremony for the occasion was composed of cadets from the city’s Camilo Cienfuegos Military Academy.
The central remarks during the event were delivered by Odesa Fuentes Medina, vice president of the Provincial Assembly of People’s Power, who said that Martí’s ideas are more necessary than ever, given the complex international context Cuba faces, with increasing hostility from the United States and the reactivation of the Helms-Burton Act’s Title III.
Martí wrote to his good friend Manuel Mercado, May 18, 1895, “I am now, every day, in danger of giving my life for my country, and it is my duty to prevent, through the independence of Cuba, the U.S. from spreading over the West Indies and falling with added weight upon other lands of Our America. All I have done thus far and shall do hereafter is toward this end…. I know the monster, because I have lived in its lair.”

We must read José Martí’s Our America

166TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF JOSÉ MARTÍ

Revisiting Our America
We must read José Martí’s Our America over and again, as it continues to surprise us with eloquent and relevant ideas

Author: Yenia Silva Correa | informacion@granma.cu
january 23, 2019 09:01:38

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Photo: Painting by Jorge Arche
We must read José Martí’s Our America over and again, especially in these times, as it continues to surprise us with ideas as eloquent and relevant as this: “The incapacity lies not in the emerging country, which demands forms that are appropriate to it and a grandeur that is useful, but in leaders who try to rule unique nations of a singular and violent composition, with laws inherited from four centuries of free practice in the United States and nineteen centuries of monarchy in France.”

Martí also dazzles us with the wisdom of a visionary who, back in the 19th century, warned: “In America, the good ruler does not need to know how the German or Frenchman is governed, but what elements his own country is composed of and how he can marshal them so as to reach, by means and institutions born from the country itself, the desirable state in which every man knows himself and is active, and all men enjoy the abundance that Nature, for the good of all, has bestowed on the country they make fruitful by their labor and defend with their lives.”

Today, “our long-suffering American republics” — as Martí referred to them in that essay — continue to suffer, under new names, the old ills that four centuries of colonialism bequeathed them.

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