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President Raúl Castro receives Evo Morales

President Raúl Castro receives Evo Morales
On the afternoon of Friday, May 20, the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro, received Bolivian President, Evo Morales, on an official visit to the country
Author: Redacción Internacional | internacionales@granma.cu
may 20, 2016 18:05:47

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Photo: Jorge Luis González

On the afternoon of Friday, May 20, the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro, received Bolivian President, Evo Morales, on an official visit to the country.
Among members of the Bolivian delegation accompanying Morales were the country’s Foreign Minister, David Choquehuanca and Ambassador to Cuba, Palmiro Soria.
Participating on the Cuban side were Party Political Bureau member and Council of State Vice President, Mercedes López Acea; a Council of Ministers Vice President, Ricardo Cabrisas; Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, as well as the Ministers of Health and Education, among others. 
Prior to the encounter the Bolivian President laid a floral wreath at the José Martí Memorial, accompanied by Mercedes López Acea.
Bolivia’s first indigenous president also toured the José Martí Memorial facility which preserves the memory of the most important moments in the life of Cuba’s national hero.

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Director of the Memorial Center, Haydée Díaz Ortega, presented Morales with copies of several of José Martí’s works.
The Bolivian president toured the facility where he was given a detailed explanation of the life, work and integrationist vision of Cuba’s national hero.
The South American leader signed the visitors book stating: “Thanks to our hero José Martí, thanks to Martí’s rebellion we now have Revolution. Thank you to Cuba and its leaders such as Fidel, Raúl and to the Cuban people.”
CONTEXT
Diplomatic relations between Cuba and Bolivia were re-established on January 11, 1983, under President Hernán Siles Zuazo.
Broad links exist between the two countries in the field of public health. 
The principal Cooperation Agreement between La Paz and Havana, signed by leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro and Bolivian President Evo Morales, came into effect in 2006.

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.

Senate votes to initiate impeachment of Dilma Rousseff Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been obliged to leave office for at least 180 days

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Senate votes to initiate impeachment of Dilma Rousseff
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been obliged to leave office for at least 180 days as a result of a 55-22 Senate vote to begin the process of impeaching her

Author: TELESUR | internet@granma.cu
Author: internet@granma.cu | internet@granma.cu
may 12, 2016 17:05:40

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Photo: AFP
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff commented on her Facebook page, “It’s a coup,” after the Senate decision made this afternoon, May 12, to initiate the process of impeaching her.

Rousseff is now obliged to leave office for at least 180 days, as a result of the Senate vote. Of the body’s 81 members, 78 voted: 55 in favor, 22 against, with one abstention.

The President posted videos of her defense attorney, José Eduardo Cardozo, who insisted during the proceedings that judicial pretexts were being used to remove a legitimately elected President, resulting in “a historic injustice.” The nation’s Attorney General has previously said that minimum legal requirements for impeachment, such as proof of a “crime of responsibility” have not been met.

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Declaration from Cuba’s Revolutionary Government What has occurred in Brazil is part of the reactionary counter-offensive mounted by imperialism

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Declaration from Cuba’s Revolutionary Government
What has occurred in Brazil is part of the reactionary counter-offensive mounted by imperialism and the oligarchy against revolutionary and progressive governments in Latin America and the Caribbean

Author: MINREX | internet@granma.cu
Author: internet@granma.cu | internet@granma.cu
may 12, 2016 20:05:58

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Photo: Jorge Luis González
The revolutionary government of the Republic of Cuba has repeatedly denounced the parliamentary-judicial coup d’etat, disguised with legality, which has been developing in Brazil for months. A majority of Brazilian Senators to continue the process of impeachment of the legitimately elected President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, and with this “provisionally” remove her from office for a period of 180 days, during which the Senate must decide, via a two thirds majority vote of its members, to definitively dismiss her.

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Fidel’s fraternal meeting with Maduro and Evo (+Photos)

Fidel’s fraternal meeting with Maduro and Evo (+Photos)
The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution held a fraternal meeting, yesterday August 13, with Presidents Nicolás Maduro and Evo Morales.
Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
august 14, 2015 08:08:46

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Foto: Estudio Revolució

The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution held a fraternal meeting, yesterday August 13, with Presidents Nicolás Maduro and Evo Morales, on the occasion of his 89th birthday.

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The President of the United States admitted the failure of the policy implemented against Cuba for more than fifty years.

Key Remarks by Army General Raul Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba at the 3rd CELAC Summit, Belen Costa Rica, January 28, 2015.
MIÉ, 28/01/2015 – 00:00

 

raul_castroEsteemed President Luis Guillermo Solís;

Esteemed Heads of State or Government of Latin America and the Caribbean;

 

Esteemed Heads of delegations and guests;

Ever since the inception of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, Our America has entered a new stage and advanced toward independence; sovereignty over our natural resources; integration and construction of a new world order; and, social justice and democracy of the people, by the people and for the people. There is a stronger commitment to justice and the rights of the peoples today than in any other historical period.

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President Ortega highlights Nicaragua’s advances and challenges

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acto1MANAGUA.— Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, spoke of the advances and challenges in his country, during a ceremony commemorating the 35th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution, July 19, 1979  In the capital’s Plaza de la Fe, before a multitude of Nicaraguans and representatives from various nations, Ortega highlighted Nicaragua’s advances in areas such as combating poverty, extreme poverty and malnutrition, over the last seven years

acto2He also emphasized advances made in healthcare; education; the construction of roads and high-ways; productive policies; the rights of young people; popular participation; and above all solidarity. Nonetheless, he also commented on the many challenges facing the country, stating that are some areas in which illiteracy persists, principally in the mountains, and highlighting the need to bring literacy to the communities in these regions.

At another point during his speech, referring to the Sandinista Revolution, he recalled that the Nicaragua people overthrew the United States’ representative in country, dictator Anastasio Somoza

The people organized themselves in different combat fronts, in the insurrection in the cities, raising the black and red flag to defend and save the homeland and break the chains of U.S. imperialism, he stated.

acto3Ramiro Valdés, a Cuban vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, who led a delegation to the celebrations, described the July 19 triumph as the beginning of a long road of transformations in Nicaragua. He emphasized the country’s economic growth and creation of more employment after the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) returned to power in 2007, as well as the development of social programs and achievements in security and reduction of poverty.

thAlso present was Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who extended his nation’s support to the construction of an inter-oceanic canal in Nicaragua.

Maduro stated that Nicaragua has the support of Venezuela and Alba. Emphasizing the need to think big, think about great infrastructure projects, a new economy, how to build powerful, developed and diversified economies.

Maduro congratulated Ortega for “having assumed this historic project of constructing an inter-oceanic canal here in Nicaraguan territory, with clarity and integrity.”

In 1979, the dictatorial government of Anastasio Somoza Debayle, the last member of the Somoza Debayle family to hold the position, was defeated by an insurrectional movement led by the FSLN.

In attendance at the commemoration ceremony, led by Ortega, were the Presidents of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro; El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén; and Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández. As well as Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú, and President of the Ecuadoran Parliament, Gabriela Rivadeneira, among other dignitaries. (PL)

 

President Ortega highlights Nicaragua’s advances and challenges