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LIVE UPDATES: May Day in Cuba (+Photos)

LIVE UPDATES: May Day in Cuba (+Photos)
The Cuban people today march across the country in a show of support for the Revolution, the new Constitution of the Republic and the sister nation of Venezuela.

Redacción Digitalmay 1, 2019 07:05:17
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As the massive May Day parade draws to a close in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución José Martí, heard is The Internationale, the anthem of the workers of the world.

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This May Day, 1,427 international guests and friends of Cuba from over 100 countries and representing 140 trade union organizations, are accompanying Cuban workers on this international day of proletarian solidarity.

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Cuban workers express their support to the international movement for the freedom of Brazilian leader, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, for respect for the progressive governments of Latin America, and for the constitutional government of Venezuela and its President, Maduro.

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Because “We are all Cuba” and “We are Continuity,” the workers of the country fill Havana’s Revolution Square for a prosperous and sustainable Socialism, and state “The Youth will not fail you! Long live Free Cuba!

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From the Plaza Mariana Grajales in Guantánamo, Cuban workers are on the frontline of anti-imperialist struggles.

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Cuban Television offers images of the May Day parade in the Eastern province of Holguín, where workers march for the Homeland and the Revolution.

The Presidency of Cuba (@PresidenciaCuba) on Twitter:

“In the Plaza José Martí, as across all plazas of #Cuba, the people are united: workers, campesinos, students, and all Cubans.

Against the #LeyHelmsBurton #LeyGarrote; “We will not agree” #SomosCuba #SomosContinuidad

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The bloc of the Ministry of Energy and Mines passes through Havana’s Jose Marti square, in a show of commitment to defending the environment, the legacy of our eternal Comandante en Jefe, Fidel Castro Ruz, as well in support of the Revolution and the Communist Party of Cuba.

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The dignified workers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs march today to defend the Cuban Revolution. #SomosCuba #1Mayo

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The Five Cuban Heroes are also present in Havana in this fiesta of Cuban workers. From left to right: Fernando, Ramon, Rene, Antonio, and Gerardo 

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In the central province of Villa Clara, the Cuban people also march in support of their Revolution and the international proletariat.

Next comes the bloc formed by workers of the Ministry of Education (Mined), alongside the second Health bloc, as representatives of the huge achievements of the Cuban Revolution.

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The May Day parade for the unity, commitment and victory of Cuban workers and those of the entire world in Havana is this year led by the country’s nurses, as part of the huge bloc formed by the National Health Workers’ Union and BioCubaFarma.

Also marching are doctors and health personnel who collaborated in the “More Doctors” internationalist mission in Brazil.

They are followed by workers of the Immunoassay Center, the Psychiatric Hospital of Havana, MediCuba, and FarmaCuba.

A tweet from the official account of the Cuban Presidency:

All generations of Cubans are united to offer a “resounding, firm and revolutionary response to the statements loaded with threats, provocations, lies and slanders of the Yankee empire,” without a doubt, we are free, sovereign, independent and socialist. #SomosCuba #1Mayo

The Cuban President announces that he is on his way to Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución José Martí, a historic site, to offer a “firm and revolutionary response to the statements loaded with threats, provocations, lies and slander of the Yankee empire. Cuba ratifies that we are free, sovereign, independent and socialist.”

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This International Workers’ Day, the President of the Council of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, recalled the words of the Historic Leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz:

“Cuba is waging a battle today against the giant with seven-league boots, first discovered by Martí, and whose steps not only reach the lands of our America, but all regions of the rest of the planet.”

Just a few hours before the May Day march begins throughout Cuba, the streets are full of workers ready to participate in the renowned act that today celebrates the international proletariat, the bicentenary of the birth of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, the 60th anniversary of the creation of the National Revolutionary Militias, the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, and the 150th anniversary of the Constitution of Guáimaro.

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The Cuban Workers’ Federation (CTC) tweeted: “We workers are ready to offer another show of national unity. Even as they try to silence the truth, we are ready for anything. Stay and watch.”

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Just past 7:00 a.m. the May Day parade commenced across Cuba, a march for unity, commitment and the victory of Cuban workers and those of the entire world.

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This year’s International Workers’ Day parade in the Cuban capital is attended by: Army General and First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Central Committee, Raúl Castro Ruz, the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and other Cuban and international figures.

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Photo: Twitter
Díaz-Canel tweets images of the people gathered and ready to march in Havana, to celebrate the Cuban and international proletariat, and condemn the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, and the unacceptable Helms-Burton Act.

The Cuban President tweets: “The people of #Cuba are ready in the Plaza de la Revolución to commence the historic May Day parade. Viva Cuba! #SomosCuba #SomosContinuidad

The Presidency of Cuba (@PresidenciaCuba) on Twitter:

“In the Plaza José Martí, as across all plazas of #Cuba, the people are united: workers, campesinos, students, and all Cubans.

Against the #LeyHelmsBurton #LeyGarrote; “We will not agree” #SomosCuba #SomosContinuidad

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The bloc of the Ministry of Energy and Mines passes through Havana’s Jose Marti square, in a show of commitment to defending the environment, the legacy of our eternal Comandante en Jefe, Fidel Castro Ruz, as well in support of the Revolution and the Communist Party of Cuba.

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The dignified workers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs march today to defend the Cuban Revolution. #SomosCuba #1Mayo

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The Five Cuban Heroes are also present in Havana in this fiesta of Cuban workers. From left to right: Fernando, Ramon, Rene, Antonio, and Gerardo.

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In the central province of Villa Clara, the Cuban people also march in support of their Revolution and the international proletariat.

Trump breaks Cuba-U.S. baseball agreement

Trump breaks Cuba-U.S. baseball agreement
The agreement applauded by players and fans around the world was canceled to further the Trump administration’s increasingly confrontational policy toward Cuba
Author: Oscar Sánchez Serra | informacion@granma.cu
april 9, 2019 16:04:48

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It is not news that the Trump administration has canceled the agreement signed by the MLB and the Cuban Baseball Federation, on December 19, after three years of hard work by both parties.And it is not because the agreement sought to end the human suffering of Cuban athletes. In January of this year, the MLB, not Cuba, sent a letter to the United States government, detailing their plans and intentions with this new deal, stating that it was mainly directed toward avoiding the trafficking in persons that Cubans usually face when leaving the country and the harsh conditions they face in order to be contracted by a Major League team, citing the examples of Yasiel Puig, Yoan Moncada, José Abreu, and Yoenis Céspedes, among others.These “harsh conditions” include the very high risk of losing one’s life to sports merchants conspiring with unscrupulous individuals engaged in illegal trafficking of persons, as happened to Puig, who was taken out of Cuba by traffickers linked to a Mexican drug cartel, according to court testimony.

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Anayansi Rodríguez, viceministra de Relaciones Exteriores

Cubadebate – Video: teleSUR.- “Cuba es un aliado absolutamente vital para las Naciones Unidas, aseguró este miércoles al llegar a La Habana María Fernanda Espinosa”, presidenta de la Asamblea General de ese organismo de concertación multilateral.
“La ONU necesita de países como Cuba puesto que es uno de los grandes defensores del sistema multilateral”, agregó la diplomática, quien fue recibida en la terminal tres del aeropuerto internacional José Martí, por Anayansi Rodríguez, viceministra de Relaciones Exteriores.

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Espinosa dijo sentirse muy contenta de estar en La Habana y adelantó que trae una agenda muy completa en la que constatará los avances de la isla en la igualdad de género y el acompañamiento de la ONU al gobierno cubano para el cumplimiento de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible.
“Estaremos aprendiendo de las iniciativas cubanas en materia de cooperación Sur-Sur y también pretendemos avanzar una conversación sobre la necesidad imperiosa de fortalecer el sistema multilateral”, añadió la presidenta del órgano más democrático del sistema de Naciones Unidas.
Una nota de prensa de la cancillería cubana agregó que Espinosa sostendrá encuentros de alto nivel con autoridades gubernamentales cubanas, se reunirá con integrantes de la sociedad civil e impartirá una conferencia magistral a estudiantes del Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales Raúl Roa.
María Fernanda Espinosa ocupa desde junio de 2018 la presidencia de la Asamblea General de la ONU, fue la cuarta mujer en llegar a ese puesto y la primera en representación de América Latina.
Al momento de ser elegida era la canciller de Ecuador, donde también fue ministra de Defensa y ministra coordinadora de Patrimonio Cultural y Natural. Es poetisa, ensayista y licenciada en lingüística aplicada, y posteriormente se especializó en Antropología y estudios amazónicos en cursos de postgrado y máster.
Cuba en diversos foros internacionales ha reclamado la reforma de las Naciones Unidas, encaminada a lograr una organización realmente democrática y participativa, con un Consejo de Seguridad transparente y democratizado, y una Asamblea General revitalizada.
El primero de noviembre de 2018, por XXVII ocasión consecutiva, la Asamblea General de la ONU aprobó la resolución que presenta Cuba contra el bloqueo, la cual contó con el apoyo de la abrumadora mayoría de la comunidad internacional.
Fundada el 14 de octubre de 1945, Naciones Unidas en la actualidad cuenta con 193 Estados Miembros.

Cubainformación TV, a website devoted to challenging media campaigns against Cuba

 A critical eye exposes media manipulation
“The media war is more active than ever against revolutionary processes,” stated José Manzaneda, coordinator of Cubainformación TV, a website devoted to challenging media campaigns against Cuba
Nuria Barbosa Leónmarch 22, 2019 10:03:05

José Manzaneda, chief coordinator of the Cubainformación TV website.

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“The media war is now more active than ever against revolutionary processes,” stated José Manzaneda, chief coordinator of the Basque-based website Cubainformación TV, during a recent visit to Havana. The site is a space to challenge media manipulation against Cuba, offering content on the reality of the Caribbean island, silenced by the mainstream international press.
“The large international media corporations based in the United States, Europe, and countries of Latin America, are currently focused on Venezuela. They are very clearly the civilian army in the psychological war to overthrow a political and social process, in which the great power, with a capital “P”, is international and too much is at stake. They focus their content on creating a scenario in which armed intervention is possible and feasible.
“They have attempted this in all ways, but in recent months, they have combined several very important factors: the death of the great leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chávez, the fall in oil prices, and the development of highly coordinated economic warfare, as well as a very intense psychological and media campaign. With that concoction, the imperialists believe that now is the right moment to deal the death blow to the Venezuelan government. To this is added a U.S. administration linked to the extreme right, and a regional context that has led to satellite governments in countries such as Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Chile, and others. The mass media act as never before against revolutionary processes, as seen in Syria, Cuba, Libya, and other sovereign nations.

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Statement by Cuban Ambassador at UN Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo

Statement by Ambassador Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo. Permanent representative of Cuba to the un, at the Security Council. 26 January 2019.

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Mr. President,

Latin America and the Caribbean is today the scenario of persisting threats, inconsistent with the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace signed by the Heads of State and Government at the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in January 2014.

This commitment implies fully respecting the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and international law, not intervening, directly or indirectly, in the internal affairs of any other State and observing the principles of national sovereignty, equal rights and self-determination of peoples.

The current U.S. administration has proclaimed the validity of the Monroe Doctrine and, in a new deployment of its imperial policy in the region, threatens Venezuela with special fury and declares that it has “all options on the table”.

The region resembles a large meadow in times of drought. A spark could generate an uncontrollable fire that would harm the national interests of all.

Mr. President,

We regret that the United States government intends to use the Security Council to legitimize the international campaign against the constitutional government presided over by Nicolás Maduro Moros.

The main threat to peace and security in Latin America and the Caribbean is the harassment by the United States and its allies against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in open disregard of the popular will and the institutionalism of that country expressed in the elections of 20 May 2018, from which the Venezuelan opposition excluded itself.

We reiterate our full support for the Bolivarian and Chavez’s Revolution, for the civil-military union of the Venezuelan people and for their legitimate and democratic government, led by the constitutional president Nicolás Maduro Moros.

We strongly condemn the attempt to impose through a coup d’état a government at the service of the United States in Venezuela and the recurring calls to the Bolivarian military to join this onslaught.

The sovereignty of our peoples is resolved today in the attitude towards Venezuela. Supporting the legitimate right of the sister nation to define its destiny is to defend the dignity of all.

Mr. President,

Other attempts should not be forgotten, such as the military coup of 2002 and the oil coup of 2003, the aggressive Executive Order of the United States that qualifies Venezuela as “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy” of the superpower, the unilateral coercive measures, the call to a military coup against the constitutional Government of Venezuela, the warning of the President of the United States to use “a possible military option” and the attempted assassination on 4 August against President Maduro.

Mr. President,

The acts of a group of countries and the shameful role of the OAS constitute a new and desperate attempt to implement an unsuccessful policy of regime change, which has not been imposed due to the unwavering resistance of the Venezuelan people and their willingness to defend the national sovereignty.

We reaffirm our steadfast respect for the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and international law, for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States, for the non-use or threat of use of force in international relations and for non-interference in the internal affairs of States.

The sovereign will of the Venezuelan people will prevail over imperialist intervention. History will judge those who encourage and recognize coup usurpation.

Thank you very much.

Díaz-Canel meets with U.S. congress members

Díaz-Canel meets with U.S. congress members
The President noted that the recent setback in relations, and in particular the blockade, harm the interests of both peoples and pose further obstacles to the economic development to which Cuba is entitled

Author: Leticia Martínez Hernández | internet@granma.cu
Author: René Tamayo | internet@granma.cu
Author: Alina Perera Robbio | perera@juventudrebelde.cu
september 24, 2018 17:09:27

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NEW YORK.— The President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, held a meeting with members of the U.S. Congress this Monday afternoon at the Cuban Mission to the United Nations.

In the presence of Democrat and Republican senators and representatives, the Cuban President reiterated Cuba’s will to promote the progress of bilateral relations with the United States, and to take advantage of the potential of cooperation between the two countries on the basis of equality and mutual respect.

He noted that the recent setback in relations, and in particular the blockade, harm the interests of both peoples and pose further obstacles to the economic development to which Cuba is entitled.

He also thanked those present for their efforts to facilitate a climate of rapprochement; and invited them to continue working in favor of that process.

Díaz-Canel referred to the current political priorities in Cuba, especially the constitutional reform process that is being carried out with the broad participation of the population, and with a view to updating the country politically and legally.

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Photo: Estudios Revolución

At the end of the meeting, the Congress members commented to Cuban reporters their interest in strengthening the commercial ties between the two countries, especially in the field of agriculture.

They expressed opposition to the travel restrictions that the U.S. government applies against the island, noting that Cuba is a very safe country.
They were also emphatic in criticizing the economic, commercial and financial blockade.

Raúl receives Vice President of Korean Labor Party

Raúl receives Vice President of Korean Labor Party
During the amicable meeting, the traditional ties of friendship and excellent diplomatic relations shared by the peoples of the Democratic Republic of Korea and Cuba were reaffirmed
Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
july 6, 2018 08:07:01

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Photo: Estudio Revolución
The first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, yesterday afternoon, July 5, received the Vice President of the Democratic Republic of Korea’s Labor Party, Ri Su Yong, who conveyed greetings from the party’s president, Kim Yong Un. During the amicable meeting, the traditional ties of friendship and excellent diplomatic relations shared by the two peoples, parties, and governments were reaffirmed.

Centenary of the birth of Mandela

Centenary of the birth of Mandela and graduation of South African students celebrated in Cuba
This Wednesday, July 4, saw activities to mark the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela and celebrate the historic ties that unite Cuba and South Africa

Author: Darcy Borrero Batista | informacion@granma.cu
july 5, 2018 09:07:49

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Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro featured in the documentary that initiated the cultural and political act to mark the centenary of Mandela’s birth. Photo: AP
With the screening of a documentary that traces the shared history of South Africa and Cuba, featuring footage of meetings between Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro, a political-cultural act began this Wednesday afternoon, to mark the centenary of the birth of the renowned leader of the struggle against apartheid.

The act to commemorate Mandela’s legacy was held in the town of Cojímar, with the presence of South African students who recently graduated as doctors on the island, and leaders such as Salvador Valdés Mesa, first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers; Roberto Morales Ojeda, member of the Party Political Bureau and minister of Public Health; José Ramón Balaguer, member of the Party Central Committee Secretariat; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ana Teresita González Fraga; and Alfredo González Lorenzo, deputy minister of Public Health.

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