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Presentation on Commander Ernesto Che Guevara Memorial by Representative of Casa Las Americas

Presentation on Commander Ernesto Che Guevara Memorial by Representative of Casa Las Americas

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50 years have passed since the fall of Commander Ernesto Che Guevara in Bolivia, a fervent fighter for the freedom and well-being of the suffering peoples of America and the world; a hero of the glorious Cuban revolution.

Che belongs to a lineage of men and women who have attained eternal glory by their achievements for the good of humanity. With his death, an extraordinary human being was lost, and a brave fighter, who gave his life for the greatest force that flows through the universe: love. That is why his image has spread throughout the sphere of the planet.

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On the fateful afternoon of October 9 at one and 10 minutes of the afternoon of 1967, in La Higuera, Bolivia, with the assassination of the heroic guerrilla, a new star in the sky was born.

Other compañeros and compañeras here tonight discuss different aspects of the historical trajectory of Comandante Che. Casa de las América today shares theirs and narrates a brief chapter in the life of Che, a little known one—-as it was directly linked to the founders, specifically with a companion of ‘Casa:’ the late Don Pablo Estremera who, by the way, was the first president of Casa Cuba, what we now know as Casa de las Américas.

This comrade was a member of the July 26 movement in NY, founded by Fidel during his stay in this city in 1955. There it was established that said committee would be a support group for the combatants once they were on the war front that turned out to be in the Sierra Maestra. In due time after their arrival, the committee of 26 in NY is asked for a sum of money, which must be delivered to Fidel in the Sierra Maestra. Don Pablo Estremera was selected for this task because, despite being Puerto Rican by birth, he was the only one familiar with the region, having been raised around the Sierra Maestra.

Says the unpublished history, that Don Pablo, undertook his trip to the Sierra Maestra in search of Fidel, there he met with a brigade of guerrillas led by Che and they took him as a prisoner. When Che interrogates him, he tells him that he has an assignment from the July 27 NY committee to meet with Fidel. Che tells Don Pablo that if what he says is not true, he runs the risk of being shot.

After three days of touring the mountain range, they arrived at Fidel’s camp. Che went forward to alert Fidel of Don Pablo’s presence and told him that there was a parakeet there who said he had an assignment from NY to meet Fidel.

After three days of touring the mountain range, they arrived at Fidel’s camp. Che went forward to alert Fidel of Don Pablo’s presence—that there was a ‘parakeet’ who said he had been entrusted from NY to meet Fidel.

Parakeet? Fidel asked. Che relates tod the word parakeet because the man talked so much, did not stop talking on their way to Fidel. His name is Pablo Che replies. “Oh, that’s Pablito,” make it happen responded Fidel. Both men talked, in this way fulfilling the much difficult and dangerous task.

Since then Don Pablo was baptized by Che with the nickname of “Periquito.” A man of short stature and giant in bravery, at 65 years of age he became Fidel’s “mail delivery man” as he returned to the mountains when necessary. A great friendship was forged from that unexpected encounter between Che and the “Periquito” Pablo Estremera, the anonymous hero of the Cuban revolution.

In his visit to the United Nations, Che asked to meet with the compañeros and compañeras of Casa Cuba, especially Don Pablo Estremera, to thank him for the great work they did during the Cuban liberation war. A great friendship was established between Don Pablo and Che.

Long live Che, long live Fidel, and long live the great Cuban revolution.

Data acquired from the archive of Arnaldo Barrón

Recibió Raúl al canciller de la República Popular Democrática de Corea En el fraternal encuentro

Recibió Raúl al canciller de la República Popular Democrática de Corea
En el fraternal encuentro, ambas partes constataron los históricos lazos de amistad que existen entre las dos naciones y dialogaron sobre temas internacionales de interés común

Autor: Redacción Digital | internet@granma.cu
25 de noviembre de 2017 17:11:30
Raúl Castro recibió al canciller de Corea del Norte

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El General de Ejército Raúl Castro Ruz, Presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros, recibió en la mañana del pasado viernes al compañero Ri Yong Ho, ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de la República Popular Democrática de Corea, quien realizó una visita oficial a Cuba.

En el fraternal encuentro, ambas partes constataron los históricos lazos de amistad que existen entre las dos naciones y dialogaron sobre temas internacionales de interés común.

El canciller norcoreano trasladó un saludo del Presidente Kim Jong Un dirigido al General de Ejército, el cual fue reciprocado por este, así como un mensaje verbal y las condolencias por el primer aniversario del fallecimiento del líder histórico de la Revolución Cubana Fidel Castro Ruz.

Acompañó al visitante Pak Chang Yul, embajador de la República Popular Democrática de Corea. Por la parte cubana Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, ministro de Relaciones Exteriores.

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Bruno Rodríguez receives Foreign Minister of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Ri Yong Ho stated that he was pleased to be visiting the island

Author: Ernesto J. Gómez Figueredo | internet@granma.cu

november 22, 2017 14:11:02

“This visit is a demonstration of the consolidation of the ties of cooperation and friendship between both nations, and which are the legacy of historic leaders Fidel Castro Ruz and Kim Il-Sung,” stated Cuba’s Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, on receiving his counterpart from theDemocratic People’s Republic of Korea, Ri Yong Ho, this November 22.
During the meeting, which took place at the Cuban Foreign Ministry in Havana, Rodríguez noted that the island supports peace in the Korean Peninsula, and believes that a lasting political solution in the region can only be reached through dialogue.
The Cuban minister also noted that the country strongly rejects the imposition of sanctions and unilateral, arbitrary lists drawn up the United States, which violate International Law.
“We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our demand for the sovereignty and independence of all states, free self-determination of the peoples, against the use and/or threat of force by states, the resolution of conflicts through peaceful means, every state’s right to establish its own economic, political and social model, and non-interference in the internal affairs of any state,” he added
Rodríguez went on to note that the minister’s visit will contribute to strengthening ties and to the continuation of fruitful political dialogue between the two peoples, parties and governments.
Meanwhile, Ri Yong Ho stated that he was pleased to be visiting the island. “Although Cuba and the DPRK are geographically distant, we have many similarities and I feel at home here,” he stated.

 

 

The Havana Malecón preparing to reopen

The Havana Malecón preparing to reopen
After two weeks of intense work to repair damage caused by Hurricane Irma to Havana’s waterfront Malecon, parts of the avenue and its surrounding areas are set to reopen October 1

Author: Cubadebate | internet@granma.cu
september 27, 2017 12:09:20

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Road workers repairing damage caused by Hurricane Irma to the capital’s seawall. September 26, 2017.

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After two weeks of intense work to repair damage caused by Hurricane Irma to Havana’s Malecon, parts of the avenue and its surrounding areas are set to reopen October 1.
The avenue is closed due to repair works currently underway, stated Raúl Díaz Guadarrama, director general of the National Roads Administration Center, speaking to ACN.
He noted that 14 points of damage, mainly to pavements, were identified along the eight kilometer seawall, which is one of the capital’s most famous reference points.
Repairs are being carried out by brigades from the Ministry of Construction, Raúl Roa Contingent, Havana Waters enterprise, Provincial Roads Administration Center and Engineering Works Constructor number five, among other entities, noted Díaz Guadarrama.
Meanwhile, Carlos Díaz Hidalgo, the Ministry of Transport’s provincial director of road infrastructure, noted that over 1,000 cubic meters of concrete has been used in works to repair damage caused by the hurricane.

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More than 50 senators support eliminating restrictions on travel to Cuba

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MAY 26, 2017 12:27 PM
More than 50 senators support eliminating restrictions on travel to Cuba
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

As the Cuba policy review reaches its final stage, politicians, companies and organizations that support the policy of engagement are making an extra effort to send this message to Donald Trump: Mr. President, don’t eliminate opportunities to travel to the island.
Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) reintroduced a bill Thursday to eliminate all prohibitions on travel to Cuba. The bill, which had only eight cosponsors when first filed in 2015, now has the support of 55 senators from both parties.
“As the administration is finalizing its Cuba policy review, it is important to show that a bipartisan majority in the Senate supports not only not rolling back the measures that President Obama took to expand travel, but to go even further and remove all restrictions,” James Williams, president of Engage Cuba, told el Nuevo Herald. Engage Cuba is a coalition of companies and organizations that lobby to eliminate sanctions on Cuba.
The bill would remove all restrictions for U.S. citizens and residents on travel to Cuba, and will authorize associated banking transactions made by travelers. A similar proposal was presented in the House but with fewer sponsors.
Even if the bill is not discussed on the Senate floor, said Williams, it sends a strong message to the White House that there is support for the current policy of engagement.
In a separate move to push the agenda forward, another piece of legislation was introduced on Friday to lift the trade embargo. The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2017 was introduced by Sens. Leahy, Flake, Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming).

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Message from Army General Raúl Castro to Oscar López Rivera

Message from Army General Raúl Castro to Oscar López Rivera

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The Cuban President expresses his congratulations to the fighter for Puerto Rican independence, who was finally released yesterday from U.S. custody

Author: Raúl Castro Ruz | internet@granma.cu
may 19, 2017 09:05:07
Havana, May 18, 2017

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Dear compañero Oscar,
Accept my fraternal congratulations in the name of the Cuban Party, government, and people, who share the joy of your liberation.
History will not forget your determination and loyalty to the cause of Puerto Rican independence, which is essential to Our America.
We await you in Cuba, with all the honors and affection you deserve, whenever it may be possible for you.
An embrace,
Raúl Castro Ruz

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WE CALL ON ALL FRIENDS OF CUBA AND FIGHTERS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE TO GATHER AT THE CUBAN MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO HONOR THE LIFE AND EXAMPLE OF OUR BROTHER, FIDEL CASTRO

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THE GREAT REVOLUTIONARY AND INTERNATIONALIST. THE CHAMPION OF THE OPPRESSED. THE ORGANIZER OF SOLIDARITY.

WHERE:
315 LEXINGTON AVENUE BETWEEN 38th and 39th
STREETS IN MANHATTAN

WHEN:
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4,
12 NOON TO 2:00 PM

TO COINCIDE WITH THE BURIAL OF FIDEL’ S REMAINS IN SANTIAGO DE CUBA AND THE END OF THE NINE DAY MOURNING PERIOD IN CUBA FROM 9:00 AM TO 12:00 NOON, FRIENDS CAN ENTER THE CUBAN MISSION TO SIGN THE CONDOLENCE BOOK FOR FIDEL CASTRO

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SAVE THE DATE. SAT.JAN. 7TH 2017
CELEBRATION OF FIDEL’S LIFE
INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED ON A LATER DATE

The blockade is an outdated policy and must end: Josefina Vidal, director general for the United States at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Relations

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The blockade is an outdated policy and must end
A year after diplomatic relations between the two countries were reestablished on July 20, 2015, Granma International spoke with Josefina Vidal, director general for the United States at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Relations, to discuss Cuba-U.S. relations as they stand today

Author: Sergio Alejandro Gómez | informacion@granma.cu
july 20, 2016 14:07:30

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Josefina Vidal, director general for the United States at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Relations. Photo: Juvenal Balán

“We have been working for many years for a change in U.S. policy toward Cuba,” stated Josefina Vidal, the main face representing Cuba in diplomatic negotiations with the United States to open a new chapter in bilateral relations between the two nations.

But the Cuban diplomat isn’t referring to the quarter of a century she has spent dealing with this issue. “You need to read history and see how Fidel, at different times, expressed Cuba’s willingness to discuss and resolve our differences with the United States through negotiations, without renouncing a single one of our principles. And Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, on assuming the leadership of our government, stated that we have always been willing to normalize relations with that country on the basis of equality.

“This process began on December 17, 2014, following more than half a century of resistance by the Cuban people to all kinds of aggression. A few months later, on July 20, 2015, diplomatic relations between the two nations were officially reestablished with the opening of respective embassies in Washington and Havana.”

A year on, Granma International spoke with Josefina Vidal, director general for the United States at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Relations, to discuss Cuba-U.S. relations as they stand today.

What has been achieved?

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