Cuba salutes the Cuba salutes the peoples of Africa

Cuba salutes the peoples of Africa
Esteban Lazo Hernández, President of Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power sends message of congratulations to African peoples, on the occasion of Africa Day, May 25

Enrique Moreno Gimeranezmay 25, 2020 09:05:59

The legendary athlete Ana Fidelia Quirot joined Cubans across the country saluting Africa on May 25. Photo: Cubadebate
The President of the National Assembly of People’s Power, Esteban Lazo Hernández, sent a message of congratulations to African peoples, on behalf of all Cuban legislators, on the occasion of Africa Day, May 25.

The message emphasized that the date is “as significant for that continent as it is for Cuba, because of the deep ties that unite us” and reaffirms that “African heritage is a fundamental part of our culture, our beliefs and our customs.”

Esteban Lazo highlighted the historical events that have cemented the friendship Cuba shares with Africa, noting that we are “proud and at the same time honored to have had the opportunity to contribute to struggles against colonialism and racism in Africa. More than 300,000 Cuban internationalist fighters fought injustice and domination on the continent, and more than 2,000 lost their lives. On African soil, Cuban and African blood was joined, a bond that unites us forever.”

In his message, the Lazo recalled the internationalist example given by the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, when he announced the first medical mission to the continent to help the sister people of Algeria – collaboration that expanded over the years. “Today there are some 6,000 Cuban collaborators working in 32 countries in the region, the vast majority of whom are health professionals, a sector that is now being strengthened in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the text states, also noting that bilateral cooperation has opened the way for young Africans to study in Cuba, with more than 30,000 students in various specialties having graduated to date.

Lazo also expressed our gratitude for Africa’s many expressions of solidarity with Cuba, including the continent’s unanimous vote at the United Nations and resolutions adopted every year by the African Union demanding an end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba.

The Venezuelan civilian-military union

Reaction and revolution in Latin America: the Venezuelan civilian-military union
The consolidation of the Venezuelan civilian-military union has been key to defeating U.S. led coup attempts. The revolution is holding its ground, not only in Venezuela but throughout the region

Arnold Augustmay 22, 2020 10:05:22

The Venezuelan people are prepared to defend their country. Photo: Sputnik
In October 2019, when a wave of protest swept over Chile, President Sebastián Piñera called out the army, invoking the “state of emergency” clause of the Constitution. The image of soldiers in the streets and the enforcement of curfew immediately evoked a dark history. Since then, the majority of the bloody repression has been carried out by the national police, which has been reporting to the military commanders in Santiago, Valparaíso and other cities under the state of emergency.

These situations are oppressive not only for Latin America but also for countries like Canada, where Pinochet remains part of the collective memory handed down by a progressive generation that opposed his horror to its descendants. The experience also remains vivid in the minds of the many Canadians and Quebecers of Chilean origin who had to flee the Pinochet dictatorship.

Simultaneously, in Colombia as in Chile, uprisings and strikes have had to confront the armed forces, either directly or indirectly.

In Brazil, the peoples’ resistance to the right-wing Bolsonaro government has been ubiquitous since he won the 2018 elections, following the imprisonment of his main opponent, Lula da Silva.

In Bolivia, the scenario was different: the United States and its allies, backed by the army, fomented a coup d’état based on the lie that Evo Morales’s election had been fraudulent. It is known that the chief army officials involved in the coup were trained at the School of the Americas in the United States.

The experiences of Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia all stand in stark contrast to that of Venezuela. Indeed, they are poles apart: reaction on the one hand, revolution on the other. It is not that the United States has not attempted to subvert the Venezuelan Armed Forces; indeed, much effort has been expended to try and turn them into a replica of their counterparts in those countries where reaction has dominated. The effort has not succeeded.

What is the explanation? Let us compare these different cases. In an online interview, Claude Morin, a professor retired from the Department of History at the Université de Montréal and possibly the most important Latin Americanist in Quebec, stated that the Colombian army is composed of soldiers trained to fight an insurgency, to kill guerrillas and commit massacres against any communities that may be inclined to support them. The recruits have been conditioned to perform these tasks; that is, to see people and civilians as a threat. The officers have been trained with manuals from the US School of the Americas. Continue reading The Venezuelan civilian-military union

General Raul Castro Ruz and President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, sent tributes yesterday, May 19, to José Martí

Our guide toward the good of all
The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, Army General Raul Castro Ruz, and the President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, paid tribute yesterday, May 19, to José Martí, whose fruitful life, 125 years after his glorious fall in combat, continues to be the guide of a Revolution “with all and for the good of all

Author: Eduardo Palomares | informacion@granmai.cu
may 20, 2020 09:05:55

Clay on cardboard, by the child Dariel Victoria González, Mayabeque province. Photo: Granma

SANTIAGO DE CUBA.— The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba’s Central Committee, Army General Raul Castro Ruz, and the President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, sent tributes yesterday, May 19, to José Martí, whose fruitful life, 125 years after his glorious death in combat, continues to guide a Revolution “with all and for the good of all.”

Just as the sun touched the tomb covered by a Cuban flag that holds the Apostle’s remains, in the city’s Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, floral wreaths to honor our national hero were deposited, in the names of Raúl and Díaz-Canel, by Lázaro Expósito Canto and Beatriz Johnson Urrutia, president and vice-president of the Provincial Defense Council, respectively.

Two other wreaths, with carnations, lilies and white roses, were delivered from the President of the National Assembly of People’s Power and the Council of State, Esteban Lazo Hernández, and the people of Cuba.

To highlight the continuing relevance of Martí’s thought, on this May 19, President Díaz-Canel tweeted: “125 years ago, upon his death, Martí entered eternity. He had said: I know how to disappear, but my thought will not disappear. Fidel brought him to our days and his followers will not let him disappear.”

In another message, he pointed out: “Martí lives in every one of the Cuban Revolution’s works of resistance and creation, and in every act of dedication and sacrifice of those who go around the world saving lives under the principle of Homeland is Humanity.”

In addition, Martí’s warning of the danger posed by the United States to Cuba’s independence was also recalled by Díaz-Canel on the occasion: “The Apostle falls in combat, and in an unfinished letter, he warns of the dangerous plans of the empire against Cuba and Our America. History confirms his prediction and affirms our rebellion.” Continue reading General Raul Castro Ruz and President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, sent tributes yesterday, May 19, to José Martí

Cuban interferon proven effective against COVID-19

Cuban interferon proven effective against COVID-19
Data shows that only 5.5% of patients treated with Heberon developed serious complications

Orfilio Peláezmay 12, 2020 09:05:54

Currently more than 80 countries have expressed interest in acquiring Heberon.Photo: CIGB

Since the appearance, March 11, of the first cases of COVID-19 in Cuba, the country’s Ministry of Public Health (Minsap) has reported that the inclusion of Recombinant Human Interferon Alpha 2b in treatment protocols for these patients has shown positive results.

Details on the effectiveness of the product were presented by Dr. Eulogio Pimentel Vázquez, director of the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), affiliated with the BioCubaFarma Enterprise Group, where the medication was first produced in the late 1980s. Continue reading Cuban interferon proven effective against COVID-19

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