Cuba’s day always dawns

Cuba’s day always dawns
“Restore services, collect debris, care for victims, plan, and organize donations, give priority to the most vulnerable” were lines of action emphasized by Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, during his comments on the television program Mesa Redonda, devoted yesterday to the recovery underway, following the January 27 tornado that hit Havana

Author: Redacción Nacional | internet@granma.cu
february 7, 2019 10:02:55

“We are going to pick ourselves up,” Díaz-Canel stated.

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“Restore services, collect debris, care for victims, plan, and organize donations, give priority to the most vulnerable” were lines of action emphasized by Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, during his comments on the television program Mesa Redonda, devoted yesterday to the recovery underway, following the January 27 tornado that hit Havana .
The President said that Army General Raúl Castro and José Ramón Machado Ventura, first and second secretaries of the Communist Party of Cuba, respectively, are attentive to progress being made in recovery efforts.
“We are going to pick ourselves up, because in Cuba, as the song says, the day always dawns after the darkest night, because we are continuity,” he said.
Díaz-Canel reiterated condolences on behalf of the Party, the government, and other organizations, to families afflicted by the loss of human life, the injured, and those who suffered the loss of property and damage to their homes.
“This event differs from those we are accustomed to facing. A tornado cannot be predicted like a hurricane. Information had been announced about forecasts of thunderstorms, high probability of rain … and measures were adopted, like not holding the March of the Torches as usual on January 27. What we could not anticipate was that an event of this magnitude would develop, a scale EF4 (tornado).”
After the tornado, the response of leaders and cadres of the Party and government, the National Civil Defense General Staff, with cooperation from central state administration agencies, was immediate, he recalled.
“It should be noted that there were firefighters, rescue workers, emergency services, the Revolutionary Armed Forces, and the people. From the first moment the people were present,” he said.
Diaz-Canel recalled that the Provincial Defense Council met at 8am the morning of the 28th, and the Council of Ministers was convened two hours earlier.
Before dawn, he said, “Several ministers were present where the most complex problems were occurring,” he said, adding that experience was gained and lessons learned, which should be shared with the population.
To do so, and to provide information on the recovery work of many organizations and people, he suggested presenting another Mesa Redonda program on the issue, next week.

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.

Defend Cuba & Venezuela Rally Jan 26, 2018

Rally against attempted US coup in Venezuela and ongoing efforts by US to end socialism in Cuba, held across the street from the Cuban Mission to the UN, hosted by the International Action Center and Workers World Party and led by Ike Nahem. Lots of repetitive chanting until 9:14 when several speakers are each given opportunity to express their views against US imperialism in other countries as well as Venezuela and Cuba. camera, edit by Joe Friendly

Venezuela is not alone

Venezuela is not alone
The Venezuelan people are mobilized, following the call of their legitimate President,Nicolás Maduro, to defend their sovereignty, peace and constitutionality. The Bolivarian nation also has the majority support of the international community

Author: Internacional news staff | informacion@granmai.cu
january 25, 2019 11:01:52

President Maduro has received broad support from around the world, as well as from the Venezuelan people and public powers.

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The Venezuelan people are mobilized, following the call of their legitimate President,Nicolás Maduro, to defend their sovereignty, peace and constitutionality, after recent moves in the United States to instigate a coup.

The maneuvers came after Juan Guaidó, president of a National Assembly in contempt, declared himself interim president of Venezuela, and was recognized as such by the U.S. and its allies.

Despite this, the Maduro government continues to enjoy the majority support of the international community, with global powers such as Russia and China reiterating its legitimacy and condemning any foreign interference.

GOVERNORS, SUPREME TRIBUNAL OF JUSTICE, THE ELECTORAL AND CITIZEN POWERS UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION

The Electoral Power of Venezuela, represented by the National Electoral Council (CNE), demanded respect for the will of the Venezuelan people, who constitutionally elected Nicolás Maduro for a second term as President in May 2018. “The CNE repudiates and condemns the complete disregard and violation of the constitutional order demonstrated on January 23,” stated CNE President Tibisay Lucena.

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As President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez said: “The sovereignty of our peoples is expressed today in one’s attitude toward Venezuela.

Revolutionary Government Declaration: Aggression against Venezuela must cease
The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba condemns and energetically rejects the attempt to impose a As President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez said: “The sovereignty of our peoples is expressed today in one’s attitude toward Venezuela. , a puppet government at the service of the United States in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and expresses its unwavering solidarity with the government of Constitutional President Nicolás Maduro Moros

Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
january 24, 2019 08:01:22

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The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba condemns and energetically rejects the attempt to impose a coup d’etat, a puppet government at the service of the United States, in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and expresses its unwavering solidarity with the government of Constitutional President Nicolás Maduro Moros.
The true objectives of actions against Venezuela are to control the vast resources of this sister nation and destroy the value of its example, as an emancipatory process defending the dignity and independence of Our America.
As President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez said: “The sovereignty of our peoples is expressed today in one’s attitude toward Venezuela. To support the legitimate right of the sister nation to define its own destiny is to defend the dignity of all.”
Other coup attempts should not be forgotten, such as the military coup of 2002 and the 2003 oil lockout; the aggressive U.S. Executive Order describing Venezuela as “an unusual and extraordinary threat to national security and foreign policy” of the superpower; unilateral coercive measures; the call for a military coup against the constitutional government of Venezuela; the President of the United States’ threat to use “a possible military option” and the August 4 assassination attempt against President Maduro.
The acts of a group of countries and the shameful role of the OAS constitute a new, 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 determination to defend national sovereignty.

Havana, January 23, 2019

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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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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Guáimaro and Cuba’s enduring constitutional spirit

CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM

Guáimaro and Cuba’s enduring constitutional spirit
Some six months have passed since the anniversary of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes’ call for liberty at the Demajagua plantation, when patriots took up arms against Spanish colonialism and slavery, providing a lesson in unity and citizenship

Author: Miguel Fernández Martínez | internet@granma.cu
january 22, 2019 10:01:04

The determination of Cuba’s Mambi forces to unite in the struggle for independence is central to the nation’s heritage.  

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Some six months have passed since the anniversary of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes’ call for liberty at the Demajagua plantation, when patriots took up arms against Spanish colonialism and slavery, providing a lesson in unity and citizenship.

The small settlement of Guáimaro was one of the first to be liberated by the mambises after the beginning of the armed struggle, and had the honor of serving as the site for a transcendental event in the Revolution of ‘68.

Gathered in an assembly April 10-12, representatives from the three insurgent areas (Oriente, Camagüey, and Las Villas) sought to establish agreement to form a single, united front to combat the Spanish.

José Martí, who considered the event a great symbol and passion, would write 23 years later in the newspaper Patria, “Free Guáimaro had never been so beautiful as the days when it was about to enter into glory and sacrifice.”

With barely enough time to get to know each other, and facing divergent, even antagonistic, opinions on the issues at hand, delegates settled their conceptual disagreements, putting love of the country and desire to serve Cuba first.

After bitter debates, they approved a unique type of state – the Republic of Cuba in Arms – democratic institutions, and a basic constitution that would serve as a programmatic base in the national liberation struggle.

Despite the limitations of the agreement which negatively impacted the military struggle, the relevance of the Guáimaro Assembly is undeniable, as the first step toward the achievement of unity in the Cuban independence movement.”Whatever the problems, the difficulties, and the results, the effort was admirable,” said the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, a century later, offering his assessment of the events.

In this small Camagüeyan town, a new way, now traditional, was established of reaching consensus for the nation’s good: open debate and collective reflection as the basis of unity and cohesion.

This presupposes a high level of political maturity, allowing the homeland’s interests to prevail in discussions of the country’s strategic issues, above and beyond any personal, sectorial, or group projects or ambitions.

In the year of the 150th anniversary of Cuba’s first Constitution, approved in Guáimaro, this principle acquires renewed value as a guarantee of the consolidation of our revolutionary project and its continuity over time.This has been the case thus far, and will be so on February 24, when the people will vote in a referendum to approve the Constitution that will define the present and the promising future of our homeland, in a gesture of eternal gratitude to those who gave their all for freedom.

Cuba categorically rejects the threat of activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton

Cuba categorically rejects the threat of activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act
Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba
Author: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba | informacion@granmai.cu
january 17, 2019 11:01:24

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Cuba categorically rejects the threat of activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act Photo: Granma
On January 16, 2019, the United States State Department announced the decision to suspend for only 45 days the application of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, “to conduct a careful review… in light of the national interests of the United States and efforts to expedite a transition to democracy in Cuba and include factors such as the Cuban regime’s brutal oppression of human rights and fundamental freedoms and its indefensible support for increasingly authoritarian and corrupt regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua.”
The government of President Donald Trump threatens to take a new step that would dangerously reinforce the blockade against Cuba, flagrantly violate International Law, and directly attack the sovereignty and interests of third countries.
Cuba rejects this threat in the most energetic, firm and categorical way. It regards it as a hostile act of extreme arrogance and irresponsibility, while condemning the disrespectful and slanderous language of the State Department’s public message.

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Cuba’s President participated in activities on the occasion of President Nicolas Maduro’s swearing in ceremony

Díaz-Canel in Caracas
Cuba’s President participated in activities on the occasion of President Nicolas Maduro’s swearing in ceremony

Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
january 11, 2019 09:01:45

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CARACAS, Venezuela.–This city of hills awoke yesterday, January 10, to accompany Nicolas Maduro during swearing-in activities, following his overwhelming victory in elections this past May 20, in which almost six million Venezuelans supported his Presidency with their votes, some four million more than his closest opponent obtained.

Also on hand was the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, who tweeted upon his arrival “Cuba defends and supports Venezuelan sovereignty and Bolivarian integration.”

Leaders from more than 120 nations have expressed support for Maduro on the occasion and some 90 sent delegations to the swearing-in ceremony for his second term in office.

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