BIRTHDAY OF FIDEL CASTRO

Thank you, Fidel, For Being, Above All, Human

 

Granma | August 13, 2020

 

Fidel visited one hospital room after another during the hemorrhagic dengue epidemic.
Fidel visited one hospital room after another during the hemorrhagic dengue epidemic. Photo: Granma Archives

Over the years, many have wondered about the source of the leader of the Cuban Revolution’s inexhaustible energy. How was this exceptional man able to function without rest, with his thoughts perennially directed toward the wellbeing of his people, toward the possibility of a better world with a place for everyone, with rights and opportunities for all?

The answer to this question does not lie in his physical stature or athletic passion, not even in his ability to train his thinking and devour every chapter of the homeland’s history. There was something much more powerful, something that led him to devote himself entirely to humanity, that gave him a vocation he could not renounce, of doing everything he could to transform and create, as the most sacred duty of a man. What made Fidel a natural leader, with exemplary humility and disinterest, the architect of this enduring work, was the greatest gift Martí left him and his generation: human sensibility.Read More »

BIRTHDAY OF FIDEL CASTRO

‘Fidel Lives in Those Saved by Cuban Doctors’ Ambassador Says

Members of the Henry Reeve Brigade pose with a photo of Fidel Castro, Havana, Cuba, 2020.

 

Cuba has nine doctors for every 1,000 inhabitants, which is the highest figure for this indicator worldwide.

Cuba’s Ambassador to Canada Josefina Vidal took part in a virtual conference on the legacy of Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban revolution, which was held on the occasion of the 94th anniversary of his birth.

“Fidel Castro is still alive in each of the lives that our doctors save. He is alive in any corner of the world where people say ‘Thank you Cuba’,” Vidal said.

When the world is going through the COVID-19 pandemic, the diplomat focused her conference on one pillar of Fidel’s revolutionary thought and work: the human right to free health care.

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Fidel Castro – What Trump and the haters he encourages ignore

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Granma | May 07, 2020

Photo: Juvenal Balán
It could have been predicted; it has happened before: The U.S. government’s extremism toward Cuba is once again encouraging terrorism.

A fanatic fires on the Cuban embassy in Washington. This was not one of the invisible and unproven “sonic attacks” on diplomatic personnel that the Trump administration alleges occurred in Havana. Bullets were fired from an assault rifle, and their marks are clearly visible on the facade of Cuba’s embassy in the U.S. capital.

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Fidel Castro: A champion of public health

by Abhay Shukla

Down To Earth | December 21, 2016

 A CHAMPION OF PUBLIC HEALTH

The demise of Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz is a huge loss to the global public health. As the leader of the island nation of Cuba for nearly half-a-century, Fidel not only led exemplary initiatives to ensure healthcare for all within the country, but also ensured that Cuban doctors were the first to reach out to people in developing countries during natural disasters. Under Fidel, Cuban medical scientists also developed cutting-edge measures to combat diseases, ranging from meningitis to cancers.Read More »

The Fidel Castro I know

The Nobel Prize for Literature winner offers his observations of a good friend

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Granma | August 30, 2019

Photo: Granma Archives

His devotion to words. His power of seduction. He looks for problems wherever they may be. The impetus of inspiration is characteristic of his style. Books reflect very well the breadth of his tastes. He quit smoking to have the moral authority to fight smoking. He likes to prepare cooking recipes with a kind of scientific fervor. He stays in excellent physical condition with several hours of daily workouts and frequent swimming. Invincible patience. Iron discipline. The power of his imagination prepares him for the unexpected. Learning to rest is as important as learning to work.

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Fidel, just as he was

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Granma | August 19, 2019

Photo: Valiente, Jorge

Only a careful curatorial eye allowed press photographer Jorge Valiente and journalist Sahily Tabares to create the book Fidel es un país, an iconography of the Cuban Revolution’s leader that captures him just as he was.

Colleagues and life companions, the authors made a selection from among more than a thousand shots Valiente has of the Comandante en Jefe, photos taken in the exercise of his profession, first for the newspaper Revolución,and later Granma. His existence just as it was lived.

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Fidel, the most visionary Cuban of the 20th century

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Granma | August 13, 2019

Photo: Yousuf Karsh/Camera Press 

Fidel’s authority and his close relationship with the people were key to the country’s heroic resistance during the dramatic years of the Special Period…

At that time few in the world would have bet on our ability to resist and overcome in the face of adversity and the intensification of the enemy blockade. Our people, however, under the leadership of Fidel, provided an unforgettable lesson in resolve and loyalty to the principles of the Revolution.

 

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Fidel faces the empire: Plan against Plan

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Granma | August 14, 2019

Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz, at the commemoration of the 53rd anniversary of the assaults on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons. Photo: Jorge Luis González

The profound point of view that characterized the leader of the Cuban Revolution’s analysis of the United States was noted by Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Gabriel García Márquez, when he stated: “The country about which he knows the most, besides Cuba, is the United States. He understands in depth the nature of its people, its power structures, the ulterior motives of its governments, and this has helped him deal with the never-ending storm of the blockade.” This is part of the answer to a frequent question asked by millions of people about how Fidel was able to resist and overcome the aggressive policies of more than ten U.S. administrations.

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We are Fidel!

November 25 marks the second anniversary of the death of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz and celebrations of his life have begun, with a focus on reaffirming Cuba’s commitment to continuing his legacy

Granma | November 23, 2018

 

Photo: Claudia García Martínez

 

 

November 25 marks the second anniversary of the death of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz and celebrations of his life have begun, with a focus on reaffirming Cuba’s commitment to continuing his legacy

Keynote address by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, closing the Constituent Session of the National Assembly of People’s Power 7th legislature. Havana, February 24, 2008, Year 50 of the Revolution:

Fidel is Fidel; we all know it very well. Fidel is irreplaceable and the people shall continue his work when he is no longer physically with us; his ideas will always be with us, the same ideas that have made it possible to build the beacon of dignity and justice our country represents.

 

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