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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The world will see what we are capable of doing and the world will join us in our resistance

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Granma | July 29, 2019

“I am clear that, today, I speak in the name of the grateful, those who face the challenge of driving the country forward.” Photo: Estudios Revolución

Speech delivered by Miguel M. Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, during the national commemoration of the 66th anniversary of the assaults on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons, held in the Plaza de la Patria, Bayamo, Granma, July 26, 2019, Year 61 of the Revolution

(Council of State transcript / GI translation)

Dear Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee;

 

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“The day only one Cuban is left to make this revolution, it will be me”

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Granma | July 30, 2019

Photo: Granma Archives

SANTIAGO DE CUBA.– Frank País García was among those men who move people, conquer plains and mountain tops, who see the light on the horizon, and speak for all. The young revolutionary was shot by Batista’s henchmen, 62 years ago, thinking that with 20 bullets they could bury him in oblivion. But the date was chosen in his honor, to become Martyrs of the Cuban Revolution Day.

At only 18 years of age, he heard the sound of shooting from the Moncada, and tried to reach the garrison to see what was happening, but the guards stopped him. That night he managed to get in and saw the riddled bodies, which he would later describe as “full of blood, bullets, and honor.”

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Mystery illnesses and a side-lined U.S. embassy spell trouble for Cuba

by W. T. Whitney Jr.

People’s World | July 31, 2019

Mystery illnesses and a side-lined U.S. embassy spell trouble for Cuba

Any concern, real or feigned, for the health of diplomats voiced when the mystery illness story began has given way to a stepped up campaigns by the Trump administration to ramp up attacks on Cuba and make it difficult or impossible for Cubans to come to the U.S. or for Americans to go to Cuba. The sidelining of the U.S. embassy in Cuba, pictured above, is a major impediment to restoration of normal relations. | Desmond Boylan/AP

President Obama on December 17, 2014 announced a U.S. opening to Cuba. Months later there was a U.S. embassy in Havana. Beginning in late 2016, however, some diplomats there –CIA agents among them – experienced strange noises, hearing loss, headaches, impaired memory, confused thinking, dizziness, impaired vision and more. Expressing safety concerns, the State Department in September, 2017 recalled most of its employees from its Embassy in Cuba.

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São Paulo Forum: Venezuelan and Cuban presidents call for unity against U.S. imperialism

by Steve Sweeney

People’s World | July 30, 2019

São Paulo Forum: Venezuelan and Cuban presidents call for unity against U.S. imperialism

Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel, left, smiles with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro during the closing ceremony of the Sao Paulo Forum at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 28, 2019. | Ariana Cubillos / AP

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was joined by his Cuban counterpart Miguel Díaz-Canel Sunday as they issued a rallying cry for regional unity “to confront the onslaught of U.S. imperialism.”

The pair were among the speakers at the closing ceremony of the 25th Sao Paolo Forum in Caracas, which coincided with celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of the birth of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who died in 2013.

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Moncada: A victory of ideas

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Photo: Marcelino Vázquez (AIN)

History cannot be forgotten. At a time when U.S. imperialism and its regional allies are intent upon eliminating the idea that “a better world is possible,” the Cuban Revolution and its heroic people are resisting at all costs, convinced of the justness of their ideals, and celebrating the 66th anniversary of the assaults on the Moncada in Santiago de Cuba, and the Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrison in Bayamo.

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