Paulo FG: We are Here to Refute the Lies against Cuba

 

 Renowned Cuban popular music singer Paulo Fernandez Gallo (Paulo FG) rejected the mass media campaign against Cuba, orchestrated by the US and its European allies at the Concert for the Homeland held in Havana city.

“We are used to it, we have lived through many smear campaigns against us, and we are here to refute them, because there are no reasons to have us on the spot” FG told ACN news agency minutes before making thousands gathered at the Anti-imperialists Tribune dance to his music.

The Concert for the Homeland, in which over 200 artists participating showed the widespread rejection of Cuban artists to the manipulations of the international mass media to denigrate Cuban reality

County poet Alexis Díaz Pimienta improvised metrics that made the audience broke into thick applauses.

“When a man sings what he carries inside his chest, no one can take away from him the right to open his mouth wide open and cry outloud that he loves the Revolution” rhymed Diaz Pimienta.

Edgar Gonzalez, a young rapper, said he believed that Cuba’s problems could be solved by those Cubans sweating, living, dreaming and working in Cuba, not by anyone from outside that wants to come and give lessons about anything.

The concert wrapped up with the performances of popular Cesar “Pupy” Pedroso and his orchestra, the reggaeton star Baby Lores and Manolito Simonet and his “Trabuco” band.

 

We Have the Richness of the Truth, says Cuban Singer


“We Cubans have shortages, but do have the wealth of truth,” said singer Candido Fabre, before performing on stage yesterday at the Anti-imperialist tribunal in the Concert for the Homeland.

Fabre won the applause of the audience gathered in the act of reaffirmation organized by Cuban artists and intellectuals, to reject the media campaign through which imperialism seeks to denigrate the Revolution and its right to build a decent, free and fair society.

Fabre told ACN news agency that was a pleasure to say yes to the country once again and show the world that the European Parliament and the US are wrong.

”It’s very easy for the rich to go against the humble and we are part of that humble people who have a grandeur that is called dignity and moral” the singer stated.

He added that his songs have always represented the love he feels for his homeland and they deal, one way or the other, with the Cubans everyday lives and are an ode to the Revolution and the men who made it.

Fabre stressed that the spiritual greatness Cubans have is what humankind needs, while others find in their greed the urgency to lie about and attack Cuba, despite deep inside acknowledging that Cuba is a beacon of peace for the world.

“To go along the powerful Yankees is easy but someday they will realize that many voices in the world are saying Yes for Cuba!, And that happens because this island is an example to the world,” said Fabre.

 

The “Taxpayers” of the Media War Against Cuba
 

By Miguel José Maury Guerrero 

 

 A media war against Cuba comes alive today from the United States and Europe, with more than a few echoes in Latin American media, but no Cuban is overtaken as it is a phenomenon that has been ongoing for five decades, with frequent periods of enhancement and as the present.

The issues now displayed in the printed media, broadcasts and electronic spaces, as the Internet, are the same issues that have been long-handled: human rights and alleged dissidents, cornerstones of anti-Cuban propaganda.

The so-called “Bush Plan” in 2004 – originated from the “Committee for a Free Cuba”, in 2003 and subsequent aggressive efforts – as well as the “European Common Position” in June, 2004, become the program platform or documentary framework that define them as priorities to raise against the island

Thus, these days, quite a few international media have been found in the voluntary death of a common prisoner in Cuba, and the self-styled “Ladies in White”, their focus.

Such excuses were put forward last March by the European Parliament and the European People’s Party Summit to issue statements against Cuba; having extensive propaganda impact.

What scholars today call the media war is an aggression against the Greater Antilles practiced by Washington and its international allies, perhaps from the moment of the Revolution outbreak, with the Assault on Moncada Quarters on July 26, 1953.

The manipulation of American and world public opinion against the island, which has always been the goal of this contest, had lies, misrepresentation – another form of lying – and the omission, as their basic weapons.

The worst of it is that the offspring of the minds of analysts and policy makers from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has often achieved their disinformation goals, but before this dirty campaign, Cuba is not standing crossed-armed, it has sufficient grounds to show the world where there is truth and reason.

 

Cuban Electoral Process is Successfully Guaranteed
 

Partial stage preparations within the present electoral process will be over next April 25th according to the scheduled program and thousand of supporting personnel are being already trained from this week on to help at the polls for electing the delegates of the 169 Municipal Assemblies of People’s Power, called City Council Department counselors in other countries.
Cuban Elections will Bear Witness to the Unity of our People
The training deals with how to work with the voting paper models, the way of exercising one’s right to vote and the proper way of counting them in public with the absolute quality, transparency and mass participation demanded in our electoral system.

The strict legal observance of this new exercise, which is protected by children at the polls, endorses the principles and democratic process in Cuba and is acknowledged by all its citizens and expressed through their overwhelming participation.

In this new stage, posting the lists, photos, biographies of nominees and daily social trajectory on every electoral district for selecting the most suitable candidates is still observed so voters may have sufficient information to form an opinion and vote for the right person for this job according to his or her merits and virtues as well as correct any possible mistake.

More than eight million 400 thousand voters, 71 per cent of the Cuban population, have the right to participate in this year’s partial elections and almost 35 thousand candidates were already nominated from February 24 to March 24 within their own living areas to facilitate the proper interchange and info with the people; however, a Dynamic Voting Test will take place before the final electoral calling before April 25 to activate all infrastructures involved.

This is the 13th Cuban Electoral Process since the creation of the National Assembly of People’s Power in 1976, the supreme political entity of the Cuban state empowered at all levels and validated in the whole country to express and defend our socialist principles and support the revolution.

The policy of openness of Cuban electoral processes encourages the confidence of the people towards its political system that is now a victim of the imperialist campaign of lies and blackmail.

 

Cuba’s disaster-hit homes get eco-friendly rebuild

By Shasta Darlington, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Disaster affected homes rebuilt using low-tech and environmentally sensitive materials
  • Scheme is brainchild of Cuba government research and development institute
  • Project has been export to many other Latin American countries

Havana, Cuba (CNN) — “We never imagined having a house like this,” says Eric Martinez as he walks through the three small bedrooms with their flowered quilts and family pictures.

The walls are freshly painted and pink curtains hang in the windows.

“When the hurricane came through it left nothing, nothing at all,” he says. “It wasn’t just one house that was destroyed, it was a bunch.”

Hurricane Gustav slammed into the Cuban coastal town of Los Palacios in August, 2008, a dangerous category 4 storm. It damaged 84 percent of the homes, many of them made of wood. Ten days later, Hurricane Ike tore across much of Cuba, dumping torrential rains on Los Palacios. And then in November, Paloma struck the island. The government put the combined damage at $10 billion.

Now, a unique program helps victims like Martinez re-build their lives — and their homes.

“Here, nobody imagined we would recover so quickly. And when you build for yourself, you feel good,” said Martinez.

New houses have gone up all along the hurricane corridor in the western province of Pinar del Rio. Many of them are made entirely or partly of “eco-materials” — local resources turned into construction materials at a low cost — and all done in the community.

The project is the brainchild of Cuba’s CIDEM research and development institute.

“In a context where energy is very expensive… and where resources are expensive and the environment is being destroyed, you have to look for local solutions” explained CIDEM director Fernando Martirena.

After hurricanes, floods and earthquakes, CIDEM moves in quickly to set up mini-factories using its own low-tech machinery.

“Usually in the aftermath of a disaster, the choice is whether you have tents or one of these workshops,” Martirena says. “We choose to develop technologies so you can come soon after the disaster, organize the local population and produce the materials for real, lasting houses.”

In Los Palacios, CIDEM set up a mini-factory last year. Five workers operate a simple contraption that uses vibrations to turn out blocks made from local gravel, sand and cement. “This machine has the capacity to produce 1,200 blocks a day — that’s equivalent to a house,” regional manager Jose Miguel Capote explains.

Row upon row of the bricks dry in the sun before families pick them up to start re-construction — usually only a few blocks away.

Across the mountains, a similar workshop churns out bricks in the northern coastal town of Bahia Honda. On a nearby residential street, Rene Garcia, a cafeteria worker, mixes cement and his wife offers juice to one of the professional builders provided by the government.

“Whatever he tells me to do, I do it,” Garcia says of the builder. “Anything to finish this quickly.”

In Cuba, the government works closely with CIDEM. They provide professionals to oversee the work and they guarantee hurricane victims paid leave from their jobs in order to rebuild houses. CIDEM has set up workshops in 18 countries in Latin America, five in Africa and most recently in Asia, with funding primarily from Switzerland and Canada.

“These are labor intensive technologies because they are targeting developing countries where unemployment is a great issue,” Martirena says.

“The environmental impact is about saving energy most of all,” he adds, pointing out that little or no transportation is needed.

The houses cost up to $15,000 in Central America, for example. There, the bill is often picked up by the local government and non-profit organizations.

Mileidy Rodriguez hugs 9-month-old Adrian as workers slap cement on her front wall. For now, her house is just a skeleton: a cinder block bathroom, cement kitchen and bedrooms made from wooden planks.

“My house, look how it’s coming,” she says proudly. “We’ll be living here soon, and probably better than before.” Rodriguez’ old house was flattened by Gustav while she and her family sought shelter with her mother.

She can barely hold back tears when she talks about it. “Just imagine,” she says. “We were left homeless with two children, and a third on the way.”

Many Cuban families are still homeless. But CIDEM helps ensure those who rebuild have homes that will survive the next hurricane season.

 

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