Archive for February, 2015

Gerardo: “Our sole achievement is having fulfilled our duty”

February 26, 2015

Remarks by Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, during the event commemorating the 120th anniversary of the re-initiation of Cuba’s War of Independence, and the decoration of the Cuban Five, in Havana’s Convention Center, February 24, 2015, “Year 57 of the Revolution”

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by Gerardo Hernández Nordelo
Feb. 24, 2015
Reprinted from Granma Diario
(Council of State transcript)

Dear compañero Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers; Compañeras and compañeros:

Honoring the Cuban men and women who on a day such as this, 120 years ago, decided to return to arms to struggle for the homeland’s independence, is the best way to accept the “Hero of the Republic” honorific title, which has generously been awarded to five Cubans of these times whose achievement was none other than that of having fulfilled our duty.

José Martí, the soul of that national uprising of February 24, 1895, stated that the ability to be a hero is measured by the respect shown those who have been heroes. Thus, on a day such as this, our first thought is one of gratitude and loyalty to those who throughout history, with their sacrifice, have made possible that we live in a socialist, revolutionary, victorious Cuba, conscious that it is up to our generation, and those which are to come, to defend the continuity of this work, the dreams and ideals of our liberators.

The first thoughts of the Five today must be for a man whose leadership and strategic vision were decisive to the battle which led to our freedom, and who with his example instilled in us a spirit of struggle, resistance and sacrifice. And who taught us that the word surrender does not exist in the dictionary of a revolutionary, and who, very early on, assured all Cubans that the Five would return to the homeland. Comandante en Jefe: This distinction which we proudly receive today is also yours. (Applause)

To our Army General Raúl Castro, who did not rest until what Fidel had promised was accomplished, to all the men and women who already wear this honorable star on their chests, and were always an example to the Five, we say: This distinction is also yours. (Applause)

To the Cuban people who made the cause of the Five their own, and still today encourage us with their support and affection; to the leadership of our country’s Party and government; to the mass organizations, institutions, attorneys, religious bodies, figures and governments from other countries which stood in solidarity with our cause: This distinction is also yours. (Applause)

We also thank the sisters and brothers throughout the entire world who struggled shoulder to shoulder with us, over 16 years of legal and political battles, and say: This distinction is also yours. (Applause)

To our families, who struggled, suffered, and resisted with firmness for so many years, and to all of the persons who deserve to see this day but are no longer among us: This distinction is also yours. (Applause)

To the faceless heroes and heroines who will never be able to receive a public tribute such as this, but who have dedicated, dedicate, and will dedicate tomorrow, their lives to the defense of the country from anonymous trenches: Know, wherever you may be, that this distinction is also yours. (Applause)

This honor we receive today is, at the same time, a summons which demands that we rise to the occasion to meet the new challenges which the Revolution faces. More than a few times since our return, compatriots have approached us to say that they would have liked to have had the opportunity the Five had to protect our people from aggression. To them, and to all Cuban patriots, we say that our mission has not ended, and that they can join in.

The updating of our economic model in an effort to achieve a more efficient, prosperous and sustainable socialism, as well as the process of reestablishing relations with the United States, create a conjuncture of change, which demands that all of us act with intelligence, professionalism, commitment and conviction, to identify and confront the challenges and new perils which are coming.

There are, and will be, many ways to defend Cuba, and Cuba will always need loyal sons and daughters to protect her. It is encouraging to us to know that in the heart of this revolutionary people there are many “Five” willing to sacrifice all for their homeland.

With Ramón, René, Fernando and Antonio, we accept with pride and gratitude this great honor which the homeland confers upon us. The homeland can count on these five soldiers who today, before our people, reaffirm our commitment to serve you until our final days, and to always be loyal to the ideas of Martí, of Che, of Fidel and of Raúl. Thank you very much. (Applause)

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February 25, 2015

Cuba-US Rapprochement: Prospects and Obstacles (Part I).

February 25, 2015

Cuba Part I: From Revolution to Un-Normal Relations

February 25, 2015

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On this special episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin highlights BTS’ eight day trip to Havana, Cuba, starting with a historical look at the tensions between the US and Cuba that have led the two countries to the negotiating table to normalize relations. Abby then discusses the major areas of contention when it comes to these negotiations and where they currently stand. BTS producer, Cody Snell, then speaks with members of the largest delegation of peace activists to visit Cuba since the normalized relations announcement, highlighting the role of grassroots diplomacy. BTS than talks to average Cubans both in Havana and in Miami about their views on the state of US-Cuban relations. BTS wraps up the show with an interview with Kenia Serrano, a high ranking Cuban parliament member and President of The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, about everything from internet access to the crackdown on free speech in the country.

Cuban Five to Be Decorated as Heroes of the Republic of Cuba

February 25, 2015

NYC Havana Blog

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Havana, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) The five Cuban antiterrorists will be decorated on Tuesday in this capital with the title of Heroes of the Republic of Cuba before the People”s Power National Assembly.

Rene Gonzalez, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino and Gerardo Hernandez served lengthy sentences in US prison since 1998 for reporting on violent plots organized by Florida-based terrorist groups.

The Five, as they are known internationally, were granted that title at a special session of the Cuban Parliament on December 29, 2001.

Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez were the first to return home after serving their sentences entirely.

Some time later, on December 17, 2014, Antonio, Guerrero, Ramon Labañino and Gerardo Hernandez arrived in Cuba.

In that context, the People’s Power National Assembly of Cuba will also commemorate the 120th anniversary of the resumption of the country’s war of independence against Spanish colonialism.

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La revolución cubana del 30. Ensayos

February 24, 2015

La Cosa

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Descargue aquí La revolución cubana del 30. Ensayos, de Fernando Martínez Heredia, publicado en formato de Libros Libres por Ruth Casa Editorial, quien autorizó su reproducción en La Cosa.

Ver aquí otros libros publicados por Ruth Casa editorial en formato de Libros Libres (descargas en pdf).

Cuba se convirtió en una nación cuando sumó, a la lenta acumulación de rasgos culturales que van tornando específico a un pueblo en un lugar determinado del mundo, sus revoluciones del último tercio del siglo XIX. Ellas le dieron un significado particular a la emancipación de la gran masa de esclavos negros y al proceso que acabó con el régimen colonial, posibilitaron que fuera orgánica la composición de la población de Cuba y la integración de sus regiones físicas, proveyeron una gesta nacional con su historia propia, sus fastos, dolores, símbolos y emociones compartidos. Esas dos revoluciones crearon al pueblo cubano como comunidad autoidentificada…

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UN: The heroic work of the Cuban medical brigade in Haiti has saved thousands of lives

February 24, 2015

JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

February 21 2015

We hope the Cuban example is followed (by other nations)

Cuban medical workers have treated thousands of Haitians suffering from cholera since 2010.

cuban doctors in haitiThe United Nations’ top anti-cholera official in Haiti praised Cuba Thursday for its role in battling the deadly disease.

“We hope … the Cuban example is followed (by other nations), as an example capable of saving so many Haitian lives, despite economic constraints and other difficulties,” said Assistant Secretary-General Pedro Medrano Rojas. Rojas is the U.N.’s senior coordinator for cholera response in Haiti.

Cuban medical workers have been on the frontlines of Haiti’s cholera epidemic

According to the U.N. official, Cuban medical workers have been on the frontlines of Haiti’s cholera epidemic, playing a major role in treating and preventing the disease.

Rojas stated he plans to visit Havana later this month to meet with Cuban health authorities.

“We want to recognize the extraordinary…

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Cuba – EEUU ¿Y ahora qué?

February 23, 2015

El blog de La Polilla Cubana

Por Darío Machado Rodríguez [1]

El cambio de la política norteamericana hacia Cuba

El fin del pasado año fue escenario de importantes acontecimientos para Cuba: el regreso a la Patria de los tres héroes injusta y absurdamente condenados y todavía encarcelados en los EEUU, fue motivo de una inmensa alegría en el pueblo cubano y de sano orgullo por la dignidad a toda prueba mantenida por los 5 y por la victoria de traerlos a casa. Casi simultáneamente, el anuncio del inicio de conversaciones para restablecer relaciones diplomáticas entre Cuba y EEUU sorprendió a muchos, aun cuando se sospechaba que había algo en el ambiente. Es a este último asunto al que me referiré a continuación.

¿Por qué ahora?

Los procesos sociales siempre se producen en medio de un conjunto de factores causales que no pueden ser determinados en su totalidad. Es dable, sin embargo, describir algunos de los más…

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Cuba Support to Africa Praised

February 23, 2015

JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

alhaji mohammad mumuni 2Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, secretary general of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), praised Cuba’s support to African nations in different areas, indicated today a press release.

Mumuni highlighted Cuba’s role in the fight for independence of various African countries and its collaboration not only sending highly qualified human resources but also training various generations of local professionals in many fields.

Mumuni praised particularly the role of Cuba in fighting the Ebola epidemic and expressed the admiration and respect of ACP members for Cuba, which he described as a very high-profile country member, an example of solidarity and cooperation.

SLEONE-CUBA-HEALTH-EBOLA-WAFRICAMumuni made the statements during a meeting held with Norma Goicochea, Ambassador of Cuba to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union, said the release from the Cuban Embassy in Belgium.

Norma Goicochea EstenozGoicochea (photo right) highlighted the importance of ACP for Cuba, while reiterating the Cuban Government’s willingness to continue its…

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Why Does Latin America Reject US Belligerence toward Venezuela?

February 21, 2015

JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

Source:  TeleSUR
February 20 2015

by: Joe Emersberger

Even the OAS, until quite recently a reliable U.S. lap dog, rejected Washington’s sanctions against Venezuela. 

celac heads in costa ricaLatin American governments have been very united in rejecting the USA’s efforts to have the government of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela overthrown – and they’ve also rejected the U.S. government’s take on the human rights situation there. When a verifiable diplomatic record opposes U.S. policy, the corporate media (following the lead of US officials) will sometimes quote anonymous foreign “diplomats” who allegedly support the USA. But the more common tactic is to ignore the diplomatic record entirely. It’s a good way to avoid an awkward question. Why is the region so united against the USA?

The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) rejected the U.S. sanctions on Venezuela. The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) also rejected them.

unasur y celac 1Even the OAS, until quite recently a…

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