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Prize winners send message to Washington solidarity
event for the Cuban Five
Speech by Bruno Rodríguez
Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the 68th
Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
New York, October 29, 2013
Nobel Prize winners Rigoberta Menchú,
from Guatemala, and Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, from
Argentina, sent messages of support to the 3rd Five
Days for the Five being held in Washington.
days for the Cuban Five begins in Washington
A five day event in solidarity with
the Cuban Five begins today, June 4, in the U.S.
capital with the participation of supporters from
over 40 countries. Numerous activities will continue
through June 11 to increase pressure on the Obama...
Fidel and Raúl send fraternal greetings to new
The historic leader of the Cuban
Revolution, Fidel Castro, sent a fraternal greeting
to the Salvadoran people on the occasion of the
inauguration of the country’s new president, in a
ceremony held June 1. Salvador Valdés Mesa, a Cuban
vice president, conveyed the message to
president-elect Salvador Sánchez Cerén, during a
ceremony held in San Salvador’s Civic Plaza.
attend South African presidential inauguration
Salvador Valdés Mesa, vice president of the Council
of State, led the Cuban delegation attending the
South African presidential inauguration of Jacob
an unsurpassable example for Latin America and the
Speech given by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz,
President of the Councils of State and Ministers, at
the funeral honors for the historic leader of South
Africa, Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg, December
10, 2013, Year 55 of the Revolution
Cuba elected to Human
decision made by the UN General Assembly to reelect
Cuba to the Human Rights Council (HRC) for a three-year
period, is a solid recognition of work undertaken by
the country in this context, according to Anayansi
Rodríguez, Cuban ambassador to international
organizations based in Geneva.
Significant agreement for peace in Colombia reached
IT took close to five months, but the agreement on
political participation reached November 6 between
the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-Army of the
People (FARC-EP) constitutes a significant step
toward ending half a century of armed conflict.
The blockade is
aggressively extraterritorial and a violation of
U.S. absolutely isolated
October 29, the international community in the UN
General Assembly once again confirmed the isolation
of the United States’ imposition of a economic,
commercial and financial blockade of Cuba.
from the Cuban and Norwegian governments
citizen Kevin Scott Sutay, held by the Revolutionary
Armed Forces of Colombia-Army of the People
(FARC-EP) since this past June 20, was handed over
by members of the FARC-EP Eastern Bloc to
representatives of the governments of Cuba and
Norway and delegates from the International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), an action
undertaken with the cooperation of the Colombian
and Social Policy Guideline No.55 of the Party and
the Revolution, approved by the 6th Congress of the
Communist Party of Cuba, proposes that the country
will, "Advance toward monetary unification, taking
into account the productivity of labor and
effectiveness of distributive and redistributive
Morales affirms that as long as imperialism exists
there will never be peace
President Evo Morales stated September 25 at the UN
that as long as imperialism exists, there will never
be peace, justice or sovereignty for the peoples of
the world, and that war is the business of
three days ago, a high-ranking leader from the
Vietnamese Communist Party visited us. Before
leaving, he conveyed to me his wish that I write
some recollections of my visit to the territory of
Vietnam liberated in its heroic fight against the
yankee troops in the south of his country.
have acted in accordance with my principles
THE chance to kiss
Rosa – his wife with the immense, blue eyes – is
what Fernando González Llort is wishing for right
now. He won’t get it. He can’t. Just as he has not
been able to wake up at her side for many years.
Vigil for the Cuban
Five outside the White House
WASHINGTON.—A vigil outside the White
House has been convened for September 12, the 15th
anniversary of the incarceration of the five Cuban
anti-terrorist fighters sentenced in a rigged trial
will celebrate the best birthday of all together in
our eternal Cuba”
WASHINGTON.—Ramón Labañino, one of
the five Cuban anti-terrorists sentenced to long
prison terms in the United States, affirmed optimism
in relation to his return to the country in a
message to his compañero Fernando González,
who celebrated his 50th birthday on August 18.
There can be no lasting peace without development,
without combating poverty, hunger and inequality
Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign
Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, on behalf of the
Pro Tempore Presidency of CELAC, at the UN Security
Councilsession, August 6, 2013
Bernie Dwyer, untiring fighter for the Five
BERNIE Dwyer, the
Irish journalist who worked at Radio Habana Cuba for
many years, died in Ireland on July 10. She was the
director of a number of documentaries, including
Mission against Terror and The Day Diplomacy Died.
Bernie interviewed dozens of international figures,
among them Noam Chomsky.
5TH VARADERO GOURMET
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2013
Cuban cuisine, renewed
exhibited its seductive power and its professionals
displayed imagination, creativity and a renovating
spirit during the recent 5th Varadero Gourmet
International Festival 2013, which took place in the
Matanzas resort June 19-21.
seen around the world
"I am a graphic
designer who paints," affirms Jorge Martell, author
of the International Free the Five campaign poster,
"Obama: Give me Five"
United States resume talks on postal service
from Cuba and the United States resumed talks on the
postal service between the two countries this June
Statement from Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, head of the
Foreign Ministry’s U.S. Department
CUBA has been acknowledged worldwide
for its exemplary undertakings to protect children,
young adults and women. It is not a source, transit
or destination country for person trafficking.
FIVE DAYS FOR THE FIVE IN WASHINGTON
American legislators meet with members of U.S.
During the recent 'Five Days for the
Five' in Washington, Latin American parliamentarians
advocating for the imprisoned Cuban anti-terrorists
met with two respected members of the Congressional
Black Caucus, Bobby Rush and Yvette Clarke. Rush has
represented a South Side Chicago district in the
House for 20 years and Clarke, first elected in
2007, represents a district in the New York City
borough of Brooklyn.
FIGHTER’S 85th BIRTHDAY
Present now and forever
June 20, 2013
asthmatic and underdeveloped boy, as on one occasion
his father Don Ernesto Guevara Lynch described him,
who seemed an unlikely candidate to become a
revolutionary icon of Latin American and world
thought, Ernesto Che Guevara, would have celebrated
his 85th birthday June 14.
Ernesto Che Guevara Sculptural Complex receives 3.5
June 20, 2013
CLARA.—Coinciding with the 85th anniversary of the
birth of Che Guevara, on June 14, Swede Bernhard
Hofstetter became the 3.5 millionth visitor to the
Ernesto Che Guevara
Sculptural Complex, the resting place
of the remains of the heroic guerrilla and his
compañeros who died fighting in Bolivia.
countries recognized by the FAO
ROME, June 16—.The UN Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) today recognized 18
countries for their exceptional results in combating
hunger, among them various Latin American nations.
"We won the trial"
Closing the ‘Five Days for the Five’
event in Washington, Hero of the Republic René
González spoke with participants via a
Jurists meeting in
Washington emphasize irregularities in the trial of
the Cuban Five
A panel of eminent
jurists, including attorney Martin Garbus from the
team defending the Cuban anti-terrorists imprisoned
in the United States, presented in Washington a
detailed analysis of the irregularities which
occurred during the prosecution of the Five.
condemns increase of Israeli aggression toward
Human Rights Council, Cuba condemned continued
Israeli acts of aggression against the Palestinian
people and the illegal construction of new
settlements in the occupied territories.
Algeria – 50th
anniversary of Cuba’s first medical mission
ALGERIA’S struggle for independence
made such an impression on Fidel that within a few
hours of meeting President Ben Bella, and discussing
the horrendous health conditions in the country, he
made a commitment to help. That same evening, Fidel
proposed to a meeting of the reduced number of Cuban
doctors on the island that 50 volunteers be sent to
the North African country.
will die as I have lived" -- Watercolors by
Antonio Guerrero exhibited in U.S.
THE exposition "Me muero como viví" (I Will Die as I
Have Lived), composed of 15 watercolors painted by
Antonio (Tony) Guerrero, a decorated Hero of the
Republic of Cuba, was inaugurated May 15 in the
headquarters of Casa Maryland, a Latino community
organization established in 1985, among the most
important of its kind in the state.
demands justice for the Five
MEETING in Matanzas,
the Cuban Pastoral Platform approved a statement
supporting family reunification for the Five, "to
put an end to an injustice which has continued
unnecessarily over time."
Five Days for the Five in
Afro-American leader Angela Davis, Dolores Huerta,
leader of the Farmworkers Union, European Union
parliamentarian Gianni Vattimo, as well as Chilean
legislators Hugo Gutiérrez and Alejandro Navarro, in
addition to other intellectuals and figures from
around the world have confirmed their participation
in the Five Days for the Five in Washington.
were, we are and will be the Five
To my brother
René in freedom
That September 12, for which there is no adjective
to describe its violence, I was the last to arrive
in Miami and, thus, the last to be placed in an
extremely cold cell, with a bare mattress, a
bedspread and a roll of toilet paper; all of us in
no longer a U.S. citizen
May 9 at 2:00pm, René González Sehwerert is "just a
Cuban patriot." At that time, in Havana’s U.S.
Interests Section (USIS), he received the document
certifying his renunciation of U.S. citizenship, a
procedure which will allow him to remain in Cuba.
A new standard-bearer
HE could have taken advantage of the
same pretexts used by those who very quickly decided
to plead guilty and cooperate with authorities.
After long years of separation, he finally had Olga
and Irmita at his side, and was able to enjoy the
newborn Ivette for barely four months.
Labañino salutes René González’ presence in Cuba
7.—Ramón Labañino, one of the Cuban anti-terrorists
sentenced and incarcerated in the United States,
stated that the presence of René González in his
homeland “is as if part of us is already home.”
Fidel from FAO Director General
Rome, April 29, 2013
I have the
honor of addressing you from my position as Director
General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO), to sincerely congratulate you
and the entire Cuban people for having fulfilled in
advance the goal proposed by the World Food Summit,
which took place in Rome 1996, and which proposed to
reduce by half the number of malnourished persons in
each country by 2015.
remains committed to its irrevocable decision to
advance its socialist, national, original,
democratic and freely participative socialist
Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign
Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, at the presentation
of the national report to the Human Rights Council’s
Universal Periodic Review
Statement from Johana Tablada, deputy director of
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ U.S. Office
AT 10:30am today,
April 9, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX)
informed the United States Interests Section in
Havana that the Cuban government was prepared to
hand over to its authorities American citizens
Joshua Michael Hakken, his wife Sharyn Patricia
Hakken and their two young children.
couple kidnap minors
Hakken, 35 years of age, and his wife Sharyn, 34,
who lost custody of their children as the result of
drugs charges, kidnapped the two minors, four-year-old
Cole and two-year-old Chase, fleeing with them to
Cuba, according to news agencies.
injustice in the case of the Five
WASHINGTON, April 8.—Authorities at
the Victorville Penitentiary in California have
refused to allow the U.S. actor Danny Glover a
planned visit to Gerardo Hernández, according to a
communiqué from the International Committee for the
Freedom of the Cuban 5.
Cuban Vice President highlights relations with Holy
March 19.—Cuba and the Vatican maintain cordial
relations of mutual respect and collaboration and
are advancing in the development and deepening of
those links, affirmed First Vice President Miguel
Díaz-Canel Bermúdez here today.
Interests Section information on consular procedures
for travel to the United States
THE U.S. Interests Section (USIS)
in Havana recently requested an interview with
Granma in order to detail requirements and
regulations related to visa applications to the
United States, following Cuba’s updating of its
migration and travel policy. The meeting, at the
Granma newspaper offices, was attended by Consul
General Timothy Roche; Lynn Roche, director of the
Press and Culture Office; and Patricia Bermúdez, an
official from the Visa Information Department.
Statement from Josefina Vidal, U.S. director at the
Cuban Foreign Ministry
the context of the publication of the February 27
MINREX statement, referring to a new outrage against
one of the Five, a State Department official, who
asked not to be named, gave a statement to the EFE
Venezuela: ABC joining the disinformation media
disrespectful coverage of the issue of Venezuelan
President Hugo Chávez’ health by the right-wing
press is continuing with mounting aggressiveness.
The case of
the Five is the DNA of a grand lie
THE rigged legal
prosecution of the Five amounts to the DNA of a
grand lie orchestrated by the United States. In this
way, National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcón de
Quesada defined the situation of the Cuban anti-terrorist
fighters serving unjust prison terms in that
President Díaz-Canel heads Cuban delegation to
COUNCIL of Ministers
Vice President Diáz-Canel Bermúdez is heading the
Cuban delegation which is to participate in the mass
event in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution
convened for today in Caracas.
Intellectuals of the world in solidarity with Chávez
THE Intellectuals and
Artists in Defense of Humanity Network has joined
peoples and individuals desiring the prompt and
total recovery of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.
Chávez’ condition complicated by pulmonary infection
CARACAS, January 4
(PL).—Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is facing
complications resulting from a severe pulmonary
infection, Communication and Information Minister
Ernesto Villegas affirmed yesterday.
Chávez in stable condition
President Hugo Chávez remains stable within the
context of his delicate condition, affirmed on
January 2 Jorge Arreaza, Venezuelan Minister of
Science, Technology and Innovation. In a message via Twitter, Arreaza
said that Adán Chávez (the President’s brother) had
arrived in Havana.