Cuba to welcome 27th South American Solidarity Brigade

Havana, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) The 27th South American Voluntary Work and Solidarity with Cuba Brigade will arrive here at the end of this month, composed of 84 members from Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

According to the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), activists will hold an encounter dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the institution.

The brigade will be the first of its kind to arrive in Cuba in 2020, and as usual will be accommodated at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp (CIJAM) in Caimito, Artemisa province.

During their stay, the visitors will hold meetings with the population and express their rejection of the US blockade; as well as attending conferences on Cuba's current situation and undertaking agricultural work.

Likewise, they will participate in the 'Fogata de la Amistad' (Friendship Bonfire) at CIJAM, a traditional party that gathers friends, diplomats and students of many nations.

The South American brigade, which will remain in Cuba until February 9, will also tour Havana, Artemisa, Villa Clara, Camaguey and Las Tunas provinces, where it will be welcomed by local authorities and representatives of ICAP provincial delegations.

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ICAP Sends Condolence Message on Death of a Dear Friend of Cuba

The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) sent a message of condolence on the death of a close friend of the island, Granada-born Dr. Winston Thomas, the Foreign Ministry highlighted this Friday.

'We join his family and friends in this moment of pain and wish to offer our deepest condolences,' ICAP noted.

The text recalls that Thomas graduated in Cuba and since his return to Granada was linked to the work of the Solidarity Movement, actively strengthening the ties of sisterhood between the two peoples.

He also offered unconditional support to Cuba and permanently condemned the US economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed for almost six decades.

At all times, we had Thomas' support, the note stresses, and adds that 'we are proud of his professionalism, humanistic sense and solidarity vocation; he has gone physically but his spirit will remain with us.' The funeral of Dr. Winston Thomas will be held on August 23.

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Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association supports Cuba´s ideals

CCFA-CALGARY in Collaboration with Colectivo Por la Memoria Salvador Allende had the privileged to had 2 special guest from ICAP ( Cuban Institute of Friendship with the people) directly from Cuba, Sandra Ramirez & Yamil Marrero.

Our main objective is to inform and educate people about important topics that's affecting the Cuban people.

Important issues such as the closing of the Canadian Visa office in Havana that's impacting thousands of Cuban families, the Helms Burton laws that has been put in place and threaten peace, solidarity, peaceful coexistence and friendship between nations AND for over half of century the people of Cuba have been suffering under a criminal blockade that we ALL say no more!!!!

We will continue to defend this country that has done nothing but give Solidarity to so many countries in Latin America, Africa and around the world!!!! For those that came to see them speak, Thank You for your unconditional support!!!!!

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World Tweet to Pay Tribute to Cuba's Historic Leader Fidel Castro

The example and endurance of Fidel Castro's ideas (1926-2016) in Cuba were the focus on Friday of messages from social media users on a worldwide tweet in honor of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution.

The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) organized the meeting on its institutional Facebook and Twitter accounts, @alwayswithcuba, to commemorate on November 25 the second anniversary of the physical disappearance of the Cuban leader.

With the hashtags #AlwaysComander, #FidelCastro, #IAmFidel, #SolidarityCuba and #WeAreContunity, Cuban institutions and citizens joined the tribute with remembrances of Fidel's speeches on internationalism, solidarity and the defense of Cuba's sovereignty.

The ICAP stressed in several messages the popular and irrevocable nature of the social process developed in Cuba since January 1, 1959, with the triumph of the Revolution.

'This is the socialist and democratic revolution of the humble, with the humble and for the humble. And for this Revolution of the humble, with the humble and for the humble, we are willing to give our lives', the Cuban organization published on Twitter.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted on its @Cubaminrex account that 'the principles and dignity of the Cuban people are non-negotiable. The example of our #Commander-in-Chief guides every doctor, every Cuban and every noble revolutionary.

It also expressed the continuity of the Revolution.

In this regard, the Young Communists League (UJC) hifhlighted that Fidel Castro's ideology is valid in the new generations of Cubans.

Through its user @UJCuba, it also noted that Fidel was the best pupil of National Hero Jose Marti, and the legacy of the leader of the Cuban Revolution invites to reflect permanently on the validity of the Apostle in Fidel's thought.

The Ministry of Public Health recalled the internationalist principle always defended by the Commander in Chief.

In its account @MINSAPCuba it siad, 'In international relations we practice our solidarity with actions, not with beautiful words(...),' a fragment of one of the Cuban leader's speeches.

The Ministry of Culture agreed on @CubaCultura that 'the father of the Cuban Revolution has extended a generous hand to needy peoples and has placed solidarity and integration at the center of Cuba's foreign policy.

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ICAP Expresses Solidarity with Venezuela and its President

The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, ICAP expressed on Tuesday in Havana its support to Venezuela and its Chavista leader in a declaration issued in Havana and published by ACN.

The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, ICAP strongly condemns the assassination attempt against the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro last Saturday during a military parade in Caracas.

At the same time, we express our support to the Bolivarian Revolution, which continues to suffer the aggressions and threats of the imperial enemy in alliance with the traitors and fascist forces and those that give in to the mandate of the superpower.

The Cuban people, attacked, blockaded and victims of terrorist actions understand well the value of solidarity. That is why; we express our full support to the brothers and sisters of the land of Bolivar that stand up with dignity in face of the terrorist act.

The media campaign, economic and coup escalation against Venezuela and the government of Maduro have reached the extreme of this horrendous act, as expressed in the Cuban Revolutionary Government's recent declaration; "constitutes a desperate attempt to obtain, through the means of assassination, what they were not able to get in multiple elections, or through the coup attempt in 2002 against the then President Hugo Chavez, oil coup in 2003 and the non-conventional war deployed through media campaigns, sabotages and violent and cruel acts".

The advances achieved in Our America during the last 18 years, starting from the triumph of Commander Hugo Chavez, the governments of ALBA member nations and progressive countries are seriously threatened today due to the development of regional right wing sectors supported by Washington. This terrorist attack is part of plans to prevent the consolidation of the rebirth of the Bolivarian Republic.

Despite the political and media campaigns against Venezuela; Bolivarian Venezuela is still standing and fighting to maintain its achievements.

Before the recent and embarrassing campaigns and imperialist threats that attempt to destroy the Bolivarian Revolution, we ratify the words of the President of the Council of State and Ministers Comrade Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez before the Constituent National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela during his official visit to the South American nation:

"Our solidarity with Venezuela, with the Bolivarian and Chavista Revolution, with the civic-military union of its people and its President Nicolas Maduro is invariable.

The Bolivarian and Chavista Revolution, the courageous people of Venezuela and President Nicolas Maduro has supported many nations of our region. We have a debt of gratitude with this country since its independence.

Venezuela now needs our solidarity; they need the support of the peoples of Our America in its resistance against the criminal political, diplomatic, economic and financial war against them".

We urge all the progressive and democratic forces of the world to lift a wall of solidarity that stops the imperialist aggression and allow a peaceful and creative development of the Venezuelan people in the construction of a future of peace and prosperity for its people.

Long Live Libertador Simon Bolivar!
Long Live the Eternal President Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias!
Long Live President Nicolas Maduro!
Long Live the Courageous Venezuelan People!
Long Live the Bolivarian Revolution!
Long Live the Great Homeland of Latin America and the Caribbean!
Onward to Victory!

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Cuba Thanks Belarusian Solidarity in the Fight against Blockade

Havana, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) The President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), Fernando Gonzalez, thanked Belarus for its solidarity with this Caribbean country in its fight for the end of the U.S. blockade.

We recognize the support of Belarus in the demand of Cuba for the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the northern country on the island for almost six decades, stated Gonzalez in a ceremony for the 74th anniversary of the victory of Belarus over the fascism, celebrated in Havana.

In his words, the head of ICAP reminded the heroes and martyrs of that epic event when on July 3, 1944, the city of Minsk was liberated from the Nazi occupation.

Our solidarity hugs to the Belarusian people, reiterated Gonzalez and then referred to the agreements both nations are implementing in the economic, educational and scientific spheres.

He also spoke about the high level of bilateral relations and about the joint work in favor of peace that Cuba and Belarus have made in the Non-Aligned Movement and in the United Nations Organization.

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Asia reaffirms its friendship with Cuba

Friends of Cuba in Asia and Oceania support Cuba’s social project with their solidarity, despite the geographic distance and cultural differences, according to Leima Martínez Freire, director for Asia at the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP).

Across the region, more than 108 groups in 20 countries are active.

Admiration of the island country exists even among those living in areas far removed from urban centers, because they have received support from Cuban educational and medical brigades.

Given the occurrence of earthquakes and other natural disasters, as well as cooperation programs in this part of the world, brigades from the Henry Reeve Contingent specialized in disasters and serious epidemics have offered medical attention to the population in several Asian countries, while youth from the region have graduated from Cuban universities, most commonly as medical doctors.

Martínez, who studied English language pedagogy, reported that every year solidarity organizations coordinate national and regional events to denounce the economic, commercial, and financial blockade of Cuba by the United States, and the return of territory illegally occupied by the U.S. Naval base in Guantánamo.

“This year, 2018, a national conference of friendship associations in Australia will be held in the city of Adelaide. Recently, friends from Vietnam, Japan, and South Korea participated in the May Day brigade, and in September we will celebrate the 45th anniversary of South Vietnam’s liberation and the visit by our Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro to liberated areas in South Vietnam,” the ICAP leader reported.

Activities have recalled the legacy of the leader of the Cuban Revolution and commemorated the 90th anniversary of the birth of Ernesto Che Guevara, who made several trips to the Asian continent as a Cuban leader in the 1960s, and participated in meetings of the Non-Aligned Movement.

“We are preparing a regional solidarity conference with friends from India, Nepal, and Pakistan, to be held in Nepal, even though there is no Cuban diplomatic mission there,” Martínez explained.

She emphasized that support exists for Cuba’s socialist project in Nepal and that friends there have done a great deal of work to refute media campaigns to discredit the Revolution.

Fidel’s visit to South Vietnam in September of 1973, alongside Prime Minister Pham Van Dong, exemplifies Cuba’s historic friendship and solidarity with Asian countries. Photo: Granma Archives

Asian students at Cuban universities organize different activities with their respective diplomatic missions in Havana, to commemorate their countries’ historic and special dates, Martínez said, noting, “An organization entitled Asian Women functions here, and in the month of April will present an Asian Bazaar, to build connections and maintain the longstanding ties of sisterhood shared by our peoples.”

She also indicated that young Asian graduates from Cuba’s institutions of higher learning join efforts in their home countries, and have strengthened the activities of solidarity groups with their enthusiasm and energy.

“These young people lived with us more than six years, and become disseminators of Cuba’s reality. They have a deep understanding of the significance of the Revolution. They have been involved in the social project we are constructing and defend it on all stages,” Martínez said, citing the example of the more than 800 medical school graduates from Timor Leste who express great affection for Cuba.

Although the Polynesian island nations of Kiribati and Tuvalu do not have Cuban embassies, friends there are always sending messages of encouragement and support, the ICAP leader reported.

“On the 17th of every month, supporters in Australia hold demonstrations in front of the U.S. embassy to demand an end to its interventionist policies toward Cuba. Activists in other Asian countries have gotten their parliaments to approve resolutions demanding an end to the blockade,” Martínez said.

Many governments and legislatures have expressed their opposition to the blockade as an attempt to economically strangle the Cuban people, and because it harms other countries as well, Martínez added, saying, “They have suffered the consequences of the extraterritorial nature of this cruel policy.”

She also mentioned the work of the Southern Cross brigade, including participants from Australia and New Zealand, who travel to Cuba every New Year, to celebrate the triumph of the Revolution, and learn about the reality here interacting with the population.

They denounce the illegal occupation of Cuban territory in Guantánamo by the United States, which has a large number of military bases across Asia and Oceania as well, added motivation for their participation in the event held every two years, in Guantánamo, to abolish all foreign military bases, sponsored by the Cuban Peace Movement (Movpaz) and other organizations here.

These groups advocate the decolonization of occupied territory in the Middle East and support anti-capitalist and progressive movements in Latin America, especially Venezuela, Martínez said, noting, “We know how important it is to preserve Latin America as a Zone of Peace, as declared in Havana during the 2nd Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).”

The Friendship Institute’s director for Asia and Oceania says there is hard work to be done to increase the number of organizations and better channel the interest in Cuba, and unite these groups in an articulated force to oppose injustice around the world, adding, “Nevertheless, the road has been traveled. Now we just have to resist and confront the system of bourgeois oppression,” she concluded.

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South Africans to Join ICAP Brigades Attending May Day in Cuba

South African members of the Movement of Solidarity with Cuba will today travel to the Caribbean island to join other international volunteer work brigades linked to the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP).

The Cuban ambassador to South Africa, Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, met with a representation of the brigade before they left. He spoke of his people's gratitude for their solidarity and support.

The diplomat also updated the brigade on issues of national interest, particularly the recent visit of U.S. President, Barack Obama, to the island.

Fernandez de Cossio reiterated the need to continue fighting tirelessly against the blockade which has been imposed for more than 50 years on the Caribbean island by successive U.S. administrations, both Democrat and Republican.

He stated that there were also other issues that needed to be resolved before the normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States is finally achieved. Among them is the removal of the American naval base in Cuban territory occupied against the will of the people.

In addition, he called for a stop to the stimulation and support of internal subversion in Cuba.

Participants in the ICAP brigade will join other South African social groups and will depart on April 27th. Together they comprise the South African delegation who will participate in the May Day (International Workers' Day) celebrations in Cuba.

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