Lighting the night to recall Martí

Leading the tribute in Havana were Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee; President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez; José Ramón Machado Ventura, Party second secretary; and Comandante de la Revolución Ramiro Valdés Menéndez.

For 66 years now, one of the last nights of January is lit up with torches to recall Martí.

In Havana last night, a sea of youth advanced down University Hill to the Fragua Martiana, near the city’s waterfront, to celebrate a date all Cubans know: the birth José Martí.

On January 28, 1853, the most universal of all Cubans was born "in a modest house on Paula Street, where the wall overlooked the port," as writer Jorge Mañach describes it.

One hundred and sixty years later, the people once again light the streets, as part of a tradition that began with a group of young patriots, when, 100 years later, this date was celebrated in 1953.

On the anniversary of José Martí’s birth in 1960, Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara said that there are many ways to honor Martí. "Marti can and must be honored in the way he would like, when he said at the top of his lungs: The best way to say, is to do," as Raúl Alejandro Palmero, president of the Federation of University Students remembered when he called on those present to join recovery efforts in Havana in the wake of a devastating tornado, and to defend the Revolution approving the country’s new Constitution on February 24.

In addition to torch lit marches across the country, floral wreaths in the name of Army General Raúl Castro Ruz and Cuban President Díaz-Canel were placed alongside the Apostle’s mausoleum in Santiago de Cuba’s Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, plus others from the Councils of State and Minister and the Cuban people.

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Raúl welcomes Díaz-Canel home

The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, the morning of May 31, received Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez at José Martí International Airport, as the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers returned from a state visit to Venezuela.

During his stay in the sister nation, Diaz-Canel completed a busy work agenda that included an official visit with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros, who awarded him the “Liberatores y Libertadoras” Order in the first degree.

“Having been judged worthy of Venezuela’s Order of Liberators, it is to Cuba, to Cuban men and women, to whom this immense honor is conferred,” stated Diaz-Canel.

“This decision further encourages our commitment and solidarity with the courageous Bolivarian and Chavista people,” he affirmed following the decoration ceremony.
Nicolás Maduro Moros, Constitutional President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, stated, “It is within the framework of ALBA that the Cuban Revolution and the Bolivarian Revolution unite to say: America lives, America struggles, America dreams, America has the right to a future!”

Upon arriving in Caracas, May 30, the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, said he was bringing a fraternal message of solidarity from Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, from the Cuban people and government, for the Bolivarian people and government, and President Nicolás Maduro.

Sunday May 20, like many Cubans, like many Cuban families, we spent practically the whole day following what was happening in Venezuela on television, fully convinced that you would win. When Maduro’s victory was announced, we felt this victory as our own, the Cuban President recalled.

“Our solidarity with Venezuela, with the Bolivarian Chavista Revolution, with the civic-military union of its people, and with its President, Nicolás Maduro Moros, is inalterable,” Díaz-Canel stated in his speech to the National Constituent Assembly.

“It would appear that supporting Venezuela is not fashionable. But they are not going to confuse us. We are here defending a sovereign choice of a people. And we will continue to do so,” he continued.

“Now Venezuela needs our solidarity; needs the backing of the peoples of Our America in its resistance to the criminal political, diplomatic, economic, and financial war of which it is a victim,” Díaz-Canel insisted.

“We must firmly repudiate attempts by the U.S. government to resuscitate the aggressive, old Monroe Doctrine, which aims to return the region to the era of interventionism,” he stated.

“The resounding electoral victory of Chavista forces in the Presidential elections this past May 20 constitutes a strategic victory for the Bolivarian Revolution and Our America. This victory of yours is also a victory for all of Our America, evidence of the peoples’ political growth and a demonstration of the continuing relevance of the legacy of Comandante Chávez within the soul of Venezuela,” the Cuban President continued.

“We sincerely admire the courage and audacity of Venezuelan revolutionaries, of the Bolivarian vanguard, and your civic-military union. We admire the political and moral stature of compañero Nicolás Maduro, his patience and flexibility, his intransigence toward those who relentlessly insult and attack his homeland,” he stated.

The Cuban President added, “Only a people that understands well the origin of its problems can stay the course amidst so much manipulation and lying, and provide an example like the one you Venezuelans have just given.”

Díaz-Canel recalled that in this same city, 60 years ago, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz insisted, “What must be done is realize the ideas of Bolivar.”  

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Bolivian president Evo Morales greets Raúl Castro on social media, praises Cuba's solidarity

Havana, July 31 (RHC)-- Bolivian President Evo Morales made use of social media to greet the First Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party Raúl Castro and commend him and the entire Cuban people for their solidarity with other peoples around the world.

Writing on his Twitter account, Evo Morales said Raúl, just like his brother -- Revolution leader Fidel Castro -- are examples to other revolutionaries all over the world, as strong promoters and defenders of the inalienable right of every people and nation to their independence and sovereignty. “They both have taught us that people's dignity and sovereignty are never for sale.”

Evo Morales participated recently here in Havana in the 24th Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum, during which the participating representatives of left-wing political parties, progressive forces and social movements in the region expressed their support for his candidacy for presidential elections in Bolivia in 2019.

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Cubans Discussing the Constitutional Reform Is a Democratic Exercise

The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, Raul Castro, said on Thursday that putting the draft of the new Constitution up for people's discussion starting early August is an exercise of democracy.

The party leader was speaking at an event held in Santiago de Cuba on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the assault of the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes garrisons.

Raul Castro recalled that after this process, scheduled from August 13 to November 15, to gather views and proposals the people might have, the document will be analyzed again in Parliament that will write the final draft. Then, it will be submitted to a referendum by secret and direct vote of each citizen for its approval and subsequent proclamation.

The Constitution is the most important legal and political document of every country since it defines the nation's foundations, the structure of power and its scope. It also guarantees the rights and duties of citizens, he said.

In another moment of his intervention, Raul Castro rejected the criminalization of left forces and the political persecution of progressive leaders in Latin America.

In this regard, he demanded the immediate release of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who leads voters' intentions in Brazil ahead of the presidential election on October 7.

The Army General ratified the unwavering solidarity of the Cuban people, party and government with the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela and the Nicaraguan Government headed by President Daniel Ortega, which are both counteracting aggressions by sectors of the international right.

Likewise, the Cuban leader congratulated Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for his victory in the presidential elections held recently in Mexico.

Revolutionaries should always keep unity and maintain the struggle, being fully aware that the adversary never gives up in the effort of restoring the model of exclusion and exploitation, he assured.

The event was attended by Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, the PCC's second secretary Jose Ramon Machado Ventura and local authorities from the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba.

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Raúl Castro chairs provincial rally marking July 26

General Raúl Castro, Cuban Communist Party's First Secretary, presided over the provincial rally marking July 26 at the historic Segundo Frente municipality, off Santiago de Cuba.

Segundo Frente, or Second Front, takes its name and historical significance from the fighting command outpost set up there by Raul Castro during Cuba's revolutionary war.

The mountainous municipality was chosen as venue of the provincial commemoration this year in consideration of the outstanding comprehensive results attained by the territory in its economic and social development efforts.

Provincial Santiago de Cuba leaders Lázaro Expósito, the Party's First Secretary, and Vice President of the Cuban Council of State and Provincial Assembly President Beatriz Johnson also attended the function.

The cultural and political gala was how the Santiago de Cuba province marked the events of July 26, 1953, when Fidel Castro and a group of young revolutionaries attacked Moncada Barracks, reigniting Cuba's struggle for national sovereignty and independence.

The national function to mark the July 26 events is scheduled for the city of Santiago de Cuba this Thursday, at the very premises of the attack—Moncada Barracks, presently a school complex.


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Raul Castro and Cuban President Congratulate Nicolas Maduro

Cuban leader Raul Castro and President Miguel Díaz-Canel congratulated today Venezuela''s newly re-elected President Nicolas Maduro on his victory in Sunday''s presidential elections.

In his message, the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba sent warm congratulations and stressed that 'the Venezuelan people have once again shown their loyalty and commitment to the Bolivarian and Chavista Revolution'.

For his part, Diaz-Canel reaffirmed the solidarity of the Cuban Revolution with the Venezuelan people in the new challenges to face.

'The Bolivarian and Chavista people have once again demonstrated their determination to defend the legacy of Chavez, which you so gracefully represent,' said the Cuban president in his letter to Maduro published on Twitter by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.

This Sunday,the Venezuelan president received more than six million votes, representing about 68 percent of the vote, a situation which will keep him in office until 2025.

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Raul Castro Expresses Confidence in New Cuban President

Havana, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Raul Castro today expressed confidence in the new president of the Councils of State and of Ministers of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, and lauded his fidelity to the Revolution and his political strength.

Diaz-Canel's election was not by chance. We have no doubts that due to his virtues, experience and dedication to work he will have absolute success in the task that our supreme body of the State's power has entrusted him, the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba said.

In his closing speech at the session to constitute the 9th Legislature of the People's Power National Assembly (Parliament) at Havana's Convention Center, Raul Castro highlighted Diaz-Canel's professional and political career.

The Army General spoke about his performance as the first secretary of the Communist Party in the provinces of Villa Clara and Holguín, and later as the minister of Higher Education and first vice-president of the Council of State.

Lawmaker Raul Castro announced today that at the upcoming session of the Cuban Parliament, in July, a commission would be proposed to present the draft of a new Constitution, and the changes would be discussed with the people and would be submitted to a popular referendum.

The new Cuban Constitution is among the priorities in the updating process under way in the country in order to strengthen its Revolution and move on in the construction of a prosperous and sustainable socialism.

Raul Castro pointed out that the new Constitution would not have changes in the strategic objective of the work of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), the ruling body of society and the State.

That will remain and the people will support it undoubtedly, as they did a few decades ago (when in 1976 the current Constitution was approved), the first secretary of the PCC Central Committee noted.

He added that he would continue to be the PCC first secretary until 2021, a post for which he was ratified in 2016 at the 7th PCC Congress.

In that regard, Raul Castro mentioned the possibility that in 2021, Diaz-Canel would hold the post of PCC first secretary, as well as president of the Council of State and of Ministers, as it has been a practice in Cuba.

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