Raul Castro extols Cuban Children's Company La Colmenita's work

As a demonstration of the culture strength in defense of the Homeland as the bravest of soldiers, Raul Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, described the work of La Colmenita Children's Company.

In a letter addressed to its Director Carlos Alberto Cremata and to the rest of the members of the company, Raul Castro weighed up La Colmenita's work and efforts during its 30 years as defenders of the Cuban Revolution values.

'They teach as much as the teacher and like the best of books convince the significance of studying, behaving properly, being polite and respectful, and always reaching the deepest essence of things.'

In this regard, Cremata said, 'We spend our lives saying that famous phrase that there is nothing more important than a child and I believe that this validates it in an exemplary way... he (Raul) stated whether the children approve it, then I sign this letter off.' Likewise, Castro Ruz highlighted the exemplarity of this company in favor of human dignity, driving the formation of free, honest and revolutionary women and men, which has not only extended across the island but also the Latin American countries.

On the other hand, Alpidio Alonso, Minister of Culture, described the extraordinary value of La Colmenita as one of the most beautiful projects in Cuba, which is linked to a pedagogical value for its close relationship with children, that way of involving them and working with a humanist, Marti's and Fidel's idea.

They really deserve this recognition, for the prestige earned through its work in providing love during all these years, a project that we are proud of, Alonso said.

Just like honey and its many uses, the Cuban Children's Company La Colmenita has been an antidote to sadness, the eternal source of youth and sweet nectar for life.

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Raul Castro pays tribute to Commander Juan Almeida

The First Secretary of Cuba's Communist Party, Army General, Raul Castro, sent on Monday a floral wreath to the late Commander of the Revolution Juan Almeida Bosque, on his 93rd birth anniversary.

The tribute was paid in the Mausoleum of the Third Front, historic place where Almeida's remains rests along with many of his guerrilla struggle's companions, Cuban television reported. In front of the niche of the outstanding combatant a floral wreath was also laid representing the people of Cuba.

Authorities of Cuba's Communist Party and the Popular Power in Sierra Maestra territory, in the eastern province of Santiago of Cuba, alongside fighters of the Revolution and the Revolutionary Armed Forces, led the ceremony attended by a Cuban society representation.

A long line of men and women came to lay flowers as expression of loyalty and respect to the founder of the Third Front guerrilla on March 6, 1958, the report disclosed.

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Raul Castro pays tribute to Major General Efigenio Ameijeiras Delgado

The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, Raul Castro Ruz, headed on Tuesday the funeral services of Major General Efigenio Ameijeiras Delgado, held at the Pantheon of the Veterans of Havana' s Colon Cemetery.

José Ramón Machado Ventura, Second Secretary of the Party, said the eulogy during the service.

Ameijeiras Delgado, died last Sunday at the age of 88.

He identified himself with July 26 Movement since he was young and stood out in the struggle in the Sierra Maestra as one of the founders of the Second Eastern Front "Frank País", as Second Chief of the same and Chief of Column No. 6 "Juan Manuel Ameijeiras Delgado."

After the triumph of the Revolution, he held important responsibilities, among them Chief of the National Revolutionary Police, Chief of the General Staff of the Central Army, and Vice-Minister Chief of Combative Preparation of the Revolutionary Armed Forces.

His accumulated merits made him the founder of the Cuban Communist Party. They earned him the Honorary Title of "Hero of the Republic of Cuba."

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Raul Castro congratulates Communist Party of Vietnam on its 90th anniversary

The first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), Raul Castro, sent his 'most sincere congratulations' to the Communist Party of Vietnam (PCV) on the occasion of its 90th anniversary this Monday.

In a message to Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the VCP, Raul ratified 'the commitment of the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz, of loyalty and brotherhood with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, heir to the legacy of President Ho Chi Minh'.

The Cuban leader stressed that in 2020 the two governments will commemorate the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic relations and said that this constitutes 'an expression of our deep friendship and an example of the will to be united in view of the challenges imposed by the current international scenario', Prensa Latina reported.

"We wish you success in building socialism," says Raúl Castro's message.

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Cuba congratulated on 61st anniversary of its Revolution

Governments and peoples worldwide have congratulated Cuba on the occasion of the 61st anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed on Tuesday.

According to the source, Singaporean President Mdm Halimah Yacob congratulated the Cubans on behalf of his people on National Independence Day and wished peace and prosperity to the country.

Dominican President Danilo Medina and Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas also expressed their good wishes for prosperity and well-being, as well as their most sincere congratulations.

Latvian President Egils Levits and Foreign Minister Edgars Rink?vi?s also sent messages to Cuban authorities on the anniversary of the Revolution.

Panamanian Head of State Laurentino Cortizo Cohen conveyed a fraternal greeting to President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez and the Cuban people on the 61st anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution, 'a fact of great significance for Latin America as a whole.'

Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), Edgar Chagwa Lungu (Zambia), Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa (Zimbabwe) and Paul Biyan (Cameroon) also expressed their best wishes from Africa.

Seychelles President Danny Faure extended his deepest congratulations, and recalled the common struggles for self-determination. He noted that the Cuban government is an invaluable companion on the road to development.

Likewise, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, King of the Netherlands Williem-Alexander R, and Belgian King Philippe Léopold Louis Marie, also sent warm congratulations and wishes of prosperity to the friendly people of Cuba.

For its part, the government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas extended its sincere congratulations to Cuba for the celebration, and expressed its commitment to continue strengthening relations between the two nations.

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Cuba 2019: «We Have a Unique People!»

When speaking about the strength and collaboration of Cubans as a result of the energy situation experienced this year, President Miguel Díaz-Canel expressed with admiration «We have a unique people! Thanks, Cuba ». It’s an idea he has repeated and at a time of summarizing this 2019 which is about to end, it’s worth saying it to each of the 12 months.

Because the year was just beginning and forces and efforts were already at work when on January 27th the most powerful tornado ever recorded since 1940 wreak havoc in Havana.

The municipalities 10 de October, Guanabacoa, Regla, San Miguel del Padrón, and Habana del Este were the most affected. The balance was six deaths, nearly 1238 homes partially destroyed, substantial damage to the economy and services.

But another tornado, of solidarity and dedication, united wills to restore the damage in record time.

The capital was just starting to get back on its feet when the entire country, two months after the tornado, suffered the ravages, not of nature, but of an unquenchable hatred: the hostility of the U.S. government and its unsuccessful attempts to destroy what has been achieved in this island.

On March 15th, the U.S.
Chargé d'Affairesin Havana, Mara Tekach, announced that from the 18th of that month, his country will reduce the validity of the B2 visa from 5 years to three months for Cuban citizens, with only one entry. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba strongly rejects the new escalation, which has not stopped and has marked with particular resentment the existence of Cubans in this 2019.

But with the courage and confidence that characterize this people, and as a result of a constitutional referendum where 86.85% of voters supported a new Magna Carta, on April 10th the new Constitution of the Republic of Cuba was proclaimed during the second extraordinary session of the Ninth Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power.

Back then, the Army General Raúl Castro Ruz delivered the proclamation speech, where he highlighted that "The Constitution we proclaim today guarantees the continuity of the Revolution and the determination of our socialism."

With the same principle with which the new Constitution was received, on International Worker’s Day millions of Cubans paraded throughout the country, in response to the summoning made during the 21st CTC Congress, held on April.

A motivation to increase efficiency and quality at work, while improving the quality of life of many Cubans were the measures approved by the Council of Ministers on June 27th.

The purpose of these measures was to promote an economic strategy based on the maximum use of domestic proficiencies and human resources. The measures included a salary increase in the budgeted sector and also the pensions that benefited more than two million 750 thousand Cubans.

Cubans can boast in this 2019 of the resistance to withstand difficulties and attacks, and we must add to the list the unprecedented heat that accompanied this summer. However, Cuban athletes knew how to train under high temperatures and even long before that.

The profits of their effort were tangible on August 12th after occupying position fifth in the ranking of medals in the Pan American Games of Lima-2019, where our athletes won 98 medals, 33 of them were gold medals.

Even without traces of high temperatures dissipating, on September 2nd began the Academic Year 2019-2020. The national ceremony for that event, which implies in one way or another every Cuban family, took place at the José María Heredia high school, precisely one of the schools damaged by the tornado that hit Havana in January.

On September 11th and 12th, Cubans sat before their TV sets to grasp every last detail of a special Round Table program where the President of Cuba announced measures to face the energy situation that, as the tearing winds of the tornado, marked the everyday life of the country.

Together with the Council of Ministers, Díaz-Canel announced on television the energy situation of the Island and the alternatives to overcome this situation with the participation of the people.

With the same sense of responsibility and commitment he showed when commenting on savings and creativity, the Cuban president had completed his first year in power on April 18th.

On October 10th, a relevant date for the history of Cuba since 1968, as a result of the new Constitution, Díaz-Canel was elected President of the Republic, and Salvador Valdés Mesa as Vice President. Until that moment, Díaz-Canel also held the presidency of the Councils of State and Ministers.

Only a fortnight had passed since his election as President of the Republic when he was responsible for informing, also at the Special Round Table program of new economic measures.

On October 15th, and 16th, these measures were announced, not just with the purpose of enduring the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the U.S. government to Cuba, but to develop economy.

A day after the last television appearances, a piece of news shocked deep the people of Cuba: the death of Alicia Alonso.

The greatest exponent of a school and art commitment to Homeland, the Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso died at age 98. Raúl Castro and Díaz-Canel were the last ones to pay their respects on October 20th at the Great Theater of Havana, named after the dancer.

From the most progressive spaces of that same world, more than 1,200 people from 96 nations came together in Cuba early in November to participate in the Anti-Imperialist Solidarity Meeting, for Democracy and against Neoliberalism.

From November 1st -3rd this important meeting took place in Havana, whose closing ceremony was attended by Raúl Castro, Díaz-Canel and Nicolás Maduro, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

The echoes of so many left-wing voices that rose in the Cuban capital against the U.S. blockade imposed on the Island and in favor of so many fair causes resounded, when on November 7th the United Nations approved the draft resolution "Need to Put an End to the Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba ».

The Cuban Foreign Minister presented the document to the United Nations General Assembly and was approved with 187 votes in favor; three against and two abstentions.

By then, the country's capital was almost ready for one of the most relevant events of the year, which took place on November 16th: The 500th Anniversary of Havana.

Although the event had its climax that day with the Grand Gala 500
Anniversary at the esplanade outside the restored Capitol Building of Havana, celebrations had begun a lot earlier and especially preparations and efforts for the capital of all Cubans, which resulted in several social works and renovations to heritage buildings, including the National Capitol Building.

But as the citizens of this Island have learned long ago and with Fidel to make our own the pains and conflicts that occur abroad, next to the effervescence of the celebrations for the 500 years we still feel together with the Chilean people who protested and was repressed, and also with the Bolivian people, whose president, Evo Morales suffered a coup d’état.

As a result of this event, on November 17th and 18th, the Cuban collaborators in the Medical Brigade in Bolivia returned to Cuba. In the second group arrived the four who had been arbitrarily detained as part of the violence unleashed in that country.

The following at the international airport Antonio Maceo of Santiago de Cuba, the plane from Quito landed with the last 183 Cuban health workers. This return was the result of the decision of the government of that South American country, not to renew the agreements signed with the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba.

This last month of 2019 became a prominent place on the calendar with the completion, on the 14th, of the
XVII Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples Trade Treaty(ALBA-TCP), to commemorate the 15 years of this Alliance, founded by Fidel Castro and Hugo Rafael Chávez.

The main goal of the Summit was to deepen this alliance as an expression of the objectives of regional independence and an example of integration against the growing threats to regional self-determination, sovereignty, peace, and stability.

Raúl and Díaz-Canel presided over the mass act at the steps of Havana University, which served as a climax to the great meeting, which reaffirmed the Alliance as a platform for political coordination in defense of independence, peace and integration, from solidarity and cooperation.

As a result of the very same imperial hostility often denounced at the ALBA-TCP Summit, on December 15th the general director for the United States of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, warned of an aggravation of tensions between that country and Cuba for the violence of the people in charge of the North American foreign policy.

The Cuban diplomat meant that those running the policy of the United States to the western hemisphere are people with very extreme and aggressive behaviors towards the island, whose intention is to cause the breaking of all ties and the closure of the embassies of Havana and Washington. He clarified that the Cuban authorities do not want such an eventuality, but they are ready for it despite their willingness to build a respectful and civilized relationship with the United States.

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Raul Castro proposes national debate on Cuban President's speech

The first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), Raul Castro, on Saturday proposed a national debate on the speech given by President Miguel Diaz-Canel at the closing of the last parliamentary session of the year.

The army general suggested the analysis of Diaz-Canel's closing speech at the 4th ordinary session of the 9th Legislature at the PCC grassroots, workplace and among the people.

Speaking to lawmakers at Havana's International Conference Center, Diaz-Canel noted the capacity of the Cuban people and government in light of the tightening of the US economic, commercial and financial blockade, and congratulated them for their achievements.

Unity, resistance, struggle and emancipation are the keys to victory, said the president, who also expressed gratitude for international solidarity. Diaz-Canel noted that in 2019, the US Government implemented unilateral actions to prevent the arrival of fuel in Cuba, thus affecting all sectors.

He recalled Washington's slander campaigns against Cuba and its international medical collaboration, as the example of audacity that it represents for the peoples irritates the enemies of the Revolution.

Likewise, the president referred to Cuba's unconditional support for the governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua, which are also affected by the US Government's hostility.

Diaz-Canel also referred to the challenges being faced by Cuba in its economic development and its progress to become a fairer, sustainable and equitable country.

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Cuban leaders attend the 30th-anniversary celebration of “Solidarity with Panama” Special School

Army General Raul Castro, First Secretary of the Communist Party, and Miguel Diaz-Canel, President of the Republic of Cuba, attended this Friday night the celebration for the 30th anniversary of the school Solidarity with Panama.

Raúl gave the school's director an album with photographs of the visits made to the school by the leaders of the Revolution, and Díaz-Canel awarded the center with the Lazaro Peña Order, third grade, for being an outstanding center whose workers have high human value.

The school's director, María Esther La O, recalled that Fidel had a dream of building other institutions similar to the Solidarity with Panama, which today is a reality with those opened in Santiago de Cuba and another obe being completed soon in Villa Clara.

The school Solidarity with Panama was founded by Fidel 30 years ago and educates children with physical-motor disabilities.

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