Cuban City Receives 26th Edition of the International Book Fair

Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) An artistic gala at the Principal Theater of Sancti Spiritus -central Cuba- opened last night the 26th edition of the International Book Fair in this city founded in 1514 by the Spaniards and it is today World Heritage of Humanity.

Liudmila Quincoses, Cuban poet and writer, will be in charge of the opening words on Tuesday evening, in one of the most emblematic places in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba's fourth founding village.

The cultural event has toured different Cuban cities, has Canada as its guest of honor and is dedicated to Cuban intellectual and politician Armando Hart Davalos.

Among the volumes that will be available for reading lovers, there is a photo collection of the 90th birthday of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro (1926-2016) and very requested dictionaries, storybooks and cookbooks, he stressed.

According to the event's program, on Wednesday the book 'Reto a la Soledad' (Challenge to Loneliness), by Orlando Cardoso Villavicencio, Hero of the Republic of Cuba, as well as the volume titled 'Dios, Chavez y Fidel' (God, Chavez and Fidel) will be presented.

On Thursday, there will be a panel on Ernesto Che Guevara, and the launching of the book 'Che, Entre la Literatura y La Vida' (Che, between Literature and Life) by local writer Julio Llanes.

On Saturday, the winners of the International Contest of Love Letters, sponsored by the Escribania Dollz Alternative Cultural Center, led by Luidmila Quincoses, will be awarded. The Fair will close on Sunday.

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Spain: Tribute to Fidel Castro in Madrid

The Spanish movement of solidarity with Cuba has paid tribute to Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro Ruz, highlighting his humanistic and internationalist legacy, four months after his death.

The homage on the fourth months of his passing away was held at the Marcelino Camacho Auditorium in Madrid with a capacity for almos 1000 people.

Spanish renowned writer Belén Gopegui was the key speaker at the event, in which Fidel Castro's legacy was extolled by Cuban Ambassador to Spain, Eugenio Martinez, European deputy Javier Couso and sociologist Maria Angeles Diaz.

Singer-songwriters Ismael de la Torre, Manuel Gerena, Juanjo Anaya, Orlis Pineda and Raúl Torres dedicated songs to the Cuban historical leader. Also attending the tribute were diplomats and citizens from several Latin-American countries.

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Argentina to Open University Chairs on Fidel Castro's Legacy

Two University Departments, one in Buenos Aires and another one in Cordoba will deepen in the thoughts and legacy of historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro when they are inaugurated on March 9 and 10.

The initiative emerged from the resolution of the most recent continental Movement to Alba -Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas -Trade Treaty of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP) to create in all countries of that block the professorship Fidel Castro in all countries belonging to the organizatin.

The province of Cordoba will be the first selected for that project, on March 9, where it will be presented at the Clinic Che Guevara, and the documentary Forever Fidel will be screened.

One day after, at the amphitheater Eva Peron, of the Association of Workers of the State, a second chair will session from April to July.

At the presentation will attend two outstanding Cuban fighters, Marilin Peña of the Center of Popular Education Martin Luther King and Yohanka Leon del Rio, from the Philosophy Faculty of the University of Havana.

The program of the chair will focus on highlighting the legacy of Fidel, from the influence that National Hero Jose Marti had on the Cubans' Commander in Chief.

The program includes a review of the revolutionary genesis that led to the triumph of the revolution on January 1, 1959, the importance he gave to internationalism and the antimperialist and anticapitalist definitios, as well as his historic relation with Argentinean-Cuban guerrilla, Ernesto Che Guevara.

Militants of popular and social organizations as well as interested persons are allowed to attend. It will be free of charge and at the end of the four-month period diplomas will be given to participants, organizers announced.

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Palestinians in Lebanon Pay Tribute to Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) paid posthumous tribute today to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, whom they praised as paradigms of solidarity and resistance.

The DFLP political bureau handed over to the charge d'affaires of the Cuban Embassy in Lebanon, Raul Madrigal, some plaques of recognition of the recently-deceased Cuban statesman and the Bolivarian leader, who passed away four years ago today.

'We are grateful of the Palestinian brothers for this tribute, for me as a Cuban who is far from his land, seeing an image of Fidel Castro, whose fighting spirit is present in so many Palestinian brothers here today is very exciting,' Madrigal said to the audience.

The main legacy of the Commander-in-Chief of the Caribbean Revolution was the example of 'always fighting and resisting', and that is the message that moved the Palestinians from the DFLP at the commemoration of the 48th anniversary of its foundation, he stressed.

The Cuban diplomat, who promised to hand over to the Venezuelan Embassy in Beirut the recognition of Chavez, recalled that the Front has fought for many years against Israeli occupation, and urged to maintain the will of resistance.

That will is going to lead to the final victory, he added, after congratulating the DFLP members and supporters gathered at a theater near Dahiyeh, in the southern suburbs of Beirut.

Speaking at the main event, the head of that organization in Lebanon, Ali Faysal, said that the DFLP should end division and make further efforts in this 48th anniversary to hold a new Palestinian National Council to recover the national collegiate program.

Faysal called on the Arab left wing to join and establish along with Palestine a multifaceted popular resistance movement against Israeli occupation, abandon the 'humiliating ties' of the Oslo Accord, stop recognizing Israel and boycott its economy.

He also called on friendly countries in Latin America to further increase their political support until the Palestinian people achieve their inalienable rights.

Founded in 1969 by Nayef Hawatmeh after leaving the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the DFLP advocates to 'defeat all efforts to betray illusory solutions and to recover the national program, the right to return (Palestine), self-determination and independence.'

The group affiliated to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) reiterated its commitment to establishing an independent state with its capital in East Jerusalem and to end Zionist occupation.

Faysal also urged to 'end cooperation and coordination in the field of security with the illegal occupants, taking up resistance and the popular uprising, and developing and protecting it with a view to transforming it into a global national insubordination.'

Radio Rebelde, the Revolution’s Radio Station

Amid the struggle for the final independence, Commander in Chief Fidel Castro saw the need to inform people who were sick of listening to radio soap operas and commercials. They needed to know the truth, about the heroic action of fighting back a bloody tyranny, a prowess told in the very voice of the heroes who made it possible.

Radio Rebelde founded on February 24, 1958 by Commander Ernesto Guevara, in Altos de Conrado, in Sierra Maestra, and its strength shook the entire country.

The newly created radio station opened its broadcast with the Invader Hymn. It took only twenty minutes for speakers to present the first war dispatch on Pino del Agua Combat and other actions of the Guerrilla led by Che, its founder.

The Director around that time, Captain Luis Orlando Rodríguez, read an editorial related with the Cry for Independence of February 24, 1895 and the creation of the guerilla radio station.

In one of its first comments, the station would define its editorial line:

"Radio Rebelde is created to contribute to the need and useful orientation of the people in this key hour of our homeland, to spread the true intention of this struggle and to practice virtue wherever it is. And to join, love, and live in the passion of truth as José Martí said".

The Cuban town heard that proposal of José Martí’s preaching and absolute truthfulness.

The radio station was riskily moved to Sierra Maestra, the heart of our homeland was in it. Radio Rebelde was a challenge for the media that, mostly acted as messengers of the dominant bourgeoisie. Breaking all rules, this Radio grew, to become in a few months, the radio station with greater domestic audience.

As Fidel Castro expressed, years later: "In Radio Rebelde not a bullet more was added, neither a lie was told".

Today Radio Rebelde has the challenge of informing to a more learned people; of exchanging with a critical and demanding audience that expects journalism similar to our time and programs that reflect the heartbeat of Cuba’s current society.

We have been and we will be present in the greatest moments of this nation. But we will also keep telling everyday life stories, those that in every corner of the island, in cities or country fields, lift the spirit from the greatness of the common man.

We will meet our challenge, if we attain what an “anonymous Cuban” wrote in a letter to the radio station on November 11, 1958:

"Go ahead Radio Rebelde, stay there in your watchtower of Sierra Maestra, spreading to the air your words of encouragement that every night when we listen to you, the whole people of Cuba just like General Antonio, when walking on Cuban soil, has to resurge his soldier spirit. Here, Radio Rebelde!, we will keep listening."

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Moscow authorities to name square after Cuba’s Fidel Castro

A square in northwestern Moscow will be named after late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, a source in the city mayor’s office told TASS on Monday.

The decision was taken by the city’s inter-departmental commission on renaming territorial entities. The square is located in the Sokol area near a street named after Salvador Allende, "the president of Chile who was Castro’s friend," the source said.

In the nearby Khoroshevsky district in the Russian capital, there is a street renamed in honor of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

Moscow’s authorities earlier planned to name two driveways in the Severnoye Medvedkovo district after Castro.

The leader of the Cuban Revolution, founder of the first-ever socialist state in the Western hemisphere, Fidel Castro died on November 25, 2016 at the age of 90.

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More than 70,000 people visit Fidel Castro's tomb in a month

About 70,000 people have visited Cuban leader Fidel Castro's tomb in the city of Santiago de Cuba over the past month since his interment.

The large gray stone at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery, marked simply "Fidel" under which Castro's ashes have rested since December 4, is visited by an average of 2,000 Cubans and foreigners daily, EFE news quoted cemetery administrator Yudis Garcia as saying on Saturday.

According to Garcia, she is keeping in her office letters, flags and drawings that visitors -- most of them Cuban citizens, but also foreigners from countries as diverse as Guatemala, Mexico, Japan and Italy -- have brought to the tomb in tribute to Castro, who died on November 25 at the age of 90.

Also visiting Castro's tomb have been international dignitaries and personalities, including "a Saudi Arabian prince who promised not to cut his beard until he came to the tomb", the administrator said.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who attended the intimate interment ceremony for the Cuban leader, wrote in the tomb's registry book that he had come to the site "with revolutionary fervour... to pay tribute to the Father of all revolutionaries of Our Americas and the world".

After being honoured for two days here, Castro's ashes were transported by caravan to Santiago de Cuba along the same -- albeit reversed -- route that Castro had taken from that city to Havana after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

Castro's tomb is located beside that of Cuban independence hero Jose Marti.

To avoid the development of a personality cult and in compliance with the leader's wishes, the Cuban government approved a law prohibiting the use of his name and/or image by institutions on monuments or for commercial ends.

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Ignacio Ramonet Denounces Reprisals for Book on Fidel Castro

The journalist and Spanish intellectual, Ignacio Ramonet, who is based in France, has condemned the repression he has suffered as a result of his book ''One Hundred Hours with Fidel'', according to the daily, La Jornada.

In the report, Ramonet states that reprisals began in 2006 as soon as he published his book.

'I was attacked immediately. Then the repression began. For example, the newspaper, El País, to which I had been a regular collaborator, sanctioned me. They stopped publishing me,' he said.

'The same thing happened with La Voz de Galicia, a newspaper for which I had also written regularly. They also stopped publishing me.'

In France, the doors of France Cultura - a radio station - were closed to him and the same thing happened at the University Paris-VII, where for 35 years he had taught the theory of the audiovisual communication.

In his article, he states that the Society of Editors of the editorial group Le Monde tried to submit him to a sort of political trial.

'My case is not unique. I know in France, Spain and in other European countries, many intellectuals and journalists have been condemned to silence, invisibility and marginalization for not thinking like the fierce chorus of the dominant media, for rejecting the compulsory anti-Castro dogma,' he added.

'For decades, Noam Chomsky himself, in the United States - the witch-hunting country - has been censored by the mainstream media, which denies him access to the columns of the most influential newspapers and major radio and television stations,' Ramonet concluded.

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