Miguel Diaz-Canel praises Jose Ramon Fernandez´s legacy

Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, paid tribute today via social networks to Jose Ramon Fernandez, one of the most notable men of the Revolution.

In his words, the Cuban head of state said Jose Ramon Fernandez was a pure man, one of those soldiers who chose being in jail rather than serving a tyrant, apropos of his passing away yesterday morning.

Diaz-Canel said farewell in his Twitter profile to the Hero of Bay of Pigs, teacher of Teachers, and the minister who revolutionized the Cuban educational system.

In another tweet, the head of state also confirmed that the sovereignty of our people is settled in the approach regarding Venezuela.

Likewise, he stated that backing up the legit right of the sister nation to decide its own future is to defend the dignity of all of us.

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz / CubaSi Translation Staff

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Cuba is Fidel and Fidel is Cuba

He was capable of stirring feelings in crowds and his popular summoning of forging a nation he was supported by majorities that is poor, humble, deprived.

Like that unintentionally and without thinking it, he became great. He understood workers, and stood next to peasants, he listened to intellectuals, dignified women, he filled the dreams of children with books, pencils and schools.  

The fight began in the cities and in the Sierra Maestra mountains crowned the victory that later took him to lead the destiny of a nation through the paths of right to schooling, to own lands, to factories. After that Cubans were the true owners of their Homeland, without distinctions, putting aside social classes, skin color, or the place where one was born. No more Yankees on the road, neither traitors, neither those serving the empire.

From his position as statesman looked after his people and it was this people that gave him the greatest of joys. He opened the school doors to teachers, classrooms to students, he raised awareness of scientists, the knowledge of doctors, he elevated the honor of women to unheard of heights, fields and sectors they never treaded before.

Cuba is Fidel and Fidel is Cuba, and to millions of men and women, of children and old men, he is the greatest of Cubans.  

He continued the path of the most illustrious and committed patriots, he learned from Jose Martí, and in that struggle for the definitive independence he brought along the most valuable men of his time.

I always wondered how he managed to join wills and crowds, fill squares, unite Cubans in the first call. Certainly, Fidel was not a god, he was as wonderful as real, also authentic as inexplicable. But undoubtedly, he was a giant of humility and moral, of courage and dignity that he knew - as no other - to assume that the all the glory in the world fits in a kernel of corn, like Martí said and being his most faithful pupil.  

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Cuban President Praises Students' Commitment to Revolution

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday highlighted the commitment by students and professors at the Pedagogical School in central Ciego de Avila province.

The head of State posted on Twitter his emotion during the meeting with students and teachers at the abovementioned campus.

'Beautiful life stories that express passion for Cuba and commitment to the Cuban Revolution,' the Cuban leader wrote.

During a governmental visit to that territory, Diaz-Canel assessed the progress of development programs and learned in Jardines del Rey about the characteristics of the hotel development program approved by the Council of Ministers until 2030 for the northern Cuban keys, which includes Villa Clara, Camagüey and Ciego de Avila.

Diaz-Canel was also interested in the preparations for the peak tourist season in Jardines del Rey.

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UNESCO congratulates Cuba for 59 anniversary of the revolution

The Organization of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), congratulated Cuba for the 59 anniversary of the victory of the Revolution and expressed the willingness to further strengthen ties with this Caribbean nation.

According to Prensa Latina, UNESCO recognized the traditional active role of Cuba for the promotion of international cooperation in the fields of competence of that entity.

A statement released today by the Permanent Delegation of Havana before that body of the United Nations stressed that in 2017 this country and UNESCO celebrated 70 years of fruitful relationship.

Within that framework had carried out many activities that contributed to recognize and give visibility to the achievements of the revolution in the various sectors of the organization's mandate, indicated the text.

In this regard, points to the tribute to the prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, during the tour of the National Ballet of Cuba by France last July.

It also refers to the recognition of the singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez, Artist for Peace of UNESCO, on the occasion of the inauguration of his photographic exhibition tour of the Neighborhoods, held in December at the headquarters of the multilateral body.

As another important event adds the celebration of the International Day of Jazz in Havana, as well as the Cuban cultural day which included the exhibition offerings, for the plastic artist Silvia Rivero, and a special presentation of the musician José María Vitier and soprano Barbara Llanes, at UNESCO Headquarters.

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Cuban Revolution Persists Despite Hostility of U.S. Governments

Havana, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) Next to reaching six decades, the Cuban Revolution accumulates all sorts of aggressions of the U.S. government against it and despite such fierce hostility, today it can proudly show its permanence and thrust forward.

Before January, 1959, the U.S. government offered limited military support to dictator Fulgencio Batista and tried to prevent the triumph of rebel army forces.

Such a dispute has been expressed in diverse fields, from verbal attacks and slander campaigns to direct armed aggression, as the mercenary invasión promoted by the Pentagon and done with in less than 72 hours in Playa Giron, April, 1961.

Greatly popular measures such as the reduction in rent rates, lowering the price of pharmaceuticals, the intervention of foreign-owned monopolies, such as electricity and telephone, the first Law of Agrarian Reform (1959) that banned large estates, won for the young revolutionary government the enmity of the White House.

This was followed by attempts of political and diplomatic isolation, promotion of subversive plans and sabotages, kidnapping of airplanes, ships, infiltration of agents and pirate incursions, as well as stimulus to counter-revolutionary gangs in mountainous areas, liquidated in 1965.

There were also biological aggressions directly affective, persons, animals and crops, causing irreparable damage to humans and millionaire losses to the economy.

In the Demands of the Cuban people to the U.S. government for human and economic damages, contain some of the examples.

The introduction of dengue virus type 2 through Anti-Cuban groups based in the United States, provoked in 1981 an epidemnic with a balance of 158 citizens dead, of them 101 minors.

In 1978, the 'roya', one of the most aggressive worms of sugar cane extended to all the country and seriously affected above all the variety Barbados-4362, of high agricultural and industrial yields, in that time predominant in Cuban plantations.

Also in 1971, 1979 and 1980 hundreds of thousands of pigs had to be sacrificed due to the African Pig Fever, while the Blue fungus of tobacco destroyed more than 85 percent of plantations of that important crop.

Assassination plans and attempts on the life of Cuban leaders were also part of the Centrtal Intelligence Agency plans to behead the Revolution.

Only in the case of leader Fidel Castro, the organs of State Security documented 637 of these plan.

The economic, commercial and financial blockade may be the most visible instrument of White House and U.S. Congress policies against the Caribbean nation.

Applied and reinforced since February, 1962, through an array of laws, regulations and executive decrees of 12 successive administrations.

The laws Torricelli (1992) and Helms-Burton (1996) condense most of this unilateral and extra-territorial policy aimed at undermining internal order in Cuba and obstructing trade, including threats against third countries.

Since 1992, Cuba started presenting at the United Nations a resolution draft resuming the main impacts this act described as genocide provokes in the different sectors of economic and social life of the country, besides demanding its immediate lifting.

Last November, 191 countries approved the demand of the greater Antille, with the only exceptions of the United States and Israel.

The reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Havana and Washington in July, 2015 meant an explicit recognition of the failure of an aggressive policy after more than half a century.

Twenty-three memos of understanding and agreements in areas such as health, environmental protection and application of the law confirmed the possibilities and benefits of the bilateral dialogue between both governments based on mutual respect.

However, ex-president Barack Obama (2009-2017) did not discard the idea of ending the revolutionary process 'through other ways'-

Cuban experts have observed as such who refer to limited and selective measures adopted by the previous administration in order to empower the private sector and try to turn it into a spearhead against the updating of the economic and social model of socialist orientation started in 2010.

The recent measures of the Donald Trump administration trying to negatively impact the tourism industry, seem to set back Washington positions to a confrontation strategy and threats proven failed and anchored in the past.

The continuance of the Cuban Revolution almost 60 years after the January, 1959 victory, does prove it.

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Roberto Chile: Fidel is a Feeling

Roberto Chile is a revolutionary, Marti follower, pro-Castro… hence the portraits he now exhibits at José Martí Memorial are much more than a birthday party, they are an act of faith.

Roberto Chile is an artist who grows from his modesty; he has many virtues, the first one is to see where others seem to be blind and shed light from his lens over people's soul, of his homeland, of the time. Roberto Chile is a revolutionary, Martí follower, pro-Castro… hence the portraits he now exhibits at José Martí Memorial are much more than a birthday party, they are an act of faith.

He spoke in an exclusive interview with Cubasí about his recently inaugurated exhibition Fidel is Fidel.

I am well aware of the beloved admiration you feel for that huge man, then I would like you to explain the idea of the title: who is Fidel for Roberto Chile

Fidel is a feeling to me.

Fidel could be an endless topic, especially for someone who has spent life leaving evidence of his figure through a camera, what messages on that man-topic you chose to share this time?

"The theme of the exhibition is inspired on a phrase of the German playwright Bertolt Bretch: There are men who struggle for a day, and they are good. There are others who struggle for a year, and they are better. There are some who struggle many years, and they are better still. But there are those who struggle all their lives, and these are the indispensible ones. That is what I have wanted to express with images, not with words: that Fidel is indispensable, a man who has struggle a lifetime and has not given up against destiny."

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Did you discover something new during the preparation of the exhibition on Fidel that spectators will also be able to find in the interaction with the pieces?

"Fidel always surprises us. Looking at photographs and recordings of the past, we find several moments, many of them still unpublished. Fidel is living history. You may share his ideas or not, be his follower or his opponent, to be in favor or against him, but you cannot be indifferent before his greatness. Many countries around the world would like to have a leader like him. If the Cuban people withstood, if the Cuban Revolution has stood firm, it’s because we had and we have Fidel. You can see that in the images we show today, the devotion of a people for its leader, the sympathy he receive everywhere he went, the trail of admiration after him. It’s an endless flow of memories impossible to fit in an art gallery or screen, only in the heart of those who we have lived him... "

Most of the pictures are of moments after the Proclaim, why?

"For over 25 years I had the task of registering the moving image of Fidel. Recently I put to rest the shooting camera and I chose fixed image to stop in time the epic symbol of a iconic man of those who struggle a lifetime: Fidel's star, Towards the Future, Commander in Chief, Guerilla Fighter of Time, By the Light of Che and Eternal Baraguá, among others, are some of the pictures of the exhibition FIDEL is FIDEL. Although there are some pictures from 2005 and 2006, most are from 2010, like you said, after the Proclaim. "

I only saw two printed pictures in full colors…

"For me and for many others, the photographs of the Revolution are black and white. Perhaps that is because to the admiration we feel for the photographers of the epic, our forerunners: Alberto Korda, Raúl Corrales, Ernesto Fernández, Osvaldo and Roberto Salas, Liborio Noval, and José Alberto Figueroa, among others, and somehow, this exhibition, besides being a homage to Fidel, it’s a token of gratitude and recognition to the greatest of Cuban photography".

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Tell me about the selection of audiovisuals among the so many you have made during so many years working with Fidel.

"The audiovisual material remembers moments of Fidel's revolutionary work. They are pieces of his tireless leadership at the head of the Cuban Revolution. Many of those moments are filmed just as we lived them, others with a more poetic approach. Everything distanced from schematism. They are pure history. Thrilling moments that moved our human and patriotic feelings that left a deep impression in each one of us. There was collective shuddering when these brief instants of history were shown; it was a rendezvous with Fidel and history, a booster of hope."  

The brass sculpture also comes from some of the pictures? How did that idea stroke and how about the making process?

"The brass sculpture is inspired by one of the most emblematic images of the exhibition: Fidel's Star. The only time he wore an olive green cap with a star on the forehead. That was September 28, 2010 during the 50th anniversary of the CDR organization outside the Presidential Palace. The sculpture reproduces that cap with its star, life size. It was an idea that woke me up at dawn and which I could create in brass thanks to sculptor Daniel Torres who was responsible for making it. We were really obsessive about the finishing of this work that rests on a base that simulates the stone, carried out by sculptor Andrés González."

Why did you invite Ernesto Rancaño to work in two of the pictures? Could this experience be multiplied in the future with other artists for a new exhibition?

"In order to add the exhibition a pinch of lyricism and have the imagination of spectators fly away. I am already thinking of a 10-image exhibition of my own intervened by Cuban artists. We have already chosen three and also three artists who will be responsible for the recreation of these images. That is scheduled for 2016. Or maybe sooner. We’ll see. Inspiration and love cannot be controlled."

Tell me about the parallel exhibition at the "Art Stalher" gallery of Berlin.

"Though the exhibition was thought for Cubans, it’s also presented, following the proposal of promoter Ada María de Boer, at the "Art Stalker" gallery of Berlin, with the support of curator Jennifer SpruB and Héctor Corcho, cultural attaché of our embassy in Germany as well as the collaboration of German and Cuban friends, companies, institutions, and organizations in solidarity with Cuba.    

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"For Cubans this exhibition means a rendezvous with their leader, for Germans, a chance to deepen in the life and personality of a worldwide statesman".

What will we see of Roberto Chile in the future? Plans, projects, maybe to continue with the theme of Afro descendents … can you tell us?

"For over a year I’ve been working hard in a new photographic project, "Roots", with the intention of penetrating the spirituality of our African inheritance and investigate in the magic mystic universe of religions with African origin in Cuba.

"A new visual adventure to which I’m dedicating all my efforts. That is in photography. In the audiovisual material, I have just finished the shooting of three documentary films with the North American directors Eugene Corr (From Ghost Town to Havana) and Ken Schneider (Havana Curveball) and with the Scottish filmmaker Eirene Houston (The Cuban Way). During what could be my vacations, I will make a featured film with Maxime Marduokhaev, Russian-French documentary filmmaker, with whom I’ll share the direction and photography, of what will be a look into Cuba’s present and future.

“These are some of my battles, my realities, and my dreams. I can’t live without working."

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An Impregnable Shield against Subversion Statement by the Cuban Youth

We don’t blame those young people recruited. They are also victims in a world that the empire has made ever more unfair and selfish.We don’t blame those young people recruited. They are also victims in a world that the empire has made ever more unfair and selfish.

Recent revelations in the press have been giving details of the subversive actions that the U.S. Government arranged and paid for as part of their flagrant campaign to overthrow the Cuban Revolution, which has been undefeated for more than 56 years in spite of constant aggressions and plans which have always been condemned to fail.
Now, under the belief that Cuban youth could be handing over the inherited achievements without fighting, they secretly sent Latin-American young people who under the justification of carrying out health and civic programs came to Cuba to provoke political destabilization with the financial support of the USAID, which was specially aimed to promote actions by the young people against the revolutionary process.

They do not know the Cuban youth at all. We are a generation that acts with intelligence and analyses the reality of the world where we live, that in spite of the lack of resources and limitations, has been growing up sheltered by the Cuban State that is been doing everything possible to protect us, educate us, and inculcate the most honorable ideas and values to us, those young people who money could never buy.     

We don’t blame those young people recruited. They are also victims in a world that the empire has made ever more unfair and selfish. For sure that when they were walking along Cuban streets and universities and they were witnesses of the collective effort carries out by the Cuban youth to go ahead and overcome adversities without stopping being supportive and happy, they understood that they were mere mercenaries in a dirty war, whose only merit was to fill the pockets of those who became rich squandering the money that the richest country in the world should invest in many people in the world to reach the health and education rates that Cuba; a small country suffering a permanent blockade and forced to live in a tough and unequal war, has.

Cuban Youth rejects and condemns these maneuvers and raises, as an impregnable shield the strength of those who throughout history have been able to understand the need to be consistent, and thanks to whom we are here today.

They couldn’t defeat us. We know well the price of freedom, and we know perfectly well the evilness and hate of our enemies.

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Manolin, Unsuccessful in Both Cuba and Miami

Manolin knows I’ve been his friend, when everyone has turned their back to him. But it’s enough, because he has become a manipulator who one day complains of Miami as a victim of the extremist exile, and tomorrow attacks Cuba so that the recalcitrant exile forgives him again. Everything just to appear on their manipulative press, because they will neither buy his music nor attend his concerts.

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