Role of the Communist Party in the New Cuban Constitution Draft

The draft of the new Constitution ratifies the leading role of Cuba's Communist Party as a fundamental pillar of unity and of the political, economic and social order.

In its article 5, the document submitted from August 13 to November 15 to a popular consultation establishes that 'The Communist Party of Cuba, unique, based on Marti's ideas, loyalist and Marxist-Leninist, organized vanguard of the Cuban nation, based on its democratic character and permanent link with the people, is the highest leading force of society and the State'.

The vast majority of the inhabitants of Cuba assume and support this concept, which is also the subject of analysis and debate during these days, in which in work and study centers, as well as in the community, opinions and proposals are freely expressed regarding the project of the new Constitution.

For some, the leading role should be limited to the political, while others - with good intentions or not - appeal to a multiparty system that the island experienced before the revolution of January 1, 1959.

People have the right to ask what they think of the Constitution, that's what the consultation is for, but those of us who live in this era of politicization, corruption, individualism and unfulfilled promises for the people who suffered, it's difficult for us to talk about the return to such a scenario,' Manuel Rodriguez, a 77-year-old retiree, told Prensa Latina.

For her part, student Gabriela Gonzalez warned that any analysis of Cuba's political, economic and social order must take into account the siege that the country has been experiencing since the revolutionary victory , with the U.S. blockade as the most well-known and repudiated component.

The development of the country, the well-being of its inhabitants and the quietness of its citizens are not part of the multiparty system, so only those who want to deceive and seduce us with songs of mermaids to divide and destroy can see this, it said.

According to the vice-president of the National Assembly of People's Power, Ana Maria Mari Machado, the Communist Party of Cuba is the guarantor of the construction of the socialist system to which the Caribbean nation aspires.

According to statements to Radio Reloj station, the member of the parliamentary commission in charge of drafting the new Constitution said that 'more than one party disunites and breaks the integrity of all'.

Our party is not electoral, but represents the vanguard of the people and is not above them, it is a symbol of their unity, and it gathers the best of the masses,' Mari Machado stated.

Regarding the theme and the celebration on Monday of the 92nd anniversary ofthe birth of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro (1926-2016), many people remember the validity of his words when he said: 'The party is today the soul of the revolution'.

The Communist Party is also a continuation of the Cuban Revolutionary Party founded by Jose Marti in 1892 to achieve independence for the island and create a republic with all and for the good of all.

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In the 92nd Anniversary of his Birth: Fidel, a World Paradigm

He is outstanding for his exemplary conduct and intelligence, firmness and dedication to work, his ethical, human and solidary behavior, his vision of the world.

That afternoon of August 13th, 2016 a collective question rose at Karl Marx Theater: Will the Commander in Chief arrive? It was his 90th birthday and the children company La Colmenita had organized a great party in his honor.

Only a few more minutes before the beginning of the when the entire audience began to chant watchwords about his figure. Maybe he thought - in the simplicity and modesty he always showed - that it would have been disrespectful not to thank a gesture like that to the young artists.

Accompanied by Raúl, president Maduro and his wife Cilia, Fidel appeared smiling, proud of that childhood for whose rights he had always fought.

Today, exactly after two years, and for many is still among us the undefeated Commander in Chief, the man who rallied multitudes seeking a dream, woke up the conscience of a people and led it to the final victory.

In Fidel are reunited the freedom ideas of the martyrs of the Homeland, from Varela, Luz y Caballero, Maceo, and Martí. In the lives of each of these men – as well as so many others who even gave up their lives – is the root and foundation of everything he did for a nation free and sovereign.

His personal example and intelligence, his determination and dedication to work, the ethics, human and solidary behavior, his vision of the world, made of him a world paradigm.

For those who dreamt a different Cuba after his decease, the current road and domestic development is the expression that when ideas and principles are fair, they last in time. Consequently the current historical continuity of the Revolution.

His long speeches are astonishing and later his deep reflections. The climate, the grounds, agriculture, health, education, culture, politics. What didn’t Fidel know about? His wisdom was, truly amazing and, at the same time, he knew that it was necessary to speak to the people, to explain and support any idea, regardless how insignificant it seemed.

For all that, a better date could not have been chosen to begin in Cuba the process of popular consultation for the Draft of the Constitution of the Republic, approved last July 21st and 22nd, during the First ordinary meeting of the National Assembly in its IX Legislature.

In the Main Report to the First Congress of the Party, which Fidel presented in his condition as first secretary of his Central Committee, as far back as year 1975, appeared essentials on the new Constitution, the one which was later approved in February 1976.

"Today we need a socialist Constitution that meets the characteristics of our society, with the social conscience, the ideological convictions and goals of our people. A Constitution that reflects the general laws of the society we build, the deep economic, social and political transformations done by the Revolution and the historical achievements conquered by our people. A Constitution in short that summarizes what we are today and that helps us reach what we want to be tomorrow."

The strength of such words leads us to ratify the foresight of his ideas, his experience and political commitment. On top of that idea we must place his concept of Revolution, a worthy legacy for the everyday life of all Cubans.

The idea "I am Fidel", was born in the heat of a collective feeling, he is present in each Cuban that admires his spotless behavior and personal example. The historical leader planted ideas and principles that right now have the duty and responsibility of pushing forward.

The President of the Councils of State and Secretaries, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, has inherited the ideas of Marti, and Fidel, revolutionary and patriot, and the Cubans who today trusts that he would know how to lead our nation explicitly, convinced of the legitimacy and fairness of the cause for which the youths of the Generation of the Centennial fought lead by Fidel.

“We will be faithful to Fidel Castro's legacy, historical leader of the Revolution, and also the example, value and teachings of Raúl Castro, current leader of the revolutionary process", highlighted Díaz-Canel during his first speech before the National Assembly of People’s Power, when assuming the presidency of the Republic in April this year.

August 13th the undefeated Commander in Chief won't be physically among us. For that reason our best homage - indeed - will be to participate and intervene with solid arguments in the scheduled meetings to carry out the popular consultation on the Draft of Cuba’s New Constitution, in an attempt to improve what has been achieved in all these years of Revolution, what was his greatest work.

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Cuba/Barbados Relations Being Explored

Opportunities for deepening relations between Barbados and Cuba will be explored, as Government seeks to make inroads in a number of areas related to its marine environment.

Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, made this clear, following a recent courtesy call with Cuban Ambassador, Francisco Fenandez-Peña.  Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Esworth Reid, was also present for the visit.

During the wide ranging talks, Mr. Humphrey identified a number of areas which were of concern to Government, and for which assistance was required.  Those areas include the influx of the Sargassum seaweed, the boat building capacity of those in the fishing industry, communication equipment for fishermen, the island’s coral reefs and building of additional marinas.

“There are many areas of possible collaboration,” the Minister pointed out.

 Minister Humphrey said he would follow up the visit with formal correspondence, as requested by the Ambassador, to chart the way forward.

Mr. Reid also supported the view that Cuba could be instrumental in assisting Barbados in the development of its blue economy, particularly in the area of boat building.

This, he said, was expected to become a source of employment for young people, and a foreign exchange earner.

The Ambassador said although Cuba was not a full member of CARICOM, there were three key areas which they were working on – finance, natural disasters and the arts.

He added that Cuba could assist Barbados in some of the areas outlined, and in identifying the direction it wanted to take in relation to renewable and ocean energy.

 “We want to evaluate to share information and cooperation,” the Ambassador stressed.

Other areas discussed included the Sandy Shorelines Project, which is aimed at improving the condition of the coral reefs and beach ecosystems, and Barbados’ position on the Association of Caribbean States, which is aimed at promoting and contributing to the sustainable development of the Caribbean Sea.

Barbados and the Republic of Cuba established diplomatic relations on December 8, 1972.

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Cuba constitutional referendum debates kick off

Cuban citizens on Monday began discussion of a draft new Constitution in the referendum, which runs until November 15, reported Excélsior.

During this period, close to 10 million Cubans have the right to offer their suggestions and observations with respect to the draft of the country’s basic law.

And for the first time, Cuban immigrants living abroad also can express their respective views via the internet.

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Cuba wins Five Medals in NACAC Track & Field Championships

Cuba earned a bronze medal in the men's 4x400m relay in the last competitive day of the 2018 NACAC Track & Field Championships which concluded last Sunday in the Canadian city of Toronto.

The Cuban quartet, made up by Yoandys Lescay, Adrian Chacon, Leandro Zamora and Ruben Rey Caballero, scored time of 3:04.11 minutes, according to the official website of the contest.

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The race was won by United States (3: 00.60) while the silver medal went to the Bahamas (3: 03.80).

Also last Sunday, Cuban Zuriam Hechevarria finished fourth in the women´s 400m hurdles with record of 55.71 seconds, in event won by US´s Shamier Little (53.32), who was escorted by Jamaican Janieve Russell (53.81) and American Georganne Moline (54.26).

According to NACAC website, Cuba won five medals in this tournament, divided into two gold, one silver and two bronzes.

The titles went to woman discus thrower Yaime Perez and man triple jumper Jordan Diaz; while women Yarisley Silva (pole vault) and Rose Mary Almanza (800 meters) ranked second and third respectively.

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Cuba Prepares Program for 40 Years of Havanatur

Havana, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) A tourist familiarization program (MegaFam) is being prepared by the authorities in this country on occasion of the 40th anniversary of the International Tour Operators and Travel Agencies Group, Havanatur S.A., it was officially reported today.

A statement from that company known today states that as a continuation of its strategy to make Cuba an unparalleled destination with Havanatur, the company's directors propose such a tour of the country.

Havanatur now presents through all its agencies the call and promotional image associated with MegaFam 2018, the fourth major event of its kind to be held on the island, now on September 21-28.

In order to know and update the product in this destination, up to this day, about 350 travel agents from more than 15 countries have confirmed their assistance to this event.

The statement revealed that such a tour aims to disseminate seminars to the sales network, and show the development of the Cuban tourist product in the destinations where Havanatur currently brings together its largest operations.

This action is facing the 2018-2019 winter, and the 2019 summer, with details already existing in the sales catalogs of their agencies, they insisted.

As part of the programs, it is foreseen that this familiarization program will travel to the country's west and center region, extending the trips to the northern keys of Villa Clara.

That presentation will take place on September 27 in the framework of the celebrations for the World Tourism Day.

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Counting on all Cubans

All Cuban citizens living abroad have the opportunity to participate in the discussion of the proposed new Constitution of the Republic, an unprecedented step that reflects the government’s determination to take into consideration the opinions of all Cubans, both in and outside the country.

The decision was reported in a press conference offered by Ernesto Soberón Guzmán, director for Consular Affairs and Cubans Residing Abroad (Daccre), at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minrex), and is a reflection of the country’s policy of strengthening ties between the Revolution and Cubans who are outside the country.

To organize the process, he said, taken into account were the growing numbers of Cubans living abroad – some1.4 million according to Minrex records, in more than 120 nations, but especially the United States.

“In an effort to guarantee the participation of all, a section on the Minrex “Nación y Emigración” wesite will be activated (, through which Cubans resident abroad will have access to the draft Constitution and an online form on which they can insert their comments or proposals for modifications.”

Given the technical requirements this entails, including a set-up to confirm the citizen’s identity, among others, the section will be available the first week of September, Soberón Guzmán said, giving those interested some time to study the proposal.

He emphasized that once the section is operative, there will be no limitation on the number of times citizens can sign on to convey opinions, all of which will be processed in a manner similar to those gathered within the country.

He clarified that this option is for Cubans who are living abroad for personal reasons, since those serving on an official mission will have other ways to join the discussion of our future Constitution.

According to Ernesto Soberón, embassy consulates will be involved in the process, in an effort to promote active participation among Cubans living in other countries, as an opportunity to construct, all together, a more inclusive, democratic, and humanist national project “with all and for the good of all.”

In his opinion, the decision is consistent with policies adopted which have allowed for the development of more extensive ties between Cubans abroad and a variety of projects in Cuba, be they of a collaborative, cultural, sports, scientific, or other nature. He likewise noted that migratory regulations implemented over the last few years have facilitated travel abroad by Cubans for personal reasons.

Referring to the inclusion within the draft of the term “effective citizenship,” Ernesto Soberón emphasized, first of all, that this is a legal principle, not a law, and it therefore needs to be included in the country’s Constitution, so that the concept can later be codified in law.

What fundamental changes to the Constitution are proposed?

- Acquisition of citizenship in another country does not imply loss of Cuban citizenship.

- It is specified that, when inside Cuban territory, Cuban citizens are governed as such, and can only make use of this citizenship regardless of others they may hold. (This is the concept of “effective citizenship.)

According to Soberón Guzmán, this means that Cuban traveling to and from Cuba must do so with their Cuban passports.

Other principles related to requirements for Cuban citizenship remain unchanged, along with those regarding its loss or recuperation.

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Venezuela Celebrates 92nd Anniversary of Fidel Castro's Birth

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, together with his people commemorate the 92nd anniversary of Fidel Castro''s birth (1926-2016), and described him as the giant of the Cuban Revolution.

Through the social network Twitter, the head of state reported that Fidel dedicated his life to the defense of peoples oppressed by US imperialism.

'The Bolivarian Homeland commemorates the 92th anniversary of the birth of Commander Fidel Castro. The giant of the Cuban Revolution. His entire life was dedicated to the struggle against US imperialism to free the yoke of the peoples of the world 'Fidel is alive', the Fight Continues! ', Wrote the president in the digital platform.

It meant that the Cuban leader not only made his country a socialist and sovereign state, leading the health and education rates in the region, but also dedicated his life to the unity of the underdeveloped countries.

Maduro emphasized that Fidel dedicated his political career to the protection of the environment, peace, self-determination of the people and the persistent fight against the desire of interference of the United States authority until his physical departure on November 25, 2016.

On the other hand, to remember the validity of Fidel and Hugo Chávez (1954-2013) thought, the Venezuela-Cuba Friendship and Mutual Solidarity Movement will develop in this capital on Tuesday, August 14 an International Colloquium.

The meeting will address the contributions of both leaders to the unity and independence of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the need to strengthen the ideological and conceptual bases of the struggles for the definitive emancipation of the countries of the region.

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