Fidel Castro Present in Regional Solidarity Event with Cubaoo

With a homage to the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz, the 2nd Central American Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba will conclude here, expressing its support to the Venezuelan government.

The legendary Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro has been an intrinsic part of this meeting, because of his legacy, his example of struggle against the US imperialism and for dignity, self-determination and integration of Latin America.

Since the opening march of the event up to the homage to Salvadorian revolutionary fighters Shafick Handal and Farabundo Martí, and Venezuelan Hugo Chavez, the image of Fidel Castro stands over the crowds.

Fernando González, Hero of the Republic of Cuba and president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, inaugurated the theoretical meeting of the event with a paper on the reality, perspectives and challenges of his country.

In turn, the Cuban political expert Roberto Regalado discoursed upon the imperialist offensive in the region and the resistance of the peoples, emphatically in the case of Venezuela, which faces a historical voting for the Constituent on Sunday.

In fact, in the early-rising tribute to Chávez, concerning the 63rd anniversary of his birth, many assistants expressed support to the democratically elected government of Venezuela with posters saying 'The Constituent Goes'.

Concerning the meeting, the Salvadoran leader Sigfrido Reyes valued the role of the solidarity before the current regional challenges, but especially with Cuba and its 'brave people and fighter, with its revolutionary process'.

Cuba has always been a solidary nation with El Salvador, thousands of compatriots received medical treatment there, studied, improved their own health; Cuba is a brother country that has taken the way of its freedom and it is necessary to support it', he emphasized.

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Santiago de Cuba Holds May Day Parade Inspired by Fidel Castro

Santiago de Cuba, May 1 (Prensa Latina) Since the beginning, with an anthem based on the concept of Revolution stated by Fidel Castro, the parade on the International Workers'' Day was inspired by the leader of the Cuban Revolution.

That sentiment was expressed on hundreds of banners and posters evoking the legacy of the Commander-in-Chief, whose ashes have rested at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery since December 4, 2016.

At the Antonio Maceo Revolution Square, the vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, who was accompanied by top provincial officials, headed the proletarian march.

Maria de los Angeles Cordero, general secretary of the Cuban Workers' Confederation (CTC) in Santiago de Cuba, mentioned, among other motivations for the mass parade, the 60th and 50th anniversaries of the assassinations of clandestine fighter Frank Pais and Guerrilla Commander Ernesto Guevara, respectively.

The union leader also referred to the need for unity as a strength for Cuban society to build socialism and in Latin America to face the attacks by the right wing in its efforts to frustrate revolutionary and progressive processes.

Workers in Santiago de Cuba and their families started the parades in the country as a new demonstration of support for the Revolution and the will to continue the transformations under way as part of the nation's new economic model.

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Tribute to Fidel Castro Concludes in Acapulco

The 1st International Seminar in Honor of Fidel Castro concluded here on Sunday after deepening and expanding the teachings of the philosophical thinking of the leader of the Cuban Revolution.

An exhibition of ten photos of the Cuban leader, taken by one of his sons, Alex Castro, was also held here, as well as an exhibition of books that opened on Friday, among other artistic and cultural events on Cuba.

During the closing session of the seminar, Mexican and Venezuelan representatives who admire Fidel and Hugo Chavez took the floor, as well as revolutionaries from Bolivia, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Vietnam, among other countries.

The paper 'Fidel and Proletarian Internationalism', presented by Evertz Cárcamo, a member of Nicaragua's Sandinista National Liberation Front, was one of the most highly acclaimed studies at the seminar.

Cárcamo lauded Fidel's loyalty for his people, Latin America, the world revolutionary movement, his friends, comrades and family, and assured that the Nicaraguan Revolution is the daughter of the Cuban Revolution.

Guatemalan Guerrilla Commander César Montes recalled that thanks to Fidel, Cuba's statistics are not like Guatemala's.

As an example, he said that more than 12 million people, perhaps 17 million, live in poverty in Guatemala, every 60 seconds a minor migrates to the United States through the Mexican border and there is 100 percent of impunity, among other evils eradicated by Fidel in Cuba.

The great friend of Fidel's and the main Mexican facilitator of the Granma expedition, Antonio del Conde, 'El Cuate', noted that he decided to accompany Fidel always due to his faith, security and confidence to overcome adversities, his discipline and his loyalty to his men.

Fidel is a man of all times who we must never forget, said Rafael Arestegui, one of the organizers of the seminar.

He lauded Venezuela's decision to leave the Organization of American States (OAS) and noted that Fidel was wise when he pointed out that the continental body was a big colonial ministry at the service of Yankee imperialism.

Mexico was always and is at present a country close to Fidel Castro and the great Cuban revolutionaries Jose Marti, Julio Antonio Mella, Raúl Castro and many other Cubans, Arestegui stressed.

In another moment of the program, the secretary of culture of the state of Guerrero, Mauricio Leiva, said that the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution is still alive in Guerrero.

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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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