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  1. #41
    While not particularly political this article a testimony to the socialist state's dedication to meeting all aspect of human need, including preserving biodiversity.

    Rulings to protect the Cuban crocodile

    August 27, 2016



    Copies crocodile farm Boca de Guama in Cienaga de Zapata during the closing event of the tourist TURNAT 2009, September 17, 2009, in Matanzas.IPS PHOTO / Jorge Luis BATHS HERNANDEZ

    Protection of natural habitat rhombifer crocodile, animal endemic endangered Cuba is one of the practices developed by the Company for the Protection of Flora and Fauna in the preservation of endangered species.

    Irina Martínez Prado, specialist of the National Program Crocodiles, that entity of the Ministry of Agriculture, told the Cuban News Agency that the main objective is focused on the management of the species in areas of captivity and released .

    As stated by the specialist, in the Cienaga de Zapata National Park, in the province of Matanzas, systematic monitoring it runs to meet existing populations of this species, whose existence dates back over 70 million years ago.

    The studies performed include health status, number of members, size of the specimens and their reproduction, among other control parameters.

    A task of particular importance is the transfer of eggs deposited in places prone to flooding at high points or breeding, in which care until the birth of the specimen.

    Martínez Prado said that in the noble mission several collaborating research centers and national and international non-governmental organizations, with tasks aimed at safeguarding the genetic purity of the species, threatened by crossing the so-called American alligator.

    Several breeding crocodiles in Cuba are currently used for tourism purposes and constitute an attraction for thousands of visitors who visit the Cuban geography.

    Crocodiles can measure up to five meters and are well adapted to aquatic life as they have eyes and nose located in prominent places, which are able to see and breathe while keeping the body submerged.

    The captive breeding and conservation and reintroduction of Cuban crocodile copies of protected areas are among the main functions of the crocodile farm specialists Laguna del Tesoro in the Zapata Swamp.

    In the center, located on the Boca de Guama complex, there is a project aimed at preserving the Cocodrilus rhombifer program in which experts from various institutions.

    Life studies performed by experts are a very complicated task, geographical characteristics of the largest wetland in the insular Caribbean and because the areas inhabited by the reptile are difficult to access.

    http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/20.../#.V8G54vkrLZY
    A very cool critter, known for being fleet of foot on land, running down prey on land, and it's aggressiveness in defense.

    Even under the weight of the embargo Cuba has found the resources to preserve that which once lost can never be replaced.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  2. #42
    Quote Originally Posted by blindpig View Post
    While not particularly political this article a testimony to the socialist state's dedication to meeting all aspect of human need, including preserving biodiversity.



    A very cool critter, known for being fleet of foot on land, running down prey on land, and it's aggressiveness in defense.

    Even under the weight of the embargo Cuba has found the resources to preserve that which once lost can never be replaced.
    Just as you said earlier, "Red is the true green." (Or words to that effect.)
    "America was never great"

    "Anyone who analyzes the state of affairs in the world will find that it is the imperialists and capitalists, who subject the world to the worst poverty, the worst backwardness, and they are simply the scourge of mankind." - Fidel

    "Privilege begets psychopathy" - blindpig

  3. #43
    The fertile exchange
    So the discussion was described by the group of Granma newspaper on the document containing the conceptualization of the Cuban economic and social model of socialist development

    Author: Karina Brown González | karina@granma.cu
    Author: Jesús Curbelo Jank | jesus@granma.cu
    September 9, 2016 22:09:23

    Could be described as fruitful discussion that journalists, photographers, translators, designers, administrative staff and the rest of the group of Granma newspaper, conducted with respect to the document reflecting the conceptualization of the Cuban economic and social model of socialist development.

    The meeting also discussed the present national economic and social development until 2030, documents, both approved in the 7th. Congress of the CCP.

    Thus, Juvenal Balan, secretary of the Party Committee in the newspaper, suggested adding in paragraph 62 of conceptualization, which refers to the fair treatment of complaints of citizens, the answers to these should be agile, deep and transparent.

    Also, the lawyer Armando Gutierrez asked to add in paragraph 104, the content of which addresses the issue of non-permission of the concentration of property and wealth, that this work will be done under the strict supervision of the supervisory bodies and their system, which inform the National Assembly or to the appropriate agency.

    At another point, Gutierrez intervened to express their doubts about the mechanisms used to implement the wording of paragraph 176, which addresses the concentration of ownership will be regulated by legal standards.

    Such concerns, it was said at the meeting is valid while the document provides a desired state of the country, but how to reach that vision depends on what we do in the present. This will be the result of actions of Cubans on the implementation of what is contained in the documents now being discussed and the Guidelines.

    Other proposals made during the meeting were to include greater access to information in paragraph 109 of the conceptualization and 110 considering communication not as a resource, but as a system.

    It was also proposed that paragraph 155, which speaks of the selection of company directors, must take into account the criterion of workers and political and mass organizations.

    Put in its rightful place to communication, regarding the role for effective government (paragraph 64), it was one of the approaches of the meeting, on reaching the analysis of the strategic axes of the Plan ...

    In terms of human development, equity and social justice, Juvenal Balan, who is also the head of the Department of Photography, proposed adding in paragraph 195 access to employment as a preserve of universal policies.

    "Many university students are moving to the private sector, leaving the professional field in which they formed. This is because the remuneration that provide these spaces, which are much higher than those offered by the state sector, "he said, on the other hand, the young journalist Alejandra Garcia.

    "Therefore, he added, it is important that the National Plan ... including the need to ensure young people for a life in Cuba that ensures the permanence within state institutions, where they can have not only professional satisfaction but also economic welfare. "

    Meanwhile, journalist Pedro de la Hoz drew attention to the urgent need to avoid reductionist views regarding issues such as the need to prepare for critically face all harmful of hegemonic cultural industry, "because harmful not come only from the industry , it is also of populism, of banality. "

    There are internal manifestations of banality that do not come from Hollywood, but part of us. I think you have to fight the ugly and the superficial, against the harmful, also argued in debate that ended with the approval of the documents.

    http://www.granma.cu/cuba/2016-09-09...-2016-22-09-23

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    The Cuban Revolution ain't surrendering.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  4. #44
    The consolation of winning a symbol
    He died in the capital in Biological Sciences Dr. Leda Menéndez Carrera



    Author: Pelaez | orfilio@granma.cu
    September 16, 2016 22:09:31

    Dr. Leda Menendez was an enviable perseverance and infinite love of nature. Photo: Courtesy of the interviewee
    On Monday 12 September and just 72 hours after suffering a sudden illness when he had just been interviewed for an audiovisual Mundo Latino, he died in the capital in Biological Sciences Dr. Leda Menéndez Carrera, at age 75.

    Born in Camaguey province, was young in joining the first courses for the training of teachers in Minas del Frio, a profession he held until joining the University of Havana in the late 60s, where he received the BA in Biology in 1973.

    Once you graduate started working at the then Institute of Botany. Soon he assumed the task of undertaking a research project on the ecology of tropical forests in the Sierra del Rosario.

    The results of those studies developed over 15 years were collected in a book award from the Academy of Sciences of Cuba. This text led to the proposal to establish there one of the Biosphere Reserves adopted in the country.

    But the great passion of this gifted scientist with an enviable perseverance and infinite love of nature, emerged from the first time as a child watched the scenic beauty of the Cangilones River Maximus, was constituted undoubtedly mangroves, to which he devoted most of its more than 40 years of uninterrupted research work.

    He always defended as an urgent priority work on their recovery because they represent the first line of defense of the coast to protect it from erosion caused by the combined effect of wind and waves, besides being a natural barrier against the progressive increase in the average level sea ​​and the advance of saltwater intrusion.

    Also highlighted were ideal for the conservation of biodiversity, to serve as a permanent or temporary habitat for numerous species of fish, crustaceans and molluscs, not to mention as contributing to the capture and storage of atmospheric carbon environment.

    Leda Menendez toured countless times mangrove populations of the Cuban archipelago. Overcoming dissimilar objective and subjective difficulties, he was able to study in depth to become one of the most authoritative national and the entire Caribbean region in the knowledge level so valuable ecosystems voices.

    lead author Bases work for the management of the mangrove ecosystem in the Cuban archipelago and its relation to climate change, which won the National Award of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba 2012, the results of this work showed the degree of involvement that presented in different areas of the country and causes related to their deterioration. Similarly they allowed to determine the likely impacts would suffer due to climate change and develop methodological guidelines designed to preserve them from further damage.

    Researcher National Biodiversity Centre, attached to the Institute of Ecology and Systematics of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, and holder of the Order Carlos Finlay, the highest honor conferred by the State Council in the scientific sphere, integrated reduced group of women researchers participating in the expedition in Canoas Amazon to the Caribbean, headed by the late Dr. Antonio Nuñez Jimenez in 1987.

    At the request of the family the body of Dr. Leda Menéndez was cremated and his ashes will be scattered in the mangroves of the southern coast of the province of Mayabeque, which had been working for more than two years ago in a scientific project rescue and conservation.

    Beyond the pain and emptiness left by the unexpected physical disappearance of the "fairy" godmother of mangroves, it has the consolation that Cuban natural sciences have won a symbol.

    http://www.granma.cu/ciencia/2016-09...-2016-22-09-31

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    Goddamn commies...
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  5. #45
    Goddamn commies...
    The only consolation is that Cuba is producing more, young commies for all the disciplines of science, education, and the advancement of humanity. They are damned near the only ray of sunlight in this whole goddamned mess of a world. If they can just hold and be there for when their learning disabled, brothers and sisters, trapped in the belly, finally get moving...
    "America was never great"

    "Anyone who analyzes the state of affairs in the world will find that it is the imperialists and capitalists, who subject the world to the worst poverty, the worst backwardness, and they are simply the scourge of mankind." - Fidel

    "Privilege begets psychopathy" - blindpig

  6. #46
    Raúl Castro: “Cuba will not cease defending its revolutionary and anti-imperialist ideals”
    http://communismgr.blogspot.com/2016...not-cease.html


    Source: Granma.
    KEY REMARKS BY ARMY GENERAL RAUL CASTRO RUZ, PRESIDENT OF THE STATE COUNCIL AND THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA, AT THE 17TH SUMMIT OF THE NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT
    MARGARITA ISLAND, VENEZUELA, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016

    Esteemed comrade Nicolás Maduro Moros, constitutional President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Heads of State and Government,
    Esteemed ministers, delegates and guests,
    Ladies and gentlemen,
    We are 120 Non-Aligned States which adhere not only to the Bandung Principles, but also to the Declaration of the Non Aligned Movement on Purposes, Principles and the its Role in the Current International Juncture approved at the 14th NAM Summit in Havana. Our enormous strength cannot be underestimated when we proceed in a concerted fashion.
    In the 14th NAM Summit held in Havana in 2006, we rejected any attempt at ‘regime change’ and appealed to all countries to abstain from resorting to aggression or to the use of force.
    Also in Havana, in January 2014, the heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) signed the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace thus reaffirming our commitment to the principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter and International Law as well as to the peaceful settlement of disputes and full respect for the inalienable right of every State to choose its political, economic, social and cultural system, as an essential premise to ensure coexistence among nations.
    However, we are witnessing increasing attacks on Venezuela’s sovereignty and self-determination. Cuba reaffirms its unconditional support to the Venezuelan Government and people, to the civic-military union and to constitutional President Nicolás Maduro Moros.
    We strongly repudiate the judicial-parliamentary coup d’état engineered against President Dilma Rouseff, for it is an act of contempt against the sovereign will of the people who elected her with more than 53 million votes.
    Our sister nation of Colombia may count on the full support of Cuba as it moves forward along the challenging path of the implementation of the Agreement, and the consolidation of the stable, fair and lasting peace that Colombians deserve.
    We express our confidence in the people of the Arab Republic of Syria for we know that they are capable of resolving their differences by themselves without foreign interference aimed at promoting ‘regime change’.

    Comrade President,
    It is unacceptable that the Palestinian people are still victims of occupation and violence, and that the occupying power continues preventing the establishment of an independent Palestinian State with its capital in East Jerusalem.
    Every attempt to secure the self-determination of the abused Saharawi people has failed, thus the international community needs to apply itself to resolving this issue.
    We affirm our solidarity with the historical demand of the Puerto Rican people for self-determination and independence.
    We also uphold our solidarity with the claim of the Republic of Argentina over the Falklands, South Sandwich and South Georgia Islands.

    Esteemed comrade Maduro,
    To Cuba, non-alignment means to struggle for the radical modification of an international economic order imposed by the big powers, the same that has made possible for 360 persons to accumulate an annual wealth exceeding the income of 45% of the world population. The gap between the rich and the poor keeps widening. Technology transfer from the North to the South countries remains an elusive goal while globalization basically privileges a special group of industrial nations. Meanwhile, the debt of the South countries, which never ceases to multiply, now amounts to over 1.7 trillion dollars.
    At the moment, 2.9 billion people are forced into unemployment and extreme poverty, and millions of children perish every year from hunger and preventable diseases; nearly 800 million people remain illiterate while more than 1.7 trillion dollars are destined to military expenses.
    Non-alignment also means to struggle for the reduction of the knowledge gap, and for the possibility to use information and communication technologies for development and cooperation. We reject the growing militarization of these technologies and their aggressive use against other countries.
    Climate change continues to aggravate while in the developed countries irrational production and consumption patterns persist that threaten the conditions required for the survival of our species.
    On the other hand, the realization of human rights remains a dream for millions of people all over the world. The United States and Europe resort to manipulation, double standards, selective criteria and the politization of this issue while waves of refugees concentrate at European borders, waiting a for just, stable and permanent solution that can protect their lives and dignity.

    Esteemed President Maduro,
    Twenty-one months have passed since our simultaneous announcement with President Barack Obama of the decision to reestablish diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States.
    There have been some progress, mostly in the diplomatic area and cooperation on issues of common interest, but the same cannot be said of the economic and commercial sectors due to the limited, albeit positive, scope of the measures so far adopted by the U.S. Administration.
    Cuba will persevere on its demand to have the economic, commercial and financial blockade lifted, a blockade that brings so much damage and hardship to our people, and which also has a negative impact on many other countries due to its extraterritorial implementation. By the same token, Cuba will continue urging the return to our sovereignty of the territory illegally occupied by the United States Naval Base in Guantanamo.
    There will not be normal relations before that issue is resolved and other policies harmful to Cuba’s sovereignty still in force are terminated, such as interventionist and subversive programs.
    We reaffirm our disposition to engage the United States Government in a civilized relationship, but Cuba will neither renounce any of its principles nor compromise on its sovereignty and independence. Cuba will not cease defending its revolutionary and anti-imperialist ideals or supporting the self-determination of all peoples.
    Comrade Maduro,
    We wish our sister Republic of Venezuela full success in the leadership of the Non-Aligned countries. At the same time, we congratulate the Islamic Republic of Iran on its good work during this past term at the head of the Movement.
    The only alternative to the enormous dangers and challenges lying ahead is unity and solidarity in defense of our common objectives and interests.
    Thank you, very much.

    http://houstoncommunistparty.com/rau...ialist-ideals/
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  7. #47
    Cuba sends medical team to Haiti after the passage of Matthew


    The solidarity of the Cuban doctors again present in Haiti. | Photo: CiberCuba

    Published October 8, 2016

    The brigade is composed of 38 professionals with extensive experience and hygienic-epidemiological joins the more than 600 Cuban medical collaborators who live in Haiti.
    Already in Haiti 38 health professionals from Cuba as part of the help of the Big Island of the West Indies to assist victims of Hurricane Matthew.

    The government of Cuba decided to send a medical team member of the International Contingent of Doctors Specialized in Disaster Confrontation and Serious Epidemics "Henry Reeve".

    The decision is in line with the brotherly ties that bind the two nations and considering the serious damages caused in Haiti by Hurricane Matthew, which left more than 250 dead and 350 thousand people who need urgent help.

    The brigade is composed of 38 professionals with extensive hygienic-epidemiological experience, including three medical specialists ten graduates Hygiene and Epidemiology and ten technicians Vector Control are those who will travel today to that country with the necessary means and resources to fulfill its mission.

    This brigade will labor with specialists and graduates of Hygiene and Epidemiology as part of the more than 600 Cuban health collaborators who provide their services in Haiti.

    In context

    In August 2005 a medical brigade is formed to provide assistance to people affected by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. This offer of help the Cuban Government was rejected by the Government of the United States. This brigade was called Medical Force , "Henry Reeve" in memory of that exceptional young American combatant who died fighting for the independence of Cuba. A

    few days later, on September 19, is formed by the leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro, organization until today is unprecedented in the world: the International Contingent of Doctors Specialized in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics "Henry Reeve".

    This contingent that would consist initially by members of the brigade mobilized to assist the US population affected by Hurricane Katrina, would aim to cooperate immediately with specially trained personnel with any country that suffers a catastrophe, especially they face great scourges of hurricanes, floods or other natural phenomena of this severity in addition to epidemics that constitute real natural and social disasters; including our national territory.

    Its main objectives of work aimed at achieving extensive territorial deployment in disaster areas, with the establishment of the Comprehensive hospitals, able to give comprehensive response to the healthcare needs of the affected population.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/news/Cuba-e...1008-0002.html

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    Ya wouldn't know that the storm marched over Cuba too...Some twit said that if any nation had the right to be a moral arbitrator it would be Cuba. Yep.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  8. #48
    Day of the Heroic Guerilla
    by worker
    Today, October 8, the world recognizes the most famous and prominent revolutionary of the 20th century, Ernesto "Che" Guevara de la Serna. In Cuba, the site of his final resting place, this day is known as "The Day of the Heroic Guerilla." Argentinean born, the doctor met Cuban revolutionaries in exile in Mexico. After meeting Dr. Fidel Castro, he signed up to be the 2nd member of Castro's revolutionary army (the 1st was Castro's brother, Raul Castro) and returned to Cuba in a poorly equipped ship called the Granma in 1956 to wage a guerilla war.



    They set up a rebel base in the Sierra Maestra Mountains. At first, Che was the field unit's doctor but after volunteering for some of the more daring missions, he grew in prominence. Despite his severe asthma, Che grew from a soldier to a military commander. In the final stages of the revolutionary war, he captured the strategic city of Santa Clara which facilitated the fall of Havana to the rebel army. A true internationalist, he resigned from the Cuban government to go fight for revolution in first Africa and then Bolivia. On October 8, 1967, he was captured alive by Bolivian armed forces, who were trained in anti-guerilla warfare by the American CIA. Anyone who knows Guevaran history can conclude that he was not one to be taken alive. In fact, his rifle had become incapacitated and thus, he did not have the option to die fighting and was captured alive. He was executed the next day.



    The Bolivian authorities buried his body in a secret location because they feared that people would build a shrine on his final resting place and that it would turn into a pilgrimage site. His martyrdom, nevertheless, survived and his revolutionary message grew to be bigger in death than in life, so much so, that they even made songs dedicated to him on the other side of the globe. After restoring diplomatic ties with one another, Cuba sent an excavation team to Bolivia in 1997 and retrieved Che's body and brought it back to Cuba and buried it in the city that he captured in the revolutionary war, Santa Clara. 38 years after his death, his tomb is Cuba's main tourist attraction and is an international pilgrimage site. Che certainly left behind a living legacy of resistance.



    Farewell letter from Che to Fidel Castro



    « Year of Agriculture »

    Havana, April 1, 1965.



    Fidel:



    At this moment I remember many things: when I met you in Maria Antonia's house, when you proposed I come along, all the tensions involved in the preparations. One day they came by and asked who should be notified in case of death, and the real possibility of it struck us all. Later we knew it was true, that in a revolution one wins or dies (if it is a real one). Many comrades fell along the way to victory.



    Today everything has a less dramatic tone, because we are more mature, but the event repeats itself. I feel that I have fulfilled the part of my duty that tied me to the Cuban revolution in its territory, and I say farewell to you, to the comrades, to your people, who now are mine.



    I formally resign my positions in the leadership of the party, my post as minister, my rank of commander, and my Cuban citizenship. Nothing legal binds me to Cuba. The only ties are of another nature — those that cannot be broken as can appointments to posts.



    Reviewing my past life, I believe I have worked with sufficient integrity and dedication to consolidate the revolutionary triumph. My only serious failing was not having had more confidence in you from the first moments in the Sierra Maestra, and not having understood quickly enough your qualities as a leader and a revolutionary.



    I have lived magnificent days, and at your side I felt the pride of belonging to our people in the brilliant yet sad days of the Caribbean [Missile] crisis. Seldom has a statesman been more brilliant as you were in those days. I am also proud of having followed you without hesitation, of having identified with your way of thinking and of seeing and appraising dangers and principles.



    Other nations of the world summon my modest efforts of assistance. I can do that which is denied you due to your responsibility as the head of Cuba, and the time has come for us to part.



    You should know that I do so with a mixture of joy and sorrow. I leave here the purest of my hopes as a builder and the dearest of those I hold dear. And I leave a people who received me as a son. That wounds a part of my spirit. I carry to new battlefronts the faith that you taught me, the revolutionary spirit of my people, the feeling of fulfilling the most sacred of duties: to fight against imperialism wherever it may be. This is a source of strength, and more than heals the deepest of wounds.



    I state once more that I free Cuba from all responsibility, except that which stems from its example. If my final hour finds me under other skies, my last thought will be of this people and especially of you. I am grateful for your teaching and your example, to which I shall try to be faithful up to the final consequences of my acts.



    I have always been identified with the foreign policy of our revolution, and I continue to be. Wherever I am, I will feel the responsibility of being a Cuban revolutionary, and I shall behave as such. I am not sorry that I leave nothing material to my wife and children; I am happy it is that way. I ask nothing for them, as the state will provide them with enough to live on and receive an education.



    I would have many things to say to you and to our people, but I feel they are unnecessary. Words cannot express what I would like them to, and there is no point in scribbling pages.



    Written: April 1, 1965 *********************************************

    On the Day of the Heroic Guerilla, we remember Che Guevara
    Oct 09, 2012 http://pflp.ps/english/2012/10/09/on...r-che-guevara/

    On October 8, 2012, the Day of the Heroic Guerilla, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine remembers Comandante Ernesto “Che” Guevara, revolutionary leader, fierce fighter, and principled struggler whose true commitment to internationalism and liberation lives on in the struggles of peoples around the world for freedom, justice and socialism.

    Following the revolutionary victory in Cuba in 1959, Che’s commitment to international revolution did not diminish, and he joined Bolivian revolutionaries in 1966. On October 8, 1967, Che and his comrades were captured and surrounded by the US-backed Bolivian military, and executed.

    Nine days later, Fidel Castro spoke, memorializing Che and commemorating October 8 as the Day of the Heroic Guerilla, saying “Che died defending no other interest, no other cause than the cause of the exploited and oppressed of this continent. Che died defending no other cause than the cause of the poor and humble of this earth … Before history, people who act as he did, people who do and give everything for the cause of the poor, grow in stature with each passing day and find a deeper place in the heart of the people with each passing day.”

    In Palestine, Che’s spirit, his commitment to liberation, rises in the streets of our occupied homeland. We mourn and honor our Guevara Gaza, Mohammad al-Aswad, and the thousands of Palestinian Guevaras, the eternal martyrs, who have struggled, fought, sacrificed and died for the liberation of Palestine, and the thousands of Palestinian Guevaras still to come, to hold high the banner of the resistance until the day of victory is ours.

    On the 45th anniversary of Che’s death, we remember him as one of the martyrs of Palestine, a great martyr for the freedom of the oppressed of the world. And we continue to live his words: “Let us sum up our hopes for victory: total destruction of imperialism by eliminating its firmest bulwark: the oppression exercised by the United States of America…And if we were all capable of uniting to make our blows stronger and infallible and so increase the effectiveness of all kinds of support given to the struggling people – how great and close would that future be!… Wherever death may surprise us, let it be welcome, provided that this, our battle cry, may have reached some receptive ear and another hand may be extended to wield our weapons and other men be ready to intone the funeral dirge with the staccato singing of the machine-guns and new battle cries of war and victory.”

    Che Guevara Presente! Viva viva Palestina!

    -- Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 863.9977 www.freedomarchives.org
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  9. #49
    Ernesto Che Guevara- What a young Communist should be
    by worker
    Sunday, October 9, 2016
    Ernesto Che Guevara- What a young Communist should be
    http://communismgr.blogspot.com/2016...t-young_9.html

    What a young Communist should be.
    Source: Guevaristas.org.

    Below are excerpts of a speech given by Ernesto Che Guevara, one of the central leaders of the Cuban revolution, at a ceremony marking the second anniversary of the formation of the youth organization. It was first published in Obra Revolutionaria, Oct. 23, 1962.

    The Union of Young Communists, with different names and organizational forms, is almost as old as the revolution. At the beginning it emerged out of the Rebel Army – perhaps that’s where it also got its initial name [Association of Young Rebels]. But it was an organization linked to the army in order to introduce Cuba’s youth to the massive tasks of national defense, the most urgent problem at the time and the one requiring the most rapid solution….

    Later, as the revolution was consolidated and we could finally talk about the new tasks ahead, Compañero Fidel proposed changing the name of the organization, a change of name that fully expresses a principle. The Union of Young Communists [Applause] has its face to the future. It is organized with the bright future of socialist society in mind….
    The Union of Young Communists should be defined by a single word: vanguard. You, compañeros, must be the vanguard of all movements, the first to be ready to make the sacrifices demanded by the revolution, whatever they might be…. And in order to do that, you have to set yourself real, concrete tasks, tasks in your daily work that won’t allow you the slightest letup.

    The job of organizing must constantly be linked to all the work carried out by the Union of Young Communists. Organization is the key to grasping the initiatives presented by the revolution’s leaders, the many initiatives proposed by our prime minister, and the initiatives from the working class, which should also lead to precise directives and ideas for subsequent action.

    Without organization, ideas, after an initial momentum, start losing their effect. They become routine, degenerate into conformity, and end up simply a memory. I make this warning because too often, in this short but rich period of our revolution, many great initiatives have failed. They have been forgotten because of the lack of the organizational apparatus needed to keep them going and accomplish something….

    Now, two years later, we can look back and observe the results of our work. The Union of Young Communists has tremendous achievements, one of the most important and spectacular being in defense.

    Study, work, and the rifle.

    Those young people, or some of them, who first climbed the five peaks of Turquino,(1) others who were enrolled in a whole series of military organizations, all those who picked up their rifles at moments of danger – they were ready to defend the revolution each and every place where an invasion or enemy action was expected. The highest honor, that of being able to defend our revolution, fell to the young people at Playa Girón….(2)

    At the moment when the country’s defense was our most important task, the youth were there. Today, defense is still at the top of our concerns. But we should not forget that the watchword that guides the Young Communists – study, work, and the rifle – is a unified whole. The country cannot be defended with arms alone. We must also defend the country by building it with our work and preparing the new technical cadres to speed up its development in the coming years.

    This is enormously important now, just as important as armed defense. When these problems were raised, the youth once again were there. Youth brigades, responding to the call of the revolution, invaded every corner of the country, and so after a few months of hard battle in which there were also martyrs of our revolution – martyrs in education – we were able to announce something new in Latin America: Cuba was a territory free of illiteracy in the Americas….(3) [Applause]

    This is the kind of education that best suits youth who are being educated for communism. It is a kind of education in which work stops being an obsession, as it is in the capitalist world, and becomes a pleasant social duty….



    What a young communist should be


    Now, compañeros, I wanted to share my opinion as a national leader of the ORI(4) on what a Young Communist should be, to see if we all agree. I believe that the first thing that must characterize a Young Communist is the honor he feels in being a Young Communist, an honor that moves him to let the world know he is a Young Communist….

    In addition to that, he should have a great sense of duty, a sense of duty toward the society we are building, toward our fellow men as human beings and toward all men around the world. That is something that must characterize the Young Communist. And along with that: deep sensitivity to all problems, sensitivity to injustice; a spirit that rebels against every wrong, whoever commits it; [Applause] questioning anything not understood, discussing and asking for clarification on whatever is not clear; declaring war on formalism of all types; always being open to new experiences in order to apply the many years of experience of humanity’s advance along the road to socialism to our country’s concrete conditions, to the realities that exist in Cuba. Each and every one of you must think about how to change reality, how to make it better….

    Developing to the utmost the sensitivity to feel anguished when a man is murdered in any corner of the world and to feel enthusiasm when a new banner of freedom is raised in any corner of the world. [Applause]

    The Young Communist cannot be limited by national borders. The Young Communist must practice proletarian internationalism and feel it as his own, reminding himself and all of us – Young Communists and those aspiring to be communists here in Cuba – that we are a real and palpable example for all our America, and for more than our America, for the other countries of the world also fighting on other continents for freedom, against colonialism, against neocolonialism, against imperialism, against all forms of oppression by unjust systems.

    He must always remember that we are a flaming torch, that just as we are all individually a model for the people of Cuba, we are also a model for the peoples of Latin America and the oppressed peoples of the world who are fighting for their freedom….

    And if someone says we are just romantics, inveterate idealists, thinking the impossible, that the masses of people cannot be turned into almost perfect human beings, we will have to answer a thousand and one times: Yes, it can be done; we are right. The people as a whole can advance.

    NOTES.

    1. Located in the Sierra Maestra, Turquino is the highest mountain in Cuba.

    2. On April 17, 1961, 1,500 Cuban-born mercenaries invaded Cuba at the Bay of Pigs on the southern coast in Las Villas Province. The action, organized directly by Washington, aimed to establish a «provisional government» to appeal for direct U.S. intervention. However, the invaders were first held at bay by the Cuban militias and defeated within 72 hours by the Revolutionary Armed Forces. On April 19, the last invaders surrendered at Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs), which has come to be the name Cubans use to designate the battle.

    3. From late 1960 through 1961, the revolutionary government undertook a literacy campaign to teach 1 million Cubans to read and write. Central to this effort was the mobilization of 100,000 young people to go to the countryside, where they lived with peasants whom they were teaching. As a result of this drive, Cuba virtually eliminated illiteracy.

    4. The Integrated Revolutionary Organizations (ORI) was formed in 1961 from a fusion of forces from the July 26 Movement, Popular Socialist Party, and Revolutionary Directorate. It became the United Party of the Socialist Revolution in 1963 and the Communist Party of Cuba in 1965.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  10. #50
    Thank Venezuela for help damaged by Hurricane Matthew (+ Video) territories
    The ship AB Guajira (Tango-63), carrying 375 tons of machinery and building materials, was received at the port Guillermón Moncada, in Santiago de Cuba

    Author: Eduardo Palomares Calderón | internet@granma.cu
    October 13, 2016 23:10:04


    The means and materials received left immediately to Guantanamo. Photo: Miguel Rubiera Justiz / ACN

    SANTIAGO DE Cuba.-The ship AB Guajira (Tango-63), carrying 375 tons of machinery and construction materials submitted jointly by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in support of the recovery from damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in Guantanamo province, was received at the port Guillermón Moncada, of this city.

    officially announced by the president of the sister nation, Nicolas Maduro Moros, this first shipment is made by crane 20-ton trucks, dump trucks, trucks for concrete (spinning tops), truck cistern for water, wheel loaders, backhoes and forklifts, among other equipment.

    Rounding out the valuable assistance towards a territory that suffered damages in thousands of homes, bridges and roads, one mortar plant wet cement silos, 20,000 square meters of covered for about 250 homes and welded mesh used in wall elements and covers.

    To make the delivery on behalf of the president and the Venezuelan people, Milagro Rodriguez Silva, first secretary of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic in Cuba, said the hurricane destroyed homes, roads, agriculture and other fronts, but never solidarity and brotherhood indestructible between our two nations.

    Meanwhile Nancy Acosta Hernandez, vice president of the Provincial Defense Council in Guantanamo, conveyed the gratitude of the authorities, the Cuban people, and especially Guantanamo, along with determining the effective use and as quickly as possible, resources and means received.

    Together with a representation of the people of Santiago they attended the emotional welcome the members of the Central Committee of the Party Lazaro Exposito Canto and Jhonson Beatriz Urrutia, president and vice president of the Defense Council in the Santiago province, respectively; Minister of Construction of Cuba, René Mesa Villafane, and the naval attache at the Venezuelan Embassy, ​​Admiral Rivero Liloia Benemina.

    As reported by Maria Luisa Well Onate, delegate of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Collaboration in the Santiago area, this own Thursday would arrive by air the first humanitarian aid from the World Food Programme, consisting mainly in department stores campaign and purification tablets of water.

    In addition, for Saturday morning is expected the second contribution of Venezuela aboard the Navy ship Bolivarian Tango-62, which like the one received now from the port of La Guaira in Vargas state, has 104 meters in length ( long), sleeve 15 (width), and a load capacity of tons.

    Well Oñate added that several nations and non-governmental organizations have also announced for the next days the delivery of humanitarian aid through this city, where they have taken all measures for their transportation to the areas most affected by Hurricane Matthew.

    THE TANGO-63 IN ONE OF ITS MOST IMPORTANT MISSIONS

    "For us it is a real honor the fulfillment of this humanitarian mission and solidarity towards Cuba, which is included among the most important that has met our ship AB Guajira (Tango-63) in the Bolivarian Navy, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela ".



    Authorities in the provinces of Santiago de Cuba and Guantanamo, and the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, warmly greeted the captain Leonardo Castellanos Medina. Photo: Miguel Rubiera Justiz / ACN

    Who thus expressed is the captain and commander of that ship, Leonardo Castellanos Medina, while carefully observe every detail of the discharge of 375 tons in heavy building materials machinery, just move the boat to Cuba.

    "It was at the graduation ceremony of a high number of Venezuelan doctors, he adds, that our president, Nicolas Maduro announced the decision to send Cuba a significant aid to areas most affected by Hurricane Matthew, and moments later we informed the task.

    "The journey from the port of La Guaira in Vargas state, to Santiago de Cuba lasted about three days in the middle of a calm sea, and I swear we felt much longer confesses to Granma, for both the headquarter as crewmembers were eager to get to this sister.

    "I do not really expect such a nice reception from the authorities, the representation of our embassy in Havana and Santiago de Cuba people, and now the most important thing is that all means and resources fall in perfect condition, as has happened up to this instantly, they can leave for Guantanamo. "

    Taking advantage of his stay at the Hero City of the Republic of Cuba, the vessel's pay tribute to Cuban National Hero, José Martí, by placing a wreath at the mausoleum of Santa Ifigenia cemetery, visit the former Moncada barracks assaulted by Centennial generation command of Fidel, and meet other historical sites.

    "The matter She points Castellanos Medina, is that this gesture of solidarity and brotherhood is not only beautiful, but also historical, because it also contains political and strategic vision of our Liberator Simon Bolivar, which is followed by the constitutional president of Venezuela, for our Bolivarian Navy, the Ministry of Defense and our brave people.

    "Within two days he emphasized, another shipment will arrive in Tango-62, similar to this boat, while we go back to if necessary back here or where we are entrusted."



    http://www.granma.cu/cuba/2016-10-13...-2016-23-10-04

    Solidarity! I suspect that the US has done nothing of the sort for it's thrall, Haiti.

    That boat looks to be a WWII vintage US LST(landing ship tank) though the forward gun turret is either an add-on or late model, impressive to me as a Habana Edsel.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  11. #51
    That boat looks to be a WWII vintage US LST(landing ship tank) though the forward gun turret is either an add-on or late model, impressive to me as a Habana Edsel.
    I was thinking similarly. When I saw that gun I thought,. "Don't fuck with this boat."
    "America was never great"

    "Anyone who analyzes the state of affairs in the world will find that it is the imperialists and capitalists, who subject the world to the worst poverty, the worst backwardness, and they are simply the scourge of mankind." - Fidel

    "Privilege begets psychopathy" - blindpig

  12. #52
    Cuba's Sustainable Agro-Ecological Model Could Save the World
    By: Marion Deschamps


    A Cuban flag hangs near pineapples and onions at a state market in Havana. | Photo: Reuters

    Published 16 October 2016

    On World Food Day, teleSUR spoke to Professor Raj Patel, an award-winning writer and defender of food security and sustainable models of agriculture.
    In Cuba, where the external conditions—the U.S. blockade and the collapse of the USSR—along with internal socialist planning, have compelled Cuban farmers to adopt an independent model of agriculture to feed the population, without importing expensive chemicals, the model that has developed is a world leader in sustainability.

    teleSUR: What do you think will happen to the future of the agro-ecological model in Cuba, as the normalization of diplomatic relations with the United States may prove to serve the U.S. agricultural sector pushing to grab its share of Cuban markets?

    Patel: I am very worried, just as everyone in Cuba should be. The model that has flourished in Cuba is a model of sustainability, where scientists are directly accountable to farmers, where farmers are treated—not as idiots—but as partners in the field who experiment and innovate, and the real genius of the Cuban experiment has been the democratization of expertise, knowledge and power.

    And my great worry about the U.S. is that we've had a lot of reports, and documents from Wikileaks, that every member of the administration is pushing for Monsanto and Genetically Modified Organisms. Cuban citizens need to know what's at stake—just like the rest of us—as the promise of this beautiful example could be extinguished soon, and I think we have to do everything we can to avoid that.

    teleSUR: Because of the circumstances—the collapse of the USSR and the U.S. blockade—Cuban farmers had to adapt and produce food without the support of imported pesticides or fertilizers. Has the production been able to guarantee food security for all Cubans?

    Patel: Cuba would not produce enough to feed the population if the population wanted to eat like Americans. That's to say the U.S. diet requires so much in terms of water, fuel, etc., because of the high level of meat consumption. But it's not a defect in Cuba's model of agriculture, rather in the U.S. model of consumption: we consume too much meat.

    I think it's unfair to blame Cuba for not being able to sustain a U.S. diet. If everyone ate meat as much as the United States does, we would need seven planets to feed everyone. It's the U.S. diet that is unsustainable, rather than the model of agriculture in Cuba being under-productive.

    teleSUR: Does Cuba still rely on food imports, like cereals?

    Patel: They are importing rice I believe. But they are producing most of their fruits and vegetables. It's hard to assess the model fairly, because now with the Venezuelan oil coming (since Hugo Chavez' election in 1999), there's a lot more of industrial agriculture happening. That means a return to old kinds of models, and it's hard to know how much of the current situation in Cuba to attribute to a sustainable model as opposed to the unsustainable model because there's a big mix at the moment. It's not a pure case study.

    But what we do know is that this kind of agro-ecology—where you are growing food very intensively, recycling nutrients through the land, not just growing a single crop but multiple crops, building soil fertility and managing well water resources, using less fertilizers and pesticides—well as far as we are concern, there is a lot more sustainability associated with that model, and a lot more food per unit of area, than if you are farming in the Midwest in the United States. That's backed up by dozens and dozens of peer-reviewed studies comparing agro-ecology with industrial agriculture.

    teleSUR: And it's also more disaster-proof—a crucial quality with the incrementation of natural disasters because of global warming?

    Patel: Absolutely, particularly now that we've had one hurricane pass through the Caribbean and there are more on the way. Yes, it's important to remember that if you have a diversified portfolio of crops, then if one crop bites the dust then you'll still have a range of options. We haven't had evidence yet but talking with farmers, agro-ecological soil is much better at resisting floods, because there's a lot more topsoil, so it does not get washed away as much.

    teleSUR: Could the agro-ecological model implemented three decades ago in Cuba be transposed in other parts of the world today, as we face new challenges like climate change and urbanization?

    Patel: Actually many countries are already adopting this model, in Latin America (check the work of SLOAS) but also in Laos, Malawi, where I have seen incredible results to fight malnutrition on very unpromising land thanks to the agro-ecological approach.

    But people need to realize also that the story of agro-ecology is not just about “you must grow corn! And beans! And squash!” What defines agro-ecology is understanding the ecology that you are in, and then using that knowledge in order to develop appropriate systems that match where you are in the world. Agro-ecology is about principles, there's no recipe.

    Not only can it work in other parts of the world, it is already working, because a lot of farmers are experiencing climate change. It does require a shift away from meat consumption, for instance, consuming less of it but of much better quality.

    Of course, it is possible to have unsustainable production of—let's say—lettuce, you don't need animals to make agriculture unsustainable, for instance, if you grow only lettuce with tons of chemicals and a huge amount of water. But that's not a fair comparison, and actually many agro-ecological systems do include meat, but way less meat. It's not about meat-eaters vs. vegetarians, it's about sustainable vs. unsustainable.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opi...1013-0023.html

    Videos at link.

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    Cuba's Innovative Biotechnology Attracts Global Attention


    The entrepreneur fair in Havana marks the first for dozens of U.S. businesses. | Photo: ‏@EmbaCubaUS

    Published 3 November 2015

    Cuba achieved food security without destroying its environment, and the rest of the world has taken notice.
    Cuba is presenting several of its original biotechnologies at an international business fair this week, drawing further attention to a sector of the Cuban economy that’s been generating substantial interest abroad.

    The Cuban Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology presented various biotechnological innovations at the fair: all eco-friendly and biodegrable alternatives to conventional technologies, which could help the transition toward a more sustainable model of agriculture.

    Among them was, “Gavac,” an immunogen that provides for better control over ticks and tick-related infections in cattle, according to Doctor Hector Machado of Cuba’s Heber Biotec company.

    Gavac's formula reduces the use of chemical insecticides, noted Machado, while diminishing the risk of diseases being transmitted by ticks, improving an animal’s natural capacity to respond to an infection without increasing their resistance to treatment.

    Gavac has already been commercialized in Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia and Brazil. Its awaiting approval for use in Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica.

    Other biotechnological products included Acuabio's range of nutritional complements used in aquaculture in order to boost the growth of larva and enhance their immune systems until they become adults, providing them better defenses against infections.

    The HeberNem eco-friendly insecticide against roundworms, or nematodes, is also increasingly popular within Cuba, and will be presented in the fair this year.

    The fair – one of the largest business events in the Caribbean – aims to attract investment in Cuba. This year, a few dozen U.S. firms are attending the fair, the first time U.S. companies have attended since the fair was launched 33 years ago.

    Cuba has been attracting attention in recent years for its model of agriculture, as it has been able to develop cheap and eco-friendly technologies that have helped the country to reach a certain level of food security without damaging the environment. With the environmental and financial challenges the world is now facing, the Cuban model – built in a time of crisis, after the USSR collapsed – is seen as offering potential solutions to many countries in the world.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/new...1103-0018.html

    Videos at link

    Don't like the 'entrepreneur' but Cuba really needs the cash and spreading around this superior technology sure can't hurt....
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  13. #53
    As World Burns, Cuba Number 1 for Sustainable Development: WWF


    According to the report, if current levels of consumption continue then by 2050 the world's population will need the natural resources produced by two planet Earths. | Photo: EFE

    Published 27 October 2016

    Latin America in general was found to be the region with the highest levels of sustainability.
    As the world's ecosystem continues to be destroyed at an "unprecedented speed," Cuba has the most sustainable model of development on the planet, the environmental group WWF said in its bi-annual "Living Planet Report 2016."

    According to the report, if current levels of consumption continue by 2050 then the world's population will need the natural resources and energy produced by two planet Earths.

    “Cuba, however, was found to have implemented a good — yet not perfect—combination of human development and environmental footprint, with a high level of alphabetization and a high level of life expectancy, while using little energy and natural resources,” Jonathan Loh, one of the leaders of the study, said during the presentation of the report in Beijing.

    The combination of human development and the exploitation of natural resources has resulted in WWF creating an “environmental footprint” index, and Cuba was found to have the best rate in the world.

    Latin America, in general, was found to be the region with the highest levels of sustainability according to the report, while Africa had low levels of energy consumption combined with lower levels of human development. The opposite was true for Europe.

    “I am not sure which factor explains (Latin America's good scores in the report), but people living there seem happier, maybe because of this better balance between development and environment,” he added.

    However, a separate report released by Oxfam Tuesday found that Latin America is also number one in the world for environmental activists being violently targeted and killed, a trend that has increased over recent years.

    In 2015, 122 activists were killed. In 2015, between January and May, 58 were killed, according to Global Witness, including prominent Honduran environmentalists Berta Caceres, Jose Angel Flores and Silmer Dionisio Jorge.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/new...1027-0018.html

    Videos at link.

    This is what poor communists can do, imagine what we can do with rational use of the world's productive capability.

    Socialism or barbarism
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  14. #54
    (This Google translation is sorry but reproduced anyway to give an idea of what's going on with the push for 'self employment'. Best I can gather these 'entrepreneurs' are being kept on a short leash)

    Control and success, in that order?

    Following the checks carried out recently by the Government of Havana in a group of private restaurants in the capital, Granma visited some of these to share about the experience and concerns. From October 24th licensing for this activity it had been suspended last September 16 resumed

    Author: Yudy Castro Morales | yudy@granma.cu
    November 11, 2016 00:11:44


    The Nip, of Guanabacoa, owes its "fame" to the abundance of dishes and reasonable prices, without forgetting the exquisiteness of their offers. Photo: Yaimí Ravelo

    After 21 years in the restaurant business, Ernesto Blanco knows the requirements of that activity, what can or can not do, because respecting the limits is also a key to success.

    Today, there are few tourist agencies with which it has signed contracts, so that the image of Cuba that many visitors keep has probably a reference in the food of La Fontana, a site located in the Havana municipality of Playa, whose services reflect the rise of ventures that revere the culinary culture.

    Also Atelier, Revolution Square and La California, Centro Habana, are those restaurants renowned for their haute cuisine, and even the illustrious clients at this stage of "Cuban fashion" have chosen their properties to "taste" the reality of the island.

    The Nip, however, more withdrawn in Guanabacoa, owes its "fame" to the abundance of dishes and reasonable prices, without forgetting the refinement of the French masses, presented as the specialty of the house.

    With the owners of these businesses shared Granma recently, because they were part of the 32 restaurants self - employed that were inspected during the month of October by the Council of the Provincial Administration (CAP) in Havana, with the purpose of verifying its proper functioning.

    In addition to participating in control, had also been present in the process of prior dialogue to actions, and as said the vice president in functions of the CAP of the capital, Isabel Hamze Ruiz, proposed to warn about some negative trends that had been identified in such establishments.

    The tour included, similarly, the Farallon and Sarao, Plaza; Lair, in Centro Habana; Black Pearl, belonging to 10 October and grafter in Old Havana, sites, mostly because almost "iconic" in the capital's nightlife.

    ROUTINE CONTROL WITH PLENTY OF INTENT

    According to Isabel Hamze Ruiz, Havana has a service group self-employment (TCP) which is responsible for ensuring control and regulate all matters related to this form of management, in which more than 152 000 workers in the capital in 201 approved activities.

    The organizational work of this team, recently explained in a report published by Granma , the measures since September have been implemented were derived and included: the temporary suspension of delivery of vendor 's license producer of food and beverages by service gourmet (palate), meetings with the owners of those businesses the capital of 15 municipalities and the subsequent actions of control.

    However, in an interview with our newspaper, he said that since October 24 and the licensing of this activity was reopened, and accordingly already been granted 22 new permits, a figure that comes to swell the 502 restaurants and They exist in the capital.

    He recapitulated the meetings, held between September and early October, were intended to warn about issues that misted the work of restaurants and constituted indiscipline.

    They were told the owners about closing time (3:00 am), the procedure for hiring artists and workers, the parking of cars, noise, acquisition of illegal goods, smuggling and the crime of receiving , facts that are not justified by the absence of a wholesale market.

    They are also called attention to the responsibility to prevent their establishments to become scenarios for selling drugs, pimping and prostitution, as well as investment capital of dubious origin, the risk of incurring money laundering .

    They were warned, similarly, on breaches of planning regulations, false in housing sales procedures, the importation of goods for commercial purposes, and, on the scope of the activities for which they were granted the license. And she not overlooked the payment of taxes and the crime of tax evasion.

    After completion of the exchanges, he said, they started control measures aimed at checking the same aspects analyzed before and whose procedures did not work away from the routine.

    Generally, the results were positive, recognized, and look good feedback regarding compliance schedules, noise and respect the rules of coexistence, and especially in everything related to recruitment.

    In Havana, he said, the Provincial Labour Directorate (TPD), in conjunction with the Workers' Central Union of Cuba, had done a study which revealed that 80% of owners had no written contracts with their employees, and already today that reality is different.

    According to Arian Pinero, deputy director of the DPT, this procedure is essential in order to protect the rights of those benefiting from this source of employment, given that the total TCP in the capital, about 37,000 are workers hired.

    However, Hamze Ruiz stressed that "we must continue working on issues related to the legality of the raw materials, in the absence of a wholesale market. The balance of the process has been favorable. He had a prophylactic intention and we believe that was fulfilled. Credibility is now doing systematic ".

    Sinners and saints


    There are few tourist agencies with which it has signed contracts La Fontana. Photo: Anabel Diaz

    "When I received the citation for exchange with government officials I sugestioné, but then, with the dialogue, I began to understand the alert, because warned war does not kill soldier, and I understood that we had to put more control to our business."

    Thus began the conversation with Granma Niuris Ysabel Higueras, owner of Atelier restaurant which opened in December 2010 and has contracts with tourist agencies dissimilar.

    He said that "control included everything said in the meeting. It started at 9:00 pm and ended at 3:00 am The schedule did not seem right, but I'm not against control because it happens anywhere in the world. "

    Also Paul Charles Farigola, La California, acknowledged that "control is necessary because without such actions no country develops," but also drew attention to the time of day chosen to carry it out, a subject on which they were repeated concerns.

    In that sense, the vice president in functions of the CAP clarified that "the inspection was to rule the analysis of the facts at the time they were happening. Why was performed while operating business and were chosen precisely nights because corresponded with the busiest schedule. However, it was not to disturb customers or paralyze the service ".

    Another was repeated comments concerning the limit chairs. For this reason they were fined, they said to our newspaper, El Nip, Atelier and La California.

    "Restricting the ability attentive to the proper conduct of business. Those who provide services to tourist agencies sometimes we are the empty whole day, but arrive at a specific time several groups and we are forced to break even with our contracts, "said Ernesto Blanco.

    The approved capacity must be in line with the actual capacity of each place, suggested José Eduardo Alfonso, head of the pinch. "We are ready to pay the taxes established because many do not want to violate the rules, but we want successful businesses," he said.

    Some, like the owners of La California and La Fontana, have two licenses (cafeteria and restaurant), because this way are entitled to 50 seats for each permit. But that, they say, does not always solve the bottlenecks.

    According to Isabel Hamze, that is a matter that has been changing over time. "While not normamos those limits, we do know about that concern and we believe that should be studied by the competent bodies."

    The absence of the wholesale market and the shortage of retail network was, as usual, the most debated dissatisfaction. All emphasized how this situation affects the quality and variety of service and high prices of their offers, while some exaggerate their costs.

    In the words of Hamze Ruiz, "the situation with the wholesale market is not a problem of will, and it is known that the retail network to which we turn all depressed. Efforts have been made to provide some assorted shops in industrial formats, but that is insufficient. "

    Alternatively, also prevalent among the claims, respondents stressed the possibility of importing entities linked to purchase inputs and equipment. Other ideas questioned the inability to import (holders) deficit products such as drinks, for example.

    In this regard, Isabel Hamze said linking forms of non-state-run import companies, unable to enter the country articles with commercial, little has been achieved with non-Agricultural Cooperatives (CNA); but it has not been possible with self-employed, because it is a very diverse sector.

    According to data provided by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, as of September they exercised self-employment across the country 522,855 people. And of that number, 58,993 were engaged in the manufacture and sale of food.

    We understand, Hamze said Ruiz, who is a logical demand, but have not had the solution for it. With the CNA is beginning, but extend it to as wide as the private sector, and it is rising, it is still complex. Although I do not doubt that steps to make this mechanism also favors the TCP are given.

    Around training holders California and La Fontana spoke. For Paul Charles, it is insufficient or no advice that is given to the TCP regarding tax and financial issues and questioned the inconsistencies between the bodies carrying out checks.

    Meanwhile, Ernesto Blanco stressed the importance of self-preparation and have people trained in these issues, because today inspections are more rigorous and the owners have to have total control of their accounts.

    They also requested to know more about the fate of the taxes that contribute to the budget of municipalities. And the vice president, for his part, considered that the involvement of these economic actors with the community should be urged closer and build bridges from government to the TCP and vice versa.

    BARS YES, BUT ...

    After control actions, much has been speculated about the scope of the license and if these ultimately, provide the service bar.

    Isabel Hamze said that, in the license, since his name is recognized the existence of the bar. In fact, most palates have it, because it is a very attractive service for nightlife of Havana. Until the closing hours of these establishments points to such activities. And sometimes your name or business card includes the bar.

    The signs we have done, he said, "have no relation to the services bar, except that they can not be imported beverages are not marketed in our country. There may sell any type of drink, wine; but the bar can not become a nightclub. For that there are no licenses today, and some distort the scope. Nor it is that the restaurant is absolutely a bar, because that is not contemplated. "

    The issue of private clubs, said, "I do not think being assessed. There in the capital state nightclubs and cooperative management. They may be insufficient, so that it is necessary to increase the network. And that should be studying. "

    In this regard, several interviewees alluded to the high demand for such services and quality fissures present state establishments today are engaged in that activity. What is relevant, they agreed, is not the kind of entrepreneurship but in control. They also acknowledged the responsibility of the owners with everything that happens within their business. Not surprisingly the right to refuse admission.

    In total agreement, Hamze Ruiz reiterated that "indiscipline are not assets of a management model. Also they presented in state establishments, so that checks are made at all levels. "

    What's done in these months, he concluded, it has allowed us to reflect. "We have been able to convey to the workers' own sector we appreciate that the service offered is important, that of its restaurants can not do without. Be controlled, and simultaneously add, because they are also part of the wonder that we are. "

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    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  15. #55
    Best I can gather these 'entrepreneurs' are being kept on a short leash
    I hope the leash is very short and very tight. There is no reason for this except greed and Yankee influence (that my be a redundant statement).
    "America was never great"

    "Anyone who analyzes the state of affairs in the world will find that it is the imperialists and capitalists, who subject the world to the worst poverty, the worst backwardness, and they are simply the scourge of mankind." - Fidel

    "Privilege begets psychopathy" - blindpig

  16. #56
    Quote Originally Posted by Dhalgren View Post
    I hope the leash is very short and very tight. There is no reason for this except greed and Yankee influence (that my be a redundant statement).
    It might be a good idea to let the 'mom&pops' continue to provide their services at the beginning of a revolution if only for continuity and allow the state to replace/substitute when it has the time. OTOH I can see where this would be a source of confusion. Well, it's still a new thing and local conditions dictate.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  17. #57
    US Subversion Against Cuba Continues
    Posted by WORLD REVOLUTIONARY FRONT IN DEFENSE OF LIFE AND HUMANITY on OCTOBER 24, 2016
    Even while the ink of Barack Obama’s new Presidential Directive on Cuba is not yet dry, an announcement for new subversive projects against Cuba was published on the U.S. State Department website



    Funding announcement posted on U.S. State Department website. Photo: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/p/263310.htm
    Sergio Alejandro Gómez | internet@granma.cu

    If you mix the same ingredients an equal number of times, the result will always be the same. However, the United States is attempting to change its Cuba policy while maintaining the same subversive recipe.

    Even while the ink of Barack Obama’s new Presidential Directive on Cuba is not yet dry, an announcement for new subversive projects against the island, containing all usual ingredients of the typical aggressive and interventionist policies of the past, was published on the U.S. State Department website on October 21.
    The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, is offering funding opportunities for projects which supposedly promote “democratic changes” in the spheres of civil, political and labor rights in Cuba.

    Washington has historically used the guise of assistance projects to hide their subversive plans, not only against Cuba, but also communities which do not respond to the geo-strategic interests of the U.S.; while the country maintains relations with some of the nations with the worst human rights records on this planet.

    The Bureau is offering those interested in interfering in the internal affairs of the island, some 5.6 million dollars, subject to availability.

    IN LIGHT OF THE NEW DIRECTIVE

    We want to engage “openly and honestly with the Cuban people,” stated U.S. National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, on October 14, in regards to the new presidential policy directive; adding that in order to do so, the so-called “democracy assistance” programs in Cuba will be made more “transparent.”

    The final part of the directive contains terms almost identical to those used by various government bodies, in particular the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which funnels billions of dollars into projects aimed at defending Washington’s interests around the world.

    According to the directive, “The USAID will co-lead efforts with State to ensure that democracy programming is transparent and consistent with programming in other similarly situated societies,” as if the mere act of making these programs more transparent, without changing their subversive nature, would automatically make them acceptable for Cuba.

    The new announcement helps to dispel doubts surrounding euphemisms by the U.S. government: “DRL’s programmatic emphasis aligns with the U.S. government policy to promote human rights in Cuba,” reads the announcement. It continues by noting that “DRL prefers creative approaches” to fulfilling its objectives and that approved activities “should have potential for short-term impact leading to long-term sustainable reforms.”

    Among activities typically funded by the DRL the announcement highlights: “Capacity building on and off the island. Off-island activities sometimes include short-term fellowships.”

    Cuba recently denounced the true intentions behind the World Learning program, offering surreptitious summer scholarships to Cuban youth and organized outside of the state apparatus, which aim to create an alternative leadership movement to promote regime change on the island.

    “Access to software that would be easily accessible in an open society, or the adaptation of software for the Cuban technological environment,” is another priority area.
    The most recent example of such projects was the case of ZunZuneo revealed by U.S. news agency AP, in 2014.

    USAID financed the creation of an alternative cell-phone messaging service, which came to be known as the Cuban Twitter, targeting the island’s youth with apparently inoffensive messages on sports and culture. However, the app was really designed to create a platform among this sector of Cuban society, which could be used to launch future destabilization initiatives.

    According to the DRL announcement, projects can be submitted by “a U.S.-based or foreign-based non-profit organization/non-governmental organization (NGO), or a public international organization,” among others.

    However, the document clearly states that no project involving the participation of the island’s legitimate institutions will be accepted: “DRL does not fund programs for Cuba that are directed towards supporting Cuban government institutions, individuals employed by those institutions, or organizations controlled by government institutions.”

    AN EXPLOSIVE MIX

    The clearest demonstration of the masked interests of DRL funded programs lies in their supposed objectives on the island: “Programs should support the realization in Cuba of the rights and principles enshrined within the following Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” including “the prohibition of torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment…The right to a free and fair trial before an independent and impartial tribunal; the right to privacy; the freedom of movement within one’s country; the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion;” in addition to “the right to work in conditions of dignity with fair remuneration and the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of the workers’ interests.”

    The announcement also notes that the “DRL strives to ensure its projects inter alia advance the rights and uphold the dignity of the most vulnerable, marginalized or at-risk populations.”

    Anyone who stays informed as to what’s happening in Cuba, and is aware of the negative propaganda continually published by the mass media, will know that the island’s recently approved Labor Code is at the vanguard of global labor rights.

    In Cuba, men and women receive equal pay for equal work, while employee maternity, paternity, and social security rights, which private sector workers also enjoy, are achievements which are still only a dream in various other countries across the world.

    The only acts of torture perpetrated in Cuba are carried out in the territory illegally occupied by the Naval Base in Guantánamo, under U.S. control, where 60 individuals are currently being held, all deprived of their most basic legal rights.

    It seems like a waste of money, even for a power like the United States, to allocate 5.6 million dollars to helping supposedly excluded minorities in Cuba, when African Americans in the U.S. are being targeted by police and the unemployment rate among this sector is double that of the country’s Caucasian population.

    Neither does the U.S. recognize the Convention of the Rights of Migratory Workers and their Families, employing degrading practices in blatant violation of human rights against those traveling to the country in order to improve their economic situation.

    While the nation’s rich continue to amass more wealth, the U.S. maintains the highest child poverty rate among all industrialized countries, and continues to violate the rights of thousands of migrant minors; indiscriminately separated from their parents.

    Washington should take care when using such explosive ingredients in its failed subversive recipe against Cuba, as it won’t be the first time the mix ends-up blowing up in their hands. One might think that Obama’s policy change toward Cuba would include abandoning “failed policies,” but everything seems to indicate that some powerful sectors of the U.S. refuse to “leave the past behind.”

    Cuban Women Denounce US Blockade and Intervention


    Teresa Amarelle, member of the Party Political Bureau and secretary general of the Federation of Cuban Women, leads event in the municipality of Imias condemning hostile U.S. policies
    Jorge Luis Merencio | informacion@granma.cu

    IMIAS, Guantánamo.— Teresa Amarelle, member of the Party Political Bureau and secretary general of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), presided an event here during which the municipality’s women condemned the economic, commercial and financial blockade maintained by the government of the United States against Cuba for more than 50 years.

    Beitelvis Cantillo, a local FMC leader, demanded that the hostile policy be ended and the Guantánamo Naval Base closed.

    Eighth-grader Keila Labañino Verdecia, speaking for the organization’s youngest members, outlined the serious damage caused by the blockade, harming the Cuban people and inhibiting the country’s development. She called on Obama and the incoming U.S. President to respect the right of Cuban youth to choose their own future and construct a free homeland without interference.

    Amarelle, in Imias after visiting the municipalities of Maisí and Baracoa, noted that Guantánamo’s men and women have witnessed the way imperialism and the servile press have distorted Cuba’s response to Hurricane Matthew, attempting to discredit government efforts and the presence of the country’s highest leaders in affected areas.

    The FMC leader commented, “In these areas we saw the people immersed in recovery efforts, with absolute confidence in the Revolution,” noting that families whose homes were not damaged have opened their doors to others, and even provided space for students and teachers to continue the school year.

    She likewise spoke with the press and commended work done to keep the population informed during and following the hurricane.

    Also participating in the event were Zenia Lores Méndez and Vilmaida Machado Londres, acting president and vice president of the municipal Defense Council, respectively, as well as Daysi Véliz Bravo, FMC secretary general in the province.

    Youth across the country insist: Cuba is ours


    October 24, youth across the country joined women and workers in denouncing the interventionist nature of President Obama’s recent policy directive and demanding an end to the blockade
    ACN | informacion@granma.cu


    Photo: Yusleydis Socorro

    SANTA CLARA.—With a combative march through the city’s streets, students from Santa Clara’s vocational-professional high schools denounced the interventionist nature of President Obama’s recent directive regarding U.S. policy toward Cuba.

    Chavelys Díaz Rodríguez, president of the Federation of Secondary Students (FEEM) in the province’s capital city, emphasized the importance of understanding the limitations of this directive, and called for an immediate end to the blockade.

    “We refuse to forget our history, from Céspedes to Fidel,” she added.

    Attending the combative demonstration were students and teachers from the city’s General Lázaro Cárdenas, Ramón Pando Ferrer, Mirto Milián, and Raúl Suárez vocational-professional high schools.

    In Holguín, students from the José Martí Pre-university Exact Sciences High School raised their banners in a resounding rejection of U.S. dreams of intervening in Cuba.

    President Barack Obama announced his position and we will impose ours, since we are responsible for the homeland’s future, emphasized Cynthia Arjona, Talía Garlobo and Katerine Cruz, as they signed a petition denouncing recent U.S. maneuvers.

    They reaffirmed their commitment to the Revolution and called for the return to Cuba of territory illegally occupied by the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo.


    Photo: Yusleydis Socorro

    Marieles Tasis, provincial president provincial of FEEM, spoke with ACN and reported that the organization’s 24,000 members in Holguin would be participating in such activities on Monday across the province.

    Youth in Matanzas likewise expressed their condemnation of the blockade and denounced the explicitly interventionist nature of the recent policy directive issued by Barack Obama.

    René Fraga Moreno Park was the scene of a short but resounding demonstration by students from the nearby pedagogical high school, workers, and residents of the West

    Matanzas People’s Council, denouncing the limited scope of changes implemented by Obama in U.S. policy toward Cuba.

    Jesús García, worker at Radio 26, noted that the measures are well thought-out, not to benefit the Cuban people, but rather U.S. interests. The Presidential directive, he emphasized, continues to insist on regime change in Cuba, asking, “Who said that changes here are their business?”

    Workers at the city’s Comandante Faustino Pérez Hospital, also expressed their condemnation of Obama’s directive and emphasized that the health sector has suffered damages estimated at 82,720,000 dollars this past year as a result of the blockade.

    Also participating in the day of events calling for an end to the blockade were workers at Cupet and Bellotex, in the Guanábana People’s Council located in the outskirts of Matanzas, as well as workers at the Antonio Guiteras thermoelectric plant.

    https://libya360.wordpress.com/2016/...uba-continues/
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  18. #58
    “Fidel and Chávez set the goals, the ideas, and showed the way with their enduring example”
    Remarks by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, during a national act in solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

    Author: Raul Castro Ruz | internet@granma.cu
    december 15, 2016 10:12:25


    Photo: Estudio Revolución

    Remarks by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, during the act marking the 12th anniversary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples’ Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP), and the 22nd anniversary of the first encounter between Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez. Havana International Conference Center, December 14, 2016, “Year 58 of the Revolution.”

    (Council of State transcript – GI translation)

    Dear compañero Nicolás Maduro, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela;

    Venezuelan compañeros and compañeras;

    Representatives of ALBA-TCP sister nations and all other Latin American and Caribbean States;

    Compatriots:


    I will be very brief, like the majority of my speeches tend to be, also in this case not to strain my voice which, as you will note, is slightly affected and, nonetheless, there still remains much to discuss (Applause). I was saying that there still remains much to discuss and fight for in this country (Applause), which could see my voice become permanently hoarse.

    The recent history of Our America summons us here today to commemorate various events:

    The 22nd anniversary of the first encounter between Comandante Hugo Chávez Frías and Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz; the starting point of an infinite friendship and loyalty between the Cuban Revolution and Bolivarian Revolution.

    Sixteen years since the signing of the Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement between Cuba and Venezuela, which established the bases of an economic, commercial and cooperation relationship, which has brought great benefits and human experiences to both peoples.

    We are also celebrating the 12th anniversary of the creation, in Havana, of what was first the Alternative and later became the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples’ Trade Agreement; a new form of organization to coordinate and promote the cooperation and development of member states.

    We can highlight significant and eloquent results from these experiences:

    Four countries have been freed of illiteracy and have made progress in providing their people with education, which constitutes the starting point for all great revolutionary transformations in any society.

    Millions of Latin Americans have received free health services and over one million seven hundred thousand have had their eyesight restored.

    A new, just, and complementary type of trade, free of protectionisms, began to unfold.

    In an act of altruism, Venezuela created solidary trade and cooperation mechanisms to share part of its oil wealth and promote integrationist socio-economic changes in the region, without which many countries would not have been able to withstand the international crisis.

    It is imperative today, to call on the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean to stand in solidarity with this Bolivarian, anti-imperialist and immensely generous Venezuela – to whom we are so grateful – currently the victim of a great siege and unprecedented hostility by forces historically opposed to progress in our region.

    Supporting Venezuela, at a time of attacks by the oligarchy, imperialism and neoliberalism, also means fighting for full Latin American and Caribbean emancipation and integration.

    Working in solidarity with Venezuela means being aware of what could happen in this hemisphere if those looking to reconquer the immense riches of this country and promote hate and conflict, at the expense of free determination and peace, to which Heads of State of the region pledged, here in Havana in 2014, by signing the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace; were to prevail.

    Solidarity, shared ideas and joint action are what the peoples of Our America need right now, in this time of difficulties and growing challenges.

    Fidel and Chávez set the goals, the ideas, and showed the way with their enduring example. It is down to all of us to turn their legacy into the invincible trench from which to defend the American Homeland (Applause).

    Martí said: “Let Venezuela call on me to serve her: I am her son.” On this memorable occasion we Cubans reaffirm: Venezuela, we are your children!

    Thank you very much (Applause).

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    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  19. #59
    Better than a dozen polemics....



    Viva Cuba!
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  20. #60
    Raul Castro: "Cuba will not go towards Capitalism now or ever"



    Source: Telesur.

    Cuban President Raul Castro said that the socialist country will not head towards capitalism, as the country prepares for the first anniversary of the Cuban Revolution after the death of his brother Fidel.

    Raul spoke at the national assembly, after over a month since he announced to the world the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on November 25.

    He spoke about the economy of the nation predicting that the economy will grow and the Gross Domestic Product will grow moderately at around 2 percent.

    To achieve this, three decisive premises must be fulfilled: ensuring exports and their timely billing, increasing domestic production that replaces imports, and reducing all non-essential expenses, he added.

    The president also said the country shouldn’t be afraid of foreign capital arriving on the island.

    “We are not going towards capitalism, that is completely ruled out, as our Constitution states,” said Raul, "but we must not be afraid of it (foreign capital) and put obstacles in the way to what we can do within the framework of existing laws, which implies the preparation of cadre and specialists to negotiate, as well as analyzing the deficiencies and mistakes made in the past so as not to repeat them," said the army general.

    The national assembly approved legislation that will carry out Fidel’s final dying wish that will forbid the use of his name and image on streets, statues, parks, government institutions and public places.

    Raul will lead the celebrations in honor of the anniversary of the triumph of the revolution on January 1, 1959.

    “His spirit of struggle will remain in the consciousness of revolutionaries of today, tomorrow and forever,” said Raul. “And we will demonstrate this in the military march of the people on Jan. 2, in tribute to the Commander in Chief and to our youth.”

    The president said Cuba has fought against internal and external economic hardships and still come out strong, even with the ongoing blockade from the U.S. that forbids the island from doing any international transactions in U.S. dollars.

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    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

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