DECIPHERING THE THOUGHTS OF THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

It is not too difficult. After taking office, Barack Obama said that the decision to return the territory occupied by the Guantánamo Naval Base to its legitimate owner requires weighing up the extent to which the defensive capacity of the United States would be or not in the least affected.

Soon after that he added, with regards to the return of the territory occupied by the Base to Cuba, that he would first consider under which concessions Cuba would accept that solution, which would be tantamount to demanding a change in its political system, a price against which Cuba has been struggling for half a century.

To keep a military base in Cuba against the will of our people is a violation of the most elemental principles of international law.  The US President has the faculty of abiding by that rule without exacting any condition whatsoever. Non compliance with it would be an act of arrogance and an abuse of his immense power against a small country.

For a better understanding of the abusive character of the power of the empire, please consider the statements published by the US Government’s official website on January 22, 2009, after Barack Obama took up his post.  Biden and Obama have decided to resolutely support the relationship between the United States and Israel, and believe that the irrefutable commitment in the Middle East should be the security of Israel, the main US ally in the region.

The United States will never distance itself from Israel, and its president and vice president “firmly believe in the right of Israel to protect its citizens”, as was stated in the declaration of principles which takes up again in those aspects the policy followed by the government of George W. Bush, Obama’s predecessor.

This is the way in which our friend Obama shares the genocide against Palestinians.  Similar sweeteners have been offered to Russia, China, Europe, Latin America and the rest of the world, after the United States turned Israel into a major nuclear power which absorbs every year a significant share of the empire’s  booming military industry exports, with which they threaten, with extreme violence, the population of all Muslim countries.

Similar examples abound; there is no need to become a fortune teller.  For further illustration, please read the statements made by the new Chief of the Pentagon, an expert in war affairs.

Fidel Castro Ruz
January 29, 2009
6:17 p.m.

May Day World Brigade of Solidarity with Cuba

Dear friend:

With great pleasure we are sending you the called of May Day World Brigade with Cuba which will celebrate from Saturday, April 25th, 2009 to Sunday, May 10th, 2009. All details are there and it would be a good occasion to know a little about our country, its people and its history.

Greetings,

Asia -Pacific Division

ICAP

IV Edition of May Day World Brigade of Solidarity with Cuba

Dear Friends:

The celebration of May Day is a tradition of the world proletariat. All over the world the working class, main character of our contemporary times, claims for their rights and interests through different expressions of revolutionary activities.

In 2009, Cuban working class will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Revolution:  half century of workers’ power, of fight against the American empire and of working-class internationalism.

The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) invites you to a new edition of a May Day World Brigade of Solidarity with Cuba. Friends from all over the world will attend the fourth edition of the Brigade to participate in all activities for the celebration and share with the Cuban workers and people.

The program prepared for this celebration includes visits to places of historical, cultural, educational and social interest.  Lectures, with updating information, will give you an accurate picture of the Cuban reality. The program also includes the International Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba that will take place after the activities for the celebration of May Day. .

Part of your stay comprises 10 nights at the “Julio Antonio Mella” International Camp (CIJAM), located in Caimito Municipality, 45 km from Havana City, and founded in 1972, where you are going to be offered comfortable conditions to satisfy the needs of collective life.
Agricultural work will be developed in nearby areas and in the province of Cienfuegos.

The full cost of the stay is 300 CUC (Cuban Convertible Pesos), which will cover for your accommodation in up to eight- person rooms at CIJAM; three meals a day; in and out airport transfers; and transportation to all the activities you are going to be part of during the 15 days of the Program.
Optional visits are not included in the package’s price.
The cost for an additional night stay in CIJAM is 10.00 CUC.
Stay periods of less than 7 days will not be allowed.

The growing participation in Brigades from all over the world is a prove not only of the motivation for learning about Cuba but also of the solidarity with Cuba that extends worldwide encouraged by the commitment of the Cuban Revolution to fight against the blockade imposed by the USA government and for the right of being a sovereign and independent nation.

By attending the Brigade, a member is committed to comply with the Program and to keep a proper behavior, discipline and living together standards. The consumption of drugs or any other hallucinogenic substances is totally illegal and penalized by the prevailing legislations in our country.

Inscriptions are available up to April 1st 2009.You can confirm us through dasia@icap.cu

You are supposed to inform us the airline, date and time of arrival.
We are looking forward to hosting you!!!!

Asia Pacific Division

Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples

Program for the IV Edition of May Day World  Brigade of Solidarity with Cuba

Saturday, April 25th, 2009
Arrival of delegations

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Arrival of delegations
07:00 hrs   Optional visit to Varadero

Monday, April 27th, 2009

09:00 hrs.
Wreath laying to Julio Antonio Mella
09:30 hrs.
Political welcome activity
10:30 hrs.
Cultural activity
12:00 hrs.
Lunch
14:00 hrs.
Lecture on Cuban Economy and ALBA as a Latin American integration project.
15:30 hrs.
Screening of documentaries about the effects of the hurricanes and the recovery activities.
18:00 hrs.
Meeting with coordinators of the different countries delegations
20:00 hrs.
Cuban night

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
06:00 hrs.
Breakfast
06:45 hrs.
Morning briefing session
07:00 hrs.
Leave to agricultural work
11:00 hrs.
Return to CIJAM
12:00 hrs.
Lunch
14:00 hrs.
Lecture on USA-Cuba Conflict
18:30 hrs.
Dinner
20:30 hrs.
Screening of a Cuban film

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
06:00 hrs.
Breakfast
06:45 hrs.
Morning briefing session
07:30 hrs.
Leave to agricultural work
11:00 hrs.
Return to CIJAM
11:30 hrs.
Lunch

15:00 hrs  Visit to the Museum of the Revolution or to Jose Marti Memorial.
Free time in Havana
19:30 hrs.
Friendship House. Dinner and show
23:00 hrs.
Return to CIJAM

Thursday, April 30th , 2009
07:00 hrs.
Breakfast
08:00 hrs.
Leave to the closing of “International Youth Event for the Freedom of the Cuban Five”.
12:30 hrs.
Lunch at the Friendship House
13:30 hrs.
Leave to a Cigar factory or Antillana. Meeting with workers
18:00 hrs.

Return to CIJAM
20:00 hrs.
Dinner. Arrangements for the participation in the May Day Central Rally.
20:30 hrs.
Screening of a Cuban film.

Friday , May 1st, 2009

Participation in the May Day Central Rally

Return to CIJAM after the end of the rally.

Lunch at CIJAM.

Leisure time
18:00 hrs.

Dinner
20:30 hrs.
Screening of a Cuban documentary or film
20:30 hrs.
Meeting with coordinators of the different countries delegations

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

International Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba with the participation of
the attending delegations to the May Day activities.

Lunch in the Conference Palace after the event.
16:00 hrs.
Visit to Latin American and Caribbean Medicine School (ELACM)
18:00 hrs.

Dinner
20:30 hrs.
Screening of a Cuban documentary or film

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
06:00 hrs.
Breakfast
06:45 hrs.
Morning briefing session
07:30 hrs.
Leave to agricultural work
11:00 hrs.
Return to CIJAM
11:30 hrs.
Lunch
14:00 hrs.

Leave to Cienfuegos province.  Accommodation at Pasacaballo Hotel
23:00 hrs.
Welcome cultural activity at the hotel.

Monday, May 4th, 2009
07:00 hrs.
Breakfast at the hotel

09:00 hrs.Welcome to the Brigade by the provincial authorities and city tour taking into account that Cienfuegos is considered a World Heritage.

12:00 hrs.
Lunch at the hotel.
Visit to a school and kindergarden
18:00 hrs.
Dinner at the hotel.
20:00 hrs.

Visit to the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR)
23:00 hrs.
Return to hotel

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
07:00 hrs.
Breakfast at the hotel.

08:30 hrs Voluntary work at a city agricultural centre or a factory.

Meeting with leaders of the Cuban Labor Union and Social Workers
12:00 hrs.
Lunch at the hotel

14:00 hrs.Visit to a clinic
Visit to an important industrial centre  or scientific investigation centre
18:00 hrs.
Dinner at the hotel.
21:00 hrs.

Cuban night at the hotel.

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
07:00 hrs.
Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 hrs.
Visit to a cooperative
12:00 hrs.
Lunch at Hotel
13:00 hrs.
Leisure time
18:00 hrs.
Dinner at the hotel.
21:00 hrs.

Farewell activity

Thursday, May 7th, 2009
07:00 hrs.
Breakfast.
Leisure time
11:00 hrs.
Lunch at the hotel.
12:30 hrs.
Checking out
13:00 hrs.
Leave to Santa Clara

15:30 hrs.Visit to the armored train and Che Guevara Memorial
Dinner at CIJAM
22:30 hrs.

Meeting with coordinators of the different countries’ delegations

Friday, May 8th, 2009
07:00 hrs.
Breakfast.
10:00 hrs.
Solidarity Meeting

12:00 hrs  Lunch
Arrangements for the Latin American and Caribbean Night.
18:00 hrs.
Dinner
20:30 hrs.
Latin American and Caribbean Night

Saturday, May 9th, 2009
06:00 hrs.
Breakfast
07:00 hrs.
Optional to Varadero and other places

09:00 hrs.

Leave to Havana. Free time in the city
18:00 hrs.
Return to CIJAM from the Friendship House
19:30 hrs.
Dinner
20:30 hrs.
Celebration of the Mothers’Day

Sunday, May 10th, 2009
Delegations return to their countries

Price of the package:
300. 00 CUC per person

Includes

* Visits as described in the program.
* Accommodation as described in the itinerary
* Meals as described in the program.
* Transfers
* Permanent direct assistance

Does not include

* Extra meals.
* Domestic and/or international flights
* Airport taxes
* Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks or mineral water.
* National or internacional personal phone calls.
* Visits to other Cuban institutions that should be paid in CUC

Explanatory notes:

* This price is commissionable to the 10 % for all agencies.
* We should be notified of the sales progressively because the capacity of CIJAM is of 320 pax.
* The list of participants should be sent to AMISTUR CUBA S.A. with the names and passport numbers as well as with the arrival and departure dates before April 1st, 2009.
* Every extra night at CIJAM has a cost of 10.00 CUC per person (it is non commissionable for the agencies.
* The optional activities should be paid by the brigade members in cash at CIJAM and the transportation to be used is from ICAP.

THE 11TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

This past Tuesday January 20, 2009, Barack Obama took on the leadership of the empire as the 11th President of the United States since the victory of the Cuban Revolution on January 1959.

No one could doubt the sincerity of his words as he stated that he would turn his country into a model of freedom and respect for human rights in the world and for the independence of other peoples. This, of course, could offend hardly anyone except for the misanthropes anywhere in the world. He has comfortably stated that imprisonment and torture at the illegal Guatanamo Base would cease right away. This has been raising doubts among those who worship terror as an indispensable instrument of his country’s foreign policy.

The smart and noble looks of the first African-American President of the United States from its foundation as an independent republic, two and one third of a century ago, had changed under the inspiration of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King to become the living symbol of the American dream.

However, despite all he has been through, Obama has not taken the main test: What will he do when the immense power he now has proves to be absolutely useless to overcome the insoluble antagonist contradictions posed by the system?

I have reduced the number of Reflections as I intended this year to avoid interfering or getting in the way of the comrades from the Party and the State as they are called to make constant decisions to tackle the objective difficulties derived from the world economic crisis. I feel well but, I insist, none of them should feel constrained by my intermittent Reflections, my health condition or my death.

I’m reviewing speeches and materials I have elaborated in the course of more than fifty years.

I have had the strange privilege of witnessing the events for this long. I receive information and I calmly meditate on the developments. I hope not to enjoy such privilege within four years when President Obama will have completed his first term.

Fidel Castro Ruz
January 22, 2009
6:30 p.m.

MEETING CRISTINA


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When she spoke at the Auditorium of the University of Havana, she was quick to answer the students’ questions showing her talent and her capacity.

The meeting at the Latin American Medical School [ELAM] was moving. The songs played by the peasant students of Guarani descent, with the typical instruments and tunes of that ethnic group, added a special note. She was presented with a doctor’s white coat, which she immediately put on the orange jacket and slacks she was wearing.

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Correa demands an end to the criminal blockade of Cuba

•  Raul heads the ceremony for the 50th anniversary of Fidel’s arrival in Havana

María Julia Mayoral

“WE call for and demand an end of the criminal blockade, premeditated genocide by the same powers of always,” said Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, in a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of Fidel’s arrival in Havana after the triumph of the Revolution.

President Raúl Castro led the mass rally in the Freedom City educational complex, the former central military bastion of the Batista dictatorship, overthrown by the Cuban people headed by Fidel Castro, to whom Correa sent “an immense Latin American solidarity embrace.”

The South American president, who arrived Tuesday on an official visit to the island, described the Cuban Revolution as an exemplary process, because it was capable of attaining true national independence, freedom, sovereignty, and the self-determination of its people.

Some 2,000 people participated in the ceremony in which Pedro Saéz, member of the Political Bureau and first secretary of the Communist Party in Havana, emphasized the value of unity, intelligence, and ideas in this more than half century of revolutionary development, overcoming all kinds of obstacles, and confronting the blockade and aggressions of the greatest power in the world.

Translated by Granma International

50th Anniversary of the Triumph Cuban Revolution

Dear Friends,

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution (January 1, 1959).
The dictatorship of Batista, the US puppet was defeated by the Cuban people.

First of all we take this opportunity to congratulate the Cuban people for their courage and
determination to defend their sovereignty against the US government.aggression
for 50 years now.

The list of US attacks is long.  This list includes one of the longest Economic blockade, the
Bay of Pigs invasion, the assassination attempts on the Cuban leaders especially Fidel Castro,
the bombing of the Cuban airlines which killed all the passengers and the bombing of a hotel
in Havana, the illegal arrest and imprisonment in the US prisons of the anti-terrorist Cuban 5 for
more than 10 years now illegally charged of being terrorists, Bush Plan against Cuba and
many more.

The Cuban people bravely faced US aggression. They developed their country in spite of
the blockade imposed by the US which prevented any country from trading with Cuba.

To find out more please find attached few articles about Cuba 50 years after the
Triumph of the Revolution.

We will be sending more articles about Cuba soon.

Norma G. Binas
Secretary General
Philippines-Cuba Friendship Association or Amistad

3/F, Erythrina Bldg, #1Maaralin Street
Central District, Diliman,
Quezon City 1100

Cuban youth to reenact Caravan of Liberty


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Victorious Caravan of LIberty led by Commander in Chief Fidel Castro in 1959.
when the Cuban Revolution triumphed, to be reenacted from January 2-8

FIFTY caravan members selected from each province are to follow the route taken by members of the Rebel Army from Santiago de Cuba to Havana, which consolidated the defeat of the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship.

The caravan members will be chosen from among Pioneers (schoolchildren), members of the Federation of Intermediate Education Students and the Federation of University Students; outstanding youth, teachers, doctors, artists, athletes, scientists, internationalists, campesinos; members of the Association of Combatants of the Cuban Revolution, and officers and soldiers from the Revolutionary Armed Forces and the Ministry of the Interior.

Each province will select the members of this Caravan — which includes prominent figures and national Heroes of Labor — with an outstanding trajectory in their respective provinces. The caravan will reenact the one led by Fidel from January 2 to 8 of 1959, and will culminate in a giant rally at the former Columbia Military Base, now the Ciudad Escolar Libertad educational complex.

The caravan members will participate in official events in each province , visit historical sites, combatants and relatives of the Revolution’s martyrs, among other activities.

The Caravan of Liberty, which is taking place on the 50th anniversary of the revolutionary victory, departs from Santiago de Cuba on January 2 at 8 a.m. and is scheduled to reach Ciudad Libertad on January 8. It will move on to Pinar del Rio on the 17th, coinciding with the anniversary of the 1959 visit by Commander in Chief Fidel Castro.

Translated by Granma International