Cuba urges condemnation of coup d’état in Honduras

HAVANA, June 28 (PL). — Cuba today urged international organizations and Honduran public opinion to condemn the coup d’état
taking place in that Central American country. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla called on the United Nations,
the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the Rio Group and the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS)
to demand respect for constitutional guarantees in Honduras. Cuba considers the coup d’état taking place in that country to
be brutal and criminal, and demands the restoration to office of President Manuel Zelaya, and demands guaranteed protection
of the life of Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas.

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A GESTURE THAT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN

I made a stop in the drafting of a material about a historical episode on which I have been working for two weeks now to express my solidarity with the constitutional president of Honduras, José Manuel Zelaya.

I was impressed when I saw him on Telesur, haranguing the Honduran people.  He was energetically denouncing a gross reactionary refusal aimed at preventing an important popular consultation.  That is the “democracy” that imperialism defends.  Zelaya has not infringed the law in any way; neither did he resort to the use of force.  He is the President and the General Commander of the Armed Forces of Honduras.  The situation that might result from whatever occurs in that country will be a test for the OAS and the current US administration.

An ALBA meeting took place yesterday in Maracay, the Venezuelan state of Aragua.  The Latin American and Caribbean leaders who spoke yesterday at such meeting excelled in their eloquence as much as in their dignity.

Today I was listening to the solid arguments expressed by President Hugo Chávez when he denounced the attempted coup through the TV channel Venezolana de Televisión.

We do not know what will happen tonight or tomorrow in Honduras, but the courageous behavior adopted by Zelaya will go down in history.

His words made us remember the speech given by President Salvador Allende while several fighter planes were bombing the Presidential Palace, where he died heroically on September 11, 1973.  This time we saw another Latin American President entering an air base, accompanied by his people, to claim for the popular consultation ballots that had been spuriously confiscated.

That is how a President and a General Commander behaves!

The Honduran people will never forget that gesture!

Fidel Castro Ruz

June 25, 2009

8:15 p.m.

Declaration of the Presidency of Cuba’s National Assembly

The U.S. Supreme Court announced today, without explanation, its
decision not to review the case of our Five comrades who are unjustly
imprisoned in that country for struggling against anti-Cuban
terrorism that is sponsored by the U.S. rulers. The judges did what
the Obama administration requested of it.

In spite of the solid arguments made by the defense attorneys from
the obvious and multiple legal violations committed during the whole
trial, by ignoring the universal backing to the petition?expressed by
an unprecedented number of “friend of the Court” briefs, among them
10 Nobel prize recipients, hundreds of parliamentarians, and numerous
U.S. and international jurist organizations, of outstanding political
and academic personalities?the Supreme Court rejected the case, thus
ignoring the demand of Humanity and its obligation to do justice.

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OBAMA HAS NO EASY TASK

I remember that, when I visited the People’s Republic of Poland, during Gierek’s government, I was taken to Osviecim, the most notorious of all concentration camps.  There I learned about the horrible crimes committed by the Nazis against Jewish children, women and senior citizens, which resulted from the implementation of the ideas contained in the book Mein Kampf written by Adolph Hitler.  Those ideas had been implemented before at the time when the territory of the USSR was invaded in the quest for vital space.  By that time, the governments of London and Paris incited the Nazi chief against the Soviet State.

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Invitation to the 5th International Colloquium for Freedom of our Five Heroes

5TH INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM FOR THE FREEDOM OF OUR FIVE HEROES

The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples invites all friends of Cuba to join us in the 5th International
Colloquium for the Freedom of our Five Heroes, Prisoners of the Empire, and Against Terrorism.

This fifth meeting will be a new opportunity for all justice-loving people to unite wills and efforts in the struggle
to free the Cuban Five.

The event will take place from November 19 to 23 in Holguín province.

Moreover, from November 23 to 26, there will be a program of optional visits to places of historical and cultural interest.

The comfortable Hotel Pernik, in the center of the provincial capital, will be ready for accommodations.

Registration for the event costs 20.00 CUC per person.  Guests are also presented with a package that includes
breakfast and lodging in single and double rooms, in-out transfer and transportation for the visits in the program.

Unstoppable revolutionary process in Latin America

• Confirms Evo during a master lecture at the University of Havana

• Participates in a friendly sports event with Bolivian students in Cuba

Deisy Francis Mexidor and Miriela Fernández Lozano

• HE simply said that he was surprised by the recognition – the 280th Anniversary plaque – presented to him by for his upright stand in defense of the traditions of our America and for his continuance of the legacy of the original peoples.

Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma arrived yesterday in Cuba on a brief working visit. He went to the University of Havana soon after arrival, where apart from the recognition received, he also gave a master lecture on current challenges facing his country in the presence of Vice President José Ramón Machado Ventura.

“The revolutionary process in Latin America is unstoppable,” Evo stated. He gave a historical review of the current situation facing this part of the world, this year celebrating 200 years of independence, “an inheritance that left the indigenous people against the Spanish colony, against the viceroyalty.”

“Rebellion,” “social movement,” “sovereignty,” “dignity,” “awareness,” “awakening,” were terms reiterated by the Bolivian president during his lecture in the Aula Magna, where he affirmed the value of the political struggle in the process of change developing in Bolivia, which has been brought to the center by campesinos and indigenous people, those “abandoned by various governments.”

He equally refuted the multiple campaigns against his government. From the outset, he stated, “the instruments of the empire” pointed at having “to remove the ‘Indian.’ They couldn’t; three and a half years have passed since he came to power and now it would appear that the ‘Indian’ is going to stay for a long time, so they have to do something,” Morales said.

He also rejected any attempt promoted by the Bolivian oligarchy with Washington’s help, to “divide Bolivia.” “We are a culture of life and peace,” the leader of this sister nation affirmed.

On the other hand he stated that “we have begun to change structurally, little by little,” to recover key sectors like natural resources and hydrocarbons. “I feel that this process in Bolivia is irreversible,” he said.

Likewise, he lamented recent events in Peru where the repression of the indigenous uprising has left some 30 people dead and noted that conflicts should be resolved in a peaceful manner. The vilified of history “are still being taught a lesson,” he added.

Evo devoted part of his lecture to the historic leaders of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel and Raúl, stating “I am an admirer of Fidel,” and we have come “to discuss, listen, and continue learning ways of better serving the people.”

At the same time he expressed his gratitude to the island for the solidarity and cooperation given to Bolivia, where 300,000-plus citizens have had operations on their sight as part of Operation Miracle. He also praised Venezuela for its support in that context.

Finally, he maintained that capitalism is incapable of resolving the current crisis affecting the planet and urged the new U.S. administration to transform current international relations.

At the end of his lecture, Evo presented family members of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters with an enlarged copy of a postage stamp created by Correos de Bolivia in a demonstration of support for and solidarity with this cause.

Also present in the Aula Magna were Miguel Díaz-Canel, member of the Political Bureau and minister of higher education, and Bruno Rodríguez, minister of foreign affairs, among others.

GOALS IN THE KID CHOCOLATE

With his number, 10, on his back, Evo scored three of the seven goals that led his team to victory. His team, made up of members of the delegation accompanying him, played against Bolivian students from the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), in a friendly same of indoor soccer, which took place in the capital’s Kid Chocolate facility.

Shortly before the game began, the Aymaran president spoke with a group of students from his country training here, reminding them of the importance of serving the people once they graduate, while reiterating his gratitude to Cuba for helping to make the dream of each of these young people come true.

The president recalled his early years at the Sports Secretariat of a campesino agricultural labor union and expressed an interest in turning the sport into an instrument of integration among nations.

Ricardo Paco, speaking on behalf of the ELAM students, affirmed his desire to use his energy to benefit Bolivia when he finishes his studies.

Evo Morales has completed an intensive program of activities since his arrival in Havana at 11a.m. on Thursday and is the eleventh Latin American president to visit Cuba this year. His last visit to the island was in May 2008.

Translated by Granma International

The envy of Goebbels

(Taken from CubaDebate)

YESTERDAY I was listening to the “Roundtable” program. Among other issues, the panel was discussing Operation Peter Pan, one of the most repugnant acts of moral aggression mounted against our country. The issue of child custody is an extremely sensitive one. It was a low and repugnant blow. One of Mijail Sholojov novels, which I read years later, mentions that calumny, which had already been utilized against the 1917 October Revolution.
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