INTERNATIONAL MOTHER EARTH DAY

The reality of a mythical bird
• Cuba is home to one of the largest populations of the beautiful flamingo species Phoenicopterus ruber ruber

Lisanka González Suárez

SERIOUS natural phenomenon occurring more frequently and unpredictably, such as earthquakes and hurricanes, plus oil spills and the constant emission of greenhouse gases due to the negligence or irresponsibility of humans, are affecting, with increased intensity, all forms of life on our planet. Human beings, plants, animals…

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The restless and brutal North

I was reading a large amount of material and books to keep my promise and continue my Reflection of April 14th about the Bay of Pigs when I took a look at yesterday’s latest news items, which were abundant, as they are everyday. Mountains can pile up every week, ranging from the earthquake in Japan, Ollanta Humala victory in Peru over Keiko, daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori.

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Hu Jintao’s message to Fidel

Beijing, April 19, 2011

Havana

Esteemed Fidel Castro Ruz:

On the occasion of the closing of the 6th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, allow me to convey, in the name of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee, and my own, our most sincere respect and cordial greetings.

The 6th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, held on the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of the socialist nature of the Cuban Revolution, has been a Congress worthy of its legacy and looking to the future. Over the past 50 years, as founder and promoter of the Revolution and the development of Cuba, you, with no fear of foreign pressure, have led the Cuban people in protecting the sovereignty and dignity of the nation, persevering resolutely along the path to socialism, registering successes in the construction of socialism which have attracted the attention of everyone. You have, therefore, garnered not only the respect and support of the Cuban people, but also the admiration of the world’s peoples.

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A modest vote

Alberto Núñez Betancourt

HE didn’t even expect to be a delegate to the 6th Party Congress. Doubting that he deserved so many tributes, he considered it an honor awarded him by Communist Party members in Santiago.

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National Conference Convocation

• THE 6th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba has concentrated its efforts on an analysis of the Economic and Social Policy Draft Guidelines for the Party and the Revolution, conscious of their decisive importance for the future of the homeland.

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It is necessary that we immediately concentrate our efforts on implementing the agreements reached by this Congress, guided in our conduct by the common denominators: ORDER; DISCIPLINE and RESOLVE

• Speech presented by First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba’s Central Committee Raúl Castro Ruz, in the Convention Center, April 19, 2011, Year 53 of the Revolution

Dear Fidel,
Dear Nemesia,
Dear compañeras and compañeros:

• We are approaching the close of the Congress, following intense days in which Cuban communists have discussed and approved the Guidelines for the Economic and Social Policy of the Party and the Revolution, the Central Report and various resolutions concerning the main points under consideration.

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Fidel Castro Attends Closing Session of Communist Party Congress

Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro Ruz attended the closing session of the 6th Congress of Cuba’s Communist Party, which wound up at Havana’s Conventions Centre on Tuesday, after three days of working sessions.

During the Congress, which began on April 16, delegates discussed and approved the main report of the event, which was introduced by Raul Castro in the opening session.

Five working commissions and a plenary session considered the Draft Guidelines of the Economic and Social Policy of the Party and the Revolution, which were approved after renewed exchanges and many consultations with the people.

The 6th Congress also agreed that the government should set up a permanent commission for the implementation and development of the adopted guidelines, which would not interfere with the functions inherent to the bodies pertaining to the Central Administration of the State.

The delegates considered that the main report to the Congress as crucial to undertake future tasks, particularly in the economic field, while it also constitutes an objective assessment of the important moment that the country is currently living.

At the same time the pillars that support Cuba’s independence and sovereignty will always be prioritized, such as the unity of the people and their permanent determination to defend socialism at any price.

The 6th Congress entitled the Central Committee to make recommendations to the Cuban Parliament in order to improve the organs of the People’s Power, the electoral system and the political and administrative division.