Bulgarian Artists Dedicate Visual Arts Exhibition to Cuban Five

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HAVANA, Dec 12 (RHC)—Bulgarian artists opened a visual arts exhibit dedicated to the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters held in the United States, as an expression of support for their cause.

In a moving gesture of solidarity during the opening of the exhibit, Bulgarian journalist Krasi Venkova published an article titled " A Walk through Havana of Yesterday, Today and Ever,” and read a poem dedicated to Ramon Labañino, Gerardo Hernandez, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and Rene Gonzalez, known as the Cuban Five.alt

Venkova said that the Five were convicted unjustly because they were trying to warn of terrorist acts by Florida-based anti-Cuba organizations, reads a reported on the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s website www.cubaminrex.cu.

In her article, Venkova explained that the exhibition takes viewers to a tour of Havana, which represents the long and hard road walked by the Cuban people through nearly five decades, under an economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the U.S.

The inauguration of the exhibition was attended by Cuban ambassador to Bulgaria Teresa Capote, as well as local authors and musicians. (ACN)

Radio Havana Cuba

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Cubans Living Abroad Condemn Campaigns against their Country

Many associations of Cuban residents in Spain have repudiated recent provocations by right-wing groups based in the United States off the coast of the island.

We strongly condemn this type of action, which does not reflect the deep feeling towards our country which most of those who live outside it profess, reads the final declaration of a meeting of that group, held in Bilbao, reported Prensa Latina.

More than thirty representatives of six associations of Cubans living in the regions of Madrid, Castilla la Mancha, Castilla y León, Navarra, La Rioja and the Basque Country met this weekend in this city in northern Spain.

The approach to the coast of Cuba, on Friday, by a fleet of the so-called Democracy Movement, based in Miami, Florida, was also censured by the First Meeting of Cuban Residents in Andalusia and Extremadura, based in Seville.

Both meetings discussed ways to defend Cuba from the smear campaigns against it, incited by the U.S. government, particularly those who seek to place into question respect for human rights.

They expressed their total support for the reorganization of the economic policy of the Caribbean nation, promoted by the government of President Raul Castro to update the socialist model, without external conditions and free to exercise of their sovereignty.

We feel part of the economic and social development of our country, as opposed to the failed and unequal economic model that still prevails in the world, with the premise of building a more just society for all, according to the text adopted in Seville.

Attendees at the forums in the Basque city and the capital of Andalusia demanded the immediate release of the Five Cubans imprisoned in the United States, for more than 13 years, for combating terrorism.

They also denounced the resurgence of the long lasting economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by Washington on Havana, which is the main obstacle to the social development of the island.

In Bilbao and Seville the meetings were attended, respectively, by the consuls of Cuba in Madrid, René Legrá, and Andalusia, Ulysses Arranz.

American Hostility against Cuba Repudiated in Egypt

Cubans living in Egypt have condemned the economic blockade and other hostile actions by the U.S. against the Caribbean island, and expressed confidence in the measures taken to upgrade the country’s economic model.

In the second national meeting of the Association of Cuban Residents in Egypt, the participants discussed current affairs in Cuba, with special emphasis on the battle for the release of the Five Cubans unfairly imprisoned in United States, reported Prensa Latina.

The intensification of the economic, financial and commercial blockade by Washington against Havana, despite the overwhelming rejection of this practice in the UN General Assembly, devoted a lot of exchanges between West Indians living in Cairo and in the town of Hurghada.

In this regard, participants received a substantial explanation from the Cuban ambassador Otto Vaillant about what he called the economic war that goes beyond the bilateral level and is involving third countries.

Vaillant also outlined what he described as the main areas that the Cuban government is immersed in to deal with the American encirclement and to update the economic model with decisions with wide popular acceptance.

Cuban internationalist Grimilda Barbier recognized the work of the Revolution by sending thousands of doctors, teachers and technicians into various fields who make their contribution to many countries, besides training many professionals in the Caribbean nation.

The second meeting was originally scheduled for June but was postponed due to the political situation in Egypt, she said, for her part, the Cuban consul Gisela Sosa, who also urged residents to maintain links with their country of origin.

The president of the Residents’ Association, Victor Barbier, presented a report on the activities undertaken in 2011, despite the political upheaval in the country, and with his compatriots laid a wreath before the bust of Cuban national hero José Martí.

The gathering commended the usefulness of a Cuban blog in Egypt. The film Habanastation was screened, and they included reading stories by Martí, playgrounds and Little Finger allegorical drawings, as well as reading to the children several stories from the Golden Age.

The meeting closed the Cubans enjoying a tasty sample of their traditional dishes and a festive atmosphere in which there were unavoidable casino dancing and games of dominoes. (Granma)

Chemistry Nobel Prize Highlights Scientific Possibilities in Cuba

Havana, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) Dr. Peter Agre, 2003 Chemistry Nobel Prize winner, said that Cuba has much to teach to the world, especially in public health issues, a prioritized area in the country.

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Cuban is very important for western states. We have much to learn here, Agre told Prensa Latina during a scientific meeting taking place in Havana, in coordination with the Academy of Sciences of Cuba and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Agre acknowledged the studies on malaria in Cuba, and said he needs and would like to know more about it, because he thinks those are advanced works.

He said he hopes to develop joint projects and agreements, but he recognized that the U.S. government is very restrictive in this regard.

From Tuesday until next Friday, 18 U.S. scientists are participating, along with Cuban experts, in a meeting that aims to explore opportunities for cooperation in research on topics as diverse as life sciences, the environment and marine sciences.

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Communist Parties Demand Lifting of the U.S. Blockade Against Cuba

Havana.- Among resolutions passed by the 13th Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties held in Athens, capital of Greece, participants expressed the need to bring the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba to an end.

Likewise, the representatives of 78 parties agreed to claim for the return to the island of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters who were unjustly sentenced to outrageous terms in the U.S., including Rene Gonzalez, who after having served his 15-year sentence, was submitted to a new punishment that forces him to remain in that country on probation for other three years.

According to a Granma report, the meeting passed as well a resolution –regarded as one of the most relevant statements of the event- recognizing the importance of the recent foundation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

After three days of work under the slogan "The Future is Socialism," participants, from 59 countries, issued the Final Statement reaffirming that the most important task for the communists is to fight against the neoliberal model.

The document states that parties are required to contribute to the fight against imperialism and the building of fairer society as neo liberalism worsens as a result of the crisis of the capitalist system.

"Only socialism can create the necessary conditions to eliminate wars, unemployment, hunger and poverty," reads the document.

The Cuban Communist Party was represented by Oscar Martinez Cordoves, vice head of the Department of International Relations of the Central Committee. (acn)

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Cuba-U.S. Meeting Favors Cooperation

Havana, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) A Cuba-U.S. conference on cooperation scientific research aims to restore direct contacts among experts from the two countries, according to Cuban Council of States Advisor Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart.

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This second meeting, co-sponsored by the Academy of Sciences of Cuba (ACC) and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), will meet until December 16 to debate a wide range of topics, including the environment, sea, life sciences and scientific policy, Diaz-Balart pointed out at the opening session.

The event is being attended by top-level experts who will review matters of great importance from a scientific approach and improve understanding between the communities of the two countries, Diaz-Balart added.

Scientific communities anywhere have forums and approach matters of global interest, hence the importance of convening such bilateral meetings among different sectors including intellectuals or experts in humanist sciences, basic sciences, applied sciences or culture, he stressed.

Cuba-U.S. relations will not be hindered by U.S. sectors insisting on keeping the communities detached, and it will be positive for the visitors to become acquainted with Cuba´s problems, either scientific, socio-economic or of any other nature.

On the potential inclusion of nanotechnology, Castro Diaz-Balart told Prensa Latina that all branches of modern sciences and high-tech, especially those focused on economic sustainability, will have room for exchange, although it will not be a specific topic on the agenda.

However, the results may be arranged into detailed work projects for future cooperation, said the Academy of Sciences of Cuba in a communiqué to announce the closing session of the meeting for December 16.

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‘Dictator’ label on Fidel Castro insults Cuba – Bulatlat

‘Dictator’ label on Fidel Castro insults Cuba – Bulatlat.

“The Cuban Revolution has dignified its people, ensuring all basic human rights, like the right to food security, free access to health and education services, as well as to the culture, sport and other fundamental rights.” – Cuban Ambassador Juan Carlos Arencibia Corrales

By RONALYN V. OLEA
Bulatlat.com

MANILA – The Cuban ambassador to the Philippines has called on Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Fr. Joaquin Bernas to deepen their understanding of Cuba and its revolution.

This came after Bernas likened President Benigno S. Aquino III to Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Bernas said Aquino, in his tirades against the Supreme Court, “sounded like the Cuba’s former president.”

In defense of Aquino, De Lima said, “I don’t think this president has the tendency or the psyche to be autocratic or dictatorial if that is what Bernas meant regarding Castro.”

In an interview with Bulatlat.com, Cuban ambassador to the Philippines Juan Carlos Arencibia Corrales said: “Fr. Bernas and De Lima have shown great ignorance of the Cuban history, as evident by their malicious statements against Fidel Castro.”

Arencibia said his office would be sending a note to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to express their disappointment over such unfortunate incident. “We are asking for official response from the Philippine government, given that Ms. De Lima is a senior government official,” Arencibia told Bulatlat.com.

In his press release, Arencibia said that while “Cuba is fully committed to the principle of the strict respect to the internal affairs of the Philippines, it flatly rejects the gross and infamous defamation, manipulations and disrespect against its historic leader Fidel Castro, our current President Raul Castro and all members of the Revolution leadership.”

Arencibia said “such attitudes and projections show total disregard of their country and only serve and satisfy the spurious interests of those who are seeking to demonize and destroy the Cuban revolution.”

Arencibia said Bernas should be reminded of the historical fact that Fidel Castro fought the brutal dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista and that the revolution led by Fidel Castro overturned the sorry situation of Cuba.

“…[D]espite the genocidal economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed upon us by powerful northern neighbor for over 50 years and attacks of various kinds that have had to suffer, the Cuban Revolution has gotten many achievements for the benefit of its people, which are recognized around the world,” Arencibia said.

“The Cuban Revolution has dignified its people, ensuring all basic human rights, like the right to food security, free access to health and education services, as well as to the culture, sport and other fundamental rights. At the same time, Cuba has been able to assist other peoples of the world, offering them a generous and selfless help. On the other hand, the Cuban Revolution eradicated forever the practices of tortures, forced disappearances, extrajudicial executions and other abominable practices of previous dictatorial and neocolonial governments,” Arencibia said.

In its recent report entitled Progress for Children: A Report Card on Nutrition, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) said Cuba is the only country in Latin America and the Caribbean that has eliminated malnutrition of children.

Arencibia said they have received 60,000 foreign students from 120 countries on full scholarship. Cuba has been sending medical assistance and other forms of humanitarian aid to other countries.

“Our leader has always set a good example of sacrifice,” Arencibia said, referring to Fidel Castro. “When President Aquino was still a child, Fidel Castro was already waging the revolution.”

‘Democracy for the Cuban people’

Contrary to what Arencibia called as “global propaganda campaign against Cuba,” Cuba practices “inclusive democracy.”

“We cannot accept [the accusation] that in Cuba, we have a dictatorship,” Arencibia said.

He said that in Cuba, the people nominate and elect their representatives, from the base to the national Parliament. Through the National Assembly, he said, citizens can air their views regarding bills before the approval of the Parliament.

“It is not a democracy for the rich but a democracy for the working class, peasants, students, etc,” he said.

Asked why Fidel Castro served as president for 32 years, Arencibia replied: “Because he has the overwhelming support of the people. He was elected by the people. It was a result of free elections.” Cuba holds elections every five years.

Regarding claims that Fidel Castro chose his brother Raul Castro to replace him as president, Arencibia said: “Raul Castro is another historic leader of the Cuban revolution. He was elected based on his own merits and not because he is Fidel’s brother.”

Arencibia said Raul Castro joined the Moncada attacks against the Batista dictatorhip in 1953. Raul, like Fidel was also imprisoned and sent to exile in Mexico after the attacks. He went back to Cuba in 1956 and had been in the mountains fighting until the final defeat of the Batista dictatorship in 1959.

Arencibia said Fidel and Raul’s other brother, Ramon, who had not participated in the revolution, was never assigned or elected to any position in government.

The Cuban ambassador also expressed disappointment over the dependence of most media outfits in the Philippines on Western media. He said some newspapers re-echo the anti-Cuba propaganda peddled by the Western media.

“I encourage the Philippine media to publish our press release [regarding the incident] in the interest of truth,” Arencibia said. (http://bulatlat.com)

PRESS RELEASE: The personal example and the force of truth against gross and infamous defamation and disrespect

Press release
Embassy of Cuba to the Philippines

“The personal example and the force of truth against gross and infamous defamation and disrespect”

Unintentionally and taking advantage of the current national political Philippine scene, the Jesuit lawyer and priest Joaquin Bernas was awarded the highest honor to the President Benigno S. Aquino, comparing him with a world-class personality as the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz.

A few head of governments have actually received such high honor. Should be thoroughly inquire what were the real motives that led the constitutionalist priest to do such comparison and would also ask if he really understands the concept of dictator.

With a simple memory exercise against the apparent state of amnesia he’s suffering and if he would had a seriously willing to objectively approach to the history of Latin America and Cuba in particular, would be easy to Father Bernas to clearly remember the brutal and bloody dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, which seized power through a coup in 1952 and killed over 20 000 Cubans, with the full logistical, financial and military support of the U.S government in that time.

Precisely against this murderous dictatorship was that Fidel Castro and a group of young revolutionaries fought tirelessly to defeat it and to return to our people the true independence, after more than 60 years of neo-colonial, corrupt and dictatorial regimes, which plunged Cuba into extreme poverty, underdevelopment and a total dependence on US imperialism. For many years, until 1959, when the Revolution triumphed, Cuba was dominated by high rates of ill health, illiteracy, unemployment, corruption and many other high endemic problems of those neo-colonial and submissive regimes.

Father Bernas is well aware that the Cuban Revolution took a radical turn to the above mentioned situation and despite the genocidal economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed upon us by powerful northern neighbor for over 50 years and attacks of various kinds that have had to suffer, the Cuban Revolution has gotten many achievements in benefit of its people, which are recognized around the world. It highlighted the high standards and professionalism of our professionals in the areas of health, education, sports, culture, among others. These services are offered free of charge to the entire population, without distinction or discrimination based on race, sex or social extraction.
Eleven consecutive US administrations have failed in their purpose of destroying the Cuban Revolution. Neither the financial and commercial blockade, nor mercenary invasions, countless terrorist activities, manipulative and deceitful media campaigns, radio and television aggression, ideological subversion, among others, have been or will ever break the will of resistance and unity of our people around the Revolution and its leaders.

The United States will never forgive us we have made a real revolution and we have been able to maintain our sovereignty and independence and in turn offer our solidarity aid to many countries around the world. Taking into account that have not been, nor will ever destroy the Cuban Revolution, they have no other choice than to take the resort of slander, lies and media manipulation by spurious and defamatory campaigns. It is regrettable that renowned figures from the religious and academic world like Jesuit priest Joaquin Bernas lend themselves to such an unfortunate role as a mercenary in the service of lies promoted by the empire.

President Aquino was to be born or even was a very small child when Comrade Fidel Castro was since several years ago a renowned revolutionary leader recognized worldwide. For over 50 years of hard and relentless struggle against all forms of aggression and adversity, precisely coinciding with the age of President Aquino, the Cuban revolutionary leader has managed to uphold the core values and the most sacred principles of the Cuban Revolution and its people, such as: unity, sovereignty, independence and adherence to the true and to the strict ethical, humanitarian and internationalist precepts which history has ever known. This has been materialized in our proclamation or historic commitment: “Motherland or death, we will overcome”.

The Cuban Revolution has dignified it people, ensuring all basic human rights, like the right to food security, free access to the health and education services, as well as to the culture, sport and other fundamental rights. At the same time, Cuba has been able to assist other peoples of the world, offering them a generous and selfless help. On the other hand, the Cuban Revolution eradicated forever the practices of tortures, forced disappearances, extrajudicial executions and other abominable practices of previous dictatorial and neocolonial governments.

The authenticity of the Cuban Revolution is given precisely by its very essence: it is a revolution of the humble, by the humble and in benefit of the humble. There hasn’t been a copy of any other model or project of socialism. Backed by the overwhelm majority of our population, which is freely expressed at the polls during the election processes we developed every five years with the utmost transparency, broad participation and popular support.
In Cuba, the people nominate and elect their representatives, from the base to the national Parliament. The Communist Party does not nominate any candidate for election or campaigning for election, as take places in many countries of the world. That is why both our historic leader Fidel Castro, as the current President Raul Castro, as well as the other leaders of the Revolution, have the majority popular support and have been elected by the free will of the Cuban people. They have preached all his life with the personal example of total dedication, loyalty to the Revolution and the people, consecration, great patriotism and selflessness in the service of our people. So, every year more than 8 million Cubans march through all the revolution squares along the country to commemorate the international workers day and to express their support to Fidel, Raul and the Revolution. No government that doesn’t have the support of its people can achieve this level of masses mobilization and support.

Like Father Joaquin Bernas, it seems that also Secretary Leyla De Lima hasn’t clear the real meaning of the dictator and demagogy’s concepts and doesn’t know properly or had already forgotten the history. Is also evident the great and malicious ignorance showed by them on the long revolutionary and consecrated life of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution in benefit of his people and the whole world. We encourage them to study and analyze it in depth, because Fidel Castro is one of the greatest statesmen ever known in the modern history, who has been always respected and recognized even by his enemies.
Instead of being offended, may be President Aquino would wish to express his gratefulness to the Father Joaquin Bernas, by the deference he had toward his person when compared him with the Cuban Revolution leader.
Cuba always welcomes and is fully committed with the principle of the strict respect of the internal affairs of the Philippines, like the rest of the countries of the world, but flatly rejects the gross and infamous defamation, manipulations and disrespect against its historic leader Fidel Castro, our current President Raul Castro and the all members of the Revolution leadership, wherever they come from, because this kind of attitudes and projections are a clear shows of a total disregard to our country and only serve and satisfy the spurious interests of those who are seeking to demonize and destroy the Revolution.

Manila, December 9, 2011
Embassy of Cuba to the Philippines