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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ALBA Solidarity Marks Continental Geopolitics

Escrito por By Doris Calderón   
lunes, 03 de enero de 2011

Caracas, (Prensa Latina) The recent visit to Venezuela by Bolivian President Evo Morales reaffirmed the spirit of solidarity among the countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, which is setting standards in the region’s new geopolitics.

  Morales was received on Sunday, Dec. 26, by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez with military honors at the

Rafael Urdaneta air base in Maracaibo, Zulia.

Morales presented a donation of 50 tons of rice for Venezuelans affected by the flooding and landslides sparked by torrential rains, especially the local indigenous community. The donation came in addition to other aid provided by the Andean nation. “We are here to serve our people of Latin America,” Morales said. “We share the little that we have with Venezuela, and it is the first time that our government has begun to practice solidarity.”

During the welcome, Chávez highlighted that the spirit of integration embodied in the ALBA bloc was abundant, and that it was no coincidence that Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa had been in Venezuela just 10 days earlier.

Chávez and Morales toured the areas affected by the rains in La Guajira, where Venezuela”s largest indigenous community lives, including the Wayuu, Añu and Yupka, hard hit by the tragedies of nature and history.

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Fidel pays tribute to the 26th of July martyrs in Artemisa

WITH his khaki shirt of 1,000 battles, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz paid tribute last Saturday morning to the martyrs of the 26th of July at the mausoleum to their honor in Artemisa, Habana province.

Accompanied by Commanders of the Revolution Ramiro Valdés Menéndez and Guillermo García Frías; Ramón Pez Ferro and Gelasio Fernández, combatants from Artemisa in the assault on the Moncada Garrison; and other invited guests, the leader of the Revolution evoked countless memories of preparations for and the heroic action on July 26, 1953, and particularly emphasized the huge contribution of the Artemisa combatants.

He recalled the valiant spirit of those young men and noted, “If something really enthused me it was to see how revolutionary the students here were. They were the most combative in Cuba.”

Commander of the Revolution Ramiro Valdez and Pez Ferro related various anecdotes of the Artemisa combatants and the manner in which they joined the revolutionary movement.

On analyzing the events of the Moncada assault from leaving the Siboney Farmhouse until their retreat, Fidel affirmed that there was no doubt as to that plan’s potential success. “I would do it again exactly the same way. Only I wouldn’t take any notice of any Cossack guard,” he said, recalling the unforeseen detail that led to the failure of the factor of surprise.

In a conversation with Maribel Martínez, director of the Mausoleum, Fidel asked about the characteristics of the building and when the remains of the five combatants from Artemisa as yet not in the Mausoleum would be transferred there to rest alongside the 20 who died.

In an emotive moment, Fidel paid tribute to the combatants before the niches holding their remains and placed flowers there.

He then greeted the many people from Artemisa who had arrived there on hearing of his visit, who applauded and cheered him.

He also talked with the secretary of the Communist Party and the president of the municipal government and asked about the progress of guava, mango and sugar cane cultivation.

He also commented on news items revealing the environmental disaster being experienced by humanity.

At the end of the emotive meeting with his compañeros of so many revolutionary battles, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro read out his message to the revolutionary combatants of Artemisa and all of Cuba.

Venezuela commemorates bicentenary of the independence struggle with patriotic event

• Raúl attends 9th ALBA Summit and commemorative events in Caracas
Jorge Martín Blandino
CARACAS, April 19.—The 9th Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), which ended last night in a Teresa Carreño Theater filled with thousands of Venezuelans, was an excellent culmination of the celebrations for the bicentenary of the beginning of the independence struggle in this country. It was a beautiful event that had this capital vibrating with patriotic fervor, solidarity and overwhelming demonstrations of support for the Bolivarian Revolution.

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The two centuries of common history have taught us that we have only one alternative: to unite, fight, and overcome

• Speech given by Raúl Castro Ruz, president of the Councils of State and Ministers, at the 9th ALBA-TCP Summit, in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, April 19, 2010, “52nd Year of the Revolution.” 
(Typescript version, Council of State)

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Message from ICAP (Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples

Dear Friends

Participants in the V Regional Conference of Solidarity with Cuba.

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Speech by Bruno Rodríguez Parilla, Cuban minister of foreign affairs, at the Haiti donors meeting

Mr. President,

The international community has a tremendous debt with Haiti where, after three centuries of colonialism, the first social revolution on the American continent took place, an act of boldness that the colonial powers punished with close to 200 years of military dictatorships and plunder. Its noble and hardworking people are now the poorest in the Western hemisphere. 

We all have the moral obligation to contribute additional financial resources and greater cooperation to Haiti, not only for its reconstruction but, in particular, for its development. 

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