This is the time to end once and for all the U.S. unilateral blockade against Cuba

Thanks for Your Example Fidel

August 8, 2016

Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz

Dear Comandante,

Cuba in Defense of HumanityOn the occasion of your 90th birthday the members of the Network of Intellectuals, Artists, and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity want to extend our most sincere congratulations and above all our deepest gratitude for everything you have done for the peoples of Our America and the rest of the world.

Your presence has been a permanent source of inspiration, not only when the ascending tide of the popular struggles were making firm steps towards socialism, but also in the recurrent moments when our advances have been stopped due to the ferocity of the reaction of imperialism and their local allies.

In the phases of uprising your example forced us to never be satisfied and like good revolutionaries we pursued with renewed vigor our march especially when we needed to confront adversities or the counter-offensive of the enemy. The memory of your attitude after the Moncada or the attack of imperialism in Playa Giron strengthened our spirits and convinced us that the unyielding will to fight for our ideals was the sure path to victory. You showed us that path on countless occasions, and we can assure you that all that teaching reiterated to us in your meeting with intellectuals on February 10, 2012,

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A Global Revolucionary

By Sergio Alejandro Gómez on August 12, 2016

Cuba-GranmaNo one can look back over 20th and 21st century history, without studying the work and ideas of this Cuban who wrote a small Caribbean island into the pages of “true global history,” as told by the people

Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez during broadcast 231 of the popular television program “Aló Presidente.” Photo: Juvenal Balán
You can learn as much about a man from his critics as you can from his admirers. Henry Kissinger, U.S. secretary of state under Nixon, described Fidel in his memoirs as perhaps the most genuine revolutionary leader in power at that time.

The former Secretary of State and advisor to various U.S. Presidents was referring to 1975 when – to the surprise of the U.S. – Cuba lent its support to the Angolan independence struggle. In the Cold War geopolitics of the time, the Soviets were opposed to direct involvement, while Washington blatantly supported the racist apartheid regime in South Africa.

Fidel once again demonstrated that the Revolution which had triumphed on January 1, 1959 was motivated by principles and that Cuba was no one’s satellite. The heroism of those Cuban soldiers who fought in Africa and Fidel’s leadership helped to change the history of the continent and, as Nelson Mandela himself stated, end apartheid.

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The birthday

Photo: Roberto Chile

Photo: Roberto Chile

I wish to express my most profound gratitude for the shows of respect, the greetings and the gifts that I have received in recent days, which give me the strength to reciprocate through ideas that I will transmit to the militants of our Party and relevant organizations

Tomorrow I will turn 90 years old. I was born in a territory called Birán, in the eastern region of Cuba. It’s known by that name, although it has never appeared on a map. Given its good conduct it was known for close friends and, of course, a stronghold of political representatives and inspectors who involved in any commercial or productive activity typical of the neocolonized countries of the world.

On one occasion I accompanied my father to Pinares de Mayarí. I was eight or nine years old. How he enjoyed talking when he left the house in Birán! There he was the proprietor of the land where sugar cane, pasture and other agricultural crops were planted. But in Pinares de Mayarí he was not a proprietor, but a leaseholder, like many Spaniards, who were the owners of a continent under the rights granted by a papal bull, of whose existence none of the peoples and human beings of this continent were aware. The transmitted knowledge was already largely treasures of humanity.

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Emergency Resolution Opposing U.S. Government’s Re-Institution of “Trials for Travel” to Cuba

Photo: Jorge Luis González

Photo: Jorge Luis González

Whereas the last NLG Convention unanimously adopted on October 24, 2015
an Emergency Resolution calling on the US Administration “to cease
impending punitive actions and to instead act consistently for
normalized relations with Cuba”; and

Whereas that resolution specifically called on the U.S. Treasury
Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to “cease all
impending threats and prosecutions of U.S. persons based on their
previous travel to Cuba, including the threatened re-institution of
‘trials for travel’ ” in the greater Washington DC area; and

Whereas, despite this the announced policy of the Administration to
change its policy towards Cuba and to look forward rather than be
imprisoned by the past, OFAC has now begun the process of resuming such
administrative trials which had been abandoned after six years by the
George W. Bush administration. Specifically, on July 26, 2016, OFAC
served a complaint instituting proceedings against Albert Fox, as
President of the Alliance for a Responsible Cuba Policy Policy
Foundation (the Respondent), seeking a penalty of $100,000 for
participating in two short trips to Cuba in 2010 and 2011, and claiming
that the Respondent improperly assisted other U.S. nationals on those
two trips; and

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Fidel is Fidel to Open in 5 U.S. Cities

In commemoration of the 90th birthday of the Heroic and Beloved Leader of the Cuban Revolution: Fidel is Fidel to Open in 5 U.S. Cities

La Habana

La Habana

As Fidel Castro turns 90 on August 13 solidarity groups and admirers from around the world will be recognizing his birthday in numerous ways. This momentous occasion will open a period of celebration and reflection on a leader who never wavered against the Empire despite over 600 attempts on his life and their constant attempts to undermine the Cuban Revolution. Cuba has come to be a living, unrelenting beacon that never dims in our collective struggle for a better more just world based on equality, peace and mutual respect.

Roberto Chile’s remarkable and poignant exhibit of 17 images is a dignified documentation of Fidel in the later period of his life. It is currently being shown around the world from now until the end of the year.

Here is the initial schedule for “Fidel is Fidel” in the U.S.
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The Blockade is an Outdated Policy and Must End

But the Cuban diplomat isn’t referring to the quarter of a century she has spent dealing with this issue. “You need to read history and see how Fidel, at different times, expressed Cuba’s willingness to discuss and resolve our differences with the United States through negotiations, without renouncing a single one of our principles. And Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, on assuming the leadership of our government, stated that we have always been willing to normalize relations with that country on the basis of equality.

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