News on Cuba - July 6, 2012 Print

Chinese President Receives Raul Castro

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 5 (acn) Chinese President Hu Jintao officially welcomed the visiting Cuban president Raul Castro in Beijing.

In the People’s Palace in the Chinese capital both heads of state held private talks, and later delegations from the two countries met, according to the Cuban National TV Newsreel.

“You have inherited and developed the beautiful tradition of friendship between China and Cuba and have given great importance to the strengthening of the relations; we highly value those efforts,” said Jintao.

Raul said that those bonds are to be consolidated and extended and that they were long standing ones.

He was also received at the same place by the president of the Chinese National Assembly, Wu Bangguo.

After this visit the Cuban President will travel to Vietnam.


Cuban Council of State Calls General Elections

HAVANA, Cuba, July 5 (ACN)  The Cuban Council of State called general elections for October.

In conformity with the Cuban Constitution and the Electoral Law of 29 October 1992, the Council of State agreed to call on the voters of the Republic to general elections, which include the voting of delegates to municipal and provincial People’s Power assemblies, and the deputies of the National Assembly (Parliament).

The election of municipal assembly delegates for a two-and-a-half-year term will be held Sunday  October 21, 2012, with a second round of elections foreseen for Sunday October 28 in those  electoral districts where none of the candidates reaches more than 50 percent of the valid votes.

The date of the elections of provincial assembly delegates and Parliament deputies for a five-year term will be announced later, reads the note.


Photo Exhibit about Fidel Castro Opens in Havana

HAVANA, Cuba, July 6 (ACN)   An exhibit of photos and pictorial images of Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro opened at Havana’s ALBA Center on Thursday.

Titled “The Face of History”, the exhibit includes photos taken by Alex Castro and paintings by Italian artist Franco Azzinari and it will be opened to the public till August 30.Some 40 artistic works manage to convey the wisdom and eloquence stemming from glances, expressions and hand gestures of Fidel Castro.

The president of the Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC), Miguel Barnet, thanked the creators for having contributed, in a harmonious manner, the combination of works showing the figure of a man that surpassed the borders of a small Caribbean island to become a “thinking and acting mind for a better future for humanity.”

“How difficult it is to catch the future and take it to the lives of all poets, of all men, for good!,” said Barnet in one of the verses at the opening of the exhibit.

The ALBA Center, in a centrally located Havana building, has become a meeting point for the local population, artists and creators in general, who come to enjoy different cultural manifestations from Latin American nations.


US Activist Presented with the Felix Elmuza Medal

HAVANA, Cuba, July 4 (ac) US solidarity-with-Cuba activist Karen Lee Wald received on Wednesday in this capital the Felix Elmuza medal, the highest acknowledgement granted by the Association of Cuban Journalists (UPEC).

During the ceremony held at the organization’s building in Havana, Jose Antonio Martin, its first vice-president, highlighted the journalistic work of Lee Wald, which has excelled in important international moments and events and highlighted the humanism and internationalism of the Cuban Revolution.

Also, he added, her work has been notable in the struggle to put an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the US on Cuba for over a century now, and for the return to their homeland of the five Cuban heroes unfairly condemned in that country for fighting terrorism.

He pointed out that in these situations her texts and commentaries for the US public have contributed to break anti-Cuban campaigns and the wall of silence with regard to the island.


Caribbean Festival in Solidarity with the Cuban Five

HAVANA, Cuba, July 5 (ACN) Participants at the Caribbean Festival, underway in eastern Santiago de Cuba, called for  the immediate release of the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters held in the U.S. since 1998.

The Cuban newspapers Granma and Juventud rebelde echoed the decision by the participants, artists and intellectuals, at the Festival to hold a forum titled “The Caribbean for the Five,” which opened sessions Wednesday at the local Antonio Maceo Revolution Square.

During the first session of the forum, attended by the president of the Cuban Friendship Institute Kenia Serrano,  participants agreed to reinforce all actions to spread the truth of the case of the Cuban Five among US intellectuals, lawmakers, unionists, religious leaders, academicians and social communicators.

In a declaration read by outstanding sculptor Alain Dumbardon, from Martinique, the forum stressed the significance that this  demand has been issued in an event like the Caribbean Festival, which is considered a meeting place of Caribbean cultures.

Kenia Serrano referred to the intense work underway in the region in favor of the Cuban Revolution and against the unfair sentences given to the five Cuban heroes in the United States and the misinformation campaigns against them.

Serrano stressed the need to intensify actions to spread the truth of the case of Gerardo Hernadez, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino, Rene Gonzalez and Antonio Guerrero on the social networks, blogs and alternative media outlets.

Participants at the forum, which is being attended by relatives of the Cuban Five on Thursday, will exchange views with local people at a Santiago de Cuba community on Thursday.