News on Cuba - July 10, 2012 Print

Vietnamese Media Highlight Visit of Raul Castro

Hanoi, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) The media of Vietnam highlighted the visit here of Cuban President, Raul Castro, and his dialogue with the highest national authorities, as a high point in the continuing development of the historical relations and cooperation between the two countries.

Newspapers, websites, radio and television still distribute on Monday pictures from the official reception at the Presidential Palace, with an honor guard composed of the three armed forces branches for this country.

The news agency VNA commented that the visit will implement the mechanisms agreed to in the Cuban-Vietnamese joint declaration signed in Havana during the visit of General Secretary of Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong.

VNA pointed out that since the establishment of diplomatic relations in December 1960, Vietnam and Cuba have maintained and developed their relationship, consistent with the aspirations and revolutionary faith of their parties, States and peoples.

The Saigon Liberation publication reported on the joint projects agreed to in rice and other crops, construction, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas.

Tuo Troi, the Communist Youth publication, stressed that the Vietnamese people are always mindful that Cuba was the leader in the global movement to support Vietnam's struggle for independence, freedom and reunification in the past.

The newspaper People's Army mentioned Truong's visit to Cuba in April, and now Raul Castro's visit to Vietnam, as a "significant historical milestone" in the links between States and Peoples. It referred to President Raul Castro's words the day before, that despite the distance from one side to another of the Earth, Vietnam and Cuba have been in the past and still remain closely related.

The Vietnam News Bridge website notes that Vietnam is an important economic partner of Cuba.

Meanwhile, in its foreign broadcasts, the Voice of Vietnam spoke about Truong's conviction that President Raul Castro's presence will help improve friendly relations and traditional cooperation, "faithful and bright between the two parties."


National Ballet performance pays homage to Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples

The National Ballet of Cuba offered a special gala on Sunday July 8 dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) and the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the European Solidarity Brigade “José Martí”, which membership is made of friends mostly coming from Europe.

The performance held in the Theater Garcia Lorca was attended by Alicia Alonso, director general of the National Ballet of Cuba, Kenia Serrano, president of ICAP, members of the Jose Marti Brigade and a large representation of friends of the Revolution and members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the island


New edition of a book on the Cuban Five

The new edition of the book “The United States vs Five Heroes, written by Doctor of Juridical Sciences Rodolfo Davalos, is a great source to update the debate surrounding the case and to urge the struggle for their return of the Five men to their homeland, said Olga Salanueva, wife of Rene Gonzalez, one of the five Cuban antiterrorist heroes imprisoned in the US.

Salanueva delivered her speech during the presentation of the literary work carried out in the park located on the corner of 23 and F, Vedado, as part of The Night of Books, which began the cultural program of the current summer season in Cuba.

Students and teachers ascent once more the highest peak in Timor Leste for the Cuban Five

Timorese students and Cuban teachers of Maubisse Referral Hospital trekked once again the highest peak in Timor Leste to demand the release of the Five Cuban Heroes.

A total of 41 persons took part in the trek, including a professor of the educational Cuban brigade, two professors of the Cuban Medical Brigade, 35 students of medicine and some of their relatives and friends.


Jamaican Norman Girvan to Receive Casa del Caribe International Award

Santiago de Cuba, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) Jamaican intellectual Norman Girvan will be awarded today the Casa del Caribe International Prize, which is the main distinction of the organizers of the Fire Festival to outstanding artists and intellectuals in the region.

During the last day of the The Caribbean that Unites Us international symposium, Girvan, who is a renowned researcher and professor emeritus at the University of the West Indies, will be honored for his substantial contribution to critical, emancipating thinking in the Caribbean.

Indeed, a Girvan’s essay volume, The Caribbean, Dependency, Integration and Sovereignty -with a foreword by Cuban researcher Graciela Chailloux- opened here the publishing collection of the Casa del Caribe.

On Sunday, the Ediciones Santiago house will also launch the books Verguenza contra Dinero and El Ser y la Historia, by Joel James; Cronicas del Crepusculo, by poet Jesus Cos Cauce, and Baroko o El Pacto, a play by Roger Meneses.