News on Cuba - August 13, 2012 Print

Brazilian Arts Exhibit Pays tribute to Fidel Castro

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 13 (ACN)  A collection of paintings by Brazilian artist Helder Becerra dedicated to Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro was displayed at Havana’s Friendship Center; the works were also presented during a cultural activity in a Havana neighborhood, dedicated to Fidel Castro’s 86th birthday and to Cuban anti-terrorist Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez, who also celebrated their birthdays recently.

The collection, titled “Universal Embrace,” was also exhibited during the 20th National Convention of Solidarity with Cuba, held this year in Brazil in homage to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution.

The Brazilian painter (45) is on his third visit to Havana with his 20 paintings expressing the admiration and acknowledgement felt by many personalities from around the world towards Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro.

These paintings reaffirm the intense commitment to revolutionary and Latin American unity beyond all borders, Helder said and went on to explain that he tried to depict Cuba as the light of hope it is, and Fidel as an example of dignity and the architect of this Revolution.

The Brazilian painter said that by paying tribute to Fidel he acknowledges the ideas of a stage of modern times. Fidel is more than a political leader, since he incarnates a historic stage marked by the possibility or impossibility of saving the human species.


Solidarity Organizations Congratulate Fidel Castro on his Birthday

Havana, Aug 13 (Prensa Latina) European organizations of solidarity with Cuba have sent today messages of congratulations to the l4eader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, on occasion of his 86th birthday.

In Moscow, the Russian Committee for the Release of the Five Cuban Patriots, the "I.B.Jlebnikov" Workers' University, the "We Shall Overcome" Social Movement, the "Krasnoye TV" Project, "warmly and wholeheartedly congratulate you," says the note.

History will never forget his role in preventing the U.S. intervention and the protection of mankind from the nuclear disaster, states the greeting addressed to the Cuban leader.

The fraternal friendship between Cuba and the Soviet Union has been forever carved with his name, says the message sent by those solidarity organizations.

In Belarus, the members of the Association of internationalist soldiers veterans of the October missile crisis sent a congratulation letter to Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

In the letter, also signed by the International Social Fund named after Marshal Zhukov, the Belarusian veterans also passed on their great respect and love for the Cuban leader.

In Germany, the member organizations of the Network of Solidarity with Cuba in that country sent a congratulation letter to the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, for his 86th birthday.

The authors of the text also reported the aggression by many governments against peoples and men who fight for a better and fairer world.

Rene Gonzalez, one of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in the United States, "is turning 56 today, two revolutionaries, two generations, we also have the pleasure to congratulate him," states the message.


Nicaraguan President Wishes Happy Birthday to Fidel Castro

Managua, Aug 12 (Prensa Latina) President Daniel Ortega send a message to Cuban leader Fidel Castro, wishing him a happy birthday on Aug. 13.

"Meeting you has been one of the greatest privileges of our lives. Having you as a teacher and a founding father of the Latin American and the Caribbean Revolution in the 20th and the 21th Centuries has been an infinite honor," said Ortega.

He said that in this century of open paths in Our America, Fidel Castro’s experience constitutes a highly appreciated guiding voice of alert.


Veterans for Peace Denounce US Blockade of Cuba

Washington, Aug 12 (Prensa Latina) A recorded message of Ricardo Alarcon, president of the National Assembly of the People’s Power of Cuba, was broadcast at the Veterans for Peace Annual Convention held in Miami’s Marriot Hotel.

The recording helped convey the demand to lift the US over-50-year economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba and the immediate release of the five Cuban anti-terrorists given harsh, unjust prison sentences in 1998 for monitoring extremist groups operating from South Florida.

The ex soldiers welcomed Alarcon’s message at the Convention, underlines the website

Journalist Max Lesnick, director of Radio Miami, on behalf of Alianza Martiana, recalled the controversial relations between Havana-Washington and called for the immediate lifting of the US blockade.

Lesnick also invited the “Veterans for Peace” to visit Cuba "with the certainty that they will be welcome with the Cuban people’s respect and friendship".

Speakers at the Convention included African-American writer Alice Walker and film producer Phil Donahue.

The Veterans for Peace Convention coincides with activities for the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Leah Bogler, president of the group and a US Navy vet, also reminded of US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and called attention on previous US military incursions, stressing on the war of Vietnam


Latin American Brigade Joins forces in Solidarity with Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 11 (acn) The over 140 members of the 19th Latin American and Caribbean Brigade of Voluntary Work and Solidarity with Cuba agreed on Friday to involve civil society organizations in their countries to expand support for the island.

In statements read at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp in Artemisa, these friends from seven nations also agreed to struggle by way of social networks in favor of the freedom of the five Cubans unfairly condemned in the United States, and denounce the northern nation’s policy of interference.

The documents also include their commitment to demand respect for the rights of Gerardo Hernandez, Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez and Antonio Guerrero to get in contact with people abroad and receive visits of their relatives, also the victims of the imperial outrage.

Likewise, they propose to carry out actions to involve the diasporas of countries represented, based in the US, in the battle for the return of The Five to their homeland, and denounce the manipulation of Cuban reality and the constant campaigns of discredit and subversion boosted by the US government.

The brigadistas described as enriching their stay in Cuba, where they have known a reality that is very different from the one described by the mainstream media.

The president of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples, Kenia Serrano, expressed her appreciation for the support of the Latin American and Caribbean friends, most of them youngsters visiting the island for the first time, adding that the continuity of the struggle for a better world is in the hands of new generations.

The members of the 19th Latin American and Caribbean Brigade of Voluntary Work and Solidarity with Cuba, who began their visit on July 30, will return to their respective countries on Sunday.


Bolivian Solidarity Movement Demands Release of Cuban Five

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 13 (ACN)  Bolivia’s Solidarity-with-Cuba Movement reiterated in Cochabamba its support of the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters held in the United States since 1998.

During a National Conference, the organization expressed its determination to keep fighting to achieve the return to Cuba of Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando Gonzalez, internationally known as the Cuban Five.

“We demand the immediate return of the Five to Cuba. We reiterate our support of their relatives and their people, who keep fighting for their immediate release,” reads a resolution presented by the leaders of the Solidarity Movement, PL news agency reported.

The resolution welcomes the development of solidarity committees with the Five in different continents and countries, and particularly the actions by the International Committee based in the United States.

The Cuban Five were arrested in September 1998 after they monitored violent plans against Cuba, designed by Washington-supported terrorist organizations based in South Florida.

The Bolivian organization insisted in the need to have renowned personalities in the world of arts, culture and human rights join the international campaign for the Five.

The solidarity group also stressed the importance of an upcoming visit to Bolivia by Adriana Perez, wife of Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Five. Hernandez was given two life terms plus 15 years and remains in prison, like his compatriots, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, and Ramon Labañino.

Rene Gonzalez met a 13-year sentence but he has been forced to remain under a three-year probation in US territory, despite his family lives in Cuba.


12th Graduation of Technical School Donated by Cuba to Dominican Republic

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 13 (ACN) A polytechnic school, which was donated by Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro to the Dominican Republic, held its 12 graduation last Saturday.

The school, which is located in the province of Peravia, near the locality of Bani, was opened in the year 2000 and just graduated 148 new professionals in different specialties, such as finances and marketing, accounting and management, food processing and information technologies.

“We instill social values in our students to have them committed to good practice marked by tenacity,” said Felipe Peña, director of the school, named after Maximo Gomez, an honorable Dominican citizen and hero of the Cuban Independence War staged in the 19th century.

Following the graduation ceremony, Cuban consul to Santo Domingo, Alejandro Padron, called on the graduates to keep developing their skills and fighting for a better world, in which the practice of solidarity becomes a habit, not a virtue.

Speaking to PL news agency, several young graduates expressed their pride for having concluded their courses and counting on the necessary skills to make their own contribution to society.

“We now have faith, passion and the conviction that we can achieve our future development, since we have widened our vision of the world,” said Enmanuel Diaz who graduated with outstanding academic results.


Cuba Finishes Sixteenth in London Olympic Games

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 13 (acn) Cuba finished in the 16th position in the medal standings at the 2012 London Olympic Games with a harvest of 5 gold medals, 3 silvers and six bronze.

Until this morning Cuba was in the 15th position but the decision of stripping Belarus Nadzeya Ostapchuk from her gold medal won in the shot put event, and awarding it to New Zealand’s Valerie Adams, allowed that country to add another gold medal and move up in the standings.

Cuba headed the Ibero-American delegations, with two gold medals more than Jamaica, which finished in the 18th position.

Mijain Lopez became two-time Olympic champion in the 120 kilogram division of the Greco-Roman wrestling. Two Cuban boxers, Robeisy Ramirez and Roniel Iglesias won the first Olympic titles for Cuba in 8 years.

The other two gold medals were for judoka Idalis Ortiz in the over 78 kilogram division and Leuris Pupo in the 25 meter rapid fire pistol final.

Cuba improved its performance in 2008 Beijing Olympics where it just earned two titles: one in wrestling, Lopez, and Dayron Robles in the 110 meter hurdles.


Cuban Youths for the Rights of New Generations

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 13 (ACN) Cuba’s Young Communist League marked International Youth Day, August 12, with a call for the struggle in defense of the rights of the new generations in the face of the reality imposed by imperialism.

In a message issued on August 12 to all friends from around the world, the Young Communist League says that August 12 was declared International Youth Day by the United Nations General Assembly and that this year, the theme chosen by the UN, “Building a better world: Partnering with Youths,” is a world call to fight for the rights of the new generations, who are the protagonists of the present times and builders of the future.

The organization recalls that at present over 200 million youths are living under poverty conditions, 130 million of people are illiterate, 80 million are unemployed and 10 million are suffering from HIV-Aids. Violence, drug addiction, delinquency and crime are the consequences of an imperialist society, enemy of humankind.

The ideas expressed by Commander Fidel Castro Ruz in his message sent to the youths that participated at the 17th World Festival of Youths and Students, constitute true challenges for the future of the young generations, as he alerted about the dangers pending on us, to the point that human life could disappeared as a result of “extermination wars, climate change, hunger, lack of water, inequalities,” or of a nuclear war that would vanish all possibilities for life to exist, the message reads.

We will not yield or allow the empire to deceive the world. The development of societies stands for the development of their youths. This is also the occasion to dignify all those, who have given their lives in defense of the peoples’ fair ideals and causes. We pay tribute and express or eternal commitment to all of them.

The message concluded by stressing that the young generations have the right to a different future, and this world deserves to see the end of the suffering of the human species from the injustice of the capitalist system and a world tyranny. Let’s find the ways to prevent the future from burying our dreams forever.


Cuba, China Reaffirm Excellent Relations

Havana, Aug 12 (Prensa Latina) The 9th meeting of the joint commission for scientific, technological cooperation between Cuba and China, slated to conclude over the weekend, has ratified the excellent relations between the two countries in the field.

During the signing of the final document of the meeting, Minister of Science, Technology and Environment of Cuba, Dr. Elba Rosa Perez, said those links tally with the excellent relations between the peoples and governments of the two countries.

Minister of Science and Technology of China, Professor Wan Gang, said the agreements will promote scientific exchanges between Beijing and Havana.

The text signed by the two officials reflects the commitment to continue doing the best for further deepening and diversifying actions to contribute to strengthen the bilateral scientific and technological development. In the meeting, the two nations discussed concrete aspects to include in the scientific, technological cooperation for 2012-2014, mainly in molecular immunology, nanosciences, nanotechnology, neuroscience and neurotechnology, agricultural biotechnology and renewable energy sources, meteoroly and seismology.

The People’s Republic of China is the only country with which Cuba as an independent Joint Commission for Scientific-Technological Cooperation.


Cuban Hotel with High Popularity Ranking

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 13 (ACN) The Melia-Cayo Coco Hotel ranks first in the group of all facilities of its kind at the Jardines del Rey tourist center and seventh on the island, as it is highly favored by foreign vacationers.

Hotel vice-director Miguel Abin told PL news agency that the facility has achieved integration with the environment as part of its promotion of environmental protection, which attracts the foreign clients’ attention.

The visitors enjoy high quality standards and excellent services, which are aspects that make  the five-star facility outstand among over 200 hotels operating on the island, said the executive.

The Melia Cayo-Coco Hotel has achieved what is known as the “S” certification, a standard guaranteeing the health, security and satisfaction of clients. Cayo Coco is one of two hotels that got the certification, among all 25 similar facilities under management by Spain’s Melia company, said Abin.

The hotel, which was built in 1998 with 250 rooms and with Canada being its main market, constitutes an example of a project that takes advantage of the local environment to achieve its integration with nature.

The good economic results reported by the facility, including energy saving and environmental protection were acknowledged by the Tourism Union with the granting of the National Vanguard certificate.


Washington’s Blockade Prevents US Sailboats from Competing in Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 10 (acn) The participation of US boats in sail regattas in Cuba is hindered by the laws of the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by Washington on the Caribbean island.

Jose Manuel Diaz, Commodore of the Hemingway International Yacht Club, told ACN that this policy deprives US citizens of traveling freely by boat to the island to maintain the friendly nautical relations existing between the two countries, which this year mark their 80th anniversary.

Diaz explained that such restriction is a flagrant violation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, approved in Jamaica in 1982.

This treaty makes it very clear that all countries with coasts should give permission so foreign ships can exercise their “right of innocent passage.”  However, the United States violates this treaty.

The Commodore pointed out that, according to US presidential regulations, the ships anchoring in Cuban ports can be held in custody and confiscated for having violated this arbitrary measure.

The nautical community of that northern country is eager for the opportunity of being able to come to Cuba and get to know the island and enjoy the hospitality and culture of the Cuban people, he commented.

Several historic documents point out that sailboat regattas between the two nations began in 1930, and that around 1922 there were already motorboat competitions with Miami teams, which traveled to Havana.

There were regattas between 1996 and 2000, but starting from the latter the US travel ban strengthened, which prevented even US scientists, musicians and athletes to take part in congresses, workshops, concerts and competitions, like the Marabana.