Movement that changed the world began in Cuba July 26, 1953

On July 26, 1953, exactly 61 years ago this Saturday, a small band of courageous and principled young Cubans stormed the Moncada Barracks in the city of Santiago, in Eastern Cuba. Though that uprising failed to dislodge the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, it was the beginning of a movement that has changed the world forever.

Batista had originally taken power in the “Sergeants’ Coup” of 1933. He ruled Cuba behind the scenes for a while, but made himself president in 1940. In his first term, Batista carried out relatively progressive pro-worker policies, and thus was supported by the Cuban Communist Party and the labor unions.

After leaving power in 1944 and living in the United States for a while, Batista returned to Cuba and ran for president again in 1952. When he saw he was going to lose, he organized an armed coup d’état. The second time around, Batista ditched his former relatively progressive policies and showed himself as the corrupt and violent instrument of the Cuban and U.S. wealthy classes, and an enthusiastic ally of the Meyer Lansky wing of the Mafia. Thousands of political opponents were murdered and Cuba was left wide open for every kind of exploitation and vice.

Many brave Cubans tried to stand up to this monstrous dictatorship. The bravest of the brave were the group of 135 young Cuban men and women who were recruited by Fidel Castro Ruz to carry out the Moncada Barracks assault. Their plan was to seize the military barracks and the arms it contained, and use this as an organizing center to rouse the entire Cuban population against the Batista regime, which at that point had only been in power for about 16 months. .

But everything imaginable went wrong, and the uprising was defeated. Batista’s henchmen murdered about 70 of those they captured at the scene or managed to round up later. Others were put on trial and sentenced to various prison terms (Fidel Castro and his brother Raul to 13 years each). Many were tortured.

At his own trial, Fidel drew upon his vast erudition, his sharp wit and his skills as a practicing lawyer to turn the tables on the regime. In what became known as his “History will Absolve Me” speech, Fidel laid bare the crimes of the Batista dictatorship, the illegitimacy of its legal procedures, and the responsibility of all people of conscience to oppose such a regime in Cuba and, by implication, anywhere.

Fidel closed his speech to the court: “I can not ask freedom for myself while my comrades are already suffering in the ignominious prison of the Isle of Pines. Send me there to join them and to share their fate. It is understandable that honest men should be dead or in prison in a Republic where the President is a criminal and thief…. But I do not fear prison, as I do not fear the fury of the miserable tyrant who took the lives of 70 of my comrades. Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me.”

Sixty-one years later, the Isle of Pines is now the Isle of Youth (Isla de la Juventud), a center of high quality education for Cuban and international youth.

A public outcry led to an early release for Fidel and Raul. They went to Mexico and organized a new expedition to invade Cuba on the motor yacht Granma and start another movement to oust Batista. That too went seriously wrong, and only 12 men survived to keep on fighting. Their movement grew and took the name of the 26th of July Movement to honor the Moncada barracks event.

On New Year’s Day 1959, insurgent troops headed by Ernesto “Che” Guevara seized the city of Santa Clara in central Cuba, and Batista, seeing the writing on the wall, decamped with his cronies and loot, to go into exile in Portugal where he died in 1973.

Since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, the United States and some of its allies have done their level best to overturn it and restore the old regime to power. They have not succeeded. Cuba implemented socialist policies of great benefit to its workers and small farmers, and especially to its women and minorities. Beyond that, Cuba has carried out, and continues to carry, international solidarity projects that have improved the lives of millions in the poorest countries in the world

Lest we forget, Cuba played a mighty role in the defeat of the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Many of the heroes of July 26 have passed on. Fidel and Raul are still with us, and have not budged a millimeter from the resolve they have always shown.

History has absolved! Now it is up to us to learn from the heroic story of the 26th of July, and never let it be forgotten by future generations.

Photo: Young students at a celebration to mark the anniversaries of the Organization of Cuban Pioneers at the Angela Landa elementary school in Old Havana, Cuba, April 4. The organization was founded in 1961 to encourage the values of education and social responsibility among Cuban children and adolescents. Franklin Reyes/AP

Obras de Salvador Dalí en Cuba

Muestra de obras de Salvador Dalí se exhibirá por primera vez en Cuba

Muestra de obras de Salvador Dalí se exhibirá por primera vez en Cuba

La Habana,18 jul (EFE).- Una selección de obras del pintor español Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) se exhibirá por primera vez en Cuba con la muestra “Memorias del Surrealismo” que será inaugurada en el Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana el 24 de este mes, informaron hoy medios locales.

El edificio de “Arte Universal” de la centenaria institución acogerá 95 piezas de Dalí, icono del surrealismo internacional, cuya obra como pintor es muy conocida en Cuba, no tanto el trabajo de grabador que ahora se verá, según explicó el especialista del Museo Nacional, Máximo gómez Noda.

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EEUU asigna 400 000 dólares más para invadir la red de telefonía móvil de Cuba

22 julio 2014

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El periodista estadounidense Tracey Eaton publica en su blog Along the Malecon que el gobierno de Estados Unidos asignó el pasado mes de junio 400 000 dólares más para enviar mensajes de texto a Cuba vía telefonía celular (SMS) utilizando una red social llamada Piramideo a pesar  del reciente escándalo que provocó la difusión de un proyecto similar con el nombre de ZunZuneo.

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Nueva tecnología para el control de la diabetes en Cuba

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Cuba, Estados Unidos y el tráfico de seres humanos (1/2)

13 de Julio de 2014

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Por Salim Lamrani*/Foto Virgilio Ponce -Opera Mundi-Martianos-Hermes-Cubainformación.- Estados Unidos acaba de colocar otra vez a Cuba en la lista de los países implicados en el tráfico de seres humanos. No obstante, las instituciones internacionales contradicen el punto de vista de Washington.

En su informe 2014 sobre el tráfico de seres humanos en el mundo, el Departamento de Estado incluyó de nuevo a Cuba en su lista, ubicándola en la peor categoría (3). Según Washington, “adultos y niños son víctimas de tráfico sexual y de trabajos forzados” en la isla. “La prostitución infantil y el turismo sexual son una realidad en Cuba y hubo alegaciones de trabajos forzados durante misiones en el exterior que realizó el gobierno cubano”.[1]

No obstante, Washington reconoce la falta de fiabilidad de sus informaciones, …..

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Cuba insiste a EUA eliminar Ley de Ajuste Cubano

La Habana, 10 Jul (Notimex).- Cuba instó la víspera a Estados Unidos a erradicar la política de “pies secos-pies mojados” y la Ley de Ajuste Cubano para lograr una migración “legal, segura y ordenada” entre los dos países.

Tras una nueva ronda de pláticas migratorias celebrada este miércoles en Washington, la delegación cubana confirmó sus reclamos en una declaración a la prensa, que fue divulgada en esta capital.

“El tráfico de emigrantes y la emigración ilegal no podrán erradicarse ni se podrá lograr una emigración legal, segura y ordenada entre los dos países, mientras sigan vigentes la política de “pies secos-pies mojados” y la Ley de Ajuste Cubano de Estados Unidos”, citó el texto.

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US, Cuba hold migration talks in Washington

By Associated Press July 9 at 10:56 AM

HAVANA — U.S. and Cuban government officials are meeting in Washington for a new round of migration talks.

The talks are held every six months to discuss the implementation of 1990s migration accords.

Regular discussions were suspended in 2011, the same year Cuba sentenced a U.S. government development subcontractor to 15 years in prison, but they resumed in 2013.

The migration talks have often been used to discuss other issues as well. It’s a rare chance for dialogue between two countries that have not had full diplomatic relations since 1961.

A U.S. State Department announcement says Wednesday’s negotiations are being led by Alex Lee, deputy assistant secretary at the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and Josefina Vidal, the top official for North American affairs at Cuba’s Foreign Ministry.

Cuba denuncia en la ONU manipulación de EEUU sobre terrorismo

9 mayo 2014

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La Misión Permanente de Cuba ante la ONU envió al secretario general de la Organización, Ban Ki-moon, una denuncia sobre la unilateral inclusión de la isla en la lista de promotores del terrorismo elaborada por Estados Unidos.

El país caribeño señaló que el pasado 30 de abril el Departamento de Estado publicó su informe anual relacionado con el tema, en el cual insistió en la absurda designación, por trigésima segunda ocasión.

En ese sentido, el embajador cubano ante Naciones Unidas, Rodolfo Reyes, manifestó al Secretario General el enérgico rechazo de La Habana a la manipulación de Washington en el sensible asunto del terrorismo internacional.

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El padrino del terrorismo y su último complot

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 Terrorista Luis Posada Carriles

Por: Maria Carla González*

El sector terrorista de la ultraderecha radicada en Miami continúa sin aceptar el escenario que se produce en el contexto político, económico y social de los Estados Unidos, respecto a la nación cubana; caracterizado por un crecimiento de los que abogan por un cambio en la política de EE.UU. hacia Cuba y promueven el acercamiento entre las dos naciones. Esta tendencia al cambio es más evidente en la comunidad cubana asentada en La Florida, como demostró el estudio realizado meses anteriores por el Atlantic Council.

En la actualidad son varios los congresistas estadounidenses que se han sumado a los pronunciamientos en favor de un acercamiento entre ambos pueblos y la eliminación del bloqueo. El caso más reciente son los cuatro congresistas demócratas de visita en nuestro país, quienes han declarado públicamente que están dadas las condiciones para avanzar en negociaciones directas y sin condiciones que permitan normalizar las relaciones entre Estados Unidos y Cuba. Barbara Lee, líder del grupo, se pronunció en nombre del grupo que conforman Sam Farr (California), Enmanuel Cleaver (Missouri) y Gregory W. Meeks (Nueva York).

Sin embargo, un sector de la extrema derecha insiste en crear y fomentar la desunión entre Cuba y su comunidad en el exterior. Lideran este sector extremistas como Ileana Ros, Mario Diaz Balart, Robert Menendez, Marco Rubio, entre otros.

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Cuba Hosts Congress of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

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Havana, May 6 ,By Prensa Latina: Delegates from 21 nations of America, Europe and Africa have confirmed their attendance at the IX Cuban Congress of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery to be held from May 17 to 21 in this capital.

The working sessions will take place in the Conference Center simultaneously with the II Meeting of Otolaryngology Specialists graduated in Cuba and the V Congress of Logopedy and Phoniatry.

According to Professor Antonio Paz Cordova, president of the organizing committee, the event is an opportunity to bring together professionals from the country and abroad to promote the exchange and update on the latest developments in this field and related sciences.