Live: Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez elected as President of the Republic



asamblea310 de octubre, será otro día memorable para la patria. Manteniendo la continuidad histórica de la Revolución Cubana, iniciada hace 151 años en La Demajagua, el Consejo de Estado de la República de Cuba será elegido durante una sesión extraordinaria de la Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular, según lo estipulado en la disposición transitoria segunda del nuevo Constitución.

With remarks from the President of the Republic, the extraordinary session of the National Assembly of People’s Power concluded.

Today is October 10 and we Cubans should congratulate each other, he said. This was Cuba’s first day of freedom, as Carlos Manuel de Céspedes said in the historic uprising of La Demajagua, “and we have every reason to celebrate.”

Díaz-Canel stated, “The Revolution is a struggle for the future, as it always has been and continues to be.”

For all elected, he said, the fundamental task must be the future. Nonetheless, he reiterated, as fundamental tasks, we have, first of all, defense and the economy.

He recalled that, on the Presidency’s website, he had made the call “to think as a country, and found a great deal of optimism and confidence and also some expressions of concern, logical given the convulsive international panorama.”

The President evoked Martí: “To govern is to foresee”. And the Revolution, he stated, “owes much to the foresight of Fidel and Raul. That is our political school.” For those who have doubts, he suggested, just look at our 60 years of history.

“The Cuban Revolution will preserve intact all of its convictions, those that cost the blood of the country’s children. When you have a people of such traditions, like the Cuban, you do not hesitate to face the future, aware that you will triumph. Today we repeat the expression we have often heard from the Army General: What a people we have!

“The more they attack and intimidate us, the more our willpower, national strength, and unity grows. October 10 will always inspire us, as the mambises did not hesitate to use machetes, when there were no guns, we will always have our dignity as a banner and a moral shield.”In the land of Céspedes, Mariana, Gómez, Maceo, Martí, Mella, Guiteras, Rubén, Camilo, Che, Almeida, Ramiro, Guillermo, Vilma, Celia, Haydee, Melba … in the land of Raúl and Fidel, the Bronze Titan’s warning has not changed one millimeter: “He who attempts to take Cuba, will collect only the dust of its blood soaked soil, if he does not perish in the fight.”

“Intense, challenging days await us, but no one is going to take from us the confidence in the future which we owe our children,” he concluded

National Assembly and Council of State President Esteban Lazo invitesthe president of the National Electoral Council, Alina Balseiro, to report the results of the vote.

In compliance with articles 222, 223 and 224 Section 1 of the Electoral Law, the vote count was conducted with the following results:

• Of 605 deputy seats, 599 are currently occupied.

• There are 6 vacancies at this time.

• 580 deputies were present, representing 96.83% attendance.

• 19 deputies were absent.

• 580 deputies voted, representing 100% of those present.

• 580 deputies deposited their ballot in the ballot box.

• 580 ballots were ruled valid, 100%

• 568 deputies for all the candidates voted and 12 cast selective votes.

As established in the Constitution of the Republic, in Articles 126 and 129, to be elected for these positions, a favorable vote of the absolute majority is required.

For President of the Republic: Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez obtained 579 votes for 96.76%, which represents the majority of deputies currently members of the National Assembly.

For the Vice President of the Republic: Salvador Antonio Valdés Mesa obtained 569 votes for 94.99%, which represents the majority of deputies currently members of the National Assembly. Continue reading

Social Movements Plan March On Sao Paulo for Lula.


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Lula’s supporters were galvanized recently after the ex president wrote a defiant ‘letter to the Brazilian people”, in which he railed against his jailers


Lula’s Letter to Brazil’s People: I Won’t Bargain my Freedom

The organizers of the “Justice for Lula” event, together with the Lula Libre Committee, reported that the demonstration aims to denounce the crimes and legal war that have made it impossible for the ex-president to appear in the 2018 general elections, making him a political prisoner.

There is increasing anger at Lula’s imprisonment following the notorious Telegram leaks involving judge Sergio Moro, in which it revealed the extent to which the investigation into Lula was politically motivated.

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Cuba promotes development of agri-food sector.


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Havana, Oct 9 (Prensa Latina) Deputy Agriculture Minister Maury Hechavarria stated the agri-food sector is a strategic priority for the country, seeing significant transformations to boost its development.
Such measures are based on a clear policy of replacing imports by strengthening national production, Hechavarria noted during the initial Workshop of the Country Program ‘Strategic Support for Sustainable Food Security in Cuba’ (SAS-Cuba).

The Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG), with financial support from the European Union (EU), has been working for the past 10 years on cooperation initiatives to strengthen the development of the country’s capacities to increase food production, Hechavarria explained.

This includes the transition to and incorporation of systemic and intersectoral agroecological approaches, local economic development, equity, environment and climate change adaptation, which have contributed to the national import replacement strategy.

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Important attributions for the State Council to be elected in Cuba.


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Havana, Oct . (P L) The Parliament of Cuba will elect the President and Vice President of the Republic on October 10, but before that the deputies will vote for the integration and ownership of the Council of State.
It is the collegiate body that represents the National Assembly of Popular Power between sessions, executes its agreements and fulfills other functions that the Constitution and the law attribute to it.

This is stated in the Magna Carta approved in April, whose article 121 provides that the president, vice president and secretary of the National Assembly of Popular Power are in turn the State Council, which cannot be integrated by members of the Council of Ministers nor the highest authorities of the judicial, electoral and state control bodies.

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Experts from eight countries will present at Cuba’s RedBioLac Meeting.


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Varadero, Cuba, Oct 9 (P L) Experts from eight countries will present at the 11th RedBioLAC Meeting to be held here from October 17 to 18 with the theme Biodigesters: an agroecological option in the rural context, according to its organizers.
The Network of Biodigesters for Latin America and the Caribbean (RedBioLAC),
founded 11 years ago, represents a large group of professionals of this mechanism, which is consolidated at the regional level as a relevant exchange space.

The event will be hosted by the Pastures and Forages Research Station Indio Hatuey, founded in 1962 and attached to the University of the province of Matanzas, which investigates and implements systems to produce food and energy in a sustainable and friendly way with the rural environment.

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Cubans denounce US blockade damages to communications system.


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Havana, Oct 8 (P L) Cuban communications workers denounced on Tuesday the damages to the development of the sector caused by the US blockade, which in the last year were valued at over 55 million dollars.
At a hearing convened by the National Assembly of People’s Power (Parliament) Services Committee, those present rejected the limitations on purchasing technologies, information flow and Internet access caused by the US blockade.

They also pointed out that the tightening of Washington’s hostile policy impacts essential technological processes in the computerization of Cuban society.

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Being like Che, today and tomorrow


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On the 52nd anniversary of Ernesto Guevara’s death, we recall the question posed by Fidel: “What do we want our children to be?” And the answer: “…Like Che”

“I am” or “I will be” is perhaps the most recurrent personal dilemma, in terms of revolutionary ethics, that Che’s memory provokes.

This challenging question weighs heavy in the hearts of conscious individuals, well aware of the living force of Ernesto Guevara’s impeccable example.

It is clear, first of all, that this is not a question for everyone, since he does not mean the same thing for everyone. A man becomes a symbol only for those who share his dreams, while for others he is simply an historical figure, albeit a renowned one.

Che speaks to us in many ways, as a legend, a leader, soldier, companion, father, a natural man.

Nothing in his life or work needs an explication to defend its value. He did not need it when he was alive, when his posture and acts spoke for themselves, even as a developing young man. Much less later, after his ascension from the world of the living, to that of those who live forever. Continue reading

Six decades of aggression toward Cuba


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New Treasury Department regulations to tighten the blockade are intended to disrupt the daily lives of Cubans, including essential health care.

Life goes on in Cuba, with the conviction that there are peoples who do not surrender, and sacred principles, like human dignity and love for the homeland, that will always be worth fighting for.On his bed in the intensive care unit of Pepe Portilla Pediatric Hospital, where he has lived the last two years and seven months, King Dennys Santiesteban shows me his collection of toy dinosaurs.

He assures me that the fiercest is the Tyrannosaurus Rex, and that there are really big ones that they only eat grass.

At six, he tells me that he already knows how to read and write, thanks to the dedication of his grandmother and the doctors who care for him day and night, but admits that his greatest wish is to return home.

The disease he suffers requires him to remain attached to a mechanical ventilator, so without one at home, he stays here.

Dr. Liliana María Cueto explains that these are very expensive devices, only manufactured by capitalist corporations.

“If the equipment has any component from the United States, it isn’t sold to our country,” she says.

Liliana points out that, if there is one area which the U.S. blockade impacts every day, it is public health.

“We feel the lack of medications, such as first-generation antibiotics and equipment with some component of U.S. origin. The firms that produce them are afraid to sell to us, or if they do, they don’t supply us with spare parts.”

Nonetheless, Cuban doctors are committed to defending life and fighting disease. After more than half a century of resistance, it has almost become normal for a country in which most of its inhabitants were born under the effects of the blockade.

But nothing more cruel and anachronistic than this genocidal policy, supported by more than a dozen administrations in the White House. Continue reading

Cuban residents in Panama condemn US blockade on Cuba.


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Panama, Oct. 6 (P L) The Marti’s Association of Cuban Residents in Panama today condemned the hostility of the US government against the island, implemented through the blockade and activation of the Helms-Burton Act.

In a public statement, the group makes reference to the usual rhetoric of lies used by the current administration of Donald Trump to exacerbate this policy, try to surrender an entire people and force changes in the system of the Greater of the Antilles.

‘We strongly condemn these maneuvers for their extraterritorial and genocidal character, which threaten an entire nation, including those who live outside its borders, who also suffer from its cruel effects.

‘We condemn the false accusations against our country of militarily supporting Venezuela and defend the will of both governments to cooperate in the areas they consider necessary, as well as in the right to self-determination of their peoples,’ the text refers. Continue reading

Venezuela honors martyrs of US crime on Cuban flight.


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Caracas, Oct 6 (P L) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro paid tribute this Sunday to the 73 martyrs killed in the 1976 terrorist act against a Cubana de Aviación plane, known as the Barbados crime.
Through a message broadcast on Twitter, the Venezuelan president said that 43 years later, the United States continues to finance and support policies of war in the world, which threaten the peace of peoples.

On October 6, 1976, Cubana de Aviacion flight 455 was destroyed with two bombs. This flight was directed from the island of Barbados to Havana, capital of Cuba.

Investigations reveal that the act was orchestrated by terrorists Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch, who used citizens Hernan Ricardo and Freddy Lugo to place the bombs inside the plane.

Ricardo and Lugo were sentenced to 20 years in prison, while Bosch, after a brief period in detention, was acquitted and Posada Carriles was in prison for eight years until he fled with the support of prison guards.

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