July 26 – A Brief History

Reblogged from VICTORIA FRIENDS OF CUBA

July 26th
A brief history

For Cuba July 26th represents the most important day of the year. On July 26th 1953, 124 rebels attacked the Moncada Barracks in Santiago, the capital of Oriente province in Cuba which was the second largest military post in the country.

The attack took place in the time when Fulgenico Batista ruled Cuba. Batista, who was a puppet of the US, was totally financed and supported by the Yankees. It was a time when life for Cubans was very harsh. People were being jailed, disappeared, tortured or killed by Continue reading

July 26th – a Founding Event of the Liberation Struggle of Latin American Nations . . . Chavez

Reblogged from VICTORIA FRIENDS OF CUBA

Havana, July 27 (RHC) – As Cubans celebrated National Rebellion Day on July 26 and expressed their commitment to the Socialist Revolution, the historic date was also observed with solidarity rallies in other nations in this region and around the world.

In Puerto Rico, the only remaining US colony in the Caribbean, the Communist Party expressed its solidarity with the island by stressing that the Cuban Revolution is an Continue reading

Cuban Athletes in London Pay Tribute to Bolivar and to July 26 Heroes

Source:  Juventud Rebelde

By: Raiko Martín

2012-07-27 | 08:26:29 EST

Idalis and wants to fight.
Idalis Ortis. Photo: Marcelino Vázquez Hernández/AIN

London.— A delegation of Cuban and Latin American athletes attending the London Olympic Games held a ceremony on Tuesday, July 24, to mark the 229th anniversary of the birth of Simon Bolivar and the 59th anniversary of the attacks on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel Barracks.

On Tuesday, a group of Cuban and Latin American sports men gathered at the Bolivar Hall in London paid tribute to Simon Bolivar and to Moncada heroes; and ratified their commitment to the ongoing struggle for Latin American independence, a dream championed by Jose Marti, Simon Bolivar, Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro.

Attending the ceremony was Cuban Ambassador to England Esther Armenteros. In her Continue reading

July 26, 1953 – When Cuban Youth Changed the Route of History

Angolans and Cubans Celebrate Day of National Rebellion

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Luanda, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) – The Association of Cadets and Junior Cadets of (Assopreca) marked the Day of National Rebellion in Cuba with different activities in a political ceremony at the Monument of the Cuban Combatants in Huambo province, demanding the end of U.S. blockade against Cuba and the release of the Cuban Five anti-terrorist fighters unjustly held in U.S. prisons.

Cuban cooperation workers joined representatives of the Central Military Region attending the meeting, who expressed the joy of the Angolan people to celebrate July 26 and noted the fruitful friendship ties and solidarity between their countries.

According to Cuban diplomatic sources, participants in a gathering at the Higher Institute Continue reading

History Will Absolve Me…Fidel, 1953

The following is the reconstruction of Fidel’s four-hour speech made on 16 October 1953 in his own defense in court against the charges brought against him after he led the attack on the Moncada Barracks.

Source: http://www.marxists.org/history/cuba/archive/castro/1953/10/16.htm

HONORABLE JUDGES:

Never has a lawyer had to practice his profession under such difficult conditions; never has such a number of overwhelming irregularities been committed against an accused man. In this case, counsel and defendant are one and the same. As attorney he has not even been able to take a look at the indictment. As accused, for the past seventy-six days he has been locked away in solitary confinement, held totally and absolutely incommunicado, in violation of every human and legal right.

He who speaks to you hates vanity with all his being, nor are his temperament or frame of mind inclined towards courtroom poses or sensationalism of any kind. If I have had to assume my own defense before this Court it is for two reasons. First: because I have been denied legal aid almost entirely, and second: only one who has been so deeply wounded, who has seen his country so forsaken and its justice trampled so, can speak at a moment like this with words that spring from the blood of his heart and the truth of his very gut.

There was no lack of generous comrades who wished to defend me, and the Havana Bar Association appointed a courageous and competent jurist, Dr. Jorge Pagliery, Dean of the Bar in this city, to represent me in this case. However, he was not permitted to carry out Continue reading

We Salute the Heroism and Sacrifice of the Cuban People…JCFA Montego Bay

Jamaica Cuba Friendship Association , Montego Bay Chapter

July 26, 2012

On behalf of the members of the Jamaica Cuba Friendship Association, Montego Bay Chapter we extended our heartiest congratulation to the people and government of Cuba on the commemoration of the 59th anniversary of the attacks on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Barracks. The commitment, persistence, sacrifices and dedication in standing up for the sovereignty of the nation of Cuba is a true inspiration to the rest of world.

We the members of this small, but growing solidarity group will continue on our mission in maintaining and strengthening the mutual bonds between the two sister nations, continue Continue reading

A Time to Reflect on the Extreme Sacrifice the Cuban People Have Made

59th Anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Barracks

Speech made by YESCuba on the Commemoration of the Attack on the Moncada Barracks

Good evening everyone,

Today, as we commemorate the 59th anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Barracks in Santiago, Cuba, it is an appropriate time to reflect on the extreme sacrifice which the Cuban people have made and continue to make to ensure that they, and humanity generally, live in a better world – a world not ruled by competition between peoples and the exploitation of one class by another, but one in which friendly and cooperative ties bond peoples of the world as they try to globalize solidarity and live in harmony among themselves and with Nature.

Fifty nine years ago on this day, Fidel and Abel Santamaria (photo below) led about 140 Cuban patriots in an armed attack on the Moncada Barracks in Santiago, Cuba, with the aim of triggering a national uprising which would remove U.S.-backed military dictator, Continue reading

The American People Need to Know the Truth of the Cuban Five

Cuban News Agency

July 22nd 2012

We are convinced that if US public opinion knew about the injustice committed against these men, the American people would take sides with us in our struggle to bring them home, said deputy foreign minister Ana Teresita Gonzalez in a meeting with the Parliament Foreign Affairs Commission, referring to the case of the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters held in the U.S. since 1998,.

The parliamentarians addressed the need to raise awareness on the case among the American people as crucial factor to achieve the return to Cuba of the five heroes. The Parliament, the Foreign Ministry and other Cuban institutions have as major objective in their agendas, their actions to break the wall of silence raised in the world and particularly in the United States to prevent the truth of the Cuban five case from being known, said the government official.

Gerardo Hernandez, Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Ramon Labañino were given extremely long sentences after they monitored US-based ultra-right organizations that have undertaken terrorist actions against Cuba over the past 50 years.

Rene Gonzalez, was released from prison after having met his 12-year sentence but he Continue reading

Michael Manley’s Wisdom Still Bearing Fruit in Jamaica

Cuban Teachers Coming in September;
GC Foster Museum of Sports and Recreation established

In 1972, when Michael Manley became Prime Minister of Jamaica, he tried to steer the country in a new direction.  He embraced the motto of the poor and downtrodden Rastafarian brethren when he declared nationally and popularized the phrase ‘the word is love’.  He promoted a new basic economic philosophy which was pivoted on Continue reading

Cuba: The Largest Graduation of Medical Doctors Ever

Cuban News Agency
July 11, 2012

Cuba will graduate the largest number of medical doctors ever when 11 000 new professionals receive their diplomas this month.

According to Granma newspaper, the total of graduates includes 5 315 Cubans and 5 694 professionals from 59 countries of the world. The graduation ceremonies are scheduled to Continue reading