Soldier of ideas

 

It is unquestionable that Fidel is incarnated in the hearts of millions of Cubans and admirers throughout the world.

We evoke him dressed in his customary olive green uniform with its epaulets of Comandante en Jefe, with his upright gait, friendly manner, inquisitive gaze; and the deep anti-imperialist convictions he shared with Martí; his iron will to overcome the hardest blows, his wisdom… and above all his infinite love for humanity, for the poor, to whom he dedicated his entire life.

The eminent Cuban writer, debater, professor and diplomat Raúl Roa García said of Fidel, “He hears the grass growing and sees what’s happening around the corner.” He is our undefeated Comandante, confronting any danger whatsoever to safeguard the sovereignty and dignity of Cuba. He is the man who, alongside the people, defeated a bloody military dictatorship and the dark imperialist designs of 11 U.S. administrations, which failed in their efforts to eliminate, even with attempts on his life, the example, the symbol, the soldier of ideas he was.

Che’s farewell letter to Fidel

It’s worth recalling the farewell letter Che Guevara wrote to Fidel, in which the legendary Argentine-Cuban said, “I have lived magnificent days at your side and felt the pride of belonging to our people in the luminous and sad days of the Caribbean (missile) Crisis.

“Few times has a statesman shone as brightly (as you did) on those days. I am also proud to have followed you without hesitation, identifying with your way of thinking, seeing, and evaluating dangers and principles.”

Today, the prolific seeds he sowed in millions of followers across the entire planet are flowering. And resounded in the sure words of Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, during the closing of the constituent session of the National Assembly of People’s Power 7th Legislature, February 24, 2008, when he said, “Fidel is Fidel. We all know it well. Fidel is irreplaceable and the people will continue his work when he is no longer physically present. Although his ideas always will be those which have made it possible to uphold the bastion of dignity and justice our country represents.” He was not mistaken.

This August 13, when Fidel would have celebrated his 91st birthday, he continues among us, surrounded by the affection of his people. He bequeathed to us his abiding guidance, his revolutionary firmness, his unwavering optimism and confidence in victory. Thus our best tribute will be making a reality of his principles every day, regardless of where he might be.

 

Cuba’s Unwavering Defence of Africa

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About Cuba:  Quotations from Nelson Mandela

“The Cuban people hold a special place in the hearts of the people of Africa.  The Cuban internationalists have made a contribution to African independence, freedom and justice, unparalleled for its principled and selfless character … your consistent commitment to the systematic eradication of racism is unparalleled … we in Africa are used to being victims of countries wanting to carve up our territory or subvert our sovereignty. It is unparalleled in African history to have another people rise in the defence of one of us.

“From the point of view of size and population Cuba is a small country. But it is exercising an impact on world affairs which is similar to that of a super power. And Cuba has shown that it is just not a question of the size of a country but its policies and the calibre of its leaders that is important.

“We, in this part of the continent, were tremendously impressed by the role which Cuba played in the liberation of Angola. The Angolans themselves have done a great deal to win …but it is difficult to accept that they would have obtained their freedom at the time they obtained it if Cuba had not committed its forces and resources …towards the liberation of that country.”

Source:  JSC

Che’s Daughter Stresses Solidarity of Cuban Medical Missions

Buenos Aires

aleida 2Cuban medical missions work all over the world under the premise that solidarity is not to give what is left over but to provide what others need, said in this capital Dr. Aleida Guevara March.

Che’s daughter, who visited Argentina  to support the Operación Milagro (Operation Miracle) program that has restored sight to about 48,000 Argentines since 2005, highlighting in particular the departure of specialists to Africa to fight the deadly Ebola virus.

Cuban President Raul Castro Ruz, saw off Wednesday night 165 health professionals, who travelled to Sierra Leone to be part of the global fight against Ebola.

The contingent is made up 62 doctors and 103 nurses, all experienced severe natural disasters and epidemics.

It is our duty, we are Afro-Latin Americans

This is what we are used to do, replied the doctor when Prensa Latina asked her opinion on this new solidarity aid.

‘It is our duty; we are Afro-Latin Americans, and we’ll take our solidarity to the children of that continent, for their contribution to our nation’, she added.

Aleida Guevara participated last night in the discussion ‘Health workers and international missions of Cuba’, organized by the Association of State Workers in its national headquarters in Buenos Aires.

Despite being poor and facing a blockade, Cuba has provided assistance to other countries without neglecting its own people

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Brazilian football club celebrates Che Guevara link

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By Lorena Arroyo
BBC Mundo

You would be forgiven for thinking that the football players with Che Guevara portraits emblazoned on their jerseys were members of the Cuban national team.

Instead, they play for a small Brazilian football team, Madureira Esporte Clube, from a Rio de Janeiro suburb.

Earlier this year, Madureira decided to use Alberto Korda’s famous photograph of the revolutionary leader for one of its new uniforms.

So far the jersey has only been used by the team’s Football 7, but that very team has just won the Brazilian seven-a-side League wearing the new kit.

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Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-25489007

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Alberto Korda: The man responsible for a photo story of the Cuban revolution

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“You can imagine what it means to me,a humble photographer born on an island with 11 million inhabitants to have created an image that has been reproduced more than any other in the history of photography. My grand-children and great-grand-children will say:  Hell, my grand-father, my great-grand-father was an outstanding man!

I had the luck to take a photograph and leave behind something for humankind. I am not leaving great palaces, yachts, money in the bank, nothing of that kind. I leave behind a sample of my work during my stay in the world.” …  Alberto Korda, the person responsible for the image of Che seen above.

Listen to Alberto speak about how he got involved in the Cuban revolution and how he left,  according to some estimates, a photo story of about 55,000 images of this transformation.

http://www.havana-cultura.com/en/nl/visual-art/photographer/alberto-korda

 

Mandela: Cuba’s Solidarity is Unparalleled in African History

fidel y mandelaThe following quotations are taken from a speech made by Nelson Mandela, president of the African National Congress (ANC) on July 26, 1991, when he addressed a rally of tens of thousands in Matanzas, Cuba, marking the thirty-eighth anniversary of the start of Cuban revolution.  The speeches made by Mandela and Fidel at this commemoration were published in the book How Far We Slaves Have Come.

Cuba’s record of selflessness in Africa

1.           ” We come here with great humility.  We come here with great emotion.  We come here with a sense of a great debt that is owed to the people of Cuba.  What other country can point to a record of greater selflessness than Cuba has displayed in its relations with Africa?

How many countries of the world benefit from Cuban health workers or educationists?  How many of these are in Africa?

Where is the country that has sought Cuban help and has had it refused?”‘

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Agostinho Neto forged not only a consciousness, but the instrument of the struggle…Fidel

91st anniversary of the birth of Agostinho Neto

António Agostinho Neto was born on September 17, 1922.  He served as the first President of Angola (1975–1979), after having led the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) in the war for independence (1961 – 1974). Until his death, he lead the MPLA in the civil war(1975-2002). His birthday is celebrated as National Heroes Day, a public holiday in Angola.

Source:  Granma International

Fidel y Neto (2)On September 10, 1979, 30 years ago, the noble heart of Antonio Agostinho Neto ceased beating. We received the news from a tearful Kundy Paihama, who was leading the Angolan delegation to the 6th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, which had concluded in Havana the previous day. Fidel, Raúl, Almeida, and President Samora Machel of Mozambique who, at that moment, was talking with us about the historic event, were filled with profound dismay.

Dedicated to the liberation of his country from colonial oppression

Seven days later, on September 17, Neto would have turned 57 years old. His was a life of passion, heroism, and intelligence dedicated to the liberation of his country from colonial oppression and the building of a just society for all Angolans, which would also be a bulwark of solidarity for the sister nations who were victims of the shameful apartheid regime — Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa.

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