New ‘Fidel’ Musical Celebrates Cuban Revolution in London

Source:  TeleSUR
November 15 2017

Late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, who is being immortalised in a new London musical. | Photo: Reuters

“With just a few hundred soldiers and limited means, they took on Batista’s army of thousands with its tanks, aircraft and backing from the United States.”

The Cuban Revolution will be brought to London audiences in musical form this week when “Fidel,” a new stage show celebrating the life of the revolutionary in song, premiers at the Actor’s Church.

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The musical depicts Fidel Castro’s life in the years leading up to and during the Cuban revolution of 1953-59. It was written by University of Southampton Professor Denise Baden, who was inspired by what she called the “David and Goliath story” of the Cuban Revolution during a research trip to the socialist country.

“I can’t believe it’s not on stage already as a massive musical,” Baden said.

Baden hopes to depict – entirely through song – how Cuba overcame “impossible” odds against the U.S.-backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista to fight for independence and sovereignty.

“With just a few hundred soldiers and limited means, they took on Batista’s army of thousands – with its tanks, aircraft and backing from the United States… and won,” reads the play’s official billing.

“Their secret was bravery, dedication, and the support of the Cuban people, who desperately longed for justice and an independent Cuba.”

The musical score was composed entirely by students from schools across the United Kingdom through a nationwide songwriting competition, in an attempt to mirror “Cuban values” of “education and inclusion,” according to the show’s website.

One actor, from Latin America, pointed to the stark difference in how the Cuban leader is commonly viewed in the South and the vilifying propaganda so prominent in the U.S. and Europe.

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“Back home he’s not seen in the same way they see him here,” he said. “He is quite vilified in the U.S. He’s like this evil dictator who, whatever. Back home the whole left side of politics still kind of view him as a hero.”

Actress Gabriela Garcia, who plays revolutionary Celia Sanchez, said she is deeply inspired by the role of women in the Cuban revolution, and hopes to depict that to London audiences through her character.

“For me, women like her in the Revolution or most of the time get forgotten. So everything, all the stories you hear, is about Fidel or Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos, but actually, when you really start digging in deep and read about all these revolutionary women, there were so many. Especially in the Cuban Revolution,”

Fidel Castro is admired by leftist and anti-imperialist movements around the world for his role in building a sovereign Cuba, staving off the United States, and assisting worldwide revolutionary movements. He died last year at the age of 90.

Cuban National Ballet announces program-tribute to Fidel, from November 23 to 26

Source:  Cubadebate
November 17 2017

ballet tribute to fidel.jpgThe fille mal gardée. Photo: Carlos Quezada

The National Ballet of Cuba can not miss in the Tribute to Fidel Day, the historical leader of the Revolution, which has meant so much in the history and development of the company .

The program-tribute includes works with different interpretative styles and will be presented on Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November, at the Gran Teatro de la Habana “Alicia Alonso” .

This season also celebrate the 140th anniversary of the premiere of La bayadera, and the 65th of the staging of Alicia Alonso’s version of La fille mal gardée .  It also includes the world premiere of the ballet Anyali , by Ely Regina Hernandez

The Grand pas de La bayadera (choreography: María Elena Llorente, on the original by Marius Petipa, music: Ludwig Minkus, set design: Ricardo Reymena, costumes: Salvador Fernández) was produced in 1877, at the Marinski Theater, St. Petersburg, as lead soloist to Lev Ivanov, who would later achieve celebrity as a Nutcracker choreographer and the second and fourth acts of Swan Lake .

The libretto of La bayadera , created by Serguei Kuschelok and Marius Petipa, was inspired by two dramas by the Hindu poet Kalidasa. The present Grand pascorresponds to the scene of the festivities for the betrothal of Gamzatti, the daughter of the Raja, and Solor, a warrior prince.

In the oriental culture, the bayaderas were dancers and singers who intervened both in religious ceremonies and in profane parties. In the theatrical dance of the 19th century, populated by extraordinary female creatures – sylphs, undines, wilis, swan-women, shadows, ghosts … -, the bayaderas, for their exoticism, enjoyed special popularity.

In the repertoire of the National Ballet of Cuba is another fragment of the ballet La bayadera : the scene known as The Kingdom of Shadows . The protagónicos will be assumed by Anette Delgado, Sadaise Arencibia, Bárbara Fabelo, Rafael Quenedit, Raúl Abreu and Ariel Martínez, who debuted in the roles of Gamzatti, the daughter of the Raja, and Solor, respectively.

The world premiere of Anyali (choreography and costumes: Ely Regina Hernández, assembly assistants: Yasser Domínguez and Mercedes Piedra, music: Ezio Bosso, light design: Ruddy Artiles) will have as interpreters Anette Delgado, Bárbara Fabelo, Adrián Sánchez, Daniel Rittoles, Darío Hernández, Ariel Martínez and Adniel Reyes.

Close the program, La fille mal gardée (choreography: Alicia Alonso, on the original by Jean Dauberval, music: Peter Ludwig Hertel, designs: Salvador Fernández).

This ancient choreographic comedy, created by Dauberval in 1789 and whose music and choreography have subsequently undergone frequent changes and adaptations, was reconstructed by Alicia Alonso for the National Ballet of Cuba in 1952, in a summarized version in one act. It presents a synthesis of the most characteristic elements of the plot and the style of the time, but without neglecting the incorporation of technical and theatrical elements that have subsequently enriched the language of ballet.

The protagonists of these functions are Anette Delgado, Viengsay Valdés, Chanell Cabrera and Claudia García, who debuts in the role of Lisette. Rafael Quenedit, Patricio Revé, Yankiel Vazquez and Raúl Abreu are the Colin. In Mama Simón you can enjoy the experienced Ernesto Díaz and Félix Rodríguez. The cast is completed by Daniel Rittoles, Narciso Medina and Brian González, who debuted in the Alain. In the sympathetic character of Don Tomás, Adniel Reyes and Yansiel Pujada will premiere, those who will alternate with Ernesto Díaz. All seconded by soloists and body dance.

Tickets for these performances (Thursday 23, Friday 24 and Saturday 25, 8:30 pm., And Sunday 26, 5:00 pm.) Can be purchased at the box office of the Gran Teatro de La Habana “Alicia Alonso” from next Tuesday, November 19 .

Uruguay: Activists pay tribute to Fidel in Conference Against Neoliberalism

Sources:  TeleSUR,  La Santa Mambisa
November 16 2017

Thousands of union workers and citizens are attending the conference in protest against “disastrous neoliberal politics in the world.”

protests against neoliberalism in uruguay nov 2017.pngProtesters march against neoliberalism in Montevideo, Uruguay.
| Photo: Twitter / @confed_bancaria

Thosuands of activists are participating in Day 2 of the Continental Conference For Democracy And Against Neoliberalism hosted in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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Union workers and citizens are attending the conference in protest against “disastrous neoliberal politics in the world.”

On Thursday, activists from across Latin America marched in the capital city, waving flags and chanting against the policies of leaders like Argentine President Mauricio Macri and Brazilian President Michel Temer.

Gabriel Molina, general secretary of the Union of Workers-National Convention of Workers, PIT-CNT, described the conference as “one of the most important mobilizations in recent years.”

PIT-CNT President Marcelo Abdala announced at the march that in 2018, Latin American workers will mobilize together “without exclusion.” Around 2,000 representatives from 23 countries are participating in the summit, according to the group.

Abdala said the meeting will serve to “confront the neoliberal policies that politicians are implementing, like the policies Uruguay lived in the 1990s.”

“We’re a part of America Latina and … we need to liberate the peoples of the continent and world,” he added.

Support for Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua and El Salvador

The union president said that the neoliberal structural crisis in Uruguay led by right-wing corporations not only negatively affected the economy, but the country’s culture, values and humanity. Abdala and others fear that Uruguay will soon begin to suffer the austerity measures currently in place in Brazil and Argentina.

Abdala added that Uruguayan workers support Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua and El Salvador, who are “attacked … with a machine gun that is directing the destiny of the world’s main power.”

He said the United States no longer has the power to act unilaterally, but has to negotiate with India, Russia and China, with whom Uruguayan workers will work with to create a better life for all. Abdala stressed Uruguay’s unions will continue to fight collectively and, “live, love and struggle” for a just world, “like the revolutionaries.”

Special day for Cuba

Today is a special day for the participants and for Cuba as a whole, since it is the day in which tribute is paid to the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.

The homage of the more than 30 organizations and social movements is named “Fidel, eternal companion of fights”, and will take place at the Municipal Velodrome of Montevideo, at 7 pm (Uruguayan time), although since yesterday, in the mobilizing march that started the activities was the presence of the Commander in Chief, when those present from different regions of Latin America shouted Viva Fidel!

The Commemorative Act occurs in the context of the activities for the first anniversary of his physical disappearance. Representatives of Cuba, Uruguay, Venezuela and Argentina are expected to speak along with Oscar Andrade, the Executive Secretariat of the Central Única de Trabajadores, of Uruguay PIT-CNT; Yarisleidis Medina, of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, and Dayan González, of the University Student Federation of Cuba.

Let us all unite to pay homage to the undefeated Commander in Chief, promoter of Latin American Unity, defender of the humble and eternal fighter against neoliberalism.

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Fidel: Without the October Revolution, the end of colonialism would not have been possible

Source:  Cubadebate
7 November 2017

“Without the October Revolution … it would not have been at all possible to end colonialism and liberate (millions) of peoples on all continents,” Fidel said.

fidel in red squareFidel delivers a speech on the rostrum of the Lenin Mausoleum on the Red Square in Moscow in a mass ceremony. He is accompanied by the President of the USSR, Nikita Khrushchev and the General Secretary of the CPSU Leonid Brezhnev, on April 28, 1963. Author: TASS News Agency / Fidel Soldier of Ideas Website.

A century ago, world history changed forever. The Great October Socialist Revolution of October 1917 was one of the most important events in the contemporary history of mankind. Such a historical event, as well as the presence of its leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, had great influence in many countries in Europe, Latin America and the rest of the world.

On this transcendental feat, which served as inspiration for the Cuban Revolution, our Commander in Chief Fidel Castro said in the main event commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Assault on the Moncada Barracks, in Santiago de Cuba, on July 26, 1973:

“Without the October Revolution which has developed its technique and its economy at an incredible cost of sweat and sacrifice without exploiting the work of a single worker in any country on Earth, and without the immortal feat of the Soviet people, who first resisted intervention and the imperialist blockade and later defeated the aggression of fascism and crushed it at a cost of 20 million dead, the end of colonialism and the liberation of (millions) of peoples on all continents would not have been at all possible .

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Two years later, in the speech given at the solemn evening for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the first Marxist-Leninist party of our country, in the theater “Lázaro Peña”, on August 22, 1975, Fidel said:

“(…) from the October Revolution of 1917, the first state of workers and peasants arose in the world, and the revolutionary movement, in its struggle against colonialism and for national independence as well as social liberation, acquired an extraordinary inspiration and an immense wealth of experiences.”

At the university “Carolinum”, in Prague, Czechoslovakia, on the occasion of being awarded the title of Doctor of Juridical Sciences Honoris Causa, on June 22, 1972, speaking on the importance of the October Revolution, he said:

“No one had the right to think that such an extraordinary change as the one that began in the world with the October Revolution would be an easy change, that such an extraordinary birth from human society would be an easy birth. Socialism emerges as a new system, as a gigantic and historic victory against exploitation, as a promise for all humanity. “

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In lands of the former USSR, at the XXV Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, on February 25, 1976, he stated:

“No revolutionary stopped feeling the encouragement and the spirit that always emanated from the Soviet communists. It can be said that since then all the new revolutionary generations were educated in the ideas, the spirit and the principles of the October Revolution. …. Humankind has since experienced the most fertile period of revolutionary transformation in all its existence. “

Because of the historical importance of this example of the struggle of the proletariat against capitalism, in the main event of the XXXI anniversary of the assault on the Moncada Barracks, held in the city of Cienfuegos, on July 26, 1984, the leader of The Cuban Revolution highlighted:

“(…) the historical reality is that the idea of ​​crushing by force the revolutions, was always part of the philosophy and thought of imperialism and all reactionary systems throughout history.”

To learn more about the ideology of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, visit our site Fidel Soldado de las Ideas . Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

fidel in russia 2.jpgDuring a mass act in the Leningrad stadium. He is accompanied by the President of the USSR, Nikita Khrushchev and the General Secretary of the CPSU, Leonid Brezhnev, on May 15, 1963. Author: TASS News Agency / Fidel Soldier of Ideas Website.

fidel in russia 3.jpgFidel greets the President of the USSR, Nikita Khrushchev, after signing the joint Soviet-Cuban declaration at the Kremlin Palace on May 23, 1963. Author: TASS News Agency / Fidel Soldier of Ideas Website.

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Cuba takes centre-stage at the 19th World Festival (Photos)

Source:  TeleSUR
October 22 2017

Russia Hosts the World Festival of Youth and Students

IN PICTURES: More than 20,000 young people from 150 countries are attending the event in Sochi.

The festival has as its theme, “For peace, solidarity and social justice, we struggle against imperialism. Honoring our past, we build the future!”

During the week-long event, discussions are focusing on global political issues, ranging from the fight against xenophobia in the United States to student movements, as well as health and education.

The World Federation of Democratic Youth founded the gathering to combat fascism and imperialism after World War II.

cuba takes centre stage in russia.jpgThis year’s WFYS is dedicated to Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, for his “legacy, and contributions to … such festivals and the defense of their founding principles,” said Radio Havana.Photo:@CubanitoenCuba

cuba takes centre stage in russia 2.jpgCuban delegate Rafael Bogonin said, “At a time when Latin American countries are facing a resurgence of hegemonic capitalism, Cuba stands out as a beacon of hope, an example for revolutionary youth”Photo:@CubanitoenCuba

cuba takes centre stage in russia 3.jpgYouth enjoy the many cultural events. Sochi Jazz and the People’s Artist of Russia will also perform.Photo:@CubanitoenCuba

cuba takes centre stage in russia 4.jpgSingers from Cuba entertain the youth participants as part of the evening events at the WFSY.

cuba takes centre stage in russia 5.jpgPeople from 150 countries are taking part in the event.Photo:Reuters

cuba takes centre stage in russia 6.jpgRussia’s President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the festival in Sochi.Photo:Reuters

Huge solidarity with Cuba in World Festival of Youth and Students

Source:  Cuban News Agency
October 16 2017

cuba at 19th world festival.jpgA day filled with signs of infinite love, admiration and respect for Cuba was experienced at the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students underway here, a day in which many ratified their condemnation of the unjust US blockade against Cuba.

In a workshop on solidarity with Cuba and Venezuela, and by panelists from both countries, the auditorium was full, with the presence of Aleida Guevara, the daughter of Ernesto Che Guevara, who expressed her pride in being invited to the international forum and narrated her experiences, as pediatrician, on how the blockade affects Cuban children.

Aleidita, as Che called her affectionately, said that the blockade cannot be quantified in material damages, since these are immense and it harms the Cuban people to a great extent; even those who do not yet have a political thought or criterion, such as children, she said.

Out of the 10 new drugs that hit the markets every year, eight come from US companies and sometimes Cuba must have go through several intermediaries to acquire them; not to mention that sanctions range from millions of dollars in fines to a ban on selling them to the Cuban nation.

Referring to everything Cuba does for humankind, Guevara affirmed that if she feels useful is because she was raised as a woman of the Revolution, to which the public responded with an effusive applause, a sign of that affection and respect towards her father, who is also dedicated to the world.

Rafael Bogoni, Executive Secretary of the Latin American and Caribbean Continental Organization of Students, stressed that Cuba’s resistance to the blockade for more than half a century is an example for the world and, at the same time, a political beacon of struggle.

He reiterated that the small Caribbean nation represents a model to be followed by all and therefore deserves many signs of solidarity; while adding that the fact that the world event is dedicated to Fidel and Che shows what Cuba is for those who struggle for sovereignty.

Raul: Venezuela has given another great lesson in peace, democratic vocation, courage, and dignity

Message from Army General Raúl Castro to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

raul y nicolas 4.jpg“I congratulate you on the results of the state elections. Venezuela has given another great lesson in peace, democratic vocation, courage, and dignity.

Source:  Granma
October 17, 2017 08:10:30

by: Granma | internet@granma.cu

Havana

October 16, 2017

Comrade Nicolás Maduro Moros

President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Esteemed Nicolás:

I congratulate you on the results of the state elections. Venezuela has given another great lesson in peace, democratic vocation, courage, and dignity .

The legacy of Chávez is alive. He and Fidel would be very proud of this victory.

You can always count on the support and solidarity of Cuba.

An embrace,

Raúl Castro Ruz

President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba