Welcome to the 18th Festival of Youth and Students


2013 Festival Info

18th World Festival logoFestival Location: Quito Ecuador
Dates: December 7th – 13th 2013

Slogan:“Youth unite against imperialism for the world of peace, solidarity and social transformation!”

In December, the 18th World Festival of Youth and Student will be celebrated in Quito, Ecuador. It is a political movement with a history of 66 years. The First Festival took place in 1947 in Prague. It was organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth and its international partner organizations, in an effort to demonstrate the political will of the Youth that defeated Nazism to continue their efforts for everlasting peace and solidarity among the peoples. To achieve that, the participants adopted the ideal of the anti-imperialist struggle; because imperialism is the main cause of wars, misery and exploitation. They knew back then, as we know now that imperialism changes many faces and methods but its true nature stems from the economic system itself.

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Cubans and Jamaicans Celebrate Cuban Culture Day

JAMAICA, October 27, 2013.

Perucho_FigueredoEl Himno de Bayamo (The Bayamo Anthem), the national anthem of Cuba, has its origin in the Battle of Bayamo in 1868.  It is said that during this battle, on October 20, the Spaniard authorities surrendered to the Cuban forces and the jubilant people surrounded the poet and musician, Perucho Figueredo, who took part in the fighting, and asked him to write an anthem with the melody they were humming.

Legend has it that right on the saddle of his horse, Figueredo wrote the lyrics of the anthem (which was longer than the current official version).  Unfortunately Figueredo was captured and executed by the Spaniards two years later.   It is claimed that just before the firing squad received the Fire command, Figueredo shouted the line from anthem, Morir por la Patria es vivir (To die for the Homeland is to live). 

Officially adopted in 1902, the anthem was retained after the revolution of 1959.   Now, October 20 is a special day for the Cuban people, called Cuban Culture Day.

On Sunday, October 27, the Association of Cuban Residents in Jamaica in conjunction with the Jamaica Cuba Solidarity network, organized a gala to mark this memorable day.

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15th Terry Fox Run in Cuba


THOUSANDS of Cubans walked, jogged or ran in the 15th Terry Fox Run on Saturday, March 30, with events in every municipality, as well as in rural and mountainous areas.

15th Terry Fox Run in CubaEstablished as a prize for effort in the battle against cancer, participants recalled the extraordinary accomplishment of Canadian Terry Fox, a symbol of the international battle against cancer, according to the sports magazine, Jit.

Fox, who lost his right leg to cancer aged 18, began his run on April 12, 1980 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, with the goal of raising Continue reading

2013: The world needs a feeling of kinship…Marilyn Munroe

marilyn munroe 2What I really want to say is that what the world needs is a feeling of kinship. Everybody – stars, labourers, blacks, Jews, Arabs – we’re all brothers!”  Marilyn Munroe

As usual, things are not what they seem. For many, Marilyn Munroe and social awareness  may appear strange together.

Get a glimpse of the Marilyn Munroe that you didn’t know at: http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/marilyn-monroe-dumb-blonde/

Our friendship with Cuba is unswerving

At a special function held at the Edna Manley College in Kingston, Jamaica, on December 9, the President and Regional representative of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, ICAP, Kenia Serrano and Barbara Iglesias were presented with a plaque in recognition of Cuba’s contribution to the Jamaican people and the wider international community.

Citation to the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples

We present this plaque to the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples as a symbol of our appreciation of 40 years of Diplomatic Relations and solid friendship between the Continue reading