Why do Cuban women support the Revolution so firmly?

Source:  Granma
March 8 2019

by  Fidel Castro Ruz

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Photo: Granma Archives Endrys Correa

Cuban women support the Revolution so firmly, so enthusiastically, so loyally… because it is a revolution that means double liberation for women. Women are a part of the country’s most humble sectors… women face discrimination not only as workers, but as women as well

I told a compañero that this phenomenon of women in the Revolution was a revolution within another revolution. And if we were asked: what is the most revolutionary thing that the Revolution is doing, we would answer that the most revolutionary thing the Revolution is doing is precisely this; that is, the revolution that is taking place within the women of our country. If we were asked: what are the things that have taught us the most in the Revolution, we would answer that one of the most interesting lessons that revolutionaries are receiving in the Revolution is the lesson that women are giving us. (…)

What is occurring to us, in reality, is that this potential force is superior to what the most optimistic of us could have ever imagined. And that is why we said that, maybe in the background, unconsciously, unconsciously there was some prejudice, or there was some underestimation, since reality is demonstrating, just beginning to march along this path, all the possibilities and all the roles women can play in a revolutionary process (…)

If women believe that their situation within society is optimal, if women believe that the revolution’s function, its revolutionary function within society, has been fulfilled, they would be mistaken.

It seems to us that women must still struggle a great deal, that women must work hard to reach the place they should really occupy (…)

If women in our country were doubly exploited, doubly humiliated, that means simply that, in a social revolution, women must be doubly revolutionary.

And this perhaps explains, or contributes to explaining, and it can be said that it is the social base that allows an explanation as to why Cuban women support the Revolution so firmly, so enthusiastically, so loyally. Simply for this reason:

Because it is a revolution that for women means two revolutions; because it is a revolution that means double liberation for women. Women are a part of the country’s most humble sectors… women face discrimination not only as workers, but as women, as well, within this exploitative society.

That is why the attitude of women in our Revolution, in our country, reflects this reality, reflects what the Revolution has meant for women. And the popular sectors, the popular sectors support the Revolution to the same extent that the Revolution has meant liberation for them (…)

It only remains to say, with all my strength: Long live Cuban women! Long live the revolutionary spirit, the discipline, the devotion of Cuban women!

Long live the female revolution within the socialist revolution!

Source: Speech during the closing session of the Fifth National Plenum of the FMC, December 9, 1966.

Hugo Chavez’s Memory Lives on in the Hearts of Latin Americans

Source:  TeleSUR
March 5 2019

hugo chavez lives onHugo Chavez’s presidency in Venezuela extended from 1999 to 2013, but his
presence still remains in the streets and the heart of the country. | Photo: EFE

Hugo Chavez’s presidency in Venezuela extended from 1999 to 2013,
but his presence still remains in the streets and the heart of the country. | Photo: EFE

Published 5 March 2019 (13 hours 5 minutes ago)

Chavez’s spirit was contagious and empowered the region with a passion for Latin America and its colorful history.

Six years since his passing and the memory of Hugo Chavez still remains not only in the hearts of Venezuelans but of Latin Americans around the globe.

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His leadership and legacy revolutionized the state of Venezuela, like no other administration in the nation’s history, cutting the chord from imperialist countries in the north, taking the reins and changing South America’s future.

After centuries of passivity, under Chavez’s administration, Venezuela bloomed into one of the strongest, most independent nations on the continent.

Over the 14 years of his presidency, Chavez made it his mission to bring equality to lower classes from mediating race discrimination to increasing employment opportunities and introducing social programs.

By exploring the expenditure of Venezuela’s oil industry, the former president was able to allocate funds for free housing, literacy, and health care initiatives. Pensions for the elderly surged, jumping from 400,000 to over two million; some 1.5 million Venezuelans benefited from the Mission Robinson I and learned to read and write.

Under Chavez’s policies, poverty rates were cut in half and the level of extreme poverty decreased by two-thirds; child malnutrition decreased and the amount of safe, clean drinking water grew.

In an article published by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, Roger D. Harris, Task Force on the Americas, said, “Venezuela went from being among one of the most economically unequal nations in Latin America to being among the most equal through the exercise of state power for the populace.”

Chavez’s spirit was contagious and empowered the region with a passion for Latin America and its colorful history.

His experience was pivotal in the creation of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) which united Venezuelan and Cuba in 2003 in a mutually respectful and reciprocal fair trade arrangement. What started as a two-member agreement, soon grew into an 11-member nation concord.

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A second initiative, PetroCaribe, made waves in 2005 when 17 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean joined together to secure a steady energy supply, without overdue interference from Canada or the United States.

Similarly, The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) and Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) were created again as a means to break from centuries of tradition and submission orchestrated by the Northern Hemisphere.

The progress realized in Venezuela over the last decade and a half hardly make it surprising that the United States is desperate to instate a Washington-approved head of state.

Over the last few months, the U.S. has increased its efforts to dislodge Chavez’s democratically elected successor, Nicolas Maduro. In its most recent attempt, the U.S. sent “humanitarian aid” to Colombia in a show of solidarity with the Venezuelan opposition and the “suffering boys and girls.” However, violence- perpetrated by opposition forces- broke out along the border and resulted in the injury of numerous state police officials.

This “philanthropic” ploy was denounced by Venezuelan government officials before an international delegation at the United Nations last week, when Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza revealed that the trucks of “food” were carrying equipment for barricades and anti-government movements lodged by the opposition.

Despite these hardships, Maduro’s government continues Chavez’s mission, founding new social programs to boost the economy and employment opportunities, while still ensuring the heart and spirit of “Chavismo” is reflected in modern-day Venezuela.

Within 24 Hours Two Million Venezuelan Signatures For Peace

Source: Internationalist 360
February 8 2019

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Within 24 hours two million signatures have been collected in favor of peace

The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, during a press conference, held at the Miraflores Palace, on Friday, said that in just 24 hours two million signatures of Venezuelans have been collected, who subscribe to the Charter to peace, which will be delivered in a popular march in the White House.

“They have failed. Our country today is more determined than ever to fight for its independence, dignity, for its historic right to exist, for its right to peace”, he declared.

In the Simón Bolívar Room, at the presidential palace and in the presence of more than 60 representatives of audiovisual media and national and international agencies, the head of state began the meeting by saying: “we are facing and developing all of the defense of Venezuelan democracy, we are in a great day of defense of Venezuelan democracy, of the defense of national sovereignty, of the right to peace, three key elements that are linked: democracy, freedom of the people, sovereignty, territorial integrity and the right to peace, three elements that are being subjected to harassment, permanent aggression, trying to impose, above the Constitution, formulas that are not contained in it: a dual, parallel, phantasmagoric government that is not supported by any letter or mandate of the Constitution”.

The constitutional president, Nicolás Maduro Moros, referred that the government of the United States, tried to violate the national sovereignty, at the same time mentioned the show “called humanitarian operation and the peace threatened by the government of Mr. Donald Trump who has ratified, last Sunday in television interview, his threat of military invasion against Venezuela”.

The National President mentioned the meeting in Montevideo, on the eve of this Wednesday, 6th, “for a diplomatic initiative for dialogue and peace in Venezuela, the governments of Mexico, Uruguay, Bolivia and the 14 Caricom governments in the Caribbean, subscribed a document called the Montevideo Mechanism, which respectfully takes steps towards a dialogue among Venezuelans, with the facilitation and support of our Latin American and Caribbean brothers, within the framework of the principles of international law, the principles that unite us as a region”.

“I have greeted this initiative and I have confirmed that we are in the immediate disposition to accompany any action that goes in the way of diplomacy, dialogue, understanding, meeting, among Venezuelans, it seems very important that once again, from Latin America, from the Caribbean arise peace initiatives, respectful of national sovereignty so Venezuelans can work on a path of dialogue, peace, are very important initiatives”, he said.

He stressed the reaction of repudiation and rejection of the threats of Donald Trump in the world and said: “It is very dangerous that the president of the most powerful and aggressive military power in the world says he has the military option against Venezuela”.

White House naked

“Venezuelans ask ourselves: what is the cause of war? According to even international law, which has existed for decades, what is the pretext or motive to threaten a peaceful country? what is it? Is there any just cause, that could be called a pretext or motive, to threaten the use of force, in violation of the United Nations Charter?”, He asked responding: “We all know there is none, even beyond the opinions that some may have about the Bolivarian Revolution, of the revolutionary government that I preside, beyond the opinions some may have of the socialism of the XXI Century that we strive to work in building and creating, beyond that, there is an international law, there is international justice, and that right and that international justice, seen from any point of view, simply leave naked the intention of that dominant imperial elite in the White House to seize Venezuela for its oil resources, mining resources, for the great wealth of our country”.

He explained that from the United States an operation was mounted during the last years in order to harass, corral and surrender the country, however, he said: “They have failed, our country today is more determined than ever to fight for its independence, for its dignity, for its historical right to exist, for its right to peace”.

He reported that, just in 24 hours of starting the work day for peace, in all the Bolívar squares of the country, two million Venezuelans had demonstrated, with the collection of signatures, their support to the Open Letter to the American people, to be delivered in popular march to the White House, in the United States.

When considering the peace initiatives assumed by the Venezuelans, he expressed the way how daily lies have been fabricated about Venezuela, and denounced that the arguments, force and power of the Bolivarian Government are invisible.

“This press conference always has the interest that we, the invisible are heard, on behalf of the invisible, I speak to the peoples of the world, speak with the truth of Venezuela, so the truth of Venezuela reverberates and opens spaces of peace, understanding , respect, which is what we ask the world, respect, peace, democracy, is what we ask to the world”, he said.

He expressed: “you can not impose the unique thought, from the White House of Donald Trump to the world, the unique thought using all its power to destroy a country with a noble project, as it is the Bolivarian project, we have a lot of moral, spiritual and political reserve, in Venezuela, to inform you, social communicators of the world, Venezuela is standing and will keep standing, I hope this true can be transmitted on the keyboards of your computers before the avalanche of aggressions, lies, manipulations, and may the truth makes its room like a ray of fulminating light, that is our faith, for that faith we fight every day”.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro talks to the press at the presidential palace in Caracas on Friday, February 8.

The political situation in Venezuela is unclear after Maduro was sworn in for a second term as President and Venezuelan opposition leader and head of the National Assembly Juan Guaido declared the inauguration illegitimate, announcing himself interim president.

Maduro has condemned the decision of a number of countries to recognise Guaido as Venezuela’s acting president and blocked the entrance of humanitarian aid through the Colombian / Venezuelan border, claiming it would be the start of a US-led invasion.

If I were not Cuban

Source:  La Santa Mambisa
February 5 2019

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If I were not Cuban, how many things I would have lost, how much Creole substance, how much laughter and handshakes. If the stork had thrown me in other latitudes, I would not have grown up with the doors of my house always open in the middle of a rural, quiet and picturesque neighborhood. I would not have graduated as a university student without paying a penny.

I would be missing the photos next to the bust of Marti in the primary school, the memory of parents tying scarves around their young children’s necks, the din of the neighborhood in the 1972 Olympics after Teofilo Stevenson’s fulminating knockout on the prominent and square jaw Yankee Duanne Bobbick, who was nicknamed “The White Hope” and, hope at last, it was eaten by the goat, even though it was not green.

If I were not Cuban, I would have ignored the collective joy that is woven around a large pot full of broth in the middle of the street. I would not know the clatter of dominoes under an almond tree, nor would I have memories of the Cansao Ox of the Van Van, the Nueva Trova, Palmas and cañas or even the meteorological part of Dr. José Rubiera, known in my town as the Hurricane Hunter

If I were not Cuban I would not have applauded Fidel whenever the carapacho sounded to the characters from the North, I would never have premiered a guayabera and probably did not know anything about the ball, staying out of the crowd when Antonio Muñoz the ball burst and Bobby Salamanca shouted at the top of his lungs: “Goodbye, Lolita of my life.” I would not know the congrí, nor the pig roasted in a plectrum.

If I were not Cuban, I could get up early and not drink coffee, I would always speak softly, I would not joke in the most unexpected places, I would not engage in improvised conversations with any stranger at the bus stop, I would not ask the neighbors for salt, I would not donate blood voluntarily, I would know a little less solidarity, I would not go to hospitals for free, I would not have children protected by free vaccines, I would not pay attention to the Virgin of Charity, to the stamps of San Lazaro or to the offerings left in the trunks of the ceibas.

If I were not Cuban, I would ignore the joy of making a Constitution and have the right to vote for it; and above all, that a good people can more than destroy a tornado.

If I were not Cuban, I would never have learned that you can live with less, but with more pride; that you can block anything but the smile and the desire to live without price.

Jamaicans Should Understand What’s Happening in Venezuela

Source:  JSC
January 28 2019

by Al Grey, greyal2@yahoo.com

Probably the easiest way for young Jamaicans to understand what’s happening in Venezuela is for them to speak with an honest, objective and informed person who lived in Jamaica in the 1970s and who was old enough then to be aware of the real situation in the country.

If that is not possible, then there is a lot of information on the internet about this period in Jamaica’s life which can allow the honest, non-partisan mind to know the truth of the time. In addition, several informative books and articles, fiction and non-fiction, have been written about the CIA’s role in Jamaica in this period.  All one needs to do is google “the CIA involvement in Jamaica”.

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The script used then in Jamaica, which was basically the same one used in Chile leading up to assassination of the democratically elected President Dr. Salvador Allende in 1973, had three main components; paramilitary activity; propaganda in the mainstream media; and economic warfare.

This, in essence, is what we now see happening in Venezuela.  But of course, the stakes are much higher there, not only because of the huge oil, gas and gold reserves which the country boasts but also because of the leading role that the Bolivarian Revolution has played since Hugo Chavez’ electoral victory in 1998 in transforming the region into an integrated, anti-imperialist bloc.  Since Chavez’ victory there have been 15 progressive democratically elected governments in the region.

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Michael Manley’s image shown with a death mask in the leading Jamaican daily newspaper, the Daily Gleaner

The violence unleashed in Jamaica in that period had never been experienced on the small, relatively peaceful island before. Socialist Prime Minister Michael Manley was demonized in the media and blamed for all the ills of the country including those manufactured by individuals and organizations trying to destabilize the young nation.  Shortages of basic items like soap and toothpaste resulting from hoarding by the suppliers formed part of a broader economic and financial sabotage of the economy which led to the devaluation of the national currency – all occurring under the dictates of the model guided by the words of then US President Nixon for the destabilizing of Chile: “make the economy scream”.

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Fortunately for the people of Venezuela, the experiences of Iraq, Afghanistan, and especially Syria and Libya, are too fresh in the minds of the peoples of the world for them to be fooled again. In addition, we are moving towards a multipolar world as the savage warmongering US empire is imploding, being isolated and recognized for what it is, and for its historical role as the purveyor of incessant destruction of other peoples and their lands under the guise of spreading ‘democracy’.

“You can fool some people sometimes
but you can’t fool all the people all the time,

so now we see the light,
we gonna stand up for our rights”

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MLK: “Capitalism has out-lived its usefulness”

Source:  People’s World
January 18 2018

MLK: “There’s something wrong with capitalism”

Racist violence and economic injustice were among the problems Dr. Martin Luther King laid at capitalism’s doorstep. Here, King looks at a glass door of his rented beach cottage in St. Augustine, Fla. that was shot into by someone unknown on June 5, 1964. | Jim Kerlin / AP

 

Throughout his life, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke often and with vision about the nature of capitalism and the kind of changes needed to replace it. The following quotes reflect some of King’s key thoughts on the subject. The power of his words speaks as much to the present day as they did to the turbulent times he witnessed.

“I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic… [Capitalism] started out with a noble and high motive… but like most human systems it fell victim to the very thing it was revolting against. So today, capitalism has out-lived its usefulness.” – Letter to Coretta Scott, July 18, 1952.

“In a sense, you could say we’re involved in the class struggle.” – Quote to New York Times reporter, José Igelsias, 1968.

“And one day we must ask the question, ‘Why are there forty million poor people in America?’ And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. And I’m simply saying that more and more, we’ve got to begin to ask questions about the whole society…” – Speech to Southern Christian Leadership Conference Atlanta, Georgia, August 16, 1967.

“Call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all God’s children.” – Speech to the Negro American Labor Council, 1961.

“We must recognize that we can’t solve our problem now until there is a radical redistribution of economic and political power…. This means a revolution of values and other things. We must see now that the evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism are all tied together… you can’t really get rid of one without getting rid of the others… the whole structure of American life must be changed. America is a hypocritical nation and [we] must put [our] own house in order.”- Report to SCLC Staff, May 1967.

“The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.” – Speech to SCLC Board, March 30, 1967.

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“I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective—the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed matter: the guaranteed income… The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty.” – Where do We Go from Here?, 1967.

“You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of slums. You’re really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you are messing with folk then. You are messing with captains of industry. Now this means that we are treading in difficult water because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong with capitalism.” – Speech to his staff, 1966.

“[W]e are saying that something is wrong … with capitalism…. There must be better distribution of wealth and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.” – Speech to his staff, 1966.

“If America does not use her vast resources of wealth to end poverty and make it possible for all of God’s children to have the basic necessities of life, she too will go to hell.” –  Speech at Bishop Charles Mason Temple of the Church of God in Christ in support of the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike on March 18, 1968, two weeks before he was assassinated.

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Raul: The revolution is a symbol of full independence, resistance, altruism and internationalism

Source:  TeleSUR
January 1 2019

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Army General Raul Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, spoke during the Central Act in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the  triumph of the Cuban Revolution, January 1. Raul spoke in the Santa Ifigenia patrimonial cemetery, of the heroic city of Santiago de Cuba.

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The Cuban Revolution stopped the abject military dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista and was led by Fidel Castro and others, such as Ernesto Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos and Raul Castro, among others.

60th anniversary of the Revolution

“Sunrise in Cuba on the 60th anniversary of the Revolution, yes to the celebration, to joy, to the tireless defense of everything we build and raise together,” Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel stated earlier on his Twitter account. At the same time leaders, political and social organizations from all over the world have sent congratulations to Cuba for the anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution. Bolivian President Evo Morales stated that “with the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, the light of hope and invincible will was born for the liberation of the peoples.”

“Santiago de Cuba is the cradle of the revolution,” is how Raul Castro started his speech, in which he honored the sacrifice of the Cuban People during 60 years of revolution, and during the years of fight against the Batista dictatorship.

The triumph of the Cuban Revolution on January 1, 1959, was made possible thanks to the efforts of many young revolutionaries backed by the Cuban people who sacrificed everything for the emancipation of their country, according to Castro. Raul Castro named and thanked the efforts made by people like Frank Pais, who “was killed at the age of 22, by the minions of the tyranny,” backed by the United States.

The younger generations

“The optimism and the joy of Fidel for the victory,” continue today in the Cuban revolutionary process that continues to be young and fresh as “the process of transferring the main obligations of the revolution to the younger generations is going well, very well,” according to the Comandante Raul Castro.

“Together with the heroic Cuban people, we feel deeply happy and confident when we see our own eyes, that the new generations continue with the goal of building socialism, the only guarantee of national independence and sovereignty.”

The Cuban Revolution was not the war against Fulgencio Batista and his troops, the Revolution is based on the advancements made in favor of the Cuban people. With the triumph of the Cuban Revolution began a time of important struggles to change the foundation of the society, a fight for the structure of socialism in the Caribbean island.

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“I believe that this is a decisive moment in our history: tyranny has been overthrown. The joy is immense. And yet, much remains to be done. We do not deceive ourselves, believing that everything will be easy from now on; perhaps everything will be more difficult in the future,” said Fidel after the triumph and Raul quoted him during his speech.

Interventionist acts against Cuba

Since the beginning of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, the changes made by the new order were criticized and attacked by international powers, mainly by the “U.S. imperialism (..) No one can deny that since the #CubanRevolution was victorious on that first of January, it has not had one minute of appeasement in 60 years.”

The interventionist acts against Cuba have been crystal clear and well documented for 60 years since the triumph; “bands armed and financed by the American government, attempts to assassinate Fidel and different revolutionary leaders. The economic, commercial and financial blockade, and other political and diplomatic actions. International lying campaigns. The attempted invasion of Playa Giron … and an endless list of hostile acts against our homeland.”

The Cuban Revolution has surpassed “12 U.S. administrations that have not stopped trying to impose destabilization in Cuba.” Raul Castro has warned against the new attempts of the U.S. government, led by the Donald Trump administration, that “seems to take again the road of open confrontation with Cuba, and makes an appeal to the dark Monroe Doctrine.”

According to Raul Castro, the U.S government, backed by its think thanks “fuse new falsehoods and again try to blame Cuba for all the ills in the region as if these were not the result of terrible neoliberal policies,” policies mainly sustained by economists and intellectuals based on the U.S. or from some international organizations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or the World Bank (WB).

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There are new forms of interventionism propagated in the Latin American region, “they are the same ones that declare the intention to continue forcing the deterioration of bilateral relations and promote new measures of commercial and financial blockade.” The revolution has resisted against countless aggressions, with an indestructible link to the Cuban people who gave the necessary strength for it.

Attack on progressivism

However, Castro warned against the new forms of attacks, that are now not only focused on Cuba but on every possible space of progressivism. The “imperialist” forces “say they are willing to challenge international law, contravene the rules of international trade and aggressively apply extra-territorial measures and laws against the sovereignty of other states.” By qualifying other countries as “treats to national security,” as they have done with Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, “the extreme right in Florida has hijacked the US policy against Cuba,” and against progressivism.

“I reiterate our conviction to live in a civilized manner, and in a condition of respect and peace with the United States. We are also prepared to resist a confrontation, which we do not want,” stated Castro. He also warned interventionist agents against plotting against the Cuban people, as they are prepared to “face any aggression. (…) The greatest lesson that revolutionaries and progressive movements can draw from the situation that has been forged is that of never forgetting unity with the people and never ceasing to support the most dispossessed.”

The unity of the people

“We are not intimidated by the language of force or threats. They did not intimidate us when the revolutionary process was not consolidated. They will not succeed now that the unity of the people is an indisputable reality. Today we are a whole people defending their revolution.”

As the “imperial fence is closing” on Latin America, specifically on “Venezuela, Nicaragua and our country (Cuba),” Castro called for more unity in the continent, and as “the revolution is a symbol of full independence, resistance, altruism and internationalism,” the Cuban people will help and defend the principles of sovereignty and self-determination of every person in the region.

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Castro recounted the coups made against several progressive governments in different countries in the region, starting with a coup in Honduras, and with parliamentary and judiciary coups in other countries. He called for the freedom of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who was put in jail “denying him of sure victory in the previous elections;” as well as he called to put an end to the persecution against former presidents; Brazilian Dilma Rousseff and Argentine Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Castro warned the interventionist forces that they “need to understand that Latin America and the Caribbean have changed. We base ourselves on the concept of unity in diversity. As the moral and political authority of Cuba is based on history, therefore, no threat will make us desist from our solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The aggression against this sister republic must cease,” said Castro.

Commander Raul Castro concluded his speech by saying that “in this significant date we cannot forget about the Cuban women, who are always fighting for the emancipation of their homeland and in the construction of the homeland that we build today. LIVE FOREVER THE CUBAN REVOLUTION.”