Cheers and chants resound as the proletariat’s day draws near

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Tomado de granma

Massive, conscious participation is our goal this May Day, to reaffirm our unity and commitment, stated Luis Manuel Castanedo Smith, secretary general of the Federation of Cuban Workers (CTC) in Havana, during a plenary session of the trade union leadership, held yesterday, April 28.

Castanedo recalled the significant anniversaries that are being celebrated this year, during the meeting in Lazaro Peña Theater at the CTC national headquarters: the 55th of the Literacy Campaign; the 60th of the Granma landing; the 55th of the Playa Girón victory and the proclamation of the socialist nature of the Cuban Revolution – and especially the upcoming 90th birthday of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro.

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#Cuba: A estremecer las plazas del país

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En mítines relámpagos efectuados el viernes en toda la nación, los trabajadores se pronunciaron por estremecer las plazas con voces de apoyo a la Revolución y de condena al bloqueo de Estados Unidos contra Cuba.

Las provincias reportaron festejos en centros laborales y la confección por los afiliados de carteles y pancartas, que con las banderas cubanas y del 26 de Julio y otros estandartes, darán colorido a las marchas.

Más de 1 600 representantes de 209 organizaciones sindicales, instituciones y movimientos sociales de 34 países, estarán en los actos principales del país el Día del Pro­le­tariado Mundial.

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Cuba a la vanguardia continental de la lucha contra el narcotráfico, un logro sin la DEA (videos)

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Tomado de Juventud Rebelde

Preocupa mucho a la población latinoamericana el avance del narcotráfico y lo que eso conlleva en violencia y deterioro de la salud de su gente. Cuba está a la vanguardia de esa lucha, sin necesidad de la DEA, FBI, Comando Sur ni IV Flota.

El sábado 23 de abril, en esta columna fue elogiada la gestión de Evo Morales en sus campañas contra el narcotráfico. El presidente aymara había logrado notables avances a partir de 2008, cuando expulsó a la agencia antinarcóticos estadounidense (DEA) y al embajador Philip Goldberg.

Ahora es el turno de analizar la experiencia cubana, realizada a pesar y en contra de su mal vecino durante la mayor parte de los 57 años de revolución. Recién tras la reanudación de relaciones diplomáticas hubo reuniones bilaterales donde se examinaron posibles acciones en común contra ese flagelo. Los logros cubanos en la materia son absolutamente suyos. A lo sumo ahora hay entidades norteamericanas que hoy admiten esos avances y antes denostaban la isla al punto de incluirla por décadas en la lista de patrocinantes del terrorismo.

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The Future of #US-Cuban Relations. #Washington’s Objective is to Destroy #Socialism, Restore US Hegemony

By Jack A. Smith/Global Research

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Washington’s partial rapprochement with Havana, symbolized by President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Cuba, is more advantageous to the United States than the neighboring country it has ostracized, sanctioned and subverted for over five decades.

This is not to say that the small island nation of 11.3 million people has gained nothing from President Obama’s efforts to mitigate over 56 years of Yankee hostility, beginning overtly a year after the 1959 armed revolution that freed Cuba not only from a vicious dictatorship but 467 years of foreign domination — by Spain from 1492, replaced by the U.S. from 1899. It ended with the Cuban Revolution on New Year’s Day 1959.

Despite Obama’s significant visit to Havana March 21-23, his cordial dialogue with President Raul Castro, and the declaration that “I have come here to bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas,” the principal contradiction between Washington and Havana has not changed substantially: The Cuban revolutionary government is committed to retain a socialist system, including a measure of private enterprise and foreign investment. The U.S. government is committed to eliminating socialism in the Western Hemisphere, though a modification in methodology now will seek to attain that goal with honey, not acid. It will take a more leftist White House and Congress to allow a truly equal and friendly relationship to develop — and that’s not on the present horizon.

President Castro alluded to U.S. intentions in his opening report to the 7th Communist Party congress April 16 when he noted: ” We are not naive nor do we ignore the aspirations of powerful external forces that are committed to what they call the ‘empowerment’ of non-state forms of management, in order to create agents of change in the hope of putting an end to the Revolution and socialism in Cuba by other means.”

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#Labiofam-#Vietnam: Productos cubanos para el Sudeste Asiático

Por Teresita Vives*

Hanoi.- Con 17 años en este mercado, la empresa Labiofam-Vietnam constituye un exponente de la cooperación entre Cuba y el país indochino, que trabajan por llevar sus relaciones económicas al excelente nivel de las políticas.

En nexos bilaterales que incluyen una tradicional colaboración en educación, salud y agricultura, ampliada con turismo, la labor de la mencionada compañía tiene como aval resultados que explican la estrategia de expansión en este país y hacia otros del Sudeste Asiático.

De ello habló en entrevista con Prensa Latina la directora general de Labiofam-Vietnam, Lirka Rodríguez, quien destacó que se trata de una entidad ciento por ciento cubana, situada en la sureña ciudad de Can Tho, la de mayor densidad poblacional en la región del delta del río Mekong.

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Cuban Patients Benefited from #HeberprotP Grow

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Ciego de Avila, Cuba.- Foot amputations in people with diabetes decreased in Cuba due to the use of Heberprot-P, a specialist said today.

Lianet Rodriguez, national promoter of the Comprehensive Care Program for patients with diabetic foot ulcers, told reporters that Ciego de Avila ranks as the most prominent province of the island using the Cuban medicine, which is unique in the world for treating the ailment.

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#Solidarity with #Cuba and an end to the #blockade demanded in #Washington

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Photo: Bill Hackwell (Granma)

The Second Days of Action against the Blockade of Cuba in Washington DC ended on April 22 with a successful community forum at the UDC Law School. From April 18, participants from cities across the United States, including Hawaii, and also from Brazil and Canada, attended a variety of activities.

The Days of Action was designed this year to bring a number of Cuban guests to participate and to share the Cuban perspective with U.S audiences. The expectation of the organizers was that it would be easier to get visa approval for them after the favorable announcements about improved relations between the two countries were made on December 17, 2014.

As it turns out, in this new period of “thaw” the exact opposite is true. Two Cuban medical professionals who had participated in the Cuban brigade to fight Ebola in West Africa were invited to participate. Also Luisa Campos, the Director of the Havana Literacy Museum who has come to the US before, a representative of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) and Jorgito Jerez -all of them representatives of Cuban civil society. They were all set to come but of the five Cuban invitees only Jorgito got his visa, and that came after the first leg of his tour in New York had passed. He arrived in DC just 2 hours before he was to speak at American University.

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