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World Federation of Democratic YouthOn June 16, 2017 the president of the United States, Donald Trump announced the policy of his government towards Cuba in a public act where he demonstrated total ignorance of the history and reality of the Cuban people. His decision was countersigned in the signature of a directive of policy called »Presidential Memorandum of National Security on the Strengthening of the Policy of the United States towards Cuba« by the aim to worsen the aggression against the Cuban Revolution.

cuba wappenJune 16, 2017, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, in a speech replete with hostile rhetoric which recalled the era of open confrontation with our country, announced in a Miami theater his administration's policy toward Cuba which reverses advances made these last two years, after December 17, 2014, when Presidents Raúl Castro Ruz and Barack Obama made public the decision to reestablish diplomatic relations and initiate a process toward normalization of bilateral ties.

Raúl Castro. Photo: Estudio RevoluciónRaúl Castro. Photo: Estudio RevoluciónSpeech presented by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, during the Second Extraordinary Session of the 8th legislature of the National Assembly of People's Power, in Havana's International Conference Center, June 1, 2017, Year 59 of the Revolution (Council of State transcript/ GI translation)

Dear compañeras and compañeros:

I will only present a few words, given the extraordinary nature of this Assembly, convoked by the Council of State to analyze far-reaching, complex documents, which as we stated in our principal report to the 7th Party Congress, set the course of the Cuban revolutionary process, that of the Party and society, toward the future in the construction of our socialism.

May Day in Havana. Photo: CubadebateMay Day in Havana. Photo: Cubadebate

Today May 1, a march celebrating International Workers Day is taking place in Havana, with Army General Raúl Castro, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, on hand.

cuba minrexCuba's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stressed here the failure of the anti-Cuban provocation enacted by right-wing organizations in the region through a statement issued here.

According to the statement issued yesterday, international media reported in recent weeks the intention by Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, to travel to Havana to receive an award invented by an illegal anti-Cuban group to the extreme rightwing Foundation for Pan-American Democracy.

United States of AmericaThis January 12, theWhite House published a statement by outgoing U.S President Barack Obama on the ending of the so-called “wet-foot/dry foot” policy and the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program, both of which offer preferential treatment to Cuban migrants, encouraging unsafe and disorderly migration. The statement reads as follows:

Statement by the President on Cuban Immigration Policy

Today, the United States is taking important steps forward to normalize relations with Cuba and to bring greater consistency to our immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security is ending the so-called "wet-foot/dry foot" policy, which was put in place more than twenty years ago and was designed for a different era. Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities. By taking this step, we are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries. The Cuban government has agreed to accept the return of Cuban nationals who have been ordered removed, just as it has been accepting the return of migrants interdicted at sea.

Foto: Ismael Francisco / CubadebateFoto: Ismael Francisco / CubadebateWorldwide, revolutionary movements, political movement, communist and socialist parties issued statements about the death of Cuban Comandante Fidel Castro. We publish here some of them.

WFTU General Secretary George Mavrikos: On behalf of 92 million members of the WORLD FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS, I would like to convey to the cuban people,to the CTC, to the State and Party leadership of Socialist Cuba, our deepest condolences from the bottom of our hearts for the Comandante Fidel’s demise. He was a leader who, along with Che, along with all his comrades, fought and beat the imperialists and their instruments. For the WFTU has been the greatest honor Comandante Fidel’s own presence in its Congresses and his great speech to the delegates of the 10th WFTU Congress. For the World Working Class will always be IMMORTAL.

Hasta Siempre, Fidel

Message from the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro, notifying the Cuban people and world of the death of the late leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro:

Dear people of Cuba:

It is with deep sorrow that I come before you to inform our people, and friends of Our America and the world, that today, November 25, at 10.29pm, Comandante en Jefe of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz passed away. In accordance with his express wishes Compañero Fidel’s remains will be cremated. In the early hours of the morning of Saturday 26, the funeral organizing commission will provide our people with detailed information regarding the posthumous tributes which will be paid to the founder of the Cuban Revolution.

¡Hasta la victoria siempre!

junge Welt, August 13th Cover of German daily newspaper junge Welt Dear Comandante,

On the occasion of your 90th birthday the members of the Network of Intellectuals, Artists, and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity want to extend our most sincere congratulations and above all our deepest gratitude for everything you have done for the peoples of Our America and the rest of the world.

Sancti Spíritus en 26. Foto: Ismael Francisco/ Cubadebate

Expressing the sentiments of the Cuban people and millions of friends throughout the world, the Second Secretary of the Party Central Committee, José Ramón Machado Ventura, began his speech during the central act for National Rebellion Day this July 26, by conveying the warmest congratulations to Fidel Castro Ruz, on his upcoming 90th birthday.

Machado Ventura, a vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, ratified the commitment to remain faithful to the ideas for which the leader of the Cuban Revolution has struggled throughout his life and to keep alive the spirit of resistance and faith in victory that he has instilled through his example.

Raúl Castro. Foto: Estudios RevoluciónRaúl Castro. Foto: Estudios RevoluciónDistinguished Heads of State and/or Government,

Esteemed Ambassador Alfonso Munera Cavadia, Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States,

Distinguished delegates and guests,

For the seventh time, we are meeting as Heads of States and/or Government, alongside other high representatives of the States and territories of the Association of Caribbean States, ACS. On this occasion we have gathered for a deep exchange on the theme “Together to confront the challenges of sustainable development, climate change and peace in the Caribbean”.

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