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Havana celebrates with tribute to Eusebio Leal

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President of the Republic Miguel Díaz-Canel attended the gala celebration last night of the 501st anniversary of the Villa de San Cristóbal in Havana, at Martí Theatre, where the capital city’s government and the City Historian’s Office paid a heartfelt tribute to Eusebio Leal.
The Presidency’s Twitter account reported that the event featured the creations of prolific pianist and composer José María Vitier, accompanied by the interpretative excellence of the Niurka González on flute, violinist Javier Cantillo and soprano Bárbara Llanes.

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Redemption song

Cuba Cultura

The song of all Cubans, yesterday of Bayamo, today the National Anthem, will always enjoy the greatest respect among the people who sing it with our heads held high and voices afire; because with it we declare our principles, intone our culture, and reaffirm our sovereignty. Among the dates key to the nation’s founding is October 20, 1868, when the Cuban soul was captured in song, when in a burst of emotion the lyrics of an anthem sounded, like a bugle.

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Aleida Guevara: “Che is back again, with the shield over his arm”

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When she was four years old, she saw, in the gloom of Mom’s room, Dad caressing Ernesto’s head, as if he were saying goodbye to the youngest of the children. A month after turning five, she heard Fidel Castro on television and there, while he was reading a farewell letter, she discovered her mother in tears. At the age of six, Aleida Guevara learned that “daddy”, as she says to Che, had died. October is definitely a sad month. She wears the same eyes and sometimes the smile gives her away more than the surnames.

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Eusebio, the man

Leal the man

Eusebio Leal used to say that many, even the women who accompanied him along the way, fell in love with a character. But when the night came and he took off his gray suit, and fell into bed, drained by the daily struggle, disappointment in the real, ordinary person ensued. When do men stop being simple mortals to become legendary beings?

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Speech delivered by commander in chief Fidel Castro Ruz at the great popular rally staged by the people of Cuba at the Civic Square of the Republic on 2 september 1960


It is obvious that each of you, from where you are sitting, is completely unable to see the vast size of the crowd which has gathered this afternoon. It is a true sea of humanity which stretches into the distance on both sides of the Civic Square, said Fidel.

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Haven of the Cuban Pre-Hispanic Heritage

Antropologia la Habana

Haven to the works of outstanding men of sciences of Cuba like Luis Montané Darde, Carlos de la Torre, René Herrera Fritot, Ramón Dacal Moure and Manuel Rivero de La Calle, the Montané Anthropological Museum at the School of Biology of the University of Havana reopened its doors in December 2019 after the completion of repair works in the building.

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Fidel: another battle, another victory


On the 94 anniversary of his birth, Fidel’s contribution to science and life is as relevant today as ever, and will be into the futureHe taught us to wage battles and emerge victorious. Ever the great strategist, he foresaw all the variables that could appear. He prepared the forces, conceived possible scenarios, studied the enemy and was always present on the front lines with his troops.

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The pride of Cubans

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The greater the brilliance of his actions for the good of all, deeper is the hate of our enemies, who hope to discredit the motivation behind his efforts. I am proud to be Cuban for many reasons. One of these is to have been a contemporary of Fidel, which has allowed me to understand the origin of all the slander that our adversaries attempt to use.

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Eusebio Leal Spengler has died: Forever yours, dear Historian


This Friday morning, Eusebio Leal Spengler died, following a long, painful illness.Over the next few hours our people will be informed of planned funeral ceremonies. In accordance with his family’s wishes, Leal’s ashes will be preserved, and once the COVID-19 epidemic is under control, in just recognition of his enduring work, our people will be able to pay their respects at the Capitol in Havana.

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Our martyrs: Neither forgotten, or dead

Santiago homenaje martires

Yesterday, Martyrs of the Revolution Day, Cuban President Díaz-Canel tweeted a heartfelt message: “July 30, a sad day in the memory of Cuba. Frank País and Raúl Pujol were murdered in Santiago de Cuba. The rebellious city wears the 26th and sings the Bayamo anthem. Today is Martyrs’ Day. Glory to those who had only their young, promising lives, and gave them for the homeland”