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Abel Santamaria, the soul of the movement

Abel y Fidel

Preparing for the Moncada assault, Fidel assigned Abel the mission of taking the Saturnino Lora Hospital, with the intention of protecting his second in command, who nonetheless was captured, tortured, and murdered by the dictatorship’s henchmen, at 25 years of age.

Fidel considered Abel’s life to be of exceptional value, and therefore assigned him the mission of taking the Saturnino Lora Hospital, which was less dangerous than the garrison

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A Constitution to serve Cuba

A Nacional Constitucion

The first period of ordinary sessions of the National Assembly of People’s Power’s 9th Legislature concluded yesterday, July 22, after addressing a full agenda of important issues, outstanding among which was the approval of a proposal for new Constitution of the Republic. Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, and Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, were among the 600 legislators

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An event that changed the course of history

Fidel con compañeros lucha

On July 26, 1953, the assault on the Moncada Garrison in Santiago opened a new stage in Cuba’s national liberation struggle, which concluded with the triumph of the Revolution January 1, 1959. Two rooms, one that served as a living-dining room and the other a bedroom, plus a tiny bathroom and kitchen, comprised apartment 603 in the building at 164 25th Street, between O and Infanta, in the Havana neighborhood of Vedado, where planning began for the armed actions that took place July 26, 1953.

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Cuban constitutions, yesterday and today

Fidel Constitucion

The term constitution comes from the Latin word constiture, which means foundation, the establishment of something, its origin. Ideological differences do not support the resolving of different opinions. On the contrary, they generate arguments within a highly polemical debate environment, leading to multiple definitions based on distinct positions. Agreement may exist with those who state, “The constitution is the state in its concrete political existence. The state is the constitution. The constitution is its soul, its concrete life, and individual existence.”

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A day for the homeland

Diaz Demajagua

Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers began a government visit to the province of Granma, yesterday June 27. During his stop at La Demajagua National Park, where Cuba’s independence struggle was launched, he observed a moment of silence, and speaking with staff emphasized the importance of caring for the historic site.

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The feats of a Titan

a Maceo

Antonio Maceo Grajales (1845-1896), renowned leader and Major General of the Liberation Army, was a staunch fighter for Cuba’s independence and is widely considered to be a master military strategist. He is believed to have been involved in over 800 battles, the majority during the independence struggles of 1868, and was wounded 26 times.

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Cuba in Africa: Solidarity in the face of brutality

Casinda

The Cassinga massacre was the worst air attack perpetuated against the adherents of SWAPO, the political organization opposing South Africa’s domination and occupation of Namibian territory. Some 600 refugees, the majority women, children, and elders lost their lives at the hands of the apartheid forces. The efforts of Cuban military forces that continued their advance toward

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Days of combat

Fidel 23 y 12 abril 1961

Rumors of the fighting were heard during the dawn hours. It was at a distance. I went out on the balcony. From the heights of Vedado, militia men ran down the hill as they finished buttoning their uniform shirts. Right away, the news began to spread. They had bombed the Ciudad Libertad airport. We were in the prelude to an imminent invasion, expected since the United States had broken diplomatic relations. We were on the eve of Playa Girón. (on the Bay of Pigs)

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Men who fell so the nation could rise

armeria 9 de abril

Who would have believed that night of April 9, 1959, amidst the terror and the bloodshed, amidst the mourning and the sadness, that within eight months, the homeland would be free, that within eight months, the criminals would be defeated, that within eight months, that pack of fierce wolves – so brave when they walked the streets murdering defenseless people …

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French Festival in Cuba to Screen 14 Films

1Festival

The 21st French Film Festival will premiere 14 contemporary French feature films from April 11th to 22nd, said organizers of the event. The festival has scheduled more than 100 screenings during two weeks, which totals 24 productions that include three documentaries, five classic feature films and one cartoon.