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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Castro sez Cuba Would Stand by its Communist Principles

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Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz said that Cuba wouldn’t give up its hard-fought political values. Calling for mutual respect in the new development of relations with the USA, Castro stated that Cuba would continue on the socialist path, speaking to the Cuban National Assembly on Saturday, “In the same way that we’ve never demanded that the USA change its political system, we’d demand respect for ours”.

Expressing gratitude to Barack Obama for his initiative to open a “new chapter” in the two countries’ history by deciding to lift the blockade, Castro emphasised that the US president’s move would in no way influence Cuba to abandon the ideals it’s struggled to uphold for over half a century. He said, “Cuba is a sovereign country, its people determined its path to socialism and expressed their will through its political system, shedding their blood to stand for their national ideals. The USA must respect Cuba’s communist system, even while the two countries work on advancing their relations, for Cuba is ready to dialogue on a range of issues, on terms of mutual respect”.

Castro said that he’d attend the Summit of Americas next year in Panama, which would be the seventh meeting of the 34-nation bloc, with Cuba participating for the first time. Everyone expects that Castro would have further discussions with President Obama at the meeting, although the list of American delegates isn’t yet final. Having reassured the Assembly and the Cuban people that this new political turn wouldn’t lead to Cuba renouncing its ideas, Castro saluted his older brother, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, closing his speech with “Viva, Fidel!” Fidel hasn’t been in public since Washington’s decision to reset diplomatic ties with Havana and the announcement of a prisoner exchange earlier this week.

20 December 2014



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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Rogozin sez Cuba Won’t Give Up Principles for Washington’s Promises

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During an official visit to Havana, Deputy Chairman of the Government D O Rogozin, who supervises the Russian defence-industrial complex, said that Moscow always knew that the economic blockade of Cuba was doomed, telling Russian reporters after more than 90 minutes of talks with Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz, “This means Cuba won’t abandon its fundamental position in exchange for promises, which so far are just part of an oral dialogue initiated by Washington”. Rogozin pointed up that Washington initiated normalisation of the bilateral relations between the USA and Cuba… this means that Havana, which struggled against the American embargo for 54 years, has prevailed. Upon his arrival in Cuba, Rogozin noted that from now on in, Washington will try to give Havana a “suffocating hug”. On Friday, President Castro’s daughter, Mariela Castro, told the AP, “If the USA thinks these changes would bring Cuba back to capitalism and return it to being a servile country to hegemonic interests of the most powerful financial groups in the USA, they must be dreaming”.

Answering a question about possible military cooperation between Russia and Cuba, Rogozin said that Moscow has no intention to place military bases in Cuba. He observed that modern military hardware enables Russia to “see and hear” from a far greater distance than before, so there’s no need to move military infrastructure “close to countries that might react very painfully to this. We don’t need to take extravagant steps”. Rogozin said that Russia always been maintained Cuba’s “necessary wants”, but they focused the latest talks on civilian projects, saying, “If Cuba’s economic condition improves and we agree in the near future to open new credit lines to finance infrastructure, energy, and transport objects, Cuba would have new financial capacity that would, amongst other things, allow it to modernise its military hardware”.

The Cuban government is closely following the present standoff between Russia and the West, which includes global economic sanctions against Moscow. TASS quoted Rogozin, “Our Cuban friends are also interested in our position regarding the pressure on Russia from the West. For the Cubans, it’s extremely important to see that Russia isn’t giving in to external pressure and that it isn’t changing its principal positions, such as on national independence and sovereignty, particularly, in connection with the recent reunification with the Crimea”.

Rogozin called the talks with Castro “a very deep sincere discussion” and noted that the decision of the Russian government to send a delegation to Cuba now “demonstrated progress right on time” and resulted in signing “long-outstanding agreements”. The Cuban government invited Russian companies to invest in oil and ore mining, energy projects, tourism, and telecommunications.

20 December 2014




Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz is one sharp cookie. He used Obama’s opening to pressure the Russians into making favourable concessions to him. Do note WHO went to Havana… D O Rogozin… perhaps, the most hardline anti-American hawk in the government. This shows that VVP has no intention of rolling over and playing dead for the Americans. It also shows that the Castro government doesn’t intend to abandon socialism.

However, BHO did NOT do this for foreign policy reasons… he’s always had a domestic focus, and such is true here. What this does is to throw a curve at the clueless GOP. When you add the immigration initiative and the new action by the NLRB against Mickey Dee’s into the mixture, you can see that BHO, NOT the Republicans, has the “weather gauge”… that is, the wind is behind him and he’s dealing the cards. The Republicans are reacting… not acting.

Do NOT mistake this as an American admission of defeat on the foreign affairs stage… however, it IS a domestic political gambit that’s already thrown the Republicans for a loop. BHO’s calculation is that a large gain in domestic political tread would more than compensate for the loss of face entailed by this decision in international venues. We have two more weeks until the next session of Congress convenes… that’s plenty of time for BHO to set more traps for unwary and heedless righties. There be fresh n’ juicy cowpats in that there field… and the Republicans have blindfolded themselves as they tiptoe through the tulips… fancy that…


Thursday, 18 December 2014

President Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz’s Speech to the Cuban Nation and People on the Recent Developments in Cuban-American Bilateral Relations

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President Raúl Castro Ruz’s policies align Cuba in a tacit alliance with the BRICS; it remains close to both Russia and China in their struggle with the West


Since my election as President of the State Council and Council of Ministers, on many occasions, I’ve reiterated our willingness to hold a respectful dialogue with the USA based on sovereign equality, to deal reciprocally with a variety of topics without detriment to the national Independence and self-determination of our people. On several occasions, both publicly and privately, Comrade Fidel conveyed this stance to the US Government during our long-standing struggle, stating our willingness to discuss and solve our differences without renouncing any of our principles.

The heroic Cuban people, in the wake of serious dangers, aggressions, adversities, and sacrifices, proved their continued faithfulness to our ideals of independence and social justice. Strongly united throughout these 56 years of Revolution, we’ve kept our unswerving loyalty to those who died to defend our principles since the beginning of our wars of independence in 1868. Today, despite difficulties, we’ve embarked on the task of updating our economic model to build a prosperous and sustainable Socialism.

Because of dialogue at the highest level, which included a phone conversation I had yesterday with President Obama, we’ve been able to make headway to solve some topics of mutual interest for both nations. As Fidel promised on June 2001, when he said, “They shall return!” Gerardo, Ramon, and Antonio arrived today in our homeland. Hundreds of solidarity committees and groups, governments, parliaments, organisations, institutions, and personalities, who for the last sixteen years made tireless efforts demanding their release, share the enormous joy of their families and of all our people, who relentlessly fought for this goal. We convey our deepest gratitude and commitment to all of them. President Obama’s decision deserves the respect and acknowledgement of our people.

I wish to thank and acknowledge the support of the Vatican, most particularly the support of Pope Francisco, in the efforts for improving relations between Cuba and the USA. I also want to thank the Government of Canada for facilitating high-level dialogue between the two countries. In turn, we decided to release and send back to the USA a spy of Cuban origin who worked for that nation. On the other hand, for humanitarian reasons, today, we also sent the American citizen Alan Gross back to his country. Unilaterally, as has always been our practise, and in strict compliance with the provisions of our legal system, the concerned prisoners received legal benefits, including the release of those persons that the US Government had conveyed their interest in.

We also agreed to renew diplomatic relations. In no way does this mean that we’ve solved the heart of the matter. The economic, commercial, and financial blockade, which causes enormous human and economic damages to our country, must stop. Although the blockade is part of American law, the President of the USA has the executive authority to modify its implementation. We propose to the US Government that we adopt mutual steps to improve the bilateral atmosphere and advance towards normalisation of relations between our two countries, based on the principles of International Law and the UN Charter. Cuba reiterates its willingness to coöperate in multilateral bodies, such as the United Nations.

Whilst acknowledging our profound differences, particularly, on issues related to national sovereignty, democracy, human rights, and foreign policy, I reaffirm our willingness to dialogue on all these issues. I call upon the US Government to remove the obstacles hindering or restricting ties between peoples, families, and citizens of both countries, particularly restrictions on travelling, direct post services, and telecommunications. The progress made in our exchanges proves that it’s possible to find solutions to many problems. As we’ve reiterated, we must learn the art of coexisting with our differences in a civilised way.

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Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz

President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba

President of the Council of State of Cuba

First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) 

Greanville Post                         



By doing this, President Obama makes it clear that he, not the GOP Greedsters, will set the tone of debate for the next two years. I expect further actions… firstly, he acted unilaterally on immigration, now, he’s acting unilaterally on Cuba. You see, the pinheaded Republican Affluent Effluent didn’t expect these actions, so, they’re not reacting in a reasoned way. BHO is carefully turning up the heat under the ignoranus Know-Nothing GOP to provoke them into stupid statements (not a hard task, truly… the GOP isn’t called the “Stupid Party” for nought). Instead of pursuing their own agenda, the Republicans HAVE to respond to BHO’s moves or have their crackbrained base savage them. In short, its sweet revenge for BHO… he’s FAR smarter than the Republican imbeciles think that he is. His foreign policy towards Russia is a shambles… but I’d say that Russia is VERY low on his list of priorities. His real focus has always been domestic policy. I expect that the next executive order could involve the ACA or homosexual rights… with an anti-Wall Street action an outside possibility.

BHO seized the high ground from the clueless Republican stumblebums (any bloc with the likes of Ted Cruz in the leadership certainly isn’t stellar in the brains department)… he’s looking forward to 2016. Don’t bet on Hillary… remember WHY the Democrats nominated BHO… “He wasn’t Hillary”. Ponder that.


Tuesday, 7 January 2014

On Wednesday, Cuban President Raúl Castro Sez that Cuba Faces an Unrelenting Subversive Ideological Campaign

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On Wednesday, Cuban President Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz, at a gala ceremony in Santiago de Cuba devoted to the 55th anniversary of the victory of the Cuban Revolution, said that Cuba faces a never-ending campaign of political and ideological subversion aiming to destroy socialism from the inside. He said that outside parties want to inculcate neoliberalism in people’s consciousness, to restore neocolonial capitalism. He said that campaigns of this kind target the very foundations of the socialist revolution through manipulating history and by minimising the overall crisis in the capitalist system. It aims to instil individualism and egotism, to spread mercantile thinking to the detriment of national values, identity, and culture. The campaign tries to peddle the so-called advantages of “ignoring ideology and social mentality” to young people to break links between Cuba’s historic leadership and the new generation, as well as to produce hesitancy and pessimism towards the future”. However, President Castro expressed the hope that the revolution would emerge victorious from this ideological battle. He pointed up the strength and patriotism of Cuban cultural figures, artistic performers, academics, and students.

The official gala ceremony at Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Park marked the anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. The building from which Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz declared on 1 January 1959 that the rebels had won over the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar is in the park. About 3,500 people, including veterans of the Revolution, Communist Party of Cuba leaders, and high government officials attended the ceremony.

2 January 2014

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