A hill with history (+Photos)

Claudia Felipe Torres, PhD in Heritage Management and Conservation, spoke with Granma International about the university's architectural patrimony.

The University of Havana is the oldest and most prestigious in Cuba • Conservation expert Claudia Felipe Torres spoke with Granma International about the institution's history and architecture


The “grandmother” of all delegates


María Cristina Sotomayor, a founder of the first People’s Power bodies established in Cuba, inspires in her constituents the idea that any difficulty can be overcome with the participation of all

AlaMesa: Promoting Cuban culinary culture

The app's offline use was strengthened with the distribution of bulletins, and other alternatives to get the information out to the greatest number of persons possible.

For over six years, without fail, AlaMesa has released a weekly bulletin that reaches the mailboxes of users with information about new establishments, culinary experiences, help-wanted announcements, etc


Critical water issues analyzed


Opening yesterday, March 21, was the 2nd International Convention Cubagua 2017, in Havana's Convention Center

Municipal assemblies approve their budgets; they should be very familiar with them, and know how to control them

Municipal assemblies approve their budgets; they should be very familiar with them, and know how to control them

Under the maxim “Consolidating dialogue,” Presidents of the Provincial Assemblies of People’s Power and that of the Isle of Youth Special Municipality recently met in Havana, to address a broad agenda of issues which, on the first day of discussions, included details concerning the organization and realization of the fourth and last round of accountability reports by delegates to their constituents

From Guinea: A firm commitment to the Cuban Revolution

Dabo Bengaly, President of the Cuba-Guinea Friendship Association, lays a floral wreath on behalf of the organization, before the bust of late President of Guinea Ahmed Sekou Touré in the Havana municipality of Playa.

With a gleam in his eyes and a warm smile on his lips, Dabo Bengaly from Guinea speaks about his love for Cuba, which emerged in 1961 when he came to the island to study Hispano-American Literature at the University of Havana

Small business in Cuba


After five years of efforts to update the economy, the private sector - including the self-employed, small businesses, and cooperatives - has grown exponentially, while state enterprises providing the economy's basic foundation have been strengthened

Granma expanding renewable energy

Once operational, the four solar parks will represent a saving of some 21,000 tons of fossil fuel for the country.

The first fully operational solar park in this eastern province and the ongoing construction of three new ones, are set to see Granma’s contribution to the national electric grid increase six fold by mid-2017

March 13 Revolutionary Directorate assault commemorated


With Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel on hand, yesterday March 13, the 60th anniversary of the assault on the Presidential Palace and the occupation of Radio Reloj, a commemoration was held at the Museum of the Revolution in Havana

Raúl presides 22nd ACS-AEC Ministerial Council Meeting (+Photos)

Raúl presides 22nd ACS-AEC Ministerial Council Meeting

With the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro presiding, the 22nd Ministerial Council Meeting of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS-AEC) was inaugurated March 10 in Havana

Cuban youth pay tribute to the heroes of March 13


On the 60th anniversary of the courageous attack on the Presidential Palace, led by José Antonio Echeverría and the Revolutionary Directorate, Cuban university students and the Cuban people will pay tribute to these heroes

Most important today is to resist being discouraged


A conversation with Cuban Minister of Culture, Abel Prieto Jiménez, reminds us, "The battle of consciousness and ideas must be won," in a world in which some insist that revolutionary thinking belongs in a museum

The other love of Pancho Lazo


"I'm never far from the plant, I talk to her, touch her; before I go to bed, I check on her and touch her again. You have to be in love with this plant to be able to get the desired results"  

Unleashing the Caribbean’s potential

Unleashing the Caribbean’s potential

Cuban officials offered a press conference regarding the High-Level Segment of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS-AEC), where they called to increase exchanges between countries of the region

Remembering Melba

During a visit to Laos in 1972, at the entrance of one of the caves where the people sheltered during the war: Melba (third from left to right) and Mirta (sitting on the right).

Many stories about the life and revolutionary work of Melba Hernández, a Heroine of the Moncada assault, remain in the memories of those who knew her, as the following interview, conducted on the third anniversary of her death, demonstrates

The Caribbean comes together in Cuba


This week Cuba will once again become the capital of the Caribbean, as it hosts various events addressing key issues for the region, such as tourism, trade, transport and combating climate change

Tributes to Che promoted in Argentina


Remembering the 50th anniversary of the assassination in Bolivia of the heroic guerrilla leader Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara, is a priority for many Argentines this year, as Lisandro Federico López, from the city of Rosario, told Granma International

New horizons for event tourism in Cuba

Dr. Midalys Castilla Martínez, director of SMC, explained that the entity offers a variety of courses, congresses, symposiums and seminars, in order to present medical knowledge and experience achieved by the Cuban public healthcare sector.

The Cuban Medical Services Distributor (SMC) recently expanded its portfolio of opportunities in the category of scientific events tourism, with 28 encounters scheduled to take place this year alone


Maintaining beneficial ties with Cuba is a priority

According to David Pathe, president and CEO of the Canadian company Sherritt International Corporation, “Cuba is an excellent country for commercial relations, and it is a priority for this company, and for me personally, to maintain these beneficial ties”

Díaz-Canel receives President of Pakistani Senate


During the fraternal meeting, the two leaders discussed the excellent state of bilateral relations between their peoples and governments, as well as other issues of national and international interest

Cuban resistance to external provocation highlighted

Cuban resistance to external provocation highlighted

The Cuban government’s response to OAS General Secretary Luis Almagro Lemes’ intention to travel to Havana, in order to receive a "prize" invented by an illegal grouplet, was met with various reactions from around the world

Obesity: A global health problem affecting Cuba


Obesity is also a global phenomenon, which according to United Nations statistics, affects one in every five men and five in every 10 women on the planet, causing low self-esteem, a negative body image, depression, stigmatization, marginalization, and isolation

Cuba's 2017 energy strategy

2017 production is projected to approach 3.538 million tons of oil and gas equivalent.

Aware that the energy sector is one of the 12 areas prioritized for foreign investment, Granma International takes a look at the strategic lines the country has charted for the oil industry this the current year

Miguel and the legend of buried treasure


With metal detectors and old maps written in Latin or ancient Spanish, there are many others who are also searching for the treasure, unconsciously feeding off the magic of one of the few places in the world where legends of pirates and hidden fortunes live on in people’s imaginations

Cuba inaugurates ocean acidification observatory


Dazhu Yang, deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Department of Technical Cooperation, inaugurated the Caribbean Regional Ocean Acidification Observatory in Cienfuegos

Robotic surgery training center to be opened in Cuba


The opening in Cuba of a professional training center for the use of robotics in medical treatment is big news, considering that the criminal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on the country by the United States, more than half a century ago, makes it virtually impossible for the island to acquire the latest technology in this field

Fruit growers set ambitious goals


Members of the Fruit Cooperatives Movement met in Ciego de Ávila and reaffirmed their intention to expand production for the national market and export

Regional forum on the future of renewable energy to be held


To be reviewed during the Ninth International Renewable Energy, Energy Saving and Energy Education Conference (CIER 2017), is the efficient use of renewable energy sources and the search for new ways of applying them, according to engineer Joel Morales Salas

Cuba’s drought persists and intensifies


Speaking to the press, engineer Argelio Fernández Richelme, chief specialist at the Department for the Rational Use of Water, announced that from March, 2015, to date, there has been an intensification of the meteorological drought affecting the island


Great potential for growth


With a view toward seeking means to generate electricity with less dependence on fossil fuels (basically oil, coal and natural gas), to reduce environmental pollution and mitigate the effects of climate change, renewable energy resources are receiving greater attention worldwide

Fifty years of Cuban nephrology

The achievements of five decades of continuous efforts to develop and perfect Cuban nephrology will be presented by the Dr. Abelardo Buch López Institute of Nephrology (INEF), which will host various activities March 16 - 18 to mark the 50th anniversary of this specialty on the island

New cement plant in Baracoa


Key to recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, a modern cement plant capable of producing 30 cubic meters successfully completed trial runs and is ready for start up

March 8: International Women’s Day

Yoandra Ramírez Romero

Granma publishes the stories of two of the many Cuban women who struggle on in the face of difficulties and deserve to be honored this March 8


Díaz-Canel visits sites of social and economic importance

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The Cuban Vice President also met with leaders of the Institute of Sports, Recreation, and Physical Education in the region, along with legendary athletes, emphasizing the importance of physical activity and sports

Raúl returns from ALBA Summit

The President of Cuba's Councils of State and Ministers returned to the homeland, yesterday March 6, around midday, after participating in the 14th ALBA-TCP Summit held in Caracas and tributes to Comandante Hugo Chávez Frías on the fourth anniversary of the Venezuelan leader's physical disappearance

Ecological agriculture in Cuba: Key to sustainability


Cuban researchers have shown great interest in generalizing use of techniques they have studied to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers, protect soils, certify seeds, and control weeds, using natural products to eliminate pests and plant diseases

A land known for its metal casting

Lamp posts stand out among the best selling pieces.

Placetas is known as a land with a vast tradition of pig farming and also metal casting. This city located toward the center of the island is home to a long sandy street, surrounded by buildings featuring high doors and pointed grills, where in the heat of a Cuban February, one can discover “los bebos”

Council of Ministers meeting held

Among a variety of issues, four policies and the continuing education plan for 2017-2018 were approved at the meeting held yesterday, March 2

Fidel’s ideas remain relevant in the ACS


I hope we can further strengthen all these ideas within our organization, and we have high hopes, stated the diplomat from Saint Lucia on arrival to the Cuban capital to participate in various regional events, scheduled to take place next week in Havana

Maisí coffee harvest on the road to recovery


 3,328 hectares of coffee have been recuperated, representing 67% of the area affected by Hurricane Matthew, and 93% of the 3,564 hectares set to be salvaged in the first stage of recovery efforts

Hurricane Matthew in Guantánamo

Unicef praises recovery efforts


Unicef program coordinator, Victoria Colamarco highlighted the impact of recovery efforts undertaken by the people of Guantánamo, together with national and international support, following Hurricane Matthew

A step forward in Cuban technology


As part of the process of digitalization of Cuban society, an unprecedented project has emerged: the assembly of latest-generation laptops and tablets in Havana. Leading the initiative is Fernándo Fernández, who spoke with Granma International

Machado Ventura receives Vietnamese leader


José Ramón Machado Ventura, Party second secretary and a vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, yesterday afternoon, February 16, received Tong Thi Phong, a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam's Central Committee Political Bureau and a vice president of the National Assembly Standing Committee


The magic wand for rural schools?


At this time, Cuba's Ministry of Education is undertaking its third round of efforts to perfect the national school system, a process which, of course includes education in rural areas

English language studies in Cuban universities

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Some 3,000 Cuban professionals have been certified through the Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test and ties strengthened between the Ministry of Higher Education and the British Council

International Pedagogy Congress 2017

Teaching history with audiovisual materials


Cuban Minister of Culture Abel Prieto participated in the special panel "History taught through audiovisuals” by the Network in Defense of Humanity

Why a blockade and not an embargo?


Although the United States didn’t fully implement the blockade against Cuba until February 7, 1962, it had been applying similar policies against the island since 1959

Raúl arrives in Cuba


Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, arrived in Cuba, January 26, after attending the 5th Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC)

The Apostle comes to life in January


The Fragua Martiana Museum to dedicate its 65th anniversary to highlighting the presence of Fidel • Courses on the life and work of the Cuban National Hero to commence in September


Over 40 years supporting friendship


Establishing ties of friendship and solidarity between people from different countries is the principle accomplishment of the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp (CIJAM), celebrating its 45th anniversary this year

Cuba: Best low birth weight rate in the region


Cuba has best low birth weight rate in the region (5.3%) according to the Panorama of Food and Nutrition Security in Latin America and the Caribbean report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Good land is cultivated


In Matanzas yesterday, Machado Ventura toured several agricultural sites to review progress, especially in potato cultivation in the municipalities of Jovellanos, Perico and Martí

La Pradera: Quality medical care


Personalized care offered to patients from around the world distinguishes La Pradera International Health Center, well known for its cancer treatments

The responsibility of all to educate children

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Almost half a million children currently benefit from the Cuban program. Regional Vice President of the World Organization for Early Childhood Education to give a lecture in Cuba