OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

THE HAVANA INTERNATIONAL CENTER

Distinguished by professionalism

“We modestly try our best to fulfill our commitments,” states Vivián Colls Puente, vice president of Auditing at the Havana International Center.

Auditing, consultation, human resource training, and international programs. These are the key functions of the Havana International Center (CIH)

No terrorist activity in Cuba, according to the U.S.

Justin Siberell, Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism in the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State.

“It was assessed that there was not sufficient information there to provide a report this year on Cuba,” according to Justin Siberell, Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism in the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State, quoted by U.S. newspaper the Miami Herald

Breathing new life into Havana’s hospitals

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With the aim of improving the quality of services, two of the capital’s most well known hospitals, the Miguel Enríquez and Salvador Allende, are benefitting from a nationwide investment, repair and maintenance process, ongoing for the last four year

Pinar del Río completes its best tobacco harvest in 11 years

Some 3,000 tons of tobacco leaves remain in curing houses in the province.

Despite drought conditions, affecting plantations in the north of the province, Pinar del Río is reporting its best tobacco harvest in 11 years, an accomplishment that joins many others in the province where the country's principal celebration of National Rebellion Day is taking place July 26

The enemies of the left

If the powerful know anything it is how to distinguish their people from those who seek a more just distribution of wealth, reject the naturalization of inequality and believe that “human rights” are extensive to all human beings

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF PEOPLE'S POWER

Deputies set sights on the nation

Deputies discussed important issues related to the country’s development.

With the purpose of reviewing and debating issues of great importance to the country's development, the National Assembly's (ANPP) 10 standing commissions met July 10-12 in the Havana International Conference Center, prior to the Ninth Period of Ordinary Sessions of the Eighth Legislature of the ANPP, to be held on July 14

European brigade members express support for the Cuban Revolution

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The 47th European José Martí voluntary work and Cuba solidarity brigade, composed of over 75 individuals from some 10 countries, is brining a message of support for the Cuban Revolution, as participants learn and become more familiar with the island’s people, during their stay in the country

The work of a loyal friend recognized

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Canadian journalist and sociologist Arnold August was presented, in Havana, with the Friendship Medal awarded by the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba; an honor which he dedicated to the memory of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz

President of Gabon arrives to Cuba

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During his stay on the island, the distinguished visitor will hold official talks with Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers

PINAR DEL RÍO

Summer activities for all

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With the added motivation of being selected to host the national July 26 celebration, the province has planned a broad range of summer activities

Cuba and Djibouti, united by ties of friendship

Nasser Mohamed Ousbo, ambassador of the Republic of Djibouti to Cuba, highlighted the strong ties of friendship stemming from the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1998.

In an interview with Granma International in Havana, the African representative noted that since diplomatic relations were established in 1998, various agreements have existed between the two nations, above all in the fields of health, education, sports and engineering

Cuba calls to take action against climate change

Cuba calls to take action against climate change

During the Intergovernmental Meeting for the Preparation of a Declaration of Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change, the Cuban delegation highlighted not only the environmental impact of the phenomenon but also its socioeconomic consequences

The Havana Malecón: The longest bench in the world?

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Imagine, just for a minute, if Havana didn’t have a Malecón. Try to picture the city without this wide six-lane avenue and long wall which stretches for eight kilometers along the capital’s northern coastline…

Art with spoons, knifes and forks

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Founded in 1998 in the city of Ciego de Ávila, in the center of the island, the Pauyet group is one of the most outstanding symbols of Cuban metalsmithing

Cuba and Russia discuss medical- pharmaceutical exchanges

Mayda Maurí Pérez, marketing director of the BioCubaFarma Enterprise Group, highlighted the opportunities for exchanges between Russia and Cuba in the bio-pharmaceutical.

The Forum saw the participation of 10 companies, during which representatives also discussed licensing Cuban products for the Russian market; supporting scientific projects; technology transfers; and the establishment of joint ventures between the two counties

What's happening with fertility in Cuba?

Statistics reveal that, in general, women have a first child, but the second does not always arrive.

For a decade now, teenage pregnancies are significant within the total fertility rate. Demographic statistics reveal that mothers under 20 years of age account for 15 out of every 100 births, and this rate has remained stable over the last several years

A home for Argentine-Cuban friendship and solidarity

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The Argentina-Cuba Friendship House is located at No. 255 Yrigoyen Street in the Argentine municipality of Bahía Blanca, and works to cultivate solidarity with Cuba and its Revolution, in its efforts to achieve social justice throughout Latin America

World Peace Council denounces U.S. interventionism in Cuba

World Peace Council denounces U.S. interventionism in Cuba.

The organization reiterated its demand for an end to interventionist actions by the United States “which continually attempts to frustrate the progress of the Cuban Revolution and isolate the nation through a criminal blockade imposed for over five decades”

Havana hosts 13th Cuba-Spain Rectors meeting

The President of the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities and Chancellor of the University of Extremadura, Segundo Píriz Durán, highlighted extensive collaboration between Cuban and Spanish universities.

Havana recently hosted the 13th Cuba-Spain Rectors Meeting, during which participants reviewed university collaboration, academic cooperation and approved the Cuba-Spain Strategic Alliance

Holguín

Eternally grateful

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This is the story of Georyana and her daughter Elizabeth, a family supported by the Revolution’s social assistance system

Building a cybersociety

DScTech Ailyn Febles Estrada, president of the Union of Computer Scientists of Cuba (UIC).

The Cuban Union of Computer Scientists (UIC) is ready to hold an international event as part of the organization’s role in the computerization of society

1st International Junior High School Workshop

For an inclusive school

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Around 200 delegates met from June 20-23 during the 1st International Junior High School Workshop entitled “For an inclusive school”

Luis Mario’s smile

“It’s a way of continuing Fidel’s legacy, a man who fought tirelessly to improve the health of our people,” notes Reinaldo.

In recognition of its results, Pinar del Río hosted the national tribute to blood donors, June 16

Taking healthcare to rural areas

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Offering healthcare services in the country’s remote mountainous regions is a learning experience vital to the professional development of young Cuban doctors. After graduating they work for one year in offices in rural zones across the nation as part of their social service commitment

New hotels in Villa Clara

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The construction of six new hotels in Villa Clara is part of an ambitious development plan in the central Cuban province

Cuban collaborators return from Peru

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On the evening of June 15, 23 collaborators from the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade who offered services in Peru, returned to Cuba

Inside Cuban airports

Aduana del Aeropuerto Internacional José Marti.

Increasing numbers of passengers arriving to the country has meant a higher level of activity for customs authorities at airports

FRUIT PROCESSING INDUSTRY

La Conchita: Past, present, and future

Felicia Ramos Martínez has worked at the plant for 34 years.

With a long history in the province, the plant proceses a wide variety of fruits and vegetables for the domestic market, tourism, and export.

Council of State calls general elections

Municipal delegates to be elected in October • Exact date to be determined to elect delegates to Provincial Assemblies and deputies to the National Assembly of People's Power

Raúl receives Foreign Minister of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

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Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of Cuba's Councils of State and Ministers, yesterday June 12, received Jean Asselborn, minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Immigration, and Asylum, for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, who is making an official visit to the country

Jardines del Rey set for the summer season

The effective protection and management of ecosystems continues toward efforts to guarantee the development of sustainable tourism.

After one of its best high seasons, actions now being undertaken in Jardines del Rey are focused on product promotion and marketing as well as diversifying offers in order to provide visitors, above all national vacationers, with truly enjoyable experiences

Neither hawks nor doves

From left to right: Aida Touma Sleiman, member of the Knesset (Israeli parliament), Adel Amer, Secretary General of the Communist Party of Israel, and Salam Bilal, secretary of the party branch in the city of Nazareth.

Granma International spoke with Adel Amer, Secretary General of the Communist Party of Israel, and the delegation that accompanied him on an official visit to the island, regarding the Zionist occupation of Palestinian land and other issues related to Israeli reality

Permanent Commissions’ work report

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Arelis Santana Bello, chair of the Commission on Youth, Children and Women’s Equal Rights, presents report on the working session held May 31 to the Assembly

Pastors for Peace continue support to Cuba

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Solidarity with the Cuban people is being reaffirmed this month by members of the 28th US-Cuba Friendship Caravan, coordinated by the Interfaith Community Organization IFCO-Pastors for Peace

Women live longer, but have poorer health

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According to Professor Jesús Menéndez, specialist at the Longevity, Aging, and Health Research Center (Cited), “elderly women (53.2%) outnumber elderly men, living an average of four years more…But living longer doesn’t necessarily mean living better”

Is it possible to meld the best of capitalism and socialism?

Cuba is a country trying to build a society different from one which the people have never experienced. This is a period of change and new, previously rejected elements are being introduced in the conception of the socio-economic model.

Enrique Ubieta, editor of the journals Cuba Socialista and La Calle del medio, talked with Cubadebate about political centrism, neo-annexation, and the permanent clash between socialism and capitalism, as conflicting systems - all important issues in the ideological struggle underway around the world today

Raúl receives President of the Gabonese Republic

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Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, received His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic, on July 7, during an official visit to the island

Cuban deputies to debate almost 80 issues in parliamentary session

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From this Monday, July 10, Cuban deputies will gather to debate a total of 79 issues relating to the country’s socio-economic situation, prior to the Ninth Period of Ordinary Sessions of the Eighth Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power, to begin July 14

The pending issue of wealth

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Is wealth becoming concentrated in a few hands in Cuba? The frequency with which this concern is expressed could be, rather than evidence of an already existent level of accumulation, a symptom of ambiguity and doubts about changes regarding the ownership of property, or a sign that people are noticing conditions, at least, that could lead to such a threat

Ties that continue to strengthen

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The solidarity and unconditional support of Belarus to Cuba was ratified by Alexander Alexandrov, the country’s ambassador to the island, speaking to Granma International on the occasion of the Belarusian National Day, July 3

RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

Renewable energy project serves educational centers

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Collaboration between education authorities in the province of Holguín and the NGOs Cubasolar and Solidarité Luxembourg-Cuba, has facilitated the assembly and installation of 40 solar water heaters in children’s daycare centers, special schools and children’s homes

11th International Convention on Environment and Development begins today

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Delegates from over 25 countries, together with ministers, vice ministers, academics and representatives of international organizations, will participate in the 11th International Convention on Environment and Development, which opens today in the Havana International Conference Center, and will session through this Friday, July 7

The President's Cuban friends

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On October 25, 2016, the Veteran’s Association received a visit from Republican candidate Donald Trump, during which the board made the historic decision to publically endorse a Presidential candidate for the first time

Pinar del Río expands solar energy

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Three new photovoltaic parks currently under construction will more than double the amount of electricity generated with the use of solar panels in the province, when they are connected to the national grid this coming September

Meeting student needs

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Cuba’s Adult and Youth Education Program (EJA) is one of the most significant in terms of social impact

Cuban medical technology to ensure quality care

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The use of technological advances to benefit society and their implementation in various fields, such as medicine, is one of the primary objectives of the Central Institute for Digital Research (ICID), with the purpose of guaranteeing the wellbeing of the Cuban people

SANTA CLARA

Che’s Memorial Complex restored for his 89th birthday

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The Sculptural Complex dedicated to Ernesto Che Guevara and his comrades in arms has been completely restored to host the activities to mark the 89th anniversary of the Comandante’s birth this Wednesday, June 14

Living longer and better

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The 14th International Conference Longevity 2017, which began yesterday June 6 in Havana's Convention Center, is focused on long, active life

Cuba’s sustained forest growth

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Cuba’s forest area grew by 57,000 hectares in 2016. As such, the island reached a total of 3,241,000 hectares of land covered by forests, representing 31.15% of its total land area

Stella Calloni: Journalism and activism

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The wealth of knowledge that Argentine journalist and writer Stella Calloni expresses in her conversations is difficult to summarize, but it is worth considering her concerns and ideals

Conserving mountain ecosystems

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Cuba’s biodiversity is noteworthy given the presence of species of special interest nationally, regionally, and worldwide, with a high level of endemism in its flora and fauna, as well as a great variety of ecosystems

CUBA–TIMOR-LESTE

A solid friendship between two peoples

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The fraternal relations between Timor-Leste and Cuba have borne fruits over the past 15 years of diplomatic ties, and there remains huge potential for mutually beneficial cooperation

Cuba celebrates its African roots

Cuba celebrates its African roots.

Cuba celebrated Africa Day this Thursday, May 25, with an event held in Havana, attended by members of the Party Political Bureau, Salvador Valdés Mesa, a vice president of the Council of State; Esteban Lazo Hernandez, president of the National Assembly of People’s Power; and Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, minister of Foreign Affairs

New book on Fidel’s political-economic thought launched

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The 240-page work was published by Cuban editorial Ciencias Sociales in honor of its 50th anniversary and features various texts complied by Hero of the Republic of Cuba Ramón Labañino, and Deputy Rector of La Sapienza University in Italy, Luciano Vasapollo

There is no future without the past

The only, definitive independence Cubans celebrate is that achieved on January 1, 1959, with the leadership of our undefeated Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz. Someone failed to tell Donald Trump this, before he congratulated the Cuban people for their independence on May 20.

METEORO 2017

More prepared to face disasters (+Photos)

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This weekend, all of Cuba became a theater of operations allowing for the evaluation of the country's preparedness to face extraordinary situations, during the Response to Disasters Popular Exercise, Meteoro 2017

Martí lives on

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A recollection of the death of Cuba's national hero José Martí, who fell in battle against Spanish colonial forces, May 19, 1895

CUBAN FARMERS DAY

Our right to land is inalienable

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Granma Internationalspoke with Rafael Santiesteban Pozo, president of the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP), on the occasion of Cuban Farmers’ Day

METEORO EXERCISE 2017

Strengthening preparedness

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Strengthening the country's ability to confront dangerous earthquakes, hurricanes, droughts, and health issues is the basic objective of this year's "Meteoro 2017" popular exercise, scheduled May 20-21

Raúl receives ELN delegation

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Addressed during the meeting were peace negotiations underway between the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) as well as the exchanges held in Havana between this guerilla organization and the FARC-EP

UNEAC discusses its direction and challenges

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The Union of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) National Council met yesterday in the Museum of Fine Arts' Cuban Art Building, with the participation of Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, and Minister of Culture Abel Prieto, among other leaders

Cuba and Gabon strengthen bilateral ties

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This Thursday, May 4, Cuba’s Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, la Francophonie and Regional Integration of Gabon signed an Agreement for regular diplomatic consultations

Romerías de mayo

No to the blockade, Yes to socialism

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On May 4, the Bloguerías de Mayo #UnblockCuba space was inaugurated, as part of traditional celebrations held over these days in Holguin

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