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Cuba’s Constitution: conquests codified in a single document

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Via Granma Cuba

More than just words, ideas, and principles written on a few pieces of paper, even its definition as the Fundamental Law of Our Republic fails to capture the significance of the 137 articles which make up Cuba’s Constitution, because to speak of the Constitution is to speak of the State, equality, rights, democracy, social justice, respect for the full dignity of all humans…

Cuba’s parliamentary history was born amidst the clamor of our independence wars, when the island’s insurgent forces met at La Manigua to form a single government, whose first action was to proclaim all men equal.

The first Constitution to be implemented in the country was written during the Guáimaro Assembly in April 1869. The document recognized that all inhabitants of the island were free, a principle that would never be abandoned and would feature just as prominently in the three other constitutions that were to emerge in the 19th century over the course of the country’s independence struggles: The Constitution of Baraguá (1878); Jimaguayú (1895); and La Yaya (1897).

And as difficult as it was to achieve national sovereignty, creating a Constitution that represented the people, that served citizens’ interests and not those of a certain social class or government, was just as arduous. However, this was a feat that could only be achieved through revolutionary struggle, the only way Cuba could secure full independence and create a Republic “with all and for the good of all,” as envisioned by Cuba’s national hero, José Martí.

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Cuba Constitutional Reforms

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The Cuban Constitution adopted in 1976 was changed in 1992 and 2002, so far from what the media touting these days has not been unmovable since its first edition / Related: Las reformas a la Constitución cubana: Martha Prieto Valdés

Commission working on Constitutional reform holds initial sessions: June 3, the National Assembly commission of deputies charged with drafting and presenting Constitutional reform proposals held its first session at the Revolution Palace.

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Healing beyond borders (+Photos)

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The love, ethics and humanist values shared by Cuba for over half a century of medical cooperation, / May 23 – 55th anniversary of the launch of its international humanitarian missions, with over 400,000 health professionals serving in 164 nations worldwide.

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The love, ethics and humanist values shared by Cuba for over half a century of medical cooperation, were commemorated May 23 on the 55th anniversary of the launch of its international humanitarian missions, with over 400,000 health professionals serving in 164 nations worldwide.

The story begins with Fidel Castro’s 1953 self defense History Will Absolve Me, in which he described how Cuban foreign policy would be characterized by solidarity; continuing after the triumph of the Revolution (1959), as a group of doctors and technicians are sent to treat victims of an earthquake in Chile in May 1960.

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A starfish fossil from the Cretaceous period was recently discovered in Cuba

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RODAS, Cienfuegos.–Cuba’s first discovery of a Cretaceous period starfish fossil recently occurred in the municipality of Rodas.

It was found by researcher and member of the Cuban Society of Geology, Carlos Rafael Borges Sellén, who told Granma that the fossil was uncovered at the Aguadita farm, about six kilometers from the municipal capital of Rodas, Cienfuegos province, as part of the identification of new sites in the Damuji Paleontological Region.

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HeberFERON: an effective solution to skin cancer. #Cuba

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The Cuban drug HeberFERON, developed by specialists from the island, is now confirmed as an effective treatment against basal carcinoma, the most frequent skin cancer disease and increasing globally.

After two years in the basic table of medicines in Cuba, the HeberFERON is tested in the national territory with more than satisfactory results in the treatment and prevention of this condition.

This is confirmed by the results shown by the drug in the province of Sancti Spíritus, where almost a hundred patients have been treated since the clinical trials began, according to Dr. Vladimir Sanchez, a specialist in Dermatology.

Ballet Nacional de Cuba at the Kennedy Center – “So many stellar qualities in this company… dancing [to make] you fall in love with ballet all over again”–The Washington Post – Via Kennedy Center

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Ballet Nacional de Cuba
Alicia Alonso, Artistic Director
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
 
Don Quixote (May 29 & 30)
(Minkus/Alonso after Petipa)

Timing: Act 1 – 45 min.; Intermission – 20 min.; Act 2 – 30 min.; Intermission – 20 min.; Act 3 – 30 min. (Approx. 2-1/2 hours)
 
Giselle (May 31–June 3) 
(Adam/Alonso, based on Coralli and Perrot)

Timing: Act 1 – 55 min.; Intermission – 20 min.; Act 2 – 45 min. (Approx. 2 hours)

Internationally renowned Ballet Nacional de Cuba made its landmark U.S. debut at the Kennedy Center 40 years ago. Last seen at the Kennedy Center in 2011, the company returns to the Opera House stage with two extraordinary ballets—Artistic Director Alicia Alonso’s definitive staging of the romantic classic Giselle with choreography after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot and its acclaimed version of Don Quixote choreographed by Alicia Alonso after Marius Petipa.

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Cuba and its reasons to speak proudly of human rights – Via Auca

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In just one week, Cuba will present for the third time in Geneva, Switzerland, a report for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on human rights, an area in which the island shows unattainable results for many countries.

The largest of the Antilles went before in 2009 and 2013 to the mechanism established following the emergence in 2006 of the Human Rights Council, a body that replaced the Commission of the same name, which for decades was surrounded by criticism for selectivity and double standards used in its bosom against nations of the South bent on carving their own destiny.

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Cuban Hospitals: Human work of therapeutic clowns

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Cuba to display Beauty of its Culture in United States – Via stluciatimes.com

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Artes de Cuba, a two-week festival in the US capital, will show the humanity and beauty of the Cuban culture, Alicia Adams, curator of the event, told Prensa Latina news agency.

Adams is the Vice-President of International Programming at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where the American public will be able to enjoy the theater, dance, music and visual arts and films of the Caribbean nation from next May 8 to 20.

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