Published on 26 July 2015 by Granma

26 July in Santiago

'Santiago has shown that, without losing its hospitality, it remains rebellious and heroic'

As the July 26 commemoration in Santiago concluded, after the central remarks made by José Ramón Machado Ventura, President Raúl Castro Ruz shared a few words. Machado Ventura recalled that the July 26 commemoration is held not only to honor the past, but to reaffirm that the heroic 1953 actions were not in vain, that the seeds sown have borne fruit.

“I could not pass through here without saying something to you. Three or four words. I am leaving confident and hopeful that Santiago will always continue to be Santiago,” said Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, as the commemoration of the assaults on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons in Santiago concluded.

The event’s central remarks were presented by José Ramón Machado Ventura, second secretary of the Party Central Committee, who recalled that on another July 26, our first thoughts are directed toward the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, whose life and work are closely tied to the heroic city of Santiago, which is celebrating its glorious 500 year history.

Machado Ventura recalled that the city has been the scene of many significant events which call for celebration, as well as reflection.

He evoked the memory of the original inhabitants of the island who confronted Spanish conquerors, and that of Africans who led slave rebellions at nearby copper mines. It is no accident, he recalled, that the province is also known by the name Guamá and that a monument to the rebel slave was erected in Cobre.

He added that the city is full of stories of the independence and revolutionary armies’ actions, and is considered the cradle of the Revolution, where the remains of Mariana Grajales, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, José Martí, Frank País rest, with those of many others who gave their lives to win independence, defend the country’s sovereignty, and contribute to the liberation of sister peoples around the world.

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Published on 23 July 2015 by Granma 

Bicsa bank deal

The Cuban International Commerce Bank (Bicsa) and the Florida-based Stonegate Bank have signed an agreement to establish a correspondent account, reported bank authorities in Havana, yesterday, July 22.

Established was an understanding on correspondence, a standard practice between banks to facilitate transactions.

Sources noted that, in this specific case, existing restrictions imposed by the U.S. blockade must be taken into consideration.

Stonegate CEO Dave Seleski, described the event as the first important financial accord to be signed since the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S. on July 20.

The executive explained that the agreement with Bicsa will facilitate transactions for U.S. companies doing business in Cuba, given that the correspondent accounts will allow for international operations, including the transfer of funds between clients.

Stonegate, founded in 2005, has 21 branches in the state of Florida, while Bicsa was created in 1993, and currently maintains correspondent relations with 600 agencies around the world.

Published on 20 July 2015 by Granma

Cuban embassy in Washington

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla spoke at the ceremony to re-open the Cuban Embassy in the United States in Washington, today July 20, saying, “We’ve been able to make it to this date thanks to the firm and wise leadership of Fidel Castro Ruz, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution,” and the “will, unity, sacrifice, selflessness, heroic resistance and work of our people.”

Statement by Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, at the ceremony to re-open the Cuban Embassy in the United States. Washington, July 20, 2015

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Published on 20 July 2015 by Granma

Cuban embassy in Washington

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla spoke at the ceremony to re-open the Cuban Embassy in the United States in Washington, today July 20, saying, “We’ve been able to make it to this date thanks to the firm and wise leadership of Fidel Castro Ruz, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution,” and the “will, unity, sacrifice, selflessness, heroic resistance and work of our people.”

Statement by Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, at the ceremony to re-open the Cuban Embassy in the United States. Washington, July 20, 2015

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Abivax

By  Philippe Pouletty Become - Founder and Chairman, Abivax and  Hartmut Ehrlich Become - Chief Executive Officer, ABIVAX

How we did business with the Castros and are developing new therapies for Hepatitis, Dengue, HIV & Ebola

Paris, France -- Breaking new ground is standard for scientists. Breaking a five-decade U.S. embargo against Cuba is certainly new ground for U.S. foreign policy. As the United States begins to look towards economic developments on this island 90 miles south of Miami, it's Europeans like ourselves, who have been at the forefront in one area of economic development in particular: Science and biotechnology. We have done so by development of strong human relationships and innovative therapies, and with the foresight of Fidel Castro's vision of healthcare development.

Read more Euro-Cuban Biotech Ahead of US Foreign Policy?

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