Seven years after his death, his legacy continues to mark Cuba’s efforts to consolidate its sovereignty and independence, and the permanent improvement of the socialist system in the light of the United States’ hostility and the tightening of the blockade imposed by that powerful nation for more than 60 years.
Now 29, González is stepping into Cuban politics. He was recently elected to his country’s legislature with hopes of helping his people at a time of record emigration and heightened U.S. tension toward its seaside neighbour.
There are currently over 100,000 Cubans in Havana without access to water during one of the Caribbean islands’ hottest summers on record. But this is just one of a plethora of crises the country is experiencing.
Amid the challenges of a global economy marked by crisis, Cuba strives to maintain its socialist project, meet the needs of its people, and assert its independence. Despite facing the longest embargo in modern history, the nation has made significant strides in public education, health care, and sustainable development, outperforming many advanced economies. The future may be fraught with challenges, but Cuba’s dedication to its people and its independent path shines as a beacon of hope in a world still unable to answer the many dilemmas of humanity. Indeed, that is why Fidel Castro’s daring mission at the Moncada Barracks 70 years ago continues to have such a hold on the Cuban imagination. Despite the temporary setbacks, Cubans survive and live to fight the next battle.
It happened 70 years ago on July 26, 1953—the attack on the Moncada Barracks in Santiago, Cuba. At the time, it may not have seemed of great historical import, but in the light of hindsight, it sparked the process that led to the Cuban Revolution—and that changed the world!
It is time for all of us, in solidarity with the Cuban Revolution, to intensify the struggle against the U.S. blockade and mobilize international cooperation with the island that dared to conquer its independence and sovereignty against the most powerful and genocidal empire in the history of mankind.
Nothing on the horizon now threatens the end of the U.S. economic blockade of Cuba. Critical voices inside the United States and beyond fall flat; nothing is in the works, it seems. Recently, however, the United Nations put forth a denunciation that carries unusual force, mainly because of the UN’s legal authority and its practical experience in Cuba.
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”By now, we know full well that hatred is a current, that it is contagious, that it is addictive and something one can die from. In their efforts to make the world hate Cuba and its sovereignty, we must reflect. Have they succeeded? Evidently not. When someone is guilty of a crime, they are usually afraid of being found out. They lie to cover up that fear and continue projecting the image of being powerful. Although, if we delve into this cowardice, more than being discovered in their sins, what frightens them is that it is known what really happens in this archipelago. How, in spite of the material needs that they themselves generate, blaming the Cuban government left and right, this country is moving forward with resistance and has never fallen”
“What would we Cubans achieve if the blockade did not exist? This genocidal policy that intends to bend our sovereign will by hunger must cease. They will never succeed,” the minister concluded.