Cuba advances under the banner of socialism

By Han Jong Chol

January 1 is the anniversary of the victorious Cuban revolution which heralded a new life and bright future for the Cuban people.

On January 1 1959 Cuban revolutionaries overthrew the pro-US Batista dictatorship and won victory under the leadership of Fidel Castro Ruz.

It was a historic event which freed Cubans from the yoke of dictatorship and subjugation.

Cuba chose socialism after the revolution.

Progressive policies were enforced such as the nationalization of major industries, and a socialist system was established in which all people work and learn, enjoying equal rights and freedom.

The Cuban people have maintained and advanced socialism for decades in the face of the persistent embargo, interference and conciliatory tricks by the US and other hostile forces.

A nine-year free and compulsory education is now in force, with the highest number of scientists and technicians per 1 million population in Latin America. A regular public health network is in service throughout the country and dental, ophthalmic and other medical services have reached the world’s advanced level. Pharmaceutical industry also saw steady growth to satisfy the needs of medicines with domestic production.

The government pays growing attention to the upbringing of children.

Sugar and mining industries, fisheries and other economic sectors have made rapid growth and bioengineering, gene engineering and other fields of science and technology also made innovative achievements.

Cuba, which was rife with illiteracy, poverty and backwardness in the past, could bring about a great change as it chose socialism.

The US has persistently pursued vicious moves against Cuba including plots to overthrow its government, armed attack and sanctions over the past several decades.

US' anti-Cuba moves come under criticism of the international community.

As an example, a resolution which urges the US to lift anti-Cuban embargo was adopted for the 26th time at the UN General Assembly in early November last year with an approval of 191 UN member states except the US and Israel.

Cuba has enhanced its international status as it keeps to the path of socialism and justice.

It has boosted cooperation with regional countries within the framework of the Community of Latin-American and Caribbean States and other regional organizations and gives priority to improving relations with non-aligned countries.

Last year saw a boost in the traditional bilateral friendship between the DPRK and Cuba. Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un sent a basket of flowers to the Cuban embassy in Pyongyang and the DPRK government delegation visited Havana to mark the first year after the death of Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban revolution.

The DPRK pays particular attention to bolstering up relations with Cuba and voices full support and solidarity with the cause of socialism of the Cuban people.

(Pyongyang Times - January 01, 2018)
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