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Youngest commander of the Cuban Revolution dies at 70 in Havana

first_img Tweet Joel Iglesias Leyva. Image via: sidneyrezende.comHAVANA, Cuba (South Journal) — Joel Iglesias Leyva, Commander of the Cuban Revolution, died at 70 in Havana on Monday. His body was cremated and interment took place on Tuesday at the Veterans’ Pantheon, in Havana’s Colon Cemetery.Iglesias was a member of Column 8, commanded by Ernesto Che Guevara in the Cuban mountains, during the war that concluded with the 1959 triumph of the Cuban Revolution.He joined the rebel army in 1957 at the age of 14 and participated in numerous combats in which he was wounded on several occasions.Iglesias was the first president of the Association of Young Rebels, which gave birth to today´s Young Communist League. In 1975 he wrote the book “From the Mountain Range to the Escambray Mountains,” based on his experience of the revolutionary struggle.Speaking about Che Guevara, Iglesias once said: “I met Che on May 19, 1957 in Arroyo del Indio, a tributary of the Peladero River on the Sierra Maestra Mountain Range; I was 14 years old. All I knew about Che was that he was an Argentinean doctor who was fighting along Fidel.”In a speech during commemorations for the birth of National Hero Jose Marti, on 28 January 1960, Commander Ernesto Che Guevara said about Joel Iglesias: “…when Commander Joel Iglesias got to the Sierra Maestra (Mountain Range), he was 15 years. And when he was introduced to me I did not want to take him on because he was very young. But there was this package of machine gun munitions and nobody wanted to take it. So we put him to test and told him to take the package on the steep mountain side. So, the fact that he is here today means that he was able to meet that mission well.”Caribbean News Now NewsRegional Youngest commander of the Cuban Revolution dies at 70 in Havana by: – November 16, 2011 Sharing is caring! 86 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Boost to rights for gay couples in Greece

first_imgA Justice Ministry bill that was put up for public consultation stipulates that same-sex couples entering cohabitation agreements should have the same rights as married couples but bars them from marriage and common adoption.The bill, which was posted on the ministry’s website this week, essentially amends an existing law granting greater rights to heterosexual couples who are not married, seven years after its approval. This follows Greece’s conviction in December 2013 by the European Court which deemed that the existing law discriminates against gays.The new bill does not permit marriage between same-sex couples, but several appeals by citizens to the Supreme Court demanding the right to gay marriage are pending.On the issue of adoption, although the bill prohibits joint adoption by same-sex couples, existing legislation allows individuals to adopt children.The bill, which has been drafted by Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos, foresees that both heterosexual and same-sex couples signing a cohabitation agreement have the same rights in terms of pensions, taxation and inheritance as couples who are married.As regards the division of property and assets, parties entering cohabitation agreements can choose to retain a majority stake for themselves rather than sharing all their assets with their partners.It remained unclear when a parliamentary vote will be held on the new bill, which was put up for public consultation just a few days before Pride events are to take place in Athens and other cities on the weekend.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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