Politics always ends up affecting the poorest, the people,” said Jessica Aguila, a Cuban worker planning to visit her family in the United States.
Cuban officials have told their U.S. counterparts that Washington’s decision to reduce its embassy staff in Havana by more than half and suspend visa processing is “seriously hampering” ties between the two countries, as well as causing distress for family members. Josefina Vidal, Cuba’s Foreign Ministry Chief for U.S. Affairs, and John Creamer, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, headed the talks, according to PressTV.
Varadero, Matanzas, Cuba, Dec 7 (P L) Authorities and personalities shared together with settlers of the main Cuban tourist resort, Varadero Beach, and evoked the 130 years of the foundation of this tourist resort in Cuba.
Varadero was officially founded on December 5th, 1887, though the first news about people taking their recreation hours there, are coming from the 1840’s, attracted by the natural beauty and the celebration of fishing, sports competitions and threater representations. Continue reading →
Varadero, Cuba,(PL).U.S. University of Southern Illinois expressed today its interest in promoting cooperation with Cuban institutions, both from a commercial and research points of view.
This was confirmed by Jim Garvey, Vice Deacon of the Faculty of Research of the Southern Illinois University (SIU), who heads the delegation of that high study center participating in the international congress Biotechnology Havana 2017.
We have been traveling to Cuba since 1999, when 42 of our specialists visited this nation, After that first exchange, many Cuban researchers have visited our institution, not only to enrich the dialogue, but to advance in collaboration, Garvey told Prensa Latina.
The United States has a long history of economic warfare and began its efforts to destroy the Cuban economy immediately after the triumph of the Revolution
The rulers of the United States have a long history of experience in this arena. During WWI, in 1917, the first legal document on economic war was approved by Congress, the Trading with the Enemy Act, which outlined a renovated strategy of financial maneuvers: the creating of difficulties for adversaries in access to banking services and credit; the freezing of funds; prohibitions on sales and purchases, including those involving the acquisition of products produced with U.S. components or raw materials in third countries; as well as coercive measures against ships and crews involved in trade with the sanctioned country, among other tactics.
This economic war included sabotage and other terrorist actions, perpetuated undercover against industry and infrastructure, with 28 types of installations key to the economy cited as potential targets. The deaths of civilians added new levels of brutality to the strategy.
In contemporary world history, Cuba is the country which has been subjected to the longest and most brutal economic war of this kind. These measures, clearly of a genocidal nature, have been consistently imposed on Cuba since the triumph of the Revolution in 1959.
A friend from the U.S. visiting the island recently as part of the “In the footsteps of Che International Brigade” commented: Cuba is an inspiration, because it teaches us that a revolution is possible.
One of the Workers World Party’s (WWP) principal efforts in the United States is participation in the movement opposing the criminal blockade imposed on Cuba for the past 55 years, according to a member of the organization, Nathaniel Peters, a musician living in New York City.
This friend from the U.S. was visiting the island recently as part of the “In the footsteps of Che International Brigade” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of the heroic guerilla, Ernesto Guevara, in Bolivia.
Peters said that WWP members are also very active in movements denouncing police murders of Blacks and Latinos in their country; deportations of immigrants; the appropriation of Native lands; discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation; and U.S. imperialist wars.
“We struggle for the emancipation of workers, including the demands of trade unions, the liberation of Blacks and all oppressed nations, the rights of women and LGBTQ people, immigrants, those with disabilities and all oppressed by the capitalist system,” Peters said, describing his organization as a revolutionary socialist party, opposed to capitalism and its market laws.
In doing so, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage – currently gathered on Jeju island in South Korea – is officially recognizing the genre as an important part of Cuba’s cultural heritage.
Punto Cubano comprises the poetry and music of Cuban peasants, and consists of a melody featuring a voice singing ten verses with a rhyming scheme.
One of the key lines within Fidel’s concept of Revolution reads “It is never lying or violating ethical principles; it is a profound conviction that there is no power on earth that can crush the truth…
This tenet, which along with others is part of Fidel’s conception of Revolution, is rooted in Martí’s idea that “outside of the truth, there is no salvation,” and: “He who tells the truth on time commands. The truth well-spoken, spoken at the right time, dispels his enemies, as if it were smoke.”
In his conception of Revolution, Fidel repeats himself and is multiplied. He never aspired to much for himself; the truth was his constant companion, in all his conduct and revolutionary action. Lies were anathema to him; telling the truth reflected his great respect for the people. With no consideration for personal glory or power, he fulfilled his duty serving the homeland.
Arriving in Havana, January 8, 1959, in Ciudad Libertad, he made clear what the truth meant: “Deceiving the people, promoting false hopes, will always bring the worst consequences, and I believe that the people must be warned of excessive optimism.
“How did the Rebel Army win the war? Telling the truth. How did the dictatorship lose the war? Deceiving soldiers.”
Representing Cuban film in the official selection for the 39th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema are two feature-length productions, two documentaries, one short and one animation, while the general program features 40 works from the island
Representing Cuban film in the official selection for the 39th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema are two feature-length productions, two documentaries, one short and one animation, while the general program features 40 works from the island.
Although the competition features fewer Cuban films than last time, Ivan Giroud, president of the Festival noted that “There are currently several Cuban films in production and post-production, which will surely have their space next year,” when the Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary.
To recap, the 2016 official selection included two Cuban films in the Debut Film category withEsteban by Jonal Cosculluela, and El techo by Patricia Ramos; three feature-length productions:Últimos días en La Habana by Fernando Pérez, winner of the Special Jury Prize; Sharing Stellaby Enrique Álvarez, and Lester Hamlet’s Ya no es antes, for which Luis Alberto García received the prize for Best Male Performance.
Speaking during the first press conference on the Cuban selection, Giroud noted that “It’s true that the Festival takes place in Cuba and is the moment for the island to present its productions. However, only the best Cuban films, just like only the best films from Latin America, feature in the competition.”
In this sense he went on to announce that Cuban works nominated in the Feature-length Film category of this 39th edition of the festival include: Sergio & Serguéi, directed and written by Ernesto Daranas (Los dioses rotos, Conducta, 2014 Coral Prize) and Los buenos demoniosby Gerardo Chijona (Adorables mentiras; Esther en alguna parte; La cosa humana).
Sergio & Serguéi, a co-production by Mediapro, RTV Comercial and the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), in association with Wing and Prayer Pictures and Westend Films, is a story that takes places in 1991, following the collapse of the Soviet Union and onset of the Special Period in Cuba.
Sergio, played by Tomás Cao, is an amateur radio enthusiast and professor of Marxism who is forced to re-think his life, while Serguéi (Héctor Noas) is the last soviet astronaut on a practically forgotten faulty space station named Mir.
Daranas noted that “Sergio & Serguei is basically a comedy; it’s more a story of friendship and self-esteem than history and politics.”
Meanwhile, renowned director Gerardo Chijona’s new film Los buenos demonios, takes to the big screen the last script written by Daniel Díaz Torres – who passed away before the film was completed – and Alejandro Hernández, a graduate from the San Antonio de los Baños International Film School.
During his life, Daniel Díaz Torres (1948 – 2013) directed some 16 films, including Jíbaro (1985),Alicia en el pueblo de Maravillas (1991), Hacerse el sueco (2001), Camino al Edén (2007),Lisanka (2010) and La película de Ana (2012).
According to the director Chijona, the film presents a vision of Cuba today and is “A de-dramatized drama like the ones being made now, featuring three generations of Cubans from the early days of the Revolution; the middle period and those born in the Special Period, who all live together.”
Taking on the lead rolesin Los buenos demonios areCarlos Enrique Almirante, Vladimir Cruz, Isabel Santos (who starred in Chijona’s debut film Adorables mentiras), and Enrique Molina.
President Raul Castro has paid tribute to the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, on the first anniversary of his death during a ceremony held at Santa Ifigenia cemetery, located in this eastern province.
In that historical necropolis, the president also honored with white roses National Hero of Cuba, Jose Marti, Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, Father of the Homeland, and Mariana Grajales, mother of the General of the Liberation Army Antonio Maceo, and considered the mother of all Cubans in the Caribbean nation.
First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, the second secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, among other top leaders of the Revolution, accompanied Raul Castro during the ceremony.
As part of the tribute to Fidel Castro -who died on November 25, 2016- a popular march is carried out to the cemetery where a granite monolith holds the ashes of the outstanding revolutionary.