We know that it will happen, because the vast majority of the peoples and governments worldwide are against such inhuman and criminal act, affirmed here in an interview granted to Prensa Latina.
We will not only see that except two or three countries, the vast majority will push the green bottom to demand the lifting of sanctions, but we will also listen to speeches from representatives of Africa, Latin America and other regions, she announced.
To Rubiales, it canâ�Öt be overlooked that United States blocks an island that instead of militaries, as the US government does, send army of doctors and teachers to other countries.
In October 29, the UN General Assembly will put to the vote, for 22nd occasion, consecutively , a project of resolution on the need to put end to the siege which economic damages Cuba estimates in one billion 157,327 million dollars.
The Nicaraguan diplomat called the attention on the US efforts to ignore, every year, the demand of the international community to the UN main body.
The history of rating on blockade shows that it has never reached to 5 nations oppose to the draft resolution and abstentions reached the last time twice more than in 1998.
The activities also include the performance of the Argentine Folkloric Ballet Amerindian in the House of Latin America, the insitution that sponsors the event.
Meanwhile, the minister counselor of the Embassy of Dominican Republic in Cuba, Pedro Ureña, will give the lecture Caribbean Cultures, 500 years later: similarities and differences.
There will be also inaugurated a book exhibition dedicated to literature of the Dominican Republic by visiting writer and journalist Menoscal Reynoso.
In the XIX Ibero-American Culture Festival attracted about 300 guests from some 20 countries and more numerous delegations include Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia and Mexico.
Along with the usual Latino presence there will be artists and intellectuals from Switzerland, Indonesia, United States and France.
This event is dedicated to the South American peoples and has as its central theme the Iberoamerican processes of integration and emancipation.
The House of Iberoamerica, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, is organizing this event to promote cultural expressions of European and American territories where iberorromances languages are spoken. / Source. PL.
Boxers Lazaro Alvarez, Julio Cesar La Cruz and Arisnoidys Despaigne won their bouts helping thus the Cuban squad to reach a perfect performance this Sunday.
Those fights were the debut for the first two of them and now the Cuban team shows balance of 12 wins and only one loss after seven days in the Baluan Sholak Palace of Culture and Sports.
Alvarez, 2011 featherweight world champion, defeated 3-0 (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Welsh Joseph Cordina in his inception as lightweight and will face on Tuesday the second seed Uzbek Fazliddin Gaibnazarov.
Moreover, the light heavyweight La Cruz beat 3-0 (30-26, 30-27, 30-24) German Serge Michel to smoothly advance to the evening of the day after tomorrow where his rival will be Ukrainian Oleksandr Ganzulia.
The welterweight Arisnoidys Despaigne also won 3-0 (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) against Algerian Ilias Abbadi and his next opponent will be Canada’s Custio Clayton.
On Monday Cuba will have action through the light flyweight Yosbany Veitía, who will face Welsh Ashley Williams and featherweight Robeisy Ramirez against Armenian Aram Avagyan.
In addition the heavyweight Erislandy Savon will rival with Algerian Chouaib Bouloudinats, current African runner up, and light welterweight Yasnier Toledo will have a tough opponent in Russian and European champion Armen Zakarian.
For his part Leinier Dominguez, best ranked Latin American chess player, will try today to repeat his initial win during the second round of the European Chess Clubs Championship, opened with no surprises on the Greek island of Rhodes.
As expected Leinier (2753 Elo points) was used as first board of Russian club St. Petersburg, who won 5.5 - 0.5 to England’s Barbican 4NCL.
The Caribbean GM defeated, with white pieces in 26 moves of a Spanish Opening, English John Cox (2387), which was imitated by Armenian Sergey Movsesian (2696), Russian Maxim Mataklov (2682) and Ukrainian Zahar Efimenko (2661).
According to the official website of the tournament the last year runners up could only achieve half a unit, which emerged from table five, where Russian Vadim Zvjaginsev (2659) signed peace with English Chris Dorrington (2313).
The final score was completed with the success of Russian Ildar Khairullin (2651) at the expense of English Ingrid Lauterbach (2123), one of the few women included in the called open category.
The remaining series left no surprising balances, since favorites won such as Azeri SOCAR, defending champion, who demolished 6-0 Norwegian Oslo Schakselskap, just like Russian Malachite did with English Jutes of Kent.
St. Petersburg next opponent will be Swiss Club d'Echecs de Geneve, which beat 4.5-1.5 Ireland’s Adare. / Source: ACN.
That October 20, 1869, hardly 10 days after Carlos Manuel de Cespedes rose up in arms against the Spanish colonila rule, the anthem was interpreted for the first time in the city of Bayamo.
According to the popular legend, more poetic than realistic, Pedro Figueredo wrote the anthem sitting on his horse, and some moments later, all the people chanted "La Bayamesa," title of the song.
A shorter but forceful version of that anthem of combat, has lasted until today.
The stanzas that called to die for the Fatherland are updated, and they are taken today in Cuba as a flag to rescue values to improve the national spirituality. / Source: PL.
Labañino's voice, heard on the phone, was amplified at an assembly hall that was in silence and shocked at the unexpected communication, brought to fruition by his daughter Aili, attending the meeting.
"You are also The Five, as we are," said Labañino to his listeners, and expressed gratitude to everyone for the work the international movement of solidarity is carrying out for his release, and the need to stand together to continue fighting for Cuba.
Of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters condemned in the United States since 1998 to prevent terrorist actions organized on American soil against their homeland, only Rene Gonzalez has been capable of returning to Cuba, after 13 years in prison.
Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, and Antonio Guerrero are still serving harsh sentences in prison.
Participants in the meeting unveiled a bust to Jose Marti and laid a wreath. The monument was made by Cuban artist Felix Madrigal Echemendia, and will be located at an Athenian square where other Latin American heroes' sculptures are placed. / Source: PL.
Arnold August's "Cuba and Its Neighbors"
Challenging the Blockade of Cuba
by W.T. WHITNEY Jr.
The publication of Arnold August’s book “Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion” is an event. The author establishes that democracy is alive in Cuba. He views Cuban democracy as a process moving ahead, but with course corrections. Democracy, he suggests, is really democratization. The process has relied upon political participation by all citizens, progress toward unity and consensus, and exclusion of those bent on accumulation.
August took on a big job. Not only does he detail workings of Cuba’s national parliament and municipal assemblies and explain how elections work – a signal contribution – but he also traces the origins and evolution of democratic stirrings from colonial and slavery times to the present. He summarizes varying approaches to building socialist democracies in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Venezuela, plus points out limitations of U.S. – style democracy. With its rush of themes playing out both simultaneously and over many years, August’s narrative is slow-moving at times, yet remains coherent, factual, and non-polemic in tone. He made effective use of interviews with Cuban activists and analysts.
Discussions in the United States about democracy in Cuba often stumble on the absence of elections following the victory of the revolution in 1959. August explains that revolutionary leaders concurred with most Cubans then that corrupt multi-party elections of the past had no place in the new Cuba. Democratization materialized as the Federation of Cuban Women, Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, and the 1961 literacy campaign. A new Constitution in 1976 instituted elections for municipal assemblies, provincial assemblies, and the National Assembly.
Soviet Bloc parliamentary and electioneering precedents were rejected. Constitutional reforms in 1992 barred the Communist Party from designating members of nomination commissions and provided for popular election of deputies to the National Assembly.
August’s book tells of nationwide community meetings attended by almost all adults where national problems were discussed and action possibilities debated. Recommendations from these episodic meetings often ended up as government decrees and legislation. Such meetings took place prior to the referendum approving the 1976 PrintConstitution and again while constitutional changes were being considered in 1991. In 1994, they centered on the economic crash following the fall of the Soviet Bloc; in 2007-08, on social security, low food production, and low wages; and in 2010, on the Communist Party’s new “Guidelines” for bringing about changes in the economy.
August sees participatory democracy playing out in municipal assemblies, which are tools for achieving decentralization, a prime goal of ongoing transformations. He indicates some local assemblies are unable to respond to local needs. Specialists and local delegates are involved in attempts to overcome these weaknesses. Entities known as “People’s Councils” are governing in sub-municipal districts.
Arnold August highlights obstacles for democratization, chief among them corruption and bureaucracy. And tension remains between discontent and consensus, between traditions of centralized authority and notions of popular sovereignty, the latter ironically enough having been endorsed by the government. Uncertainties, suffering, and scarcities at the hands of U.S. economic blockade receive scant attention, yet few would argue they are good for democracy.
The book gets high marks for covering the democracy movement’s deep historical roots. Independence wars in the 19th century fought by poor, racially-oppressed rebels took on social justice, particularly equal rights for black people and equitable land distribution. The 1976 Constitution incorporated words and concepts from constitutions of that era and from ideas of José Martí, Cuba’s national hero. The author honors the mentoring and ideological legacies of Martí, who fell as a martyr in the liberation struggle.
Cuba’s alliance with the former Soviet Union and the Communist Party’s role in propelling political change are hardly reassuring to northern neighbors susceptible to red- scare. For Arnold August, Cuba’s Communist Party is a special case. Marti’s Cuban Revolutionary Party served as its model, that of a single national party. And in 1965, the present Communist Party was brand-new, formed of two non-communist revolutionary organizations and the old Communist Party. The Party runs no candidates in elections and operates in a spirit of innovation.
August wanted “to provide readers with some tools for following the future situation [in Cuba] independently, without the blinders of preconceived notions.” He achieved that. His main point, that Cuban democracy is a moving force and seems to be gaining strength, is convincing. It may be unique on that account, and also for priority given to participation, unity, and consensus as tools for building socialism. If true, that may help explain why Cuban socialism survived the disappearance of the Soviet Union and how Cuba has withstood siege from the neighboring superpower.
Imbued with an understanding of democratic realities in Cuba that this book surely provides, readers in the United States and elsewhere – especially those who are progressive but silent on Cuba – may now see fit to speak out and act in solidarity with a people victimized for 50 years by every stratagem short of open war.
W.T. Whitney Jr. is a retired pediatrician and political journalist living in Maine. / Source: ACN.
And it is that those dates keep calling on Cubans, as the many noted artists that head to Bayamo to take part in the celebrations of the Fiesta de la Cubania Festival, which is an event on Cuban Culture, its roots and present-day legacy.
Luis Carbonell, that was born in Santiago de Cuba and has made history in poetry reciting, didn’t want to miss 2013 celebrations of the Fiesta de la Cubania Festival, and is in Bayamo to share his art with artists and the people.
The 19th season of this national fiesta also includes many other events like the tribute composer and singer Candido Fabre will give to Carbonell, who is 90 years old.
Today’s popular Cuban duo Buena Fe that comes from Guantanamo has been singing to goers and colleges taking part in the Fiesta de la Cubania Festival, and will be performing in Bayamo alongside with the best musicians and singers from Granma and other Cuban provinces.
But the Fiesta also travels out of Bayamo, the provincial capital city, as Buena Fe duo will also perform in the municipalities of Media Luna, Buey Arriba and Guisa.
Other local talents taking part in the Fiesta are the members of the Orquesta de Camara Juvenil of this south-eastern province of Granma, professors from the Manuel Muñoz Cedeño Vocational Arts School and local professional musicians.
Local artists will also be acknowledged during these culture days, like Lucia Muñoz, Mayda Castañeda, Andres Araujo and members of the Professional Choir of Bayamo.
The Fiesta de la Cubania’s musical program also includes the performance of the Camerata Romeo, Pedrito Calvo y la Nueva Justicia (both from Havana), Fiverson, El Gallo and his orchestra, Javi Santana and outstanding Cuban singer Raul Paz who comes from Pinar del Rio, Cuba's westernmost province.
Homage, theoretical events and music performances will take place at the 19th Fiesta de la Cubania Festival, which will run in Bayamo city till this October 20th.
The 21st historian encounter Crisol de la Nacionalidad proposes the lectures “Culturas Caribeñas: 500 años después: similitudes y diferencias” (Caribbean Cultures 500 years later: similarities and differences) by Pedro Ureña, Minister Counsellor of the Dominican Republic Embassy in Cuba.
The 19th season if the Normal 0 21 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Fiesta de la Cubania Festival also remembers the half millennium of the foundation of Bayamo, which will be celebrated next November 5th. / Source: Radio Bayamo.
The Association of Cubans residing over Haiti ratified the rejection to the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the United States against their country, diplomatic sources told Prensa Latina in Port-au-Prince.
"We and our families have lived under the hostile policy of various White House administrations which have attempted to suffocate the Cuban people for more than 50 years," the group said in a public statement.
They stated that this measure, rejected by practically the entire world, has been an attempt to incite a civil confrontation in Cuba.
However, Cuba is now more united than ever, and has showed the strength and the lineage of its children, and neither the blockade nor terrorist actions have managed to eliminate the joy and solidarity of the people, the text states.
"We are convinced that once again, on Oct. 29, the UN General Assembly will speak out against Washington's hostile policy," the document says. / Source: PL.
For nine months, apprentices are trained in this delicate task. Then they start to elaborate cigars for export at the same place, where they have a guaranteed job, factory managers told Prensa Latina.
The factory-workshop Francisco Donatién, the most important one in the territory, offers courses to train young people so they can master the art passed on generation after generation.
In this city, experienced cigar makers produce vitolas for the Trinidad, Cohiba, Romeo y Julieta, Partagas and Hoyo de Monterrey brands, all created by a thousand-year-old hand-crafting procedures.
Readings at the tobacco factory are another traditional practice which has been preserved not only at this particular factory but in all factories throughout the country.
Tourists interested in this ancient craft visit the factory daily. / Source: PL.