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Cuba: The Family, a Pedestal and Shelter

The link between the school and the family permits the combination of the educational and proper influences for the students' formation of their personality through the different teachings levels. That fact reaches higher transcendence today when the C... Continue reading

Cuban Health System US Citizens Praise

Members of a community coalition in the New York City's district of The Bronx praised in Havana the Cuban people's participation in the country's health system activities. Visitors from the community-based Claremont Healthy Village Partnership i... Continue reading

Raul Castro Meets with Brazilian Ambassador

Cuban President, Raul Castro Ruz, received the ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Havana, Jose E. Martins Felicio, on the occasion of the end of his mission in Cuba Raul Castro Congratulates Retired General During the friendly meeting... Continue reading

Graphic Humor Bewitches Holguin City

Graphic humor had its space in Holguin, while the 19th season of the Ibero-American Culture Fiesta was shaking the homonymous north-eastern Cuban city. The event focused on the work of Cuban caricaturists Adan Iglesias and Alejandro Falco. Since 2006,... Continue reading

Holguin Wins National Research Prize

As part of the Ibero-American Culture Fiesta, Holguin born Haydee Toirac received the Jose Manuel Guarch del Monte national research prize, for her work on Caribbean culture in the Cuban province of Holguin. Cuban Zarzuela at Ibero-American Fiesta &nb... Continue reading

UN Praises Cuban TB Control Program

The main technical advisor to the World Fund Project of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Havana, Carlos Cortes, praised the program implemented in Cuba to keep tuberculosis (TB) under control. Cuba Presents Natural Treatment of Cancer ... Continue reading

Venezuela Blasts US Blockade of Cuba

White House's upholding of its economic blockade of Cuba, amidst the overwhelming rejection by the international community, reveals the need to undertake reforms at the UN, said Samuel Moncada - Venezuelan permanent rep at the United Nations. Canada Wr... Continue reading

Holguin Opens Ibero-American Festival

The north-eastern Cuban city of Holguin opened this Thursday the 19th season of the Ibero-American Culture Festival, which will run until October 30, with the participation of delegates from over 20 countries. Holguin Prepares for Ibero-American Festiv... Continue reading

Cuba for US Isolation at UN on Blockade

The permanent representative of Nicaragua at UN, Maria Rubiales, assured today that the United States will remain isolated again next Tuesday at the General Assembly, where a new draft Resolution will be put to the vote to put end to the blockade on Cuba.

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.

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Holguin Amused at Raul Paz’s Concert

Cuban singer Raul Paz at a concert given in Gibara, Holguin. Photo: Amauris Betancourt - Archive Renown Cuban musician Raul Paz will give today a concert in the north-east city of Holguin, as part of the program previous to the 19th season of the Ibero-American Culture Festival.

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.

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Russia-Cuba Cooperation Extoled

Russian Foreign Ministry gives top importance to the relations with Cuba and bilateral cooperation in various fields, as well as in the international arena, said in Moscow today the Foreign Affairs Minister, Seguey Lavrov. Welcoming this Wednesday a ... Continue reading

Cuba: Clinical Trials Point at Cancer

Havana's Center of Molecular Immunology (CIM) carries out over 60 clinical trials all across the country on several diseases, among which cancer stands out – the first cause of death in Cuba since 2012, a health expert asserted today. Cuban Medic... Continue reading

Cuban Sports Fine over the Weekend

Julio Cesar La Cruz (left). Photo: JR - archiveCuban sports made headline over the weekend when its boxers keep grabbing straight wins in the World Boxing Championships, underway in the Kazakh city of Almaty, and its best chess player hadf a good start in a chess tourney.

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 Cuban chess player Leinier Dominguez. Photo: JR - archive 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.

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Cuba Marks 145 Years of National Anthem

Cuban National Anthem written by Perucho Figueredo. Photo: PL   Cubans remember this October 20th, the 145th years of the National Anthem, an event marking the National Culture Day.

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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.

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Cuban Five Labañino Phoned Cubans’ Meeting in Greece

Cuban Five Ramon Labañino Salazar. Photo: cubasi.cuThe 8th Regional Meeting of Cubans residing over Europe had a moving and unexpectedly closing with the words of the antiterrorist fighter Ramon Labañino Salazar, who addressed to the participants from his captivity in the prison in Kentucky, United States.

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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.

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Cuba: Book and Tool against US Blockade

Journalist W.T. Whitney Jr., from the US state of Maine, recently wrote an article on the most recent book written by Canadian journalist Arnold August, in which he explained that the text is a tool against the over-50-year US economic, political, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba. Next up Radio Angulo brings you the full article, which was originally posted on Counterpunch website.

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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.

Cuban made Havana Club rum, a victim of theft in the US. Photo: archiveDiscussions 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.

VidatoX, a Cuban made drug to fight cancer, despite the US blockade. Photo: 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.

The People's Power elections start in the community. Photo: Javier MolaArnold 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.

Jose Marti that was killed in action while fighting Spanish colonialism keeps inspiring the Cuban people. Photo: archive  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.

The US blockade of Cuba hinders relation between the Cuban and American people.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.

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Cuba: Workers to Tackle Congress Report

The main report to the 20th Congress of the Cuban Workers' Confederation (CTC) will be debated by all Cuban unions (October 25 thru December 10), what is seen as the last preparatory stage before the national event. The president of the congress' org... Continue reading

Bayamo Marks Cuba’s Culture Day

Color packs Bayamo's Bulevar pedestrian street durign the celebration of the Fiesta de la Nacionalidad Cubana festival. Photo: Radio Bayamo    October is a special month for the south-eastern city of Bayamo because all Cuban eyes stare at the site for two remarkable reasons; firstly because one of its most remarkable sons, Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, rose in arms against Spanish colonial rule (October 10, 1868) and secondly, because the National Anthem was played for the first time ever there, on the 20th that same month and year. For all those and many other reasons, Bayamo turned into the Cradle of Cuban nationality.

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 can recite poems like none could do. Photo:   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.

Reynier Mariño plays the guitar at the flamenco way. Photo: TV CamagueyBut 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.

Buen Fe duo has been delighting goers in the province of Granma at times of the celebration of Cuba's Culture Day this October 20. Photo: ACN - archiveHomage, 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.

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Holguin: Wind Power Generation, Millions Saved

Power generation by the two wind farms located in the coastal municpality of Gibara led the Cuban economy to saving over 12 million dollars, according to estimations made in the north-eastern province of Holguin. This figure corresponds to the curren... Continue reading

Holguin Calls on Craftsman People

Craftspeople from 13 countries, including Cuba, are now taking part in the 12th season of the Iberoarte Craftsmanship Fair, which opened Friday at the Expo-Holguin trade and fairgrouds, as part of the Ibero American Culture festival. The event (Octob... Continue reading

Cubans in Haiti Reject U.S. Blockade

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.

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"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.

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Cuba for Keeping up Quality of Cigars

Cuba's cigar rolling tgradition passes on to the upcoming generations. Photo: Amauris Betancourt  The secrets of the so-called ''arte del torcido'' (the art of the hand-rolled cigar) are being revealed today to young apprentices at a factory-workshop in Cuba's westernmost province of Pinar del Rio, famous worldwide for the quality of its leaves.

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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.

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Holguin Medical Bridge to Belo Horizonte

With the idea of assisting the Brazilian people in need and meeting the goals of the “More Doctors” program boosted by Dilma Rousseff’s government, some 59 health staffers from Holguin province arrived at Belo Horizonte, the capital c... Continue reading

Cuba to Regional Conference on Women

Cuban experiences in the incorporation of women into different scientific branches will be one of the issues the country's delegation will focus on during its presentation at the 12th Regional Conference on Women of Latin America and the Caribbean. T... Continue reading

James Cockroft: The Five’s Imprisonment Shameful

US analyst and historian James Cockroft said that it is shameful for the US legal system the fact that four of five Cuban antiterrorist fighters are still behind bars for 15 years now, after being arrested in Miami in 1998. Cuba Praises Spanish People'... Continue reading