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REVIEW: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club at ACL Live

<p style="text-align: justify;">Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club performed at the ACL Live Moody Theater, Friday night. Opening up for the critically-acclaimed Latin ensemble was local artist Suzanna Choffel.By: Eli Watson. Aug 31, 2011. Suzanna Choffel is a standout artist coming out of Austin. Dazzling to all of the senses, Choffel is such an enticing front lady. Graceful, seductive and charismatic, Choffel is a breath of fresh air to the world of bluesy, jazz pop.Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club is both musically and historically significant. Due to the success of their album, Buena Vista Social Club (named after the institution the musicians used to perform at in Havana, Cuba), and the Wim Wenders' documentary. Read More

CUBA: Is buying a car or a house possible?

<p style="text-align: justify;">07/27/11 By Leonardo Padura Fuentes (*) HAVANA, Jul (IPS) Cuba may be the only country in the world whose citizens have, for half a century now, not been allowed to freely acquire a car or a home. Indeed the very words have a very different connotation on the island. As a part of the egalitarian policies of the state, which has exerted total control over most of the property in the country, the socialist government,during its fifty years in power, has emitted a series of laws and regulations which, originally intended to limit the amount of property a person could accumulate and to reform the way real estate can be held. Read More

Miami Moviegoers Enjoy the Cuban Film Havanastation

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.08.31 - 10:49:26 / radiorebelde.icrt.cu. Miami Moviegoers Enjoy the Cuban Film HavanastationHAVANA, CUBA.-&nbsp; The first work by Cuban filmmaker Ian Padron, Habanastation, was screened on Tuesday night in Miami. The movie won in July the Fonders Prize in the category of Best of Fest, at the Traverse City Film Festival in the US city of Michigan. Padron attended the screening of his film at the Artime Theater, with a seating capacity of 850, accompanied by actress Blanca Rosa Blanco, the actress who plays the leading role in the movie, and by scriptwriter Felipe Espinet. Read More

World Athletics 2011: Dayron Robles disqualified

<p style="text-align: justify;">Cuban Dayron Robles became another high-profile disqualification at the World Championships as he was stripped of his 110m hurdles gold medal.Robles made contact with China's Liu Xiang and was disqualified after the Chinese appealed, handing Jason Richardson the gold and Liu the silver. Read More

Cuban Appeal in IAAF World Championships Turned Down

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Osmany González Tocabens.13:47Daegu, South Korea, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Monday rejected an appeal submitted by Cuba, after the disqualification of Cuban hurdler Dayron Robles in the event''s final at the World Championships. According to the IAAF, Robles was disqualified for obstruction by the track referee who based his decision on article 163.2 of the IAAF rules. Read More

Drivers in Cuba turn genius to ensure classic Detroit cars still run

<p style="text-align: justify;">VIÑALES, Cuba -- The 1955 Dodge has a 2-liter bottle strapped to the driver's-side door frame, with a hose leading from the bottle to a hole in the hood.It is the gas tank. And it works. Although the aqua car's interior is stripped, owner Obel Aguado still drives it to work at the Los Jazmines viewpoint snack bar. "He's going to put a Bulgarian diesel engine in it," another man said proudly. "He has a lot of work to do." Read More

Women Rappers a Vocal Minority

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Patricia Grogg. HAVANA, Aug 25, 2011 (IPS) - Women are still a small minority on Cuba’s hip hop scene. "If the situation is hard for us nationwide, imagine what it’s like in the eastern region, where this genre has very little recognition," says Yaneidys Tamayo, leader of the group Las Positivas. Tamayo, Irina Rodríguez and Orielis Mayet, who have the only all-woman rap group in Cuba, swim against the tide in Santiago de Cuba, a province at the eastern tip of the island marked by musical preferences that range from reggaeton to rumba and are directed at a public that is more interested in dancing than in hearing the messages these women want to send from the stage. Read More

Cuba: Looking like home

<p style="text-align: justify;">25/08/2011 10:55:00. By MELODY JAMESON. For Floridians familiar with their state, Havana can be a Déjà vu experience. There are some striking similarities – particularly in connection with the Tampa Bay area – and next to nothing is lost in the translation.Tampa’s Ybor City and Old Havana, of course, have umbilical cord ties. Cuba’s Vicente Martinez Ybor created what would become a national historic district northeast of downtown Tamp. Read More

Get Cuba off the List of State Sponsors of Terror

<p style="text-align: justify;">Posted: 8/24/11 12:51 PM ET. By Sara Stephens. It is both untrue and a travesty to paint Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism as the United States government did in its annual report on the subject last week. For twenty-nine years, Cuba has appeared on the list, which comes with considerable economic and diplomatic costs. It disqualifies Cuba from economic assistance, punishes Cuba for engaging in legal trade and financial transactions, and deprives Cuba of access to modern technology by way of exports, to name but a few. Read More

Cuba probes dealings of Canadian trading firm

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Marc Frank. HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban authorities are investigating the business dealings of Canadian firm Tri-Star Caribbean, one of the best known trading companies on the island, foreign business and diplomatic sources said this week. The cause of the investigation was not clear, but it appeared to be the latest looking into kickbacks involving Cuban imports, sources said. Company President Sarkis Yacoubian was picked up in mid-July for questioning, they said, and since then as many as 50 to 60 people mainly company sales personnel, state purchasers and functionaries, have been questioned and in some cases imprisoned. Read More

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