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Anti-speculation Law Comes into Effect in Venezuela

<p style="text-align: justify;">By. Dayami Interián García.11:32Caracas, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The Law on Fair Costs and Prices, recently promulgated as enabling act by President Hugo Chavez, takes effect Tuesday to fight speculation, an initiative that stirs up disagreements between the government and the opposition.Once enforced, the law has 90 days to fix cost structures with the participation of private and state sectors, as well as the population. Read More

Susana Baca becomes Peru's first black government minister

<p style="text-align: justify;">Singer, known as the voice of Afro-Peruvian music tradition, given culture portfolio by president-elect Ollanta Humala. Associated Press in, Tuesday 26 July 2011 16.01 BST. Susana Baca won a Latin Grammy in 2002 for an album she recorded nearly 20 years earlier in Cuba. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian. Read More

National Geographic’s map of Cuba is labor of love for Cuban American mapmaker

<p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> By David Montgomery,Squint at this map just right, with a pair of wistful eyes — Juan Jose Valdes’s eyes — and it reveals more than shapes and symbols on a grid of latitude and longitude.There is the warmth of the setting sun splashing gold over the sugar cane fields. The smell of coffee and the sea. The sound of the wind in the palms. Somewhere, also, is a little boy who loved maps in Havana, plotting the location of revolutionary battles on his Esso gas station road guide — until one day, the boy was put on a plane, alone, bound for colder places he knew only from maps. Read More

Cuban Tourism: A Single Strategy of Stability and Growth

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Roberto F. Campos. lunes, 25 de julio de 2011.08:53. Havana (PL) The development of the Cuban tourist industry is a focus of attention for the government on the island, and its impressive growth was recently reiterated by Carmen Casals, director of communications of the Ministry of Tourism.During a meeting with communicators from six Latin American countries at Havana´s José Martí International Institute of Journalism, the expert predicted a promising future for this sector. Read More

José Martí Revolution Square is becoming 50 years old

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Angel Rodríguez. 07/26/2011. The idea of building a square to pay tribute to our national hero, Jose Marti, goes back to 1935. However, it was only in the beginning of the 40’s that people started to work in its conception and was defined where would it placed: the Catalanes Hill.The project was taken to competition and was won by the sculptor Juan Jose Sucre and the architect Aquiles Maza, who had finished in the third place. The government of Fulgencio Batista ordered the public employees to give to working days and was held a postage stamp emission with obliged contribution, with which were collected millions of pesos, a good part of them, however, were misappropriate. Read More

Cuba cigar factory 'readers' keep oral tradition smoking

<p style="text-align: justify;">AFP. Tue Jul 26 2011. Cuba: Perched on a wooden dais in front of 600 workers rolling Cuba's legendary cigars, Grisel reads aloud -- poems, novels and even sex tips from the newspaper -- keeping workers entertained, their attention rapt, just the way it has been done for 150 years.Grisel, 55, a petite former teacher who wears reading glasses she adjusts frequently, may have a job that predates electricity.But nobody in Cuba seems to have any interest in replacing her with a transistor radio or TV. Read More

Cuba remembers start of revolution amid economic changes

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Shasta Darlington, CNN. July 26, 2011 -- Updated 1610 GMT (0010 HKT) Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- Cuba marked the 58th anniversary of the start of Fidel Castro's revolution Tuesday, without a speech from his younger brother, current President Raul Castro. Instead, Cuba's vice president took the podium to talk about economic challenges ahead but did not reveal any new details about reforms under way to allow more private enterprises and shrink the role of the state. Read More

Castro Offers a Wave at Cuban Fete, but, Again, No Speech

<p style="text-align: justify;">By DAMIEN CAVE.July 26, 2011. CIEGO DE ÁVILA, Cuba — For the second year in a row, Raúl Castro left the rhetoric to his vice president.Mr. Castro waved to the crowd gathered here on Tuesday in the countryside for the annual rite of a revolutionary holiday. But as was the case last year, the actual message — calling on Cubans to work harder and accelerate economic reforms — came from a party stalwart who fought at his side during the rebellion. Read More

"Cuba: In The Streets" And "Cuba: TV" At Kopeikin Gallery

<p style="text-align: justify;">"Cuba: In The Streets" and "Cuba: TV," which opened this past weekend at Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles, offer two starkly different views of twenty-first century Cuba. In Jeffrey Milstein's "Cuba: In The Streets," the Caribbean island is a place of reluctant modernization, in which streets seem empty even with cars passing through and wet clothes hang against the stony facades of buildings. In Simone Lueck's "Cuba: TV," we see the interiors of those stately buildings, with small televisions placed prominently on improvised furniture. Read More

Cuba marks Revolution Day at economic crossroads

<p style="text-align: justify;">AP.By PETER ORSI. CIEGO DE AVILA, Cuba (AP) — Cuba marked the 58th anniversary of Fidel Castro's failed attack on the Moncada army barracks Tuesday without a speech from President Raul Castro. Instead, Cubans heard from the president's second in comand, who offered few new details while hitting standard themes such as organization, discipline and economic reform. The main speaker was 80-year-old Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, who said the country will move forward with economic reforms "without haste, but without pause." Read More