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Cuba: Fifty years and one embargo later, what did I miss?

<p style="text-align: justify;">Today your local newspaper group begins a month-long series of articles by contributing writer Melody Jameson, based on her recent visit to Cuba.By MELODY JAMESON. A half century and a couple of years ago, I was eagerly, pleadingly trying to get to Cuba.In the spring of 2011, I finally made it. So, what did I miss? At first glance, not much. But upon a second look, quite a bit. The magnificent Roman, Spanish, Moorish, French, Dutch — tinged architecture of Old Havana’s 200, 300, 400 — year old buildings is still there – just a half century more decayed. Read More

Cuba mural comes to life

<p style="text-align: justify;">Thursday, August 11, 2011 9:54 am. Cuba mural comes to life By Jeff Cole Olean Times Herald Olean. CUBA — As July concluded, so too did a nearly seven-week project undertaken by four local artists to recreate an image of Cuba’s Main Street as it appeared roughly five decades ago. Since June 13, Carol Shaffer, Connie Doyle, Sallie Miller and Eric Jones toiled through blazing summer conditions to bring to fruition a breakout depiction of a simpler time. Mrs. Shaffer said working on the mural, which is found on the back of the Roadrunner building at 1 W. Main St., was a wonderful experience. Read More

Cuban University Federation Supports Chilean Students’ Demand for Educational Reforms

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.08.11 - 10:49:46 / HAVANA, Cuba.-&nbsp; The Cuban Federation of University Students (FEU) issued a declaration on Thursday expressing this organization’s support of the struggle of thousands of Chilean students who have taken to the streets demanding educational reforms in that South American nation. The declaration, published by the Juventud Rebelde newspaper, notes that the neoliberal policies implemented in several nations of Latin America continue to try to subjugate the people’s origins, traditions, culture, and identity to the interests of the rich. Read More

Cuban Philatelist Wins Prize at World Stamp Exhibition

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.08.11 - 09:44:27 / HAVANA, Cuba.-&nbsp; Adrian Fernandez, from Havana, walked away with the Grand Youth Prize at the Japan World Stamp Exhibition (Philanippon 2011), the most important meeting of stamp collectors. Adrian is the first young philatelist in the world to obtain on three occasions the Grand Youth Prize at international competitions (China 2009, Portugal 2010 and Japan 2011), the Cubadebate Web site reported. Read More

New York City Latinbeat Film Festival

<p style="text-align: justify;">Spanning 11 countries from Cuba to Chile, this year´s edition of Latinbeat features U.S. and East Coast premieres by up-and-coming as well as established filmmakers. See your favorite actors in romantic comedies, edge-of-your-seat thrillers, thoughtful dramas as well as eye-catching animations and documentary that flirts with fiction. Don´t miss two special screenings with live musical accompaniment: The Stoessel Expedition, a 1928 film of a remarkable journey in car from Buenos Aires to New York and Mojica Marin’s cult horror classic This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse. Read More

Cuba’s Varadero Included in Regional Circuit of Beach Volleyball

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.08.11 - 13:13:20 / HAVANA, Cuba.-&nbsp; The Varadero beach resort, in the central Cuban province of Matanzas, will become part of the North, Central American and Caribbean Confederation (NORCECA) Beach Volleyball Circuit when it hosts a stage of this event on August 26-28 in the sand courts of the Melia Las Americas hotel.In a press conference on Wednesday, Mireya Luis, the Beach Volleyball coordinator of the Cuban Volleyball Federation, announced that the event had initially been scheduled to begin on August 22 but it had to be postponed. Read More

IAAF to Test All Athletes for Doping in Daegu Championship

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Osmany González Tocabens.&nbsp; 12:35Monaco, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Thursday announced it would conduct anti-doping tests on all participants in the Daegu World Championship, set for South Korea from Aug. 27 to Sept. 4. According to the IAAF, the blood testing program in Daegu will be organized in addition to the regular doping controls carried out at world championship events. Read More

Venezuela's Chavez says feels well in chemotherapy

<p style="text-align: justify;">Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:56pm GMT. CARACAS Aug 11 (Reuters) - President Hugo Chavez told Venezuelans on Thursday he was reacting well to a second round of chemotherapy in Cuba and believed he was winning his battle against cancer. The socialist leader broke the news in June that he was ill, raising doubts about his ability to campaign ahead of a 2012 presidential election that he has vowed to win. Read More

Ex economy minister publishes book

<p style="text-align: justify;">José Luis Rodríguez, minister of economy from 1995 to 2009, published a book providing an insider’s view of half a century of Cuba’s economic history and its economic future. Since 1959, the Cuban economy has “achieved a favorable performance” with an average annual GDP growth rate of 3.3 percent, despite the “relentless blockade,” Rodríguez concludes, according to Web site Cubahora. In recent interviews — the global economic crisis aside — Rodríguez has blamed mainly U.S. sanctions for Cuba’s current financial distress. Read More

French man gets 15 years prison in Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">Expatica France - Aug 11. A Cuban court sentenced a French businessman to 15 years in prison Wednesday on charges of money laundering linked to drug trafficking and tax evasion, sources close to the defense said. Jean-Louis Autret, who has been living in Cuba since 1993, has 10 days to appeal his sentence to Cuba's Supreme Court.Autret's Cuban wife was sentenced to five years in prison and four years of "correctional labor," the defense source said, while the court has yet to sentence seven other Cubans linked to the case. Read More