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Cuba Tourism, Visits Are a Positive Development for U.S.

<p style="text-align: justify;">Yahoo! Contributor Network. By Matthew Hartmann.Only 90 miles off the coasts of the Florida Keys is a lively country that the majority of American citizens alive today haven't had the opportunity to visit.The restrictions on traveling to Cuba that have been in place since Feb. 3, 1963 are slowly beginning to be lifted after nearly five decades of using economics to weaken the reign of the Communist party in Cuba. (This has, ultimately, been a failure when one considers that although there have been multiple administrations since 1963 Fidel Castro remained in power up until a few years ago and even then he still wields a strong influence over Cuban politics.) Read More

Cuba Beats France in Debut at FIVB’s Boys’ Youth World Championship

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.08.19 - 14:44:26 / Cuba Beats France in Debut at FIVB’s Boys’ Youth World ChampionshipHAVANA, CUBA.-&nbsp; Cuba defeated France (25-20, 16-25, 25-21, 25-21) in their debut at the International Volleyball Federation’s (FIVB) Boys’ Youth World Championship that began on Friday in Argentina.According to the website of the event, the Cuban attack was led by Yordan Bisset with 16 points while Danger Quintana and Lazaro Fundora contributed 15 and 14 units, respectively, to the winners’ cause. Thibault Rossard led the French with a game-high 18 points. Read More

Ballet Nacional de Cuba Readies for Spain Tour

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.08.20 - 13:41:38 / Havana, Cuba.- The Ballet Nacional de Cuba and its director prima ballerina assolutta Alicia Alonso will leave early September for Spain on a tour that will take the company to almost 30 cities of the Iberian country.For the presentations in Spain, the BNC has prepared three programs that include various works of the company’s repertoire. Among them are three of the best known and most applauded pieces by the audience and international critics: Swan’s Lake, Cinderella and Giselle, a press release issued by the BNC’s Public Relations reads. Read More

Cuban Filmmaker Calls for LatAm Cultural Unity

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Ana Julia Suarez Cruz. 00:11Caracas, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban filmmaker Daniel Diaz defended Latin American cultural integration as a way to promote the production and spreading of the films made in the region.During a visit to this South American country to launch his full-length feature "Lisanka," the director insisted that it is necessary to promote co-productions and mutual support to show that good films can be made with limited resources. Read More

Cuba Rejects Continued Inclusion on US Terror List

<p style="text-align: justify;">By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.August 20, 2011 at 1:09 PM ET. HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is condemning Washington's decision to keep it on the list of states allegedly sponsoring terrorism. A Foreign Ministry statement says the U.S. has no right to judge Cuba and says the island nation has an "unblemished" record fighting terrorism. The statement also accuses Washington of manipulating the issue for political ends. Read More

Dutch FM wants to keep Cuba relations low-key

<p style="text-align: justify;">Relations between the Netherlands and Cuba should not extend beyond diplomatic contact through embassies, Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal told parliament today.The minister said open dialogue with the Cuban authorities was not justified because Cuban leaders had failed to implement any significant political or economic reforms. Read More

New Tropical System Threatens Antilles

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist. Aug 20, 2011; 11:21 AM ET. An area of disturbed weather that may garner the name Irene will threaten the Antilles from the Windward Islands through Cuba with torrential rain and gusty winds. As of Saturday midday, the system is still in the developing and pre-tropical storm stage. However, even in its infancy, it brings the risk of flash flooding, mudslides and dangerous surf conditions to those usually tranquil island nations. Read More

Total of 2,000 Athletes to IAAF World Championships in Daegu

<p style="text-align: justify;">By:Tomas Armenteros Crespo.Monte Carlo, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) A total of 2,000 athletes will represent 200 countries at the World Track &amp; Field Championship in Daegu, South Korea, from August 27 to September 4, according to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The event will give more than 7 million dollars in prizes in 47 convoked competitions and will be the main sport event of the year, besides being a thermometer for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, said IAAF in its webpage. Read More

Piedad Cordoba Leaves Colombia after Death Threat

<p style="text-align: justify;">Bogota, Aug. 19 (Prensa Latina) Former Colombian senator Piedad Cordoba left the country after receiving a death threat, sources close to the human rights activist confirmed.Senator Ivan Cepeda, of the opposition Alternative Democratic Pole, said that Cordoba told him by telephone last night that she was leaving the country because the threats had intensified and her life was in immediate danger. Read More

Pablo Milanes is already in Miami

<p style="text-align: justify;">August 19, 2011. The highly expected visit of the Cuban songwriter and singer Pablo Milanes is already a fact. The Cuban artist arrived in Miami yesterday to prepare his concert,scheduled to be next August 27. Hugo Cancio has not confirmed Milanes' presence in Miami and I presume it should be due to security reasons. Several exile groups have asked to cancel the Cuban singer's gig, the true thing is polemic continues to rise in Miami. Read More