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Festival warms to ‘suite Havana’ amid chill of U.S.-Cuba relations

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By Harlan Jacobson | USA TODAY HAVANA — Suite Havana, an essentially silent cascade of images about the hopes and dreams of ordinary Cubans, won five awards at the 25th Havana International Film Festival last weekend. By acclaimed 55-year-old Cuban director Fernando Perez (Life Is to Whistle),… Read More

Demostration in Support of Cuba takes place in Galicia

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Havana, Dec 15.- Some one thousand people took the streets of the old section of Santiago de Compostela city to express their support of Cuba and condemn the US economic blockade of the island.   Prensa Latina Cable News Agency says demonstrators marched on the main street up to the Toural square,… Read More

Hijack verdict no change to Cuba policy

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MIAMI, Dec. 15 (UPI)—A hijack conviction of six Cubans in Key West, Fla., and a guilty verdict in another Cuban air piracy case, may not signal a change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Damian Fernandez, director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University in Miami, said Monday… Read More

Women’s rap concert in Cuba a first

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HAVANA, December 8 (http://www.cubanet.org) - A concert featuring women rap performers will be the first of its kind in Cuba. It will be held December 17 at the Covarrubias Hall of the National Theatre, under the title Proven Presence. Performers kicking off the event at 5:00 p.m. include the… Read More

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez thanks Castro for doctors

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Associated Press CARACAS - (AP)—Chatting with Fidel Castro during his weekly television show Sunday, President Hugo Chvez thanked the Cuban leader for sending more than 10,000 doctors to work in poor communities across Venezuela. Chvez and Castro bantered for about 10 minutes on Venezuelan television… Read More

Hampton Falls man sees a different side of Cuba

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By Rachel Grace Toussaint | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_qNtY3N3v7z').innerHTML = output; //]]>… Read More

Travels in a Complicated Cuba

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By Melinda Welsh | Sacramento News & Review I boarded a charter plane in Miami thinking a trip to Cuba would involve awesome beaches and a Cold War-, frozen-in-time-style society, where truths come only in black and white. Yes, simple would have been good; black-and-white would have made writing… Read More

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Here’s some of the categories and quality that you’ll find: HEADLINES TOURISM |  HEALTH |  BUSINESS |  SPORTS |  CULTURE Varadero Golf Club: An Opportunity for Leisure The Cuban coastal resort of Varadero, in western Matanzas province, benefits from a 22-km strip of excellent… Read More

Latin American Film Festival in Cuba

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Havana.- Cuba is hosting the 25th New Latin American Cinema Festival, which will have a broad program of activities throughout the country. According to sources from the organizing committee, 45 feature-length motion pictures, 24 movies by first-time directors, 33 cartoon films and 97 unpublished scripts… Read More

Efficacy of Cuban Vaccine against Meningitis Highlighted

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DTcuba.com Havana.- The Cuban vaccine against meningitis B and C has proven to be highly effective to fight the disease, which affects the central nervous system. According to experts, Cuba has succeeded in reducing the mortality and morbility rates to 0.4 and 0.1 percent, respectively. The vaccine,… Read More

Buena Vista Social Club Pianist - Ruben Gonzalez Dies

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Rolling Stone Buena Vista pianist was eighty-four | 1919-2003 Ruben Gonzalez, whose unique way with the piano fused an angular jazzy approach with an open invite to the dance floor, died yesterday in Havana; he was eighty-four. That duality—making music both sophisticated and sexual—prompted… Read More

Cuba has contributions that the developed countries do not possess

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BY JOAQUIN RIVERY TUR AND JORGE LUIS GONZLEZ | [url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] | Granma daily special correspondents SUMMIT ON THE WORLD INFORMATION SOCIETY States Ricardo Alarcon on his arrival in Geneva to head the Cuban delegation GENEVA.—“Cuba… Read More

Castro’s daughter is far from a replica of Papa

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By Steven Chase | The Globe and Mail Miami radio host only discovered at age 10 that she was dictator’s child by a socialite MIAMI—When Alina Fernandez first met Fidel Castro, he gave her a little guerrilla doll version of himself, complete with olive-green fatigues, facial hair and a military… Read More

‘Buena Vista’ pianist Ruben Gonzalez dies

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Cuban pianist Ruben Gonzalez, a member of the Grammy-winning Buena Vista Social Club, has died in Havana, aged 84. Gonzalez died after battling bone disease, complicated by kidney and respiratory problems, his wife Eneida Lima said. Born in Santa Clara, Cuba, in 1919, Gonzalez studied music and medicine… Read More

Raul Castro makes public appearance after months of absence

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AFP Havana - General Raul Castro, Cuba’s armed forces chief and President Fidel Castro’s brother and designated sucessor, joked Sunday about rumors of his death after keeping out of the public eye for several months. “I was dying of a fatal cancer but thanks to Cuban medicine, I am… Read More

10 Cubans Believed Drowned Off Fla.

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Associated Press MIAMI—Ten Cubans trying to reach Florida likely drowned when their homemade boat was destroyed by rough seas, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday. A Coast Guard cutter on Monday picked up a 24-year-old man who is believed to be the boat’s sole survivor. He was clinging to two… Read More

Cubans on Trial in Case That Led to Crackdown by Castro

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By ABBY GOODNOUGH | Associated Press Cuban planes at the Key West, Fla., airport in April. Six men hijacked the one on the left on March 19; the plane at right was seized March 31. KEY WEST, Fla., Dec. 1 — Federal prosecutors outlined a meticulous yearlong plot by six Cubans accused as hijackers… Read More

Cuban Documentaries at International Film Festival

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DTC News Havana.- Cuba will present seven films in the documentary category of the 25th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema. Over 30 documentaries will be presented at the event, scheduled for this month in Cuba, including “As como soy”, by Carlos Leon Menendez, “Como… Read More

New Auction of Havana Cigars on Anniversary of Partags

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DTC News Havana.- An auction of three cigar humidors marked the conclusion of the program of activities on the 10th anniversary of Casa del Habano Partags, run by the company Habana, owned by Universo shops. The auction was held at the Meli Habana Hotel, and was attended by some 300 cigar aficionados… Read More

Ciego de Avila Stands Out among Producers of Traditional Wines

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DTC News Havana.- Eastern Ciego de Avila province was the best region at the 12th National Festival of Wines Produced Using Traditional Methods. Ciego de Avila’s producers won five first awards in the categories of dry, semi-sweet, red, pink and white wines. For its part, Villa Clara won the awards… Read More

DTC News.- Cuban Experts Work on Anti-Cancer Vaccines

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Havana.- Cuban researchers are developing several therapeutic vaccines against cancer, as part of a strategy to improve life quality. The work is one of the priorities of Cuba’s Molecular Immunology Center, whose experts are carrying out a score of clinical trials in seven countries. The research… Read More

Jews resurfacing in Cuba

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by Evan Silverstein | PC USA NEWS Easing of suppression brings revival of faith community HAVANA, Cuba - For Moises Rodriguez, growing up Jewish in today’s Cuba means spending hours each week studying Judaism and its teachings and the Hebrew language. The 13-year-old boy with short black hair and… Read More

Strength of Cuba to face epidemics highlighted

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Cuba has strength and abilities to prevent and control epidemics, confirmed Damodar Pea, minister for Public Health, in the 6th International Congress on Disasters. In a lecture, the Cuban Minister mentioned as an example the unprecedented battle carried out by the nation for 70 days, to control the… Read More

Buena Vista Social Club | Barbarito Torres builds on the success of the hit CD

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by Derk Richardson | special to SF Gate In the wake of the Buena Vista Social Club’s tsunami-scale splash in 1997, a host of veteran Cuban musicians—including composer/guitarist Compay Segundo, pianist Ruben Gonzalez, guitarist Eliades Ochoa and singers Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo—enjoyed… Read More

Cancer drug licensing sought

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HAVANA A California company is seeking U.S. permission to license a promising Cuban cancer drug that is barred from the United States by trade sanctions, Cuban scientists said at a biotechnology conference this week. CancerVax Corp., based in Carlsbad, Calif., wants to conduct joint research on cancer… Read More

A shot in the arm?: Cuba’s biotech industry raises hope, suspicion

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By Tracey Eaton | The Dallas Morning News HAVANA — It was Cuba’s $1 billion gamble — to train an army of scientists, develop a sprawling biotech industry and tackle every disease from cancer to AIDS. The bet paid off, Cuban officials say. Since 1990, Cuban scientists have developed… Read More

Accused Cuban hijackers lose try at trial delay

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keysnews.com The trial of six men accused of hijacking a Cuban Douglas DC-3 plane in March, which landed at the Key West International Airport, is scheduled to start Monday, despite defense attorneys’ attempts Wednesday to get it delayed or dismissed. U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King denied… Read More

Yanks take aim at Cuba’s big gun - Maels Rodriguez

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By SAM BORDEN | DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER While Curt Schilling is talking turkey with the Red Sox, the Yankees go into the Thanksgiving holiday with their offseason plan intact. After two days of meetings with George Steinbrenner in Tampa, the Bombers’ strategy is simple: pick up pitching, an outfield… Read More

Cuba develops ‘cheap’ Hib Haemophilus influenzae vaccine

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By Richard Black | BBC science correspondent Cuban scientists have given details of a new vaccine against a bacterium which causes meningitis and pneumonia. Cuba plans to give the vaccine to all under-five-year-olds It is made using a novel synthetic technology, and the scientists hope it will be cheaper… Read More

Cuba Develops Cheaper Meningitis Vaccine

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By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press Writer HAVANA—In what could be an important breakthrough for developing countries, Cuban researchers said Wednesday they had developed a cheaper vaccine to combat a deadly childhood meningitis. The vaccine protects against Haemophilus influenzae type b, or… Read More

Hitching: Sometimes the only way to travel in Havana

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Vanesa Bauza | HAVANA With dark storm clouds gathering above and twilight fast approaching, hordes of hitchhikers waiting for a ride home know their time is running out. If no cars or trucks come by soon, they’ll be spending the night on concrete benches in an open, palm-thatched rest stop and… Read More

Cuba wins big payoff on biotech bet

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BY TRACEY EATON | Dallas Morning News HAVANA - It was Cuba’s $1 billion gamble—to train an army of scientists, develop a sprawling biotech industry and tackle every affliction from cancer to AIDS. The bet paid off, Cuban officials say. Since 1990, Cuban scientists have developed dozens of… Read More

Cuban prostitutes go off the street to online

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By TRACEY EATON / The Dallas Morning News Police crackdown takes country off top list of sex tourist destinations HAVANA – Cuba is no longer one of the world’s top destinations for sex tourism after five years of relentless police crackdowns, travel experts say. But another trend has… Read More

Cuba Produces Key Synthetic Vaccine for Children

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban researchers have developed the first synthetic vaccine against a bacteria that causes pneumonia and meningitis, a breakthrough aimed at lowering the cost of immunizing children in poorer countries. The vaccine protects against haemophilus influenzae… Read More

Visions of Dollars Dance Before Cuban Artists’ Eyes

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By MARIA FINN | New York Times Once again and, as usual, seemingly against all odds, the Havana Biennial opened. In this, the eighth rendition, contemporary artworks from around the world vie for attention with the decrepitly beautiful colonial city where they are displayed indoors and out. The theme… Read More

U.S. pastor returns to see Evangelical church thriving in Cuba

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ASSOCIATED PRESS CAMP CANAAN, Cuba, Nov. 20 — Paul Northrup raised his hands and shouted ‘‘Alelujah!’’ A congregation of more than 1,000 Cubans echoed back. The small church that Northrup planted in central Cuba 50 years ago has grown and thrived since he left in 1959, becoming… Read More

BBC NEWS | Business | Cuba sells its medical expertise

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By Tom Fawthrop | reporting from Havana, Cuba | BBC Cuba’s struggling economy has been boosted by the successful export of its medical technology abroad, and by health tourism within the country. Cuba’s position in the developing world has always been something of a paradox. Its low material… Read More

Historical Meaning and Current Development of Chess in Cuba

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AIN The historical, patriotic and cultural meaning of Chess playing in Cuba was stressed during Wednesday’s roundtable discussion. The analysis of the subject was dedicated to the 115th anniversary of the birthday of Jose Ral Capablanca which was marked today, and to Chess World Day, established… Read More

Cuba - Brazil Artistic Project in Pinar del Ro

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DTCnews Havana.- The city of Pinar del Ro, the capital of the province of the same name, is implementing a new artistic project as a result of Cuba-Brazil cultural cooperation. Thanks to the initiative, a new mural dedicated to the environment was painted in the aforementioned city. The project is aimed… Read More

Tenth Victory of Cuban Athlete in Marabana 2003 - Havana Marathon

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DTC news Havana.- The Cuban athlete Emperatriz Wilson finished first for the tenth time at the 17th Marabana’2003 Race, winning the 42-km competition. Wilson led the race all the time and clocked 2:46.20 hours, thus qualifying for the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, in 2004. The outstanding runner… Read More

DTC News.- New Cuban Vaccine against Hemofilus Influenzae

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Havana.- Cuba will this month release a new vaccine against the Hemofilus Influenzae, the only one of its kind in the world, since it is synthetic. Clinical trials proved the safety of the vaccine, which can cause children to create antibodies against the Hemofilus, as well as its efficacy, as over 90… Read More

Steam Locomotives Festival in Matanzas

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DTC news Havana.- The city of Crdenas, in western Matanzas province, hosted the 2nd Steam Locomotive Festival. According to experts, the event is part of a strategy to boost tourism linked to the sugar industry in the largest Antillean Island. The program for visitors included a tour of a sugar factory… Read More

‘Anna in the Tropics’ shines on Broadway

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DTC News.- New Art Gallery in Santiago de Cuba

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DTC news Havana.- A new art gallery was inaugurated in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to promote the work of local artists. The 1st Olmos Manuel Paneque in Memoriam Artistic Craftsmanship Salon was inaugurated in Santiago de Cuba to exhibit the works of artists from the province. The new facility… Read More

DTC News.- Valuable Paintings Found in Cuba

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Havana.- The Museum of Decorative Arts, housed in the former mansion of the Countess of Revilla Camargo, reported having found five large-size paintings from the French school (18th century). The paintings were hidden in a wall of the house’s living room and were found during restoration works… Read More

Cuban Experts Research on Scorpion Venom against Cancer - Escozul

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DTC news Havana.- Cuban health specialists are experimenting with the venom of the blue scorpion to treat different kinds of cancer in humans. The drug, registered as Escozul, is mainly used to fight malignant tumors, pelvic and prostrate inflammations and Parkinson’s disease, among other ailments.… Read More

University of Alabama hosts first Alabama-Cuba Conference

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By Tiffany Summerville | Administrative Affairs Editor Today marks the beginning of the first University-sponsored Alabama-Cuba Conference, coinciding with International Education Week, which will showcase various aspects of Cuban and Latin American life through 23 sessions held today through Thursday.… Read More

Publisher note on Escozul

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We have been trying to reply to all the emails requesting more information about this new (and untested) cancer treatment called Escozul derived from the blue scorpion in Cuba. We currently do not have any more information that what you can find here at the Havana Journal (search for the word escozul).… Read More

CubaNews.com - CITY OF HAVANA: HEART AND SOUL OF THE CUBAN NATION

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By Armando Portela Following the rearrangement of Cuba’s administrative divisions in 1976, Havana and its immediate suburbs were detached from the rural areas of the old province of La Habana to form the new province of Ciudad de La Habana. The City of Havana is the island’s smallest province,… Read More

The Blue Scorpion - A Cancer Drug Winner? - Escozul

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FOR PABLO SOROA FERN�NDEZ - special of the AIN More than 50 a thousand patients with tumora��es malignant and other illnesses have been taken care of in Cuba with the toxin of the blue scorpion. MANY skeptics had doubted, in the beginning of the decade of 90, concerning the curativas properties… Read More

Escozul - Scorpion venom: A cure for cancer?

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From Lucia Newman | CNN Havana Bureau Chief HAVANA, Cuba (CNN)—Niurys Monzon, 28, says she is a living proof that it works. “I was eleven when I was diagnosed,” she said, “and started taking Escozul when I was fifteen.” Her father, Jose Felipe Monzon told CNN that in 1992… Read More

Cuban Pitcher Defects to Play for U.S.

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Associated Press MIAMI - One of Cuba’s top pitchers defected in an undisclosed country so he can begin playing professionally in the United States, a Cuban exile leader said Friday. Maels Rodriguez and another player, Yobal Duenas, were reported missing by Cuban authorities Saturday. Read More

Top Cuban Pitcher Maels Rodriguez Defects

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Associated Press MIAMI—One of Cuba’s top pitchers, Maels Rodriguez, has defected in an undisclosed country so he can begin playing professionally in the United States, a Cuban exile leader said Friday. Rodriguez and another player, Yobal Duenas, were reported missing by Cuban authorities… Read More

Cuban Cigars Hit Chinese Market

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DTC News Beijing.- The first Casa del Habano in mainland China recently opened in the city of Guangzhou, Guangdong province. The establishment, which commercializes Havana cigars, is located in the White Swan Hotel, in downtown Guangzhou. This is the first of several such facilities to be opened in China… Read More

Cuba’s Anti-Leukemia Therapy Highlighted

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DTC news Havana.- Cuba’s therapy to treat lymphoblastic leukemia has shown satisfactory results in children. According to statistics from the Health Ministry, over 85 percent of children undergoing this kind of therapy completes treatment and can survive up to 20 years or be cured. These results… Read More

What he brought back from Cuba

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By Sandra Serrano | Staff Writer | [url=http://www.usforacle.com]http://www.usforacle.com[/url] James Lewis got his inspiration to compose an opera after traveling to Cuba. When USF music professor James Lewis went to Cuba in 1996, he was unaware his short trip would become a three-week… Read More

JOSE CONTRERAS: IT WAS TOUGH YEAR

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By LENN ROBBINS | NY Post This was a tough season for Jose Contreras, and losing the World Series to the Marlins was the final hurt. Contreras, the former Cuban national star who signed a free-agent deal with the Yankees in February, spoke yesterday about the difficulties of adjusting to major league… Read More

Thriller mixes Mafia and Cold War Cuba

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By Donna Marchetti | Special to the Star-Telegram Earl Swagger’s in a heap of trouble. It’s 1953. Holed up in a tiny room in a Havana slum, with no weapon but a small paring knife, Swagger waits as the Cuban secret police and their gangster friends close in on him. Creaking floorboards betray… Read More

Hemingway Remembered With Statue in Cuba

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Associated Press HAVANA—Ernest Hemingway is back at the bar in his beloved El Floridita restaurant—this time permanently as a life-size bronze statute. The statute of the late writer, who made pre-Revolutionary Cuba his home for many years, is situated in the same corner of the bar he frequented… Read More

Like a visit to old Havana

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Cuba - Lovin’ the aliens

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By jonathan Futrell | Living Abroad Magazine Cheap rum cocktails, sexy salsa, hot guys and pretty ladies how could Cuba not fail to seduce JONATHAN FUTRELL? One balmy evening in Havana, with a sticky breeze blowing in from the Caribbean, a woman in her late 20s is talking to one of the awkward tourists… Read More

In Florida, Jose Contreras is Still Far Away

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Johnette Howard | SPORTS COLUMNIST | New York Newsday Miami—When he stepped off the Yankees’ team plane here three days ago and saw the swaying palm trees, felt the familiar heat and humidity, the first thing Jose Contreras thought of was his home back in Cuba. When he stands on the beach… Read More

Cuba - General Country Information

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Capital City: Havana Area: 114,525 sq km/44,218 sq mi Population: 11,263,429 (2003 estimate) GDP: Not available Form of Government: Communist state Official Language[s]: Spanish Monetary unit: 1 Cuban peso (Cu$), consisting of 100 centavos Religion[s]: Nonreligious (including atheist) 55%; Roman… Read More

Cuban Personality Receives National History Award

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Havana.- Eusebio Leal, the historian of the City of Havana, received the 2003 National History Award. The Award was granted at the 17th National Congress on History, held in central Cienfuegos province this month. According to… Read More

Cuban Baseball to Have a Hall of Fame

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Havana.- Cuban baseball will have a Hall of Fame, which will be located at the historic Palmar del Junco Stadium, in western Matanzas province. A two-story building harmonically integrated into the sports facility will house the… Read More

Wed in Cuba: She loves me not

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BY TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News Marriages between foreigners and Cubans have skyrocketed, and while many relationships succeed, many others fail—sometimes by design. HAVANA—Ted Oswick has heard the tales of woe. Older men venture into Cuba and marry young, beautiful women, only… Read More

Jose Contreras is in the thick of a rivalry again

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By Gordon Edes | Boston Globe Staff NEW YORK—He knew nothing of the rivalry, he said, when he was still in Cuba pitching for Fidel Castro, the man who might know a thing or two about a true evil empire. But ever since last Christmas Eve, when there was no room at the inn for the New York Yankees… Read More

Numerous local Cuban News articles

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[url=http://www.ain.cubaweb.cu]http://www.ain.cubaweb.cu[/url] Rally Marking October 10th Blockade, more severe than before Cuban Vice-president Underscores Results of Community Project Latin American Universities Set up Research Network Cuba and Tanzania Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation… Read More

DTC News.- Popular Cultural Site in Pinar del Ro Recovered

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Havana.- Callejon de Corina (Corina’s Alley), a popular cultural site in western Pinar del Ro province, has recovered the charm that turned it into a place visited by musicians and poets. Local authorities are carrying out a socio-cultural and recreational project in Callejon de Corina, a traditional… Read More

DTC News.- New Anti-Cancer Treatment in Cuba

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Havana.- Cuban experts have developed a new treatment against cancer using a toxin produced by the blue scorpion, as part of a nationwide strategy to fight that scourge. Over 70,000 patients have benefited from the treatment, which has successfully been tested by researchers in eastern Cuba. Patients… Read More

Cuba General Information

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Courtesy of [url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Climate Moderate subtropical. The Cuban territory grazes the Tropic of Cancer, and due to its long and narrow configuration, on an east-west axis, it receives the refreshing action of the trade winds and the sea breezes.… Read More

Cuba Boasts Major Attractions for Diving

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DTC News Havana.- The largest Antillean Island boasts many attractions for those who love nautical activities, ranking 27 among the world’s most visited diving destinations. Cuba has 37 diving centers and 150 internationally certified guides, as well as unique characteristics for diving. Such companies… Read More

Cuban Musical Documentaries in New York

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DTcuba.com Havana.- A dozen major musical documentaries made in Cuba will be shown at the Lincoln Center, in the US city of New York, this month. According to movie critics, three parallel programs will be shown at the Walter Reade Theater as part of the series “We Are the Music: Cuban Musical… Read More

Cuba to Host World Baseball Championship

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DTcuba.com Havana.- Cuban sports facilities will host the 35th World Baseball Championship in October. According to sources from the organizing committee, Cuba and Chinese Taipei will play the opening game at Havana’s Latinoamericano Stadium. Both teams will play in Group A, which also includes… Read More

Cuba Keywords

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Here are the most popular Cuba keyword searches on Google for September 21, 2003 cuba cuba travel asia de cuba map of cuba cuba map last minute cuba cuba libre varadero cuba cuba gooding jr travel to cuba cuba weather santiago de cuba cuba tourism havana cuba cuba holidays historia de cuba travel cuba… Read More

Experience Music Project - December trip to Cuba

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General Information about Cuba

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Climate Moderate subtropical. The Cuban territory grazes the Tropic of Cancer, and due to its long and narrow configuration, on an east-west axis, it receives the refreshing action of the trade winds and the sea breezes. During the short winter, it is cooled by masses of cold air from the North; those… Read More

Helpful Cigar Tips

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Things to Do in Cuba - Exciting Nightlife

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List courtesty of DTcuba.com Havana Nightlife - Bars in Cuba List Cafe Cantante “Mi Habana” Teatro Nacional de Cuba, Calle Paseo y 39. Ciudad de La Habana Telefonos: (53 7) 33-5713 Casa de la M�sica Calle Galiano e/ Neptuno y Concordia. Ciudad de La Habana Casa de la M�sica Calle… Read More

Cuban Cigar Shops in Cuba - Casas del Habano locations

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Buy the finest Cuban Cigars directly from Cuba at these Cuban Cigar stores also known as Casas del Habano. List courtesy of DTcuba.com Cuban Cigar Shop List La Casa del Habano Vueltabajo Calle Maceo No. 157 e/ Galiano y Tarafa. Pinar del Rio Telephones: (53 82) 3424 Open: 09:00 - 19:00 hrs Casa del… Read More

Pan American Games: Cuba beats U.S. to take baseball gold

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The Associated Press ANDRES LEIGHTON / AP Cuba’s Yulieski Gourriel, right, embraces pitcher Norge Luis Vera to celebrate beating the U.S. team yesterday. SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Ariel Pestano pounded his chest, pounded first base, then took a little celebratory walk to high-five… Read More

Good cigars, fine wine and a grand time at Sabor Havana

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By Marilyn Rodriguez | [url=http://www.CommunityNewspapers.com]http://www.CommunityNewspapers.com[/url] Havana Journal Cigar Page Cigar aficionados, take heart! There’s a new place in Doral to buy your favorite stogie. Sabor Havana, staking claim to being Florida’s largest… Read More

Seeking a sister in Havana - King Bongo

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Reviewed by Chauncey Mabe King Bongo | By Thomas Sanchez | King Bongo book on eBay The title character of Thomas Sanchez’s King Bongo - set in Havana in 1957 - is an insurance man who does a little private investigation work on the side, or a private investigator trying to make the transition to… Read More

U.S., Cuba Compete for Pan Am Dominance

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By KEVIN GRAY | Associated Press Writer SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic The race for the most gold medals at the Pan American Games usually is between the United States and Cuba. This year is no different. “It’s again a struggle between the two countries,” said Rodrigo Alvarez Cambra,… Read More

Highlights of Day 10 at the Pan American Games

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By Associated Press SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic MEDALS COUNT The United States stretched its medals lead with 167: 69 golds, 50 silvers and 48 bronzes. Cuba is next at 110: 53-29-28. TOP U.S. PERFORMANCES Lori Harrigan (Las Vegas) pitched a one-hitter with nine strikeouts for her second Pan Ams… Read More

Cuban Capital Hosts Arte en La Rampa Fair

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TCnews Havana.- The Pabellon Cuba exhibition hall, in the Cuban capital, is hosting a broad program of activities within the framework of the 4th Arte en La Rampa Fair. Pabellon Cuba executives pointed out that on this occasion, the public can buy works by famous Cuban artists, including serigraphs,… Read More

Several Foreign Guests at Havana’s Hip-Hop Festival

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DTCnews Havana.- The 9th edition of Havana’s Rap Festival Hip-Hop’2003, scheduled for this month, will be attended by several foreign artists. According to sources from the organizing committee, artists from the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Great Britain, Brazil and Canada have confirmed… Read More

Cuban film-makers pitch projects to Euro financiers

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Martin Blaney in Locarno | ScreenDaily.com Cuban film-makers pitched a string of projects to potential European co-production partners and buyers at the Locarno International Film Festival over the weekend. Daniel Diaz Torres, Humberto Solas and Humberto Padron were among ten Cuban filmmakers invited… Read More

Cuban Jews in Israel

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Arutz Sheva - Israel National News For the first time, an organized delegation of Cuban Jews is visiting Israel. The Birthright tour was enabled only after close to a year of negotiations with the Cuban government. For the first time, an organized delegation of Cuban Jews is visiting Israel. HaTzofeh… Read More

U.S. women lose to Cuba in basketball showdown

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By Seattle Times news services SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic After surviving a protest by Brazil, the U.S. women couldn’t handle their nemesis on the basketball court as Cuba won the gold medal. The Cubans, who have won five straight against the Americans in less than a month, took the championship… Read More

The mojo in Mojitos casts its spell over a city

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Amanda Berne | Special to The San Franciso Chronicle   Two Mojitos, please. Mark Edwards, bartender at Habana in San Francisco, smiles and says, “Of course.” Behind him, rows of glasses are carefully stuffed with mint sprigs. Edwards grabs a glass and muddles the mint. The whole room… Read More

New York Yankees’ Jose Contreras to Make Rehab Start

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Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. - New York Yankees pitcher Jose Contreras is set to make his first minor league start Thursday as part of his rehabilitation program for a right shoulder strain. Contreras is scheduled to pitch in a Gulf Coast League game against the Phillies. It will be his first game in… Read More

Cuba Tops U.S. in Pan Am Women’s Basketball

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By JANIE McCAULEY | Associated Press Sports Writer SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Four games, 46 points that’s been the spread in the United States women’s basketball team’s four losses to Cuba in an 11-day span. The Cubans’ 84-62 victory Saturday in the first game of round-robin… Read More

Mya To Appear In ‘Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights’

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Singer/dancer Mya has landed a supporting role in the forthcoming film Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, a sequel of sorts to the smash 1987 film Dirty Dancing. Patrick Swayze reprises his role as Johnny Castle in the film, which now takes place in revolutionary-era Cuba. The Washington, D.C.-bred performer,… Read More

Olympic Bid News and Information Website

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GamesBids.com International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge said, after watching the opening ceremony of the Pan American Games, that Havana’s bid is just as strong as of the other cities bidding for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. “The nine cities have big possibilities”,… Read More

A taste of Cuba

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By Jason Geary | staff writer | TCpalm.com From a new deli, the grill is sizzling and sputtering and the smell of grilled onions and pork is in the air FORT PIERCE—Emilio Palomino doesn’t care if his employees look at him funny. When forced to discard a piece of his freshly baked bread, Palomino,… Read More

Cuban Artist Exhibits His Work in Varadero

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DTC News Havana.- Manuel Hernndez, a renowned cartoonist and an outstanding exponent of Cuban visual arts, is exhibiting his work in the beach resort of Varadero, in western Matanzas province. The exhibit, entitled “Desde mi tejar” (From My Roof), is being held at the Royal Sandals Hicacos… Read More

Azucar! - Celia Cruz

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Ed Moralez | Newsday My personal brush with just how huge Celia Cruz was in the Latin community came quite by accident. I was at the Village Gate in Manhattan in 1988 for another installment of the sorely missed “Salsa Meets Jazz” series, in which a big name salsa band would play on the same… Read More

Cubans sweep wrestling gold medals

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Associated Press SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic—Rulon Gardner was just another obstacle the Cuban wrestling team shoved aside in sweeping the seven Greco-Roman gold medals at the Pan American Games. The 2000 Olympic heavyweight champion, coming back from a snowmobiling accident in 2002 that… Read More

Sports Summary of Competition at the Pan American Games

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By Associated Press | SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic BASEBALL Perennial power Cuba won its opener 5-0 over Panama, limiting the Panamanians to five hits. Then the Americans won their 24th straight game, getting four runs in the opening inning and routing the Bahamas 12-0. Tyler Greene (Plantation,… Read More

Canada, Cuba Main Contenders at Pan American Games

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Associated Press SANTO DOMINGO – Tennis may not be the top sport at the Pan American Games, but a tennis player may be the most famous athlete at the event. Marcelo Rios, a former world No. 1, will represent Chile at the games, which open today and run through August 17, with 42 participating countries.… Read More

CUBA STILL GOES FOR OLYMPIC GOLD

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New York Post SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge yesterday refused to toss Havana’s bid to host the 2012 Games - pitting the tropical capital against the Big Apple and seven other cities. Rogge said he was confident the Cuban capital’s… Read More

Moving on, letting go of old Cuba

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BY GLENN GARVIN | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_gIAmmm8axk').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

Raw side of Havana life - Suite Habana movie

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Reuters HAVANA — The characters eat black beans and rice in silence, bathe with buckets and cycle miles to work against a backdrop of the crumbling beauty of their city. A 79-year-old woman sells peanuts to make ends meet. A hospital employee becomes a transvestite cabaret dancer by night, a doctor… Read More

New York Yankees Cuban Baseball Pitcher Jose Contreras’ Price of Defection

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By Letta Tayler | LATIN AMERICAN CORRESPONDENT; Ken Davidoff contributed to this story | Newsday Pinar del Rio, Cuba - Day and night, Myriam Contreras keeps her shiny new cell phone by her side. The blue Nokia has been her lifeline, the only contact with her husband since he defected from Cuba nearly… Read More

Orchestra Baobab Grooves in Buena Vista Spirit

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By Gary Crosse | Reuters NEW YORK - Long before the Buena Vista Social Club’s debut album spawned a salsa explosion from Miami to Madrid, the Orchestra Baobab had packed houses grooving to Afro-Cuban dance music in the nightclubs of Dakar. But the Buena Vista Social Club might never have come about… Read More

The Ad Executive (wears a guaybera for women)

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New York Times | MIRTA OJITO One of Daisy Exposito-Ulla’s early memories of her native Cuba is seeing her mother throw away her great-grandfather’s yellowing guayabera, the four-pocket pleated shirt that many men in the Caribbean favor for formal occasions. Even then, Ms. Exposito-Ulla said… Read More

Hoping to revive football in Cuba, two local teams will begin season there

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SignOnSanDiego.com | By Nicole Vargas | UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER Bonita Vista head coach Carl Parrick peruses an album filled with memories from a two-year stay in Cuba as a child. Sports traditionally incite a passion in Cuba, where boxers and baseball players beat a path to the world stage. Yet American… Read More

Finding beauty in Cuba’s myths, reality

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By ELIZABETH HANLY | Miami Herald ‘‘Cuba is a land born of so much imagination,’’ poet and novelist Antonio Jose Ponte has said, ‘‘that imagination can no longer contain it.’’ All of which may sound hopelessly romantic, at least until one tries to catch… Read More

Photo Exhibit captures Cuba in transition

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BY MITCHELL SEIDEL | Star-Ledger Staff | The Star Ledger NEW YORK—The title of the photography exhibit, “Cuba on the Verge: An Island in Transition,” implies that the Communist nation some 90 miles from Florida is experiencing change, heading from one state to another. The only problem… Read More

Restaurant owner brings a taste of Cuba to Central Falls Rhode Island

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Kevin P. O’Connor | Pawtucket Times CENTRAL FALLS—When you left Miami, you were certain that your memories would be of pastel buildings, palm trees and impossibly beautiful people in rollerblades and almost nothing else. So it is a surprise to find yourself, when you miss Miami, thinking… Read More

Work of Renowned Cuban Artists Acknowledged

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DTCnews Havana.- The National Museum of Fine Arts this month is hosting an exhibit dedicated to renowned Cuban artists of the so-called Group of 11. The members of the group revolutionized Cuba’s visual arts 50 years ago, betting on abstractionism and shaking the capital’s artistic environment.… Read More

Photo Exhibit on Cuba-Canada Ties

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DTC news Havana.- The Phototheque of Cuba, in Havana’s Historic Heart, is hosting the photo exhibit “Cuba-Canada: A 100-year Look”, which will be open during the first half of August. The exhibit, according to experts, covers 100 years of history in bilateral relations, which were established… Read More

Cuba Wins Continental Junior Baseball Championship

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DTCnews Havana.- Cuba won for the fifth time the 6th Pan-American Junior Baseball Championship, held in Curacao, the Netherlands Antilles. During the game for the first place, Cuba defeated the United States 8 runs by 3. According to experts, the Tio Daou Stadium was the right scenario for baseball fans… Read More

Cuba’s Success in Kidney Transplants Highlighted

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DTCnews Havana.- The largest Antillean Island leads Latin America in the field of kidney transplants, with 248 of such surgeries in 2002. Experts from the Nephrology Institute pointed out that Cuba is among the top ten countries in the world regarding the number of kidney grafts per one million inhabitants.… Read More

Cubans found at sea on pickup truck converted to motor raft

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Associated Press MIAMI - Cuban migrants fashioned a boat out of a 1951 Chevy pickup truck and “drove” it to within 40 miles of the United States before they were spotted and returned to the island, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday. Twelve Cuban migrants attempt to cross the Straits of… Read More

Cubans Celebrate Carnival With Dancing

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP)—Fireworks and beer. Parades and beer. Dancing in the streets with beer—and rum. This is a whole different kind of communist party. Cuba’s second city has been dancing through carnival for centuries, under colonialism, capitalism and—for… Read More

Grieving Cubans visit Celia Cruz’ home in Havana

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[url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] HAVANA - A “substantial” number of people stopped at Celia Cruz’ former home in a Havana suburb to offer condolences, said relatives who still occupy the modest house the star built with her first earnings… Read More

U.S. Pan Am Games Team Drops Second Straight In Cuba

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Stanford Cardinal | Women’s Basketball The two teams will conclude three-game exhibition series on Thursday night in Havana. HAVANA, Cuba - On a night where the USA’s starting five struggled on the offensive end and combined to shoot just 15.3 percent (6-39 FGs) overall from the field, the… Read More

Cuba Media Hardly Covers Celia Cruz Death

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Associated Press HAVANA - While the death of salsa singer Celia Cruz was reported prominently in newspapers across the world, the news got scant and somewhat bitter treatment Thursday in the official media of her homeland. The Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma reported Cruz’s death in a tiny,… Read More

LA Weekly: Dining: Cuba Calling

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by MicheIle Huneven Paladar, says our waiter, is what you’d call a restaurant started in somebody’s home in Cuba. And this, he declares, is the guiding concept behind the so-named new Hollywood cafe on Wilcox. “This is the living room area,” he says, speaking of a central space… Read More

‘Rumba’ gives us Cuban dance lesson

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New York Daily News | By Robert Dominguez A playwright and filmmaker who escaped Communist Cuba in 1961, Ivan Acosta is known for heartrending, wistful works of fiction that depict the Cuban exile experience. His 1977 play “El Super” - the film version (co-directed by Leon Ichaso and starring… Read More

Cubans aim for Florida by truck

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BBC news Cubans fleeing the island use inner tubes, surfboards and rickety rafts A group of 12 creative Cuban migrants have used a 1951 Chevrolet pick-up truck equipped with floats to make a break for the United States.  The converted flatbed truck-turned-boat sailed to within 65km (40 miles) of… Read More

BC’s Pisani to see Cuba and play, too

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By DEREK REDD | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_b74fKUWrME').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Naples… Read More

In Cuba, new Jews help maintain community’s stability, despite exodus

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By Larry Luxner | [url=http://www.jta.org]http://www.jta.org[/url]       SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba (JTA) Except for a bronze plaque in Hebrew and Spanish identifying itself as “Congregacion Hatikva,” the crumbling blue-and-white building is indistinguishable… Read More

Cuba to send renewed baseball team to the Dominican Republic

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BY ANNE-MARIE GARCA | Special for Granma International | [url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] A replenished baseball team is to represent Cuba in the Dominican Republic Pan American Games, the squad’s manager Higinio Velez told press. Captain and third base… Read More

Delegates from the World Over at International Yoruba Congress

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DTcuba.com Havana.- Delegates from Africa, America, Europe and the Caribbean attended the 8th International Yoruba Congress, held in the Cuban capital this month. Over 500 scientists, priests and religious people participated in the congress, held at Havana’s International Conference Center. According… Read More

Havana Hosts Cuban Rock Festival

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DTcuba.com Havana.- The Cuban capital hosted the National Rock Festival this month, with the participation of some foreign bands as well. The event, which was called Caiman Rock and was sponsored by the Hermanos Saz Association, allowed learning about the development of that musical genre in Cuba. The… Read More

Cuba Finishes Second at World Boxing Championship

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DTcuba.com Havana.- The largest Antillean Island finished second by countries at the 12th World Boxing Championship, held in Thailand this month. The Cuban team scored 40 points, only preceded by Russia with 44 points, and followed by Kazakhstan in the third place. Both Russia and Cuba won three gold… Read More

Cast Adrift, Still at Sea

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‘Balseros’ documents seven Cubans’ odyssey in the U.S. By John Anderson | STAFF WRITER | Newsday Cubans set out to sea aboard homemade rafts with hopes of reaching the U.S. coast. Seven ocean-going escapees from Castro’s Cuba are followed along the journey of a less-than-euphoric… Read More

Family ties make Cuba and US best of enemies

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The Guardian Giles Tremlett ends his Havana series with a report on Miami-based exiles and those they left behind At terminal two of Havana’s Jose Marti airport the daily invasion of the revolutionary republic by Miami Cubans is under way. Weighed down by gold chains, wearing “I love NY”… Read More

Dollar gnaws at Cuba’s marvellous revolution

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Mail and Guardian online A noisy, drunken game of dominoes is being played at the Committee for the Defence of the Revolution on Havana’s San Lorenzo street, the pieces slapped down on the bare wooden table to the accompaniment of colourful, if amicable, abuse. “We may have problems, my friend,”… Read More

National event for the 50th anniversary of Moncada in Santiago July 26 1959

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[url=http://www.Granma.com]http://www.Granma.com[/url] HAVING taking into consideration the all-round results attained by the island’s provinces, the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba has decided to grant the condition of best provinces to Villa Clara and Santiago… Read More

Cuban music band cha chas into Whistler

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By Amy Fendley | [url=http://www.WhistlerQuestion.com]http://www.WhistlerQuestion.com[/url] | Canada Direct from Cuba, the “very hot” 14-piece Cuban band Valentin y Los del Caribe will make a stop in Whistler as part of their first Canadian tour. Valentin y Los del Caribe… Read More

A wilder-than-wild ride through Havana

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By Stephen G. Michaud | Special to the Star-Telegram King Bongo: A Novel of Havana King Bongo is a bizarre, often grotesque mystery-adventure tale set in pre-revolutionary Cuba. Thomas Sanchez, who is also the author of Mile Zero, begins his occasionally overheated fifth novel with a real bang on New… Read More

U.S. soccer team beats Cuba in Gold Cup semi-finals

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BY SHALISE MANZA YOUNG | The Providence Journal FOXBORO, Mass. - (KRT) - It’s a safe bet that Cuba won’t soon forget Landon Donovan. Donovan had a U.S. National team record-tying effort on Saturday, with four goals as the U.S. topped Cuba, 5-0, in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.… Read More

Adios, Miami Crowd Tells ‘salsa Queen’ Celia Cruz

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By Frances Kerry MIAMI (Reuters) - With Cuban flags, flowers, bursts of song and tears, tens of thousands of mourners paid their last respects on Saturday in Miami to Celia Cruz, the Cuban-born “Queen of Salsa.” Reuters Photo Cruz, whose powerful voice and glittering stage presence made her… Read More

Cubans smoke, drink despite the economic consequences

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BY CAROL J. WILLIAMS | Los Angeles Times Service HAVANA - Under a languid ceiling fan doing little to sweep away smoke or the stagnant summer air, quality controller Alesis Agero draws determinedly on a panatela, mixing work with pleasure. Like the other 800 employees of the Partags cigar factory,… Read More

Rediscovering Cuba: A Personal Memoir

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Press Release Jorge Reyes, author of the highly acclaimed, Rediscovering Cuba: A Personal Memoir, ISBN # 0-595-19457-5, will read from his book on July 31, at 8:00 p.m., at Books and Books, located at 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, 305-442-4408. Now in it’s second edition, Jorge Reyes, author… Read More

Fans in Miami, elsewhere mourn death of Celia Cruz

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By Madeline Baro Diaz, Jennifer Valdes and Jean-Paul Renaud | Miami Herald MIAMI For a time on Wednesday, the city with the largest Cuban population outside of Cuba slowed to a stunned silence. The news that Celia Cruz, the island’s most famous musical export, had died was too much to bear. Business… Read More

Cubans make quick work of Canadians

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By Frank Dell’Apa | Boston Globe Staff FOXBOROUGH—Neither Canada nor Cuba are known in sporting circles for their soccer prowess. But the two countries presented a respectable level of play in their Gold Cup group match last night at Gillette Stadium, the Cubans taking a 2-0 upset victory.… Read More

Classical magic in Cuban heels

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Havana dream: Veronica Corveas and Carlos Acosta in Tocororo at Sadler’s Wells Ismene Brown reviews Tocororo - a Cuban Tale at Sadler’s Wells | [url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk]http://www.telegraph.co.uk[/url] Beg, blag or bribe a ticket, but move very fast. Even those… Read More

Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa, Dies After Cancer Battle

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Bloomberg Celia Cruz, the Cuban-born “Queen of Salsa’’ who recorded more than 70 albums and thrilled audiences with her outrageous high heels and wigs, died seven months after undergoing surgery for brain cancer. She died at her home in Fort Lee, New Jersey, a spokeswoman for Sony Music… Read More

Cubans in Venezuela sow seeds of controversy

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By Mike Ceaser | Special to The Christian Science Monitor Cuban doctors, teachers, and farmers are helping the poor, but some decry the ‘Cubanization’ of Venezuela CARACAS, VENEZUELA – Unemployed bus driver Rafael Lira recently landed an unlikely job amid the high-rises of downtown… Read More

DTC News.- Cuban Baseball Team Wins Rotterdam Tournament

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Havana.- Cuba won a baseball tournament held in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, after defeating the local team in the finals. The tournament, which held two all-around rounds, let the discussion for the title in the hands of the first two teams. In that stage, the Netherlands was leading the tournament… Read More

DTC News.- Sales of Havana Cigars in International Market Assessed

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Havana.- The Cuban capital hosted the 12th Workshop on Marketing and Sales of Havana Cigars this month, with the participation of 80 distributors of that product. According to sources close to the meeting, the distributors of premium cigars attending the meeting work in over 180 countries, where Cuba’s… Read More

An Indian revival in Cuba?

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By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News Once thought to be lost, Tainos now striving to keep their past alive BARACOA, Cuba – At the top of a winding dirt path, past palm trees and overhanging branches, is the entrance to a cave. And inside is one of Cuba’s newest and most unusual museum… Read More

Grammy-Winner Compay Segundo Dies at 95

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By JOHN RICE | Associated Press Writer HAVANA - Compay Segundo, a once-forgotten Cuban musician who gained worldwide fame with the “Buena Vista Social Club,” has died in Havana. He was 95. (AP Photo/Jose Goitia) Born Maximo Francisco Repilado Munoz, the wiry, cigar-smoking musician carried… Read More

Gennadiy vs. cuban Herrera boxing

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Golovkin Gennadiy of Kazakhstan (L) hits Cuba’s Yordanis Despaigne Herrera during their middleweight bout at the semi- finals of the XII Senior World Boxing Championships in Bangkok, July 11, 2003. Gennadiy defeated Herrera to advance into the final round on July 12. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang Read More

A Harsh Romance in a Land of Ruins and Revolution

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By SARAH BOXER I want to go to Cuba before things get better there,” someone confided to me recently. Cuba, for many people, is a place suspended romantically in history. It has outgrown its socialist revolution, but has not yet become crass and capitalist. Its streets are full of old Buicks and… Read More

Wednesday night’s all right for salsa

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By Theo Douglas | Staff writer | Redlands Daily Facts Pushing the weekend ever farther into the week is the latest mid-week offering—Havana Club Cohiba, which, as you might suspect by its name, is held at Club Cohiba, the veteran downtown cigar bar upstairs from Mum’s Restaurant. Cohiba,… Read More

Yoruba deity worshipers open congress in Havana

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters HAVANA To the beat of African drums and chants to Babalu Aye, Oggun and Chango, 700 worshipers of Yoruba deities called Orishas gathered Tuesday for a world congress of a religion brought to the Americas by slaves. High priests from Nigeria and followers from the Caribbean,… Read More

Women paddle from Cuba to Florida, set record

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MIAMI (Reuters) - Four women took turns paddling 18-foot glass fiber boards across the Florida Straits, becoming Thursday the first all-women paddleboard team to complete the crossing from Cuba to Florida The Millennium Woman Paddleboard Team arrived in Key West, Florida, hungry, tired and queasy 25… Read More

As Tobacco and Sugar Crops Fade, Cubans’ Vices Are Targets

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By Carol J. Williams | LA Times Staff Writer A need for hard currency, and worries about outlays for medical problems, have the regime discouraging cigars and rum. HAVANA Under a languid ceiling fan doing little to sweep away smoke or the stagnant summer air, quality controller Alesis Aguero draws… Read More

Calzon Says Knowledge Is Key to a Free Cuba

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By Stephen Goode | [url=http://www.InsightMag.com]http://www.InsightMag.com[/url] Frank Calzon is executive director of the Washington-based Center for a Free Cuba, established in 1997 to gather and disseminate information about Fidel Castro’s Cuba. The center has grants from… Read More

Internet in Cuba

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Bjorn Blomberg .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_x3hR76eOz5').innerHTML = output; //]]> Dear Editor:… Read More

Caribbean leaders search for ways to stop AIDS spread

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Associated Press Montego Bay, Jamaica — Caribbean leaders called AIDS the single biggest threat to the region’s development and said Saturday finding cheaper drugs is the key to halting the spread of the disease. About 500,000 people in the Caribbean have the deadly disease, threatening to… Read More

Local organization to send Cuba baseball equipment

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BY HOLLY M. ANDERSON | Pioneer Press One thing Cuba and the United States have in common is a love for baseball and a local organization is using the connection to bridge the cultural divide. Next week, the Oak Park Illinois Sister Cities International organization plans to send 1,000 pounds of baseball… Read More

DTC News.- Cuba Makes Group A at Women’s Volleyball Grand Prix

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Havana.- The Cuban women’s volleyball team is in Group A of the Grand Prix of that sports discipline, scheduled to begin this month in Italy. According to a report from the International Volleyball Federation, the Cubans will seek to classify for the final round against Italy (the defending world… Read More

DTC News.- Cuban Boxers to Meet Difficult Challenge at World Championship

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Havana.- Cuban boxers will meet a difficult challenge at the 12th World Championship, scheduled for this month in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. According to Cuban experts, the largest Antillean Island will defend its world title by teams, won in the previous championship. In order to achieve that… Read More

In Cuba, soap operas can be a soapbox

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Popular TV shows break ground by tackling social issues By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News HAVANA – In her latest role, actress Monica Alonso plays a coarse, yet sincere teenager who criticizes Cuba’s troubles. “I was the girl who couldn’t tell a lie,” she says. Her… Read More

Birthday parties highlight Cuba’s (lack of a) `classless society’

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BY GARY MARX | Chicago Tribune HAVANA, Cuba - (KRT) - Dressed in a pink flowing gown and glittering crown, the girl stood at the entrance to a huge ballroom where friends and family waited to celebrate her 15th birthday. The lights were cut. The girl walked in. And then a single spotlight shone down… Read More

Castro the apparent victim of a radio prank

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By Frances Kerry | Reuters Miami - Cuban President Fidel Castro or someone sounding very much like him fell for a trap laid by Miami radio pranksters on Tuesday, thinking he was talking on the phone to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and abusing the callers when he realised he was being duped. The radio… Read More

Cuba honours ‘Che’ Guevara who would be 75 today

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Reuters Cubans marched, held ceremonies, watched special television programmes and in other ways paid tribute to legendary leftist guerrilla Ernesto “Che” Guevara today, the 75th anniversary of his birth. Guevara, born in Rosario, Argentina in 1928, attained almost mythical status after his… Read More

Tropical Storms of Intrigue in Pre-Revolution Cuba - King Bongo

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‘King Bongo’ by Thomas Sanchez By Patrick Anderson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_dfqLB0Jitv').innerHTML… Read More

DTC News.- Cuba to Participate in Pan-American Junior Baseball Championship

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Cuba to Participate in Pan-American Junior Baseball Championship Havana.- The largest Antillean Island will participate in the Pan-American Junior Baseball Championship, scheduled for July in Curacao. The event, at which the best teams will classify for the World Tournament in Taiwan in 2004, will be… Read More

Cubans demonstrate - including Javier Sotomayor

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In front of the the Spanish Embassy Friday June.12,2003 in Havana, Cuba. President Fidel Castro led a march of hundreds of thousands of people outside the Spanish Embassy Thursday as Cuba protested the European Union’s decision to review its policy toward the island because of concerns over human… Read More

Cuba loses to Olympic (volleyball) champions

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BY ANNE-MARIE GARC�A | Special for Granma International THE Cuban volleyball squad lost its two encounters with Serbia and Montenegro in its home debut playing in the third event of the World Volleyball League. In the first game (Group C), the new players on the island team showed their claws by winning… Read More

Once-hopping Havana no longer hot scene for modeling

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BY LYDIA MARTIN | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_1hed8QFxss').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

Cuban musician leaves tour to defect to U.S.

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Cuban musician leaves tour to defect to U.S. Brownsville, Texas—A popular Cuban musician defected and was granted asylum in south Texas after taking a taxi from Monterrey, Mexico, to the U.S. border, immigration officials said Wednesday. Carlos Manuel Pruneda of the band “Carlos Manuel and… Read More

It’s our isle seat on Cuban theater

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NY Daily News | Robert Dominguez’ Que Pasa Most people return from a visit to Cuba with expensive cigars hidden in their luggage. Max Ferra brings home controversial plays. Ferra, the founder and artistic director of INTAR Hispanic American Arts Center in Manhattan, has made three trips to his… Read More

American and Cuban environmentalists collaborate at an international conference

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By Eliza Barclay | Environmental News Network HAVANA - Despite the tenuous economic relations between the United States and Cuba, Cuban and American environmentalists expressed mutual agreement of the importance of opening and maintaining cooperation on sustainable development at the Fourth International… Read More

Cuban science is not working on human cloning

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BY LILLIAM RIERA | [url=http://www.Granma.com]http://www.Granma.com[/url] “WE are not working on cloning humans in Cuba although we are trying to clone animals,” affirmed Fidel Ovidio Castro, head of the Cloning and Transgenics Department at Havana’s Genetic and… Read More

Young urge change inside Cuba

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By Becky Branford | BBC News Online Young people may be less reverential of the Revolution When Cuba jailed 75 dissidents - including journalists, economists, and political activists - in April, the world expressed outrage. Governments and human rights groups denounced the move. Former friends of Cuba… Read More

DTC News.- Havana Reports Drop in Infant Mortality Rate

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Havana.- Cuba’s western province of Havana has reported a substantial reduction in the infant mortality rate during the first few months of 2003. Local health authorities pointed out that during the said period, the infant mortality rate dropped to 5.6 deaths per every 1,000 live births. Last year,… Read More

Preserving Havana’s style

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By Nicholas Kralev | THE WASHINGTON TIMES Jeffrey Horowitz fears an onslaught on Cuba’s architectural heritage by Western companies as soon as they gain access to the Cuban market. Havana’s eclectic style, which combines Spanish colonial architecture with art deco and modern buildings, must… Read More

Cigar lady photo

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Cuban Virtudes Lopez Varona, 55, smokes a cigar Friday May 30, 2003 in Havana, Cuba. She said she has been smoking since she was 8 years old. Varona smokes all day and asks for US dollars from tourists who take her picture. On Saturday, May 31, 2003 ‘International No Smoking Day is celebrated in… Read More

Cuba Announces Bid for 2012 Olympics

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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA—Havana formally entered its bid to host the 2012 Olympics after a special meeting Friday of the Cuban Olympic Committee. Havana Mayor Juan Continou said Cuba’s strong international sports program makes it worthy of hosting the showcase event. The last major… Read More

Cuban Exile Leader Arrested on Immigration Charges After 36 Years

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Associated Press MIAMI — A prominent Cuban exile leader has been arrested on an illegal immigration charge because he never applied for U.S. residency. Ramon Saul Sanchez, director of the anti-Castro group Democracy Movement, was arrested 36 years after he first entered the United States. Under… Read More

Cuban ephemeral art festival lasts 90 minutes

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HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba’s first ephemeral art festival lasted barely an hour and a half, until the butter paintings and ice sculptures began to melt, the children ate the cupcakes hung from a tree and the grand piano went up in flames. There were sculptures made from flowers, paper and cardboard… Read More

King of Spain awards Eusebio Leal for Old Havana restoration plan

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MADRID.- On behalf of the Royal Foundation of Toledo, King Juan Carlos I presented renowned Cuban historian Eusebio Leal that cultural organization’s award for the restoration of Havana’s historic quarter. It was one of five awards conferred in the 10th edition of the Foundation, an organization… Read More

Art exhibit explores cultural connections between Cuba and US

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By DAVE BREZING | Record Correspondent | [url=http://www.staugustine.com]http://www.staugustine.com[/url] Cuba rounds up and jails dozens of dissidents in April, convicting them of working with the United States to undermine the government of Fidel Castro. The U.S. in May expels 14… Read More

Cuba’s 21st-Century ( Cigar ) Factories

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Reprinted from the April 2003 Issue of Cigar Aficionado By James Suckling The new Jose Mart� factory The world’s most storied cigar producer is creating modern manufacturing sites for its premium hand-rolled products. Cuban cigar factories are changing for the better. What they are going to look… Read More

DTC News.- Guitar Festival in Cuban Capital

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Havana.- The Cuban capital hosted a guitar festival entitled “Aires Americanos” (American Airs), which was dedicated to Latin American award-winning composers. The event’s program included works by such musicians as Manuel M. Ponce, from Mexico, and Agustn Barrios (Mangore), from Paraguay,… Read More

DTC News.- Cuba Classifies for Pan-American Pentathlon Games

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Havana.- One Cuban pentathlon athlete will compete in the Pan-American Games in the Dominican Republic, after scoring the points demanded for classification. Frank Vicente Correa finished in the 16th position at the Northern, Central American and Caribbean Tournament of that sports discipline, scoring… Read More

DTC News.- Cuba Sends Medical Assistance to Algeria

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Havana.- Cuba’s health services sent emergency assistance to Algeria to support local authorities in providing medical care to the victims of the earthquakes that hit that country recently. The Cuban brigade is made up of 30 experts in natural disasters and 10 tons of medical aid, which will be… Read More

Jardines del Rey Hosts Cuban Jazz Festival

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DTnews.com The El Senador Hotel Complex, in the Jardines del Rey tourist region, this month will host the 2nd Jazz Festival. According to sources from the organizing committee, the festival forms part of the program of activities to celebrate the 10th anniversary of that tourist region. Several Cuban… Read More

DNA test could solve the mystery of Columbus’s resting place

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Emma Daly in Madrid | The Observer A splendid bronze coffin in the ancient cathedral of Seville bears the bones of Christopher Columbus - or perhaps not. The dispute over the explorer’s true resting place dates from the 18th century, but it was only last year that a Spanish history teacher dreamt… Read More

Cachao, king of Cuban swing, is still kicking up the temp

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BY LIZ BALMASEDA | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_5GG3g2ZsQu').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

Contreras pitches Yankees into first

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Wire reports DETROIT Jose Contreras made the New York Yankees’ rotation a little more crowded. Contreras made an impressive pitch to win a stay in the rotation, allowing two hits in seven innings in his first career start as the Yankees beat Detroit 6-0 Friday night behind two homers by Jason… Read More

THE CUBA CONUNDRUM

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Social Clubs | [url=http://www.santacruzsentinel.com]http://www.santacruzsentinel.com[/url] THE CUBA CONUNDRUM: Saul Landau, internationally respected political analyst, will talk about the current events in Cuba that are giving rise to more repressive measures by the US government.… Read More

Football players set sights on Cuba

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By STEVE MAYBERRY | [url=http://www.LaJollaLight.com]http://www.LaJollaLight.com[/url] A small army of La Jolla High School students, coaches, trainers, teachers, sheriffs, parents and fans will be flying to Cuba this summer. The ostensible purpose is to play a pre-season exhibition… Read More

Cardinal in Cuba rejects role in politics

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BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press HAVANA - Cuba’s Roman Catholic cardinal defended the church’s pastoral role on the communist-run island and rejected outside calls for increased support of the political opposition. Cardinal Jaime Ortega also called for reconciliation among Cuban believers… Read More

Havana Drum Festival Nov. 2003

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hi friends As some of you may know, I’m assisting in organizing programs in Cuba. These programs follow the guidelines laid out by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department. Read More

Rafters wash up on SoBe, then belly up to the bar

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BY RICHARD BRAND | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_uYT0jm3jSl').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

Five Photographers Focus On Cuba

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By KRISTINA DORSEY | Day Staff Columnist | [url=http://www.theday.com]http://www.theday.com[/url] The new exhibition at the Alva Gallery examines Cuban life from the differing perspectives of five photographers, and each give a unique view of the country. “Shuttered Cuba”… Read More

Cuban Home Offers Window on Hemingway’s Last Years

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters HAVANA (Reuters) - The pool where Ava Gardner swam naked and half-empty bottles of gin, rum and bourbon remain exactly where he left them, along with the antelope heads from African safaris and 9,000 books. The worn-out koodoo hide where he stood barefoot to work is in its… Read More

DTC News.- Producciones Abdala’s Contributions to Cuban Music Acknowledged

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Havana.- The recording house Producciones Abdala, founded in 1998, has made major achievements in the international promotion of Cuban music. Executives from the Unicornio recording level, attached to Producciones Abdala, pointed out that the company has distributed over 100 CDs, including folkloric… Read More

DTC News.- Cuban Art Exhibit in Ecuador

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Quito.- The Guayasamn Foundation is hosting an exhibit of 60 artworks by Cuban artists, 30 of which will remain in this country as a donation. According to experts, the exhibit is characterized by its heterogeneous nature, since the paintings, engravings and drawings reflect both landscapes and abstract… Read More

DTC News.- Cuba to Host Central American Triathlon Tournament

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Havana.- The largest Antillean Island will host the 11th Central American and Caribbean Triathlon Championship this year, replacing Puerto Rico that was the original venue. Cuban triathlon officials said they expect 150 athletes from most countries in the region to participate in different categories.… Read More

Cuban guayaberas make mark abroad

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KEVIN GRAY | AP   HAVANA—Dozens of 1960s-era sewing machines hum in the room off a cobblestone street in Old Havana, the drone mixing with strains of salsa music and the chatter of elderly women at work. Hunched over their tables, seamstresses twist and shape long strips of linen and cotton… Read More

Hip-hop scene has grown strong in Cuba

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by David Cazares | Sun-Sentinel Only a few years ago, the most vibrant music thought to be coming out of Cuba was timba. This fiery dance music was played by popular bands that relied on the pulsating rhythms and intricate arrangements favored by its biggest stars. Though practitioners of the complicated… Read More

Plane beams broadcasts to Cuba

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BY TIM JOHNSON | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_w4mFmkWJMk').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

Cigar cartoon by JunkerToons.com

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Rare exhibit of Hemingway’s belongings at his former Cuba home

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By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press Writer The house where American writer Ernest Hemingway once lived opened its doors for a short time Tuesday to show off some of his rarely seen possessions: the certificate for his 1954 Nobel prize for literature, film scripts, photographs. Just east of Havana… Read More

DTC News.- Afro Cuban All Stars Performs in the United States

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Havana.- Afro Cuban All Stars, musician Juan de Marcos Gonzlez and Cuban singer Pedrito Calvo performed in Los Angeles, the United States. According to specialized critics, the band gave one of the best concerts staged at the auditorium of the University of California this year. Ignacio “Mazacote”… Read More

DTC News.- New Cohiba Offer Hits Market

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Havana.- The international corporation Habanos S.A. presented a new commercial proposal of the Cohiba brand, made of tobacco from plantations in Vuelta Abajo, in western Pinar del Ro province. The new cases contain three kinds of Cohiba cigars, one of the best brands in the world. The new offer consists… Read More

Hard-boiled in pre-Castro Havana

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J. DAVID SANTEN | The Oregonian “King Bongo” is about as subtle as the explosion that tears King Bongo’s girlfriend apart right before his eyes. Bongo, a Cuban American insurance investigator, escapes the bombed nightclub unscathed but loses his girl and his sister, the exotic dancer… Read More

REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE: Poor but creative Cuba is just surviving

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KAVI CHONGKITTAVORN | [url=http://www.TheNation.com]http://www.TheNation.com[/url] HAVANA -“When is Cuba going to change?” an American tourist asks a Cuban guide.“See, those American classic cars in front of you?“the guide replies. “Cuba will not change… Read More

Oliver Stone reworks Cuba documentary

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters HAVANA (Reuters) - Director Oliver Stone has returned to Cuba to ask President Fidel Castro about a recent crackdown on dissidents and interview some of his opponents for a controversial documentary that HBO considered incomplete. “The interviews and information will… Read More

Pride and nostalgia: Three days of Cuban food, culture, history - and most of all - memories

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BY ANABELLE de GALE | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_rfazWQ5H72').innerHTML = output; //]]> |… Read More

Cuban shirt known as guayabera enjoys revival

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By KEVIN GRAY | Associated Press HAVANA—Dozens of 1960s-era sewing machines hum in the room off a cobblestone street in Old Havana, the drone mixing with strains of salsa music and the chatter of elderly women at work. Hunched over their tables, seamstresses twist and shape long strips of linen… Read More

The rap on Cuba coming to town to play Hip Hop Exchange

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BY DANIEL CHANG | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_58R1nPiRFq').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

6 migrants captured in Keys; 2 in earlier case face assault counts

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sun-sentinel.com & news partner NBC6 & Associated Press TAVERNIER—The last migrant who was trying to swim to freedom on U.S. soil gave up to the Coast Guard near noon on Thursday and was taken into custody aboard one of their boats. Just minutes before another Cuban man had given up trying… Read More

Just an ordinary Cuban boy with an extraordinary past

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[url=http://www.smh.com.au]http://www.smh.com.au[/url] | Fears for Elian’s future seem unfounded, Herald Correspondent Caroline Overington writes. Four years ago, Elian Gonzalez’s mother made a desperate attempt to escape her native Cuba for a new life in the United States.… Read More

Gulf widens between Cuba’s haves and have-nots

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By Stephanie Shapiro | [url=http://www.Sunspot.net]http://www.Sunspot.net[/url] HAVANA, Cuba - The gaunt bicycle taxi driver in ragged clothes who wheeled a travel companion and me over Havana’s pocked side streets said he earned $7 a month plus tips and could not afford shoes… Read More

My First Days in Cuba

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My name is Zenzo and I am a computer lecturer in Computers at a South African University.I am a Zimbabwean and I am here on contract up to 2003.I did my first degree in Cuba from 1991 to 1996 in La Isla De La Juventud(Filial Pedagogica Universitaria.I then went on two do my masters degree in Computer… Read More

Fast Facts: Cuba

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Full Name: Republic of Cuba Capital: Havana Location: Between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, 150 km south of Key West, Florida Population: Estimated at 11,224,321 as of July 2002 Literacy: 96.2 percent of Cuban males and 95.3 percent of Cuban females ages 15 and over can read and write,… Read More

Calm waters may see surge in refugees

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Crackdown in Cuba has the Coast Guard increasing patrols By christie phillips .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_9aonKt6Lip').innerHTML… Read More

Cuba, where seats cost 12 cents and free agency is unheard of

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By Steve Cummings | Special to The Seattle Times LINDA KANNER | At a game in Cuba there aren’t any of the mid-inning sideshows found at major-league parks in the United States. There’s only baseball, pure and simple.   Editor’s note: Steve Cummings, a Seattle psychologist, was… Read More

DTC News.- Ibrahim Ferrer Presents New CD

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Havana.- The Cuban musician Ibrahim Ferrer, one of the members of the musical project known as Buena Vista Social Club, presented its latest CD, entitled “Buenos Hermanos” (Good Brothers). For this record, Ferrer invited “Flaco” Jimenez, a tex-mex musician from Texas, and the… Read More

DTC News.- Tobacco Museum Promotes Havana Cigar’s Attractions

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Havana.- The Tobacco Museum, in the historic heart of the Cuban capital, promotes the attractions of Havana cigars. Museum officials pointed out that the program includes the organization of diploma courses aimed at promoting the history of Cuban cigars and its production process. The museum also trains… Read More

DTC News.- Ibrahim Ferrer Presents New CD

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Havana.- The Cuban musician Ibrahim Ferrer, one of the members of the musical project known as Buena Vista Social Club, presented its latest CD, entitled “Buenos Hermanos” (Good Brothers). For this record, Ferrer invited “Flaco” Jimenez, a tex-mex musician from Texas, and the… Read More

DTC News.- Cuban Baseball Superleague’s Teams Announced

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Havana.- The lineup of the four baseball teams that will compete in Cuba’s Superleague, including the best 100 players during the recently-concluded national championship, was announced. Cuban baseball officials pointed out that the players’ performance in the tournament will allow them to… Read More

Novels sprout from Cuban roots

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By Chauncey Mabe | Books Editor | Sun-Sentinel Before Cristina Garcia became the award-winning author of Dreaming in Cuban and The Aguero Sisters, she was a journalist, working for Time magazine in New York and Miami. Those reporting skills, she says, help make her a better novelist. They were especially… Read More

Glamorous, seedy ‘50s Havana stars in elaborate mystery

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Reviewed by Elisa Ludwig | SFgate.com King Bongo By Thomas Sanchez KNOPF; 310 PAGES; $25 It’s a book review cliche that a setting can become a character, but in Thomas Sanchez’s fifth novel, “King Bongo,” 1950s Havana might be credited as the book’s character, plot and soul.… Read More

Latin dance music’s funky update

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BY JORDAN LEVIN | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_TQHEBrc5F5').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

Miami commission votes to withhold Latin Grammys money if Cubans invited

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Associated Press MIAMI—Miami city commissioners unanimously agreed to withhold money from the Latin Grammys if organizers invite Cuban artists, but the music award show’s organizers said the show will go on and Cubans won’t be excluded. Thursday’s vote is mostly symbolic. It hampers… Read More

Cubans taste freedom upon reaching shore

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BY TERE FIGUERAS | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_f22Hc7mb5X').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

Lawsuit claims Cuban art is forgery

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BY JAY WEAVER | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_qtPBQbmPBH').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

Doubles on the mojito coast

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By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News Battling restaurants lay claims to fame from Havana, Miami HAVANA – They’ve fought over politics and revolution. Now Cubans and exiles are fighting over a landmark restaurant. It’s called La Bodeguita del Medio, a little money maker that draws… Read More

Contreras Strong in Minor League Start

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By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press Writer Columbus Clippers pitcher Jose Contreras throws a during the fourth inning, Tuesday, April 29, 2003, against the Toledo Mud Hens in Toledo, Ohio. Contreras started his first game with the Clippers since being demoted by the New York Yankees (news). He had eight… Read More

DTC News.- New Recording Studio in Eastern Cuba

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Havana.- The Original de Manzanillo Orchestra, founded in the Cuban eastern city of the same name, has its own recording studio, equipped with state-of-the-art technology. According to experts, the San Jose Studio released its first CD, containing 12 songs presented at the “Rayitos de Sol”… Read More

DTC News.- Canadian Artists Exhibit Their Works in Havana

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Havana.- Teatro Nacional de Cuba is hosting a photo exhibit entitled “Images of Quebec”, by the Canadian artists Gilles Beribe and Francine Vallee. The exhibit, made up of 40 images, objects and poems, highlights the nature of that Canadian province, inhabited by seven million people of French… Read More

Casa del Habano Partagas Tops World Cuban Cigar Sales

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Havana.- Casa del Habano Partags, in the Cuban capital, has topped sales among 88 such establishments all over the world. According to statistics, during the first three months of this year, the establishment reported over one million dollars in revenues and 505,933 dollars in profits. Executives pointed… Read More

DTC News.- Sales of Minicigars Expected to Increase in Cuba

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Havana.- Cuban establishments specialized in selling Havana cigars expect to commercialize 500,000 units of Punch minicigars this year. Executives from the Cuban-Spanish joint venture COTAIS S.A. pointed out that they are exporting that product to 21 countries, where they expect to sell 10 million units.… Read More

Metroactive Music | Afro-Cuban All Stars

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By Mike Connor Despite his devotion to traditional Cuban music, the leader of the Afro-Cuban All Stars and co-creator of the Buena Vista Social Club still has room in his heart for Christina Aguilera. The term “Latin Explosion” is sufficiently vague that we could easily interpret it as a… Read More

Fidel Castro to speak at huge May Day rally in defiance of world criticism

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ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press Writer HAVANA (AP)—Giant posters, radio appeals and newspaper articles urged Cubans to turn out for a massive May Day celebration aimed at defying international criticism of the island’s human rights record. Cuba has come under fire in recent weeks for… Read More

May Day coming in Cuba

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(AP Photo/Jose Goitia) Cuban employees fix flags in the streets as they prepare the May Day demonstration, Wednesday April 30, 2003 in Havana, Cuba. The Cuban government wants this demonstration to be the biggest of the revolutionary period.  Read More

Birthplace of the Daiquiri

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Having a cell phone in Cuba

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CubaNet News HAVANA, April (http://www.cubanet.org) - The youngest of my three children asked me the other day to get him a cell phone. For a Cuban, having a functioning cell phone is like renting a dream. I suppose a relative or friend abroad could send someone the phone, but to get a line and… Read More

Cuba officially announces bid for 2012 Olympics

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Associated Press HAVANA (AP)—  Long-shot Cuba will take on New York, Madrid and Leipzig, Germany for the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games. The Cuban Olympic Committee emphasized its country’s strong amateur sports program Monday in announcing it would submit its bid for the Olympics… Read More

Eduardo Galeano | Cuba Hurts

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By The Progressive | June 2003 Issue The recent wave of executions and arrests in Cuba is very good news for the universal superpower, which remains obsessed with removing this persistent thorn from its paw. But it is very bad news-and very sad-for those of us who admired the valor of this tiny country,… Read More

Bottoms up! | Cuba Libre mixed drink

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By Daily Yomiuri On-Line | Paul Jackson | Staff Writer On the eve of the 20th century, with Cuba newly “liberated” from Spain with the help of the United States, a bar packed with thirsty U.S. and Cuban troops toasted “free Cuba” while quaffing a mixture of rum, lime juice and… Read More

Cuba: Island of Music | The Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Band

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by eJazzNews.com GothamJazz.com Productions Presents Havana To New York: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Journey At Symphony Space Gothamjazz.com Productions is pleased to host an evening of film and live music on Thursday, June 12 at Symphony Space’s Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. Tickets are $21, $26 & $31.… Read More

Contreras Strong in Minor League Start

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By JOHN SEEWER | The Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio - Jose Contreras was relaxed and effective away from New York. The Cuban right-hander struck out eight and allowed three hits and no runs over five innings Tuesday, pitching the Triple-A Columbus Clippers to a 7-1 win over Toledo in his first minor league… Read More

Man From Havana | QUESTIONS FOR EDUARDO MACHADO

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Interview by DEBORAH SOLOMON | New York Times Magazine Your new play, ‘‘Once Removed,’’ just opened at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida. It’s a comedy about rich Cubans who move to Miami in 1961 and think they’re too upper class to become assimilated Americans.… Read More

Beads of Hope

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Marilyn Berg, left, from Seattle Wash., Cubans Ivet Mendoza, center, and Janeisy Jimenez, talk at a workshop where they make multicolored beads of glass, ceramic, wood, stone and plastic into necklaces and other jewelry. When Marilyn Berg visited Cuba last year with her Beads of Hope program, then U.S.… Read More

CASTRO KILLS STONE

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By William F. Buckley Jr. Let us pause in order to suppress any smile over the three Cuban hijackers executed by Castro, but go on to smile broadly over the terrible consequences of all of this for Oliver Stone. William F. Buckley Here we were, April 2003, and Fidel Castro reaches into corners of his… Read More

Cubans angry that cash assistance from U.S. kin may end

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By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News Officials seek change in country; remittances assist thousands HAVANA – Cuba has endured invasions, bombings, terrorist attacks and more. And as each crisis fades, socialist leaders grow ever more defiant, almost cocky. But now U.S. officials have found… Read More

Toward Cuba’s reconciliation

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By Susana Barciela Editorial Board Member | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_mR1gjSUOwq').innerHTML = output;… Read More

The music pulses but time stands still

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By Maria Karagianis | Boston Globe Correspondent PINAR DEL RIO, Cuba - A hundred miles southwest of Havana, in the pincushion-shaped hills of Pinar del Rio, amid stone outcroppings where fugitive slaves once hid, a member of our group pleaded for a rest stop.  Our Havanatur van, twisting and turning… Read More

PBS Plans Documentary on Cuba’s Castro

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Less than a week after HBO yanked Oliver Stone (news)‘s documentary on Fidel Castro (news - web sites), PBS said it’s tackling the life of the controversial Cuban dictator. WGBH Boston has started production on a two-hour political biography of Castro, who… Read More

HBO pulls plug on ‘Comandante’

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2003 WorldNetDaily.com Movie director Oliver Stone wanted the world to see Cuban President Fidel Castro “in a new light,” but now the world might not get to see his portrayal, after HBO opts to pull “Comandante” from its programming schedule, reports the Reuters News Agency.… Read More

Torre: Jose Contreras Going to Minors

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MINNEAPOLIS - Struggling Jose Contreras will report to the New York Yankees (news)’ minor league complex in Tampa, Fla., instead of Triple-A Columbus. One day after he said Contreras was optioned to Triple-A, manager Joe Torre said the Cuban defector would instead go to Florida. Torre did not know… Read More

Bus, Truck Collide in Cuba, Killing 30

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HAVANA - A bus and a semi truck collided on a highway in central Cuba Thursday, killing at least 30 people and injuring 71, the government said. The collision occurred before dawn as one of the vehicles swerved to avoid an animal and struck the other vehicle, according to the government’s National… Read More

Towns in Cuba join sister-city program

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By Karen Blatter | Pantagraph staff BLOOMINGTON Illinois—Hola, Cuba Though the United States has enforced trade and travel embargoes with the island nation since 1960, the Twin Cities have started a sister-cities relationship with two of its towns. Caibarien and Remedios are in the province of… Read More

Havana Announces 2012 Bid - Again

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GamesBids.com Once again Havana has announced that it wants to bid for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. But it’s not the first time the announcement has been made. In October of 2000 Cuba’ s President Fidel Castro announced that Cuba was ready to bid for the 2012 Games. Castro was quoted as… Read More

DTC News.- New Cigar Offer Hits International Market

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Havana | The International Corporation Habanos S.A. launched its new Humidor Montecristo Compay 95 Aniversario, in honor of the Cuban musician Francisco Repilado, better known as Compay Segundo. The case of cigars, dedicated to the Cuban musician on his 95th birthday, contains 55 Montecristo No.4 cigars,… Read More

Events in Cuba signal possible crisis

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BY J.J. HYSELL | keysnews.com Edgar Raul Batista Gamboa prides himself on being an honest man. The former Cuban Coast Guardsman, who defected with three other patrolmen to Key West in a dramatic dash for freedom in early February, worked a professional job and said he did his best to keep his family… Read More

French lady helps end Cuba hijack

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HAVANA | Reuters | A French tourist who jumped overboard triggered the release of 40 hostages from a Cuban ferry that was hijacked by armed men trying to reach the United States, Cuban President Fidel Castro said early yesterday. Sonia Arbib, a Paris restaurant worker, jumped into the water in the port… Read More

Hemingway letters donated to library

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By Greg Frost BOSTON (Reuters) - Thirty letters written by author Ernest Hemingway to screen siren Marlene Dietrich along with several early drafts of his stories and poems have been donated to the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, the library has announced. Deborah Leff, director of the library in… Read More

Rocca: Contreras’ career was molded under pressure

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BY LAWRENCE ROCCA | Star-Ledger Staff It’s not hard to believe Jose Contreras when he says his shaky start with the Yankees has nothing to do with shaky nerves. “I’m not nervous,” said Contreras, who had a 19.29 ERA after two outings. “Games here don’t make me nervous.… Read More

A tough out: Baseball scouts lead dangerous lives in Cuba

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BY WRIGHT THOMPSON | Knight Ridder Newspapers HAVANA - (KRT) - Carlos Rodriguez is yelling now, his voice filling the small room beneath Havana’s Estadio Latinoamericano. He is the Cuban baseball commissioner, and he’s just brought up a touchy subject. Inside Cuba right now, he says, are… Read More

DTC News.- Cuban Book Festival in Support of Culture

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Havana | The largest Antillean Island will host a Cuban Book Festival until April 5, with a busy program for experts and the people in general. The first volume of “Historia de la Literatura Cubana” (History of Cuban Literature), written by a group of authors, will be presented during the… Read More

DTC News.- New Software for Cuban Educational System

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Havana | Cuban experts created a software that develops the students’ spelling abilities, as part of an initiative to support education in the largest Antillean Island. The computer program, called “Tesoro” (Treasure), was created at the Center for the Study of Instructive Games and… Read More

From 1910 to the ‘50s, Cuban designers developed tropical chic

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BY ENRIQUE FERNANDEZ | Miami Herald Cuba as island of allure is an advertising construct. Its first copywriter was Columbus himself when he called it, “the most beautiful land human eyes have ever seen.’‘ But visuals have sold Cuba best, and in the first half of the 20th century the… Read More

Sex conference in Cuba covers everything from implants to abuse

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By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News HAVANA As Americans ponder war, many Cubans are thinking of something else: sex. “Americans may have invented the phrase, ‘Make love, not war.’ But we’re perfecting it,” said Yuleski Perez, 29, a Havana cafeteria worker about to… Read More

Talking baseball: At Cuba’s Hot Corner, debating the game is a national pastime

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BY LAWRENCE ROCCA | Star-Ledger HAVANA, Cuba—Tucked into one end of this city’s leafy Parque Central, across the street from the grand dome of the Capitolio, and surrounded by elegant hotels that have been restored and built anew, sits La Esquina Caliente, quite probably the only spot like… Read More

Some baseball scouts in Cuba, but the risks are high

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By WRIGHT THOMPSON | The Kansas City Star HAVANA, Cuba - Carlos Rodriguez is yelling now, his voice filling the small room beneath Havana’s Estadio Latinoamericano. He is the Cuban baseball commissioner, and he’s just brought up a touchy subject. Inside Cuba right now, he says, are Major… Read More

Two giants electrify with Cuban jazz

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By Steve Greenlee | Boston Globe Staff Two titans of their instruments—pianist Chucho Valdes and saxophonist Joe Lovano—shared the stage Sunday night at Berklee Performance Center in a dynamic, powerful show of Cuban jazz. Read More

Cuban bishops, others deal on black market to help make ends meet

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HAVANA (CNS)—“Life is expensive,” said 85-year-old Gregorio Crespo Becker as he looked down at his sandwich of two thick slices of bread and a thin slice of cheese. He and his wife live in one room and have to make ends meet on his pension of less than $7 a month, so three times a week… Read More

DTC News.- Cuba Hosts International Forum on Pharmacy and Nutrition

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Havana | The Cuban capital hosted the 2nd Inter-American Conference on Pharmacy and Nutrition this month, with the participation of experts from ten countries. The event, sponsored by the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences (MCPHS) and the University of Havana, brought together… Read More

DTC News.- Community Cultural Project “Art in Boyeros”

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Havana | The “Art in Boyeros” Cultural Fair, in the Havana municipality of the same name, will be held during a year for the benefit of the local people. The community cultural project, which includes commercial and recreational options, is sponsored during its first stage by the Fund of… Read More

Coming to Terms with the Real Havana

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By Tom Crumpacker | Miami Coalition to End the US Embargo of Cuba | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_oeD4Z3c0gs').innerHTML… Read More

Sela Ward Gets Her Groove on for ‘Dirty Dancing’ Sequel

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HOLLYWOOD (Zap2it.com) - Sela Ward has strapped on her dancing shoes to join the cast of Artisan Entertainment and Miramax Films’ long-in-the-works “Dirty Dancing” sequel “Havana Nights: Dirty Dancing 2.” Set in 1958 Cuba, the story centers on an American girl who moves… Read More

Cuban church-state relations wobbly five years after papal visit

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By Agostino Bono | Catholic News Service HAVANA (CNS)—In the middle of an evening church-run English class in downtown Havana, the lights went off. Two days later, a priest in a rural parish outside the capital said that the church building had no water all day, so he could not offer some to weary… Read More

BULL-ISH ON CONTRERAS

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Joel Sherman | New York Post AN EYEWITNESS from another organization who watched Jose Contreras strike out eight in 52/3 innings Wednesday called the Cuban “filthy. He had it all: command, presence, composure, stuff, pitchability, variety.” Read More

Contreras has chance to put Cubans in a better light

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By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com TAMPA, Fla.—A week and a half ago, a struggling 31-year-old rookie pitcher left the Yankees’ training camp in Tampa and drove across the causeway to watch his idol pitch. When he climbed into that car, Jose Contreras had a spring-training ERA of 16.88. So no wonder… Read More

DTC News.- Foreign Participants at Cuban “Trova” Festival

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Havana.- Musical groups from Japan, France, Mexico and Italy will participate in the 42nd “Pepe Snchez” Trova Festival, scheduled for this month in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba. The festival will be dedicated to the New Song Movement founded three decades ago by such singer-songwriters… Read More

Cuba, on and off track

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By Tom Haines, Boston Globe Staff From east to west, a sprawling yet sporadic rail system reveals lazy tableaux of a country battered by revolution and a people left behind. SANTA CLARA, Cuba Dying sunlight pushes texture into soft wood, tired concrete. A mother, calm, confident, rests against a door… Read More

A Ghostly Leading Lady Surfaces in Off-Bway Musical, Havana Under the Sea

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By Kenneth Jones The music of old Havana resurfaces in a new Off Broadway musical, Havana Under the Sea, which offers an English-language libretto and classic Cuban songs in Spanish, opening March 11 following previews from Feb. 28 at the INTAR Theatre. Read More

Power outages inconvenience Havana residents

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HAVANA, March 13 (Anna Rosa Veita, UPECI / [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org)[/url] - Since the end of last week, Havana has been subject to electric power cutbacks of over ten hours every day due to maintenance and repair work in three power generating plants… Read More

DTC News.- Cuban Boxers on European Training Tour

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Havana.- An 11-strong boxing team from Cuba kicked off a training tour of Europe this month, including competitions in Germany and France. Cuban boxing officials said that the team is headed by Yorman Rodrguez, in the 48-kg division, in addition to Andri Laffita (51), Ariel Maturel (54), Vladimir Linares… Read More

DTC News.- Miami Film Festival Awards Cuban Movie

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Havana.- The Cuban film “Nada” (Nothing), by the moviemaker Juan Carlos Cremata, won the Jury’s Grand Award at Miami’s International Film Festival. According to specialized critics, the film received that award because of its combination of popular traditions, complex cinematographic… Read More

Alabama-Cuba Initiative calls for research, projects

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—Katie French, staff reporter, DatelineAlabama.com The Alabama-Cuba Initiative is seeking project proposals for the upcoming Alabama-Cuba Week. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to submit proposals. Read More

Lector reading to cigar rollers

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Interesting old postcard image. Read More

US Cyclist Wins 28th Tour of Cuba

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Havana.- Todd Herriot, from the US team UPMC-FUJI, won the 28th Cycling Tour of Cuba, clocking 46:17.05 hours. The second place in the general individual classification was taken by Eliecer Valdes, from Cuba A, while Maxim Gourov, from Spain’s Cropusa-Burgos, finished third. The mountain title… Read More

Not all cigars are habanos

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The 5th International Habano Festival opens with the participation of some 900 businesspeople, distributors and specialized professionals from 50 countries BY JOAQUIN ORAMAS, Granma All Habanos are Cuban but, on the other hand, not all cigars produced in Cuba are Habanos. Read More

PNB duo find Cuba trip ‘remarkable’

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By R.M. CAMPBELL SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER DANCE CRITIC When U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell organized a trip last year for women leaders in the Northwest to meet their counterparts in Cuba, there were representatives from the worlds of commerce, agriculture, technology and government. But no one from the… Read More

Cuban lottery as ubiquitous as it is hush-hush

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BY GARY MARX Chicago Tribune (KRT) - That gambling is illegal in Cuba doesn’t stop thousands of people from playing the local numbers game. It’s not called Powerball in Cuba, but bolita - little ball. And unlike in Mega Millions or Superlotto games in the United States, winners do not haul… Read More

Cuba: An homage to the cigar

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HAVANA, Cuba (AP)—“Que rrrrrrrrrrrrrico!” the Tropicana nightclub singer trilled, strutting in plumed headdress and ruffled train through a cloud of cigar smoke as hundreds of tobacco aficionados paid homage this week to the world’s finest stogies. Read More

Havana Fashion Show Honors Cuban Cigar

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The Associated Press HAVANA Feb. 28 Runway models wore earth-toned fabric and gigantic hats resembling tobacco leaves as Cuba’s annual cigar festival hosted a celebration of high fashion inspired by this island’s famed tobacco business. Read More

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