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Idalmis Menedez - Insight from Fidel Castro’s former daughter in law

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BY LISA ABEND | Miami Herald Visiting an aunt on the outskirts of Havana, she was startled when a young man appeared in the patio, smelling of fresh dough and tomato sauce. ‘‘He told me he was a pizza maker,’’ she giggles. ``And that he adored my hair. It was love at first sight.’‘… Read More

Jorge Luis Sanchez and making films in Cuba

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By Doreen Hemlock | South Florida Sun-Sentinel As a young filmmaker in communist Cuba in the 1980s, Jorge Luis Sanchez never worried where to find money for his work. The government’s Film Institute provided him everything—a full-time job, technical crews, equipment and funding. But to launch… Read More

28th Havana Film Festival opens December 5 2006

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Periodico26.cu | By Michel Hernandez The 28th Festival of New Latin American Cinema will open in Havana on December 5 with the film El Laberinto del fauno from Mexican director Guillermo del Toro and will close with Volver, the latest from Spanish director Pedro Almodovar. The festival will overtake… Read More

Memory and Future: Cuba and Fidel - from Granma.cu

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Granma.cu The International Colloquium “Memory and Future: Cuba and Fidel,” organized by the Oswaldo Guayasamin Foundation to honor the leader of the Cuban Revolution on his 80th birthday, is to begin Wednesday, November 29 at the International Convention Center in Havana, with more than… Read More

Health of Fidel Castro to be determined in next several days

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By ANITA SNOW, Associated Press Writer Whether Castro shows up for some of the five days of festivities starting Tuesday will provide clues about the leader’s health and ability to resume the power he held for 47 years — or at least feed further speculation about it. Rows of troops in olive… Read More

Celebration of Fidel Castro birthday set for December 2

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AFP More than 300 000 people will take part in a military parade marking President Fidel Castro’s 80th birthday, as well as the 50th anniversary of the start of the Cuban revolution, according to press reports. The weekly newspaper Tribuna de La Habana reported that the massive December 2 display… Read More

Ninth annual Habanos Cuban cigar festival February 26 to March 2 2007

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Prensa Latina The 9th Habano Festival edition, to be run from February 26 to March 2, will be dedicated to the most seven important cigar brands, executive Eloisa Castellanos told businesspeople and journalists Friday. Castellanos, expert of the Habanos S.A. international corporation that sells worldwide… Read More

Havana Fashion ... in training

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By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | The Associated Press The young Cuban models in training strutted down the runway in an old colonial mansion in Old Havana with a singular Caribbean style. Hips swinging a bit more than they usually do on the average New York catwalk, the girls and young women from the Aragne modeling… Read More

A Cuban Tale:  The Mouth of Hell

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“I’m telling you, that black witch has been scaring everyone with stories that we are all living right on top of Hell itself!  We have to leave this town now!”  The poor, terrified woman, standing outside the courtroom, kept crying while she explained to her sister the reason why their… Read More

The restoration of Habana Vieja or Old Havana Cuba

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Orlando Matos | IPS Ongoing restoration work in the historic centre of the Cuban capital has been praised by UNESCO consultants, and could serve as a model for preserving heritage sites around the world. Next year Old Havana will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of its proclamation as a World Heritage… Read More

Cuban writer Amir Valle author of Jineteras will return to Cuba on his terms

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By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press A celebrated Cuban writer whose book tour in Europe has turned into a yearlong stay outside his homeland insisted he has not defected, but said he will return to the communist-run island only on his own terms. Amir Valle, now living in Berlin with his wife and their 5-year-old… Read More

Update on preservation of Ernest Hemingway’s Finca Vigia

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By Russell Contreras | Boston Globe This is the state of a large portion of Ernest Hemingway’s papers and books left at his home in Cuba, Finca Vigia . For about 46 years, this grand collection of Hemingway-scribed documents, books, letters, and manuscripts has sat quietly at his former retreat,… Read More

The New Danzón-Son-Mambo-Chachachá-Casino DVD from Boogalu

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Just released from Boogalu Productions: “Danza Charanguero” DVD - popular dances of Cuba “Danza Charanguero” is a spirited celebration of Cuba’s popular music and dance heritage focusing on the danzón, son, mambo, chachachá, and salsa-casino. Filmed in a beautiful outdoor… Read More

Cuba spraying for Dengue Fever Mosquito

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Dalia Acosta | IPS The start of the week-long 14th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) forced the Cuban government to suspend its spraying with military planes, but it has not cut short the intense offensive against the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the potentially deadly dengue virus. Although… Read More

Cuba, I Remember You - Book review

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An eye-witness look at pre/post-revolution Cuba: Recently Cuban dictator Fidel Castro temporarily handed power over to his brother, Raul, while he underwent surgery and recuperation from intestinal problems. As the news media reviews the legacy and rule of Fidel Castro, now would be a good time to… Read More

East of Havana - Charlize Theron documentary about Cuba

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Guardian.co.uk There’s a mole on the left side of Charlize Theron’s neck that you could call her identifying mark. Somehow, this helps you get a fix on her. As an actor, she is often so physically consumed by whatever role she is playing - be it put-upon mine worker in North Country, lesbian… Read More

Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez in movie parody video - funny

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I came across this video parody of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro in a Brokeback Mountain movie parody using their recent footage of Chavez talking with Castro in the hospital. All in Spanish but funny even if you don’t understand. http://youtube.com/watch?v=t9X-T0Xd55g Enjoy. Rob Read More

Skateboarding and breaking the rules in Havana Cuba

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By Wild Turkey Desire | http://www.infoshop.org Ninety-miles away from what is currently known as Florida sits a place where citizens of the United States of America (US) know almost nothing about the everyday happenings of a mysterious land. This place is Cuba and of course there are a lot of… Read More

The Havana National Fine Arts Museum in Cuba set to reopen

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Prensa Latina The Havana National Fine Arts Museum, permanent repository of Cuba�s very best cultural values, is ready to reopen to the public Saturday, July 15, after a restoration period. Coincident with the reopening, director of the institution Moraima Clavijo announced the presentation of “�Que… Read More

Gay rights coming to Havana Cuba?

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Pinknews.co.uk Fidel Casto�s seizure of power in the 1959 Cuban Revolution was followed by the targeting of homosexuals in society who were sent to work camps and in the following decades excluded from jobs The niece of Fidel Castro is defying her uncle�s beliefs regarding sexual orientation… Read More

Rolling through Cuba - From Tobacco leaves to your Cuban cigar

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Timesonline.co.uk | Brian Scofield The sun is beginning to grow fierce as Jesus strides onto the valley floor. Sheer, broad-shouldered rock formations rear up around us like crouching giants as we take the dusty trail in near silence — the Cuban government, Jesus explains, prohibits the use of… Read More

Cuba beats US in Women’s Volleyball

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USAvolleyball.org Cuba defeated the U.S. women’s national volleyball team 27-25, 25-22, 20-25, 26-24 in a battle of undefeated teams in Pan American Cup Pool B action played Sunday night at Puerto Rico’s Roberto Clemente Coliseum. Cuba improves to 4-0 in Pool B, while the U.S. falls to 3-1.Robyn… Read More

bioagriculture and organic pesticides in Cuba

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Prensa Latina A million hectares are protected in Cuba with biological products of national production, with 75 percent of reductions of pesticide consumption and a saving of hundreds of millions of dollars. Dr Orieta Fernandez-Larrea reported biological control is part of a national program in which… Read More

Cuba creates “plantibody” for hepatitis B vaccine

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Caribbean360.com Cuba has made a scientific breakthrough in creating a “plantibody” for the production of the hepatitis B vaccine. The Cuban Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) dubbed it a “plantibody” which is actually a monoclonal antibody from transgenic… Read More

Cuban mojito history and recipe

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Miami Herald A mojito (pronounced mo-HEE-toe), one of Cuba’s oldest cocktails, comes from the African word mojo, which means to place a little spell. Bacardi traces the drink’s roots to 1586, when Francis Drake and his pirates tried to sack Havana for its gold. While the invasion… Read More

One millionth person graduates from Youth Computer Club in Cuba

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Granma President Fidel Castro was presented Friday with a painting allusive to therecent graduation of the millionth person from the Youth Computer Clubs set up around the island, handed to him by the first secretary of the Young Communist League (UJC) Julio Martinez, during the radio and TV… Read More

Learning computers in Cuba

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By Ian Katz | Baltimore Sun A Microsoft Excel class is just getting started at 6 p.m. in a steamy, cramped room at the Youth Club of Computing and Electronics. The eight adult students are focused on their screens and their teacher’s every word. The Youth Club, where Cubans of any age can take… Read More

CIGB develops Citoprot-P and DPT-HB-HIB vaccine in Cuba

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Prensa Latina Cuba has approved the extensive use of Citoprot-P and DPT-HB-HIB vaccine, both developed by its Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. The latter is fit to fight diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, hepatitis B and haemophilus influenzae type B, is the second of its type in the… Read More

Cuba develops first Monoclonal Antibody from Transgenic Plants

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Cubaweb.cu The first ever monoclonal antibody obtained starting from transgenic plants with the purpose of purifying a human vaccine was registered in Cuba by the State Center for the Control of Medication Quality (CECMED), the regulating authority in charge of the control of medical drugs of… Read More

Gay in Cuba - The Dark Side of the Moon

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BY GARY MARX | Chicago Tribune It was bad enough when Belkis suspected that her husband, a construction worker and loving father named Yassel, was having an affair with another woman. Then she learned the truth: Yassel was in love with another man. “You’re not a man, not a woman, nothing!”… Read More

Hebrew in Havana - Jewish Cubans

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OAKLAND ROSS All things considered, Cuba is probably not the easiest place in the world to be Jewish. For one thing, there is not a single rabbi in the entire country. There is no local supplier of matzo or gefilte fish, either. What’s more, the government of Fidel Castro broke off diplomatic relations… Read More

25,000 boxes of counterfeit Cuban cigars seized in 2005

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Pravda.ru Customs officials seized nearly 25,000 boxes of contraband cigars last year as part of an anti-smuggling initiative, Cuban news agency AIN reported Tuesday. Cigars are one of the island’s most important exports, worth about US$340 million (Ђ265 million) annually. But a recent rise in… Read More

Luis Moro’s anti-Embargo film Love and Suicide about Havana

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VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press Cuban-American filmmaker Luis Moro expressed his disdain for the long-standing U.S. trade and travel restrictions against Cuba in a very public way: he made a movie there. Moro’s “Love and Suicide” was showing until Thursday in East New York, New… Read More

Is Cuba The Future Of Professional Boxing?

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By W. Gregory Guedel | EastSideBoxing.com In the first half of the 20th Century, when mobsters, gamblers, and celebrities mingled in the tropical playground that was Havana, fighters from Cuba were a formidable presence in the world of professional boxing. The casinos run by American owners in Cuba regularly… Read More

Items stolen from Emilio Bacardi Museum in Santiago de Cuba

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Prensa Latina Valuable historic objects stolen from the Emilio Bacardi Museum in Santiago de Cuba were brought back in less than 72 hours, thanks to investigators and members of the Interior Ministry, it was reported Monday. The 84 museum pieces stolen included the gold watch of brigadier general Jose… Read More

Living in Cuba with and without ...

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OAKLAND ROSS | Toronto Star There are two kinds of Cubans, and a sinewy, sexagenarian matriarch by the name of Maria knows exactly which group she belongs to. She’s the kind of Cuban who lacks a reliable source of hard currency, the kind who tries to earn a little convertible cash by engaging in… Read More

Ernest Hemingway’s Finca Vigia restoration continues in Havana Cuba

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http://www.periodico26.cu By ALFONSO NACIANCENO The careful work by Cuban specialists to preserve documents belonging to the Ernest Hemingway archive will make it possible for the delivery of copies of over 22,000 pages of writings by the author to the John F. Kennedy Library of the US Congress.… Read More

Benjamin Treuhaft - OFAC defying piano tuner

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Reuters | By Esteban Israel Benjamin Treuhaft believes pianos are not a threat to U.S. national security even if they are played in Cuba. Risking fines and jail for “trading with the enemy,” the New York piano tuner has shipped 237 pianos to Communist-run Cuba since 1995 to replace old Soviet-made… Read More

US denies Puerto Rico to compete in pre-Olympic event in Cuba

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Prensa Latina The Central American and Caribbean Triathlon meet will kick off at Santa Maria beach on Friday with the participation of eleven nations except Puerto Rico, as the US anti-Cuban laws precluded its athletes from travelling to Havana. The absence of Puerto Rican athletes overshadows to a certain… Read More

Cuban rowers travel to Mexico for Club Espana Cup

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Xinhua A Cuban team of 10 rowers left Havana for Mexico on Monday to compete in the Club Espana Cup, part of their preparationof the 20th Central American and Caribbean Games, due in Colombian city of Cartagena. Team manager Wilfredo Fernandez said that the team would remain in Mexico for 21 days to… Read More

Florida set to hinder University research in Cuba

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By JACK STRIPLING | Gainesville Sun Important research in Cuba will be crippled by a bill that passed the Legislature unanimously this week, according to some University of Florida professors who study the communist country. The bill, which is on its way to being Florida law, bans the use of university… Read More

Andy Garcia’s Lost City - Facts, Fiction and History

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By Humberto Fontova | FrontPageMagazine.com Andy Garcia blew it big-time with his movie The Lost City. He blew it with the mainstream critics that is. Almost unanimously, they’re tearing apart a movie 16 years in the making, which Garcia both directed and stars in. In this engaging drama of a middle-class… Read More

Cuban American family national photo tour

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Email recieved from Latin America Working Group (The Havana Journal supports the LAWG) Dear Cuba Policy Advocates: UPDATE: We’re moving toward our goal for the e-appeal we sent you on April 12 to support the “Love, Loss, and Longing” Cuban-American family photo exhibit, its national… Read More

China and Cuba hold biotechnology seminar in China

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http://www.ain.cubaweb.cu Cuban and Chinese scientists held a seminar in Beijing on biotechnology and biotech products used in cancer therapy. The forum was organized by Biotech Pharmaceutical, a Cuba-China joint venture dedicated to the production of monoclonal antibodies, and by the Cuban embassy… Read More

Cuban Americans can apply for visas for relatives to leave Cuba

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BY WILFREDO CANCIO ISLA | El Nuevo Herald Beginning May 25, nonimmigrant visa applications for Cubans living on the island may be made over the phone by their relatives in the United States, consular authorities announced Tuesday in Havana. The new information service of the U.S. Interests Section in… Read More

Havana Industriales crush Sancti Spiritus in Cuban National Baseball Series

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Prensa Latina Havana’s flag team Industriales (Lions) clobbered Pool B leader Sancti Spiritus (Cocks) 11-1 to stop the latter’s 25-game winning streak in the last phase of the 45th Cuban National Baseball Series. “The Lions” or “The Blues of the Capital” as the Industriales… Read More

Biocon Biopharmaceutical - New Cuba India joint venture in biotechnology

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Periodico26.cu Cuba and India have become leaders in today’s biotechnology, said Indian Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday during the opening of a modern institution for the production of humanized monoclonal h-R3 antibodies. The official noted the importance of the joint enterprise Biocon… Read More

Blue scorpion cancer treatment from Cuba - Escozul forum & information

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The Havana Journal has become a great resource for those seeking information regarding Escozul, a cancer treatment out of Cuba using the indigenous Blue Scorpion poison. Thanks for the Escozul forum moderator Mark Melkonian and the members who have asked questions and provided feedback about Escozul.… Read More

Ninth Havana Bienal art exhibition in Havana Cuba

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ART AMID THE RUBBLE | by Carey Lovelace | artnet.com The U.S. Interests Section in Cuba is housed in a hotel-like building across from the famed Malacón seawall between Vedado and Old Havana. In January, U.S. diplomats set up an illuminated news ticker on the building’s façade, beaming human rights… Read More

Hemingway Preservation Foundation to travel to Finca Vigia

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http://www.cbc.ca A group of Americans are headed to Cuba to help its government preserve the documents and the fishing boat of author Ernest Hemingway. Dana Hewson, a boat preservationist from Connecticut, is joining a group from the Boston-based Hemingway Preservation Foundation on Sunday as… Read More

Cuba has huge rally for World Baseball Classic runners up

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http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com Cubans lined the streets by the thousands Tuesday to welcome their national baseball team home, waving flags, roaring cheers and clutching flowers. Despite Cuba’s loss to Japan in the final, even Fidel Castro was in a jovial mood. “There was almost… Read More

Baseball, not politics, may educate Bush and Cuba Embargo supporters

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By JOSE DE JESUS ORTIZ | Houston Chronicle As Juana Hernandez walked through the gates at Petco Park on Monday night, she immediately began to dance to the Caribbean beats of her youth. Shaking her hips and rotating her shoulders in step with conga drums, she was hardly bothered by the band member wearing… Read More

Cuba gives Pakistan 30 mobile field hospitals

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PakistanTimes.net The Cuban Government has handed over thirty fully equipped Multipurpose Field Hospitals to the Government of Pakistan. A Memorandum of Understanding regarding to the handing over of Cuban Field Hospitals to Pakistan, was signed at Cuban Field Hospital, Nawensher, Abbottabad on Tuesday.… Read More

Buena Vista Social Club member Pio Leyva dies

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Pio Leyva, a singer and composer in the Buena Vista Social Club band of veteran Cuban musicians, has died of a heart attack. He was 88. Leyva, who won a bongo contest at the age of six and made his singing debut in 1932, had suffered a stroke on Sunday and died early on Thursday morning in hospital,… Read More

Surgical technique for refractory epilepsy used in Cuba

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Prensa Latina The operation on 16 patients in Cuba confirmed the validity of a modern surgical technique on refractory epilepsy, a therapeutic alternative first applied four years ago. The method is used in several countries, but is limited in Third World nations due to its high cost, however, it is… Read More

Cuba beats Puerto Rico in crazy WBC baseball game

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DeadSpin.com As usual, we had trouble sleeping the night before the NCAA tournament started, so we revved up our MLB.tv last night and watched both World Baseball Classic games. They were, both, amazing. The second game was the one most important to Americans, with Korea winning an extremely tense 2-1… Read More

Cuba develops treatment for Hepatitis C with Alpha-2B interferon and Rivairina

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Radiojamaica.com Cuba says it has developed a treatment for the Hepatitis C virus that would contribute to a long-term cure of liver damage caused by the disease. The Havana-based Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology said the product is a combination of Alpha-2B interferon and Rivairina,… Read More

Charlize Theron co-produces “East of Havana” Cuban hip hop movie

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By CARY DARLING | STAR-TELEGRAM POP CULTURE CRITIC When Charlize Theron entered the packed room at the Austin Texas Convention Center Tuesday to take her seat on a South by Southwest panel about music documentaries, all eyes turned her way, and cameras flashed like heat lightning. Perhaps the other panelists,… Read More

Davidoff history of Cuba cigars

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SwissInfo.org | Robert Brookes It’s 100 years since the birth of Zino Davidoff, one of Switzerland’s most colourful characters, whose life and enjoyment revolved around one thing – the cigar. Cigar lovers everywhere know the name Davidoff, which has since the entrepreneur’s death… Read More

Cuba beats Panama in World Baseball Classic

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Granma.cu | BY SIGFREDO BARROS AND RICARDO LOPEZ HEVIA If someone doubted that the Cuban players were going to “give it their all,” yesterday’s triumphant game against Panama has proven it, after being up against the wall on several occasions before pulling out a win in this First Baseball… Read More

Rolling Cuban cigars

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Jean Patteson | Sun Sentinel Something happens to a guy when he puffs on a cigar. He becomes, well, puffed-up. It’s a subtle change, but real. His chest swells, his chin lifts. Even his voice seems to take on an added resonance as he makes his pronouncement: “Hmmm. Nice draw. Very smooth.”… Read More

Yoandry Garlobo helps Cuba advance in World Baseball Classic

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Associated Press Yoandry Garlobo went 4 for 5 with three RBIs to help Cuba advance to the second round of the World Baseball Classic with a 11-2 win over The Netherlands. Osmany Urrutia also hit a three-run homer for Cuba (2-0), which faces Puerto Rico on Friday in a matchup of the only two undefeated… Read More

Fidel Castro is the “happiest revolutionary” with 600 Cuban computer clubs

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vanguardia.co.cu Computer sciences are to become a powerful scientific, economic and political force for Cuba, said President Fidel Castro in Havana, on Tuesday. The Cuban Revolution leader attended a ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of the setting up of the national Youth Computer and Electronic… Read More

Congri or Moros y Cristianos Cuban food recipe

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Congri (Famous Cuban Beans and Rice Dish) Ingredients: 1 lb dry red kidney (or black beans) 3 tsp. of Vegetable Oil 4 cloves of garlic, minced 1 bay leaf 3 tsp. olive oil 1 tsp.salt 1 medium bell pepper, chopped 1/4 oregano 1/4 tsp. cumin 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper 1 lb. long grain rice… Read More

Cuban Flan dessert recipe

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“Flan” The Delicious Cuban Dessert Ingredients: 14 oz can condensed milk 12 oz can evaporated milk pinch salt (optional) 1 tsp. vanilla extract 4 eggs Preparation: Using a double boiler, cover mold bottom and sides with caramel Mix all ingredients in blender and pour into mold. Close with lid. Partially… Read More

Arroz con Pollo Cuban food recipe

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Arroz con Pollo (Yellow rice with chicken) Ingredients: 1 chicken (3 lbs.) 2/3 cups olive oil 1/2 onions 1 sprig parsley 1 green pepper 2 cloves garlic 12 small tomatoes 4 cups chicken broth 1 cup dry wine 2 tbs. salt (approx.) 1/2 tsp. saffron 1/2 tsp. cumin 1/4… Read More

Cueto rolls Guinness world record Cuban cigar

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AIN Renowned Cuban cigar roller, Jose Castelar Cayro (Cueto), has received a certificate recognizing a Guinness record for the longest cigar in the world, at 20.41 meters. Cueto established his latest record last year, 2005, during the Habano Festival that takes place every year in the Cuban capital.… Read More

The $300,000 Cohiba cigar humidor

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By VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press Passion comes in many forms. For hundreds of visitors to Cuba this month, it’s brown, rolled and good with brandy. Cigar fanatics travel across the world and pay thousands of dollars to experience the supreme stogie at its source. Those making the pilgrimage… Read More

Anti-imperialist Plaza in Havana rocks to Manu Chao

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By PEDRO DE LA HOZ | Periodico26.cu Tens of thousands of young people flocked to see Manu Chao last night in a concert that took place at the Jose Marti Anti-imperialist Plaza, in front of the US Interests Section in Havana. The beloved Franco-Hispanic singer demonstrated why he is a symbol of rebellious… Read More

Joseph Fiennes helps launch new Short Churchill cigar for Romeo y Julieta brand

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Canadian Press     British actor Joseph Fiennes of Shakespeare in Love fame has helped launch a new Cuban cigar, tossing off a few lines from Romeo and Juliet in honour of the cigar’s maker. Fiennes was the featured visitor as Cuba began its annual cigar festival Monday night, presenting… Read More

International market for puros Habanos aka Cuban cigars

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters Smoking bans around the world have cast a pall of uncertainty over the Cuban cigar business which is angling for emerging markets such as China to keep growing, retailers said. In Cuba, where the government has been unable to enforce a year-old smoking ban, hundreds of wealthy… Read More

Photo montage videoblog of a trip to Varadero and Havana Cuba

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For those of you who don’t know Cuba or perhaps have very limited knowledge, be prepared to see some sights of Cuba that may shock you… in a good way. Cuba is not some undeveloped third world country as most Americans may believe it to be. Enjoy another videoblog from Google. Read More

Cuban Hip Hop video

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Another great find at Google videoblogs. This is a short 5 minute documentary about the birth of Hip Hop in Havana Cuba. There is no sound for the first 15 seconds of the introduction so be patient.       Read More

Cuban film festival update

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BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO | Miami Herald Although it may be the most controversial, Viva Cuba is not the only film in the festival that deals with hot Cuban topics. Filmmakers from Spain, The Netherlands and the United States also are bringing movies and documentaries with historical and contemporary storylines… Read More

Cuba beats Nicaragua in preparation for World Baseball Classic

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Periodico26.cu | By Circles Robinson Cuba and Nicaragua were locked in a closely fought baseball game Thursday evening until the seventh inning when the explosive Cuban offensive scored four times to take a decisive 8-3 lead. The two teams played the first of a three game tune-up series in Havana; Cuba… Read More

Habanos festival - Cohiba turns 40 years old

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Cigar Aficionado | By James Suckling Cuban cigar aficionados are already speculating about what the 40th birthday of Cohiba will bring in the way of special cigars during next week’s cigar festival in Havana, which begins on Monday. They say it could be anything from a double robusto to a massive… Read More

Adalberto Alvarez - The “son” of Cuban music

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periodico26.cu With an artistic career of more than 30 years, Adalberto Alvarez has not given up his roots. He has rescued a dancing partners’ tradition: “casino”. The affirmation uttered four decades ago by renowned late Cuban musician and band director Elio Revé was a premonition:… Read More

New Evidence of Paleolithic Art in Cuba

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AIN Cuban scientists have discovered new evidence of Paleolithic art in the central Cuban province of Cienfuegos. Several tools made from limestone were found by researchers at a site located near the mouths of the Damuji and Anaya Rivers, in the municipality of Rodas. The different implements date back… Read More

Pedro Pablo Perez wins Tour of Cuba again

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Xinhuanet.com Cuban cyclist Pedro Pablo Perez won for the fourth time in the overall competition of the Tour of Cuba, which concluded on Sunday in Cuban capital Havana. Slovenia’s Borut Bozic won the 45km-long final stage, completing it with five laps of Revolution Square, site of the finishing… Read More

Eastern Cuban Artists Documentary and Art Show - The Artists of Eastern Cuba

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Press Release Contact: Clyde Hensley 772-225-2520 or DeeVon Quirolo (Reef Relief) 305 294-3100 The world premiere of “Luminous Shadows: The Artists of Eastern Cuba” , a 45 minute documentary shot on location in Oriente, Cuba,  is opening March 2nd , from 6 pm–7 pm at the Tropic Cinema in Key… Read More

Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome Cuban child to get operation in US

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By Michele Munz | ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH Gabriela’s grandmother wouldn’t give up. Why should her doll-eyed grandbaby in Havana live with a deformity? The grandmother, Grisel Gonzalez, lives in a Miami suburb and reads about medical miracles all the time, in cases much worse than Gabriela’s.… Read More

Cuba is ready for the World Baseball Classic

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AIN Preparations for the upcoming World Baseball Classic and the future of the island’s leading sport in the Summer Olympic Games were discussed by Cuban sports experts on Monday’s edition of The Round Table broadcast nationally on radio and television program. The strategy to be followed… Read More

Operation Miracle mission to restore vision in Cuba

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Prensa Latina Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, highlighted the Operation Miracle, a Cuba-Venezuela project to restore vision to poor people in the continent. The plan includes the presence in Cuba of more than 12,000 young people from Third World countries and from… Read More

Cardinal Martino to visit Cuba

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CWnews.com Catholic World News Cardinal Martino to present Catholic social teaching in Cuba The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace is traveling to Cuba this week, to introduce the new Compendium of Catholic social teaching. Cardinal Renato Martino hopes to speak with Fidel Castro… Read More

Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Cuba to receive Swiss delegation

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SwissInfo.org The success of biotechnology research in Cuba is the main pull-factor for a Swiss delegation arriving in the country for a one-week official visit on Monday. Leading the delegation is the State Secretary for Education and Research, Charles Kleiber, the highest-ranking Swiss government representative… Read More

Simoni Biasci wins Cuba cycling race in stage 3

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Sabastien Toussaint | CyclingPost.com BAYAMO, Cuba - Italian Simoni Biasci has won the third stage in the Vuelta a Cuba. He beat Bozic Borut and the provisional overall leader Pedro Pablo Perez in the sprint. The third stage of the Vuelta a Cuba was a 125km long course from Santiago de Cuba to Bayamo.… Read More

Cuba exports 160 million cigars in 2005

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The Associated Press Cuba sold about 160 million of its world-famous cigars last year, in line with recent years’ sales, a tobacco executive said Friday in announcing plans for this year’s annual international cigar festival. Sales numbers in recent years have averaged around 150 million… Read More

Baracoa to Guantanamo cycling Tour of Cuba

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Chinaview.cn The 31st Tour of Cuba began early on Tuesday morning with a tough 153 km stage from Baracoa to Guantanamo in eastern Cuba, with 126 cyclists competing, local media reported. From east to west, the cyclists will travel 1,855 km route, ending in Havana, with a time trial in Paseo del Prado.… Read More

University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art - Vedado Azul photo

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JEREMY D. BONFIGLIO | Tribune Staff Writer Bring a magnifying glass and you can find them. The water droplets on the grass in Mike Smith’s landscape shot in the hills near Elizabethton, Tenn. A woman looking out an illuminated window in Andrew Moore’s image of an Old Havana neighborhood at… Read More

Cuba team line up for World Baseball Classic

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Associated Press Cuba selected 60 players to train for the World Baseball Classic, with pitcher Pedro Luis Lazo among 26 pitchers on the roster. All the players are “technically excellent and versatile,’’ said Cuban Baseball Federation president Carlos Rodriguez, who announced the names… Read More

Queens Central Libray features gallery exhibit - Cuba Oriente

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Press Release QUEENS CENTRAL LIBRARY OPENING NEW WINTER GALLERY EXHIBIT:  CUBA ORIENTE, CONTEMPORARY PAINTINGS FROM EASTERN CUBA Jamaica, NY Queens Library’s Gallery is opening an important new art exhibit this winter, Cuba Oriente: Contemporary Paintings from Eastern Cuba. A collaboration… Read More

Debbie Milne and the Charity Challenge bike ride across Cuba

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Peterboroughtoday.co.uk A WOMAN from Great Britain who embarked on a gruelling cycle ride across Cuba has caught the bug for fund-raising – and is now trying to help people who live on the Caribbean island. Last year, Debbie Milne pedalled for 300 miles from the capital Havana to the city of Trinidad,… Read More

Viva Cuba movie by Juan Carlos Cremata

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VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press Cuban film director Juan Carlos Cremata’s new movie is about a young girl who runs away from home because her mother plans to leave Fidel Castro’s Cuba and she doesn’t want to go. But “Viva Cuba” isn’t a political film - it’s… Read More

Cuba makes MLB World Baseball Classic more interesting

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By Alvaro Martin | ESPN.com Major League Baseball can stop holding its breath now that the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has approved the license request by the majors that allows the Cuban national baseball team to play in the World Baseball Classic. Cuba’s presence… Read More

Havana Cuba now has five television channels

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Prensa Latina People from Havana and Havana province benefit from the opening of Habana television station, the fifth channel in Cuban television. The opening coincided with ceremonies to pay homage to Cuban National Hero Jose Marti. People will be able to watch the station shows on channel 27, Monday… Read More

A Cuban beisbol story

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Joselito of the mound In the upcoming US Major League Baseball games that will include Cuba’s national team, no mention will be made of Jose Ibar (e-bar).  Unlike his teammate Jose Contreras who recently signed a four year 32 million dollar deal, Jose Ibar never made it out of Cuba. … Read More

Margot Pepper’s Through the Wall: A Year in Havana

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Posted by Margot Pepper Review:  Margot Pepper’s Through the Wall: A Year in Havana         Freedom Voices, $19.95 at http://www.freedomvoices.org  San Francisco Bay Guardian Review by R.M. Arrieta Margot Eve Pepper’s memoir, Through the Wall: A Year… Read More

Dayan Viciedo and Cuba gear up for All Star baseball

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Prensa Latina Villa Clara budding star Dayan Viciedo is entering the history of Cuban baseball on Sunday by becoming the youngest player to ever line up in an All-Star Game featuring the Eastern and Western best players during the seasons first half. Viciedo, 16, could be the right outfielder for the… Read More

Becoming a Cuban boxer

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Associated Press Schoolboy Rulan Carbonell dances around the ring, jabbing the air and dreaming of becoming a world-class fighter like his hero, former Olympic gold medalist Felix Savon. Warming up before a competition, the 13-year-old represents Cuba’s rich boxing tradition and a new generation… Read More

Last week in Cuban baseball - Havana Industriales beats Cienfuegoes

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Prensa Latina Cuban baseball Group B Industriales completed its second straight sweep by defeating Cienfuegos 5-4 on Thursday, ratifying itself as the team with most wins (33) in the 45th National Baseball Series. The Havana Lions or Havana Blue Ones, as they are popularly dubbed, came from a three-run… Read More

Latin America literature review for Casa de las Americas begins in Havana

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By Sonia Sanchez | .(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_EjQZnbjRbm').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Periodico26.cu… Read More

Cuban immigrant writes his way from cement to soaps

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y Laura Wides-Munoz The Associated Press January 21, 2006, 9:59 AM EST MIAMI—A young man flees Cuba, takes a job at a factory but dreams of becoming a writer. On a whim, he enters a television writing contest—and wins big. It’s a story Erick Hernandez Mora easily could have invented… Read More

OFAC grants Cuba license to play at World Baseball Classic

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BY OSCAR CORRAL AND PABLO BACHELET | MiamiHerald.com The Treasury Department Friday announced it has cleared the way for Cuba to play in this year’s World Baseball Classic after an agreement that bars Havana from profiting. ‘‘Working closely with World Baseball Classic, Inc., and the… Read More

Havana Healthcare - Going global

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By Tom Fawthrop | BBC News Cuba - so long dependent on tourism, the export of cigars and nickel for its survival - has quietly built an impressive healthcare sector that could transform its troubled economy. Biotech products made in Cuba used in cases of dialysis and kidney and liver transplants. Health… Read More

International course on tropical medicine to be held in Havana

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Auteur: Peter de Beer, tropenarts, coordinator HCTTM Bron: Medical Services for the Tropics Maastricht This year the 6th edition of the Havana Course in Tropical and Travel Medicine will be held at The Tropical Institute Instituto de medicina Tropical “Pedro Kouri ” IPK in Havana, Cuba. This… Read More

Major League Baseball International in Cuba to discuss World Baseball Classic

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AP Still waiting for the Bush administration to decide whether Cuba will be allowed to play in the World Baseball Classic, officials of the commissioner’s office and the players’ association visited the island this week to go over logistics for the tournament. Paul Archey, senior vice president… Read More

Skype phone calls in Cuba?

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Cuban biotechnology working on diabetic ulcers

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By Mary Murray | Producer | NBC News Like many diabetics, Miguel Sobrino suffers from nerve damage that, in turn, inhibits his blood circulation. A few winters ago, after a small cut on his left foot turned into an ulcer that refused to heal, a condition resulted called “diabetic foot.” … Read More

Don’t let Cuba play Baseball in US - Opinion

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By ROBERTO GONZLEZ ECHEVARRA | New York Times Op/Ed PRETTY much everyone - Major League Baseball players, the sport’s world governing body, Democrats in Congress, sports columnists, foreign politicians and even many fans - has ridiculed the United States for refusing to allow the Cuban national… Read More

Santeria babalaos release Letra del Año predictions for 2006

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Hindustantimes.com Priests of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria called on islanders Monday to be wary of diseases, broken agreements and corruption as they issued their much-anticipated predictions for the New Year. Although the annual “Letter of the Year” is vague enough to be interpreted… Read More

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