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Pepin Garcia and El Rey de los Habanos cigar factory in Little Havana

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Cigars

Garcia at his El Rey de los Habanos Inc. cigar factory in Miami By David Savona | Cigar Aficionado December 2007 issue A star roller from Cuba, now in Miami, is making some of the world’s finest cigars The uninitiated might be forgiven for walking right by El Rey de los Habanos Inc. From the street… Read More

Yoani Sanchez and the Generation Y blog from Havana Cuba

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

(see rest of story link below for video) Wall Street Journal On a recent morning, Yoani Sánchez took a deep breath and gathered her nerve for an undercover mission: posting an Internet chronicle about life in Fidel Castro’s Cuba. To get around Cuba’s restrictions on Web access, the waif-like… Read More

Lives of Others movie in Cuba hits close to home with Cubans

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

In a country where the media is completely state-owned, this young Cuban blogger is extremely brave. In this post, she talks about the release of the Academy Award-winning German film, ‘The Lives of Others’. Set in Communist East Germany in the mid-1980s, the film tells the story of a Stasi agent… Read More

Goddard Center Acquires Painting From Arte de Cuba For Permanent Collection

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Art

The Goddard Center for the Arts of Ardmore, Oklahoma has acquired a painting by: Alfredo Rodriguez Cedeno of Bayamo, Cuba. The painting was acquired through cubanart.org and the Eastern Cuba Cultural Exchange. The center is headed up Maria Parrott who with the help of staff and community support has… Read More

Eastern Cuba Art Collection Offered to the Public

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For immediate release through internet media sources Now being offered for sale are paintings from the largest and most important collection of contemporary artwork from the Eastern Region of Cuba, (Oriente).  Inquires may be directed to http://www.cubanart.org , home of the Eastern Cuba… Read More

Afrodita: The fight against AIDS from a Cuban hairdresser’s chair

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

Monsters and Critics ‘You can sit down, my love. We will be with you shortly.’ Leticia Santa Cruz greets each woman who enters her hairdresser’s shop in the central Havana neighbourhood of Pilar-Atares with the same commonplace phrase. However, eyebrows are raised when instead of a… Read More

Cuban Healthcare - A Diabetes study is underway

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Healthcare

Granma.cu | BY LILLIAM RIERA Number of diabetics in Cuba could double by 2010 • In the Habana municipality of Jaruco an active investigation within the population is underway, looking to the prevention and treatment of diabetes, an effort that is later to be extended to the rest of the country CURRENTLY… Read More

Cubans fleeing to Mexico more than Florida now

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

By MARC LACEY | New York Times Cubans are migrating to the United States in the greatest numbers in over a decade, and for most of them the new way to get north is first to head west — to Mexico — in a convoluted route that avoids the United States Coast Guard. American officials say the migration,… Read More

Habana Vieja historian Eusebio Leal wins Queen Sofía of Spain prize

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Architecture

By Javier Rodríguez | Prensa Latina Eusebio Leal, Havana’s City Historian, emotionally received the news here that he has been awarded an Ibero-American prize for the restoration of Old Havana. Leal was notified of the honor during a tribute yesterday at the Casa Lamm cultural center, where a documentary… Read More

Cuban scientists extend clinical trials of Vimang

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Healthcare

ACN Cuban antioxidant supplement Vimang is being used in clinical trials on diseases such as asthma, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and dermatitis and the elderly, to improve their quality of life reduce their consumption of medications. In statements to acn news agency, a specialist at the Center of Pharmaceutical… Read More

CNN reporter Shasta Darlington ignorant fluff piece on “green” Cuba

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

I watched this short CNN video about how “green” and environmentally friendly Cuba is. Green in the sense that people walk to work and have to grow their own food and how forward thinking Cuba is. She makes no mention about all the air and water pollution in Cuba. Really a shameful video… Read More

Alicia Alonso ignites support for US Cuba artist and cultural exchange

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Movies

Press Release Impassioned Letter Calls to End the Political Ban Between U.S. and Cuban Artists U.S. Cuba Cultural Exchange (USCCE) a national network of artists and presenters took the initiative from Alicia Alonso’s letter to create a campaign to end the ban the U.S. has imposed infringing on the… Read More

Cuban cancer treatment Escozul may be ready for human testing

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Cuban scientists will conduct clinical trials of the anti-cancer properties of the venom from a scorpion native to the Caribbean island. They have administered it to more than 8,000 patients since 2000. By Patricia Grogg | SperoNews With doses of caution and hope, Cuban researchers are moving forward… Read More

Holguin Cuba to be major source of Cuban energy

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Source: Alexis Rojas.  | http://www.ahora.co.cu Holguin, a Cuban province nearly 450 miles east of Havana, will soon become a significant power-generating area in the island, as the ongoing investment process is completed; resulting in 544.3 megawatt delivered to the national system by next… Read More

Great masters of Cuban art exhibit to open in Miami

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Movies

The most powerful exhibit of pre-revolution Cuban paintings will be on display from December 7, 2007 - April 27, 2008 at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Florida.  The exhibition, Great Masters of Cuban Art 1800 to 1958, will feature over 90 paintings from the private collection… Read More

Classic American cars in Havana Cuba video

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Sports

We found this video of clip of some classic Cuban cars and thought you might like to have a look. Just click on the image.       Read More

Latin American Medical School in Cuba information page

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ACN - ELAN celebrates 8th anniversary Havana’s Latin American Medical School (ELAM) celebrated Thursday its 8th anniversary with a ceremony in the same square where the Cuban President officially inaugurated the institution with the attendance of heads of state and government that participated… Read More

Juban - Returning to Jewish Cuba

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

By MOLLY A STRAUSS | Harvard Crimson Staff Writer The “Kosher Taste of Cuba” dinner, which also included Cuban-style brown rice, mojo chicken, and Havana black bean soup, led into a multimedia book discussion with author and University of Michigan professor Ruth Behar. The meal drew a “really excellent”… Read More

Alex Harris releases “The Idea of Cuba” photography book on Cuba

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“José Martí Square, Matanzas, Cuba, October 2002” Photo by Alex Harris, courtesy of Center for Documentary Studies BY SYLVIA PFEIFFENBERGER | IndyWeek.com Durham photographer and writer Alex Harris says he’s learned that “the greatest depth of field is achieved by setting the… Read More

Guillermo V. Vidal releases “Boxing For Cuba” about life as a Cuban Exile

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

Emediawire Guillermo V. Vidal traveled a long and rocky road before becoming deputy mayor and manager of public works for the city and county of Denver. His memoir, “Boxing for Cuba,” which comes out November 15 from Ghost Road Press, is an account of this journey—a tapestry of his coming… Read More

Cubanidad - The Essence of Being Cuban

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Cubanidad: Survival of Cuban Cultural Identity in the 21 st Century By Maria Morukian The history of Cuba is studded with social unrest and the struggle for international recognition and self-control. For the past forty years, the Castro government has fought to survive as a communist regime and to maintain… Read More

Cuban art auction to be held on November 28 in Havana

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ACN The Havana Auction, to be held for the sixth time in this capital on November 28, will include this year the work of a group of classic and novel Cuban painters. The projects Havana Gallery and Havana Auction were created in 2002 to protect the island’s cultural heritage and to promote the… Read More

Cuban biotechnology conference opens in Havana

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Prensa Latina With the attendance of experts from over 20 nations, the International Congress “Biotecnologia Habana 2007” starts in this capital Monday, to analyze current bio-production trends. Eduardo Martinez, director of Technological Development at the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology… Read More

Cuban fashion show in Jamaica

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Jamaica Gleaner | Carolyn Johnson, Freelance Writer Fashion went Spanish on Saturday night as the Embassy of Cuba presented ‘A Night of Cuban Fashion to Celebrate the National Day of the Cuban Culture in Jamaica’. Hosted at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, and produced by Saint International,… Read More

Review of the play “The Cook” about life and a Paladar in Cuba

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photo by Liz Lauren The Cook runs through 11/18: Tue-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM, Sun 11/11, 2 and 7:30 PM, Goodman Theatre in Chicago, 170 N. Dearborn St, 312-443-3800, $15-$38. ChicagoReader.com | By Albert Williams In his fascinating new memoir/cookbook, Tastes Like… Read More

Cuban music group Buena Fe tours Canada

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They’re already a huge success in their homeland, and in many parts of South America, and now Cuba’s hottest pop/rock outfit, Buena Fe, have caused a storm across Canada. Israel Rojas, Yoel Martinez and their group of talented musicians spent the best part of October playing to appreciative… Read More

Bienvenida a la Habana aka home

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

At first, all I see is an infinite extension of blue. The dozen hues of the Caribbean—sapphire, cobalt, indigo… Azul. The crocodile-shaped contour of the island appears below the gossamer clouds.  Ten minutes later I spot tiny buildings that remind me of my first Chinese dollhouse. And then,… Read More

Cubans being smuggled out of Cuba for a fee

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NBC’s Mark Potter went to Havana in an exclusive report on Cuban smuggling and immigration into the United States. On a calm weather day, with blue skies and a flat sea, a Cuban Border Guard patrol boat made its way along the coastline near the capitol city. Increasingly, the mission for the officers… Read More

Cubanacan Turismo y Salud (Tourism and Health) Cuba medical tourism

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DTCuba.com The Cuban company Cubanacán Turismo y Salud has reported good results, considering the increasing demand for health services in the Caribbean Island. According to preliminary statistics, the company attended to more than 5,000 visitors from 38 countries who traveled to Cuba from January to… Read More

CUBALSE: Cuba at the service of the foreigner - Cuban tourist guides

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It was 1995, a sweltering July afternoon. My friend Odalys and I stood at an Old Havana bus stop, not far from Cathedral Square. We wanted to go to Coppelia, a spider-shaped ice-cream parlor. The ice-cream parlor, because it was the only one left. We waited for a camel. No, this isn’t a Saharan fantasy.… Read More

Cuba waste management is a hazard

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From BabaluBlog.com Cuba’s garbage is an environmental disaster Cuba has a garbage problem, a serious one. Their waste management system is dangerously broken. The garbage dumps are located too near population centers, and do not have the equipment to process hazardous waste. Mixed in with the… Read More

Cuba Health Tourism Information from Cubancan Tourism and Health

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Cuban News Agency More than 5,000 Patients Treated by Cuba’s Health-Tourism Company More than 5,000 patients from 38 countries have received medical treatment in Cuba since September this year, at international clinics led by the government-run Cubanacan Tourism and Health Company.  In statements… Read More

The challenges of blogging from Cuba

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

By Esteban Israel | Reuters When Yoani Sánchez, 32, wants to update her blog about daily life in Cuba, she dresses like a tourist and strides confidently into a Havana hotel, greeting the staff in German. That is because Cubans like Sánchez are not authorized to use hotel Internet connections, which… Read More

Cuba Avant-Garde - Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection

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Roberta C. Nelson—The Bradenton Herald In its most ambitious undertaking yet to exhibit visual art within a cultural framework, Ringling Museum of Art presents live dance and musical performances, films, lectures, photographs and seminars during the first week of “Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary… Read More

Vatican #2 man Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone to visit Cuba

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Miami Herald The Holy See’s No. 2 official, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, will go to Cuba, the highest level visit by a Vatican official to the Communist-run state during Pope Benedict XVI’s tenure. Vatican officials, confirming Italian news reports Friday evening about the visit, indicated… Read More

CNN video reports says Special Period was good because Cubans went hungry

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Shameful CNN reporter Morgan Neill has his lips sown to Castro’s ass. I’m guessing that CNN reporters in Cuba have to kiss Fidel’s ass just so they can stay there so they came up with this shameful story by Morgan Neill. Furthermore, the title of this video segment is “Study:… Read More

Eastern Cuba train bus crash kills many passengers

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BBC At least 28 people have been killed and more than 70 injured in Cuba after a train collided with a bus at a level crossing, official media says. The accident - which is the worst in Cuba for years - happened in Granma province in the east of the island. Fifteen people are reported to be critically… Read More

Cuba complains that Google is blocking them

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By Amaury E. del Valle | JuventudRebelde.co.cu Does Google Censor Cuba? A number of services offered by the grand search engine are not available to Cubans, and with no explanation given. Federal prohibitions enabling the US blockade of the island could be the key to the mystery.The largest and most-used… Read More

A self guided Cuban cigar and tobacco journey

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Cigars

Steven Baker | Forbes Traveler “Take a look. Cohibas.” I’m sitting in a taxi, speeding along the Malecon with windows down. The night air smells heavy with salt; the few lights that mark Old Havana sparkle in the distance. My driver had urged me — oddly — to sit in the front seat, then suggested… Read More

Wastewater treatment plant on Luyano River for clean up of Havana Harbor

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By Michael Martinez | Chicago Tribune correspondent For 6 miles, the Luyano River wends past a panorama of Havana—residences, businesses, industry—before it spills into Havana Bay, one of the busiest but most polluted ports on the Caribbean. Compared to the 156-mile Chicago River, the Luyano… Read More

Cuba prepares for World Baseball Championship in Taiwan

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Sports

Prensa Latina Cuba began practicing at Havana Latin American Stadium Sunday for the November World Baseball Championship in Taiwan, prompting fans to wonder who are the prospective team members, but the Federation refuses to tell. Sportscaster Hector Rodriguez, with over 30 years baseball experience,… Read More

Las Tunas increases Cuban cigar production to meet demand

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Cigars

DTCuba.com The eastern Cuban province of Las Tunas has increased cigar production to meet the growing demand from the international market. According to statistics, one 1.5 million cigars were made from January to July 2007, and more than 2.5 million units might be produced this year. Las Tunas, which… Read More

Immunoassay Research Center in Havana turns twenty years old

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Grama.cu The Havana-based Immunoassay Research Center founded by Cuban President Fidel Castro on September 7th, 1987, celebrated Friday its twenty anniversary. Immunoassays are biochemical tests used to detect diseases and infections at molecular level. They are particularly important in the diagnosis… Read More

Cuban baseball team logos for 2008 National Baseball Series

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A logo for each of the following Cuban baseball team is located at Cuba Journal. Frase means the slogan of the team. Ciego de Avila Tigres Frase: Los Increíbles de la Piña Cienfuegos Camaroneros Frase: Los chicos de la Perla del Sur Camaguey Tinajones Frase: Los Guerreros del Mayor Granma Alazanes… Read More

Cuban universities have 700,000 students this year

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

granma.cu Registration in Cuban universities for 2007-2008 has gone up to more than 700,000 students, slightly higher than last year, according to Higher Education Minister Juan Vela. Speaking to the press, the official affirmed that there are better conditions for the new academic year in terms of teaching… Read More

Gloria Estefan’s new album “90 Millas” to be released September 28th

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Music

Seems like this Fall might have a distinctive Cuban American flavor to it. Gloria Estefan’s latest release will debut on September 28. “90 Millas” is Spanish for 90 miles which is the distance from Key West to Havana. On September 25th, CANE the CBS “Dallas meets the Sopranos”… Read More

The rise of the guayabera in cutting edge fashion

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Movies

MANNY HERNANDEZ / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD BY ENRIQUE FERNANDEZ | Miami Herald Has the guayabera finally crossed over? It still may be mostly Cuban Americans who wear it, but this year it’s a new demographic. For the past several summers, men’s fashion pundits have been telling us guayaberas… Read More

A Cuban American’s cigar rolling story

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Cigars

NORWALK, Conn - He sits diligently at a wooden work bench by the door, his hands busy, his eyes content. In front of him is the day’s work so far—small bundles of more than 50 Robustos, Churchills, Coronas and double Coronas. Alberto Hernandez reaches into a bag to pull out a moist brown… Read More

Scorpion farm for escozul production opens in Las Tunas Cuba

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Radio Habana Scorpion toxin is becoming increasingly popular in the treatment of cancer and other serious illnesses in Cuba. So far it has been used on nearly 5,000 Cuban patients and 3,000 foreigners. At the opening ceremony of a new scorpion farm in Las Tunas province, some 670 kilometers east of Havana,… Read More

Humbertico and Real 70 stir up Cuban music with Habana hip hop

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Inter Press Service Hip-hop artists in Cuba are using makeshift studios to record music that goes to the heart of the country’s troubles, overcoming the indifference of record companies and the media toward their efforts. While the hip-hop movement has a small following on the island, some residents… Read More

Hurricane Dean to hit Cuba Monday August 20 2007 ?

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Right now Dean is a Tropical storm but I found the projected path worthy of posting here because 100% of the island lies in its projected path. These two links, the projected path and here showing Dean’s satellite image are interesting to look at. Read More

Havana Carnival information from Granma

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Movies

BY RAFAEL LAM - Special for Granma International IT’s carnival time again in Havana, a mass enjoyment. This year, activities took place in the capital from August 3-12, dedicated to the 45th anniversary of the Union of Communist Youth (UJC) and Latin American integration. The atmosphere was a festive… Read More

Short on time and money in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Architecture

By Anthony Boadle | Reuters Rich Canadian widow cash-strapped in Cuba Canadian Mary McCarthy lives in the same mansion she and her millionaire husband moved into 62 years ago in the once-posh Country Club area of Havana. Peacocks still strut the one-acre garden under royal palm trees, but the lawn is… Read More

Air and Water Pollution in Cuba

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The condition of Cuba’s environment and its effects on the society have been treated as state secrets. The result is widespread ignorance. This report by Armando H. Portela, Ph.D., a geographer from Miami and Benigno E. Aguirre, Ph.D., a sociologist from College Station, Texas goes into great detail… Read More

Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux may have defected at Pan Am Games

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AP Cuba’s two-time Olympic boxing champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and a teammate left the athletes village and did not show up for their scheduled fights at the Pan American Games on Sunday. Rigondeaux failed to make the weigh-in for his quarterfinal bout against Mexico’s Carlos Cuadras in… Read More

United States and Cuba make Pan American Games baseball finals

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MSNBC | Barry Wilner Just what the Americans want, a shot at the Cuban national baseball team for the Pan American games gold medal. Seriously. Cody Satterwhite of Mississippi saved both games as the United States’ collection of college players beat Brazil 7-5 and Mexico 2-1 Wednesday. When Cuba… Read More

How to sell your apartment in Havana

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In Cuba, it often takes cash to swap homes Ray Sanchez | Sun Sentinel Havana For two weeks, Elizabeth Miller has been walking from her run-down apartment to the unofficial housing swap along the capital’s majestic Prado boulevard. “In Cuba, you can’t just pick up and move,” she… Read More

Music Program in Havana and Matanzas

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hola amigos I am organizing a legal program to Havana and Matanzas for October 21, two weeks. I hope you’re interested. Please email me or post a message here and I’ll be back in touch with you very soon. Just an FYI. Go to: http://home.earthlink.net/~drumnart for pics from our… Read More

Cuban Cigar Stars by Cigar Aficionado

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Cigars

Cuba’s Stars The island’s oldest and most venerable smokes have been superseded by the new kids on the block Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 By James Suckling From the June 2007 issue of Cigar Aficionado. Cuba has made many great cigars since I first wrote about the island’s “star cigars” in… Read More

Greetings from CubanLous.com

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Greetings to Havana Journal readers from CubanLous.Com We’d like to first thank Havana Journal for giving us this space and the opportunity to reach to all of its readers - it is much appreciated. This is pretty much an introductory post announcing we will be posting information about Cuban cigar… Read More

Luminous Shadows - The Artists of Eastern Cuba airs on PBS KTWU Kansas

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The documentary “Luminous Shadows, The Artists of Eastern Cuba” airs on KTWU channel 11 in Eastern Kansas. This PBS affiliate airs the film August 8th at 8:00 PM (9:00 EST)The documentary has been acclaimed as a “A journey into the heart and soul of the artists from Oriente,Cuba”… Read More

Festival del Caribe and Fiesta del Fuego start in Santiago de Cuba

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

Tuesday will witness the start of the “Festival del Caribe” (Caribbean Festival) in the easternmost Cuban provinces of Guantanamo and Santiago de Cuba. Over 1,000 guests from some 20 countries are attending this year’s festivities. The “Fiesta del Fuego” (Fiesta of Fire),… Read More

Cuban baseball team lineup for Pan American Games announced

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DTCuba.com Cuban baseball officials announced the team that will compete in the upcoming Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. According to experts, the team combines experienced and young talents, as part of a much-needed renovation. The team includes catchers Ariel Pestano and Eriel Sánchez,… Read More

Raul Castro’s daughter pushing Cuba to consider same sex unions

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

Author: Tim Pelzer | People’s Weekly World Newspaper Cubans are debating a new set of proposals to update the country’s Family Code to include the legal recognition of same-sex relationships and transgender people. Supporters are hoping that the National Assembly will approve the reform package… Read More

New attitudes on once-taboo race questions emerge in Cuba

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by McClatchy Newspapers Six-foot-two, brown-skinned and with semi-curly hair, Denny walked confidently into a government warehouse for a recent job interview. Sitting across from the white manager, he rattled off his qualifications: high school diploma, courses in tourism, hard worker. They weren’t… Read More

Gay marriage coming to Cuba?

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By Dalia AcostaInter | International Press Service Cuba could become the first Caribbean island nation to recognize the civil and inheritance rights of gay and lesbian couples, if a proposed reform of the Family Code is approved.“I can’t guarantee that it will reach parliament this year,”… Read More

Link to hundreds of Cuban food recipes

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Cigars

Thanks Mako for sending us this link to Recipes from Cuba There are hundreds but we just copied a few titles below to give you a sample. Cuban Cookies (Torticas de Moron) Cuban-Style Red Beans and Rice Cuban Turkey Sandwich (Elena Ruz) Fried Chicken Morsels (Masitas de Pollo Frito)… Read More

Sydney Pollack talks about the movie HAVANA and the US Embargo

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BoxOfficeMojo.com by Scott Holleran Sydney Pollack, an actor, producer and director with a robust and illustrious career in motion pictures, talks about his views on communist Cuba, his relationship with Robert Redford and their 1990 historical epic, Havana, in this exclusive interview. Box Office Mojo:… Read More

Scuba diving expedition to Guanahacabibes Peninsula in Cuba

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Periodico26.cu | By RONAL SUAREZ RAMOS THE SEA BOTTOM OF GUANAHACABIBES SHINES FOR ITS UNIQUE BEAUTY. Photo: Belkis Perez Cruz The expedition studying the seabed of the Guanahacabibes peninsula in Cuba’s far western Pinar del Rio province, found more than 10 new species thanks to a project that receives… Read More

No news in Cuba so Anita Snow writes about pizza ?

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By ANITA SNOW |Associated Press Customers shout orders to a terrace kitchen atop a 1930s-era two-story building and the pizza is lowered to the street in a rattan basket. Pizza Celina is among the more inventive places that Cubans go for street food to augment government food rations. Elsewhere in Havana,… Read More

Cuban Art Collector Howard Faber loves the art of Cuba

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C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF Collector Howard Farber says his passion for Cuban art is ‘only about the art’ and doesn’t carry a political agenda. BY ELISA TURNER | Miami Herald The first and last time Howard Farber, a collector of contemporary Cuban art, set foot in Cuba was… Read More

Governor Schwarzenegger lights up Cuban cigar in Canada ?

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Associated Press Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger fired up a stogie during his trip to Canada this week, but did he break U.S. law to do it? The celebrity governor known for his love of premium cigars was headed to the Ottawa airport Wednesday when his motorcade made a detour to a hotel. There, Schwarzenegger… Read More

Cuba releases Heberprot-P Diabetic foot ulcer medication

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ACN Cuba will soon distribute a medication, only one of its kind in the world, to treat diabetic foot ulcers in all Angilology services in the country. In statements to the press in Havana, the director of the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center (CIGB) Doctor Luis Herrera underscored… Read More

Cuba and China sign biotechnolgy agreement

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ACN President of the Chinese Sciences Academy, Lu Yong Xiang, and Secretary of the Cuban Council of State, Jose Millar Barrueco, signed an agreement in Havana on Tuesday on cooperation in the fields of biotechnology and biomedical sciences. The Chinese specialist, who on Wednesday is wrapping up his… Read More

European Film Group Distributes Eastern Cuba Documentary

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Neuzeitfilm Solutions of Frankfurt has signed an agreement with Arte de Cuba Publishing to distribute “ Luminous Shadows, The Artists of Eastern Cuba”.  Neuzeitfilm expects to distribute the 45-minute documentary for broadcast and DVD sales in over 20 countries in Europe, Australia,New Zealand… Read More

Art and Music Documentary From Oriente, Cuba

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Art And Music Join Together From Oriente, Cuba In New Documentary,  “Luminous Shadows” Arte de Cuba Publishing has made an agreement with Discmedi of Barcelona, Spain for the music soundtrack created by La Familia Valera Miranda of Santiago de Cuba. Their award winning album, “SON ASI” compliments… Read More

CNBC Video on the MASTER architectual plan for the post-Castro Havana

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In 1960, Nicolas Quintana was a prominent Havana architect, a member of Cuba’s national planning board. When Castro came to power, Quintana left for what he thought would be a few months. He has been in exile ever since. Now, from his post at Florida International University, Quintana, 81, is developing… Read More

MLB sends first invitations to Cuba and others for 2009 World Baseball Classic

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Associated Press Defending champion Japan, Cuba and the United States were among the teams sent early invitations for the 2009 World Baseball Classic. “There are already several countries that were in a good position in the last Classic that have received their invitations,” Major League… Read More

June issue of Cigar Aficionado to focus on Cuba

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CigarAficionado.com For most Americans, Cuba is still the forbidden fruit of travel. Tales of the the island’s golden age entice, while stories of political repression instill uncertainty. Although the political debate rages on over relations between Cuba and United States and getting there seems… Read More

Camellos and public transportation in Cuba

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Dalia Acosta | IPS “Camellos” or camels, a form of urban transport that arose at the worst point of Cuba’s economic crisis in the 1990s, appear fated to disappear from the center of Havana, to the relief of residents and the benefit of the environment. Huge, heavy and cumbersome, the… Read More

May 1 may draw six million people to Havana Cuba

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AFP Cuba’s communist authorities are mobilizing at least six million people to mark May Day May 1, but have not confirmed whether President Fidel Castro—who has not appeared in public since he underwent major surgery nine months ago—will take part. “I have no confirmation or information… Read More

Mercury Medical to donate medical equipment to Cuba

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By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press A U.S. medical supply company opened two days of meetings with Cuban authorities Thursday, showing off an anesthesia machine and other equipment in hopes of whetting the island’s appetite for American medical goods. “Cuba appreciates the high quality of American… Read More

Santiago de Cuba wins Cuban baseball National Series

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By SIGFREDO BARROS | Peridico26.cu Playing before a frenzied home crowd, Santiago de Cuba took advantage of 11 walks by 5 Industriales pitchers to win 8-2 on Wednesday and take the Cuban Baseball Championship series four games to two. The spectacular 7.2 inning relief job by Alberto Bicet and the bat… Read More

Major League Baseball would like to set up in Cuba

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By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT | New York Times Major League Baseball officials are quietly preparing to re-establish a relationship with Cuba if the United States lifts its trade embargo. Fidel Castro, 80, has experienced serious health problems in recent years, and his brother Raúl is Cuba’s interim president,… Read More

Santiago de Cuba takes Cuban Baseball Series lead

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Ahora.cu Santiago de Cuba won 6-4 Monday over Industriales, the home team, to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Cuban baseball championship series before an electrified stadium bursting with some 55,000 fans. More than a game, it was like a play in nine acts—an all out struggle between two teams… Read More

Historic Moments in Cuban Baseball History back to 1864

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San Antonio Express-News | - David King The beginning: 1864: Nemesio Guillot brings home a bat and ball from his college studies in Springfield, Ala., introducing baseball to Cuba. 1866: Sailors from a U.S. ship docked at Matanzas demonstrate the game for workers loading sugar cane. 1871: Esteban Bellán… Read More

Havana Industriales vs. Santiago de Cuba in Cuban Baseball Finals

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Ahora.cu Norge Luis Vera (Santiago) and Frank Montieth (Industriales) are tonight’s scheduled starting pitchers. The hour has come! Four and a half months after the season began on December 3, 2006, it’s down to two teams in the Cuban Baseball Finals, Industriales, the defending champions,… Read More

Estadio Latinamericano and Cuba’s love of Baseball

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Straight.com Few visit old Havana for the nightlife, but I’m still a little surprised when at midnight the streets are empty. Calling it a day, I finish my cerveza and walk down a now-familiar cobblestone alley toward the waterfront and my hotel. In the quiet, a rendition of a familiar Beatles… Read More

Young New Cuban Directors Provide a Fresh Look

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Dalia Acosta HAVANA, Apr 12 (IPS) Run-down neighborhoods, cynical, skeptical young people, locals surviving in buildings crumbling around them, people forging new paths in remote mountain villages: these are all fragments of reality that live and breathe in documentaries by a new generation of Cuban… Read More

Cracking Down on Irregular Workplace Survival Strategies in Cuba

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Inter Press Service News Agency Dalia Acosta HAVANA, Apr 4 (IPS) Ofelia Hernández spends a large part of her workday away from her desk, visiting an office on housing problems in an attempt to find a solution for her own troubles, while Antonio López (not his real name) uses the tools from the government… Read More

Gus Dominguez convicted of smuggling Cuban baseball players into US

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By Tim Arango | Fortune Baseball agent Gus Dominguez will almost certainly go to prison for helping Cuban ballplayers flee Fidel Castro’s Communist regime to freely peddle their talents to the highest bidder. It took a federal jury in Key West, Fla., just four hours Thursday to convict Dominguez… Read More

Cuban baseball’s Industriales beat Pinar del Rio now face Santiago de Cuba or Villa Clara

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Xinhua Cuban baseball team Industriales has beaten Havana 10-0 and will go through to the Cuban Baseball Series final, battling the winner of the Santiago-Villa Clara game. There will be two more games in the Sandino Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday, and further games will take place in Santiago’s… Read More

Urban farming outside Havana Cuba in Alamar

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by Jason Mark | PeopleAndPlanet.net Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuban people in towns and cities began spontaneously to grow their own food organically in whatever spaces available. In doing so, they started a revolution in food production which now makes a major contribution to their… Read More

Serie Nacional Beisbol - Cuban Baseball Playoffs update

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Prensa Latina The 2006-2007 Cuban Baseball Season is down to the final four teams about to begin the best-of-seven semifinal playoff match-ups. In the Western Division, Industriales opens at home on Friday in the capital’s Latinoamericano Stadium against Havana, the team that upset Pinar del Rio… Read More

Chinatown in Havana Cuba

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By Catherine Bremer | Reuters In communist-run Cuba, a land of ration books and rusting Chevrolet taxis from the 1950s, there is a tiny pedestrian street where capitalism is flourishing. Beneath hanging paper dragons and tasseled red lanterns, a dozen Chinese restaurants are doing a bustling trade serving… Read More

Cuban baseball players may someday change Major League Baseball

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By Tim Arango | Fortune magazine The two shortstops, the two hombres who share a position and a homeland, were scooping up ground balls on a back field at the Seattle Mariners’ training camp in Peoria, Ariz., one morning last month, taking turns gliding to the ball and firing to first base. The… Read More

Restoration of Ernest Hemingway’s Finca Vigia update

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Reuters Cuba has dusted off Ernest Hemingway’s books, records and stag heads, cleaned out his pool and weeded his dogs’ graves, hoping to attract more visitors to his cherished hilltop home overlooking Havana. Yet the restoration of the American writer’s retreat and its contents—including… Read More

Cuba to celebrate Hemingway’s birthday at Finca Vigia

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DTCuba.com Cuba will carry out a series of activities to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Finca Vigia Museum, housed in the former residence of US author Ernest Hemingway in Havana. The festivities will run from April to July 21, on the 108th birthday of the 1952 Literature Nobel Prize winner.… Read More

Osceola Street Cafe displays art from Eastern Cuba

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Osceola Street Cafe of Historic Downtown Stuart Florida is now displaying art from Oriente, Cuba by the artists,Reinaldo Pagan Avila, Jose Aguilera Vincinte,Rubin Beltran, Roel Caboverde Llacer and Alfredo Rodriguez Cedeno.Not only can you visit the art for sale but also enjoy some of the finest cuisine… Read More

Living in a dying Havana - Habana Centro housing situation

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters Almost half a century of communist rule has saved Havana’s eclectic architecture from the urban developer’s bulldozer, but a lack of repair has taken a ruinous toll on its neo-Baroque and Art Deco gems. Dozens of colonial buildings and beautiful squares in Old… Read More

Cuban Pharmaceutical Market - 2007 report available

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Press Release from Research and Markets Research and Markets has announced the addition of Espicom Business Intelligence’s new report The Pharmaceutical Market: Cuba - 2007 Update to their offerings. These in-depth pharmaceutical market reports are ideal for executives wanting to understand the… Read More

Mulvane Art Museum to Host Art from Eastern Cuba

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              Mulvane Art Museum to Host Art from Eastern Cuba In partnership with the Meridian International Center and Eastern Cuba Cultural Exchange, Mulvane Art Museum in Topeka Kansas will present an exhibition of work by artists from the Oriente (eastern) region… Read More

Cuban Baseball League Standings

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By Sigfredo Barros | .(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_08S0fglENH').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Periodico26.cu… Read More

Scuba diving centers in Cuba

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DTCuba.com Cuba, a fast-growing tourist destination in the Caribbean region, boasts one-of-a-kind attractions, including the breathtaking underwater beauty that surrounds the island nation. The Cuban archipelago, which is in an enviable geographic location, has more than 70,000 kilometer of marine platform… Read More

Hunters and Frankau vs Corporacion Habanos in Cuban cigar exporting battle

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By Megan Murphy | Bloomberg Britain’s biggest importer of Cuban cigars may be facing cheaper competition after losing a legal battle over the luxury good’s trademarks. Hunters & Frankau Ltd, which holds an exclusive distribution agreement with Cuba’s Corporacion Habanos in the UK,… Read More

James Suckling review of Habanos Festival 2007

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By James Suckling | CigarAficionado.com Ricardo Alarcon, President of Cuba’s National Assembly, told me in an interview last week that Fidel Castro is always full of surprises, and that you can never be sure what he will do next. With that in mind, I kept wondering if last Friday’s auction… Read More

Earthquake of 6.1 degrees shakes Santiago de Cuba

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By Orlando Guevara Nunez | Granma.cu An earthquake registering 6.1 on the Richter scale was felt in the eastern Cuban city of Santiago at 3:56 p.m. Sunday afternoon; at press time no injuries had been reported.  While seismic activity is not new to this region of the country, tremors are always… Read More

Habanos Cigar Festival auction results

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Prensa Latina An auction of five lots including humidors of Cuban Premium cigars and works of art collected as many as 533,000 Euros, which were assigned to the Cuban health system. During a gala dinner at the closing of the Habano Festival on Friday, British moderator Simon Chase, from Hunter and Frankau… Read More

Announcement of CubanArt.org Website Owner Category

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We are proud to welcome Clyde Hensley from CubanArt.org to the Havana Journal. He will be posting original content in his own category here at the Havana Journal. Clyde has been collecting fine art for over 25 years and buys and sells Cuban art and other Caribbean Nation paintings. His collection now… Read More

Cuba’s once famed health service is now close to terminal

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Daily Telegraph, London Wednesday February 21st 2007 MARIA, a plastic surgeon at a major hospital in Havana, never fails to enter theatre without her secret weapon: her own pair of scissors. She says they are much sharper than those provided by the hospital, which she thinks are from China. Her mobile… Read More

Cuba builds wind farm on Isla de la Juventud

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AP Cuba has opened an experimental wind farm, hoping alternative energy sources can one day ease occasional power shortages while reducing the island’s dependence on oil, state news media reported Sunday. The $3.4 million park, featuring six 180-foot windmills, was established on Isla de la… Read More

The 2007 Cubana Béisbol Experience from a Canadian Perspective

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Let me begin by acknowledging my intense infatuation with the sport of baseball, a love that developed as a youngster and blossomed further as I came to fully understand the strategies employed and the many nuances of meaning and expression attached to this game. One has to have maintained the little… Read More

Fidel Castro signed humidors and Habanos for Havana Cigar Festival

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters Cigar aficionados should not expect to see ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro strut out to greet them at the annual Habanos festival, but they will be able to bid for humidors signed by him. The maker of Cuba’s famous hand-rolled cigars said on Tuesday that five elaborate… Read More

Cuba launches Internet search engine

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Prensa Latina The first web search engine made in Cuba was presented on Thursday by Cuban technicians from the National Office for Technical Information at the 12th International Convention and Exposition Forum INFORMATICA 2007, in Havana. The search engine, 2x3 (two by three), constitutes a… Read More

New Feature at Havana Journal - Website Owner Categories

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We are launching a new feature today at the Havana Journal, Website Owner Categories. These new categories will be located within our main Sections (Business, Culture, Politics, Travel and Hispanics). These Website Owner Categories will feature content from known and trusted owners of reviewed and approved… Read More

Earthquake of 6.1 shakes Santiago de Cuba

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Orlando Guevara Núñez | Granma SANTIAGO DE CUBA - An earthquake measuring 6.1 degrees on the Richter scale and five in intensity, at 3:54 pm on February 4, interrupted residents’ Sunday relaxation or enjoyment of the baseball All Stars Game. Although they are more or less used to such quakes, given… Read More

Raul Castro tests freedom of expression in private and public

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FRANCES ROBLES - MCCLATCHY Newspapers   One by one, Cuban artists and intellectuals in Havana did something unprecedented last week: they stood before the government and criticized a particularly harsh era of censorship—out loud and in the open. Perhaps even more surprising than the conference… Read More

James Suckling of Cigar Aficionado reports from El Laguito Cohibas cigar factory

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James Suckling | Cigar Aficionado The other day, before lunch, I had visited El Laguito—the Cohiba factory—in hopes of getting a sneak preview of the three new Cohiba maduros, a new line of dark colored smokes made with five-year-old wrappers. One of the managers of the factory described… Read More

James Suckling reviews the Petit Edmundos Cuban cigars from Havana

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James Suckling | Cigar Aficianado I arrived in Havana at José Martí Airport from Cancún and headed directly to the cigar shop at Quinta y 16 La Casa del Habano (Fifth Avenue). I got some Montecristo Petit Edmundos and grabbed some Bolivar Belicoso Finos from 2000 that had been on hold for me there.… Read More

Fidel Castro’s Last Request - funny video

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Appears to be an old Stroh’s Light beer commercial. Not sure if it was ever aired on television. Entertaining and short commercial from Fidel’s younger days. Click on the You Tube video below. Read More

East of Havana - Habana hip hop Cuban music documentary movie review

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NOTE: We did not see the movie and have not been able to find other reviews. If EastOfHavana.com is the official movie site it is password protected. So, this review is all we have to try and promote the film. Unfortunately it is not a very positive review. END NOTE. CinemaBlend.com | Reviewed by Lexi… Read More

US waiting to discover Cuban musicians, artists and actors

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BY CHRISTINA HOAG | Miami Herald From Celia Cruz to Wifredo Lam, music and art have figured among Cuba’s most famed exports through the decades. Songs and paintings still count among the most popular products from the island, these days with tunes from bands like Los Van Van and paintings from… Read More

Miami architects offer architectual and urban designs for Havana

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BY MATTHEW HAGGMAN | Miami Herald Architect Nicolas Quintana has long feared that when Cuba opens up to free-market forces, the first thing to go will be Havana’s urban character. He worries that unchecked development could overwhelm the nearly 488-year-old city with unsuitable and out-of-scale… Read More

The Havana Jazz and music scene today in Cuba

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Canada East | CELESTE MACKENZIE Electric guitarist Elmer Ferrer gave a sizzling performance recently at Havana’s upscale Sala Atril nightclub. Ferrer, who heads up his own band and is also a sought-after studio musician in Cuba, had just added a couple of new members to the group. Their high energy… Read More

Playa Giron Boxing Championship begins in Cuba

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Escambray.cu The national boxing championship of Cuba, “Playa Giron Boxing Championship”, will start in central Sancti Spiritus on Monday, spiced by the participation of several medal winners from international tournaments. Among them is two-time Olympic Champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, considered… Read More

Cuban Baseball League standings - Industriales, Metropolitianos and more

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Cuba Baseball League Roundup By Sigfredo Barros | Periodico26.cu .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Sancti Spiritus maintains a half-game lead over Havana and Industriales in Group B of the 2006-2007 Cuban Baseball League after winning Sunday 6-1 over Guantanamo. In Group… Read More

Update on Ernest Hemingway’s Finca Vigia in Cojimar Cuba

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AIN Cubaweb.cu The El Pais Spanish newspaper printed a special report on the restoration works being carried out by Cuban specialists at La Vigia farm where US writer and Nobel Prize Laureate Ernest Hemingway lived during his time in Cuba. After Hemingway’s death in 1961, the Cuban government turned… Read More

Life in Cuba by the people in the streets of Havana

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By Our Woman in Havana | MiamiNewTimes.com It’s not often that I get to stand on a street corner in Old Havana and talk to an 81-year-old man (who is selling Granma, the state-run newspaper, no less) about Fidel Castro’s asshole. “What do you think happened to him?” I ask. “Well,… Read More

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