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2010 Habanos Cuban Cigar Festival information

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Cigars

From February 22nd to the 26th 2010, Cuba will once again host the largest international meeting for Habanos Cuban cigar aficionados. As every year since 1997 the Habanos Cigar Festival renders tribute to Habanos cigar brands, particularly to Cohiba and Romeo & Julietta. This year will feature an… Read More

Cuban musician Carlos Varela in Washington, LA next week

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Music

Anthony Boadle | Reuters Carlos Varela, a Cuban musician barred from the United States by the Bush administration performed in Washington on Thursday and had lunch with a White House official in a new sign of a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations. Singer-songwriter Carlos Varela, whose songs capture the disenchantment… Read More

31st Havana International Film Festival begins in Havana

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Movies

On December 3rd, 1979 it was opened at the Chaplin Movie Theater in Havana the first issue of one event which, in time, will be recognized as the biggest and most significant cinematographic gathering in the Latin-American space: The international Festival of the New Latin-American Movie. Three decades… Read More

Cuba opens outdoor railroad museum in Havana

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Sports

Cuba opened an outdoor museum which exhibits steam locomotives that have been completely restored. Cuba was the first country in Latin America to have a railroad due to its valuable sugar industry. The locomotives 1112, 1308, 1311 and 1138 were made by the American Baldwin Locomotive Works company in… Read More

The Republic of Cuba 1902 to 1958 History

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

Scanned from the book Album Azul de Cuba, compiled and edited in exile by Aurelio Garcia Dulzaides in Miami Florida in 1965. Since the foundation in Cuba of the independent republic to its fall into communist hands, the country obviously progressed as statistics and history indicate. In other words,… Read More

US Cuba Basball Diplomacy - will it work?

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Sports

By FREDERIC J. FROMMER | AP “Pingpong diplomacy” thawed relations between the United States and China in 1971. Can “baseball diplomacy” help do the same for the U.S. and Cuba? Americans ranging from 12-year-old ballplayers to softballing senior citizens are visiting the communist… Read More

Cuban art auction in Havana

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Art

Prensa Latina The eighth edition of the Havana Auction doesn’t come down to solely a commercial proposal. This year it provides pleasant surprises and is conceived as a wide-ranging event referred to as Art in Cuba. For the first time are offered 25 lots of decorative Arts composed of different… Read More

Science policy delegation in Cuba to explore US Cuba science ties

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Healthcare

American Association for the Advancement of Science - Press Release Peter C. Agre, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Nobel laureate in chemistry, is among the members of a non-governmental U.S. delegation that will visit Cuba for discussions on science policy… Read More

Miami sports agent Juan Hernandez Nodar in Miami after 13 years in Cuban prison

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Sports

By Jorge Casuso | Miami New Times When Miami sports agent Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar, 51, flew into Miami Friday after spending 13 years in a Cuban jail, he felt a bit like Rip Van Winkle. The small children he had left behind were all grown up and Miami had sprouted a new skyline. Hernandez, who tried… Read More

Ernest Hemingway archives room at JFK Library in Boston increases collection

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

Boston.com In a little-known nook of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, with a fine view five floors above Boston Harbor, lies a book-lined room with a lion skin throw rug, a scrapbook with photographs of old fishermen, and a host of other odd relics from Cuba. Entry is permitted only by appointment.… Read More

Sean Penn in Cuba with hopes to interview Fidel Castro

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Movies

Guardian.co.uk The actor Sean Penn has flown to Cuba to chase what would be the biggest scoop of his career as a part-time journalist: an interview with Fidel Castro. The Oscar winner, who last year bagged interviews with Raúl Castro and Hugo Chávez, is reportedly on assignment for Vanity Fair in his… Read More

Cuban baseball pitcher Aroldis Chapman meets with Yankees, then Red Sox?

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Sports

By Bill Chastain | MLB.com Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman arrived in New York on Wednesday seeking the opportunity to sign with a Major League team and cash in on what the market might yield for a 21-year-old left-hander with top-of-the-rotation potential, according to multiple reports. Chapman showcased… Read More

Havana Times publisher Circles Robinson loses job and leaves Cuba

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

(Original title is Havana Times: The First Anniversary. As many Havana Journal readers know, I have been a long time critic of Circles Robinson and the Havana Times since he was never up front with his job as a worker for the Cuban government. See my comments in bold in parenthesis added to the otherwise… Read More

Partagas Cuban cigar party in Havana November 16th to 19th

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Cigars

Our writer from Havana has sent us this information regarding the Partagas Meeting of Customers and Friends that will be held in Havana from November 16th to the 19th. Monday November 16th - WELCOME Time: 8:00 pm Price: 50.00 CUC Dinner-Buffet and Cocktails Tasting of three Habanos made especially for… Read More

Cuban doctor Hilda Molina leaves Cuba after 15 years of waiting for permission

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

By Alvaro Vargas Llosa | Deseret News A few weeks ago, Hilda Molina, a delicate, soft-spoken neurosurgeon, obtained an improbable victory against Cuba’s regime when she left Havana and joined her son and grandchildren in Argentina. Listening to her story in a Buenos Aires restaurant, I could not… Read More

Juanes Peace Without Borders concert set for Havana on September 20

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Music

Billboard An international lineup of Latin acts will join Colombian rocker Juanes at his controversial “Paz Sin Fronteras” (Peace Without Borders) concert, scheduled for Havana, Cuba Sept. 20. The free concert, which coincides with the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, will… Read More

Cuban cigar brands from Cuba, Honduras and Domincan Repuplic

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Cigars

Larry Luxner | Cuba News As President Barack Obama moves to ease restrictions on trade with Cuba, cigar lovers are savoring the prospect of legally lighting up a smoke that has long required a black-market connection and a willingness to flout the law. Bloomberg reported in mid-June. “There’s a mystique… Read More

Reuters reporting five members of Royal Ballet got swine flu in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Healthcare

Jeff Franks | Reuters Five members of Britain’s Royal Ballet came down with the H1N1 swine flu virus during their just-ended visit to Cuba, but all have recovered, a spokeswoman for the dance company said on Monday. Tests confirmed the dancers had the virus, they were isolated and given flu medicine… Read More

Luis Tiant - Lost son of Havana - goes back home to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Sports

By MIKE SECCOMBE | Vineyard Gazette As part of the deal to get into Cuba to make his movie, producer Kris Meyer had to take part in a baseball game, an all-ages, goodwill game with a Cuban team in Cuba. He did not play well. “The gentleman that struck me out was 75,” he told a packed house after… Read More

Cuban music concert by “Chuchito” and Elio Villafranca on Cape Cod

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Jesus “Chuchito” Valdés and Elio Villafranca are taking time off from their 2009 World Piano Summit tour to perform on July 17 at 8pm at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. Jesus “Chuchito” Valdés Jesus was born and raised in Havana Cuba is a world renowned pianist,… Read More

Havana Nocturne book to be made into 1950s Cuba mafia movie

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Movies

By Steven Zeitchik | Hollywood Reporter A trio of prominent producers are teaming up for “Havana Nocturne,” a story of gangsters in 1950’s Cuba based on T.J. English’s New York Times bestseller. Eric Eisner (“Hamlet 2”), Gil Adler (“Superman Returns”),… Read More

Cuban ceramic art exhibition in Massachusetts

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Art

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Sculpture by Cuban ceramic artist Osmany Betancourt At the Fuller Craft Museum on Oak Street in Brockton Massachusetts, you can see a Cuban ceramic art exhibition called “Beyond the Embargo: Cuban and American Ceramics” until October 18. Curated by Catherine Merrill,… Read More

Madera Limpia - Cuban Changui and Rap Music

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Music

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal The promoters of these Cuban musicians sent me a CD. From the moment I started to play it I knew this was something powerful. Click on the image above to hear a sample of Madera Limpia’s music. Madera Limpia captures the soul and power of the youth movement in Cuba and… Read More

Fourth Cuban wind farm to be built outside Gibara Holguin

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

By Alexis Rojas Aguilera | Ahora.cu Work on constructing the fourth wind farm in Cuba, is being carried out in Punta Rasa, about three kilometres from the coastal city of Gibara, in Holguin. Luis San Juan, director of the National Group for Renewable Energy, told AIN that six Golwind S-50 machines with… Read More

Collectors seeking vintage and contemporary Cuban art

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

By Walker Simon | Reuters An untitled painting by Cuban born artist Wifredo Lam. AFP PHOTO The Cuban art market is showing signs of vitality as the economic recession weakens demand for works from elsewhere in Latin America, collectors said. A Cuban painting was the top seller in May’s Latin American… Read More

Cuban art in demand after Chelsea visits Havana art show

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Art

By: Stephanie Simon | NY1.com Some Cuban arts experts are welcoming the changing political climate and its evolving effect on the art market. NY1’s Stephanie SImon filed the following report. Alberto Magnan owns an art gallery in Chelsea, but he’s never far from his homeland of Cuba. In March,… Read More

Gay in Cuba - update

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

Marina Sitrin | UpsideDownWorld.org We are on a main city block early Saturday morning. People gathering are high spirited, almost giddy.  As people begin to form a line I exhale deeply, imagining it is just one of many lines that are the Cuban reality. This line, however, is different. This line… Read More

Galeria Cubana in Provincetown exhibits contemporary Cuban art

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By Meaghan Agnew | Boston Globe Michelle Wojcik knows what it is to be an island. As the owner of Galeria Cubana, the only gallery in New England to deal exclusively in contemporary Cuban art, Wojcik spends her days and nights managing every particular of her business, from hanging artwork to changing… Read More

Sarasota Yacht Club to host forum on US participation in Cuba sailing regatta

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Sports

Herald Tribune Tapping into what seems like thawing relations between the United States and Cuba, the Sarasota Yacht Club is hosting a forum Thursday to discuss steps to rebuild nautical ties between the two nations. The club has applied with the federal government for permission to compete in a sailing… Read More

Gay rights coming to Cuba?

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

Canada East President Raul Castro’s daughter Mariela led hundreds of Cuban gays in a street dance Saturday to draw attention to gay rights on the island. Participants formed a carnival-style conga line around two city blocks to beat the of drums, accompanied by costumed stilt-walkers. Events also… Read More

Will Cuban music and artists come to the US and when?

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Music

Billboard As the annual Cuban music trade fair Cubadisco kicked off Saturday in Havana Cuba, promoters in the United States are hoping that a thaw in relations with Cuba could revive interest in the island’s music. Encouraged by President Barack Obama’s remarks in April that he’s seeking… Read More

Cristobal Colon Cemetery in Havana Cuba is a tourist attraction

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Architecture

El Nuevo Herald Staff All but uncared for four decades since Fidel Castro came to power, the 137-year-old Cristóbal Colón Cemetery of Havana is facing one of the most difficult challenges in its history: the indignity of old age. Through much hardship, the burial ground has managed to continue operating… Read More

2009 Montecristo Cup golf event at Varadero Golf Club a success

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Sports

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal On May 2nd, 2009, Palmares SA, the organization responsible for golf in Cuba, hosted the inaugural Montecristo Cup at the Varadero Golf Club in Varadero, Cuba.  The competition, which was open to amateurs and professionals alike, was oversubscribed and exceeded expectations.… Read More

Spain arrests human trafficking network smuggling Cuban into the US

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

By JEANNIE NUSS | AP Spanish authorities have arrested 29 people suspected of forging credit cards to finance an elaborate scheme to smuggle Cubans into the U.S. from Mexico. The organization hacked credit card data to steal more than $530,000 from customers at restaurants and bars around Spain, a police… Read More

Malaysia and Cuba cooperate on biotechnology

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Healthcare

By Mohd Azril Mohd Annuar and Syed Azwan Ali | Bernama A decade has yet to pass since Malaysia and Cuba inked a scientific agreement but both are already reaping great rewards and benefits through this mutual cooperation with greater possibilities looming on the horizon. The greatest achievement for… Read More

“Havana - Top Secret” Cuba thriller ebook released

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal If you love Cuba, political intrigue and clandestine government operations, you’ll love Havana, Top Secret. Renowned Miami surgeon, Raymond Peters, learns a secret that throws him into a life-changing whirlwind of danger, international intrigue, and the chance to reunite… Read More

Cuban art for sale… to Americans in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Art

By Esteban Israel | Reuters The U.S. and Cuba governments have taken the first, tentative steps toward ending 50 years of hostilities, but the thawing of relations is already in full swing in the arts world. After being largely absent in recent years, U.S. gallery owners, museum directors, curators and… Read More

500 scholarships to Latin American School of Medicine available to US students

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Healthcare

By HARVEY RICE | HOUSTON CHRONICLE When Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas was ushered into a former naval academy with badly faded paint on this island nation last week, she wasn’t prepared for what she found. The revelation that more than 100 U.S. students are enrolled in a Cuban medical school surprised… Read More

Cuba releases cautionary article about Escozul cancer treatment from Cuba

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Cuba appears to feel compelled to release an article that downplays the effectiveness of Escozul and to announce that it does not claim Escozul to be a medicament (An agent that promotes recovery from injury or ailment; a medicine) or cancer treatment drug. Use of Blue Scorpion… Read More

Major League Baseball ready to scout Cuba for baseball players

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Sports

By Rob Biertempfel | TRIBUNE-REVIEW The angry stares Rene Gayo used to receive from Cuban baseball coaches have begun to melt into smiles. “In the past, if you attempted to communicate with Cuban scouts or coaches, you would get silence or heated confrontation,” said Gayo, the Pirates’… Read More

People dying to get into Colon Cemetery in Havana Cuba

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Architecture

By Ray Sanchez |  South Florida Sun-Sentinel (original title: Family feels entitled to someone else’s vault in Cuba’s Colon Cemetery) Even in socialist Cuba, eternal rest has a high price. The potential sale of a 10-by-14-foot granite and marble vault at historic Colon Cemetery speaks… Read More

Inaugural Montecristo Cup at Varadero Golf Club in Cuba May 2-3 2009

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Sports

The Inaugural Montecristo Cup May 2-3, 2009 This is a pre-qualifying event for the 2010 Cuban Open. On May 2nd, 2009,  Palmares SA, the organization responsible for golf in Cuba, will host the inaugural Montecristo Cup at the Varadero Golf Club in Varadero, Cuba.  This competition is expected… Read More

Chelsea Visits Havana - Cuban art exposition

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Art

Cuba’s first major exhibition of U.S. contemporary art in almost a quarter of a century is attracting hundreds of visitors to the show. Chelsea Visits Havana, which opened on Saturday, was three years in the making and features 30 artists from New York’s arty Chelsea neighbourhood. “I… Read More

Information about Nimotuzumab CIMAher cancer treatment drug from Cuba

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Healthcare

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Quoting a variety of sources such as Granma.cu, ACN, Prensa Latina and Ahora.cu Cuba is broadening the use of a biological drug, produced locally, which has raised the survival rate of people who have undergone brain tumor surgery, especially children. The cancer treatment… Read More

Cuba book review of Havana - My Kind of Town by Charles Spencer King

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Havana: My kind of Town is a hip, streetwise guide to understanding Havana and Cuba. The book is packed with stories that provide a taste of the unique flavor that is Cuba. Readers and travelers alike will sample Cuba’s Culture, cuisine, lifestyles and US Cuba relations.… Read More

Peter Coyote visits Cuban cigar factory El Laguito in Havana Cuba

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Cigars

Peter Coyote | San Francisco Chronicle Today I’m visiting El Laguito, the Cohiba factory where only Castro’s own cigars and his gifts for diplomats and heads of state were once made. The factory is in a lovely pale-yellow mansion, formerly owned by a sugar magnate, has marble floors, stained… Read More

Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux defects from Cuba

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Sports

Reuters Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who fell into disfavor with the Cuban government after trying to desert the national team two years ago, has defected, a boxing promoter said on Monday. Rigondeaux, the bantamweight champion at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, is in… Read More

Vuelta a Cuba cross country cycling race continues in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Sports

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal The thirty fourth “Vuelta a Cuba”, a cross country cycling race from Baracoa to Habana Vieja is underway featuring over one hundred cyclists from five countries divided into fourteen local squads. The competition began in the easternmost city of Baracoa Cuba and… Read More

University of Havana in Cuba opens Nanotechnology College

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Healthcare

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal The Nanotechnologies College of the University of Havana to be nicknamed “NanoUH”, was inaugurated recently in an important step to develop the nanotechnology industry in Cuba. Nanotechnology or nanotech refers to a field of science that studies matter on an atomic… Read More

Cuba refuses multi-national requests to free political prisoners

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

Reuters Cuba rejected calls from Western countries on Monday to release jailed critics of its communist system and told the UN Human Rights Council such demands violated its sovereign rights. The Cuban position was set out in a report on discussions last week in the Council’s Universal Periodic… Read More

11th annual Habanos Cuban cigar festival in Havana Cuba February 23 to 27

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Cigars

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal The Habanos S.A. Corporation and Tabacuba Business Group present the 11th Habanos Cuban cigar festival to be held in Havana Cuba from February 23 through the 27th 2009. The Havana Convention Center will become the international meeting place for Habanos distributors, specialists… Read More

Old Havana Foods offers a variety of Cuban food favorites

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Cigars

Press Release If you love Cuban Black Beans, Chili Cubano and other authentic recipes from Old Havana, you’ll love what Old Havana Foods offers at it’s newly launched website at Old Havana Foods. Just in time for the ‘Big Game’ this weekend, North American food lovers can enjoy… Read More

Architect of the Tropicana nightclub in Havana Cuba dies

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Architecture

BY JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ | El Nuevo Herald Max E. Borges, the creator and icon of Cuba’s most famous mid-20th century nightclub, the Tropicana, died Sunday at his home in Falls Church, Va. He was 90. Borges was also known for having been a proponent of one of the island’s boldest urban architectural… Read More

California approves Cuban medical school graduates for practice

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Healthcare

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal On July 25, 2008 the Medical Board of California granted recognition to the Escuela Latinamericana de Medicina (ELAM) which is the name of the international medical school in Havana Cuba. ELAM offers its Spanish-language program free of charge to non-citizens who agree to… Read More

Heberprovac - Cuban vaccine for prostate cancer approved for human trials

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Healthcare

ACN The first phase of the clinical assay for a candidate vaccine to fight hormone-sensitive prostate cancer has been approved by Cuba’s State Pharmaceutical Quality Control Center. The test reported a safety impact and good therapeutic activity against the second cause of death for men in Cuba,… Read More

Spanish translation information

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Music

Speaking out: Spanish translation services a worldwide essential From Cuba, throughout the Caribbean, across Central America, spreading to South America, and emerging in Europe; when time is of the utmost importance and you’re facing a deadline, or you don’t want to risk getting the wrong message… Read More

Habanos ships Regional Edition Cuban cigars

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Cigars

By Gregory Mottola | Cigar Aficionado As the new year begins, the last of the Habanos regional edition cigars have shipped to their appointed countries. Some nations received their shipments months ago while others still eagerly await. The regional edition program began in 2005, when a handful of European… Read More

Current state and history of sports in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Sports

BY LINDA ROBERTSON | Miami Herald During Opening Ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics, former Cuban sports heroes Teofilo Stevenson, Javier Sotomayor and Ana Fidelia Quirot sat together inside Bird’s Nest Stadium. When the Cuban team marched onto the track, the three stars sprung to their feet and… Read More

Cellphone use in Cuba - Not as good as it sounds

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

By William Booth | Washington Post Foreign Service (original title: In Cuba, Cellphone Calls Go Unanswered) Tatiana González stood transfixed before the glass display case watching a single cellphone spin around and around on a carousel at the government-run store. It was a Nokia 1112, a simple, boxy… Read More

No big celebrations in Havana Cuba on the 50th anniversary of the Revolution

Posted in Cuba Culture > Cuban Culture

BY MIAMI HERALD STAFF This capital city remained eerily dark and silent Wednesday night as the year ended and the day marking the 50th anniversary of the triumph of the revolution began. There was no official explanation for the absence of celebrations, but persons who declined to be identified said… Read More

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