viernes, 28 de enero de 2011

Homenaje a Martí en Camagüey

Rinden artistas camagüeyanos homenaje a José Martí

La exposición colectiva La exposición colectiva "Al amparo de las manos" quedó inaugurada en la Galería del Consejo Provincial de las Artes Plásticas en la ciudad de Camagüey. La muestra rinde homenaje al Héroe nacional José Martí en al aniversario 158 de su natalicio.

Por: Aymee Amargós / Televisión Camagüey

Las manos son la extensión del pensamiento, indican el avance del tiempo y son herramientas fundamentales del propio desarrollo del ser humano.

Son las manos el eje central de la exposición colectiva que se inauguró en la galería del consejo de las artes plásticas en la ciudad de Camagüey.

La muestra exhibe diversidad. Veinte artistas focalizan su atención sobre esa zona del cuerpo. Pinturas, fotografías e instalaciones, constituyen homenaje a José Martí en el aniversario 158 de su natalicio.

Entre los artistas que integran la muestra ”Al amparo de las manos” están Joel Jover, Eduardo Rosales, Nazario Salazar y Oscar Rodríguez Lasseria.

También importantes momentos son atrapados por el lente de las cámaras fotográficas. La mano curativa, la del amor, la protectora y hasta las del alma despliegan un abanico de lecturas dentro de las variadas estéticas.

Han acompañado el devenir de la historia del arte. El uso de la imagen de las manos pasa por lo misterioso hasta su exhibición figurativa simbólica.

lunes, 17 de enero de 2011

Cuba Increases Scholarships for Angolan People

HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 17 - The number of scholarships granted by Cuba to Angolans to study inthe island was increased to 195 this year, as reported by several media outlets from the African country on Monday. The scholarships are to study medicine or any other related subject,as well as arts, engineering or to become teachers.

A Prensa Latina reporte dated in Luanda says the representative for the Angolan embassy in Cuba in charge of scholarships, Caetano Francisco Domingos said there are 620 Angolans currently studying in Cuba, and that 108 of them are involved inpostgraduate courses.

Cuba and Angola have maintained close relationships of cooperation and friendship for year.

The bonds between the two countries were strengthened after Cuba helped Angola achieve its independence, finally reached in 1975.(acn)

Cuban Foreign Ministry Releases Statement on US Measures

HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 17 - The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX by its Spanish acronym) released a statement regarding the latest measures announced by the US government regarding Cuba.

Cuban News Agency reproduces MINREX statement:

On January 14, 2011, The United States government announced new measures regarding Cuba. Though we will have to wait for the regulations to be published to know their true meaning, according to preliminary information released by the White House Office of the Press Secretary the measures are:

-To authorize US citizens to travel to Cuba for academic, educational,cultural and religious purposes.

-To allow US citizens to send remittances to Cuban citizens in limited amounts.

-To authorize US international airports to apply to provide services to licensed charters to Cuba under certain conditions.

The adoption of these measures are the result of the efforts of ample ectors of the US society that have claimed for years to the lifting of the criminal US blockade against Cuba and the absurd prohibition of travelling to Cuba.

It is also an expression of the admission of the failure of the US policy against Cuba and that the US government is seeking new ways to achieve its
historical goal of dominating the Cuban people.

Though these measures are positive, they failed to entirely fulfil these just claims, they have a very limited reach and do not modify the US
policy towards Cuba.

The White House announcement limits itself, basically, to restore some of the dispositions that were in force in the 1990´s during the Clinton Administration and were eliminated by President George W. Bush after 2003.

These measures only benefit some categories of US citizens and do not restore the right of every US citizen to travel to Cuba, making them the only ones worldwide that can not visit Cuba freely.

They confirm that there is no will to change the US blockade and destabilization policies against Cuba. At announcing them, the US officials make clear that the blockade will remain untouched and that they are preparing new tools of subversion and interference in Cuba’s internal affairs. This confirms the denunciation made by MINREX last January 13.

Cuba has always favored the exchanges with the US people, their universities, and their academic, scientific and religious institutions.

All obstacles for the US citizens to visit Cuba have been and still are onthe US side.

If there was a true interest in expanding and easing the contacts between our two peoples, the United States should lift the blockade and the prohibition that makes of Cuba the only country that US citizens can notfreely travel to.(acn)

Wax Statues of Che and Cespedes to Be Exhibited at Bayamo’s Museum

BAYAMO, Cuba, Jan 17 - Statues of Cuban independence hero Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, known as the Forefather of the Homeland, and Argentinean-born Ernesto Che Guevara, will be part of the collection of the Wax Museum of Bayamo, the only one of its type in the country.

Museum specialist Ismarys Lopez told ACN that like the rest of the wax statues exhibited in the museum, the new statues will be modeled life-size in polychrome wax by Rafael Barrios and his sons Rafael and Leander Barrios.

Lopez said the museum will be promoted by several travel agencies to attract foreignvisitors to the city.

The museum shows wax statues of Cuban national hero Jose Marty; musicians Beny More, Sindo Garay, Bola de Nieve, Compay Segundo, Carlos Puebla and Polo Montañez; young Italian Fabio Di Celmo, who died in a terrorist attempt in Havana; and American writer Ernest Hemingway, among local figures. The collection also includes sculptures of birds, most of them originary from the Sierra Maestra mountain range.

Lopez said since the opening of the museum in July of 2004 until 2010, the institution has received more than 700,000 visitors and in 2008 a year record of visits was set with more than 152,000.

Meanwhile, Barrios Madrigal said he learned wax modeling from his sons. He said they used to make figures out of clay when they were little and when he saw how good they were, he took them to local artist Luis Enrique Basterrechea who taught them the craft, which according to specialists dates back to the 19th century. (AIN)

2011 Casa de las Americas Literary Award Opens Up in Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 17 - The Award 2011 Casa de las Americas Literary will be set in motion with the formal establishment of the jury and the opening words of Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, and the Peruvian anthropologist, Stefano Varese.

In its 52 edition, dedicated to the centenary of the birth of the Peruvian writer José María Arguedas (Deep Rivers, Yawar fiesta) 300 original works are competing in the genres of novels, short stories,testimonies, artistic and literary essay and Brazilian literature in the form of fiction , reports Prensa Latina news agency.

Prominent literature figures make up the jury that will decide on the works worthy of awards, including the US poet Margaret Randall, the Colombian Roberto Burgos Cantor, Martin Kohan from Argentina, Chilean Andrea Jeftanovich and Spanish Eduardo Becerra.

After the opening ceremony, at the House’s Che Guevara hall, under the Tree of Life, one of the emblems of that institution, they will sell the book “The plebeian nation” by Garcia Linera.

Published by the Casa de las Americas Publishing Fund, the book compiles some essays “to discuss and dialogue not only about the future of Bolivia but also about the Marxist thought.”

As stated in the cover, the volume “invites us to get rid of not a few prejudices about American society, cultivated by much of the critical tradition of our history, including Marxism.”

Although its official opening is today, there was a preamble yesterday in the auditorium of the San Geronimo University in Havana, at Old Havana where the ancient music group Ars Longa performed the Musical Renaissance in New Spain concert.(acn)

viernes, 14 de enero de 2011

The Italy-Cuba Friendship Association Supports Economic Measures

HAVANA, Cuba - The Italy-Cuba Friendship Association (AAIC) supports the economic measures undertaken by Cuban authorities to consolidate social achievements in the Caribbean nation.

In a communique, the members of the AAIC underline the willingness of the Cuban government and people to continue the construction of a socialist society, which seeks to develop and perfect its economic model.

The Italian organization considers the large participation of Cubans in the debates prior to the 6th Congress of the Communist Party (PCC) to be positive, in which citizens exchange ideas around the Draft Guidelines of the Economic and Social Policy of the Cuban Revolution.

In addition, it criticizes the treatment the international mass media has given to theCuban social and economic measures, since they don’t reflect the real situation on the island, the Prensa Latina news agency reported from Rome.

In its document, the AAIC highlights the efforts of the Cuban State to maintain its social achievements in education, health and culture, without leaving any citizen unprotected, incontrast to the measures adopted by several European governments in the face of the economic crisis.(acn)

Cuba Saves More Than 27,000 Tons of Oil on Power Generation

HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 14 - Measures implemented in Cuba to stop excessive oil consumption allowed the country to save 27,130 tons of oil in 2010.

Director of the Rational Use of Energy Office Tatiana Amaran told ACN the systematic control of power consumption plans across the country, improvements on power lines and the introduction of state-of-the-art technology on several thermoelectric plants are some of the actions that contributed to last year’s results.

Amaran acknowledged the positive response of state-run institutions to the saving program, while noting that the residential sector still exceeded consumption plans.

The specialist said there are still actions to be taken on the residential sector that could help reduce energy consumption levels. She mentioned among them the efficient use of appliances and the expanding of the use of a power-saving earthen-made device for high-energy consuming electrical stoves.

Currently, the Government uses 50% of national oil in power generation.

According to figures by the National Electric Company, in 2010 the country used over 81,000 megawatts/hour less than the previous year.

Havana’s Electric Office’s Director Inaudys Mora extolled repair works on power lines carried out in different provinces.

As a result of the Energy Revolution program, several national enterprises related to the sector, such as those dedicated to the production of power lines and transformers, were revitalized and developed. (acn)

Pedagogy 2011 to Show Experiences of ALBA Member Nations

HAVANA, Cuba - Under the slogan "For the Unity of Educators", Education ministers of the countries that are members of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) will share their experiences during the congress Pedagogy 2011.

The event, to be held from January 24th through the 28th at Havana’s Convention Center, will allow for academicians and professors to exchange their experiences on the main achievements made in this sphere.

In addition to know more about research works solving educational problems, the forum will include a program of debates, exhibitions and visits to schools of different teaching levels, said Eva Escalona, president of the event’s scientific committee in an interview with the Prensa Latina news agency.

She specified that the Cuban ministers of Education (Ena Elsa Velazquez,) and Higher Education (Miguel Diaz-Canel), will give lectures, as well as the Venezuelan ministers of Education (Jennifer Gil) and University Education (Edgardo Antonio Ramirez).

Likewise, the participation of Bolivian Education Minister Roberto Aguilar has been scheduled, and the visit of ministers from African nations has been confirmed, stated Escalona, who is also the Cuban Education Ministry’s director for Science and Technology.

The meeting’s agenda will also include the results of Cuba’s international cooperation in this field, including the implementation of the "Yes I Can" literacy teaching method, by way of which some five million people in about twenty countries have learned how to read and

She added that organizers expect the event to welcome over 3,000 foreign participants, that there are some 2,800 papers confirmed, and that meeting’s objective is to maintain the high academic level reached in previous editions of the Congress.

The Venezuelan and Mexican delegations, in that order, are the largest, with over 1,000 members each, followed by those of Cuba and Brazil, with 600 and 500, respectively-,.pointed out Escalona, after clarifying that figures are not definitive.(acn)

jueves, 13 de enero de 2011

Latin America: Issues to Analyze

The insistence of the new popular Latin American governments in constructing what they are calling 21st Century Socialism raises issues to be analyzed.

For many, it deals with a different world within the progressive community. For others however, at least for me, the current processes in the region are following the steps of the founders of the revolutionary theory.

If we take a look at this legacy, we know that figures like Karl Marx,Frederick Engles or Vladimir Ilich Lenin, the revolution was not catechism or dogma, but a body of live ideas closely related to reality and thecharacteristics of each nation and of course, far from idealism and strange interpretations.

The Cuban Revolution itself, born out of objective and subjective emergencies of our people is precisely the first regional example of the consequent application of those transformation principles of each place and specific moments.

But within the budgets of the 21st Century Socialism that before anydemand of those that act in consequence with its universe, the calls for efficiency are true elements.

It deals with a process of change, including our own Revolution, requiresshowing at each moment, by imperative political elements, its superiority in relation with the capitalist system in working towards an increase inthe quality of life of its people.

Lenin himself, several years prior to the Bolshevik victory in Russiaexplained that one of the first tasks for the new State would be to demonstrate to the masses that to improve the quality of life would be apriority for the new authorities.

To make this a reality, there must be efficiency in the economic andsocial sphere. Economies must contribute with each nations´ key resources that materially support the advancement.

Then the social aspect because there must be a radical change in the relations of production and the ways of distribution in order to eradicate the old practice of favoring the reduced number of exploiters with theconsequent exclusion of the majority.

Efficiency is a common word in many speeches carried out by progressive Latin American leaders of today and something that is expanding and consolidating in the region including our own current economic transformation process.( Néstor Núñez / AIN)

Cuba Holds the Ceremony Award of the Cuban Scientific Journalism and Communication Contest

SANTA CLARA, Cuba - The documentary ‘Villa Clara Marine Coastal Environment’, by Rogelio Mora, from the Center of Environmental Studies and Services (CESAM), was awarded on Wednesday the grand prize of the Alfredo Nieto Dopico Scientific Journalism and Communication Contest.

The documentary, which highlights the importance of protecting biodiversity in the coastal area of the central Cuban province of Santa Clara, also received recognition by the Social Communicators Association.

The delegate from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA), Maria del Carmen Velazco, highlighted Mora’s work, taking into account that in 2010 he made a commendable work on environmental education through audiovisual pieces.

The radio award was given to journalist Lisdey Rega from the radio station Estereocentro for a series of works on students who are members of scientific societies.

A program dedicated to the protection of a vegetal specie of Santa Clara, by producer Arnaldo Diaz, from Telecubanacan, was also awarded.

The press award was presented to journalist Ricardo Gonzalez, from the Vanguardia Newspaper, for his work ‘Expedition to Jumagua’; and the photography award was given toJose Antonio Pegudo, from CESAM for a trio of images of the fauna of that province.

Aliam Camacho, a CITMA specialist, referred to the quality of the more than 40 works presented in the contest, and said that 27 of these works will represent the province in the Gilberto Caballero National Journalism and Communication Festival, sponsored by CITMA. (acn)

Cuba Welcomes University Students from 70 Nations

HAVANA, Cuba - Deputy Higher Education Minister Gil Ramon Gonzalez informed on Wednesday that there are youngsters from over 70 countries presently studying in Cuba.

In a press conference held at the Higher Education Ministry, Gonzalez pointed out that in the present academic year there are over 78,000 Cuban and foreign students in 63 universities.

At the end of the 2009-2010 course, close to one million 82,000 university students had graduated in the Caribbean nation since the triumph of the Revolution, thanks to the creation of a plan of scholarships for those centers of higher studies, he stressed.

That project began on November 7, 1960, at the University of Havana, recalled one of its founders, Gerardo Emilio Chong, who added that the initiative made it possible for youngsters from different territories and social condition to study at the center of higher studies.

Students of engineering, architecture and medical sciences were benefited from that program promoted by Commander in Chief Fidel Castro, who attended the inauguration of the first university dormitory, he pointed out.

The ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the Movement of University Scholarships will take place on January 19 at the Main Lecture Hall of the University of Havana, as announced by the institution’s Vice-rector, Norma Barros.(anc)

The ALBA-1 Fiber Optic Cable is transported to Venezuela

HAVANA, Cuba - The ALBA-1 fiber optic cable that will be laid between Venezuela and Cuba and then to Jamaica is being transported from France to the Bolivarian country by the French Île de Batz ship.

Before its departure from the port of Calais, the vessel was visited by Cuban ambassador Orlando Requeijo and by the scientific attaché of that mission, Dennis Casares, who expressed their interest in the details of the transfer, the Granma newspaper report on Wednesday.

The ship’s captain, Pierre Emmanuel Dautry, informed that the vessel is carrying over 1,600 kilometers of cable in its holds, as well as sophisticated technology for its laying and an underwater robot that will facilitate the monitoring of operations.

The new technology will be in operation this year and will multiply the island’s connection with other countries by 3,000, according to information provided by Cuban and Venezuelan authorities.

The link will make it possible to break the blockade of communications, imposed by the United States on Cuba, to expand integration between Latin America and Caribbean nations, and to strengthen Cuban-Venezuelan relations.

At present, the Caribbean island’s access to the network is only by satellite, a situation that limits communications because they depend on an expensive, narrower band.

Meanwhile, conditions are created in Cuba to receive the underwater cable that will soon begin to be laid between Camuri, north of Venezuela, and Siboney beach, near the city of Santiago de Cuba, on the southeast part of the island.(acn)

Cuba and the United States Held New Round of Migration Talks in Havana

HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 13 - A new round of migration talks between Cuba and the United States was held on Wednesday in Havana. The delegations were headed by Cuba’s Deputy Foreign Minister Dagoberto Barrera and by the US’s Principal Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson.

The Cuban News Agency reproduces the full text of a press release issued on Wednesday by the Cuban delegation to this new round of migration talks.

“A new round of migration talks between the United States and Cuba took place on January 12, 2011. Both countries’ delegations to the meeting were headed by Mrs. Roberta Jacobson, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and Mr. Dagoberto Rodríguez Barrera, Deputy Foreign Minister, respectively.

“The meeting developed in an atmosphere of respect. An assessment was made of the way in which both parties have complied with their commitments under the migration accords in force. The meeting recognized there has been a significant reduction in risky illegal departures from Cuba to the United States as a result of the efforts carried out by both countries to cope with migrant smuggling and illegal migration.

“Deputy Foreign Minister Dagoberto Rodríguez expressed: ‘It was a fruitful exchange aimed at moving on to the establishment of more effective mechanisms of cooperation to combat illegal migrant smuggling.

Cuban authorities have systematically responded to U.S. requests and have provided valuable information as well as testimonies and evidence suitable for prosecuting smugglers before U.S. courts. Cuba reiterated its interest in strengthening bilateral cooperation in this area.’

“The Cuban delegation reaffirmed once again that migrant smuggling will not disappear nor could a legal, safe and orderly migration be achieved between our two countries as long as the Cuban Adjustment Act and the wet foot/dry foot policy –which encourage illegal departure of Cubans to the United States–, remain in place.

“The Cuban delegation reiterated its willingness to maintain these exchanges.” (acn)

Raul Castro Meets with Visiting Mexican Political Leader

HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 13 - The Second Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), Raul Castro, met on Wednesday in Havana with the president of Mexico’s Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) and vice president of Socialist International (SI) —a worldwide organization of social democratic, socialist and labor parties—, Beatriz Paredes Rangel, who is on a working visit in Cuba.

According to a note read on Cuban television, during the meeting, both leaders spoke about the current state of relations between the two parties and other topics of international interest.

Also present in the meeting was Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.(acn)

martes, 11 de enero de 2011

Cuba and Djibouti Strengthen Bilateral Ties

HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 11 - The Cuban ambassador in Djibouti, Clara Pulido, was received on Monday by Idriss Aranoud, president of the National Assembly of this African country, with whom she spoke of the state ofbilateral relations. According to the website of the Cuban Foreign Ministry (, Aranoud showed interest in strengthening ties between Cuba and Djibouti, where there are currently many professionals from the Caribbean island making their contribution, mainly in the public health sector but also in the sports and water resources fields.

The parliamentarian thanked the Cuban people and the professionals working in his country for their contribution to strengthening bilateral relations and for their work in favor of the people of Djibouti.

They also spoke of topics of international interest and they agreed on the importance of creating parliamentary groups of friendship between the nationals assemblies of both nations.(acn)

Cuban Children Theater Company Acclaimed in Yucatan

HAVANA, Cuba - The Cuban children theater company La Colmenita was warmly welcomed on two recent performances in Yucatan, Mexico, where they staged “La cucarachita Martina.”

“Director Carlos Alberto Cremata’s industrious bees showed with flying colors why they were named UNICEF’s cultural good-will ambassadors,” says a Prensa Latina report.

On Sunday, the children boasted their virtuosity before families from the community of San Jose Tecoh, southeast Merida. The show ended with the young artists dancing along to the beat of Cuban music with children and adults on the audience.

One day earlier, the company performed at Las Americas Park in Merida on the occasion of the 469th anniversary of the city. This was the first performance of the company in Mexico, said Granma newspaper.

Culture director of Merida’s City Hall Roger Metri Duarte told the media it was a high honor for the city to receive La Colmenita in the city and described the Cuban company as a very important Cuban cultural project.

Local and regional authorities in Yucatan gave Cremata several recognitions. On behalf of the company, Cremata said to be honored for having been invited to participate in the Festival de la Ciudad 2011 which gave them the opportunity to perform for the first time in Mexico.(acn)

Villa Clara’s International Airport Increases Operations

SANTA CLARA, Cuba - The Abel Santamaria International Airport has increased its operations, with the arrival this month, and for the first time, of a flight of the Principal de Chile airline coming from Córdoba, Argentina.

Jesús Diaz-Canel, director of the National Office for Tourist Information (INFOTUR) in Villa Clara, told ACN that the airport is also receiving flights from Buenos Aires, which are the beginning of the direct arrival of Argentinean tourists to the province’s northeastern cays. He added that airplanes from eight airliners established in Europe, North and South America land in the air terminal, with more than 40 flights a week during the current tourist winter season, which represents an excess of almost ten as compared to the same period of 2010.

He highlighted that statistics reflect a three percent increase in the arrival of travelers to the province’s territory in 2010, having the cays of Santa Maria, Ensenachos and Las Brujas -with beautiful beaches and recreational attractions in spots of great biodiversity- as tourist destinations.

Mario Ricardo Mir, director of the “Abel Santamaria”, explained that the staff of this center was trained for the increase of 160 flights during the present high tourist season.

He underlined that Canada is the main country sending passengers to this airport, Cuba’s fifth in terms of the movement of airplanes and travelers, closely linked to the development of the tourist area of the northeast cays of Villa Clara province.(acn)

Posada Carriles: 11 charges, none for terrorism

HAVANA, Cuba - Criminal Luis Posada Carriles should answer to 11 charges, none of them for terrorism, in the trial that began today in El Paso, Texas, as pointed out in the Round Table aired by Cuban radio and television on Monday.

Two accusations are for perjury, one for obstruction of justice, another one for fraud in naturalization procedures, and seven for false statements in relation to migratory proceedings, clarified presenter Randy Alonso.

The selection of the jury was the objective of the trial this Monday against Posada Carriles, who entered US territory illegally in April, 2005, after being pardoned by Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso, five days before leaving office.

For analyst Reinaldo Taladrid, the real intention of the US district attorney’s office, on behalf of that country’s government, continues to be the protection of Posada Carriles, with the purpose of hiding his bonds and tasks fulfilled for the Central Intelligence Agency(CIA), which he served for many years.

The analyst recalled that the judges that have participated in the case in the US have insisted in that the US government has not presented evidence of terrorism against Posada Carriles and have described it as “a hot potato,” although, in this regard, Cuba has given the district attorneys substantial certified proof from the beginning..

Journalist Jean-Guy Allard recalled that Posada Carriles was serving a sentence in Panama – along with other terrorists- for conceiving a plan for an assassination attempt on Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro, during the Iberian-American Summit of the year 2000, and cited illicit methods used by the criminal to enter the US later.

Over the telephone, Jose Pertierra, Venezuela’s lawyer in the extradition request against Posada Carriles –pending an answer by the US government-, explained that the trial will begin on Tuesday, January 12, and that it last a few weeks, with the presentation of evidence by the district attorney’s office.

Pertierra explained that Judge Katerine Cardone has not decided yet whether she will accept for the first time evidence presented by Cuba on the terrorist nature of the actions of Posada Carriles, and said that, if she does, the District Attorney’s Office would have to decide if it will present specific charges in this regard.

It has emerged that 22 representatives of the Miami-based anti-Cuban mafia are in El Paso, in an attempt to defend Posada Carriles, a local newspaper reported.

The publication also cited the large number of US demonstrators that –in front of the law court- demand real justice against the criminal , carrying images of the 73 people killed in the sabotage of the Cuban airliner on October 6, 1976, one of the confessed masterminds of which was Posada Carriles.(acn)