La galería londinense Breese Little acoge Corridas y venidas, la primera exposición personal del artista cubano Elio Rodríguez en el Reino Unido.
Corridas y venidas es una selección de la obra reciente de Rodríguez que incluye pinturas, serigrafías, cerámicas y esculturas, donde predomina la iconografía sexual y los personajes de la cultura española como el torero o la bailarina flamenca, y el propio artista.Continue reading
Los grupos parlamentarios del Partido Nacionalista Vasco (PNV) y Convergència i Unió (CiU) quieren que el Pleno del Congreso español de los Diputados debata la próxima semana si crea una comisión de investigación sobre la muerte del líder disidente cubano Oswaldo Payá, informa Europa Press.Continue reading
El Consejo Nacional de Artes Escénicas otorgó el Premio Nacional de Danza 2014 a la primera bailarina del Conjunto Folclórico Nacional de Cuba Silvina Fabars, informa la prensa oficial de la Isla.
Fabars fue reconocida por su trayectoria artística y su como maestra y metodóloga, según los reportes.
Nacida en 1944 en Santiago de Cuba, Fabars fue miembro del Ejército Rebelde desde los 14 años hasta el triunfo Revolución. Es fundadora del Conjunto Folklórico de Oriente.Continue reading
El cubano Yasiel Puig pegó un cuadrangular de tres carreras para llevar a los Dodgers de Los Ángeles a vencer el domingo por 4-1 a los Diamondbacks de Arizona, reporta la AP.
Puig arrojó el bate tras conectar el jonrón que coronó una sexta entrada de cuatro anotaciones. Puig aportó su segundo cuadrangular de la temporada después de que el mexicano Adrián González recibió pasaporte intencional.
El abridor de Dodgers, Josh Beckett, se mantuvo en el montículo en labor de cinco episodios y un hit, ponchando a siete y cediendo dos bases por bolas.Continue reading
En la búsqueda de una evolución de la situación política, que produzca cierta liberalización económica y política, al tiempo que garantice los privilegios de la élite gobernante Continue reading
Posted on April 20, 2014
Angel Santiesteban Prats dedicates this article to Guillermo Vidal, to
remember the tenth anniversary of his death. He wrote it from the Lawton
Prison Settlement for the column "Some Write" from the digital magazine
"OtroLunes" ("Another Monday").
By Angel Santiesteban Prats
It's always a pleasure to remember Guillermo Vidal.
Sharing with him the adventure of writing has been one of the great
rewards that life has offered me. His sympathy, modesty and talent
seasoned his conversations. He was a man called to make friends, easy to
like, and always persecuted by injustice, since they never could make
him bow down. He maintained his literature at a high price, because he
didn't yield even one iota of his level of social criticism.
When they expelled him as a professor from the university, they didn't
even ask how he was going to live or maintain his family. Being despised
and marginalized by the government of his territory in Las Tunas, by the
demand of the political police, he became himself.
He was part of an intellectual existence that he accepted with stoicism,
without complaint, which he endured in solitude and repaid with
brilliant writing. That was his revenge.
After treating him like the plague for many years, the government
offered a tribute to an official writer, and we agreed to attend if
Guille would be among those invited. Once there, in the seat of the
Provincial Party, in the same lair as the dictatorship, one of us said
publicly that our presence had no other end but to lionize Guillermo
Vidal, the most important living writer of Las Tunas, and one of the
most important in the country; that it was a way of supporting him and
demonstrating our friendship.
The government functionaries and those in charge of culture opened their
eyes, surprised by the audacity. Those were the times when we still had
not gained some rights that we have now, and where for much less than
what is done today, there were immediate reprisals.
What is certain is that on that night and in the following days, we felt
like better people and better intellectuals for showing our solidarity
with him. Later he let us know that, from that moment, things got better
for him. He stopped being banned and persecuted, because the authorities
feared his contacts in the country, especially in Havana.
Now that we are on the eve of another congress of UNEAC (National Union
of Writers and Artists of Cuba), I remember what happened during the
decade of the '90s. After the vote to name the officers, Professor Ana
Cairo, the officer of the Roger Avila Association of Writers, and I
counted the votes, and there were a surprising number of artists who
voted for Guillermo Vidal.
No one else had as many votes; no one even came close. However, later,
when I saw who they elected, I understood that the votes were only a
game, because Abel Prieto determined the election. They didn't give any
commission to Guillermo Vidal, not even in his own province. He was
cursed, on the list of the marginalized.
When he died, it caused an infinite sadness, impossible to describe. I
called the Institute of the Book (ICL), since I knew that they would
have transport to take writers who wanted to participate in his burial.
The Taliban Iroel Sanchez, at that time the President of this
institution, assured me that the microbus already had seats assigned. Of
course, he was lying to me, and I intuited that in his words. Later,
those who made the trip in that transport told me that not all the seats
I regretted very much not being able to say goodbye to him in that last
moment. They feared that the truth would come out: that they had
condemned him in life by closing all the doors to him that he knew his
literature, a stroke of talent, would win. Surely I would have said that.
You can't talk about Cuban literature at the end of the 20th century
without mentioning the genres of the short story and the novel. However,
in spite of the human misery that surrounded him, and the material
poverty they obliged him to suffer, his genius at being a good Cuban
jokester is the first thing that comes to mind when we think about him.
That's how I want to remember him now.
The book fairs in Havana take place in February and almost always
coincide with his birthday, the 10th, that all his friends celebrated in
harmony. We also celebrated February 14. I have one of his books,
presented to me during those days, and I remember the dedication to me
that "in spite of it being the day of love (Valentine's Day), don't get
me wrong, I was a macho, macho guajiro."
He had a spectacular snore. It almost loosened the nails from the beams
and raised the roof. When you approached his room, the first sensation
was that there was a roaring lion inside. The result? No one wanted to
share a room with him.
Once, late in the night in Ciego de Avila, I met another writer from Las
Tunas, Carlos Esquivel, literally crying in the lobby of the hotel
because he couldn't manage to sleep with those snorts.
When I described this scene the next day to Guillermo, he laughed like a
naughty child. He asked me to repeat the story so he could continue to
amuse himself, and he called for the others to listen to what suffering
he was capable of inflicting, unconsciously.
In one of the prizes he won, and there were several, he had the luck to
receive dollars. Then we got a telephone call saying that he was a
relative of Rockefeller, and that he was ready to share his fortune;
thus, he was generous. Certainly, in those few months I didn't have a
cent, and he continued in his material poverty. No one except his
friends and spouse could believe him.
At one book fair in Guadalajara he told me that sometimes he had the
impression that the government permitted him to leave to see if he
stayed and they would get rid of him, and he laughed imagining the faces
of the functionaries when they saw him return.
In one of his visits to Havana, he confessed to me how surprised he was
because another writer told him that he envied him, and he couldn't
conceive of being anyone to envy, and he laughed. "When I go home from
the university, at high noon, the cars pass me and no one gives me a
ride, and they leave me wrapped in dust to the point that I stop
breathing so I don't swallow the dust," he said, and he began to laugh.
Then I told him that I would exchange all that poverty for his books,
that I also envied him, and he got serious, and in a respectful tone
asked me if I was serious.
Thus he always comes into my memory, ironic as the priest's pardon after
confessing sins, and as sweet as the tamarind that they give the leaders
This year is the tenth anniversary of his physical disappearance. And
every year, in spite of some mediocre political and cultural figures who
agree to forget him, the imprint of Guillermo Vidal on Cuban culture
overrides frontiers and political regimes. And this is elaborated with
the passage of time, which was the only thing he didn't laugh about. To
struggle against time through writing was an exercise on which he bet
Published in OtroLunes.
Please follow the link and sign the petition to have Amnesty
International declare the Cuban dissident Angel Santiesteban a prisoner
Translated by Regina Anavy
9 April 2014
Source: Guille, The Macho Guajiro / Angel Santiesteban | Translating
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Posted on April 20, 2014
Currency speculation has the island on the edge of mental collapse.
Monday with which to pay wages is scarce. Peso equivalents to the dollar
aren't sold. Informal money changes want real dollars.
Puerto Padre, Cuba — The State Currency Exchange (CADECA) resumed the
sale of convertible pesos (CUC) today, after some interrupted for lack
of non-convertible, i.e. Cuban pesos (CUP). "We are exchanging any
quantify of convertible pesos for national money (CUP), without any
problem," an employee of CADECA said this morning, when asked by this
correspondent. "For me, they changed 24 CUC at 24-to-one, and you see
the 100 peso notes they gave me in exchange," said a man after leaving
Indeed, the curiosity of the young man was not unfounded: although the
date on the notes was 2008, the paper and ink "smelled" as if it had
just come off the presses. The private exchangers don't accept CUCs now
because, simply, people won't by them."
"I brought seven hundred CUC here and I haven't sold one," said the
exchanger, about noon, regarding the convertible pesos popularly known
as chavitos. "The people who don't receive remittances don't have money,
and those who do receive them don't need chavitos."
In Puerto Padre, CUC used to be common in people's pockets; a large
community of immigrants, primarily based in the U.S., sent dollars
relatives and friends which reached the recipients already changed into
CUCs through Miami agencies engaged in this business.
The same applies to medical personnel or those of other institutions,
who, in filling government posts in Latin America and Africa, are also
holders of convertible pesos. Interestingly, these government
collaborators are frequent customers of private moneychangers who
operate illegally, buying U.S. dollars to carry on their missions abroad
to buy appliances and other goods that it would otherwise be impossible
to bring to Cuba with what are paid for their "internationalist"
"I don't buy chavitos now, only dollars in large bills, all they have,"
whispers an underground exchanger on the corner. For every 100 dollar
bill, today he pays 97 pesos.
Cubanet, 19 March 2014, Alberto Méndez Castelló
Source: Now People Don't Want the "Chavitos" (CUCs) / Alberto Mendez
Castello | Translating Cuba -
http://translatingcuba.com/now-people-dont-want-the-chavitos-cucs-alberto-mendez-castello/ Continue reading
La Aduana cubana, criticada con frecuencia por la pérdida de paquetes, el estado de deterioro en que llegan a sus destinatarios y otras irregularidades, publicó este fin de semana la lista de agencias de mensajería extranjeras con las que opera La Habana y las entidades de la Isla que se encargan de recibir los envíos.Continue reading
En el parque central de la Villa de La Asunción de Guanabacoa, una tarja colocada por la Comisión Nacional de Monumentos declara a la parte antigua del municipio como Monumento Nacional.
La realidad dista mucho de lo que anuncia esta tarja. El patrimonio arquitectónico de este pueblo, es uno de los peor conservados en el país. En su mayoría está necesitado de una restauración urgente y profunda.
Un recorrido por las calles enmarcadas dentro del llamado Casco Histórico del poblado, deja como resultado una sensación de incertidumbre y tristeza.Continue reading
Cuba moves to end condom shortage by selling stock with 'wrong
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO
Hoping to resolve a shortage of condoms that has sparked complaints
around Cuba, the island's public health system has approved the sale of
more than one million prophylactics with apparently expired dates.
Pharmacy sales personnel must explain to the buyers that the condoms are
good and simply have the wrong expiration dates, said a report Saturday
in Vanguardia, the newspaper of the Communist Party in the central
province of Villa Clara.
A Vanguardia report April 3 on the shortage said that the government
agency in charge of certifying medical items in 2012 had noticed
erroneous expiration dates on the "Moments" prophylactics imported from
The agency ordered the condoms be repackaged with the correct dates, the
newspaper added. But the state-run enterprise repackaging the more than
one million condoms in stock does not have enough workers to process the
5,000 condoms a day required just in Villa Clara province.
Vanguardia did not publish the "wrong" dates, but its report hinted that
they showed the prophylactics had expired or would soon expire. The
shelf life of condoms is very long, it said.
"Although the lots are in optimal conditions, under the certificate of
the Center for the State Control of Medicines and Medical Equipment the
condoms could not be sold without the new expiration date, December of
2014," Vanguardia reported Saturday.
"Due to the irregularities in the repackaging, which has provoked
prolonged absences of the prophylactics throughout the country, the
Public Health Ministry authorized the sale of the 'Moments' condoms in
their current packages," on April 4, the newspaper said.
Several Cuban bloggers commented acridly on the shortage long after
April 4, with some noting that it could lead to the spread of sexually
transmitted diseases as well as unwanted pregnancies and abortions. The
story was picked up in el Nuevo Herald and The Guardian in London.
The Cuban government, meanwhile, also published a list of companies
around the world that are authorized to ship packages to the island, a
business hit routinely with complaints of lost packages, high prices and
The list "will allow those who send these types of shipments from abroad
to confirm that the agency they plan to use is among those authorized to
carry out those operations with Cuba," said a report in the
government-controlled Cubadebate website.
The U.S. companies listed: Wilson Intl.; Service Inc.; Machi Community
Services; Va Cuba; Caribe Express; Vía Cuba; Flor Caribe Inc.; Caribbean
Family and Travel Services Inc.; Aztec Worldwide Airlines Inc.;
Procurements Systems Inc.; Crowley Logistics Inc.; Frontline Cargo
Logistic; International Port Corp; Ez Shipping LLC; Centrotrading LLC;
and V.I.P INTL INC.
The list, compiled by Cuba's customs agency, also included Cugranca, a
Spanish firm approved to provide delivery and currency exchange services
for people in the United States.
Source: Cuba moves to end condom shortage by selling stock with 'wrong
expiration dates' - Cuba - MiamiHerald.com -
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Raúl Castro recibió este domingo en La Habana al ministro de Exteriores de China, Wang Yi, quien realiza su primera visita oficial a la Isla en su gira por América Latina, informaron medios oficiales, reporta EFE.
"El fraternal intercambio puso de manifiesto el excelente estado de las relaciones bilaterales, que continúan fortaleciéndose con perspectivas de un mayor desarrollo, como expresión de los lazos de hermandad que unen a ambos pueblos y gobiernos", informó la televisión estatal.Continue reading
Según la nueva Ley de Inversiones Extranjeras, los trabajadores cubanos serán contratados por una entidad empleadora. Si a ello se agrega que la única organización sindical permitida representa los intereses del Estado, estamos ante unas relaciones capitalistas donde los trabajadores no tienen quien los defienda. Aunque esa situación era conocida, la información brindada por la directora general de la oficina reguladora de la Zona Especial de Desarrollo Mariel (ZEDM) no deja de sorprender. Veamos:Continue reading
El cubano Adeiny Hechavarría remolcó la carrera de la ventaja con un elevado de sacrificio en el octavo inning, después de que la revisión de una polémica jugada favoreció a Miami, y los Marlins vencieron el domingo 3-2 a los Marineros de Seattle, reporta la AP.
Mike Dunn (1-2) se llevó la victoria como relevista y el taponero Steve Cishek lanzó la novena entrada para su tercer salvamento de la temporada y su trigésimo segundo en fila. Los Marlins barrieron así en la serie de tres encuentros.Continue reading