Thumbs Up … there we go Cuba! – Royal Caribbean Expands Sailings to Cuba in 2018 / Via PR NEWSWIRE


Post by @CubanWindow From the Original:  Royal Caribbean Expands Sailings to Cuba in 2018 – New itineraries With New Destinations and More Sailings Now Across Two Ships Open the Door for Adventurer Seekers

MIAMI, Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Royal Caribbean International will double its opportunities for a Cuba adventure next summer, with two ships sailing to the island nation – Majesty of the Seas and Empress of the Seas – and two new destinations added to itineraries.  The added sailings and breadth of experiences at the new ports of Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos on the southeast coast give adventure seekers even more ways to immerse themselves in the culture and history of the vibrant island.  Cuba’s historic cities of Havana, Santiago and Cienfuegos will be among  the destinations on an array of 4- to 8-night Caribbean adventures on Empress of the Seas that open for sale today.

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Fidel’s Action and Thinking: save lives and keep the people informed Via TeleSurEnglish



From the very first hurricanes that violently shook the palm trees, Fidel elaborated his two-pronged thinking: save lives and keep the people informed / Arnold August

Post by @CubanWindow From the original: Fidel’s Action and Thinking Confronting Hurricanes Today by Arnold August

Related in The Cuban Window HURRICANE

I arrive from Canada at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport on Oct. 22, 2017, around 11:30 p.m. Waiting to receive me is the president of the Cuban Institute of History, Rene Gonzalez Barrientos. He has come despite my having pleaded with him not to pick me up, given his heavy responsibilities in organizing the Oct. 24–26 Second International Symposium, “The Cuban Revolution: Genesis and Historical Development.” Rene insists that, as I am an invited guest, it is his responsibility to do so. Alone with a car and no driver, we haul my heavy baggage loaded with books for a presentation in Cuba’s capital. We are headed to the Communist Party of Cuba’s modest but very hospitable Hotel.

It is my first visit to Cuba since the devastating Hurricane Irma. After inquiring about his health and that of his wife and family, I ask about the situation in Cuba since Irma. What follows is the equivalent of a keynote address adapted to the conditions of driving a car through Havana late at night.

Rene points out in a lively and descriptive manner how Cuba recovers as a result of Fidel’s thinking and action on confronting hurricanes as if one has been present at each of the massive recovery efforts during the many hurricanes that have descended upon the archipelago since 1959. There are several aspects comprising what Fidel called confronting the “natural phenomena coups” (perhaps making reference to the Batista coup d’état, which Cuba overthrew during the Revolution).

One such feature is the Fidel-inspired strategy of maintaining reserves to confront either military or natural incursions into Cuba. It leaves no stone un-turned. The outstanding historian and host takes his avid one-person-audience through this experience both in time and space, as confident in his country’s policy as he is in driving in the oftentimes difficult conditions.




4 film lovers: 39th edition of the Havana International Film Festival




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Related: Cuba International Film and TV School invites new students for all around the world: Regular Course 2017-2020. In NYC they has a representative

WIF: Moments of joy in Havana for film lovers – Havana will host an impressive program of films December 8-17

404 films will be screened in ten cinemas across the Cuban capital, of which 308 are Latin American, with the most represented countries being Argentina (65), Mexico (50), Cuba (43), Brazil (41), Chile (32) and Colombia (21). A total of 96 films will be screened from the United States, Spain, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

With the 39th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, the most anticipated annual gathering for Cuban and visiting moviegoers, just around the corner, the most constant question is: Which films to choose? As it is, of course, impossible to watch more than 400 films in just ten days.


United States bans most government scientists from travel to Cuba Via



HAVANA—To celebrate its 80th anniversary, the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK) here is throwing a birthday bash: a conference next week that several U.S. collaborators were planning to attend. All but one has backed out, says IPK virologist María Guadalupe Guzmán. Some, she says, were unsettled by recent claims that U.S. diplomats in Cuba suffered what the Department of State has described as “health attacks.” And two researchers with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told IPK they had to pull out because agency officials forbade them from traveling to Cuba.

Three years after the United States and Cuba announced the restoration of diplomatic relations, the atmosphere for cooperation has grown sharply chillier. In June, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he would roll back the rapprochement, and his administration followed through last month with rules that limit travel to Cuba from the United States, and where Americans can spend money on the island. The new regulations don’t explicitly target science and have exemptions for academics. (The CDC referred Science to the State Department; a spokesperson explained that “short-term travel by U.S. government officials to Cuba is currently limited to those involved with the ongoing investigation” into the alleged attacks.) And the closure of the U.S. consulate here in October means that Cubans must travel to a third country to apply for a U.S. visa, all but shutting down visits by Cuban scientists to the United States.


Places you shouldn’t miss if you’re planning to visit Cuba (III)

Post by @CubandWindow / Related: International Circus Festival 2018  in Cuba  

Cuba has one of the most important circus schools, which meets the highest international standards. Inserted in the system of educational preparation on the island their pupils receive free knowledge from their mentors.

The Circus  

Circus art is recognized as the oldest and most popular among the scenic modes. Complex and trans-human cultural expression, developed at the foot of Gothic towers, traveled secular paths and reached far. In Cuba life is estimated at more than 200 years

References very old here of “jugglers, conjurers, acrobats and mimes ” appear already at the end of the XVIII century in the Chapter Acts of the insular colonial power.

These documents show since 1793 the existence of subjects dedicated to entertainment during the festivities of Corpus Christi, and also admit the presence of “clowns and puppeteers” in mansions of wealthy and public places.

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UPDATE – Let’s Travel 2 #Cuba: International Association of Cruise Lines bets on Cuba



“Cuba has unique conditions for these tourism issues and the cruises themselves. In the first place we have a history, a culture, the architecture of the city of Havana, the natural beauty of our country; and above all, the friendly and friendly nature of our people “

US companies operating in Cuba:

Carnival Cruise Line

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line Holding

Pearl Seas

The Presidents of the main cruise companies of the world meet for two days in Havana, as an expression of the continuity and solidity of the operations in Cuba, as well as the country’s security as a growing tourist destination in this modality.

At the opening of the event of the International Association of Cruise Lines, the Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, highlighted the excellent opportunities of the Island to develop this activity.


Spitting Insults: Trump Makes Joke About Pocahontas at Meeting 2 Honor Native Vets – Via TeleSurEnglish

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“(Trump should) stop using our historical people of significance as a racial slur against one of his opponents,” a Native American advocate said.

President Donald Trump has provoked the ire of Native Americans once again by using a meeting meant to honor Native World War Two veterans as an occasion to joke that there is a “Pocahontas” in the U.S. Congress, an apparent slur against Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

After listening to one veteran speak at length about his experience as a “Navajo code talker” during the war, Trump heaped praise on the veterans and said he would not give prepared remarks himself.

“You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said. “Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”

As Trump spoke, the veterans stared at him silently in a manner suggesting bemusement. The “joke” had clearly fallen flat, causing the U.S. leader to place his hand on the shoulder of one of the veterans and say: “But you know what – I like you.”

To add insult to injury, the ceremony took place before a portrait of a glaring President Andrew Jackson, who was a fervent advocate and executor of genocidal policies toward the Native peoples of the United States.

During his presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly mocked Warren as “Pocahontas” in reference to past claims by the representative that she had Native American ancestry.

“Pocahontas” was the name of a famous 17th-century Native American young woman who was the daughter of Powhatan chief Wahunsenaca. As a teenager, Pocahontas’ husband was murdered and she was kidnapped by the English colonizers and subjected to repeated acts of sexual violence and rape. At the time, Native women were sexually targeted in masses by English colonists.

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Elections begin in Cuba – Nationwide polling stations to vote for delegates to Municipal Assemblies of People’s Power opened at 7 am, November 26

More than five thousand young people were nominated in this process has been seriously and that it enjoys total credibility.Via 

Today, the Cuban people will be voting for delegates to Municipal Assemblies of People’s Power, in 12,515 circumscriptions nationwide, following nomination assemblies which took place from September 4 through October 30, 2017, with the participation of 6,746,867 voters (78.35% of the electorate).
This November 26, the Cuban people will choose delegates to the country’s 168 municipal assemblies from among 27,221 candidates, 9,637 of whom are women (35.40 %) and 5,307 young people (19.49 %); while 8,331 or 66.44% of current delegates were nominated for another term.