Preservation effort makes Hemingway’s Cuba home look like he never left – LATimes

San Francisco de Paula
Finca la Vigìa
Museo Hemingway

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“Did you see the war correspondent’s uniform?” a dazzled visitor asks a companion, as both peer at a musty closet housing vintage garb, much of it martial in nature.

“And the white shoes!” he adds, alluding to the jaunty footwear invoking Gatsby revelry amid the khaki attire and lace-up boots.

Such scenes unfold daily at one of Cuba’s most popular tourist destinations — Finca Vigia (Lookout Estate), the 12-acre villa that was the longtime residence of Ernest Hemingway. It’s the place that the restless ex-pat author called home longer than any other, for the better part of two decades.

Twelve miles east of downtown Havana, Finca Vigia now houses the government-run Hemingway Museum, drawing “Papa” aficionados from across the globe.

What is the protocol to investigate air accidents in Cuba? – Via Granma


Following the plane crash in Havana on May 18, a commission was created to investigate the incident. Granma spoke with authorities at the Civil Aviation Institute of Cuba (IACC) to learn about the protocols the country follows when faced with this type of accident

Cuba is a founding member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), established in 1944, which regulates and manages issues concerning air navigation.

This body stipulates different regulations, among which is Annex 13 to the International Civil Aviation Convention, which establishes the responsibilities and protocols for international aircraft accident investigations, such as that which occurred in Havana. However, each country has its own specific adaptation of these recommended practices, known in Cuba as the Cuban Aviation Regulations (RAC 13), explained IACC President, Armando L. Daniel López, in charge of the investigation.

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A starfish fossil from the Cretaceous period was recently discovered in Cuba


RODAS, Cienfuegos.–Cuba’s first discovery of a Cretaceous period starfish fossil recently occurred in the municipality of Rodas.

It was found by researcher and member of the Cuban Society of Geology, Carlos Rafael Borges Sellén, who told Granma that the fossil was uncovered at the Aguadita farm, about six kilometers from the municipal capital of Rodas, Cienfuegos province, as part of the identification of new sites in the Damuji Paleontological Region.

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HeberFERON: an effective solution to skin cancer. #Cuba


Taken from CIGB

The Cuban drug HeberFERON, developed by specialists from the island, is now confirmed as an effective treatment against basal carcinoma, the most frequent skin cancer disease and increasing globally.

After two years in the basic table of medicines in Cuba, the HeberFERON is tested in the national territory with more than satisfactory results in the treatment and prevention of this condition.

This is confirmed by the results shown by the drug in the province of Sancti Spíritus, where almost a hundred patients have been treated since the clinical trials began, according to Dr. Vladimir Sanchez, a specialist in Dermatology.

Ballet Nacional de Cuba at the Kennedy Center – “So many stellar qualities in this company… dancing [to make] you fall in love with ballet all over again”–The Washington Post – Via Kennedy Center


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Ballet Nacional de Cuba
Alicia Alonso, Artistic Director
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
Don Quixote (May 29 & 30)
(Minkus/Alonso after Petipa)

Timing: Act 1 – 45 min.; Intermission – 20 min.; Act 2 – 30 min.; Intermission – 20 min.; Act 3 – 30 min. (Approx. 2-1/2 hours)
Giselle (May 31–June 3) 
(Adam/Alonso, based on Coralli and Perrot)

Timing: Act 1 – 55 min.; Intermission – 20 min.; Act 2 – 45 min. (Approx. 2 hours)

Internationally renowned Ballet Nacional de Cuba made its landmark U.S. debut at the Kennedy Center 40 years ago. Last seen at the Kennedy Center in 2011, the company returns to the Opera House stage with two extraordinary ballets—Artistic Director Alicia Alonso’s definitive staging of the romantic classic Giselle with choreography after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot and its acclaimed version of Don Quixote choreographed by Alicia Alonso after Marius Petipa.

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Caribbean Lost Almost $700M in Tourism Revenue Due to Hurricanes in 2017 – Via TeleSur


Tourism is a crucial sector for most Caribbean countries.

The Caribbean’s tourism sector lost close to US $700 million in revenue and saw almost one million fewer visitors in 2017 due to the devastating impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria. An industry report released by the London-based World Travel and Tourism Council revealed the disastrous effect the storms had on one of the region’s most critical industries when compared to previous years Tuesday.

“The hurricane season resulted in an estimated (loss) in 2017 of 826,100 visitors to the Caribbean, compared to pre-hurricane forecasts,” the Council’s report noted. Those tourists and the missed revenue the Council stated could have sustained more than 11,000 jobs within the region.

Tourism is a crucial sector for Caribbean countries. The industry, according to the report, is responsible for 15.2 percent of the region’s gross domestic product. It’s also responsible for 14 percent of the overall all jobs in the islands.

Worldwide, tourism accounts for, on average, 10.4 of the total gross domestic product, according to the Council.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria left a trail of destruction in several Caribbean countries in August and September 2017.


US Embassy opening is the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 2014 – Via RT

Tens of thousands of mourners have turned out in Gaza for the funerals of the protesters killed by Israeli soldiers on Monday. At least 60 people lost their lives in what’s become the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 2014. More than 27-hundred others were injured – many with live ammunition. The violence came as the U.S. controversially opened its new embassy in nearby Jerusalem.

Empire Files: The Hidden War on Trans Rights – Via TeleSurEnglish – YouTube – By @AbbyMartin

In 2016, more than 50 bills were introduced in Congress targeting Trans people. Since Trump took office, dozens of pieces of landmark legislation have been canceled, severely rolling back Trans rights. To explore this wide-ranging assault, Abby Martin speaks with two leading voices and activists in the Trans community: Chase Strangio, attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, and Jennicet Gutierrez, founding member of La Family: Trans Queer Liberation Movement.

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A close look at the Guantanamo Naval Base – “As a resident of the municipality of Caimanera, I can talk about the negative impacts of having a U.S. military base located in Guantanamo’s territory against the will of our people”

The Guantanamo Naval Base of 117.6 square kilometers has been occupied since 1903 by the United States, against the will of the Cuban people. Its creation was the result of a coaling station leased signed by Tomas Estrada Palma’s government with the United States, in 1903. It continues to be a source of tension between the two countries and has been used for a variety of aggressive purposes. During the last part of the 20th century it served as a detention center for Cubans and Haitians intercepted at sea, and after 2001, for prisoners of the alleged war on terrorism.

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1. The 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, in Article 52, describes as null any agreement made under the threat of force or its use, just as occurred in the case of Guantanamo.

2. Moreover, the lease of Cuban land and waters by the United States government to establish the naval base in Guantánamo, according to the 1903 treaty and its replacement signed in 1934, was for as long a period of time as the U.S. deemed necessary. But no lease can be valid without an ending date established, since it is legally absurd that a proprietor cannot reclaim a property at some point.

3. On March 5, 1959, the Cuban government demanded that Washington end its occupation in Guantanamo, but the U.S. continues to control the area. Originally the rent was established as 2,000 dollars a year in gold, but as time went on, the U.S. decided to pay $4,085 by check deposited in a Swiss bank.

4. Since then, Cuba has never cashed these checks, refusing to recognize the legality of the occupation.

5. The lease specifies that the area rented is to be exclusively used as a coaling station, but the U.S. Navy has used the Guantanamo base for whatever purpose it sees fit. 


– Of the base’s 117.6 square kilometers, only 49.4 of firm ground is occupied, the rest being the bay’s waters, along 17.5 kilometers of coastline.

– Through 2008, some 800 prisoners from 42 countries were detained at the base, the majority from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

– Currently the U.S. is holding more than 140 prisoners at the base.

– In 2013, President Obama requested 450 million dollars from Congress for maintenance and repair at the prison, and more than 200 million to improve temporary facilities.

* Information shared at Cuba-Dominican Republic Pedagogical Conference held in Guantanamo

By Professor Guillermo Paumier Labacena Via Granma International

In his opinion, the base imposes a different type of conduct on individuals who find themselves affected by the presence of the base. Special legal regulations exist that make people feel uncomfortable in their own environment and oblige them live differently.

The Guantanamo native mentioned restrictions on movement throughout the area, and a prohibited zone closed off with a two-meter high, triple fence of 15 to 18 strands of barbed wire and other materials. No Cuban from another province can freely visit the area without first requesting permission from authorities.

“In the military ranges, they conduct exercises with combat aircraft and mechanized equipment that break the sound barrier and cause deafening noises. As a consequence, there are a number of people who suffer hearing problems, or associated illnesses like headaches, stomachaches, and dizziness, plus psychological problems caused by stress,” Paumier reported. 

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