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Cuba’s National Ballet, Biggest in the World, to Perform in US – Via TeleSur English

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The National Ballet of Cuba, which is directed by Cuban legendary dancer Alicia Alonso, announced Tuesday that it is organizing a tour in several cities in the United States during the months of May and June.

The Cuban academy has chosen the classic ballets of their repertoire, Giselle and Don Quixote, for their latest performances in Chicago, Washington and New York.

The first performances are scheduled in Chicago during the third week of May and the following are scheduled at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington.

The last part of the Cuban ballet tour will take place in the city’s of New York and Saratoga Springs during the first weekend of June, where the group will perform a choreographic version of Alicia Alonso’s iconic performance of the romantic ballet play Giselle.

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How do elections work in Cuba ?


Partial elections + elections of delegates to Provincial Assemblies + elections of deputies to National Assembly = General elections

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THE Cuban election system is different from all others that exist around the world, and is young institutionally. Established in the 1976 Constitution, which took effect on February 24 that year, the People’s Power structure has been in place for more than 40 years.
Among the elements that characterize elections here is the term unity, essential for the protection of the country’s independence. The country is led by a single party, that is not electoral in nature, does not nominate candidates, but serves as the guiding force in state affairs and society.


The Cuban electoral system is governed by the Constitution; Law No. 72 from October 29, 1992; the 2007 Electoral Law and Decree Law No. 248, on the voter registry.

Two types of elections exist, partial and general.

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Discovering Cuba (I): Camaguey

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Camaguey it is the province with the largest area in Cuba.

Before the current political-administrative division it included the territories of the provinces of Ciego de Avila, part of Sancti Spiritus and Las Tunas.

Also called the “City of the Tinajones” because of the proliferation of these huge clay pots, Camaguey (named after 1903) has a unique urban pattern formed by narrow and tortuous streets that invariably flow into big and small squares and preserved buildings of outstanding historical-cultural and architectural values.

Blessed with beautiful beaches and keys is undoubtedly one of the most attractive tourist sites for those who want to visit the city.

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… “a city on the hill,” that the entire world would consider an example to follow


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In 1630, during a speech given aboard the Arabella, anchored in Massachusetts Bay, before disembarking John Winthrop stated that the colonists would found “a city on the hill,” that the entire world would consider an example to follow…

Since the process of English colonization of North America began almost four centuries ago, the U.S. political creed has been in formation. In 1630, during a speech given aboard the Arabella, anchored in Massachusetts Bay, before disembarking John Winthrop stated that the colonists would found “a city on the hill,” that the entire world would consider an example to follow.

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Cuba Rejects Luis Almagro’s ‘Interventionist’ Remarks – Via TeleSurEnglish

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Cuban Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Rogelio Sierra has denounced statements made by Organization of American States, OAS, Secretary General Luis Almagro against the island’s electoral process, arguing he has “no credibility, morality or ethics to judge what the government and the people of Cuba does.”

“We categorically reject the declarations by the Secretary General of the OAS for being interventionist; Cuba will continue on its own path,” Sierra said during a press conference Tuesday.


On Saturday, during with a meeting with anti-government Cubans in Miami, Almagro claimed “we cannot accept a non-democratic succession in Cuba,” insisting the international community should not accept “dictators” in the upcoming Summit of the Americas.

“Today at the @cubanmuseum in Miami I participated in an event about the future of Cuba with @CubaDecide. Democracy for Cubans is being able to decide their future. We can not accept a non-democratic transition in Cuba.”

This March, the Cuban people will elect over 600 new members of the National Assembly, which chooses the island’s president. According to Sierra, Almagro is “supporting the campaigns and action of the counter-revolution and its allies” with his comments.

In his statement, Sierra also pointed to Almagro’s complicit silence after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson openly expressed his support for a military coup in Venezuela on the eve of his Latin America tour.

However, Almagro’s silence is due to his support for regime change in Venezuela. During the same Miami meeting, Almagro referred to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as a “dictator” and argued that to confront Maduro “first, we must confront the Cuban regime.” He also said Cubans living inside and outside of the island are “responsible for stopping the regime.”

In an interview with CNN Español, Almagro attacked the Venezuelan presidential elections scheduled for this April, saying “we already know, not because we are seers, that Maduro is going to win.”

Sierra concluded his rebuke assuring that “no one will be able to crush Cuba, even if the submissive and subservient, like the OAS Secretary General, dream with it.”


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Standing with Arkansas Farmers and Ranchers – Via Newton County Times

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As the economy continues to grow in Arkansas, it is important to remember that agriculture continues to be our Number 1 industry. Today, I want to take a moment to thank our farmers for all they do for Arkansas. Farming isn’t easy, but important work never is.


I grew up on a poultry and cattle farm and, as a boy, I saw the hard work it took to make a living off the farm.


I’ve seen first-hand what it takes to plant, raise and harvest a crop. I know the challenge of raising livestock to maturity for market. More importantly, I know the work and investment our farmers carry out every day.

Arkansas’s agriculture has a $20 billion economic impact in the state each year. And that number has the potential to grow.

Since I took office in 2015, I’ve traveled the globe to help open additional markets for our state’s agricultural producers, including trade missions to Cuba and China and Europe.


As a result, we’ve brought back a handful of Chinese companies that will directly benefit our cotton and timber industries. And shortly after I returned from Cuba, the Cuban government ordered 4,500 tons of poultry from Arkansas companies.

As governor, not only do I make it a priority to stay abreast of the challenges that our farming community faces, but I have been — and will continue to be — a vocal advocate for Arkansas agriculture on the national and international stage. After all, farming isn’t just a pastime for Arkansans but rather a vital part of who we are as a state.

That’s why, at the National Governor’s Association meeting last summer, I took the opportunity to stress the importance of agricultural trade for our state with President Trump. It’s the reason I met with Vice President Pence to discuss North American trade. And it’s why my office facilitated two visits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in less than a year so he could see — and hear — first-hand the issues facing our famers and ranchers.


Earlier this week, I spent a couple days in New York pitching our state to companies as a great place to do business. While I was there, I gave several interviews to editors, reporters and anchors from different national news organizations touting our economic development efforts. Those interviews are an effective way to spread the good word about Arkansas.

One of the subjects of interest to reporters was NAFTA – the North American Free Trade Agreement – which needs to be modernized but its continuance is essential for Arkansas and the rest of the nation. My message was clear: As the United States considers the future of NAFTA, the nation must be careful that it does not harm global trade. Arkansas must be able to continue its access to North American markets unimpeded by unfair trade barriers, which would inflict serious harm on Arkansas’s agriculture, retail and manufacturing sectors.


That message is especially important when you look at the statistics.In 2016, Arkansas’s agricultural exports to Mexico and Canada alone, including poultry, rice, soybeans and cotton, totaled $357 million. Our total exports worldwide in 2016 came in at $1 billion.

Additionally, Mexico and Canada consume nearly 30 percent of all U.S. rice exports.


I have always stood with our famers, and I will continue to advocate for their interests, because their interests are our interests. When Arkansas’s agriculture industry succeeds, our state succeeds.


I am grateful for the farmers and ranchers who built agriculture into our top industry and for those who keep it there.

Internet wars: U.S. plans to overthrow the Cuban Revolution with new technologies – Via Cuba Solidarity


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In this modern era of cell phones, the internet, and social networks, it is easy to forget that the U.S. has been using communications technologies to attack Cuba ever since the age of shortwave radios and the emergence of television.

The U.S. State Department’s announcement this past January, of the creation of a Cuba Internet Task Force is, therefore, just another scheme in a long saga of Washington’s subversive plans to overthrow the Cuban Revolution.

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Phipps’ ‘Tropical Forest Cuba’ captures look, feel of the island – Via TRIB Live


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Lush tropical plants, cascading waterfalls and classic 1940s and ’50s American cars are part of the landscape and culture of Cuba that come to life at Phipps’ Tropical Forest Conservatory beginning Feb. 10.

“Tropical Forest Cuba” is the result of an extensive planning process that included a research trip to Cuba in 2016 for Phipps exhibit coordinator Jordyn Melino and a few other staff members.

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