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Why African-American Doctors Are Choosing to Study Medicine in Cuba – Via The New Yorker By Anakwa Dwamena

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In the countryside of western Havana, during the fall, rickety yellow buses carry first-year medical students from the Latin American School of Medicine. Wearing short-sleeved white smocks and stethoscopes, they go door to door, doing rounds, often speaking to their patients in broken Spanish. “Even people whose houses I wasn’t visiting sometimes would ask me to take their blood pressure, because they just saw me in the street,” Nimeka Phillip, an American who graduated from the school in 2015, told me.

The Latin American School of Medicine, or E.L.A.M., was established by the Cuban government, in 1999, after a series of natural disasters, including Hurricane Mitch, left vulnerable populations in Central America and the Caribbean in dire need of health care. This year, in the aftermath of hurricane season, hundreds of Cuban health workers, many of them E.L.A.M. graduates, will travel to some of the hardest-hit areas of the Atlantic to treat the injured and sick. All of the students who attend E.L.A.M. are international. Many come from Asia, Africa, and the United States. The school’s mission is to recruit students from low-income and marginalized communities, where they are encouraged to return, after they graduate, to practice medicine.

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Cuba-U.S. Collaboration in a New Era of Change Successes and Opportunities in the Environment and Historic Preservation – Via prnewswire


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Cuban Ambassador Jose R. Cabañas Rodríguez Ph.D. will kick off an event on June 4 that considers how the U.S. and Cuba can work together at an uncertain political time, marking one of his first public appearances since Miguel Díaz-Canel succeeded Raúl Castro as president of Cuba last month. The event, co-hosted by the nonprofits Center for International Policy (CIP) and Ocean Doctor, focuses on environmental sustainability and historic preservation, long cited as among the most successful areas of collaboration between Cuba and the U.S. even before the normalization of diplomatic relations in 2014.

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Cuba calls on US and Canada to investigate ‘sonic attack’ claims – Via The Guardian

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The most senior scientist in Cuba has called on his opposite numbers in the US and Canada to assess the evidence behind claims that mysterious attacks in Havana left American and Canadian diplomats with inexplicable concussion-like brain injuries.

Luis Velázquez, a neurologist who was recently appointed president of the Cuban Academy of Sciences, has asked the US and Canadian national science academies for a joint scientific inquiry to examine the evidence behind the alleged attacks.

The move reflects a growing sense of frustration in Cuba that the country is being blamed for harming foreign embassy staff even as governments and independent experts remain baffled as to what form of attack could have made the diplomats ill.

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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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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#ArtsOfCuba / Cuba’s Art and Fashion Adorn Catwalk in the United States (+Photos) – Via Latin Press

The works of creators of the plastic arts came to life outside the canvas in the form of costumes made by five Cuban designers, exhibited during a great festival that continues today in the US capital.

On this Monday, pieces by renowned figures such as Adigio Benítez, Alfredo Sosabravo, Manuel Mendive, Roberto Diago and Roberto Fabelo inspired the colorful dresses that filled a catwalk on the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

This important institution hosts from May 8 to June 3 the Arts of Cuba festival: from the island to the world, which brings together about 400 creators and performers in half a hundred activities.

Continue reading “#ArtsOfCuba / Cuba’s Art and Fashion Adorn Catwalk in the United States (+Photos) – Via Latin Press”

Historic 1st cruise from Port Canaveral to Cuba to set sail – Via mynews13



The Norwegian Sun arrived early Monday morning at the newly remodeled Cruise Terminal 10 in Port Canaveral. 

Traveling to the Caribbean island became possible in 2015 after then-President Barack Obama announced the U.S. would normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba in what is now known as the “Cuba thaw.”

That move ended a 54-year stretch of isolation and hostility between the two countries.

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Cuba to display Beauty of its Culture in United States – Via

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Artes de Cuba, a two-week festival in the US capital, will show the humanity and beauty of the Cuban culture, Alicia Adams, curator of the event, told Prensa Latina news agency.

Adams is the Vice-President of International Programming at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where the American public will be able to enjoy the theater, dance, music and visual arts and films of the Caribbean nation from next May 8 to 20.

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