All Things Considered, February 9, 2005 · Commentator Ana Hebra Flaster says that in her native Cuba, nicknames are pervasive -- and often unflattering. These nicknames ususally make blunt reference to physical traits that would be unmentionable in the U.S.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans For Humanitarian Trade With Cuba (AHTC), a national organization that includes blue-ribbon leaders such as David Rockefeller, Frank Carlucci, Carla Hills and Paul Volcker, endorsed legislation introduced today by a powerful and unprecedented group of Republican Senators meant to head-off recent Bush Administration moves to cut back agricultural trade and travel to Cuba.
The Agricultural Export Facilitation Act was introduced today by U.S. Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho) with other leaders including Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and U.S. Senator Max Baucus, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, for a total of 20 cosponsors, half Republican, half Democratic.
The legislation would: grant a ’general license’ (similar to what journalists have now, which basically assures the freedom to travel without specific U.S. government authorization) for Americans traveling to Cuba to sell, market, or service agricultural products: facilitate visits from Cuban agricultural trade officials and inspectors; allow direct banking relations for agriculture trade-related transactions; and repeal Section 211, widely viewed as a law that protects certain Cuban exile interests while jeopardizing a far larger pool of American trademarks registered in Cuba.
A companion bill is expected to be introduced by Republican House leaders in the weeks ahead. Other bills in the House (and Senate) to lift all restrictions on Americans’ ability to travel to Cuba have enjoyed majority support.= Congress passed the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act (TSRA) of 2000 under the leadership of then U.S. Senator John Ashcroft (R-MO) to open Cuba’s market to American agricultural products. Since that time, U.S. agricultural sales to Cuba have reached almost $1 billion making Cuba the 22nd largest market for U.S. agricultural exports.
"This bill reflects the clear position of the Republican leadership in the Senate and the business community as a whole that current Cuba trade is important, should be protected and made as easy as possible," said Kirby Jones, an AHTC Board Member and President of Alamar Associates, a leading Cuba business consulting firm.= AHTC is a national association of American leaders committed to securing normal humanitarian trade and travel to Cuba for the benefit of the Cuban people and American interest at large. A complete list of AHTC Advisory Council members can be found at our website http://www.ahtc.org/, but includes: Dwayne Andreas, Chairman Emeritus, Archer Daniels Midland; Phil Baum, American Jewish Congress; Peter Coors, Chairman, Coors Brewing Company; Richard Feinberg, Former NSC Chief for Latin America; James Schlesinger, Former Secretary of Defense, William D. Rogers, Former Assistant Secretary of State; General John Sheehan, former Supreme Alllied Commander, Atlantic (NATO); John Whitehead, Former Assistant Secretary of State, and a broad consortium of U.S. ports, business and religious leaders and Cuban exiles.
CONTACT: Lissa Weinmann, +1-718-416-1653, for Americans For Humanitarian Trade With Cuba
More than 80 works form 19 countries will compete at the 6th Documentary Festival Santiago Alvarez In Memoriam, the Organizing Committee confirmed for Prensa Latina Sunday.+ Filmmakers from Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Algeria, Germany, Italy, India, Canada, Morocco and Puerto Rico will take part in this, the first international festival, at this eastern Cuban city from March 5 through 8.
Cinematographers from South Korea, Chile, the United States, Uruguay, France and Spain sent works to the competition, while six projects of screenplays to film from five nations were inscribed to compete.
Along with the work by foreigner artists, 22 works by Cuban documentary makers aspired to one of the 14 official awards and 19 side awards granted in the fest to remember one of the most important Latin American filmmakers.
The lectures will deal with aspects such as impossible neutrality and the documentary facing the great issues of our times; a look into the future from Santiago Alvarez´s works and challenges of the genre in contemporary world.
Seven parallel exhibitions will be screened during the festival, including a retrospective on Cuban filmmaker Fernando Perez´s work, a special on ICAIC News on its 45th anniversary, and other on Italian and Venezuelan documentaries.
February 6, 2005. Ever since he was a little boy putting in long waits to see a doctor who wasn't even a pediatrician, Lawrence "L.T." Jones has had a problem with how the world's richest country cares for the health of its poor folks.
Jones plans to be part of the solution, thanks to a huge gift to this country from a poor and put-down neighbor.
The 23-year-old from Gary is one of 88 Americans enrolled in the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, run by the Cuban government to supply doctors to needy areas in the Western Hemisphere and Africa.
Cuba? That hardscrabble island of repression? Turning Americans into physicians? ...
HAVANA (Reuters) - Sculptures and prints by Louise Bourgeois, including her monumental "Maman" spider, went on show in Havana this weekend in the first major exhibition in Cuba by a contemporary U.S. artist.
A U.S.-based organizer said he was surprised last year to obtain a U.S. Treasury Department license to hold the show in Communist-run Cuba in the current hostile political climate between the two countries.
The 20 sculptures and 11 prints from Bourgeois' private collection, insured for $15 million, had to be shipped to Cuba through Canada due to four-decade-old U.S. sanctions that have been tightened by the administration of President Bush. ...
As the curtain closed on the final gala of the International Festival of Ballet in Havana in November, Alicia Alonso, the aged matriarch of Cuban ballet, stood unsteadily at center stage, her arms outstretched toward the raucous adulation of the crowd. Silent and still, a gracious smile chiseled on her face, she seemed less a woman than a monument. She has presided over the biennial festival since 1960, and her power is such that she - and perhaps she alone - is able to draw the globe's best artists to her slight, impoverished nation to dance.
Ms. Alonso, who is 83, has ruled the Ballet Nacional de Cuba - has been the Ballet Nacional de Cuba - for nearly six decades. Before, ballet in Cuba was a marginalized extravagance. Now, men in one of the world's most macho countries clamor to put on dancing tights. She has trained some of the era's greatest dancers and created a world-class ballet company renowned for its precise classicism and exuberant virtuosity.
She has accomplished all this despite her nation's poverty. Despite its isolation from the world's great ballet companies. And one other thing: despite the fact that she is, depending on whom you ask, either largely or completely blind...
In a Cuban Kitchen Alex Garcia remembers sitting at his grandmother's table in Cuba, as his aunts and other female relatives pounded top round. Afterward, they marinated the meat for at least three hours, then cooked up the juiciest steak imaginable.
He remembers them soaking beans overnight, then producing the creamiest bean soup in the neighborhood. And he remembers the still-warm, freshly laid chicken eggs at his grandmother's house.
Don't miss this Documentary re-broadcast - WNET Channel 13 - Sunday February 6th - 12:00 Noon
This documentary examines the impact of the controversial, charismatic Cuban dictator Fidel Castro on the latter half of the 20th century. It details the accomplishments and failures of the man who has confounded American presidents from Eisenhower to Bush, while surviving a CIA-backed invasion, countless assassination plots, an economic embargo, and more.