The ongoing protests in Venezuela have left at least 20 people dead since breaking out last month. Both sides have staged massive rallies, with opponents accusing President Nicolas Maduro of authoritarianism and mishandling the economy and supporters backing his continuation of Hugo Chavez’s legacy of social welfare. Maduro has bristled at outside attempts to intervene.
“At least I had the guts to go down there and see it with my own eyes,” said Oliver Stone who just relaeased his documentary “Mi Amigo Hugo” on the late Venezuelan president.
The return of former Cuban government spy Fernando Gonzalez Llort and the crisis in Venezuela and the Ukraine have eclipsed the tragic news of the partial building collapse that took place at Havana’s central bus terminal, injuring two women (one of whom suffered a cranial fracture and is currently in serious condition).
From the Isla de la Juventud, biologist Marbelis Castillo, Director of Cultural Heritage gives her views on the state of the prehistoric caves with hundreds of paintings there following a recent article in the official Granma newspaper questioning the state of protection.
High Commissioner, Navi Pillay, of the Human Rights Council (HRC) will introduce a resolution at its 25th session (March 3-28) recommending that Sri Lanka promote reconciliation and accountability with the minority Tamil people. Cuba is expected to vote against the resolution.
Nearly a hundred paintings have been stolen from Havana’s National Fine Arts Museum in what could well be the most serious misappropriation of Cuba’s artistic heritage of recent decades.
There are things I really don’t understand about the US government. They claim the “Castro regime” has indoctrinated the Cuban people, that the most fundamental human rights are constantly being trampled and so on and so forth.
Born in Cuba’s province of Santa Clara in 1972, Roly Berrio is an outstanding folk musician who broke into the music world in the 90s. In 1992, he founded the trio Enserie with musicians Levis Aleaga and Raul Cabrera, a band that would become a nationwide project under the Hermanos Saiz Association.
Cuban President Raul Castro yesterday closed a Congress of the Federation of Cuban Workers (CTC), the only union allowed on the island, making it clear that the mission of workers in Cuba is to produce more with greater discipline and efficiency, with the certainty that one day there will be higher wages.
When people ask why does the US trade embargo and travel ban on Cuba exist more than 20 years after the end of the Cold War one of the most savvy answers is pointing to all the individuals and groups that benefit from hundreds of millions of black hole funding without having to show much in return.