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BBC: Cuba’s baseball revolution: Why players are turning pro

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Isla de la Juventud is a small, sleepy island with a big passion for baseball, and this year it has been at vanguard of a revolution in the game. For more than five decades, all professional sport has been banned in Cuba, with athletes drilled to perform for the love of their country, not cash. […]

December 19th, 2013 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Babalublog: “Nelson Mandela’s Trial has been properly conducted. The judge has been scrupulously fair.”

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………….This post’s title comes from Anthony Sampson, one of the dozens of international observers at Nelson Mandela’s trial for terrorism in 1964. South Africa’s apartheid regime was no model of liberty. But even its most violent enemies enjoyed a bona fide day in court under a judge who was not beholden to a dictator for […]

December 6th, 2013 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Cubanarama on Blogtalkradio: ZEUS – HARD ROCK HAVANA – MOST POPULAR ROCK STARS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF

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HAVANA, Cuba—On the margins of this isolated country better known for cigars and Castro, a vibrant heavy metal scene flourishes. The most iconic stars are the members of Zeus, the country’s oldest heavy metal band. They’ve performed in Havana since the 1980s, when this American-influenced music was officially banned by the Castro government. The long-haired […]

December 4th, 2013 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

SFPPR.org: Journalists in the Service of Reds: Engineers of Human Souls

By Tania C. Mastrapa | October 25, 2013 In the United States, we metaphorically abide by the double-edged sword. While America is a haven for those who seek freedom from repressive regimes, we simultaneously provide a forum for supporters of those regimes. Stephen Kimber, an award winning journalist and currently a professor of journalism at […]

October 27th, 2013 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Amnesty International: Cuba must immediately release prisoner of conscience

11 September 2013 Cuba must immediately release prisoner of conscience Authorities in Cuba must immediately and unconditionally release a political activist imprisoned solely because of his political views, Amnesty International said as it adopted Iván Fernández Depestre a “Prisoner of Conscience”. The 40 year-old political activist, was arrested on 30 July in the central province […]

September 12th, 2013 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Reuters: Top Cuban baseball player missing, reported to have defected

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HAVANA (Reuters) – One of Cuba’s top baseball players is reported to have abandoned the Communist-run island to become the latest emigre seeking a multi-million-dollar Major League contract in the United States. José Dariel Abreu, 26, an all-star first baseman for one of the island’s best teams, the Elephants of Cienfuegos, failed to show up […]

August 15th, 2013 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Huffington Post: Not Surprised by Cuba’s Weapons Smuggling to North Korea

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A lot of people were baffled — although it’s not clear why the befuddlement — that Cuba’s Castro brothers were caught red-handed smuggling fighter jets, radar and missile components, and other weaponry to Kim Jong-un and North Korea in violation of the U.N. Security Council’s arms embargo. It was no great surprise to those who’ve […]

August 9th, 2013 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Why Democrats Love To Spy On Americans

Besides Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, most Democrats abandoned their civil liberty positions during the age of Obama. With a new leak investigation looming, the Democrat leadership are now being forced to confront all the secrets they’ve tried to hide. For most bigwig Democrats in Washington, D.C., the last 48 hours has delivered news […]

July 15th, 2013 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Miami Herald: Ladies in White resign over alleged State Security infiltrator

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By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com At least 18 members have quit Cuba’s dissident Ladies in White in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba. Top opposition leader Jose Daniel Ferrer has been accused of treating a black supporter like a slave. And Ferrer has split from his wife of 20 years. The two most aggressive […]

July 7th, 2013 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

BBC: Brazil riots latest: Protests continue at Confederations Cup matches despite Rio and Sao Paulo leaders agreeing to reverse public transport fare hikes

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Mass protests continued across Brazil last night despite leaders of the country’s two biggest cities saying that they would reverse the increase in bus and subway fares that ignited the week-long demonstrations in the first place. Both the mayors of Rio de Janeiro and the country’s largest city Sao Paulo pledged to reverse the hike, […]

June 20th, 2013 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Washington Times: FONTOVA: Protecting sponsor of terrorism

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Protecting U.S. diplomats from terrorists on foreign soil is one thing. Protecting terrorism-sponsoring diplomats on U.S. soil quite another. The U.S. State Department is under heavy fire for failing at the job abroad. A diplomat from a nation that the United States officially classifies as a state sponsor of terrorism, however, has no complaints against […]

May 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

AP PHOTOS: Cuba’s LGBT community celebrates

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HAVANA – (AP) — A week of drag shows, colorful marches and social and cultural events in Havana culminates Friday with celebrations of the International Day Against Homophobia. Hundreds of activists have taken part in the activities organized by a sex education center headed by first daughter Mariela Castro. “Join (us) to educate families about […]

May 17th, 2013 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Cuban Cultural Fest

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The Cuban Cultural Fest was established to celebrate the rich heritage and traditions of the island nation that have been nurtured and kept alive by Cuban Americans living in the Tampa Bay area. This festival will showcase talented Cuban artists and performers in a cultural celebration that introduces the people of Tampa Bay to an […]

May 17th, 2013 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Telegraph (UK): FBI places first woman on list of most wanted terrorists

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The reward for the capture and return of Joanne Chesimard, now living in Cuba as Assata Shakur, was doubled to $2 million (£1.3 million) on Thursday, the 40th anniversary of the bloody gun battle. “She continues to flaunt her freedom in the face of this horrific crime,” New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Rick Fuentes […]

May 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Boston Globe: Bombing suspect in custody after standoff in Watertown

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WATERTOWN — Four days after two deadly explosions turned the finish line of the Boston Marathon into a scene of bloody chaos, the 19-year-old college student believed to be responsible for placing the bombs was taken into custody tonight, bringing a sense of relief and justice to a shaken region. Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev of Cambridge […]

April 20th, 2013 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

The Cuban diet: eat less, exercise more – halve preventable deaths

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In a unique natural experiment, researchers have observed how a nation that lost an average of 5kg per head over five years contributed to a halving of the death rate from diabetes and a one third reduction in deaths from heart disease. The natural experiment occurred in Cuba which was plunged into crisis in the […]

April 11th, 2013 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Reuters: Beyonce and Jay Z ‘rock Havana’ for their anniversary

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American pop star Beyonce and rapper husband Jay Z celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary this week in Havana, where big crowds greeted them as they strolled hand in hand through the Cuban capital. They ate at some of the city’s best restaurants, danced to Cuban music, walked through historic Old Havana and posed for pictures […]

April 6th, 2013 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Miami Herald: Havana diplomats at UN try to block Yoani Sanchez news conference

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Cuban diplomats at the United Nations complained “heavy-handedly” about a news conference by blogger Yoani Sánchez at a U.N. auditorium hosted by journalists accredited to the international body, knowledgeable reporters said. Sánchez’s appearance before the U.N. Correspondents Association went ahead as scheduled at 3 p.m. Thursday, but its location had to be shifted because of […]

March 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Reuters: Meteorite explodes over Russia, more than 1,000 injured

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(Reuters) – A meteorite streaked across the sky and exploded over central Russia on Friday, raining fireballs over a vast area and causing a shock wave that smashed windows, damaged buildings and injured 1,200 people. People heading to work in Chelyabinsk heard what sounded like an explosion, saw a bright light and then felt the […]

February 16th, 2013 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider,Science News | Read More »

NYT Editorial: The Rap on Rubio

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Not long ago, scrolling for a movie, I saw that “Notorious” was on. How can you resist Cary Grant as an American spy in Rio recruiting Ingrid Bergman to seduce and betray a Nazi played by Claude Rains? But it turned out to be a very different “Notorious,” one about the rise of gangsta rapper […]

February 13th, 2013 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

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