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Conference of Cuba’s Communist Party to Begin on Saturday

PCC

The 1st National Conference of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) will begin on Saturday to assess the work of that political organization objectively and critically, Granma newspaper reported on Friday. According to the source, the conference will respond to the agreements reached at the 6th PCC Congress. Its opening date was chose to celebrate the 159th birthday of National Hero Jose Marti.

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Return of Argentinean President Revives Dispute with London

Cristina Fernandez

The return of President Cristina Fernandez to lead the Argentina Executive has revived the dispute between this country and the United Kingdom over the sovereignty of the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands. After a 20-day medical leave, Fernandez on Wednesday resumed her duties with a public event, in which she renewed the claim to London to talk

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“Essences, La Colmenita in the United States” On Cubavisión

Colmenita

This newly released documentary follows the tour of La Colmenita, the national children’s theater of Cuba, during their US tour last October. This preview shows from the inside the group as it travels from Washington DC to New York City and San Francisco Bay Area.The 68 minute film is a beautiful testimony about what happened during 19 days of performances in schools, theaters and parks of these cities and shows the impact that this thoughtful expedition of love had on US audiences.

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Brazilian Ministeria Meeting Focuses on Economic Situation, Rio+20

rio 20

The economic situation and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio +20, in June, were highlighted at the first meeting of Brazilian ministers this year.Convened by President Dilma Rousseff, the ministers on Monday night listened to the speech of Finance Minister Guido Mantega, who predicted an increase of 4-5 percent in the Gross Domestic Product in 2012.

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UN Seeks Definitive Progress in Negotiations on Cyprus

Bandera

The United Nations will make a decisive effort this Monday to achieve definitive progress in the reunification negotiations of Cyprus within a few months.The new attempt expects quick and concrete progress and will be headed by UN general secretary Ban Ki-moon in a two-day meeting with leaders of the communities from Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias and Dervis Eroglu.

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Prensa Latina to Launch Book on Bolivian Indigenous People

Evo Morales

The book “Abya Yala: An Indigenous View”, containing a foreword by Bolivian President Evo Morales, will be launched at the International Book Fair of Havana, scheduled from February 9-19.The book belongs to the collection Letras Urgentes (Urgent Lyrics), published by Prensa Latina’s publishing house, whose purpose is to address current Latin American and the Caribbean issues based on the contributions from the news agency’s correspondents and experts in Havana.

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Cuba Calls Annual Scientific Meeting on Neurology

Sistema Neuronal

The Havana-based Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery will hold its Annual Scientific Meeting from January 23 to 27, as part of festivities on the 50th anniversary of that institution. Prestigious Cuban and foreign professionals will give pre-meeting updating courses and conferences, and researchers will present their works, said the announcement.

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Cuba to Host 8th Intl Music and Poetry Festival

Nicolas Guillén

A homage to the 110th birthday of Cuban National Poet Nicolas Guillen (1902-1989) will be the 8th Nicolas Guillen International Colloquium and Music and Poetry Festival.Organized by the Nicolas Guillen Foundation, the event, set from April 2 to 6, will also mark the 200th anniversary of the Aponte Conspiracy (1812), and the 100th anniversary of the brutal repression of the Independientes de Color (an organization of Free Blacks), said Nicolas Hernandez Guillen, head of the foundation and grandson of the poet.

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Eduardo Galeano: Cuba Is Always Alive Inside of Me

Eduardo Galeano

“Cuba is always alive inside of me, in my words, in my actions, in my memory,” said Uruguayan writer and journalist Eduardo Galeano upon his arrival at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport on Thursday. Galeano, who will inaugurate the 53rd Casa de las Americas Literary Prize in Havana next Monday, was welcomed by Cuban poet Roberto Fernandez Retamar, president of the Casa de las Americas cultural center.

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Visiting Gerardo and comparing Gross with the Cuban Five

Danny Glover, Gerardo Hernádez and Saul Landau

2:30 PM – Departure time, the most excruciating part of visiting Gerardo Hernandez. A prison guard announced: “Visiting hours are over.” Gerardo lined up against the wall with the other inmates. We stood with wives, children and mothers. Finally, the electronically controlled, heavy metal door opened. Gerardo held up a triumphant fist. We did the same. He stayed in Hell (13 years now). We left.