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Message to the Five from Giustino Di Celmo

Mensaje de los Cinco a Giustino DiCelmo

EVERY year since September 4, 1997, Giustino Di Celmo returns to Havana’s Copacabana Hotel, walks through its halls, greets the employees, embraces the workers. In the lobby, he places a kiss on his hand and caresses the bronze plaque engraved with the face of Fabio, his son and the innocent victim of a crime. The grief-stricken Di Celmo family have never ceased demanding justice and an end to acts terrorism against Cuba.

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Eusebio Leal was Awarded Honoris Causa Title In Spain

Eusebio Leal

The Spanish University of Alicante (UA) conferred it’s Honoris Causa doctorate to the Historian of Havana, Eusebio Leal. At the ceremony, the house of higher studies highlighted Leal work in the process of restoration and conservation of the historic area of Havana, combined with the economic and social development of his community. The Historian of Havana thanked the distinction and stressed the historic ties between Spain and his country.

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US Blockade Hurts Cuban Telecommunications

U.S. blocks Cuba unjustly

The U.S. blockade of Cuba has cost the Cuban telecommunications industry more than seven billion USD in losses in the last year alone, created obstacles to the purchase of hardware and software, and hindered Cubans’ ability to surf the Internet. The seven billion USD in losses were reported for May 2010 to April 2011, according to a Cuban government report sent to the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

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Leonardo Padura receives the Award for Literary Criticism 2011 in Cuba

Leonardo Padura

Cuban writer Leonardo Padura won one of the Literary Critics Awards 2011 in Cuba with his novel “The man who loved dogs,” which recounts the exile and murder of Trotsky. The media reported today that the book had won the annual award Padura together with six other works in the genres of novels, short stories, essays and drama.

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Cuba: Evo Morales Receives Honoris Causa Title

Evo Morales Receives Honoris Causa Title

Bolivian President Evo Morales received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa in Political Science from the University of Havana in recognition to his outstanding contributions to the discipline. The resolution of the almost tercentenary house of higher studies, read by its rector, Gustavo Cobreiro, highlights the trajectory of the dignitary since his days as a union leader to the current responsibilities.

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Judge Lenard’s Cruel and Bizarre Decision against Rene

Rene Gonzalez

On Friday, September 16, a federal district court judge made a bizarre ruling concerning one of the Cuban Five defendants who completes his jail sentence on October 7. Judge Joan Lenard ruled that René Gonzalez, who has already served thirteen years in a federal penitentiary for being an unregistered agent of the Cuban government, will be forced for the next three years to live in Miami on what is called “supervised release.”

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Denied by the Judge Lenard Rene’s motion on his return to Cuba

rene gonzalez y su hija ivette

This 16th day of September, 2011, Joan A. Lenard, US District Judge denied Rene Gonzalez’s Motion to Modify Conditions of Supervised Release (“Motion,” D.E. 1808), filed on February 16, 2011. On March 7, 2011, the Government filed its response in opposition (“Response,” D.E. 1814), to which Defendant filed his reply (“Reply,” D.E. 1817), on March 25, 2011.

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New Cohibas and Habano Cigars to France

Cohibas and Havano cigars

Cuban tobacco industry authorities announced Thursday the presence of new Cohibas and Havano cigars in the 25th edition of the TFWA World Exhibition Cannes in France. The Cuban most famous tobacco Premium type brand will take its cigars to the 2011 Limited Edition, with interesting proposals for collectors and the most demanding cigar smokers in the world.

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A Bright Opportunity for Unity, Says Danny Glover

Fhoto: Prensa Latina

US actor Danny Glover said in this capital that this is an ideal context to join our peoples and think again what to do to save mankind. He wondered how to preserve ourselves and the planet and said this is the greatest test we must pass. Invited to the First Meeting of Moviemakers from Africa, the Caribbean and their Diasporas in Havana, Glover, 65, urged this Wednesday participants to work from culture to promote a new vision of mankind that allow us to imagine again the ideas of what we really are.

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Cuba in Geneva: Right to Development without Blockade

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Cuba on Thursday reiterated its commitment with development despite the blockade the United States has maintained on the island for over 50 years ago, during a speech at the UN Human Right Council (HRC). Cuban delegate Juan Antonio Quintanilla stated that the main obstacle for the right to the development of the Cuban people is the economic, trade and financial blockade imposed by Washington. That blockade is a massive, blatant and systematic violation of the human rights of a people, particularly the right to development, Quintanilla noted.