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Soft coup script is repeated and once again fails

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Another counterrevolutionary provocation took place on the morning of January 27, in front of the Ministry of Culture, when a group of persons, the majority known to be cyber-mercenaries in the pay of the U.S. government, mounted a media show with a re-edited version the script about “necessary dialogue” between institutions and artists, a dialogue that this group has sabotaged on a number of occasions and which, in fact, is of no interest to them, as has been made clear by their conduct since November of 2020.

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Los Van Van and Martí: A great delight

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In 2014, the José Martí Cultural Society and Egrem studios released a CD/DVD that, with full intentionality and exquisite musical work, would mark a new direction in terms of the re-contextualization, today, of Martí’s thought. With the ideas, coordination and musical concept of Israel Rojas, the new project’s premise was to provide an approach to Martí, not only through musicalization per se, but based on a thematic thread

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Workers at the Ministry of Culture confront media provocation

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This past December, the Ministry of Culture issued a statement entitled “Those who asked for dialogue disrupt the dialogue.” The document was drafted after Fernando Rojas, Deputy Minister of Culture, received via e-mail an “unacceptable” message from several of the persons with whom he had met on November 27, when, on a very meaningful date for Cubans, a group of artists gathered in front of the Ministry’s headquarters to demand a dialogue. Some of the individuals present came in response to a call posted on social networks by persons who had no interest whatsoever in discussing cultural issues.

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Juan Carlos Tabío and the perfection he leaves us

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Arriving at the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Industry and Art (Icaic) in 1961 as a simple apprentice, Tabío made documentaries on various subjects before making his feature-length debut with Se permuta (1984), a film that inspired me, that very year, to write in these pages: “For Tabío it was important for viewers to not only have fun and laugh, but also reflect on what they were seeing, to feel part of the story and its possible solutions”

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Cultured Cuba, living Cuba

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Cuban intellectual Roberto Fernández Retamar explained long ago, with the insight of a teacher, the usefulness of a poem, song or play for the true man, let’s say human being in all his or her fullness. Although a rifle or dagger can save us from death at the hands of an enemy, another weapon, born of, “manufactured” and enjoyed by the spirit, has saved us from a greater evil, that of an empty soul.

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Racism: A barbarity to be eradicated

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Racism – that barbaric myth of our time – lies in the subconscious and must be eliminated altogether. It is the child of prejudice, another scar on the human species that does as much psychological damage to the victim as the perpetrator. Anthropologist Ashley Montagu, in a dramatic statement, said, “The fallacy of race is the most damaging of human myths.”

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First stage of Latin American Film Festival ends in Cuba

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The first stage of the 42nd International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema ends today in Cuba, but the event will remain open because its competition days will take place in March 2021. Dividing the festival in two phases was the solution its organizers found amid the difficult situation unleashed by Covid-19 worldwide.

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National anti-racism program advances during first year

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One year after its approval by the Council of Ministers, in November of 2019, the National Racism and Racial Discrimination Program has outlined a plan to address the problem, the success of which depends on the integrated, comprehensive nature of its proposals and the shared responsibility of all involved.

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Havana celebrates with tribute to Eusebio Leal

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President of the Republic Miguel Díaz-Canel attended the gala celebration last night of the 501st anniversary of the Villa de San Cristóbal in Havana, at Martí Theatre, where the capital city’s government and the City Historian’s Office paid a heartfelt tribute to Eusebio Leal.
The Presidency’s Twitter account reported that the event featured the creations of prolific pianist and composer José María Vitier, accompanied by the interpretative excellence of the Niurka González on flute, violinist Javier Cantillo and soprano Bárbara Llanes.

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Redemption song

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The song of all Cubans, yesterday of Bayamo, today the National Anthem, will always enjoy the greatest respect among the people who sing it with our heads held high and voices afire; because with it we declare our principles, intone our culture, and reaffirm our sovereignty. Among the dates key to the nation’s founding is October 20, 1868, when the Cuban soul was captured in song, when in a burst of emotion the lyrics of an anthem sounded, like a bugle.