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A goodbye to Eugenio Hernández Espinosa: The older brother of Cuban playwrights


Farewell words to Eugenio Hernández Espinosa, pronounced this October 21 at the Bertolt Brecht Cultural Center. The great dramaturgical voice of our generation was established in the professional theatrical work since the premiere of that classic modern tragedy that is “María Antonia”, which moved us hundreds of spectators who, again and again, went to the Mella Theater to witnessing that show magnificently directed by the great actor and director that was Roberto Blanco and that Hilda Oates, Samuel Claxton, Miguel Benavides and Isaura Mendoza, among other performers,

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Alejo O’Reilly, great Cuban baseball player, dies


One of the greatest baseball figures in Cuba: Alejo Orrelly Morejón passed away on September 1, 2022, the National Baseball Directorate confirmed on its Twitter account. “Pain in Cuban Baseball due to the death of Alejo O’Reilly Morejón. He shone for Ciego de Ávila during 16 National Series in which he batted for 303, with 240 home runs and 910 runs batted in, and represented Cuba with dignity. Our condolences to family and friends,” the agency wrote on the social network.

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Hugo Rius Blein: Journalism, like bread and water

Hugo Rius

This Friday, August 26, Hugo Rius Blein, José Martí National Journalism Award winner for his life’s work, passed away. The interview that follows is just over five years old. From it emerged (and vice versa) a television capsule that we have placed at the end of the text. With it, the Union of Cuban Journalists remembers his life and his dedication to journalism. Hugo was born on August 23, 1940 in the Havana neighborhood of Luyanó, where he also became an adult.

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Cuban leaders lament the death of former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark

Ramsey Clark

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez posted a message on his twitter account, April 10, stating: “We mourn the death of Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General. Honest and supportive, he accompanied us in crucial battles and was critical of the great injustices committed by his country in the world. Cuba gratefully pays him tribute.”

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Pérez Ureta, goodbye to a master


The first cinematographer in Cuba to win the National Film Award is the architect, in images, of a good number of Cuban films that remain forever in the imagination of viewers. Starting from scratch, film after film, Raúl Pérez Ureta got better, working to become an essential director of photography, to whose death, at 79 years of age, we can only respond by putting a hand to the chest and taking a long bow.

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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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Farewell to Rosa Aurora Freijanes, devoted fighter for the return of the Cuban Five


“Rosa Aurora Freijanes, Rosita, who – like the warrior she always was – fought for her health over the last few years, died January 10. The Five of us owe a great deal of our freedom to her, and will remember her always. Rest in peace, sister,” wrote anti-terrorist hero Gerardo Hernández Nordelo on his social media accounts. Rosa Aurora Freijanes was married to Fernando González Llort, one of the Cuban Five. On multiple occasions, she strongly denounced the obstacles that the U.S. government imposed on her visits to see Fernando and the rigged judicial process that convicted him and his brothers.

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Simply, Celia


It is hard not to remember, today, on the 41st anniversary of her death, the young woman who organized life-saving support for the Granma expeditionaries; who became the first to wear olive green in the Sierra; and left her imprint on so much of the Revolution’s work
Our national flag at half mast, a gray Friday and rain in the capital, were the prelude to the terrible news that no one wanted to hear on that January 11, 1980.

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Maradona and Macron’s reproach

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Like many in the world, French President Emmanuel Macron lamented the death of Maradona and published a text demonstrating his knowledge of the game and more than a bit of poetic sensitivity. Forty-five lines in which he traces the profile of the man today recognized as the best soccer player of all time. In the next to last paragraph, however, it seems as if a strange air enters his writing through some opening and quickens his pulse: “Diego Maradona,” writes Macron,” will also live on in popular joy in other fields.

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The world recalls Fidel

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Leaders, figures and organizations worldwide recalled the legacy of the Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz, on the fourth anniversary of his physical disappearance, November 25. Cuba’s President of the Republic Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez paid tribute to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution on his Twitter, writing: “Fidel: How do I greet you? Every day we strive to follow in your footsteps”.