Cuban Diplomat Recognizes Culture’s Role as Bridge bt. #Cuba and #USA

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By Prensa Latina

Culture has been a bridge of commitment between Cuba and the United States, Cuban ambassador Jose Ramon Cabañas said during the opening ceremony on Tuesday night of a festival that is being held an important U.S. institution in Washington.

Our hope is to continue to be like that, the diplomat stated at the opening ceremony of ‘Arts of Cuba: From the Island to the World,’ which the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will host until June 3.

According to Cabañas, Cuban culture is probably the greatest strength of the Caribbean nation and the secret on how a small country has been capable of overcoming so many challenges put up by nature and history.

We still believe in Cuba that to be cultured is the only way to be really free, the ambassador said during the opening show of the important event, which featured the performances of renowned representatives of the Cuban music.

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#JetBlue expanding #flights to #Havana

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The first JetBlue flight to land in Santa Clara marking the reestablishment of commercial flights between Cuba and the U.S. in over half a century. Photo: Ismael Francisco/ Cubadebate/ Archive.

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U.S. airline JetBlue announced May 9 that it will be expanding flights to Havana, with a new route from Boston and more departures from Fort Lauderdale.

In a statement the airline announced that it will launch its first non-stop service between Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) and Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) beginning November 10, 2018, with flights every Saturday. 

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Artes de #Cuba Takes #US Capital in Grand Festival

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By Prensa Latina

The festival ”Artes de Cuba: From the Island to the World”, which gathers about 400 artists from that nation, opens its doors today in the United States with a show featuring music figures.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC is the space where the American public could enjoy until June 3 an important example of the Cuban rhythms, theater, dance, visual arts, design and cooking.

The Buena Vista Social Club Diva, Omara Portuondo, singer Aymee Nuviola, pianists Aldo Lopez-Gavilan and Jorge Luis Pacheco, saxophonist Yosvany Terry and guitarist Ali Arango will open the biggest event dedicated to the Cuban culture in the history of this country.

The opening show, which will take place at the Eisenhower Theater, with capacity for 1,100 people, will also include the performance of the Miguel Failde orchestra and the Mozart Lyceum of Havana orchestra.

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#Trump Policy Towards #Cuba Is Doomed to Fail, Says French Intellectual

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French intellectual Salim Lamrani

By Prensa Latina

French intellectual, Salim Lamrani, said in an article published today that the policy towards Cuba by the government of Donald Trump in the United States is doomed to fail and clings to an anachronistic strategy.

According to the academician and writer, that policy ‘is doomed to fail and isolate the United States,’ as illustrated by the 2017 vote at the UN General Assembly, in which 191 countries condemned Washington’s economic sanctions against Havana.

By placing the issue in context, Lamrani stated that ‘by returning to a policy based on the hostility towards Cuba, the Trump administration puts an end to the progress made during the presidency of Barack Obama and clings to an anachronistic strategy.’ 

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#Washington approves funds for #subversion in #Cuba and border wall in #Mexico

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The omnibus spending bill approved by the United States Congress last week includes $20 million USD for subversion against Cuba. Photo: The Washington

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The omnibus spending bill approved by the United States Congress last week, to fund the government until mid-2018, includes $20 million USD for subversion against Cuba and $600 million for border security with Mexico, which President Donald Trump plans to use to build a wall.

The amount of money allocated to promote regime change in Cuba, camouflaged under the euphemistic term “democracy programs,” contrasts with the massive cuts to the State Department and United States foreign aid to developing countries.

The funds for subversion were cut by Trump in the 2017 fiscal year, although the real amount dedicated to attacks on Cuba is much greater and comes from varied sources other than Congress.

The controversial Helms-Burton Act of 1996 established the obligation to grant money to these destabilizing programs against the island. Each administration since then has varied the exact figure, which ranges on average between 10 and 20 million dollars.

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#Cuba-#US Relations, a Step Backward in 2017

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By Prensa Latina

Cuba-United States relations experienced a regression last year after the arrival of President Donald Trump in the White House, the Cuban Foreign Ministry stressed today in a summary on foreign policy.

The document published in its website reminds that on February 3, 2017, less than a month after taking office, Trump ordered a complete review of the policy towards the Caribbean country, and on June 16 put an end to the directive from his predecessor, Barack Obama, destined to move towards the normalization of bilateral ties.

‘With this step, the United States imposed a significant setback in bilateral relations, by resuming the unsuccessful strategy of intensifying the blockade and subversion,’ Cuban Foreign Ministry warns.

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Former #Obama’s Advisor Considers Anachronistic #Blockade on #Cuba

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By Luisa María González/Prensa Latina

The U.S. blockade on Cuba is now anachronistic and meaningless, said political scientist Robert Malley, who served as special adviser to former U.S. President Barack Obama.

‘The United States-Cuba dossier is currently anachronistic (…). Cuba is not a threat to the national security of the United States, so the sanctions, the blockade, all that, makes no sense anymore,’ he said responding to a question from Prensa Latina, during a meeting with members of the Foreign Press Association in France.

The current president at the International Crisis Group said that from the executive sphere and without the Congress agreement, Obama tried to go as far as he could to ease the economic, commercial and financial siege.

‘Obama did it in his own way, and he went as far as he thought he could go,’ he said, adding that Obama acted in that way because he believed it, and because of Washington’s commercial and political interests.

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