International Jazz Day: ‘This is a huge event’

International Jazz Day: ‘This is a huge event’

Bobby Carcassés may have been one of the first to find out. He got a call from the Thelonious Monk Institute and was told that the 2017 International Jazz Day would be held in Cuba and that he had been chosen to participate. In addition to the April 30 concert at Havana’s Gran Teatro, there will be performances at the Art Factory, the Mella Theater and the Plaza House of Culture.

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Culture in Republican crosshairs

Culture in Republican crosshairs

Through their words and their work, artists, actors, and writers have been speaking out ever more loudly against Donald Trump, from the start of his campaign to today. The fight between the Republicans and the creative community goes back a long way.

Some ask why more people don’t vote

Some ask why more people don’t vote

Why are voters participating less and less in our democratic process? People are in fact fed up with lying and cheating politicians whose only interest seems to be themselves. Are there solutions for the problems of bad leadership? One is to do the opposite of what many decide when they get sick of what’s happening.

In a press law, transparency is essential

In a press law, transparency is essential

Everyone is aware of the deficiencies of the Cuban press system today. For exactly that reason, the construction of a model, a policy, a law, should not be carried out behind the backs of the majority of the professionals who are most affected by it.

The punitive society

The punitive society

The image of the United States as a cruel and punitive society is not the one the overwhelming majority of Americans have of their country. But it is an accurate one. Americans delude themselves when they believe blindly in their own unique benevolence as a people and a country.

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Going nuclear

Going nuclear

The Trump Doctrine

The Trump Doctrine

At first glance, foreign policy under Donald Trump seems inconsistent, arbitrary, and devoid of principle. The Trump Doctrine began to emerge when Trump issued his travel bans on predominantly Muslim countries — excluding where Trump has business interests.

In a press law, transparency is essential

In a press law, transparency is essential

Everyone is aware of the deficiencies of the Cuban press system today. For exactly that reason, the construction of a model, a policy, a law, should not be carried out behind the backs of the majority of the professionals who are most affected by it.

Majority in U.S. no longer think Trump keeps his promises

Majority in U.S. no longer think Trump keeps his promises

President Donald Trump’s image among Americans as someone who keeps his promises has faded in the first two months of his presidency, falling from 62% in February to 45%, according a recently released Gallup poll. The public is also less likely to see him as a “strong and decisive leader.”

The punitive society

The punitive society

The image of the United States as a cruel and punitive society is not the one the overwhelming majority of Americans have of their country. But it is an accurate one. Americans delude themselves when they believe blindly in their own unique benevolence as a people and a country.

No one can sit on the sidelines. Not now.

No one can sit on the sidelines. Not now.

This country will either move in the direction of an authoritarian government where the rich get richer and everyone else gets poorer, or we will successfully fight back and build a strong grassroots movement to create a government which represents all of us, not just Donald Trump and others in the billionaire class.

UN special rapporteur on human trafficking concludes Cuba visit

UN special rapporteur on human trafficking concludes Cuba visit

A United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons conducted a five-day visit to Cuba which finished on Friday. During her stay, Dr. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro examined human trafficking and prevention efforts on the island.

The Bay of Pigs, the Brigade 2506 and Trump’s promise

The Bay of Pigs, the Brigade 2506 and Trump’s promise

On April 17th, 1961, the Cuban-exile invasion force, known as Brigade 2506, landed at beaches along the Bay of Pigs. Late last year, the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association formally endorsed Donald Trump for president. Trump promised that if elected he would undo the Obama opening to the Havana government.

Ros-Lehtinen to face challenger(s) next year

Ros-Lehtinen to face challenger(s) next year

Now there are two. Scott Fuhrman was the first to announce his intention. And this week Miami Beach Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez also informed that in 2018 she plans to challenge south Florida’s longtime member of congress from District 27, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

An unwinnable war in Syria

An unwinnable war in Syria

President Donald Trump, just like Barack Obama before him, now seems intent on getting the United States involved in an unwinnable civil war in Syria. Launching 59 cruise missiles against rundown Syrian air bases in the middle of the night is easy enough. But there are consequences to Trump’s actions.

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