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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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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‘Filth’ crossing illegally from Mexico, says Sessions; announces ‘Trump era’ fight against them

‘Filth’ crossing illegally from Mexico, says Sessions; announces ‘Trump era’ fight against them

A “new era,” a “Trump Era,” on the fight against illegal immigration was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday when he spoke to Customs and Border Protection personnel at the United States-Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona.

Trump supporters stand to lose with his wall

Trump supporters stand to lose with his wall

These Trump voters that live along the Mexican border stand a chance to lose a significant chunk of their property and be FORCED to sell it to the government for significantly less than what it’s worth.

‘A time comes when silence is betrayal’

‘A time comes when silence is betrayal’

50 years ago last week, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech at the Riverside Church in Harlem against the war in Vietnam that may have sealed his fate. Known as the ‘Beyond Vietnam’ speech, this may be one of his least known, but possibly his finest. Dr. King, a man who rarely spoke with the help of the written word, read this speech — because of its importance.

The coming letdown

The coming letdown

Donald Trump came to power propelled by the massive support of the white working class and the votes of a large slice of middle class whites including, astonishingly, college-educated white women. It is these voters who are in for a big surprise and a bigger disappointment.

Dominican Republic signs trade agreement with Cuba

Dominican Republic signs trade agreement with Cuba

The Dominican Republic has signed a Partial Scope agreement with Cuba in an effort to boost economic, trade and cooperation between both countries.

Food as a weapon

Food as a weapon

For a century the United States has provided food to nations out of the belief that hunger and famine undermine stability and threaten our values and our security. Yet, the sons of Cubans now members of the U.S. Congress are doing their best to make sure they keep American food from getting to Cuban tables.

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Fake news

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