Writer Leonardo Padura to Be Declared Illustrious Visitor of Uruguay

Montevideo, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) Cuban writer and journalist, Leonardo Padura, will be declared an Illustrious Visitor, during an event organized by the Uruguayan Ministry of Education and Culture and the Municipality of Montevideo.

The ceremony will be held in the Ceremonial Hall of the city government. Acting Minister of Education and Culture Edith Moraes; Mayor, Daniel Martinez and National Culture Director, Sergio Mautone, among others, will participate.

The author of 'Hombre que Amaba a los Perros' (2009) will talk tomorrow at the 'Julio Castro' Hall in the National Library, where he will be accompanied by Uruguayan writer Mario Delgado Aparain and journalist and writer Jaime Clara.

The researcher, Mario Conde, features as the hero of some of his most successful novels such as 'Herejes', 'Adios Hemingway', 'Paisaje de Otoño' or 'La Cola de la Serpiente'.

He is also the author of several short stories such as 'Segun Pasan los Años', 'El Cazador' and 'El Submarino Amarillo', as well as essays on the Cuban literature and the detective genre, as well as countless newspaper articles and stories later collected in books.

Padura was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1955. His fiction and essays have transcended borders, allowing him to become one of the most widely read Spanish language authors.

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Uruguay's Pepe Mujica: 'Inequality Is the Enemy of Democracy'

"The biggest threat to democracy is the concentration of wealth in the hands of the few," said the former Uruguayan president.

Former President of Uruguay Jose Mujica said Latin America was the richest and at the same time the most unjust region in the world, and that all democracies should seek to end economic injustice, remarks that came during the third annual Latin American Summit of Progressive Movements Wednesday in Ecuador on Wednesday.

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"The biggest threat to democracy is the concentration of wealth in the hands of the few, and therefore the concentration of power," Mujica told an audience in the coastal city of Guayaquil.

Lenin Moreno, former vice president of Ecuador and the U.N.’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, greeted Mujica and recalled one of his most important sayings: "If you like money, don't go into politics. Keep making money, for that is not the fruit of politics."

According to “Pepe” Mujica, to achieve a socialist vision of an ideal society, governments need to fight for equality, not charity.

"We live in the most unequal and unjust continent in the world," said Mujica, now an Uruguayan senator. "We have so many debts to our people."

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Mujica said that people can’t live in an idealistic world, since there is a deep economic inequality in the region, and cited the example of the Mexican billionaire businessman Carlos Slim.

"The richest man in the world is from this continent. He would have to live 250 years, spending US$1 million a day, to spend it all," said Mujica.

Mujica said leftist parties and governments should not let the right-wing destroy everything for which they have fought.

“Inequality is the enemy of democracy,” said Mujica. Mujica called on progressive movements to find unity, since “without unity, we lose our strength.”

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Uruguayan Film Competes for Oscar Award

The Uruguayan film ''Una noche sin luna'' (A Moonless Night), which tells three parallel stories, is competing for the next Oscars, today confirmed the film producer Raindogs Cine. German Tejeira's film, starring Uruguayan actors Marcel Keroglian and Roberto Suarez and Argentine musician Daniel Melingo, is among several works competing for Best Foreign Film.

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New Book Argues Tango Legend Gardel Was Born in Uruguay

MONTEVIDEO – As the 80th anniversary of tango legend Carlos Gardel’s death approaches, yet another biography arguing that “El Mago” was born in Uruguay and not in France is the ace that South America’s smallest country is pulling out to cement its claim as the mythical singer’s homeland.

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Jose Mujica, the “Black Sheep” of Politics

BUENOS AIRES – Former Uruguayan president Jose “Pepe” Mujica has starred at the Buenos Aires Book Fair with the presentation of “A Black Sheep to Power,” a portrait of the leader who admitted that in some sense he considers himself a “black sheep” for his libertarian character.

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