Acosta Danza Company Announces New Season in Cuba

Acosta Danza company, directed by first Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, announced Wednesday its next performance, Season 12, scheduled for August 2, 3 and 4 in the Avellaneda Hall of the National Theater of Cuba.

The special moment of the season will be the world premiere of Llamada ('Call'), choreography by Goyo Montero, in which the artist presents a series of questions about the sexuality and personal freedom of each human being.

Imponderable by Spanish artist Goyo Montero, which uses the poetic and musical work of Cuban troubadour Silvio Rodriguez, and the choreography Twelve, which mixes sport, dance and mathematics complete the program.

Acosta Danza has the objective of performing dance shows in full agreement with the most current notions that are developed in the world, not only in the matter of the movement of bodies but in everything related to the scene.

The company defines itself as a space of renewal, research and experimentation for Cuban artists, and also offers opportunities for the world's creators, choreographers, musicians, and designers, plastic and audiovisual artists.

Its choreographic repertoire includes titles by prestigious creators such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Justin Peck, Marianela Boán, Goyo Montero, Saburo Teshigawara, Pontus Lidberg, Christopher Bruce, Rafael Bonachela, María Rovira, Jorge Crecis and the same Acosta.


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Cubans Remember Poet Nicolas Guillen after 30 Years of his Death

With a march to the Pantheon of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, where the remains of Nicolas Guillen are buried, the week to pay tribute to the national poet conclude on Tuesday, 30 years after his death.

Important scholars of Guillen's work paid tribute to him during one week with a wide program of activities, which included book launchings, poetry readings, plastic arts exhibitions and academic panels.

The program also included the official opening of the bronze statue sculpted by Enrique Angulo, located at the Alameda de Paula (Paula boulevard) in Havana.

A new edition of the book 'Songoro Cosongo,' published in 1931, along with other titles from the Palma Sola collection, such as 'La paloma de vuelo popular' (The Dove of Popular Flight), published for the first time in Buenos Aires in 1958, were launched.

Both texts are central pieces of Guillen's work. The first book devoted him as defender of 'poesia mulata' (mulatto poetry) from the redo of rhythms, lexicon and the expressive forms of speech, while the second one depicts a decade of exile in 39 highly social and popular texts.

The celebration for the 30th anniversary of his death, hosted by the Foundation that bears the name of this outstanding intellectual, was supported by the Ministry of Culture, the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), the Cuban Book Institute and the Dulce Maria Loynaz Center.

Nicolas Guillen Foundation was born in 1991 with the auspices of UNEAC. It aims to preserve, study and disseminate the literary work of the Cuban poet through keynote speeches, courses, symposia, festivals, exhibitions and shows.

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Cuba Reaffirms Commitment to Non-Aligned Countries

Cuba will defend principles such as non-meddling in the internal affairs of states and the right to peace at a preparatory meeting for the upcoming Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

According to Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Anayansi Rodriguez, that Ministerial Meeting of the NAM Coordinating Bureau, to be held in Caracas on July 20-21, will serve as preparation for the eighteenth NAM Summit in Baku, Azerbaijan, in October this year.

On the first day of the Caracas meeting, the NAM Ministerial Committee for Palestine will meet, which will be a favorable occasion to adopt a declaration of support for the cause of that people.

Cuba, as the founding country of this movement born in the midst of the collapse of the colonial system and the emancipatory struggle of the peoples of Africa, Asia, Latin America and other regions, is fully committed to the principles that gave rise to it, the official asserted.

She recalled that these 10 founding principles were ratified at the 14th Summit held in Havana in 2006.

The struggle for a just, democratic and equitable international order, the rejection of unilateral coercive measures, the strengthening of multilateralism and the peaceful resolution of conflicts will be on the agenda of the Cuban delegation to these meetings.

The participants will once again speak out against the blockade that the United States has imposed on Cuba for more than 60 years, and its intensification with the application of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, and will demand the end of the radio and television aggressions against the island.

Under the slogan 'Foster and Consolidate Peace through Respect for International Law', the meeting will demand the return of the territory illegally occupied by the United States in Guantanamo, in eastern Cuba.

Rodriguez added that it is crucial to preserve and strengthen the unity of the countries that make up the NAM, its main strength as a mechanism for political agreement to face global challenges.

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Cuban FM received the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, received on Monday the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Ouch Borith, who is making a working visit to Cuba.

During the cordial meeting, both parties highlighted the good state of bilateral relations and expressed their mutual will to broaden political ties and cooperation in sectors such as health, sport and biotechnology.

The distinguished visitor was accompanied by the ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia in our country, Heng Sokphal; and the adviser of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Sim Vireak.

Also present on the Cuban side were the Director of Asia and Oceania of MINREX, Alberto Blanco Silva, among other officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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International Film Festival of Gibara winds up with awards ceremony

The International Film Festival of Gibara wound up with the presentation of the ‘Lucía’ Awards and concerts by Polito Ibáñez, Habana Abierta and Cimafunk. The ‘Lucia’ prize has been named after the film Lucia by Humberto Solás, one of the icons of revolutionary Cuban film and the founder of the Gibara Film Festival.

The Cuban-German film Celeste García’s Extraordinary Trip by Arturo Infante won the festival’s top prizes in the categories of long fiction film and best female actress: María Isabel Díaz at the festival which for a week flooded the streets of what is known as the White City. The movie Two Fridas by Costa Rica’s Ishtra Yasin took home two awards as best direction and photography, while in the category of unpublished screenplay the jury decided to grant the ‘Lucia’ Award to the Last One by Cuba’s Amilcar Salatti. Documentary The Film Justifies Media by Juan Jacobo del Castillo was the best movie in the making.

In the categories of Animation and Video Art the prize went to the Charge from Sweden; The Cemetery is lit up by Luis Yero was chosen as best short documentary, while The Way of Santiago by Tristán Bauer took home the coveted prize as best long documentary. At the ceremony Cuban actress Adela Legrá presented the ‘Lucia’ Award of Honor to her Puerto Rican counterpart Benicio del Toro, who was very grateful for the invitation to attend the festival.

Gibara Film Festival President, actor Jorge Perugorría, opened the call for the 2020 international festival and thanked cultural institutions for their support to make this great dream of late director Humberto Solás come true, a dream which, according to Perugorría, has placed the eastern Cuban city of Gibara in the map of sites of gathering, dialogue and artistic creation.

Edited by Damian Donestevez

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Cuba's results in health acknowledged by PAHO official

Havana, July 16 (RHC)-- Ignacio Ibarra, Regional Advisor on Health Legislation at the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) highlighted Cuba's results in this area in Havana.

Speaking at the Seventh Scientific Conference of Health Law, recently held in Havana, Ibarra said that the 35 member countries that make up PAHO are working to update regulations that have been in place for many years.

The expert highlighted that except Cuba, many of these nations in the region lack greater government support to put health into practice as a human right.

The official pointed out that in the Caribbean state the system is conceived at the national level for its implementation in its 250 hospitals and local areas, where the patient is at the center of preventive care.

The Regional Advisor on Health Legislation also spoke about the importance of health communication, and he warned that obesity is one of the diseases with the highest mortality rate in the world, especially due to the consumption of junk food, as well as smoking levels, alcoholism and drug addiction.

Ibarra explained that PAHO is currently working on a communication campaign on the indiscriminate consumption of sugar and fats and called on the international community to prevent acute diarrheal diseases and other illnesses caused by the indiscriminate use of many foods.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares

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Cuba reiterates its committment to the 2030 Development Agenda

New York, July 16 (RHC) Cuba's Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, met with UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed and reaffirmed the island's commitment to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

The minister is in New York, attending the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

In his meeting with Mohammed, Malmierca addressed the negative consequences of the unjust economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba for the cooperation between the United Nations System and the largest of the Antilles, as well as for the implementation of Agenda 2030.

Both parties ratified their will to continue strengthening cooperation ties and promote South-South and triangular cooperation initiatives, in pursuit of common development goals.

The UN Deputy Secretary General acknowledged Cuba's achievements in the implementation of the SDGs and the valuable contribution that the Caribbean country is making to other states of the South.

Malmierca also met on Monday with  the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Achim Steiner.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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For what Motive Marco Rubio Spends his Time in Twitter?

One of the main pursuers of the blockade against Cuba, the Republican Senator for Florida, Marco Rubio, created this Wednesday a Twitter account with which, according to him, he expects “to connect” directly “with the people of Cuba.”

According to the newspaper of the Anti-Cuban mafia of Miami, The New Herald, under the name MarcoRubioCuba (@MarcoRubioCuba1), the politician, considered by the current President of the U.S. as the man who advises him about politics related with Cuba, Venezuela and Latin America, among other lies, wrote:

“The politics for Cuba which I support in the United States Senate are driven by a single objective: that the people of Cuba can choose its leaders in the same way that almost every country does it in the western hemisphere.”

It’s worth asking Marco Rubio if when he speaks of western countries he also refers to the United States, where a plutocracy splits power every four years concealed in the deceit of a supposed two-party country. Electoral fraud is a common thing, as it happened in Florida in year 2000 and where the current president, the same that follows his "wise" advice, won the elections, even when his opponent surpassed him in three million votes.

The twitter-user Rubio also "wade against the Communist Party that governs the island that according to him seeks “to consolidate the current dictatorship permanently” by taking possession of all domestic profitable companies. “The changes in the U.S. politics to Cuba in these last two years are designed to deprive these companies from the money they want.”

Son of emigrants who abandoned Cuba in 1956 and settled down in south Florida, where Rubio was born, it’s only logic that the senator doesn't have the slightest clue of what he talks about and that only has as reference about Cuba the stories told by the Batista-followers he represents. Taught by former landowners, large-state owners, and administrators of North American companies in Cuba it’s impossible that he understands the foundations of the social property. As it’s known, prays the old saying: Evildoers always think the worst of others.

Marco Rubio also said "that the sanctions don't impact on the telecommunications sector, because it’s interest of the U.S. government that Cubans have free access to internet and social networks".

What he left unsaid was that the United States’s true interest in the development of that sector is based on the use of internet as a subversion weapon against Cuba. There are the cyber-mercenaries created by the U.S. government whom Rubio himself welcomes as heroes when they visit Miami, the creation of the Cuba Internet Task Force and the new strategies of the North American government's radio station Radio TV Martí. The creation of his account to "connect” with Cubans is the best evidence of such purposes.

Likewise the senator showed his lack of information when he assured that the blockade politics against Cuba didn't seek to "damage freelancers, because they want independent business “to prosper.”

The recent closing of travels of North American cruises to Cuba has hit hard mainly the so-called entrepreneurs. This is not mentioned on official documents of the Cuban government. Press agencies of the “western hemisphere” have written several times about the topic.

In addition, the liar Rubio, repeated the old argument that: “The shortage in Cuba has nothing to do with the embargo. Cuba can negotiate with almost every countries of the world. The suffering is due to the Communist Party which stops the progress of economic prosperity out of fear to lose the control if people don't depend on them for basic sustenance.”

Besides being misinformed, he is also ignorant. Hence the representative of the Anti-Cuban mafia is unaware the document declassified in 1991, and signed by the Undersecretary of State Lester D. Mallory, with date April 6th, 1960 that reads:

"The only foreseeable means to alienate the internal support it’s through the discontent and discouragement based on the dissatisfaction and economic hardships… Any conceivable means should be quickly used to weaken Cuba’s economic life. A line of action that had the greatest repercussions is to deny money and supplies to Cuba, to diminish the real wages and monetary in order to cause hunger, desperation and the overthrow of the government.”

If as Marco Rubio says the blockade is not the cause of the suffering of people of Cuba that’s because the "expert" on the topics of Cuba, Venezuela and Latin America that so much precedence has on the president, doesn't advise Trump to eliminate it?

Lastly the senator highlighted that: “At the end of the day it’s up to the people of Cuba, not to me or the U.S. government to decide what type of economic system they want. My only desired is to help the people of Cuba to achieve a real democracy, so that decisions can be taken leaders elected by them.”

Marco Rubio also ignores that the Cuban people chose its leaders in year 1959 and if, as he says, it’s up to the people of Cuba, and not up to him or the government of the United States, to decide its destiny, for what motive he spends his time in Twitter.

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