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Cuba’s census, skin color and social analysis

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Esteban Morales Domínguez — Although it still causes many prejudices, misunderstandings and challenges, there is no choice but to pay attention to skin color. Above all, in its consideration within the media and national statistics. Cuban society is a multiracial society, or rather, multicolored, mestizo. And that reality has to be registered statistically. Not by handling the Census as a simply numerical matter, but as a cultural demographic one….

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The bolero is declared cultural heritage of the Cuban Nation

By Commentaries/Opinions

By teleSUR — The bolero as a musical genre was born in the city of Santiago de Cuba in 1883 and spread throughout the entire country, becoming an elegant poetic-musical expression of Cuban songwriting, and “Tristezas” by José “Pepe” Sánchez is known as the first bolero in history. The bolero, a vocal, instrumental and dance genre of the song movement in Cuba, was declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation, in…

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A girl gets a dose of the Cuban made Soberana-02 vaccine for COVID-19 in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021.

Cuba begins vaccinating children as young as two for Covid-19

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Patrick Oppmann, CNN — The Cuban government has begun to vaccinate children as young as two years old for COVID-19, the island’s state media reported, in a bid to get kids back into classrooms. While other countries have said they will eventually vaccinate children, Cuba is believed to be the first to give Covid-19 vaccines to toddlers. In September, it declared that its homegrown vaccines were safe to give…

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A nurse asks a family to get vaccination at a vaccination center amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Havana, Cuba, June 17, 2021.

Coronavirus surge pushes Cuba’s healthcare system to brink

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Sarah Marsh, Reuters — Cuba is bringing back hundreds of doctors working abroad and converting hotels into isolation centers and hospitals in order to battle a COVID-19 crisis that is overwhelming healthcare and mortuary services in parts of the Caribbean island. The country, which managed to contain infections for most of last year, is now facing one of the worst outbreaks worldwide, fueled by the spread of the more-infectious…

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A view of Cuban and U.S. flags beside the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, December 15, 2020.

Latin America’s resurgent left and Caribbean spurn U.S. policy on Cuba

By News & Current Affairs

By Sarah Marsh, Reuters — The United States doubled down on its tough stance and sanctions on Cuba after historic protests in the Communist-run island last month and said it would seek to support protesters. But many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, a region which is still scarred by Washington’s backing of coups during the Cold War and has shifted leftwards in recent years, are asking it to…

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Biden is imposing more harsh sanctions on Cuba — and Guantánamo remains open

By News & Current Affairs

By Amy Goodman & Juan González, Democracy Now! — As the United States imposes new Cuba sanctions, citing human rights abuses, we look at the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a notorious gulag that President Biden himself has called an “advertisement for creating terror.” This month, the first Guantánamo Bay prisoner to be released under the Biden administration, Abdul Latif Nasser, returned to his home country of Morocco…

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Overturned police cars in the street in the wake of a demonstration against Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana, on July 11, 2021.

Cuba’s protests are different this time

By Commentaries/Opinions

A shrinking economy, frightening new rates of Covid infections, and growing discontent with the government are fueling once-in-a-generation protests. By William M. LeoGrande, The Nation — Never since the triumph of the Cuban revolution in 1959 have anti-government protesters mounted large, simultaneous demonstrations in cities across the island like they did last weekend. Some of the demonstrations were peaceful; others were little more than riots and an excuse for looting….

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Vantage Point: Analysis of Crises in Haiti, Cuba and South Africa – Which Way Forward

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Monday, July 19, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guest Bill Fletcher, Jr. Topic Analysis of Crises in Haiti, Cuba and South Africa – Which Way Forward Nation in Turmoil After the Assassination of President Jovenel Moise Demonstrators Protesting U.S. Embargo, Havana, Cuba Protests Erupt Demanding Better Quality of Life in South Africa Special Guest Bill Fletcher, Jr.,…

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People march to show support to the Cuban Revolution, Havana, Cuba, Jul. 17, 2021

‘Cuba will never be a land of hatred’, Diaz-Canel says

By News & Current Affairs

By teleSUR — On Saturday, thousands of Cubans gathered at the La Piragua square in Havana to show their support to the Cuban Revolution’s leaders and to reject the political instability and destabilization campaigns promoted by the U.S. government. President Miguel Diaz-Canel rejected the hatred and violent messages spread on social networks to promote riots while emphasizing that the Cuban Revolution’s enemies seek to show an internal scenario characterized by…

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Black Lives Matter faces backlash for statement on Cuba protest

By News & Current Affairs

The BLM Global Network Foundation criticized the U.S. embargo on Cuba and lauded the country’s government. Critics say the statement misses the mark. By Char Adams, NBC News —  The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is facing backlash after calling for the end of the U.S. government’s embargo on Cuba while praising the country for its “solidarity with oppressed peoples of African descent” amid historic anti-government protests. In the statement shared…

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Smash the Blockade - Cuba

Washington’s weaponization of protests in Cuba takes its regime change efforts to new heights of hypocrisy

By Editors' Choice

By Peter Bolton, CounterPunch — On 11 July, Cuba saw thousands of demonstrators take to the streets in cities across the island. The protests are believed to have started in the Artemisa Province before spreading to neighboring Havana and further afield, including Cuba’s second-largest city, Santiago de Cuba. Press reports largely claim that protesters are motivated by shortages and the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Needless to say, the…

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Protests in Cuba July 2021

The hidden hand of the US blockade sparks Cuba protests

By Commentaries/Opinions

The protests should be understood in the context of a brutal economic war waged by the United States against the island nation for more than 60 years. By Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores — Protests erupted in various Cuban cities the weekend of July 11 over dire economic conditions and a surge in Covid-19 cases. They are the biggest protests to hit Cuba in three decades, and they may well continue in…

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