Guantánamo, Cuban views, new film


This video says about itself:

ALL GUANTÁNAMO IS OURS

25 October 2016

Produced by RESUMEN LATINOAMERICANO, 2016

From the Investigaction site:

The word Guantánamo was popularized world-wide in 2002 when the U.S, Government opened a detention camp at the military base to detain more than 1,000 suspected terrorists there.

Few know that the territory is a piece of land that belongs to Cuba, but has been illegally occupied since 1903 and remains a present impediment to the normalization of relations between the two countries. Watch the new documentary All Guantánamo is Ours, directed by Colombian journalist and writer Hernando Calvo Ospina. This short film shows the feelings of the Cuban people, especially the people of Guantánamo, in relation to the occupied territory.

Cuba’s Fidel Castro dies


This 25 November 2016 video is called Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro dies at 90.

From Al Jazeera today:

Cuba’s Fidel Castro dies aged 90

Raul Castro, Fidel’s brother and current president of Cuba, announced his death on state television early on Saturday.

The leader of the 1959 revolution, which overthrew the US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista, defied the US efforts to topple him for five decades, before ill health led him to make way for his brother Raul, 84, in 2006.

In his final years, Fidel lived in relative seclusion but occasionally wrote opinion pieces or appeared meeting with visiting dignitaries.

‘Enormous emotional impact’

Al Jazeera’s Latin America Editor Lucia Newman, reporting from Santiago, Chile, said Castro’s death hardly came as a surprise.

“He has been a larger-than-life figure who inspired a revolutionary movement all over the world, especially in Latin America,” Newman said.

“As time has gone by we have been hearing less and less from Fidel Castro. We all know he has been ill for a decade and was not been seen since August after his birthday, which was celebrated across the country. …

Havana residents reacted with sadness to the news.

“I am very upset. Whatever you want to say, he is public figure who was respected and loved,” Sariel Valdespino, a student, said. …

The US government spent more than $1bn trying to kill, undermine or otherwise force Castro from power, but he endured unscathed before old age and disease finally took him.

His supporters in Havana described him as a tireless defender of the poor.

Castro was “a giant of the Third World”, said Agustin Diaz Cartaya, 85, who joined Castro in the 1953 attack in eastern Cuba that launched the revolution. “No one has done more for the Third World than Fidel Castro.” …

No doubt, Castro leaves a legacy that will be hotly debated for years to come.

For five decades, he worked to turn the island nation into a place of equality and social justice. His government produced tens of thousands of doctors and teachers and some of the lowest infant mortality and illiteracy rates in the Western hemisphere. …

The US had tried for years to topple the Cuban government. Cuba stumbled along even after the collapse of its chief sponsor, the former Soviet Union.

The CIA plotted to assassinate Castro using everything from exploding seashells to lethal fungus. American officials cut off almost all trade to Cuba. They financed dissidents and pro-democracy activists. But nothing worked during 11 successive administrations, from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama.

On December 17, 2014, Obama announced that the US planned to renew diplomatic ties with Cuba and loosen some trade and travel restrictions.

Obama’s critics were enraged.

50 Truths about Fidel Castro: here.

Cuban emerald hummingbird’s nest


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Cuban Emerald‘s Tiny Nest

13 July 2016

Bird parents build nests of all different shapes and sizes to keep their young safe and warm. Bald Eagles, for example, build massive structures out of twigs that can be over 5 feet in diameter. Hummingbirds, such as this Cuban Emerald have a much more discreet approach. The cup-shaped nests they construct out of materials such as leaves and spider webs are only slightly bigger than a quarter and typically house two eggs weighing less than a gram apiece.

Cuban emerald hummingbirds live only in Cuba and the Bahamas.

Close Guantanamo torture prison, petition


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Torture -The Guantanamo Guidebook

28 August 2012

UK’s channel 4 “Guantanamo Handbook” documentary

From Congresswoman Barbara Lee in the USA today:

It’s long past time to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Fellow Progressive.

Indefinite detentions do not promote our democratic ideals and the ongoing use of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay is an affront to American values. President Obama has asked Congress to work with him to shut it down – join his call for action now.

This is about more than values. Our use of Guantanamo Bay is serving as a recruiting tool for terrorists. Congress’s failure to close Guantanamo is jeopardizing our national security. Americans don’t have to accept this. We need to speak up.

You can join President Obama in asking Congress to advance our values and our security. Add your name to demand action.

Tell Congress: Close Guantanamo Bay!

Obama Administration No Longer Pursuing Executive Order To Shut Down Guantanamo: Report: here.

Rolling Stones arrived in Cuba


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The Rolling Stones are coming to Cuba!

22 March 2016

Un mensaje de los Rolling Stones al pueblo Cubano, estamos muy felices de tocar para ustedes este viernes! #StonesCuba

A message from the Rolling Stones to the Cuban people, we are very happy to play for you this Friday! #‎Stonescuba

This 24 March 2016 video from Cuba is about the sound and lighting checks for the Rolling Stones concert. The band has arrived this night.

Help sea turtle conservation in Cuba


This video is called Green Sea Turtle release Cayo Largo Cuba 2012.

From Seeturtles.org in the USA:

Cuba Sea Turtle Volunteer Expedition

Spend a week volunteering with a sea turtle conservation project in the incredible Guanahacabibes National Park, along Cuba’s western coast. Work side by side with Cuban biologists to study and protect nests of green and loggerhead sea turtles. During the day, explore the park’s forests, reefs, and caves. This trip is a partnership between Cuba Marine Research & Conservation Program, Altruvistas, and SEE Turtles. Profits from this trip will help to save at least 500 hatchlings at this turtle nesting beach per participant.

2016 Dates: July 16 – 23 (full) / July 30 – Aug 6 (open)

Price: $2,995 per person (includes airfare from Miami – Havana; price without airfare is $2,395). Havana extension: $550 pp. Single supplement: $320.

Includes:

Roundtrip airfare from Miami to Havana ($600 value), guide, private transportation, accommodations, most meals, activities, and a donation to turtle conservation.

Excludes: Airfare to Miami, personal items, and tips for the guide/driver.

Notes:

This trip is open to American citizens through a “People to People” license given by the US State Department to our partners. It’s also open to citizens of other countries.
Minimum recommended age is 14 years old, under 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult.
Group size is limited to 16 people maximum.
Discount of $50 per person for paying by check.
Payment plans can be arranged.

Environmentalists fear Americans will ruin Cuba’s biodiversity: here.

Rolling Stones will play in Cuba


Poster for Rolling Stones concert in Cuba

From the site of the band The Rolling Stones:

1 March 2016

The Rolling Stones announce free concert in Cuba!

The Rolling Stones will perform a groundbreaking concert in Havana, Cuba on Friday March 25, 2016. The free concert will take place at the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana and will be the first open air concert in the country by a British Rock Band. Always exploring new horizons and true pioneers of rock, the Stones, who have toured every corner of the globe, will bring their high octane performance and incredible music catalogue to the Caribbean for the first time ever.

This once-in-a-lifetime concert event follows the band’s America Latina Ole tour, which is currently receiving rave reviews, playing to huge audiences in stadiums in Santiago, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio De Janeiro, São Paulo and Porto Alegre with Lima, Bogotá and Mexico City following next week. The band are also leading a musician to musician initiative in which much needed musical instruments and equipment are being donated by major suppliers for the benefit of Cuban musicians of all genres. …

The Rolling Stones said: “We have performed in many special places during our long career but this show in Havana is going to be a landmark event for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba too.”

This historical concert will no doubt have Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood mesmerizing a new audience of fans with a set packed full of classic Stones hits as well as special gems from their million selling albums.

The Rolling Stones concert, which has been in the planning stages for several months comes only days after President Barack Obama’s recently announced visit to Cuba.

This entire event is being made possible by the benefaction of Fundashon Bon Intenshon on behalf of the island of Curaçao. Fundashon Bon Intenshon initiates and supports international charitable projects in the fields of education, athletics, cultural literacy, healthcare and tourism as well as other attempts to mitigate the impact of general poverty.

It is being promoted by AEG’s Concerts West and Musica Punto Zero who extend their gratitude for the support provided by the Institute of Cuban Music in bringing this event to the people of Cuba.

The Rolling Stones “Concert for Amity” will be filmed and produced by award winning production company JA Digital with Paul Dugdale directing and Simon Fisher and Sam Bridger as producers. Julie Jakobek of JA Digital said: “It’s a great honour to be working with the Rolling Stones again on this hugely exciting and historic event”.

This Cuban TV video, in Spanish, is about Mick Jagger visiting Cuba in October 2015 to prepare the concert.