Posts Tagged ‘Cuba’

The treasure of Freedom of speech

October 18, 2009

Never have I been so conscious of how important liberty of speech is as these days. Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez is releasing an avalanche of tweets about her frustration of not being able to enter the internet when she wants and not being able to read the news. (more…)

Yoani Sánchez can’t leave Cuba

October 14, 2009

Cuba’s most famous blogger, Yoani Sánchez, is going to celebrate her Maria Moors Cabot Prize at her home in Havana. The Castro government doesn’t allow her to leave the country to receive the prize. Neither can she travel to Brazil where she was going to present her book, Cuba Libre, and speak in Congress. (more…)

Che Guevara loved to read

October 10, 2009

Since it is 42 years ago legendary comandante Che Guevara died, media in several countries (Cuba, Argentina and Bolivia, where he was killed, for example) have dedicated articles on him. Like Bolivia’s La Razón, that had a special on him.Che reads a biography on Goethe while he is in Bolivia

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‘Juanes’s nerves got the better of him’

September 27, 2009

A few days after Colombian singer Juanes‘s Peace without Borders concert in Havana several media published about trouble with the Cuban regime before the concert. Juanes felt he was being followed and made a row about it. The Cuban government answered that his nerves got the better of him and caused an outburst against the hotel ‘personnel’ that was controlling him.Paz sin Fronteras Cuba 0909
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Juanes disappoints with his concert in Havana

September 20, 2009

A bit disappointing, Colombia’s singer Juanes‘s Peace without Borders concert in Cuba’s capital Havana until now. He and the other musicians don’t go any further than talking about love and peace. Singer Cucu Diamantes even said that the world had to open to Cuba. “It is the language that is used in a beauty contest”, an editor of El Nuevo Herald said to tv station América TeVe. Only in a song with the Spanish singer Miguel Bosé Juanes sang about ‘an island in the middle of the sea that cries for freedom’.  (more…)

Juanes should call for freedom

September 18, 2009

Juanes 0909One of Colombia’s most famous singers, Juanes, is going to sing in Cuba’s capital Havana next Sunday, together with like 10 or 15 other singers from Spain and Latin America. Many have criticized him, because the concert will be on the Plaza de la Revolución and because it can be interpreted as a support of the Castro regime in Cuba. (more…)

Now it is Iran, tomorrow Cuba?

June 17, 2009

Interesting the protests which are going on in Iran after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was reelected. It is possible that they will go on for quite a time. And even Twitter plays a part, now that the government has severely limited the possibilities of journalists to do their work. The Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez draws a parallel between Cuba and Iran.

Iranian women, painted in 1669

Iranian women, painted in 1669

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Berlin Wall in Cuba

June 3, 2009

When the new president Funes was inaugurated in El Salvador, Cuba was an important item. Access to the Organisation of American States was discussed. The New York Times mentioned a ‘New Sign of Thaw’ in the relation between the United States of Obama and Cuba. In the meantime Cuba’s blogger Yoani Sánchez wrote a sad post on her blog. (more…)

Hurray for Vargas Llosa

May 30, 2009

Interesting the debate Perú’s writer Mario Vargas Llosa is generating in Venezuela. Not only did he criticize president Chávez for choosing ‘the Cuban way’, also did he start a discussion about liberalism and its antisocial image. (more…)

Gustavo Moncayo sues Uribe or Piedad 10

May 16, 2009

gustavo_moncayoEleven days ago I was optimistic about the possibility that more hostages of the FARC in Colombia could be released, perhaps through mediation of the United States. That has appeared to be untrue. (more…)