ITS A REAL TRAVESTY THAT THE US GOVERNMENT PROVIDES VISAS TO REPRESENTATIVES AND ADVOCATES OF A 53 YEAR OLD TOTALITARIAN REPRESSIVE CRIMINAL REGIME THAT IS AN EXPERT AT MANIPULATING PUBLIC OPINION BY USING MISLEADING AND DECEITFUL PREMISES.
AS 'OLD HAVANA' IS BEING RESTORED, THE MISERABLE LIVING CONDITIONS OF CUBA'S HOUSING IS A CAUSE OF DEATH OF CUBAN CITIZENS WHO DIE UNDER BUILDINGS THAT ARE COLLAPSING EVERY DAY. AS THE RIGHTS OF GAYS ARE BEING CATERED TO BY THE DAUGHTER OF RAUL CASTRO, THOSE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS WHO STRUGGLE FOR FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS FOR ALL IN THE ISLAND HAVE BEEN AND ARE BRUTALLY BEATEN, SUMMARILY TRIED AND CONVICTED TO PRISON TERMS.
Laida A. Carro
Human Rights Defender
Coalition of Cuban-American Women
On the 29th of May at 7:00 PM, Mariela Castro (the Director of CENESEX in Havana) will be speaking at N.Y. Public Library's main branch at 42th St. and 5th Ave. The event is scheduled to take place in the Trustee's Room on the 2nd floor of the library. It is open to the public.
Cuban President's Daughter Marches for Marriage Equality
BY DIANE ANDERSON-MINSHALL
MAY 13 2012 12:09 PM ET
Castro and fellow revelers at 2010's International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro told crowds at Saturday's gay pride march that her father advocated for LGBT rights and she reiterated her her belief in marriage equality, according to Associated Press. Mariela Castro, who heads Cuba's National Center for Sex Education and has been a noted LGBT rights advocate, also praised President Obama's support of same-sex marriage but urged him to get behind federal legislation that would mandate state recognition of same-sex marriages.
The march brought out 400 LGBT activists in Havana to support the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17. Castro said her father has voiced support for same-sex marriage legalization and though he's been publicly quiet about it, she said, "I am not going to pressure him to say things publicly because I am more interested in concrete results."
Eusebio Leal speaks at the NY Public Library on Tuesday, May 15th
Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium, New York Public Library
Eusebio Leal Spengler is the Historian of the City of Havana and director of the restoration program of Old Havana, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. Mr. Leal will present an overview of his work in Havana and preview work that is being planned for the future. After this introduction, Kent Barwick, President Emeritus of the Municipal Arts Society, will engage Mr. Leal in a conversation regarding his work and the arts in Havana. A question and answer period will follow.
This program is presented by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs. It is free and open to the public.
Economic Transformation in Cuba
MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012
8:45 AM 6:00 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fiifth Avenue (@ 34th Street)
After 2008, the newly installed presidency of Raúl Castro launched several initiatives to revamp the highly centralized form of socialism for which Cuba had been known. Though Cuba’s Actualización draws from other experiences of socialist reform, it appears to be a distinctive approach. The Cuba Project/Bildner Center colloquium puts the new approach in perspective and provides an update on the evolving policies and the structural and institutional changes in progress in 2012. The colloquium closes with a review of policy and research implications.
*Registration is required.
*This event has been designed for academics, Cuba specialists, and related professionals.
For more information and updates, visit the event page below:
Colloquium: Economic Transformation in Cuba
(Subject to change)
Registration: 8:45 AM - 9:05 AM
Session #1: Cuban Updates on Actualización
9:05 AM to 11:00 AM, Room 9204/05
Cuentapropismo y ajuste estructural; Microfinanzas en Cuba; Non-state Enterprises in Cuba: Current Situation and Prospects
Session # 2: Strategic Initiatives: Agriculture
11:10 AM to 1:00 PM, Room 9204/05
Measuring Cuba's Agricultural Transformations: Preliminary Findings; Lineamientos y producción de alimentos; U.S. Food and Agricultural Exports to Cuba - Uncertain times Ahead
Session # 3: Entrepreneurship and Economic Scenarios
2:00 PM to 3:55 PM, Room 9204/05
Actualización in Perspective; Cuban Restructuring: The Economic Risks; Prospects in a Changing Geo-Economic Environment
Roundtable on Implications and Future Agenda
4:15 PM to 5:45 PM, Room 9204-05
Invited speakers from the University of Havana: Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva; Pavel Vidal; Armando Nova; Camila Piñeiro Harnecker.
Invited speakers from Europe, the United States and Puerto Rico: Emily Morris; Bill Messina; Archibald R. M. Ritter; Mario González Corzo; Mauricio Font.
While some of our panelists will present in Spanish, each panel/session will have Powerpoint outlines in English as well as one presentation in English (with the possible exception of the Panel 1). Moreover, the Q&A will be in both English and Spanish.
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