The country’s heart is full.

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The Cuban sky, which they had so longed to see, offered the first welcome to our heroes, then the breeze, the feeling of freedom… hard for their eyes to believe what was unfolding before them, hard for their hearts to bear so much joy, to see the radiant, euphoric people opening their arms to their sons, and offering them a cup of coffee. Eleven million tears were shed as the news was announced, and the photos began to appear, with Raúl welcoming them to the homeland.

Who didn’t feel goosebumps along with Elizabeth as she embraced Ramón. Who was not moved as Gerardo gazed into Adriana’s face, and who did not feel the warmth shared by Mirta and her son Tony… And what an avalanche of emotions hearing the exclamations, including, “Para lo que sea”, (For whatever may be needed), offering an exemplary lesson of genuine patriotism.

Outside, in the streets, a sea of human beings welcomed them home, every corner of the nation was full of joy. Feeling the country’s greatness, it is no lie that Cubans feel our hearts swelling.

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#Volvieron: US and Cuba in social networks

#Volvieron: EE.UU. y Cuba en las redes sociales

Any news became too small on social networks in the face of the announcement of the historic restoration of relations between the United States and Cuba and the exchange of prisoners between the two countries.

The impact ranges from posts minute by minute of the media from both sides to the comments of Cubans on the island and Miami, with #Volvieron and # Cuba hashtags, among others.

Images shared on social media after the announcement of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States.

Imágenes compartidas en las redes sociales a partir del anuncio del restablecimiento de las relaciones diplomáticas entre Cuba y los Estados Unidos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The coincidence also with the day of St. Lazarus, converts Wednesday December 17 in a truly momentous day for Cubans, believers and non-believers from all over the world.
The singer Francis Del Rio posted on his Facebook profile: “Congratulations Cuba, your kids are back already. The word of a Babalao never falls to the floor, because Orula does not know everything, BUT IS NEVER WRONG “.

READ MORE: http://oncubamagazine.com/sociedad/volvieron-ee-uu-y-cuba-en-las-redes-sociales/

STATEMENT BY THE CUBAN PRESIDENT RAUL CASTRO.

Fellow countrymen,

Since my election as President of the State Council and Council of Ministers I have reiterated in many occasions our willingness to hold a respectful dialogue with the United States on the basis of sovereign equality, in order to deal reciprocally with a wide variety of topics without detriment to the national Independence and self-determination of our people.

This stance was conveyed to the US Government both publicly and privately by Comrade Fidel on several occasions during our long standing struggle, stating the willingness to discuss and solve our differences without renouncing any of our principles.

The heroic Cuban people, in the wake of serious dangers, aggressions, adversities and sacrifices has proven to be faithful and will continue to be faithful to our ideals of independence and social justice.  Strongly united throughout these 56 years of Revolution, we have kept our unswerving loyalty to those who died in defense of our principles since the beginning of our independence wars in 1868.

Today, despite the difficulties, we have embarked on the task of updating our economic model in order to build a prosperous and sustainable Socialism.

As a result of a dialogue at the highest level, which included a phone conversation I had yesterday with President Obama, we have been able to make headway in the solution of some topics of mutual interest for both nations.

READ MORE: http://www.cuba.cu/gobierno/rauldiscursos/2014/ing/r171214i.html

Thirty Years of Jazz Plaza

Thirty Years of Jazz Plaza

16 December, 2014  By: 

Created in a decade of musical effervescence as that of 1980, the International Jazz Plaza Festival has condensed in its 30 editions a growing movement of practitioners of a genre born in the southern United States, but that has become universal, especially in the 20th and 21st centuries.

No one questions today the contributions of Cubans to a rhythm that many consider more than music to enjoy, a lifestyle for those who love and grow it. And when valuing these indisputable Cuban connections with this area of loudness, the Jazz Plaza has been an emblem a lofty stage for figures such as Dizzy Gillespie, Tete Montoliu, Roy Hardgroove, Ronnie Scot, Arturo O’Farrill, Chucho Valdes, Emiliano Salvador, Bobby Carcasses and Ernán Lopez Nussa, among many others.

The event also gave shelter to young artists who later gained notoriety by their virtuosity, as it has happened with Cuban César López, Yasek Manzano, Roberto Fonseca and Harold Lopez Nussa.

Thirty editions have taken pulse to an artistic force that overflows the most unique places in Havana. Since the Plaza Cultural House -the place first staged the event, La Zorra y el Cuervo, the Jazz Café, and the Mella Theater and its Gardens; up to newly created spaces such as the Rumba Palace, Miramar Cafe, Cuban Art Factory, Avenida Hall and Cuba Pavilion, Jazz Plaza is shown as infinite choice of elevating the spirit of music lovers who are waiting for December to enjoy a festival that fills their expectations.

READ MORE: http://oncubamagazine.com/culture/thirty-years-of-jazz-plaza/

Why is Cuban rum good?

Why is Cuban rum good?

Cuba Ron just made official its Regulatory Council of the Protected Designation of Origin “Cuba” (DOP), which also govern the production, certify that these are indigenous and original of that name, in addition to offering consumers products with quality parameters more authentic and stable.

Since 2010, Cuba Ron holds the Regulation 343 which refers to the DOP only granted by the Cuban state, which means added value to the products of this corporation, which gives it greater international recognition and encourages that in the commercial as well as in industrial property fields, acquire greater connotation.

The history of rum production in Cuba has over 150 years and it means a distinctive cultural brand of the island, transmitted from generation to generation or Rum Masters.

The Cuba Ron Corporation, a business entity created in 1993 as a producer and marketer of rum and other spirits, started running since then more traditional Cuban rum factories, with a structure designed to meet the industry requirements and the challenges of international trade.

READ MORE: http://oncubamagazine.com/economy-business/why-is-cuban-rum-good/

Benicio del Toro, from Che to Pablo Escobar.

Benicio del Toro, from Che to Pablo Escobar

Former basketball player, ex painter, visceral artist, the renowned Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro left the skin when performing Che and recently repeated the effort to incarnate the drug lord Pablo Escobar.

With his great interpretative strength and overwhelming presence, del Toro has become the great Latin American Hollywood actor. Raised in the US, though he was born in Puerto Rico, he is an actor with one of those faces that ends up playing villains in any film. However, his acting ability and his keen eye for choosing roles have been able him to have a career full of great performances.

He has shown that he is good at biopic. The last one he has done is ¨Escobar, Paraiso Perdido, ¨ by Andrea di Stefano, a kind of portrait of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The actor says he does not want to specialize in playing great Latin American characters, but this story interested him by his family and close-to-the-capo approach.

Owner of a striking, enigmatic and deep look, his 47 years old gray hair could be seen under a sports cap. Beard, sideburns and a thick silver bracelet accompany him for a while. His conversation with OnCuba took place between cigarette smoke and phrases in Spanglish.

READ MORE: http://oncubamagazine.com/culture/benicio-del-toro-from-che-to-pablo-escobar/

Another USAID covert plan exposed

According to an investigation by the Associated Press, the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, attempted to infiltrate the Cuban hip-hop movement as part of a covert project to destabilize the country.

According to an investigation by the Associated Press, the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, attempted to infiltrate the Cuban hip-hop movement as part of a covert project to destabilize the country.

Documents obtained by AP indicate that USAID hired a group of rappers to develop a youth movement in opposition to the Cuban government. The covert plan was implemented over more than two years, with the aim of using Cuban musicians to establish a network to agitate for social change on the island, PL reported on Thursday.

The Huffington Post website published a chronology of USAID covert operations in Cuba, detailing the activities of Rajko Bozic, a Serbian national who presented himself as a musical promoter and arrived in Cuba with instructions to involve Cuban rappers such as the Aldeanos duo in the covert hip hop program, to promote an opposition movement.

The publication also describes the creation in Panama of the Salida Company in March 2009, a front for Creative Associates International based in Washington. AP reports that in August of 2009 Creative Associates hosted a meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica, to discuss using the Concert for Peace, organized by Colombian musician Juanes in Havana, to boost Los Aldeanos and their rebellious discourse.

Coincidentally, on December 3, 2009, USAID contractor Alan Gross was arrested in Havana for having illegally imported satellite phones and computing equipment to Cuba without the appropriate permits.

The USAID hip hop covert operation was conducted in tandem with two other programs sponsored by the U.S. agency, which were exposed by AP – the Zunzuneo or Cuban twitter project, and a plan to send young Latin Americans to Cuba to build disenchantment among Cuban youth and promote criticism of the government.

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 Documents on USAID program  http://apne.ws/1B2vAys