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Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand Newsletter No. 4/2016
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

ABSTRACT

Within hours of last week’s newsletter going out to readers with the rather glum repetition of ‘no change’ came the news of a solid concession — the authorisation of credit by US banks to Cuban and other countries’ banks, both in and out of the US, with very positive implications for Cuba’s trading environment.

We follow with DIPLOMACY — news of dealings with France, CELAC, Uruguay and military cooperation in the Caribbean with the US.

TRADE AND TRAVEL covers the results of the thaw with Washington with record numbers of tourists coming to the island, there’s a round-up of Cuba’s Olympic prospects for judo practitioners, news of international chess, and baseball in the Americas.

Finally INSIDE CUBA tells of another honour for prima ballerina Alicia Alonso, and add coverage of the annual March of the Torches last week, commemorating Jose Marti.

 

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Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand Newsletter No. 3/2016
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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Optimism on the blockade — from Columbian ex-president and current secretary of the Union of South American Nations Ernesto Samper, and former US congressmen — must be set against a total lack of news on actual progress. US citizens can’t travel freely to Cuba and in spite of getting its Havana Club brand back from Bacardi Cuba of course can’t sell it in the US.

This week Ecuador is hosting the current meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez is in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, meeting health workers in forestry areas, and we look in some depth at the drive of the Association of Caribbean States to ‘eradicate underdevelopment and achieve sustainable economic and social progress’ in the region.

The Cuban Cooperation Association was the forum for positive comments on French/Cuban relations; we cover a spat of minor earthquakes in the eastern provinces, and conclude with coverage of wrestlers from Cuba — ‘an indisputable global wrestling powerhouse’ — and their prospects at the Rio Olympics.

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Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand Newsletter No. 2/2016
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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A final call from the US president to his congress to move on the blockade leads our newsletter, contrasting with the stories following, showing large trade deputations from Germany and the Netherlands seeking new commercial links.

Prensa Latina reports on resumption of the Columbian government’s talks with the FARC-EP rebels, hosted by Cuba, followed by news that at least 90 cruise ships will visit the island by the end of June.

Granma’s Ana Margarita González covers a major re-orientation of the sugar industry’s waste product disposal under Environment; we look at increased production of food, forestry and tobacco in Pinar del Rio, and note that Santiago de Cuba suffered eight earthquakes in a single day last week.

Cuban Customs picked off 46 drug traffickers last year; we herald the March of the Torches in Havana next week, and bring the welcome news that our volleyballers will return to the Olympics this year through a 3-0 against-the-odds victory over Canada.

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Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand Newsletter No. 1/2016
Sunday, January 10, 2016

 ABSTRACT

In the context of progress towards better US/Cuba relations our lead story highlights a very counter-productive move: an intensification of efforts to destabilise Cuban society by attempting to alienate its impressionable young people through radio and television propaganda— a strange juxtaposition with the visiting US luminaries from Virginia and Iowa seeking better trading conditions in the stories which follow. Meanwhile President Raúl Castro, while predicting slower economic growth this year asks other Caribbean and Latin-American states to join in opposing this interference.

On a lighter note we find that Cuba still leads the Americas in children’s health, and is in double figures in world ranking on the human development index.

Europe and Cuba continue their diplomatic progress, with German ministers on visits to the Caribbean, and the CubanDebate portal is accusing Britain of attempting to steal Cuba’s glory in first development of a meningococcal immunisation programme.

A new five-star hotel in Cayo Guillermo gets coverage, we are taken round Havana’s newly named Alicia Alonso Grand Theatre, learn about the Havana World Music Festival in March as well as what the Cuban musical fraternity has been doing in Wellington, New Zealand, and in sports news we look at Cuba’s Olympic hopefuls in track and field, and the star-studded competitors list for the Havana Judo Grand Prix later this month.

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Cubans in New Zealand promote Cuban music and dance
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Wellington 7 January 2016. – The Cuban community in New Zealand has been promoting the knowledge of Cuban culture through various projects that have matured over a decade, from which the development of initiatives related to music and dance can be highlighted. In this effort, the work of Greydis Montero Liranza, dancer graduated from the National School of Art with over twenty years of experience, and of Rafael Ferrer Noel, percussionist who directs the CubanFusion project which is essentially dedicated to the teaching of the most diverse rhythms such as rumba, mambo, cha-cha, casino and reggaeton, stands out.

 

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