U.S. President Barack Obama is set to arrive in Cuba for a two-day visit, making history by venturing into the former Cold War enemy. Linda So reports.
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Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (American Spanish: [fiˈðel aleˈxandɾo ˈkastɾo ˈrus] About this sound audio (help·info); born August 13, 1926) is a Cuban politician and revolutionary who served as Prime Minister of the Republic of Cuba from 1959 to 1976 and then President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationalist, he also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011. Under his administration Cuba became a one-party socialist state; industry and business were nationalized, and state socialist reforms were implemented throughout society. Internationally, Castro was the Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1979 to 1983 and from 2006 to 2008.
Born in Birán as the son of a wealthy farmer, Castro adopted leftist anti-imperialist politics while studying law at the University of Havana. After participating in rebellions against right-wing governments in the Dominican Republic and Colombia, he planned the overthrow of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista, launching a failed attack on the Moncada Barracks in 1953. After a year’s imprisonment, he traveled to Mexico where he formed a revolutionary group, the 26th of July Movement, with Che Guevara and his brother Raúl Castro. Returning to Cuba, Castro took a key role in the Cuban Revolution by leading the Movement in a guerrilla war against Batista’s forces from the Sierra Maestra. After Batista’s overthrow in 1959, Castro assumed military and political power. The United States was alarmed by Castro’s friendly relations with the Soviet Union, and unsuccessfully attempted to remove him by assassination, economic blockade, and counter-revolution, including the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961. Countering these threats, Castro formed an alliance with the Soviets and allowed them to place nuclear weapons on the island, sparking the Cuban Missile Crisis – a defining incident of the Cold War – in 1962.
Adopting a Marxist-Leninist model of development, Castro converted Cuba into a one-party socialist state under Communist Party rule; the first in the Western hemisphere. Reforms introducing central economic planning and expanding healthcare and education were accompanied by state control of the press and the suppression of internal dissent. Abroad, Castro supported anti-imperialist revolutionary groups, backing the establishment of Marxist governments in Chile, Nicaragua, and Grenada, and sending troops to aid allies in the Yom Kippur War, Ethio-Somali War, and Angolan Civil War. These actions, coupled with Castro’s leadership of the Non-Aligned Movement and Cuba’s medical internationalism, increased Cuba’s profile on the world stage and earned its leader great respect in the developing world. Following the Soviet Union’s dissolution in 1991, Castro led Cuba into its “Special Period” and embraced environmentalist and anti-globalization ideas. In the 2000s he forged alliances in the Latin American Pink Tide – namely with Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela – and signed Cuba to the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas. In 2006 he transferred his responsibilities to Vice-President Raúl Castro, who formally assumed the presidency in 2008.
Castro is a controversial and divisive world figure. He is decorated with various international awards, and his supporters laud him as a champion of socialism, anti-imperialism, and humanitarianism, whose revolutionary regime secured Cuba’s independence from American imperialism. Conversely, critics view him as a totalitarian dictator whose administration oversaw multiple human-rights abuses, an exodus of more than one million Cubans, and the impoverishment of the country’s economy. Through his actions and his writings he has significantly influenced the politics of various individuals and groups across the world.
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Luis Illescas best known in the music industry as “DJ AFRICA”, was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At the age of 13 years, and newcomers to Miami, is attracted by music and its different rhythms,making the decision from within that world as a DJ …
Adopted the name “Africa” by the continent where it originated all types of rhythms. His unique style of blending musical rhythm, makes it open the doors at the radio station “El Zol 95” 95.7 FM Miami, to have his own mix show along side “El Hombre Gozadera” Julio Jr (R.I.P.).
Was the first Dj who introduced GRUPO AVENTURA with its singles “CUANDO VOLVERAS” & “OBSECION”, and was not wrong to do so. Similarly, when no DJ in the local latin radio stations dared to put the now known hit “CULO” by PITBULL,he did and there was no mistake.
Has shared the stage with famous artists such as P. DIDDY, PHARREL WILLIAMS, LIL JHON, PITBULL, DON OMAR, GRUPO AVENTURA, DADDY YANKEE, VICO C, TEGO CALDERON, HECTOR “EL FATHER, ZION, ALEXIS Y FIDO, ARCANGEL, BABY RASTRA, DON DINERO, MAGIC JUAN, GRUPO MANIA, EL GENERAL, ORO SOLIDO, TONO ROSARIO and many more.
DJ AFRICA is the official DJ of the after partys as major awards are the LATIN GRAMMYS and LATIN BILLBOARDS, and that’s why That in some countries is known as “DJ OF THE STARS”. Exclusive DJ of EMILIO and GLORIA ESTEFAN, and as such the resident DJ of world-famous CLUB BONGOS CUBAN CAFE.
The particular way that have of putting a dance to all the world is not limited to MIAMI, to be presented around the world beginning from MIAMI, NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, TEXAS, ATLANTA, PUERTO RICO, CANADA, SANTO DOMINGO ECUADOR, COLOMBIA, PERU, CHILE, HONDURAS, NICARAGUA, PANAMA, SPAIN, ITALY AND EVEN IN THE HOME THAT’S DA NAME “AFRICA”.
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Appearances of Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara (1928–1967) in popular culture are common throughout the world. Although during his lifetime he …
Che Guevara: Biography, Cuban Revolution, Early Life, Family, Death (1997)
Che Guevara: Biography, Cuban Revolution, Early Life, Family, Death (1997)
Appearances of Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara (1928–1967) in popular culture are common throughout the world. Although during his lifetime he was a highly politicized and controversial figure, in death his stylized image has been transformed into a worldwide emblem for an array of causes, representing a complex mesh of sometimes conflicting narratives. Che Guevara’s image is viewed as everything from an inspirational icon of revolution, to a retro and vintage logo. Most commonly he is represented by a facial caricature originally by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick and based on Alberto Korda’s famous 1960 photograph titled Guerrillero Heroico. The evocative simulacra abbreviation of the photographic portrait allowed for easy reproduction and instant recognizability across various uses. For many around the world, Che has become a generic symbol of the underdog, the idealist, the iconoclast, or the man willing to die for a cause. He has become, as author Michael Casey notes in Che’s Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image, “the quintessential postmodern icon signifying anything to anyone and everything to everyone.”
Actors who have portrayed Che Guevara:
Francisco Rabal in El Che Guevara (1968)
Omar Sharif in Che! (1969)
Michael Palin in Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)
Antonio Banderas in Evita (1996)
Miguel Ruiz Días in El Che (1997)
Alfredo Vasco in Hasta la Victoria Siempre (1999)
Gael García Bernal in Fidel (2002)
Karl Sheils in Meeting Che Guevara & the Man from Maybury Hill (2003)
Gael García Bernal in The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Jsu Garcia in The Lost City (2005)
Martin Hyder in The Mark Steel Lectures: Che Guevara (2006)
Sam G. Preston in The True Story of Che Guevara (2007)
Eduardo Noriega in Che (2007)
Benicio del Toro in Che (2008)
In the 1998 film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Johnny Depp depicting Hunter S. Thompson awakens from an adrenochrome overdose and stands in front of a picture of Che Guevara stuck to a Mexican flag. Benicio del Toro who co starred in the film (and would later play Che Guevara in Che), has stated that Thompson kept a “big” picture of Che in his kitchen.
In the 2003 documentary Breakfast with Hunter, acclaimed author Hunter S. Thompson can be seen in several scenes wearing different Che Guevara t-shirts.
Actress Lindsay Lohan dons a Che Guevara t-shirt in one scene of the 2004 film Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.
Indian actor Rajat Kapoor was made up to resemble Guevara in the 2009 Bollywood thriller Siddharth-The Prisoner. In describing the reasoning, director Pryas Gupta stated that the central concept of the film is “freedom from the complexities of life” while remarking “who better than Che Guevara, to represent that spirit.”
James Benning utilizes Richard Dindo’s documentary Ernesto Che Guevara: The Bolivian Diaries to form his own 1997 avant-garde film titled Utopia. The film juxtaposes Che’s vehement opposition to imperialism, with the importing of low wage Mexican laborers in the California desert to farm the Imperial Valley.
The 1983 Yugoslavian film Kako sam Sistematski Uništen od Idiota (How I Was Systematically Destroyed by an Idiot), directed and co-written by Slobodan Šijan, prominently revolves around the ideas of Che Guevara. In the film, the character Babi Papuška, played by Danilo “Bata” Stojković, is searching for a real revolutionary society and a real revolution. The film opens and closes with Babi reciting a poem at rallies in Che’s honor.
Leandro Katz’s 1997 film essay El Día Que Me Quieras (The Day You’ll Love Me) is a meditation on Freddy Alborta’s famous post-mortem photo of Che Guevara. Katz deconstructs and re-photographs the famous picture while drawing comparisons to the classic paintings of Mantegna’s “Dead Christ” and Rembrandt’s “The Anatomy Lesson”.
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I met Alex at a Havana Pizza place. He spoke English and was keen to practise with me. I interviewed him about the realities of life in Cuba. We talk about the food shortages, the low wages and the fact that many Cuban’s have family members they have not seen for decades, living in America.
The video features shots around Havana, capturing street life, the majestic historic buildings and the ancient American cars from the 40’s and 50’s
Music – Kevin MacLeod – Laid Back Guitars (royalty free)
Conocí a Alex en un lugar Habana pizza. Él habla Inglés y estaba dispuesto a practicar conmigo. Lo entrevisté acerca de las realidades de la vida en Cuba. Hablamos de la escasez de alimentos, los bajos salarios y el hecho de que muchos de cubanos tienen familiares que no han visto desde hace décadas, que viven en Estados Unidos.
El video muestra a tiros cerca de La Habana, la captura de vida de la calle, los majestuosos edificios históricos y los antiguos coches americanos de los años 40 y 50
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Here is a video to give you an idea of what kind of food you can expect in Cuba. This video is from the Breezes Varadero resort.
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