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SundaySeptember 26, 2010

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“Permission Denied”: The Cuban Regime Is Afraid To Let Me Travel

“Permission Denied”: The Cuban Regime Is Afraid To Let Me Travel

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Yoani Sanchez is a award winning Cuban Blogger

It’s two in the afternoon at the Department of Immigration and Aliens (DIE) on 17th Street between J and K. Dozens of people are waiting for permission to leave the country, that authorization to travel that has been given the name “white card,” although it might better be called “the safe conduct,” “the freedom card,” or “the get out of prison order.” The walls are peeling and a notice to “be careful, danger of collapse” is posted next to a huge mansion in Vedado. Several women — who have forgotten how to smile and be pleasant — wear their military uniforms and warn the public that they must wait in an orderly fashion. Now and then they shout a name and the person called returns some minutes later with a jubilant face or a strained pout.


Finally they call me to tell me of the eighth denial of permission to travel in barely three years.
Specialists in stripping us of what we could live, experiment, and know beyond our borders, the officials of the DIE tell me that I am not authorized to travel “for the time being.” With this brief “no” — delivered almost with delight — I lose the opportunity to be at the 60th anniversary of the International Press Institute,  and at the presentation of the Internet for the Nobel Peace Prize in New York. A stamp on my file and I was obliged to speak by telephone in the activities of Torino European Youth Capital, and to communicate with the publisher Brûlé to launch Cuba Libre in Montreal without my presence. The absurd immigration has inserted itself between my eyes and the full shelves of the Frankfurt Book Fair, between my hands and the compilation of my texts which will see the light at the Nonfiction Literature Festival in Poland. I will not go to the Ferrara Journalism Fair nor to the presentation of the documentary in Jequié, Brazil, much less be able to participate in the Congress of Women Leading the Millennium based in Valencia, nor in Cuneo, during the City Writers event. My voice will not be hear at LASA, which sent me an official invitation, and I will have to enjoy from a distance the appearance of my book Management and Development of Contents With WordPress.

All this and more they have taken.  However, they have left me — as if it were a punishment — along with the basic raw material from which my writings come, in contact with that reality which would not forgive me were I absent.

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Daniel Catan’s ‘Il Postino’ Opens with Placido Domingo (VIDEO)

Daniel Catan’s ‘Il Postino’ Opens with Placido Domingo (VIDEO)

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Mexican Composer Daniel Catan Opera “Il Postino” opened on Thursday in LA with Placido Domingo in the starring role.

“This is the first time that Placido Domingo will sing some of my compositions and it is a real honor and privilege to work with him, because he is a singer of enormous experience and is also a great artist who enriches the role with his comments and observations,” Catan told Efe.

This production marks Catan’s fourth grand opera. Born in Mexico City 61 years ago, he has spent much of the last 30 years composing operas. Catan is the first Mexican composer to have their operas presented so broadly in the US and throughout the world. Opera’s in Spanish are taking their place in traditional theatres in large part due to Catan.

“My operas have always been in Spanish, because my wish and my lifetime project is to represent not only our language, but also the richness of our culture. Very few operas in Spanish are part of the international repertoire, so I think it’s important to keep working at it,” he said.

“I feel extremely proud of all that it means to be Hispanic. Spain gave us a wonderful culture and Latin America has known how to enrich it, so that this people, this culture enriched through the centuries is well worth bringing to the world in all its splendor,” the composer said.

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Hampa Usa Niños Para Traficar en la Frontera

Ellos son obligados a pasar droga a Estados Unidos, otros reciben alrededor de 500 dólares semanales de las redes de polleros para guiar a indocumentados por el desierto, son niños y adolescentes utilizados así por el crimen organizado a lo largo de toda la frontera. Son carne de cañón.

Un informe de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE) sobre el fenómeno de la migración de menores de edad no acompañados revela que solamente durante el primer semestre del presente año, 8 mil 340 niños y jóvenes mexicanos fueron detenidos y repatriados de Estados Unidos; de ellos, 261 (3.14%) reconocieron que migraron para traficar drogas y personas, una tendencia que va en aumento desde 2008.  De acuerdo con el documento elaborado por la Dirección General de Protección a Mexicanos en el Exterior de la SRE, en 2008 un total de 173 menores que fueron repatriados de EU declararon que migraron para traficar estupefacientes o para colaborar con las bandas dedicadas al tráfico de indocumentados.

Para 2009 las cifras revelan que las organizaciones criminales emplearon a un mayor número de niños y adolescentes para sus operaciones: se repatriaron 295 menores que aceptaron su participación en estas actividades.  La tendencia de utilizar a estas personas sigue en aumento. El informe de la SRE sobre la repatriación de infantes migrantes de enero-junio de este año señala que sólo en esos seis meses 261 menores cruzaron a territorio estadounidense para traficar drogas y personas, lo que se traduce en 34 casos menos de todos los detectados el año pasado.

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Attempted Murder on Another Mexican City Mayor

Just as Mexico was reeling from the news that a fourth Mexican mayor was assassinated in a month Mexican authorities are reporting the attempted murder of another.  Ricardo Solis is the Mayor-elect of a small town in Gran Morelos in Chihuahua, Mexico and was critically wounded as he was shopping in a mall.  Mexican media are reporting that Solis was gunned down by drug cartel members, authorities have not confirmed this.  On Thursday the Mayor of Doctor Gonzalez, located outside of Monterrey Mexico, Priscilliano Rodriguez Salinas was killed.  If Solis does not survive his wounds he will be the 10th mayor to have been killed this year; he remains in critical condition.  Gran Morelos is near Ciudad Juarez one of the most violent cities in Mexico and the site of a brutal drug offensive. 

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UPDATE:  Mystery Deepens Around Nicaraguan Consul Found with Throat Slashed in New York

UPDATE:  New York City police continue to investigate the stabbing death of Nicaraguan Consul Cesar Mercado last Thursday.  Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega is urging the U.S. Government for a swift investigation so the body can be returned to Nicaragua.  Nonetheless, the police still have not declared whether Mercado died by his own hand or was murdered.  Mercado was said to be depressed over a recent HIV positive diagnosis and “hesitation marks” were found on his throat suggesting self-inflicting wounds.  His Bronx apartment did not appear to have been broken into or ransacked..

However, police also discovered human hair in both of his clenched hands indicating a struggle and 12 stab wounds to the abdomen indicating a murder scenario. 

ORIGINAL STORY:  Cesar Mercado, 34, a Nicaraguan diplomat was found dead in his New York apartment with his throat slashed.  Mercado was expected to meet with the Nicaraguan delegation in town for the United Nations General Assembly, including President Daniel Ortega.

Mercado worked for the Nicaraguan Consul that represents Nicaraguan interests in the U.S.  Mercado’s driver went to pick him up at his Bronx apartment when he noticed the door ajar and the body located just inside the doorway.  Police have not classified the death as a homicide or suicide. 

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Venezuelans Vote in Parliamentary Election Today as Chavez Promises a new Fridge

Venezuelans Vote in Parliamentary Election Today as Chavez Promises a new Fridge

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The opposition party –Table for Democratic Unity- are looking to gain some benches in today Venezuelans elections. Polls indicate that the opposition party will take back some of the seats lost when many voters boycotted the 2005 elections.
Sunday’s election is seen as an indicator of Chavez’s popularity two years before the presidential elections.

Chavez spoke to the 17 million voters asking them to not to undermine the Venezuelan “revolution,” and denounced the opposition campaign as “Operation Demolition.”

Chavez launched a new social campaign called “My well–equipped house”. In a shiny kitchen he explained to a housewife the wonders of a new fridge. ‘‘Feel the lines on it. Nice, eh? And wait till I tell you about the discount,’’ he said. The government has promised to import 300,000 fridges, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, and microwaves from China and sell them at rock bottom prices.

‘‘It’s a completely uneven playing field,’’ Laureano Marquez, an opposition commentator, said. ‘‘State institutions don’t even pretend to be independent … Everything starts and ends with Chavez.” The opposition party is campaigning on the facts that the murder rate has doubled in Venezuela since Chavez took office in 1999, crime is rising and the cost of living is escalating.

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Latino Art Beat Announces 2010 National Art Competition Winner

Latino Art Beat Announces 2010 National Art Competition Winner

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LATINO ART BEAT ANNOUNCES 2010 NATIONAL ART COMPETITION WINNER
JESUS HERNANDEZ AWARDED $22,000 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP

Latino Art Beat, a national not for profit arts organization, received over 1,000 entries in its 13th consecutive art competition, themed “What Hispanic Heritage & Culture Means to Me?” Students, in 11th and 12th grade, attending high schools in Illinois, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, D.C., were eligible to participate in the 2010 national art competition. The Mayor’s Office, the local Department of Education along with dedicated logistical partners, present this milestone competition annually. Each region selects a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winner along with several Honorable Mentions. Of all the 1st Place regional winners a national winner is chosen.

This year’s winner is Jesus Ramon Hernandez, a June 2010 graduate of Carl Schurz High School, Chicago, Illinois. Hernandez’ artwork is titled “Conquista para la paz”, an oil painting depicting a battle scene commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Mexico’s Revolution.

Robert Morris University, one of Latino Art Beat’s long term academic partners, is Hernandez’ college of choice. He is enrolled for the 2010 fall semester and is being awarded a $22,000 scholarship, spread out over 4 years, through the Robert Morris University / Latino Art Beat scholarship partnership.


All Latino Art Beat winners will be recognized at awards ceremonies in participating cities during Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15– Oct. 15. Tentative recognition dates are Houston September 30, 2010 at the Houston Public Library (adjacent to City Hall), Los Angeles October 7, 2010 at Art Share Los Angeles and October 8, 2010 at Los Angeles City Hall, Miami on October 28, 2010 at City Hall, Washington, D.C. October 14, 2010 at the Mexican Cultural Institute and Chicago November 3, 2010 at Columbia College Chicago. This year’s 2010 National Latino Art Beat awards ceremony will take place in Washington, D.C.at District of Columbia public Schools headquarters, on October 15, 2010 where all the regional 1st Place winners and the national winner shall be honored.


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SundaySeptember 26, 2010