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October 24, 2012

New Facebook Page !

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-Artie Ayala-

October 22, 2012

The Ballot Box, The Stretcher by Yoani Sanchez

Posted By Yoani Sánchez On 22 Octubre 2012 @ 02:24 


Tiles on the walls, a screen covered in green fabric and a metal table where they usually place syringes and cotton. This was the cubicle where I voted this morning to elect a delegate to the Municipal Assembly of People’s Power. Located inside a doctor’s office that was turned into a polling place this Sunday for the residents of the area. “Prescient” I thought of nothing but being alone with my ballot next to the large sink where they wash hospital implements. “Prescient” because my country is in a “coma” of indifference and apathy, and is going to need a profound revival – almost a defibrillation – for citizens to have real decision making power. Thirty-six years since its creation the current electoral system has not convinced us, not even once, that it represents the people against the power, rather we have become accustomed to the exact opposite.




So between the smell of formaldehyde and the hint of a stretcher, I annulled my ballot. After years of abstaining I decided to participate this time in an election that will change absolutely nothing. None of the delegates ratified at the polls could influence even the most pressing issues of our reality. Nor do we know how they think about our huge everyday problems, because the election law only allows them to submit their biography and their photo. So today in my neighborhood we were invited to choose between two faces, between two names, between two resumes… For this reason several neighbors and friends – knowing the futility of filling out a ballot – chose to abstain. But I wanted to satisfy my curiosity, to re-experience the senselessness of a paper that decides nothing, nothing changes, nothing moves forward.


First I wrote the letter “D.” Enormous, like a voiceless scream, I sketched that initial of a long-sought concept: “democracy.” And I did it in the midst of a clinical setting that fit metaphorically with my gesture of annulment, with the urgent intervention that the ranks of the People’s Power demand in this country. A deep surgery, an extensive extirpation of the meekness of the National Assembly, an electroshock of freedom to stop the parliamentarians from unanimously approving and applauding all the time. We will need to resurrect, to be reborn as a society, and to begin to behave like one



Article printed from Generation Y: http://www.desdecuba.com/generationy

October 21, 2012

Music and Dance of Cuba Salsa, Timba, Casino, Rueda!

A Good Sunday Laugh - Courtesy of the Cuban Goverment !

50 años de Operación `Peter Pan´ Cuba: secuestro de 14.000 niños-as por Iglesia Católica y CIA


Ha Ha Ha ...Thanks for the Good Laugh !!!!!

Cuban economy to undergo changes


11:37AM EDT October 21. 2012 -


HAVANA (AP) — Cuba seems to be betting that its decision to allow most of its citizens to travel abroad freely will be as good for its economy as it is for its public relations.
The announcement comes as the communist island nation carries out a cautious, limited free market experiment to reform Cuba's inefficient economy, which includes a plan to fire 1 million state workers and allow more entrepreneurship.
Cuba's leaders seem confident that lifting exit visa requirements will not produce an embarrassing exodus. Instead, experts say, a controlled migration might ease the pain of its economic overhaul by providing an outlet for the anticipated surge in unemployed workers and an investment in human capital if Cubans return home with experience in market economies. {More}

October 20, 2012

Amaury Gutierrez - No Existe

Yo Me Voy De Cuba !

My Father-in-Law, Juan Mejias, has written several songs and poems about Cuba. I though it would be a good idea to post it here and give everyone who visits Cubanazos an opportunity to read this particular one. Having lived in Miami most of his life although being a native of  Puerto Rico, he understands the Cuban dilemma.  What follows is his recently written song..... Please, feel free to comment !


"Yo Me Voy De Cuba"


Yo me de voy Cuba, para el extranjero
No importa si acaso en el viaje muero
Yo me voy señores, aqui no me quedo
Porque el comunismo solo infunde miedo


Tan pronto yo pueda me ire de mi pueblo
Me ire a otras tierras a buscar mi sueño
Buscare una balsa, me ire de balsero
Porque ya en mi patria, yo vivir no puedo

Se que no es muy facil dejar a la islita
pero es que el momento asi lo amedita
Me ire con el alma llena de tristeza
por dejar mi patria y a mi familita

Lejos de mi tierra luchare ferviente
Unido a la causa con toda mi gente
Con buenas acciones yo dare mi ejemplo
Con la frente en alto, y adelante siempre

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Enrique Martinez Celaya's The Tower of Snow - Operation Pedro Pan

A large-scale bronze sculpture created by distinguished Cuban-born artist Enrique Martínez Celaya, The Tower of Snow honors the 50th anniversary of Operation Pedro Pan, which brought thousands of Cuban children, without their parents, to the United States in pursuit of freedom and stability.

“For years, feelings of displacement and foreignness had seemed specific to my experience, then I began to read about the ‘Operación Pedro Pan’ and I found my story in many of their accounts. This recognition brought along a new sense of belonging to a group larger than myself, a group whose longing did not fit in any one heart,” said Martinez Celaya.

The Tower of Snow placed in a small park across from the Freedom Tower will face the port of Miami, where it will remind all of the struggles of past generations and will welcome the new, younger generations full of hope and optimism.




According to Martínez Celaya, who left his native Cuba as a child, the work is about his own experience of exile, but also about Operation Peter Pan, when more than 14,000 Cuban children were sent to the US between 1960 and 1962 by parents who feared the Cuban government would take away their right to decide how their children should be educated. 

“It’s about the anguish of those children,” Martínez Celaya says. “I wanted to memorialise that event.”

The Freedom Tower, a historic 1925 building that once housed the offices of the Miami News & Metropolis it also served as a center for Cuban political refugees that were coming from the island when Castro regime came into power, thus the name The Freedom Tower.



October 19, 2012

Cubanazos now on Facebook !

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-Artie Ayala- 

October 18, 2012

The Greatest Cuban Comedian of All-Time.



Guillermo Álvarez Guedes (born in 1928) is a Cuban businessman, writer and comedian. He is better known across Latin America as Alvarez Guedes.

Álvarez Guedes is a fervent anti-Castro demonstrator, using every means within his reach to express his political views.

During the early 1960s, he was forced into exile at Miami, Florida. He and his brother helped create Gema Records there. Gema Records was the first company to help launch the international careers of "El Gran Combo", a Puerto Rican Salsa music group. A friendship united Álvarez Guedes with the orchestra's director, Rafael Ithier.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Álvarez Guedes dedicated himself to recording comedy albums and writing comedy books. He routinely expressed his desire for Cuba to return to the way it used to be; such was the occasion when he made one of his famous jokes, involving a TWA flight he supposedly took between Havana and Miami. That route was actually flown by TWA, Pan Am and Cubana before Castro took over.

Álvarez Guedes has written over 20 books, and his albums, alongside with television presentations and Stand up comedy appearances have made him one of the most well liked entertainers, both among the Hispanic public and fellow entertainers alike.




October 15, 2012

Cuban Singer/Composer Amaury Gutierez in Concert




Visit his facebook page and hear his music at...

Translated with Google Translate

Amaury Gutiérrez Brufau , better known as Amaury Gutiérrez, was born on September 9, 1963, at the San Antonio de las Vueltas, municipality Camajuaní, Villa Clara province, Cuba.

In 1979, at the age of 15, he began as an Instructor at the School of Art in Santa Clara, Villa Clara. During this stage students, at 17 years old, he begins to write the words and music of his first songs on the guitar. He joins three other students, Alejandro Sequeda, Nelson Bermudez, and "El Grillo" and accelerates learning his guitar techniques and voice practice, and with the poet Frank Abel Dopico perfects his gift of songwriting. During this process of musical education, he formed a duet with Alejandro Sequeda, and both were the vocalists of the school band "Onix Rumba," which won the Contest of the Cuban Television everybody sings. During those four years at the School of Art Instructors, he took classes in Art History, Literature, Music, Piano, Guitar, Vocal Technique, Harmony and Solfege, he developed his solid musical education, graduating in 1983, in Choral , at the age of 19.



Immeadiately after graduation, he spend six years in the rural, mountainous area of el 

Escambray, in the Municipality Manicaragua, Villa Clara Province serving three years of 

Social Service and another 3 years as Director of Municipal Choir and voice teacher for 

children and adults. During this stage, in September 1986, he traveled to the City of Santa

Clara, on the weekends to be part of the "Penalty Troubadours" at the Museum of History, 

along with songwriters and Carlos Gutierrez July fouler.



In 1989, Amaury moved for a year to the City of Santa Clara and began working professionally as a singer in the group "Traditional Trova", and in November of that year, he met the famous Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, in Jazz Festival in Santa Clara, who recommends singing for the prestigious musical group "Afrocuba" and in the summer of 1990 he moved to Havana as a vocalist of this important group, with whom he worked for two years and made his first international tour to Venezuela and Mexico. It was at this stage he began to let his hair long as part of the image that has been identified to date.


In the summer of 1992 he left the band "Afrocuba", and enrolled with the Orchestra "La Ley" singing genres like Salsa and Sones Cubanos. With this group traveled to Mexico on February 14, 1993, and never returned to Cuba. Mexico became his second homeland, which was nationalized, and lives for nearly 11 years until December 24, 2003, at the age of 40, who moves to the city of Miami in the United States. Permanence a year working with the Orchestra "The Law" in various Mexican cities, and in 1994, at age 30, began as a singer in another group called Son Cubano "Kike and Ache", which only works with a few months until it resumes his career as a songwriter and start having a great acceptance among the public of the Mexican capital, singing their own songs to guitar.


The 31-year-old joins Cuban songwriters David Torrens, Pancho Céspedes, and Raul del Sol, and start writing songs again, and singing in nightclubs major DF, Mexico, and The Candlestick, The Devil , El Hijo del Cuervo, Bolivar 12, and intimates. During this stage know Jesus Lopez, Chairman of the label Universal Music Mexico, which has been signed since December 1997 to the present, and has produced 5 albums: Amaury Gutiérrez (1999), Stones and Flowers (2000), Alma New (2002 album was titled after also in 2004 caught it your name), Musicians and Poets (2006, which was a special edition with Ricardo Montaner compilatoria), Pieces of Me (2006), and Intimate Sessions (2010 ).


At 35 years old, Amaury Gutierrez his first album, recorded in the summer of 1998, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, wins world with 3 songs I know that's a lie, forgive all, and the Soul is beyond me, and is Nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist, and also in 2000, this makes it hard to get in Spain Wave Award for Breakthrough Artist.

From this moment for 15 years many internationally renowned artists begin to sing their songs as David Bisbal, Luis Fonsi, Pancho Céspedes, Manuel Mijares, Luis Enrique, Gilberto Santarosa, Paloma San Basilio, among many others, and gets 3 Latin Grammy Nominations more, (album Pieces of Me, Nominated for Best Singer-Songwriter Album at the Latin Grammy 2005 Song Nothing is forever disc Luis Fonsi, Nominated for Best Song of the Year at the Grammy Latino 2006, and the album Intimate Sessions, Nominated for Best Singer-Songwriter Album at the Latin Grammy 2011), and also obtained in 2001, 2006 and 2010, four ASCAP Awards, and one of them, Gold Record for Special Sales.

In 2011, further consolidated his career as a songwriter in the world, and its intimate Sessions album gets its first Latin Grammy for Best Singer-Songwriter Album, with great success in his promotional tour in 2012 in Europe, U.S., Latin America, and Central America.


Discography:

Amaury Gutiérrez (1999),
Stones and Flowers (2000),
New Soul (2002, 2004 and titled in your name caught it),
Musicians and Poets (2006 Special Edition with Ricardo Montaner Compilatoria)
Pieces of Me (2006),
Intimate Sessions (2010).

PRIZES AND AWARDS:

2000 Latin Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, Album Amaury Gutierrez.
2000 Wave Award, Spain, New Artist, Album Amaury Gutierrez.
2001 ASCAP Award, Song Swirl, Category Salsa.
2005 Latin Grammy Nominated for Best Singer-Songwriter Album, album Pieces of Me.
2006 Latin Grammy Nomination Best Song of the Year, Song For Nothing Disco Luis Fonsi.
2006 ASCAP Award, Song For Nothing, Category Pop Ballad
2006 ASCAP Award, a Love Song Night, Tropical category.
2010 ASCAP Award, Song be happy again, Tropical category.
2010 ASCAP Award, Gold Record for Special Sales, Bogota, Colombia, album Amaury Gutierrez.
2011 Latin Grammy Nominated for Best Singer-Songwriter Album, Album Sessions intimate.
2011 Latin Grammy Award for Best Singer-Songwriter Album, Album Sessions intimate.

October 14, 2012

Search the Miami Herald's Freedom Flights Database

The Freedom Flights represent the largest and longest resettlement program of political refugees ever sponsored by the U.S. government , offering an escape from Fidel Castro's Cuba to 265,000 people. This is an effort for people who were on the Freedom Flights to find their names, as well as their families, complete their records, and reconnect over the memory. This is the only public record of the Freedom Flights at this time.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2008/12/10/807685/search-the-freedom-flights-database.html#storylink=cpy


If you came to the United States from Cuba on the Freedom Flights during the period of 1965 to1973 you can search yourself on the Miami Herald's Freedom Flights Database...Click Here

OPINIÓN DE ANDY BERGEN SOBRE "LOS CUBANOS"


This comes to me from my best friend Joe Ruiz who currently lives in Tampa, Florida
It's worthy of the time it takes to read so, read on !

NOSOTROS LOS CUBANOS



Translated by Google Translate

Opinion by Andy Bergen on The Cubans

American Andy Bergen...Reflection on Genetic Project Called..."Cubans"


Cuban's first sin was excessive appreciation of the standard of living and progress.

The second sin was that before 1959 the currency was worth more than the dollar.

                      
The third sin was to give music to the world ...

But the worst sin of Cubans was lifting a city of what was a swamp in Florida to make it the U.S. port to the Americas and a must in global tourism. Whoever denied this sin to the industrious Cuban is wandering or is complexed.


So Cubans are bad, very good or just regular?


Jesus Christ gave a guideline for human behavior when he said:

"By their works ye shall know them." So you are in Miami a ruler to measure the Cubans.
I am not of Cuban descent. Nor do I believe that the Cubans are, as true Cubans were the Tainos, the Ciboney and beautiful Guanajatabey that populated the island, but were exterminated by those who then gave birth to the new Cuban people.

I think the term "Cuban" has been as a title of nobility. You can not even say that Cuba is a race. The Cuban people have everything: white Europeans,

blacks, mulattos and even Asians
In my view, the Cuban is not only a well-conceived genetic project in a place called Cuba. I really believe that Cuba is unlike any other American. Maybe it's geographical position or Euro-African heritage that makes them so special.
                        
Cubans speak loudly, gesticulating with his hands, are arrogant and laugh at everyone, but also about themselves and their misfortunes. Take your pain and your joy art go true zarzuelas.

The Cuban is usually not racist, but it is classist. "The good thing about Miami is that here all waters catch their level"

I once told a friend referring to Cuban social castes, supposedly eliminated in Cuba for the mob to mix with the upper and educated. However, Cuba freed the black long before black Americans were free. In Cuba were never called afrocubanos but simply Cubans. The black of Cuba is as Cuban as white or mestizo.
        
However, the Cubans, especially those in Miami, are one of the most vilipendeados peoples in the world. I sincerely believe that there is a lot of envy in these reviews. Bothers her extraordinary success, five congressmen in the U.S. Congress, its enormous economic power, political influence, their eagerness to work and progress, in Miami imposing their language and customs, and more.
       
The Cuban ingenuity and hard work can never escape his fate. You always have beside brother Cain Cain and friend to all those races and ethnicities that do not support the success of others and want to crush the winners.
            
I lived in Miami in the 60s, when Cubans began arriving in large numbers. They had nothing, only a great pride and immense pain of having to leave behind his beautiful island. I soon realized that these people had not come to America in search of a meal. Cored settlers came in search of progress and freedom of ideas and expression, and conquered the land, and then lift the great cosmopolitan city that is today's Miami.
              
What had become of the island of Cuba to its people if he had not been truncated creativity and entrepreneurship?
It would probably be the real "pearl of the Antilles" envy of Latin America and in many villages.
            
Cubans are comparable to the Jewish community in the United States and Italy, who rose triumphant after years of vicissitudes.
       
What would happen if one day Miami Cubans leave?
No other people achieve impart both flavor and joy to Miami.
So I like both the lyrics of the song by Cuban singer Marisela Verena ... We Cubans and the rest of humanity ........
            
Andy Bergen
http://elvigiadecuba.blogspot.com
            
A proud American who admires the Cubans!