Cuba: Multimedia, audiovisuals, e-books for sale online

Source:  Granma
July 27 2016

by: Mireya Castañeda | internet@granma.cu

Documentary filmmaker Estela Bravo’s Fidel, la historia no contada included in the site’s catalogue

Below:  Cover for Estela Bravo’s Fidel, la historia no contada (Fidel: The Untold Story).

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CUBA’S Information Technology and Advanced Electronic Services Enterprise, Citamel, has recently announced the addition of nine new audiovisuals to its multimedia products catalogue of CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, e-books and downloadable documents, available for sale on it internet website, Bazar Cuba.

This electronic sales outlet allows for the acquisition of a great variety of Cuban products via the Internet, and its multimedia offerings, grouped in eight thematic categories, have been very well-received, according to the company.

The publishing house (www.editorialcitmatel.com) is an offshoot of the enterprise Citamel, founded in 1999 and affiliated with the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment.

e-books

Among the new products added recently are the e-books Todo de Cuba, an encyclopedia with information on Cuba’s culture, music, history, sports, religions, and more; as well as Cocina cubana, cinco siglos de tradición, with more than 500 recipes.

The catalogue section on History & Culture offers visitors some 60 materials, including titles such as Recorra Cuba, and the e-books Capablanca, el reyUn paraíso en el Caribe; and Sitios de buceo.

Of special interest in this section are works devoted to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro, among them the audiovisuals Fidel es Fidel, by Roberto Chile and Fidel la historia no contada, by documentary filmmaker Estela Bravo.

Fidel’s untold story and other works

Estela Bravo has lived in Havana for 40 years with her husband Ernest Bravo, an accomplished Argentine biochemist. Available on the website are several works from her filmography of some 50 documentaries, among them Operación Peter Pan – which tells the true story of a 1962-63 CIA operation to encourage Cuban parents to send their children unaccompanied to the U.S. – and ¿Quién soy yo?, about the disappearance of babies born to mothers imprisoned during the last Argentine dictatorship.

One of Estela Bravo’s classics is precisely Fidel, la historia no contada (Fidel: The Untold Story),which she herself has explained, began in 1996, when she began gathering materials for the project, culminating in the film’s 2001 premiere.

The filmmaker was able to get original interviews with Fidel and a great number of archived materials, which allow viewers to see the Comandante in an intimate light – swimming with his bodyguards, visiting the home of his birth, a relaxed conversation with Nelson Mandela, and celebrating his August 13th birthday with the famous Buena Vista Social Club.

Family members, and close friends

To develop the storyline, Elsa enlists family members, and close friends like Gabriel García Márquez, and figures such as Alice Walker, Sydney Pollack, Ted Turner, Muhammed Ali, Harry Belafonte, and Ramsey Clark.

In 91 minutes, Estela Bravo manages to surprise with this look at the more personal, little known side of Fidel’s life. She commented that after finishing

Fidel, la historia no contada she still had a great deal of unpublished material and was afraid that it be lost due to the humidity and its delicate formats.

Three exceptional documentaries

The solution? Another three exceptional documentaries: Fidel y MandelaAnécdotas de Fidel,and Conversando con García Márquez sobre su amigo Fidel. All contain testimony of incalculable value, enriched with the inclusion of unpublished photos and singular sequences.

A quick look at Bazar Cuba online allows users to access a variety of Cuban cultural products, especially high-quality audiovisuals like Estela Bravo’s Fidel la historia no contada.

Cuba honors Fidel Castro on National Rebellion Day

July 26 2016

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Cuba celebrates Tuesday its National Rebellion Day, one of the most important events on the country’s revolutionary calendar, with massive festivities in the central Cuban city of Sancti Spiritus honoring the ex-president and “historic leader of the revolution,” Fidel Castro, as his 90th birthday approaches.

Cuban President Raul Castro, wearing his military uniform, presided over the ceremony, which recalls the failed attack on the Moncada Barracks 63 years ago, and at which he was accompanied by top government and Communist Party (PCC) leaders, including the party’s No. 2 official, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura.

Machado Ventura, who gave the main speech of the occasion, began by sending “on this day of such special significance” the “warmest greetings to comrade Fidel Castro, historic leader of the revolution, as he nears his 90th birthday,” to which the public responded with cries of “Viva Fidel!”

Commitment to remain faithful

The PCC’s second secretary also assured Cuba’s revolutionary leader of the Cuban people’s “commitment to remain faithful to the ideas you fought for all your life,” and said they “will always keep alive the spirit of resistance, dialectical thinking and faith in victory that you instilled in us with your example.”

He also recalled the speech Fidel gave in the same Serafin Sanchez Plaza in Sancti Spiritus during the celebration on July 26, 1986, when the revolutionary leader who will turn 90 next Aug.13 called on Cubans to consider work the basis of prosperity.

Tuesday’s political and cultural event included music and dance performances and was attended by combatants of the rebel army and participants in the failed attack of July 26, together with members of international brigades expressing their solidarity with Cuba.

First armed action

Cuba’s National Rebellion Day celebrates the first armed action led by Fidel Castro, on July 26, 1953, against the Fulgencio Batista regime, when he attacked the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba.

Though the attack failed and the rebels were either killed or captured, the date is officially regarded as the beginning of the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power on Jan. 1, 1959, and is celebrated with massive political events, at which the nation’s president is usually the principal speaker.

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Photos:  Fidel (L); Frank Pais (R)

But since he took office in 2006 to substitute his brother Fidel, who stepped down because of illness, Raul Castro, 85, has delegated that responsibility to others on several occasions over the past few years.

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Cuba: Promising prospects for the treatment of cerebral ischemia

Source:  Granma
July 28 2016

by: Orfilio Peláez | orfilio@granma.cu

Promising research results

The discovery of the neuro-protective qualities of a new molecule called JM-20, opens up promising prospects for the treatment of cerebral ischemia

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A new molecule called JM-20 opens up promising prospects for the treatment of cerebral ischemia. Photo:Prensa Latina

Cuban researchers have discovered pharmacological evidence of the neuro-protective qualities of a new molecule called JM-20, opening up promising prospects for the treatment of cerebral ischemia, a serious global health problem.

Next phase of clinical trials on humans

This discovery now means that the next phase of clinical trials on humans can take place. If successful and the neuro-protective qualities of JM-20 are proven, this could lead to the creation of the first product with effective therapeutic properties to treat the condition and its associated effects. The molecule and its derivatives are protected under a 100% national patent.

Scientific entities involved in the study include the Medicines Development and Research Center’s (Cidem) Neuro-Protection Laboratory; the Research Center for Biological Investigations and Evaluations; the University of Havana’s (UH) Pharmacy and Food Institute; Organic Synthesis Laboratory at the UH’s Chemistry Faculty; Institute of Basic Sciences’ Biology department at Brazil’s Río Grande del Sur Federal University; and Cidem’s Histology Laboratory.

Winner of the 2015 Academy of Sciences of Cuba National Prize

Winner of the 2015 Academy of Sciences of Cuba National Prize in the category of Biomedical Sciences, the study has also received a Special Award from Citma for the most important scientific result.

Global Capitalism: July 2016 Monthly Economic Update

Source:  Democracy at Work

 

Global capitalism:  July 2016 Monthly Economic Update

In this monthly update Professor Wolff provides information and analyses on

  • Bernie Sanders’ contribution
  • Socialism
  • Exploitation of African-American workers
  • Inequality in America
  • Worker cooperatives
  • Manifestations of the decline of global capitalism

and more

Hail to Corey Menafee!

Hail to Corey Menafee!

By Michael Heslop

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Hail to Corey Menafee,

The rebel worker at Yale who shattered a symbol of chattel slavery at Calhoun College,

Hail to Corey Menafee,

The dishwasher at Yale who broke the stained glass of smiling slaves carrying baskets of cotton on their heads for the enrichment of white slaveowners,

Hail to Corey Menafee,

For enlightening Yale about its own motto of enlightenment by shattering the darkness of slavery symbolized by the art of smiling slaves in its stained glass,

Hail to Corey Menafee,

The African American dishwasher who had the dignity to smash the stained glass symbol of slavery at Yale,

Hail to Corey Menafee,

The dishwasher at Yale who brought pride to Africans by smashing the stained symbol of African blood and sweat on cotton plantations,

Hail to Corey Menafee,

The rebel who destroyed the symbol of hate and oppression of people too black to be blue,

Hail to Corey Menafee,

The Yale dishwasher who smashed the sight of demeaned black lives guarded in stained glass windows,

Hail to Corey Menafee,

For civilizing Yale that Africans are “more than sands on seashore and more than numbers”,

Hail to Corey Menafee,

Have no fears for your action of respect for black lives symbolized in your act of smashing smiling slaves etched in stained glass windows at Yale,

Hail to Corey Menafee,

Have no regrets for your act of freedom for “we people who are darker than blue.”

Photo:  Democracy Now

Woman in iconic Baton Rouge protest photo: “We do matter”

Source:  CBS News

I never really considered myself to be in the definition of brave. But sometimes, jobs are given to you that you’re not really– you didn’t apply for. You know?

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Woman in Baton Rouge protest photo: “Silence speaks volumes”

powerful image of a female protester dressed in a sundress, standing her ground against Baton Rouge police officers during protests after a police shooting took the internet by storm.

In her first-ever protest against police brutality, Ieshia Evans stood calmly in the middle of the street – despite being told not to do so – as officers in riot gear rushed towards her.

“It was silence. It was just a lot of nonverbal communication,” Evans told “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King. “Sometimes, silence speaks volumes.”

“What did you want your silence to say?” King asked.

“I’m human. I’m a woman. I’m a mom. I’m a nurse. I could be your nurse. I could be taking care of you. You know?” Evans said. “I’m here. We all matter. We don’t have to beg to matter. We do matter.”

No fear in my body

Despite being confronted by police fully clad in body armor, Evans appears seemingly placid in the photo. She said she had “no fear in my body.”

“It’s when you see these officers and you see their gear… and I see his gun. They look impenetrable compared to me with no armor in the sundress… but there was no fear,” Evans said.

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The now-iconic photo has since been hailed as a symbol for peaceful demonstrations against police brutality. It has also been likened to photos captured in past civil rights protests as well as one of the takeover in Tienanmen Square in China that captured a man staring down the tank. For Evans, the comparisons give a powerful sense of a purpose.

“It means that God has chosen to put me in a position to make a difference, make a change,” Evans said. “It is more than me, it is more than myself. So here I am, I have a responsibility to do something.

Evans was arrested for the first time shortly after the photo was taken, in what she said was her first protest against “all the injustices before.”

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“I felt like I was just a bystander and I had – you have a choice as a human being to do something or to not do something. I chose to go to work the other times during the other protests. I chose to pay those bills, to put the food in the refrigerator,” Evans said. “Once the opportunity presented itself, it was just like, ‘yeah, definitely.'”

When the video of Alton Sterling surfaced, Evans said she couldn’t get herself to watch it right away.

“It literally rendered me numb. I couldn’t cry, I couldn’t scream, I couldn’t break anything. I was just numb,” Evans said.

Then another video of the police shooting death of Philando Castile in Minnesota surfaced the next day.

“I felt something has to be done. Something has to be done,” Evans said.

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Her arrest from the protest called for an honest conversation with her six-year-old son, Justin.

“He said, ‘why did you go to jail? I thought only bad people go to jail,'” Evans recalled. “I didn’t have an answer for him. I told him that sometimes, that’s not the case. And that was the best answer that I could give to my son at that moment.”

But the experience has marked an important turning point for Evans.

“Do you see yourself as an activist?” King asked.

“Before this? Not really. I wouldn’t really call myself an activist. I have a passion for my people. I love my people,” Evans said. “So I never really considered myself to be in the definition of brave. But sometimes, jobs are given to you that you’re not really– you didn’t apply for. You know?

In Africa, The U.S. Military Sees Enemies Everywhere

Source:  Popular Resistance
July 14 2016

By Nick Turse, www.theintercept.com

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Above Photo: U.S. Africa Command

FROM EAST TO WEST across Africa, 1,700 Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other military personnel are carrying out 78 distinct “mission sets” in more than 20 nations, according to documents obtained by The Intercept via the Freedom of Information Act.

“The SOCAFRICA operational environment is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous,” says Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, using the acronym of the secretive organization he presides over, Special Operations Command Africa. “It’s a wickedly complex environment tailor-made for the type of nuanced and professional cooperation SOF [special operations forces] is able to provide.”

Equally complex is figuring out just what America’s most elite troops on the continent are actually doing, and who they are targeting.

Shadow war currently being waged by American troops all across the continent

In documents from a closed-door presentation delivered by Bolduc late last year and a recent, little-noticed question and answer with a military publication, the SOCAFRICA commander offered new clues about the shadow war currently being waged by American troops all across the continent.

“We operate in the Gray Zone, between traditional war and peace,” he informed a room of U.S., African, and European military personnel at the Special Operations Command Africa Commander’s Conference held in Garmisch, Germany, last November.

According to Bolduc’s 2015 presentation, SOCAFRICA is taking part in seven distinct operations, although he failed to elaborate further. Among the goals of these missions: to “enable friendly networks; disable enemy networks.”

The identities of most of those “enemy networks,” are, however, a well-kept secret.

Last fall, The Intercept revealed that Bolduc had publicly disclosed that there are nearly 50 terrorist organizations and “illicit groups” operating on the African continent. He identified only the Islamic State, al Shabaab, Boko Haram, al Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb, and the Lord’s Resistance Army by name or acronym, while mentioning the existence of another 43 groups. Despite repeated inquiries by The Intercept, however, neither the Department of Defense, U.S. Africa Command, nor SOCAFRICA would provide further information on the identities of any of the other organizations.

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Map of Africa’s active Islamic militant groups. Source Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Recently, however, the Defense Department’s Africa Center for Strategic Studies — a research institution dedicated to the analysis of security issues in Africa — published a map listing “Africa’s Active Militant Islamist Groups.” In addition to usual suspects, it named 18 other terror organizations.

The Africa Center says that “group listings are intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered official designations.” It is, however, the most comprehensive list available from an agency or element within the Department of Defense and may shed light on Bolduc’s enemies list.

SOCAFRICA failed to respond to questions about that list or the names of its operations. U.S. Special Operations Command also declined to provide additional information. “We have no idea what BG Bolduc’s remarks were to a group of commanders who are subordinate to him,” spokesperson Ken McGraw told The Intercept.

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