Cuban President Diaz-Canel Met Robert De Niro in New York

Source: TeleSUR
September 30 2018

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U.S. actor Robert De Niro (L) and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel(R)
met in New York on Sept. 28, 2018. | Photo: Prensa Latina


The two-time Oscar winner said, “…good neighbors talk, good neighbors share, good neighbors, do not build walls, that culture serves to build bridges.”

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met with renowned U.S. actor Robert De Niro Friday where the importance of cultural ties between two countries was discussed. The actor asked the governments of Cuba and the U.S. not to build cultural walls between people and rather build bridges to connect them.

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The meeting took place in the Dakota building in front of which musician John Lennon was assassinated, in New York city where apart from De Niro, producer and executive director of the Tribeca Film Festival Jane Rosenthal, Katie Holmes, Alex, and Carol Rosenberg, founders and organizers of the Havana Film Festival in New York and other artists, philanthropists, and cultural promoters from the U.S. were present.

Criticizing the current Trump administration’s approach to Cuba, De Niro added, “While there are many problems between the two countries, I hope they eventually disappear, but the current (U.S.) President is not helping with the situation.”

Diaz-Canel expressed his gratitude for being invited by the U.S. artists and wished for more cultural ties in the future. He also recalled artistic links between the two countries giving examples like links in jazz, Ernest Hemingway’s closeness with Cuba, etc.

The president congratulated the successful Festival Artes de Cuba held at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C. in March which saw the participation of more than 400 Cuban artists.

He also highlighted Cuba’s artistic education system which is universal, free and of high quality, despite U.S. blockade on Cuba.

De Niro also expressed his fondness of Cuba, a country he visited twice. “I love going to Cuba, I did not know I was so known there, people took pictures of me, they followed me, I was surprised, it was something wonderful,” he said.

Both the Cuban president and the actor reiterated their support for building stronger cultural ties as according to De Niro, “politics comes and goes, but culture remains.”

Venezuela: Blessed are the peacemakers … President Maduro’s Letter to Obama

Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God

Nicolas Maduro VP VenezudlaCaracas 1 September 2013

Your Excellency,

Barack Obama,

President of the United States of North America

On behalf of the people of Simon Bolivar and Comandante Hugo Chavez, I am writing to you in defence of the cause of peace and as a staunch enemy of war. This letter calls on you to reflect on the unjust, nefarious and frightening possibility of a U.S. military intervention against the people of Syria.

These words have no other intention, President Obama, than to accompany the people’s demands for a world where peace is the everyday way of understanding ourselves as brothers and sisters. I make these beautiful words of Simon Bolivar mine, entirely mine, “Peace will be my port, my glory, my reward, my hope, my happiness and everything that is beautiful in the world”. In the same way, this is about following the path that Jesus of Nazareth shows us on that beautiful beatitude: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

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Cubans recall John Lennon

Artists and citizens in the Eastern city of Camaguey paid homage to John Lennon on Saturday, December 8, on the 32nd anniversary of his murder in New York.
john lennon 1Under the guidance of Camagüey choreographer Tania Vergara, current director of that province’s Endedans Dance Company, children, youth, music bands and theatre ensembles participated in a gala which sent a message of peace to the world.

The gala recalled special moments of the legendary Beatles, a group which made an indelible imprint on international music and contributed significantly to the movement for peace in the 60s.  Lennon was an outstanding songwriter, singer and a peace activist whose songs and images became icons against the Vietnam war and other armed conflicts.

He was murdered December 8, 1980 by Mark David, who waited for him at his residence, where he lived with his wife Yoko Ono, shot him five times in the back causing his death.

Source:  Cuban News Agency