Condolences

We extend our profound condolences to our brothers and sisters in Santa Clara and beyond on the passing of “Jefe Maximo” Fidel Castro.
As the world mourns his death we will continue to build upon his example in defense of human dignity. We stand in solidarity in the struggle for a more just and peaceful world.

http://www.granma.cu/cuba/2016-11-27/fidel-castro-ruz-27-11-2016-04-11-11
obituary in Granma en español

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La Colmenita. Arts activity center. Santa Clara

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2016 delegation at ICAP

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El malecón de Santa Clara

News from CMHW radio-Santa Clara, Cuba.

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Desde hace cerca de un decenio, los jóvenes de Santa Clara llaman Malecón a los muros que circundan el teatro La Caridad, coliseo ubicado en las áreas del parque Leoncio Vidal, centro social de esta ciudad que cumplió 327 años.

La zona se llena de juventud a partir del atardecer y las citas se alargan hasta horas de la madrugada. Durante ese tiempo los asiduos conversan sobre temas actuales, tocan guitarras o simplemente se encuentran con amigos.
Esa denominación parece que responde a un viejo anhelo de los santaclareños, a quienes las playas de la provincia les quedan algo distantes, entre los 60 y 70 kilómetros hacia el norte; y los otrora ríos finos pero caudalosos que la cruzaban, ahora muestran sus corrientes deprimidas.
El afán de contar con espacios para el baño y áreas ventiladas cercanas al agua, llevó a la urbe a emprender, durante la década del 50 del siglo XIX , la construcción de cabañas para el descanso y lasvacaciones en las pocetas de Borrotico.
Esos dominios estaban ubicados en la parte más profunda del rio Bélico, cerca del barrio El Condado, hacia donde se dirigían los citadinos para escapar del sopor del verano tropical.
En los años 30, de la centuria anterior, el trazado de la carretera central por toda la Isla incluyó en la ciudad la construcción de varios puentes.
Al tramo de la vía, desde la calle Marta Abreu hasta la calle Alemán, los vecinos lo denominaron malecón de Santa Clara o malecón del Bélico, como muestra de la nostalgia por el mar en una localidad carente de costa marítima.
Esos puentes de enorme belleza muestran destreza y buen gusto de ingenieros y arquitectos, los cuales sortearon el escenario urbano y natural de la zona, entre ellos ríos, manantiales, hilos de agua, arroyos y quebradas.
Luis Machado Ordetx, periodista y escritor de Santa Clara, en su libro “Ciudades en Pugna” aporta datos sobre las ansias permanentes de los santaclareños por tener un litoral.
Relata que en 1689 la villa tenía dos salidas al mar, una al sur, el Puerto de Jagua, y otra al norte: el puerto natural del Embarcadero de Sagua la Grande.
Al establecerse la villa Fernandina de Jagua, pierden ese espacio y con ello las bondades que tenía el comercio marítimo en la época.
Posteriormente, al conformarse la villa de Sagua la Grande, los santaclareños ven desaparecer su último contacto con el mar.
Pasaron muchos años matizados de esfuerzos, intentos y diversas variables para obtener un lugar en la franja costera.
Esa realidad debilitó la ya poco desarrollada economía y sociedad de la Villa de la Santísima Santa Clara , y no fue hasta la década del 30 del siglo XX, cuando el trazado de la Carretera Central, principal vía terrestre del país, le da un lugar preponderante a la urbe, que estimula el crecimiento poblacional y económico.
El paso del tiempo no ha deprimido las ansias costeras de los
naturales de estos dominios, quienes lejanos al mar Caribe, se crean su espacio en uno de los sitios más céntricos de la ciudad, los muros del teatro La Caridad hasta donde llegan para refrescar las tardes, con brisas mediterráneas provenientes del arbolado que adorna la principal plaza local. / Marta Hernández Casas, Servicio Especial de la ACN. Foto: SMB

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LAS BRUJAS

Cayo Santa Maria

Cayo Santa Maria. Villa Clara. May 2014.
CUBA prioritizes keeping the reefs in tact

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Yo si puedo. Yes I Can.

Havana Cuba. Literacy Museum

Havana Cuba. Literacy Museum

History of the Cuban Literacy campaign will be the topic of a talk at Mathers Museum on May 11 at 4pm. Luisa Campos, a former ‘brigadista in the early 60’s literacy campaign, is currently the director of the Literacy Museum in Havana CUBA. She will share her first hand experiences with the public. In Spanish with English translation.

for more info visit:

theliteracyproject.org                                                                    zinnedproject.org                                     maestrathefilm.org

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Improving Relations

http://www.idsnews.com/section/opinion
Indiana Universtiy student newspaper suggests:

Almost a year after lifting the United States embargo with Cuba, President Obama will visit the Caribbean nation again this 
Sunday.

The president said he hopes to improve the ties between the two countries and make the policy change irreversible, said Julie Hirschfield Davis of the New York Times.

And the nation can do so with science.

Joe Roman, conservation biologist at the University of Vermont, suggested to turn the Guantánamo Bay naval base into an environmental research center dedicated to finding solutions for “challenges of climate change, mass extinction and declining coral reefs.”

We, the Editorial Board, find the solution bold and ambitious, but a favorably constructive idea for the U.S. and Cuba.

The nation should focus on establishing peacefully diplomatic relations with Cuba while simultaneously thinking about establishing research labs and 
making scientific advances in 
the area.

The solution presents a long-term goal that should motivate making peace with the nation and fostering growth between the U.S. 
and Cuba.

This isn’t the first time the U.S. has teamed up with Cuba to protect biodiversity.

In October 2015, officials from both countries agreed to protect ecosystems, including coral reefs and fish, between Cuba and Florida, said William E. Gibson of the Sun Sentinel.

The solution would preserve the culture and knowledge between both nations, and, as the countries engage in scientific research with one another, it could spread awareness of our history with Cuba in a similar method the Guantánamo Public Memory Project has.

The relations between the U.S. and Cuba have been moving away from complete embargo and toward normalcy during the past 
few years.

Pope Francis and Obama met March 2014 to discuss the nation’s relation with Cuba, and, since then, the pope has mediated discussions between the two 
nations.

This has allowed U.S. banks to access Cuba’s financial institutions and a few U.S. institutions to make transactions under licensing and oversight by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets.

The pope has expressed concerns about environmental conservation and protection, and hopefully he can continue to foster better relations between the two nations.

In attempt to strengthen our relations with Cuba, Roman’s proposal to build a research center would take advantage of the marine parks and rich biodiversity in the area.

The different species in the area include the Cuban iguana, the West Indian manatee, the green turtle and the hawksbill turtle, several of which are 
endangered.

Research in the area can help fight the problems these species face, and, 
of course, provide a better understanding of biological species.

Scientists from around the world could appreciate such biodiversity and, through this, understand both the U.S. and Cuba 
better.

Roman said there could be “genetics laboratories, geographic information systems laboratories, videoconference rooms” and other facilities for professionals from all nations to meet 
and study.

Obama still struggles against political rivals in closing the Guantánamo Bay prison.

It’s hard to see a solution like this one taken seriously by his opposition, but these opponents should remember the benefits such research can provide for 
everyone.

In the future, we could hope to use these facilities of knowledge and research as ways to bring everyone together to fight problems all human beings face.

In this search for peace, science leads the way.

For more on this general topic visit:

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-plan-to-shut-gitmo-and-turn-it-into-an-ocean-research-lab-Guantanamo-Obama

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