CubaNews summary - September 7, 2001
ANTI-RACISM CONFERENCE WINDING DOWN
Media coverage of the Durban conference has declined
significantly since the well-publicized withdrawals and is
now reduced to alternative sources such as THE BLACK
WORLD TODAY and DEMOCRACY NOW IN EXILE.
http://www.tbwt.com and http://www.webactive.com and
www.kpfa.org the Berkeley Pacifica affiliate.
Rev. Jesse Jackson and actor-activist Danny Glover
have spoken up and out strongly demanding that the
Pacifica Network broadcast uncensored DN broadasts.
(note: Pacifica Radio is continuing to play reruns of
wonderful old programs, but is NOT running currently-
produced DN materials. Fortunately, you can now here
DN IN EXILE programs through outlets such as KPFA,
WBIX and Webactive.
Washington's withdrawal from the Durban gathering,
was followed by that of Israel and much of the media's
attention. Cuba's Granma, however, detailed the views
of many Black participants from the US. Behind the US
withdrawal from Durban is not the Middle East and the
Zionism resolution, but rather the discussion of slavery
and reparations for its victims.
ACTIVISTS IN LA TO SUPPORT CUBAN MUSICIANS
Activists, Cuban-Americans and artists in Los Angeles
announced their support for Cuban musicians who will
be attending the Latin Grammys, in a broadly-attended
news conference. Rightist exiles announced plans to
protest the Cuban musicians' visits at their own news
Broad support shown for Cuban Grammy nominees
(photo from Thursday's news conference)
Cuban-American producer Jorge Rodriquez speaks
on behalf of Los Munequitos de Matanzas.
(photo from Thursday's news conference)
CUBAN ART, PHOTOGRAPHY AND POLITICS...
Two new exhibitions about Cuban photography are
reviewed and contrasted in today's New York Times.
Living in Los Angeles, I haven't seen the New York
program at the Center for Cuba Studies. However,
I can the reviewer is trying to suggest that the more
modern Cuban artists have moved away from "heroic"
photographic style of Korda and Salas, etc. This is
actually true, as the SHIFTING TIDES exhibition
demonstrates. But there is more to this than artistic
commentary in an abstract, "art-for-art's sake" way...
This reviewer suggests that the "heroic" photos by
Korda and others did more than excercise artistic
choice, but rather that the images were manipulated.
Keep these in mind when reading the review. This is
suggested further in a book referenced in the review,
which appears to be the catalog of a show of Cuban
art by contemporary artists on the island. The catalog
suggests the art is politically critical, tha wasn't clear
to me when I saw the program...
ORTEGA RUNNING STRONGLY IN NICARAGUA
Polls show the FSLN's leader running ahead due to the
widespread corruption in Nicaragua since the defeat of
the FSLN in 1990. Washington's hostility to Ortega is
as active as ever as it says US aid and investment will
dry up if the Ortega wins the November election.
VENEZUELA & CUBA - ONE TEAM: CHAVEZ
From Reuters: "Venezuela and Cuba, united in
``one team'' by their growing cooperation ties,
should spearhead an international campaign
against free-market capitalism, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez said.
"In a speech on Wednesday night opening a
bilateral cooperation meeting in Caracas,
Chavez heaped praise on veteran Cuban
President Fidel Castro and his communist-ruled
island and hailed a year-old economic accord
between the two countries."
VENEZUELA FURTHER LOOSENS TIES WITH US
Reuters reported, "Venezuelan Defense Minister Jose
Vicente Rangel said Wednesday a 50-year-old bilateral
military cooperation accord with the United States was
a relic of the Cold War and was no longer viable.
But cooperation between the two countries' armed
forces, which included a number of U.S. military
officers attached to Venezuelan units, was
nevertheless continuing, the minister told reporters
on a visit to the western state of Merida.
SANCHEZ' LEGAL OPTIONS EVALUATED
Ramon Saul Sanchez and his indicted "Democracy
Movement" associates will have a hard time proving
they were selectively prosecuted. This was what
most legal scholars suggested in today's Miami Herald.
Sanchez says he thought the legal stipulation he signed,
acknowledging the federal government's right to limit his
movements only applied to one boat, not the others in
his mini-flotilla. Sanchez insists he had the right to enter
Cuban waters as a matter of "free speech."
SINN FEIN'S ADAMS RISKS US TIES WITH CUBA TRIP
Read the full story linked below, but these two sentences
stood out, "Analysts said the trip to Cuba would probably
not damage the standing of Adams or Sinn Fein in
Northern Ireland or the Irish republic. The party's support
in Ireland comes mainly from young voters who do not
share fears held over from the Cold War about contacts
with communist Cuba and its aging leader Fidel Castro."
This summary prepared by Walter Lippmann.
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