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L’école des musiques caribéennes ferme ses portes

7 septembre 2014 yuma2004 0

Après huit années consacrées à la promotion des musiques latines, l’ISAAC annonce sa fermeture. A New-York, des institutions comme la Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra de Bobby Sanabria et l’Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance de Arturo O’Farrill maintiennent une tradition … Continuer la lecture →

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Have You Tried Cyanide… General?

4 septembre 2014 Yaoni Sanchez 0

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 1 September 2014 — Today is Zero Day, the fateful date, the day the General Customs of the Republic enacts its new restrictions for non-commercial imports. The measure called to mind an old joke that circulated in the nineties and is still heard today. In this humorous story, a foreign journalist interviewed Fidel Castro and he listed all the obstacles we had faced.

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Who Is Filling Cuba’s University Classrooms?

2 septembre 2014 Yaoni Sanchez 0

New students at the University of Havana (14ymedio) Born during the Special Period, they have grown up trapped in the dual currency system, and when they get their degrees Raul Castro will no longer be in power. They are the more than 100,000 young people just starting college throughout the country. Their brief biographies include educational experiments, battles of ideas, and the emergence of new technologies They know more about X-Men than about Elpidio Valdés, and only remember Fidel Castro from old photos and archived documentaries. They are the Wi-Fi kids with their pirate networks, raised with the « packets » of copied shows and illegal satellite dishes

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Free jazz man

31 août 2014 yuma2004 0

Rencontre avec Ramón Valle, pianiste de jazz cubain installé à Amsterdam. Un dimanche soir à Amsterdam.

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After 40 Years of Working, Keeping Body and Soul Together Selling Plastic Bags

29 août 2014 Yaoni Sanchez 0

Selling ‘jabitas’ (plastic bags) in front of an agricultural market in Havana. (Luz Escobar) 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 28 August 2014 – « I need some dark glasses, » Veronica told me one day when I ran into her on the street. Almost seventy, the lady underwent cataract surgery some months ago and now must « take care of my eyes, » as she explained to me. She works in the sun selling jabitas (plastic bags) to the customers of the farmers market on Tulipan Street.

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Cuba’s Official Press: Triumphalism, Blacklisting and Censorship

26 août 2014 Yaoni Sanchez 0

News kiosk (Luz Escobar) 14YMEDIO, Havana, Yoani Sanchez, 22 August 2014 – The phone rings and it’s a friend who works for a government publication. She’s content because she’s published an article that attacks bureaucracy and corruption. The young woman finished college two years ago and has been working in a digital medium that deals with cultural and social issues. She has the illusions of a recent graduate, and she believes she can do objective journalism, close to reality, and help to improve her country

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A Caricature of a Cuban Woman

23 août 2014 Yaoni Sanchez 0

Woman drinking (14ymedio) 14yMEDIO, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 22 August 2014 — A woman on national television said that her husband « helps » her with some household chores. To many, the phrase may sound like the highest aspiration of every woman. Another lady asserts that her husband behaves like a « Federated man, » an allusion to the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), which today is celebrating its 54th anniversary. As for me, on this side of the screen, I feel sorry for them in the face of such meekness

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Google Chrome Becomes ‘Legal’ in Cuba

21 août 2014 Yaoni Sanchez 0

Yesterday, the giant Google authorized the download of their well-known browser Chrome by Cuban internauts. The announcement came just two months after several of the American company’s executives visited Havana and saw for themselves the problems we suffer accessing the vast World Wide Web. Among the topics of conversation between several members of 14ymedio and Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, were precisely these restrictions. Hence, our satisfaction on knowing that the opinions of citizens interested in the free flow of information and technology influenced the elimination of this prohibition.

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