Saturday, May 26, 2018
Saturday, May 19, 2018
The Irish (and Irish Americans) in Cuba
Los irlandeses (y los irlandeses estadounidenses) en Cuba
Many ethnicities contributed to Cuba’s culture and history. Among them were the Irish who came directly or through Spain and the US. Cuba reciprocated when Father Felix Varela was exiled to New York and became the advocate of Ireland’s famine immigrants. The father of Irish Independence leader and President Eamon de Valera was a Cuban who was sent by his family to New York to escape the Spanish draft.
Muchas etnias contribuyeron a la cultura e historia de Cuba. Entre ellos estaban los irlandeses que vinieron directamente oa través de España y los EE. UU. Cuba correspondió cuando el padre Félix Varela fue exiliado a Nueva York y se convirtió en defensor de los inmigrantes hambrientos de Irlanda. El padre del líder de la independencia irlandesa y presidente Eamon de Valera era un cubano que fue enviado por su familia a Nueva York para escapar del reclutamiento español.
Irish Links to Cuba tinyurl.com/irish2cuba
An overview of the Irish connection tinyurl.com/IrishCubanHistory
Irish Walking Tour of Old Havana tinyurl.com/irishwalk
Irish Presence in the History of Cuba by Rafael Fernández Moya tinyurl.com/irishmoya
Support for Cuban independence by Captain Dynamite Johnny O'Brien, an Irish American smuggler of weapons and troops by film maker Charles O’Brien tinyurl.com/dynamitej
Centenary of Johnny’s death observed in Havana tinyurl.com/dynamite100
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in Cuba tinyurl.com/adamscuba
Mick Moloney and the Green Fields of America perform in Havana http://tinyurl.com/MoloneyCuba
Fund for Reconciliation and Development www.ffrd.org email@example.com
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
II INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON SOCIORELIGIOUS STUDIES
23rd -26th October, 2018
UNIVERSITY OF CIENFUEGOS, CUBA.
The Center of Sociocultural Anthropology “Samuel Feijóo” calls for the II International Workshop on Socioreligious Studies, as part of the II International Conference of the University of Cienfuegos which will take place on October 23rd -26th. Socioreligious studies began to be developed in the University of Cienfuegos fifteen years ago with the creation of the Sociocultural Studies Degree. Since then, investigations on the religious legacy of the region of Cienfuegos have been fostered.
These researches have been complemented by post graduate programs and the Master´s Degrees on Historic Studies and Cuban Sociocultural Anthropology, as well as on Sociocultural Studies. As a result, today there is a significant number of researches on important topics such as families, institutions and religious manifestations.
On the other hand, one of the goals the Center of Sociocultural Anthropology “Samuel Feijóo” is to promote investigations on the work of Bartolomé de Las Casas, the Priest who was closely related to the process of conquest and colonization of Cuba. The links of Las Casas with region of Cienfuegos as well as his transcendental thinking are significant topics to be investigated and socialized.
Based on the reach of the full papers accepted, the organizing committee will conveniently organize workshops, symposiums, round tables, panels or seminars about the following topic areas:
1. Theories and methods of study on religion.
2. Philosophic, anthropological, historic and sociocultural dimensions of religion.
3. Changes of the religious phenomenon: the catholic pluralism and the intricacies of the evangelic world. The Cuban religions of African origins. Heritage, culture and identity.
4. Religion, Heritage, and Cultural Tourism. The religious heritage and its potential for the development of Cultural Tourism
5. The religious and humanist legacy of Bartolomé de Las Casas.
Propuesta de paneles:
Panel 1. Theories and methods of study. Dimensions of religion.
Panel 2. Changes of the religious phenomenon: the catholic pluralism and the intricacies of the evangelic world.
Panel 3. The Cuban religions of African origins. Heritage, culture and identity.
Panel 4. Bartolomé de Las Casas in the conquest and colonization. Significance of his work and his humanist legacy.
Abstracts, papers and inscriptions may be sent to:
Abstract reception deadline: June 15th, 2018
Speakers/ Delegates: 150.00 CUC.
Students (undergraduate): 80.00 CUC
Guests: 80.00 CUC
Cuban Peso Convertible
Short courses: 30.00 CUC. (National delegates pay in CUP)
For more information, contact Iliana Ferriol firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, May 10, 2018
The Casa de Iberoamerica is sponsoring its thirteenth Congress of Ideas October 25 and 27, 2018 in the Cuban city of Holguin. It attracts about 300 academics and writers from universities all over Cuba, with a preponderance from Holguin, Santiago, Havana, Villa Clara and Ciego de Avila. The Congress offers a strong intellectual anchor for a faculty led trip and an opportunity to develop collaboration with new schools and academic disciplines. Paper presentations are grouped in six Forums: Sociodemographic studies; Hispanic Migratory Processes and National Identity; Culture, Tourism and Sustainable Development; Social Thought and National Identity; Gender Studies; Cultural Groups and Artistic Processes Registration information and suggested paper topics are here http://www.casadeiberoamerica.cu/convocatorias/52-xiii-ibero-american-congress-of-thought (Registration for the conference and associated costs other than housing totals approximately $150.) For further information about the Congress, write to Arismaray Reyes Gonzalez <email@example.com> or John McAuliff <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Daily flights to Holguin are available on Jet Blue from Ft. Lauderdale and American Airlines from Miami. After the Congress, the Fund for Reconciliation and Development will lead an historical familiarization visit to Santiago, Guantanamo and Baracoa, including a seminar about the US base and a visit to Caimanera, the closest Cuban town. (October 27 - November 4) https://tinyurl.com/oriente18 Estimated cost is $1,500.
Friday, April 27, 2018
How one Republican held up the U.S. Senate over Cuba travel policy
BY ALEX DAUGHERTY
April 24, 2018 03:02 PM
Updated -178 minutes ago
The U.S. Senate ground to a halt last week, and Cuba was the culprit.
After months in limbo, Donald Trump's pick to lead NASA finally appeared to have enough support for confirmation, and a vote was scheduled. Sen. Marco Rubio, who opposed Rep. Jim Bridenstine's nomination because he wanted a non-politician to run the nation's space program, switched his stance, giving Republicans enough votes to move forward with Bridenstine on a party-line vote.
But Jeff Flake had other ideas.
The Arizona Republican seized the GOP's one-vote advantage over the minority and initially cast a "no" vote on Bridenstine. Vice President Mike Pence was in Florida, unable to hustle to Capitol Hill to break a 49-49 tie. Republican leaders were forced to negotiate with Flake on the Senate floor to get him to change his vote.
Flake's reason for dithering? The longtime critic of U.S. trade and travel restrictions with Cuba wanted to talk to Mike Pompeo, Trump's nominee for secretary of state, about travel restrictions to Cuba, according to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas.
"I want to talk to Pompeo on a number of issues, that's all I'll say," Flake said with a smile when asked if he sought to talk to the secretary of state nominee about Cuba travel restrictions in exchange for a "yes" vote on Bridenstine.
Flake, a frequent Trump critic, doesn't have much of an incentive to listen to party leaders who could help his reelection chances:. He's retiring after the 2018 elections.
That means he can continue to push Senate leaders on issues like Cuba, where the fault lines aren't drawn up neatly along party lines.
"My goal has always been the same, of closer ties, more travel, more commerce because I think that moves Cuba closer to democracy, so I'll use any leverage I can to try to bring that about," Flake said. "I'll try to keep the progress and the policies we've made particularly with Cuban entrepreneurs achieving some kind of independence from the government down there that we don't turn them back."
But Rubio and Miami Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart last year successfully persuaded Trump to implement new restrictions on U.S. business dealings with the Cuban military, which controls most of Cuba’s economy, and tighter rules for non-Cuban Americans traveling to the island.
Flake said "it's doubtful" Trump will make any significant changes to Cuba policy in his favor, and that his conversations with high-level Trump officials like Pompeo about Cuba are about maintaining parts of the Obama-era policy change that weren't completely rolled back by Trump.
"I'm just trying to hold some of the progress that we made in terms of Cuban people being more free to run businesses and succeed because Americans are traveling there or remitting money, and we've got to keep that going," Flake said.
James Williams, the president of Engage Cuba, a public policy group that lobbies for closer Cuba ties, said the delay tactics used by Flake are similar to legislative maneuvering used for years by pro-embargo lawmakers like Rubio and New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez. Williams noted that Rubio and Menendez, despite being in the minority, held up Barack Obama's pick for ambassador to Mexico in 2015 because of the president's support for normalizing relations with Cuba.
"You’re seeing what has traditionally been a tactic of the fringe hardliners in Congress being applied by the pro-engagement members of Congress," Williams said. "That speaks to both the moment we're in but how closely divided and important every vote is."
Williams said Pompeo, who is likely to be confirmed as secretary of state after several Democrats said they would vote for him, will likely assume more control over Latin American policy than his predecessor, Rex Tillerson, though it's not clear whether Pompeo will change much in Cuba in the short term.
"What we saw under Secretary Tillerson was an outsourcing of Latin America policy to Senator Rubio," Williams said. "He decided that he was basically going to politically turn this over to someone else and Rubio took advantage of that, to his credit."
The looming 2018 elections, combined with the appointment of Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, means the Cuba issue could live in relative limbo in Congress over the next six months.
"It's a bit of a new era, even though its a new government, so we'll see," Flake said, adding that he'll continue to work for more economic cooperation with Cuba even after he leaves elected office.
But Williams is hopeful that lawmakers from both parties who want increased trade and ties with Cuba will wield more power in Congress after the 2018 elections. Miami Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the longest serving Cuban-American in Congress, is retiring and leadership in the House of Representatives is set to change regardless of which party takes control of the lower chamber, after Speaker Paul Ryan announced his retirement.
"Our biggest challenge, candidly, is we have a majority in both parties but leadership won’t give us the floor time for a vote," Williams said. "If we had a leadership who gives us the opportunity this stuff would pass. It’s hard to imagine why Cuba would be held to a different standard than North Korea or Saudi Arabia."