October 01, 2011, 1 Comments
October 01, 2011, 0 Comments
October 01, 2011, 0 Comments
From the Bookshelf
“Cuba: Contemporary Art” explores how Cuban artists have worked in and around the constraints of Castroism (“Within the Revolution, everything; outside the Revolution, nothing”) and Cuba’s severely depressed economy, and how art education there evolved over the years, from an elite community to a subject with mass appeal.Read full review
In Their Words
“What are the FC? These comprise a method with which I try to transmit the modest understandings I have acquired during long years, and which I consider useful for Cuban officials responsible for the production of foodstuffs that are essential to our people’s lives.”— Fidel Castro, in a cryptic dispatch June 10. Cuba’s ex-president, who turns 86 on Aug. 13, has lately been issuing Twitter-like “reflections” of 100 words or less.
“From sports scores to international headlines, the Cuban people should be able to pursue their thirst for uncensored information like any other citizen in the Americas. This is fundamental, and we are committed to help however we can.”— Mark Lopes, deputy assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Lopez told the Miami Herald on June 25 that the State Department is increasing USAID’s technology budget for Cuba.
“The research is not going to end. It will just be done by universities elsewhere outside of Florida. It will keep us in an enforced state of ignorance.”— Howard Simon, head of the Florida chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Simon calls the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 decision to let stand a Florida law that restricts state colleges and universities from traveling to Cuba a “devastating blow.”
“It is the ability of the state of Florida to determine who it’s going to contract with and not contract with.”— James E. Moye, the Miami attorney for Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, which wants to bid on major Florida projects such as Miami’s American Airlines Arena, Jacksonville’s Nassau Sound Bridge and the new FIU football stadium.
“As a Cuban-American and a Floridian, I think NCLR has been a true champion for all Latinos. We’re living in a historic moment in the U.S. Hispanic community … I look forward to working with our board, staff and affiliates to continue to improve opportunities for the over 50 million Latinos our country home.”— Jorge Plasencia, who June 20 became the first Cuban-American ever to head the National Council of La Raza, one of the nation’s foremost Latino civil rights groups.
“It’s the only way I can let people know of our existence, that we are here...One way or another, you have to get word traveling from mouth to mouth.”— Sergio Alba Marín, owner of La Pachanga restaurant, which according to Fox News has pioneered the art of bumper-sticker marketing in Cuba — persuading more than 1,500 motorists to plaster his bright yellow decals on their cars for a 25% discount.