Weekly Cuba News Roundup: September 24th, 2021
Um. This was a weird week. Lots going on with the UN. In fact, Díaz-Canel was there and he was
mad pissed. He accused the United States of attacking Cuba through sanctions and social media, presenting a “false” image of the country. Havana Syndrome looks like it should be called “World” Syndrome (although Havana Syndrome sounds cooler for the media). These attacks are now taking place around the globe; Cuba, Vietnam, Washington D.C., Moscow, Poland, Taiwan, Australia and more. Cuba’s Havana Biennial is planned and looks to be moving forward. But, and here’s the big but; who is going to be there? Most of the artists that were involved in the July 11th protests won’t be invited.
Cuban baseball players are awesome. We knew that. And, cars are in the news as the U.S. moves forward with electrifying its automobiles over the next two decades. A whole new cottage industry is expected to pop up in rural America. Somebody’s going to have to rebuild parts for gasoline engines that are no longer produced. Sounds a bit like an island south of the Florida Straits that we know, eh?
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Artnet News: Cuba Is Plowing Ahead With the Havana Biennial— But Don’t Expect the Government to Allow Artists Who Participated in the Recent Protests
The Havana Biennial has always faced challenges stemming from restrictions imposed by the United States, but its most recent postponement, in 2017, was due to damage caused by Hurricane Irma. This year, it might have expected another delay, as many major biennials have been rescheduled due to the pandemic, but the Cuban cultural ministry plans to forge ahead with the 14th edition. Read more at news.artnet.com.
Miami Herald: Cuban leader lashes out at the U.S. in U.N. speech: ‘Its aggressiveness goes beyond limit’
Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel accused the United States of attacking Cuba through tougher sanctions and an “unconventional war” in social media to project a “false” image of the country, in a feisty speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. Read more at miamherald.com.
The Washington Post: What to know about ‘Havana Syndrome’, the mysterious illness affecting U.S. officials around the world
The mysterious illness now known as “Havana Syndrome” first began afflicting U.S. diplomats and intelligence officers in Cuba’s capital, Havana, in late 2016. Victims reported the sudden onset of a range of symptoms such as headaches, nausea, memory loss and other cognitive difficulties. The initial cluster of cases confounded medical experts. Read more at washingtonpost.com.
USA Today: All-Latino baseball team: The best all-time lineup of players born in Cuba
The tradition of professional baseball in Cuba dates back to 1878, two years after the National League was founded. For decades, Havana hosted winter baseball, barnstorming Negro league teams and MLB spring training games — and Havana was home to two minor league teams. Read more at usatoday.com.
The New York Times: Rural America’s Roads Might Resemble Cuba in 20 Years
As the nation shifts to electric vehicles, picture well-kept but long discontinued gas-powered pickups, especially in areas where charging stations may be sparse. Read more at nytimes.com.