WBEZ | Cuba http://www.wbez.org/tags/cuba Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Arts at the crossroads of gentrication http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-18/morning-shift-arts-crossroads-gentrication-111258 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Alex L&#039;aventurier.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We continue our gentrification series, &quot;There Goes the Neighborhood&quot; and look at the role artists play in gentrifying communities. Also, we look at what the new U.S. policy on Cuba will mean for tourism. Plus, we learn about what it takes to become a nun and who&#39;s making that leap.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-121/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-121.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-121" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Arts at the crossroads of gentrication" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-18/morning-shift-arts-crossroads-gentrication-111258 Obama re-establishing US relations with Cuba http://www.wbez.org/news/obama-re-establishing-us-relations-cuba-111251 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP561226672451.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>WASHINGTON &mdash; President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and an easing in economic and travel restrictions on Cuba Wednesday, declaring an end to America&#39;s &quot;outdated approach&quot; to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.</p><p>&quot;Isolation has not worked,&quot; Obama said in remarks from the White House. &quot;It&#39;s time for a new approach.&quot;</p><p>As Obama spoke, Cuban President Raul Castro addressed his own nation from Havana. He said that while profound differences remain between the two nations in such areas as human rights and foreign policy, they must learn to live with those differences &quot;in a civilized manner.&quot;</p><blockquote><p><strong>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/us-and-cuba-brief-history-tortured-relationship-111255" target="_blank">A brief history of the US relationship with Cuba</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>Obama&#39;s action marked an abrupt use of U.S. executive authority. However, he cannot unilaterally end the longstanding U.S. economic embargo on Cuba, which was passed by Congress and would require action from lawmakers to overturn.</p><p>Wednesday&#39;s announcements followed more than a year of secret talks between the U.S. and Cuba, including clandestine meetings in Canada and the Vatican and personal involvement from Pope Francis. The re-establishment of diplomatic ties was accompanied by Cuba&#39;s release of American Alan Gross and the swap of a U.S. spy held in Cuba for three Cubans jailed in Florida.</p><p>In a statement, the Vatican said Pope Francis &quot;wishes to express his warm congratulations for the historic decision taken by the governments of the United States of America and Cuba to establish diplomatic relations, with the aim of overcoming, in the interest of the citizens of both countries, the difficulties which have marked their recent history.&quot;</p><p>Obama said Gross&#39; five-year imprisonment had been a major obstacle in normalizing relations. Gross arrived at an American military base just outside Washington Wednesday morning, accompanied by his wife and a handful of U.S. lawmakers. He went immediately into a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry.</p><p>As part of resuming diplomatic relations with Cuba, the U.S. will soon reopen an embassy in the capital of Havana and carry out high-level exchanges and visits between the governments. The U.S. is also easing travel bans to Cuba, including for family visits, official U.S. government business and educational activities. Tourist travel remains banned.</p><p>Licensed American travelers to Cuba will now be able to return to the U.S. with $400 in Cuban goods, including tobacco and alcohol products worth less than $100 combined. This means the long-standing ban on importing Cuban cigars is over, although there are still limits.</p><p>The U.S. is also increasing the amount of money Americans can send to Cubans from $500 to $2,000 every three months. Early in his presidency, Obama allowed unlimited family visits by Cuban-Americans and removed a $1,200 annual cap on remittances. Kerry is also launching a review of Cuba&#39;s designation as a state sponsor of terror.</p><p>Obama said he continued to have serious concerns about Cuba&#39;s human rights record but did not believe the current American policy toward the island was advancing efforts to change the government&#39;s behavior.</p><p>&quot;I do not believe we can keep doing the same thing for over five decades and expect a different result,&quot; he said.</p><p>There remains a divide on Capitol Hill over U.S. policy toward Cuba. While some lawmakers say the embargo is outdated, others say it&#39;s necessary as long as Cuba refuses to reform its political system and improve its human rights record.</p><p>Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said the new U.S. policy would do nothing to address those issues.</p><p>&quot;But it potentially goes a long way in providing the economic lift that the Castro regime needs to become permanent fixtures in Cuba for generations to come,&quot; Rubio said.</p><p>U.S. officials said Cuba was taking some steps as part of the agreement to address its human rights issues, including freeing 53 political prisoners.</p><p>Cuba also released a non-American U.S. intelligence &#39;asset&#39; along with Gross. Officials said the spy had been held for nearly 20 years and was responsible for some of the most important counterintelligence prosecutions that the United States has pursed in recent decades. That includes convicted Cuban spies Ana Belen Montes, Walter Kendall Myers and Gwendolyn Myers and a group known as the Cuban Five.</p><p>The three Cubans released in exchange for the spy are part of the Cuban Five &mdash; a group of men who were part of the &quot;Wasp Network&quot; sent by Cuba&#39;s then-President Fidel Castro to spy in South Florida. The men, who are hailed as heroes in Cuba, were convicted in 2001 in Miami on charges including conspiracy and failure to register as foreign agents in the U.S.</p><p>Two of the five were previously released after finishing their sentences.</p><p>Gross was detained in December 2009 while working to set up Internet access as a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, which does work promoting democracy in the communist country. It was his fifth trip to Cuba to work with Jewish communities on setting up Internet access that bypassed local censorship.</p><p>Bonnie Rubinstein, Gross&#39; sister, heard the news from a cousin, who saw it on television.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re like screaming and jumping up and down,&quot; she said in a brief telephone interview from her home in Texas.</p><p>Cuba considers USAID&#39;s programs illegal attempts by the U.S. to undermine its government, and Gross was tried and sentenced to 15 years in prison.</p><p>Gross&#39; family has said he was in ailing health. His wife, Judy, said in a statement earlier this month that Gross has lost more than 100 pounds, can barely walk due to chronic pain, and has lost five teeth and much of the sight in his right eye.</p></p> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/obama-re-establishing-us-relations-cuba-111251 Judge orders release of Guantanamo videos http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-10/judge-orders-release-guantanamo-videos-110922 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP511247891854.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A federal judge has issued a timetable for when the government needs to release video recordings showing how a Guantánamo detainee was extracted from his cell and force-fed. We&#39;ll discuss the implications of the decision with attorney Brian Foster. He currently represents 16 detainees.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-22/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-22.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-22" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Judge orders release of Guantanamo videos" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-10/judge-orders-release-guantanamo-videos-110922 Ebola in Liberia http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-13/ebola-liberia-110644 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP814365172299.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Liberia is now &quot;Ground Zero&quot; of the current Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, but the country received good news yesterday in the form of an experimental drug shipment to come from the U.S. We&#39;ll talk to a Chicagoan who is working to send other humanitarian supplies to Liberia.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ebola-in-liberia/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ebola-in-liberia.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ebola-in-liberia" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Ebola in Liberia" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-13/ebola-liberia-110644 Russia announces sanctions http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-07/russia-announces-sanctions-110613 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP303165536701.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Russia has announced a ban on imports of certain food and agricultural products from Europe, the U.S., Canada, Japan and Australia. The ban is a response to sanctions being imposed by the West on Russia. We&#39;ll take a look at how the tit-for-tat sanctions will impact the crisis in Ukraine.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-announces-sanctions/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-announces-sanctions.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-announces-sanctions" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Russia announces sanctions" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-07/russia-announces-sanctions-110613 Indonesian election results http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-23/indonesian-election-results-110545 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP425816010165.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Joko Widodo has been declared the winner of the Indonesian presidential election, but his opponent, Prabowo Subianto, is challenging the results on accusations of fraud. We&#39;ll take a look at the allegations.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-indonesian-election-results/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-indonesian-election-results.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-indonesian-election-results" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Indonesian election results" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-23/indonesian-election-results-110545 After marrying at 16, a Cuban immigrant strikes out on her own in a foreign land http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/after-marrying-16-cuban-immigrant-strikes-out-her-own-foreign-land-108176 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS7358_marta and marta_cropped.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When Marta Liriano was 9, Fidel Castro and the communist party took control in Cuba. As upper-middle-class landowners before the revolution, her family lost much of its property and faced a hostile regime. When Marta was just 15, she met an older man who offered her a way to get out of the country. Marta visited the Chicago StoryCorps booth with her daughter, Marta Garcia, to share what happened when she started wanting to become her own person.</p><p><strong>Marta (daughter)</strong>: So after you met my father, you&rsquo;re able to flee the country?</p><p><strong>Marta (mother)</strong>: Yes, but he decided to leave first. I came to Miami,&nbsp; 2 o&rsquo;clock in the morning.</p><p><strong>Marta (daughter)</strong>:&nbsp; What was Miami like?</p><p><strong>Marta (mother)</strong>: I don&rsquo;t like to remember that because when I came, nobody was waiting for me. So I didn&rsquo;t know what to do, so I called a taxi cab to take me to the address, and there was your father.&nbsp; He didn&rsquo;t go to the airport because he was sleeping.</p><p>Marta Liriano was later joined in Miami by her parents. Eventually she had two daughters. But as she got older, she longed for something more out of life.</p><p><strong>Marta (mother)</strong>:Your father married a 16-year-old girl. When I grew older, I started thinking. So he couldn&rsquo;t understand why, me, a simple girl, wanted to go to school, you know, do something productive for me &hellip; He used to tell me, &lsquo;There&#39;s a jungle out there.&rsquo; But you know what? I wanted to know the jungle, by myself.</p><p>To find out what happened next, listen to the audio above.</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-7ae20f65-1654-5096-507a-39d739014de4"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Katie Mingle is a producer for WBEZ and the Third Coast Festival. </span></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F6250422" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/after-marrying-16-cuban-immigrant-strikes-out-her-own-foreign-land-108176 Why Assata Shakur was suddenly promoted to terrorist http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2013-05/why-assata-shakur-was-suddenly-promoted-terrorist-107093 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS7231_AP050511021581-scr.jpg" style="height: 323px; width: 250px; float: right;" title="Assata Shakur in Havana (AP)" />Last week, on the 40th anniversary of her arrest, the FBI suddenly put Assata Shakur, aka Joanne Chesimard, on the Ten Most Wanted Terrorists List. She is the first woman to reach such criminal heights. The reward for her capture has been doubled to $2 million.</p><p>But that move might say less about Shakur&rsquo;s alleged crimes than about President Barack Obama. His willingness to use a black woman&mdash;a black woman whose political roots date back to a time when official U.S. government policy was to destroy the black liberation movement&mdash;to play this kind of politics is soulless.</p><p>Because have no doubt whatsoever: putting Shakur&mdash;who is at worst a cop killer&mdash;on that list has less to do with her and any recent activities to justify her promotion to terrorist status than it does with helping to make an argument to keep Cuba on the terrorist nations list, an appointment that reflects political game-playing more than reality.</p><p>Perhaps Obama sees this as a last ditch effort to pressure Cuba into releasing Alan Gross, a USAID contractor jailed on the island for anti-government activities. (This year&rsquo;s iteration of the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-cuba-us-terror-list-20130502,0,2494970.story" target="_blank">terrorist nations list</a> will be released at the end of the month.)</p><p>Because Cuba has long ceased being a state-sponsor of terrorism, the main accusation hurled its way by the U.S. is that it serves as a refuge for international terrorists, including about 70 U.S. citizens, many of them affiliated with the Black Panthers and other black liberation groups.</p><p>But just one quick look at the rest of the <a href="http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/wanted_terrorists" target="_blank">FBI terrorists list</a>&mdash;a collection of bombers and international kidnappers and conspirators&mdash;makes clear just how out of place Shakur and her alleged crimes are in such company. As a warning, the FBI laughably says Shakur &ldquo;may wear her hair in a variety of styles and dress in African tribal clothing.&rdquo;</p><p>For the record, this is the <a href="http://terrorism.about.com/od/whatisterroris1/ss/DefineTerrorism_6.htm" target="_blank">FBI&rsquo;s own definition of terrorism</a>: &ldquo;The unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a Government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.&rdquo;</p><p>If you believe Shakur did what she was convicted of, then she&rsquo;s a vicious but common criminal&mdash;and nothing more. It&rsquo;s not imperative to be sympathetic to Shakur&rsquo;s politics to see the disconnect between what she&rsquo;s been tried and convicted of doing and her new designation.</p><p>And nothing in the FBI&rsquo;s own description of her crimes suggests Shakur has done anything to merit reconsideration. Her new listing merely recounts her previous history: In 1977, Shakur was convicted of first degree murder of a police officer after a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike. She was sentenced to life in prison. Two years later, she escaped, eventually turning up in Cuba.</p><p>Shakur maintains her innocence, pointing out that she was also wounded in the incident and that the state police&rsquo;s own investigation found there was no gunpowder residue on her hands at the time of her arrest. But now the FBI clams Shakur has <a href="http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/05/forty_years_later_hunt_still_o.html" target="_blank">always been seen as a terrorist</a>.</p><p>&quot;Today, Chesimard, now known as Assata Shakur, remains an inspiration to the radical, left-wing, anti-government black separatist movement,&quot; said Aaron Ford, special agent in charge of the FBI&rsquo;s Newark office in announcing the change in Shakur&rsquo;s status. &quot;While living openly and freely in Cuba, she continues to maintain and promote her terrorist ideology. She provides anti-U.S.-government speeches, espousing the Black Liberation Army&rsquo;s message of revolution and terrorism.&quot;</p><p>In other words, Shakur talks and writes about revolutionary change. Writing and talking are not in and of themselves force or violence even if the words themselves call for such actions. It seems not even the FBI, in its announcement of her new status, can actually pin her with terrorist action.</p><p>With so many other U.S. exiles in Cuba, why Shakur? Perhaps because she&rsquo;s the best known U.S. fugitive in Cuba. She is, however, not the only Black Panther convicted of <a href="http://www.assatashakur.org/forum/pan-afrikanism-afrocentricity/1779-black-exiles-cuba.html" target="_blank">cop killing</a> exiled on the island: Charlie Hill, whose crime took place in New Mexico and involved the hijacking of a U.S. airline (which, in some circles, might actually qualify as terrorism), is also living in Cuba.</p><p>Perhaps the bigger question is, without a Florida election to worry about, what Obama hopes to accomplish beyond keeping Cuba on the terrorists list. He is most certainly not going to invade Cuba or send in a drone to kill a 65-year-old African-American grandmother. Shakur is not going to surrender, Havana is not going to turn her in, and good luck to any bounty hunters who want to risk playing in Cuba.</p><p>But this is precisely the kind of move that gets the Cubans&rsquo; back up. It threatens to not only extend rather than abbreviate Gross&rsquo; sentence but to mess with <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_22997924/under-radar-cuba-and-u-s-often-work" target="_blank">bilateral cooperation</a> on a variety of matters that Havana and Washington have been quietly making progress on. What the hell, Barack?</p></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 23:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2013-05/why-assata-shakur-was-suddenly-promoted-terrorist-107093 Three takeaways from Jay-Z and Beyoncé's Cuba trip http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2013-04/three-takeaways-jay-z-and-beyonc%C3%A9s-cuba-trip-106608 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Screen%20Shot%202013-04-11%20at%202.39.40%20PM.png" style="float: right; height: 170px; width: 300px;" title="File: Jay-Z and Beyoncé visiting Cuba. (AP/File)" />Three takeaways from Jay-Z and Beyoncé&rsquo;s trip to Cuba:</div><p>1) It was <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/beyonce-jay-z-cuba-trip-89849.html">legal</a>, but that it was legal doesn&rsquo;t mean it wasn&rsquo;t utterly fraudulent.</p><p>2) How anybody on earth can think the embargo is doing any good is a continuing mystery of American politics.</p><p>3) Anybody surprised by Jay-Z and Beyoncé&rsquo;s trip to the island hasn&rsquo;t been listening to Jay-Z. And anybody listening to Jay-Z probably knows nothing feeds a false sense of rebellion more than prohibiting something.</p><p>Now, one at a time.</p><p>Did anybody think Jay-Z and Beyoncé were going to make such a noisy trip to the axis of evil without a legal license to do so and embarrass the hell of their buddy in the White House?</p><p>They&rsquo;re not that stupid, and Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart &ndash; who asked the Treasury for an investigation into the power couple&rsquo;s trip &ndash; should have known better.</p><p>That said, Jay-Z and Beyoncé&rsquo;s trip was legal because, let&rsquo;s face it, it&rsquo;s ridiculously easy to get a license for an &ldquo;educational&rdquo; trip to Cuba. Pretty much any U.S. citizen can just sign up and go with any of the 220 agencies, museums, churches and synagogues that take tour groups to Cuba.</p><p>A visit to a school, a meeting with artists and the trip qualifies as cultural exchange when, in fact, it&#39;s touristic. In other words, the qualifying aspects, for the most part, are performances. If the U.S. opened up to tourism to Cuba, most people would travel to the island the way they do everywhere else &ndash; on their own or in tourist groups, not for formal cultural exchange . (The Cuban government, by the way, knows Jay-Z and Beyoncé were there as tourists and described their trip as such on their websites, including <a href="http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2013/04/05/beyonce-y-jay-zestuvieron-en-cuba-fotos/">Cubadebate.com</a>.)</p><p>Which brings us to the embargo itself and the travel restrictions that accompany it. In its 52 year history, the Cuban embargo has accomplished none of its stated goals, including free and fair democratic elections in Cuba. It has, however, caused incredible misery to the Cuban people and encouraged charades like the Jay-Z and Beyoncé trip.</p><p>The thinking is that it&rsquo;s Cuban-Americans in South Florida who force politicians into a corner on the issue. But look here: A 2012 Florida International University poll of Cuban Americans found that 57 percent <a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/02/07/us-embargo-on-cuba-turns-50/#ixzz2QAqC8dE3">favored removing travel restrictions</a> to the island for all Americans and 58 percent supported reestablishing diplomatic relations.&nbsp;</p><p>Sure, the same poll found that 56 percent of Cuban Americans said they still supported the trade embargo, even though 80 percent said they did not believe the policy worked well.</p><p>What&rsquo;s that about? Wishful thinking, that&rsquo;s what that is, especially from an older generation who believes their lives were disrupted by the Revolution&rsquo;s advent. In any case, it&rsquo;s absurd to continue to formulate foreign policy on the crazy end of a contradiction.</p><p>As to Jay-Z &ndash; <em>negro, por favor</em>. This full-of-himself-fool has been exploiting his three minutes of once-upon-a-time drug dealing for street cred for more than two decades and comparing his rich privileged ass to Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. and Che Guevara for just as long.</p><p>Remember 2002&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Bounce&rdquo;?: &ldquo;<em>Rumor has it &lsquo;The Blueprint&rsquo; classic/ Couldn&rsquo;t even be stopped by Bin Laden/&nbsp; So September 11th marks the era forever/ of a revolutionary Che Guevara.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Jay-Z was <a href="http://tweetwood.com/trends/revolutionary%20jay">retweeting</a> that sh*t days before going to Cuba.</p><p>Or &ldquo;Public Service Announcement&rdquo; when he <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAbxCTABfis" target="_blank">full on appropriates</a> in the most laughable and absurd way of signaling he really doesn&rsquo;t understand sh*t about Che Guevara: <em>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m like Che Guevara with bling on, I&rsquo;m complex.</em>&rdquo; And then he talks about chains and the Lexus he&rsquo;s willing to kill for.</p><p>Then there was his <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15c3JuPG0kY">wearing a Che t-shirt</a> on&ldquo;Unplugged&rdquo; in 2001.</p><p>Here&rsquo;s the thing: Forcing Jay-Z and Beyoncé to pretend this was cultural exchange meant that they were handed right over to cultural authorities who parroted the Cuban government&rsquo;s familiar bullsh*t.</p><p>They were guaranteed not to hang out with ordinary Cubans, from whom they might have found that, while they were treating Havana like a playground, Roberto Zurbano, a black Cuban and a lifetime revolutionary, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/world/americas/writer-of-times-op-ed-on-racism-in-cuba-loses-job.html?partner=rssnyt&amp;emc=rss&amp;_r=0">lost his job</a> as a top literary editor (probably the only black man in such a position on the entire island) for writing an opinion piece in the <em>New York Times</em> about <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/24/opinion/sunday/for-blacks-in-cuba-the-revolution-hasnt-begun.html"><em>racism on the island</em>.</a></p><p>Indeed, Jay-Z came back from his Cuba trip full of self-righteous rebel defiance about doing what pretty much anyone can do, i.e., go to Cuba. The world woke up today to a new song of his, &ldquo;Open Letter,&rdquo; in which he pushes back about criticism of his Cuba trip. You can hear it <a href="http://www.missinfo.tv/index.php/jay-z-open-letter-timbaland-swizz-beats/">here</a>.</p><p>Yeah, it&#39;s just more pseudo-rebel bullsh*t.</p><p>(And even so, the <a href="http://stereogum.com/1318672/white-house-responds-to-jay-zs-open-letter/video/">White House</a> was asked about it at Thursday&#39;s news conference.)</p></p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2013-04/three-takeaways-jay-z-and-beyonc%C3%A9s-cuba-trip-106608 Encuentro con los Artistas: Pedro Páramo http://www.wbez.org/amplified/about/encuentro-con-los-artistas-pedro-p%C3%A1ramo-106208 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/NMMA-Goodman_March17-panel1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Flora Lauten y Raquel Carrío, extraordinarias innovadoras de La Habana, ponen en escena una de las obras de mayor importancia dentro del realismo mágico de la literatura latinoamericana&mdash;<em>Pedro Páramo</em>, novela de Juan Rulfo escrita en 1955. La historia cuenta de un hijo que regresa a casa a conocer a su padre y revela la manera en la que la ambición sin límites de un hombre destruyó todo lo que amaba y al igual el pueblo que le dio el triunfo.<br /><br /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F84217143&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><br /><br />En Chicago, se hará historia, con el estreno mundial de PEDRO PÁRAMO, una producción comisionada por el Goodman Theatre, y el MCA Chicago. La obra, fue desarrollada por Teatro Buendía, la compañía de teatro independiente más aclamada de Cuba, con artistas locales a través de una residencia de ocho semanas en Chicago y La Habana, Cuba.<br /><br />El elenco cubano está integrado por los actores Dania Aguerreberez, Alejandro Alfonzo, Ivanesa Cabrera, Carlos Cruz e Indira Valdéz, y el músico Jomary Hechavarra.<br /><br />Los actores de Chicago son; Charín Álvarez, Steve Casillas, Laura Crotte y Sandra Delgado.<br /><br />Como músicos participan Victor y Zacbe Pichardo, de la agrupación Sones de México.</p><p><strong id="internal-source-marker_0.11533360672183335">Esta grabación la podrán escuchar&nbsp;&nbsp;a través&nbsp;de Vocalo 90.7 FM el próximo Domingo, 24 de Marzo, a la 12&nbsp;pm, medio dia.</strong></p><div><span>La platica fue moderada por <strong>María Inés Zamudio</strong>, reportera de la publicación periodística, the Chicago Reporter, y en el panel participó, <strong>Henry Godinez</strong>, asociado de dirección artística en el Goodman Theater, la directora y fundadora del Teatro Buendía, <strong>Flora Lauten</strong>, la dramaturga <strong>Raquel Carrió</strong>, y <strong>Victor Pichardo</strong>, músico de la agrupación, Sones de Mexico.&nbsp;</span></div><p>La obra, Pedro Páramo, se estrena el 22 de Marzo, 2013. Para más informes visite <a href="http://www.goodmantheatre.org/" target="_blank">Goodmantheatre.org</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 12:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/amplified/about/encuentro-con-los-artistas-pedro-p%C3%A1ramo-106208