Friday, September 10, 2010

Lincoln Center jazz band heads for Cuba

From The Associated Press:New York City's Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is traveling to (fot) Cuba next month for a series of concerts in Havana with bandleader Wynton Marsalis.
The trip, which was approved by U.S. authorities, will be the first for the jazz band. The ensemble will perform several concerts from Oct. 5 to 9.
Later in the month Jazz at Lincoln Center will produce the Afro-Cuban Jazz Celebration, featuring concerts in New York City.
Funding for the visit was provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and two smaller foundations.
Posted by Renato Perez at 08:19 AM in Music, U.S.-Cuba relations
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September 09, 2010

Video: Riot police break up student protest

Cuban anti-riot squads broke up a protest by Pakistani students at a medical school in Matanzas province earlier this year, videos of the protest show.
(pic2) The video, broadcast in the María Elvira Live program on MegaTV, shows black-clad anti-riot units pushing back a group of students, but inflicting no violence.
Their equipment included tear-gas canisters, bayonets fixed on Kalashnikov assault rifles, batons, dogs and helmets.
The protest took place at the Jagüey Grande Medical School, where nearly 900 Pakistanis have been studying under a scholarship agreement negotiated in 2005.
The video, apparently taken on cellphones, does not explain the reasons for the protest, but a Pakistani student website reported in March that a student strike in Cuba was sparked by the deficient medical education and living conditions.
To read more about the incident and watch the video, click here or here.
[ADDENDUM: Cuban Interior Minister Abelardo Colomé Ibarra recently visited China, where he met with the ministers of Public Security, State Security and other security officials.
According to the Xinhua news agency, he thanked his hosts for their support "in the fields of technology, equipment and police training."
(pic1) Read our blog postings "Security and law-enforcement cooperation are topics during Colomé's visit to Beijing" (Aug. 30) and "China to advise Cuba on law enforcement..." (Aug. 31).
Photo at right shows the distinctive anti-riot helmet worn by police in the video. It is a Chinese-made Jiangsu Anhua Model RH-11B.
–Renato Pérez Pizarro.]
Posted by Renato Perez at 06:24 PM in Security
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