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The Terrorist War Against Cuba and Its Impact: Book Launch and Discussion Print E-mail

Kingston, November 9, 5:30-7:00 pm
The Terrorist War Against Cuba and Its Impact:
Book Launch and Discussion

Policy Studies, Room 202, 138 Union St., Queen's University
Organized by the Canadian Cuban Friendship Association of Kingston
The Canadian Cuban Friendship Association of Kingston is pleased to launch:

Voices from the Other Side: An Oral History of Terrorism against Cuba

- With author, Keith Bolender, 
- Introduction by H.E. Teresita Vicente, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to Canada
- Question and Answer Period Moderated by CCFA-Kingston Member, Mary Ann Higgs

Introduced by Noam Chomsky, Bolender's book is first and foremost a moving "testimonio" of some of the thousands of Cubans affected by the relatively unknown terrorist war waged on Cuba since the Revolution. Through their words, we grasp their half-century of endurance of every conceivable form of terrorism and learn about Cuba's counter-measures. The personal toll of this hidden war has been calculated at 3,478 dead and 2,099 injured. Voices from the Other Side helps us understand the jumble of contradictions that is Cuba and provides a unique resource for anyone interested in Cuba's troubled relationship with the US. Published by Pluto Press, London, Voices from the Other Side will be available for purchase.

Keith Bolender — Biography

Keith Bolender is a freelance journalist living in Toronto who has written extensively on Cuban matters for a variety of North American publications, including theToronto Star, Florida Sun Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, the Council for  Hemispheric Affairs, North American Council on Latin America, North American Congress on Latin America, Cuba NowProgreso Weekly and others.

He is a member of the Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA) on their Roster of Experts for Cuban Affairs. Since 1996 he has lectured at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies on American Foreign Policy and on the Cuban Revolution. From 1996 to 2002, he conducted dozens of lectures across United States on American-Cuban relations in the context of Americans traveling to Cuba.

For the past 20 years he has been involved in a variety of Cuban projects, including working for companies that brought sports teams, cultural groups and scuba divers from Canada and the United States to participate in programs in Cuba, 1993 to 2003. He has visited Cuba approximately 80 times since 1988. www.boloblog.com

For more information about the book launch or to book an interview, please contact:

Evelyn Gervan
President, Canadian Cuban Friendship Association of Kingston

Commemorating Che Guevara: Print E-mail

Victoria, October 21
Commemorating Che Guevara:
Songs of Resistance by Art Farquharson and the Screening of "Kordavision - the Man Who Shot Che Guevara"

BCGEU Hall, 2994 Douglas
Admission by donation
Sponsored by the Goods for Cuba Campaign

Kordavision is a documentary on a journey into the world of renowned Cuban photographer, Alberto Diaz "Korda," revealing the powerful images captured by Korda, reflecting Cuba's soul. No other image in history has been reproduced as many times as Alberto Korda’s portrait of Che Guevara. That shot, taken at a memorial service on March 5, 1960, became the international symbol of protest and rebellion, yet the photographer never profited from the image he gave to the world. As Fidel Castro’s personal photographer, the man born as Alberto Diaz Gutierrez captured more than 12,000 images of the Cuban Revolution as it unfolded. In spite of his fame, Alberto Korda remains one of the most humble artisans the world has ever known.


Celebrate Cuba's Day of Culture! Print E-mail

Toronto, October 20
Room 205, Claude Bissell Wing, Robarts Library, 140 St. George St.
Organized by the Toronto Forum on Cuba, 
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Celebrate Cuba's Day of Culture with Brian Gordon Sinclair's performance of his play "Hemingway's HOT Havana" as well as poetry presented by Carlos Angulo, Keith Ellis, Arnold Itwaru and an introduction from the Cuban Consul in Toronto.



"Cuban Connections": A Celebration of Cuban Culture and Art in Two Parts Print E-mail

Halifax, October 6-November 14
Ralph and Rose Chiodo Harbourside Gallery, Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Rd.
Details on the Nova Scotia-Cuba Artists' Collective website

A continuing art and cultural exchange between Pinar del Río, Cuba, and the artists of the Nova Scotia Cuba Artists Collective.

"Cuban Connections" demonstrates the connection between Cuban Canadians and their Cuban roots, showing  how elements of culture travel with people and are sustained and adapted to the new home and environment, in turn adding to the cultural richness of their new country.


Canadian Launch of Fidel Castro's Book "Strategic Victory" Print E-mail

The new historical book Strategic Victory ("La Victoria Estratégica") by the leader of the Cuban Revolution  Fidel Castro had its Canadian launch on October 7 at the Steelworkers Hall in Toronto. The launch is part of the agenda of the Cuban delegation attending the 2010 Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) from October 6-9, economics professor Dr. Ramon Sanchez Noda told Prensa Latina. The book was launched in Cuba on August 20.

The book was presented by outstanding Cuban intellectuals Miguel Barnet and Aurelio Alfonso who explained the content and historical value of the book. The launch was the highlight of an event organized by the Canadian Cuban Friendship Association-Toronto which included a speech by Elizabeth Palmeiro, the wife of Ramon Labañino, one of the five anti-terrorist Cuban fighters unjustly held in U.S. prisons.

Dr. Sanchez Noda is leading a delegation of about 78 Cuban social scientists taking part in the four-day academic congress, the largest of its kind, attended by about 5,000 experts on Latin American and Caribbean issues.

The wide-ranging program of the congress includes some 1,000 presentations on political, religious, cultural, historical and social issues, with the U.S. aggression against Cuba and the impact of illegal immigration and violence on Mexico at the centre of panel discussions in several sessions.



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