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Havana Biennial: Bargains, Hype, Politics and the Malecon

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The Havana Biennial art exposition wrapping up Monday has been held 12 times since the 1980s. But this is the first since U.S. efforts to improve relations with Cuba began six months ago, allowing an unusually large contingent of American visitors. Here are some observations from U.S. art collectors and their representatives about how Havana's art scene has evolved and the impact of detente. Janda Wetherington, whose Pan American Art Projects gallery in Miami specializes in Cuban art, says prices have gone up since the last Biennial.

Humanitarian Diplomacy

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Nearly a decade before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that U.S. laws which criminalize “homosexual conduct” are unconstitutional in the 2003 case Lawrence v. Texas, a gay Cuban man won protection in the United States from the persecution he faced in his native land because of his sexual orientation. It was the first time that persecution based on sexual orientation was established as valid grounds for asylum in the United States.

The 12th Havana Biennial's Neoliberal Arrival

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The correction was delivered with a smirk: “Trienal.” [...] When the Havana Biennial was founded in 1984, it was set up, like much of the Castro government’s internationalist initiatives up to that point, as a Latin American rejoinder to the Anglo-European — or imperialist — skew of global culture. The second biennial expanded its reach to Asia and Africa, and by the third, in 1989, this focus was articulated theoretically, with landmark texts on “Third World aesthetics” published in the official catalogue that have since become part of the art historical canon.

International Event on Political Communication Ends in Cuba

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Havana, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) The International Conference New Scenarios of Political Communication in the Digital Sphere-2015 ends today after rich debates on cybersecurity, governance of Internet and the digital gap. Experts and official delegates of 34 countries of all continents attended this event sponsored by the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Relations and will listen today to a report from the Presidency of the event that resumes discussions at the meeting and give way to the closing ceremony.

Sporting Diplomacy as Cuba Face Cosmos

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Havana (AFP) - A new era in sporting ties between the United States and Cuba gets under way here Tuesday when the New York Cosmos become the first professional American sports team to play in the Communist-ruled nation for 16 years.

In pure sporting terms, the match between the Cosmos, who play in American soccer's fledgling second tier, and the inexperienced Cuban squad, ranked 109th in the world by FIFA, carries next to no value.

New York Cosmos to Play in Cuba as Part of 'Football Diplomacy'

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New York: The New York Cosmos will kick off a new era in sporting relations between the United States and Cuba on Tuesday when they become the first American sports team in 16 years to play in the Communist-ruled island. Brazilian legend Pele is to join the glamorous New York soccer team's traveling party for Tuesday's exhibition match against the Cuban national team at the Pedro Marrero Stadium in Havana. The fixture reflects the rapidly thawing ties between the United States and Cuba following moves to normalize relat

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