Samuel Formell and his Family Legacy about the Van Van Band

“Samuel Formell is one of those persons who open the door of his house and invites him to enter. He offers you a cofffee and you even feel his dog as a lifetime’s friend in his house's living room .”

“Even when he was a child, Sami or Samuelito, as he was known by his friends and relatives, had the passion for really different careers. However, it was almost impossible to escape from a musical house.”

“That is the reason; as a director of the main musical and popular dancing band of Cuba, he promotes the musical legacy of his father, along with his mother’s influences he always defends. Let us know much more about this musician and man.”

Samuel. How did music get to you?

“My father did not want to start it, and even before having decided for studying it, the naval engineering was the first career that I always liked. It was something really incredible and after that, I approached”

“The architecture much more and psychology, but I had many music-related concerns and the drums, specifically.” “My brother talked to my father and said to him: “

“I tested Samuel and I think he has a good hearing for music and his answer was that there was already another musician in the band and I already had my plans.”

Samuel Formell and his Family Legacy about the Van Van Band. Photo by Alejandro Rojas

“From that moment on, I left all, taking into account the fact that once you study music by becoming it into your career; you have certainly to dedicate yourself to it since you were a child and stop playing many children’s games due to that theme.”

“To be a good musician, it is necessary to study for many years as I think that study never ends.”

Which would be the musical rhythms if you had to talk to us about them?

“I was always marked by too many musical rhythms. My mother was the best tap dancer of Cuba and jazz, rock and music from the 70s and 90s were always listened at my home.”

“When my father knew her, he used to play the double bass for El Barbarán band and she was a professional dancer who used to travel, made shows and performed at Tropicana, Las Vegas and El Parisién centers and my father liked the way she danced tap and told us when we were children that he was behind that mixed-race woman until he achieved it.”

“My mother had a much better economic position at that time and they became a couple in the end. He father began living at her house and my older brother was born later. However, they could not send another child to her and my father asked my mother to stop working and that happened when Juan Formell was at the Revé musical band.”

Samuel Formell and his Family Legacy about the Van Van Band. Photo by Alejandro Rojas

“Why do I tell this history? Why he was at the helm of the feeling movement and my mother was at home with me? Moraima Secada lived in the corner. Elena Burke used to visit us a lot and Ángel Díaz too. There was then too much influence from them, along with the always present jazz.”

“Those were my great influences not only to me but also for my father to create the Charanga format with the drums that is the first in Cuba which appears a dancing band with that musical instrument, electric bass and so on.

Which music did you use to listen to and like, specifically?

“At that time, I used to listen to my mother showed to me like Ballads in English. She used to sing very well by using the Blue style and that influenced me a lot when I started the Arts school.”

“The musician almost always tends to become attached to the good harmonies as you train you ear. I study classic music and I think it is from there where the proper technique comes. The power about knowing how to listen to the sounds and making orchestral arrangements train you completely. It is compulsory to study piano even though you wanted to play trumpet, bass pr whatever and that took me to the contemporary Jazz music and that is what I have always liked listening to, even at present.”

We have talked about art and its influences thus parts, but it is time to tell us the way Samuel is at home.

“I have almost always had each month, a day where I wake up something that occurs at home. That is what I could not have studies from architecture. I have made many transformations and I built them from zero. I made myself the designs.”

“I like cooking everything, sea food, a paste which is the knowledge learnt from my father that passed me on the cook’s legacy.”

“I am also very fond of movie, photography. I respect the sound bands a lot and I do think that no one could match the process of creating music for a film as that increased your level. You have to study the script and it is really difficult when you have a scene that lasts a minute and a hundredth. It is certainly difficult to compose a melody without happening it, taking into account that could give the related continuity or the opposed effect, as well.”

“It is a hard work because that is the way the feelings are expressed, but it is a very rewarding outcome in the end.”

Samuel Formell and his Family Legacy about the Van Van Band. Photo by Alejandro Rojas

Now that we are talking about the film world, what is your relation with the audiovisual world?

“I do like the Cuban movie, the Latin American movie as it is the most complete art due to its many platforms. I believe that music keeps that path through video clips due to there is a screen and being there. The audience watches constantly and the tendency about listening to music has been lost, especially in the public places and that is why to be allied to the cameras, videos through 4K and HD formats and they should really have certain quality to be able to show them worldwide.”

At this point, I imagine that you have many things to be fulfilled. Which are them?

“I have many illusions and of them is about the Van Van band never to disappear. That is all a dream and a demand because we are not going to be alive forever. Moreover, my own son could join us or even not, however, all it is certainly a dream due to the band is already an additional emblem for the Cuban.”

“Nevertheless, if you asked about a dream of mine, it would be playing at a symphony orchestra of London as I would really like it.”

What else would you like to do as a musician, apart the Van Van band?

“To be honest, I have right now some projects which have anything to do with the Van Van orchestra that takes lots of my time, but I think Samuel Formell sharing with friends, musicians playing Jazz, funk and songs in English, lots of improvisation with cords and local bands and doing much more and feel attached to the music that made me grow, is certainly my debt.”

Samuel Formell and his Family Legacy about the Van Van Band. Photo by Alejandro Rojas
 
Time becomes an enemy sometimes. How do you use it to do many things?

“It is difficult, the musical instrument that I play the people often do not know how it is really is. My work is like the one carried out by three musicians at the same time and not only from the musical point of view but also physically one, the I have had to deal with it, I almost undergo a surgery due to my two elbows were affected, so if I had a surgery, the Van Van band would not be performing for four months and there was not any certainty about them being properly recovered after the physical therapy treatment. It was then decided to add mother cells into them with a related treatment for almost a month and I ended up really well. “

“I start here because in my personal life, apart from the band I have always to have a space for physical exercises and trying to be fit which is a habit I had not before.”

“In addition, I have to deal with all the family, I am the father of my nephew, who is the little brother who left my father and other relatives like my sirter Elisa, my suister Paloma, taking into account that Juan Formell was the one who protected the family, even economically, so I have to keep doing the same so that they are all ok.”

“There is a moment when I read, do Yoga and I always find time to be focused, adapt myself to the music, interviews of television, and the videos of the rehearsals. The tours are really intense for us. We go and we waste sometime some time in cities where we do not know absolutely anyone, so I take advantage of any period of time to be with the family.”

“We wanted to know how was Juan Formell's Jazz. We insinuated first, we asked for it later and he sat down and began playing later and we had not another option other than sitting down and enjoying from that show and drinking coffee.”


 

 
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Gospel Star Edwin Hawkins Dies, Aged 74

Los Ángeles, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina)The North American gospel music star Edwin Hawkins has died at his home in California, at the age of 74.
The Grammy-winning singer had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, his publicist said.

Hawkins was regarded as a pioneer of urban gospel music, blending gospel hymns with secular sound. He is best-known for the 1969 hit Oh Happy Day.

The following year the Edwin Hawkins Singers backed Melanie on her top 10 hit Lay Down (Candles in the Rain).

How Hawkins got his big break

Edwin Hawkins came from a musical family. His father played the Hawaiian steel guitar while his mother was a pianist.

It was while Edwin was studying interior design in the late 60s that he unexpectedly got his big break.

He co-founded the Northern California State Youth Choir. Their first album merged gospel and rhythm-and-blues, and included Oh Happy Day.

The catchy song caught the ear of a local DJ and became hugely popular on local radio. It was released as a single, became a crossover hit, sold seven million copies and changed the young musician's life.

The track went on to win a Grammy for best soul gospel performance and was covered by everyone from Aretha Franklin to Elvis Presley.

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The Letter of the Year and its Secrets


Quite a few Cubans are interested in the so-called Letter of the Year, which is already part of the popular imaginary as a tradition of the year that is born and this month in particular.

 

Regarded as “the most important religious event carried out by babalawos (highest priests) both in Cuba and in Nigeria, although in different dates”, the so-called Letter of the Year is already circulating on the island.

 

Not only in the hands of religious people, but curiosity also moves many to approach these predictions that are added to the traditions of each year that begins in the largest Antillean island.

 

Renowned ethnologist Natalia Bolívar, interviewed in 2011 for television show “Con 2 que se quieran”, explained that The Letter of Year is a prediction, usually highly accurate, that is read out through the Odu (tool or religious script that morally guides people through life) of the letter that is drown out, with prophesies, prayers, ruling deities, what will happen to you, what diseases will affect the most in the new year, what earthquakes and earthly problems will take place in the Universe, and recommendations...”

 

Natalia Bolívar herself, in the article “El legado africano en Cuba” (The African Legacy in Cuba), published in 1997, recalled that Santería (Afro-Cuban Religion) in Cuba has its origins in the slave town councils, and the first reference to such town councils dates back to 1568.

 

It was in late 19th century that black Sama and Lautan, of Yoruba origin, preceded by André Petit, who knew how to group and synthesize different African beliefs in a single proposal, founded “Regla de Ocha (worship of saints) or Santería”, Bolivar refers.

 

The slaves had camouflaged some Catholic saints with their “orishas” (deities) and incorporated spiritism practices that, coming from Haitian influence, settled in Cuba’s eastern region.

 

It’s come a long way since then to the present day, and currently, the headquarters of the Yoruba Cultural Association of Cuba houses the Odu drawing out ceremony conducted by the most skilled babalows of the country, who have been doing this uninterruptedly since its onset.

 

According to the Board Members of the Yoruba Cultural Association in Cuba, our country is the nation where cultural traditions of Yoruba religion are best treasured. Such religion was brought to our island by slaves who came from Africa —most of them belonged to the Yoruba ethnic group.When the 19th Century was coming to an end, the Letter of the Year emerged.

 

Babalawos from different religious branches existing in the country began to meet and carried out the stipulated ceremonies, which concluded on January 1st.

 

Throughout the IFA Oracle — divination board — the readings made by those Babalawos, who belong to different religious branches from all over thecountry led by the Yoruba Cultural Society in Cuba and the Cuban Council of the High Priests of Ifa, result in the Letter of the Year.

 

The Letter of the Year offers guidance, recommendations that we should follow during the year to avoid and overcome obstacle and difficulties.

 

As *CubaSi* and other mass media published, the Letter of the Year *“Ifa for Cuba and the World”*, released to the national and international media at the headquarters of the Yoruba Cultural Association in Cuba, highlighted that the Deity governing the 2018 is Yemaya along with Eleggua; so the flag this year will be half white, half blue, with black touches.

 

The Letter of the Year recommends not holding a grudge for things in the past and learning to forgive; to behave morally and socially, to control the excessive consumption of alcoholic beverage as well as to protect the environment and avoid domestic violence at all costs.

 

According to Dr. Beatriz Marcheco Teruel, from the National Center for Medical Genetics, a research carried out by professionals aiming at characterizing the Cuban population structure noted that 72 % of the Cuban population genes come from European ancestors, 20 % from African ancestors, and 8 % from American native ancestors.

 

African-origin genes were detected 7 % in white people, 25.5 % in mixed-race people, and 65 % in black people. “We did not find any individual whose genetic information were 100 % of European or African origin,” detailed the researcher.

 

Such statistics confirmed Fernando Ortiz’s statement when he said our culture is a saucy mixture. In this context, the Letter of the Year did not go unnoticed for believers or unbelievers. In Cuba, everything comes from Mother Africa.

*CubaSi Translation Staff*
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The Award House

From Monday 15 to Thursday 25, Casa de las Americas invites to different proposals as part of the 59th edition of its Prize, the oldest and most permanent literary gathering in our continent.

A special moment will take place on January 24, when Casa de las Americas will be honored with the UNESCO/UNAM Jaime Torres Bodet Award in Social Sciences, Humanities and Art in its second edition.

Dialogues among the public and the members of the jury, launch of magazines and the winning books in 2017, as well as the inauguration of an exhibition make up the collateral program of the Prize.

On Thursday 25, at 7:00 pm, the jury will announce the awarded works in the following categories in contest this year: short-story, theater, essay on artistic-literary theme; as well as works in Brazilian literature, with non-fiction books written in Portuguese.

The jury will also award books in Caribbean literature written in English or Creole.

Moreover, the literary institution has also called to the Women’s Studies Award.

And on Monday 15, it will set up the jury made up by more than twenty prestigious writers and personalities from twelve countries. Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez will deliver the speech of jury’s setting up. Thus, there will begin the tributes to take place this year, the five decades of the first concert that brought together on February 18, 1969 at Casa de las Americas three founding pillars of what was called later the New Trova (Song) Movement: Silvio, Pablo Milanés and Noel Nicola.

Later, the jury will work in the city of Cienfuegos, located on the central-southern coast of the island. On Saturday 20, at 11:00 am, the aforementioned city will house the launch of the winning books of the 2017 Casa de las Americas Award, as well as such magazines as “Casa de las Americas”, “Conjunto” and “Anales del Caribe”.

Then, in the evening, local “A Cuestas” Theater will stage “Zone” piece, by “La Fortaleza” Theater Company.

And on Monday 22, the collateral program of the Prize will kick off at Casa de las Americas headquarters in El Vedado, once the works of the judges have finished in the city of Cienfuegos. From 3:00 pm, the “Manuel Galich” Room will house the works of such panels as:

“Literary creation, editorial circulation and translation in the Caribbean”, with the judges of the Caribbean literature in English and Creole category, as well as “Saved pages or which ones would I take to the desert island”, a dialogue with members of the jury in the short-story genre.

That same Monday, at 6:30 pm, plastic arts will have their space within the program of the Literary Award with the inauguration of the “Digital Art Pioneers in the Art Collection of Our America” exhibit, at the Galería Latinoamericana of the literary institution.

On Tuesday 23, the panels will continue their work, always in the afternoon with two others. The first will be “Out of the canon: the other side of Brazilian literature”, with the judges of the Brazilian Literature Award; and the second “Critical experience”, a dialogue with the judges of the Prize in essay genre of the artistic-literary theme.

Moreover, the program includes the presentation of the winning books of the 2017 Casa de las Americas Prize and the latest edition of Casa de las Americas magazine.

On Wednesday, January 24, at 3:00 pm, the “Theater of the real and the social thing: 2018 Latin America” panel will take place, with the awarding judges in theater genre; and at 6:00 pm, the “Che Guevara” Room will feature the ceremony to hand over the UNESCO/UNAM Jaime Torres Bodet Prize to Casa de las Americas.

That award acknowledges the efforts of a person, group of people or international institution that has contributed to the development of knowledge and society through art, teaching and research in social sciences and humanities.

In the case of the House, it rewards its contribution to a better world, not only through its links with intellectuals of the region, but also for the narrow links it keeps with institutions and organizations, like UNESCO. The renowned Cuban cultural institution had previously been awarded with the UNESCO Simon Bolivar Prize in 2004.

The winners of the 2018 Casa de las Americas Prize will be announced on Thursday, January 25, at 7:00 pm.

With its literary contest, Casa de las Americas begins, like every year, its program in 2018, days for the intercrossing of the literature and the art that are born from the deep rivers of our America.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

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2017 Cuba: looks of art

Visual Arts also constitute the portrait of a country, they let us see its sensitivity and appreciate its spiritualities, that’s why, here you can enjoy our tour through the most outstanding moments of Cuban plastic arts in 2017.

Tens of important exhibitions were shown during this period, among them, those by several National Plastic Arts laureates: Pedro Pablo Oliva at the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, Manuel Mendive at the provincial gallery of Mayabeque, which also hosted Nelson Domínguez and Pedro de Oraá at Collage Habana in the Cuban capital.

The Grand Theater of Havana opened its spaces on November for DE LA IDEA A LA FORMA (FROM IDEA TO FORM), a group exhibition on Cuban sculpture in tribute to the 32nd anniversary of CODEMA and the 105th birth anniversary of Rita Longa. Closing the month, the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center housed ALEGRETO CANTABILE, personal exhibition in homage to the 90th birth anniversary of Raúl Martínez. And to bid farewell to the old year, Cuba’s 2016 National Plastic Arts laureate José Manuel Fors inaugurated PALIMPSESTO at the National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA Spanish acronym).

Among the exhibitions of greater importance in 2017 highlights went to CUBA EN PELOTA (CUBA IN BASEBALL), with works by Reynerio Tamayo, throughout March at Havana Gallery. SE HACE CAMINO AL ANDAR (YOU MAKE THE PATH AS YOU WALK), group exhibition from the collection of the National Council for Plastic Arts, between August and September at the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater of Havana.

Sin Máscaras (Without Masks), great group exhibition that brought together works from Afro-Cuban art at Fine Arts in July. LA GRAN ESPIRAL (THE BIG SPIRAL) in remembrance of the famous “Salón de Mayo”, from October and at the National Museum of Fine Arts too.

The 80 years of two of the greatest Cuban creators were celebrated with two personal exhibits: Eduardo Muñoz Bach, on April 12th; and René de la Nuez, on September 8th.

Among the exhibitions by important foreign artists this year there stand out PINHOLES, by Norwegian photographer Morten Loberg, in February, at the Fototeca de Cuba. British sculptor Tony Cragg exhibited in April at the National Museum of Fine Arts. French designer and photographer Maurice Renoma in June, at Havana Gallery. For his part, German Albert Oehlen inaugurated his exhibit at the National Museum of Fine Arts in July; meanwhile, US Ben Jones inaugurated his at the end of that month in the same place.

One of the luxury collections that this important museum put at the public’s disposal this year was the one by Russian-born American Boris Lurie, opened since late September.

Plastic Arts creators paid homage to leaders of the Cuban Revolution. In October, Alba House showed TRIBUTO (TRIBUTE), exhibition dedicated to Che on the 50th anniversary of his murder in Bolivia, with the work by important artists; while photographer Alex Castro, exhibited FIDEL. RETRATO ÍNTIMO (FIDEL. INTIMATE PORTRAIT), in homage to the historical leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro, in Santiago de Cuba, on occasion of the first anniversary of his physical disappearance.

Important collective spaces of Cuba and the world exhibited our art too: fourteen Cuban artists participated in the famous Venice Art Biennale. The Visual Arts Development Center hosted the 7th Salon of Contemporary Cuban Art and the Fototeca de Cuba and other spaces housed Noviembre Fotográfico.

Several provinces held plastic arts salons, which gathered the creation by artists from dissimilar generations.

And closing this 2017, painter and engraver Eduardo Roca, alias Choco, received the National Plastic Arts Award for his valuable contribution to visual arts development in Cuba.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

 

Russian motorcyclist travelling round the world visits Che Guevara Mausoleum in Cuba

Moscow resident Oleg Kharitonov who is travelling around the world on his motorbike has visited the sculptural complex in Cuba’s city of Santa Clara where legendary Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara is buried.

"Members of the local motorbike club, who accorded me a very warm welcome, visited the mausoleum with me. I also met with Russian compatriots living in Santa Clara and Cubans who studied in the Soviet Union," the 46-year-old traveler told TASS.

Che Guevara was Fidel Castro’s closest associate and one of the leaders of the Cuban Revolution in 1959. In 1967, he was captured and shot dead in Bolivia, where he was trying to organize a revolutionary movement with a group of guerrillas. Only 30 years later the remains of Che and his comrades-in-arms were uncovered near the community of Vallegrande. They were transported from Bolivia to Cuba and buried in Santa Clara on October 17, 1997.

"Here, in Santa Clara, it becomes clear why Cubans consider Che Guevara their national hero. He was a great romantic who fought for the freedom and justice," Kharitonov noted.
Almost like in the motherland

Kharitonov admitted that he feels "almost like in the motherland" in Cuba. "Cubans are very close to us in spirit and mentality. Everyone is very happy when they learn that I came from Russia," the motorcyclist said.

Before coming to Santa Clara, the Russian had spent several days in Havana. There he met with the Russian Ambassador to Cuba Mikhail Kamynin and the Russian diplomatic staff. The meeting that was held in the embassy was also attended by Ernesto Guevara, the younger son of Che Guevara who is a motorcyclist as well.

In the coming days, Kharitonov will be travelling through the island. From Santa Clara he will head to Camaguey and then to Santiago de Cuba where he will visit Fidel Castro’s grave. In late January, the traveler will return to Havana.

In early February the Russian will "rush" to Mexico, then to the United States and Canada, after which he will return to Russia through Alaska. Kharitonov says he has no clear route plan: he has to correct it all the time for various reasons.
Trip route

Kharitonov started off from Moscow on August 20, 2014. He crossed Russia from west to east, drove around Southeastern Asia and the Middle East, travelled the whole of Europe, then went down along the African west coast, starting from Morocco and reaching South Africa, and then moved to the New World.

Kharitonov has visited 70 countries so far. During his round-the-world trip, he ascended to an altitude of 5,360 meters in the Himalayan Mountains, travelled in 44-degree-Centigrade heat in Pakistan and covered more than 1,850 kilometers in 24 hours while travelling in Russia. The biker spends nights in his own tent, cheap hotels or at the homes of other Russians. He is supported, in particular, by the Russian Motorcycle Tourism Federation. The biker intends to return to Moscow in August 2018 in order to be able to accompany his daughter on her first day at school.

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Cuba is a safe, peaceful and healthy country.

Statement to the press by Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for U.S. Affairs.

In the morning of January 9, a hearing of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations was held, which was organized by Marco Rubio, the Republican Senator for Florida and co-chaired by Robert Menendez, the Democrat Senator for New Jersey, who have a vast work history against the betterment of relations between Cuba and the United States and are promoters of all sort of legislative and political proposals that affect the interests of the Cuban and U.S.  peoples and only benefit a minority that is increasingly becoming more isolated and that has historically made profits out of the aggression against Cuba.

The very title, “Attacks on U.S. diplomats in Cuba”, evidenced that the real purpose of the hearing to which three high-ranking officials of the Department of State were summoned, was not to establish the truth, but to impose by force and with no evidence whatsoever, an accusation which they have been unable to proof.  

Nobody is surprised by the unwarranted allegations, or the fabrications made up by the Anti-Cuba senators, whose sole political agenda throughout the years has been to lead our two countries into a confrontation, regardless of the consequences.  Their complete unscrupulousness and lack of credibility is well known. The great victim of today’s hearing has been the truth. 

The Cuban government regards as unacceptable the irresponsible declarations made by Francisco Palmieri, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. 

Dr. Charles Rosenfarb, Medical Director of the Bureau of Medical Services of the U.S. Department of State said that there are a multitude of symptoms that are not attributable to a specific cause and that there is a lack of certainty on the causal agent. Todd Brown, Assistant Director for International Programs of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service stated that experts have been unable to identify the cause or the perpetrator. And Mr. Palmieri used on several occasions the term attacks. It was made clear that this is an unwarranted accusation against Cuba.
 
The Department of State has no evidence whatsoever that allows it to affirm that there has been attacks against its diplomats in Havana, or that Cuba could be responsible for or be aware of actions carried out by third-parties.

On the contrary, months of thorough probes have proven that there has been no attack.

I categorically reiterate that the Cuban government has no responsibility whatsoever in the health conditions reported by U.S. diplomats. Cuba has never perpetrated nor will it ever perpetrate any act against the physical integrity of any diplomat without exception, and has never permitted nor will it ever permit any actions by third parties for that purpose. The Cuban government is mindful of its responsibilities and complies with them in an exemplary manner. 

Once again, I affirm that the investigation conducted by the Cuban authorities, the results of which have been made available to the Department of State and the U.S. specialized agencies for their wide and systematic access, have concluded that there is no evidence leading to the occurrence of the alleged incidents and that no attack of any sort has been carried out.

Nothing in the information provided by the U.S. government throughout this period or even today leads, based on evidences, that the health conditions reported by the diplomats may have had their origin or cause in Cuba.

We reject the politicization of this issue and the unwarranted measures adopted by the U.S. government, with a high cost for our population, the Cuban immigration and the U.S. people. 

We also denounce the political manipulation of these events by Anti-Cuba elements who seek to aggravate the bilateral climate, with the sole purpose of returning to a confrontational stage with negative consequences for both countries and the region. 

Cuba is a safe, peaceful and healthy country for Cubans, foreigners, accredited diplomats and for millions of people that visit us every year, including Americans.

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US: The trite book on Trump

The columnist of El Nuevo Herald, Alejandro Armengol, wrote on Saturday that the US government is a sort of episode where stars are constantly exchanging blows.

He wrote so after reading Michael Wolff’s most recent book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

Armengol also refers in his article that “this is the portrait of the chief of liars inside the White House in his uneducated, grotesque buffoon’s role. It is the book he deserves.”

The journalist also states that the book could trigger record sales, multiple rushed translations and the controversy of the hour.

And he also added that any attempt made by Trump’s lawyer requesting the author and the publishing house “to stop the revelation or dissemination” of the book has done nothing but speeding up the launching date.

According to the article, the book reveals 200 testimonies of high-ranked officials within the White House and an interview to the President.

Armengol points out passages of the book have been leaked to the press, and highlights Washington is the center of madness.

Trump, favored by Republicans, must start his second year in office, which promises to be tougher than the first one.

Thus, while some came up with this book to break the current Republican administration, it could certainly weaken even more the already depressed image of multimillionaire President of the United States.

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz // CubaSi Translation Staff

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