I don’t know if the UNEAC conference (artists and writers union) now under way in
- There’s ongoing coverage at Penultimos Dias, including the proposal by writer Miguel Barnet that the event be dedicated to the “fiftieth anniversary of the Revolution, to the Commander in Chief Fidel Castro, and to President Raul Castro.”
- Alejandro Armengol summarizes an El Pais account of a speech by the Historian of the City of Havana, Eusebio Leal, in which Leal discussed recent reforms, anticipated more to come, and said that Cubans who live abroad are as Cuban as those who live on the island.
- The El Pais story says that the attendees criticized the quality of education being provided to Cuban students today.
- They also called for greater access to the Internet in
. Fidel Castro, meanwhile, published a commentary where he mused about modern technology, including Facebook, DVD’s, cell phones, Internet, and more, and asked, “Does the type of existence that imperialism promises make any sense?” Cuba
- At the conference, it was announced that will begin a new 24-hour television channel with content from foreign broadcasters.
- And the Sun Sentinel reported that conferees looked around and lamented that there were few young faces; reporter Ray Sanchez referred to an article in Juventud Rebelde:
Just 3 percent of the 400 participants in the congress were under 40.
“The numbers speak for themselves,” the article said.
“The average age of the membership is 60 years,’ filmmaker and writer Victor Casaus was quoted as saying. “Where is the continuity of Cuban culture?”