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Art Triumphant: Our Foundation’s Artist-in-Residence on Cuban Ballet

New York, N.Y. I first met the accomplished South African native Nan Melville about a decade ago through the Indo-American Arts Council where I was on the Board. Nan is a photographer and filmmaker extraordinaire, having won first prize in the Nikon Nissan International Travel Photography, among other photographic awards. Nan at National Ballet Pressrom 2016 Festival. Ever […]

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Vital Efforts to Protect Children for Wider Peace in Colombia

New York, N.Y. The senior United Nations child rights envoy today said she is heartened by the commitment of the Colombian Government and a the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC) to separate and reintegrate children associated with the armed group, despite the negative results of the recent referendum on the Colombian peace accord. […]

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U.S. Approves Ferry Service to Havana, Cuba

Washington, D.C.  The Obama administration took another step forward in its efforts to normalize relations with Cuba by restoring commercial ferry services between the former Cold War rivals. The Malecon Harborside in Havana by Antonio Milena via Wikimedia Commons. The U.S. Treasury Department Tuesday issued licenses to at least four companies to ferry passengers and […]

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First Person: A Japanese Dinner with Raul Castro’s Daughter

New York, N.Y.  Taking my shoes off in the private alcove of the exclusive Japanese dining room, I open the shoji screen to reveal a beautiful 12-tatami mat room complete with alcove, ikebana, foot-tall table with sunken floor – complete with emergency lighting and modern ventilation.  An auspicious opening to a dinner with Mariela Castro […]

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Japanese-American Doctor’s First Visit to Cuba

By Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura Hillyer. Havana, Cuba. I consider myself such a lucky person. At almost 75, I have visited over 140 countries on all continents, and I have lived in the U.S. for over 50 years. My impresario and cultural exchange work took me to many countries in the world. During the Cold War, […]

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Cuban Art after Historic Venice Biennale Return

By Cynthia Artin, edited by Jim Luce. New York, N.Y.  Curated by Rachel Weingeist, “Adjoining Islands: The Cuban Pavilion in Manhattan” came to Chelsea from Cuba’s first official participation in the prestigious Venice Biennale in over fifty years. The works include painting, sculpture, works on paper, and light forms that draw one into an intoxicating, dimensional […]

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