Re: PL: Largest Byzantine-era wine factory discovered in Israel

Victor Kozaski


On Mon, Oct 11, 2021 at 8:14 AM <iraismaria1971@...> wrote:

Largest Byzantine-era wine factory discovered in Israel


Tel Aviv, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) A team of Israeli experts discovered in central Yavne city, a wine factory considered the largest one known from the Byzantine era, the Antiquities Authority announced on Monday.

According to a communique from the Authority, the sophisticated factory was capable of producing up to two million liters of wine a year.

The plant included five large winepresses, treading floors where the grapes were crushed, as well as two giant octagonal tubs for collecting liquids, storages and kilns to produce jugs in which the wine was stored.

Experts also discovered the remains of thousands of jars for storing, aging and exporting wine.

About 1,500 years ago, Yavne was an important city, said archaeologist Jon Seligman, co-director of the excavation.


Re: FACEBOOK/María Polo Vega: UNEAC birthday greetings for Leonardo Padura

Walter Lippmann

Interesting to note: Leonardo Padura stays in Cuba writes frequently about the Is seamy sides of Cuban life, deals critically with life there, receives the national literature prize and his reflection on July 11th were posted in LA JOVEN CUBA, a journal denounced by government supporters and his Cuban colleagues publicly salute him.

FACEBOOK/Eduardo Pimentel: New yoga classes added.

Walter Lippmann

Eduardo Pimentel
October 9, 6:11 PM
Two Saturdays ago we started and new groups Thursday 5:30 and Saturday 12:15 are already complete. We will be announcing classes soon. free the. Wednesday 9 AM.

ONCUBA NEWS: Cuba - Clinical trial begins with Soberana Plus in COVID-19 convalescing children and adolescents #covid19

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Cuba: Clinical trial begins with Soberana Plus in COVID-19 convalescing children and adolescents

FB WATCH: Jay Rodriguez and Arturo O’Farrill perform “The Peanut Vendor” in Louis Armstrong’s living room!

Walter Lippmann

Jay Rodriguez and Arturo O’Farrill perform
“The Peanut Vendor” in Louis Armstrong’s living room! 

FACEBOOK/María Polo Vega: UNEAC birthday greetings for Leonardo Padura

Walter Lippmann

October 6, 6:01 AM

Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
From the Uneac Writers' Association we congratulate on his birthday, this October 9, the Cuban writer Leonardo de la Caridad Padura Fuentes, National Literature Award and Princess of Asturias Award for Letters.
Member of the narrative section of our Association, of the Cuban Academy of Language, journalist and film scriptwriter, Leonardo Padura is the most international and mediatic of contemporary Cuban writers, well known for his detective novels of detective Mario Conde and for the novel The Man Who Loved Dogs, among many others and many awards received, where the most important is undoubtedly that of being in the preference of millions of readers in Cuba and in other parts of the world.
Padura writes each of his novels always in Havana, he is the novelist par excellence of this city because Havana is the place where he has tried to reach the universal from the entrails of the local, and from the circumscribed and limited, to the eternal, and according to his own words "Havana is the city where I live, with which I communicate, of which I know all the codes and its language".
And today, from his Havana, Cuban writers and artists blow out candles for his birthday and wish him many happy returns.
Happy birthday to you, Leonardo Padura Fuentes!!!

RHC: In Puerto Rico, solidarity activists collect 500 thousand syringes for Cuba

Walter Lippmann


In Puerto Rico, solidarity activists collect 500 thousand syringes for Cuba

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
2021-10-11 09:26:36



San Juan, October 11 (RHC)-- The Cuba Solidarity Committee in Puerto Rico closed Sunday its campaign to collect medical supplies, including 500 thousand syringes, to contribute to the fight against Covid-19 in the largest of the Caribbean Islands.

Milagros Rivera, president of the Committee, explained to Prensa Latina that together with the Juan Rius Rivera Brigade, they have managed to comply with the campaign of the Continental Network of Solidarity with Cuba to assist it in the face of the U.S. blockade.

We are packing other medical supplies since we sent the syringes through Panama, with the assistance of the people there, and we will send them through the Dominican Republic,' Rivera said.

The activist indicated that the struggle against the U.S. blockade is permanent because imperialism does not rest in its eagerness to destroy the Cuban Revolution, using the most varied methods, including terrorism.

We have already finished packing all the donations we have received from the Puerto Rican people, in solidarity with the cause of Cuba', added the president of the CSC in Puerto Rico while, together with other members, she packed the medical products.

She revealed that, in addition, they are preparing for the realization on October 30 of several actions in solidarity with the independence of Puerto Rico, organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Continental Network.

Precisely this hemispheric organism articulated the campaign of 10 million syringes for Cuba, in which Puerto Rico assumed the goal through the Committee of Solidarity with Cuba to contribute half a million.

STARTUPCUBA.TV: Is This Bookshop the Coolest Spot in Havana?

Walter Lippmann

Is This Bookshop the Coolest Spot in Havana?

Now open again after a COVID hiatus, the combo bookstore, café and garden is the perfect place to relax, read and catch up with friends while connecting with the community and figuring out how to save the world.
cuba libro patio conner gorry havana
The outside garden at Cuba Libro. Photo: Amberly Alene

Cuba Libro, at the corner of Calle 24 & 19 in Vedado is as its name implies, a bookshop. But, not really at all. I mean yeah, it’s a bookshop – they sell books. But, it’s much more.

The super chill spot is a mission driven community where you can grab a cafecito, shoot the shit with others or simply lay in a sun-drenched hammock and stare at your finger tips in blissful wonder.


Just four blocks from Fabrica del Arte, late night revelers can stop by to grab a bite to eat and catch up on local news chisme before their night out. Topics du jour typically revolve around the community, the environment and the world at large. And of course, let’s not forget the Libro part – it is an (English-language) bookshop after all. There are many options: hangout, read or do nothing – this author’s favorite past-time.

Cuba Libro in Vedado is a book shop, café, and community service project serving cafecito, food and chisme. All wrapped up into one.
Jen from Cuba Libro. Photo: Cuba Libro

Founded in 2013 by journalist and Brooklyn native turned twenty-year Havana resident, Conner Gorry, the coffeehouse has garnered quite the reputation. It’s impossible not to hear about it from those in the know. The café’s super loyal following spreads across the island and the far reaches of the globe.

WATCH: Cuba Libro founder Conner Gorry tells the story of Cuba Libro.

When the pandemic hit in March, 2020 Gorry and her staff closed up shop. They briefly re-opened for two months in September, 2020 when it looked like COVID was under control. Then, they closed again as COVID spiked. Through it all though, thanks to creativity and donations from their rabid fanbase, they’ve never stopped paying their staff or the family from whom they rent their location. The latter depends on this money to live.

cuba libro cafecito conner gorry havana

Conner (affectionately referred to as “Chief” by the staff at Cuba Libro) speaks with pride about the cafe’s continued community work. They’re very active in the LGBTQ space, teach Cubans English, help people on the island get needed supplies (like prenatal vitamins) and they plant trees in Havana to help battle climate change. During the most recent COVID-19 spike, the team has been delivering books to people at home. And, they deliver cafecito to medical staff at hospitals.

That may sound trivial but in a culture where café is as important (or more so) than water, it’s a big gesture. Plus, medical teams are working around the clock in tough conditions to treat COVID patients. The caffeine is welcome.

It was admittingly hard for me, a self-proclaimed wanna-be hipster, to admit to Gorry that I had never been to Cuba Libro. I explained it’s because I mistakingly thought of it only as a bookstore. My attention span – that of a gnat – lends itself more to video. Being around too many books makes my left eye twitch. I don’t have any disdain for my book loving friends – quite the opposite. I admire you and want to be you.

Understanding now that Cuba Libro is so, so much more than just an amazing bookstore, I’m stoked to visit. It’s officially bookmarked for my next trip to Havana.


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In the meantime though, I also want to contribute to the work that Conner and her team do supporting the community. Call me a romantic (seriously, call me one please – nobody ever does) but this feels like a way for me to spread some positive vibes around Havana. It also helps support Conner Gorry’s staff at Cuba Libro re-open during the country’s economic crisis while helping her and the team get back on their feet in a post COVID-19 Havana.

FRANCE 24: Suspects face trial in 1987 murder of ‘African Che Guevara’ Thomas Sankara

Walter Lippmann

Suspects face trial in 1987 murder of ‘African Che Guevara’ Thomas Sankara

Captain Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso gives a press conference on September 2, 1986, at a summit in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Captain Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso gives a press conference on September 2, 1986, at a summit in Harare, Zimbabwe. © Dominique Faget, AFP

Fourteen suspects will go on trial for the murder of Thomas Sankara, Burkina Faso’s iconic “father of the revolution”, 34 years after his assassination. The country’s ex-president Blaise Compaoré is among those accused. FRANCE 24 examines why Sankara is such a heroic figure in Africa and looks at what to expect from this long-anticipated court case. 


In one of Africa’s most eagerly awaited trials for years, 14 people will be tried starting October 25 at a military court in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou for the murder of the country’s former president, Thomas Sankara, and 12 members of his entourage.  

Nicknamed the “African Che Guevara”, Sankara came to power in a coup in 1983. He was a hero to many – who say he championed national sovereignty by rejecting aid from the International Monetary Fund and cite his advancement of women’s rights by banning forced marriages, polygamy and female genital mutilation. Sankara’s detractors say he was an authoritarian leader, alleging human rights violations including arbitrary arrests of political opponents and extrajudicial killings. 

Sankara was killed four years after taking power when commando troops stormed the headquarters of his National Revolutionary Council and shot him dead – bringing to power Blaise Compaoré, formerly Sankara’s close friend and right-hand man. 


Compaoré then ruled Burkina Faso for nearly three decades before a popular uprising overthrew him in 2014 and he fled to neighbouring Ivory Coast. The ex-strongman is the main defendant in the forthcoming trial – but he will not go to Ouagadougou to stand in the dock, his lawyers said. 

Despite Compaoré’s absence, the trial is hotly anticipated, with more than 200 hundred journalists from across the world accredited to cover the proceedings.  

What does Sankara represent? 

Sankara left an indelible mark on his country and became a pan-African icon in the process. 

In a symbolic move he changed the country's name from Upper Volta, the name bestowed by France, to Burkina Faso, meaning “the land of upstanding men”. 

>> Can the ‘Great Green Wall’ carry out Sankara’s ecological, pan-African dream?

Sankara made a break with its former colonial ruler France, which maintained clientelist relationships with former African colonies in an approach known as Françafrique.  

“Sankara developed complete independence in his country by giving its people confidence in themselves,” said Bruno Jaffré, author of L’insurrection inachevée: Burkina 2014 (“The Unfinished Rebellion: Burkina 2014”) and who runs a website devoted to Sankara, “Outside of Burkina Faso, he is seen as an anti-imperialist revolutionary who spoke for the oppressed and bolstered his nation’s sovereignty in the face of France.” 

In this context, the Sankara legend continues to grow, especially among young people who worship him despite having no memory of his rule in Burkina Faso. 


Why did it take 34 years for a trial to take place? 

The trial announcement in August was a huge shock, Jaffré pointed out, since the 1987 assassination had long been a taboo subject in Burkina Faso: “When the trial was announced, Burkinabés didn’t even dare to believe it,” he said. 

“Compaoré’s regime did everything it could to prevent the criminal justice process from doing its work over Sankara’s death – and it wasn’t until [Compaoré was ousted in] autumn 2014 that the ball got rolling,” Jaffré continued. 

Indeed, it was the government put in place for Burkina Faso’s democratic transition that started the justice process in March 2015. An international arrest warrant was issued for Compaoré in December of the same year. Eventually, the first reconstruction of Sankara’s assassination took place at the scene of the crime in February 2020. The judge presiding over the inquiry then transferred it to a military court in October – paving the way for the trial starting on Monday. 

But obstructionism delayed this historic trial. Compaoré’s defence lawyers did “everything they could to delay or even cancel it”, Jaffré noted. In particular, they got a lot of mileage out of saying that Compaoré’s international arrest warrant was “cancelled” by Burkina Faso’s highest court in 2016. Compaoré’s defence lawyers also said their client had “never been summoned for questioning” and that he had “never been notified” of any procedure by the Burkinabé criminal justice system except for his “final summons” to stand trial. The defence lawyers have also argued that Compaoré benefits from immunity as a former head of state. 

In April 2016, the attorney general of Burkina Faso’s highest court did indeed announce a cancellation due to a technicality of the international arrest warrant targeting Compaoré. But a month later, the government’s commissioner at the military court denied reports that the trial was cancelled, clarifying that the cancelled warrants only concerned a September 2015 coup case against the transitional government. 

Given that the ex-president has always denied responsibility for anything that has gone wrong in Burkina Faso, “it’s not surprising” that Compaoré will not be at the court to face the accusations against him, Guy Hervé Kam, the lawyer representing the civil party in the case against Compaoré, told AFP. 

Who are the accused? 

Compaoré is one of 14 people who stand accused. General Gilbert Diendéré – one of the main Burkinabé army chiefs at the time of the 1987 coup – is the other main defendant. After serving as Compaoré’s chief of staff during the latter’s long presidency, Diendéré was imprisoned for 20 years for attempted murder in the 2015 coup attempt. At the forthcoming trial, he and Compoaré both stand accused of “complicity in murder”, “concealment of dead bodies” and “attacking state security”. 

Soldiers in Compaoré’s former presidential guard – in particular Hyacinthe Kafondo, who is accused of leading the commando group that assassinated Sankara and who is currently on the run – are also among the defendants. 

Initially, more people were expected to stand trial. However, “many defendants died”, according to lawyers for the civil party. 

What should be expected from the trial? 

There has been much speculation about the possible role of foreign countries – including France, Ivory Coast, Liberia and Libya – in the killing of Sankara. But the trial will focus exclusively on Burkinabé people involved in his assassination. 

The focus will be on Compaoré, according to Jaffré. “His absence is regrettable; nevertheless, the question of his responsibility for the killing will be at the heart of the trial,” he noted. 

The judge in charge of the inquiry was able to question all the surviving witnesses present on the day of the assassination who had never before spoken. 

These witnesses have already clarified some important issues – in particular, they have established that the “commando force came from Compaoré’s house” and that “Diendéré was present to direct the operations”, Jaffré observed. 

As well as trying to understand the exact sequence of the assassination, the trial will also seek to hold people responsible for complicity in the attempted cover-up of Sankara’s murder. For example, the doctor Jean Christophe Diébré said he died a “natural death”; Diébré is being prosecuted for “forging a public document”. 

Will France’s alleged role be addressed? 

While the focus is on the role of Burkinabé actors, France will still be relevant to the trial. 

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“The inquiry established that French agents were present in Burkina Faso on the day after the assassination to destroy wiretaps targeting Blaise Compaoré and Jean-Pierre Palm, a gendarmerie officer implicated for his alleged role in Sankara's killing,” Jaffré said. 

Many observers note that Sankara’s government opposed the operation of Françafrique, rejecting his country’s longstanding alliance with France. He also angered Paris by calling for New Caledonia, a French overseas territory, to be included on the UN’s list of places to be decolonised. 

During a 2017 trip to Burkina Faso, French President Emmanuel Macron promised to lift the “national defence secret” classification of all French archives concerning Sankara’s killing. Since then, three batches of declassified documents have been sent to Ouagadougou. But these contain only secondary documents and do not include any documents from the offices of François Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac, who were respectively president and prime minister of France at the time of the assassination.

“There is no sign, in the documents provided so far, of a French presence in Ouagadougou the day after the assassination. But these documents must exist – and the fact that Macron didn’t keep his word shows a certain degree of embarrassment,” said Jaffré. 

This article was translated from the original in French.

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*audio* RHC's English language broadcast for October 11- 2021

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RHC´s English language broadcast for October 11- 2021

Radio Habana Cuba (English)

We have national and international news -- from Cuba and around the world -- followed by "The Weather Report" with Dr. Jose Rubiera. Susana Nieves has our commentary "Viewpoint." We have a report by British journalist Curtis Daly on the recently leaked Pandora Papers. Lena Valverde has "The Scientific and Medical Report." Cristina Escobar presents her program "Cuba Today" and Abel Vasquez has an exclusive sports report. Catherin Lopez files a report on the significance of October 10, 1868 -- 153 years ago -- when the independence war against Spain began. We'll listen to the words of Eduardo Torres Cuevas, a renowned historian and director of the Jose Marti Studies Office in Havana. We have cultural news with Lena Valverede and "The Arts Roundup." Rosa Meneses Albizu Campos presents "Two Wings of the Same Bird." And we have "Focus on Africa" with some great music from the African continent. 

YOUTUBE: "AfroCubism - Jarabi"

Walter Lippmann

An enjoyable short message from the Cuban President

Brenda Lopez

Cuban President Remembers Che: “Let Us be the Nightmare of Those Who Seek to Take Away Our Dreams”

October 8, 2021.

Che Vive, photo: Bill Hackwell

Today through a series of tweets, Cuban President, Miguel Díaz-Canel, linked the ideas of Che Guevara with the circumstances facing Cuba today.

October 8, the Day of the Heroic Guerilla is the anniversary of the fall in combat in 1967 of Che in Bolivia and a symbol of the struggles of the international left, was recognized by First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel, through a series of messages on his Twitter recalling the significance of the day and of Che.

Under the hashtag #CheVive, the Cuban president published the phrase “The fundamental clay of our work is the youth: in them we place our hope and prepare them to take the flag from our hands”. Linking this quote to today, the president included in his publication an image of two young doctors of the Henry Reeve Brigade, back in Cuba, after fulfilling their mission to face the COVID-19 pandemic far from the Homeland in the spirit of the heroic guerilla.

“We, socialists, are freer because we are fuller; we are fuller for being freer (…) Our sacrifice is conscious; with a quota to pay for the freedom we built”, which was another Guevarian idea shared by the Head of State.

He went onto to quote Che again when he said: “The future of the country is directly linked to the development of science and technology. We will never be able to walk on our own feet as long as we do not have advanced technology, based on our own technique, our own science”.

Díaz-Canel sealed his remembrance with an idea that can serve as a banner for any revolutionary: “Let us be the nightmare of those who try to take away our dreams”.

About the Cuban Revolution, he shared Che’s idea, expressed at the 1960 World Youth Congress, that “The Cuban Revolution expresses in every tribune where it has to speak, the truth of the children of its land and always expresses it in the face of friends or enemies”.

“In our ambition as revolutionaries we try to walk as fast as possible, opening roads, but we know that we have to nourish ourselves from the masses and that they can only advance faster if we encourage them with our example,” added the president, referring to another phrase of the Heroic Guerrilla from 1965

To close, he quoted an idea that inspires thousands of young people all over the world: “Let me tell you, at the risk of sounding ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love. It is impossible to think of an authentic revolutionary without this quality.”

Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, known as Che Guevara, was an Argentine revolutionary fighter and doctor whose life, conduct and thought have become a paradigm for millions of people.

He was part of the expedition of the Granma yacht, reached the rank of Commander, and after the triumph of the Revolution, he was appointed President of the National Bank of Cuba and Minister of Industries. In 1965 he led a guerrilla front in the Congo.

In Bolivia, in 1967, he was taken prisoner by Bolivian troops with the help of the CIA in Quebrada del Yuro. The day after his capture he was assassinated. His remains were found in 1997 and sent to Cuba where they rest in Santa Clara.


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PL: Uruguay fears violent final of Copa Libertadores soccer tournament

Irais Maria García Portelles

Uruguay fears violent final of Copa Libertadores soccer tournament

Uruguay fears violent final of Copa Libertadores soccer tournament

Montevideo, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) Police authorities in Uruguay and Brazil are preparing for a potentially violent Copa Libertadores final, local media reported here.

Montevideo's Centenario stadium will host on November 27 the final match between Brazilian clubs Flamengo and Palmeras, which have well-known rivalries.

According to Telenoche news, a very complex scenario is feared given that there are signs of a 'climate of war' among fans and there is a history of bloody episodes in recent times.

Host Nicolás Núñez alluded to audios that went viral on social networks in which both sides talk about bringing into the country firearms, ammunition, knives and fuel to make Molotov bombs.

The Uruguayan Ministry of the Interior is already coordinating with its Brazilian counterpart and the Ministry of Defense for the implementation of joint security operations, since most of those who will attend the soccer match will arrive by land, through routes along two thousand kilometers.

The National Sports Secretariat conceived the finals of the South America and Libertadores Cups, one week later, as the resumption of soccer competitions with full capacity and a boost to the country's depressed tourism industry.


PL: China hosts global summit on biodiversity COP 15

Irais Maria García Portelles

China hosts global summit on biodiversity COP 15

Beijing, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) The UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) began on Monday in Kunming, China, with the aim of shaping the global agenda with the goals to be achieved by 2030.

The virtual event will be run until Friday, October 15, with speeches by foreign officials, while the face-to-face meetings will take place in the same city, but from April 25 to May 8, 2022.

Its program includes several forums and Chinese President Xi Jinping will give a speech on Tuesday, in which he is expected to renew the country's commitments to safeguarding flora and fauna.

COP 15 was due to be held a year ago, but it was postponed twice and restructured due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As a host, China also intends to include the sustainable, shared and balanced use of natural resources.

A few days ago, China revealed its progress and actions to curb the loss of different species and the degradation of the ecosystem.


*inspiring!* PERIODICO 26: Newly Appointed Doctor in the Red Zone: "Our Challenge Required a Triple Effort"

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