The holes left by those not with us

Mi siempre amigo, hermano Juan Carlos Flores hablando de la poesía, la distancia de los que queremos y necesitamos, y los agujeros que dejan en nuestro entorno. En anticipación del 14 Festival Poesía Sin Fin, Alamar, La Habana, Cuba.

My ever friend and brother, Juan Carlos Flores, talking of poetry, the distance of those we love and need, and the holes that they leave in our surroundings. In anticipation of the the 14th Festival of Never Ending Poetry, Alamar, Havana, Cuba.

Juan Carlos Flores

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Fishing in Gibara

Photographs by Gonzalo Vidal (all rights reserved).

Bahía de GibaraThe ocean is the first sight that greets you when you arrive in Gibara. Not the wide open expanse, but the tiny fragment that lingers trapped by the curves of the coast. On the motionless bay the small boats drift, their masters still seeking to drag a precarious living out of the abandoned waters, once the route of Gibara’s wealth, now the symbol of the town’s stagnation. Continue reading

Arriving in Gibara

Photographs by Gonzalo Vidal (all rights reserved).

GibaraGibara sits on its bay, on the north coast of eastern Cuba, not far distant from the city of Holguin. Some say it was named after the jiba, a bush growing abundantly along the banks of the Rivers Cacoyuguin and Gibara, which flow out into Gibara Bay. Others believe it came from the guibara, a common shrub found along its coasts. But whatever the origins of its name, it was here that Christopher Columbus first set foot in Cuba, his ships finding shelter. Amazed by the richness of the vegetation, the proliferation of bird song and the framing of the hills, it was here that he exclaimed “this is the most beautiful land that human eyes have seen”. Continue reading

Israel continue to attack Gaza

Israel continues its murderous assault on the people of Gaza. The world should be left with no illusions as to who the real aggressors are. This is not an equal conflict, as many would try to paint it. Israel is bombing the Palestinian people with high-tech military might, with the continuing support of the United States and other Western countries. Meanwhile the people of Gaza see their lives ruined, their children killed. While firing small, homemade, rather ineffectual explosive devices back across the border may not be thought the best response, the Palestinians are David with his slingshot, against the Goliath of the Israeli state.

Solidarity with the Palestinians, and the people of Gaza as they face continuing bombardments and threat of invasion.

Boycott Israeli produce.

Call on western governments, in particular the United States, to stop allowing Israel to get away with their aggression and refusal to live in peace with the Palestinians.

In Gaza

Latest from Gaza via Yousef Al Helou 18th Nov, 6:45pm Gaza time Death toll has risen to 71 so far since last Wed, the vast majority are civilians, including many women and children. Over 500 people injured, vast majority are civilians including many children. Today 11 people including these 4 children were killed from the same family "Al-Dallo family". An Israeli jet targeted their house west of Gaza city with a "Surgical Strike".  This is one of the single most deadly attacks since the beginning of the Israeli offensive on Gaza which commenced on November 14.

Joe Catron ‏@jncatron  80-year-old woman, 4 small children among those killed by Israeli missile in #Gaza, medical officials say http://apne.ws/SFdjzO  via @AP

http://www.facebook.com/GazaTVNews:  Palestinian death toll has risen to 71 so far since last Wed, the vast majority are civilians, including many women and children. Over 500 Palestinians injured, vast majority are civilians including many children.

Today 11 people including these 4 children were killed from the same family “Al-Dallo family”. An Israeli jet targeted their house west of Gaza city with a “Surgical Strike”.

“Palestinians have no army, no navy, no air force. This is not war, this is genocide.”

Hani Siliman Salamah ‎350 Egyptian Activists are waiting to cross through Rafah border right now in a solidarity with Gaza.

Joe Catron ‏@jncatron  Eleventh member of Dallo family found under rubble http://bit.ly/SEXmcT  via @AJELive#Gaza#GazaUnderAttack

WatchCTVNewsOnline ‏@WatchCTVNews

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14th Festival Poesía Sin Fin

¡¡Ama tu ritmo y rima tus acciones!! Love your rhythm and rhyme your actions!!

Our friends, brothers, sisters, comrades of Omni Zona Franca, now organising the 14th Festival ‘Poesía Sin Fin’ (Endless Poetry), in Alamar, Habana del Este, Cuba. 10th to 30th December 2012.

Party of Cuban poetry! The last refuge for the movement of artists of conscience, who push for social change towards freedom and spiritual prosperity in Cuba and the world. Continue reading