El Blog de Mariela Castro

The Cuban Five: I spoke with Gerardo and Rene

Immediately after the closing session of the 30th International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in San Francisco (California), I attended a very moving meeting organized by the Solidarity Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five, coordinated by Gloria La Riva, with the participation of many intellectuals from Cuba and the United States.  Present at the meeting were Alice Walker, Danny Glover, Saul Landau, and Miguel Barnet, among many others. To our surprise, René made a phone call and, when my turn to speak to him came, he reminded me, laughing, when some years back, in an interview I gave to CNN I was talking about Sexual Education in Cuba and the set was full of images demanding the freedom of the Cuban Five.  He said that when he saw the images in his prison cell it was very funny to see how the cameras were trying…

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A Message of Friendship

On my visit to San Francisco and New York Dear friends, In 2002, during George W. Bush’s Administration I got visa to travel to the United States twice. The first time I got it too late, so I wasn’t able to attend a Congress on Sexology I had been invited to.  The second time, I was able to attend the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), one of the world’s oldest associations dealing with the studies on this topic, founded in 1957 (which in its 2009 meeting, held in Puerto Vallarta, acknowledged my work with the Public Service Award).  Since then, we have maintained close professional ties. I was committed with the World Association on Sexology (WAS) to promote and held its 16th Congress in March, 2003 in Havana, where a numerous group of participants from the United States was welcomed.  A truly enriching…

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