Tanks rumbled through Havana's Revolution Plaza and jets tore through the sky on Saturday as Cuba commemorated its victory over a U.S.-backed invasion at the Bay of Pigs 50 years ago and prepared to hold its first Communist Party Congress in nearly 14 years.
In 2009 Jobson was an unknown Brazilian striker making little impact with struggling South Korean club Jeju United. Homesick and unable to adapt, he was offered the chance to move back home on loan to Botafogo of Rio -- where he changed the course of the Brazilian Championship.
As the 2009 Cannes Film Festival draws near, filmmakers who have made the event's short list hope that their films will be blessed with that hard-to-earn Cannes buzz, which could lead to awards and financial success.
It is the most popular photograph in history: Argentine revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara stares pensively at the horizon, his steely eyes shielded behind a thick beard and his trademark beret. The shot -- taken by Cuban photographer Alberto Korda in Havana on March 5, 1960 -- turned the charismatic and controversial leader into a cultural icon.
I was 5 years old and my dad and I were on our way to the neighborhood bakery to buy a loaf of bread. It was early on the morning of January 1, 1959. A stranger stopped us on the deserted street right outside our second-floor apartment.
"Au secours!" is one of the first phrases you will find in French travel dictionaries but I have never heard it used -- until now. It's 1.15am and we have just locked an elderly French lady in a lift, so the phrase is now being used in its most urgent form.
Despite making his name at relatively quiet Italian club Livorno, Cristiano Lucarelli has always attracted attention -- he's openly political on his communist beliefs and is a huge admirer of Che Guevara. So in many ways, it wasn't surprising that he was lured to Ukraine, of all places, by a jaw-dropping pay packet from Shakhtar Donetsk.
Nowadays both Lenin and Lennon are commemorated in statue in Havana. It's perhaps not surprising; after all, music and politics are synonymous with Cuba and its famous capital. Cuba may be one of the last bastions of Communism, but Castro's twilight years have seen the Caribbean island adopt a more friendly face after its long, lonely years as a Cold War warrior. The country that once almost pitched the world into atomic conflict is now happy to accept tourist dollars. These days Che Guevara, the poster boy of the Revolution, is as much a photogenic salesman for Caribbean beach holidays and Havana city breaks as countercultural icon. Ever since "Buena Vista Social Club" and its spinoffs launched Cuban artists into the mainstream, the island has also reaped the rewards of its rich musical heritage with groups such as Buena Fe among its most successful exports. Narrowly separated from the mainland U.S. by the Florida Straits, Cuba was an American obsession long before the 1959 Revolution. Theodore Roosevelt
On Saturday evenings, all of Istanbul seems to stroll along Istiklal Caddesi, a pedestrian avenue in the Beyoglu district. Couples, packs of young men, and extended families share the sidewalks with lottery ticket vendors, men roasting corncobs on street carts and café singers belting pop tunes.
Cuban President Fidel Castro was undergoing intestinal surgery and provisionally handed over power in the Communist island nation to his younger brother Raul, according to a statement read on Cuban television Monday night.
He has been described as the next Che Guevara, the next Hugo Chavez, the next Fidel Castro. Evo Morales, a former coca growers' union leader and the new President of Bolivia, has pledged to nationalize his country's oil and gas industry, redistribute privately owned land, and decriminalize the coca leaf, a staple of Bolivian indigenous culture as well as the prime ingredient in the manufacturing of cocaine.