Black Panther Jalil Muntaqim to be released after nearly 50 years in prison

In the U.S., New York’s parole board has granted the release of former Black Panther Jalil Muntaqim after he served nearly half a century in prison for the 1971 killing of two New York police officers.

Sixty-eight-year-old Muntaqim became infected with COVID-19 in May.  Under the terms of his parole, he must be released by October 20.  The group Release Aging People in Prison said in a statement Muntaqim is “one of thousands of incarcerated older people in New York State who was repeatedly denied parole despite his excellent record. Let us hope that his release brings inspiration for more change.” 

In a 2018 interview, Muntaqim told filmmaker Messiah Rhodes what gives him hope.  Muntaqim said: “This new generation makes me extremely hopeful. … We are finding that young people are now stepping up.  And what I see, in many respects, is what was happening back in the ’60s, evolving out of the civil rights movement, where you see that level of resistance.”

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Díaz -Canel congratulates Orquesta Aragón on its Latin Grammy

Havana - Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel congratulated the emblematic Orquesta Aragón, winner of the 2020 Latin Grammy award in the category of Traditional Tropical Album.

On Twitter, the president celebrated the charanga's musical triumph, one of the nation's cultural ambassadors and flagship groups. The album Ícono, released by the Puntilla Music label, marked the group's 80th anniversary.

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A book on Fidel Castro's visits in Ecuador to be launched

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Cuban Foreign Minister congratulates to UNESCO National Commission

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