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    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/3/3/0845/40112/838/703945 Three Nobel Economy Prizewinners Travel to Cuba: What Is Happening in Havana? By Jorge Garrido
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      Three Nobel Economy Prizewinners Travel to Cuba: What Is Happening in
      Havana?

      By Jorge Garrido

      Translated for CubaNow by Susana Hurlich

      As an incredulous coincidence, three Nobel Economy Prizewinners, all
      North Americans, will travel to Havana to speak about their opinions
      before a select audience of hundreds of economists from around the
      world.

      Why have they decided to travel to Havana? A good and enigmatic
      question that we have to ask.

      They are: Robert Mundell, who was awarded the top distinction in
      1999; Robert Engle, in 2003 and Edmund Phelps, in 2007, all from the
      United States.

      The three specialists are expected in the Cuban capital to offer
      master lectures and special interventions in the 11th International
      Meeting of Economists: Globalization and Development Problems, which
      will be held from March 2nd to 6th.

      The event, which will take place in Havana's Convention Center, will
      hear hundreds of economists of different tendencies analyze the
      problems that are weighing down today's world finances.

      According to the program, Phelps will speak about Altruism and social
      responsibility; Mundell, about The financial crisis and international
      monetary systems, and Engle will make his debut to this audience with
      the theme Financial volatility.

      Is Cuba, perhaps, the place indicated for a critical approach to the
      world situation, or is it due to the antagonism of the United States
      towards the Island? The old conflict between the two nations has
      already reached 50 years. Although it appears that waters are being
      moved in the direction of dissolving the old dispute. Everything is
      very hazy, for the moment. Cuba or the long conflict about its
      sovereignty is the last remnant of the cold war, that no longer
      exists, between the great opposing powers, and that was initiated
      during the years of the '50s of the last century.

      Why Cuba? many come back to wondering. Why do Nobel Prizewinners want
      to speak in Havana? Is it the ideal platform in these moments?

      Perhaps it will be the appropriate site for judging the erratic
      financial policy applied by the United States in recent years, think
      the specialists.

      In the middle of the blazing bonfire between both nations.

      *Translated by Susana Hurlich
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