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Alleged Cubana hijacker Edmundo Ponce de León will not face trial

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BY GERARDO REYES | El Nuevo Herald Fifty-one years after a hijacked airliner plunged into the dark waters of a Cuban bay, killing 14 people onboard, the man who has been portrayed as the lead suspect now living in Miami will not be prosecuted under federal law, unless new evidence emerges. Citing the… Read More

The nerve of Mauricio Claver-Carone

Posted in Cuban Americans > Cuban American Politics

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Mr. Claver-Carone of CapitolHillCubans.com posted this article today: Profit$ in Anti-Sanctions Advocacy? Are anti-sanctions lobbyists, activists and interest groups profiting from their advocacy? Last week, U.S. Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana and U.S. Congressman Howard… Read More

David Rivera uses same old logic to maintain US Embargo despite calls to lift it

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(Original title: In tough economic times, public opinion shifts on Cuba embargo) By David Adams | TampaBay.com We all know how Cuba excites passions in political debates from Miami to Tampa. Thursday night, Rep. David Rivera, a Miami Republican, and Naples cattleman John Parke Wright IV locked horns… Read More

Another shameful Miami court ruling against Cuba

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By CURT ANDERSON | Associated Press (original title: Judge: Cuba must pay $27.5M for jailing journalist) MIAMI — A federal judge ordered the Cuban government and the ruling Communist Party on Wednesday to pay $27.5 million in damages to the mother of a journalist jailed since a 2003 crackdown on dissent.… Read More

Cuban American Senator Martinez announces his resignation

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By MIKE SCHNEIDER | Associated Press Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida said Friday he will resign from the Senate as soon as a replacement can be appointed, leaving the seat more than a year before his term ends. Martinez, the only Hispanic Republican in the Senate, revealed his plans in a statement… Read More

Shameless family of Bobby Fuller uses US legal system for Cuba money grab

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BY JAY WEAVER | Miami Herald The trademarks for two famous Cuban brands—Havana Club rum and Cohiba cigars—could be sold to the highest bidder if a Miami-Dade family who lost a loved one to Castro’s firing squad prevails in court. Relatives of the late Bobby Fuller, who won a $100 million… Read More

Miami Judge Peter Adrien makes shameful award to Gustavo Villoldo

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By CURT ANDERSON | AP A Miami judge has awarded more than $1 billion in damages to a Cuban-American who was involved in the 1967 capture and killing of revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Peter Adrien said Friday he was sending a signal to the Cuban government. Such… Read More

Cuban history DVD “Tell Me Cuba” documentary with unique interviews

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Megan Williams, the Director/Producer of Tell Me Cuba sent me the DVD and asked me to have a look at it. We had a brief phone conversation but we did not talk about politics too much so I wasn’t sure which way the film would lean. Of course I was assuming there would… Read More

Calle Ocho in Little Havana evolving into a hip Cuban cultural area

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David Adams | St Petersburg Times Miami’s “Calle Ocho” always sounded more exotic than it actually was. Officially known as SW Eighth Street, the main thoroughfare running east-west through the heart of Little Havana, the city’s Cuban-American district, never had much to offer… Read More

Cuban Americans act as couriers to Cuba for US goods

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By WILL WEISSERT | Associated Press Writer The human mule is in her 70s, gaunt and hunched over with short, white hair and the deeply wrinkled face of a chain-smoker. She lives in Miami with her daughter but wanted to see her son and grandson in Cuba. After nearly three years of saving, she still didn’t… Read More

Cuban American artist Jose Acosta awarded Honorary Diploma at Touro College

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On May 15th, 2009 Touro College Sunset branch in Brooklyn acquired the painting “Art Gallery” by Cuban American Artist Jose Acosta.  The painting will be displayed at the Touro College Sunset branch, as this is the branch with the largest population of Hispanic students.  Jose Acosta… Read More

Offering “Viajes a Cuba” could get you killed decades ago in Miami

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BY LUISA YANEZ, DOUGLAS HANKS AND LAURA FIGUEROA | Miami Herald There was a time when advertising Viajes a Cuba on a storefront was an invitation to a pipe bombing. In the politically charged Miami of the late 1970s and ‘80s, the FBI investigated more than a dozen blasts at Cuba travel agencies—considered… Read More

Saul Landau talks with Gerardo Hernandez on anti-Castro Cuban American groups

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By Saul Landau | Progreso Weekly                                     (This conversation took place on April 1, 2009. Our film crew received Justice Department approval to talk with “the prisoner,” with a prison… Read More

Cuban Americans changing their views on US Cuba policy and Embargo

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AFP Cuban-Americans are glad they no longer have US restrictions on how often they can visit the island, but in times of global economic crisis plenty are not planning to pack their bags soon. For Mario Salazar, who came to Miami from Cuba 23 years ago, the landmark gesture by President Barack Obama… Read More

Cuban American National Foundation calls for new US Cuba policy

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Damien Cave | Miami Herald A 14-page proposal from the Cuban American National Foundation lays out what the document calls “a break from the past” that would “chart a new direction for U.S.-Cuba policy.” It is the basis of an ongoing discussion with the Obama administration, White House and foundation… Read More

It’s all over but the shouting - The End (of the Embargo) is near

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Patrick Doherty | The Havana Note Senator Menendez, the Dike has Burst There he was, Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, holding forth from the well of the Senate making his Alamo stand against some very innocuous provisions to allow Cuban-American family members travel to Cuba and for American… Read More

Q&A regarding the new travel restrictions on Cuban American travel

Posted in Cuban Americans > Cuban American Travel

OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL Cuban Assets Control Regulations 31 CFR Part 515 Questions and Answers for use in connection with the implementation of the General License issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control on March 11, 2009, covering visits to family in Cuba. Is the general license issued… Read More

Tampa to Havana flights to Cuba? Rep Kathy Castro wants to see them

Posted in Cuban Americans > Cuban American Travel

By TED JACKOVICS | The Tampa Tribune Tampa International Airport could become the fourth U.S. airport to serve U.S.-Cuba charter flights under a request by U.S. Rep Kathy Castor, D-Tampa. In a Feb. 3 letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Castor said the move would improve travel prospects for… Read More

Former Secretary Gutierrez joins Cuban and Cuban American Studies

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University of Miami Cuba Transition Project email The Honorable Carlos Gutiérrez, former Secretary of Commerce under the George W. Bush administration, has been named a non-resident scholar at the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS). Gutierrez will be based… Read More

Miami Dade’s Vamos a Cuba “book burning” case costs $250,000 so far

Posted in Cuban Americans > Cuban Americans

By Rocco Staino | School Library Journal Vamos a Cuba (Heinemann, 2001), a controversial book by Alta Schreier that paints a rosy picture of life in the communist country, can be removed from Miami-Dade County school libraries, ruled a panel of judges on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling… Read More

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