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Cuban cars - Still working for the Revolution

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BARRY SPYKER | Miami Herald Some 60,000 vintage cars roll around Cuba and author Richard Schweid finds that fascinating, as well the Cuban ingenuity that keeps them on the road. Studebakers, Nash Ramblers, Kaisers and De Sotos—cars declared extinct in the United States long ago—are alive… Read More

Seventh Havana Cigar International Festival to be held in February

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DTcuba.com The 7th Havana Cigar International Festival, scheduled for February 2005, will be dedicated to the Cuban brand Partags. Cigar experts pointed out that Partags, as well as Hoyo de Monterrey, Romeo y Julieta and Montecristo, will celebrate their 160th anniversary. For the first time, the festival… Read More

Cuba sex tourism and Cuban prostitutes

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By James C. McKinley Jr. | The New York Times Like many prostitutes who ply their trade in the darkened bars and discos near Havana’s tourist hotels, Maria says she does not go out every night. But whenever money gets tight and her 12-year-old son is hungry, she puts on a red miniskirt, puts rouge… Read More

New Trends in Cuba’s Healthcare System

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By Iris Armas Padrino | AIN Special Service | Periodico26.cu The Cuban public healthcare system is undergoing profound changes. New ideas and concepts are being implemented with the purpose of bringing medical specialties closer to the community, and providing a service of excellence. A key element of… Read More

21st International Jazz Festival to be held in Havana

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DTcuba.com The Cuban capital will host the 21st International Jazz Festival Plaza 2004, which will be held this month at the Karl Marx, Nacional and Mella theaters, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts. In addition, jazz jams have been scheduled in Havana nightclubs like La Zorra y El Cuervo, Irakere Jazz… Read More

Small earthquake reported in Cuba

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Granma.cu CUBAN scientists are stepping up vigilance of current seismic activity after the registering of a tremor on Tuesday at 7:20 p.m., perceptible in almost all of national territory. Experts from National Center of Seismological Research, located in Santiago de Cuba, explained that some 40 replicas… Read More

Los Van Van still performing Cuban music after 35 years

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters From the first note of the piano and the clang of the cow bell, thousands of hips start to gyrate and the party begins on Havana’s Malecon ocean front. Cuba’s popular salsa band, Los Van Van, has been playing for 35 years and they are still the hottest dance number… Read More

Havana International Film Festival in Cuba

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DTcuba.com Cuba is hosting the 26th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, at which many foreign films will be presented. According to sources from the organizing committee, 21 feature-length and 26 short and medium-length films will compete at the festival, in addition to 20 movies by… Read More

New Biotechnology Facilities in Cuba

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DTcuba.com New biotechnological facilities to produce the elements used to make vaccines were inaugurated in Cuba this month. One of the plants will produce the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) to make six kinds of vaccines. The pharmaceutical ingredients will be used to make vaccines against… Read More

Havana Museum of Fine Arts - A Niche for Cultural Tourism

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[url=http://www.DTCuba.com]http://www.DTCuba.com[/url] The development of Cuba’s tourism sector, a key element in the country’s economic growth, is based on unique natural, historic and cultural treasures. Hundreds of kilometers of excellent beaches, pristine environment… Read More

Che Guevara - Revolutionary, Murderer or just a T-shirt icon?

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By Madeline Baro Diaz | Sun Sentinel Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s face is a familiar one around the world, stamped on shirts, hats, postcards, lighters and other items. To some, the famous picture of the revolutionary with the beret, long hair, scraggly moustache and faraway gaze, symbolizes… Read More

Little Havana Padron Cigar History

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BY DANIEL SHOER-ROTH | Miami Herald Jose Orlando Padron’s memories are still fresh from the turbulent days more than two decades ago when his Little Havana cigar factory, Padron Cigars, was bombed four times. Company founder Padron had just returned from a trip to Cuba where he was part of a group… Read More

Biotechnology in Cuba and Havana’s Western Scientific Pole

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http://www.nwda-unido.org.uk/biotechnology.html Global Biotechnology Forum 2-5 March 2004 The Global Biotechnology Forum was held in Chile, from 2 - 5 March 2004. This major international event brought together leading representatives of government, development agencies, industry, the scientific… Read More

Cuba’s Other Revolution - Information Sciences

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Posted by Marc Eisenstadt | Corante.com http://www.corante.com/getreal/archives/cubas_other_revolution.php Last month, Marc Eisenstadt had the privilege of visiting a hi-tech campus whose very existence defies belief. Here’s his report. A model of the campus – real photos… Read More

The Cuban Biotech Revolution - Cancer Therapies, AIDS Medications and Vaccines

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By Douglas Starr | Wired.com Embargo or no, Castro’s socialist paradise has quietly become a pharmaceutical powerhouse. (They’re still working on the capitalism thing.) The end of the cold war was cruel to Cuba. The country’s trading partners, denied Soviet largesse, dried up. Hard… Read More

Havana Club Rum Presents New Cuban Barrel Proof

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] The company Havana Club International presented Cuban Barrel Proof, a new member of the select family of Cuban rums. The new product, which is bottled directly from oak casks, without being purified or diluted, was created by… Read More

Conference on the Cuban biotech synthetic vaccine against Hemophilus influenzae

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DT News Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, hosted a scientific conference on the Cuban-made synthetic vaccine against the Hemophilus influenzae. The meeting, sponsored by Samsuridjal Djauziel, director of the Dharmais Cancer Hospital, was attended by some 20 executives from local pharmaceutical companies.… Read More

Cuba’s pioneros plunge into politics at early age in Cuba

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By Tracey Eaton | The Dallas Morning News At the tender age of 8, Lazaro Castro gave a fiery political speech to hundreds of thousands of people, then unexpectedly leaped off the stage and kissed Fidel Castro on the cheek. More than four years and dozens of speeches later, the precocious youngster is… Read More

Cuban Art in New Zealand

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by Peter Calder | New Zealand Herald A chance meeting in Manhattan led to the establishment of an Auckland gallery devoted exclusively to Cuban art. New Zealander David Walker was on holiday in New York when he wandered into a show by the self-described “lyrical abstractionist” Rigoberto… Read More

Eusebio Leal and the renovation of Old Havana

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Dalia Acosta | [url=http://www.IPSnews.net]http://www.IPSnews.net[/url] For anyone, whether they are foreign nationals, people who live on the other side of Cuba, or natives and residents of the capital, taking a walk through Old Havana these days is like discovering a new city. New… Read More

Pioneering Medical Research in Cuba - Event at Harvard

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When:Tuesday, December 14th, 2004, 4:15PM Where: Location: MEC 250, Harvard Medical School 260 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115 Who: Jorge Luis Maestre Mesa, Rayner Rodrguez Daz and Ral Daz Rodrguez Institute of Tropical Medicine Pedro Kour & Professors Arachu Castro, Paul Farmer and Michael… Read More

Cuban museums see rebovations

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] Some 70 museums have opened their doors throughout the Caribbean Island since 1996 to date, as part of authorities’ strategy to recuperate those facilities. Officials from the National Restoration and Museology Center highlighted… Read More

Spark plugs for Cuba classic cars make great tips on streets of Havana

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Miami Herald Dear Tom and Ray: Hi, guys! As you’ve probably heard, Cuba is full of classic American cars from the 1950s (imported before the Castro revolution of ‘59)—and they are still being driven! A recent article in National Geographic Traveler states: ‘‘In fact, they… Read More

Foreign Institutions Support Restoration of Havana

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Restoration works in Havana’s Historic Heart, declared World Heritage, is supported by European and Latin American institutions. Experts from the Havana City Historian’s Office said that various Spanish and Italian… Read More

Havana Chinatown leaders to meet with President Hu Jintao

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By VANESSA ARRINGTON | ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER At first glance, Havana’s Chinatown seems a misnomer. Restaurants serve pizza, and actual Chinese are vastly outnumbered by tourists and Hispanics. But behind the walls of aging buildings, prayer shrines and tai chi classes endure, going back to an… Read More

Casa del Habano Partagas cigar store on a “roll”

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] Casa del Habano Partags, founded 11 years ago, has reported sales of nearly three million dollars every year. The company has ratified itself as one of the best tobacconist’s shops, where clients can choose from a wide… Read More

Havana Cuba Tropicana nightclub toning down nudity

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BY VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press Oozing sex appeal, Cuban women picked for their beauty and stature slink across the stage in elaborate headdresses and little else. Singers, acrobats and dancers perform, too, but the showgirls are the main attraction of the revue that has lured hundreds of tourists… Read More

History and future of Cuba ballet

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Telegraph.co.uk Fidel Castro’s impoverished island has become a production line for the world’s best young dancers. Ismene Brown went to Havana to watch them in action and to meet the woman whose vision – and blindness – are responsible for their unique talents. This could only… Read More

Cuba’s Response to AIDS - A Model for the Developing World

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By EDWIN KRALES | [url=http://www.counterpunch.org]http://www.counterpunch.org[/url] In April 2003, Cuba hosted FORO 2003-“the second forum on HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean.” This was a crucial conference. Except for… Read More

International Masonic Lodge in Havana Cuba suffers partial collapse

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Lzaro Garca | [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] A staircase collapsed at the Union Hispanoamericana Masonic lodge in the Havana district of Luyano, and left four lodges that used to meet in the building homeless. The building, built in 1916, needs urgent repairs… Read More

Cuba Marathon Maracuba 2004 Is Organized in Las Tunas

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By Miguel Arrieta Garces | Translation: Ernesto Gutierrez Pino | [url=http://www.tiempo21.islagrande.cu]http://www.tiempo21.islagrande.cu[/url] It is expected that several thousands of people of different ages from the eastern province of Las Tunas participate in the run of the marathon… Read More

15th Havana Marathon Marabana draws international runners

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[url=http://www.chinaview.cn]http://www.chinaview.cn[/url] More than 250 foreign Marathoners from 35 countries confirmed their participation in the 15th Marathon of Havana (Marabana) on Sunday 14, the organizers announced here on Thursday. Considered as the top road event of the island… Read More

The bell tolls for Ernest Hemingway home Finca Vigia outside Havana

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By Thomas D. Herman | Boston Globe ONE DAY in February 1926 an unknown American expatriate writer walked out of a New York snowstorm and into history. An important piece of that history is now in danger of being lost forever, caught in the controversy over the US trade embargo against Cuba. The unknown… Read More

Cuban Volleyball Player Mireya Luis in International Hall of Fame

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DTcuba.com Cuba’s best volleyball player, Mireya Luis, was included in the International Hall of Fame of that sports discipline, based in Massachusetts, the United States. Mireya Luis made the Cuban national team that won the Olympic title on three consecutive occasions, in addition to making great… Read More

Cuban Religion Santeria derived from Cuban Slaves

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Boston Globe Santeria, derived from the Spanish word “worship of saints,” has generally been a covert faith. The religion originated in Cuba when the Yoruba people from West Africa were brought to Cuba as slaves and forced by their masters to practice Catholicism. The slaves saw parallels… Read More

Cycling across Cuba for charity

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Richard Ferrer | Totally Jewish A cyclist from Pinner (England) plans to make a wheel difference to children suffering from cancer and leukemia when he sets off on a sponsored bike ride across Cuba next month. Michael Decent will begin his 260-mile cycle challenge along with nine other riders on Christmas… Read More

Tropicana nightclub in Havana switching rhythms

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BY VANESSA ARRINGTON |Associated Press Tall as Amazons and oozing seduction, Cuban women picked for their beauty and stature slither across the stage, wearing elaborate headdresses and little else. Dancers at Havana’s world-famous Tropicana cabaret take a break in their 12-hour workday. JOSE GOITIA/AP… Read More

New Cuban Cigars - Hoyo de Monterrey vitola, Petit robusto comes to world market

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DTcuba.com The Corporation Habanos S.A. presented new offers of Cuban cigars to meet the growing demand in the international market. Company experts pointed out that the offers include a special series of 500 humidified boxes of Hoyo de Monterrey, which will soon be available in the Casa del Habano network.… Read More

Cuba biotechnology - Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine described as relevant scientific breakthr

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DTcuba.com The Cuban-made synthetic vaccine against the Haemophilus influenzae type B, the first of its kind developed in the world, has been described as a relevant scientific breakthrough. Experts who attended the 5th International Congress on Chemistry, held in Havana, highlighted the excellent quality… Read More

Cuban Wine Gains Ground in International Market

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DTcuba.com Cuban wines produced by Bodegas San Cristobal, in western Pinar del Ro province, are gaining ground in both the domestic and the international markets. Founded in 1998, Bodegas San Cristobal produces one million bottles of red, white and pink wines a year, and exports its products to Curacao,… Read More

Cuba Minister of Science Rosa Elena Simeon Said Dead at Age 61

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Associated Press Rosa Elena Simeon, Cuba’s minister of science, technology and environment, has died, state television reported. She was 61. Simeon died Friday night after a “grave and prolonged illness,” state TV reported Saturday. She had suffered from cancer for several years. Simeon… Read More

No evidence Cuba working on bioweapons - with commentary

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BY NANCY SAN MARTIN | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_ZzX5SUtJBM').innerHTML = output; //]]> Biotechnology… Read More

Baseball fans in Cuba find ways to watch Yankees vs Red Sox

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By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan | Boston Globe Staff There are few places outside of Boston, New York, Houston, and St. Louis where the Major League playoffs are being followed with such keen interest as on this baseball-crazy island. Every day, upwards of 100 men, young and old, pay a visit to the ‘‘Esquina… Read More

Cuba Exports Biotechnology Products

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] Cuba’s biotechnology industry exports its products to more than 50 countries and has laid the foundations to preserve human health. Officials from the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center, in Havana, pointed out… Read More

More details on defection of Cuba baseball player Yamel Guevara

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By Kevin Baxter |  Baseball America Five veterans of Cuba’s national series and a member of the country’s national junior program are in Miami following the largest mass desertion of baseball players since Fidel Castro’s revolution. The six players, all reportedly under the age… Read More

Ernesto Che Guevara - biography

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[url=http://www.wikipedia.org]http://www.wikipedia.org[/url] Ernesto Rafael Guevara de la Serna, (May 14, 1928-October 9, 1967), commonly known as Che Guevara, was an Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary and Cuban guerrilla leader. Guevara was a member of Fidel Castro’s “26th… Read More

Cuban baseball players reach Miami

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Fox Sports SIX Cuban baseball players have reportedly sneaked into the United States, arriving in Miami by boat. The players landed in Florida after two days at sea during which they managed to escape detection by Cuban law enforcement, US news reports said today. The group includes Yunel Escobar Almenares,… Read More

Che Guevara coin issued by Banco Nacional de Cuba

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[url=http://www.news24.com]http://www.news24.com[/url] Cuba’s central bank on Saturday introduced a new three-peso note bearing a likeness of revolutionary hero Che Guevara on the 37th anniversary of his death. The note has a picture of the legendary Argentine-born Cuban guerrilla… Read More

Jaimanitas Artist finds plenty of room in Castro’s Cuba

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By Sean Federico-O’Murchu | Editor | MSNBC Roberto Leon | NBC News The entrance to Jose Fuster’s home in the Jaimanitas neighborhood of Havana. It’s clear you are in Jose Fuster’s neighborhood well before you reach his home. There’s the widow’s house with a roof that… Read More

Cuban hip hop rap music at crossroads

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Luis M. Alvarez | Associated Press HABANA DEL ESTE, Cuba - On broiling summer days more than a decade ago, teenagers here spent hours watching breakdancing on “Soul Train” and listening to American rap floating across the radio waves from Florida. Then they gathered on street corners, surrounded… Read More

Cuba’s success at hurricane prepardness and aid to neighboring countries

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>by Derrick O’Keefe | [url=http://www.rabble.ca]http://www.rabble.ca[/url] Cuba has been in the forefront in terms of providing aid to disaster-stricken countries. The geography of Cuba has always made its Revolution a tenuous proposition. Situated only 150 kilometres across… Read More

Cuban people ‘resolve’ to make ends meet

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By TRACEY EATON / The Dallas Morning News Hiding rocks in frozen chickens may seem like a silly pastime. But for some folks, it’s serious business – a way to tip government weight scales and purloin poultry for dinner. Welcome to Cuba, where ripping off the socialist government is a gentle,… Read More

High winds, old age threaten buildings throughout Havana

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Havana Modern Architecture Conference coming to Miami

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Linda Myers | [url=http://www.news.cornell.edu]http://www.news.cornell.edu[/url] Las Ruinas, a restaurant built in 1972 on the ruins of an 18th-century sugar mill in Lenin Park, Havana, is an example of Cuban Revolution architecture, one of the subjects that will be explored at the… Read More

Hurricane Ivan leaves Cuba

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] AT 12:00 today, Ivan’s center was estimated at 23.5 degrees latitude North and 86.3 degrees longitude West, some 220 kilometers northwest of Cape San Antonio and 820 kilometers south southeast of New Orleans in the United… Read More

200 mph winds hit Pinar del Rio Cuba

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BY VANESSA BAUZA | South Florida Sun-Sentinel Hurricane Ivan’s ferocious eye slammed Cuba’s westernmost tip Monday night with 195 mph wind gusts and powerful storm surges that flooded fishing villages and tore the roofs off humble homes in this tobacco-rich region. As the first Category 5… Read More

Hurricane Ivan Lashes Pinar del Rio Cuba With 160 mph Winds

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By VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press Writer Whipping winds and walloping waves lashed western Cuba and the communist country’s tobacco-growing region Monday, as Hurricane Ivan strengthened to a Category 5 storm — the most powerful — and barreled along on a new course toward the U.S.… Read More

Cuban rancher breeds miniature cows to provide families with milk

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ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press Rancher Raul Hernandez’s cows look just like other breed - only they are no larger than big dogs. They’re a perfect source of milk for Cuban families, he says. Standing about 23 to 28 inches tall, the mini cows can be kept in a small area and they feed… Read More

Cubans use tunnels to hide from Ivan’s worst

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Still reeling from Hurricane Charley’s havoc last month, Cuba on Friday girded for Hurricane Ivan by evacuating 40,000 people from flood-prone areas and directing some of them to a network of tunnels dug long ago to resist a U.S. attack. Long lines formed at markets and gas stations, Havana residents… Read More

Hurricane Ivan should hit Cuba this weekend

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BY ORFILIO PELAEZ | Granma daily staff writer | [url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] According to the forecast models the greatest probability of a direct impact are western and central Cuba Rainfall associated with the hurricane’s periphery could occur today… Read More

Talking About Sex, Talking About Health In Cuba

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Seema Kakud | dukenews.duke.edu Duke student summer project explores Cuban approach to educating teens about health Editor’s note: Seema Kakad, a junior from Charlotte, spent several weeks this summer studying health care in Cuba. Here is an excerpt from her journal. The sounds of Usher, Beyonce,… Read More

granma.cu - President Fidel Castro receives Cuban Olympic delegation

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BY CHARLY MORALES VALIDO | Prensa Latina TODAY, at the Jose Mart International Airport in Havana, Cuban President Fidel Castro received the sports delegation that represented the island at the 28th Olympic Games in Athens. At the foot of the aircraft steps, the head of state greeted the 135 athletes… Read More

Hurricane Charley did not relieve the drought in Cuba

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] Cuba’s reservoirs remain at 37% of their capacity BY RAISA PAGES —Granma International staff writer— HURRICANE Charley did not bring enough rain to feed Cuba’s reservoirs. Stored water (3223.7 million cubic… Read More

Documents Linked to Ernest Hemingway Restored

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Experts from the National Center for Preservation, Restoration and Museology are working on the restoration of documents linked to US author Ernest Hemingway. The restoration of the texts, found in La Viga Estate, resulted from… Read More

Twisted Partagas Culebras Cuban cigar

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Just under 6” with a 39 ring size. Read More

Petit Bouquet style of Cuban Cigar

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Just about 4” long with a healthy 43 ring size. Read More

Cuban cigar growing chart by month - from Habanos

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Cigar growing chart as published in Habanos SA information booklet. I’d say October through November is the time to see the fields. Read More

Cuba wins two boxing gold medals at Olympics

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UPI Cuba picked two boxing gold medals Saturday night and will try for five more Sunday. Heavyweight Odlanier Solis Fonte and flyweight Yuriorkis Gamboa Toledano gave Cuba victories on the first day of boxing finals, but countryman Yudel Johnson Cedeno lost in the light-welterweight division. Fonte,… Read More

Cuba Beats Brazil for Women’s Volleyball Bronze medal at Olympics

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DAVE CAMPBELL | Associated Press Though its Olympic-record streak of three straight volleyball titles was over, Cuba played Saturday like it deserved another gold. A hard-hitting, high-jumping attack led by Nancy Carillo de la Paz and Zoila Barros Fernandez sparked the Cubans to an easy victory over… Read More

Che Guevara and the Motorcycle Diaries

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By Paul Vallely | Independent.co.uk Even given its critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, the movie The Motorcycle Diaries, which opened across the country yesterday, has created unusually large amounts of pre-publicity. Surprisingly, you might think, if all you knew about it was that it is the… Read More

Odlanier Solis set to succeed Fexlix Savon in Cuban Olympic boxing

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[url=http://www.rediff.com]http://www.rediff.com[/url] Cuba’s Odlanier Solis strongly suggested he would be the successor to the great Felix Savon when he stopped Syria’s Naser Al Shami on Friday to reach the heavyweight final of the Olympic tournament. His country’s… Read More

Cuban woman ships herself to Miami airport inside crate

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BY MADELINE BARO DIAZ | South Florida Sun-Sentinel Instead of taking a smuggler’s speedboat across the Florida Straits, a Cuban woman airmailed herself from the Bahamas to South Florida inside a small wooden crate. The woman, whose name has not been released, was processed by immigration authorities… Read More

Almendares River Park design in Havana Cuba

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Harvard Design School Daniel D’Oca MUP ‘02, Shi-Ping Lin MUP ‘01, and Ximena Samper de Neu MAUD ‘01, Site Diagram This design studio focused on the Western portion of Havana overlooking the mouth of the Almendares River at the Caribbean Sea. Here, a vastly underutilized waterfront,… Read More

Cuba wins Olympics baseball gold medal in Athens

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BBC Cuba beat Australia 6-2 to win their third gold medal in Olympic baseball while earlier Japan routed Canada 11-2 in the bronze medal match. Cuba’s Frederich Cepeda hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning before Paul Gonzalez made it 2-1 in the fifth. The Cubans then exploded for four runs… Read More

Naive Style Painting Movement in Sancti Spiritus Cuba

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Central Sancti Spiritus province has become a stronghold of the so-called nave painting in Cuba. That artistic trend groups painters who do their work by intuition and do not have academic formation, and whose artwork is highly-priced… Read More

Two million boxes of Havana Club rum sold

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CubaIndustria.com With 17 % of growth in its sales as annual average in its first decade of work, the Havana International Club (HCI) company , exclusive distributor of the famous Cuban rum, exceeded the two million boxes - nine liters - commercialized in 2003, including the White Aged that contains… Read More

With Castro watching, Cuba wants nothing but baseball gold

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Jeff Zillgitt | USA Today “At this very moment, at 4:30 in the morning in Cuba, Fidel Castro is watching the game,” Cuba’s national sports spokesperson, Pedro Cabrera Isidron, said during the fourth inning of Saturday’s Cuba-Canada Olympic baseball game. Castro is almost always… Read More

Cuba reaches Olympic baseball medal round

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Channel News Asia Norberto Gonzalez Title favourites Cuba and Japan advanced to the Olympic baseball medal round as they each scored their fifth win against one loss in the preliminary stage. Canada and Australia also booked the two other berths in the final knock-out round as they each stood with four… Read More

Cuban Rastafarians struggle with discrimination

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BY TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News Past the potholes and puddles, the skinny dogs and scampering children, a stone stairway snaked its way through an ancient apartment building. Near the top, a woman sat in her living room collecting the cover charge: 19 cents for Cuban women, 38 cents for men,… Read More

Four of Cuba’s Leading Ballerinas in 1964 photo

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Four of Cuba’s leading ballerinas- Mirta Pla, Emenia Martinez, Alicia Alonso, and Aurora Bosch- rehearse in the salon of a former colonial residence. Photograph from Dance Magazine, Exclusive: Alicia Alonso in Cuba Today, July 1964. Read More

Scholarship Girls at the National Ballet School in Havana 1964

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Scholarship girls at the National Ballet School are led into an arabesque by Mirta Pla. Photograph from Dance Magazine, Exclusive: Alicia Alonso in Cuba Today, July 1964. Read More

Alicia Alonso at the National School of Ballet - Havana 1964

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Alicia Alonso chats with scholarship students at the National School. Photograph from Dance Magazine, Exclusive: Alicia Alonso in Cuba Today, July 1964. Read More

Cubanacan Arts Center, New Ballet Theatre Building in Havana, July 1964

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Ballet’s new theatre building, part of an elaborate complex called Cubanacan Arts Center, takes shape in Havana. Lacking reinforcing steel, architects used 17th century Catalonian vaulted ceilings. Jalousies provide natural air conditioning. Photograph from Dance Magazine, Exclusive: Alicia Alonso… Read More

La Corona Coronas Cuban Cigars, Vintage ad from 1938

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The world-wide fame of these famous cigars results in their being imitated more than other brands. For your protection see that you secure the genuine “La Carona” brand, every box of which carries the seal. “La Corona” Factory also makes the following famous brands: Cabanas, Villar… Read More

Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Havana, Ad from 1938

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In Havana everything starts from Sloppy Joe’s Bar, the greatest meeting place of the globe. Sloppy Joe’s offers to visitors the largest assortment of the Cuban Rums and Imported Liquors at Wholesale Prices. We sell all leading brands of Havana Cigars at factory prices. Where quality of products… Read More

“World’s Most Famous Cigars” Partagas and RamonAllones Ad from 1938

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Partagas and RamonAllones, sold in all shapes and shades. An interesting Free Trip, through our factories and New Showrooms, is cordially extended to you! Advertisement from July 14 1938 Who’s Who Havana Cuba magazine Read More

Missing traffic signals mean chaos for Havana traffic

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Reinaldo Cosano Alen | [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] Traffic authorities have identified a number of dangerous intersections, defined as those in which three or more accidents have occurred, calling them “black spots.” Last year, 73 accidents… Read More

Hurricane Charley causes damage to thousands of buildings in Havana

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] HURRICANE Charley caused 2,916 partial and total collapses of buildings in City of Havana and Habana provinces. In the latter, 9,000 homes have reported damaged roofs. Shortly after the final gusts had calmed from the storm that… Read More

Cuba ballet, Alicia Alonso, defections and current talent

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Reuters From a dilapidated Havana mansion run by a nearly blind legendary ballerina, Cuba is turning out some of the world’s finest ballet dancers who are hotly sought by leading international companies. Trained by 83-year-old ballet great Alicia Alonso at the National Ballet of Cuba, the dancers… Read More

Water Scarce in Havana from Charley’s Passage

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By Gabriela Donoso | Reuters City workers distributed water in tanker trucks and urged some 1.4 million residents of the Cuban capital with no running water on Monday to remain calm four days after Hurricane Charley roared through the area. A government official in a car with loudspeakers on the roof… Read More

Havana without electricty - Clears Hurricane Charley Debris

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters Cubans used machetes to hack away thousands of uprooted trees blocking Havana streets on Friday after a terrifying night of roaring winds from Hurricane Charley brought chaos to the blacked-out city. Three people died in Havana during the hurricane of causes that are being… Read More

Cuba, Japan to Rule Olympics Baseball in Absence of U.S.

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By Jon Herskovitz | Reuters Champions the United States will be absent when the first pitch is thrown in the Olympic baseball tournament on Sunday leaving Cuba and Japan as the favorites for gold in Athens. A shock defeat by Mexico last November kept an U.S. Olympic team shunned by Major League talent,… Read More

Cuba seeks fourth straight volleyball gold

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UPI Defending champion Cuba will be the heavy favorite Saturday when it starts the women’s Olympic volleyball tournament against Germany. Cuba defeated Russia in five sets in the gold medal match at Sydney in 2000 to win the Olympic tourney for the third straight time. Although Cuba will be difficult… Read More

Cuban health and anti-aging science

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By Eric Sabo | Special for USA TODAY There’s a good chance that Fidel Castro, who marks his 78th birthday Friday, could keep going for another 40 years, the Cuban leader’s personal physician says. “It is very possible to live to 120,” says Eugenio Selman Housein, the doctor closest… Read More

Hurricane Charley claims 3 lives in Cuba

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By VANESSA ARRINGTON | ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER Inhabitants of Batabano, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Havana, checking all the damage caused by Hurricane Charley after it passed through Cuba on Friday August 13, 2004, Cuba. (AP Photo/Cristobal Herrera) SURGIDERO DE BATABANO, Cuba—Hurricane… Read More

Fidel Castro turns 78

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AFP Fidel Castro, who was born in 1926 as a tropical storm thrashed Cuba, will celebrate his 78th birthday today after Hurricane Charley has passed across the island he has led for 45 years. Castro is expected to spend his birthday in regions affected by the hurricane, which tore through the Caribbean… Read More

Thousands of Cubans clean up damage from Hurricane Charley

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BY SANDRA HERNANDEZ | South Florida Sun-Sentinel Adonis Yero Perez stood in front of the pile of metal sheets, wooden boards and branches that use to be his home and wondered how to rebuild the place he spent five years constructing. “I don’t know where my wife and children will spend the… Read More

Hurricane Charley Batters Cuba

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By ANITA SNOW | The Associated Press Hurricane Charley roared across Cuba early Friday, battering the capital with high winds and heavy rains before heading off toward the western coast of Florida. Already a Category 2 storm, forecasters said Charley could develop into a major hurricane. It drenched… Read More

Gas explosion leaves one dead and several injured in Guanabo

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Reinaldo Cosano Alen | [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] An explosion at a methane supply depot in Peas Altas, Guanabo, left one man dead and several injured at 3:55 a.m. August 5. The explosion was supposedly caused by the negligence of the dead man, a truck… Read More

Repeat of 1994 Balesro Cuba Rafter Crisis Less Likely

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ANITA SNOW | Associated Press A fisherman floats on a raft off the beach where the first wave of tens of thousands of people set sail a decade ago and launched an exodus that eventually pushed the United States to sharply curtail its welcome for Cuba’s boat people. The lone fisherman, and the children… Read More

Canadian Olympic baseball team hammers Cuba team

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CBC SPORTS ONLINE Canada’s Olympic baseball team defeated Cuba 9-1 Sunday in a pre-Olympic tournament in Italy. Pitcher Mike Johnson of Edmonton allowed just three hits over six innings and Calgary’s Ryan Radmanovich drove in two runs to improve Canada’s record to 2-0 at the tournament.… Read More

New book about classic Cuban cars

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Press Release Four decades after the U.S. imposed a trade embargo on Cuba, Hudsons, Edsels and Chevys still chug through the streets of Havana. Now, Interlink Publishing of Northampton, Massachusetts has published ‘Cuba Classics: A Celebration of Vintage American Automobiles’ that honors… Read More

In Havana Cuba, Their Man Is John Kerry

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By Carol J. Williams | LA Times Staff Writer Cubans follow the U.S. campaign closely, convinced that the Democratic nominee would improve their lives if elected. At first glance, it wouldn’t seem that Reynaldo Palaso’s fortunes would be tied up with the U.S. presidential election. But the… Read More

Cuba Phone company slow to reestablish service in Havana suburbs after fire

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Ana Leonor Daz | Grupo Decoro | [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] Barely 400 of the 15,000 phones that were put out of service by a fire three days ago are working again. Phone company officials said the 400 lines were considered “of priority to society”;… Read More

Drought Brings Hardship and Withered Crops to Holguin in Eastern Cuba

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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Eastern Cuba’s worst drought in 40 years has turned cooking, washing clothes and scrubbing floors into a housecleaning nightmare. Then there is showering. Rebeca Falla, 59, is accustomed to taking long showers twice daily for relief from the humid 90-degree weather, but… Read More

Cuba confronts drought afflicting eastern provinces

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BY DOUG NELSON | [url=http://www.themilitant.com]http://www.themilitant.com[/url] Cuba’s revolutionary government is mobilizing people and resources to ease the impact of an intense drought in the country’s eastern and central regions, which is affecting water supplies… Read More

Cuba is Olympic favorite for baseball gold medal

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Reuters The defending Olympic baseball champions, the United States, will not be in Athens to challenge for a gold medal but a rag-tag team of mostly Greek-Americans will represent the host country. The U.S., where baseball is the national pastime, suffered a shock loss to Mexico in November and failed… Read More

August 5, 1994: The Day the ‘Hottest Summer’ Exploded in Cuba

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Dalia Acosta | [url=http://www.ipsnews.net]http://www.ipsnews.net[/url] The Caribbean Sea is calm, the temperatures perhaps slightly higher, lengthy power outages are back again and tensions with Washington still mark the beat of life in Cuba. But though much is unchanged, things… Read More

Despite repeated failures, brothers keep charting escape from Cuba

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BY VANESSA BAUZA | South Florida Sun-Sentinel COJIMAR, Cuba - On a white wall above his bedside table, Dennis Perez Lorente has sketched out a rough nautical map he hopes will one day lead to a new life across the Florida Straits. Penciled, swirling lines indicate currents, which loop up from the Caribbean… Read More

Author of Paradiso, Lezama Lima’s Home Reopens to Public in Havana

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Dalia Acosta | [url=http://www.ipsnews.net]http://www.ipsnews.net[/url] The modest house in the Cuban capital where Jose Lezama Lima wrote “Paradiso,” one of the most outstanding Latin American novels of the 20th century, reopened its doors after a lengthy restoration… Read More

Finding Elian Gonzales - Four years after Little Havana

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MSNBC Exclusive: Dateline travels to Cuba to find out what happened to the boy who once dominated headlines By Keith Morrison Of all the strange, discordant moments that have soured the Cuban family feud, surely the most traumatic was the day the Elian custody battle was sorted out at the point of a… Read More

Cuba flora and fauna research restricted by new Bush rules

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BY GEORGIA TASKER | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_YUUvQ1PHnC').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

Elian Gonzalez a normal schoolboy four years after return to Cuba

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BY MAKI BECKER | New York Daily News Elian Gonzalez, now 10, hits the books in Cardenas, Cuba, where he lives with his father. Four years after little Elian Gonzalez was plucked from the seas off Florida’s coast and sparked an international custody battle, the young boy is leading a sheltered and… Read More

Drought brings Cuba to its knees

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Stephen Gibbs | [url=http://www.independent.co.uk]http://www.independent.co.uk[/url] Unnoticed by the world, the longest dry period for decades has brought much of Cuba to its knees. Could this be the crisis that finally destroys Fidel’s revolution? For the last ten years, Rafael… Read More

Cuba and the Myth of the ‘Independent Libraries’

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By Lamrani Salim | [url=http://www.zmag.org]http://www.zmag.org[/url]  According to its strategy of destabilization of Cuban society, the United States, in addition to financing and directing “independent journalists”, and “human rights members” has created… Read More

Cuba’s State-Owned Record Music Label Going Worldwide

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Nigel Williamson | Havana | [url=http://www.billboard.com]http://www.billboard.com[/url] Cuban state-owned record company Egrem is getting an international launch for the first time in its 60-year history. The label’s catalog features major names in Cuban music, including the… Read More

Cuban drought hits crisis level

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BY GARY MARX | Chicago Tribune Manuel Batista walked through his small field of plantains and corn, surveying the damage wrought by a drought that has decimated crops, killed thousands of cattle and left residents scraping for water across huge swaths of this island nation. “This will not produce… Read More

Cuba’s heartland grapples with worst drought in 40 years

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BY VANESSA BAUZA | South Florida Sun-Sentinel The ochre-colored field that once produced tender corn, beans and yucca for Rogelio Maura’s family is sun-parched and barren. Withered pastures and cracked fields extend for miles across the eastern Cuban province of Holguin and into neighboring Las… Read More

Havana Jazz Festival and Cuban Music Intensive trip to Cuba

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PlazaCuba.com In December, we are offering the Cuban Music Intensive, which is a comprehensive program that combines Cuban music and dance studies with seminars and performances of the HAVANA JAZZ FESTIVAL. We are also going to be offering a Treasury Department licensed program that will investigate… Read More

Cuban Coin and Numismatic Museum Reopens in Havana

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] The Numismatic Museum reopened at the headquarters of the former Banco Mendoza, in Old Havana. The museum is housed in a 1915 emblematic building of bank architecture on Obispo Street between Havana and Aguiar. The center features… Read More

Sri Lanka Experts fly to Cuba to study Dengue prevention methods

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by Shanika Sriyananda | Sunday Observer A team of medical experts will soon fly to Cuba to study its methods, including the effectiveness of ‘Bacillus thuringien’ (BT) bacteria, used by Cuba in eradicating dengue mosquito menace, Health and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva told… Read More

Cuba planning to recover its Olympic baseball title

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BY ANNE-MARIE GARCA | Special for Granma International | [url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] WOUNDED in its pride, Cuba plans to go to the Olympic Games in Athens and re-conquer its baseball title, lost four years ago to its perennial rival, the United States, although… Read More

Casa del Habano 95th Cuban Cigar Store Opens

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Prensa Latina Cuban net for cigar smokers Casa del Habano spreads its hands, with 95 establishments in the whole world up to now, it was officially known here Tuesday. Jorge Perez, manager of this franchise, told Prensa Latina the line is part of the operations of Habanos S.A. International Corporation.… Read More

Cuba Drought Update

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Patricia Grogg | [url=http://www.IPSnews.net]http://www.IPSnews.net[/url] The comings and goings of tanker trucks and the urgent extension of water pipelines give away the fact that the drought—which already has taken a heavy toll on the Cuban countryside—has also settled… Read More

Churcho Valdes and Los Van Van Nominated for 2004 Latin Grammy Awards

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] The list of nominees to the 2004 Latin Grammy Awards included world-renowned Cuban musicians. The Latin Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (LARAS) has nominated Maestro Chucho Valdes for his CD “New Conception”,… Read More

Plastic Art Exhibition in Havana Cuba

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] The 2004 edition of the Havana Plastic Art Exhibition, held in San Antonio de los Baos municipality, will feature more than 100 artworks. According to sources from the organizing committee, the works were created by 60 artists… Read More

National Festival of Symphonic Orchestras Concert to be held in Revolution Square

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] A huge concert will be staged at Havana’s Jose Mart Revolution Square this month. Sources from the organizing committee said that 195 musicians and more than 100 singers from seven Cuban choirs will take part in the concert.… Read More

Cuban Biotechnology Center Produces New Drug against Circulatory Problems

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] Experts from Cuba’s Center for Drug Research and Development have produced a new medication to treat circulatory problems. The new drug, called Pentocir 400, is administered to patients suffering from cerebral-vascular disorders… Read More

CancerVax Press Release

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Press Release Full title: CancerVax Licenses Phase 2 Oncology Product Candidate Targeting the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor—EGFR—Signaling Pathway Encouraging Results Reported in Phase 1 and 2 Clinical Trials of Patients with Advanced Stage Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer CARLSBAD, Calif.—(BUSINESS… Read More

CancerVax story from Granma.cu - First Cuban-U.S. cooperation agreement for production of anti-cance

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BY REYNOLD RASS -Granma daily staff writer ON July 15, and for the first time in 40 years, a cooperation agreement was signed by Cuban and U.S. companies for the transfer of biotechnological technology directed at developing vaccines against cancer. The agreement was signed between the CancerVax Corporation… Read More

CancerVax and Cuban biotech deal allowed by US

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PAUL ELIAS | Associated Press In a rare exception to long-standing American foreign policy, U.S. officials have approved drug developer CancerVax Corp.‘s deal with the Cuban government to develop three experimental cancer drugs created in Havana, the biotechnology company announced Thursday. It’s… Read More

Che Guevara and The Motorcycle Diaries

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Sean O’Hagan | [url=http://www.guardian.co.uk]http://www.guardian.co.uk[/url] For 40 years he has been a sex symbol, heroic victim and the ultimate poster boy of revolutionary chic. But behind the myth of Che Guevara lie darker truths. On the eve of a new film, it is time to… Read More

Havana residents concerned about overflowing septic tanks

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[url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] | Ernesto Roque Residents of Guaicanamar, just outside Jaruco and south of the city of Havana, say they are concerned about the proliferation of overflowing septic tanks in the area, since the last such situation two years ago… Read More

Cuban Rap groups getting support from Cuban government

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By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News Seven men, some wearing nothing but bikini underwear, spent a recent morning rolling around on the floor, chanting, running in circles and literally banging out tunes using old Soviet typewriters as instruments. They’re members of Omni-Zona Franca and represent… Read More

Havana Night Club Cuban dancers apply for US visas

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters A Cuban dance company billed to perform at Las Vegas’s legendary Stardust Casino this month has defied Cuban authorities and applied for U.S. visas, in a rare case of overt disobedience in communist-run Cuba. Fifty-three dancers, musicians and singers with the Havana… Read More

Bridge To Havana - Beautiful voices are album’s greatest asset

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Associated Press Bridge to Havana is a compilation of songs written and recorded in Havana in 1999 by an eclectic group of Cuban and American artists, including Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Buffett and Buena Vista Social Club’s Omara Portuondo. Unfortunately, some tracks resort to a fairly generic Latin… Read More

Severe drought continues in Cuba

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] | BY RAISA PAGES | Granma International staff writer In some areas of the country’s eastern region, it hasn’t rained for 20 months • Only a tropical cyclone could recoup water sources in regions east of the island’s… Read More

Divorce rate high in Cuba

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[url=http://www.newkerala.com]http://www.newkerala.com[/url] Though known to be among the friendliest people in the world, the divorce rate of Cubans is the highest in Latin America, says a new study. The number of formalised affairs in that country is also among the highest in the… Read More

Cuban musicians from Bridge to Havana criticize new U.S. restrictions

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By VANESSA ARRINGTON | ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER Gerardo Piloto, Carlos Alfonzo and Amaury Perez, attend a press conference at the International Press Center in Havana, speaking about the recently released CD, “Bridge to Havana” on Wednesday June 30, 2004 in Havana, Cuba. A group of musicians… Read More

Historian Eusebio Leal and The public secrets of Old Havana

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BY MIREYA CASTAEDA |Granma International staff writer | [url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] DO you consider it a heresy to say that you can discover your own native city? Don’t be skeptical. You think that you know it all and that is not the case. An idea as… Read More

Jose Contreras and other Cuban (now Cuban-American) baseball players

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By Mike Steinberger | Financial Times Just before daybreak last Monday, a speedboat ran aground in the Florida Keys about 100 miles south of Miami, having outrun and outfoxed the US Coast Guard during a harrowing six-hour journey from Havana. Aboard the boat were nearly 20 Cuban asylum seekers, among… Read More

Fake Habanos Cigars in Havana?

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[url=http://www.worldnetdaily.com]http://www.worldnetdaily.com[/url] Tourists might expect to get counterfeit Cuban cigars when they buy them on the streets of Europe, Mexico or New York City. But Havana? Yes, admit officials in Cuba. The black market in fake Havanas is alive and… Read More

Jose Contreras Returns to Yankees a Happy Man

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By RICK FREEMAN | AP Sports Writer NEW YORK - Jose Contreras woke up Friday morning to the gentle touch of his daughter’s little hands. He was back in his New Jersey apartment, the same one in which he used to wake up alone and cry in the dark. But it was morning now, and here she was along with… Read More

How to avoid buying counterfeit cigars - Granma.cu

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] | BY MICHEL PORCHERON | Special for Granma International ON the other side of the world, when you acquire a pair of counterfeit Nikes at a low price, a Lacoste T-Shirt or Cartier watch, you know that you are buying an imitation.… Read More

Cuba’s Biotechnology Research and Development

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[url=http://www.netforcuba.org]http://www.netforcuba.org[/url] Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology The most important institution in Cuba’s biotechnology industry is the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, CIGB. It was established in La Habana, in… Read More

Biocon takes up trial of Cuban cancer vaccine

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[url=http://www.newstodaynet.com]http://www.newstodaynet.com[/url] Biocon Biopharmaceuticals in joint venture with the CIMAB has announced that it has extended its product portfolio to include two additional ‘monoclonal antibodies’ and three cancer vaccines. An agreement… Read More

Cuban cocktails: Daiquiris, Margaritas and Mojitos

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[url=http://www.KTVU.com]http://www.KTVU.com[/url] As we march into the dog days of summer (no offense to dogs), and the blush of excitement at warm-weather prospects has turned into a sunburn, now’s a good time to freshen up with a few summer sippers. Ice, Ice Baby Whether… Read More

NY Yankees Cuban baseball pitcher Jose Contreras Reunited With Family

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Associated Press Jose Contreras reunited with his wife and two daughters Tuesday night, one day after his family defected from Cuba and nearly 21 months after the New York Yankees pitcher escaped the island nation. Contreras traveled to Florida from Baltimore to meet his wife Miriam and daughters Naylan,… Read More

Wilfredo Lam Our Night

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Check out this amazing art my Wilfredo Lam. Read More

Wilfredo Lam Mi Cousin

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Wilfredo Lam

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US Navy of the coast of Cuba

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See this old photo of when the US Navy is of fthe coast of Cuba. Read More

US Army Attacks Cuba

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Tobacco Plantation Cuba

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See this amazing Tobacco Plantation in Cuba. Read More

Produce Exchange Cuba

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Check out this photo of the Produce Exchange in Cuba. Read More

Post office at Chickamauga

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Check out this old photo of Post Office at Chickamauga. Read More

New Havana Yacht Club

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Check out this old photo of the New Havana Yacht Club. Read More

Nautical Club in Cuba

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Check out this old postcard lf the Nautical Club in Cuba. Read More

Horse Race Cuba

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Check out this picture of an old horse race in Cuba. Read More

Eban Tietro Payret

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Cubans Cutting Sugar Cane

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See this pictutre of Cubans cutting sugar cane. Read More

Cuban Landscape

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Check out this Cuban Landscape. Read More

Country Club Golf Links Cuba

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Havana Club rum and the International Rum Festival in Cuba

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[url=http://www.travelvideo.tv]http://www.travelvideo.tv[/url] Cuba successfully staged the celebration of the International Rum Festival, held with more than 320 participants from different countries and a great majority of them are considered important producers, suppliers and experts… Read More

Cuba is a museum of antique American cars

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Miami Herald An urban planner from Philadelphia says Cuban owners of antique autos would represent a good market for U.S. spare parts if U.S. firms were free to do business with Cuba. PASSING THE PAST: A 1932 Chevrolet encounters a horse-drawn carriage in Camaguey, Cuba. LARRY LUXNER/FOR THE HERALD… Read More

Book Review: ‘Cuba in Mind’ captivates, enlightens

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By Kylee Dawson | Arizona Daily Wildcat Though off limits to Americans, Cuba is one of the most prized destinations of travelers worldwide. A testament to this is “Cuba in Mind,” an anthology that contains experiences of love, poverty, romance and, of course, revolution in Cuba. “Havana… Read More

Cuban boxing team ready for Athens Olympics

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Reuters At Cuba’s National Boxing School, rigorous training, a dose of ideology and the desire to beat the United States make up for the lack of equipment. Muscles shine with sweat as boxers beat truck tyres with rudimentary metal bars and punch the only sand bag in a spartan gym. The headquarters… Read More

Che Guevara film Motorcycle Diaries gets screened in Cuba

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS An undated file photo of Major Ernesto “Che” Guevara. “The Motorcycle Diaries,’’ a film portraying Guevara as a young romantic, was being shown in Cuba beginning Monday, June 14, 2004. (AP Photo/ File) “The Motorcycle Diaries,” a portrait… Read More

Cuba hoping to recover Olympic Baseball title in Athens

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] CUBA is hoping to win back the baseball gold medal in Athens with a team that has been revitalized since the last Olympic Games, according to Higinio Velez, technical coach of the Cuba squad. Talking to Granma International, Velez… Read More

Cuban rap group Cubanitos 20-02 Prepares for International Tour

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] The Cuban rap group Cubanitos 20-02, one of the most popular hip-hop bands on the Island, is preparing a European tour. Accompanied by four musicians (guitar, keyboards, drums and bass guitar), the three members of the group will… Read More

Cuban bartenders shake their stuff

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By Vanessa Arrington | Associated Press Havana - Like the rum that flows freely through their tropical drinks, the love of making cocktails runs in the blood of many Cubans. Ever since the Prohibition Era, when Americans flocked to the island for alcohol, tuxedo-clad bartenders have been fine-tuning… Read More

Kendry Morales, Young Cuban Baseball Star, Defects to United States

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[url=http://www.Reuters.com]http://www.Reuters.com[/url] File photo showing Cuban baseball star Kendry Morales (C) celebrating with teammates after their win over Panama at the baseball World Cup in Havana, on October 25, 2003. Morales, considered Cuba’s most promising young… Read More

Kendry Morales: “I’d like to be a catcher” - granma.cu March 14, 2002

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BY ANNE-MARIE GARCIA (Special for Granma International) | [url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] FOTO: Ahmed VELAZQUEZ Only 18 years old, Cuban baseball’s new gem is playing for Industriales this season • He dreams of joining the island’s national team… Read More

Cuban baseball star Kendry Morales defects to United States

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Associated Press First baseman and outfielder Kendry Morales, considered by some to be Cuba’s top young player, has defected to the United States. U.S. immigration officials in Miami confirmed Wednesday that Morales had arrived in the United States and was allowed to stay. “Kendry called… Read More

Chicago Man sentenced for smuggling Cuban cigars

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By HERBERT G. MCCANN | ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER A lawyer was sentenced Wednesday to more than three years in federal prison for smuggling thousands of fine Cuban cigars into this country and selling them for a fat profit. Richard “Mick” Connors, 54, was also fined $60,000 and placed on three… Read More

Andy Garcia to Shoot ‘The Lost City’ Movie about Havana Cuba

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[url=http://www.zap2it.com]http://www.zap2it.com[/url] Cuban-born Andy Garcia will return to his homeland, in a sense. The 48-year-old actor will film his new independent movie, “The Lost City,” which is set in Havana, on location in the Dominican Republic, reports the… Read More

Riquimbilis - Cubans build homemade motorcycles for transportation

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters Take a Chinese bicycle, attach a stolen chain-saw motor, a plastic bottle for fuel tank, a bent pipe from a bed frame for the exhaust and what have you got? A riquimbili, Cuba’s home-made motorbike that’s noisy but effective. It’s no ordinary moped. The lads… Read More

Cuban Motorcyles: Spare parts + ingenuity = transportation

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A young Cuban mounts his riquimbilis as two girl pioneers walk past in a neighborhood in Havana, March 23, 2004. The riquimbilis, Cuba’s home-made motorbikes, are an improvisation to cope with a chronic public transport shortage. They are cobbled together from scrap-yard parts of old motorbikes,… Read More

BankUnited and The Florida Marlins to Display Cuban Baseball Memorabilia

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Memorabilia courtesy of the Orestes Chavez Collection WHAT: In celebration of Cuban baseball, BankUnited and The Florida Marlins will showcase items from City of Miami Police Sgt. Orestes Chavez’s rare collection of Cuban baseball memorabilia. Pieces on display will include:      … Read More

Cuban Special Period Documentary - Sin Embargo: Never The Less

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by Judith Grey, Katherine Cheng & Eva Orner | [url=http://www.DER.org]http://www.DER.org[/url] color, 49 minutes, rd 2003 Video Sale $195, rental $65 After the revolution of 1959 and the U.S. embargo that followed, the people of Cuba were left to fend for themselves. Deprived… Read More

Wifredo Lam Contemporary Arts Center to Host Cuban Abstractionist Art Exhibit

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] The Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, in the Cuban capital, is hosting a major exhibition this month on abstractionism in Cuban culture. The exhibit, entitled “Mayo Abstracto” (Abstract May), is made up of paintings,… Read More

The Motorcycle Diaries - Che Guevara - movie info and trailer

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[url=http://www.ultimatedvd.org]http://www.ultimatedvd.org[/url] In 1952, two young Argentines, Ernesto Guevara and Alberto Granado, set out on a road trip to discover the real Latin America. Ernesto is a 23-year-old medical student specializing in leprology, and Alberto, 29, is a… Read More

Che Guevara today - More easy rider than revolutionary? - The Motorcycle Diaries

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Larry Rohter |  New York Times Che Guevara is widely remembered as a revolutionary figure. To some he is a heroic, Christ-like martyr, to others the embodiment of a failed ideology and to still others a commercialized emblem on a T-shirt. But for Latin Americans now coming of age, yet another image… Read More

A Journey Through Old Havana with Art Mural at Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City

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PR Newswire A realistic three-story mural depicting Old Havana, Cuba was created exclusively for the Tropicana by local artist Michael Irvin of Irvin Studios in Egg Harbor Twp, NJ. Irvin’s inspiration for the mural was Tropicana’s $265 million expansion, The Quarter, which is slated to open… Read More

Atmospheric Phenomenon brings American Television to Cuba

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Associated Press Cubans turning on their television sets in recent days have picked up programming rarely seen on this communist-run island: U.S. President George W. Bush defending his Iraq policy, American cartoons, news programs from Tampa Bay, Florida. No, this isn’t a U.S. government propaganda… Read More

Cancer Treatment? Blue Scorpion Venom - Escozul

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Dr. Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D | [url=http://www.CancerDecisions.com]http://www.CancerDecisions.com[/url] REALITY-BASED INVESTIGATIONS This week I analyze a Cuban remedy called Escozul. This product is based on the venom of the blue scorpion and is attracting a growing amount of attention,… Read More

Cuban baseball pitcher Jose Contreras’ wife tells of toll demanded by defection

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BY ALBOR RUIZ | New York Daily News PINAR DEL RIO, Cuba - (KRT) - In the whirlwind 20 months since he defected from Cuba, Yankees pitcher Jose Contreras has had a roller-coaster ride through the major leagues and become rich beyond his wildest dreams. But for the wife and daughters Contreras left behind… Read More

Fire breaks out at Radio Progresso in Havana

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Ana Leonor Daz | Grupo Decoro | [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] A fire attributed to an electrical fault burned through the building that houses the studios for Radio Havana, and two other stations, island-wide Radio Progreso, and provincial station COCO.… Read More

CUBADISCO’2004 Awards to Best Records for Cuban Music in 2003

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Havana.- The 8th CUBADISCO’2004 Festival granted awards to the best records released in Cuba in 2003. The Grand Award went to singer Teresa Garca Caturla for her record “Llego Tete” (Tete Has Just Arrived),… Read More

Radionovelas spice up Havana Cuba radio airwaves

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Vanessa Bauza | [url=http://www.sun-sentinel.com]http://www.sun-sentinel.com[/url] HAVANA From his Olivetti typewriter, illuminated by a bare fluorescent bulb in a corner of his bedroom, Joaqun Cuartas weaves the tales that titillate Cuba. His radio soap operas have spiced up the… Read More

Wilfredo Lam PLENI LUNA - Cuban Art for sale

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Found this interesting Wilfredo Lam painting for sale at ebay. Read More

Tour Old Havana through Cuban cigar tobacco art

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By LAURA STEWART | Fine Arts Writer | [url=http://www.News-Journalonline.com]http://www.News-Journalonline.com[/url] The Museum of Arts and Sciences is offering much more than an ordinary day trip with the exhibit that opens today. “Tobacco Art” takes viewers all the way… Read More

Escozul - Cancer Treatment Information

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“Escozul was discovered in 1980 by Misael Bordier in the Cuban province of Guantanamo, Cuba.  It is made using the Venom of the Blue Scorpion, indigenous to Cuba.  In the 80’s it was used primarily to treat animals and then in the early 90’s was tested on its first human patient… Read More

More than 11,000 boxes of counterfeit Cuban cigars confiscated

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[url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] HAVANA. Ana Leonor Daz, Grupo Decoro - National police and Customs inspectors said they had confiscated 11,935 boxes of counterfeit cigars and closed more than 150 underground factories in a series of raids. The cigars, bearing… Read More

Cuban baseball pitcher Jose Contreras returns to successful outing with NY Yankees

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By GEORGE KING | New York Post New York Yankees pitcher Jose Contreras throws against the Texas Rangers Saturday afternoon, May 22, 2004, in Arlington, Texas. Texas won the game, 4-3. (AP Photo/Linda Kaye) When George Steinbrenner discussed bringing Contreras back to the big leagues after just two… Read More

Top Acts Cross ‘Bridge To Havana’

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[url=http://www.billboard.com]http://www.billboard.com[/url] Gladys Knight, Jimmy Buffett, Montell Jordan, Peter Frampton, Bonnie Raitt and Mick Fleetwood are among the artists who contributed to the album and concert DVD “Bridge to Havana.” Due June 29 via Pyramid/Universal,… Read More

Cuban Fishing Industry Bets on Lobsters

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DTC news Havana.- The Cuban fishing industry is planning to increase captures of lobsters – also called as the Queen of the Caribbean and a major export item on the Island. According to experts, lobsters contribute 70 percent of the sector’s revenues, thus the importance of its capture and… Read More

DirecTV Stops Black-Market Cuban Television

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By JOHN RICE | Associated Press Writer HAVANA—The U.S. government believes Cubans should see more of America on television, and for years, Cubans have been happily complying—cobbling together clandestine satellite systems to pick up everything from the World Series to soap operas. No longer.… Read More

Ernesto Roque of Cubanet.org and other independent journalists take the risks to tell Cuba’s st

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By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News Journalism a growing field despite Castro’s crackdown on writers HAVANA – Cuba has jailed more journalists per capita than any nation in the world, yet the number of people willing to take up the risky profession is growing, American officials say.… Read More

U.S. Breaks Cultural Link As It Denies Visas to Cuban Musicians

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Gary Marx | Chicago Tribune HAVANA - During his lengthy career, Carlos Varela has written and performed songs criticizing his nation’s one-party state. But that hasn’t stopped the Bush administration from denying Varela and up to 150 other Cuban musicians and artists visas to perform in America… Read More

Cuba working to reduce use of Cuban tobacco smoking

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By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News HAVANA – Cuban health officials are trying to persuade at least 200,000 people to quit smoking in May as part of a stepped-up campaign against cigarettes. But it’s a daunting task in a nation that has had a steamy love affair with tobacco for more… Read More

Che Guevara Story - Motorcycle Diaries Movie

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By Fernanda Ezabella | Reuters In 1952, two students left their native Argentina to ride through Latin America on a rickety Norton 500 motorcycle. One of them would go on to become a leader of the Cuban revolution. And since his death in Bolivia in 1967, Ernesto “Che” Guevara has became an… Read More

Santeria Woman in Havana Cuba Smoking a Habanos Cigar

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Cuban Virtudes Lopez, 56, lights a cigar in the colonial center of Havana, April 19, 2004. Lopez make money from tourists smoking Habano cigars and dressed in the traditional white clothes of the Afro-Cuban religion, called Santeria. REUTERS Juan Carlos Ulate Read More

Granma? No. Habana Vieja - Cigar

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Cuban Graciela Gonzalez, 80, smokes a cigar in the center of Old Havana, April 20, 2004. Gonzalez earns a living posing for tourists, charging them one dollar for them to take her picture. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate Read More

Smoking a Big Cuban Cigar in Old Havana - Habana Vieja

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Cuban Jose Manuel Soto, 56, smokes a cigar in the center of Old Havana, April 20, 2004. Soto earns a living posing for tourists, charging them one dollar for them to take his picture. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate Read More

Former Cuban Baseball Pitcher Jose Contreras gets straight A’s

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BY KEN DAVIDOFF | STAFF WRITER | Newsday It was an odd development, yet one that best suited the Yankees in their new life, the one that began Tuesday. Jose Contreras picked up his victory before Derek Jeter picked up his hit. Jeter’s quest for liberation from his slump became a mere sideshow last… Read More

Havana International Guitar Competition and Festival to Focus on Composer Leo Brouwer

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[url=http://www.andante.com]http://www.andante.com[/url] Guitarists from nine countries will compete in the 12th International Guitar Competition and Festival in Havana scheduled for May 8 through 15. Organizers of the contest said Monday that 29 guitarists have signed up for the… Read More

Omara Portuondo - Cuban Music

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[url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk]http://www.telegraph.co.uk[/url] Omara Portuondo, pop queen of Castro’s communist republic, is adored on stage and mobbed in the street. Joe Muggs meets her in Havana Like just about every public space in Cuba, the hilltop cafe where we have stopped… Read More

Infomed - Old Computers Find Second Life in Cuba

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By Kellie Schmitt | Mercury News When Palo Alto handyman Dudley Lewis sees old computers on the Peninsula, he thinks of all the potential they could have—in Cuba. “Here I am, running into people all the time with old computers,’’ he said. “I started collecting computers… Read More

Cuba Dance - Danzon in Havana Cuba

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BY RAFAEL LAM | Special for Granma International | [url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] HIGHLY attentive to Cuban popular music, the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), recently organized the 1st Havana Danzon Festival, replete with a competition and a colloquium.… Read More

Nominations for Cuban Music - CUBADISCO’2004 Awards Announced

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Havana.- Cuba’s recording industry published the list of 72 nominees in 19 categories for the 8th edition of CUBADISCO’2004. Among the nominees for the awards, to be granted in late May, are renowned artists and groups… Read More

Cuban Doctors aid strife-torn Haiti

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By WILLIAM STEIF | Special to The State | [url=http://www.thestate.com]http://www.thestate.com[/url] PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti —Killings and chaos have been the main news out of this poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere in recent months. But something positive is happening.… Read More

President Fidel Castro inaugurates Cuban Sports Olympiad

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] HAVANA (PL)—Cuban President Fidel Castro officially inaugurated the 2nd Olympiad of Cuban Sports in a ceremony held in Havana’s Sports City. “Good ideas do unfold, despite human ambitions besetting them at times,”… Read More

Little Havana Restaurant - Cuban Food in North Miami

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By Lyn Farmer | Sun-Sentinel Restaurant info: Little Havana Cuisine: Cuban Where: 12727 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 305-899-9069 Cost: moderate Credit cards: all major Hours: lunch, dinner daily Reservations: accepted Sound level: moderate Bar: full service Smoking: prohibited Wheelchair accessible:… Read More

Elian Gonzalez - Little Havana raid was four years ago today

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April 22, 2004 Four years ago today, federal agents rushed Elian Gonzalez out of his relative’s Little Havana home and returned him to his father. The custody battle sparked an international debate that embroiled South Florida. Elian is now living with his father in Cuba. Search the Havana Journal… Read More

OLYMPIC LEADERS FROM AMERICAS MEET IN TEXAS, MINUS CUBA

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[url=http://www.AroundTheRings.com]http://www.AroundTheRings.com[/url]  Leaders of National Olympic Committees from the Americas are meeting in San Antonio, Texas through the end of the week. The Pan American Sports Organization general assembly will include updates on preparations… Read More

President Fidel Castro inaugurates Cuban Sports Olympiad

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HAVANA - Cuban President Fidel Castro officially inaugurated the 2nd Olympiad of Cuban Sports in a ceremony held in Havana’s Sports City. “Good ideas do unfold, despite human ambitions besetting them at times,” Fidel affirmed at the beginning of a brief speech in which he highlighted… Read More

Rare Cuban Baseball Collection

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JournalNow.com MIAMI - A 1935 Havana baseball team jersey worn in a game. A payroll detailing how a young Tommy Lasorda made about $1,400 for four months of pitching in the Cuban Professional League. A silver coffee pot given to Leo Cardenas for the 1968 All-Star Game. Sandy Amoros’ spikes. These… Read More

Cuban baseball memorabilia collection

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Associated Press A look at some of the highlights of a Cuban baseball memorabilia collection built by Orestes Chavez. _ A 1935 Havana baseball club uniform. The oldest known existing complete Havana uniform. The seat of the uniform’s pants is repaired with a piece of fabric from a sack of sugar;… Read More

L’Chaim Cuba! - Jews in Cuba

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Steve Lipman | The Jewish Week Passover seders throughout the country, many conversions show the Jewish rebirth in island nation. Santa Clara, Cuba — For a decade after the Cuban government loosened its restrictions on religious practice, Salvador Levy and his wife Zoila Perez attended the Jewish… Read More

Havana University student enrollment to increase

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[url=http://www.vnagency.com]http://www.vnagency.com[/url] Havana - The number of university students in Cuba is estimated to increase to 325,000 in the 2004-05 academic year, said the president of the Cuban Students Association. Students studying in Cuban universities and colleges… Read More

U.S. denies visas to Afro-Cuban music group Cubanismo, tour canceled

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by Rob Evans | liveDaily Editor The American Embassy has refused to issue visas to all 15 members of acclaimed Afro-Cuban group Cubanismo, forcing the cancellation of the band’s entire U.S. tour, according to its U.S. booking agency. The Bush administration has denied visas to many Cuban musicians… Read More

The H Magazine - Slick lifestyle magazine comes to Havana

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BY LARRY LUXNER | [url=http://www.CubaNews.com]http://www.CubaNews.com[/url] Havana now has its own answer to Miami Beach’s Ocean Drive magazine: The H. The glossy new bilingual magazine made its debut at a Mar. 22 cocktail party at the Hotel Riviera, billing itself as “Havana’s… Read More

Salem Oregon Doctor will take medical supplies to Cuba

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DAN DE CARBONEL | Statesman Journal Dr. Gary Nishioka (right) stands with his son Ryder (left) and wife, Linda, in Havana. A Salem plastic surgeon is gathering materials for doctors there to use. Dr. Gary Nishioka returned from his recent trip to Cuba with a shopping list. In coming months, the Salem… Read More

Old Havana restores hidden treasured murals

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Vanessa Bauza | Sun Sentinel Vanessa Bauza HAVANA Painstakingly recovered from under 27 layers of paint, the colonial-era murals at No. 12 Tacon St. are known to local art historians as the “Sistine Chapel of Old Havana.” Located halfway between Old Havana’s cathedral and the port,… Read More

Newly discovered photos show Ernest Hemmingway and Photographer Walker Evans’ Friendship

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Associate Press KEY WEST, Fla.—In 1933, Ernest Hemingway and the soon-to-be famed photographer Walker Evans spent three weeks together in the bars and bistros of Havana. But for decades, the tale of their friendship and influence on one another’s work remained hidden away in a storage room… Read More

Cuba’s Stealthy Special Forces - Doctors

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by James Dunnigan |  [url=http://www.strategypage.com]http://www.strategypage.com[/url] Cuba has gone the American Special Forces one better, and developed a cheap, effective to spread the ideas of communist revolution without using highly trained soldiers. Instead, the Cubans… Read More

Tattoo art becomes craze in normally conformist Cuba

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Vanessa Bauza | Orlando Sentinel HAVANA—When Che Alejandro got his first tattoo with a sewing needle 12 years ago, his parents were so angry they threw him out of the house. Ink on skin was synonymous with prison life and “anti-social” behavior; too much rock ‘n’ roll, too… Read More

Jardines del Rey - Cuba Jazz Festival - Coco Jazz 2004

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Havana.- Jardines del Rey, a tourist destination in eastern Ciego de Avila province, will host a new edition of the International Music Festival Coco Jazz’2004. The event, scheduled from April 25 to May 5, is part of the… Read More

When in Iraq, lovers of Cuban cigars find rare satisfaction

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By CAROL ROSENBERG | Knight Ridder Newspapers BAGHDAD, Iraq - Regimes may come and regimes may go, but for nearly a decade now, the fashionable cigar-smoker has found his way to Ali Qournawi’s Zenobia. The tobacco store in an exclusive Baghdad district has been shattered by a car bomb, seen its… Read More

Noted Cuban painter - Artist Jose Maria Mijares

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BY RENATO PEREZ | Miami Herald Jose Mara Mijares left Cuba but Cuba never left Mijares. ‘‘In my subconscious there is an inner landscape that is Cuba,’’ the painter said in an interview in 2001. “Since I was exiled at an older age, that landscape cannot be erased.’‘… Read More

Cuba publishes 35% of its scientific articles in U.S. magazines

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] | Granma International staff writer BY RAISA PAGES Cuban scientists will continue to send articles to U.S. publishers, states Dr. Carlos Gutierrez, CENIC director, in spite of Washington’s ban on publishing articles by specialists… Read More

General Cigar loses Cohiba cigar trademark

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Reuters U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet, in a 137-page opinion filed in Manhattan federal court, ruled that New York’s General Cigar can no longer use the Cohiba name as it belongs to Empresa Cubana del Tabaco, doing business as Cubatabaco, which is owned by the Cuban government. General Cigar,… Read More

Cuba art on canvas

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By LI-EN CHONG | thestar.com.my Cuba’s diverse cultural voices can be heard through its contemporary art works, as LI-EN CHONG discovers. JOSE Marti, one of Cuba’s greatest intellectual revolutionaries, once said: “To be cultured is the only way to be free.” New Route of Cuban… Read More

Oliver Stone glad Canada will air Castro documentary movie

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JOHN MCKAY | Canadian Press TORONTO (CP)—Oliver Stone has always attracted the lightning and it’s happened again. The director of such controversial films as JFK, Natural Born Killers and Nixon says his recent project, a documentary on Fidel Castro, was the victim of a fake e-mail campaign,… Read More

La Guarida paladare in Havana

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By Keith Collins | [url=http://www.csmonitor.com]http://www.csmonitor.com[/url] TIME FOR SCHOOL: Children in Communist Pioneer uniforms walk to school with their parents in Old Havana, Cuba, a part of the city built between the 16th and 19th centuries. CRISTOBAL HERRERA/AP/FILE… Read More

Media in Cuba

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By BENJAMIN DANGL and APRIL HOWARD | [url=http://www.counterpunch.org]http://www.counterpunch.org[/url] A few regulars dragged their chairs over to the small community television in the park. But this evening, instead of the standard soap opera, Cuba’s bearded leader took over… Read More

Cuban growers hope tobacco production normalizes

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By Lisa J. Adams | The Associated Press PINAR DEL RIO, Cuba—Adela Pita Oliva’s hands move so fast they are almost invisible as she deftly weaves a long needle attached to twine through tobacco leave stems, stringing lush green bunches along wooden poles to be later hoisted to the rafters… Read More

Cuban Jazz House Opens in Havana

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Havana.- The Irakere Jazz Club, also known as the Cuban Jazz House, opened in this capital to promote that musical genre. The facility is housed in the formerly-known Rio Club and will promote the work of the best Cuban and foreign… Read More

A ‘‘pure Havana’’ Renaissance man is stoking up the Miami arts scene

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BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO | Miami Herald Whether he’s talking up avant-garde Cuban films or the Chinese dances of Shen Wei, cultural promoter Ever Chvez is everywhere there’s action in Miami-Dade. On this Thursday night, he’s standing outside the Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana waiting… Read More

Songs of Cuba, Silenced in America

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By JACKSON BROWNE |  [url=http://www.NYtimes.com]http://www.NYtimes.com[/url] OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR | Jackson Browne, a singer-songwriter, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15. LOS ANGELES — Carlos Varela, the great Cuban singer-songwriter, applied for… Read More

Methodist bishop says Cuba easing church restrictions

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GREG GARRISON | News staff writer [url=http://www.al.com]http://www.al.com[/url] North Alabama United Methodist Bishop Robert E. Fannin recently returned from a trip to Cuba, where he was among the leaders of a summit that called on the communist government to allow more freedom to… Read More

Artists from Four Countries at Trova Festival

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Havana.- Eastern Santiago de Cuba province will host the 42nd International Trova Festival this month. According to sources from the organizing committee, artists from Japan, Mexico and Spain, in addition to the host country,… Read More

Despite Difficulties, Foreign Agencies Hire Cuban Models

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By Vito Echevarria | [url=http://www.CubaNews.com]http://www.CubaNews.com[/url] During Cuba’s economic opening in the early 1990s, a multitude of European publications fawned over the island’s beautiful young women. Magazines began providing extensive coverage of the unspoiled… Read More

Go be a medical student in Cuba

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San Francisco Bay View by JR On Saturday, March 27, in Washington, D.C., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., “The Dream of a Lifetime Medical School Conference” will give youngstas from inner-city communities the opportunity to go to medical school in Havana, Cuba, on a full scholarship, with room and… Read More

Tracing Cuba’s tarnished golden age

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By COLIN BARRACLOUGH | Special to The Globe and Mail COLIN BARRACLOUGH trawls the coast road from the Havana Yacht Club to Varadero in search of the hangouts and haunts of the island’s worst and finest era—the decadent, bloody years of Fulgencio Batista’s rule HAVANA—The thing… Read More

Wifredo Lam Art Center - Cuban Artist Exhibits Works

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Havana.- The Wifredo Lam Center, in the Cuban capital, will host an exhibit by the renowned Spanish artist Antoni Tapies, born in Barcelona. The exhibit consists of 20 engravings and lithographs that will be shown in Cuba thanks… Read More

Baseball News - Adrian Hernandez defected from Cuba

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By Adam McCalvy | MLB..com PHOENIX—Once the hot new face in New York Yankees camp, “El Duquecito” is fighting for his baseball life on the opposite end of the game’s spectrum. No matter. This guy has been through some tough stuff already. A Cuban defector nicknamed for his similarities… Read More

A Taste of Cuba . . . in Florida

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By Nicole Cotroneo | Special to The Washington Post Cuban Americans love their food so much they let it run through the streets. In southern Florida communities such as Miami’s Little Havana and Key West, chickens are everywhere. On sidewalks and driveways, roosters chase after hens, crowing and… Read More

Professor to study Ernest Hemingway home in Cuba

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By Brad Groznik | Collegian Staff Writer The Cuban Government is allowing a Penn State professor to look at famed writer Ernest Hemingway like no one has before. In 2002, a team of American Hemingway scholars collaborated with the Cuban National Council of Patrimony to preserve the countless papers,… Read More

Havana Cigars Gain Ground in the World

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DTC news Havana.- Cuba’s Havana cigars have gained ground in the international market, after the opening of new tobacconist’s shops in major cities of the world. Among the most recent actions is the opening of three Havana Cigar Houses in China, where there exists a great potential of consumers.… Read More

Gay rights in Cuba: how much has changed?

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[url=http://www.greenleft.org.au]http://www.greenleft.org.au[/url] In this interview by Eduardo Jimanez Garcia, which first appeared in Alma Mater, the journal of the University of Havana, Mariela Castro Espin, the director of the Cuban National Institute for Sex Education (CENESEX),… Read More

U.S. Women Basketball Team Completes Sweep in Cuba

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Associated Press USA’s Leslie L. (number 9), left, battles for the ball with Cuba’s Boulet Y.(number 10) during a friendly women’s basketball game between the United States and Cuba on Thursday February 26, 2004 in Havana, Cuba. USA won 82-48. (AP Photo/Cristobal Herrera) HAVANA… Read More

Cuba’s tobacco rolls

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By LISA J. ADAMS | Associated Press Crop expected to bounce back from ‘03 hurricane damage PINAR DEL RIO, Cuba — Adela Pita Oliva’s hands move so fast they are almost invisible as she deftly weaves a long needle attached to twine through tobacco leaf stems, stringing lush green bunches… Read More

Cigar festival draws rich smokers to Cuba

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By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Wealthy aficionados and retailers descended on the Mecca of cigar lovers this week for five days of smoke-filled parties and tours of tobacco plantations and factories that roll the world’s most famous cigars. The annual Habanos festival includes the most lavish… Read More

Ballet Nacional de Cuba - Alicia Alonso interview

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BY OCTAVIO ROCA | Miami Herald ‘‘I don’t think it is worth commenting on them,’’ says Alicia Alonso about the five young dancers who bailed out of her Ballet Nacional de Cuba tour last fall and defected to the United States. Then she proceeds to comment anyway on the actions… Read More

Habanos - Havana Cigars - Key to Cuba Tobacco Harvest Is Patience

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By LISA J. ADAMS | Associated Press Writer PINAR DEL RIO Cuba—Adela Pita Oliva’s hands move so fast they are almost invisible as she deftly weaves a long needle attached to twine through tobacco leave stems, stringing lush green bunches along wooden poles to be later hoisted to the rafters… Read More

International Havana Cigar Festival later in February

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DTC news Havana.- The Cuban capital is hosting the 6th International Havana Cigar Festival this month, dedicated to the promotion of that world-renowned product. According to experts, the annual festival will be attended by members of smokers’ clubs, craftspeople and collectors from all over the… Read More

‘Dirty Dancing’ boy meets girl in 1950s Cuba

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BY CINDY PEARLMAN | [url=http://www.suntimes.com]http://www.suntimes.com[/url] Talk about a bump and grind. Director Guy Ferland has spent the last 12 hours in an editing room sweating it out over a popular movie remake. Today’s mission is to decide just how much pelvic mambo… Read More

Cosmetic surgery flourishing in Cuba

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By VANESSA BAUZA | South Florida Sun-Sentinel HAVANA, Cuba—Idania Bello Acosta’s bruised face was wrapped with gauze and her swollen, stitched eyes were concealed behind dark sunglasses as she waited for a checkup at one of Havana’s largest and busiest hospitals. While most patients… Read More

New York Yankees Pitcher Jose Contreras’ millions can’t buy him happiness

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Vanessa Bauza PINAR DEL RIO, Cuba Every time Miriam Murillo goes out of town for more than a few days her neighbors start talking and rumors take flight. She must have left Cuba aboard a speedboat, some speculate. This time she’s gone for sure, others say. In this corner of Cuba’s tobacco-growing… Read More

Dirty Dancing in Havana

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By VALERIE GLADSTONE | New York Times Barry Wetcher/Lions Gate Films Romola Garai and Diego Luna in “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,” a remake of the hit 1987 movie. KEEP up your energy,” the choreographer Joann Jansen called to the dancers swaying to the mambo in an opulent ballroom… Read More

Heady atmosphere of cars and cigars in Cuba

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By FIONA WEBSTER | [url=http://www.nzherald.co.nz]http://www.nzherald.co.nz[/url] The throb of big-finned American cars hangs in the air and mingles with the smoke from my cigar. It is dusk. The street is loaded with warmth, dust and stickiness. A narrow street of Spanish colonial… Read More

NY Yankees Pitcher Jose Contreras feels betrayed by Castro

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Associated Press For the second straight season, Jose Contreras began spring training separated from his family. His wife and two daughters remain in Cuba, which has denied them permission to leave the country. Contreras, a former star pitcher on Cuba’s national team, defected in 2002 and signed… Read More

Cuba’s infant mortality rate lower than U.S.

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By Emile Schepers | People’s Weekly World Newspaper Under the best of circumstances, it is hard for a poor, Third World country to equal, let alone surpass, the social statistics of wealthy developed countries. For years, Cuba has been passing all other relatively poor countries in its statistics… Read More

The difficulties of Cuba

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Humanitarian trip overcomes many hurdles By Larry Benvenuti | Keynoter Contributor Editor’s note: Middle Keys photographer Larry Benvenuti has traveled to Cuba 15 times since 1993, on humanitarian trips and to record on film the island’s beauty. Here, he recounts the difficulties of getting… Read More

FROM PROPAGANDA TO PR: A GUIDE TO CUBA’s MASS MEDIA

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By Douglass G. Norvell | [url=http://www.CubaNews.com]http://www.CubaNews.com[/url] Take a look at Cuba’s changing mass media as it shifts from a traditional Soviet model to a more market-oriented approach. Cuba now has PR firms that help private companies advertise in both… Read More

CORREDORES HELP CUBANS NAVIGATE COMPLEX HOUSING LAWS

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By Douglass G. Norvell | [url=http://www.CubaNews.com]http://www.CubaNews.com[/url] It’s been described as “underground” or “clandestine,” in the foreign press, but few people know that Havana’s Paseo del Prado serves as the hub of a national real-estate… Read More

Cuban Musician Ibrahim Ferrer Wins 2004 Grammy Award

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DTC news Havana.- Cuban musician Ibrahim Ferrer won the 2004 Grammy Award in the category of best traditional music. Ferrer won the Grammy for his CD “Buenos Hermanos”, in a category that also included other Cuban nominees: Amadito Valdes (Bajando Gervasio), Guillermo Rubalcaba (Pasado y… Read More

Cuba - US Women’s Basketball Series in Havana

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DTC news Havana.- Women’s basketball teams from Cuba and the United States will hold a series of games in this capital in late February. According to Cuban basketball officials, the games are part of the US team’s training program prior to the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, next summer.… Read More

From “Y Tu Mama Tambien” to “Dirty Dancing - Havana Nights” Diego Luna

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By LOUIS B. HOBSON | Calgary Sun         Katey (Romola Garai) and Javier (Diego Luna) practice their moves on the beach in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. HOLLYWOOD—Mexican actor Diego Luna had his eyes opened two years ago when he came to Calgary to film the western Open Range.… Read More

Jews in Cuba -  A Tourist Trap?

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Agustin Blazquez with the collaboration of Jaums Sutton On Dec. 2, 2003, NewsMax.com published a dispatch from the Presbyterian News Service in Havana. It was in relation to the Jews’ situation in Cuba today. I read this piece, titled “Castro Decimated Cuba’s Slowly Rebounding Jewish… Read More

November 8 1960 Look magazine “Our Woman in Havana”

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Her report on the Cuban people and how they feel about Castro today. Her 19 hours in Havana jail… and her exclusive interview with the “brain” behind Castro. Read More

July 14 1938 Who’s Who Among Visitors to Havana and What’s What in Cuba

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1938 magazine cover. Published daily for and in the interest of visitors to Cuba. Read More

JAVIER SOTOMAYOR now jumping to a fast, new beat

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Reuters Cuban high jumper runs salsa band to while away retirement HAVANA - The gold chain and bracelets, red Mercedes Benz and the 12-man salsa band suggest a mover and shaker of Havana nightlife, not the world’s record-holding high jumper. Away from the track, Sotomayor finds life beyond the… Read More

What is lost by denying visas to Cuban artists? Hearts and minds

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BY ENRIQUE FERNANDEZ | Miami Herald Opinion | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_NtxQxBgsp9').innerHTML =… Read More

Cuban Rap Project Kicks Off Nationwide Tour

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DTC news Havana.- The Cuban rap project La FabriK will kick off a nationwide tour this month that will include several provinces of the largest Antillean Island. The initiative, designed by the Hermanos Saz Association (AHS) and the Cuban Music Institute, involves the groups Doble Filo and Obsesion.… Read More

More Cuban Athletes Qualify for Athens 2004 Olympics

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DTC news Havana.- Cuba won four other qualifications for the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, this year, thus increasing the number of qualified athletes to 108. Three free-style wrestlers qualified for the summer games at a tournament held in Bratislava, Slovakia, where athletes from 60 countries competed.… Read More

Cuban Divers Are Trained to Use Nitrox at Cayo Levisa

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DTC news Havana.- The International Diving Center in Cayo Levisa, in western Pinar del Ro province, hosted a qualification course to train divers in the use of nitrox. According to experts, the use of nitrox in aqualungs allows prolonging the immersion period and reduces the time span between diving… Read More

Cuba’s art schools may finally be completed

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By Gary Marx | CHICAGO TRIBUNE HAVANA - Roberto Gottardi stands on the edge of a crater-size ditch, imagining the fulfillment of his dream to build one of the world’s great theaters. There would be a stage here and an orchestra pit there. The actors would perform to jubilant crowds, and the aging,… Read More

Cuban youths turn tattoos into show of defiance

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By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News Body art, applied with makeshift needles, seen as symbol of change HAVANA – Anisley Molina shrieked when the needle pierced her skin. “Hold still!” Junior Perez told her as he drew a tattoo on her tummy. “But it hurts!” she wailed.… Read More

Crackdown Ends Art Collecting Trips to Cuba

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[url=http://www.artandantiques.net]http://www.artandantiques.net[/url] HAVANA—An American traveler in Havana spent nearly $10,000 last November buying paintings from Cuban artist Sandra Ramos. The buyer received the proper documentation from the artist, and when she arrived… Read More

J Records to Release Soundtrack to Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

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Soundtrack In-stores February 17 | Feature Film Released Nationwide February 27 NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Feb. 3, 2004—J Records will release the sizzling soundtrack to the feature film Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. The soundtrack will in-store February 17 with the movie’s domestic… Read More

Revlon Launches Marketing Program to Support Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

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NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Feb. 2, 2004—Revlon (NYSE: REV) will launch a 360-degree, integrated marketing program to promote the company’s partnership with the new Lions Gate Films release (produced in conjunction with Miramax Films) Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, which opens in… Read More

Black Eyed Peas go Dirty Dancing - Havana Nights

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By Paul Cashmere | [url=http://www.undercover.com.au]http://www.undercover.com.au[/url] Black Eyed Peas have recorded the title track to the movie Dirty Dancing : Havana Nights. Havana Nights is somewhat of a sequel to the 1987 smash hit flick Dirty Dancing, but set in Havana in 1958.… Read More

Wifredo Lam’s Works Exhibited in Segovia

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DTC news Havana.- The Spanish city of Segovia is exhibiting 69 works by the renowned Cuban artist Wifredo Lam. The exhibit, being held at Andres Laguna’s House, highlights the work of Lam, who is considered one of the top exponents of Cuban surrealist painting. Experts describe the artist as a… Read More

Cuba aims to reclaim Olympic gold - Part 4 of 5

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By Joe Connor / Special to MLB.com Third baseman Michel Enriquez is captain of Cuba’s Olympic team. (Mark J. Terrill/AP) With Cuba having recently marked the 45th anniversary of its revolution, MLB.com contributor Joe Connor visited this Caribbean baseball hotbed for more than three weeks.… Read More

Cuba baseball legends live on

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By Joe Connor | MLB.com With Cuba having recently marked the 45th anniversary of its revolution, MLB.com contributor Joe Connor visited this Caribbean baseball hotbed for more than three weeks. He visited their academies, sports institutes and ballparks across the country’s 14 provinces. It takes… Read More

Cuban baseball league is nation’s passion - Part 3 of 5

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By Joe Connor / Special to MLB.com An Island of Youth player lays down a bunt in a recent Cuban National League game. (Joe Connor/MLB.com) With Cuba having recently marked the 45th anniversary of its revolution, MLB.com contributor Joe Connor visited this Caribbean baseball hotbed for more than… Read More

Teaching baseball the Cuban way - Part 2 of 5

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By Joe Connor | Special to MLB.com Coach Iday Abreus teaches youngsters at Martin Dihigo Stadium in Cruces, Cuba. With Cuba having recently marked the 45th anniversary of its revolution, MLB.com contributor Joe Connor visited this Caribbean baseball hotbed for more than three weeks. He visited their… Read More

Cuban baseball rocked by firing of stars said seeking greenbacks

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Havana, Jan 5 (EFE) - Cuba’s baseball world was shaken up Monday with the announcement that four top players, including two who had starred on the national team, were kicked off their clubs, reportedly for trying to defect to the United States and its juicy pro contracts. Sluggers Kendry Morales,… Read More

USC baseball team competes in Cuba for three exhibition games

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By KIM SIM | Assistant Sports Editor | [url=http://www.DailyTrojan.com]http://www.DailyTrojan.com[/url] Three games in five days, on a field 3,000 miles away, in a country that has been designated as off-limits to the average American. Call it an experience of a lifetime for the USC… Read More

Cuba baseball players look for a way out - Part 1 of 5

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By Joe Connor | Special to MLB.com Kendry Morales’ homer gave Cuba victory in the 2003 world championships in Havana. (Jose Goitia/AP) Seeing others’ success, defection attempts continue. Having recently marked the 45th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, MLB.com contributor Joe Connor… Read More

University of Georgia Students set for study in Cuba

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Contributed by Jeanette Mattsson | [url=http://www.redandblack.com]http://www.redandblack.com[/url] Despite having to recently relinquish a portion of its funds to the University administration, a new study abroad program is set to debut this summer in Cuba. The Cuban Culture Uncovered… Read More

Foreign Athletes at Havana Marathon Dedicated to Jose Marti

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] Havana.- Athletes from Puerto Rico, Spain and Mexico confirmed participation in the 4th Jose Mart International Marathon, dedicated to the Cuban National Hero. The competition, to be held in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba,… Read More

Cuban Biotech Firm CIMAB S.A. Increases Exports

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] Havana.- The Cuban company CIMAB S.A., which commercializes the products of the Molecular Immunology Center, increased exports in 2003. Company executives pointed out that new markets were explored last year, and production capacity… Read More

Havana Police arrests teenagers who attacked gays

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[url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] HAVANA - Fourteen youths between the ages of 13 and 18 were arrested by police for attacking gays in the Habana del Este district, according to residents in the area. The youths would lay in wait for gays heading for a place… Read More

Cuba ailing? Not its biotech industry

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By TOM FAWTHROP | FOR THE STRAITS TIMES A Cuban laboratory assistant, part of the booming and highly regarded Cuban biotech industry. MENTION faraway Cuba and most people think of a Caribbean island best known for Havana cigars, rum and the revolutionary exploits of Che Guevara. They probably don’t… Read More

Robert Redford Shows Che Guevara Film in Cuba

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HAVANA (Reuters) - Robert Redford showed his new film about Che Guevara, “The Motorcycle Diaries,” to the widow and children of the legendary guerrilla fighter on Sunday. “I came to present the film that I produced on Che Guevara and I am very happy to be in Cuba,” Redford told… Read More

Cuba’s pitch for 2012 Olympic Games

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Stephen Gibbs | BBC Correspondent, Havana How many of us know that Cuba is bidding to host the 2012 Olympic games? Apparently, even the Cubans themselves are largely unaware of it. Cuba is proud of its strong amateur athletic tradition Every day my morning paper is delivered by one of my neighbours.… Read More

For USC Baseball Team, Cuba Trip Is Invaluable

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By Eric Stephens, LA Times Staff Writer Trojans expect a rich experience as they play three times in five days against a national team. Two alumni helped organize the visit. Classroom settings are not limited to rooms fitted with blackboards. Lessons can be taught in large halls, sterile laboratories… Read More

Texas Rangers Pitcher R A Dickey - Cuba Baseball

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By Tim Ellsworth | [url=http://www.bpsports.net]http://www.bpsports.net[/url] MULKEYTOWN, Ill. (BP)—R.A. Dickey is always amazed at the poverty he sees in Cuba. Many people don’t wear shoes. Many eat their meals on dirt floors. But the Texas Rangers pitcher is even more… Read More

New York Yankees’ Jose Contreras says his family can’t leave Cuba

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Associated Press New York Yankee pitcher Jose Contreras says his family was barred from leaving Cuba, the newspaper La Prensa reported Monday. Contreras told the newspaper that Cuban officials had twice refused permission for his wife Miriam Murillo to go to Nicaragua and that she would have to wait… Read More

Cuban Athletes Train for Olympic Games

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DTcuba Havana.- Cuba’s best athletes are training for the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, in 2004. The list of athletes that will compete in the summer games includes Ivn Pedroso, world and Olympic long-jumping champion; Anier Garca, 110-m hurdles gold medallist in Sydney’s 2000; Yipsy… Read More

Good Results of El Aljibe Restaurant Highlighted

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DTcuba Havana.- El Aljibe Restaurant, run by the company Palmares, has reported over 30 million dollars in sales over the past ten years. The restaurant, which opened in August 1993, has also reported 20 million dollars in profits, thanks to the efficiency of its staff. Major investments were made in… Read More

Cuba is attractive to outsiders because embargo froze it in time

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BY RON MENCHACHA | Charleston Post and Courier Staff To see a row of 1950s American automobiles parked along the street—chromed, finned and absurdly comfortable—is to walk in the days before the U.S. trade embargo. Cuba is a living, breathing time capsule. The embargo, imposed in the early… Read More

Tourist trade gives some Cubans chance to earn American greenbacks

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BY RON MENCHACHA | Charleston Post and Courier Staff A statue of Christ overlooks Havana harbor from the small hilltop town of Casablanca. El Cristo de Casablanca was carved from Italian marble in 1958 by a Cuban sculptor. A smattering of tourists have made the steep trek to the statue’s base for… Read More

South Carolina delegates are impressed with Cuba

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BY RON MENCHACHA | Charleton Post and Courier Staff The South Carolina delegation is hamming it up in Old Havana. Although they are here to sign a $10 million trade agreement with Cuba, the delegation takes time out to sightsee. Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer walks into a crowd of schoolchildren riding bikes and… Read More

On Havana’s waterfront, 25 years of hard work is worth $10 a month

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BY RON MENCHACHA | Charleston Post and Courier Staff At the port of Havana, a harbor pilot boat steams out toward the mouth of the harbor, likely heading to a rendezvous with an inbound cargo ship. Dockworkers and truck drivers stop for food breaks in the maritime district. Eduardo Gomez stands under… Read More

Life in Cuba

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BY RON MENCHACHA | Charleston Post and Courier Staff American cars from the ‘40s and ‘50s ply Havana’s streets, symbols of Cuba’s poverty and its allure. The country is a living time capsule that dances to a lively Latin beat. HAVANA—Cuba is a study in contradictions: Edgy… Read More

Family Eatery Still Ruling the Roost in Cuba

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Dallas Morning News HAVANA - Sergio Garcia Macias runs one of Cuba’s most popular eateries, featuring a 56-year-old secret recipe for roast chicken that has drawn the likes of Hollywood star Jack Nicholson and former President Jimmy Carter. In the capitalist world, Garcia would probably be a millionaire,… Read More

Forgotten photos recall Ernest Hemingway’s Havana friendship

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By Cara Buckley | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_LFxUbwJv6Y').innerHTML = output; //]]> | The… Read More

Cuba: Island of Music - movie review

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By STEPHEN HOLDEN | New York Times Underneath the ebullient surface of Gary Keys’s uplifting documentary “Cuba: Island of Music” is a plea for an end to the United States embargo on trade with Cuba. Or as Mr. Keys wonders: why is what’s good for China not good for Cuba? Mr. Keys… Read More

Maels Rodriguez and Yobal Duenas Officially Declared Free Agents

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[url=http://www.MLBscoop.com]http://www.MLBscoop.com[/url] Cubans Maels Rodriguez and Yobal Dueńas were granted free agency by Major League Baseball today, according to Baseball America. Rodriguez is expected to draw interest from the Yankees, Red Sox, Mets, Mariners and Rangers… Read More

Mariners among Cuban defector Maels Rodriguez primary choices

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By Larry Stone | Seattle Times staff reporter Maels Rodriguez The agent for Cuban defector Maels Rodriguez, a 24-year-old right-hander whose pitches have been clocked at more than 100 mph, says the Mariners “are definitely in the top three or four organizations he wants to be a part of.”… Read More

Red Sox Eye Cuban Baseball Pitcher Maels Rodriguez

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[url=http://www.MLBscoop.com]http://www.MLBscoop.com[/url] They lost out on the bidding for Jose Contreras last year. Now, Contreras looked lost for most of the 2003 season, until the end, where he came on strong for the Yankees. Contreras is expected to be a strong starter in the… Read More

Limitations on Internet access for Cubans to become more stringent

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HAVANA, January 14 (http://www.cubanet.org) - Cubans not authorized by the government to use the Internet who log on through their phones now run the risk of losing their phone service, under new measures taken by the government. Cubans first learned the news from abroad, before the government-controlled… Read More

Leader of Orthodox Christians Goes to Cuba

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ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press HAVANA - The spiritual leader of the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians will travel to Cuba next week at the invitation of President Fidel Castro to consecrate a cathedral, a regional church leader said Wednesday. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will arrive… Read More

New Vaccine for Cuban Children

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Havana.- Cuba’s health system this year began administering a new Cuban-made vaccine against the Haemofilus Influenza. The synthetic vaccine, the only one of its kind in the world, also protects children against sepsis and… Read More

In Cuba town hungry for color, artist pleases the palette

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BY TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News JAIMANITAS, Cuba - (KRT) - Jose Fuster is one of Cuba’s top painters, the Picasso of the Caribbean. But he’s finding out it’s not always easy to be an artist in a land of conformists. Disgruntled neighbors made that clear recently when they… Read More

Cuban surfboard crisis: Surfing is no easy bag in socialist Cuba. But then few good things are. Stor

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By DAN COYRO | Sentinel photographer HAVANA, Cuba - And Santa Cruz surfers thought they had it rough. Cuban surfers have bigger issues than overcrowding, poor etiquette and territorialism — namely a 44-year-old trade embargo that prevents any of the latest and greatest U.S. surf technology from… Read More

Cuba to show results of its environmental policy

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By Francis Norniella | [url=http://www.radioangulo.cu]http://www.radioangulo.cu[/url] Cuba will show the results of the previous ten years regarding the fulfillment of its environmental compromises, when inaugurating the 2nd International Seminar “Complejidad La Habana’2004”.… Read More

Eight Cubans repatriated to Cuba after being rescued by a cruise ship

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BY ELAINE DE VALLE | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_O0iRhxC9aT').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

Banned in Cuba

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By Jim Hightower | AlterNet.org As a patriotic, taxpaying American, I for one, am proud to see that George W. Bush is defending our shores against one of the more important terrorist threats to the American people: Cuban cigars. It almost brings tears to my old red-white-and-blue eyes to see our president… Read More

Heady atmosphere of cars and cigars in Cuba

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By FIONA WEBSTER | The New Zealand Herald Reuters The throb of big-finned American cars hangs in the air and mingles with the smoke from my cigar. It is dusk. The street is loaded with warmth, dust and stickiness. A narrow street of Spanish colonial buildings with peeling paint and intricate balustrades… Read More

Scorpion concoctions - Escozul cancer treatment

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By Vanessa Bauz | Havana Bureau | Associated Press Jaguey Grande, Cuba For most of his patients, Jose Felipe Monzon’s tidy home on the edge of an overgrown sugarcane field is the last stop on a long road of failed conventional medical treatments. Twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays, they… Read More

Statue Unveiled in Cuba of Late Musician

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Associated Press HAVANA - With his trademark hat on his head, his guitar case at his side and a cigar in his slender fingers, a new life-sized statue of late Cuban musician Compay Segundo was unveiled in the patio of major hotel. “We welcome Compay Segundo,” Cuban musicologist Lino Betancourt… Read More

Cuba: Tale of survival and struggle in 2003

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Castro sees advances in economy, medicine, but grumbling rises By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News HAVANA – Fidel Castro will celebrate his 45th year in power Thursday after seeing some of his most turbulent, yet momentous times since the early 1990s. Castro loyalists kept the economy growing… Read More

DTC News.- 103 Cuban Athletes Qualify for Olympic Games

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Havana.- A total of 103 Cuban athletes have qualified for the Olympic Games, scheduled for August 2004 in Athens, Greece. Officials from the Cuban Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER) pointed out that athletes in 13 sports have qualified for the summer games in the Greek capital.… Read More

Villa Clara Produces Cigars for Export

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Havana.- Cigarmakers in central Villa Clara province expect to produce 15,000 cigars for export in 2003. According to experts, that amount is higher in two million than the sector’s plan for this year. Villa Clara produces… Read More

Sioux City native studies evolution, ecology of lizards in Cuba

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By Joanne Fox, Sioux City Journal staff writer Sioux City native Jason Kolbe recently returned from Cuba where he did research on the behavioral and evolutionary ecology of lizards. Cuba, the Pearl of the Antilles, has had a travel ban for United States citizens for more than four decades. Except for… Read More

DTC News.- New Cuban Feature-Length Film in Havana Theaters

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Havana.- The Cuban feature-length film “Roble de Olor”, by moviemaker Rigoberto Lopez, is the main end-of-the-year offer in Havana theaters. The motion picture, starred in by Jorge Perugorra and the Haitian actress Lia Chapman, is a love story threatened by racial discrimination and social… Read More

Academic ruins - Cuba’s National Art Schools

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By Gary Marx | Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent Cuba’s unfinished National Art Schools received a revival four years ago when Castro ordered the project be completed. Before construction was halted in the ‘60s, the complex was one of the utopian vi HAVANA—Roberto Gottardi stands… Read More

The Art of Isolation: Cuba’s Very Late Modernists

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By Jessica Dawson | Special to The Washington Post The artworks Clyde Hensley adores can’t be bought in the famous art galleries of New York, Los Angeles or London. Instead, he has had to travel to tiny, far-flung towns in eastern Cuba. These days, though, that’s a problem. Hensley, whose… Read More

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