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Posted April 29, 2007 by publisher in Cuban Cigars

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For most Americans, Cuba is still the forbidden fruit of travel. Tales of the the island’s golden age entice, while stories of political repression instill uncertainty. Although the political debate rages on over relations between Cuba and United States and getting there seems to be more difficult than ever, there is promise in recent happenings and the hope for a better tomorrow.

In the June issue, Cigar Aficionado magazine delves into the island nation from all angles. We sit down with top U.S. politicans, both Democrat and Republican, as well as government insiders, from Cuba and the United States, to examine the policy divide that splits Washington along party lines and two nations separated by a 90-mile stretch of sea.

We follow that up with a comprehensive travel guide that will give any visitor the ins and outs of the island. We find the best hotels in Cuba; profile the home-style cooking that dominates the restaurant scene; lend a helping hand in navigating Havana’s cigar shops; outline the increased travel restrictions and the channels that sidestep some of them; and highlight a new lineup of star cigars on the market.

Also in this issue, David Savona goes into the fields with Litto Gomez of La Flor Dominicana, and James Suckling reports from this year’s Habanos Festival. Plus, Jim Furyk’s climb to the PGA’s number two spot, the spread of Vegas-style destination casino resorts, the expansion of Web television, the hardtop covertible craze and an interview with the creators of Tommy Bahama. Also, ratings and notes on 77 cigars.

Here are some of the articles on Cuba in the June issue of Cigar Aficionado:

INTERVIEW: RICARDO ALARCON—The president of Cuba’s National Assembly discusses Fidel, Ra�l and the challenges that face his country, both today and in the future.

VIEWPOINT: OPEN CUBA—New York Congressman Charles Rangel argues it’s time the United States drop the feud with Cuba as he thinks we are the losers, not Castro.

VIEWPOINT: KEEP IT CLOSED—Florida Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart still believes that economic sanctions against Cuba can work and that the United States owes it to the Cuban people to stay the course.

INTERVIEW: JULIA SWEIG—Julia Sweig, a Cuba watcher and writer and the director of Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, considers the future of the stalemated relations between Cuba and the United States.

MEMOIR: SMOKING POWER—A photojournalist recalls puffing contraband cigars in the very highest halls of government.

CUBA TRAVEL GUIDE

HOTELS: SLEEPING WELL—Some hotels in Cuba are modernizing in anticipation of American tourism to come. The trick is separating the palaces from the dumps. We tell you where to stay.

RESTAURANTS: HOME COOKING—Cuba mightn’t have haute cuisine, but it does have cocina criolla. This simple home-style cooking is the charm of the paladares, the private restaurants that Cubans run out of their homes.

CIGAR SHOPS: WELCOME TO MECCA—There’s nothing like buying a cigar in Havana, where some of the great cigars are made and can still be smoked. But stick to the authorized shops and steer clear of street hawkers’ rip-offs.

PROTOCOL: GETTING THERE—Off-limits to most Americans for almost half a century, Cuba is still accessible if you meet the increasingly stringent criteria—or you know the loopholes.

CIGARS: THE NEW STARS—It’s a new age for Cuban quality, and the best cigars are consumer-friendly and created with the modern smoker in mind. We smoke the best of these new Cuban celebrities.

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