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Hearings Begin in Cuba Travel Ban Case

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JEANNINE AVERSA | Associated Press WASHINGTON - Vacationing in Mexico in 1999, Frederick Burks could not resist hopping a cheap flight to Cuba for a spur-of-the-moment visit, an excursion that led to accusations by U.S. authorities that he had illegally traveled to the country. Now, after years of waiting,… Read More

Cuba weaves web of indoctrination around its students - Opinion

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By Claudia Marquez Linares   What has happened to freedom of thought in Cuba today? Let me tell you a story. When my son’s kindergarten teacher asked him to bring a plastic gun to school, I was surprised. I asked Cristian, then 5, why the teacher wanted this toy, but he didn’t know.… Read More

OUR CARIBBEAN: Deepening our ties with Cuba

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by RICKEY SINGH | [url=http://www.NationNews.com]http://www.NationNews.com[/url] LAST MONDAY marked a significant political anniversary in the post-independence history of the English-speaking Caribbean when four states, of what now exists as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), took… Read More

Enforcement of Cuba travel ban angers some

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Peter Slevin | The Washington Post Washington—The athletes and doctors were due to meet in Miami on Nov. 13 and depart for Havana the next day. Those who needed wheelchairs would bring them. Others would arrive with teaching materials and donated artificial limbs in anticipation of working with… Read More

Cuba has made a utopian dream reality | Granma.cu

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Affirms President Fidel Castro at the event for the 4th anniversary of the Battle of Ideas and Elin Gonzlez’ 10th birthday PRESIDENT Fidel Castro sustained that Cuba has made a utopian dream reality and has moreover demonstrated that humans have capacity and that justice is possible. The Cuban… Read More

Raul Castro - Cuba has turned into a trap

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] Refutes rumors on his health after presiding over the military ceremony for the 107th anniversary of the death of Major General Antonio Maceo and his adjutant Francisco Gomez Toro. GENERAL of the Army Ral Castro warned that Cuba… Read More

Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba - White House Press Release

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“Our government will establish a Commission for the Assistance to a Free Cuba, to plan for the happy day when Castro’s regime is no more and democracy comes to the island.” President George W. Bush, October 10, 2003 On December 5, 2003, the President’s Commission for Assistance… Read More

US plans ‘peaceful change’ in Cuba

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[url=http://www.IndiaMonitor.com]http://www.IndiaMonitor.com[/url] WASHINGTON: The US has indicated that it was serious about planning for a ‘peaceful’ regime change in Cuba. The US has constituted a Commission for Assistance to identify additional means by which it could… Read More

Raul Castro Says Cuba Ready if U.S. Attacks

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Reuters HAVANA - Cuban Defense Minister Raul Castro said on Sunday that should the Communist state’s arch-enemy the United States invade Cuba its forces would pay a far heavier price than the U.S. troops occupying Iraq. “Our people will pay a terrible price, but we will exact from the aggressors… Read More

U.S. boosts sanction enforcement, searches more travelers to Cuba

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Rafael Lorente | South Florida Sun-Sentinel WASHINGTON - President Bush’s October call for more rigorous enforcement of sanctions against Cuba has led to an increase in searches of people traveling to and from the island, the Housing and Urban Development secretary said Friday. Mel Martinez, who… Read More

Fidel Castro : Socialism Will Survive in Cuba

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By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press Writer CARDENAS, Cuba (AP)—President Fidel Castro insisted Friday that his socialist system will survive him, as he celebrated the 10th birthday of Elian Gonzalez—the shipwrecked boy who was the center of a fierce international custody battle. Castro… Read More

US further tightens restrictions on business, travel in Cuba

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AFP WASHINGTON - The United States announced tighter inspections of US citizens traveling to Cuba and a crackdown on illegal business with the communist island. “In particular, we’re having 100 percent inspection of flights to Cuba,” Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere Roger… Read More

Mel Martinez Resigns to Run for Senate

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Knight Ridder News Service ORLANDO, Fla.—U.S. Housing Secretary Mel Martinez, a Cuban-born Republican and the only Hispanic member of President Bush’s cabinet, will resign this week to return to his home state and seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Bob Graham. Martinez had… Read More

The Changing Face of Cuba | 1 of 3

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The Changing Face of Cuba | 2 of 3

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The Changing Face of Cuba | 3 of 3

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By RALF KIRCHER | .(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_KSY9iadSGw').innerHTML = output; //]]> | NaplesNews.com… Read More

Stand in Solidarity with Cuba - Free the Cuban Five

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HAVANA JOURNAL COMMENTS: THIS ARTICLE IS POSTED AS A NEWS/INFORMATION STORY. THE HAVANA JOURNAL DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORT ANY POLITICAL ORGANIZATION OR AGENDA. International Action Center The NYC Free the Cuban Five Committee will meet with Javier Dominguez, Director of the North America section… Read More

Bozeman teacher argues for end to Cuba embargo

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By GAIL SCHONTZLER Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer Bozeman teacher Tom Waldorf could fly from Miami to Cuba for a two-week visit because of a loophole in the 43-year-old U.S. embargo on trade and travel with the communist nation. It’s time to end the embargo, Waldorf said in an interview. “It’s… Read More

Miami promoter wins suit over concert security costs

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Poverty and Police State Clash in Cuba

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By Cory Reiss | Ledger Washington Bureau | .(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_9fYWAZk0mb').innerHTML = output;… Read More

Honored reporter locked up in Cuba

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By Hazel Feigenblatt | THE WASHINGTON TIMES Cuban journalist Manuel Vazquez Portal will not be available to receive the 2003 International Press Freedom Award that the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) will present to him and other reporters on Tuesday. He is in a prison cell in Santiago de Cuba,… Read More

Alabama - Cuba Conference Speaker relates Cuba to U.S. culture

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By Marlin Caddell | Staff Reporter | The Crimson White Robert Thompson spoke at the first annual Alabama-Cuba Conference on Wednesday, explaining how the mambo dance routine relates to many aspects of American life, ranging from football stances and plays to the simple high-five. Richard Diehl, a UA… Read More

Teacher facing trip penalty lobbies against Cuba ban

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Forty Years of Lies - opinion

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By: John Chuckman | [url=http://www.liberalslant.com]http://www.liberalslant.com[/url] “If, as we are told, Oswald was the lone assassin, where is the issue of national security?” - Bertrand Russell Bertrand Russell’s penetrating question, one of sixteen he asked… Read More

Shame in the Congress - opinion

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By John Bomar/Independent Recent actions within the back rooms of congress to strip away the Cuban travel ban is a shameful example of the manipulation of house and senate rules for personal political gain. In so doing the Senate/House Conference Committee disregarded the collective will of both… Read More

Cuban journalist Bernardo Arevalo Padron freed from jail

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BBC Cuban journalist Bernardo Arevalo Padron has been released from prison after serving a six-year sentence for anti-revolutionary activities, his friends say. He is the founder of the independent press agency Linea Sur Pres - which was banned by the Cuban authorities. A number of foreign human groups… Read More

Anger at Cuba travel ban decision

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BBC US lawmakers have come under attack for dropping a provision that would have allowed Americans to travel to Cuba for the first time in 40 years. Lawmakers removed from pending legislation terms which would have prevented money being spent on enforcing the ban. Both Houses of Congress voted to lift… Read More

Detroit City Council calls for normal relations with Cuba

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People’s Weekly World The following resolution was unanimously passed Nov. 7 by the Detroit City Council. It was introduced by JoAnn Watson and Maryann Mahaffey at the initiative of the U.S/Cuba Labor Exchange, Justice for Cuba Coalition and the National Network on Cuba. Read More

UN to Bush: End the blockade against Cuba

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Terrie Albano | People’s Weekly World Newspaper   Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque delivered a blistering speech to the United Nation General Assembly Nov. 4 calling for the end of the U.S.-imposed embargo against the socialist nation. He received an ovation from the delegates, who… Read More

PROTEST CUBA AMENDMENT REMOVAL - Latin America Working Group

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Dear Cuba Policy Advocates: It is time to protest!  Last night, behind closed doors and without giving an opportunity for the full conference committee to vote, Republican leadership stripped the Cuba travel amendment from the FY04 Transportation-Treasury Appropriations bill.  This is a travesty.… Read More

Plan to ease Cuba sanctions foiled (with Havana Journal Publisher’s comment)

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Christopher Marquis | New York Times Washington—President Bush’s allies in Congress quietly eliminated a widely supported provision easing restrictions on American travel to Cuba from a major appropriations bill to save him from embarrassment over his political designs in Florida, officials… Read More

Lawmakers drop effort to ease Cuba travel restrictions in Bush win

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ALAN FRAM | Associated Press Writer Congressional bargainers dropped efforts to end the government’s ban on travel by most Americans to Cuba, awarding a victory to President Bush. Though the House and Senate had each approved provisions earlier this year ending the travel restrictions, negotiators… Read More

Cuba’s dissidents seek international summit platform to make their case

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Channelnewsasia.com HAVANA : Prominent Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya made an impassioned appeal to organizers of an Ibero-American summit this week to speak out on human rights in communist-ruled Cuba. Paya, a Christian democrat who won the European Parliament’s 2002 Sakharov Prize, has spearheaded… Read More

The Cuban embargo myth - Op-Ed

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A Miami TV station recently aired home video of Cuban leader Fidel Castro dining in a fancy restaurant with a group of Italian businessmen. On the tape, Castro is seen savoring the restaurant’s finest French wines before indulging in a lavish meal with his fat-cat capitalist buddies. Wasn’t… Read More

Cuba’s lesson for Iraq - Political Opinion

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Peter Foster | Financial Post If Fidel Castro was miffed at not making the “Axis of Evil,” he must have been apoplectic this week at being relegated by President George W. Bush to a mere “outpost of oppression,” shoved in the corner of the Dictators’ Waxwork Museum alongside… Read More

U.S. Cuba policy out of tune - Opinion

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Author: Rob Gowland | People’s Weekly World Newspaper   Did you see where Benjamin Treuhaft, a piano tuner in the U.S., is being pursued by the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) because in 1994 he went to Cuba and tuned pianos there – for $1 (U.S.) each? OFAC… Read More

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Votes to Ease Travel Ban to Cuba

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[url=http://www.lawg.org]http://www.lawg.org[/url] [NOTE:  The conference committee of the Transportation-Treasury Appropriations bill, where the Cuba travel amendment to end enforcement of the travel ban, is still in play.  Continued action is needed; please see our previous… Read More

US Senate panel approves lifting Cuba travel ban

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Reuters WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 — The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 13-5 on Thursday to lift the travel ban to Cuba, as the fight to eliminate the 42-year-old prohibition gathered steam in Congress. The bill, proposed by Wyoming Republican Sen. Mike Enzi, is now ready for a vote on the… Read More

Argentina and Uruguay face off over Cuba

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Washington Times HAVANA, Nov. 5 (UPI)—Argentina will pressure Uruguay to drop its opposition to offering Cuba membership in a key regional trade bloc. Known as Mercosur, the association is a South American common market that has long excluded Cuba. Raul Taleb, Argentina’s ambassador to Cuba,… Read More

Vietnam confirms a vote for UN resolution on Cuba

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[url=http://www.vnagency.com.vn]http://www.vnagency.com.vn[/url] New York, Nov. 5 (VNA)- Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Chau, Head of the Vietnamese mission to the UN, said on Tuesday that Viet Nam would vote for a UN resolution demanding US lift its four-decade long embargo against Cuba.… Read More

U.N. resoundingly rejects U.S. embargo against Cuba

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Reuters UNITED NATIONS - For the 12th straight year, the U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to end Washington’s four-decade old economic embargo against Cuba, which Havana has called tantamount to genocide. The annual roasting of the United States by friends and adversaries alike… Read More

Cuba to host meeting on prohibition of nuclear arms next week

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[url=http://www.chinaview.cn]http://www.chinaview.cn[/url] HAVANA, Nov. 1 (Xinhuanet)—Cuba will host next week the 18th period of ordinary sessions of the Organization for the Prohibition of Nuclear Arms in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL), OPANAL Secretary General Chilean… Read More

The Cuba Embargo as Rip Off - Opinion

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Saul Landau | [url=http://www.counterpunch.org]http://www.counterpunch.org[/url] OPINION: “U.S. law forbids Americans to travel to Cuba for pleasure. That law is on the books and it must be enforced. We allow travel for limited reasons, including visit to a family, to bring… Read More

HELP CUBA TRAVEL REACH THE PRESIDENT’s DESK

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Havana Journal publisher comment: Views of the LAWG and actions suggested below are not necessarily the views or recommendations of the Havana Journal. Latin America Working Group Dear Cuba Policy Advocates: Congratulations again on the victory in the Senate last week. As you probably could tell, the… Read More

Baucus, Enzi join group opposing Cuba travel ban

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By TED MONOSON | Billings Gazette Washington Bureau WASHINGTON—Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and a bipartisan group of other lawmakers Wednesday called for an end to the ban on American travel in Cuba. Provisions that would prohibit the Bush administration from spending money to… Read More

Pinecrest broadcaster helps transmit news, information to Cuba

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By Art Jacobson | Pinecrest Tribune In a community where many spend their time talking about Cuba, Alex Rivero talks to people in Cuba via radio and television. Rivero is an employee of the International Broadcasting Bureau’s Office of Cuba Broadcasting, the organization that operates Radio and… Read More

GOP Will Keep Cuba Travel Ban Intact

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LOLITA C. BALDOR | Associated Press WASHINGTON - Legislation that would relax the ban on travel to Cuba is headed for failure even though it passed both the House and Senate. Lawmakers said Wednesday that Republican leaders probably would strip the provision from a transportation funding bill during… Read More

Cuba policy will change - opinion

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Palm Beach Post Editorial For reasons ranging from jobs to sanity, the House and Senate have swung the wrecking ball at four decades of failed policy toward Cuba. President Bush has said he will stand in the path of the ball, but if he does it will be for the worst reason—personal politics. Last… Read More

Opinion: Rip up the Cuba embargo

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Published by news-press.com on October 28, 2003 Bush’s stance is just political pandering The tattered trade and travel embargo against Cuba came a little more unraveled last week. President Bush should follow Congress’ lead and rip the thing up. The Senate voted 59-36 to effectively end… Read More

Cuba veto threat, votes hang in balance for Bush

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By Peter S. Canellos | Boston Globe WASHINGTON—President Bush has never wielded a veto pen in anger. Not for a $180 billion deficit-swelling farm bill. Not for a pork-encrusted appropriations bill. But this week, he’s threatening. The House and Senate, by large majorities, voted to deny funds… Read More

Bush should capitulate on Cuba - opinion

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The Rocky Mountain News The Senate has taken a giant step toward recognizing the right of Americans to travel where they wish, voting 59 to 38 to ease the ban on Americans traveling to Cuba. The House had earlier voted 227 to 188 to do so. Previously, the House Republican leadership, at the behest of… Read More

Ban on Cuba travel may survive

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By Nick Anderson | National Correspondent | Los Angeles Times Republican leaders hope to strip language easing restrictions from a bill to avoid Bush’s first veto. WASHINGTON—Determined to avoid a showdown with President Bush that might prompt his first veto, Republican congressional leaders… Read More

Bush wrong about Cuba - opinion

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Salt Lake Tribune When President Bush made his recent speech about tightening legal American access to Cuba, I and 30-plus other Utahns were in Havana on a KUER-sponsored educational exchange. Based on my personal observation during a week in Cuba, I must say the administration is dead wrong in its position.… Read More

Cuba Welcomes U.S. Senate Vote on Travel

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The Associated Press HAVANA Oct. 24 — Cuba’s foreign minister welcomed the U.S. Senate’s vote this week to ease restrictions on American travel here, but said he doubted President Bush would sign it. “It is another sign that both houses of Congress favor a political change toward… Read More

Cuba in the Cross-Hairs: A Near Half-Century of Terror

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by Noam Chomsky | TomDispatch.com Now that the Bush administration, pursuing its “war against terrorism,” has once again elevated Cuba into America’s cross-hairs as a newly anointed member of the Axis of Evil, it seems like a good moment to consider the question of terrorism and Cuba.… Read More

Cuba Vote Shows Bush’s Waning Authority

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by Jim Lobe | Anitwar.com       Thursday’s unexpectedly lop-sided vote by the Republican-led U.S. Senate to end a 40-year ban on U.S. citizens travelling to Cuba marks another embarrassing defeat for President George W. Bush. Less than two weeks ago the president announced new measures… Read More

Senate Roll Call Votes regarding Cuba Travel Ban

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Provided by Latin American Working Group | [url=http://www.lawg.org]http://www.lawg.org[/url] U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 108th Congress - 1st Session, as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate Vote Summary Question:… Read More

Historic Senate Vote to End Cuba Travel Ban

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Press Release from the Latin America Working Group Senate Seconds September House Vote and Defies Pressure from Administration The Senate voted today to end the ban on travel to Cuba.  The vote comes less than two weeks after a press conference by President Bush in which he announced that he would… Read More

DORGAN CUBA TRAVEL AMENDMENT WON

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Dear Cuba Policy Advocates: Amid some confusion on the floor of the Senate, the Dorgan Cuba travel amendment passed on a voice vote.  Once some analysis and clarification have taken place, we’ll send another message explaining exactly what happened and what the next steps will be.  The… Read More

Senate votes to end restrictions on travel to Cuba

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JIM ABRAMS | Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)—The Senate joined the House on Thursday in striking at the four-decade-old policy of making travel to Cuba a criminal act, putting Congress on a collision course with Bush administration efforts to step up enforcement of travel restrictions.… Read More

Cuba Travel Ban Debate in Congress

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Dear Cuba Policy Advocates: At this very moment the Senate is unexpectedly debating the Cuba travel amendment on Transportation-Treasury Appropriations bill.  Your senators need to hear from you NOW.  Please help us light up the phones in all senators offices, asking them to vote YES on the… Read More

Cuba’s unfinished power source

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By Robert Windrem | NBC NEWS JURAGUA, Cuba — On a humid coastal plain opposite the city of Cienfuegos sits an imposing monolith — huge, windowless and rusting. Depending on who you ask, the Soviet-built reactor complex at Juragua is either a threat or merely a socialist albatross. Which it… Read More

The wrong model for Iraq war

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By Sheldon M. Stern | Boston Globe | Opinion WHEN PRESIDENT George W. Bush looked into American history to justify his decision to invade Iraq, he quoted John F. Kennedy during the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962: “We no longer live in a world where only the actual firing of weapons represents… Read More

Cuba’s needless isolation | Boston Globe Editorial

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PRESIDENT BUSH, unwilling to tackle the difficult issues between the United States and Cuba, has imposed new restrictions on Americans’ travel to the island. This will do nothing to loosen Fidel Castro’s grip, but it will diminish the contacts that might, in time, lead to better Cuban-American… Read More

Cuba second from last, just ahead of North Korea

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Reporters Without Borders is publishing its second world press freedom ranking. Second from last in the ranking, Cuba is today the world’s biggest prison for journalists. Twenty-six independent journalists were arrested in the spring of 2003 and sentenced to prison terms ranging from 14 to 27 years,… Read More

Cuba a Threat or an Opportunity? | Commentary

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By SARTRE | GOPUSA.com “Our relationship with Cuba is a paradox. Politics pull us apart. And then geography pushes us back together. In a very true sense, we’re all residents of the same neighborhood. In our neighborhood we see common problems and common opportunities. It’s my hope… Read More

Bush’s Cuban quandary | commentary

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By John Hughes | Former Editor of the Christian Science Monitor SALT LAKE CITY While President Bush has been focused on troublesome problems in far-off Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and North Korea, he is paying new attention to Cuba, which could cause election-year problems in his own backyard. Bush’s… Read More

Sex, Lies and Tourism: Is Castro Prostituting Cuban Teenagers?

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The Bush Administration recently intensified persecution of Americans who dare visit Cuba. Unleashing the Homeland Security Department on Cuba travelers is strictly about avoiding re-defeat in Florida in 2004, whatever the rhetoric. If Bush’s people were serious about impeding sex tourism, they… Read More

Senate poised to lift ban on travel to Cuba

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By Bob Cusack | TheHill.com For the first time, the Senate appears ready to pass legislation that would lift the 41-year-old travel ban to Cuba, despite strong opposition from the White House. The move will raise the stakes in the debate about U.S. policy toward Cuba. Over the objections of its leaders,… Read More

Cuban Travel Ban of Questionable Constitutionality

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Here is a brief editorial in response to George Bush’s recent statement on Cuba and particularly the present travel ban.  You are welcome to copy and distribute. Read More

White House Calls for More Pressure on Castro

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By Michael Conlon CHICAGO (Reuters) - Branding Fidel Castro a tyrant, White House national security chief Condoleezza Rice called on Monday for renewed international pressure against the Cuban leader. Speaking just days after President Bush said he would begin tight enforcement of an existing ban on… Read More

Text of speech delivered by Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe PÈrez Roque to the United Nations G

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PERMANENT MISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA TO THE UNITED NATIONS 315 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016 Tel: 212-689-7215 * Fax: 212-689-9073 Excellencies: Last century bore witness to two terrible world wars. Over 80 million human beings perished in them. It later seemed that, with the lesson learned,… Read More

Senator Lugar: Embargo has not worked

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BY RICHARD BRAND | .(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_4dDHLEPOG8').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

Pay takes petition to Cuban leaders

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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_MIt21v5yr8').innerHTML = output; //]]> |… Read More

BBC NEWS | Country profile: Cuba

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Cuba has survived more than 40 years of US sanctions intended to topple the government of Fidel Castro. It has also defied predictions that it would not withstand the collapse of its main supporter, the Soviet Union. Since the fall of the US-backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in 1959, Cuba has… Read More

Support to Lift Cuba Travel Restrictions Appears to Be Growing in US Congress

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Deborah Tate | VOAnews.com Support for ending U.S. travel restrictions to Cuba appears to be growing in the U.S. Congress, despite President Bush’s vow Friday to tighten enforcement of them. A number of lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans alike, are calling for abolishing restrictions on U.S.… Read More

Cuba conference in Mobile Alabama opens amid controversy

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By GEORGE TALBOT | Business Reporter | [url=http://www.al.com]http://www.al.com[/url] An air of conspiracy mixed with the Cuban artwork and rum cocktails Friday as the Society Mobile-La Habana opened its 10th anniversary conference in Mobile. The fraternal organization, established… Read More

Challenge to Castro | csmonitor.com

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Opinion For the second time in 17 months, a group of courageous Cuban citizens is challenging Fidel Castro’s economically, morally, and politically bankrupt regime. Led by dissident leader Oswaldo Pay, a devout Roman Catholic, more than 14,000 Cubans have signed a petition calling for a referendum… Read More

Bush Steps Up Effort to Destabilize Castro’s Regime

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By Edwin Chen | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer The administration will enforce restricted travel to Cuba and allow more immigrants into the U.S. But critics say the new plans could backfire. WASHINGTON — President Bush announced a crackdown on unauthorized travel to Cuba on Friday as he unveiled… Read More

Nelson P. Valdes: Traveling to Cuba: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

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By NELSON P. VALDES | [url=http://www.CounterPunch.org]http://www.CounterPunch.org[/url] Do you want to travel to Cuba but believe you are not allowed by the U.S. government? Well, do not despair! The official position of the United States government is that you CAN travel to the… Read More

Looking at Participatory Planning in Cuba through an Art Deco Window

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By Marie Kennedy, Lorna Rivera and Chris Tilly | [url=http://www.PlannersNetwork.org]http://www.PlannersNetwork.org[/url] Last January we sat with about thirty Cubans in a community arts center in Boyeros, on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. The group included artists, teachers, social… Read More

Cuba Blasts United States

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(AP) Cuba blasted President Bush’s newly toughened policies toward the communist-run island on Monday, saying they were developed to placate anti-Castro Cuban exiles crucial for his re-election. “Cuban again denounces these new provocations and aggressions by the neofascist American government,”… Read More

Washington Post Interview: Colin Powell on Cuba

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Excerpts from an Oct. 3, 2003, interview with Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, conducted at the State Department by Washington Post diplomatic correspondents Glenn Kessler and Peter Slevin. The Post: In a number of parts of the world, you face this issue of how much to engage, what to give up, what… Read More

President Bush’s remarks on Cuba

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Courtesy of the Latin American Working Group Greetings.  Following are:  the transcript of President Bush’s comments on Cuba delivered a hour ago at the White House, plus response press releases from the Latin America Working Group, Washington Office on Latin America, and the Cuban Committee… Read More

Cuba Takes Over Spain’s Cultural Center in Havana

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By Isabel Garcia-Zarza | Reuters HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba took control of Spain’s cultural center in Havana on Thursday as relations between the Communist-run country and its main economic partner, the European Union, deteriorated further over human rights issues. The Spanish Embassy called the… Read More

US House Votes to Ease Cuba Travel Embargo

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September 9, 2003 | 8:30 p.m. | Latin America Working Group Dear Cuba Advocates: Greetings.  We come to you with good news!  All three amendments on the Transportation, Treasury and Independent Agencies Appropriations bill that sought to ease the embargo on Cuba passed the House of Representatives… Read More

The Value of Engagement with Cuba

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Statement of Philip Peters | Vice President, Lexington Institute | before the Committee on Finance - United States Senate September 4, 2003 Mr. Chairman, Members of the Committee: Thank you for inviting me to testify on a subject of great importance to American foreign policy in this hemisphere: United… Read More

Congress to Vote in September on Freedom to Travel to Cuba

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From Latin America Working Group Press Release In early September, Congress will vote on whether to give Americans their freedom back – their freedom to travel to Cuba. Now is the time to contact your representatives in the House and Senate, and the message is simple, direct, and clear: Vote for… Read More

Cuba Travel Ammendment Vote in Congress

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From Latin America Working Group Dear Cuba Policy Advocates: QUICK REMINDER:  The Transportation/Treasury appropriations bill is scheduled to come to the House of Representatives floor TOMORROW.  This is the bill that will hold the Cuba travel amendment.  If you haven’t yet made… Read More

Fidel Castro Marks 77th Birthday Today

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By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Writer HAVANA - Fidel Castro, the world’s longest ruling leader, turns 77 Wednesday after a year that saw his communist-run island grow even more isolated as he lashed out at his European allies and jailed some of his most vocal critics. 28 photo Fidel Castro Slideshow… Read More

Gorbachev Comes to Miami to Address National Summit on Cuba

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[url=http://www.nationalsummitoncuba.org]http://www.nationalsummitoncuba.org[/url] MIAMI - Former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev will come to Miami to discuss his longstanding interest in Cuba and offer historic perspectives on U.S. policy toward the island at the upcoming Florida… Read More

CANF off base with demand to stop deportations

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Miami Herald | Letters to the Editor Re the Aug. 3 letter CANF demands an effective Cuba policy: The Cuban American National Foundation ‘‘demands’’ that President Bush stop deporting Cuban refugees to Cuba. It forgot to mention that these were 12 Cuban nationals who used violence… Read More

Cuban exiles furious as rebel stays to fight in Havana

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Mail and Guardian Online Cuban exiles in Miami yesterday condemned a dissident politician for his surprise decision to move to Havana and attempt to lead peaceful opposition to Fidel Castro’s regime. Eloy Gutierrez-Menoyo (68) announced his decision to live in Cuba at Havana airport where he had… Read More

‘No lies’ drive in Havana

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News24.com | South Africa Havana - Cuban authorities on Tuesday launched a website denouncing a “campaign of lies” against the communist island, Cuban National Assembly president Ricardo Alarcon said. During a press conference presenting the Internet endeavor, Alarcon said that the site “signs… Read More

At 77, Castro still the indefatigable revolutionary

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters HAVANA - For Cuban President Fidel Castro, who will be 77 Wednesday, the slogan is still ‘‘socialism or death,’’ even though he has lost friends and allies in his 44th year in power. After half a century in the public eye, the world’s longest… Read More

Cuba: No Social Club for Journalists

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By Mark Fitzgerald | Editor & Publisher magazine Castro’s Crackdown May Have Backfired CHICAGO—Nostalgia for the Cuba of hot music borne on tropical trade winds was much in the news recently with the deaths of Compay Segundo, who became an international star at age 89 thanks to the hit… Read More

Roger Noriega seeks ideas to promote Cuba change

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By George Gedda | Associated Press WASHINGTON - Ruling out tighter sanctions against Cuba, the Bush administration is pushing for a democratic transition on the island through increased international pressure and more robust support for Cuba’s dissidents. The administration dispatched three officials… Read More

Cuban criminal justice: Don’t punish me with brutality

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By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News Relatives want Castro to see what’s going on today and show mercy HAVANA– Journalist Hector Maseda defied the Cuban government and got a 20-year prison sentence for his troubles. A half century earlier, young Fidel Castro led the July 26, 1953, rebel… Read More

Corruption in Cuban jails extends to medical personnel

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VILLA CLARA | [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] From Ariza prison, in Cienfuegos province, prisoner of conscience Jorge Luis Garca denounced rampant corruption among medical personnel assigned to the facility. Garca pointed out, for instance, that a Dr. Carlos,… Read More

Exile leader returns to Cuba to work for democracy

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By Vanessa Bauza | South Florida Sun-Sentinel HAVANA—He is a former rebel commander turned counterrevolutionary. The founder of an exile paramilitary group turned peace activist. Now, even in the autumn of his life, Eloy Gutierrez-Menoyo, who served 22 years in Cuba’s prisons before moving… Read More

Camila Ruiz to Head Washington Office of Cuban American National Foundation

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WASHINGTON - The Executive Board of the Cuban American National Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Camila Ruiz as Director of the Foundation’s Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Ruiz will be responsible for working with the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal government,… Read More

Legislators say Cuba letter may get results

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BY OSCAR CORRAL AND LESLEY CLARK | .(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_HzoecJcv0s').innerHTML = output; //]]>… Read More

US Concerned with Cuban Political Prisoners Health

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Press Release: US State Department U.S. Concerned with Health of Cuban Political Prisoners State Dept. says health of Raul Rivero and Oscar Espinosa worsening The United States is deeply concerned with the failing health and poor treatment of Cuba’s political prisoners, in particular that of Raul… Read More

Change Cuba Policy - opinion

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By Gary Aldrich | AmericanDaily.com In 1995, Bill Clinton changed the United State’s policy related to Cuban migration. The old policy allowed Cuban boaters, or “rafters” as they have been dubbed, to float to U.S. shores and gain sanctuary. The policy also allowed other boaters who… Read More

State GOP legislators urge action on Cuba

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BY OSCAR CORRAL | .(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_PZuX4Nco0j').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

CANF demands an effective Cuba policy

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Miami Herald | Letters to the Editor It is with deep regret that we write this open letter to President Bush to express our disappointment with the administration’s present Cuba policy: We write as your friends to ensure a successful Cuba policy, Mr. Bush. When you were a candidate for president… Read More

CUBA’s POLITICAL PRISONERS - Editorial

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Miami Herald FREE THEM FROM INHUMAN PRISON CONDITIONS It is contemptible that the Cuban regime imprisons people for activities such as speaking their minds, meeting with others or using typewriters. Yet the regime compounds its discredited policies with cruel inhumanity. It withholds medical treatment,… Read More

Administration officials debate Cuban repatriation

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By Nancy San Martin, Peter Wallsten and Alfonso Chard | Miami Herald A growing controversy about the fate of 19 Cuban migrants aboard a Coast Guard cutter has prompted a debate within the Bush administration about its policy of repatriating most Cubans intercepted at sea, according to several administration… Read More

One-time revolutionary seeks peaceful move to democracy in Cuba

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By Vanessa Bauz | Orlando Sentinel HAVANA—At one end of the Havana hotel’s Internet cafe, Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo, former rebel fighter-turned-counterrevolutionary, sips a cafe con leche and reflects optimistically on possibilities for a democratic change in Cuba. At the other end, his sons,… Read More

EU regrets Cuba’s decision to reject aid

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Islamic Republic News Agency ( I R N A )HeadLines News Brussels, Aug 4, IRNA—A spokesman for the European Commission     confirmed Monday that Cuba has turned down all aid from the European Union.                         … Read More

Cuba embarks on an ‘educational revolution’

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By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News HAVANA – Near-record numbers of college students are expected to flock to Cuban classrooms this fall in what Fidel Castro calls the most “colossal educational and cultural revolution” ever. Tens of thousands of students dropped out in the late… Read More

Doing the Math on Cuban American Voters

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By ANYA LANDAU | Letter to the Editor | Washington Post In his July 31 op-ed column, “Costly Cuba Blunder,” Robert D. Novak underestimated the White House’s political arithmetic on South Florida. The real reason the president’s political advisers aren’t sweating the recent… Read More

Jeb Bush Criticizes Brother George Bush on Cuba

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By Manuel Roig-Franzia | Washington Post Staff Writer MIAMI—The rare occasion of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush criticizing the administration of his brother, President Bush, for negotiating the return of 12 suspected hijackers to Cuba is adding intrigue to the courtship of Cuban American voters considered… Read More

Squandering the Cuban vote - Washington Times Editorial

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The Washington Times It is not an overstatement to argue that George W. Bush is president today largely because of Cuban Americans. After Clinton Attorney General Janet Reno ordered an armed raid to take 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez away from his family and ship him off to communist Cuba, outraged Cuban… Read More

Vietnam’s National Assembly Chairman An begins Cuba visit

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VNS Chairman Nguyen Van An of Vietnam’s National Assembly and his wife arrived in Havana, Cuba, on August 2, beginning a five-day visit to the Caribbean country. Mr An, who heads a NA senior official delegation, was welcomed at the Jose Marti International Airport by his Cuban counterpart, Ricardo… Read More

Cuba libre - Commentary

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By Daniel F. Somavilla & Andy Messing Jr. | Washington Times Since 1959, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has outlived eight presidential administrations. Even the loss of billions of dollars of aid caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union was not enough to loosen his grip on power. However, Mr. Castro… Read More

Chairman An (Viet Nam) entourage begin State trip to Cuba

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VNS HA NOI — National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An, accompanied by his wife, was scheduled to leave Ha Noi last Saturday on an official visit to Cuba. It comes at the invitation of the President of the Cuban National Assembly of Peoples’ Power, Ricardo Alarcon de Quesada. An is accompanied… Read More

Let Americans Visit Cuba - Letter to the Editor

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WAYNE S. SMITH In her July 13 Outlook piece, “A Crackdown Worthy of Castro,” Alicia C. Shepard described the clumsy and dysfunctional efforts of the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to enforce laws prohibiting Americans from traveling to Cuba. She didn’t… Read More

Bush’s honeymoon with Hispanics has faded - Opinion

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Andres Oppenheimer | Miami Herald President Bush’s honeymoon with Mexican-American and Cuban-American voters has come to an abrupt end. All of a sudden, Bush will face a tougher time than previously thought to win a sizable portion of the 6.5 million Hispanic voters who pollsters say will be critical… Read More

Keeping Cuba policy irrational still a key to Florida’s electoral votes

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Tom Lyons | HeraldTribune.com | Opinion There are plenty of sensible possibilities for improving this nation’s policies toward Cuba. But so what? All are irrelevant during a presidential campaign. End the embargo and open up trade? Send lots of students and tourists and business people? Sell capitalism… Read More

Imprisoned Cuban Dissident’s Failing Health Worries US

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VOA News The State Department says it is deeply concerned about the failing health of jailed Cuban economist Marta Beatriz Roque. She is serving a 20-year sentence in Havana for dissident activities. Spokesman Richard Boucher said in a statement Tuesday that Ms. Roque’s health has deteriorated… Read More

Analysis: Politics on Cuba changing

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By Les Kjos | UPI MIAMI, July 30 (UPI)—Cuban politics around the world has always been a tangle, and now it seems to be unraveling and tangling again. It’s happening in Cuba itself, in Europe and in the United States. In Cuba, President Fidel Castro is renouncing Europe’s decision to… Read More

Amnesty International Demands Release of About 75 Cuban Dissidents

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VOA News An international rights watchdog group is demanding that Cuba release about 75 dissidents the government sentenced to long prison terms. Amnesty International says in a report released Wednesday that the dissidents are “prisoners of conscience” who must be set free immediately and… Read More

Why the US fears Cuba - Comment

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Seumas Milne | The Guardian Hostility to the Castro regime doesn’t stem from its failings, but from its achievements Fifty years after Fidel Castro and his followers launched the Cuban revolution with an abortive attack on the dictator Batista’s Moncada barracks, Cuba’s critics are… Read More

Entire Fidel Castro Speech at 50th Anniversary of Moncada Barracks Attack

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] SPEECH GIVEN BY FIDEL CASTRO, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA, AT THE CEREMONY COMMEMORATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACK ON THE MONCADA AND CARLOS MANUEL DE CESPEDES GARRISONS, IN SANTIAGO DE CUBA, JULY 26, 2003 (5000+… Read More

Cuba Policy Report by the Lexington Institute

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The Imperfect Migration Accords At Work by Philip Peters | [url=http://www.LexingtonInstitute.org/cuba]http://www.LexingtonInstitute.org/cuba[/url] The Bush Administration set domestic politics aside and sent a strong signal against hijacking and illegal migration when it… Read More

Castro After 50 Years - “Viva La Revolucion?”

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I wonder if Fidel Castro ever listened to the Beatles. Think he ever listened to Revolution? How about Back in the U.S.S.R.? If he did, he didn’t get it… or didn’t like what he heard. Cuba officially celebrated 50 years of Castro’s rule on Saturday. So what’s to celebrate?… Read More

Musicians from Cuba - Opinion

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Letters to the editor | Miami Herald Re the July 24 story Two exiles add a condition for backing Grammys: Willy Chirino and Emilio Estefan should embrace the different styles of music from Cuba, the island that they came from. My parents left Cuba because of Fidel Castro. But in 1999, when Los Van Van… Read More

Martha Beatriz Roque Taken to a Hospital in Havana

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Nenita Roque, +1-305-265-2275, or +1-786-348-8066; or Sylvia G.Iriondo, M.A.R. por Cuba, +1-305-934-7302 | PR Newswire The following was released today by M.A.R. por Cuba: According to an urgent call received this afternoon from Maria de los Angeles Falcon Cabello, niece of Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello,… Read More

American Library Association & Cuba

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By Duncan Currie | National Review The American Library Association embraces Castro | The Forgotten 14 Has the American Library Association (ALA) become Fidel Castro’s latest “useful idiot”? On the surface, it seems implausible: Any organization dedicated to the uncensored dissemination… Read More

San Diego woman to pay fine for Cuba trip

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By Leonel Sanchez | UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER A San Diego woman’s three-year battle to overturn a $10,000 fine for violating the U.S. travel ban to Cuba might be ending soon. Joan Slote, 75, said she has agreed to pay a fine of $1,907.50. Slote, who traveled to Cuba to participate in a bicycle… Read More

CUBA: `Castro’s biological weapons’? The world needs more of them

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[url=http://www.greenleft.org.au]http://www.greenleft.org.au[/url] | Green Left Weekly | By RICHARD LEVINS Every once in a while, stories appear in the corporate press about “Castro’s secret biological weapons”. The term “Castro” is used interchangeably… Read More

Communist Party of India (Marxist) Greets Fidel and the CP Cuba

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People’s Democracy | Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) | http://pd.cpim.org   The general secretary of the CPI(M), Harkishen Singh Surjeet, has sent the following message of greetings to the Central Committee, Communist Party of Cuba on the historic occasion of… Read More

European Press Review: Cuba Pays Price for Castro’s Arrogance

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Deutsche Welle | [url=http://www.dw-world.de]http://www.dw-world.de[/url] Over the weekend Fidel Castro celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban revolution with a fiery speech in which he rejected humanitarian aid from the EU. His outburst has elicited comments in the European… Read More

Feuding exiles could cause political pain for president

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BY PETER WALLSTEN | .(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_sy44josXo0').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

European Union is America’s Trojan Horse, claims Fidel Castro

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By Anita Snow STANDING before the military barracks where he launched his revolutionary battle 50 years ago, Fidel Castro accused the European Union of being America’s Trojan Horse and saying its economic aid is no longer needed. In a speech broadcast live on Saturday on state-run television and… Read More

Cuba anniversary arouses press passions

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BBC news As Cubans mark the 50th anniversary of the start of the revolution which brought Fidel Castro to power, the splits between his supporters at home and exiles in Miami are nowhere more marked than in the press. Passions run high on both sides of the Straits of Florida, with newspapers in Cuba… Read More

Castro’s Cuba At 50

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CBSnews.com | Opinion | CBS News Foreign Affairs Consultant Pamela Falk The Cuban Revolution has just turned 50. That’s if you count (as the Cubans do) back to the day of the failed rebel attack on Batista’s barracks that launched the Revolution. Although it took six more years for Fidel… Read More

CUBA: Next Target in Bush’s Endless War?

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by International A.N.S.W.E.R. A public forum covering the latest events in Cuba, an analysis of the role of Bush’s administration, the Pentagon and Miami extremist rightwing in U.S. policy toward Cuba and how to mobilize the anti-war forces in response. Featured speaker: Andres Gomez. A public… Read More

1953: year of upheaval in the world

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] | BY FELIX CAPOTE | Granma International staff writer SEEN from half a century later, the principal events in the world of 1953 – in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa – constitute episodes in a period of upheaval… Read More

Castro looking fit despite rumors

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Associated Press HAVANA | Looking fit and cheerful, Cuban President Fidel Castro appeared on a televised broadcast of a graduation ceremony for social workers after several recent rounds of rumors that he was ailing. Dressed in his typical olive-green uniform, the 76-year-old leader stood on a stage… Read More

Why not be Cuba’s friend?

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A letter from Samuel H. Brown of Charlotte, a retired United Methodist pastor | Charolette Observer Ending embargo would open a market hungry for U.S. goods It was my privilege to be in a Witness for Peace delegation to Cuba June 20-28. We met with Cuban farmers, health workers, government agencies,… Read More

Police violence at the Sunday market

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[url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] HAVANA, July (http://www.cubanet.org) - A display of violence by police while arresting two young men led to strong remonstrations from bystanders, who surrounded the police car, banging and rocking it and calling the… Read More

Cuba’s Revolution 50 Years After First Assault

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba will mark the 50th anniversary on Saturday of the initial assault that launched its revolution with growing uncertainty over the health of the country’s leader and the political future of the island. President Fidel Castro, who will be 77 in August,… Read More

14th Pastors for Peace caravan in Havana

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] THE 14th Cuba-United States Friendshipment Caravan, headed by Lucius Walker, arrived in Havana on Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. At Jose Mart International Airport, the leader of the Pastors… Read More

STATEMENT FROM THE HEAD OF THE U.S. INTERESTS SECTION IN HAVANA

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] Mr. James Cason, head of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, has asked our press to publish the following statement: The continuance of Cuba’s recent difficulties has led to the persistence of a body of erroneous perceptions… Read More

When Castro Dies And Cuba Lives

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AmericanDaily.com | Bruce Walker Fidel Castro will die soon. On that day, the Cuban people will have hope. On that day, the world will take another step toward freedom. The mythology surrounding Castro in Leftist circles is breathtaking. He is credited with replacing a monster, Batista, but by any measurement… Read More

Spanish American War Museum Restored

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DTcuba.com Havana.- The museum dedicated to the Spanish-Cuban-American War, in eastern Santiago de Cuba province, reopened after painstaking restoration works. The facility, located in the outskirts of the city of Santiago de Cuba, has incorporated new elements linked to ground and sea battles in the… Read More

Castro resurfaces after rumours about his health

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Associated Press HAVANA: Looking fit and cheerful, President Fidel Castro appeared on a televised broadcast of a graduation ceremony for social workers after several recent rounds of rumors that he was ailing _ or may even had died. Dressed in his typical olive-green uniform Monday, the 76-year-old leader… Read More

EU Cites Cuba for ‘severely Deteriorated’ Human Rights Situation

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VOA News The European Union says the human rights situation on Cuba has “severely deteriorated” this year, but declined to slap any new sanctions against the communist-ruled island. EU foreign ministers said in a statement Monday from Brussels that Fidel Castro’s government has taken… Read More

The Cuban Missile Tape Crisis

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Just how helpful are the White House recordings? By David Greenberg | Slate.msn.com For several years, political junkies have periodically feasted on the releases of White House recordings, eavesdropping gleefully on presidential decision-making, chicanery, and chitchat. The National Archives, which… Read More

U.S. Sends 15 Migrants Back to Cuba

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Associated Press WASHINGTON - The United States returned 15 migrants to Cuba Monday after receiving assurances they would not be executed for hijacking a government-owned boat that was intercepted at sea by the Coast Guard, U.S. officials said. State Department spokesman Philip T. Reeker said the migrants… Read More

This Week In Cuba

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Center for a Free Cuba Cuban singer Celia Cruz’s remains arrived in Miami, where her fans will pay their respects. She wished to have her wake held in Miami surrounded by free Cubans. “Her success in the years following her departure from her beloved Cuba are a tribute of her perseverance,… Read More

Cuba Denies Jamming U.S. Broadcasts to Iran

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HAVANA (Reuters) - The Cuban government on Saturday denied jamming U.S. satellite broadcasts to Iran and said it only blocked radio and television signals beamed “illegally” at Cuba. A U.S. broadcast agency and a private Iranian television broadcaster in California accused communist-run Cuba… Read More

Cuba Finds Crackdown on Dissent Has a Price

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By Carol J. Williams | LA Times Staff Writer HAVANA — Almost any way you look at it — in terms of trade, academic exchanges or international standing — Cuba’s spring offensive against domestic political opponents has cost the nation dearly. Any way you look at it, that is, if… Read More

Cuba embargo opponents hope for vote before recess

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By NANCY SAN MARTIN | Miami Herald WASHINGTON - About 200 people opposed to the U.S. embargo on Cuba gathered here Tuesday in hopes of reviving the issue before Congress breaks for recess next month. Supporters of identical bills in the House and Senate that would open up Cuba to U.S. tourism and allow… Read More

Keys (Key West) quietly prepare for Cuba contingencies

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BY J.J. HYSELL | keysnews.com It is a well-circulated rumor that swells each time the communist leader of Cuba disappears for more than a day or two. “Fidel Castro is in the hospital!” “Fidel is in a coma!” “Fidel is dead!” Phone lines light up from Miami to the Florida… Read More

U.S., private groups say Cuba jams Iran broadcasts

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Reuters WASHINGTON | Transmitters in Cuba have been jamming U.S. government and private satellite television broadcasts aimed at the opposition in Iran, government and company statements said on Wednesday. ‘‘It is believed that Iran has commissioned jammers in Cuba because of their mutually… Read More

Cuba Campaigns to Free Convicted Spies

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JOHN RICE | Associated Press HAVANA - In Cuba, everybody knows “the five.” Their cause is mentioned in nearly every newspaper, every Web site and every conference sponsored by Cuba’s communist government. Hundreds of thousands have marched for them. For Cuba’s communist government,… Read More

Fifteen From Cuban Boat in Custody

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Associated Press MIAMI - The U.S. Coast Guard boarded a 36-foot Cuban boat Wednesday and took 15 people into custody, a day after the government-owned vessel was taken from the island and was chased by Cuban authorities. Meanwhile, a teenager who survived an attempted hijacking Monday in western Cuba… Read More

American fined for visiting Cuba wants Canadian travel agency to foot the tab

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[url=http://www.canoe.ca]http://www.canoe.ca[/url] TORONTO (CP)—A Canadian travel company facing a demand for $10,000 US from a 75-year-old American grandmother fined for taking a cycling trip in Cuba has found itself in the middle of a political drama playing out in Washington,… Read More

Cuba reports hijacking and deadly attempt

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Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — For the first time since Cuba executed three men who tried to seize a ferry in April, the communist island reported hijacking attempts — one that failed when the gunmen apparently killed each other, and another that may have succeeded. The government’s… Read More

Center for a Free Cuba | This Week In Cuba

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According to the newly appointed Brazilian Ambassador to Cuba, Tilden Santiago, Brazilian President “Lula” da Silva will visit Cuba in September. (AFP, Brazil, July 11) Cuba signed its first agreement with the Port of Corpus Christi, Texas to ship US agricultural products to the island. (AFP,… Read More

NAACP chief calls for Cuba policy changes

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By Jaime Hernandez | Staff Writer | Sun-Sentinel MIAMI BEACH The United States should work harder to improve relations with Cuba and streamline its immigration policy to allow Haitians to migrate to America, NAACP President and CEO Kweisi Mfume said Saturday. He also criticized President Bush for visiting… Read More

The Cultural Charge of July 26, 1953

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Jorge Smith | Prensa Latina Havana, Jul 11 (PL) “We lack a charge [of machetes] to kill scoundrels”, said Cuban poet Ruben Martinez Villena, and 30 years later Fidel Castro asserted that the July 26, 1953 attack on Moncada Garrison was the charge the poet was asking for. Those verses from… Read More

Poll: Cubans’ Focus is Local

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Tere Figueras | Miami Herald The majority of Cuban Americans living in Miami-Dade County are more concerned with improving their lives in the United States than with issues in Cuba, according to a recent poll commissioned by a national Hispanic voter-registration group. Overall, 62 percent of the 600… Read More

Cuba’s Struggle is Not Easy

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By Jose Pertierra | Democratic Underground The following is the text of a speech delivered on June 24, 2003 at a Town Hall Meeting at All Soul’s Church in Washington, D.C. concerning US-Cuba Relations. I was only 9 years old, when we came to the United States in the early 60s at the urging of my… Read More

Cuban doctors coming July 23 (to Trinidad)

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By LOUIS B HOMER | [url=http://www.TrinadadExpress.com]http://www.TrinadadExpress.com[/url] THE long-awaited Cuban doctors will arrive in Trinidad and Tobago on July 23. Yesterday morning, co-ordinator of the programme Senor Alberto Sierra Perez arrived on board a BWIA flight from… Read More

Cuban convicted of hijacking plane

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Center for a Free Cuba | This Week In Cuba

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Summary of the Last Seven Days At a Madrid seminar, former Czech President Vaclav Havel urged the European Union to establish a fund in support of political reform in Cuba. Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio said, “Fidel Castro’s regime has run its course. The Cuban Suarez (a reference… Read More

DESTINATION CUBA: GROUP GATHERS HUMANITARIAN AID FOR COMMUNIST COUNTRY

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BY HAROLD G. DOWNS | THE SOUTHERN CARBONDALE—A small group of volunteers spent a hot and muggy Saturday afternoon contributing to a worthy cause at the Newman Catholic Student Center. They were there packing donated supplies to send to Cuba as part of humanitarian aid delivered by the Interreligious… Read More

Volunteers pack truck with medicine for Cuba

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By Jeffrey Blackwell | Democrat and Chronicle Volunteers from the Rochester Committee on Latin America loaded a truck Thursday with medical supplies bound for Cuba, with the hope it will elude the U.S. embargo against the communist country and someday arrive at its destination. It was headed to join… Read More

Activists Defy Cuba Embargo

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Bud Lowell WXXI ROCHESTER, NY (2003-07-03) A truck loaded with relief supplies will leave Rochester’s Downtown Presbyterian Church to join a convoy bound for Cuba. The group “Pastors for Peace” is organizing what they call a “non-violent” challenge to the US trade embargo… Read More

Rockland New York man to defy Cuba embargo

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By LAURA INCALCATERRA | THE JOURNAL NEWS Irving Wolfe may be 90 but as he puts it, “I’m still going, not so strong, but I’m still going.” This month, Wolfe once again will go to Cuba in defiance of U.S. travel restrictions and a trade embargo on the communist Caribbean nation,… Read More

NAACP, Miami-Dade hope to fix strained relations

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By Madeline Baro Diaz | Sun Sentinel When the NAACP is host to its 94th annual gathering this week in Miami Beach, civic and political leaders in Miami-Dade County are hoping it will finally put to rest one of the most troubling periods in South Florida history—a 1990 snub of South African leader… Read More

Worldwide Sentiment Shifting Against Castro

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Posted by Dale Wong With communist dictator Fidel Castro’s continued repression of the people of Cuba, worldwide sentiment is moving against him.  This report by Carl Limbacher and the NewsMax staff is posted by permission.                    … Read More

Bush pushes ‘free Cuba’

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[url=http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au]http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au[/url] US President George W Bush reminded supporters today that he supported a “free Cuba” without Fidel Castro in power, as he made his first reelection stop in Florida, a key state in the 2004 contest.… Read More

Oswaldo Paya Cuban Dissident Interview

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[url=http://www.zenit.org]http://www.zenit.org[/url] Activist in Exile Cites Grass-roots Push for Freedom One hundred days after Fidel Castro’s imprisonment of 78 human rights defenders in Cuba, the situation continues to be critical—but hope is in the air. This is because… Read More

Group of 13 Maine residents bringing aid to Cuba on bus

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By Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine - Thirteen Mainers on Tuesday loaded up a big green bus full of supplies to send to Cuba as part of a humanitarian effort that disregards a U.S. blockade. The members of “Let Cuba Live,” a group from Brunswick, gathered in Portland’s Monument Square… Read More

Piano tuner caught in U.S.-Cuba discord

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This Havana piano tuner just wanted to attend a Dallas convention, but his visa denial is part of the same old song in nations’ conflict By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News HAVANA – Armando Gomez is suddenly a subversive. And only an act of God – or George Bush – will allow… Read More

China’s Senior Party Official Arrives in Havana for Visit

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Li Changchun, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, arrived in Havana Sunday evening for an official good-will visit at the invitation of the Cuban Communist Party (CCP). Li Changchun, member of the Standing Committee of the… Read More

Ricardo Alarcon states Cuba will overcome perils of an aggression with unity and patriotism

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By Martin Corona Jerez AIN [url=http://www.cubaweb.cu]http://www.cubaweb.cu[/url] Bayamo, June 24 (AIN) Ricardo Alarcon, President of the Cuban parliament stated in this Eastern city the country will overcome perils of a North American aggressions, with unity and patriotism. He recalled… Read More

Cuba has been left out for too long - Opinion

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[url=http://www.Jang.com.pk]http://www.Jang.com.pk[/url] Pakistan The past few months have seen a sharp escalation of tension in relations between Cuba and the US. But unlike in the past, this time the EU has jumped firmly on to the anti-Havana bandwagon. While the situation has yet… Read More

Cubans Predict Opposition Comeback

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ANITA SNOW | Associated Press HAVANA - Democracy activist Oswaldo Paya said he traveled the length of Cuba twice this spring and found the dissident movement bruised but alive despite a government crackdown that put 75 vocal critics behind bars. Paya, the organizer of the Varela Project signature-gathering… Read More

Hispanic Entry to U.S. Varies

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Gregory Tejeda | United Press International When Cuban pop singer Carlos Manuel entered the United States last week with his family, it punched another hole in the notion that Hispanic people are an identical brown mass. Manuel’s ethnicity allowed him to walk into the United States and be greeted… Read More

Cuban Leader Fidel Castro to Visit India

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Associated Press NEW DELHI, India - Cuban President Fidel Castro, once India’s close ally, has accepted an invitation to visit India, but the date has not been set, the Indian foreign ministry said Wednesday. India’s junior foreign minister Digvijay Singh invited Castro during a June 12-14… Read More

Economic embargo against Cuba: part one

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The Nassau Guardian “We are becoming increasingly conscious of the fact that the well-being of each separate country does not depend simply on the government of that country alone, but to a great extent on what happens in other countries. We also know that there are often conflicts of interest… Read More

US and Cuba should reduce tensions - opinion

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Northwest Indiana News Our opinion: The political dimension aside, the United States and Cuba need to work on improving relations with each other. When nations battle, even if it’s little more than a war of words, innocent people can get caught in the middle. Including Susely Pipping of Hammond.… Read More

OAS right to reject U.S. bullying of Cuba - opinion

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By Alana Yu-lan Price and Jessica Leight | [url=http://www.sunspot.net]http://www.sunspot.net[/url] WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Colin L. Powell told his hemispheric counterparts at the Organization of American States meeting last week that the OAS must work to “hasten the… Read More

Castro leads Cuba to the cliff’s edge - opinion

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CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER | Miami Herald Fidel Castro is facing a new enemy. He calls it, with great contempt, ‘‘the little gang.’’ The little gang is Europe. It’s 25 countries: Spain, Italy, Britain, France, Germany and so on. They are the 15 members of the European Union… Read More

U.S. pulls plug on Cuba expo

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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_w6020VKRJe').innerHTML = output; //]]> |… Read More

United States is the threat: Cuban envoy

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LESLIE PAPP | STAFF REPORTER | [url=http://www.thestar.com]http://www.thestar.com[/url] U.S. aggression is ultimately to blame for Cuba’s much-criticized crackdown on dissidents, the country’s ambassador to Canada says. “We’re threatened by the United States,”… Read More

‘Brothers to the Rescue’ founder takes to airwaves to fight Castro

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By Madeline Baro Diaz | Sun Sentinel MIAMI—Jose Basulto’s television station can fit in a suitcase and be broadcast from a small plane. In his South Miami home, Basulto demonstrates his $4,000 worth of equipment, a camcorder, a transmitter and devices to measure and amplify signals. The shoestring… Read More

Newscast to Nowhere

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HISPANIC BUSINESS | Jeffrey Kofman It’s the newscast to nowhere courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer. Fifty-five reporters, editors and producers all U.S. government employees work seven days a week in a television newsroom in Miami. Each day they earnestly assemble, record and broadcast 4 hours… Read More

CUBA, NATIONAL ALLIANCE REPLIES TO CASTRO: A REGIME IS COLLAPSING

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(AGI) - Rome, Italy, June 12 - “What is going on in Havana is the clear proof of the deep crisis in which the last communist regimes have fallen” said Sergio Cola (National Alliance), vice chairman of the council for the justice procedure authorisation dept. of the Justice Commission. “The… Read More

Cuba communicates decision on

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STATEMENT FROM MINREX | [url=http://www.Granma.com]http://www.Granma.com[/url] In a just tribute to one of the greatest Spanish poets and dramatists, brutally sent to the firing squad by fascism in 1936, the institution is to become the Federico Garca Lorca Cultural Center. From… Read More

Cuba applies first major anti-Europe measure, takes over Spanish Embassy’s Cultural Center

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ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA, June 14 — Fidel Castro’s communist government took its first major step in its anti-Europe campaign Saturday, taking control of the Spanish Embassy’s cultural center — a showcase of Iberian tradition Havana says was used to nurture the opposition. The… Read More

EU imposes token sanctions against Cuba

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Written by Marit Ruuda | [url=http://www.EUobserver.com]http://www.EUobserver.com[/url] The European Union has decided to impose several diplomatic sanctions against Cuba, because of its violation of fundamental freedoms and breaking the moratorium on the death penalty. The measures… Read More

Effort to free 5 Cubans gains little notice in U.S.

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By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News HAVANA – After five Cubans were convicted in the United States on espionage-related charges two years ago, Fidel Castro’s propaganda machine quickly turned them into folk heroes across the island. Billboards like this one, which says “Free Our… Read More

Editorial: Castro crushes dissent in Cuba

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Toronto Star Canadians generally have nothing but warm feelings for the people of Cuba and their lovely island. Some 400,000 of us vacation there every year. Unlike the Americans, who have besieged “Communist” Cuba for more than four decades with a misguided trade embargo, we don’t… Read More

Castro Brothers Lead Marches on EU Embassies

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By Marc Frank | Reuters Cuban President Fidel Castro and brother Raul Castro led hundreds of thousands of marchers past the Spanish and Italian embassies in Havana on Thursday to protest the European Union’s hardening position toward the country. Cuba usually reserves its wrath for its longtime… Read More

Cuba angrily accuses EU of catering to U.S.

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BY ANITA SNOW | Associated Press HAVANA - Cuba lashed out at the European Union on Wednesday, accusing the 15-nation bloc of serving U.S. interests through recent criticisms of the Fidel Castro government. Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, using language usually reserved for Washington, accused Spain’s… Read More

90 percent of the buses on the Isle of Youth are out of service - Cuba News / Noticias - CubaNet New

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NUEVA GERONA, Cuba ( [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] ) - Public transportation on the Isle of Youth is operating with only 10 percent of its buses because of a shortage of spare parts. The buses in question are used Fiats from Italy and Giron VI model assembled… Read More

Fidel foiled - opinion

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The Washington Times: Editorials/OP-ED The United States has won two unlikely allies in its efforts to bolster the democratic freedoms in Cuba: the European Union and stalwart journalists on the island. In wake of Cuba’s imprisonment and summary sentencing of 75 dissidents in April, Fidel Castro… Read More

Diary of Manuel Vzquez Portal

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From Boniato prison | [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] March 19: House search and arrest. April 4: Summary proceedings. Haven’t met or talked to my defense attorney. April 24: Depart Villa Marista [Department of State Security headquarters in Havana]… Read More

Powell Urges OAS to Act on Cuba

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By Karen DeYoung | Washington Post Staff Writer SANTIAGO, Chile, June 9—Secretary of State Colin L. Powell today challenged Western Hemisphere nations to work with the United States toward the goal of ending 43 years of Communist control in Cuba. “My government looks forward to working with… Read More

Castro Rejects Europe’s Diplomatic Sanctions

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Reuters HAVANA - Cuban President Fidel Castro accused the European Union on Saturday of joining Washington in ganging up on Cuba after the EU cut back diplomatic and political ties in response to a crackdown on dissidents. “We must all remain calm, because a gang, a mafia, has joined the Yankee… Read More

U.S. asks Cuba for exit permits for 636 who had been rejected

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Associated Press NEW YORK—The U.S. government presented Cuba with a list of 636 people denied exit permits by Fidel Castro and demanded on Friday that they be allowed to travel to the United States. Kevin Whitaker, coordinator for Cuban affairs in the State Department, handed the list to Rafael… Read More

Havana, Washington exchange charges on migration

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By Irwin Arieff | Reuters UNITED NATIONS - Cuba accused the United States on Friday of cutting back on visas to Cubans hoping to visit or migrate although it encouraged hijackings and illegal immigrants, but Washington rejected the allegations. The exchange took place at the latest round of semi-annual… Read More

AmeriCares Team in Cuba

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AmeriCares - USA | [url=http://www.americares.org]http://www.americares.org[/url] An AmeriCares team is currently in Cuba meeting with the Ministry of Health and Caritas, the largest non-governmental charity organization in the country. The team will visit hospitals and clinics in… Read More

From my prison cell | Manuel Vzquez Portal

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Boniato Prison, Santiago de Cuba, June ( [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] ) - Cell No. 31 is approximately 5 feet wide by 10 feet long, with the bars on the door partially covered by a steel plate and a barred window facing east that lets in light, rain, and… Read More

Independent journalists in Cuba told to stop writing or go to jail

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By Vanessa Bauza | [url=http://www.Sun-Sentinel.com]http://www.Sun-Sentinel.com[/url] HAVANA Like many independent journalists here, Ivan Garcia is on a first-name basis with the government agent assigned to keep tabs on him. Agente Jesus summoned Garcia to a police station in his… Read More

Cuba gets a strong slap for jailing 75 dissidents

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Amnesty: It leads hemisphere in `prisoners of conscience’ 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_UO9y5hOs2c').innerHTML… Read More

“Essential measures”? FULL REPORT BY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

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Human rights crackdown in the name of security. Amnesty International 1. Introduction In the most severe crackdown on the dissident movement since the years following the 1959 revolution, Cuban authorities arrested 75 dissidents in the space of several days in mid-March. They were subjected to summary… Read More

Cuba says it broke up drug ring; sentences 17 to prison terms

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The Associated Press Cuban authorities announced Monday they had broken up a Jamaica-based drug trafficking ring and had convicted and sentenced 17 people to prison terms ranging from five years to life behind bars. A communique published in the Communist Party daily Granma said 14 of the people were… Read More

Amnesty Wants U.S. to Review Cuba Embargo

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Associated Press NEW YORK - Amnesty International wants the U.S. government to rethink its embargo against Cuba, a measure the group said has not helped improve human rights. “We recognize that the embargo is an ineffective mechanism for promoting human rights, and the organization is gravely concerned… Read More

Cuban spy’s health raises doubts about attack

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Head of anti-Castro paramilitary group insists agent was hurt By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News HAVANA – Juan Pablo Roque is one of the most notorious – or the most successful – Cuban spies who has ever lived, depending on your point of view. So when a Miami paramilitary group… Read More

Plan to free terrorist Posada Carriles exposed

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[url=http://www.Granma.com]http://www.Granma.com[/url] PANAMA.— Lawyers and trade union and student organizations in Panama yesterday (May 29) denounced a campaign to free the four terrorists headed by Luis Posada Carriles, all accused of plotting to assassinate President Fidel… Read More

Max Baucus ties nominee to Cuba trade, travel

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By TED MONOSON | Lee Washington Bureau WASHINGTON – In an effort to get action on legislation to permit Americans to travel to Cuba, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., plans to stall Senate confirmation of President Bush’s nominee for senior U.S. diplomat in Latin America. The Baucus plans to place… Read More

CASTRO REPORTED ILL IN BUENOS AIRES

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By Martin Edwin Andersen | [url=http://www.InsightMag.com]http://www.InsightMag.com[/url] Aging Cuban strongman Fidel Castro, 76, suffered another fainting spell May 25 as he exited an inauguration event in Buenos Aires for the new Argentine president, Nestor Kirchner, say eyewitnesses… Read More

Influx of Iraqi officials reported in Cuba

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[url=http://www.IraqWar.ru]http://www.IraqWar.ru[/url]  Large numbers of former officials from Saddam Hussein’s government have been given safe haven in Cuba, Cuban exile sources say. The former officials and their families arrived in Havana in the days following the fall… Read More

Cuba’s Heroic Heretics

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By Myles Kantor | [url=http://www.FrontPageMagazine.com]http://www.FrontPageMagazine.com[/url] “I believe in reason and in discussion as supreme instruments of progress,” the Holocaust survivor and writer Primo Levi once said.  By abolishing reason and discussion,… Read More

Iraq now, Cuba next?

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By Nisa Islam Muhammad | Staff Writer | [url=http://www.finalcall.com]http://www.finalcall.com[/url] WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com)—The war of words between Cuba and the United States has escalated into the Bush administration’s expulsion of 14 Cuban diplomats from Washington… Read More

Senator blocks diplomat nominee to force Cuba move

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BY TIM JOHNSON | Miami Herald WASHINGTON - The White House nominee to become the senior U.S. diplomat to Latin America has hit a bump on the road to Senate approval. A Democratic senator, Max Baucus of Montana, has put a ‘‘hold’’ on the nomination of Roger F. Noriega to serve… Read More

As Cuba Goes, Florida May Follow

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By Martin Edwin Andersen | [url=http://www.insightmag.com]http://www.insightmag.com[/url] Cuba’s 101st independence day, May 20, was a day like any other for that country’s more than 11 million people who still live inside Fidel Castro’s gulag. His regime still basked… Read More

Solidarity with Cuba

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By Green Left Weekly | [url=http://www.greenleft.org.au]http://www.greenleft.org.au[/url] Petition now has 3797 signatures As reported in Green Left Weekly #536, on May 1, 160 intellectuals and artists — including Nobel Prize winners Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Rigoberta Menchu,… Read More

CUBA: Daring to resist the US empire

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BY PATRICK BOND | teacher Wits University, Johannesburg | Green Left Weekly HAVANA — Visitors experiencing Cuba for the first time cannot help but remark upon how the economic and political pressures being imposed on the country seem untenable. What would be possible in a just world, given Cuban… Read More

My Evening with Castro | The experience of a lifetime

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By Cheryl Flake | National Review Oliver Stone calls him “one of the earth’s wisest people.” Jack Nicholson has dubbed him a “genius.” “An experience of a lifetime” is how Kevin Costner described his own meeting. I recently spent an evening with the same man,… Read More

Don’t want to meet with Castro? Just send your wife

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By Billy House | Reporter | Arizona Republic In plotting to snub a Cuban leader, can an Arizona congressman really rub it in by sending his wife to visit the leader, instead? Apparently, Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and his wife, Cheryl Flake, agree that he can. In March, Flake had been adamant that he… Read More

Cuban-American community divided over US Havana policy

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By Henry Hamman in Miami | Financial Times The US response to last month’s crackdown on dissent in Cuba that resulted in the imprisonment of 70 opposition activists has highlighted deep divisions inside the powerful Cuban-American community. So far, President George W. Bush has limited the US response… Read More

Cubans support revolution - editorial

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Business Day | Vilma Thomas | First Secretary, Embassy of Cuba South Africa On May 19, Business Day ( [url=http://www.bday.co.za]http://www.bday.co.za[/url] ) published in its Second Take section, an extract of an editorial from London’s The Guardian newspaper, on bilateral… Read More

Argentines Cheer Fidel Castro’s Speech

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By KEVIN GRAY | Associated Press Writer BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—To the cheers of thousands of screaming Argentines, Cuban leader Fidel Castro criticized U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and Latin America in a speech Monday. Castro, who attended Sunday’s inauguration of President Nestor… Read More

Al Fox: One man’s lonely crusade to change U.S. Policy

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CubaNews | March 2003 | By Larry Luxner Albert J. Fox Jr. isn’t particularly Cuban, even though his elderly mother Luisa, the daughter of a Spanish opera singer, was born in Havana, and Fox grew up in Ybor City, an immigrant enclave of Tampa, Fla.    In fact, the Washington lobbyist never… Read More

CubaNews Feature Interview: Oswaldo Pay

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Exclusive to the Havana Journal By Larry Luxner | [url=http://www.CubaNews.com]http://www.CubaNews.com[/url] HAVANA — It isn’t hard to find Oswaldo Paya’s house. Located along Calle Peon in Havana’s crumbling Cerro district, it’s the one under constant… Read More

Just when you thought Cuban affairs were warmer

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Castro turns on the old Cold War chill By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News HAVANA – Just last fall, a smiling Fidel Castro mingled with American farmers and cuddled up to Minnesota calves at a Havana trade show. How times have changed. In April, the Castro government decimated the country’s… Read More

NEW HOUSE CUBA TRAVEL BILL

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Cuban envoy tries to heal differences

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Caribbean News Briefs | Sun Sentinel Mexico City The Cuban ambassador to Mexico expressed regret that relations between the two countries are neither “what they used to be nor what both countries deserve.” “But I’m hopeful that we can recover lost ground because there is no… Read More

Return of expelled Cuban diplomat

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BY REYNOLD RASS | Granma daily staff writer THE decision to arbitrarily expel 14 Cuban diplomats from the United States – a decision based on lies and slander – is yet another provocation by the U.S. government with the aim of provoking a crisis and fomenting a confrontation between the… Read More

Viewpoint: Let’s liberate the oppressed Cubans next

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By CHERYL FERRARA | Staff Writer | [url=http://www.marcoeagle.com]http://www.marcoeagle.com[/url] As Iraqis wait for the fruits of liberation and the taste of democratic freedom promised by the American government, those in other oppressed countries must be watching with hopeful eyes.… Read More

Free Speech Is the Best Ammunition to Fight Fidel and Subvert Totalitarianism

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By Clarence Page | THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE WASHINGTON—As someone who often agrees with actor-activist Danny Glover but who also wishes that Fidel Castro would go into long-overdue retirement, I was disappointed to see the star of “Lethal Weapon” sign a recent letter in support of the Bearded… Read More

Statement condemning Cuba fails at OAS

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By Pablo Bachelet | Reuters WASHINGTON, May 19 — A United States-backed statement condemning human rights violations in Cuba was withdrawn on Monday at the Organization of American States after failing to garner enough support from its members. Canada, Chile and Uruguay, the countries that introduced… Read More

Bush Hails Cuba’s ‘Independence Day’

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Washington - President George W. Bush voiced solidarity yesterday with Cubans striving to “enjoy the same freedoms and rights as we do” in a radio message in Spanish timed to coincide with Cuban Independence Day. “Dictatorships have no place in the Americas. May… Read More

Cuba sanctions fail to materialize

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By Mary C. Murray | NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT HAVANA, May 20 — The Bush administration failed Tuesday to apply new sanctions against the Cuban government, dodging pressure from Miami’s radical Cuban-American community to punish Fidel Castro for a recent crackdown. Read More

Not their fathers’ Cuban-American politics

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By Alexandra Marks | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor MIAMI – Jorge Mas Santos stands in an elegant Coral Gables living room espousing what, until very recently, was heresy here - moderation toward Cuba. “We do not need the 101st Airborne in Havana,” Mr. Mas tells a group… Read More

Bush sends radio message to Cubans, meets with dissidents

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By Tom Raum | Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) President Bush declared that ‘‘dictatorships have no place in the Americas’’ in a brief radio address to Cubans on Tuesday, the 101st anniversary of the founding of the Cuban republic. He also met privately with a small group of dissidents… Read More

In Focus Cuba | A Guide to the People, Politics and Culture

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buy this book from amazon Author: Emily Hatchwell, Simon Calder Binding: Paperback Published: February, 1999 ISBN: 1566562414 Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours $10.36 Read More

United States should deal with Cuba through third parties

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By Myriam Marquez | Opinion | ORLANDO SENTINEL A U.S. diplomat invites Cuban dissidents into his home. Fidel Castro calls the dissidents “mercenaries” of the “Bush/Hitler-like regime” and imprisons 78 of them, some for as long as 28 years each. For three black Cubans who hijack… Read More

Cuba’s Alarcon Talks About Hijacking Executions, U.S. Relations

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WPLG Click10.com As President George W. Bush prepares to make a speech about Cuba, Ricardo Alarcon, president of the Cuban parliament defended his countries policy on ABC’s “This Week” with host George Stephanopoulos. That defense included the execution of three Cuban nationals who… Read More

THE CASTRO NEWS NETWORK

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By JOHN J. MILLER | The New York Post | Opinion IT wasn’t the most sophisticated hijacking ever planned. In Havana Bay on April 2, a small group of Cubans armed with a pistol and several knives seized control of a 45-foot ferryboat and ordered the pilot to head for Florida. The Baragua carried… Read More

Americas Bush Administration Trying to Create Dissent, says Top Cuban Official

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Jessica Berman | Washington | VOAnews.com Listen to this article: http://www.voanews.com/mediastore/Berman_Cuba_18may03.ram   A top Cuban official claims the Bush administration is trying to create dissent by paying U.S. agents in the communist island nation. The charge by Cuban… Read More

What to do about Cuba?

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By PHILIP PETERS | Opinion | Miami Herald The Bush administration is in a bind over Cuba. President Bush is preparing to announce a policy response tomorrow, which is Cuban Independence Day. But with 75 dissidents recently jailed in Cuba, Bush’s goal of a ‘‘rapid and peaceful transition’’… Read More

Cuba says Gov. Bush is urging an attack

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Cuban spies say they used pro-democracy funds

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BY TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News HAVANA - (KRT) - Cuban spies are in a bragging mood these days. They say American pro-democracy groups have unwittingly pumped tens of thousands of dollars into Fidel Castro’s intelligence agencies over the past decade. U.S. officials put so much trust… Read More

This Week In Cuba by CubaCenter.org

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Summary of the Last Seven Days Most Important Developments In the largest number of expulsions in the history of US-Cuban relations, Washington expelled seven Cuban diplomats accredited to the United Nations in New York and another seven from Cuba’s Interests Section in Washington due to “activities… Read More

Study tours latest casualty of US crackdown against Cuba

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A group of tourists observe from a yacht (foregound) the sinking of a battle frigate (background) near Havana. Educational study groups are expressing dismay over newly-tightened US travel restrictions to Cuba.(AFP/File/Adalberto Roque) WASHINGTON (AFP) - Organizers of educational study groups… Read More

A hard line in Havana

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[url=http://www.smh.com.au]http://www.smh.com.au[/url] Old age and a crumbling economy have not cooled Fidel Castro’s hatred of the US - or those who lean its way. Caroline Overington in Cuba investigates the ageing dictator’s fierce recent crackdown on dissidents. Oswaldo… Read More

Gunning for Cuba

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The Guardian Casting around for more dragons to slay, the Bush administration is taking an increasingly hard look at Cuba. Its expulsion this week of 14 Cuban diplomats on what appear to be trumped-up charges may be but a foretaste of things to come. Next Tuesday, George Bush is expected to mark Cuba’s… Read More

FBI memo behind Cubans’ expulsion, U.S. officials say

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BY NANCY SAN MARTIN AND TIM JOHNSON | .(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_fIpB2conAW').innerHTML = output;… Read More

Baucus wants to allow Americans to travel to Cuba

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By TED MONOSON | Gazette Washington Bureau | [url=http://www.billingsgazette.com]http://www.billingsgazette.com[/url] WASHINGTON—A day after 14 Cuban envoys were expelled from the United States for “inappropriate and unacceptable activities,” a euphemism for spying,… Read More

Cuba Policy Debate Intensifies Following Castro’s Crackdown

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By Steve Brown | [url=http://www.CNSNews.com]http://www.CNSNews.com[/url] Staff Writer (CNSNews.com) - Leading foreign policy experts Wednesday debated how best to conduct U.S. trade and travel policy in the aftermath of dictator Fidel Castro’s crackdown on dissidents in Cuba.… Read More

This Week In Cuba

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By CubaCenter.org A survey in Spain indicated that 90 percent of Spaniards believe Fidel Castro should leave power. Seventy-eight percent rejected the recent executions in Havana, and seventy-two percent believe that Cuba can become a democracy. The poll was carried out by the radio station, Cadena Ser.… Read More

U.S., Cuba Have Feuded For Four Decades

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Reuters HAVANA—Washington’s expulsion of 14 Cuban diplomats announced Tuesday was the latest flash point in a long stormy relationship between two Cold War foes that began with Fidel Castro’s 1959 Cuban Revolution. The two neighbors have bickered and feuded for four decades across the… Read More

Jaque Mate en Dos Jugadas

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For me, going to Cuba was quite by accident.  I was working around the Leeward Islands as crew when I signed on to a Danish Schooner headed North.  In total I was almost six weeks in Cuba, actually living for a while on a “barracks” boat with working Cubans.  My Spanish is… Read More

Miriam Leiva sends open letter to President Bush

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Mr. George W. Bush President United States of America Excellency: I distract your precious time to express my concerns over the decision that is expected you would adopt regarding the Cuban government. I believe that a reinforcement of the measures already imposed by the United States would be counterproductive… Read More

Democracy and dissident

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Aid-to-Cuba progam caught in crossfire of criticism on island and in United States BY ALFONSO CHARDY | .(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_qMv08lFVsk').innerHTML… Read More

Aggression towards Cuba is nothing new

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By Piero Gleijeses | Granma THE renowned researcher of Italian origin, a professor at John Hopkins University, Washington DC, has sent us the following message of solidarity: Dear friends, I wish to enthusiastically sign the declaration: For Cuba. To the conscience of the world. Sadly, U.S. aggression… Read More

CUBA: Worldwide protests

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Net for Cuba International Germany: Place: In front of the Cuban Embassy in Berlin Address: Stavanger Str 20, Berlin. Date: May 20, 2003 Time: 10:00 AM. Contact: Jorge L. Garca Vzquez (Berlin) Maria Elena Morejon (Hannover) - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){… Read More

Blankenship rails against Cuba

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The Nassau Guardian | By TAMARA McKENZIE Guardian Staff Reporter United States Ambassador J. Richard Blankenship said Tuesday that the political system of Cuba is bankrupt and its leadership has lost all credibility in the eyes of the international community. Mr. Blankenship spoke at the Rotary Club… Read More

U.S.-Cuba policy potholes

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TOM MILLER | By THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR TUCSON, Ariz. (CSM) - One hundred and one years ago next week, the U.S. ended its formal military occupation of the Cuban island, and the Republic of Cuba was born. Two months ago next week, the Republic of Cuba arrested and shortly thereafter imprisoned… Read More

No need to promise a free Cuba—again

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Soren Triff | Miami Herald President Bush should change the tradition of using the 20th of May—the anniversary of Cuban independence from Spain—to address Americans of Cuban origin and Cubans on the island with strong anti-Castro rhetoric. Instead, the White House should recognize the Cuban… Read More

Cuba calls expulsions ‘aggressive’

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Will weigh options before responding to U.S. move HAVANA, Cuba (AP)—The U.S. government’s expulsion of 14 Cuban diplomats is a move aimed at provoking a confrontation between the two countries, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday, adding it will take its time to decide how to respond. “The… Read More

Expulsions of Cuban diplomats, past and present

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By Cuban American National Foundation A total of 14 Cuban diplomats have been expelled from the United States, including seven from the Cuban Interests Section in Washington and seven from Cuba’s U.N. Mission in New York, officials said Tuesday. The identities of the diplomats ordered to leave… Read More

Cuba accuses U.S. of ‘lie of gigantic proportions’ after expulsion of diplomats

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By George Gedda | Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) Reacting sharply to the U.S. expulsion of seven Washington-based Cuban diplomats, the country’s top official here said Wednesday the United States had engaged in a ‘‘lie of gigantic proportions’’ in justifying the action.… Read More

U.S. Expels 14 Cuban Diplomats From UN, Washington

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By Bill Varner | Bloomberg United Nations, May 13 (Bloomberg)—The U.S. is expelling 14 Cuban diplomats assigned to the United Nations and a Washington office in retaliation for Fidel Castro’s crackdown on dissidents, a U.S. official said. The U.S. mission to the UN sent a letter to the Cuban… Read More

U.S. Restricts Rights of Cuban Envoys

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By GEORGE GEDDA | Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)—When Cuban diplomats in Washington wanted to buy a car, they would go to a showroom or a used car lot or check the Internet—just like Americans. Not any more. Now they will have to import cars, much as American diplomats in Havana… Read More

Punish The Cuban Government, Help The People

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By STEPHEN JOHNSON | TheDay.com Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte and other like-minded celebrities can cozy up to Fidel Castro all they want. But we deserve better from members of Congress. Just a few weeks ago, Castro locked up 75 dissidents and executed three Afro-Cubans accused of hijacking. Yet, even… Read More

Who’s Bugging Castro?

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Meet the intractable dissident who provoked Cuba’s alarming new crackdown on dissent By TIM PADGETT | Time Magazine Oswaldo Paya is something Cuban President Fidel Castro has rarely, if ever, faced: a dissident as hardheaded as he is. When Castro took power in 1959, Paya was the only kid in his… Read More

How to Hurt Castro by Jeff Flake

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New York Times | Opinion WASHINGTON - The long prison terms handed to nearly 80 Cuban dissidents and the summary execution of three hijackers of a Cuban ferry have led to calls for a new get-tough policy with the Castro regime. Which raises the question: short of calling in the Marines, what would constitute… Read More

How will Bush administration handle persecution of Cuban dissidents?

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Analysis by Rafael Lorente & Vanessa Bauza | Sun-sentinel.com WASHINGTON—For the past two years, U.S. policy toward Cuba has focused heavily on aiding dissidents on the island and creating a loose network of writers, political opposition parties and independent dissident coalitions some say… Read More

U.N. IN-FIDEL-ITY ON CUBA

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Nothing makes me feel more at ease with the treatment of oppressed peoples in the world community than to know that Cuba has been reelected by the United Nations to the international Human Rights Commission (“Fidel’s Useful Idiots,” Editorial, May 8). If Stalin were alive, he could… Read More

Engagement has failed in Cuba

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PAUL CRESPO | Miami Herald | Editorial With the blood of three executed Cuban boat-jackers barely dry and the voices of 75 imprisoned freedom activists freshly silenced, some Cuba-engagement advocates are restarting their misguided campaign to loosen U.S. economic sanctions against Fidel Castro. These… Read More

Delahunt’s too lenient about Castro

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I AM APPALLED by US Representative William Delahunt’s sudden silence on Cuba. It seems like a week doesn’t go by without him either visiting Cuba, praising Cuba’s totalitarian government or excoriating our own government for its handling of the Castro regime. This seems to have stopped… Read More

State Security officers warn independent journalist to stop working - Cuba News / Noticias - CubaNet

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HAVANA, May 7 (http://www.cubanet.org) - Independent journalist Rafael Ferro said he received a visit from an officer of the Department of State Security (DSE) who warned him to stop working as a journalist. Ferro, a resident of Pinar del Ro, said a DSE officer who identified himself as Mario,… Read More

Castro’s cheerleaders

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By Jeff Jacoby | Boston Globe editorial ‘‘CUBA IS AN anachronism in our hemisphere, an anachronism on the face of the earth,’’ Secretary of State Colin Powell remarked the other day. ‘‘And the whole international community should be condemning Cuba.’’ Who… Read More

Lieberman urges Bush to apply pressure on Cuba

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Lieberman urges Bush to apply pressure on Cuba | AP MIAMI—In a live broadcast to Cuba, Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman urged the Bush administration Thursday to ratchet up the pressure on Fidel Castro’s communist government and help the island nation’s dissidents. Lieberman, a Democratic… Read More

Castro’s assertions about U.S. attack are starting to worry some Cubans

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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_FNxr3uLERd').innerHTML = output; //]]> |… Read More

El Capitolio in Havana

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Built in 1926, El Capitolio is modeled after the US Capitol building in Washington DC. It is now a convention center. Read More

Policy on Cuba may be tougher

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BY ALFREDO CORCHADO | The Dallas Morning News WASHINGTON – Without fanfare, U.S. government efforts to promote political change in Cuba have shifted away from the subtle “people-to-people” contacts favored by the Clinton administration to a more confrontational approach, including direct… Read More

Normalizing Cuban relations

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By: D. Jeff Christenson | Publisher | Harrison Daily Times | March 17 The first time I saw 2nd District U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder’s (Dem. Little Rock) picture all buddied-up with Fidel Castro in Havana and plastered all over the USA Today newspaper, I was shell-shocked. “What the heck were you… Read More

Is Reconciliation Possible for Cuba?

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Michael Bowman | Voice of America news Some Cuba-watchers are examining prospects for reconciliation between backers of Cuban President Fidel Castro and government opponents, many of whom have fled the communist-run island. But researchers and observers say hopes for reconciliation have been dealt a… Read More

Group says jailed Cubans being punished

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By Isabel Garcia-Zarza | Reuters HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has placed in solitary confinement most of the 75 people imprisoned in a recent crackdown on dissent that drew international condemnation, a human rights organisation says. “The immense majority, 60 in all, are in solitary confinement in… Read More

KENNEDY ORDERS CUBA BLOCKADE

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Exile group urges boosting Cuba broadcasts

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BY MARIKA LYNCH | .(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_hhMkC6umPt').innerHTML = output; //]]> The Cuban… Read More

On Cuba Policy, Dodd Swims Against Tide

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By DAVID LIGHTMAN | Washington Bureau Chief | ctnow.com After Castro’s Latest Crackdown, Few Members Of Congress Calling For Sanctions To Be Eased WASHINGTON—Since his Peace Corps days in the 1960s, Chris Dodd has maintained that the way to promote democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean… Read More

Saul Landau: The Cuba Conundrum

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By SAUL LANDAU What Should Progressives Think & Do? “What is Fidel doing?” asks a Mexican American who has supported the Cuban revolution for decades. While US bombs and Cruise Missiles rained down on Iraqis and Bradley fighting vehicles blew away their opponents and lots of civilians,… Read More

Infoshop News - Mike Albert responds to Cuba, et al

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Mike Albert responds to Cuba, et al A controversy has arisen on the left in the U.S. about recent events in Cuba. The Cuban government has enacted draconian legal measures against opponents. The U.S. government, having provoked the situation by decades of machinations including recent acts, will very… Read More

Castro’s hard line is no madman’s blunder

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William Ratliff | San Francisco Chronicle Havana—Fidel Castro is under heavy fire for imprisoning scores of peaceful dissidents, most of them for more than 20 years, and for summarily executing three hijackers trying to flee to the United States.  Anti-Castro forces in Miami and Washington,… Read More

U.S. action after Cuba crackdown debated

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BY TIM JOHNSON | .(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_KS60x6DYfN').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

Oscar Espinosa Chepe confined “only” 900 kms. away from Havana

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Miriam Leiva HAVANA, may (http://www.cubanet.org) - Oscar Espinosa Chepe is incarcerated more than 900 kms. from Havana, where he lives, regardless of his worsening health. In the Provincial Penitentiary of Guantnamo the water is contaminated. A healthy person can suffer hepatitis, diarrhea… Read More

video test entry

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Fidel’s message to the world and to the people of the United States

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BY JOAQUIN ORAMAS | Granma ON behalf of the one million people gathered in Jose Mart Revolution Square on May Day, Cuban President Fidel Castro sent the following message to the world and to the U.S. people at the end of his speech in the central event marking International Workers’ Day, likewise… Read More

Cuba’s Castro Says U.S. Is Provoking War

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Fidel Castro, Addressing a May Day Rally, Accuses U.S. of Trying to Provoke a War With Cuba HAVANA May 1 | The Associated Press Fidel Castro, addressing a May Day rally of hundreds of thousands of people, accused the United States on Thursday of trying to provoke a war with Cuba. “In Miami and… Read More

Enzi cosponsors bill to reduce Cuba travel restrictions

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By The Associated Press Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., joined seven colleagues in introducing a bill Wednesday that would allow Americans to travel to Cuba without existing ‘‘draconian’’ restrictions. ‘‘I’m suggesting a small change to maybe get a few more people in… Read More

USS Maine sunk in Havana Harbor

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Early 1900s photo showing remains of battleship USS Maine sunk in Havana Harbor | a catalyst to the start of the Spanish American War of 1898. Read More

Don’t Back Off Good Policies

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South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board Frustration in Washington over the deplorable actions of Cuba’s government is high, but the Bush administration should not retreat from constructive policies out of sheer aggravation. Instead, it should let other voices speak up—at least for the… Read More

Canadian Jailed for 25 Years in Cuba for Sex Crime

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HAVANA (Reuters) - A Canadian oil worker was convicted of sexually corrupting a 14-year old Cuban girl and sentenced by a Cuban court to 25 years in jail, officials said on Saturday. Cuban authorities arrested Perry King, 40, of Edmonton, Alberta, in August and charged him in February with three counts… Read More

Can’t blame Fidel

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The Washington Times | Inside the Beltway | John McCaslin Albert Fox, who has spent years working to lift the travel ban to Cuba, was upset after directors of the Cuba Policy Foundation, created in the wake of the Elian Gonzalez episode, resigned over Fidel Castro’s recent human rights crackdown.… Read More

Powell seeks support for rights inside Cuba

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Reuters WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell lobbied Monday for support for Cuban dissidents through the Organization of American States. “We look to our friends in the OAS to live up to the ideals we share [and] take a principled stand for freedom, democracy and human rights in Cuba,”… Read More

Foreign intellectuals cry foul at Cuba crackdown

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By Frances Kerry | Reuters Cuban President Fidel Castro’s crackdown on dissent has brought him not just fierce criticism from traditional foes such as the United States but a tide of protest from disillusioned foreign writers and artists. Latin America’s revered leftist intellectuals, one… Read More

Miami mafia in charge of drawing up Cuba policy

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BY ARSENIO RODRGUEZ—Granma daily staff writer&#8212 In the midst of the imperial euphoria over the unlimited warfare through which the United States proposes to impose a world Nazi-fascist dictatorship, the anti-Cuban Miami mafia is claiming direct reprisals against Cuba and demonstrating… Read More

Bush shapes policy on Cuba after Castro’s crackdown

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Henry Hamman in Miami | Financial Times As the Bush administration prepares its response to the crackdown on Cuba’s dissident movement and Havana’s execution of three ferry hijackers, the political stakes have risen. Florida’s 27 electoral votes look increasingly vital to President… Read More

American meddling keeps Castro in charge

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By Julia Sweig | Financial Times Cuba’s recent crackdown on human-rights activists is the most extensive since the early years of the revolution. There can be no doubt that President Fidel Castro defines Cuba’s national interest as the preservation of his regime. After all, there had been… Read More

Italy moving against Cuba

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By Benedetto Cataldi | BBC Monitoring Fidel Castro is losing friends in Italy Cuba’s recent clampdown on dissidents is alienating Italy, a country historically close to the Caribbean island. On Tuesday, the Italian lower house approved a motion calling on the government to halt Italy’s economic… Read More

COLUMN: Fidel Castro: Cuba’s Saddam

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By Eric Gremillion | The Reveille (Louisiana State U.) (U-WIRE) BATON ROUGE, La.—We live in crazy times. The SARS virus continues to spread throughout the world, uncertainty of the future of Iraq looms over the heads of our nation’s leaders, and the peace in the Middle East hopefully finds… Read More

Powell, Denouncing Crackdown, Calls Cuba `Aberration’ in West

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By CHRISTOPHER MARQUIS | New York Times WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Colin L. Powell criticized Cuba today as an “aberration in the Western Hemisphere” and said the administration is studying ways to respond to the Havana government’s recent crackdown on its critics. “We’re… Read More

Pope Expresses Distress to Castro Over Treatment of Dissidents

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By Zenit.org VATICAN CITY | John Paul II has urged Fidel Castro to grant clemency to Cuban dissidents, including three sentenced to death. The Pope’s reaction was reflected in a letter written on Palm Sunday, April 13, by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state, and addressed to the… Read More

Castro Strikes Defiant Tone Toward US Criticism

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Michael Bowman | VOAnews.com Tensions between the United States and Cuba are at their highest level in nearly a decade. The Bush administration has blasted Cuba’s recent crackdown on internal dissent, while Cuba has accused the United States of meddling in its internal affairs and provoking conflict… Read More

Cuba’s crackdown and America’s man in Havana

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By Patrick Rucker in Havana | Financial Times When Oscar Espinoza Chepe was called to answer charges of defying the Cuban government this month, he could offer no defence. Everything the 62-year-old independent economist had written about the Cuban economy violated Law 88, the decree gagging any criticism… Read More

CNN.com - Castro blames crackdown U.S.-led conspiracy

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Castro’s televised address lasted more than three hours. HAVANA (AP)—Fidel Castro singled out America’s top diplomat in Cuba as he blamed a supposed conspiracy between the U.S. government and exiles in Miami for his recent dissident crackdown and the firing-squad executions of three… Read More

U.S. Declares War on Spain

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Library of Congress | Today in History | April 25 On April 25,1898, the United States formally declared war against Spain. The Monroe Doctrine, which since 1823 had viewed any European intervention in the Americas as a threat to U.S. security, coupled with the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine in Havana harbor… Read More

Criticism From Leftists Surprises Cuba

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By TRACI CARL | Associated Press Writer MEXICO CITY—Carlos Fuentes called Cuba a “suffocating dictatorship.” Jose Saramago said Fidel Castro “cheated his dreams.” Shocked at Cuba’s recent crackdown on dissent, many leftist intellectuals and authors find themselves… Read More

The malign (bad) idea is to provoke an armed conflict between Cuba and the United States

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Granma | Cuba news source SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY DR. FIDEL CASTRO RUZ, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA, ON THE TELEVISED ROUNDTABLE, DETAILING RECENT EVENTS IN THE COUNTRY AND THE INCREASE OF AGGRESSIVE ACTIONS BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AGAINST THE CUBAN PEOPLE. Dear compatriots: Everything began… Read More

Embargo Foes in Disarray as U.S. Mulls Cuba Options

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By Pablo Bachelet | Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Opponents of the U.S. embargo against Cuba are reeling following a recent crackdown against dissidents by Fidel Castro, even as the White House looks for ways to punish Cuba for the repression. A handful of bills to ease trade and travel restrictions… Read More

Statement from Brian Alexander, former Executive Director | Cuba Policy Foundation

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Dear Friends, As you have learned, the entire Board of Directors of the Cuba Policy Foundation, as well as I, have resigned from the Foundation in protest to the recent wave of arrests and executions in Cuba. Oppression in Cuba, heightened tensions in bilateral relations, and a political climate in the… Read More

STATEMENT FROM THE CUBA POLICY FOUNDATION

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Washington, DC - The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the US-based Cuba Policy Foundation and its Board members, along with its Executive Director, resigned today to protest the recent waive of repression and executions in Cuba. The Cuba Policy Foundation has been the premier US nonprofit organization… Read More

Castro’s Opponents in Cuba Down but Not Out

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters HAVANA (Reuters) - Opponents of President Fidel Castro (news - web sites) said on Wednesday that mass arrests and infiltration by government spies knocked them to their knees, but they expect to rise again on growing discontent with Cuba’s crumbling communist state.… Read More

Cubans angry that cash assistance from U.S. kin may end

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By TRACEY EATON / The Dallas Morning News Cuba has endured invasions, bombings, terrorist attacks and more. And as each crisis fades, socialist leaders grow ever more defiant, almost cocky. But now U.S. officials have found a way to inflict some real harm: They’re threatening to cut off the… Read More

Cuban agent details undercover work

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Aleida de las Mercedes Godinez HAVANA, Cuba (AP)—During her decade inside Cuba’s opposition, Aleida de las Mercedes Godinez was so trusted that a dissident shared her e-mail password and exile groups in the United States sent her money. As government agent code named “Vilma,”… Read More

Cuban agent details undercover work

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Aleida de las Mercedes Godinez HAVANA, Cuba (AP)—During her decade inside Cuba’s opposition, Aleida de las Mercedes Godinez was so trusted that a dissident shared her e-mail password and exile groups in the United States sent her money. As government agent code named “Vilma,”… Read More

Both Cuba, U.S. must take the next step

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Max Castro | Miami Herald | Editorial Are the bad old days returning to Cuba? The recent crackdown on dissidents and the execution of a three hijackers suggest that possibility. What, if anything, can be done to prevent a greater tragedy? It’s not an easy question. Of course, Cuba has never been… Read More

Ivan G. Osorio on Cuba on National Review Online

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Stop Sending Cubans Back to Castro’s Gulag Bush Should Repeal Clinton’s “Wet Feet-Dry Feet” Policy. By Ivan G. Osorio The barbarity of Fidel Castro’s regime became plain to the world last week — and so did the immorality of a Clinton-era policy toward Cubans attempting… Read More

Cuba And The United Nations: A Five-Act Tragedy

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The Miami Herald In the movie Dr. Strangelove, Stanley Kubrick’s dark comedy about nuclear war, the character played by the late Peter Sellers snaps indignantly at two colleagues engaged in fisticuffs: “You can’t fight in here! This is the war room!’‘ Apparently, much the… Read More

Where are you now, Fidelistas?

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By Cathy Young | Boston Globe WHILE THE world’s attention is focused on the aftermath of the war in Iraq, where a vicious totalitarian dictatorship has met its demise, relatively little notice has been spared for the brutality of another regime on the other side of the globe: Fidel Castro’s… Read More

US says may consider “steps” to push democracy in Cuba

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CRAWFORD, Texas (AFP) - Cuba’s crackdown on political dissidents only makes US efforts to promote democracy by working with opposition activists there “more urgent,” the White House said. “Cuba’s efforts to silence voices of opposition only make our policy goal of encouraging… Read More

Cuba Says It Can Survive Ban on U.S. Remittances

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HAVANA (Reuters) - Communist-run Cuba reacted angrily on Friday to a report the Bush administration was considering suspending family remittances by Cuban-Americans and said its socialist economy would survive the blow. The cash remittances from relatives in the United States, now estimated to total… Read More

US fines Playboy for Cuban tale

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BBC NEWS Adult publisher Playboy and anti-Iraq sanctions campaigners Voices in the Wilderness have been fined by the US Treasury for sanction busting. Playboy paid a $27,500 (17,605; 25,300 euros) penalty for breaking the unilateral US embargo against Cuba after publishing a report from the Caribbean… Read More

Lawmakers Temper Bid to Ease Cuba Embargo

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By KEN GUGGENHEIM | Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - Fidel Castro’s crackdown on dissidents has taken momentum away from what had been a growing, bipartisan effort in Congress to ease four-decade-old U.S. sanctions. Embargo opponents will continue to seek changes on grounds that Americans and… Read More

New Cuban rights abuse: no excuse to slow US outreach

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By Brian Alexander | Cuba Policy Foundation | csmonitor.com WASHINGTON – Fidel Castro’s response to the international condemnation following his recent roundup and sentencing of 75 Cuban dissidents has been to blame the United States. To be sure, chief US diplomat James Cason and others at… Read More

URGENT ACTION ON CUBA TRAVEL

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By Latin American Working Group | lawq.org Dear Cuba Policy Advocates, Our last message to you was a comprehensive one, with many action suggestions. Today we want to focus on one specific urgent action regarding travel to Cuba.  Please let us know if you are able to take the following actions to… Read More

Cracking the isolation of Cuba

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By Thomas Oliphant | WASHINGTON | Boston Globe AS RECENTLY AS a few months ago, an exciting and innovative human rights campaign within Cuba could count on opposition from two familiar camps. One was Fidel Castro’s regime itself. Totalitarians, after all, do not look kindly on efforts like the… Read More

A wave of repression in Cuba

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By Jeff Jacoby | Boston Globe ONE OF THE FIRST people I met during a week’s stay in Havana last year was the economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe, a once-ardent communist who had turned against Fidel Castro’s dictatorial system. For daring to criticize Cuba’s disastrous policies, Chepe and… Read More

Cuba’s crackdown hardens positions in U.S. and Havana

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By Vanessa Bauza and Rafael Lorente | STAFF WRITERS | Sun-Sentinel HAVANA In the high-stakes battle to influence U.S. policy on Cuba, moderates and hardliners alike say their positions have been validated by Fidel Castro’s crackdown on prominent dissidents and the lightning-fast trials and executions… Read More

Castro Crackdown May Thwart Anti-Embargo Moves

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By Kristin Roberts MIAMI (Reuters) - Cuba’s intense crackdown on dissidents threatens to stymie attempts to ease travel and trade restrictions between the United States and its communist neighbor, U.S. lawmakers, trade specialists and anti-Castro activists said. Cuba’s quick execution on… Read More

Drive to ease U.S. embargo stalls as Cuba cracks down

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By DAVID GONZALEZ | New York Times News Service MIAMI — Cuba’s recent jailing of dozens of dissidents and the execution of three ferry hijackers have stalled what had been an increasingly popular drive in the U.S. Congress to ease trade and travel restrictions on the island. Many advocates… Read More

EU warns Cuba over crackdown on dissidents

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

BRUSSELS, April 15 (Reuters) - The European Union has condemned a crackdown by Cuba on dissidents that has strained relations with the bloc and could jeopardise EU aid. EU foreign ministers sounded their warning at the end of a meeting in Luxembourg on Monday. It followed the jailing of 75 dissidents… Read More

Cuba unmasks agents working among dissidents, U.S. diplomats

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ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Writer For years they were familiar faces in Cuba’s opposition movement: the elderly man with a black beret, the reporter who used a cane, the efficient secretary. But last week, after the government locked up 75 of its most vocal critics, their real identities became… Read More

Cuba Executes Men Charged in Hijacking

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AP | Three men convicted of hijacking a passenger ferry last week were executed by firing squad Friday, a swift response by Fidel Castro’s government to a recent string of hijackings to the United States. The executions coincided with a crackdown and stiff prison sentences for scores of the government’s… Read More

Yankees Pay $75,000 To Settle Cuba Dispute

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

WASHINGTON | AP—The New York Yankees paid the government $75,000 to settle a dispute that it conducted business in Cuba in violation of a long-standing U.S. embargo, according to documents released Friday. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which enforces the embargo… Read More

HOUSE CUBA WORKING GROUP ISSUES | STATEMENT ON DISSIDENT ARRESTS

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Brian Alexander | Cuba Policy Foundation Washington, DC, April 11, 2003 - The House Cuba Working Group issued the following statement regarding the recent arrest and sentencing of dissidents in Cuba:    STATEMENT OF THE CUBA WORKING GROUP | United States House of Representatives As members… Read More

EMBARGO UPDATE | CONGRESS REACTS TO CASTRO’s CRACK-DOWN:

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By Brian Alexander | Cuba Policy Foundation THE CHARM OFFENSIVE IS OVER, BUT WHAT COURSE TO EXPECT IN U.S. POLICY? Responding to the severest crack-down by the Castro government on human rights activists in recent memory, on Tuesday, April 8, 2003, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by an extraordinary… Read More

Editorial: Castro crackdown

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By Sandra Bowden, mayor of Vero Beach and Craig Fletcher, council member Proving that it is every bit as dreadful as its critics say it is, the Castro regime has used the world’s preoccupation with Iraq as an opportunity to crack down on political dissidents. The first trials of 80 human-rights… Read More

Nine members of the Senate Cuba Working Group sent the following letter

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April 2, 2003 Dagoberto Rodriguez Chief, Cuban Interests Section Embassy of Switzerland 2630 16th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20009 Dear Mr. Rodriguez, As you may know, a bipartisan group of Senators recently announced the formation of a Senate Working Group on Cuba. This group will work to ease the… Read More

Finding defense attorneys hard for dissidents

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Ana Leonor Daz, Grupo de Trabajo Decoro HAVANA, April ( [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] ) - Finding a defense attorney has turned into a near impossibility for the 78 jailed dissidents and independent journalists who are facing sentences of between 12 years… Read More

Cuba attacks dissent with prison

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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_i00pxhP9eM').innerHTML = output; //]]> |… Read More

Tumultuous times shake Cuba

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By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News 2 hijackings, dissident trials, crumbling U.S. relations make for drama-filled week HAVANA Fidel Castro became a hijack negotiator. A French tourist helped Cuban soldiers take charge of a commandeered ferry. And dissidents on trial for alleged subversive acts… Read More

Send a message to Cuba

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The Los Angeles Times | Editorial After years of calling for liberalized relations with Cuba, this editorial page must now urge American policy makers to hit the brakes. This month, Fidel Castro threw up a roadblock that cannot be ignored: He sicced his political police on about 90 independent journalists,… Read More

Crackdown in Cuba | A reminder that Castro is still a tyrant

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Post-Gazette Editorial As some Americans sound off on the lack of wisdom in current U.S. policy toward Cuba, there is a tendency to forget exactly why the Fidel Castro government is so despicable. The Castro regime’s harsh crackdown since March 18 on dissidents on the island, including librarians,… Read More

Can Latin America Sieze the Middle Ground in the U.S.-Cuba Conflict?

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By Marcela Sanchez | Washington Post With the eyes of the world turned to Iraq, Cuban leader Fidel Castro last week arrested dozens of dissidents on the island for conspiring against the Cuban Revolution with the “imperialist” enemy to the North. The wave of arrests, the most severe such… Read More

USAID to Continue Funding Cuba Transition Project

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) expects to provide $1 million in funding for the University of Miami’s Cuba Transition Project (CTP), according to USAID Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean Adolfo Franco. The CTP, now in its second year, is… Read More

Official: Cuba Can Prosecute Dissidents

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HAVANA (AP) - Cuba has enough evidence to prosecute dozens of dissidents arrested on accusations of working with U.S. diplomats to undermine the government, the head of the island’s parliament said Monday. The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation, has said 78 people have… Read More

EMBARGO UPDATE: Overview of Recent Developments

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By Brian Alexander | Cuba Policy Foundation | .(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_CLpbJJAWjD').innerHTML =… Read More

Seek alternatives to Cuba embargo

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By U.S. Rep. Jim Davis, Tampa Democrat Just 90 miles from Florida’s shores lies a country with whom America’s history, culture, economy and people are tightly intertwined. Yet our nations’ diplomatic relationship remains severed. For more than 40 years, the United States has maintained… Read More

Rules changed on Cuba trips

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BY NANCY SAN MARTIN | Miami Herald The Bush administration released new rules Monday that will allow more Cuban Americans to visit relatives on the island, restrict the kinds of groups that can participate in exchanges and increase the flow of money to Cuba, including funds meant to reach government… Read More

Senate Announces Cuba Working Group

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Washington, DC | In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), on Friday, March 21, 2003, ten U.S. Senators announced the formation of the bipartisan “Senate Working Group on Cuba.”  The letter said the working group would “examine… Read More

Cuba’s Sweep of Dissidents Intensifies

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ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press HAVANA - Fidel Castro’s government rounded up more of its critics on Thursday, part of a mushrooming crackdown spurred by allegations of dissidents conspiring with U.S. diplomats. In the latest in a series of moves that have further strained U.S.-Cuba relations,… Read More

Normalizing Cuban relations

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By D. Jeff Christenson, Publisher Harrison Daily Times The first time I saw 2nd District U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder’s (Dem. Little Rock) picture all buddied-up with Fidel Castro in Havana and plastered all over the USA Today newspaper, I was shell-shocked. “What the heck were you thinking?”… Read More

What’s Representative Dennis Rehberg doing in Cuba?

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By JON RUSH | Helenair.com Representative Dennis Rehberg, a strong backer of President Bush’s push to unseat Saddam Hussein, recently spent part of this late winter in Cuba. For the representative to take a junket at the behest of a foundation that wants to open trade between the United States… Read More

DTC News.- UN Supports Cuba’s Fight against AIDS

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Havana.- The Cuban program against AIDS will receive a financial assistance from the United Nations, which will grant 26 million dollars to a five-year project. The said initiative, sponsored by the World Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, will be supervised in Cuba by the United Nations Development… Read More

Yahoo! Groups | Cuba News

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PURPOSE: To bring to the attention of people concerned with Cuba a wide range of news and information about the island, the Cuban community abroad, Cuba’s international relations, and related topics. The list provides many resources to assist you in learning about Cuba, its politics and society.… Read More

Working for the Yankee Dollar

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

BY: JOHN DOWNING It’s early. At home I would be snoozing, but with birds singing and fragrance from balcony flowers drifting in on a warm breeze, I don’t want to miss a thing. So I begin my daily routine. First the aspirin, which many take to help the heart, and with that tiny pill, I set… Read More

Cuban community split on policy

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

BY ANDREA ELLIOTT AND ELAINE DE VALLE Alexander Rodriguez loves his parents more than he hates Fidel Castro. Since he left Cuba for Miami five years ago, he has gone back once to see them. ‘‘If I could, I would go every weekend,’’ said Rodriguez, 28, who—like many recent… Read More

EU opens first Cuba office

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Stephen Gibbs BBC correspondent in Havana EU-Cuba relations are boosted by improved trade The European Union has opened its first diplomatic office in Cuba. The ceremony was attended by the European Commissioner for Economic Development, Poul Nielsen, and the Cuban Foreign Minister, Felipe Perez Roque. Read More

Dance of the Cubans

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Arian Campo-Flores | NEWSWEEK Miami community leaders are taking a kinder, gentler approach to the Fidel Castro regime A year and a half ago, Barreiros, 58, emigrated legally from the island (Cuba allows some to leave each year), landing in Miami with his wife and one of his sons. But his other son,… Read More

Jesse and Jefe

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Fidel Castro and Governor Jesse Ventura in Havana. Read More

Continuation of the National Emergency Relating to Cuba and of the Emergency Authority Relating to t

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

On March 1, 1996, by Proclamation 6867, President Clinton declared a national emergency to address the disturbance or threatened disturbance of international relations caused by the February 24, 1996, destruction by the Government of Cuba of two unarmed U.S.-registered civilian aircraft in international… Read More

February Cuba Policy Update

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

With the new Congress having begun work and the Fiscal Year 2003 omnibus appropriations bill having been passed early this month, it is an appropriate time for a review and an update on initiatives related to US policy toward Cuba. Read More

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