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To Tailor the Truth by Wayne Smith

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

by Wayne Smith | from BaltimoreSun.com The function of intelligence should be to provide as accurate an assessment as possible of a given situation to guide the formulation of policy. But the Bush administration doesn’t see it that way; rather, it sees intelligence as something it can cite to justify… Read More

Cayo Largo del Sur - Dream vs. reality

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Ah…Cayo Largo, I remember it well. Sailing up from Cayman we entered the marina and docked near the nearly deserted large restaurant, to the booming sound of “Hotel California,” a song I would come to know well.  Of course, the working Cubanos themselves were really nice and made… Read More

US Cuba policy breaks only hearts - opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Knight Ridder | By Myriam Marquez My father’s only niece died on my birthday. Just like that. Teresita was gone, barely a year after my first cousin retired from her bookkeeper’s job at age 62. We were just getting to know one another again, starting to connect the branches on the family… Read More

Fidel Castro walks in public for first time since fall in October

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ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Cheered by hundreds of lawmakers, a smiling Fidel Castro walked in public Thursday for the first time since shattering his kneecap in a fall two months ago. Legislators looked stunned, then smiled and applauded, when Cuba’s 78-year-old president entered the main auditorium… Read More

Liberating Cuba from Communism - opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

By Ryan Mauro | Global Politician For a half-century now, Fidel Castro has been in power in Cuba, just 90 miles away from Florida. Unfortunately, not only could this have been prevented, but the United States today has the resources to finally give the Cuban people the freedom they deserve, without a… Read More

Cuban doctor at embassy, but only as guest

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Miami.com Dr. Hilda Molina, who has been denied Cuban permission to travel, spent the evening at the Argentine Embassy. A prominent Cuban doctor who was denied permission to travel to Buenos Aires to visit relatives was staying at the Argentine Embassy on Thursday, but her son said she does not plan… Read More

Colin Powell weighs in on Havana Christmas lights

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

AFP US Secretary of State Colin Powell chided Cuba for displaying Nazi swastikas and pictures of Iraqi prisoner abuse to counter US Christmas decorations in Havana that paid tribute to jailed Cuban dissidents. “I don’t think that is very wise on their part,” Powell said in the latest… Read More

Cuba steps up Christmas decoration war with US

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

AFP Cuba mounted pictures of US soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison onto billboards outside the US mission in Havana in retaliation for US Christmas illuminations highlighting Cuban dissidents. Cars drive on Havana’s seafront boulevard El Malecon while passing Christmas decoration… Read More

Interview with James Cason of US Interests section in Havana

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BY TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News He’s Public Enemy No. 1 in Cuba and relishes the role. James Cason, America’s top diplomat in Havana, got right to work after arriving two years ago. He journeyed across the island, meeting with political dissidents and other supposed “subversives.”… Read More

Fidel Castro back on his feet after breaking knee

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Associated Press Cuban President Fidel Castro is back on his feet less than two months after breaking his left kneecap and right arm in a fall. During a visit by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez this week, Castro vigorously shook hands — with his right arm — and stood unassisted for several… Read More

OFAC allows cultural exchange of information between US and Cuba - continued

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

AFP The United States has quietly eased sanctions against three of its old nemeses—Cuba, Iran and Sudan—to facilitate literary, cultural and scientific exchanges that could help foster dissent there. A new rule, unveiled by the Treasury Department Wednesday, enables Americans to freely engage… Read More

BIG STORY—Government easing restrictions for U.S. publishers dealing with Cuba—BIG STORY

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JEANNINE AVERSA | Associated Press Writer American publishers are free to engage in publishing activities with people in Cuba, Iran and Sudan without fear of violating U.S. economic penalties against those countries, the Bush administration said Wednesday. The Treasury Department’s office that… Read More

U.S. blasts Venezuela-Cuba ties

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UPI The U.S. State Department said Wednesday it was “troubled” by Venezuela’s economic pact with Cuba. “We are troubled that a country with a democratic tradition like Venezuela would want to strengthen its ties to the only undemocratic regime and closed economy in the hemisphere,”… Read More

No running water in Pinar del Rio

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Rafael Ferro Salas, Abdala Press | [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] Residents of Pinar del Ro say water service in the city is now the worst it’s been in living memory, and complain that government officials don’t seem to care and certainly can’t… Read More

Cuba protests Christmas lights with a political message at US Interests Section in Havana

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By Marc Frank | Reuters Cuba has demanded that the United States take down Christmas lights in front of its mission in Havana’s busy sea-side drive because they include a reference to jailed dissidents, the top U.S. diplomat in the country said on Tuesday. The Christmas display includes the number… Read More

US Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba report

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http://www.state.gov/p/wha/rt/cuba/commission/2004/c12237.htm — Foreword from the Secretary— Table of Contents— Acknowledgements— Preface— Executive Summary— Introduction— Chapter I: Hastening Cuba’s Transition—… Read More

Diplomant James Cason says Castro’s rule “on its last legs”

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Associated Press The top American diplomat in Cuba says the end is near for Fidel Castro and his government and that even Castro’s supporters are preparing for a transition to democracy. U.S. Interests Section Chief James Cason spoke at his official residence where dissidents gathered Friday for… Read More

Cuba playing ‘war games’ as warning to Washington

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News24.com Cuba’s armed forces are gearing up for their biggest military exercises in almost 20 years, with hundreds of thousands of troops and millions of civilians expected to take part, officials here said on Sunday. General Leonardo Andollo told reporters on Sunday that MiG-29 jets, anti-aircraft… Read More

Election galvanizes Cuba embargo backers

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BY PABLO BACHELET | Miami Herald For the first time in years, congressional supporters of the economic embargo against Cuba are prepared to go on the offensive. After years of fighting defensive maneuvers to keep U.S. sanctions on Cuba intact, changes in Congress and the White House have emboldened pro-embargo… Read More

Prosecution of McCarthy’s trip to Cuba seems wasted - opinion

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South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board Is the prosecution of a pair of Catholic missionaries for a one-week trip to Cuba really the best way to promote democracy in Cuba? The couple in the hot seat are Michael and Andrea McCarthy from Port Huron. In 2001, the pair traveled to Cuba, handing out medicines,… Read More

The Motorcycle Diaries - Che Guevara early years

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

smh.com.au Shaping the men to come: Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) and Che Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal) off the beaten track in The Motorcycle Diaries. Related Long before he and Fidel Castro took over Cuba, Che Guevara was just a young man on a motorbike. Paul Byrnes loves the movie. The Motorcycle… Read More

US fines Spanish bank $20,000 for breaching trade sanctions with Cuba

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Jill Treanor | The Guardian Banco Santander Central Hispano, the Spanish bank which owns Abbey National, has been fined $20,000 (10,000) by the US authorities for breaching trade sanctions against Cuba. The fine has been levied against Santander’s bank in Nassau, Bahamas, for a transfer of funds… Read More

Is Osama bin Laden in Cuba? - Open letter to President Bush

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Dear President Bush, 1. Most people will agree with the US invasion of Afghanistan and the search for Osama bin Laden in that region. 2. US citizens were going along with the Weapons of Mass Destruction argument for attacking Iraq. However, when the invasion was called Operation Freedom, it became clear… Read More

Senator Max Baucus threatens to block Treasury nominees over Cuba

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[url=http://www.afxpress.com]http://www.afxpress.com[/url] Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, the senior Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, on Wednesday threatened to block the confirmation of future Treasury nominees unless the Bush administration backs down on rules that could impact… Read More

Bastion 2004 - Cuba to launch nationwide military drill December 13 to 19

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[url=http://www.chinaview.cn]http://www.chinaview.cn[/url] Cuban Vice President Raul Castro warned the United States on Tuesday not to repeat its mistakes in Vietnam and Iraq by invading Cuba, saying that next week’s nationwide military maneuver will tell the US “not to… Read More

Georgie Anne Geyer: Has Fidel Castro been laundering drug money for profit?

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By GEORGIE ANNE GEYER | DallasNews.com Strange things are happening in Cuba. Events in the island nation more and more resemble the surrealism that has infused all of Latin American literature with mysticism and, often, mayhem.   First, Chinese President Hu Jintao came through Havana on his recent… Read More

TRADING WITH THE ENEMY VIA WESTERN UNION

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

From a Havana Journal reader Not all western unions (wu) are authorized to send money to relatives in Cuba, perhaps only those with Big Brother. Not knowing this I went to a couple of wu near home before I located an authorized one. One place went thru all the paper work, put info into their computer… Read More

CIA pilot’s daughter tells tall stories

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

BY LAZARO BARREDO MEDINA | Special for Granma International WITHOUT lies they would die of desperation and boredom in Miami, to paraphrase the eminent writer Anatole France. According to Miami’s El Nuevo Herald, on November 15 a woman by the name of Janet Ray Weininger brought charges of felonious… Read More

U.S. Warns Of Plans To “Liberate” Cuba”

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Democracy Now The State Department’s top official in Latin America has announced that President Bush is committed to the “liberation of Cuba” during the next four years. Roger Noriega said last week Washington already has a blueprint of plans for a post-Castro Cuba to prevent Castro’s… Read More

Chirac welcomes “positive effects” of Spanish stance on Cuba

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EUbusiness.com French President Jacques Chirac used a bilateral summit meeting with Spain to describe the recent freeing of several Cuban political prisoners as a “positive effect” arising from Spanish attempts to soften the EU line on relations with Havana. Cuba has in recent days released… Read More

How to appeal an OFAC fine for traveling to Cuba

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Miami.com Under rules by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), tourists caught traveling illegally to Cuba can be fined up to $55,000, although most first-time violators are fined $7,500—less if they can prove, for instance, they performed humanitarian work on… Read More

Michigan couple to challenge OFAC fine for travel to Cuba

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BY PABLO BACHELET | Knight Ridder Newspapers A couple from Michigan facing a $9,750 fine for illegally traveling to Cuba on Monday appeared before a U.S. administrative court set up recently to consider appeals against such fines. Michael and Andrea McCarthy challenged the fine on grounds that they’d… Read More

Miami Herald Poll on OFAC Fines and US to Cuba Travel Restrictions

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Do you think the McCarthys should be fined for traveling to Cuba, even though they say they did so for humanitarian purposes? http://forums.prospero.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=kr-miamiwebvote&tid=433&v Read about their case at the Havana Journal here http://havanajournal.com/politics_comments/2738_0_5_0_C/ Read More

Follow in Che Guevara’s footsteps… literally

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] Cubanacan SA announces a new product named “The Guerrilla Route”, which honors Ernesto Che Guevara. Executives from the corporation Cubanacn S.A. pointed out that the new option includes a tour similar to the one… Read More

US puts Catholics on Trial for visit to Cuban nuns

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

National Lawyer’s Guild Cuba Subcommitte The U.S. is proceeding with its plans to put on trial persons under U.S. jurisdiction for the alleged offense of travel to Cuba and making related expenditures. On Monday, Dec. 6, 2004 at 2:00 pm, in Washington, D.C., Michael and Andrea McCarthy, Catholic… Read More

Havana journalist/dissident Jorge Olivera released from prison

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Adalberto Roque - (AFP) Cuba released journalist Jorge Olivera, the seventh jailed dissident freed since November 29 from a group of 75 opponents rounded up last year in a communist government crackdown. Olivera, who had been sentenced to 18 years in jail, attributed his release to pressure from the… Read More

Che Guevarra T-shirt icon stirs debate - Murderer or Hero

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

WorldNetDaily.com Human rights group lists Che victims as retailers profit As U.S. retailers continue to profit from Christmas sales of merchandise emblazoned with the image of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, a human-rights group has listed hundreds of documented victims of the one-time official of… Read More

Amazing What a People Can Do, Says Fidel Castro

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

AIN Cuba has demonstrated how much can be accomplished if a country’s human and material resources are placed at the service of the population, said President Fidel Castro. Addressing the closing session of the 8th Congress of the Young   Communist League (UJC), President Castro described… Read More

Cuban ambassador to Slovakia in row over political dissidents

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tehrantimes.com | AFP A blunt letter from the Cuban ambassador to the president of the Slovak Parliament has touched off a diplomatic rift with Europe-wide ramifications, officials said Friday. The spokesman for the Foreign Ministry said ambassador Caridad Milian was hauled over the coals last month… Read More

Flying Back To Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Life is rough in the U.S. said Antonio Quinta who recently went back to his homeland,Cuba. Antonio Quinta who came to the U.S. by way of a raft nearly 10 years ago has returned home to Holguin,Cuba. “All I had in the U.S. was an uncle who never really knew me, he was able to help me for a short… Read More

Roger Noriega says President Bush is committed to “liberation of Cuba”

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

GEORGE GEDDA | Associated Press President Bush will be committed during his second term to the “liberation of Cuba” by extending moral and political support to the Cuban people, a top State Department official said Friday. Roger Noriega, who heads the department’s Latin American bureau,… Read More

Michigan couple face thousands in fines for religious trip to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Associated Press When Michael and Angela McCarthy crossed the border from Ontario into Michigan in April 2001, an officer asked them where they’d been. The couple answered truthfully—Cuba—and mentioned they had brought back a couple of cigars. Three years and thousands of dollars in… Read More

Cuba to carry out military exercises nationwide in mid-December

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[url=http://www.chinaview.cn]http://www.chinaview.cn[/url] Cuba is scheduled to hold military exercises nationwide in mid-December as part of its All-people’s War policy to test the country’s reaction to foreign aggressions, said a communique of the Ministry of the Revolutionary… Read More

Che Guevara (image) Still Alive

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Burlington Coat Factory Boycott News Che may no longer walk the earth but his image continues to be both admire, and hated. Burlington Coat Factory promotes t-shirts of communist murderer Che Guevara Burlington Coat Factory has become “Burlington Che Factory.” The company ran television ads… Read More

Quality of life of Cubans resulting from new Bush restrictions on Cuban Americans

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BY NANCY SAN MARTIN | Knight Ridder Newspapers In the five months since the Bush administration tightened sanctions on Cuba, life has become “very complicated” for Yuceika, a Cuban woman who once survived on the $100 sent monthly from Miami by the father of her 12-year-old son. “Before,… Read More

Cuba transfers Oscar Elias Biscet, Hector Palacios and other dissidents to prison hospital

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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS As many as 18 jailed dissidents have been transferred from provincial penitentiaries to the main prison hospital in Havana, relatives of the dissidents said Wednesday, raising hopes that they might soon be freed. scar Elas Biscet, a doctor and activist, and Hector Palacios,… Read More

U.S. to issue new guidance on Cuba food sales

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Doug Palmer | Reuters The Bush administration will soon issue new guidelines governing sales of U.S. food to Cuba under an exemption to the four-decade-old embargo, a U.S. Treasury Department spokeswoman said on Wednesday. U.S. wheat and other farm industry groups worry the new guidelines could hamper,… Read More

Commerce Nominee Explored Trade With Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By KEN GUGGENHEIM | Associated Press As commerce secretary, Cuban-born Carlos Gutierrez would be expected to support President Bush’s policies of blocking most trade with Fidel Castro’s communist government. Yet while Gutierrez was chief executive officer of Kellogg Co., the nation’s… Read More

Rojas Swims Against Machismo Tide in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Run Date: 11/30/04 By Ann Farmer WeNews correspondent Ann Farmer is an independent journalist who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Marta Rojas witnessed some of the most significant events in recent Cuban history while breaking new ground for women and swimming against the machismo tide of the Caribbean… Read More

Costa Rica admits Cuban refugees from Guantanamo Naval Base - with commentary

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Associated Press A man who gained attention while trying to reach Florida aboard a 1959 Buick converted into a boat was among 20 Cubans held by U.S. authorities who were granted refugee status in Costa Rica, authorities said Wednesday. A group of twenty Cubans who have been held at the U.S. military… Read More

OFAC drops five year old case against Milwaukeeans who visit church in Cuba - with commentary

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Associated Press Milwaukeeans have expressed relief that the federal government has agreed to dismiss, without fines or penalties, the case against them for traveling to Cuba on a church mission without a license. “It’s been looming over our heads for five years,” Dollora Greene-Evans… Read More

Reporters Without Borders hails Raul Rivero’s release and calls on regime to free other journal

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Press Release Reporters Without Borders said today it was “delighted” at the release from prison today of Cuban journalist Ral Rivero, calling it “the end of a huge injustice towards a renowned journalist and writer” and his family. It repeated its call for the release of 24… Read More

Cuban Dissidents Raul Rivero and Osvaldo Alfonso Valdes Freed on Parole

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By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Writer Cuba’s communist government freed writer Raul Rivero and another dissident from prison Tuesday, the latest in a series of releases apparently aimed at cleaning up the island’s human rights record. Cuban dissident writer Raul Rivero is seen with his… Read More

Analysis on Cuban Dissident Release

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By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Writer International rights groups welcomed Cuba’s surprise release of three dissidents jailed last year in a broad crackdown and called on Fidel Castro’s government to free another 65 still behind bars. The three men were freed unexpectedly early Monday for… Read More

Cuba frees four political prisoners and dissidents

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Associated Press Oscar Espinosa Chepe Dr. Marcelo Lopez Margarito Broche Jesus Mustafa Felipe Surprise releases raise hopes for more (perhaps Raul Rivero) Several of the original 75 dissidents arrested in a broad crackdown last year were released Monday without warning, according to friends, relatives… Read More

Calls to Cuba no longer permitted?

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“We’re sorry calls to this country are not permitted” This afternoon Nov./29/04 I tried calling Cuba ss I do on a daily basis. Much to my surpise I kept getting a response saying that calls to this country were not permitted? I have been having trouble calling Cuba for the last… Read More

Bush Chooses Cuban Native for Commerce Post

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By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer Bush Picks Kellogg CEO for Commerce Post President Bush on Monday chose Carlos Gutierrez, a native of Cuba who rose from truck driver to chief executive officer of Kellogg Co., to be secretary of Commerce. If confirmed by the Senate, Gutierrez would succeed Commerce… Read More

13 Cuban Dissidents transferred to Havana Jails, Release of Raul Rivero Imminet?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

EFE Supporters of a group of dissidents imprisoned in Cuba last year hoped for releases after 13 of the inmates were suddenly moved to Havana from prisons around Cuba. Cuban authorities have transferred 13 imprisoned dissidents, journalist-poet Ral Rivero among them, from facilities around the island… Read More

Cuba property wars….

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Who’s home is it? For years we have heard on how many exiled Cubans have tried to sue/obtain the properties they left behind in Cuba while leaving to the U.S. and elsewhere. Do the exiles have the right to claim such properties back? I have my own opinion on the matter. I for one do not think… Read More

Order of Jose Marti bestowed on Pak Lah

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

The Star Online | BY WONG SAI WAN Cuba has bestowed the Order of Jose Marti, the nation’s highest award for foreign heads of states and governments, upon Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. President Fidel Castro, moving around in a wheelchair as he was recovering from a fall last… Read More

Malaysia’s Abdullah in Havana to celebrate 30 years of close ties

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

HAVANA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi arrived here today in conjunction with the celebration to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Malaysia and Cuba. Malaysian ambassador Datuk Kamal Yan Yahaya said Abdullah was making an official visit… Read More

Well orchestrated plot to allow/encourage Cuban dancers to defect in Las Vegas

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Elaine De Valle, David Ovalle and Martin Merzer | Miami Herald Behind-the-scenes lobbying and careful record keeping persuaded the Bush administration to reverse course and grant visas to the Cuban performers who ultimately defected this week. The tale spans two continents and touches Fidel Castro… Read More

Cuban Doctors Bring Health Care to Slums of Caracas

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Yensi Rivero | IPS When one of Gladys’ three children falls ill in Los Jardines del Valle, a poor neighbourhood on the southwest side of Caracas, she no longer has to hike down the steep hill from the narrow street where she lives, to find medical assistance. Now she just steps over to the home… Read More

Sacked Cuban doctors threaten legal action

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Pretoria News | By Jillian Green Their arrival was seen as a God-send but now, almost 10 years later, Cuban doctors working in South Africa claim they are being discriminated against. In fact, many claim they face dismissal from their posts “without any justification”. And as a result of… Read More

45 Cuban health experts arrive

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Daily News Online GABORONE - A group of Cuban health professionals recently met with Ministry of Health acting permanent secretary Patson Mazonde before being deployed to various stations around Botswana. Dr Mazonde urged the 45 Cubans to help improve the health care delivery system, as Havana was well… Read More

U.S. exporters to Cuba say cash blocked

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By JEANNINE AVERSA | ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER Some companies that sell food and agricultural products to Cuba are reporting that payments are not being credited to their bank accounts in the United States, according to a representative of a group that tracks business between the two countries. John Kavulich,… Read More

Raul Castro meets with China President Hu Jintao

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AFP President Fidel Castro’s designated successor, his brother Raul Castro, warmly commended China’s President Hu Jintao for achieving economic development without abandoning social progress. While there was no official departure from Cuba’s current lack of openess to economic and political… Read More

Miami’s Cuban Americans put weight behind Bush

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By Zachary K. Johnson - CORRESPONDENT Zachary K. Johnson is a freelance journalist working in conjunction with the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. The crowd of George W. Bush supporters yelling and waving campaign signs in Little Havana on Sunday night before… Read More

Elian Gonzales still an issue in Miami

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

UPI Although it’s been five years since U.S. agents stormed a Miami house and sent 5-year-old Elian Gonzalez home to Cuba, he is still a hot topic in Miami. The house where the boy lived in the city’s Little Havana section is now a museum run by the boy’s great-uncle Delfin Gonzalez,… Read More

North Korea’s top military officer visits Cuba

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AFP North Korea’s top military officer Kim Yong-Chun is heading a delegation that began an official visit to communist-led Cuba on Monday, according to an official statement. Vice Marshal Kim, chief of the general staff of the Korean People’s Army, and his delegation will visit the Revolutionary… Read More

Pope Points to Social Doctrine as a Guide for Cuba

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In a Message Sent to Nation’s Catholic Social Week VATICAN CITY, NOV. 22, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II says the Church’s social doctrine could serve as a guide for Cuba’s future. The Pope made that suggestion in a message sent on the occasion of the country’s 9th Catholic Social… Read More

Chinese president to visit Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Xinhuanet The upcoming visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao to Cuba will give an impulse to bilateral relations, Cuban Vice Foreign Minister Jose Guerra told Xinhua.   “This visit, without a doubt, will give greater dynamism to the relations between the two countries,” said the vice… Read More

Iran to implement water, electricity projects in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Payvand’s Iran News Madrid, Nov 21, IRNA—Iran is to carry out two industrial projects to supply water and electricity to Cuba. Iran’s Export Development Dank Manager Norouz Kohzadi and Cuban Minister of Government Cardio Cabrisas concluded the agreement to that effect in Cuba on Saturday,… Read More

Cuba and Panama find reconciliation

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Chicago Tribune SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA—Cuba and Panama agreed to restore consular relations Friday, taking a step toward full diplomatic ties at a meeting on the sidelines of an Ibero-American summit. The agreement came a day after the summit nations, including Panama, agreed to condemn the action… Read More

YUCA’s Privately Finance Aid To Cubans…

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

YUCA’s Send Cubans Help The underground movement (Young Urban Cuban Americans a.k.a YUCA) that was formed just a few months before the elections recently sent over 1000 lbs. worth of items to the Cuban people in Cuba. Everything from medicine, clothing, foot wear and other daily necessities were… Read More

Daughter of pilot executed after Bay of Pigs wins lawsuit against Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

BY JAY WEAVER | Miami Herald Actual title from the Miami Herald: Daughter of pilot executed by Cuba wins suit A Palmetto Bay woman was awarded nearly $87 million in a lawsuit against Fidel Castro and the Cuban government for the desecration of the body of her father, a CIA pilot during the Bay of Pigs.… Read More

Cuba Wins OK for Anti-Terror Statement

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By JOHN RICE, Associated Press Writer SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Cuba has won approval for a draft resolution at the 21-nation Ibero-American Summit condemning a Panamanian pardon for four men accused of trying to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro (news - web sites) at a meeting four years ago. Foreign… Read More

Castro Raises Doubts About Bin Laden Tape

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Fidel Castro says the emergence of an Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) videotape just ahead of the U.S. presidential election seemed to have been “arranged” to help President Bush (news - web sites). In his first public comments about Bush’s re-election, the Cuban leader said, “We… Read More

St. Maarten to close some govt offices in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

The Daily Herald Govt to close offices in Brussels, Cuba, Trinidad PHILIPSBURG—The Central Government will be closing three diplomatic posts at the end of the year, starting with the one in Brussels, Prime Minister Etienne Ys announced Tuesday. Also to be closed will be the offices in Port-of-Spain,… Read More

43 Cuban dancers in Las Vegas ask for asylum in U.S.

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

KEN RITTER | Associated Press Writer Forty-three members of a Cuban dance troupe performing at a Las Vegas casino asked for asylum in the United States on Monday in the one of the biggest mass defections of entertainers from the communist country. Members of the cast said they took the step because they… Read More

EU seeks end to Cuba freeze

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

by Anthony Boadle | Reuters The European Union is considering a shift in policy toward Cuba that would get it back on speaking terms with President Fidel Castro’s government, diplomats say. EU policy-makers will meet on Tuesday in Brussels to discuss whether to stop inviting dissidents to National… Read More

Woman takes Castro to court for her father’s death

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By MICHAEL HIBBLEN | Miami Herald MIAMI - Janet Ray Weininger was only 6 when her father - piloting a CIA plane during the Bay of Pigs invasion - was shot down and killed on April 19, 1961. Thomas “Pete” Ray’s body was frozen and kept in a Havana morgue for 18 years before it was shipped… Read More

Thermoelectrical plant in Cuba up and running again

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

InsideCostaRica.com Cuba’s most important thermoelectrical plant, which suffered a severe mechanical problem that led to frequent blackouts this summer, is operational again, authorities said Thursday. The state has ‘‘normalized productive activity and service’’ at the Antonio… Read More

Abdullah to visit Cuba for talks with Castro

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

The Star Online KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datu Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will make a three-day official visit to Cuba from Nov 24 to 26 at the invitation of President Fidel Castro. A Wisma Putra statement said Abdullah would have talks with Castro at the Palace of the Revolution. He is expected to… Read More

West Boca group supports Jews in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Sally J. Ling | South Florida Sun-Sentinel As a young girl in the 1950s, Natalie Pelavin used to visit South Florida from Flint, Mich., with her parents. While they took a side trip to Cuba, she remained behind, but she recalls her father’s words: “If you take Spanish in high school, I’ll… Read More

Humanitarian trip to Cuba is a religious experience

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By James Zambroski | Wave3 They went to Cuba to help other Christians, but found their own lives changed forever. Southeast Christian Church Choir members and their wives spent seven days reaching out to Christians trying to worship in the shadow of Communism. WAVE 3 Investigator James Zambroski and… Read More

Cuba after Fidel Castro - US Interests Section James Cason - 2nd story

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BY MADELINE BARO DIAZ | South Florida Sun-Sentinel When Fidel Castro no longer remains in Cuba, one of the challenges for a transition to a new government will be to “restore hope in a country where little remains,” the chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana said Tuesday. James Cason,… Read More

Cuba after Fidel Castro - US Interests Section James Cason

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BY NANCY SAN MARTIN | Miami Herald At a conference in Coral Gables, the top U.S. diplomat in Havana said Cubans across the island are looking forward to a change in leadership. Fidel Castro’s tumble to the ground last month and an increasingly difficult economy have prompted many Cubans to begin… Read More

Ramon Labanino Salazar and Antonio Guerrero Rodriguez Honored

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Windhoek PRESIDENT of the Namibia-Cuba Association, Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, last Friday conferred diplomas of recognition on the five Cubans who are serving what is perceived as unjustified jail terms in the USA. The diplomas were presented to Ambassador of Cuba to Namibia, Cipriano Castro Saez.  … Read More

Cuba laments Arafat’s passing

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The Washington Times Cuba said Thursday’s death of Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat was a “cause for dismay in the international community.” The communist island’s major newspapers—all state-owned—featured photos of the deceased leader giving a “V”… Read More

Learning from low income countries: what are the lessons?

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Learning from low income countries: what are the lessons? Health information technology need not cost the earth Luis Carlos Silva, senior researcher Havana Medical University, Calle 27 No 110 e/ M y N Plaza de la Revolucion, Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email… Read More

Spain and UK to seek “more effective” policy on Cuba

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Spain and the UK have agreed to look at revisiting European policy on Cuba “so it can be more effective,” Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said following talks with British counterpart Jack Straw. “The United Kingdom agrees with the Spanish position to revise some measures… Read More

Propaganda War Against Cuba: The Prague Summit

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Propaganda War Against Cuba The Prague Summit by Salim Lamrani Translated by Barbara and David Forbes Further to the strategy declared in Colin Powell’s report � Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba�, whose aim is to lead the Cuban revolutionary process towards its complete annihilation,… Read More

Havana Lights Dimmed With Trade Deceptions

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Trade Fair, Nothing But A Scam…. Read More

President Bush expected to stay course regarding Cuba policy

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Vanessa Bauza | Sun Sentinel As if to underscore the Cuban government’s apparent indifference over President Bush’s re-election, state-run television played his win deep inside their nightly newscast on Wednesday after stories about new cornea transplants and Brazil’s booths at an international… Read More

Cuban embargo imbroglio

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By Frank Calzon | Center for a Free Cuba While the Washington debate on U.S. Cuba policy remains stuck on the issue of trade sanctions, the world has not stood still. At a recent meeting sponsored by the Czech government in Prague, a dozen former presidents and chiefs of governments, including Vaclav… Read More

The Children of Cuba

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

Fidel Castro Greets Venezuela’s Chavez

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By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press Writer HAVANA - Fidel Castro (news - web sites) appears to be recovering well after shattering his left kneecap and breaking his right arm in a fall last month, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said after visiting the Cuban leader. Cuban television showed Chavez… Read More

The Cuban Measures about the US dollar change explained

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Michael A. Lebowitz | Z-Net Currently based in Venezuela. Michael A. Lebowitz can be reached at Residencias Anauco Suites Departamento 601 Parque Central, Zona Postal 1010, Oficina 1 Caracas, Venezuela * The measures announced by the Cuban government yesterday in relation to the use and circulation of… Read More

Cuba calls U.S. worst ‘violator’ of rights

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BY ANITA SNOW | Miami Herald Cuba struck back at the United States on Saturday, calling it the world’s worst human rights offender two days after the U.S. State Department criticized the island nation for continuing to imprison scores of dissidents rounded up more than 1 � years ago. ‘‘The… Read More

US Treasury Department Drops Charges Against Methodists for Visiting Church in Cuba

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RHC The US Treasury Department has ordered federal charges dropped against three members of a Methodist church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin who were accused of spending US dollars during a visit to Cuba. At a news conference called by the Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba, attorney Art… Read More

Police send illegal residents in Havana back to home provinces

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[url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] National Police have been carrying out a dragnet for illegal residents of Havana and returning those caught to their home provinces. Illegal residents are people from any province who don’t have official permits to live… Read More

Recap, election ‘04 and Cuba

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Well, it looks like it is all over except for the shouting, and maybe some futile vote counting in Ohio. I’m hoping this marks the death knell of the far left’s, “social progressive wing,” and their control of the Democratic party. They have managed to so completely disenfranchise… Read More

Operation Freedom 2 - Opinion

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by Hope Bastian I’m living in a war zone, but what I see when I look out the window of my apartment in Havana, Cuba does not resemble the pictures in the papers of the war in Iraq. No missiles have been fired here, there are no camouflaged soldiers in the streets with guns, no armored tanks roll… Read More

Roll over Founding Fathers - opinion

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The Bush administration’s attempted prosecution of the organizers of the Conch Republic Cub sailboat regatta is an example of the very worst kind of heavy handed, wasteful, and vindictive government one can imagine.  The two sailors who organized this formerly friendly race have been put through… Read More

What will happen in Cuba when Fidel Castro dies?

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Latin America Advisor Question: Cuban President Fidel Castro’s fall following a speech Oct. 20, in which he broke bones in his left leg and right arm, brought to the fore questions about what will happen in Cuba after he is gone. Is the Cuban government prepared for Castro’s eventual departure?… Read More

UN Votes Overwhelmingly Against U.S. Embargo on Cuba (again)

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By Evelyn Leopold | Reuters Friends and adversaries of the United States voted overwhelmingly in the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday against the four-decade-old American economic, financial and commercial embargo against Cuba. The vote, conducted for the 13th consecutive year, was a lopsided 179 to… Read More

New US Sanctions Prompt Cuba to Eliminate Dollar

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By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Writer Communist Cuba said “adios” to the Yankee dollar that shored up its struggling economy for a decade, launching a two-week process Tuesday to eliminate the U.S. currency from circulation in its stores and businesses in response to stepped-up American… Read More

Recuperating Fidel Castro expected to maintain political power

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By Nancy San Martin | Miami Herald Cuban President Fidel Castro will have to cut back on his duties, but few think he will give up any political control over the country. President Fidel Castro will likely be off his feet for several weeks recovering from a fractured knee and arm, but experts said Friday… Read More

UN ready to vote on Cuba Embargo

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By ESTRELLA TORRES | [url=http://www.ABS-CBNnews.com]http://www.ABS-CBNnews.com[/url] Cuba warned on Monday that the continued economic embargo imposed against it by the US may lead to a US attack, similar to what happened to Iraq and Afghanistan. Cuban Ambassador to Manila Ramon… Read More

OFAC freezes assets of Sercuba Cuba money transfer company - with commentary

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By JEANNINE AVERSA | ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER The Bush administration identified an electronic money transfer business that it suspects is linked to Cuba and thus will not be allowed to do business in the United States. The action by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control against… Read More

Ricardo Alarcon calls Cuba Embargo ‘genocide’ ahead of UN vote

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Associated Press Parliament speaker Ricardo Alarcon blasted Washington’s four-decade trade Embargo against Cuba as “genocide” Saturday as thousands gathered to draw attention to the upcoming UN vote to condemn the sanctions. Alarcon noted that 70 per cent of Cuba’s 11.2 million… Read More

Fidel Castro Says He Stayed in Charge of Cuba After Fall

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Taking pains to demonstrate that he retains firm control over Cuba after fracturing his knee and arm in a fall at a public event, President Fidel Castro says he conducted government business by cellphone during an ambulance ride and later refused general anesthesia. “I have not… Read More

Castro has operation to repair shattered knee

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Globe and Mail | Reuters Cuban President Fidel Castro shattered a kneecap in a fall Wednesday, officials said yesterday. A brief statement said Mr. Castro broke his left knee and suffered a hairline fracture in his right arm. In a letter to the Cuban people read on the evening news, Mr. Castro said his… Read More

Cuba ponders life after the fall of Fidel Castro

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By Stephen Gibbs | BBC correspondent in Havana AP The dramatic trip in front of the world’s press, which brought the 78-year-old crashing to the ground, has left him with a broken left knee, and a hairline fracture in his right arm. But wounded pride? Not a bit of it. In the minutes after his tumble,… Read More

Fidel Castro falls and breaks knee in Santa Clara Cuba

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By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Writer (AP Photo/APTN) Cuban President Fidel Castro tripped and fell after leaving the stage at a graduation ceremony, fracturing a knee and arm but later returning to say that he was “all in one piece.” Castro’s off-camera tumble after a Wednesday… Read More

Washington Blocks US-Cuba Educational Exchanges

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RHC Washington is blocking educational exchanges between the United States and Cuba by denying entry visas to teachers from the island. According to Lidia Turner, Honorary Chairwoman of Havana’s Teacher’s Association, the US blockade has forced Cuba to organize alternative educational seminars.… Read More

Cuba expecting a resounding victory against the blockade at the UN

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BY IVAN TERRERO | Granma International FOREIGN Minister Felipe Perez Roque affirmed that Cuba is hoping for a victory on October 28 when the UN General Assembly debates the U.S. blockade of Cuba. After participating in a digital photography presentation entitled “In spite of the blockade”… Read More

Cuban Rafters (Balseros) Risking Life for Lure of America

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ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press Sandra de los Santos became famous this summer when she left Cuba for the Bahamas and then, after a brief disappearance, climbed out of a wooden cargo crate in Miami. Her odyssey was one of the more creative ways that dozens of Cubans have made bids to reach the United… Read More

Spain summons Cuban ambassador after politician denied entry to Havana

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Associated Press Authorities in Cuba denied entry to a conservative Spanish politician and two Dutch colleagues hoping to meet with dissidents, Spain’s Foreign Ministry said Saturday. Cuba’s ambassador to Madrid, Isabel Allende, has been summoned urgently to explain what the Spanish government… Read More

Cuban energy minister Marcos Portal to be replaced

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BBC The Cuban government has sacked a senior minister held responsible for an energy crisis which left much of the country facing regular power blackouts. Marcos Portal Leon was blamed for not preventing the crisis, which began when a key power plant broke down in May. Millions of Cubans are still without… Read More

Advancing the Day When Cuba Will Be Free - State Dept speech

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Speech: US State Department Daniel W. Fisk, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Remarks to the Cuban American Veterans Association Miami, Florida October 9, 2004 Introduction At the outset, I want to recognize the commitment and sacrifice Cuban Americans have made in service… Read More

The Cuban dolphin business

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By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News Nation defends exports; activists decry practice and cite risks to species Cuba’s dolphin-export business is in the spotlight again after U.S. authorities fined a Nevada physician $70,000 for buying six dolphins from the socialist nation. Graham Simpson,… Read More

Summary of John Kerry comments on Cuba

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Miami Herald The following is an excerpt from a full story about his campaign travels: He accused the administration of ignoring Latin America and Haiti and said that as president, he would work with U.S. allies that do business in Cuba to bring pressure on Fidel Castro. ‘‘Our ability to… Read More

Cuba supporting terrorist groups - unidentified State dept. official

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GEORGE GEDDA | Associated Press The State Department is accusing Cuba of training Colombian rebels and says it is troubled by a large presence of Cuban personnel in Venezuela, whose president, Hugo Chavez, is a close ally of Cuban President Fidel Castro. The department’s view was outlined in response… Read More

Luis Hernando Gomez Bustamante, Colombia ‘drug chief’ arrested in Cuba

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BBC Up to 50% of cocaine on America’s streets comes from the gang Colombian police say one of the country’s biggest drug-traffickers has been captured in Cuba. Luis Hernando Gomez Bustamante, who is also wanted by the US, was arrested after entering Cuba on a false Venezuelan passport, police… Read More

National Summit on Cuba advocates lifting sanctions on Cuba

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MITCH STACY | Associated Press Lifting trade and travel restrictions on Cuba is the only way to bring about real change in the island nation, panelists said Friday during a national summit largely critical of long-standing U.S. policies. But some speakers at the third National Summit on Cuba showed there… Read More

Cuba shuts factories in power crisis

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Reuters Cuba is to close 118 factories to try to ease an energy crisis that has caused daily blackouts of up to 12 hours, wreaking havoc on personal lives and the economy. Vice-President Carlos Lage said in a broadcast to the nation that steel, cement, paper, and juice plants would be among those to… Read More

OFAC director Richard Newcomb leaves, Robert Werner is new director of OFAC

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Big News Network U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow said Tuesday Robert Werner will become the new director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control. Snow said Werner will take over the position at the Treasury Oct. 1, succeeding Richard Newcomb, who said earlier this month he was leaving the Treasury… Read More

Cuba fights Bacardi bill

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By Klaus Marre | THE HILL In a rare intervention in the American legislative process, the Cuban government is lobbying against legislation pending before Congress, saying lawmakers must act to repeal controversial trademark legislation and expressing its opposition to the so-called Bacardi bill, according… Read More

Suit’s topic: ban on Cuban books

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BY CHRISTINA HOAG | Miami Herald Seeking to overturn restrictions against publishing works from Cuba and other blacklisted countries, a group of scholarly publishers and authors sued the U.S. Treasury Department on Monday. ‘‘Ideas should not be embargoed,’’ said Janet Francendese,… Read More

Publishers sue US Treasury OFAC for right to develop, publish and market Cuban books

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BY CHRISTINA HOAG | Knight Ridder Newspapers Seeking to overturn restrictions against publishing works from Cuba and other blacklisted countries, a group of scholarly publishers and authors on Monday sued the U.S. Treasury Department. “Ideas should not be embargoed,” said Janet Francendese,… Read More

Russian diplomatic chief explores ties with Cuba - commentary

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Turkish Press | AFP Havana - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday started an official visit in Cuba aimed at reinforcing ties between Cold War allies whose relations have been strained since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The communist island’s official newspaper, Granma, announced… Read More

Cuba travel limits defied - Havana Journal mention

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By DAVID SCHOETZ | Cape Cod Times STAFF Writer Delahunt slams the new, stricter rules and joins a House vote to cut off funds needed to implement the policy. U.S. Rep. William Delahunt entered a hostile floor debate last week to denounce the Bush administration’s travel restrictions that hamper… Read More

The wrong remedy on Cuba - Orlando Sentinel Opinion

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Our position: Trade and travel restrictions aren’t the answer to toppling Fidel Castro. More and more members of Congress are realizing that restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba have created hardship for the island’s oppressed people but failed to topple its dictator, Fidel Castro.… Read More

U.S. House tries yet again to ease US Embargo on Cuba

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By Anna Willard | Reuters The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday defied the White House and voted to ease limits on U.S. student travel and trade with Cuba but defeated a measure that would have lifted all economic sanctions. The Bush administration had asked the House not to take any steps to… Read More

Sustainability of US Embargo is threatened yet again

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Latin America Working Group | [url=http://www.lawg.org]http://www.lawg.org[/url] Dear Cuba Policy Advocates: News Flash:  We have had another series of successes in the fight to end the most senseless portions of the embargo. At the same time, an amendment offered by Representative… Read More

Bush’s restrictions on Cuban American family visits to Cuba lifted

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Latin American Working Group | [url=http://www.lawg.org]http://www.lawg.org[/url] Dear Cuba Policy Advocates: We’ve won again! In spite of election year arm-twisting, 39 House Republicans broke with their president and voted to end restrictions on family visits by Cuban Americans.… Read More

The Bush Regime’s economic blueprint for Cuba

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Z-NET | Tim Anderson Hidden behind the rhetoric of ‘democracy’ in the 458 page report titled ‘Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba’, and underlying the Bush Regime’s plan for a ‘transition’, are all the major features of a US economic blueprint for Cuba.… Read More

The Wall of Water

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NEW YORK TIMES By JENS GLeSING, Der Spiegel Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan Restrictions on US tourists, sanctions against European trading partners: The regime of aging revolutionary Fidel Castro faces pressure under an intensified US embargo. Restrictions on US tourists, sanctions… Read More

In Cuba, Bush can’t let U.S. companies in and keep families out

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Yale Daily News | Sam Taylor is a senior in Saybrook College George W. Bush is trying to have it both ways in Cuba. Even as he has tightened the restrictions on travel for Cuban Americans with family on the island, American agribusiness has profited from selling agricultural goods to Fidel Castro’s… Read More

US Scales Back Claim on Cuba Arms

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By STEVEN R. WEISMAN The Bush administration, using stringent standards adopted after the failure to find banned weapons in Iraq, has conducted a new assessment of Cuba’s biological weapons capacity and concluded that it is no longer clear that Cuba has an active, offensive bio-weapons program,… Read More

House drops debate on Cuba travel ban

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Reuters A measure that would end the U.S. ban on travel to Cuba was dropped on Wednesday by its chief House of Representatives sponsor, who said he could not get “meaningful debate” in an election year on legislation that has attracted bipartisan support for several years. The House instead… Read More

Practicing hurricane diplomacy

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Vanessa Bauza | Sun-Sentinel At a time when U.S.-Cuba relations are marked by heightened tensions and mutual antagonism, close continuous cooperation between Miami and Havana meteorologists is helping to track storms and save lives on both sides of the Florida Straits. It might be a stretch to call it… Read More

Americas Think Tank Blasts Bush Commission Report

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by Jim Lobe | Inter Press Service A 10-member international task force of prominent analysts and former diplomats has warned that recommendations by a special commission on the Bush administration’s plans for Cuba, released last May, “will poorly serve U.S. interests in Cuba and the wider… Read More

Huminatarian aid to Cuba—-needed now more than ever.  Appeal

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Hurricane Charley reportedly did one billion dollars damage to Cuba.  If you have been to Cuba you know how much destruction that amount involves.  Hundreds of thousands are without adequate shelter or the basics of life. With Ivan approaching the western provinces as this is written, urgent… Read More

Elian Gonzalez affair shows up in mayor race

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Cubanet.org Elian Gonzalez was sent back to Cuba four years ago, but the young castaway remains a powerful figure in Miami-Dade politics. Former Miami-Dade Police Director Carlos Alvarez, now running for county mayor in Tuesday’s election, knows that well. At least one flier from an untraceable… Read More

Cuban charge d’affaires to Panama to return

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Xinhuanet Cuban Foreign Ministry announced Monday that its charge d’affaires to Panama, Carlos Valdes, will return to the island Tuesday after the government broke diplomatic relations with Panama.   The ministry explained in a brief note that Valdes’s return is in response to the decision… Read More

Bush family shows its double standard

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By Wayne S. Smith | Sun-Sentinel In his inauguration speech on Sept. 1, Panama’s new president, Martin Torrijos, condemned outgoing President Mireya Moscoso’s pardoning of four Cuban exile terrorists, imprisoned in Panama on charges of plotting the assassination of President Fidel Castro.… Read More

Republicans enlist Castro in poll campaign

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Simon Tisdall | The Guardian The US treasury secretary, John Snow, had an important message for the people of Florida when he addressed the Greater Boca Raton chamber of commerce last month. George Bush’s administration was leading a strong economic recovery, Mr Snow claimed; its tax cuts had worked… Read More

SIU ABLE TO RESEARCH IN CUBA AGAIN

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BY CALEB HALE | THE SOUTHERN The door to Cuba is open again to Southern Illinois University. University officials and Southern Illinois congressmen successfully convinced the U.S. Department of Treasury to restore SIU’s license for research on the communist Caribbean island, after it previously… Read More

The Cuban Revolution

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By PETER BOHMER Peter Bohmer is a faculty member in Political Economy at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. He has been active in movements for social and economic justice and has studied and taught about Cuba since the late 1960’s. Understanding Cuban society objectively is incredibly… Read More

Maradona to get treatment in Cuba

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Canadian Press 9/7/2004 http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/news_story.asp?ID=97908&hubName= Read More

Mexico requests info on Cuban tensions

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Washington Times The Mexican Federal Institute for Public Information Access Tuesday requested details on a diplomatic dispute between Mexico and Cuba, El Universal reported. According to a 32 page statement on IFAI’s web site, the institute instructed the Secretary of the Interior and the Center… Read More

Cuban doctors help alleviate Nauru health problems

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Pardoned Cuban exile faces death, if captured

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BY NANCY SAN MARTIN | Miami Herald Honduran authorities said Friday they continue to believe Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles is no longer in the country, but that, if he’s captured, they would consider Cuba’s extradition request. There, the explosives expert would face a firing squad. ‘‘We… Read More

Cuban police get ‘gender’ training

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BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press A sexologist is urging Cuban police to undertake ‘gender-sensitivity’ training to deal with gays, transsexuals and transvestites. In the four years since she became a transvestite, life wasn’t too difficult for Gillian. But this summer, she says,… Read More

Raul Castro hails traditional ties between Cuba and Viet Nam

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VNagency.com Cuban First Vice President of the State Council and the Council of Ministers Raul Castro on Saturday praised the development of the traditional friendship, solidarity and co-operation between Viet Nam and Cuba. The Cuban Party and State have always attached importance to the co-operation… Read More

US fines Iberia for breaking embargo on Cuba

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By Igo More in Madrid The US has imposed a fine on Iberia, the Spanish airline, for breaking its embargo on Cuba, the Financial Times’ Spanish sister paper Expansion has learned. According to the US Treasury, Iberia - in which the Spanish government has a 5.35 per cent stake - was guilty of the… Read More

Power blackouts in Cuba to last through end of year

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Associated Press Power blackouts that have plagued Cubans all summer will continue through the end of the year, an electricity official told local media in an interview published Thursday. “It can’t be asserted that there will be total stability ... We should be achieving that at the end… Read More

Exile Leader in Miami Joins Democrats

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New York Times | By TERRY AGUAYO In an unexpected move that signals the political diversification of Cuban-Americans, the executive director of a prominent Cuban-American exile group here has left his post to join a Democratic advocacy organization. Joe Garcia, executive director of the Cuban American… Read More

Cuban Missile Crisis - the video game

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Games Press Developer: G5 Software Platforms: PC Release date: Q4 2004 Genre: RTS http://int.games.1c.ru/cmc/ Game Overview Cuban Missile Crisis is a Real-Time Strategy game combined with a turn-based global tactical mode, thrusting gamers into a world ravaged by the military-political… Read More

National Summit on Cuba to Evaluate Current US Cuba Trade

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Press Release U.S. Business & Political Leaders To Convene in Tampa, October 8, 2004 The National Summit on Cuba, an educational forum where national leaders discuss the state of current U.S.-Cuba relations, will be held on October 8, 2004. This day-long conference will take place at the University… Read More

(Idiot) Miami Attorney Larry Klayman Files Lawsuits Against Castro

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No author name | [url=http://www.nbc6.com]http://www.nbc6.com[/url] Larry Klayman Accuses Cuban President Of Crimes Against Humanity, Cyberterrorism A Miami attorney is filing two lawsuits against Cuban President Fidel Castro, accusing him of crimes against humanity and cyber terrorism.… Read More

Convicted Castro assassin freed in Panama -  with commentary

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Randy Alonso | [url=http://www.cubadebate.cu]http://www.cubadebate.cu[/url] Simon Wollers | Radio Havana Cuba Freed Terrorist Luis Posada Carriles The outgoing president of Panama, Mireya Moscoso, last Thursday pardoned four men serving prison sentences in Panama for endangering public… Read More

Hurricane Charley Leaves Cuba $1 Billion Bill

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Reuters Hurricane Charley caused more than $1 billion in damage to Havana and its surrounding provinces when it roared through western Cuba on Aug. 13, killing four people, a leader of the ruling Communist Party said on Wednesday. The storm demolished 4,177 houses and damaged almost 70,000 other homes,… Read More

Bill would penalize travelers to Cuba

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Policy met politics in Cuba rules - with commentary

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By Peter Slevin | The Washington Post Early last year, Otto Reich shopped a new project to his boss, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. A Havana-born hard-liner with a habit of picking verbal fights with Cuban President Fidel Castro, Reich believed the United States was unprepared for Castro’s… Read More

“Chaos” in Havana after Hurricane Charley - with commentary

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[url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] Thirsty residents hijack water truck A number of thirsty residents in Old Havana forcibly took over a water truck and distributed the water to neighbors. Water has been in short supply since hurricane Charley downed power lines.… Read More

U.S. Overcomes Cuban Jamming of Radio Broadcasts - with commentary

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Associated Press The Bush administration has successfully overcome Cuban jamming of U.S. government radio and television broadcasts through transmission from a military aircraft, the State Department said Monday. Spokesman Adam Ereli said the transmissions of Miami-based Radio and TV Marti took place… Read More

Guantanamo Bay naval station to become more civil neighbors in Cuba

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MARK LARABEE | The Oregonian Relations are nowhere near as icy as during the Cold War, but any move on the fence line still gets noticed The Cuban guard was walking a tower catwalk until Sgt. Joel Rodriguez climbed the stairs to Marine Observation Post 31, an aging 1950s-era tower that houses a set of… Read More

Cuba insulted by US offer of $50,000 in Hurricane Charley relief - with commentary

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News24.com Cuba on Sunday slammed the US offer of $50 000 in disaster assistance to help recovery efforts from Hurricane Charley as “totally unacceptable,” calling the amount an insult to the hundreds of thousands of Cubans hit by the storm. “The offer of $50 000, and above all its… Read More

US makes first TV Marti broadcasts to Cuba from military plane

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ANITA SNOW | Associated Press The U.S. government’s TV Marti broadcast from an airborne C-130 cargo plane to the island for the first time this weekend, but it was not likely seen by many amid ongoing electricity problems after Hurricane Charley. Cuba’s communist government on Sunday had… Read More

Che Guevara ‘second only to Castro’

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BBC Che Guevara is believed to have been killed by the Bolivian Army Revolutionary “Che Guevara” was viewed by British officials as the second most important figure in Cuba after Fidel Castro, newly released documents show. Ernesto Guevara Serna was listed among 61 people in the 1967 Foreign… Read More

Shipload of Soviet Aircraft Nears Cuba Photographed by U.S. Navy Patrol Plane

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A shipload of Soviet aircraft- possibly twin-jet IL-28 bombers- nears Cuba and is photographed at low altitude by a U.S. Navy patrol plane. The big slatted crates fore and aft seem to contain planes with their wings already attached. There also appear to be aircraft fuselages stowed beside the crates… Read More

The Evidence Pictures That Spurred the U.S. to Act on Cuba

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These are the evidence photos that spurred the U.S. into action against Cuba. From Life magazine - The Danger Filled Week of Decision - November 2, 1962 Read More

Cover of Life Magazine- The Danger Filled Week of Decision, Cuba 1962

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From Life magazine - The Danger Filled Week of Decision - November 2, 1962 Read More

Bay of Pigs - Diagrams of Plans of Attack on Cuba by US

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The invasion plan called for paratroopers to land on the roads near San Blas, Yaguaramas and Jocuma (far left) and at Palpite in the west. The infantry battalions would land by sea to link up with the paratroopers and reinforce the defenses. The impenetrable Zapata Swamp would prevent Castro from attacking… Read More

Bay of Pigs - Cover of Life Magazine - May 10, 1963

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Cover of Life Magazine- Raw Untold Truth by Men Who Fought Bay of Pigs. Heartbreaking Price They Paid for U.S. Miscalculations. May 10, 1963. Domain for sale by Havana Journal BayOfPigs.org Read More

Anti-Aircraft Gun Stands Outside the Riviera Hotel in Havana 1962

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In Havana an anti-aircraft gun stands outside the Riviera Hotel, a stopping-place for Communist VIPs. From Life Magazine- Dealing with the Deadly Crisis, The U.S. and Its People Withstand the Nuclear Threat- November 9, 1962 Read More

Fidel’s Partner, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Minister of Industries

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Fidel’s partner in running Cuba is Ernesto (“Che”) Guevara, an impetuous man with burning eyes and profound intelligence who seems born to make revolution- if it hadn’t been in Cuba, it would have been somewhere else. He is now Minister of Industries. From Life magazine - Inside… Read More

Fidel Castro In His Office in Cuba 1963

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Castro is seldom seen like this in his office. He remains a romantic revolutionary, flitting around the country, needing always to be in personal contact with the people. But he is still the boss and nothing happens in Cuba until he says that it is O.K. to happen. From Life magazine - Inside Castro’s… Read More

Committee for the Defense of the Revolution Meeting in Havana 1963

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Most Cuban lives actually lie in the hands of something called the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution. This really is thousands of small committees organized down to the block level, like the one meeting above in Havana. The most active members belong to ORI, an organization made up of both… Read More

Cuban Volunteer Going Off For Weeks to the Cane Fields 1963

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To pay for Russian gasoline and machinery, Cubans have sugar cane. To get the precious crop in, men are coaxed to “volunteer,” going off for weeks to the cane fields while others “volunteer” to do double duty by filling in on the jobs they left. What peasants wanted most of all… Read More

Workman in the Ignacio Agramonte Cuba sugar refinery 1963

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Sugar is the chief cash crop which supports the economy of Cuba, and workmen like this one operating a pressing machine in the Ignacio Agramonte refinery have proved that they can run the complicated industrial equipment confiscated from U.S. companies. But they are handicapped by a bad cane harvest… Read More

Aristocratic Cuban Ladies Chatting on Havana Streets 1963

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Aristocratic Cuban ladies live much as before, chatting on Havana streets and entertaining at home- though more modestly than before. Younger women of this class line up daily at the Mexican Consulate for visas, but older ones prefer to stay where they have lived their lives. From Life magazine - Inside… Read More

Young Girls Perform Graceful Ballet to and from School Cafeteria Cuba 1963

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These young girls perform what seems to be graceful ballet as they move to and from their school cafeteria at lunchtime. Many changes big and small have come to Cuba, but two big ones are so profound that they are now irrevocable. One is the land reform which has broken up big holdings and made communal… Read More

Evening at the Populated Plaza in Santiago de Cuba 1963

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When evening comes, everybody goes to the plaza as to a big living room. From Life magazine - Inside Castro’s Cuban Revolution - March 15, 1963 Read More

Young Lady Wearing a Patriotic T-Shirt Celebrating Castro’s Revolt 1963

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Outdoor advertising for Fidel’s new regime sometimes walks about very attractively. This young lady wears a patriotic T-shirt celebrating the date when Castro first launched his revolt, a date which became the name of the organization which first supported him. From Life magazine - Inside Castro’s… Read More

Russian Shoppers Finger Cheap Cotton Shirts in Havana Store 1963

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Russian shoppers finger cheap cotton shirts in Havana store. Good materials have now almost disappeared. Stores like this got new slogan names like “Unity 200” when Castro came to power. Now Fidel has decided that they must be humanized and named after people. From Life magazine - Inside… Read More

Old Men Sitting in Cafes in Santiago de Cuba 1963

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In places like Santiago de Cuba, an affable city little touched by foreign ways but one which has hatched major Cuban revolts, including Castro’s, old men still sit in cafes and talk. When evening comes everybody goes to the plaza as to a big living room. From Life magazine - Inside Castro’s… Read More

Almost a Quarter of the Cuban Population are Negro or Mulatto

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Almost a quarter of the population of Cuba is Negro or mulatto, and these people for the most part support the Castro regime with enthusiasm. They feel that they are now sharing equally in the great effort to educate and employ all of the Cuban people. From Life magazine - Inside Castro’s Cuba… Read More

Cubans Have to Queue for Clothes at Ex-Woolworth Store in Havana 1963

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Cubans have to queue for clothes and textiles. This is not a natural way of life for people in such languid Latin countries, but Cubans have learned to do it because it is the only way. This is an ex-Woolworth store in Havana, which still has some stocks of cheap clothing. From Life magazine - Inside… Read More

Russian Technician Explains Workings of Tractor to Group of Cuban Farm Boys

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Machinery from Communist countries draws a more attentive crowd than people from there. A Russian technician (center foreground) explains workings of tractor to group of absorbed Cuban farm boys who still wear hats shaped like those of American cowboys. From Life magazine - Inside Castro’s Cuba… Read More

Tractors Sent by Communists are Uncrated at Havana Docks 1963

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Tractors sent by Communists are uncrated at Havana docks- which have not been so busy since the American blockade. Communists send mostly tractors, jeeps, trucks which can be used to replace Havana’s worn-out buses. Cubans cling to their old dilapidated U.S. cars. From Life magazine - Inside Castro’s… Read More

Russian Technicians Do Not Mingle Much with Cubans

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If they walked around with big signs, Russian technicians couldn’t be more obvious than they are in their sporty shirts, carrying their square briefcases. They don’t mingle much with the Cubans- except, like GIs abroad, with kids who ask for their cigarets. From Life magazine - Inside Castro’s… Read More

Cubans in Havana Watch a New Ship Dock 1963

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In Havana, Cubans- suprised by the camera- watch a new ship dock. A Polish freighter, it was built for Cuba and named after a hero of revolution. From Life magazine - Inside Castro’s Cuba - March 15, 1963 Read More

Cover of Life Magazine- Inside Castro’s Cuba- March 15, 1963

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A penetrating report in pictures by Henri Cartier Bresson. The first look at the Cuban people since the country clamped down. From Life magazine - Inside Castro’s Cuba - March 15, 1963 Read More

Cover of Look Magazine- Our Woman in Havana- November 8, 1960

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Her report on the Cuban people and how they feel about Castro today. Her 19 hours in a Havana jail… and her exclusive interview with the “brain” behind Castro. From Look magazine - Our woman in Havana - November 8, 1960 Read More

Series of Photographs of Che Guevara 1960

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I can’t imagine what made him smile, but when he does, he has a certain charm. “It is naive to think that we would kneel before any master.” Sometimes, the Comandante looked uncannily like Mexican comic Cantinflas. U.S.-Cuba relations? “Whenever the U.S. wishes to talk to Cuba… Read More

Guevara Wearing His Rebel Army Uniform in Banker’s Office 1960

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It was a shock to see Guevara wearing his Rebel Army uniform in that staid banker’s office. It was late, and both of us were edgy. From Look magazine - Our woman in Havana - November 8, 1960 Read More

Best of 25 Workers in Her Lab, Blanca Stands Guard Duty After Work 1960

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From Look magazine - Our woman in Havana - November 8, 1960 Read More

Cuban Workers Mourning Demise of U.S. Companies with Coffins 1960

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The spirit was light, but the event serious. When 26 U.S. companies were expropriated, Cuban workers “mourned” their demise by tossing 26 coffins into the sea. Many Cuban officials disapproved of such levity, though approving the move. From Look magazine - Our woman in Havana - November 8,… Read More

Havana Girls Are the Best Looking Latino Women 1960

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Havana girls are still the best-looking Latin women I’ve ever seen. We snapped this beauty dancing at a graduation party in our hotel. From Look magazine - Our woman in Havana - November 8, 1960 Read More

Castro’s Top Woman Aide Celia Sanchez 1960

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Fiery speech by boy orator at rally is lauded by Castro and top woman aide Celia Sanchez. From Look magazine - Our woman in Havana - November 8, 1960 Read More

Teachers Who Volunteered to Serve in Rural Area Without Pay 1960

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Teachers, here in review, volunteered to serve in rural area without pay. From Look magazine - Our woman in Havana - November 8, 1960 Read More

Statue of Christ in Cuba

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Soviet freighter docks in shadow of statue of Christ. From Look magazine - Our woman in Havana - November 8, 1960 Read More

Cubans Responding to Castro’s Speech 1960

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His long, very Latin, emotional orating, which hammers home the Revolution’s ABC’s over and over, baffles Americans. But many Cubans respond as did Arabs to Nasser at his height. This day, Castro brushed off cheers: “Fidel is a passing name in Cuban history.” From Look magazine… Read More

Guajiro (Peasant) Breaks from the Crowd to Shake Hands with Castro

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Castro seems most at ease in the country, where his revolution began. Here, a guajiro (peasant) breaks from the crowd to shake hands. From Look magazine - Our woman in Havana - November 8, 1960 Read More

Fidel Castro Rally in Sierra Maestra Mountains 1960

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Back for rally in Sierra Maestra Mountains, orator Castro is about to be rained on by storm clouds. “Don’t get wet, Fidel,” yelled the crowd. From Look magazine - Our woman in Havana - November 8, 1960 Read More

Colonel Cornelio Rojas, Batista Chief of Police in Santa Clara, Being Killed by Firing Squad

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Moment of death comes to Colonel Cornelio Rojas, Batista chief of police in Santa Clara, as firing squad bullets rip through him and send his hat flying. From Life magazine - Castro in Triumphant Advance to Havana - January 19, 1959 Read More

Rebel William Galvis 1959

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“She will die,” shouts rebel William Galvis after a summary tribunal convicted Juliana Munoz of denouncing her pro-Castro cousin and causing his death. From Life magazine - Castro in Triumphant Advance to Havana - January 19, 1959 Read More

Castro’s Son, Fidelito, Being Held Up By Rebels as He Rides in Procession

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Castro’s son, Fidelito, who had been living in New York, is held by rebels as he rides in procession. From Life magazine - Castro in Triumphant Advance to Havana - January 19, 1959 Read More

Faustino Perez Who Was a Member of Castro’s Original Rebel Contingent

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In special job, Faustino Perez is in charge of recovering funds taken by Batista gang. He was a member of Castro’s original rebel contingent. From Life magazine - Castro in Triumphant Advance to Havana - January 19, 1959 Read More

Interior Minister Luis Orlando Rodriguez Lawyer Who Ran Rebel Radio 1959

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Interior Minister, Luis Orlando Rodriguez, is lawyer who ran the rebel radio. He plans to clean out political jobholders, reform prisons. From Life magazine - Castro in Triumphant Advance to Havana - January 19, 1959 Read More

Foreign Minister Roberto Agramonte, Once an Ambassador 1959

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Foreign minister is Roberto Agramonte, one of few cabinet members with political experience. He was once an ambassador, presidential hopeful. From Life magazine - Castro in Triumphant Advance to Havana - January 19, 1959 Read More

Jose Miro Cardona, Former Dean of Havana Bar 1959

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Premier is Jose Miro Cardona, former dean of Havana bar whom Batista drove into exile because he protested court takeover by the dictator. From Life magazine - Castro in Triumphant Advance to Havana - January 19, 1959 Read More

Seafront Deluge of Enthusiastic Havana Citizens 1959

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Seafront deluge of enthusiastic Havana citizens engulfs vehicles of rebel parade. From Life magazine - Castro in Triumphant Advance to Havana - January 19, 1959 Read More

President Manuel Urrutia Confers with Castro in Camaguey 1959

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President Manuel Urrutia confers with Castro in the town of Camaguey before preceding the rebel chief into Havana. On the left is Armando Hart, a Castro underground leader and advisor whom Urrutia appointed as the new minister of education. Urrutia had to wait in Camaguey for Castro forces to clear other… Read More

Paper Showers fall from the Havana Hilton as the Rebels March Past 1959

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Paper shower falls from Havana Hilton as the rebels march past. Castro has suite in the hotel now. From Life magazine - Castro in Triumphant Advance to Havana - January 19, 1959 Read More

Fidel Castro Happily Shaking Hands Near Matanzas 1959

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Show of hands, happily stretched toward him, hails the cigar-smoking rebel chief near Matanzas. From Life magazine - Castro in Triumphant Advance to Havana - January 19, 1959 Read More

Fidel Castro Reaches Out to Shake a Young Girl’s Hand 1959

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Castro reaches out to shake the hand of a young girl lifted up by the jubilant crowd. From Life magazine - Castro in Triumphant Advance to Havana - January 19, 1959 Read More

Fidel Castro Gets a Great Ovation in Cienfuegos 1959

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Answering a great ovation in Cienfuegos, Castro gives a smile and a wave. He always wears two wristwatches so that he does not have to turn his arm over to tell what time it is. From Life magazine - Castro in Triumphant Advance to Havana - January 19, 1959 Read More

Fidel Castro Begins Speech in Cienfuegos Main Square 1959

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Castro begins speech at 11:30 p.m. in Cienfuegos main square. He finished at 3 a.m. From Life magazine - Castro in Triumphant Advance to Havana - January 19, 1959 Read More

Fidel Castro Barks at an Aide Who Forgot Papers in Camaguey 1959

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Castro barks at an aide who forgot papers he wanted. This is during the stopover in Camaguey. From Life magazine - Castro in Triumphant Advance to Havana - January 19, 1959 Read More

Fidel Castro on His Cross-Cuba Victory Tour Jokes About Poor Guns 1959

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Fidel Castro on his cross-Cuba victory tour jokes about poor guns some of his rebels had. From Life magazine - Castro in Triumphant Advance to Havana - January 19, 1959 Read More

Cover of Life Magazine- Castro in Triumphant Advance to Havana 1959

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Cover of Life magazine, January 19, 1959. Castro in Triumphant Advance to Havana. Read More

Map of Cuba Showing Russian Missile Sites and Camps 1962

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Russian missile sites and camps have been located by anti-Castro intelligence. They cluster thickly in defense of Havana but two are close to U.S. naval base at Guantanamo. From Life Magazine- Cuba, Hideout of the anti-Castro Rebels- September 21, 1962 Read More

Group of Guerrilla Rebels in Mouth of Cave 1962

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Rebels in Repose. In mouth of cave, Maria and Miguel Jorge (right), who were married in the mountains, join fellow guerrillas, including ex-boxer (left) who had been with the group for six months. From Life Magazine- Cuba, Hideout of the anti-Castro Rebels- September 21, 1962 Read More

Guerrillas Against Castro Hideout in Jungles and Canebrakes of Cuba 1962

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In thickets and cane fields of Escambray Mountains, rebels were photographed for Life by Charles Bonnay. Ten days before he visited rebels, Bonnay heard Castro claim they had been wiped out. From Life Magazine- Cuba, Hideout of the anti-Castro Rebels- September 21, 1962 Read More

Supporters of Fidel Castro Stage Mass Rally in Havana 1962

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Supporters of Fidel Castro stage a mass rally in Havana in celebration of the third anniversary of his rise to power. From Look Magazine- I Saw Soviet Cuba- November 20, 1962 Read More

Soviet Technicians in Havana Arrived on the Russian Ship Gruziya 1962

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In Havana, Soviet technicians who arrived on the Russian ship Gruziya wave to the Cubans who came down to the dock to welcome them. From Look Magazine- I Saw Soviet Cuba- November 20, 1962 Read More

Russian Women and Russian Technicians Arriving in Cuba 1962

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A few Russian women are now arriving in Cuba, along with hundreds of men identified as technicians. From Look Magazine- I Saw Soviet Cuba- November 20, 1962 Read More

Crowds Holding Hammer & Sickle Flags at a Pro-Castro Demonstration in Havana 1962

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The hammer and sickle flies during a pro-Castro demonstration in Havana. From Look Magazine- I Saw Soviet Cuba- November 20, 1962 Read More

Cuba still needs help from hurrican Charley, groups say

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Miami Herald Two local Cuban solidarity organizations want to remind South Floridians that Cuba also suffered in the path of Hurricane Charley. In a news conference Thursday, the Christian Women Association in Defense of Cuban Families and Jewish Solidarity asked the community to contribute food and… Read More

Even our man in Havana was charmed by Che Guevara

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David Pallister | The Guardian Three weeks before his execution in the Bolivian jungle in October 1967, Che Guevara was already being glamorised as a revolutionary icon by British diplomats in Cuba. The charisma was put down to his “Irish charm”. Every year the British embassy in Havana sent… Read More

Panama Hat Ad from 1938

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For smartness wear a genuine Panama Hat. We carry a complete assortment of genuine Panama and Montecristi hats of distinctive crations for ladies and gentlemen. The Trade Mark of Quality and Honesty, El Lazo de Oro, Central Park, Havana. Importers of distinguished brands of french perfumes and linen… Read More

Restaurant Cosmopolita, Ad from 1938

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This noted eating place, for many years famous in the annals of Havana, is now operated under the direction of Jesus Fernandez, former manager during thirty three years, of the old Paris Restaurant. Friends and patrons are offered unexcelled food and service at comparatively moderate prices. Table d’hote… Read More

Hotel Lincoln- Under American Management, Ad from 1938

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One of the smart hotels in Cuba. Centrally located in the shopping, theatre and Central Park district of Havana, equipped with Simmons beds and spring matresses. 150 Rooms, 150 Baths. Visit our Andalucian Patio, where delicious cocktails are served. Under American Management. Advertisement from July… Read More

La Zaragozana Restaurant, Ad from 1938

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Recognized since 1860, La Zaragozana Restaurant, Montserrate Street No. 75. Behind Asturiano Club, near Central Park. A restaurant of the finer type; conducted for those who appreciate food thoughtfully selected, daintily prepared and expertly served. Advertisement from July 14 1938 Who’s Who Havana… Read More

Shop With Confidence Frank’s Store, Ad from 1938

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Shop with confidence at Frank’s Store and Save Money while our Extraordinary Sale of French Perfumes and Linen Embroideries is in Full Swing. All our goods are First Class Quality. Be sure to visit us first before buying elsewhere. “Sinful Soul” sold exclusively at Frank’s Store.… Read More

Constantino invites you to La Florida Bar, Ad from 1938

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The cradle of the daquiri cocktail. Where cocktails are a revelation and food is most delicious. Munchen beer on draught. Monserrat, corner Obispo Street. Advertisement from July 14 1938 Who’s Who Havana Cuba magazine Read More

SansSouci The Most Exotic Garden Restaurant in Cuba Ad from 1938

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The Night Rendezvous of the Elite SansSouci, the most exotic garden restaurant in Cuba. 30 minutes by Auto. Advertisement from July 14 1938 Who’s Who Havana Cuba magazine Read More

Dewar’s Scotch Whisky Ad from 1938

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To the Experts who awarded more than 60 medals to Dewar’s, the Agreeable Scotch Whisky! Everything that a fine, agree-able whisky should be- that is Dewar’s according to the critical judgement of world-wide experts. This same Dewar’s, unchanged in any way is brought to you today- the… Read More

Saratoga Hotel Havana, Cuba Ad from 1938

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Meet me at the Saratoga Hotel, Prado 121, Havana. Facing Fraternidad Park. Offers guests the ultimate in service and comfort. While in Havana visit our famous Sidewalk Cafe. The most colorful place for a glorious evening. Delicious food, drinks of the best. Advertisement from July 14 1938 Who’s… Read More

Hotel Bristol Ad from 1938

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Service and Hospitality await you at the Hotel Bristol. San Rafael and Amistad Streets in the Heart of Havana’s Shopping District. The Bristol Hotel is today one of the most popular hosteleries in Havana, catering to American travelers who appreciate Efficient Service, Hospitality and a delicious… Read More

Gabilla Parfums de Luxe Ad from 1938

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Gabilla Parfums de Luxe presents the latest creation Intrigue the sensation of 1938. An individual and subtle perfume favored by the fastidious women. Special Offer: A smart set of three fancy flasks of rare and distinct odors. La Vierge Folle… Gardenia… Longchamps obtainable at Havana’s… Read More

Royal Palm Hotel Havana, Cuba Ad from 1938

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Royal Palm Hotel, the leader in every possible form of Modern Convenience, Quality, Service, Price. Ideal location in the Very Heart of Business, and within two blocks of Best Theatres and Movies. Enjoy Lunching and Dining in the New Ground-Floor Restaurant and Cafeteria. Advertisement from July 14 1938… Read More

Casino De La Playa Ad from 1938

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Do not fail to visit the Casino De La Playa. Smartest Night Rendezvous in the Americas presents: Harris, Claire, Shannon, most charming trio dance team ever appearing in Havana- Angelita Campa, gracious and talented Spanish dancer- Follie Miller, famous acrobat tap dancers- Dance Music by the Casino… Read More

Central Park Restaurant on Central Park Ad from 1938

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Only fresh and delicious food served at the famous Central Park Restaurant on Central Park, opposite Plaza Hotel. We specialize in Morro Crab, Lobster, Shrimp, Shell Fish, and Fresh Oysters. Try our Arroz Con Pollo. Our Steaks and Chops are Best and cooked to suit you. Advertisement from July 14 1938… Read More

The “Choice” of Havana H. Upmann Havana Cigars Ad from 1938

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The World-Renowned H. Upmann Brand produced in a wide variety of sizes and shapes to suit the needs of critical and fastidious smokers. Advertisement from July 14 1938 Who’s Who Havana Cuba magazine Read More

The Start for Cuba - The beginning of the Spanish American War

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General Shafter’s military expedition leaving Tampa, Florida, for Cuba- the transports under the protection of the first-class battleship “Indiana” and other war vessels. The most imposing marine spectacle ever witnessed in Amerian waters. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

The Invasion of Cuba

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Soldiers, eager for battle with the Spaniards, going aboard the transports at Port Tampa, Florida. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Silenced in Twenty Minutes, Destruction of the Spanish Batteries

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Speedy destruction of the Spanish Batteries at Matanzas, Cuba, April 27, by a part of acting rear- Admiral Sampson’s Fleet- effective work by the monitor “Puritan.” 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Shelling of Port Cabanas, Cuba

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Shelling of Port Cabanas, Cuba, at 6:20 p.m., April, 29th, 1898. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Uncle Sam and National Guard On to Cuba!

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Uncle Sam and a National Guardsman, On to Cuba! 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Unique Representation of the Cuban Flag

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Photograph of a unique representation of the Cuban Flag. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

The Daring Rough Riders at the Front

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The daring Rough Riders at the front at San Juan Hill. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

The Spanish Guerilla Band of Captain Carrerar

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This photograph was taken after murdering the men whose bodies are shown in a previous photograph, and as a souvenir of the great military feat. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Bodies of Defenceless Cuban Non-Combatants Bound and Murdered by Spanish Guerillas

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The bodies were photographed by the murderers as soldiers killed in battle. The guerillas neglected to remove the cords with which the men were bound before being killed. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Vizcaya in Havana Harbor

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Vizcaya in Havana Harbor sometime around 1899. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Conference of the Cuban Delegation

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A dispatch from the seat of the War- Conference of the Cuban Delegation, or “Junta,” at its headquarters in New York. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Entrance to the Harbor of Havana

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Photograph of the entrance to Havana Harbor in 1899. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

The Crew of the Battleship Maine

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The crew of the “Maine” most of whom were lost. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Battleship Maine Wreckage 4

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One of the most important photographs upon which the “Maine” report was based. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Battleship Maine Wreckage 3

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View showing the terrific force of the explosion. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Battleship Maine Wreckage 2

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The debris amidship. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Battleship Maine Wreckage 1

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A Spanish diver going down to make examination of the forward magazine. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Destruction of the United States Battleship “Maine”

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Destruction of the United States Battleship “Maine” at Havana, Cuba, February 15, 1898. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

The Battleship “Maine” First Modern Battleship of Our New Navy

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The “Maine,” the first modern battleship of our new Navy, on her preliminary trial trip. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Morro Castle at Havana Harbor

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Morro Castle, formerly the main fortification of Havana Harbor, facing the West. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Company Officers of the First Rhode Island U.S.V.

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Photograph of Company Officers of the first Rhode Island U.S.V. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Efforts to Exterminate the Cubans at Pinar Del Rio

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Spanish block house at Pinar Del Rio. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Map of Cuba 2

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Map of Cuba from a publication in 1899. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Cubans Watching to Capture or Kill the Spanish Marines

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Cubans watching to capture or kill the Spanish Marines as they escaped from their sinking war-ships. Two dead Spaniards in the foreground. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

The Brilliant Victory at Santiago de Cuba- on the Hill at El Pozo, July 1st

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Grimes’ battery in action. Military attaches on the right. The first shell fired by the Spaniards came over the tree on the right and burst a few yards in the rear. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Cuban Troops Marching into Siboney

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Cuban troops marching into Siboney to report to General Garcia and to aid the American soldiers. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

General Maceo, the Cuban Leader

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General Antonio Maceo, the Cuban leader, was invited by the Spaniards to a parley under a flag of truce, and then, together was his companions, assassinated. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Spanish Infantry on the March in Cuba

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The Spanish infantry on the march in Cuba. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

After the Rough Riders’ Heroic Charge, Near Siboney Cuba

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Wounded Rough Riders coming in from the front, and the second infantry hastening to their aid. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Colonel Theodore Roosevelt

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This is a photograph of Colonel Theodore Roosevelt in the Spanish-American War. Soon after, he becomes President of the United States. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

St. Thomas Street, Santiago

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This is one of the principal business thoroughfares of the city, many of the large wholesale houses being located upon it. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Estrella Castle, at the Entrance to Santiago Harbor

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This fort is just across the narrow channel opposite Morro Castle. The photograph presents a fine view of the scenery and formation of the cliffs. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Lying Drain Pipes in Santiago

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Before the American era there was no such thing as underground drainage in Santiago, and all such work was a revelation to the inhabitants. They came in crowds every day to witness the progress of the work, and were enthusiastic in their praise of American methods. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

San Carlos Club, Santiago

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Next to the Spanish Club of Havana this is the wealthiest organization of the kind in Cuba. The most influential Spaniards in Santiago are members of the San Carlos Club. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Portion of the Plaza and the Anglo-American Club, Santiago

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This club, famous for its historical associations, occupies the rather insignificant looking building beyond the spreading tree. This and the San Carlos Club, directly across the street, were the headquarters of the Spanish officers during the bombardment, and all their councils of war were held there.… Read More

The Palace at Santiago, With Part of the Plaza

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This was for many years the headquarters of the Spanish Government for the province, and since the close of the war it has been occupied by the Americans for the same purpose. The flag over the entrance is the one first raised in Santiago, which caused the trouble between General Shafter and a newspaper… Read More

Top of Morro Castle, Entrance to Santiago Harbor

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The above view shows the narrow channel leading into the harbor, out of which Cervera’s ships came to meet their doom. The battle took place in the open expanse between the mouth of the channel and the distant point of land in the background, the Spanish ships being sunk along the shore. The point… Read More

Marina Street, Santiago

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Showing a portion of the market and the bay, with the U.S. transport “McClellan” in the distance. A steep hill decends from the city to the bay. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

A Typical Thoroughfare in One of Santiago de Cuba’s Pretty Suburbs

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As it appeared immediately after the close of the war, before the healthy reaction in business had commenced. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Works of the Union Sugar Plantation, San Luis, Cuba

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Photograph of the Union Sugar Plantation in San Luis, Cuba. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Church and a Portion of the Plaza at Cienfuegos

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This is a photograph of a church, and a portion of the Plaza at Cienfuegos. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Cemetery and Tombs of the Wealthy, Santa Clara

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This is a photograph of the wealthy people’s cemetery, in Santa Clara, Cuba. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Peasant’s Cemetery, Santa Clara

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This is a photograph of the poor people’s cemetery in Santa Clara, Cuba. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Railway Station and Quartermaster’s Office, Cardenas

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The arch of victory in the foreground was erected by the patriot citizens on the occasion of a celebration on the 15th of August, 1899, in honor of Cuban liberation. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

El Garcia Cathedral, Cardenas

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This is a singularly beautiful and interesting structure, its architecture differing widely from the general order of the churches in Cuba. In the foreground will be seen one of the insular police, who were recently prohibited from carrying revolvers, as they proved themselves too hasty in using such… Read More

Railway Depot at Cardenas

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This is probably the handsomest and most modern structure in the West Indies, the style of architecture being the French renaissance. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Teatro La Caridad, Cardenas

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During the war this famous building was the refuge of the best Spanish families of Cardenas. It was partially destroyed by fire in May, 1898. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

A Corner of the Plaza de Armas, Cuba

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Many gruesome memories are connected with this spot, for it was here that the public executions during the Spanish regime generally took place. Since the advent of the new era the Plaza has become a favorite resort for idlers, who are attracted by its comfort as well as its former reputation. The antique… Read More

Cuban Independent Poor Hospital, Matanzas

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After the American occupation this building was used by the Twelfth Signal Corps and the Tenth U.S. Infantry. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

The Cathedral at Matanzas

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The foundation of this ancient edifice was laid in 1693. It is one of the most antique and interesting churches to be seen in the entire island. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Interior of Fort San Severino

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The two low doors on the right, near the pyramids of cannon balls, open into the death cells, whence no prisoner ever emerged alive. The “shark hole” is immediately beyond the cells. The garrotte and various instruments of torture used in extracting information or confessions from political… Read More

Main Commercial Thoroughfare of Matanzas

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This is the principal street of the city, and since the restoration of peace it is constantly thronged with a prosperous and busy population. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

View in the Principal Street of Pinar Del Rio

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Showing fodder cart and vendor of sweets carrying his wares on his head, as usual. Like all Southern people, the Cubans are very fond of sweets, and vendors of these are seen in all their streets. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Curing Tobacco in the Vuelta Abajo District

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This tobacco has shorter and smaller leaves than the varieties grown in the eastern portion of the island, but its superior quality, and the comparatively limited region in which it grows, gives it an almost fabulous value. A single acre in the Vuelta Abajo district has been known to yield a crop to… Read More

Catholic Church, Nueva Gerona, Only Church in the Town

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Photograph of the Catholic Church, Nueva Gerona, the only church in the town. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Scene in Batabano, South Coast of Havana Province

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Batabano is the center of the sponge-fishing industry of the West Indies. In this quaint little seaport, the streets are in some instances replaced by canals, like those of Venice. The photograph shows one of these watery thoroughfares, together with the gondola-like conveyances of the natives. 1898… Read More

Stone Bridge Across The Almendares River

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This is one of the most massive structures to be found in the West Indies. It is built of solid stone and masonry throughout, and is guarded on either side by a stone parapet and ornamental iron paling. 1898 Spanish American War Domain for sale by Havana Journal Almendares.com Read More

The Docks at Havana

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This photograph represents the busy scene at the Havana docks during the summer of 1898, and the beginning of the era of great commercial activity that Cuba is entering upon. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

A Public School in Havana

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Illustrating the limited attendance and number of teachers employed at the average institutions of learning throughout the city. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

A Cuban Coffee Planter and His Product

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The coffee industry of Cuba, is greatly diversified. Many individuals possess only a few trees, which they cultivate in a small way with reasonable profit for themselves. The photograph represents one of these small planters with his year’s crop of the aromatic berry piled in sacks on the horse… Read More

Custom House at Havana

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Merchandise from the United States undergoing inspection by the Customs officials. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Governor- General’s Palace, Havana

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This massive structure is situated on the beautiful Plaza Grande in about the center of the city proper, and is now used as headquarters for the American General, whose forces are shown encamped amidst the park in the foreground. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Atares Castle, Havana

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Showing the principal entrance and drawbridge, in the center of which Colonel Crittenden, the famous Kentuckian, was shot. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

The Cathedral of Havana

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This is the oldest church in Havana, having been built in 1724. The architecture is of the pronounced Spanish type and very antique. More than ordinary interest attaches to this cathedral from the fact that it contains the tomb of Columbus. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

El Templete Chapel in Havana

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This chapel is one of the principal points of interest about Havana, being erected on the site where Columbus celebrated his first mass after landing on the island. This chapel is now a paladare. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Morro Castle, Havana

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This photograph was taken from the shore, close to the walls of the Castle, and is admittedly the finest view of the famous fortress in existence. The Lighthouse and Signal Tower appear to great advantage; also the general outline of the Castle, with its massive walls and foundation. 1898 Spanish American… Read More

Map of Cuba

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Map of Cuba from a 1899 publication. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Diagram of Manuever of Ships During the Fight

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This is a diagram showing the manuever of the ships during the fight. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Hotel Inglaterre and Central Park- Havana

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Hotel Inglaterra and Parque Central, Havana, Cuba. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Havana City 1898

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City of Havana and Harbor, 1898. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

The Battleship “Maine” Previous to Her Destruction

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Drawing of the Battleship “Maine” before her destruction. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

General Antonio Maceo- A Leader of the Insurgent Army of Cuba

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A General in the Cuban army, Antonio Maceo was second in command during the War of Independence. He was known as the “Titan of Bronze” since he was one of the heroic guerrilla leaders in Cuba in the late 19th century. General Maceo was son of a Venezuelan father and AfroCuban mother who began… Read More

General Maximo Gomez- Leader of the Insurgents of Cuba

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General Maximo Gomez Leader of Insurgents of Cuba. A hero with a history. 1898 Spanish American War MaximoGomez.com points to this Havana Journal information page about Maximo Gomez.   Read More

Wreckage of the Battleship “Maine” Photo 1

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This view shows the wreck of the United States Battleship “Maine” in the harbor of Havana. By its destruction 266 lives were lost and only 200 bodies were recovered, of these only 76 were identified. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Cuban Soldiers and Recruiting Officer in the Insurgent Army-Cuba

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This photo features 3 Cuban soldiers and a recruiting officer in the Insurgent Army in Cuba. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Sugar Mill Near Cuba, Island of Cuba

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The factory is typical of the sugar mills of Cuba, though by no means one of the largest. Here the cane is passed through the crushers and the sugar is prepared for shipment in its crude state. The field is strewn with dried cane. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

In the Bellamar Caves, Island of Cuba

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These beautiful caverns in the province of Matanzas, not far from the city of the same name, are among the most notable of the scenic beauties of Cuba. They are very extensive and amply repay a visit. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Ocean Drive to the Bellamar Caves

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From the city of Matanzas, Cuba, to the beautiful caves of Bellamar, the carriage road offers many scenes of beauty. This picture shows the beginning of the road, just within the city. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

The Cuban Village of El Caney

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This name is famous in the annals of the war for the bravery displayed in the fighting which centered here, and the heavy losses resulting. During the battle Spanish sharpshooters were stationed in the tower of the old church and afterward the same building was used as a hospital for wounded Spanish… Read More

The Indian Statue in the Prado, Havana, Cuba

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Whatever else the Spanish have failed to do in Havana, they have not omitted to decorate the city in the public squares and streets with many excellent statues. This one stands in the Prado. One of the finest club houses of Havana stands in the background. 1898 Spanish American War Read More

Historians work to set record straight on Cuba’s Taino Indians

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BY GARY MARX | Chicago Tribune In a sweltering coastal settlement, Alejandro Hartmann pulled out a spiral notebook and jotted notes as a local peasant described his family’s ties to a long forgotten indigenous group that is witnessing a modest resurgence. “What is the name of your mother… Read More

Fidel’s Happy Birthday | Hugo Chavez wins recall vote

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By CBS News Producer Portia Siegelbaum Unlike his arch enemy, President Bush, Cuban leader Fidel Castro is known for his nocturnal work habits. So it is not hard to imagine that Castro stayed awake late Sunday awaiting the results of the recall referendum that would determine the fate of his friend and… Read More

Hurricane Charley Batters Cuba; Catholic Relief Services Responds

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Press Release | [url=http://www.catholicrelief.org]http://www.catholicrelief.org[/url] Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and local partner Caritas Cubana are working to assist those left in need after Hurricane Charley roared across western Cuba. Hardest hit areas include the Isle of… Read More

U.S. Offers Cuba `Solidarity’ Pledge and $50,000 aid After Hurricane Charley

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Bloomberg The Bush administration offered Cuba $50,000 in aid and a pledge of “solidarity’’ after Hurricane Charley passed through the island nation en route to Florida. “The United States regrets the damage caused by Hurricane Charley and expresses its solidarity with the Cuban… Read More

Fidel Castro Sends Birthday Message to Cuban Political Prisoner Held in US

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[url=http://www.invasor.islagrande.cu]http://www.invasor.islagrande.cu[/url] Cuban President Fidel Castro sent a special birthday greeting and warm embrace to Rene Gonzalez, one of five Cuban political prisoners jailed in the United States. “It is an honor for me to have been… Read More

Crowd of hundreds dispersed around U. S. Interests Section in Havana

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Gilberto Manuel Gonzlez | [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] A crowd of hundreds was dispersed by officers of the Ministry of the Interior from the environs of the U. S. Interests Section in Havana. According to eyewitnesses, the crowd had congregated upon hearing… Read More

Speaking the truth about Cuba

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Author: Diego Iniguez-Lopez | People’s Weekly World Newspaper The Venceremos Brigade was formed in 1969 as a means of showing solidarity with the Cuban struggle and challenging U.S. policies against that country. For the past 35 years, we’ve been sending people from the U.S. down to Cuba… Read More

Cuba policy is used against GOP

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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_OrANJpS87c').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

Let go of Cuba policy - Opinion

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By Gregory Kane | mercury news It’s time we started a new American tradition: Declare victory when victory has been achieved, and then go home. When it comes to the island nation that lies 90 miles south of our shores, we don’t seem to be able to do that. President after president, from Dwight… Read More

Water supply in Mariel town hopeless, say residents

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Moises Leonardo Rodrguez | [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] Residents of the town of Cabaas, in the municipality of Mariel, west of Havana, complain the situation of the town’s aqueduct is hopeless, citing the general state of disrepair of the pumps… Read More

Rap musician Brock Satter contacted by OFAC for traveling to Cuba under general license

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[url=http://www.pulstec.com]http://www.pulstec.com[/url] | by Mehnaz Alam A local rap artist could be indicted by the federal government for attending an international rap convention in Havana, Cuba a year ago. Minneapolis rapper Brock Satter received a letter of inquiry from the… Read More

Fidel Castro speech: The Pathology of George Bush - July 26, 2004

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[url=http://www.counterpunch.org]http://www.counterpunch.org[/url] On this 51st anniversary of the attack on the Moncada fortress on July 26, 1953 I shall address a sinister character that keeps threatening, insulting and slandering us. This is not a whim or an agreeable option; it… Read More

Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar, Mr. Bush

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By NEIL CORBETT | [url=http://www.counterpunch.org]http://www.counterpunch.org[/url] Perhaps if Americans, those privileged residents of the Land of the Free, were permitted to travel to Cuba, they would feel the same sense of outrage that we Canadians feel when members of the U.S.… Read More

Fidel Castro’s final days? -  ASCE conference

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BY NAYIVA BLANCO | .(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_64or3vuksF').innerHTML = output; //]]> Cuba… Read More

Organizers of Key West-Cuba Regatta Accused of Trading With Enemy

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[url=http://www.defendcubasailors.com]http://www.defendcubasailors.com[/url] Dear Friends and Conch Republic Sailors, Peter Goldsmith, as Principal Race Officer, with Michele Geslin assisting, has worked for a number of years to promote the Conch Republic Cup Regatta to Cuba. These… Read More

Drought Stricken Cubans Getting By

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By VANESSA ARRINGTON, Associated Press Writer HOLGUIN, Cuba - For Rebeca Falla, it’s getting harder and harder to chill out. Eastern Cuba’s worst drought in 40 years has turned cooking, washing clothes and scrubbing floors into a housewife’s nightmare. Then there’s showering.… Read More

New Upsurge of American Aggression against Cuba

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Z-Net | by Salim Lamrani Translated by Gilbert Sanseau and Barbara Forbes, volunteer translators from Coorditrad. The American hostility against Cuba is very distinctive, and indeed unique. No other foreign policy toward a country has ever seen such an arsenal of coercive measures which, for the most… Read More

Trinidad’s PM visits Cuba for medical checkup

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Jaimaica Observer Trinidad’s prime minister left for Cuba yesterday for a medical checkup related to heart surgery he underwent four years ago, officials said. Prime Minister Patrick Manning had valve replacement surgery in 1998 in Havana to repair damage that resulted from rheumatic fever. He… Read More

Fidel Castro. Discurso 26 julio 2004

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Salve, Cesar, pero esta vez aado: los que estamos dispuestos a morir no tememos a tu enorme poder, tu ira irrefrenable ni tus peligrosas y cobardes amenazas contra Cuba! Discurso pronunciado por Fidel Castro Ruz, Presidente de la Repblica de Cuba, en el acto por el 51 aniversario del asalto a los… Read More

Fidel Castro and the 26th of July Movement

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Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D. | [url=http://www.newsmax.com]http://www.newsmax.com[/url] The 26th of July is the most sacred day of Cuba’s communist revolution, commemorating 51 years since that fateful day that began the insurrection against Fulgencio Batista. The article that… Read More

Fidel Castro to answer sex tourism charges at Revolution Day event

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VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press SANTA CLARA, Cuba - Communist Party faithful gathered in groups around this central city Monday for buses to take them to an evening speech where Fidel Castro was to respond to U.S. President George W. Bush’s recent charges about sex tourism on the island. Red,… Read More

New rules are “a cold, poll-driven calculation” - Rep. William Delahunt

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BY BILL DELAHUNT | Summarized from The Miami Herald | [url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] Divert resources from antiterrorism investigations, mandate burdensome government paperwork and forbid families from helping—or even seeing their relatives. That’s… Read More

Rep. Robert Menendez, D-Hoboken votes to tighten Embargo

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By Bonnie Friedman | New Jersey Journal staff writer Menendez crosses party lines to vote to tighten U.S. embargo against Cuba UNION CITY - Like many Cuban-Americans in Hudson County, Rep. Robert Menendez, D-Hoboken, has conflicting emotions over President Bush’s attempts to strengthen the embargo… Read More

Che Guevara family album presents new image of Cuban revolutionary

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Gary Younge in New York | The Guardian For a generation of radicals he was literally the poster boy for rebellion. A revolutionary in life, an icon in death, Che Guevara lived fast, died young and had an emblematic corpse. But this week his family revealed an entirely different image than the one across… Read More

Cuba frees only woman political prisoner - Martha Beatriz Roque

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Reuters Cuba has released dissident economist Martha Beatriz Roque, the only woman among 75 people arrested 16 months ago in a crackdown on dissent. Roque, whose health deteriorated in jail, was freed on Thursday morning, said fellow dissident Rene Gomez Manzano. She was the eleventh critic of President… Read More

Cuban Property Claims and Home Evictions detailed in US Plan for Democracy in Cuba

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Prensa Latina Recognized by the US as the Gordian knot of a so-called transition in Cuba, claims on properties are one of the hidden elements in the occupation project Washington has devised for the island. Dossier (Spanish/English): 45 years of US Aggressions against Cuba The report by the Commission… Read More

U.S. Grants 20,000th Cuban Immigrant Visa

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By VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press Writer America’s top diplomat to Cuba said on Wednesday the United States has fulfilled its commitment this year to grant permanent immigration visas to at least 20,000 Cubans, and it was now Cuba’s turn to honor its obligations under migration accords.… Read More

US threatens Bahamas about its relationship with Cuba

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By MINDELL SMALL | Guardian Staff Reporter The United States government is to respond to an announcement made by Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell that The Bahamas would be setting up a consulate office in Cuba as part of an initiative to further strengthen ties with the communist country. The Guardian… Read More

Cuban Dissident Bernardo Arevalo Padron Says U.S. Revoked His Visa

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By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press Writer A Cuban dissident said the U.S. government revoked his visa after granting him political refugee status, prompting other opponents of Fidel Castro’s communist government to express concern they are losing support from the United States. Bernardo Arevalo… Read More

President Bush source of Castro’s “cleanest” Cuban prostitutes quote

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By Maura Reynolds | LA Times Staff Writer | LA Times Student whose paper on Castro was used in a speech is ‘annoyed.’ He says the president misconstrued the Cuban leader’s stance. WASHINGTON — Like many scholars, Charles Trumbull hoped that one day his work would attract attention… Read More

Alex Penelas’ stand on Cuba travel less than clear

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JIM DEFEDE | COMMENTARY | Miami Herals Last month, President Bush began enforcing new travel restrictions to Cuba. Cuban exiles will only be allowed to visit immediate family members every three years, instead of annually. Aunts, uncles and cousins are no longer defined as ‘‘immediate family.’’… Read More

Pastors for Peace return to US and challenge Cuba restrictions

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Associated Press Visitors face fines up to $7,500. Groups of American activists returned Monday without incident to U.S. soil after deliberately defying new rules increasing travel restrictions to Cuba. advertisement About 90 members of the Venceremos Brigade re-entered the country on foot in groups… Read More

Tampa protest shows divide on Bush’s Cuba travel policy

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By JAY CRIDLIN | St Petersburg Times Staff Writer Rolando Carbonelo considers himself a Republican. He voted for President Bush in 2000 and he maintains that “he has not been a bad president overall.” But this year, the Tampa resident said, he’s voting for John Kerry. “I have… Read More

MORT CRIM: Freedom in Cuba goes backwards

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BY MORT CRIM I returned from my first news assignment to Cuba in 2001 mildly optimistic that the only communist country in our hemisphere was changing—that Fidel Castro was about to loosen up. I returned from a visit last year, not nearly so hopeful. Between the two trips there’d been Castro’s… Read More

Jaque Mate en Dos Jugadas

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U.S. Embargo only strengthens Castro’s hold on Cuba John Bomar, Independent Recent Bush administration actions to strengthen the embargo and travel restrictions to Cuba sound reasonable…. to those who have never been to Cuba.  For those of us who have, the reasonings fall a bit short.… Read More

Raul vs. Fidel - Power struggle within Cuba?

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By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News Officials declare Castros united, rejecting new book’s findings He’s one of the most recognizable and controversial political figures of modern times. His younger brother is the world’s longest-serving defense minister. Fidel and Raul Castro… Read More

Bush assails Castro on sex tourism (with commentary)

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By Caren Bohan | Reuters President George W. Bush has accused Cuba’s Fidel Castro of welcoming sex tourism and contributing to a global problem of human trafficking, as he courted Cuban voters in Florida, a pivotal state in the election. “The regime of Fidel Castro has turned Cuba into a… Read More

US State Department Accuses Cuba of Blatant Distortions

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GEORGE GEDDA | Associated Press The United States is accusing Cuba of “blatant distortions” in claiming that Washington intends to invade the island and evict people from their homes as part of a post-Castro occupation plan. Responding to an official Cuban statement on July 1, the State Department… Read More

Otto Reich: A Career in Disservice - Opinion

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Council on Hemispheric Affairs • A master at deconstructing U.S.-Latin American relations • Greed, chicanery and raw ideology add up to the vulgarization of hemispheric issues. • Reich’s secret formula: promote skewed pseudo-democracy by utilizing thuggish tactics • He accuses… Read More

More than 40% of postal parcels lost

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David Josue | [url=http://www.cubannet.org]http://www.cubannet.org[/url] More than 40% of the postal parcels mailed this year have never reached their destination, according to a recent study. Among the missing: a refrigerator, a pair of pants, a cellular phone, a fan. The street… Read More

Pastors for Peace group touring Cuba

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] MEMBERS of the 15th U.S.-Cuba 15th Friendship Caravan are to meet today with relatives of the Cuban Five, who are unjustly serving harsh prison sentences in the U.S. for combating terrorism. During the get-together, they will learn… Read More

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart: Keep the Cuba embargo? YES

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By REP. MARIO DIAZ-BALART The riveting story of Jose Contreras’ family’s daring escape from Cuba has captivated the attention of millions of people. Their story has helped put a magnifying glass onto Cuba and our policies toward a hostile terrorist regime just 90 miles off our shore. Last… Read More

Raul Castro orders study of Cuban military recruitment plan

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By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER Cuba has ordered a study of its military recruitment program, hoping to enlist more young men in the armed forces during a period in which authorities say they are increasingly concerned about a U.S.-led military attack. A special commission to “study,… Read More

Aid for Cuba Drought victims

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Associated Press The UN World Food Programme says it will earmark $161,000 for the nutrition of children in three eastern Cuban provinces, where a drought has affected food supply. The WFP said the money would be used to provide extra rations of rice, beans and cooking oil for 114,195 children under… Read More

Luis Hernando Bustemante Colombian Cocaine Kingpin Captured in Cuba

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VOA News Colombia says the Cuban government has arrested Luis Hernando Bustemante, an alleged leader of Colombia’s largest drug cartel. Colombia’s police chief, General Jorge Daniel Castro, said Friday that Cuban officials informed Bogota that Mr. Bustemante was arrested last week. He added… Read More

U.S. Humanitarian Group Arrives in Cuba

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By VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press Writer Members of an American humanitarian aid group arrived in Cuba Saturday in defiance of U.S. law and wearing T-shirts calling for “regime change” in the United States. About 120 volunteers with Pastors for Peace flew in from Tampico, Mexico, where… Read More

Propping up a tropical tyranny - Opinion

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National Post For those Canadians who cling to the conceit that Cuba’s socialist system presents a humane and economically viable alternative to Western capitalism, this week’s Post series on Fidel Castro’s tropical tyranny should be required reading. As reporter Isabel Vincent has… Read More

U.S. Spies Accused of Hyping Iraqi Weapons Threat

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By Tabassum Zakaria | Reuters U.S. intelligence agencies overstated the threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, relied on dubious sources and ignored contrary evidence in the run-up to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq (news - web sites), a Senate committee reported on Friday. In a harshly critical… Read More

New Embargo restrictions under fire in US Congress

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http://news.scotsman.com THE US Congress has dealt an election-season setback to George Bush by voting to overturn restrictions his administration had issued on the gift parcels Americans can send to family members in Cuba. The vote would block new rules that took effect on July 1 barring people… Read More

CUBA POLICY: HOUSE VOTE LAST NIGHT

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[url=http://www.lawg.org]http://www.lawg.org[/url] Dear Cuba Policy Advocates: We have had a surprise victory! Last night the House of Representatives voted 221-194 to ban funding of the Commerce Department’s section of the new Bush Administration Cuba regulations. The regulations… Read More

Colin Powell eases Embargo for special interest group days after new restrictions go into effect

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By DeWayne Wickham | USA Today Just as the lingering Cold War freeze that hangs over relations between Cuba and the United States is reaching a new low, Secretary of State Colin Powell has warmed things up a bit. Days before tighter restrictions on travel to Cuba went into effect last week, Powell quietly… Read More

Pastors for Peace group leads annual relief to Cuba

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By LYNN BREZOSKY | The Associated Press HIDALGO, Texas School buses and other vehicles loaded with medical and office equipment crossed the border into Mexico on Wednesday on a relief trip to Cuba that violates the U.S. embargo. It was the 14th straight year that Pastors for Peace, an American humanitarian… Read More

Dumb and Dumber—- Opinion

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New Bush policies play right into the hands of Castro while undermining his own re-election support in the Cuban-American community.  Read More

U.S. groups to defy blockade of Cuba

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By John Catalinotto | [url=http://www.workers.org]http://www.workers.org[/url] A coalition of activists from IFCO/ Pastors for Peace, African Awareness Association and the Venceremos Brigade will unite on July 19 to once more defy the U.S. blockade of Cuba. It will happen on their… Read More

Lincoln Diaz-Balart & Mario Diaz-Balart: New restrictions on Cuba travel are good policy

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Letters to the Editor | St Petersburg Times Re: Cuba policy counterproductive. In your June 25 editorial, you state that the new travel restrictions to Cuba “do nothing to loosen the grip of Castro’s dictatorship.” We could not disagree more. Just last month, Castro released a handful… Read More

Raul Castro cracks down on “corruption and illegalities”

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By Marc Frank in Havana | Financial Times Cuba’s ruling Communist party has launched a far-reaching assault on “corruption and illegalities” that could lead to the expulsion of moderate members. The campaign - yet to be reported by official government media - reflects the party’s… Read More

This is how you bring down Fidel Castro? - Opinion

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CARL HIAASEN | Miami Herald Just when you thought that U.S. policy toward Cuba couldn’t get any dumber, along comes President Bush with another grandstanding stunt that is doomed to backfire. To punish Fidel Castro, the U.S. Treasury Department last week rolled out new rules sharply curtailing… Read More

Castro calls Bush sanctions the result of `bad counsel’

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Miami Herald New U.S. sanctions toward Cuba and the prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq show President Bush is being ‘‘badly counseled,’’ President Fidel Castro said. Castro made his comments about Bush late Wednesday during a surprise appearance at a reception for Argentine businessmen… Read More

Cuba Is Ready for Everything, Says Cuban President Fidel Castro

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[url=http://www.adelante.cu]http://www.adelante.cu[/url] Havana, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) If they dare to attack us, they will suffer their most huge and shameful defeat, Cuban President Fidel Castro told the Bush administration in his address to the National Assembly (Parliament) Thursday… Read More

Is Fidel Castro about to score another propaganda victory?

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Associated Press THE story of Elin Gonzlez, a small, shipwrecked Cuban boy who was at the centre of an international custody battle in 2000, should have taught even the most militant American opponent of Cuba’s Communist president, Fidel Castro, that splitting families makes for bad politics.… Read More

Eloy Gutierrez-Menoyo will be allowed to leave Cuba and return

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ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Opposition member Eloy Gutierrez-Menoyo, a repatriated exile who refused to leave the island for fear he wouldn’t be allowed to return, said Wednesday the government gave him a passport allowing him to visit Spain and come back. Gutierrez-Menoyo said in a statement… Read More

Pastors for Peace sow seeds of change through caravan to Cuba

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Humanitarian effort seeks lifting of embargo By Mike Belt | Journal-World Despite increasing U.S. restrictions and enforcement of a trade and travel embargo, a caravan of more than 100 people will take humanitarian aid to Cuba next month.   Two men who are on their way to join that caravan stopped… Read More

Ghosts of Soviet era haunt Havana’s Russian embassy

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[url=http://www.thestar.com]http://www.thestar.com[/url] Russian complex was once talk of city - Only debt and a few diplomats remain HAVANA—It is still among the tallest, most sinister-looking structures in the Caribbean, but the Soviet-era tower that looms above the Russian… Read More

Letters to the Editor regarding Cuba and John Kerry

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St. Petersburg Times - Opinion Re: Kerry’s words betray Cuban dissidents, by David Brooks, June 22. Brooks’ good words not withstanding, now is not the time to expect a sensible policy on Cuba to emerge from the political debate. Both Sen. John Kerry and President Bush are in election mode.… Read More

Diplomats play down Castro’s release of dissidents

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[url=http://www.abc.net.au]http://www.abc.net.au[/url] Diplomats and opponents of Cuban President Fidel Castro are not convinced his release of ailing dissidents in recent weeks marks a major change. On Thursday, poet and journalist Manuel Vazquez Portal, 52, became the sixth of the… Read More

US Extends US Embargo Cuba Travel Deadline

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Reuters Bowing to protests from the travel industry and lawmakers, the US Treasury on Friday agreed to extend by a month to July 31 a deadline forcing thousands of Cuban Americans visiting relatives in Cuba to return to the United States. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control… Read More

Throwing Caution to the Wind

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New Bush move to restrict Cuban-American’s travel and remittance may backfire. Read More

NY Times condemns Bush Cuba Policy   Opinion

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Influential New York Times comes down strongly in favor of lifting Cuban embargo and travel ban. Read More

Misdirection on Cuba Policy - Boston Globe editorial

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SENATOR JOHN Kerry is advocating a policy toward Cuba’s internal politics that is realistic in the short term. The next US president, however, needs to support a democratic opposition on the island to discourage the long continuance of dictatorship. In a statement June 5, Kerry said he supported… Read More

How to protest the new Free Cuba Commission report sanctions

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[url=http://www.LAWG.org]http://www.LAWG.org[/url] Dear Cuba Policy Advocates: This is such a key time to respond to the cruel new “interim final regulations” on Cuba travel and remittances that we are writing to you again this week.  We promise not to keep up this… Read More

Pastors for Peace Friendship Caravan to Cuba update

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[url=http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com]http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com[/url] | By KAYLEY MENDENHALL | Bozeman Daily Chronicle Staff Writer - Montana Bob Roughton’s bags are packed and he’s ready to hit the road. But the vacation he’s leaving on isn’t… Read More

Cuban Dissident Manuel Vazquez Portal released from prision - #6 now, 71 to go

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By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press Writer An imprisoned writer whose published diary entries offered a glimpse of life behind bars in Cuba has been released, becoming the sixth of the 75 dissidents jailed last year in a major crackdown to be freed. Manuel Vazquez Portal, 52, was released late Wednesday… Read More

NEW CUBA TRAVEL REGULATIONS PUBLISHED - LAWG.org

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[url=http://www.lawg.org]http://www.lawg.org[/url] Dear Cuba Policy Advocates: Greetings.  As you have probably heard, new, harsh Cuba travel and remittance regulations will take effect on June 30.  In this email you’ll find analysis of these measures and some ideas… Read More

Cuban dissident Roberto de Miranda freed for health reasons

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Associated Press Another one of the 75 Cuban dissidents arrested in last year’s crackdown was freed Wednesday for medical reasons, bringing to five the number of those in the original group to walk free in recent months. Roberto de Miranda, a 62-year-old teacher, said he was freed early Wednesday… Read More

Pastors For Peace starts trip to Cuba with donations from Rhode Island

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BY TATIANA PINA | Providence Journal Staff Writer Rhode Island residents donate medical supplies and other items for residents of Cuba. Let Cuba live. Lift the blockade. That’s what the sign said on the school bus that rolled into Providence yesterday afternoon to pick up goods that Rhode Island… Read More

New rules restricting commodities that may be sent to Cuba

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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_uu4TiMVi6s').innerHTML = output; //]]> |… Read More

National Council of Churches Asks Bush to Reverse Cuba Policy and Lift Embargo

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Carol Fouke The Bush Administration’s new Cuba measures will weaken, not empower Cuban civil society organizations, asserted National Council of Churches General Secretary Robert W. Edgar in a letter sent today to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. The Rev. Dr. Edgar called on the Administration… Read More

Fidel Castro warns Bush against attacking Cuba

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Fidel Castro warned President George Bush today against launching a military attack on Cuba if the current American measures aimed at dislodging him don’t succeed, saying it would provoke a mass exodus and an all-out ground war. Washington has repeatedly denied it is planning any military action… Read More

Fidel Castro Decries U.S. Travel Rules as Blow to Cuban Families

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By Marc Frank | Reuters A defiant Cuban President Fidel Castro branded new U.S. travel restrictions a “pitiless” blow to Cuban families and the Bush administration as a military threat at a rally on Monday. Facing a seven-story banner depicting President Bush as Hitler, Castro told 200,000… Read More

New Cuba Regulations could cancel Indiana University Cuba course

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Associated Press New federal regulations on studying in Cuba could cancel a proposed Indiana University course in geography and telecommunications. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations prohibit students from traveling to Cuba for courses that last less than 10… Read More

Coburn Gore - 15th Pastors for Peace US / Cuba Friendshipment Caravan

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Submitted by Tim Sullvan | [url=http://www.villagesoup.com]http://www.villagesoup.com[/url] On Saturday, June 19 a delegation from Let Cuba Live, a Maine based Cuba solidarity group will travel to the US Customs checkpoint on the Maine / Quebec border at Coburn Gore. There they… Read More

Former Ambassador Jean Kirkpatrick - ‘‘The United States will not be able to plan a very smooth land

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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_MvM255VJpv').innerHTML = output; //]]> |… Read More

Former Ambassador Jean Kirkpatrick - ‘‘The United States will not be able to plan a very smooth land

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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_1ZBy1rfYlq').innerHTML = output; //]]> |… Read More

Cuba Releases two More Dissidents

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VOA News The Cuban government has freed two more of the 75 dissidents imprisoned last year in a crackdown on pro-democracy activists. The government released Orlando Fundora and Carmelo Diaz Friday for health reasons. Their release brings to four the number from the group who have been set free because… Read More

Otto Reich resigns as envoy to Latin America

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Wes Vernon | NewsMax.com One of George Bush’s most senior aides for Latin America - and one of his administration’s most outspoken conservatives - resigned this week from his post. Otto Reich announced his resignation as President Bush’s special envoy to Latin America at the beginning… Read More

The Che Guevara of every day

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] | BY RAUL ROA KOURI WHEN Orlando Borrego visited me to talk about his book “Che: Recuerdos en rfaga (Che: Flashes of Memory) I could not imagine its objective. He mentioned that he had asked the charming and ingenious Enrque… Read More

Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya accuses government of harassing activists about National Dialogue Proje

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Associated Press One of Cuba’s best-known dissidents accused Fidel Castro’s government of harassing activists participating in a new project aimed at sparking discussion about democratic reform. Oswaldo Paya, head of the Varela Project democracy drive, said Cuban state security agents had… Read More

Trade and Development - Fidel Castro Speech to the 11th UNCTAD Conference

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[url=http://www.zmag.org]http://www.zmag.org[/url] The UNCTAD, an organization founded 40 years ago, was a noble attempt by the underdeveloped world to create in the United Nations, through fair and rational international trade, an instrument to serve its aspirations of progress and… Read More

United States denies visa to moderate Cuban dissident Dimas Castellanos

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Associated Press HAVANA - The U.S. government denied a visa to moderate Cuban dissident Dimas Castellanos, despite U.S. policies that encourage links between the United States and Cubans opposed to Fidel Castro’s communist government. The opposition group Arco Progresista, to which Castellanos… Read More

Bush continues to pander to irredentist exiles on Cuba - Editorial

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Arizona Tribune Editorial | [url=http://www.aztrib.com]http://www.aztrib.com[/url] If a policy hasn’t worked for 40 years, you would think the first solution that springs to mind is not more of the same. That’s what U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has been suggesting, and… Read More

Churchgoers test Cuban travel ban fines after worship in Havana

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Cindy Loose | Washington Post Three Milwaukee Methodists fined $25,500 for worshiping with a sister church in Havana without the permission of the U.S. government are challenging the rules that severely restrict travel to Cuba. The Methodists claim the rules abridge their freedom of religion and are… Read More

TheStar.com - Once and future Fidel - Opinion

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One of these days, Castro will die. But at 78, he seems as much in control as ever after 45 turbulent years of one-man rule HAVANA—Here’s a joke that goes down best with a jolting gulp of Cuban coffee or a shot of well-aged rum. It turns out that George W. Bush dies while still in office.… Read More

Sailors outraged at new Bush “Proclamation”

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John Bomar | .(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_rXCdWwnsce').innerHTML = output; //]]> On February… Read More

Cuban sanctions prove both inhumane, ineffective

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By Nicolai Brown | Iowa State Daily Columnist | [url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] It’s another election year and once again, the current U.S. president has proposed a plan for Cuba. President Bush’s claim is that if we can hurt the Cuban people just… Read More

Cuba says editorial on state radio about Reagan was not government’s official position

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By Associated Press Cuba clarified its position on former President Ronald Reagan, saying Friday that a harsh editorial aired on state radio after his death was not the government’s official opinion.     “News media around the world have echoed said comments, presenting them as… Read More

Cuban Dissident Miguel Valdes Tamayo released from jail

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Associated Press Cuban political prisoner Miguel Valdes Tamayo gives the victory sign after being released from prison on Wednesday June 9, 2004 in Havana, Cuba. Valdes was sentenced to 15 years in prison and is one of the 75 people arrested during a crackdown on the Cuban opposition in 2003. (AP Photo/Jose… Read More

Cuba Frees Four Dissidents Held for Two Years

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters Cuba has unexpectedly released four opponents of President Fidel Castro (news - web sites) who were held for more than two years without trial, dissidents said on Wednesday. The four men, who belonged to different dissident groups, were set free on Tuesday after 27 months… Read More

Cuba denounces U.S. government’s new and cowardly move

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] THE forceful response by our people to Bush’s brutal measures has disconcerted his ultra-right administration and his unconditional servants in the Miami mafia. They do not know what to say or what not to say and falling apart… Read More

The Assassination Tapes - The US plan to assassinate Fidel Castro in the 1960s

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http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/2004/06/holland.htm By Max Holland | The Atlantic Lyndon Johnson secretly recorded many of his telephone conversations as President. The tapes provide our only window into his thoughts after hearing what was then a rumor about CIA plots to assassinate… Read More

Cuban dissident Leonardo Miguel Bruzon released from jail

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Cuban dissident Leonardo Miguel Bruzon gives the victory sign after being released from prison on Tuesday June 8, 2004 in Havana, Cuba. Bruson spent more than 2 years imprisoned without a trial. With him is his sister Arcira Fernandez. (AP Photo/Cristobal Herrera) Read More

Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba Transition Plan in Detail

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Philip Peters | [url=http://www.LexingtonInstitute.org]http://www.LexingtonInstitute.org[/url] In the Library of Congress there are thick, yellowing volumes whose brittle pages show how the United States governed Cuba a century ago. These annual reports of the U.S. Army officers who… Read More

Cuban radio says former President Ronald Reagan should “never have been born’’

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By Associated Press HAVANA - Cuba harshly criticized former President Ronald Reagan and his policies on Monday, saying he should “never have been born.’’ In the first reaction to Reagan’s death from the communist government, Radio Reloj said: “As forgetful and irresponsible… Read More

John Kerry’s weapon against Cuba: global pressure

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ANDRES OPPENHEIMER | THE OPPENHEIMER REPORT | Opinion The most convincing part of likely Democratic candidate John Kerry’s newly announced Cuba policy, unveiled in a telephone interview with The Herald on Friday, is that he would have a better chance than President Bush to mount an international… Read More

Bush’s Cuba moves stir backlash among Cuban Americans

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BY 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_R0JnkbyFWF').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

Washington’s squeeze on Cuba alienating Caribbean friends

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David Jessop | [url=http://www.JamaicaObserver.com]http://www.JamaicaObserver.com[/url] For much of the past few weeks, the attention of the world has been focused on the ever-darkening clouds over Iraq. This has largely obscured news that the US Administration has decided to further… Read More

Bush’s pandering for votes hurts Cubans

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BY ANDREW ZIMBALIST | [url=http://www.NewsDay.com]http://www.NewsDay.com[/url] Andrew Zimbalist, a professor of economics at Smith College, has consulted for the United Nations and the European Union on Cuban development and written several books on the Cuban economy. While the media… Read More

Will Reporters without Borders’ Robert Menard continue denying his links with the CIA?

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BY JEAN-GUY ALLARD | Special for Granma International | [url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] THE 423-page report by the Commission For Assistance to a Free Cuba – the anti-Cuban “transition” commission of George W. Bush and his buddies in Miami –… Read More

A Legacy of Dysfunction: Cuba after Fidel - RAND corporation

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Abstract | Rand Corporation| [url=http://www.lanuevacuba.com]http://www.lanuevacuba.com[/url] When Fidel Castro departs, Cuba will reach a crossroads. A post-Castro regime that attempts to remain communist may find itself in a cul-de-sac where old policies and instruments no longer… Read More

Ricardo Alarcon - President of Cuban National Assembly - Interview

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Radio Progreso Alternativo | By Francisco Aruca On May 6, 2004 the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba, created by President Bush in 2003, submitted to the president a report with its recommendations for accelerating the downfall of the Cuban revolution. In an apparent electoral move to gain the… Read More

Raul Castro - After Fidel - Opinion

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[url=http://www.WashingtonTimes.com]http://www.WashingtonTimes.com[/url] During his visit to The Washington Times this week, Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega described Cuban President Fidel Castro as an increasingly paranoid dictator, expectantly awaiting a clash with the… Read More

Mexico, Cuba agree on return of ambassadors

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[url=http://www.VNAgency.com]http://www.VNAgency.com[/url] On Thursday, Cuba and Mexico agreed on the return of their ambassadors to end the diplomatic crisis sparked in early this month. Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque confirmed this news after a meeting with his Mexican… Read More

Minister of Public Health replaced in Cuba

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Reuters Cuba has named top Communist Party official Jose Ramon Balaguer to turn around a deteriorating free health care system that now finds patients bringing their own sheets and food to the hospital. Balaguer, the party’s former ideological chief and a trusted aide to President Fidel Castro,… Read More

Chief of National Police in Cuba removed from command

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Ariel Delgado Covarrubias | [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] National police chief Colonel Ramon Rodrguez was removed from his command on orders from the Interior Ministry and General Pascual Rodrguez (no relation) named to replace him. General Rodrguez… Read More

U.S. to deny visas to Superclubs execs, WSJ Says

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Bloomberg.com The U.S. administration has advised a Jamaica-based resort company that its senior executives won’t be allowed into the U.S. because the company has invested in property confiscated from Americans in Cuba, the Wall Street Journal said. The notification was sent to Superclubs, a chain… Read More

Bush administration is acting prudently - Opinion

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BY FRANK CALZON | [url=http://www.cubacenter.org]http://www.cubacenter.org[/url] President Bush is acting prudently to keep U.S. dollars out of the hands of Cuba’s dictator Fidel Castro. In quick response to recommendations by the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba to… Read More

Cuba turns To Cuban expatriots to rally against US Cuba policy change

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By CBS News Producer Portia Siegelbaum | [url=http://www.CBSnews.com]http://www.CBSnews.com[/url] “The president has backed himself into a corner constructed by extremists in Miami without a thought to its consequences.” - Washington attorney Jose Pertierra Havana rallied… Read More

New rules are `a cold, poll-driven calculation’ by Congressman William Delahunt

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BY BILL DELAHUNT | [url=http://www.house.gov/delahunt]http://www.house.gov/delahunt[/url] | Miami Herald Divert resources from antiterrorism investigations, mandate burdensome government paperwork and forbid families from helping—or even seeing—their relatives.… Read More

President Bush has little to say about Free Cuba Commission Report

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BY LESLEY CLARK AND FRANK DAVIES | .(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_0Pu759hSRF').innerHTML = output; //]]>… Read More

Principles for an Effective Cuba Policy - Center for American Progress

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by Nicole Mlade Like clockwork, Cuba policy is moving to the front burner again, as the U.S. presidential candidates gear up to prove that they are, indeed, tough on Cuban President Fidel Castro. For his part, President Bush has introduced a new series of policy measures aimed at tightening the stranglehold… Read More

Cuba Restores Citizenship to Bay of Pigs Vets

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By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba restored citizenship on Friday to seven veterans of the failed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion in a gesture of reconciliation toward Cuban exiles living in the United States. The seven men were members of the CIA (news - web sites)-trained Brigade 2506 that landed… Read More

Lawmakers Seek to Curtail Cuba Embargo

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By Pablo Bachelet | Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill that would subject the four-decade-old U.S. trade embargo against Cuba to an annual review by Congress. The bipartisan measure, the latest effort to chip away at the embargo, comes as President Bush prepares to… Read More

History and Future of Mexico Cuba Relations -  Commentary

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Diario de Yucat�n, Commentary Lorenzo Meyer, Translated by Marcelo Ballve From the very beginning of Mexico’s life as an independent nation its major decisions made with regards to Cuba have always been part of greater foreign relations concerns. These concerns mostly involve relations with third… Read More

Cuban medical schools offer free scholarships to U.S.

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Health for export: Cuba, though cash-strapped, provides medical training even for students from the US Tom Fawthrop In John Lennon Park in Havana, Cubans eagerly study the inscription from the song “Imagine” at the foot of his statue: “You may say I’m a dreamer,/ But I’m… Read More

Here we go again - Opinion - US Cuba relations

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Keeble McFarlane | [url=http://www.JamaicaObserver.com]http://www.JamaicaObserver.com[/url] Now that George Bush the Younger has established thriving and vibrant democracies in Afghanistan and Iraq, he is training his sights on yet another candidate for a makeover. Never mind that… Read More

Anti-U.S. rally held in Havana

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Associated Press HAVANA (AP) - Cuban President Fidel Castro launched an immense anti-American protest today with denunciations and ridicule of President George W. Bush, saying the U.S. leader was fraudulently elected and trying to impose “world tyranny.” The Cuban leader led a sea of Cubans… Read More

Bush Cuban Policy May Cost Votes

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UPI MIAMI—A group of Cuban exiles who favor easing relations with Cuba are warning President Bush his new policy tightening restrictions on Cuba will cost him votes. Five organizations said they will encourage exiles to work against the president’s re-election, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday.… Read More

Cuba prepares for invasion and gears up for huge anti-US protest

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[url=http://www.ChannelNewsAsia.com]http://www.ChannelNewsAsia.com[/url] HAVANA : Cuba’s communist government called a mass protest against the United States, and increasingly is putting the population on a war footing amid new US moves aimed at speeding the end of President… Read More

Board, search, seize, impound, sell

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Newsflash:  George W. Bush proclaims to search, seize, impound and sell any vessel on the “suspicion” that it “might” travel in Cuban territorial waters. April, 2004 Cuban-American Definitions                        … Read More

Policy on Cuba will cost Bush votes, Cuban American group warns

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BY LUISA YANEZ | .(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_JQufGx2PQd').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

Colin Powell aide Larry Wilkerson blasts Cuba policy report

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By 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_SftCJTzR4K').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editorial on Free Cuba Commission Report

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South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board The Bush administration says its new policy measures will put pressure on Cuba’s recalcitrant Communist dictatorship to change its ways, but history suggests they might instead result in more people fleeing Cuba to the United States. The policy changes… Read More

Oswaldo Paya and other Cuban Dissidents reject US Free Cuba Commission recommendations

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Agence France Presse HAVANA, May 10 : Prominent Cuban dissidents rejected new US measures aimed at speeding the end of President Fidel Castro’s one-party communist rule, as Cuba promised to take US efforts to destabilize its “legitimate government” to international bodies. In separate… Read More

Albor Ruiz: Bush is wrong to slam Cuba - Opinion

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In a few days, “the dumbest policy on the face of the Earth” - as Colin Powell’s chief of staff Larry Wilkerson called the U.S. Cuba policy - is bound to become even dumber. Come May 20, President Bush will fly to Miami to share with an audience of ultraconservative Cuban-Americans… Read More

Free Cuba Commission Report Recommendations May do more Harm than Good

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THE OPPENHEIMER REPORT Judging from what I heard in telephone interviews with key Cuban opposition leaders on the island, I wonder whether President Bush’s newly released 500-page Cuba Commission report will not do more harm than good for the cause of hastening the end of Cuba’s dictatorship.… Read More

Mexico Won’t Follow US Commission for a Free Cuba Plan

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UPI Mexico City—Mexico will not cooperate with U.S. plans to speed up the overthrow of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, local news sources reported Saturday. “Mexico will not subscribe in any way to the (U.S.) proposal that has been made, which is against Cuban sovereignty,” said Mexican… Read More

Venezuela Expands Use Cuban Advisors

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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_c8t8VKnrDL').innerHTML = output; //]]> Venezuelan… Read More

US Embargo against Cuba - Consular Information Sheet

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U.S. Department of State | Bureau of Consular Affairs COUNTRY DESCRIPTION: Cuba is a totalitarian, police state which relies on repressive methods to maintain control. These methods, including intense physical and electronic surveillance of Cubans, are also extended to foreign travelers. Americans visiting… Read More

Cuba Government Denounces US Commission for a Free Cuba Proposals

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By JOHN RICE | Associated Press Writer HAVANA - (AP)—Cuba’s government denounced new U.S. recommendations meant to replace communism here as ‘‘maniacal and crazed’’ and said Friday the proposals would punish Cubans in the United States as well as those on the island.… Read More

Official Whitehouse Press Release - Report to the President from the Commission for Assistance to a

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Executive Summary For the Entire Commission Report visit: http://state.gov/p/wha/rt/cuba/ CHAPTER 1: HASTENING CUBA’s TRANSITION As an essential part of America’s commitment to stand with the Cuban people against the tyranny of Fidel Castro’s regime, President… Read More

John Kerry backs embargo and easing Cuba travel

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BY 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_2zfag2UmxI').innerHTML = output; //]]> Democrat… Read More

Critics See Bush Errors on Cuba Commission Report on Cuba Policy

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GEORGE GEDDA | Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Bush is positioning himself to curry favor with conservative constituents who believe his Cuba policy, for all of the anti-Castro rhetoric, hasn’t added up to much. No one doubts that Bush has tried to make life more difficult for the Cuban… Read More

How to Support Cuba’s Democracy-in-Waiting | The Heritage Foundation

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by Stephen Johnson | Executive Memorandum #929 | [url=http://www.Heritage.org]http://www.Heritage.org[/url] Prospects for a free Cuba still hinge on a deathwatch over dictator Fidel Castro and hopes of influencing reforms under his successor. But that assumption could change. In May… Read More

Mexico-Cuba rift signals Latin realignment

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By Ken Bensinger | Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor MEXICO CITY – Nearly a half-century ago, Mexico opened its arms to a young Cuban lawyer, a political exile who came here and began making big plans. And for decades, this nation always maintained a warm relationship with that lawyer… Read More

A new presidential edict on Cuba - Opinion by University of Havana Professor

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Jess Arboleya Cervera President George W. Bush just released a presidential proclamation ordering the inspection of any vessel, American or foreign, suspicious of transporting unauthorized persons to Cuba. Assuming that it is something relevant, being a document released by the office of the most powerful… Read More

Diplomats visit home of jailed reporter Raul Rivero

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By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER HAVANA—U.S. and European diplomats visited the home of jailed Cuban reporter Raul Rivero Monday, offering support to dissidents imprisoned after last year’s government crackdown on the opposition. James Cason, chief of the U.S. Interests Section… Read More

Reporters without Borders - Cuba - Annual Report 2004 - Reporters sans frontieres

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[url=http://www.RSF.fr]http://www.RSF.fr[/url] It was a grim year for press freedom in Cuba. A total of 27 journalists were arrested and sentenced to long prison terms in the course of a crackdown on dissent. Thereafter, they were held in conditions which their families described… Read More

Mexican and Peruvian Ambassadors to Leave Havana in Protest

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[url=http://www.BBC.co.uk]http://www.BBC.co.uk[/url] Mexico and Peru have both said they will withdraw their ambassadors from Cuba following scathing remarks by the communist state’s leader, Fidel Castro. Castro said Mexico’s reputation had ‘turned to ashes’.… Read More

Four Treasury agents track bin Laden and Saddam money, while 21 work Castro

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JOHN SOLOMON | Associated Press Writer The Treasury Department agency entrusted with blocking the financial resources of terrorists has assigned five times as many agents to investigate Cuban embargo violations as it has to track Osama bin Laden’s and Saddam Hussein’s money, documents show.… Read More

Fidel Castro Vows Cuban Socialism to Survive President Bush

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Fidel Castro on Saturday dismissed Bush administration plans to speed up political change in Cuba and said his government—in power since 1959—will continue building a socialist society at the U.S. doorstep. Castro said Cuba had… Read More

US Treasury OFAC Has 6 Times More Personnel on Cuba than Bin Laden

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BY NANCY SAN MARTIN | Miami Herald The Treasury Department is criticized after confirming that it is utilizing far more workers for tracking Cuba embargo violators than for tracing shadowy Mideast funds. A Treasury Department report acknowledging that it has only four employees chasing Osama bin Laden… Read More

Marvin Olasky: Compassionate conservative policy toward Cuba

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[url=http://www.townhall.com]http://www.townhall.com[/url] HAVANA—Want to help the poor and oppressed of Cuba without aiding and abetting the Castro regime? There is a way, and it starts with milk and medicine.     In a society long known for being child-friendly,… Read More

Fidel Castro: Ideas, Patriotism and Conscience Maintain the Revolution

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[url=http://www.adelante.cu]http://www.adelante.cu[/url] Fidel Castro: Ideas, Patriotism and Conscience Maintain the Revolution Havana, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) President Fidel Castro asserted that the Cuban Revolution has resisted 45 years of United States power by the ideas, patriotism… Read More

In Cuba, books can lead to prison time - Opinion

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Maria Elena Salinas | MySanAntonio.com There are certain things about democracy in the United States that we sometimes take for granted — things as simple as going to the library and checking out a book about any subject we are interested in. So in the wake of National Library Week, I thought we… Read More

Kansas City Cuba Event aims to spotlight U.S. embargo on Cuba

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By MARY SANCHEZ | The Kansas City Star “The Embargo Bash,” an event to bring awareness about the U.S. embargo on Cuba, will be held from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday in Lawrence. There will be speakers and bands at the event at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. in downtown Lawrence. Americans… Read More

Cuba Commission Report Due May 1

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By Rafael Lorente | Washington Bureau | Associated Press WASHINGTON The Bush administration is considering making significant cuts in the amount of money Americans are allowed to send to family and others in Cuba, according to sources familiar with the discussions of the president’s Commission… Read More

Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque says Cuba is not a haven for fugitives

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Associated Press HAVANA—Cuba’s foreign minister on Thursday denied knowing anything about an American multimillionaire who reportedly fled here to avoid tax fraud charges, but said the island is not a haven for those fleeing justice. “Cuba has never been a refuge for those fleeing justice,”… Read More

Marvin Olasky: Debating policy toward Cuba

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Marvin Olasky Liberals and conservatives have begun a new debate on policy toward Cuba, but both sides are missing a third alternative. The Wall Street Journal reported last week about the liberalization: “U.S. exports to Cuba hit $1 million a day in January and American businessmen are flocking… Read More

Herbert Axelrod Indicted - Philanthropist flees to Marina Hemingway in Cuba

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BY TED SHERMAN AND ROBERT RUDOLPH | Star-Ledger Staff Herbert Axelrod, the eccentric philanthropist who bestowed millions of dollars’ worth of rare stringed instruments on the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, has fled the country and taken refuge at a luxury marina in Cuba to avoid federal prosecution… Read More

Luis Posada Carriles and Anti-Castro Cubans sentenced in Panama

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By Kathia Martinez | ASSOCIATED PRESS PANAMA CITY - Five Cuban exiles who had been accused of plotting to kill Fidel Castro were sentenced Tuesday to seven to eight years in prison. Luis Posada Carriles and the other men were arrested after Castro announced a plot to kill him during an Ibero-American… Read More

Retirees fined for cycling in Cuba

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By ANNE WALLACE ALLEN | Associated Press Writer MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A retired couple from Strafford is facing $55,000 in fines for trips to Cuba they made while writing a travel book for bicyclists. Wally and Barbara Smith traveled to Cuba four times - once for a vacation, and the next three to do… Read More

A POW in Cuba after Bay of Pigs, professor returns to meet Castro

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By KYLE WINGFIELD | The Associated Press AUBURN, Ala. (AP)—As Fidel Castro worked his way through a line of American agricultural officials in Havana last fall, he complimented one visitor for his excellent Spanish skills. Diego Gimenez simply smiled and moved on. He didn’t tell the Cuban… Read More

Cuba Considers UN Rights Resolution a Victory - Cuba’s Response

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[url=http://www.voanews.com]http://www.voanews.com[/url] Cuba says the close vote at the U.N. Human Rights Commission to adopt a resolution criticizing its rights record has left it with a “sentiment of triumph.” Cuba’s state-run newspaper Granma said Friday that… Read More

Cuban anti-cancer medicines awaiting Treasury Department license

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BY RAISA PAGES | [url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] A group of cancer treatment products such as monoclonal antibodies and therapeutic vaccines manufactured in the Cuban Molecular Immunology Center are awaiting a Treasury Department license to be utilized in the… Read More

Havana slams UN censure on rights as Washington, dissidents celebrate

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[url=http://www.channelnewsasia.com]http://www.channelnewsasia.com[/url] HAVANA : Havana dismissed a mildly worded UN resolution on human rights in Cuba as a setback for the United States, as Washington and dissidents hailed it as a defeat for the island’s communist government.… Read More

U.N. Rights Body Urges Cuba to Reform ... by one vote

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Reuters GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations’ top human rights body voted narrowly on Thursday to rebuke Cuba over its rights record and urged the Communist country to accept a visit from a special U.N. investigator. The Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights called on Cuba to guarantee freedom… Read More

US Trade and Travel Embargo Against Cuba - History

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[url=http://www.cbsnews.com]http://www.cbsnews.com[/url] On Oct. 19, 1960 the Eisenhower Administration showed its displeasure with the new Castro regime by declaring a partial embargo on trade with Cuba, prohibiting all exports except food, medicines, medical supplies and a limited… Read More

Latest power struggle in Cuba: Fidel Castro vs. Raul Castro?

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ANDRES OPPENHEIMER | THE OPPENHEIMER REPORT Here’s the latest theory about the power struggle taking place inside Cuba: It’s not between President Fidel Castro and the dissidents, nor between modernizers and conservatives within the ruling Communist Party. It’s between Fidel and his… Read More

Cuba’s Alarcon defends crackdown in meeting with American editors

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ANITA SNOW | Associated Press HAVANA - Cuban parliament speaker Ricardo Alarcon defended last year’s crackdown on 75 activists, telling a group of American newspaper editors Monday that internal security outweighs international image. “I think you should take into account the problem of image,”… Read More

Cuba opens jails to international journalists in campaign to polish human rights image

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ANITA SNOW | Associated Press HAVANA - Cuba opened the doors of two penitentiaries to international journalists, hoping to rebut criticism about prison conditions in the weeks before the U.N. human rights body votes on the island’s rights record. The Wednesday visit by international media, limited… Read More

Cuba still spooks the U.S.

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By PETER McKENNA | The Globe and Mail For more than 40 years now, the thrust of U.S. policy toward Cuba has remained largely static: confrontational, isolationist and vitriolic. You would think that someone might suggest, after four decades of muddling through, that an alternative approach toward Cuba… Read More

U.S. official says Cuba still ‘terrorist threat’

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By Rafael Lorente | South Florida Sun-Sentinel WASHINGTON — Repeating and strengthening previous allegations about Cuba’s alleged weapons-of-mass-destruction program, a Bush administration official yesterday told Congress in written testimony that the island “remains a terrorist and… Read More

Outdated Tactics Cloud United States Policy on Cuba - Opinion

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Mary Sanchez | [url=http://www.HispanicBusiness.com]http://www.HispanicBusiness.com[/url] The madness that is U.S. foreign policy on Cuba continues to intensify. To say Cuba is a foreign country is geographically correct. But in many ways the moniker “foreign” hardly fits… Read More

Haiti and Cuba: two islands, two worlds - Opinion

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Ned Nolan | McMaster University Student Newspaper The Windward Passage is a small body of salty Carribean water which separates Haiti from the island of Cuba. I’m looking at a map of the West Indies and wondering how two chunks of land separated by only 80 kilometres of water could be so different.… Read More

Oswaldo Paya proclaims ‘Cuban Spring’

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By Tom Carter | THE WASHINGTON TIMES Oswaldo Paya, Cuba’s most internationally celebrated opposition figure, yesterday proclaimed “Cuban Spring” in a letter released to mark the anniversary of a government crackdown on dissidents. In homage to the 1968 Prague Spring, in which Czech… Read More

Cuban Spring - Washington Post Editorial

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[url=http://www.washingtonpost.com]http://www.washingtonpost.com[/url] AYEAR AGO Cuba’s Communist government cracked down on nonviolent dissidents, independent journalists, human rights activists, librarians and teachers. Within weeks, 75 of them were in prison, sentenced to… Read More

Miami Senate candidate Bill McCollum wants to send undercover agents to Cuba

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BRENDAN FARRINGTON | Associated Press MIAMI - Republican Senate candidate Bill McCollum wants to send undercover agents disguised as tourists into Cuba and wants to change U.S. policy so that no one fleeing the communist country has to be returned, he announced Monday. McCollum said he supports an embargo… Read More

John Kerry, Cuba—and the truth

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Jeff Jacoby | [url=http://www.TownHall.com]http://www.TownHall.com[/url] It comes as no surprise to learn that John Kerry, who hates to take one position on an issue when he can take two or three, has come down strongly in favor—and strongly against—US policy in Cuba.… Read More

US pressures Bermudas on Bermud-Cuba relations

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Royal Gazette | By Matthew Taylor and Rene Hill Premier Alex Scott is seeking urgent talks with United States Consul General Denis Coleman who accused Government of fostering economic relations with Cuba. Mr. Coleman warned on television on Thursday it could lead to a deterioration of relations between… Read More

Europe urged to remember Cuban repression on 1st anniversary of crackdown

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By Reporters sans frontires Proclaiming “Europe says NO to repression in Cuba,” Reporters Without Borders held a news conference at the European Parliament in Brussels today to mark the first anniversary of the start a wave of arrests in Cuba on 18 March 2003, which ended with a total of… Read More

Crowds in Miami, Havana show support for dissidents jailed in Cuba

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By Vanessa Bauz and David Czares | Sun Sentinel In humble Havana homes the wives, mothers, sons and daughters of 75 jailed dissidents gathered on Thursday to quietly mark the first anniversary of an unprecedented crackdown that crushed Cuba’s opposition movement. Across the Florida Straits, at… Read More

Cuba, One Year after the Crackdown

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Human Rights Watch On the first anniversary of the crackdown on peaceful dissent in Cuba Exactly one year ago, on March 18, 2003, the Cuban government launched a massive crackdown on peaceful dissidents, independent journalists, human rights defenders, and independent labor unionists, librarians, medical… Read More

Battered Cuban dissident movement in disarray

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters HAVANA - A year after President Fidel Castro launched a massive roundup of dissidents in Cuba, his pro-democracy opponents are divided and in disarray, but not defeated. With many activists behind bars, few resources and no access to the media, dissidents complained on Thursday… Read More

John Kerry’s changing positions on Cuba

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By Peter Kirsanow | [url=http://www.NationalReview.com]http://www.NationalReview.com[/url] On September 1, 2003, the Miami Herald reported that, “Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry…appeared to shift his stance on the trade embargo with Cuba on Sunday, telling a national television… Read More

Early Release Unlikely for Cuba Dissidents - Raul Rivero

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By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Writer HAVANA - Blanca Reyes waits by the phone every Thursday afternoon for a call from her jailed husband, Raul Rivero. A year ago Saturday, she watched from her tiny balcony as the poet and journalist was hustled away by President Fidel Castro agents in front of cheering… Read More

Exploring Havana

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By SARAH WORKMAN | Cornell Daily Sun HAVANA—Havana intrigues Americans. With President George W. Bush’s threat to veto the relaxed travel restrictions to Cuba favored by both the House of Representatives and Senate, the mystery surrounding the forbidden fruit of American tourism increases.… Read More

Imprisoned dissidents mark 1 year since crackdown

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Vanessa Bauz HAVANA—Acclaimed poet Raul Rivero walks 7,000 paces a day in his prison cell and seeks refuge “from the hours that fall as if from a dropper” by writing verses and letters on yellow legal pads. Former government translator Adolfo Fernandez Sainz, who briefly worked at… Read More

John Kerry’s stances on Cuba open to attack

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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_tc0Q4RtbwG').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

The Cuban Five - Cuban Spies Set to Appeal 2001 Sentences

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CATHERINE WILSON | Associated Press MIAMI - They are celebrated as heroes in their homeland, and as spies in the nation where they sit in prison. Thousands have marched for them in Cuba, while prosecutors in America brand them as agents of Fidel Castro. Five Cubans who were convicted in 2001 on charges… Read More

Researchers Say U.S. Barred Them From Cuba

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By KAREN W. ARENSON | New York Times The United States government stopped a group of about 70 American medical school professors, doctors and other scientists from attending an international symposium on coma and death in Cuba this week, several doctors said yesterday. Scientists say the prohibition… Read More

After Fidel: All bets off in Cuba

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OAKLAND ROSS | [url=http://www.thestar.com]http://www.thestar.com[/url] First, they took Kabul. Next, they took Baghdad. Now, some people are beginning to wonder how many more weeks will meander past before the armed forces of the United States of America train their gun sights on… Read More

President Bush should seek better, not worse, ties with Cuba

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[url=http://www.pantagraph.com]http://www.pantagraph.com[/url] - opinion President Bush should be increasing ties between the United States and Cuba, not worsening them. He should be acting in the best interests of the country as a whole, not pandering to rabid foes of Fidel Castro… Read More

U.S. tries to stop funds for Cuban Five ad

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By Minnie Bruce Pratt | [url=http://www.workers.org]http://www.workers.org[/url] The Bush administration has intensified its attack on revolutionary Cuba by attempting to freeze funds going to the bank account of the International Peace for Cuba Appeal (IPCA). IPCA has been working… Read More

Canadian accused of trading with Cuba given fine, probation for ‘smuggling’

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STEVE ECKARDT | [url=http://www.CanadaEast.com]http://www.CanadaEast.com[/url] PHILADELPHIA (CP) - The long-running case of Canadian businessman James Sabzali, charged with violating the U.S. embargo against Cuba, came to a quiet close Friday as he received a year’s probation… Read More

US Cuba History of Relations Timeline

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[url=http://www.ljworld.com]http://www.ljworld.com[/url] 1898 The U.S. joins Cuba’s with Spain after the U.S. battleship Maine is blown up in Havana harbor. Spain loses. 1898-1902 A U.S. military government controls Cuba. 1901 Cuba adopts a constitution allowing the U.S. to… Read More

Jose Basulto plans to bombard Cuba - with leaflets and demands

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BY MAYA BELL | The Orlando Sentinel MIAMI - (KRT) - Six years after Cuban MiGs shot down two planes carrying members of an exile rescue group, the latest weapons in the decades-old war against Fidel Castro hurl words instead of bullets: A measuring tape, a stopwatch, a thermometer and a formula to calculate… Read More

Bush Call for Regime Change in Cuba Violates OAS Charter

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By Wayne S. Smith and Chloe Schwabe | [url=http://www.axisoflogic.com]http://www.axisoflogic.com[/url] February 21, 2004-On the basis of badly flawed intelligence, much of it from Iraqi exiles who wanted the U.S. to invade, and in defiance of the United Nations, the Bush Administration… Read More

Cuba Politics, economy stuck in the past - Opinion

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BY MARIFELI PEREZ-STABLE | .(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_Wog3FZDFMF').innerHTML = output; //]]>… Read More

A lifeline for loved ones in Cuba - Miami Herald Opinion

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OUR OPINION: ENFORCE EXISTING LAWS BEFORE ADOPTING A ‘TOUGHER’ POLICY The Bush administration has announced a review of U.S. policy toward Cuba with the intention of making it tougher. Thats appropriate. Our policy should be constant and reliable, based on firm principles that protect the… Read More

Key dates in U.S. trade embargo with Cuba

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Rockford Register Star 1960: The United States imposes a partial economic embargo on Cuba that excludes food and medicine. President Kennedy later expands the embargo to include imports of goods made from or containing Cuban materials. 1963: Kennedy prohibits travel to Cuba and bars U.S. financial and… Read More

Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo

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Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo, an exiled Cuban politician who returned last year to live in Cuba, signs a copy of the book ‘Yo Sere la Tentacion’ (I Will Be The Temptation), written by Cuban writer Ramon Fajardo, and edited by Patricia Gutierrez, Menoyo’s daughter, who owns the Puerto Rican… Read More

Political reform not in Cuba’s future

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BY GARY MARX | Chicago Tribune HAVANA, Cuba - (KRT) - In Miriam Leiva’s cramped Havana apartment, there is little to indicate that her husband, Oscar Espinosa Chepe, played a role in the pivotal event of 2003 in Cuba. A small Christmas tree stands on a round dining table. Family photographs line… Read More

Wrong way on Cuba clear from Idaho - Opinion

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DAVID SARASOHN | [url=http://www.oregonlive.com]http://www.oregonlive.com[/url] R ep. Butch Otter, R-Idaho, learned something about Cuba even before traveling there this month. He found out why it was so hard for Americans to go to the island. “I always thought it was the Cubans… Read More

Fidel Castro: U.S. embargo hasn’t broken Cuba

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LISA J. ADAMS | Associated Press HAVANA (AP)—America’s economy hangs by a thread while Cuba—after four decades under a U.S. economic blockade—continues to offer free health care and boasts an infant mortality rate lower than its northern neighbor, President Fidel Castro asserted… Read More

Fidel Castro Ridicules Gaffe-Prone Bush

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By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban leader Fidel Castro resorted to humor on Saturday to defend himself from U.S. hostility, ridiculing President Bush for his gaffes. “Bush could not debate a Cuban ninth grader, who knows more than he does,” Castro said in a speech closing an international… Read More

Grand jury summons Cuba boaters - Letter to the Editor

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Letter to the Editor | [url=http://www.keysnews.com]http://www.keysnews.com[/url] The federal furor regarding the Third Annual Conch Republic Cup sailing race is nothing more than a childish tantrum fueled by hate and turning ugly. US citizens’ travel rights, millions of dollars… Read More

Grand jury summons Cuba boaters

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CONCHORD CAYO HUESO, Inc. . . . carrying humanitarian aid to the Cuban people since 1992 . . . P.O. Box 405                                             Tel/Fax: (305) 294-3408 409 Margaret… Read More

Repressive measures against 10 companies doing business with Cuba

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] —HAVANA JOURNAL PUBLISHER NOTE—This is the first source we’ve seen to list the ten companies.— U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow announced February 9 at the Omni Colonnade Hotel in Coral Gables that measures… Read More

Major Fidel Castro’s speeches during his visit to Chile

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Fidel in Chile. “A symbolic meeting between two historical processes.” Read More

Life Magazine “Inside Castro’s Cuba” March 15 1963

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A penetrating report in pictures by Henri Cartier-Bresson. The first look at the Cuban people since the country clamped down. Read More

October 12 1963 The Nation magazine cover

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Cuba: Salvation Through Sugar by James O’Connor. Read More

Bay of Pigs Cuba - November 2 1962 Life magazine

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The Danger-Filled Week of Decision, Bay of Pigs feature. Domain for sale by Havana Journal BayOfPigs.org Read More

Life Magazine Bay of Pigs feature issue May 10 1963

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Life magazine Raw Untold Truth by Men Who Fought Bay of Pigs. Heartbraking price they paid for U.S. miscalculations. Read More

La Revista Oriental de Cuba Magazine

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1952 magazine featuring Antonio Maceo on the cover. Baragua. Read More

US Army Mission to Cuba 1957 QSL postcard

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Interesting old ham radio QSL postcard featuring American Embassy in Cuba. Read More

Dissidents Felix Bonne and Vladimiro Roca plan would end Cuban crisis

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[url=http://www.channelnewsasia.com]http://www.channelnewsasia.com[/url] Cuban opposition leaders Felix Bonne (L), Vladimiro Roca (C) and Rene Gomez Manzano HAVANA : Cuban dissidents presented a plan they said is needed to keep the Communist society from coming apart at the seams.… Read More

US Treasury Secretary John Snow launches crackdown on Cuba dealings

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By Glenn Somerville | Reuters MIAMI (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow Monday unveiled tough action against 10 business groups that promote travel and trade with Cuba in violation of a more than 40-year-old embargo on dealing with the Communist-run state. Appearing before about 100 Cuban-American… Read More

The right way to invade Cuba - Editorial

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[url=http://www.Charleston.net]http://www.Charleston.net[/url] Fidel Castro sought to reignite the revolutionary fire of his youth last week with a speech in which he challenged the United States to invade Cuba. The 77-year-old dictator ranted and raved for 5-1/2 hours, also charging… Read More

U.S. denies visa to peace activist from Cuba

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BY JENNIFER D. JORDAN | Providence Journal Staff Writer Despite appeals by Sen. Lincoln Chafee and other members of Congress, the Rev. Raul Suarez will not be allowed to speak at the University of Rhode Island on multiculturalism. A Baptist minister and peace activist from Cuba who was scheduled to speak… Read More

Working against fidelity in Cuba - Opinion

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By Ann Louise Bardach | Special to the Star-Telegram Elizardo Sanchez After the Cuban government rounded up 75 dissidents and writers last spring, Cubaphiles were abuzz over the curious omission of one of the country’s most famous dissidents, Elizardo Sanchez. Then we found out the reason: Cuban… Read More

Castro Says Bush Plotting to Kill Him (with video)

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By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press Writer HAVANA - Fidel Castro accused President Bush of plotting with Miami exiles to kill him, and said he would die fighting if the United States ever invaded to oust him. AP Photo Click Read More

Guantanamo Bay Drill Focuses on al-Qaida

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By IAN JAMES | Associated Press Writer GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - Firing heavy machine-guns and mortars, U.S. soldiers practiced repulsing a commando attack Saturday at the maximum-security prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay. While the possibility of terrorists trying to break out prisoners… Read More

Candidates on the issues: Cuba

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The Associated Press The Associated Press chooses an issue three times a week and asks the presidential candidates a question about it. Today’s question and responses: CUBA: What conditions, if any, would Cuba have to meet for you to favor dropping the embargo? Democrats: Wesley Clark: “I… Read More

Idiot Larry Klayman says Castro has biochemical weapons in Cuba

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BRENT KALLESTAD | Associated Press Havana Journal Publisher’s Note: We apologize to the AP for adding the word Idiot to the title of this story and we apologize to our readers that have enjoyed hundreds of articles without commentary. We simply could not resist to add an appropriate descriptive… Read More

Cuba postpones internet controls

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http://australianit.news.com.au | Correspondents in Havana CUBA’s state telephone company said it has postponed plans to limit internet access for Cubans whose telephone bills are paid in local currency. In a message to clients Saturday, the company ETECSA said the measures would not take… Read More

Timeline: Cuba - A chronology of key events

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http://news.bbc.co.uk 1492 - Christopher Columbus visits Cuba and claims it for Spain. HAVANA - Population: 2.1 million Founded in 1519 Became capital in 1607 1511 - Spanish conquest begins under the leadership of Diego de Velazquez, who establishes Baracoa and other settlements. 1526 - Importing… Read More

Officials warn of need to plan for social chaos in a post-Castro Cuba

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New travel rules make life easier for Cuban Americans

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Castro diplomat worries if Cuban “regime change’’ on Bush agenda

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GEORGE GEDDA | Associated Press Writer Dabogerto Rodriguez, Cuba’s top diplomat in Washington, spends his days looking for hints about what the Bush administration has in mind for his country. He doesn’t like what he sees. Is “regime change” in the cards in this election year,… Read More

Librarians’ deep concern over Cuba’s move to restrict Internet access

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IFLA HQ | The Hague | Netherlands “While the World Summit of the Information Society was debating how best to improve access to information using information technology, the Cuban government was preparing a law that will further restrict Internet access for its citizens”, says the Chair of… Read More

Bogota mayor says Cuban leader Fidel Castro appears “very sick”

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Associated Press (Bogota, Colombia-AP)—A Colombian leader says Fidel Castro’s health seems to be failing. Bogota’s mayor (Luis Eduardo Garzon) met the Cuban leader a few weeks ago while on a vacation on the island. The mayor says the 77-year-old “seemed very sick.” The former… Read More

Orthodox Leader to Honor Fidel Castro

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Associated Press HAVANA - The spiritual leader of the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians will honor Fidel Castro with a church order in recognition of Cuba’s construction of a new cathedral, regional church leaders said Friday. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will arrive in Cuba Wednesday… Read More

The Need to plan for post-Castro Cuba

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By FRANK DAVIES | Miami Herald WASHINGTON - A top U.S. official and several public health experts Friday warned of the urgent need to plan for chaos, shortages and a potential refugee crisis in a post-Castro Cuba. “There’s a real possibility of a complex emergency’’ including… Read More

A Visit With Castro by Arthur Miller - The Nation

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by ARTHUR MILLER | [url=http://www.thenation.com]http://www.thenation.com[/url] [from the January 12, 2004 issue] Like a lot of other people’s feelings toward Cuba, mine have been mixed in the past decades. Apart from press reports, I had learned from film people who had worked… Read More

To Rebel Is Justified: Cuba, Haiti and John Brown

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by Sara Flounders | [url=http://www.sfbayview.com]http://www.sfbayview.com[/url] Haiti’s bicentennial has begun. Jan. 1, 2004, was marked by official celebrations ... and marred by the continued war of former slave-owning powers against the descendants of Haiti’s liberators.… Read More

State security’s penetration of Cuban society all-pervasive, says

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HAVANA, January 13 (http://www.cubanet.org) A former agent of the Department of State Security who asked not to be identified says every segment of Cuban society is under surveillance by infiltrated security personnel. The former agent said Masonic lodges, the Catholic church, and Protestant… Read More

Cuba calls for an end to hostilities against the Five and their families

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] CUBA has demanded that the U.S. government end the hostilities against the five Cubans imprisoned in that country since 1998 and their families and is calling on Washington to fulfill its international, legal and moral obligations.… Read More

Amnesty International - Cuba: Further bans on freedom of expression

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Amnesty International today expressed concern at the impact on freedom of expression and information of Cuba’s new law restricting internet access. “The new measures, which limit and impede unofficial internet use, constitute yet another attempt to cut off Cubans’ access to alternative… Read More

Cuba tightens its control over Internet, banning access over regular phone lines

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By Anita Snow | ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA – Cuba tightened its controls over the Internet on Friday, prohibiting access over the low-cost government phone service most ordinary citizens have at home. The move could affect hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Cubans who illegally access the Internet from… Read More

US policy is to end “oppressive dictatorship” in Cuba

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Washington, Dec 09 - After announcing a ‘Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba’, the United States has said its policy is to end Havana’s “oppressive dictatorship” and establishing democracy in the island. “United States policy regarding Cuba is clear hasten Cuba’s… Read More

Cuba article showed positive side - Editorial

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The Journal Standard Thank you very much for the unbiased report on nurse Denise Padfield’s trip to Cuba. I have been fortunate to have visited Cuba several times in the past two years and as a result it is not too difficult for me to see when a person or group has a political purpose or point… Read More

Cuba Defends Diplomat Expelled From U.S.

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Cuba Defends Diplomat Expelled From U.S. HAVANA (AP) - Cuba’s top diplomat for North America on Thursday defended a diplomat recently expelled from the United States and rejected U.S. officials’ accusations that he had associated with criminal elements. The expulsion of Roberto Socorro Garcia,… Read More

Argentina and US row over Cuba

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Reuters in Buenos Aires Diplomatic relations between Argentina and the US deteriorated into mudslinging yesterday after Washington said the country’s left-leaning government was too soft on communist-run Cuba. Roger Noriega, US assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs, told reporters… Read More

Cuba refutes US accusations of canceling talks on immigration

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[url=http://www.chinaview.cn]http://www.chinaview.cn[/url] HAVANA, Jan. 7 (Xinhuanet)—The Cuban government on Wednesday refuted US charges that it was responsible for the cancellation ofa new round of immigration talks between the two countries, state-run daily Granma reported.… Read More

U.S. Backs Out Of Talks in Cuba On Immigration

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By Kevin Sullivan | Washington Post Foreign Service MEXICO CITY, Jan. 7—U.S. officials said Wednesday that they have postponed scheduled immigration talks with Cuban officials, prompting the government of President Fidel Castro to charge that the Bush administration is “aggravating the tensions… Read More

New pretexts from Washington to aggravate tensions with Cuba

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STATEMENT FROM THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS On Monday, January 5, 2004, officials at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana and the U.S. State Department communicated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, respectively, that they considered another round of… Read More

A socialist system turned to anguish

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Miami Herald Below are quotes from Cubans in exile and on the island from the Jan. 1 El Nuevo Herald article, The tally on 45 years of the Cuban Revolution, by El Nuevo Herald staff writer Wilfredo Cancio Isla. For you, what is the net result of 45 years of revolution in Cuba? o Guillermo Cabrera Infante,… Read More

Cuba’s socialist revolution in perspective

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Based on a talk by Gloria La Riva at the Dec. 6-7 conference on socialism in New York. Almost 45 years ago, a relatively small number of revolutionary fighters, after several years of struggle, overthrew the U.S.-installed dictator Fulgencio Batista. Cuba at that time was overwhelmingly the property… Read More

Castro relives his glory days on anniversary

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[url=http://www.iol.co.za]http://www.iol.co.za[/url] Havana - Declaring that together they had written “an unprecedented page of history”, Fidel Castro gathered with several thousand members of Cuba’s political elite to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the revolutionary… Read More

Opinion: A New Year’s wish for Cuba

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[url=http://www.charleston.net]http://www.charleston.net[/url] Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. A living example of this is Fidel Castro, who on New Year’s Day completed 45 years as absolute dictator of Cuba. The revolution he led on the promise that he… Read More

Castro has much to celebrate 45 years after ousting U.S.-backed dictator

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By Anita Snow | Associated Press Cuban President Fidel Castro, right, and his brother, Defense Minister Raul Castro, attend the first day of the ordinary session of the National Assembly, at the Convention Palace last week, in Havana, Cuba. (AP/Cristobal Herrera) HAVANA (AP) - With many of his most… Read More

Castro’s New Year revolution still stands 45 years later

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By Pat M. Holt | [url=http://www.csmonitor.com]http://www.csmonitor.com[/url] WASHINGTON – It was New Year’s Day 1959, that the victorious revolutionary forces of Fidel Castro swept into power in Cuba. That was 45 years ago and today makes Mr. Castro, who was then 31 years… Read More

Long Live The Cuban Revolution! - People’s Democracy

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Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Harkishan Singh Surjeet CUBA will be celebrating the forty-fifth anniversary of its revolution on January 1. As the Cuban people join in festivities and rejoicing, we of the CPI(M) send our best wishes and greetings on this occasion.   Even… Read More

Nantucket woman awaits hearing on 1999 Cuba trip

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By JACK COLEMAN | Cape Cod Times STAFF WRITER Her only visit to Cuba in December 1999 was, as Nantucket resident Jennifer Wolfe Kennelly described it, “a fabulous trip.” Accompanied by a friend from California, Wolfe Kennelly spent 10 days on the Caribbean island, whose inhabitants she found… Read More

Understanding Cuba - Revolution and Misinformation

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http://dominionpaper.ca Cuba: A revolution in motion by Isaac Saney Fernwood Books 2003 Reviewed by Dru Oja Jay Saney’s Cuba questions accepted “facts” about the island by providing a compelling overview of its history, context, and society. Photo: NASACuba. A small island nation.… Read More

Mexico, Cuba to patch old ties after 2002 tiff

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channelnewsasia.com MEXICO CITY : Mexico and Cuba, whose historic ties suffered a war of words in 2002, would like a meeting between Presidents Vicente Fox and Fidel Castro to usher in renewed relations, a top official said. “We both have decided to work from top to bottom,” Mexican vice… Read More

Judicial Hearings on Travel to Cuba Finally Begin

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By Jeannine Aversa | Associated Press 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, Burks… Read More

Cuba denounces US ‘concentration camp’

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ABC news Cuba has for the first time denounced the use of Guantanamo Bay military base in the south-east of the island as a detention centre for hundreds of people suspected by the United States of links to the Taliban and Al Qaeda. A statement by the Cuban parliament describes the base as a concentration… Read More

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