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Dozens of Cubans come ashore throughout Southern Florida

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The Associated Press December 30, 2005, 5:00 PM EST MIAMI BEACH—Dozens of Cuban refugees, including at least nine children, came ashore Friday throughout Southern Florida, officials said. Authorities reported at least five groups of Cubans landed at different points along the coast. In Miami Beach… Read More

Summary of balseros migration from Cuba in 2005

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Posted on Fri, Dec. 30, 2005 Migration to U.S. soared in ‘05 The number of migrants heading to the United States from Cuba and the Dominican Republic was unusually high in 2005. Experts say both the economy and political policies fueled the upsurge. BY OSCAR CORRAL .(JavaScript must be enabled… Read More

108 Haitians, 51 Cubans Repatriated

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POSTED: 10:32 am EST December 29, 2005 MIAMI—The Coast Guard returned 159 illegal Haitian and Cuban migrants to their homelands Wednesday, officials said. The 51 Cuban migrants were returned to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba and 108 Haitian migrants were repatriated to Cap Haitian, Haiti on Wednesday,… Read More

Cuban refugee flow nearly 2,700 for 2005

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Coast Guard: Number nearly double than 2004 The flow of Cuban migrants trying to reach the U.S. remains as busy as ever, the U.S. Coast Guard reported Tuesday. Officials said that as of Dec. 16, 2,683 Cubans had been intercepted at sea in 2005. That is nearly double the number for all of 2004 and the… Read More

Havana brokers Columbia peace talks

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By VOA News Colombia’s government and leaders of the country’s second-largest leftist rebel group ended nearly a week of exploratory peace talks in Cuba Wednesday with an agreement to set an agenda for future reconciliation efforts. The government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) said… Read More

Afro Cuba - Now and “THEN”

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Amsterdamnews.com | by KAREN JUANITA CARRILLO The latest rumor from Cuba is that the nation’s leader, Fidel Castro, may have Parkinson’s disease. It’s only one of many tales about Castro’s health, his wealth, and his governing abilities. It’s a CIA assessment that Castro… Read More

The mind of Fidel Castro - opinion

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BY ANA MENENDEZ | Miami Herald Poor Fidel. It’s not easy being a dictator these days, not when your sworn enemy has stolen your playbook and recast it as democracy. How sad it must be to come up with all these creative governing principles—listening in on private phone calls, reading personal… Read More

14 Cubans found walking along Julia Tuttle Causeway in Miami Beach

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By CARLI TEPROFF | Miami Herald Fourteen Cuban migrants, who apparently landed undetected Christmas morning on Miami Beach, were rounded up after being found walking along Julia Tuttle Causeway, police said. Few details were available Sunday about the group, spotted at about 9 a.m. on the causeway near… Read More

Beware simplistic monikers for Latin American governments

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Don’t buy those Latin American labels By Michael Shifter MICHAEL SHIFTER is vice president for policy at Washington’s Inter-American Dialogue and teaches Latin American politics at Georgetown University. December 24, 2005 EVO MORALES’ resounding victory in Bolivia’s presidential… Read More

Ominous attack on Cuba’s leading dissidents including Oswaldo Paya

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By Marc Frank | Reuters Cuba branded the country’s best-known dissidents on Wednesday as U.S. agents, using taped phone conversations, secret video footage and guilt by association during a televised broadcast to portray them as traitors. Longtime activists Osvaldo Paya, Martha Beatriz Roque and… Read More

Condoleezza Rice pushing for regime change in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Forbes.com Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday chaired the second session of a panel to “hasten and ease a democratic transition” in Cuba and spoke of change partly by denying the Castro government money and supplying the Cuban people with information. Official U.S. policy is to… Read More

Cuba to host Columbian peace talks

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UPI Colombian leaders and the head of the country`s second-largest rebel group were meeting in Cuba to fashion a peace process after a four-decade war. The National Liberation Army, or ELN, has agreed to the talks after being persuaded by leader Francisco Galan. He was given three months out from his… Read More

Cuba accepting of US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters American anti-torture activists who marched through southeastern Cuba to protest the detention of terror suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay had to settle last week for a prayer vigil five miles (8 km) away. Cuba’s Communist government did not allow the… Read More

Bush Administration should let Cuba play baseball - opinion

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By Rene A. Henry | HuntingtonNews.net The Bush Administration committed yet another serious diplomatic mistake last week when it barred Cuba from competing in the inaugural World Baseball Classic. Usually the State Department is responsible for embarrassing U.S. citizens worldwide; this time it is the… Read More

Cuban “transition” policy commission revived

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BY FRANCES ROBLES AND PABLO BACHELET | Miami Herald In a move that puts Cuba back in the sights of the Bush administration, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday that she is reconvening the cabinet-level commission that last revised the overall U.S. policy on the island. The Commission for… Read More

Judge denies bail for Posada associates in illegal weapons case

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By Curt Anderson | The Associated Press - South Florida Sun Sentinel A federal judge rejected a second attempt by two Cuban exiles to win release on bail before their trial on illegal weapons and other charges, ruling Friday that they were too dangerous to be free because of the deadly military nature… Read More

Cuba’s medical missionaries

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By Ruth Morris | Havana Bureau - Sun Sentinel His medical degree hangs unassumingly between family pictures, above a television set that has seen better days. But the certificate has something unusual: a gold seal in the top right corner distinguishes Rolando Reguera as one of Cuba’s top young… Read More

History of Santiago Alvarez according to Granma.cu

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http://www.granma.cu/ingles/2005/diciembre/vier16/52laticas.html HISTORY OF THE TERRORIST COMMANDO SENT TO CUBA BY SANTIAGO ALVAREZ FERNNDEZ-MAGRIA IN APRIL 2001 BY FREDDY PREZ CABRERA | Granma daily staff writer SANTA CLARA—These days the name of Santiago Alvarez… Read More

The long history of US injustice against Cuba

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by Salim Lamrani | http://Voltairenet.org In his intervention during the round table on the rise of international terrorism, on the occasion of the Axis for Peace 2005 conference, Salim Lamrani took record of the US’s secret actions against Cuba. He shows, in an undisputable manner, that… Read More

OFAC denial of Cuba baseball team may impact US city bid for Olympic games

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By RONALD BLUM | Associated Press Canadian International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound said yesterday that U.S. bids to play host to future Olympic Games will be damaged by the Bush administration’s decision to prevent Cuba from playing in next year’s inaugural World Baseball Classic.… Read More

Briefing on the Status of the Posada Carriles Case

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By Wayne S. Smith Center for International Policy http://www.ciponline.org/cuba/cubalinks/Posada%20Briefing%20Report.doc On December 7 [2005], the Center for International Policy, the Washington Office on Latin America and the Latin American Working Group hosted a briefing on the… Read More

Officials search for missing Cuban

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Man lost at sea after attempting to escape from Cuba in boat By Grant Boxleitner .(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_6o3PWTkbde').innerHTML… Read More

Treasury Throws a Curveball to Fidel Castro

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BY MEGHAN CLYNE | Staff Reporter of the New York Sun The Treasury Department has denied a team from Fidel Castro’s Cuba the permission it needs to play in Major League Baseball’s first World Baseball Classic, league officials and members of Congress said yesterday. The move will likely preclude… Read More

Cuba ‘bars women from prize trip’

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Does Witness Against Torture Dana Brown of Ithaca NY have OFAC license?

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Reuters Dana Brown, of Ithaca, NY and a member of the American group “Witness Against Torture”, prays in front of banners that read “Stop the torture, close the U.S. Naval Base and free the prisoners” outside the Cuban military zone surrounding the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo,… Read More

Does activist Jackie Allen of Hartford CT have OFAC license to travel to Cuba?

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Newsday.com A Connecticut woman and two others in Cuba to protest treatment of suspected terrorists detained at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay headed back home Tuesday, while 22 other activists continued a water-only fast at a Cuban military checkpoint outside the base. The three members of the… Read More

Fringe activist group goes to Guantanamo to show support for prisoners

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MichaelMoore.com By Anita Snow / Associated Press HAVANA - American anti-war activists marched Wednesday from the eastern Cuban city of Santiago toward the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay to protest treatment of terror suspects there. The 25 members of the Witness Against Torture group had hoped… Read More

Oswaldo Paya attends dissident meeting with US diplomat

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VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press America’s top diplomat in Havana saluted Cuban activists pushing for change on the communist-run island, highlighting what he called their bravery and perseverance in a Human Rights Day event Saturday. Michael Parmly, the chief of the U.S. Interests Section,… Read More

Cuban people will change Cuba, not US - Michael Parmly

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By ANITA SNOW Associated Press Writer America’s new top diplomat to Havana declared Thursday that the Cuban people, not the United States, will someday transform their communist nation into a lively democracy with a free exchange of ideas. “Cubans aspire to change and that change is coming,”… Read More

Cuba’s Jailed Christian Activist Biscet Observes Third Anniversary

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“Fat” Florida governor Jeb Bush does not even know how many people live in Cuba

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JACQUI GODDARD | Scotsman.com THE 1962 missile crisis, the Bay of Pigs invasion, exploding cigars - relations between the US and Cuba have always been tense. But the latest international spat is unlikely to lead to the onset of a third world war, with Cold War enmities dissipating into playground name-calling.… Read More

The future of Cuba - Follow China or follow the Soviet Union

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I want to read what Havana Journal readers think about Cuba’s political and economic evolution. Will Cuba learn from China and evolve towards a free market economy or will it NOT learn from the Soviet Union mistakes? Since Cuba had close ties with the Soviet Union and since Fidel Castro has been… Read More

Fidel Castro’s Revolution has outlived its welcome - opinion

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I want to start a thread asking what Havana Journal readers think about “La Revolucion”. Cuba has launched an anti-corruption campaign against its own people using the young communists as rats and enforcers. What do you see for the success or failure of this campaign? Will it clean up the… Read More

Fighting corruption and theft ... Fidel Castro style

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By Marc Frank, Financial Times Fidel Castro is mobilizing tens of thousands of young people and threatening a Cultural Revolution-style humiliation of corrupt officials in what the Cuban leader characterizes as a do-or-die struggle against graft, pilfering and the “new rich.” The campaign… Read More

Newspaper apologizes to blogger - Omaha World Herald Creighton University USAID grant money story re

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Just a quick note to all you bloggers out there. When a major newspaper does not take the time to research a hot political story and mis-characterizes you (in our case we were labeled a “pro-Castro” website), you should demand a retraction. In our case the newspaper has posted a retraction.… Read More

Nine of 10 migrants saved at sea returned to Cuba

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Posted on Mon, Dec. 05, 2005 IMMIGRATION Nine Cubans saved from the sea last month by a cruise ship—the latest in a surge of Cuban nationals attempting to reach U.S. soil by sea—were returned Sunday to Cuba. BY ROBERT L. STEINBACK .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //=… Read More

Cuban dissident Mario Enrique Mayo Hernandez released

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BBC News Cuba has released a prominent dissident who was among a group of 75 government opponents arrested in April 2003. Mario Enrique Mayo Hernandez - a 41-year-old journalist who had been jailed for 20 years - was freed for health reasons. The non-governmental Cuban Commission for Human Rights has… Read More

Cuba:  Living in Granma’a house

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I am Cubano and Granma is my keeper.  Granma says she cares for me very much and always knows what is best for me that I am always to trust her and let her guide my life, for she knows best.  She defends her control of my life by telling everyone of the free medical care I receive and the… Read More

Cuba’s military marks 49 years

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Cuba’s Revolutionary Armed Forces, which replaced the military that existed before the Cuban Revolution, traces its roots to Dec. 2, 1956. BY ANITA SNOW Associated Press HAVANA - Communist Cuba’s military marked 49 years Friday, celebrating military successes during the Cold War before assuming… Read More

Creighton University USAID grant story author needs to check his facts

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title as seen at [url=http://www.CubaCentral.com]http://www.CubaCentral.com[/url] : CU grant for Cuba project gets heat Henry J. Cordes, Omaha World-Herald Tuesday, Nov 29, 2005 Creighton University Law School administrators knew they were getting into a hot political issue when they… Read More

10 migrants saved by cruise ship

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Posted on Tue, Nov. 29, 2005 IMMIGRATION Zenith’s crew rescues a 7-year-old Cuban girl and her family 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]);… Read More

Thoughts on a post-Castro Cuba

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By WARREN RICHEY | Christian Science Monitor From the Bay of Pigs to poison cigars, American attempts to rid the world of Fidel Castro have repeatedly been met with embarrassment and failure. After 46 years, Castro’s wheezing revolution has even outlived his cold-war ally, the once-mighty Soviet… Read More

Don’t cry for Che

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Washington Blade Friday, November 25, 2005 Constantino Diaz-Duran Read More

Fidel Castro and Beijing Duck

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

This article introduces the Sino-Cuban relations in post cold-war era and Castro’s perception of China’s post-Mao reforms. Read More

Cuban Economy Gains Ground

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Havana, Nov 25 (AIN)- The sector of services is closing this year as the leader in the Cuban economy and the island’s GDP is expected to grow by 9 percent, said Planning and Economy Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez on Thursday. Read More

Defending extreme socialism

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

The interesting thing about defenders of extreme socialism is how conveniently selective is their memory, and how tenacious is their idealism. No one can dispute that socialism’s stated goals are indeed egalitarian; a belief in the fundamental rights of equality of social, political and economic… Read More

Ernesto Che Guevara biography

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Real name ERNESTO GUEVARA (1928-67) Latin American guerrilla leader and revolutionary theorist, who became a hero to the New Left radicals of the 1960s. Born into a middle-class family in Rosario, Argentina, Guevara received a medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1953. Convinced that… Read More

Was there a link between Cuba and JFK assassination? - new book

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UPI A new book claims that three mob bosses were behind President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Authors Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann also say that law enforcement agencies protected the three Mafiosi because they had infiltrated a plan to invade Cuba, the Tampa Tribune reported. Tampa mob… Read More

How to “live” on a few dollars per day in Cuba

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By ANITA SNOW, Associated Press Writer Cuba announced a major increase in government salaries Wednesday, saying days after President Fidel Castro declared war on the nation’s “new rich” that it wanted to reward workers with high productivity and advanced university degrees. The Communist… Read More

Cuban electricity rates soar

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Consumers may see bills rise by as much as 300 percent Wednesday, November 23, 2005; Posted: 1:36 p.m. EST (18:36 GMT) HAVANA, Cuba (Reuters)—Cuba raised heavily subsidized electricity rates by as much as 333 percent Wednesday to save power and deal with chronic energy shortages. Read More

Opinion on Fidel Castro’s health

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Miami Herald - opinion Re the Nov. 16 story Castro has Parkinson’s disease CIA has concluded: I am a former senior Commerce Department official in the administrations of Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Currently I am senior research associate at the University of Miami’s Institute… Read More

Creighton University celebrates $750,000 tainted grant money from USAID insider

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

BY CINDY GONZALEZ | Omaha World Herald staff writer It’s not just any old family portrait. Definitely not to the six Cuba-born Gaston girls. The framed image of rosy-cheeked Gastons growing up in their homeland is showcased in the Omaha homes of third-born Maria Luisa and youngest sister Maria… Read More

Fear driven anonymity from inside Cuba

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Responding to recent article:  I am XXXXXXXXXX and have been living in La Havana for about X years.  2 of there years were spent taking Spanish at XXXXXXX. No one lives on the street in Cuba because it is illegal.  The police who are on every corner do not permit it.  You go to jail… Read More

Santiago Alvarez arrested for possesion of automatic weapons - ties to terrorist

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BY OSCAR CORRAL AND JAY WEAVER | Miami Herald Santiago Alvarez, a longtime anti-Castro activist and key supporter of exile militant Luis Posada Carriles, was arrested in Miami this weekend on federal weapons and passport charges—a move that could cause a clash between the Bush administration and… Read More

Why Latin America Detests Uncle Sam

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Business Week Online November 21, 2005 As Venezuela’s Hugo Chvez notes, the U.S. can’t end poverty on its own soil, so lecturing neighbouring nations reeks of arrogance and hypocrisy Read More

ICE search office of Cuban terrorist Luis Posada Carriles’ longtime friend

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Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents have searched the office of a longtime friend of Cuban militant Luis Posada Carriles. Read More

Castro’s Parkinson’s disease claim may have been ploy to sell a book

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By Gary Marx | Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent Rebutting reports he is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Cuban President Fidel Castro told the nation in a televised speech ending early Friday that he is feeling “better than ever.” Dressed in his trademark combat fatigues, a… Read More

History of Maximo Gomez Baez and Jose Marti

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

BY RAUL RODRIGUEZ LA O | Special for Granma International DURING the whole of his life Maximo Gomez Baez was one of the most important and faithful fighters for the independence of Cuba and subsequently against its invasion and occupation by the United States and that country’s interference in… Read More

History of Fidel Castro health

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Miami Herald | Monika Leal • January 1989: Time magazine reports Castro gave up cigar smoking in 1985 because doctors discovered a small malignancy in a lung. • June 24, 2001: Castro faints as he delivers an outdoor speech in a suburb of Havana. He quickly recovers. • May 2003: Witnesses… Read More

After Fidel, another Castro?

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After Fidel, another Castro? Intelligence analyst considers the island’s future if brother Raul takes over. By Don Bohning After Fidel: The Inside Story of Castro’s Regime and Cuba’s Next Leader. Brian Latell. Palgrave MacMillan. $24.95. 273 pp. Written by a U. S. intelligence analyst… Read More

Castro laughs off Parkinson’s claims

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[url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk]http://www.dailymail.co.uk[/url] 09:23am 18th November 2005 Fidel Castro: Feeling ‘better than ever’ Read More

CUBA: Yes to Computers and Internet - But Not at Home, Thanks

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HAVANA, November 14 (Inter Press Service) Patricia Grogg Read More

Pope Benedict XVI pays homage to Castro

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By Judi McLeod | Canada Free Press It was like a slap in the face to Cuban Catholics when Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Archbishop of Genoa, visited the “island prison” known as Cuba, Oct. 3-10, during which time he had an interview of two hours with the communist dictator Fidel Castro. Adding… Read More

Castro has Parkinson’s disease, CIA has concluded

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Posted on Wed, Nov. 16, 2005 CUBA Two officials said the CIA is convinced that Cuban leader Fidel Castro suffers from Parkinson’s disease. The agency has made a point of alerting U.S. policymakers. BY PABLO BACHELET AND FRANCES ROBLES .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //=… Read More

Cuba’s “Revolutionary Socialism” works great…...

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Cuba’s “Revolutionary Socialism” works great for the very few at the top. Of this you can be sure.  The big bosses, including the “supreme” boss himself, live the good life; plenty of gourmet food, servants, great wine, fine lodgings (with back up generators for the… Read More

Creighton University School of Law takes $750,000 from pro-Embargo USAID - Administrator gives US ta

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BY FRANCES ROBLES | Miami Herald A Nebraska law school has won a $750,000 federal grant to tackle what’s likely to be a thorny issue in Cuba policy: once Fidel Castro is gone, what will be done with the thousands of properties he confiscated from Americans 45 years ago? The Creighton University… Read More

Operation Pedro Pan

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

BY HEDY WEISS Theater Critic | Sun Times Fidel Castro has ruled the roost in Cuba for nearly a half-century. And if nothing else, his domination of that island has triggered the imaginations of several generations of artists—many of them born in Cuba, but most of them living in some form of exile… Read More

Russia urges US to lift Cuban Embargo

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http://www.interfax.ru Russia has urged the United States to lift its economic blockade of Cuba and normalize its relations with that country, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement after the participants in the 60th UN General Assembly session passed a resolution on the U.S. blockade. The… Read More

Bush Administration to throw more lip service at Cuba Transition

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BY PABLO BACHELET | Knight Ridder Newspapers Four new Bush administration appointments to positions that affect U.S. policy on Cuba, plus a pledge to restart a presidential commission on the island’s future, are stoking hopes among some Cuban-Americans for a further tightening of sanctions on Havana.… Read More

Iowa corn purchased by Cuba

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Iowa corn purchased by Cuba 11/13/2005 JOHNSTON - Cuba, now a significant market for U.S. corn, is nearing a new purchasing milestone, according to representatives of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. Gary Woodley, from the ICPB’s grain trade committee, and Don Mason, ICPB staff, said FCStone,… Read More

34 from Cuban family returned to island

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The Cuban migrants held on a Coast Guard cutter after their boat capsized a week ago, drowning two women, were returned to Cuba Friday. 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))+";";… Read More

Cuban scientist barred from receiving U.S. prize

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Verez-Bencomo has developed low-cost vaccine for meningitis, pneumonia Updated: 3:24 a.m. ET Nov. 12, 2005 Associated Press HAVANA - A Cuban scientist who helped develop a low-cost synthetic vaccine that prevents meningitis and pneumonia in small children says he was offended the U.S. government denied… Read More

Cuba trade dispute snags talks on US transport bill

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Thu Nov 10, 7:51 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Final negotiations between the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on a bill to fund the Transportation and Treasury Departments snagged on Thursday over food sales to Cuba. Read More

U.S. Companies Sell $259 Million of Goods to Cuba

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U.S. Companies Sell $259 Million of Goods to Cuba By VANESSA ARRINGTON, Associated Press Writer Fri Nov 11, 5:03 PM ET Read More

79 migrants repatriated to Cuba

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Sun-Sentinel.com November 11, 2005, 2:19 PM EST The U.S. Coast Guard repatriated 79 cuban migrants on Friday. The migrants were taken to Bahia de Cabanas on board cutter Metompkin, arriving at about 10:50 a.m., according to the Coast Guard. Among the 79 were 34 Cuban migrants rescued on Nov. 5 from a… Read More

Migrants’ relatives call on president to free 33 Cubans

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The scene played out Thursday as it has for a decade in South Florida: Protesters calling on the president to set free Cuban migrants held by U.S. officials on the high seas, lawyers feverishly filing motions in Miami federal court, carnations tossed into turquoise waters amid prayers for divine intervention. Read More

Cuba: UN Vote Against US Trade Embargo A ‘Blow’ To US

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HAVANA (AP)—Cuba called the U.N. General Assembly vote urging the U.S. to end its long-standing trade embargo against the island “a political blow” for Washington in state-run media Wednesday. Read More

In anticapitalist crackdown, Cuba raids farmers’ market

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By Marc Frank | Reuters The Cuban government has launched a campaign against produce traders at the country’s only private markets as part of a larger effort to rein in capitalist tendencies. Police and inspectors raided markets in Havana this week, shutting them down while they checked papers… Read More

One Wrong X One Wrong = One Right:  The Neocon’s Legacy

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In one of the most supreme acts of hypocrisy and duplicity in recent memory—and very apparent to all in Cuba and Latin America— the Bush administration, in effect, is vociferously arguing that the United Nations charter prohibiting torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners (CAT) may not… Read More

“Ambassador” John Bolton calls UN Cuba Embargo vote “irrelevant”

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Bloomberg The United Nations General Assembly voted for the 14th consecutive year to call for an end to the 43- year-old U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, drawing a rebuke from John Bolton, the new U.S. envoy to the world body. “This is a complete exercise in irrelevancy,’’ Ambassador… Read More

UN casts record vote against US embargo on Cuba

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Nearly every country in the U.N. General Assembly told the United States on Tuesday to lift its four-decade old economic embargo against Cuba in a record vote of 182 to 4 with 1 abstention. Read More

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DYING TO GET HERE….WHEN WILL IT END?

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2 Cuban migrants drown Two Cuban women drowned in an alleged smuggling attempt off Key West as a Coast Guard crew was attempting a rescue. The Associated Press Two Cuban women died when they were trapped underneath a boat that capsized during a suspected migrant smuggling operation in the Florida Straits,… Read More

Two Cuban migrants die in alleged smuggling attempt off Key West

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Associated Press November 7, 2005, 7:10 AM EST MIAMI—A speedboat carrying 37 suspected migrants capsized off Key West, killing two Cuban women whose bodies were found trapped under the boat, the U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday. After the boat was spotted Saturday, a Coast Guard rescue boat was sent… Read More

Why they hate US

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Latin Americans, traditionally polite, conservative and family oriented have largely come to hate the United States of America.  But let us be clear, they hate our government and its policies, not necessarily we the people. George W. Bush has come to epitomize the reasons for this hatred: … Read More

Trade With Cuba Steadily Rising

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Quote: “This embargo policy has been in place for more than 40 years and we haven’t really achieved anything with it. What it has created is a great deal of misery, mistrust and ignorance.” Tony Martinez Washington lawyer and business consultant Read More

Group of Cuban migrants intercepted in Dry Tortugas

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Twelve illegal Cuban migrants were caught by authorities Friday after reaching an island in the Dry Tortugas, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Read More

2003: Notes from U.N. debate on Cuba Embargo/Blockade

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The following notes are from Document A/58/PV.54 of the United Nations General Assembly on November 4, 2003.  It is available for reading at their website. A new vote will take place in four days [11/08/2005]. Read More

Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque expects another world vote against US Embargo

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By ANITA SNOW | The Associated Press Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said Wednesday he expected an “Olympic record’’ style victory next week when the U.N. General Assembly votes on an annual resolution to condemn the four-decade- old U.S. embargo on his communist-run country.… Read More

Lula party fights Cuba cash claim

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Opening in US Cuba Relations?

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http://www.scoop.co.nz In an almost unprecedented move on October 28, Cuba publicly agreed to allow three USAID officials to visit the island to assess the recent heavy damage inflicted by Hurricane Wilma. While Cuba’s Fidel Castro has asserted that this action in no way constitutes an… Read More

US withdraws offer to send hurricane team to Cuba

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By Sue Pleming | Reuters The United States on Wednesday effectively withdrew an offer to send a U.S. team to longtime foe Cuba to assess damage from Hurricane Wilma, saying President Fidel Castro had politicized the mission. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the United States would still… Read More

“The Day After” Fidel Castro dies

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By Guy Dinmore in Washington | Financial Times US planning for Cuba’s “transition” after the demise of Fidel Castro has entered a new stage, with a special office for reconstruction inside the US State Department preparing for the “day after”, when Washington will try to… Read More

Verdict to stand for five Cuban spies

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Miami’s Cuban spy case has taken another turn in the U.S. Court of Appeals, with a ruling reinstating the original convictions. A final ruling may take months. Read More

11 Cuban singers defect

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Cuba’s National Choir is 11 members short: they defected last week in Canada. Read More

Like begets like?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

It is a great irony that south Florida, post hurricane Wilma, is now living the life that most Cubans have known for the last forty years:  Power outages, uncertain water supplies, lack of basic services, stores with empty shelves � a life of scrambling for the basics of existence. While no sane… Read More

More Cubans leaving for U.S.

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The latest figures from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Border Patrol show a sharp increase in the number of Cubans leaving their country. Read More

When Idols Rule

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

The problem with authoritarian and despotic leaders is that eventually all become dependent on their good graces; nepotism, cronyism, brown-nosing and arse-kissing become the order of the day.  Dissenting voices lose all position, and reasoned debate—looking at all sides of an issue—is… Read More

After Fidel - What will Raul Castro do after Fidel?

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BY MARIFELI PEREZ-STABLE | Miami Herald We’ll be talking about him long after he’s gone. He doesn’t know when to let go and we, in turn, can’t let go of him. I try my darnest not to mention him—that’s really the most stinging dart—but, sometimes, Fidel Castro… Read More

US offers three aid workers to Cuba to help recover from Hurricane Wilma

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By GEORGE GEDDA | ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER In a rare show of cooperation, Cuba will allow three American aid officials to make an onsite assessment of damage from Hurricane Wilma, the State Department said Thursday. Cuba has routinely turned down American offers of assistance during disasters over the… Read More

Ladies in White Share Sakharov Prize

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Patricia Grogg HAVANA, Oct 26 (IPS) Read More

CONDITIONS IN CUBA AS REVEALED BY THE CENSUS ... the 1909 census

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

This article was scanned from National Geographic February 1909 BY HENRY GANNETT IN the autumn of 1907 a census of the population of Cuba was taken. The primary purpose of this census was to obtain, by means of non-partisan machinery, a list of the persons. qualified to vote, to serve as a basis for… Read More

Family reunion is political affair

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Cuban war vet faces a new battle - the right to see his family Read More

Two charged in Cuban smuggling attempt that killed boy

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Two charged in Cuban smuggling attempt that killed boy Read More

RFK and the Cuba Travel Ban in ‘63

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ROBERT F. KENNEDY URGED LIFTING TRAVEL BAN TO CUBA IN ‘63 Attorney General cited inconsistency “with traditional American liberties” State Department overruled RFK proposal to withdraw prohibitions on travel Read More

How Congress works ... or the only way to keep the Embargo alive

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LAWG email update Well, the news is not good. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), at about 3:30 this afternoon, withdrew his Cuba travel amendment. He withdrew it because of a procedural maneuver on the part of the anti-engagement forces. Senator John Ensign (R-NV), at the very last moment, offered what is… Read More

US Cuba Travel Policies Hurt Families, says Human Rights Watch group

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By Gary Marx | Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent A prominent human-rights group Wednesday urged the Bush administration and the Cuban government to lift restrictions on travel that have divided Cuban families and caused “immeasurable” hardship. In a 69-page report, Human Rights Watch… Read More

Cuban ferry hijackers families testify to Human Rights Commission

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Miami Herald Relatives of three Cuban men executed in 2003 for attempting to hijack a boat offered a teary video testimony before an OAS panel. BY PABLO BACHELET The relatives of three young Cuban men who were summarily tried and executed in 2003 for attempting to hijack a small boat testified Monday… Read More

Cuba hails condemnation by summit of `blockade’

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The Cuban government called last weekend’s Iberoamerican Summit, with its call to lift the U.S. ‘blockade’ of the island nation a success. Read More

IberoAmerican countries call for end of US Cuba embargo

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By CIARAN GILES | Associated Press Writer Leaders of the world’s Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries demanded on Saturday that the United States abide by U.N. resolutions to end its “blockade” against Cuba, in a resolution that earlier drew criticism from the U.S. government.… Read More

Will there be another Red Scare for the Socialist?

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To the US the newest treat are the leftist or Socialist Countries in the Americas especially in Latin America. Is President Bush War on Terrorist actually War against leftist governments? Are we going to be fight new wars in Latin American with leftist government being the terrorist in Latin America… Read More

Cuban ‘blockade’? U.S. objects to word

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U.S. diplomats protested the wording of a resolution that called for the United States to end the ‘blockade’ of Cuba. Read More

Migrants win freedom, lose son

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A Cuban couple who survived a migrant-smuggling trip to the United States are allowed to stay but have little to celebrate as they prepare for the funeral of their son, who died en route. Read More

Is Latin America turning to left like Cuba did?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Cuba was one of the first Socialist Countries in Latin America. Now, these days they are more and more Latin America Socialist Countries. Is Cuba winning the War agianst the U.S? And is America losting the battle agianst the socialist not only in Latin America but the world? Leftists took eight of the… Read More

The Big pay Back

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In the eventually that Democrats take back florida in GOP and state and perhap the Senate one day. Will there be a The Big Pay Back for Cuban American in Florida the majority of whom have been solidly Republian for years because the Fidel Castro. Now. will Cuban face retiliation for years of Republian… Read More

End the Cuba travel Embargo - Latin America Working Group

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LAWG.org subscriber email text: The Transportation-Treasury Appropriations bill, the usual vehicle for Cuba amendments, is anticipated to come to the Senate floor for consideration Monday October 17.  Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) plans to offer an amendment to prohibit funding to the Treasury Department… Read More

The future of Cuba from Czech Republic author - opinion

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By Vladimr BenČek | Prague Post Contrary to the reputation of strained relations between the Czech Republic and Cuba, Czech export figures to the communist nation confirm an accelerated growth that started in 2002. An estimated $16 million (396 million Kč) in exports this year could be the… Read More

Cuban revolution fighter Armelio Ferras Pellicer dies in Havana

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AP Armelio Ferras Pellicer, one of dozens who participated in the attack on a military barracks more than a half-century ago that launched Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution, has died, official media reported Thursday. He was 82. The Communist Party daily Granma reported Ferras Pellicer died in Havana… Read More

Sun Sentinel editorial review on Michael Parmly

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board ISSUE: The new U.S. diplomat in Havana strikes a different tune. A “less controversial climate” would be a nice change of pace. It’s in the best interests of U.S. policy for Washington’s latest man in Havana to show tact and diplomacy.… Read More

6-year-old dies when suspected migrant smuggling boat capsizes

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MIAMI The Coast Guard on Thursday said a 6-year-old boy died when he was trapped beneath an overturned go-fast boat suspected of smuggling him and other migrants into the country from Cuba. Read More

Is Castro bad for Cuba but good for hispanics

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Fidel Castro has been in power in Cuba for 47 years. He changed his Country from Capitalist country to Socialist or Marxist-Lennist Country. And He with Che Guevara want to spread social revolution to Latin America and the Carribean. They say that the US Embargo has prevented Cuba from coming a powerful… Read More

Is Castro a De Castros Jew?

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It know big secret that the Castro is a Sephardic Jewish name Castrojeriz in Northern Castile, the home of one of the earliest Jewish communities in Spain. Castrojeriz in Northern Castile. The home of one of the earliest Jewish communities in Spain. Castrojeriz in Northern Castile, the home of one of… Read More

Chavez and Castro to attend 15th Iberoamerican Summit in Spain

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CNN The Spanish government is preparing itself for a rare appearance by Cuban leader Fidel Castro at a summit here this week. Castro, 79, who rarely travels any great distances, has been invited to the 15th Iberoamerican Summit in the western city of Salamanca on October 14-15 along with leaders and… Read More

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen continues to probe Swiss bank UBS for possible money laundering

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BY PABLO BACHELET | Knight Ridder Newspapers A House subcommittee will investigate Cuba and Iran’s dealings with the Swiss banking giant UBS in search of possible money laundering, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said Friday. The Cuban-American Republican made the announcement after a meeting Thursday… Read More

Cuban dissident Raul Rivero held at Miami International Airport, misses event

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Raul Rivero was delayed by authorities for hours after arriving at Miami International Airport from Europe Sunday afternoon. MIAMI AIRPORT BY MONICA HATCHER | Miami Herald Raul Rivero, a prominent Cuban dissident, journalist and poet recently freed from jail on the communist island, was held for hours… Read More

Afro-Cuban after Castro?

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What will be the future for that 62% of Mullatoes and 11% for pure African they call Afro-Cubans. Alot of Afro-Cubans have supported Fidel Castro for decades and with the promise of greater freedom and racial equality on the Castro governmemt. Some Afro-Cubans would say they have made greater improvements… Read More

Most Cuban balseros rafters since 1994

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Sun Herald The U.S. Coast Guard returned to Cuba 34 migrants picked up last week, bringing the number of Cubans stopped at sea this year to more than 2,000—the largest number in any year since the rafter exodus in 1994. The migrants were rescued during four separate events last week, according… Read More

Pro-Castro editorial

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

GlobalPolitician.com | Dawne Hendrix Original title - Rewriting History: In defense of Fidel Castro Fidel Castro is one of the most controversial figures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. When history books write about his leadership, he will in no doubt be cast as a villainous autocrat who… Read More

Felipe PÈrez Roque in Canada speaks about future of US Cuba relations

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By Jim Creskey | EmbassyMag.ca Cuba’s Foreign Minister, Felipe Perez Roque, on the U.S. embargo, Castro’s succession, the OAS, Hugo Chavez and human rights. “The blockade of Cuba,” says Felipe Perez Roque, Cuba’s Foreign Minister, is the longest in history—45 years… Read More

A day in the life of Oswaldo Paya

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By Ruth Morris | Sun Sentinel Men with binoculars have appeared on a balcony across from his church. Unscrewing a phone jack, he finds a bugging device. His creaky old bicycle goes missing—three times. A leading Cuban dissident, Oswaldo Pay lives in a world populated by not-so-secret agents, seemingly… Read More

Oriente newspaper of Cuba in circulation in 1938

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Text scanned from 1938 Space Buyers’ Guide of Cuba listing print media in circulation at the time. For years Oriente province waited for a newspaper that would give the public absolutely unbiased news - a newspaper free from political ties and that would be directed by a straight -forward editorial… Read More

La Correspondencia newspaper from Cuba 1938

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Text scanned from 1938 Space Buyers’ Guide of Cuba listing print media in circulation at the time. La Correspondencia Cienfuegos, Cuba founded in 1898 Oldest Provincial Paper in the Island “La Correspondencia” has established a splendid record by maintaining its wide circulation for… Read More

Diario de Cuba - Santiago de Cuba’s home town newspaper

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Text scanned from 1938 Space Buyers’ Guide of Cuba listing print media in circulation at the time. “HOME TOWN” Two words with a world of meaning behind them! How many people in Chicago buy a Washington paper to get the latest news? The situation in Cuba affords a good parallel. Havana… Read More

Six of 10 Cubans sent home

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Six of the 10 Cubans apprehended off Haulover Beach last week were returned to Cuba on Friday. The other four were bound for Guantnamo, but they are unlikely to gain political asylum. Read More

For Cuban dissident, humor is fleeting amid prying eyes

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Men with binoculars have appeared on a balcony across from his church. Unscrewing a phone jack, he finds a bugging device. His creaky old bicycle goes missing—three times. Read More

The Havana Post from 1938

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Text scanned from 1938 Space Buyers’ Guide of Cuba listing print media in circulation at the time. THE HAVANA POST, Cuba’s only English Language Newspaper, now in its FORTIETH YEAR of continuous publication, covers not only the entire English Language field, but is read by the cream of the… Read More

Venezuela Ambassador to US Bernardo Alvarez Herrera speaks to the Posada case

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Cynical double standard at work: USA fighting an “a la carte” war on terror The Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. has issued a statement from Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez Herrera stating that Luis Posada Carriles is the ‘Osama Bin Laden’ of Latin America ... a terrorist ...… Read More

60 Minutes: Elian Gonzalez calls Castro a ‘friend’

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—Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban boy at the center of an international custody battle five years ago, said in a new television interview that Cuban President Fidel Castro is his friend, but also that he hopes someday to see his family in Miami again. Read More

U.S. says Cuba not trying to halt migrants

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IMMIGRATIONCuba refuses to engage in dialogue over the 1995 migration accords, the U.S. State Department said, claiming the Castro regime uses the accords `for political gain.’   Read More

Justice thwarted : The Posada affair - Opinion

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Bombing mastermind Posada escapes extradition John R. Bomar - Independent .(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_44UzH251G0').innerHTML… Read More

Prosecutors ask 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear Cuban spy case

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By Curt Anderson The Associated Press Posted September 28 2005, 6:02 PM EDT MIAMI—Federal prosecutors asked the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider the case of five suspected Cuban spies whose convictions and sentences were tossed out last month by a three-judge panel of the court.… Read More

The US is all about freedom ... unless of course you want to travel to Cuba

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters Original title: Communist Cuba says US “economic war” hurting The intensified U.S. “economic war” on Cuba has meant more fines for Americans visiting the Communist-run island and foreign firms doing business there, a Cuban government report said on… Read More

James Cason’s diplomacy in Cuba - Pro and con debate

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By FRANCES ROBLES | Miami Herald Corporal Cason wears a pink robe and with a swing of his magic wand—poof!—the cartoon character converts one of Cuba’s free medical clinics into a private hospital adorned with Mastercard logos. The character in the comic strip Transition Man is the… Read More

Posada may dodge the bullet - no extradition to Venezuela

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Judge hints Posada will stay in U.S. BY OSCAR CORRAL | Miami Herald An immigration judge in El Paso hinted strongly Monday that Cuban exile militant Luis Posada Carriles would be allowed to stay in detention in the United States, said Matthew Archambeault, a lawyer for Posada. On the last day of Posada’s… Read More

Venezuela added to US list of human trafficking violators along with Cuba

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http://usinfo.state.gov U.S. To Deny Aid to Five Countries Under Anti-Trafficking Act Burma, Cambodia, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela still allow human trafficking By Jane Morse Washington File Staff Writer The White House has determined Burma, Cambodia, Cuba, the Democratic People’s Republic… Read More

Fate of 10 Cubans interdicted at sea remains in limbo

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IMMIGRATION BY JENNIFER MOONEY PIEDRA .(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_EFwmggBz35').innerHTML = output;… Read More

Marisol Gari released from US custody

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BY LUISA YANEZ | Miami Herald An Orlando woman convicted of spying for the Cuban government and recently detained for possible deportation to Cuba, was suddenly released Monday by immigration officials and allowed to return home, her Miami attorney said. Marisol Gari, 46, had been linked to the infamous… Read More

The self proclaimed celebrity James Cason

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

by Duncan Currie | Weekly Standard FIDEL CASTRO is not known for his subtlety. So when Cuba’s state-run TV dove headfirst into the comic-satire pool last winter, the results were predictably ham-fisted. A brief cartoon introduced Cubans to “Transition Man,” a quirky-looking bloke in… Read More

It’s Just The Kids, Inc. to build four playgrounds in Havana

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Press Release Hardly anyone receives permission to travel here for any purpose, but on September 24, two 30-passenger aircraft will leave Miami International Airport in Florida with over 50 enthusiastic volunteers to travel to the island of Cuba to participate in a project whose goal is to build four… Read More

A bittersweet scene for Cubans’ kin

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Relatives of some of the 10 Cubans apprehended at sea by immigration authorities were less than optimistic that their loved ones would be allowed to stay in the United States. Read More

A migrant drama in public eye

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A South Florida audience watched 10 Cuban men fight with federal authorities live on TV before they were stopped short of reaching U.S. soil. Read More

Cubans fight to reach Haulover Beach

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Ten believed-to-be Cubans aboard a homemade vessel resembling a large wooden bathtub with an engine and an orange sail fought the U.S. Coast Guard as they tried to reach land throughout the morning and early afternoon Friday, about three miles west of Haulover Beach. At about 12:15 p.m., a boat labeled… Read More

Coast Guard says more Cubans are taking to sea

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About 25 Cuban nationals landed at the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne on Friday Read More

Who has what to hide about Luis Posada Carilles?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Posada was charged in Venezuela in the 1976 Cuban jetliner bombing that killed 73 people. By delaying extradition it looks as if the Bush Administration is desperate to keep right-wing secrets. Tom Crumpacker Luis Posada’s immigration case is now set for hearing before a Homeland Security judge… Read More

Refugee influx grows, 227 Cubans find refuge in the Florida Keys in the last 6 days

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The U.S. Coast Guard can barely keep up with the number of Cuban refugees trying to make it to the Keys. Read More

Posada may escape extradition to Venezuela - Opinion

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Posada holds information too embarrassing for U.S.? John Bomar/Independent If, as it now appears, Luis Posada Carriles escapes extradition to Venezuela, which supplies fifteen percent of U.S. oil,  then we had all better plan on $3.00/gallon gas for a long time.  Posada, working out… Read More

Martinez: Cuban aid should be welcomed

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Posted on Thu, Sep. 08, 2005 Sen. Mel Martinez said he was ‘grateful’ for Cuba’s offer to send doctors to assist in the Katrina relief effort, though the Bush administration has not responded to the offer. BY PABLO BACHELET .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //=… Read More

Posada’s lawyers maneuver to avoid Venezuela extradition

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS An anti-Castro militant accused of illegally entering the United States withdrew his request for asylum on Wednesday. The militant, Luis Posada Carriles, says he will be mistreated if he is returned to Venezuela to face charges that while in the capital, Caracas, he plotted the 1976… Read More

Heat Is On to Tackle Cuba’s Power Crisis

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Los Angeles Times: September 3, 2005 Faced with sporadic unrest prompted by blackouts in the sweltering summer, Castro pledges to update the antiquated system. By Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer Read More

Maybe Cuba doesn’t have a bioweapons program ?

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U.S. backs away from claims that Cuba has bioweapons program By Warren P. Strobel | Knight Ridder Newspapers The Bush administration backed away Tuesday from claims that Cuba has an offensive biological weapons effort, acknowledging in a report to Congress that “there is a split view” among… Read More

Posada decries “persecution” by Castro

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Luis Posada Carriles told an immigration court the Cuban regime is persecuting him and denied admitting he masterminded bombings in Cuba in 1997. BY ALFONSO CHARDY Cuban exile militant Luis Posada Carriles took the witness stand here Tuesday and said he is seeking asylum because Cuban leader Fidel Castro… Read More

Reuters calls Posada “Ex-CIA operative” not a terrorist - SHAME

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Ex-CIA operative won’t be sent back to Havana REUTERS EL PASO, Texas—A U.S. immigration judge ruled yesterday that if an asylum-seeking former CIA operative from Cuba is deported, he would be sent to Venezuela—where he has been charged in connection with the 1976 bombing of a Cuban… Read More

Venezula and Latin America turning left and away from United States

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by Arnaud de Borchgrave | UPI editor at large At 79, Fidel Castro has outlasted 10 U.S. presidents, outfoxed 15 directors of Central Intelligence, defeated a U.S.-organized invasion by Cuban exiles, survived eight U.S. assassination attempts, the Cuban missile crisis, a 45-year-long U.S. embargo and… Read More

Shortages, high prices plague Cuba since U.S. embargo

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August 25, 2005 By Bruce Edwards, Rutland Herald Read More

Luis Posada Carriles may be Venezuela-bound

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The U.S. government has agreed that Cuban exile militant Luis Posada Carriles be deported to Venezuela if he loses his plea for asylum and other protections. BY ALFONSO CHARDY | Miami Herald A federal immigration judge on Monday said he will order Luis Posada Carriles deported to Venezuela if he denies… Read More

Why Pat Robertson’s Statements Help Hugo Chavez

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The Venezuelan President has long thrived on criticism from the U.S. By TIM PADGETT - Time Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has a new best friend this morning: television evangelist Pat Robertson. With his astonishing call for the left-wing leader’s assassination last nightó“I think… Read More

Pat Robertson’s gaff - opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

SO IF YOU wanted to have the leader of a foreign government assassinated in the interest of truth, justice, and the American Way, or maybe just out of pure personal irritation, how would you go about arranging it? Have a quiet t�te-�-t�te with a representative of the CIA? (Aren’t assassinations… Read More

Energy shortage in Cuba causes discontent - something more?

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Miami Herald | Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin America Advisor Question: Cuban President Fidel Castro celebrated his 79th birthday on August 13 under a cloud of growing social discontent, including frustration with lengthy power blackouts. Do you see discontent with economic hardship growing into… Read More

Cuba’s Ganji

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New York Sun Editorial August 22, 2005 Read More

Pat Robertson would have U.S. assassinate Chavez

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The Associated Press Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested on-air that American operatives assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to stop his country from becoming “a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism.” “We have the ability to take him out,… Read More

Chvez Castro bond - “Cuba is not alone”

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BY VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press In his fourth visit to Cuba in nine months, Venezuelan President Hugo Chvez held his six-hour call-in show in Cuba alongside Fidel Castro and blasted ‘‘U.S. imperialism’’ as the greatest global threat. Venezuelan President Hugo Chvez criticized… Read More

Chavez slams U.S. in talk show with Castro

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In his fourth visit to Cuba in nine months, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez held his six-hour call-in show in Cuba alongside Fidel Castro and blasted ‘‘U.S. imperialism’’ as the greatest global threat. BY VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press - Miami Herald Venezuelan President… Read More

Cuba Today

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BY TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News At the risk of being devoured by sharks, Juan Carlos is secretly preparing to escape Cuba by boat. “I’ve had enough,” said the 32-year-old cook, who earns less than $15 a month. “When I get home from work, there’s no electricity,… Read More

Ashland Oregon resident story of her trip to Cuba with Pastors For Peace

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Robert Plain | Ashland Daily Tidings Jane Palmieri, a nursing student at Southern Oregon University, says she is definitely going back to Cuba. In fact, since her trip there with five other Ashlanders and the Pastors for Peace humanitarian mission last month, she has decided to attend medical school… Read More

Radio Marti - useless?

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BY FRANCES ROBLES | Miami Herald The blimps that carry the TV Mart signal to Havana ruptured last month. The result: less programming than usual. The ‘‘Fat Albert’’ blimps that broadcast TV Mart to Cuba and scanned the Florida Straits for drug smugglers are skinny now, ruptured… Read More

Cuba confiscates land where protest held

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By VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press Writer The Cuban government has confiscated the land where an unprecedented gathering of Cuban dissidents took place earlier this year, an activist said Friday. Felix Bonne and his wife, who hosted the gathering on a lot next to their home, received a letter Thursday… Read More

Pastors for Peace leader returns to Cuba, speaks against U.S. policies

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Pastors for Peace members threatened with heavy fines for traveling to Cuba BY JAVIER RODRIGUEZ—Granma International THE leader of the organization Pastors for Peace, Lucius Walker, affirmed this Thursday that his group’s solidarity with Cuba was never stronger, as is its determination to… Read More

Unidentified disease hits Santiago de Cuba - food poisoning or dengue?

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Province of Santiago de Cuba hit by unidentified virus Ivonne Gomez | APLO / [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org)[/url] - Special rooms have been set up in the Ambrosio Grillo y Cl�nico Quir�rgico hospitals to handle patients suffering from an outbreak of vomiting… Read More

In Castro’s Cuba, its ‘Happy Birthday’—or else.  Opinion

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By KATHLEEN PARKER Ask 1,000 people when President George W. Bush’s birthday is, and 999 probably will shrug. Ask 1,000 Cubans when President Fidel Castro’s birthday is, and most likely 999 will know. Just one of the small and delightful differences between a free country and a communist… Read More

Granma concocts false history

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BY CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER [url=http://www.firmaspress.com]http://www.firmaspress.com[/url] Granma, the official organ of the Communist Party of Cuba, has stepped up its old and tired campaign of slander against me. On Aug. 2, in its Internet edition and later in its printed weekly… Read More

Humberto Fontova talks about the current state and future of Cuba

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GlobalPolitician.com Interview with Author Humberto Fontova by Ryan Mauro Humberto Fontova was born in Havana, Cuba in 1954, arrived with his family in New Orleans in 1961 while his father was held as a political prisoner. He is the author of “The Helldiver’s Rodeo” (chosen by the Publisher’s… Read More

Bay of Pigs US invades Cuba failure on many levels

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BY CAROL ROSENBERG | Miami Herald Five months before the Bay of Pigs invasion, the CIA task force plotting to overthrow Fidel Castro concluded that the invasion was ‘‘unachievable’’ as a covert paramilitary operation, according to a newly discovered unclassified document. Indeed,… Read More

Bay of Pigs secrets - opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

OUR OPINION: GOVERNMENT SHOULD RELEASE CIA HISTORY OF INVASION Even in Washington, where official secrecy is a handy way to cover up mistakes and embarrassments, it’s hard to believe that bureaucrats still are sitting on most of the CIA’s own history of the Bay of Pigs. One of four volumes… Read More

Blackout generates crisis

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BY FRANCES ROBLES | Miami Herald Cuba’s government has a solution to the electricity shortages that some experts say might threaten the government’s very existence: energy-saving light bulbs. Facing repeated blackouts that last 12 hours or longer, the government has been scrambling to find… Read More

Cuba: No dissent allowed

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Public Statement 9 August 2005 Read More

Weinglass: Cuban Five Owed Apology

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Havana, Aug 10 (PL) Defense council Leonard Weinglass stressed Wednesday that yesterdays overthrow of the Miami court decision which unfairly jailed five Cubans was a major victory and that they deserve an apology. Read More

Cuba calls on U.S. to release espionage suspects

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Parliament Speaker Ricardo Alarcon called on the U.S. government to release five accused Cuban spies serving long prison terms after a federal appeals court threw out their convictions and sentences. Read More

Jailed in Cuba For Ten Years

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Monday, August 8, 2005 caymannetnews.com Read More

Cuban Five get new trials after Miami-Dade County deemed inappropriate venue

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A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected the criminal convictions and sentences of five men accused of spying for the Cuban government, ruling that their 2001 trial in Miami was not fair because of a strong anti-Castro sentiment in community. By Ihosvani Rodriguez sun-sentinel.com Posted August 9… Read More

Oswaldo Paya defines National Dialogue - by Oswaldo Paya

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BY OSWALDO PAYA | Miami Herald opinion HAVANA—There are many myths about Cuba and speculation about its future. Yet its people have not had a chance to express themselves freely—and now, for the first time in many years, citizens have to opportunity to offer their opinions about a democratic… Read More

Former Russian official comments on post-Castro Cuba transition

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BY FRANCES ROBLES | Miami Herald Egor Gaydar has some advice for the hundreds of social scientists, lawyers and economists considering Cuba’s post-Castro future. Watch out. ‘‘It’s not an easy job. It will be a big mess,’’ Gaydar said. “You can make a lesser mess… Read More

Fidel Castro July 26 speech - observation

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By Mike Williams | Cox News Service It was part pep rally, part solemn tribute to fallen heroes, part State of the Union address. It was all slick political theater, masterfully stage-managed by Fidel Castro, the man who changed Cuban history and clearly revels in his role as an outsize player on the… Read More

‘Last throes’ only in eye of delusional Bush - opinion

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By Wayne S. Smith August 6, 2005 The Bush administration assures us that the insurgency in Iraq is in its last throes, even as the attacks increase and casualties climb. It also assures us that the Castro regime is in its last throes, thanks to the new measures against it put forward by the President’s… Read More

Cuban hotel bomber interviewed in prison

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Bomber initially thought task was `heroic mission’ Jim DeFede Former Miami Herald columnist As he explains precisely how he planted a string of bombs at hotels around the Cuban capital in the summer of 1997, Raul Ernesto Cruz Leon mentions the Hotel Nacional. The Nacional? “Nacional, si,… Read More

Wife of political prisoner Dr. Oscar Biscet speaks out

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HUMAN RIGHTS Cuba’s fearless professionals BY ELSA MOREJON HERNANDEZ HAVANA—On June 25, the daily Granma published the article Philosophers and social scientists who support Cuba about the Conference of Philosophers and Social Scientists of Cuba and the United States, which had ended the… Read More

1,524 Cubans interdicted since Jan. 1

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More Cuban migrants—1,524—have been stopped at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard so far this year than during any of the last 10 years. Read More

America seeks to accelerate end of Castro’s regime with new post

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By Harry Mount in New York The 46-year stand-off between Cuba and America has taken a turn for the worse after Washington appointed a “transition co-ordinator” to hasten the downfall of President Fidel Castro. Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, chose Caleb McCarry to “accelerate… Read More

Cuba: Oscar Mario Gonzlez PÈrez faces up to 20 years in prison under Law 88

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Reporters sans frontires 28 July 2005 [url=http://www.rsf.org]http://www.rsf.org[/url] Read More

Hidalgo Reynosa bridge site of Pastors for Peace return from Cuba

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Media release 130 US residents are bracing themselves to face US enforcement agents - even the possibility of arrests -when they return from Cuba and re-enter the US with the 16th Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan. They will be crossing the International Bridge from Reynosa, Mexico into Hidalgo,Texas… Read More

Electricity update in Cuba

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It’s almost midnight on a weeknight, and hundreds of Cubans from across the city are sitting on Havana’s long, curving seawall under the full moon, their only source of light during yet another wave of power blackouts plaguing Cuba this summer. Even when a hurricane isn’t raking the… Read More

Max Baucus - defender of the constitution - Opinion

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The story of Max Baucus and his battle with the Treasury Department reminds me of the words of Jim Garrison in his interview in 1967, in which he discusses the issue of real power in the U.S. government.  He was the one, remember, who first uncovered and announced publicly the extremist Cuban-exile/CIA/mafia… Read More

Castro’s revolution makes disciples of Cuba’s children

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BY Vanessa Bauz HAVANA BUREAU Posted July 30 2005 Read More

How long will Cubans struggle for “La Revolucion”

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By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan Boston Globe Cubans yesterday ended a three-day holiday marking the rebellion that culminated in the 1959 revolution with hardly any of the public fanfare or mass celebrations of previous years. The subdued atmosphere reflected a widespread malaise in the Communist nation, fed… Read More

Vicki Huddleston says US Cuba policy on wrong track - CubaNews.com

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By Larry Luxner | [url=http://www.CubaNews.com]http://www.CubaNews.com[/url] It was 1991, but Ambassador Vicki Huddleston remembers her first and only meeting with Fidel Castro like it was yesterday. “We had just signed a tripartite agreement with Cuba on Angola and Namibia,”… Read More

Folk healing in Cuba

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Vanessa Bauza | News Columnist   Emerito Rodriguez has never taken an aspirin for a headache or an antibiotic to fend off an infection. He has never had an X-ray or required surgery. And he is not being treated for high blood pressure, diabetes or any of the other ailments that might afflict a man… Read More

Castro implores struggling Cubans, have more faith

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Cubans skeptical amid economic, electricity woes By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Globe Staff Cubans yesterday ended a three-day holiday marking the rebellion that culminated in the 1959 revolution with hardly any of the public fanfare or mass celebrations of previous years. The subdued atmosphere reflected… Read More

Castro warns dissidents against ‘acts of treason’

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Cuban President Fidel Castro, on the 52nd anniversary of the start of his revolution, sternly warned his opponents on the island to simmer down or else. BY RENATO PEREZ AND NANCY SAN MARTIN In the darkest, bluntest warning to Cuban dissidents yet, Fidel Castro said Tuesday that ‘‘acts of… Read More

Empty boat reaches shore

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A group of Cuban migrants attempted to reach Key West near Smathers Beach Monday afternoon, but were apparently thwarted by the United States Coast Guard. Read More

Judge cites terror concerns, rules Posada must stay in jail

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Luis Posada Carriles must remain in detention at the Texas border city of El Paso after an immigration judge denied his request for release on bond. BY OSCAR CORRAL - Miami Herald El PASO—An immigration judge on Monday rejected a request by Luis Posada Carriles to be released on bond, ruling the… Read More

Waiting in Havana

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By WILL GRAVES | NaplesNews.com Vamos bien. The words, written in red, are plastered against a green backdrop with a profile of one of the world’s most famously infamous dictators facing them on countless billboards throughout Cuba’s capital city. “We’re doing well,” a vibrant,… Read More

POSADA CASE Posada used fake I.D. in 2000 trip

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Luis Posada Carriles was in Miami five years ago posing as a Salvadoran traveler, U.S. officials have learned. Read More

Ricardo Alarcon: “The Moment of Truth”

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by Jane Franklin | Zmag.org It has been said over and over again for a long time now. Firstly, they said it themselves - Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez - to the very Court which, as part of the macabre farce, sentenced them with perverse severity.… Read More

Posted on Sun, Jul. 24, 2005

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Cuban migrants spotted Sunday on island near Key Largo Read More

Posada’s lawyer claims lack of evidence

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Lawyers for Cuban exile militant Luis Posada Carriles asked a judge to throw out the government’s evidence against Posada, claiming it’s based on hearsay and media reports. BY ALFONSO CHARDY AND OSCAR CORRAL A lawyer for anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles is asking an immigration judge… Read More

Alarcon claims U.S. hypocricy on terrorism, defends Cuban Five

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The Posada case is the strongest evidence of the five Cubans’ innocence BY JEAN-GUY ALLARD THE strongest evidence of the innocence of the five Cubans imprisoned in the United States is that provided by the case of international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles and the way it has been dealt with,… Read More

State Department rejects UN finding on Cuban Five trial

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BY NANCY SAN MARTIN The State Department said Tuesday it would not accept a ‘‘ridiculous and perplexing decision’’ made by a United Nations panel last week, which ruled that the detention of five Cuban spies convicted in Miami was arbitrary and in violation of international law.… Read More

Max Baucus blocking Treasury nominees over Cuba Embargo

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By Jonathan Weisman Nominees’ Confirmation Held Up Over Rule on Agricultural Trade With Cuba Shipments of Montana peas to Cuba have not risen to headline status in Washington, but for a Treasury Department trying to rebuild its depleted ranks, they have become a serious matter. Sen. Max Baucus… Read More

Martha Beatriz Roque, Felix Bonne and Rene Gomez detained in Cuba

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By Vanessa Bauza | Sun-Sentinel Cuban authorities on Friday detained at least 20 opposition activists, including three prominent dissident leaders, who had organized a demonstration for the freedom of political prisoners, relatives and human rights monitors in Havana said. Also Friday, government supporters… Read More

Cuban system gains support in Venezuela

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Two polls showed Venezuelans’ support for Cuba’s form of socialist government is increasing but remains unpopular with the majority. Read More

U.S. - Cuban intelligence conference on JFK assassination

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JFK & The Cuban Connection Havana’s Spies Spill the Beans at Top-Level Conference! by Dick Russell Like Korea’s DMZ, the 90-mile strait that separates Havana from Miami is a place where the Cold War survives. This particular Cold War hotspot may have been the matrix for the conspiracy… Read More

Cuban humanitarian mission Barrio adentro

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A Venezuelan soldier registers a new patient at a Cuban humanitarian mission ‘Barrio adentro’ medical center inside of the military base of Fort Tiuna in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, June 15, 2005. Cuba’s communist government is expanding a humanitarian mission that has already sent… Read More

Cuban missle sites from JFK map

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This map of Cuba annotated by former U.S. President John F. Kennedy is displayed for the first time at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts, July 13, 2005. Former President Kennedy wrote ‘Missile Sites’ on the map and marked them with ‘X’s’ when he was first… Read More

EU: Caving to Cuba

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Peter Brookes Peter Brookes, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense, is a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation and a New York Post columnist. Read More

26 MIGRANTS REPATRIATED

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Press Release Date: July 12, 2005 Read More

COAST GUARD REPATRIATES 97 CUBAN MIGRANTS

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DATE: June 23, 2005 14:09:57 EST Office of Public Affairs U.S. Coast Guard Seventh District   Press Release Date: June 23, 2005 Read More

The Castro Obsession - New book about history of Cuba US relations

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By Eliseo Cardona | Sun Sentinel The Castro Obsession. Don Bohning. Potomac Books. $29.95. 307 pp. Cuban exile history is marked by the many scars of defeat, drama and tragedy. Take the outrageously high number of Cuban rafters who’ve lost their lives trying to cross the Florida Straits; the tainted… Read More

History of US interest in Cuba - with opinion

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by Salim Lamrani, La Sorbonne University, Paris The economic sanctions imposed on Cuba by the United States are unique in view of their longevity and of their complexity but they are consistent with the real objectives of the first world power. In order to show this, it is necessary to base this analysis… Read More

The “joy” of living in Cuba

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By Marc Frank | FT.com Record summer heat has combined with hurricanes, relentless power cuts, water shortages and crumbling housing to tax Cubans’ traditional patience with President Fidel Castro’s government and the strains caused by the US embargo. “I’ve never seen people talk… Read More

US Cuba Rugby game that never happened

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Unraveling the Cuban rugby mystery: One week after team returns, questions still lingering about what happened and why KEY WESTó Saturday will mark exactly two weeks from the date when the hopes and dreams of rugby players ó both American and Cuban ó were dashed for reasons still… Read More

Museum honors voyages of exiles

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Since Fidel Castro took power in 1959, more than one million Cubans have fled their homeland. Read More

Protests lead to arrests in Cuba

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At least 11 Havana residents were detained for participating in demonstrations deemed anti-government. Read More

Castro backers, dissidents clash in Havana

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A ceremony along Havana’s coastal highway commemorating a 1994 tugboat sinking turned into a shoving match between government supporters and dissidents. Read More

Terror is terror, whether it’s in London or Cuba - Opinion

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JIM DeFEDE | Miami Herald Bodies were still being pulled from the wreckage Thursday when U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen issued a statement condemning what she called the ‘‘barbaric’’ terrorist attack in London. But where was the congresswoman’s outrage when she came to the… Read More

Bush offers to deploy hurricane damage “assessment team” to Havana

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AFP The United States said Cuba had declined its offer of humanitarian assistance in the wake of Hurricane Dennis that killed at least 10 people on the communist-ruled island. Acting State Department spokesman Tom Casey said the US interests section in Havana informed the Cuban government on Sunday that… Read More

The electricity problem in Cuba

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By Mary Murray | NBC News Summer’s searing temperatures getting you down? Just be glad you don’t live in Cuba where daily blackouts make it about impossible to beat this year’s record heat. The island’s electric company began dimming the lights last month after it began rotating… Read More

The assassination of Alberto Coll (How a trip to Cuba could change your life)

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By A.L. Bardach Posted Monday, July 11, 2005, at 8:59 AM PT While combatants on both sides of the Cuba war have been known to literally kill their opponents in decades past, these days the preferred method is political assassination. The recent confirmation hearings of John Bolton identified several… Read More

UN recommendations regarding US custody of Cuban Five

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RHC UN Group on Arbitrary Detentions Recommends US Take Steps to Remedy Civil and Political Rights Abuses against the Five Cuban Political Prisoners in US On May 27, 2005, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions of the UN Human Rights Commission adopted a resolution of its investigation into the case… Read More

Hurricane damage statistics from United Nations in Cuba

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Reliefweb.int This report is based on information provided by the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Cuba. SITUATION 1. Between 7-9 July, Hurricane Dennis, classified as a category IV event, has devastated some 600 km of territory in Cuba, triggering a serious sea surge, flooding, landslides… Read More

Michael Parmly likely to get diplomat job in Havana (and he’s not like James Cason)

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BY NANCY SAN MARTIN AND PABLO BACHELET | Miami Herald The State Department is expected to name a European specialist as new envoy to Havana. Michael Parmly, a career U.S. diplomat with experience in promoting democracy and human rights, will replace James Cason as the State Department’s top man… Read More

Text of “diplomat” Cason’s farewell speech from US Interests Section in Havana

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http://usinfo.state.gov/dhr/Archive/2005/Jul/06-853982.html?chanlid=democracy Change is inevitable in Cuba, and the United States and others will work with the Cuban people as they build a democratic and prosperous country, says James Cason, chief of mission at the U.S. Interests… Read More

A diiferent model still hard to accept

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Why is it that people cant accept that Cuba is different than the US, the EU, or any region. Its not communism as its come to be known in such a horrible way, its real unity with inhearent leadership, someone who actually represents the people, who is of the people. In the rest of the world an ideal,… Read More

More Than a Dozen Cubans Said Newly Jailed

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The Guardian (UK) Wednesday July 6, 2005 Read More

James Cason to leave Cuba in Fall - Uses Statue of Liberty for PR stunt

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Publisher note: Original title was Cason Defends Advocacy of Cuban Dissidents and my apologies to Anita Snow for changing it but can’t help seeing how stupid Cason is every time he makes the press. By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Writer James C. Cason, the head of the American mission in Cuba,… Read More

Cuban authorities take baseballs, bats, mitts and game away from dissidents

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By Vanessa Arrington The Associated Press Posted June 21 2005, 7:44 PM EDT Read More

No room for private business

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Business is booming at Cesar Gallardo’s sandwich stand. Read More

Diaz Balart and Ros-Lehtinen sought freedom for terrorist Luis Posada Carriles

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BY OSCAR CORRAL AND ALFONSO CHARDY | Miami Herald PANAMA CITY, Panama - Two years ago, when anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles was imprisoned here for his role in an alleged plot to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro, South Florida’s three Cuban-American members of Congress lobbied… Read More

House blocks efforts to ease U.S. sanctions against Cuba

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The U.S. House, reversing a years-old trend, dealt a heavy blow to supporters of easing sanctions on Cuba by rejecting three proposals. Read More

Report: Cuba Faces Housing Shortage

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The Guardian, UK Wednesday June 29, 2005 1:46 AM Read More

Latin American Working Group - Cuba travel vote

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Press Release | LAWG.org Well, we wish we were coming to you with totally good news.  We have some good news, and some bad news.  Let’s start with the bad news to get it out of the way.  First, however, we want to say that we are tremendously grateful to the hundreds of you who called… Read More

Pastors for Peace plan 16th trip to Cuba

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Press Release This is the 16th year the Pastors for Peace Caravan (P4P) will defy Bush and Washington’s travel ban and embargo against the people of Cuba. P4P endeavors to end the U.S. blockade against the Cuban people. These events are in support of the internationalist spirit of the Cuban people… Read More

House may vote on amendments to ease or end travel ban to Cuba

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Message received from LAWG.org This is THE TIME of the summer for you to take action on easing the embargo on travel to Cuba.  If you can take just ONE action this summer, NOW is the time.  We anticipate that several amendments easing and/or ending the travel ban will be offered on the… Read More

Bush Administration will not send Radio Marti C-130 to Iraq

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BY NANCY SAN MARTIN | Knight Ridder Newspapers The U.S. military aircraft broadcasting TV and Radio Marti’s signals to Cuba will not be diverted to Iraq, at least until a replacement plane is bought and equipped, a senior State Department official said Thursday. “The president has made the… Read More

Unlicensed travel to Cuba court cases - Travelocity sells tickets to Cuba

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Hearings before administrative law judges (ALJ) for alleged unlicensed travel to Cuba continue This week, Judge Irwin Schroeder, an administrative law judge (ALJ) who is commissioned by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to hear Cuba travel cases, heard testimony in two cases of individuals… Read More

US lease of Guantanamo Bay for Navy use only - Opinion

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BY MARY SANCHEZ | Knight Ridder Newspapers People who rail against the Bush administration for abuses at Guantanamo Bay are pitching an incomplete argument. We lease it. That right, Fidel Castro is our landlord. And the United States is a bad tenant. Under an agreement signed in 1903 and another in 1934,… Read More

World Food Programme launches international drought aid operation for Cuba

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Patricia Grogg The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an emergency food aid operation for 773,000 people affected by the ongoing drought in Cuba, WFP representative Rosa Ines Antoln told IPS. The operation, which will involve a total of 3.7 million dollars in assistance for three months, could… Read More

Inside a US to Cuba travel ban court hearing

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By Paul Bonner | Durham Herald Sun - North Carolina Outwardly, a federal hearing Wednesday against David Heslop over his 2000 trip to Cuba was uneventful. The administrative law judge didn’t set an amount for a fine that the Durham man and his lawyer sought to reduce from its maximum of $7,500;… Read More

Cubans halted at sea

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June proves busy month for migrants Read More

Posada request denied

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John R. Bomar Posada immigration judge denies request for move to Florida A Texas immigration judge has ruled that Luis Posada, as requested by his lawyer, may not move his case to Florida.  Posada, implicated in the downing of a Cubana airliner in 1976, with the loss of 73 people on board, and… Read More

Play ball? It’s not so easy in Cuba, dissidents say

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Calling it part of a pattern of harassment by the government, a Cuban dissident family was upset over the canceling of a youth group baseball game against players from the U.S. mission in Havana. BY VANESSA ARRINGTON Associated Press Read More

Librarians as Spooks

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The U.S. has been pretty successful at mobilizing world opinion against Cuba since the late 1980s. Emboldened by the fall of the Soviet Union it has gone to considerable trouble and expense to bring down the revolution that refuses to be defeated a scant 90 miles off the empire’s shore. Part of… Read More

The worst news in Cuba from USAID funded Cubanet.org

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Cubanet.org Publisher note: Cubanet.org receives US government money and has reporters in Cuba looking for dirt. They only report bad news, never anything good. Here is the worst news from their daily newsletter that they could find in all of Cuba today. Your US tax dollars at work: 1) Store window stoned… Read More

Reporters Without Borders - Unmasked

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By DIANA BARAHONA |  CounterPunch.org When Robert Menard founded Reporters Without Borders twenty years ago, he gave his group a name which evokes another French organization respected worldwide for its humanitarian work and which maintains a strict neutrality in political conflicts Doctors Without… Read More

State of Cuba - European Union political relations

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By Meghan Clyne | The New York In the showdown between Old and New Europe over Cuba, Old Europe has won - and the communist dictator in Havana, Fidel Castro, has gotten a break for at least a year. The European Union decided yesterday not to restore diplomatic sanctions it imposed on the island in 2003,… Read More

The European Union + Cuban Dissidents + Fidel Castro = Democracy?  - Opinion

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Christian Science Monitor - Opinion Last month, some 150 dissidents in Cuba met openly to plan for a peaceful transition to a post-Castro era. It was the first large-scale meeting in 46 years not authorized by the communist dictator. Such courage signals Cuba’s inevitable transition to a pluralistic… Read More

Experts offer thoughts on a post-Castro Cuba

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By TODD LEWAN | AP National Writer On this side of The Puddle, as the sunlit sea between Florida and Cuba is known to some Cuban exiles here, the biggest news splash in quite some time was the fall of Fidel Castro. It happened last October - although clearly, it was not the sort of fall for which Castro’s… Read More

Succession of Cuba leadership gets complicated - Opinion

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Carlos Alberto Montaner If Fidel Castro decided to die today, the wake would be full of people more nervous than mournful. Ral, his brother and heir, might not find it so simple to assume power, much less exercise it effectively. Once again, powerful testimony has surfaced about his very close links… Read More

Wet foot - Dry Foot policy challenged in Florida court

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BY MADELINE BARO DIAZ | South Florida Sun-Sentinel Attorneys for a Cuban family that tried this week to float to South Florida on a vintage vehicle-turned-boat asked a federal judge Wednesday to let the family into the United States. The four family members, identified by relatives as Rafael Diaz Rey,… Read More

Militant’s case poses dilemma for US - Shame on Indira A.R. Lakshmanan and Boston Globe

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Militant’s case poses dilemma for US Tug between terror war, opposition to Castro By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Globe Staff An exiled Cuban militant accused of planning the fatal bombing of a passenger jetliner goes before a Texas immigration judge today on charges of illegally entering the United… Read More

Associated Press considers Luis Posada a “Cuban Militant” not a terrorist

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Cuban Militant Faces Immigration Hearing By ALICIA A. CALDWELL Associated Press Writer Luis Posada Carriles’ Cold War past has made for an uncomfortable present. The Cuban exile accused of planning the deadly bombing of a Cuban airliner in 1976 was set to make an appearance before an immigration… Read More

Militant Castro foe, ex-CIA operative faces uncertain future

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By Curt Anderson Associated Press Writer Posted June 12 2005, 1:28 PM EDT Read More

Making war on Cuban families III - Silent Terrorism

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A Silent Variant of Terrorism By Angel Rodriguez Alvarez / AIN The denunciations issued these past weeks by President Fidel Castro on the presence of terrorist Luis Posada Carriles in the United States and the protection he has received from President George W. Bush, have exposed to the international… Read More

Grand jury indicts two on charges of smuggling in Marquesas landing

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Two men have been indicted by a Key West grand jury for allegedly smuggling Cuban refugees into the country last month, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday Read More

‘Water taxi’ stopped, sunk off

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Another unusual automobile-turned-vessel almost made it to the Florida Keys from Cuba this week ó but was spotted by the U.S. Coast Guard and sunk. Read More

Water taxi carrying 13 Cubans intercepted off Key West

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By Akilah Johnson & Jean-Paul Renaud Staff Writers Posted June 8 2005 Read More

Recurring blackouts plague Cuba

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By Andrea R. Mihailescu United Press International Energy Correspondent Read More

Leaders urge a proactive Cuba stance

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At a University of Miami seminar, leaders urged the OAS to explore a role in Cuba’s transition to democracy and to be vigilant about human rights abuses. BY JACQUELINE CHARLES Miami Herald Read More

Senator Biden wants to close Quantanamo Bay Cuba prison camp

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A leading Senate Democrat said Sunday the United States needs to move toward shutting down the military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “This has become the greatest propaganda tool that exists for recruiting of terrorists around the world. And it is unnecessary to be in that position,”… Read More

16th Pastors for Peace caravan leaves for Cuba July 21 from Texas

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http://www.granma.cu/ingles The Inter-religious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO) and the Pastors for Peace movement has set July as the beginning of its 16th solidarity caravan with Cuba, in open defiance of US policy against the island. According to IFCO’s website, the… Read More

Making war on Cuban families II

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    La Demanda:  The People of Cuba vs. the U.S. Government by William Schaap [Cuba; blockade; terrorism] In Cuba, it is known simply as la demandaóthe legal complaint. On May 31, 1999, a lawsuit for $181 billion in wrongful death and personal injury damages was filed in Havana… Read More

US State Department Refuses to Extradite Posada to Venezuela

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COHA Press Release Hitting Rock Botton - - The Bush Administration’s Shameful Rejection of Venezuela’s Extradition Request The State Department’s summary and insulting rejection of the extradition request issued by the government of Venezuela for Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles was… Read More

Making War on Cuban Families

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Making War on Cuban Families? It was in October of 1976, and the voice said, “A bus with 73 dogs on board went off a cliff and all got killed.” The message had been relayed to Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada in Venezuela from one of their two employees who had recently arrived in Barbados.… Read More

Family Battles Sotheby’s for Painting Seized During Castro Revolution

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BY GEOFFREY GRAY - Staff Reporter of the Sun At age 87, an architect and professor of art history, Manuel de la Torre, was still fighting to recover the art collection he left behind when he fled Cuba more than four decades ago as an anti-Castro protester after the communist revolution. Yesterday, two… Read More

Remittances could raise Cubans’ wages, pensions

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By Paolo Spadoni Orlando Sentinal May 22, 2005 Read More

Summary of Cuban dissidents’ meeting in Havana

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BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press Cuban groups agitating for democracy entered the second and final day of an assembly in Havana, with many people surprised that the government didn’t break up the meeting. Diverse dissident groups debated prodemocracy projects Saturday, the second and last… Read More

Posada Carriles charged with illegal entry into US - nothing else

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AFP The United States formally charged Luis Posada Carriles, wanted by Cuba and Venezuela to face terrorism charges, with illegally entering the country, as Venezuela pressed hard for his extradition. “US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has served Mr. Posada with a charging document alleging… Read More

Telling Cuba of bounty on Chesimard

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005 BY RICK HEPP New Jersey Star-Ledger Read More

Malecon march in Havana to call for arrest of Posada in US

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AFP     Cubans gather at the Malecon, next to the US Interests Section in Havana, in the march against terrorism. US authorities detained a bitter opponent of Cuban leader Fidel Castro who is wanted for plane and hotel bombings in Latin America and who had been seeking asylum in the United… Read More

America’s Holy Warrior

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John Bomar/Independent The tale of Luis Posada Carriles is a bizarre one indeed. This self described Cuban exile “warrior”, whom many label a terrorist for his involvement in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airline with 73 souls on board, was also reported to be involved in operation “Mongoose,”… Read More

Luis Posada (finally) detained in Miami

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By ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press Facing growing international pressure, federal immigration authorities Tuesday detained a Cuban militant linked to a deadly 1976 airliner bombing and other acts of anti-Fidel Castro violence who has been seeking asylum in the United States. Luis Posada Carriles, a former… Read More

Lifeline thrown to Cuba

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Venezuelan oil helps neutralize U.S. pinch By Gary Marx Tribune foreign correspondent Published May 16, 2005 Read More

US seeks extradition of Assata Shakur from Cuba

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By JOHN RICE | Associated Press Writer President Fidel Castro has rejected calls to hand over a black militant convicted in 1973 of killing a New Jersey state trooper, saying she’s a victim of racial persecution and not a terrorist, as U.S. officials declared recently. “They wanted to portray… Read More

Castro Defends Fugitive Sought by U.S.

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Wednesday May 11, 2005 By JOHN RICE Associated Press Writer The Guardian, UK Read More

A world apart, Cubans fight for same goal

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Tuesday, May 10, 2005 By MIGUEL PEREZ STAFF WRITER North Jersey Media Group Read More

Documents Link Posada to Bomb Plot

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

By CURT ANDERSON | Associated Press Writer Declassified documents made public Tuesday link a Cuban exile seeking U.S. asylum ó long regarded as a violent opponent of Fidel Castro ó to a plot to bomb a Cuban airliner in 1976 and indicate he was on the CIA’s payroll for years. One FBI… Read More

US state department says Posada not in Miami

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BBC Cuba has wanted dissident Luis Posada Carriles for years The US has denied that it is harbouring a Cuban exile accused by President Fidel Castro of plotting to kill him. The top diplomat for Latin America said he did not even know if Luis Posada Carriles was in the US. Mr Posada Carriles is also… Read More

Loyola University ends USAID funded Cuba program

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By Gary Marx | Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent Bowing to criticism that it could get sucked into the battle between Washington and Havana, Chicago’s Loyola University has suspended a U.S. government-funded program to provide English language courses to adults in a poor Havana neighborhood,… Read More

Cuban Reality vs. Myth - Opinion

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Utopian idealism in pursuit of a classless world of affluent workers is the stuff of myth.  When government owns and controls almost all economic activity, as in Cuba, the real world grinds slowly into a quagmire of administrative and regulatory morass.  The economic engine becomes a rusty,… Read More

Reporters without Borders - Cuba - Annual report 2005

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Area : 110,860 sq.km. Population : 11,300,000 Language : Spanish Head of state : President Fidel Castro Read More

Cuba after Fidel - RAND Corporation report

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LaNuevaCuab.com Edward Gonzalez, Kevin F. McCarthy Rand Corporation Abstract 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 work. If such a regime should falter,… Read More

Florida State Rep David Rivera attempts to restrict freedom of Americans to travel abroad

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Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board State Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami, cooked up a half-baked scheme to restrict travel by Floridians to Cuba. Fortunately, the measure died a quiet death last week in the Senate Commerce and Consumer Services Committee. The bill would have denied state and federal benefits to… Read More

President Bush silent on brother Jeb Bush harboring terrorist Luis Posadsa in Florida

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Ricardo Alarcon de Quesada | President Cuba National Assembly [url=http://www.antiterroristas.cu]http://www.antiterroristas.cu[/url] Luis Posada Carriles (known to his intimates as Bambi) is not just anybody. He is something strange, exceptional - almost unique. It is already more… Read More

Cuban government aided return of children - Mother wins custody battle

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By CARA RUBINSKY | The Associated Press A Waterbury jury awarded $27 million Thursday to a Massachusetts mother who received help from Cuban President Fidel Castro to recover her abducted children after a bitter custody dispute. Nina Streeter of Topsfield, Mass., sued Cincinnati-based Executive Jet Management… Read More

Venezuela and Cuba further solidify relationship

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BY NANCY SAN MARTIN | Miami Herald Havana and Caracas launched a series of cooperation agreements expected to provide both economic and political benefits to the two leaders. Venezuelan President Hugo Chvez strutted through Havana with Fidel Castro Thursday as they opened branch offices of Venezuela’s… Read More

Cubans Who Stormed Embassy Get Up to 18 Years

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Congressional Cuba Democracy Caucus - Freedom for Cubans but not Americans - Opinion

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By Rafael Lorente | Washington Bureau | Sun Sentinel Even as activists from across the country gathered in the Capital on Wednesday to protest U.S. sanctions against Cuba, pro-embargo members of Congress announced the formation of a new group that will work to further isolate Fidel Castro’s government.… Read More

Cuba Action Day - Today - April 27 - Call in and be heard

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[url=http://www.ciponline.org]http://www.ciponline.org[/url] TODAY is your chance to participate in Cuba Action Day. Today IS Cuba Action day. Make your calls today. Get your friends, family, colleagues, and students to make calls. Pass the cell phones around the room. Flood the capitol… Read More

Bioweapon threat still unclear

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Waffling language and intelligence gaps have clouded U.S. allegations that Cuba constitutes a bioweapons threat. BY PABLO BACHELET Miami Herald Read More

US Cuba policy is personal for Cuban American and Iraq war veteran Carlos Lazo

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By Alex Fryer | Seattle Times staff reporter Carlos Lazo has floated in shark-infested waters, faced down enemy mortars and traveled across a continent to build a new life. This week, the Cuban immigrant and Washington National Guardsman will take on another challenge: lobbying Congress to change American… Read More

Jorge Olivera Castillo “I’ll never renounce my principles”

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Posted on Mon, Apr. 25, 2005 CUBAN INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST Jorge Olivera Castillo, one of 29 Cuban journalists arrested in a massive Cuban government crackdown on dissidents and the independent media in March 2003, spent nearly two years in prison. He was convicted in a one-day, closed-door proceeding… Read More

Cuba plans to double minimum wage

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BBC News President Fidel Castro of Cuba has announced plans to more than double the country’s minimum wage. Labourers earning about 100 Cuban pesos ($4.10; �2.13) a month will see their wages rise to 225 pesos from 1 May. The move will benefit 1.6 million workers, including farmhands, plumbers… Read More

Orlando Bosch, Luis Posada and the bombing of Cubana Flight 455

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By JIM DEFEDE | Miami Herald Raymond Persaud’s friends and relatives had gathered at the family home in Georgetown, Guyana, to wish him well on his new adventure. The 19-year-old was one of six students in the country awarded a scholarship to study medicine in Cuba. In the morning, he and the other… Read More

Many refugees found success outside S. Fla.

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Thousands of Mariel refugees found freedom and fulfillment even if they didn’t find their way to South Florida, as most of them did. Read More

Elian Gonzalez, now 11 years old, thanks Cuba (and US) for his return to Cuba

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By VANESSA ARRINGTON, Associated Press Writer Elian Gonzalez, the young Cuban castaway whose international custody battle ended in his dramatic seizure from a Miami home five years ago, addressed a crowd of thousands Friday, thanking Cubans and Americans alike for fighting for his return to the island.… Read More

Official: Cuba cooperation eased deportation

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The surprise deportation of an alleged Cuban spy was the result of unexpected cooperation from Havana, U.S. officials said. Read More

Cuba Action Day Schedule of Events - April 27 2005

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Schedule of Events provided by [url=http://www.LAWG.org]http://www.LAWG.org[/url] Cuba Action Day, Wednesday, April 27, 2005 Washington DC 7:00 am         Prayer Breakfast       8:30 am   Lutheran Church of the Reformation      … Read More

Raul Castro and Felipe Perez Roque tour China

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The first vice president of the Cuban Councils of State and Ministers, Raul Castro Ruz, said his visit to China proved very fruitful for strengthening bilateral relations. China is the first leg of an Asian tour that will also take the Cuban defense minister to Malaysia, Laos and Vietnam. Chinese Vice… Read More

The Mariel Boatlift - Twenty five years later

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AFP A massive 1980 exodus from Cuba sparked a major crisis and inspired the “Scarface” gangster movie, but 25 years on, the story of the boat people who fled the communist state is largely one of success. More than 125,000 Cubans landed on southern Florida’s shores during the five months… Read More

Juan Emilio Aboy deported to Havana

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By LISA ORKIN EMMANUEL | Associated Press Writer A Cuban exile suspected of being a spy was deported Tuesday after a hunger strike to protest his detention, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement. Juan Emilio Aboy, 43, was taken to Cuba on a U.S. government plane, which landed… Read More

Cuban exiles prep post-Castro plan

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Several Cuban exile groups that have had differing agendas have come together to lay out a transition plan for Cuba after Castro. Read More

Cuban exile’s book offers alternative plot in jetliner’s explosion

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BY ALFONSO CHARDY, Sun, Apr. 17, 2005 Knight Ridder Newspapers Read More

Tighter travel rules won’t get U.S. what it wants in Cuba

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By Jane E. Healy Orlando Sentinel, April 18, 2005 Read More

Hollywood’s Mindless Love Affair With Castro

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New Book Exposes the Misdeeds of Cuba’s Dictator by Jim Burns, Human Events Online Apr 18, 2005 Read More

Will the Bush Administration harbor terrorist Luis Posada?

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World Socialist Web Site [url=http://www.wsws.org]http://www.wsws.org[/url] By Bill Van Auken “If you harbor terrorists, you are a terrorist,” were the words used by President George W. Bush in justifying the invasion of Afghanistan three-and-a-half years ago and launching… Read More

Fidel Castro explains how Posada entered United States

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Prensa Latina Yielding undeniable evidence, President Fidel Castro refuted US allegations that the presence in Miami of notorious Cuban-born terrorist Luis Posada Carriles was a creation of the Cuban intelligence service. President Fidel Castro to Continue Special Address to the Nation Fidel Castro Dares… Read More

Raul Castro to visit China and Vietnam

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VNAgency.com General Raul Castro, Second Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee and First Deputy president of the State Council and the Council of Ministers, will visit Viet Nam shortly. The visit is part of his Asian tour which will also cover China, Laos and Malaysia. General… Read More

National Summit on Cuba - Mobile Alabama - June 10-11 2005

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Press Release Sponsored By: The World Policy Institute The City of Mobile Alabama State Port Authority Gulf Coast Regional Chamber Coalition Cuba Trade Coalition AlaCaribe Initiative, Inc. Mobile Airport Port Authority Page & Jones, Inc. Riverview Plaza Hotel Americans For Humanitarian Trade With… Read More

Boatlift changed lives in Key West and Cuba

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Keys Life features the stories of three of the Mariel immigrants who built their lives in the Keys: Page 1C. Read More

Mariel boatlift to be recalled

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A Key West celebration takes stock of the Mariel exodus on the 25th anniversary of its start. Read More

Breaking news: U.N. Rights Body Keeps Pressure on Cuba

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Thu Apr 14, 2005 11:05 AM ET GENEVA (Reuters) Read More

Luis Posada carriles photos

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Here are some photos of Luis Posada FYI       AFP 2003 EFE Read More

Lawyer expects Posada to show soon

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An elusive Cuban militant sought by Cuba and Venezuela for alleged terrorism will emerge from hiding in Miami soon, his attorney says. Read More

Cuban Inmate Injured in Prison Riot Dies

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Tuesday April 12, 2005 4:01 AM HAVANA (AP) Read More

Opinion : Hugo Chavez: Castro’s Mini-Me

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‘One darned thing after another’: That’s how former Secretary of State Dean Acheson once defined foreign policy. The latest “darned thing” for the United States is Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Read More

Riot takes place in Cuban jail

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Human rights activists in Cuba say a riot has taken place in one of the country’s biggest prisons. Read More

Mariel exiles differ on U.S. policy

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A poll conducted for The Herald found that Mariel refugees have views that differ from those of Cubans who arrived in South Florida before and after 1980. Read More

Should Eduardo Soto and Santiago Alvarez be arrested for harboring a terrorist

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In the story “Miami Herald calls Luis Posada “Cuban Militant” not terrorist” posted here http://havanajournal.com/politics_comments/3268_0_5_0_C/ , it says “Eduardo Soto said Posada will not show up in person until he is required to come forward for asylum… Read More

Miami Herald calls Luis Posada “Cuban Militant” not terrorist

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Publisher note: Shame again on the Miami Herald and the authors of this story. Send them an email and tell them what you think. The authors intentionally mislead their readers with the words “Cuban militant”. Title of story: Cuban militant to seek U.S. asylum A veteran Cuban militant believed… Read More

1980 CUBAN BOATLIFT

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Mariel exiles firmly middle class Read More

Mariel, 25 years later

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125,000 migrants filled the Straits bound for Keys Read More

U.S. insists it’s ready if another Cuban mass migration occurs

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Wayne Justice was skipper of a Coast Guard cutter out of Key West in the spring of 1980 when his patrol ran into boatloads of Cuban refugees fleeing to freedom in the United States. He remembers thinking it would end soon. Read More

CIA rebuffs John Bolton and Otto Reich claim of Cuba’s biological warfare capabilities

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BY JONATHAN S. LANDAY AND NANCY SAN MARTIN | Miami Herald Disagreement over Cuba’s biological warfare capabilities and allegations that inappropriate pressure was applied to intelligence officers could jeopardize confirmation of President Bush’s nominee for ambassador to the U.N. Congressional… Read More

Elections in Cuba set for April 17

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Prensa Latina The members of the tables to work in the 37,000 electoral colleges for municipal elections on April 17 are receiving Tuesday training seminars, as part of the final touches for the event. The tables are composed of citizens over 16 who are not legally or mentally disabled, with full electoral… Read More

Castro Praises Pope for Backing Peace

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HAVANA (AP) Monday April 04, 2005 Read More

Fidel Castro Sends Message of Condolence to Vatican and orders three days of mouring

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periodico26.cu On behalf of the Cuban government and people, President Fidel Castro sent a letter of condolence to the Vatican following the death of Pope John Paul II. “The Cuban people, government and I express our most sincere condolences for the sorrowful demise of His Sanctity John Paul II,”… Read More

Pope’s visit to Cuba - National Review article from 1998

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http://www.nationalreview.com/flashback/flashback200504021632.asp By William F. Buckley Jr. EDITOR’s NOTE: This piece appeared in the February 23, 1998, issue of National Review. Havana — Just after 1 P.M. word from the cockpit came in, “Personnel return to their seats;… Read More

Shame on the Miami Herald again for calling Posada simply “Castro foe”

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Publisher note: Here is another article from the Miami Herald downplaying Posada - http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/breaking_news/11272289.htm . Be sure to send your thoughts to Mr. Chardy. Elusive Castro foe may be here A veteran Cuban exile militant linked to a… Read More

Cuba Action Day events and locations - April 26 and 27 in Washington DC

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Below are reports on the three upcoming activities taking place in Washington DC. Information summary courtesy of Marazul Charters. Please print this out and take it with you. Also, search [url=http://www.HavanaJournal.com]http://www.HavanaJournal.com[/url] for more Embargo news,… Read More

Raul Castro to visit Russia in May

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RIA Novosti | http://en.rian.ru Cuba’s Defense Minister Raul Castro will pay a working visit to Russia in the middle of May, RIA Novosti learnt from diplomatic sources in Moscow. Raul Castro is the junior brother of the Cuban leader, Fidel Castro. The visit is not due to the festivities… Read More

Shame on The Miami Herald - opinion

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Publisher note: Here is the article as found at Miami.com, the web site of the Miami Herald. Notice anything wrong with the introduction line “WAR ON CASTRO” and with the title “Activist emerged from shadows”? In my opinion “WAR ON CUBA” should read war on Cuba. If… Read More

Mariel: From turmoil to triumph

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The arrival of about 125,000 Cuban refugees in the 1980 Mariel boatlift caused chaos and changed Miami, but 25 years later, their story is mostly one of success. Read More

Posada’s presence would rally exiles, perplex U.S.

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If anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles is indeed in Miami and presents himself to authorities, it would be the ultimate nonfiction spin on `The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.’ Read More

Alleged terrorist Luis Posada Carriles may be in Miami

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BY ELAINE DE VALLE AND ALFONSO CHARDY | Miami Herald Luis Posada Carriles, the legendary Cuban exile operative accused of blowing up a Cuban airliner in 1976 and trying to kill Fidel Castro in 2000, is believed to have secretly slipped into South Florida after years of hiding abroad, a federal source… Read More

US spending millions to promote regime change inside Cuba

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BY GARY MARX | Chicago Tribune Far from the White House and Havana, in strip malls and nondescript buildings along South Florida’s sunlit streets, a multimillion-dollar infusion from the U.S. government has rejuvenated Cuban-American non-profit groups providing assistance to Cuba’s tiny opposition… Read More

Fidel and George W. in Purgatory - A seaman’s tale

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“Well”, says George W. to Fidel “I see you didn’t make it.”  “No,” says Fidel, but “but at least I’m glad you didn’t make it either, ‘Yankee Imperalist!”  And the two glared at each other hatefully.  “At least… Read More

Wives of Cuban dissidents rally unchallenged in Havana

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Unlike a week earlier, pro-Castro demonstrators did not show up Sunday to challenge a protest by women seeking the release of their dissident husbands from prison. BY ANITA SNOW Associated Press HAVANA - One week after being confronted by a group of pro-government counterprotesters, the wives of jailed… Read More

Daniel Benitez, key plaintiff in Mariel boatlift case, dead at 49

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One of two Mariel Cubans whose cases against the U.S. government led to the Supreme Court decision barring the indefinite detention of illegal migrants died Monday, his attorney said. Read More

History of Havana and the walls around the Cuban capital

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DTcuba.com The Cuban capital, a port with narrow entrance and deep waters, treasures the remnants of defensive works that were silent guards from a colonial period whose history has passed from generation to generation until today. The village of San Cristobal de La Habana, which has benefited from a… Read More

More “bad news” from Cuba courtesy of USAID funded Cubanet.org

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Publisher note: Apparently this is the worst news Cubanet.org can dig up for today in Cuba. Remember, this organization recieves millions of US dollars to report on the evil Castro empire. Of course we applaud the bravery of the reporters in Cuba since what they are doing is technically illegal but is… Read More

Refugee smugglers sentenced

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Refugee smugglers sentenced Read More

Cuban family reaches U.S.

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—by taxi—after attempts at floating truck, car fails Read More

Ladies in White continue protests for dissidents in Cuba

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By VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press Writer With shouts of “Viva Fidel,” female government supporters interrupted a weekly silent protest by wives of political prisoners held after Sunday church services. The noisy standoff after Palm Sunday Mass at a Havana church appeared to be peaceful,… Read More

Cuba: Prisoners of conscience report from Amnesty International

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Amnesty.org Introduction In March 2003, the Cuban government carried out the most severe crackdown on the dissident movement since the years following the 1959 revolution. Scores of dissidents were detained, seventy five of whom were subjected to summary trials and quickly sentenced to prison terms ranging… Read More

Amnesty International Update on Cuba: Two years after crackdown

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Amnesty International press release Cuban prisoners of conscience, arrested in the crackdown two years ago today (18 March) have been beaten by guards while handcuffed and kept in tiny “punishment cells” infested with rats and cockroaches, according to a new report launched by Amnesty International… Read More

Brother dreamed of a free country - Opinion

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BY BERTHA ANTUNEZ PERNET On March 15, 1990, the Cuban regime incarcerated one of the island’s best sons for the sole crime of living in liberty and democracy. It all began when my brother, Jorge Luis ‘‘Antnez’’ Garca Perez expressed his ideas in a public plaza. In our… Read More

Dissidents in Cuba have different philosophies

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VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press Two years after a government crackdown crippled Cuba’s political opposition, competing projects for democratic reform on the communist-run island are generating deep mistrust and bickering in opposition ranks. Rivalry between projects by well-known activist… Read More

Castro adjusts exchange rate for the Cuban convertible peso

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By Vanessa Bauza | Associated Press In a speech meant to convey growing economic optimism, President Fidel Castro announced a 7 percent revaluation of Cuba’s currency, which will make the Cuban peso slightly stronger against the U.S. dollar beginning today. The currency revaluation comes as the… Read More

Twin drives put focus on dissidents

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Members of Congress and a group of famous Latin American writers are trying to raise awareness of the struggles for Cuban dissidents. By AMBAR HERNANDEZ AND PABLO BACHELET .(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))+";";… Read More

Human Rights Group Calls For Release of Cuban Prisoner of Conscience on 15th Anniversary of Imprison

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The human rights organization Christian Solidarity Worldwide is calling on the international community to renew pressure for the release of a Cuban prisoner of conscience. Read More

Cuban refugees land in Keys from Dry Tortugas to Duck Key

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Cuban refugees land in Keys from Dry Tortugas to Duck Key Read More

If Cuba had taken another path

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Email received from Martha Beatriz

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Publisher note: Below is the content of an email we received and feel that it is valid content for our readers. We are not politically or financially involved in any way with any dissident or organization. The Havana Journal is a vehicle for all to post content so that more people can “Read. Discover.… Read More

OFAC cuba travel violations update

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Cuba Central The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is stepping up enforcement on Cuba travel cases.  Last month OFAC entered into 113 informal settlements, averaging a thousand dollars each, with individuals who engaged in unlicensed travel to Cuba.  Settlements almost doubled the previous… Read More

Not an `approved dissident,’ he fights U.S. and Castro too

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By Gary Marx Tribune foreign correspondent Published March 15, 2005 Read More

Pressure cooker diplomacy

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Castro hurts Bush Latin trade efforts Published March 13, 2005 Myriam Marquez, Orlando Sentinel Read More

Cubans will unite to resist U.S.-style change, Castro’s brother vows

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A defiant Cuban Defense Minister Raul Castro declared that Cubans will form a ‘monolithic block’ against efforts to bring U.S.-style political and social change to Cuba. Read More

Exile group may visit Cuba

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The Cuban American National Foundation is encouraging its directors and other exiles to travel to Cuba in May to show solidarity with dissidents. A U.S. government official supports the idea. Read More

Exile group may visit Cuba

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The Cuban American National Foundation is encouraging its directors and other exiles to travel to Cuba in May to show solidarity with dissidents. A U.S. government official supports the idea. BY OSCAR CORRAL .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0,… Read More

Cuban activist decries ‘culture of fear’

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By VANESSA ARRINGTON ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER Read More

British visit to Cuba marks thaw

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By Stephen Gibbs BBC News, Havana British Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell is in Cuba on a two-day visit. Read More

Cuba reinstating economic controls

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Cuba is gradually returning to tight state control of its whole economy. Some analysts say it’s preparing for a day when Fidel Castro no longer rules. Read More

U.N. envoy urges Cuba dissident release

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By Richard Waddington | Reuters A special U.N. rights envoy has urged Cuba to free all political dissidents, grant freedom of expression and lift restrictions on travel. In her annual report to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, French magistrate Christine Chanet said Cuba had continued to… Read More

Standing Up to a Dictator

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By Berta Soler Fernandez Saturday, March 5, 2005 The Washington Post Read More

Cuba reinstating economic controls

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Cuba is gradually returning to tight state control of its whole economy. Some analysts say it’s preparing for a day when Fidel Castro no longer rules. 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))+";";… Read More

History of Cuba - Louisiana relations

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NOLA.com | By James Varney As the balance of power in trade partnerships go, the Louisiana/Cuba connection has been a see-saw affair. With an official visit expected to begin Tuesday, Gov. Kathleen Blanco arrives as a potentate from a region and a nation incalculably better off than the island dictatorship… Read More

Martha Beatriz Roque and Felix Bonne endorse hard line policies against Cuba

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Miami Herald | BY PABLO BACHELET Three top dissidents in Havana testified before two congressional panels Thursday in the first use of a phone link to bring the words of Fidel Castro’s domestic opponents directly to American lawmakers. Martha Beatriz Roque, Rene Gomez and Felix Bonne used the occasion… Read More

Fidel Castro cancels trip to Uruguay due to health problems

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[url=http://www.chinaview.cn]http://www.chinaview.cn[/url] Cuban President Fidel Castro Ruz canceled his Uruguayan trip due to health problems, Uruguayan president-elect Tabare Vazquez said Monday. Castro had planned to participate in Vazquez’s inauguration ceremony scheduled… Read More

Celebration of the Work of the Venceremos Brigade - March 12

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Venceremos Brigade PO Box 5202 Englewood, NJ 07631-5202 email: .(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_xp0F7msqxO').innerHTML… Read More

Latin American Working Group - Cuba Update

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[url=http://www.lawg.org]http://www.lawg.org[/url] The Bush Administration has shown no signs of softening its hard-edged Cuba policy.  To the contrary, the administration is stepping up pressure.  This has been seen in several areas: The latest toughening of the travel… Read More

Cuban church: Prelate treated rudely at MIA

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A statement issued for Havana’s top Roman Catholic official on his encounter with U.S. immigration officials said he was discourteously treated—but not threatened with deportation. BY ROBERT L. STEINBACK .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0,… Read More

Castro foes testify, support the U.S.

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In a first-ever phone link, three top Cuban dissidents testified before members of Congress and endorsed President Bush’s tough anti-Castro policies. Read More

U.S. quietly continues to deport Cubans from Mariel era

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His hair is long, his nails are darkened by his HIV-medicine, and his memory sometimes fractures like a kaleidoscope image. Read More

CUBANS FOUGHT FOR US INDEPENDENCE

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By Rolando Rensoli Medina | Cubanow.net The facts are almost unknown: Cuban Creole officers, NCOs and soldiers, members of the Mulatto and Black battalions, organized in Havana, fought under the Spanish flag in the War of Independence of the so-called Thirteen Colonies. This epic deed is considered part… Read More

FELIX VARELA: A BRIDGE OF LIGHT BETWEEN CUBA AND THE US

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By Isabel Soto Mayedo | Cubanow.net Cubanow.- Father Felix Varela �a principal figure in the history of Cuban culture and nationhood- was also a major contributor to the growth of the Catholic Church in the United States, according to numerous historians specialized in the development of religion.… Read More

JOSE MARTI AND ST. VALENTINE’s DAY

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By Pedro Pablo Rodriguez | Cubanow.net The traditional St. Valentine’s celebration didn’t exist in Latin American countries late in the 19th century. That’s why, in one of his first chronicles about life in the United States, Cuban patriot and intellectual Jose Marti described it for… Read More

CUBA AFTER CASTRO

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Dissidents feud on Cuba’s future From Herald wire services Read More

Freed detainee seeks a home

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

The first case of a newly released Mariel detainee in South Florida surfaced in Miami. Read More

Cuba reacts to new restrictions on US agriculture purchasing payment system

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Anthony Boadle | Reuters Cuba is considering halting purchases of American farm products worth $400 million a year because of new Bush administration rules demanding payment before shipment to the island, Cuban officials said on Wednesday. One official said the payment rules announced by the U.S.… Read More

The war on drugs in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Portia Siegelbaum | CBS Over 1,300 pounds of marijuana seized by the Cuban Border Guard went up in smoke in a steel plant furnace Tuesday as some two dozen international journalists looked on. Stepping up efforts to publicize its offensive against illegal drug trafficking in the region, the Cuban… Read More

Cuban tourism workers told to minimize contact with tourists

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press Writer Cuba’s tourism ministry told its workers to keep their mingling with foreigners to a minimum, prohibiting everything from accepting personal gifts to attending events in the homes or embassies of foreigners without written permission. The new regulations,… Read More

Cubanet.org and CubaCenter.org get millions from USAID to subvert Cuba regime

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

BY GARY MARX | Chicago Tribune As part of a broad strategy to spur political change in Cuba, the U.S. government has been quietly sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to activists seeking to undermine President Fidel Castro’s one-party state, according to documents and interviews. The cash… Read More

Miami radio station criticizes Cayman Government over Cuban migrants

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

The popular Spanish-speaking radio station in Miami, WYBA of the Univision network has criticised the Cayman Islands Government on the new guidelines recently instituted, regarding Cuban immigrants. Read More

Memorial recalls Castro’s victims

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

A dramatic three-day memorial to victims of Fidel Castro’s regime ends at 4:30 p.m today. A cross represents each of the 10,300 known victims of Castro’s regime. Read More

Cuban Dissidents Martha Beatriz Roque and Oswaldo Paya offer different opinions for post-Castro Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By NANCY SAN MARTIN | Miami Herald Differing views on Cuba’s future among Havana dissidents are becoming more apparent with ongoing efforts by prominent activists to reinvigorate a movement crippled by a government crackdown in 2003. Oswaldo Paya and Martha Beatriz Roque agree that Cuban leader… Read More

LAWG - Cuba Policy Update

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

[url=http://www.lawg.org]http://www.lawg.org[/url] Dear Cuba Policy Advocates: We have been working hard over the past month to organize the upcoming Cuba Action Day here in Washington on April 27th, but we realize that there are some developments in Cuba policy to share, also. First… Read More

Oswaldo Paya Calls for Dialogue on Post-Castro Era

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

VOAnews.com Leading Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya has called for a national dialogue on a post-Castro transition in Cuba. Mr. Paya issued the call Thursday, and invited both exiled Cubans and government supporters to take part in the dialogue.  He said a 110-person committee had been created to promote… Read More

US planning for a Cuba without Fidel Castro

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By TRACEY EATON and ALFREDO CORCHADO | The Dallas Morning News Iraq, Iran and North Korea are more than enough to fill Washington’s plate these days, but one country hasn’t left the table for nearly a half-century: Cuba. Now, though, some U.S. officials are convinced the communist regime’s… Read More

MARIEL DETAINEES

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Immigration advocates say that some Mariel convicts released under a recent Supreme Court ruling are not getting resettlement help from immigration authorities. Read More

US Cuba policy gives Fidel Castro strength - opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board There are few governments on the planet that the Bush administration dislikes more than Fidel Castro’s regime in Cuba. Yet, it seems like sometimes U.S. policy helps the Communist government more than it undermines it. For example, one would think the… Read More

150 Mariel Cubans freed since Supreme Court ruling

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Federal officials have released nearly 150 Cuban refugees who were convicted of crimes and imprisoned after the 1980 Mariel boatlift. Read More

Battleship Maine explodes in Havana Harbor - February 15, 1898

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Source unknown Most US citizens remember the destruction of the US battleship Maine a little over a century ago in Havana harbor as an act of enemy aggression but, could there have been greedy homegrown minds behind the explosion? On Tuesday February 15, 1898 shortly after 9:40 p.m. the Maine sunk to… Read More

Cuban Dissident Victor Rolando Arroyo reports from his Cuban prison

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

[url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] Independent journalist and political prisoner Vctor Rolando Arroyo is serving a 26-year prison sentence in the Guantnamo Provincial Prison, 600 miles from home. Guantnamo Provincial Prison, February - Contrary to water elsewhere,… Read More

Two man crew of small boat detained in Cuba - Smuggling suspected

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Associated Press Two U.S. residents have been detained in Cuba after a friend reported them missing on their 22-foot boat, but how they reached Cuban waters is unclear. A man called the Coast Guard on Feb. 5 to report his friends were in trouble at sea. He “had been in contact with the two individuals… Read More

Loyola University accepts $425,000 grant from USAID to “teach” 70 Cubans

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Gary Marx | Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent In a move likely to further aggravate tensions between Cuba and the United States, the U.S. government is offering millions of dollars to American universities and other groups under a program aimed at ending Cuba’s one-party rule. Many schools… Read More

Centralization and China helping Cuba recover from post-USSR days

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Anthony Boadle | Reuters Cuba’s communist state is rising from the ashes of its post-Soviet economic crash with greater control over its economy and help from China and Venezuela, President Fidel Castro said on Saturday. “The state is rising again like the phoenix,” Castro said in… Read More

Michigan catholics must pay fine for trip to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Associated Press An administrative law judge fined a Michigan couple $5,250 for traveling to Cuba in 2001. The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control had asked Administrative Law Judge Irwin Schroeder to fine Michael and Andrea McCarthy $9,750. The McCarthys, of Port Huron,… Read More

Dozens of migrants land in Keys on Thursday

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

A total of 51 Cuban migrants arrived in the Florida Keys on Thursday. Read More

Cuban police pick up dissident’s trash

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Jose Moreno Cruz, Cubanacn Press | Cubanet.org Many a morning, when the municipal garbage pickup personnel in my neighborhood just don’t show up, my garbage is the only one in the whole block that is never left at the curb. I never thought much of this, since every once in a while I had noticed… Read More

Republican senators push to expand Cuba trade and travel

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

AMERICANS FOR HUMANITARIAN TRADE WITH CUBA | Press Release Contact:  Lissa Weinmann | (718) 416-1653   Americans For Humanitarian Trade With Cuba (AHTC), a national organization that includes blue-ribbon leaders such as David Rockefeller, Frank Carlucci, Carla Hills and Paul Volcker, endorsed… Read More

“Do what I say…not what I do”—-opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

John Bomar/Independent For those familiar with recent Bush administration actions concerning Cuba, his lofty words at inaguration calling for greater “freedom and liberty” in the world ring with a certain bitter irony.  Under Mr. Bush’s direction, his administration has instituted… Read More

Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo threatened by US for living in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Anthony Boadle | Reuters A U.S. resident who had spent 22 years in a Cuban prison for opposing communism and returned to the island to work for democracy now faces a U.S. jail threat for violating travel restrictions. Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo, a Cuban exile who returned in 2003, has been warned by the… Read More

Former Meyer Lansky bodyguard tells of Cuba’s fabled past as playground

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press The former Cuban bodyguard of American mobster Meyer Lansky appeared Monday for the presentation of a new Spanish-language book about the island’s legendary past as a haven for U.S. gangsters and their casinos before the Cuban revolution. “All is told in… Read More

Sanctions against Cuba only assist Castro

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

JapanTimes.co.jp THE VIEW FROM MOSCOW | By CONSTANTINE PLESHAKOV To go or not to go? To trade or not to trade? To invest or not to invest? These are the questions asked nowadays by many Western governments following a recent EU decision to lift sanctions against Havana. Cuban President Fidel Castro’s… Read More

Cuban migrants follow new path to U.S.

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

HAVANA—Cubans are increasingly dodging Coast Guard patrols by taking a longer and more dangerous route to the United States: sailing south to the Cayman Islands and Central America, then going by land to the U.S. border. Read More

Fidel Castro says President Bush appeared ‘deranged’ at Inauguration

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By VANESSA ARRINGTON | ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER Cuban leader Fidel Castro said President Bush appeared “deranged” during his inauguration speech, and he expressed little enthusiasm for renewed diplomatic ties with the European Union. In comments aired on state-run television late Tuesday,… Read More

Cuban refugees take the long way out

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

IMMIGRATION Cuban refugees are using a longer and more dangerous route that takes them to the Cayman Islands, Honduras and the Mexico-U.S. border Read More

Cuba Action Day postponed

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Press Release Dear Cuba Policy Advocates: We are writing today with an urgent message and a heartfelt apology. Our coalition’s event, the Cuba Action Day, which we had scheduled for March 15th and wrote to you about in late December, has been postponed. We were bumped out of the room that we had… Read More

Free Cuba - What does it mean?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Found this old cigar label image, Free Cuba.     Just what does Free Cuba mean? 1. Free Cuba from Spain 2. Free Cuba from 1898-1902 American occupation 3. Free Cuba from the Mafia and Batista 4a. Free Cuba from Soviet Union 4b. Free Cuba from Fidel Castro 5. Free Cuba from US Embargo 6. Will… Read More

Fidel Castro Out of Context - PBS documentary review and opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By LOUIS A. PREZ JR. | Chronicle of Higher Education No foreign head of state has defied U.S. efforts at regime change longer than Fidel Castro. Since 1959 he has survived an armed invasion, repeated assassination attempts, years of political isolation, and decades of economic sanctions. Forty-six years… Read More

Our Man in Havana - James Cason - with commentary

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

by Duncan Currie | The Weekly Standard James Cason ponders the prospects for democracy in Cuba. FOR ELECTION NIGHT 2004, America’s senior diplomat in Havana threw a party—the only such gala in town. James Cason decked out his residence with balloons, campaign materials, a giant-screen TV,… Read More

The Controversial, Charismatic Fidel Castro on PBS

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Eugene Robinson | Washington Post Staff Writer In the early scenes of “Fidel Castro,” the new PBS documentary about the Cuban leader, you see him as a young man—handsome, confident, tall enough to tower over everyone else in the room, already flashing the fabled charisma that would… Read More

Fidel Castro documentary airs on PBS January 31

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By JOHN PAIN | Associated Press People have been trying to figure out Fidel Castro since he came to power in Cuba 46 years ago. The world’s longest-ruling head of government is reviled by political dissidents and American presidents and worshipped by revolutionaries like Venezuelan President Hugo… Read More

32 Cuban migrants land on island near Key Largo

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Associated Press Posted January 28 2005, 3:21 PM EST Read More

EU and Cuba: Freedom vs. appeasement

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Opinion in The Miami Herald BY VACLAV HAVEL [url=http://www.project-syndicate.cz]http://www.project-syndicate.cz[/url] Posted on Fri, Jan. 28, 2005 Read More

San Juan Hill 1898 Spanish American War and Buffalo Soldiers

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

EyeWitnessToHistory.com The charge up an obscure Cuban hill on July, 1 1898 was a pivotal point in Theodore Roosevelt’s political career. When war broke with Spain in April of that year, Roosevelt was serving as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He immediately quit his position and helped form a… Read More

Frank Pais and the July 26 Movement M-26-7

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Frank Pas and the Underground Movement in the cities An excerpt from Terrence Cannon’s book: REVOLUTIONARY CUBA Thomas Y. Crowell, New York 1981 by Terrence Cannon Most accounts of the Cuban Revolution logically focus on the guerrillas in the mountains. Little written about even today is the… Read More

Cuban Freedom Fighter Maximo Gomez

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

[url=http://www.juanperez.com]http://www.juanperez.com[/url] Mximo Gomez was born in Santo Domingo in 1836.  At the age of 20, he ended his education in order to join the Spanish army. His first destination was Haiti.  There he fought for Spain for some time, but in 1865… Read More

Cuban Patriot Major General Calixto Garcia Iniguez

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

[url=http://www.JuanPerez.com]http://www.JuanPerez.com[/url] General Garcia’s struggles against Spanish tyranny lasted from 1868 to 1898.  When he died General Garcia was first buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full U.S. military honors.  Archbishop Ireland… Read More

Chinese techs install telephone monitoring equipment in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Guillermo Farias Hernndez | Cubanacn Press | [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] At the end of December, Chinese technicians installed telephone monitoring equipment, at least some of it U. S. made, on the top floor of the Cuban Telephone company building in… Read More

Pact with Cuba raises fears of persecution

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Critics said a recently enacted treaty could be used by Fidel Castro’s government as a license to persecute Cuban exiles living in Venezuela. Read More

‘Rights abuser’ Cuba put on U.N. action panel

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

UNITED NATIONS Advocates scoffed at Cuba’s inclusion on a U.N. action panel on human rights. The United Nations has condemned the island’s rights record for five straight years. Read More

Disruptions in Havana water supply

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Juan Carlos Linares | [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] 2005 heralded disruptions in Havana residents’ daily lives due primarily to a crisis in the supply of water. Five primary pumps have either malfunctioned or been out of service during the last 20… Read More

Judge hears about agents using tear gas during Elian Gonzalez raid

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

The federal trial over the raid to seize Elian Gonzalez started with testimony of Little Havana residents who claimed they were tear-gassed for no reason. BY JAY WEAVER | Miami Herald A Miami moment—the U.S. seizure of Cuban rafter Elian Gonzalez from his relatives’ home—replayed Monday… Read More

Bahamas to examine abuse claims

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

The government of the Bahamas has said it will establish a task force to study allegations by illegal migrants that they are being abused in detention. Read More

Cuban Migrants’ torment

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Cuban and Haitian migrants detained in the Bahamas told The Herald that they have been beaten and otherwise mistreated. BY JOE MOZINGO | Miami Herald NASSAU, Bahamas - In a place where tourists come to lounge on the beach and sip rum drinks, illegal Cuban and Haitian migrants in a government detention… Read More

Cuba Slams US on Treatment of Guantanamo Detainees

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Associated Press Cuba on Wednesday accused the United States of lying to the world about its treatment of prisoners at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, saying torture and cruelty are a daily occurrence at the prison camp for terror suspects. The Cuban Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday… Read More

Most migrants stopped at sea last year were Dominicans, not Cubans

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

BY ALFONSO CHARDY | Miami Herald Migrants stopped at sea most in 10 years The largest number of migrants intercepted at sea in 2004 came from the Dominican Republic—but there were also large numbers from Haiti, Cuba and Ecuador. Newly released figures show that 10,696 undocumented migrants were… Read More

Che Guevara on ABC 3/22/64: ISSUES AND ANSWERS

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Edited and prepared for the web by Walter Lippmann, January 2005 This is the first exclusive interview with Major Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Cuban Minister of Industries, seen and heard in the United States. Feeling that a portrait of the man who has been called “The power behind Castro,”… Read More

Some Cuban dissidents to leave Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Copyright 2005 by United Press International Some of the dissidents recently released from Cuban prisons are looking forward to getting out of the country, at least for awhile, The Miami Herald reported Friday. Raul Rivero, one of 14 prisoners released, plans to move to Spain with his family for a year… Read More

Chaplain leads trip to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

BY NEIL KATSUYAMA | Yale Daily News Publishing Company This winter vacation, University Chaplain Frederick Streets lent his services to the suffering worldwide. After helping to write a book on mental health in Rome, Streets joined in a service trip to Cuba. From Jan. 1 to Jan. 9, Streets made a visit… Read More

Cuban migrants face new guidelines for refuge in Cayman Islands

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Cayman Net News Online Cubans entering the Cayman Islands illegally without documents are to be treated under a new set of guidelines recently issued by Cabinet, which have already run into criticism on Cayman Brac, where the majority of migrants arrive. Under the guidelines, passed on Tuesday, 11 January,… Read More

Judge slashes fine against U.S. traveler to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

BY RAFAEL LORENTE | South Florida Sun-Sentinel In the first legal decision issued as part of the Bush administration’s crackdown on travelers to Cuba, Administrative Law Judge Robert Barton this week reduced the proposed penalty on a Minnesota man by almost 90 percent, from $6,770 to $780. Craig… Read More

Travel to Cuba OFAC fine reduced 90% - with commentary

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Center for International Policy As you know, the Bush Administration initiated a process to judge and possibly fine American citizens who may have violated Treasury Department rules and traveled to Cuba on an unlicensed basis. In the first final decision issued in a Cuba travel case, Administrative Law… Read More

Imprisoned journalist Normando Hernndez Gonzlez hospitalised with tuberculosis

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Country/Topic: Cuba Date: 13 January 2005 Source: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Person(s): Normando Hernndez Gonzlez Target(s): journalist(s) Type(s) of violation(s): imprisoned Urgency: Bulletin Read More

Mexican Embassy Occupation Trial Ends

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press Writer HAVANA - The trial for 23 men accused of crashing a stolen bus through the gates of the Mexican Embassy nearly three years ago ended Thursday with a government prosecutor urging 20-year sentences for the alleged ringleaders. A ruling in the case is expected… Read More

Cuban American Filmmaker Profiles Fidel Castro For PBS

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

January 13, 2005. Hispanic Business Two-hour documentary airs Monday, January 31 Boston, MA—(HISPANIC PR WIRE)—January 13, 2005 Read More

Supreme Court bans indefinite detention of illegal immigrants

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

AFP The US Supreme Court ruled that the US government may not hold indefinitely illegal immigrants—many of them Cubans who arrived here en masse in 1980 and whose return Cuba forbids. In a seven-to-two ruling, the Supreme Court found that a “reasonable” length of detention with a view… Read More

Al-Assad receives a message from Cuban president

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Arabic News.com President Bashar al-Assad on Monday received a message from Cuban President Fidel Castro over bilateral ties between Syria and Cuba and means of cementing them. Vice President of the Executive Committee of the Council of Ministers, and Member of the Central Committee of the Communist… Read More

Mexican Embassy occupation trial under way

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Associated Press A government prosecutor was seeking prison terms of up to 12 years as 23 men went on trial Wednesday in the violent occupation of the Mexican Embassy in Cuba three years ago. A group of young men stole a bus and crashed it through the gates of the mission in late February 2002 amid a… Read More

Health : Cuba Reports Record Low Infant Mortality Rate

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Cuba’s health system reported the lowest infant mortality rate in history in 2004, as a result of health programs carried out by local authorities. According to statistics from the health sector, the Caribbean Island reported 5.8 deaths per every 1,000 live births in 2004, one of the lowest rates… Read More

Oil Find Hints at a Less Dependent Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

New York Times | By SIMON ROMERO President Fidel Castro said he had some information to lift the spirits of Cuba’s 11 million people: two Canadian energy companies, Pebercan and Sherritt International, had discovered oil in the Gulf of Mexico in an area under Cuba’s control. Mr. Castro, in… Read More

Cuba Confronts The New Bush Administration

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

by Salim Lamrani | Znet George Bush’s re-election on 2nd November 2004 is undoubtedly one of the major current issues. In fact, the new US administration represents one of the most serious dangers for the stability and security of the world. The arrogant unilateralism which characterised Bush’s… Read More

USAID funding list of organizations

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Source: Ana Radelat, “USAID funding for anti-Castro groups tops $34 million, ” CubaNews (1) Center for a Free Cuba $5,049,709 (2) Grupo de Apoyo a la Disidencia $4,650,000 (3) Cuba On-Line $4,240,000 (4) Int’l Republican Institute $2,773,825 (5) Freedom House $2,100,000 (6) UM: Cuba… Read More

EU presses Cuba over diplomatic ties

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

EUbusiness The European Union reiterated Thursday the need for Cuba to renew diplomatic ties with the whole 25 member bloc, saying it was “unfortunate” that Havana had resumed contacts only with eight EU states. EU foreign ministers are to discuss this month how to proceed with sanctions… Read More

Galloway plans coffee-table Castro book

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

EDWARD BLACK AND ALLAN CALDWELL MAVERICK MP George Galloway will use a long-established friendship with Fidel Castro to write an intimate portrayal of the Cuban leader this summer. The MP for Glasgow Kelvin, expelled by the Labour party last year for his outspoken views on the war in Iraq, will interview… Read More

The Future of Cuba - opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

PBS | Infosearch | Jose Cadenas | Research Dept | La Nueva Cuba Conventional wisdom has it that when Fidel Castro departs the scene—an event which is bound to occur sooner rather than later—Cuba and Cubans will have a chance to start all over again. For some, this means a chance to leave… Read More

The Pope calls for end to US Embargo against Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Reuters Pope John Paul repeated his condemnation of the U.S. economic embargo against Communist-ruled Cuba on Saturday, saying the island nation needed proper conditions for its development. The Pope, who has spoken out against the embargo in the past, made his comments at a ceremony at which Havana’s… Read More

Cuba, the European Union and Dissidents - Opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Myriam Marquez | Orlando Sentinel The European Union’s Council for Latin America wants the EU to suspend sanctions imposed against Cuba after the communist island’s 2003 crackdown on dissidents. So Cuba plays nicey-nice and resumes diplomatic relations with eight European countries. And… Read More

Fidel Castro biography to be shown on PBS American Experience

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Press Release On Monday, January 31, PBS’s American Experience will broadcast “Fidel Castro,” a new biography from acclaimed producer Adriana Bosch (“Jimmy Carter,” “Reagan,” “Ulysses S. Grant”). The two-hour program will carry Spanish subtitles on… Read More

Ricardo Alarcon comments on the April 17 elections in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

AIN The President of the Cuban Parliament Ricardo Alarcon said in Havana that this year’s elections will be a political victory for the Caribbean nation. The Cuban official spoke Wednesday during the swearing in ceremony of the members of the National Electoral Commission, charged with organizing… Read More

Fidel Castro and 2004 events in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

BY TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News Fidel Castro summed up 2004 like this: “There couldn’t have been a worse year, and there couldn’t have been a better year, either.” Two hurricanes, a stubborn drought, spiraling energy costs and stepped-up U.S. sanctions hammered the economy.… Read More

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