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Fidel Castro may recover from digestive system ailment

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Marc Frank | ABC News Five months into one of the most bizarre episodes in modern Cuba’s history, the veil is slowly lifting over what ails the world’s longest-ruling head of state, President Fidel Castro. A Spanish surgeon who examined the famous rebel just days ago told a press conference… Read More

US plans for mass exodus from Cuba that may never happen

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Bloomberg | By Janine Zacharia President George W. Bush’s top advisers examined yesterday how to handle the post-Fidel Castro era, preparing for a possible wave of Cuban refugees once the ailing dictator dies, according to a U.S. official familiar with the White House meeting. National Security… Read More

Raul the Reformer? Is he anxious to open up Cuba?

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Associated Press Raul Castro said he will delegate more and speak less than his “irreplaceable” brother Fidel and, in comments published today, may be a signal that a new leadership style might include more openness to divergent opinions. The Communist Party newspaper Granma said Raul Castro,… Read More

Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega talks about US Congressional visit to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

CatholicNews.com Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino called a mid-December visit to his nation by 10 U.S. legislators “very interesting.” “It seems to me that they have a favorable attitude, and at this time of year, when Christmas is near and we are so in need of peace and dialogue… Read More

Good summary on US delegation trip to Cuba

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By JULIA PRESTON | New York Times Cuban officials told lawmakers from the United States House of Representatives visiting Havana yesterday that President Fidel Castro did not have cancer or any terminal illness and that he would be making a public appearance shortly, according to Rep. William Delahunt,… Read More

Fidel Castro and US Congressional trip to Cuba update

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BY ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Fidel Castro telephoned a meeting of provincial legislative leaders, the Communist Party daily said Saturday in a report apparently aimed at quelling rumors about the ailing Cuban leader’s health. Meanwhile, 10 visiting U.S. Congress members met with Foreign Minister… Read More

Bill Delahunt in Cuba requests to speak with Raul Castro

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By ANITA SNOW | AP A delegation of American lawmakers sought improved diplomatic and economic ties with Cuba on Friday, anticipating leadership changes in Havana and on Capitol Hill. Ten U.S. congressmen were expected to discuss the possibility of easing U.S. trade and travel sanctions in meetings with… Read More

UNVERIFIED photo of Fidel Castro dead in casket

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

This link was sent to us by email and all the text is in Spanish. I do not know the source but it makes for interesting speculation. If Fidel Castro is dead, this is one of the first photos to be released. MiCalleOcho.com Para los que lo quer�an ver aqu� lo tienen: Mi pap� es m�dico y dice que… Read More

Congressman Bill Delahunt says Embargo restrictions to be eased in 2007

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Bloomberg | By Bill Faries The U.S. Congress will pass legislation next year to ease restrictions on family travel and financial transfers to Cuba, Representative William Delahunt, co-chair of a congressional group seeking to loosen the U.S. embargo, said. Rules limiting U.S. residents with Cuban relatives… Read More

Silence of Fidel Castro prepares Cuba for his death

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Reuters | By Esteban Israel (original title: Cubans wonder if they will see Castro again) Cubans are increasingly talking in the past tense about Fidel Castro, the man who governed their lives for 47 years. Castro has not appeared in public since he underwent emergency intestinal surgery and temporarily… Read More

South Florida prepares for mass migration of immigrants from Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

BY OSCAR CORRAL | Miami Herald Picture this: Cuban leader Fidel Castro dies. Cubans board rafts and take to the seas. In South Florida, exiles board boats and head for Cuba to pick up desperate relatives. The Florida Straits get jammed with thousands of boats on choppy seas. People start to drown. Chaos… Read More

A post-Fidel Castro Cuba - Raul biography

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Brian Latell video on Cuba transition Host: World Affairs Council of Oregon Location: Portland, OR Date: Nov 16 2006 Program Description: Raul Who? The Fate of Post-Fidel Cuba Although six U.S. Presidents may be forgiven for wondering, Fidel Castro really may not live forever. His recent illness and… Read More

The next Castro in line - Mariela Castro?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

scotsman.com | TOM FAWTHROP IN HAVANA SHE may be the troublemaking, free-spirited rebel of the family, but Mariela Castro is seen by some as the future of Cuban socialism. While her father, Ra�l Castro, has become the de facto leader of the country, with her uncle, the ailing president, Fidel, too… Read More

London newspaper says Fidel Castro may be dead by Christmas

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Leonard Doyle, Foreign Editor | The Independent The ailing Cuban President Fidel Castro is battling terminal cancer and could be dead by Christmas, senior Western diplomatic sources have said. Observers close to the Cuban regime have reported that the leader is suffering from an aggressive form of… Read More

Raul Castro attends 13th birthday party for Elian Gonzalez

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

The Associated Press Acting President Raul Castro sat in for his ailing brother Fidel on Wednesday at an event marking Elian Gonzalez’s 13th birthday — and another year of the ideological campaign launched after an international custody battle over the Cuban boy. Raul Castro, 75, has been increasingly… Read More

Cuban dissident Hector Palacios released from Cuba prison

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

The Associated Press Hector Palacios, a well-known Cuban dissident jailed in a government crackdown on the opposition three years ago, was released from prison on Wednesday for health reasons. Palacios told journalists he received the news “with happiness, to be able to be in my house.” The… Read More

Raul Castro and China agree to strengthen ties

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Xinhua Cuba is willing to strengthen military and other cooperation with China, the First Vice-President of the Council of the State of Cuba and Defense Minister Raul Castro said in Havana on Monday while meeting with a visiting Chinese military delegation. Raul expressed his satisfaction at the smooth… Read More

Press release by Oswaldo Paya - All Cubans must be free

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

For Cuba to live freely Cubans must all be free Havana, December 2, 2006- In today’s celebration, once again the government has exhibited the force of its army, the glory and memory of its victories, massive demonstrations of support and the durability of its power, but not of liberty. Freedom… Read More

US chooses to keep head in sand - No negotiations with Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

(Original title: U.S. rejects talking to Cuba’s “dictator-in-waiting”) Reuters The State Department on Monday rejected an offer of talks with Raul Castro, Cuba’s acting president, saying it saw no point in a dialogue with what it called the Caribbean island’s “dictator-in-waiting.”… Read More

Fidel Castro dead - politically anyway

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Jeff Franks | Reuters Fidel Castro’s absence on Saturday from a major military parade in his honor was the surest sign yet that his 47-year-long reign as Cuba’s undisputed leader has come to an end, experts said. They said illness and old age had done what 10 U.S. presidents could not,… Read More

Fidel no show - Raul Castro calls for negotiations with US

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(This is the paragraph that is most meaningful: We take this opportunity to once again state that we are willing to resolve at the negotiating table the longstanding dispute between the United States and Cuba, of course, provided they accept, as we have previously said, our condition as a country that… Read More

Felipe Perez Roque full text of US Embargo against Cuba speech to UN

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

(Email received from the Cuban Embassy of Botswana) Esteemed friends and colleagues: First of all, receive our best regard and distinguished consideration.  We have a pleasure to enclose herewith the statement by His Excellency Mr. Felipe Pèrez Roque, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic… Read More

Oswaldo Paya and Christian Liberation Movement release statements

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

1)    Message to the Ibero-American Nations THE GRAND OMISSION AT THE IBEROAMERICAN SUMMIT: MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF LATIN AMERICA, SPAIN AND PORTUGAL It should be a scandal for the Ibero-American Summits that all of the Ibero-American peoples, except that of Cuba, can freely and democratically… Read More

Fidel Castro’s last speech- Brian Latell

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

The Latell Report He could still surprise all of us who have concluded he is suffering from terminal cancer. However, as unlikely as it seems now, Fidel Castro could yet emerge in public and deliver another speech before a live Cuban audience. That might even occur on December 2 when his belated 80th… Read More

Full text of Fidel Castro “no show” letter to waiting party guests

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Granma.cu Message from President Fidel Castro to participants in the celebrations for his 80th birthday Dear compatriots and dear friends from all over the world: During this time, I have worked intensely to guarantee in our country the objectives of the Proclamation of the 31st of July. Now we find… Read More

Fidel Castro apologizes for “no show” at his birthday party

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AP Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro told hundreds of admirers who traveled here for his 80th birthday party that he was not well enough to meet with them on Tuesday. In a written message read at the launch of his five-day birthday bash, Castro said his doctors told him he was not in condition to attend… Read More

Latin America Working Group releases ‘tempered optimism’ statement

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Latin American Working Group email newsletter release Dear Cuba Policy Advocates: Thanks to many of you who have let us know that you have called or written your members of Congress—especially the new members (see our message from November 20, also pasted in below). It is much appreciated, and it is… Read More

Norman Bailey appointed as new new Cuba mission manager against Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

(Title has been changed to illustrate the point) BY PABLO BACHELET | Miami Herald The director of national intelligence, John Negroponte, Monday appointed a conservative specialist on links between national security and economics to head a kind of one-stop shop for the intelligence community on Cuba… Read More

New Democrat congress may attack US Embargo against Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By William E. Gibson and Vanessa Bauzá | South Florida Sun-Sentinel For the past three years, Wendy Alonso has felt trapped by strict U.S. travel restrictions that have kept her from visiting her father, grandmothers and other relatives in Cuba. Now, like other Cuban-Americans yearning to see their… Read More

Congressmen Delahunt and Flake to hold hearings on USAID Cuba spending

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Pablo Bachelet | Miami Herald Two congressmen who oppose sanctions on Cuba said Wednesday they will push for an investigation of U.S. programs to promote democracy on the island after a report uncovered poor oversight and indications of wastefulness. “The conclusions are disturbing, to say the… Read More

Will the US Embargo against Cuba end in 2007?

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

This is a multifaceted question. The Embargo is a trade embargo and a travel embargo for the sake of brevity. Either embargo could be eased, lifted, rewritten or defunded. So, there is no simple yes or no answer. (Of course there isn’t, after we’re talking about US Cuba relations) Please… Read More

Anonymous US officials - Fidel Castro has less than 18 months to live

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By Pablo Bachelet | McClatchy Newspapers The U.S. government believes that Cuban leader Fidel Castro has terminal cancer and has less than 18 months to live, government officials say. The information is not based on insider reports but rather on publicly available materials such as videos and still photographs… Read More

Felipe Perez Roque talks with AP about the future of Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press Cuba’s foreign minister stepped back Monday from an earlier assertion that Fidel Castro would return to power in December and declined to say whether the ailing Cuban leader would be well enough to attend next month’s celebration of his 80th birthday.… Read More

Raul Castro and Cuba update

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Frances Robles | McClatchy Newspapers Three months after Cuban leader Fidel Castro handed the reins of power to his brother Raul, triggering shocking uncertainty on both sides of the Florida Straits, there are early but important signs that Raul has taken a different track than Fidel. Raul’s… Read More

Fidel Castro Appears On Cuban Television

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Associated Press Fidel Castro has appeared on Cuban state television for the first time in more than a month. The 80-year-old Cuban leader was walking and ridiculing recent rumors of his death. Castro temporarily ceded power to his brother Raul in July following intestinal surgery. He has not been seen… Read More

Fidel Castro not seen since September on death bed?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

NBC6.net Comments by Brazil’s leftist president seemed simple enough, but one part of his speech left some wondering whether Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is still alive. No new videos or pictures of Castro have been released since mid-September, and the death rumors are surfacing again. Brazilian… Read More

Reporters Without Borders report on Internet access in Cuba

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Reporters Without Borders today publishes a report entitled “Going online in Cuba - Internet under surveillance” with the results of tests carried out on the island in August. It includes a survey of the Internet control methods used by the authorities and the personal account of a French… Read More

US cannot find host country for Posada so he stays in jail for now

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Aracely Lazcano | Reuters An anti-Fidel Castro militant accused of bombing a Cuban airliner in 1976 will remain detained on immigration charges after U.S. Justice Department lawyers on Thursday filed objections to a magistrate’s recommendation that he be freed. The lawyers called Luis Posada… Read More

Bush Administration to further strengthen failed Plan A Embargo

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press Writer Original title: Fed Task Force to Enforce Cuba Sanctions The federal government on Tuesday announced the formation of a new law enforcement task force that will aggressively pursue violators of the U.S. trade and travel sanctions that have been in effect against… Read More

Cuba Embargo’s Boomerang Effect

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

by Patricia Grogg HAVANA - Washington’s embargo against Cuba also has an impact on the United States economy and prevents millions of U.S. citizens from benefiting from Cuban medical progress, according to a report released by the Cuban foreign ministry. The text of the report will be presented… Read More

American Journalism Review regarding challenges of covering Cuba news

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Lori Robertson .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) a former AJR managing editor, is a senior writer for the magazine. Cuba Countdown   Coverage of Fidel Castro’s illness and handoff of power underscores the challenges of reporting on the secretive regime and… Read More

Felipe Perez Roque comments on future of Fidel and US relations

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By EDITH M. LEDERER | Associated Press Writer Cuba’s foreign minister said Thursday he expects Fidel Castro to be fully back at the helm by early December and urged U.S. intelligence chiefs to tear up their post-Castro scenario because his illness demonstrated Cubans’ strong support for their… Read More

Plantados - Documentary on prisoners in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

BY GLENN GARVIN |  Miami Herald Plantados, 9-10 tonight, WLRN-PBS 17 Alone in a dark, filthy prison cell, exhausted and dizzy from a hunger strike against Fidel Castro’s jailers, years to go on his sentence, Huber Matos reached out to his sole companion: an emaciated rat hunting for something… Read More

Oswaldo Paya letter to NAM meeting attendees in Havana Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Miami Herald op/ed VERBATIM For human rights in Cuba and worldwide By OSWALDO PAYA SARDINAS Below are excerpts of a message from Oswaldo Paya Sardinas, prominent Cuban democracy activist and Christian Liberation Movement leader, to delegates at the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Havana this week.… Read More

How might Raul rule Cuba?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Miami Herald Staff Report For an engineer named Ismael, Cuban leader Fidel Castro is ‘‘charismatic and super-intelligent.’’ But he doesn’t feel the same way about Fidel’s brother and designated successor, Ra�l Castro. ‘‘He’s too hard-line,’’… Read More

“The Good Terrorist” Luis Posada Carriles may be freed from US custody

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Publisher note: Original title is “Posada should be released, magistrate tells judge” but I just couldn’t help adding the “Good Terrorist” line because Posada is a good terrorist according to the whacked out old Cuban exiles in Miami. END BY ALFONSO CHARDY | Miami Herald… Read More

Nonaligned Movement NAM country leaders converge in Havana

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Anita Snow | AP Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he was going straight to Fidel Castro’s side after arriving Thursday in Cuba for the Nonaligned Movement summit, and that the Cuban leader’s recovery from intestinal surgery has been remarkable. “If you saw Fidel riding a horse here,… Read More

Alliance of Baptists to challenge OFAC fine for travel to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

ABPNews.com | By Robert Marus The Alliance of Baptists has filed a formal challenge to a Treasury Department fine for allegedly violating the United States’ economic embargo on Cuba. Alliance officials sent the response Aug. 31 to the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC,… Read More

Fidel Castro says Most critical moment behind me

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Writer Fidel Castro said in a statement Tuesday that he has lost more than 41 pounds since he had intestinal surgery but added that the “most critical moment” was behind him. The Cuban leader announced on July 31 that he was stepping aside as president to… Read More

Chavez visits Castro again, Fidel appears in better health

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Cuban President Fidel Castro, looking notably better than he did when last seen almost three weeks ago, happily greeted Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during a brief visit aired on state television Friday. “Brother!” the 80-year-old Castro said from his sickbed, his face lighting up as… Read More

Things could change under Raul—for the worse - Frank Calzon’s stupid opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

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Raul Castro appoints Ambassador to China and Minister of Communications

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BY NANCY SAN MARTIN | Miami Herald In the first Cuban government change since Raul Castro began ruling the island a month ago, a well-known hardliner and reputed rival was named minister of communications and information science. The appointment of Ramiro Valdes Thursday was viewed by most Cuba-watchers… Read More

President of Costa Rica comments on Cuba’s democratic future - opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Miami Herald | BY OSCAR ARIAS SANCHEZ In his third inaugural address, Franklin Delano Roosevelt told us that, ‘‘The democratic aspiration is no mere recent phase of human history. It is human history.’’ Without democracy, liberty is no more than a mirage. Political stability,… Read More

Raul vs. Fidel - Who will determine the future of Cuba?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

http://independent.org William Ratliff At the beginning of August, Cuba got a new “Maximum Leader” for the first time in almost a half century. Raul Castro, 75, “temporarily” replaced his brother, Fidel, while the latter underwent major surgery. Fidel, who had been filmed… Read More

Cuban Youth - Change for Cuba or status quo?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Frances Robles | Miami Herald As a 24-year-old Havana potato vendor who makes $10 a month - double if he finds side jobs - Ricardo doesn’t have anything against communism or Fidel Castro. He would just like some extra money to replace his shabby tennis shoes or even buy a car. A diabetic who… Read More

Cuba transition from Fidelismo to Raulismo

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Jaime Suchlicki | Miami Herald Fidel Castro is fighting his last battle-one that he cannot win. Death will not elude him. Cuba is witnsessing the end of the Fidelista era and the beginning of a Raulista one. Power has passed into the hands of the younger brother. Succession seems now irreversible. Questions… Read More

US Intelligence Mission Managers assigned to spy on Cuba and Venezuela

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

AFP The United States has named a special “manager” for its intelligence operations against Cuba and Venezuela, in effect putting the two Latin American nations on a par with “axis of evil” states confronted on multiple levels by the administration of President George W Bush.… Read More

Who’s better off since 1959, Cubans or Puerto Ricans?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

I pose this question so it will serve as a discussion regarding the governments running the two islands. The US has “occupied” Puerto Rico since 1902 when we “acquired” it after we won the Spanish American war. Fidel Castro has ran Cuba since January 1, 1959. Who is better off,… Read More

Video of Hugo Chavez talking with Fidel Castro in hospital bed

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

YouTube video of Chavez and Castro This is a short video of Hugo Chavez visiting with Fidel Castro. Very symbolic where Chavez is standing as the new leader of socialism in the Latin America and Castro is laying down. Raul Castro is seen in the beginning on Chavez’s left.   ———————————————-… Read More

Cuban American exiles and Miami secretly say “Viva Fidel” for 45 years - OPINION

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Publisher | Havana Journal This is not a fully thought out concept but here’s what recently dawned on me. The Cuban American exile community has always wanted Fidel Castro to be the President of Cuba. Think about it. Why would they back the failed Plan A Embargo for more than forty… Read More

Raul Castro’s Cuba - opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Jonathan Brown | Santiago Times Last week the Associate Press quoted Thomas A. Shannon Jr., the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, saying that Fidel Castro’s attempt to turn over power to his brother Raúl is doomed to fail. “The transfer won’t work,’’ he said. “Ultimately,… Read More

Senator Mel Martinez encourages dialogue with Raul Castro ?

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Lisa Ferdinando | VOA News A Cuban-born U.S. senator has expressed optimism about the future of his homeland, but urged patience for political change. Senator Mel Martinez spoke at an event in Coral Gables, near Miami, on Tuesday, more than two weeks after the announcement that Cuban President Fidel… Read More

After Raul? Who will be the next President of Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Marc Frank | Reuters With President Fidel Castro ill, and acting President Raul Castro 75 years old, the era of those who won the 1959 revolution is ending and the ascendancy of a new generation is about to begin, Cuba experts say. A video of Fidel Castro, 80, in a hospital bed after surgery two weeks… Read More

Raul Castro addresses Cuban people

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Writer In his first public comments since becoming Cuba’s acting president, Raul Castro said his brother Fidel is recovering and that thousands of troops were mobilized soon after his illness was announced, according to an interview published Friday. Raul Castro,… Read More

The Fidel Castro era is over

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

LA Times | Washington Post Why hasn’t Raul Castro been seen in public much since he became acting president of Cuba? Would Carlos Lage, a reputed Gorbachev-style reformer in the Havana hierarchy, have travelled to Bolivia if Fidel Castro was on his deathbed? Was parliamentary speaker Ricardo Alarcon… Read More

Bush Administration fines several Baptists churches for trip to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Associated Press U.S. Treasury officials have fined the Alliance of Baptists $34,000 after citing Birmingham’s Baptist Church of the Covenant and al other churches for engaging in banned tourist activities while in Cuba for religious purposes. The alliance’s executive director, Stan Hastey,… Read More

Journalist Marc Frank recalls conversation with Fidel Castro

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

ABC News | Marc Frank Mark Franck is a reporter for Reuters and lives in Havana. As I stared into Fidel Castro’s bloodshot eyes, his right hand on my shoulder for support, his face just a few inches from mine, I thought, “He is going to work himself to death within five years.” It wasn’t… Read More

Photos of Hugo Chavez visiting Fidel and Raul Castro in Cuba

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By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Cuba’s Communist daily published new photographs of ailing leader Fidel Castro on Monday, showing him in bed on his 80th birthday during a visit with his brother Raul and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.  The official Granma newspaper posted the six photographs… Read More

Fidel Castro alive but he says to prepare for “adverse news”

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Anita Snow | Associated Press Fidel Castro sent Cubans a sober greeting on his 80th birthday Sunday, saying he faces a long recovery from surgery — and warning they should be prepared for “adverse news.” But he encouraged them to be optimistic, saying Cuba “will continue marching… Read More

Fidel Castro not dead - Hugo Chavez to visit for 80th birthday

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Reuters Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he would visit ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Havana on Saturday night for Castro’s 80th birthday. Castro handed over the reins of power in late July to his younger brother Raul following abdominal surgery. “I announce that tomorrow I will… Read More

Havana Journal banned in Cuba?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

We have been getting reports about the Havana Journal website not resolving in Cuba. If anyone can post comments that they can or cannot view the site, we would appreciate it. You can leave an anonymos comment. If you are a member, log out then then enter a fake email address and the system should accept… Read More

Who is Raul Castro? - negative analysis

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AFP | By Patrick Moser Cuba’s ailing communist leader Fidel Castro is unlikely to reassume the presidency he temporarily ceded to his brother Raul, according to US analysts. “My opinion is he’s never going to be able to resume his act,” said Brian Latell, a former intelligence… Read More

Who is Raul Castro? - positive analysis

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By ANITA SNOW Associated Press Writer Raul Castro, CEO. With the military controlling a good share of Cuba’s tourism, electronics imports and foreign currency reserves, the defense minister is as much entrepreneur as soldier. Now that he’s filling in as president for his ailing brother, Fidel,… Read More

Statement of purpose from Cuban dissidents Ladies in White

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Miami Herald A translation of an excerpt from a statement issued Monday by Miriam Leiva, founding member of the Ladies in White group: On Aug. 7, as on every Sunday since March 30, 2003, the Ladies in White attended church at the Santa Rita de Casia Church and walked down the middle of Fifth Avenue in… Read More

US ramps up TV Marti propaganda machine for broadcasts into Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

http://www.bradenton.com | LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ | Hispanic Affairs Writer The United States beefed up its television transmissions to Cuba over the weekend through its Miami-based TV Marti station in response to reports that Cuban President Fidel Castro temporarily ceded power to his brother. On… Read More

Bush Administration to relax immigration rules for Cubans

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By LARA JAKES JORDAN | Associated Press The Bush administration is preparing to help reunite some Cuban families with relatives already in the United States as part of a limited easing of immigration rules following Fidel Castro’s handoff of power. At the same time, draft documents obtained Monday… Read More

The cost of the US Embargo against Cuba on the United States

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Council on Hemispheric Affairs http://www.coha.org/2006/08/07/salvaging-washington%E2%80%99s-cuban-train-wreck/ With Fidel Castro temporarily transferring his authority to his brother Raúl a number of days ago, the instability that could accompany any significant shift in… Read More

Carlos Lage - Cuban insider or future outsider? opinion

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I am reading many odd quotes from Carlos Lage, a Vice President in Cuba and pretty much in charge of running the Cuban economy. Here’s my little theory on the current power structure in Cuba and why: Carlos Lage is pretty much the only senior official out there making any comments about Fidel while… Read More

Mort Zuckerman on Fidel Castro

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

USnews.com | By Mortimer B. Zuckerman Several years and many requests went by before I was finally granted my first one-on-one interview with Fidel Castro. But it was well worth waiting for. When we first sat down, we began talking at about 8 p.m. and didn’t finish till 5 the next morning, with… Read More

Fidel Castro has stomach cancer according to Brazil newspaper

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http://www.Monstersandcritics.com Rio de Janeiro - A newspaper based in the commercial centre of Sao Paulo cited Brazilian government sources in its report Saturday that Cuban leader Fidel Castro has stomach cancer. According to official statements Monday from Havana, Castro temporarily handed… Read More

old Cuban American exiles wait to invade Cuba with lawyers

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By TIM PADGETT | Time Magazine (Note: original title Cuba After Castro: Can Miami’s Exiles Reclaim Their Stake? but I changed it to something that I think is more appropriate) Alberto Beguiristain was once ready to risk his life to regain what he lost in Cuba. In 1960, a year after Fidel Castro… Read More

Variety of medical conditions could trouble Fidel Castro

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By LAURAN NEERGAARD | The Associated Press Although U.S. doctors can only speculate on Fidel Castro’s health, his self-described symptoms could signal severe ulcers, a colon condition called diverticulosis or, an outside possibility, even cancer. Whatever the cause, major abdominal surgery in a… Read More

Where’s Raul? and the new power brokers in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Simple question but complicated answer? I don’t live in Cuba but have enough connections to have decent information. Since Fidel’s announcement, I have not heard that Raul Castro has even released a statement. Why do you think Raul has not come out in public yet? Here’s a recent article… Read More

USAID funded Accion Democratica Cubana uses professional smugglers

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Gary Marx Chicago Tribune The Bush administration’s plans to send an additional $80 million over the next two years to support Cuba’s struggling opposition movement is being criticized by the very people the money is intended to help. While some dissidents applaud the increase, many opposition… Read More

Actual text of illness letter from Fidel Castro to Cuban people

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(Provided to us by a loyal Havana Journal member) Announcement from the President to the Cuban people DUE to the enormous effort made to visit the Argentine city of Córdoba, participate in the MERCOSUR meeting, in the closing session of the Summit of the Peoples in the historical University of Córdoba… Read More

Fidel Castro dies - Death pool and funeral date contest

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I’m sure I will take some heat for being so cruel and tasteless but I think many Havana Journal readers would like to weigh in on the prediction for Castro’s last day on this earth so I figured I would put this post out there as a contest instead of a boring request for predictions. DEATH:… Read More

Fidel Castro undergoes surgery, temporarily cedes power to Raul Castro

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By FRANCES ROBLES AND MARTIN MERZER | Miami Herald Cuban leader Fidel Castro has temporarily ceded his presidential power to brother Raul Castro due to illness, according to Cuban national television. The unprecedented announcement came in a communique read over state television. It said that Fidel Castro… Read More

Cuba - The accidental revolution on CBC television

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CUBA: THE ACCIDENTAL REVOLUTION AIRS SUNDAY, JULY 30 & AUGUST 6 ON CBC TELEVISION’S THE NATURE OF THINGS WITH DAVID SUZUKI Cuba:  The Accidental Revolution are two one-hour documentaries celebrating the country’s success in providing for itself in the face of a massive economic crisis,… Read More

USAID funded Latell Report - The Raulista Succession Intrinsically Unstable?

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http://ctp.iccas.miami.edu/ July 2006     Welcome to The Latell Report. The Report, analyzing Cuba’s contemporary domestic and foreign policy, is published monthly except August and December and distributed by the electronic information service of the Cuba Transition Project… Read More

25 years of (failure) of the Cuban American National Foundation

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BY CASEY WOODS | MiamiHerald.com The Cuban American National Foundation was still in its infancy when it accomplished what would have been unthinkable two years before: A sitting U.S. president flew to Miami for an event that highlighted the fledgling organization’s dream for a free Cuba. ‘‘There… Read More

Oswaldo Paya and his Programa Todos Cubanos

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Ceskenoviny.cz Former Czech president Vaclav Havel and former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright, who is of Czech origin, highlighted the latest project of Cuban Oswaldo Paya, who recently unveiled the programme of non-violent transition of Cuba to democracy, in International Herald Tribune (IHT)… Read More

Senator Martinez threatens successive Cuban government

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Gainesville.com | By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ U.S. officials on Friday condemned potential outside interference in Cuba’s future by those who don’t support democratic elections there - singling out Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as “meddling” in Cuban affairs. U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez,… Read More

Summary of US Cuba relations

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CFR.org Council on Foreign Relations Cuba has been at odds with the United States since Fidel Castro assumed power in 1959. Successive U.S. administrations have tried a range of tough measures, including prolonged economic sanctions and designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, none of which… Read More

More Raul and less Fidel? What’s happening in Cuban politics?

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USAtoday.com The death of Fidel Castro did not happen again this week. A posting on a National Review Online blog got the rumor mills burning on Tuesday, but nothing came of the report. The Huffington Post’s Eat the Press blog chided the sparking: “I don’t know why Jonah Goldberg felt… Read More

Cuban dissidents warned not to accept money from US

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BBC A top Cuban official has warned dissidents they will face consequences if they accept funds from a new US plan to promote political change in Cuba. Cuba’s National Assembly president, Ricardo Alarcon, said the plan was a “politically delirious provocation”. President George W Bush… Read More

Augsburg College of Minneapolis settles for $9000 OFAC travel to Cuba fine

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Deseretnews.com By Steve Brandt | McClatchy Newspapers Augsburg College of Minneapolis has paid $9,000 fine to settle allegations by the federal government that it violated the Cuban embargo by arranging trips for small groups of students and others.     The settlement disclosed this week arises… Read More

What’s it like being a “diplomat” living in Cuba

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Publisher note: I created the title of this article and put diplomat in quotes because, in my opinion, there are no US diplomats in Cuba. If Parmly and the other “diplomats” want to be treated with respect in Cuba, I would suggest that they first show some respect to the country that they… Read More

Pastors For Peace make another trek across US heading for Cuba

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About 100 representatives of Cuban solidarity organizations from western Canada and the United States converged at the Canadian-United States Peace Arch border south of Vancouver on June 18. They rallied to support the departure of the 17th Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba. Five participants… Read More

Wayne Smith comments on new Bush plan Free Cuba Commission report

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New Cuba Commission Report: Formula for Continued Failure By Wayne S. Smith In May of 2004, the Bush Administration’s Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba issued an almost 500-page report that seemed to conclude the Castro government was virtually at the point of collapse. Just a few more nudges… Read More

Cuba’s Forbidden Towns

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There are three forbidden towns in Castro’s Cuba: Caymanera, Boqueron, and Jacksonville (Cocodrilo), a visitor can only get there if previosly has a special waiver or permission from the goverment. The town of Caymanera lays beside the US Guantanamo Bay Naval Base Territory Existen en la Cuba de… Read More

Remember the 13 de Marzo

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Cuban-Americans mark a grim anniversary. By Duncan Currie 07/13/2006 IT LACKED THE SCALE and profile of Tiananmen Square, but was no less brutal. In the early morning hours of July 13, 1994, Cuban fireboats rammed and attacked a rickety tugboat ferrying more than 70 would-be defectors away from… Read More

Cuban dissident Elizardo Sanchez expects pressure before Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement

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HAVANA, Jul 6 (IPS) - A decrease in the number of prisoners held for “political motives” in Cuba—down from 333 to 316 “documented” cases over the last six months—is “insignificant,” says a local opposition organisation that issues weekly reports on human… Read More

Raul Castro in public talking about Cuba after Fidel Castro dies

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AP June 15, 2006 Fidel Castro’s brother said the Communist Party will remain in control of Cuba if there is a leadership change, according to comments published Thursday. Raul Castro, the island’s defense minister and designated successor of his 79-year-old brother, dismissed claims that… Read More

Fidel Castro dead? Why is Alarcon saying Fidel is healthy?

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AFP Cuban President Fidel Castro, who turns 80 next month, is an “extraordinarily healthy” man who continues to work very hard every day, parliamentary speaker Ricardo Alarcon said. “Fidel Castro has been given this privilege: he is an extraordinarily healthy man,” Alarcon told… Read More

COMMISSION FOR ASSISTANCE TO A FREE CUBA 2006

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Havana Journal publisher note: This is the full unedited text with comment to follow. COMMISSION FOR ASSISTANCE TO A FREE CUBA REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT - JUNE 2006 CONDOLEEZZA RICE SECRETARY OF STATE, CHAIR CARLOS GUTIERREZ SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, CO-CHAIR TABLE OF CONTENTS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY INTRODUCTION… Read More

Travel to Cuba and the possible OFAC fines

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By Mona Birch | The Triton Here’s the scenario: You are American. You crew on a foreign-owned, foreign-flagged yacht headed to the Caribbean. The itinerary includes Cuba. Can you go? Last year, Capt. James Smith (not his real name) had just this dilemma. Capt. Smith skippers a yacht that is registered… Read More

Post-Castro Continuity - opinion

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Jim Guirard | Family Security Matters At a time when Castroite illiberals in throughout American society continue to whitewash the horrendous human rights record of Fidel Castro’s police-state in Cuba, it is prudent to take a close look at just who this aging “Socialism or Death” tyrant… Read More

Latin America Working Group - Cuba update email newsletter

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Email from LAWG.org is below. Contact them if you would like to be on their mailing list. Dear Cuba Policy Advocates, Thanks for all of your calls and work � it did make a difference! Yesterday was a busy day for Cuba policy on Capitol Hill. We made two steps forward and one step back. The House… Read More

Pastors for Peace begins collecting humanitarian aid to Cuba

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SeaCoastline.com | By Chris Outcalt KITTERY, Maine - Cuba blockade bustin�. Humanitarian aid by any means necessary. Cuba is our neighbor. Those are just a few of the phrases painted on a bus that was parked outside The Space in Kittery Sunday evening. The bus belongs to Pastors for Peace and… Read More

Has the transfer of power from Fidel Castro to Raul begun? - opinion

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Latell Report | Brian Latell (see bio below) Welcome to The Latell Report. The Report, analyzing Cuba’s contemporary domestic and foreign policy, is published monthly and distributed by the electronic information service of the Cuba Transition Project (CTP) at the University of Miami’s Institute… Read More

ACLU files lawsuit against Florida law restricting academic travel to Cuba

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BY EVAN S. BENN | Miami Herald Florida’s American Civil Liberties Union plans to file a lawsuit today to challenge a new state law that bans colleges from organizing and paying for trips to Cuba and other countries that may support terrorism. ‘‘It’s not in the overall interest… Read More

What’s in store for Cuba after Fidel - Sunday Herald, Scotland

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Sunday Herald, Scotland 04 June 2006 By Andrew McLeod YOU could call him the great survivor. The only communist leader outside Asia, he has been a contemporary of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Mao, De Gaulle, Brandt and Thatcher, not to mention George W Bush and Tony… Read More

Cuban dissident reaches 4-month mark on hunger strike

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1 June 2006 Dominican Today Havana.– Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas on Wednesday completed the fourth month of his hunger strike, saying that he wanted to leave the hospital where he is being monitored and return to his home. His mother, Alicia Hernandez, told the press on Wednesday that Fariñas… Read More

Cuban government finances part of Rep. Charles Rangel trip to Cuba

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BY LESLEY CLARK | Knight Ridder Newspapers Rep. Charles Rangel, a frequent critic of the U.S. embargo against Cuba, met with Fidel Castro on a trip to the island in 2002, but only acknowledged that the Cuban government picked up part of the tab when a watchdog group began making recent inquiries. The… Read More

Ricardo Alarcon speaks to National Association of Hispanic Journalists June 14

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By Madeline Baro Diaz | Sun Sentinel Ricardo Alarcon, president of Cuba’s National Assembly, will be the guest speaker at the kickoff for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ convention this month in Fort Lauderdale, organizers said Thursday. Alarcon, a controversial figure for… Read More

Life after Fidel Castro ... in Miami

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BY OSCAR CORRAL | Miami Herald Read the South Florida Humanitarian Network for Cuba Report Sometime in the future, word will hit the streets in Miami: Cuban leader Fidel Castro is dead. Yes, parties will erupt spontaneously in many neighborhoods. Yes, tears will flow and rum bottles stashed in cupboards… Read More

Fidel Castro very popular across Latin America

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BY FRANCES ROBLES | MiamiHerald.com Where did new Haitian President René Préval go on his first trip abroad? Cuba. With whom did Bolivian President Evo Morales meet the day before he nationalized his country’s natural-gas industry? Cuban President Fidel Castro. And which country did a high-level… Read More

Cuba’s Castro Comes Of Age

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For photos click here Photo Credit: Psmith The Caribbean island’s feisty leader becomes an octogenarian. By Psmith Havana - Fidel Castro turns eighty on August 13. But there’s no sign that the Communist revolutionary who’s led Cuba for over forty-seven years plans to relinquish power anytime soon.… Read More

OFAC license renewal help needed

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Any one in the US trying to obtain or renew a OFAC license prepare your self for a long and exasperating process. I submitted my renewal two months ago and have had no acknowledgement of my applicaton other than my receipt of delivery from Fed Ex. My attempts at calling OFAC have been fruitless. I have… Read More

After Fidel Castro there’s Raul but how will he run Cuba and for how long?

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Reuters | By Anthony Boadle Raul Castro, Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s younger brother and designated successor, is no spring chicken. The world’s longest-serving defense minister will be 75 on Saturday, and many wonder whether he is too old to fill his brother’s over-sized shoes if he… Read More

The discreet terror of Fidel Castro - Vaclav Havel

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Three years ago the EU imposed sanctions on Castro’s government, but these were soon undermined by cowardly accommodation. There are more opportunities, however, for Europe to show political responsibility. By Vaclav Havel and others Monday, May 22, 2006,Page 9 This spring marks the third anniversary… Read More

Cuban journalist Armando Betancourt arrested in Cuba

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CPJ.com Committee to Protect Journalists The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of independent Cuban journalist Armando Betancourt who was arrested a week ago while covering the evictions of dozens of families from their homes in the central city of Camag�ey, sources told CPJ.… Read More

Democracy in Cuba article from Prensa Latina

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(Havana Journal Publisher note: I find this article to be VERY interesting. Not so much because of the content but because of the source. Prensa Latina is a STRONG supporter of Castro and to even post an editorial about democracy in Cuba would be unacceptable to the Cuban government. Is this a “trial… Read More

OFAC releases Pastors for Peace humanitarian cargo after 10 months

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Peridico26.cu Ten months after seizing 45 boxes of computers and supplies destined for disabled Cuban children, U.S. Customs officials in Hidalgo, Texas, are returning the aid to IFCO/Pastors for Peace, after the group threatened a Federal lawsuit. Pastors for Peace conducted a tenacious campaign… Read More

The current state of Fidel Castro (health comments)

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By Oakland Ross | Toronto Star Awithering tropical sun beats down upon the teeming Plaza of the Revolution, where a familiar bearded gentleman in olive-green fatigues leans against a dark wooden podium and does what he does best. He goes on and on and on. How many rice-cookers did this Caribbean outpost… Read More

Governor Bush to restrict American’s freedom to travel like President

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By Mark Hollis | Sun Sentinel Gov. Jeb Bush indicated Tuesday he will sign a bill that would forbid professors and students from visiting Cuba and other nations accused of supporting terrorism. Bush’s backing of the legislation, sponsored by state Rep. David Rivera, a Miami Republican who represents… Read More

2006 Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba report delayed

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

The Miami Herald | By Pablo Bachelet A long-awaited update from the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba, a keystone of President Bush’s policies on the island, will not be delivered to the White House as scheduled on Cuban independence day Saturday, but should be in Bush’s hands by month’s… Read More

Oswaldo Paya’s BIG BANG new Cuba constitution proposal

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By VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press Writer A Cuban pro-democracy activist presented a proposal Wednesday for a new constitution with expanded freedoms for Cubans, calling for the right to criticize the government and operate private businesses. Oswaldo Paya’s proposal, compiled by his Christian… Read More

President Kennedy pulls air support for Bay of Pigs invasion - Letter to Editor

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http://www.newsobserver.com A news story last month focused on the failed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro and the fiasco at the Bay of Pigs, Cuba, 45 years ago. Here is my story of the perfidious performance by the United States in not fulfilling promised obligations to others. It begins on… Read More

Fidel Castro’s last stand? Editorial

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By Carol J. Williams | Los Angeles Times As Cuban leader Fidel Castro wages war against private enterprise, petty theft and a shackled opposition, analysts say the aging militant is striving to recover the egalitarian aims of his revolution and protect his legacy of having rescued Cuba from capitalism.… Read More

Bush Administration continues to punish small business and Cuban Americans in Miami

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(NOTE: We recieved this email from the Latin American Working Group. We have created the title for impact.) Dear Cuba Policy Advocates: Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, it does. That is how we are feeling about a series of new, restrictive actions taken by the U.S. government regarding… Read More

Freedom of the press is missing in Cuba

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RAUL RIVERO May 3, 2006) In the spring of 2003, journalist Raul Rivero was arrested along with 28 of his colleagues and sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment. He was released from prison on medical parole in November 2004. Poet, journalist and co-founder of the independent news agency CubaPress,… Read More

Senator Bill Nelson’s stupid bill to stop Cuba from drilling for oil in Cuban waters

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By Lesley Clark | Miami Herald Throwing a grenade into the fight over oil drilling off Florida’s coastline, Sen. Bill Nelson plans to announce today legislation that he says could prevent Cuba from drilling in its waters some 50 miles off Key West. The Florida Democrat says his bill would block… Read More

US Embargo against Cuba allows China to drill 50 miles off Florida

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Associated Press China and a host of other oil-hungry nations will be tapping into huge offshore oil deposits a mere 50 miles from the United States while this nation is forced to endure rising gas prices as a result of record high demand for oil fueled by such countries as China and India. �… Read More

ENCASA-US-CUBA takes out full page ad to protest US Embargo

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NY Daily News | Albor Ruiz Enough is enough. That is the unmistakable message conveyed in an open letter signed by more than 100 prominent Cuban-American scholars, writers and artists - 11 of them from New York - published today in The Miami Herald as a full-page ad. The letter is right on target when… Read More

President Bush struggles to answer direct question on US Embargo

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BY LESLEY CLARK |  Miami Herald President Bush defended his administration’s travel ban to Cuba on Monday, telling a Cuban American who suggested that visits to the island would topple Fidel Castro that ``trade with the country enables a tyrant to stay in power.’‘ The remarks came… Read More

Accused terrorist Luis Posada applies for US citizenship

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By ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Associated Press Writer A Cuban militant accused of masterminding the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner has applied to become a U.S. citizen, his lawyer said Tuesday. Luis Posada Carriles, who has been jailed in El Paso on immigration charges since May, is scheduled to be interviewed… Read More

Cuban dissident Marta Beatriz Roque beaten by mob in Havana

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AFP Cuba’s most prominent female dissident says she was brutally beaten at her home by a pro-government mob of people who knew she was heading to a meeting at the home of the top US diplomat in Havana. “I see it as a (government) message to the opposition,” ailing economist… Read More

Anti-Castro group Alpha 66 denies ties to guns and explosives

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Los Angeles Times | By Lance Pugmire A militant organization of Cuban exiles disavows any connection to a retired Army Special Forces officer arrested last week after authorities raided his Upland home and found more than 1,300 guns and explosives, the group’s leadership said Thursday. Robert Ferro,… Read More

Cuban exile Robert Ferro arrested on weapons possession - plot to kill Fidel Castro?

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Los Angeles Times | By Lance Pugmire A Cuban exile arrested on suspicion of stashing more than 1,000 guns in his Upland home told federal authorities that the weapons were for a quasi-military group bent on overthrowing President Fidel Castro, but police officials said that may be a cover story for a… Read More

The Bahamas - between US and Cuba

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BY JACQUELINE CHARLES | Miami Herald The earthy smell of Cuban-grown tobacco wafts through the crowded downtown nightspot as cigar-smoking locals and Cuban officials exchange pleasantries—and try to cut trade deals. This is not a scene that Cuban Americans in South Florida would appreciate as an… Read More

Bay of Pigs anniversay - April 17, 1961 - with opinion

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http://www.cubanet.org Maj. Gen. (DCNG-Ret.) Erneido A. Oliva, Former Second-in-Command of the Assault Brigade 2506. CAMCO, April 13, 2006. On April 17, 1961, approximately 1,300 courageous Cuban patriots belonging to the Assault Brigade “2506” landed on Cuban beaches. Our… Read More

How Fidel Castro might retire as President of Cuba - opinion

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Rob Sequin | Publisher Havana Journal Of course no one really knows how or when (or even if) Fidel Castro will ever retire but here’s my thoughts on how Fidel Castro might retire and cede the Presidency of Cuba. Fidel Castro will not be the President of Cuba forever, obviously that is biologically… Read More

Al Fox for Congress

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Al Fox, long-time advocate against the embargo and founder of The Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation (http://www.responsiblecubapolicy.org), is running for Congress in Florida’s 11th District - Tampa.  The 11th District is largely Democratic and will spend the Summer fighting… Read More

Benicio del Toro to play Che Guevara in Guerrillero movie

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Associated Press Benicio del Toro will star in Guerrillero, a film detailing the later life of lefist revolutionary hero Ernesto “Che” Guevara , officials said. Officials plan to construct six sets Mexico’s central Veracruz area and begin filming later this month, Ricardo Rodriguez,… Read More

Bank of Nova Scotia ends Cuba banking in Jamaica under US pressure

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http://www.thestar.com | OAKLAND ROSS Just who is in charge of Canada’s bankers? That’s what Gisela Garcia Rivera wants to know, and she may not be alone. Garcia Rivera is Cuba’s ambassador in Jamaica, and last Friday she angrily closed all her government’s accounts at… Read More

La Revolucion’s William Morgan, Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo and the Second Front

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http://timesonline.co.uk William Morgan was an American who became a leader in Fidel Castro’s army — only to be executed as a traitor after the revolution. More than 40 years on, his widow is fighting to clear his name. By Christopher Goodwin Nowhere could seem further from the balmy subtropics… Read More

Rendezvous With Death: JFK and the Cuban Connection

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http://lfpress.ca | By BILL HARRIS, SPECIAL TO THE LONDON FREE PRESS After 43 years, you might think the public would be sick of theories about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. But the interest in a new documentary titled Rendezvous With Death: JFK and the Cuban Connection, indicates it… Read More

Louis Farrakhan in Cuba - why?

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Prensa Latina US religious leader Louis Farrakhan began a Cuba visit Monday, with plans to meet with US youth studying medicine on the Island. Upon his arrival in this capital, Farrakhan, also a fighter against racism and poverty, was welcomed by Cuban Parliament Speaker Ricardo Alarcon. During his stay… Read More

Felipe Perez Roque invites Egypt to Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Havana

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Prensa Latina Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister Felipe Perez Roque travelled to Egypt and Algeria to officially invite their presidents to the Non-Aligned Movement Summit Havana will host next September. Perez Roque is also slated to visit Sudan, where he will attend the Summit of the Heads of State of… Read More

Time for common-sense US Cuba policy - opinion

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BY MARY SANCHEZ | Knight Ridder Newspapers Now is a good time to recount the conflicting lunacy of Cuba-U.S. foreign policy. Lined up point by point, the stagnation of the situation is astounding. The Bush administration is bent on pressing forward with tactics that have not worked for almost 50 years,… Read More

Cuba will open embassies in four more Caricom countries

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Associated Press Cuba will open embassies in four more Caribbean countries, a move that will give it a presence in most of the Caricom nations, a Cuban official said Friday. Embassies in Antigua, St Vincent, Dominica and Suriname will open in about a month, said Alejandro Merchante Castellanos, Cuban… Read More

Wayne Smith interview on Radio Havana Cuba about US Cuba policy

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Radio Havana Cuba interview with Wayne Smith, ex chief of US Interests Section in Havana, Wayne Smith was third secretary at the US embassy in Havana in the year leading up to the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959. When he decided to leave the US Foreign Service in 1982 because of fundamental disagreements… Read More

Ricardo Cabrisas visits China to talk about Summit of Non Aligned Movement

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Prensa Latina Cuba’s Minister of Government Ricardo Cabrisas arrived on an official visit to the Chinese capital Friday, to meet companies that deal with the Caribbean country. Cabrisas arrived in Beijing from Hanoi, where he met with Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong on Tuesday and hand over… Read More

Congress challenges OFAC to reconsider US Cuba travel restrictions

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Washington Post | ADELLE M. BANKS More than 100 members of Congress have signed a letter to Treasury Secretary John Snow questioning changes in his department’s rules that have halted the ability of some religious organizations to travel to Cuba. “We understand the complicated political reality… Read More

Josefina Vidal vs. Caleb McCarry - opinion

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DEWAYNE WICKHAM | Zanesville Times Recorder Put simply, Josefina Vidal’s job is to outmaneuver Caleb McCarry, the Bush administration’s point man in its effort to bring regime change to Cuba. Vidal is the Cuban government official with the day-to-day responsibility for seeing to it that McCarry… Read More

Cuban scholars not welcome in US by OFAC

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By VANESSA ARRINGTON | ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER Cuban academics hoping to attend a gathering of Latin America experts in Puerto Rico were denied visas by the American government, marking the latest in the current U.S. administration’s trend of shutting out Cubans. Some 55 philosophers, economists,… Read More

Reforma Avenue Sheraton hotel in Mexico City to reopen after OFAC ruling

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Reuters Mexico City authorities lifted a closure order on a Sheraton hotel on Wednesday, a day after they demanded it shut in a dispute over the U.S.-ordered expulsion of a group of Cubans meeting there. “We are confident that in these few hours the hotel has rectified practically all the irregularities,”… Read More

OFAC’s US Cuba businessmen eviction fiasco closes Mexico hotel

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By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO | Associated Press Writer Mexico City officials moved Tuesday to shut down a U.S.-owned hotel that angered many Mexicans when it kicked out a Cuban delegation under pressure from Washington. Virginia Jaramillo Flores, head of the city borough where the upscale Sheraton Maria Isabel… Read More

Havana continues to host Columbia ELN peace talks

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Reuters Exploratory peace talks between the Colombian government and the country’s second-largest Marxist guerrilla group ended on Monday with no agreement other than to meet again in April. Colombian peace commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo and leaders of the Cuban-inspired National Liberation… Read More

OFAC more focused on Cuba than BayOil case or terrorism funding

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By DAVID IVANOVICH | Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau When U.N. inspectors became suspicious of Houston-based BayOil (USA)‘s handling of Iraqi oil in 2001, they sought help from the U.S. government. The Office of Foreign Assets Control was asked to ferret out details of the oil trader’s… Read More

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

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Email received from Latin America Working Group (Havana Journal supports LAWG.org ) As we did last year, we want to inform you of an opportunity, increasingly rare, to participate in a licensed trip to Cuba, a unique project to build playgrounds for the children of Cuba. On June 17, 2006, volunteers… Read More

Cuba added to “potentially unstable” list of countries by NIC

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BY PABLO BACHELET | Miami Herald The U.S. intelligence community has added Cuba to its classified list of nations at risk of instability in about two to five years because of growing concerns over the health of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, U.S. officials have confirmed. The National Intelligence Council,… Read More

Child custody question from member

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

On the 20th of January this year. my family went on holiday to Cuba.  We were staying in my girlfriends family home in, Nuevitas, Camaguey. All was ok until the 26th when my now ex girlfriend and her parents, took my son and disappeared until I left Cuba. I reported it to the police in Nuevitas,… Read More

Scrap the Cold War US Cuba policy - opinion

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By Dan Fair | Dawgnet Staff Writer If any one current policy epitomizes the hypocrisy that has been U.S. foreign policy in the last couple centuries, it is the continued trade embargo on Cuba. President John F. Kennedy established the embargo in 1960 in an attempt to oust Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Since… Read More

Cuba vs. US culture

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IndyWeek.com | BY HAL CROWTHER A first impression of this city is so indelible, a first reaction is colored with such wonder and surprise that you’re liable to describe it—ingenuously—as if yours were among the first Northern eyes to behold Havana. Mile after mile, century upon century… Read More

Cuban Five case appealed again

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ain.cubaweb.cu Defense attorneys for the five Cubans held prisoners in the United State for fighting anti-Cuban terrorism, reiterated the men’s case as they again took the floor in Atlanta’s Federal Appeals Court, according Tuesday’s broadcast in Cuba of the “Round Table”… Read More

Latin America, Cuba and US Politics

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by Ike Nahem | Zmag.org The political truth we face today is that there has never been-since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution on January 1, 1959-a greater possibility to change the dynamic of US-Cuban relations and force an end, or at least a major weakening and destabilization, of Washington’s… Read More

Pope Benedict XVI - Cuba must open to the world

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AGI “Cuba must open to the world and the world must open to Cuba”. Pope Benedict XVI repeated today the appeal of John Paul II during his visit to Cuba, in a letter he sent to cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, archbishop of San Cristobal de La Habana and president of the Cuban Episcopal… Read More

Sheila Stumph gets letter from OFAC about trip to Cuba

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Associated Press A Raleigh North Carolina woman trying to see detainees at the Guantanamo Bay naval base has received a questionnaire from the federal government about the trip. Sheila Stumph was one of ten protesters who got the letter last month from the U.S. Treasury Department. She and her husband… Read More

Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation update

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Reuters The Cuban government is resorting more to mob action to stifle dissent and at levels of violence unseen for years, the Communist-run country’s main human rights organization said on Thursday. The illegal but tolerated Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation said that… Read More

The 138 black flags in Havana

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People’s Daily Online Cuban President Fidel Castro attended the event outside the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana, Cuba on Feb. 6. Hundreds of Cubans hoisted 138 huge black flags bearing a white star in front of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana to mourn for the victims of the 1961 Bay of… Read More

Florida’s Senators disagree on US Cuba wet-foot dry-foot policy

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BY ALFONSO CHARDY | Miami Herald Florida’s two U.S. senators, Republican Mel Martinez and Democrat Bill Nelson, have radically different views about the increasingly controversial wet-foot, dry-foot policy for Cubans coming here by boat. Martinez says he favors going back to policy from more than… Read More

8 survive 2-week sea ordeal

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

  Posted on Fri, Feb. 03, 2006 CUBAN MIGRATION More than two weeks after they left Cuba in a boat bound for Florida, eight Cubans were found alive on a sliver of an island in the Bahamas. Six others perished. By ALFONSO CHARDY, LUISA YANEZ AND ROBERT L. STEINBACK .(JavaScript must be enabled to… Read More

University of Miami’s sober view of life after Castro

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BY LYDIA MARTIN | Miami Herald It’s Valentine’s Day 2008 and Fidel Castro, after a mind-boggling 49 years in power, has finally met his maker. He goes anticlimactically—complications from Parkinson’s disease. Conga lines down Calle Ocho? Horns honking through Hialeah? A celebration… Read More

Top model to exhibit photos of Cuba she hid in bra during arrest

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CeskeNoviny.cz Czech top model Helena Houdova, who was arrested in Cuba last week while taking photographs of Havana’s slums, told journalists that she will display the pictures she took at an exhibition portraying the island not only as a tourist paradise but also as a land of political oppression.… Read More

Rebuilding values key for Cuba, priest says

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By Agostino Bono | CNS The Cuban church faces the challenge of rebuilding human values in a society that is falling apart economically and ethically, said Msgr. Jose Perez Riera, associate general secretary of the Cuban bishops’ conference. After more than four decades of communist rule people… Read More

Cubans wash ashore

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

BY TIMOTHY O’HARA AND ADAM KARLIN Citizen Staff MARATHON ó Eight Cuban men and three women landed on Sombrero Beach early Monday. The 11 Cuban nationals likely will be allowed to stay under the federal government’s wet-foot, dry-foot policy, Border Patrol spokesman Steve McDonald said.… Read More

Czech model Helena Houdova briefly detained in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Prague Daily Monitor HAVANA, Jan 26 (CTK) Read More

Cuba appoints captain to command unit around U.S. base

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Posted on Thu, Jan. 26, 2006 By CAROL ROSENBERG .(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_q8fjktGSzL').innerHTML… Read More

Search continues for 15 Cuban migrants missing at sea

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Posted on Thu, Jan. 26, 2006 BY OSCAR CORRAL .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_ApXjuPRv56').innerHTML = output;… Read More

Fidel Castro visits construction site near US Interests section in Havana

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By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press Writer Fidel Castro visited a mysterious new construction site outside the U.S. Interests Section on Wednesday night, but kept mum over what was being built in front of the mission — a growing flashpoint for U.S.-Cuba relations. Dressed in his olive green… Read More

Living away from the battle front, Cuban dissidents seek new identity

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Some newly arrived Cuban dissidents express disillusionment about life in the United States, where the established Cuban exile community views them with distrust. BY OSCAR CORRAL Miami Herald Mon, Jan. 23, 2006 Read More

Diplomatic mission loses open ocean view in sign of the times

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By FRANCES ROBLES | Miami Herald The electronic billboard that displays news and human-rights messages from the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana may be losing its audience: The Cuban government Wednesday began building a structure that will block it from view. The Cuban government marched more than… Read More

Fidel Castro in American music video!

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Fidel goes animated. I recently started searching for old acquaintances I had lost touch with during the past few years after getting married, one such acquaintance I knew I’d surely find as he is a popular underground music recording artist in the dance music field. Sure enough, after one Google.com… Read More

Luis Posada to be extradited?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-01-25-voa73.cfm US Considering Moving Anti-Castro Activist to Third Country By VOA News U.S. immigration officials say they are considering moving Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles to another country. The U.S. office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement… Read More

Is the US provoking Cuba to sever diplomatic relations?

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Mail and Guardian Strollers soaking up the sea spray along Havana’s famed Malecon waterfront boulevard absorbed an impromptu lesson on America’s civil rights movement this week when the United States mission began flashing passages from Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream”… Read More

Getting the guided tour of Havana Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

BY GARY MARX | Chicago Tribune If you sign up for a tour of Cuba, chances are one of the first places you’ll visit is the Museum of the Revolution. Just a stone’s throw from the gray waters of Havana Bay and beyond it the Florida Strait, the museum is housed in an old presidential palace… Read More

Great Wall Of Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Cuba blocks U.S. electronic sign Sent to me by therealcuba.com One day after hundreds of thousands of Cubans were forced to march in front of the US Interests Section in Havana, Cuban workers were seen this morning carrying building materials to begin a “building project” in front of the… Read More

The Iron Curtain Sisterhood

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

The American Thinker The Iron Curtain Sisterhood One of the surer things in this world is that if you’ve ever lived in a communist regime, like East Germany, you aren’t going to have any sympathy for communism. You won’t have quite the same feeling for romantic Che Guevara berets as… Read More

Judge: 6-year term too easy on smugglers

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

  Posted on Wed, Jan. 25, 2006 CRIMINAL JUSTICE BY JAY WEAVER .(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_h4gEY3k2gV').innerHTML… Read More

Hundreds of thousands of Cubans react to inappropriate diplomacy from US

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By MARC FRANK |  ABC News Hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched by the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana to protest a U.S. ticker tape flashing messages. President Fidel Castro charged that the Bush administration was not only trying to torpedo relations but that the United States was also coddling… Read More

Sentencing today for Cuban smugglers

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  Posted on Tue, Jan. 24, 2006 BY JAY WEAVER .(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_msFegXPJ5r').innerHTML… Read More

U.S. diplomats in Havana flash messages to Cuban protesters outside as Fidel Castro addresses the go

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Posted on Tue, Jan. 24, 2006 By FRANCES ROBLES .(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_V8s1oPlfSm').innerHTML =… Read More

Anti-Imperial rally against US aggression in Havana today

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Fidel Castro speech on Monday January 23 | Granma.cu The U.S. government is deliberately pursuing the following objectives: First: To release terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, whom the authorities of that country including the father of the current president trained and utilized to commit monstrous crimes… Read More

The Iran-Cuba Axis

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By Frederick W. Stakelbeck FrontPageMagazine.com | January 18, 2006 Read More

Fidel Castro to organize march on US Interests section in Havana

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By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Writer Fidel Castro called Sunday for a march outside the American mission to protest new electronic signs on the building facade and accuse the U.S. of protecting an exile suspected of anti-Castro bombings. The mission a week ago turned on signs with streaming text of… Read More

Bush Administration Cuba policy to keep money away from Cuban families

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

BY DAVID CAZARES | South Florida Sun-Sentinel Mario Ernesto Romero is a proud new father, eager to tell a visitor about his 5-month-old son. “His name is Mario, just like his grandfather, just like me, just like his great grandfather,” Romero said. But Romero’s joy is tinged with sadness.… Read More

The taxpayer waste and failure of Radio Mart

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Carol J. Williams | LA Times Staff Writer Original title: Broadcasting a Vision of Democracy Into a Void The U.S. has sunk nearly $200 million into TV Marti’s programming aimed at Cuba. But one scholar estimates it has ‘nearly zero viewership.’ Tune in to TV Marti, and you can see… Read More

Havana: The Revolutionary Moment book by Burt Glinn

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

by Burt Glinn | The Globalist Havana: The Revolutionary Moment For some, Cuban President Fidel Castro is an evil dictator — a man accused of killing a number of political dissidents and opponents during his decades-long rule. For others, he is a champion of poor and developing countries and is… Read More

Michael Parmly aiding Cuban dissidents to overthrow Castro regime? - comments requested

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Original title: Walesa to Cuba Dissidents: Be Prepared Former Polish President Lech Walesa advised Cuban dissidents to be ready for an inevitable democratic transition, telling them Saturday that activists in his country had been unprepared for the collapse of East European… Read More

Mob attacks on Cuban dissidents increase

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

BY FRANCES ROBLES | Miami Herald Dozens of angry Cubans shouting insults and pounding their fists in the air surrounded dissident Guillermo Fari�as one recent afternoon, demanding to know: Did he have the nerve to denounce Fidel Castro in front of them? Outnumbered and his heart thumping with fear,… Read More

Accused spy couple pleads not guilty

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Posted on Thu, Jan. 19, 2006 BY JAY WEAVER .(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_Qq0i9enC4k').innerHTML = output;… Read More

Bush’s Cuba baseball team ban may hurt Chicago’s bid for 2016 Olympics

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Philip Hersh / Chicago Tribune Chicago’s apparently swelling hopes to become host of the 2016 Summer Olympics, as well as those of any other U.S. city, could be damaged severely by the U.S. government’s continued refusal to let Cuba compete in the World Baseball Classic. The International… Read More

Human-rights activist Juan Carlos Gonzalez Leiva charges harassment by Cuban government

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

CIEGO DE AVILA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)—Cuba’s influential blind Christian dissident, Juan Carlos Gonzalez Leiva, was facing another tense night Monday, January 16, after government backed crowds, armed with loudspeakers, reportedly threatened to storm his house and kill everyone inside. Gonzalez… Read More

Cuba to restructure electric grid and utilize wind and solar power

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

BY ANITA SNOW THE ASSOCIATED PRESS President Fidel Castro announced a long-awaited renovation of Cuba’s energy system to combat blackouts that have afflicted the island nation for the past two summers. Castro said Cuba would decentralize its power system, gradually replacing five massive fuel-fired… Read More

US Interests Section in Havana displays public human rights messages

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By VOA News The U.S. diplomatic office in Cuba has displayed human rights messages on a large electronic screen on the facade of its sea-front building in Havana. Monday’s display coincided with a U.S. national holiday marking the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The… Read More

Thoughts about Cuba in the World Baseball Classic

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

BASEBALL CLASSIC Unfair, unwise decision BY OSCAR ESPINOSA CHEPE The decision by the U.S. Treasury Department to bar a team of Cuban baseball players from participating in the World Baseball Classic in March, is to the great majority of Cubans a wrong and incomprehensible step. In this untenable manner,… Read More

Alarcon questions arrest of FIU professors

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

CUBA A Cuban leader suggested that the arrest of two FIU professors on spying charges was a political decision linked to the upcoming hearing of five other Cubans. BY VANESSA ARRINGTON Associated Press HAVANA - A top Cuban official said Monday that this month’s jailing of two Florida academics… Read More

Inside Cuba today

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Here are some recent observations on what is happening inside Cuba: Everyone is feeling much tighter control of their lives as the government clamps down. There is growing pessimism and negativism about prospects in the future. Less tourism is evident. Increased talk about illegally leaving the country… Read More

Political jailings increase in Cuba: rights group

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006 By Anthony Boadle Read More

Fallout from Carlos Alvarez and Elsa Prieto Alvarez FIU “spy” case

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BY ALFONSO CHARDY AND OSCAR CORRAL | MiamiHerald.com Fallout from the Florida International University spy scandal is spreading throughout segments of Miami’s Cuban-American community, sparking concerns that the affair is fostering a climate of fear among exiles who favor dialogue with communist… Read More

Caleb McCarry’s plan to undermine the Cuban government and restrict Americans freedom to travel

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

CBS4.com The Bush administration has big plans for the island of Cuba once Fidel Castro is out of power. The designated man to conduct the complicated task US Cuba Transition Coordinator Caleb McCarry. As his title implies, McCarry already has a protocol that the United States wants to follow that he… Read More

Background and details of Cuban Five case

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Arrested for Exposing Terrorists The Singular Story of the Cuban Five By LEONARD WEINGLASS Five Cuban men, were arrested in Miami, Florida in September, 1998 and charged with 26 counts of violating the federal laws of the United States. 24 of those charges were relatively minor and technical offenses,… Read More

Is 2006 the year the Embargo is run out of town?

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

We have international baseball putting pressure on the Bush Administration to let Cuba play baseball in the World Classic game. We have the wet foot dry foot policy under fire because 15 cubans were sent home because they didn’t quite make it to dry land. We have the Venceremos Brigade and the… Read More

OFAC pits Bush in choice between Cuban exiles and religious right

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Axis of Logic CUBA solidarity groups The Venceremos Brigade and the Pastors for Peace Foundation confirmed yesterday that US authorities have fined hundreds of their members a total of $1.5 million for travelling to Cuba. Thousands of US citizens have visited the socialist island over the last 30 years… Read More

End failed US Cuba wet foot dry foot policy - opinion

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Charleston.net | Post and Courier Publisher note: There is no author on this. I guess it is the newspaper’s opinion. Washington’s flawed policy toward Cuba has been demonstrated once again by the uproar in the Cuban exile community over 15 people fleeing the totalitarian regime of Fidel Castro… Read More

Author William Blum denied US license to travel to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Prensa Latina The US government denied a travel license to American outstanding writer William Blum to visit Cuba and take part in the 15th Havana 2006 Book Fair. The well-known historian and political scientist said he could not attend to the launching of his book “Killing Hope” since the… Read More

Cuba Shuts Down Churches Amid Controversy Over Law, Group Reports

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HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)—The Communist government of Cuba has closed down at least three Protestant churches following new “harsh legislation” on house churches, a religious rights group said Monday, January 9. Read More

U.S. wet-foot, dry-foot policy just double talk

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Posted on Wed, Jan. 11, 2006 IN MY OPINION BY ANA MENENDEZ .(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_Wi1azJX0lY').innerHTML… Read More

Discovery of Cuba oil could grease US Cuba relations

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By Carol J. Williams | Los Angeles Times On both sides of this 90-mile-wide waterway separating the United States and Cuba, the aging adversaries of the Cold War’s most enduring battle are exercising, eating right and trying to outlast one another. Septuagenarian Cuban exiles like Alfredo Durn,… Read More

OFAC fines Venceremos Brigade and Pastors for Peace for travel to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

http://www.granma.cu/ingles/2006/enero/mar10/03pastores.html U.S. government fines Venceremos Brigade and Pastors for Peace The Venceremos Brigade and the Pastors for Peace Foundation confirmed today that the U.S. authorities have fined hundreds of their members a total of… Read More

Bloqueo - the movie (US Embargo against Cuba)

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

PWW.org Documentary film produced by Rachel Dannefer and Heather Haddon 45 min., English and Spanish, with English subtitles, 2004 [url=http://www.toddpnyc.com/bloqueo]http://www.toddpnyc.com/bloqueo[/url] The UN General Assembly regularly and nearly unanimously rejects the… Read More

International Baseball Federation tells US to let Cuba “Play Ball”

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

ASSOCIATED PRESS Baseball’s world governing body has threatened to withdraw its sanctioning of the World Baseball Classic, with its championships planned for San Diego’s Petco Park in March, unless the Bush administration allows Cuba to compete. Rich Levin, a spokesman for the commissioner’s… Read More

15 Cubans who reached Old Seven Mile Bridge bridge sent home

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ Associated Press January 9, 2006, 4:20 PM EST MIAMI—Fifteen Cubans who fled their homeland and landed on an abandoned bridge in the Florida Keys were returned to Cuba Monday after U.S. officials concluded that the piling did not constitute dry land, authorities said. Under… Read More

Refugees await their fate

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Posted on Mon, Jan. 09, 2006 IMMIGRATION A group of Cuban migrants who reached a piling of the old Seven Mile Bridge near Marathon await word on whether their landing site qualifies them for admittance into the country—or repatriation. BY ROBERT L. STEINBACK .(JavaScript must be enabled to view… Read More

Fidel Castro wants the survival of the Revolution to be his legacy

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

BY FRANCES ROBLES | Miami Herald First, Fidel Castro used a loaded word seldom heard in Cuban government speeches: ‘‘self-destruct.’’ Then Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque made a rare reference to a future without Castro: a “void nobody can fill.’‘ And… Read More

Film: Cuban secret service organized JFK’s murder

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Posted on Sat, Jan. 07, 2006 BERLIN A Cuban secret service agent claims in a German film that his colleagues chose Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate President John F. Kennedy in 1963. BY HUGH WILLIAMSON Financial Times BERLIN - Hoping to scoop the world on one of America’s supreme historical puzzles,… Read More

Cuba a hotbed of intolerance in 2005, says dissident leader

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Caribbean Net News Wednesday,  January 4, 2006 Read More

Radio Mart and TV Mart - more US taxpayer money for US propaganda

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

BY PABLO BACHELET | MiamiHerald.com One TV Mart show features an actor portraying Cuban leader Fidel Castro as a cranky and infirm boss. Another has a Havana woman complaining about the nearly constant electricity blackouts. Most Cubans are unable to view these political satires because of their government’s… Read More

Meeting Che Guevara

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Gopinath Delhi | HardNewsMedia.com With the US and Latin America so much in the news, I am reminded of the man who embodied Simon Bolivar’s spirit of the liberation of the Americas. Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s short but eventful life of 39 was brutally terminated in Bolivia where… Read More

Victims of Batista and Castro governments - opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

By Jeff Jacoby, Globe Columnist (original title: 9,240 victims, and counting) THE LONGEST-RULING despot in the world is Fidel Castro, who seized power in Cuba 47 years ago this week. Like most dictators, Castro is a brazen liar, especially about his own regime. This, for example, is what he told an international… Read More

New documentary alleges Cuban government behind JFK assassination

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

By Kate Connolly in Berlin The Cuban secret service was behind the assassination of President John F Kennedy, according to evidence presented in a new television documentary. Rendezvous with Death, to be shown on German television on Friday, offers the most convincing evidence that Fidel Castro’s… Read More

38 Cubans make it to shore in Keys

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

BY CHRIS TITTEL Citizen Staff A 32-foot go-fast boat delivered 38 Cuban migrants to U.S. shores early Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. At 3:30 a.m., Border Patrol officers were alerted that migrants had landed near Mile Marker 37 on Bahia Honda Key. All 38 were reportedly in good… Read More

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