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Posted September 24, 2012 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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Here’s some Cuba news that I think is interesting…

Behind the Cuba Cover Story from the New York Times: John Jeremiah Sullivan on Cuba

By RACHEL NOLAN

John Jeremiah Sullivan, a contributing writer and the author of “Pulphead” and “Blood Horses: Notes of a Sportswriter’s Son,” wrote this week’s cover story about Cuba

How did this story come about?

Rarely but periodically I’ve gone to Cuba for family reasons, so that’s what it was. It wasn’t really an assignment. There’s a tradeoff. If you apply for a journalist visa and get the badge around your neck, you can do official interviews, but you are more visible, and you might have trouble getting people to talk to you. If you go as a civilian you can approach anybody.

I have heard that if you don’t obtain a journalist visa for Cuba, you might get in trouble if you interview anyone. Did you hear about that at all?

READ THE REST OF THE STORY HERE

Attorneys invited to Cuba will get look at legal system

By William D’Urso

A group of Nevada lawyers will travel to Havana, Cuba, this month to learn about the country’s legal system and meet Cuban law professors and leaders.

“I’m excited just to see a different perspective,” said Frank Flaherty, president of the Nevada State Bar. “My gut tells me it’s going to be vastly different from our system.”

The week-long trip for 16 lawyers starts Sept. 30 and includes a tour of the University of Havana, a meeting with representatives of Cuban parliament, a visit to the headquarters of the Association of Cuban Jurists and a meeting with leaders of the Cuban Society of Economic and Financial Law.

“I think when you look at different perspectives, it helps you germinate ideas,” Flaherty said.

Flaherty, who was elected in June, said the trip took about six months of planning. Because of Cuba’s tense relationship with the United States, every lawyer on the trip had to sign an affidavit swearing that the trip was not for commercial purposes.

The lawyers were invited to attend the trip and will pay between $4,200 and $4,500 in expenses. Flaherty said the attorneys decided to go for a number of reasons, including academic studies and international law practices.

Delegations from other state bars, including those in Washington and Minnesota, also have visited Cuba in recent years.

“This is the first communist country I’ll visit and I’m guessing it will be the last communist country I’ll visit,” Flaherty said. “It’s just really exciting.”

From Cuban news sources

Evo Morales in Cuba on Unannounced Visit

Bolivian President Evo Morales arrived in Havana on Sunday for an unannounced meeting with Cuban leader Raul Castro. Morales is in route to New York for the UN General Assembly Session on Sept. 24-25, reported DPA News.

The Cuban TV news said Morales was met at the airport by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez but gave no details about his visit.

Raul Castro meets with Louis Farrakhan

Raul Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, received Louis Farrakhan, leader of the American organization Nation of Islam, this Thursday afternoon in Havana.

Raul and Farrakhan exchanged on different issues of the international situation and the current situation in Cuba and the United States.

For the Cuban side there were present José Ramón Balaguer Cabrera, head of the Department of International Relations of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, and Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Raul Castro Held Meetings with El Salvador’s First Lady and Jamaica’s Foreign Minister

Cuban President Raul Castro received El Salvador’s First Lady and Secretary for Social Inclusion, Doctor Vanda Pignato, who is on a working visit to Cuba. Raul Castro and Vanda Pignato addressed the development of bilateral relations and other issues of regional and international interest. The Cuban Head of State sent greetings to Salvadorian President Mauricio Funes.

The meeting was attended by Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez.

Also on Tuesday afternoon, the Cuban President received Jamaica’s Foreign Relations and Trade minister Arnold Joseph Nicholson, who is on an official visit to the island.

During the cordial meeting, Raul Castro and Joseph Nicholson addressed the state of bilateral relations between Havana and Kingston and they also exchanged views on the regional situation and international issues.

The distinguished visitor was accompanied by Jamaican ambassador to Cuba A Dale George Robinson. Also present at the encounter was Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez. (RHC).

END articles from Cuban news sources

Last (and least if you don’t care about Cuba domain names)

Here are some of the Cuba domain names that were recently acquired by Havana Journal Inc, a Massachusetts media network and owner of HavanaJournal.com.

HabanaCasino.com - Came up in a drop so I had to have it. No other bidders so I got it for $69. HavanaCasino.com is developed but Habana casino is a generic term so there are no trademark issues.

HavanaEvents.com and HavanaParty.com - I can use the first one as a calendar of events and the second one is just for fun… as in we’re Havana party!

HavanaPort.com - This was registered 1998 and is a nice compliment to my developed site featuring the history of the port of Havana.

LaHabanaVieja.com - Yes. La Habana Vieja. I developed a website about Habana Vieja or old Havana and have wanted to buy LAhabanavieja.com for many years. I was offered the domain in 2009 for $25,000. I offered $2000 and they didn’t sell it. Now I own it because I know how to buy domains that expire and become available for registration. I am THRILLED that I only had to pay $114 for this FANTASTIC Cuba geodomain. Funny that it would have cost me a lot more than that had I registered it 1999. So, thanks to the previous owner for paying all those annual renewal fees for me for 13 years. (No. the domain is not for sale.) La-Habana-Vieja.com and LaHavanaVieja.com were hand registered since they complement LaHabanaVieja.com.

Organoponico.com - I bought this to go with my Organoponicos.com. Want to visit an urban farm in Cuba called an organoponico?

VisitGuantanamo.com - Crazy right? Who wants to visit Guantanamo. First of all Guantanmo is a city and province in Cuba that has nothing to do with the Naval base/prisoner detention center at Guantanamo Bay. So, if you think VisitGuantanamo.com is weird, VisitGuantanamoBay.com. PS VisitCuba.com sold for $110,000. So, I think my $12.99 investment to get VisitGuantanamo.com is a small price to pay.

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