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  • Change will be real when Cubans can pay to see the Rolling Stones

    03/28/2016 8:19:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/28/16 | Dan Calabrese
    A free concert is very nice, but it's a reminder that Cuba remains in communist squalor It was awfully nice of the Rolling Stones to go to Havana this past weekend and play a concert for free. I’m sure the longtime victims of communism appreciated the gift - especially since exposure to any media that would have made them aware the Rolling Stones exist put them in jeopardy of prison under the Castro regime that Barack Obama thinks we can learn from about civil rights. The Stones may be almost as old as the Castros, but they rocked, as they...
  • Obama’s Rainy Tour Of Old Havana Is A Must For Any Cuba Visitor

    03/21/2016 11:02:48 AM PDT · by BAW · 8 replies
    Huff Post ^ | 3-21-2016 | Suzy Strutner
    When it comes to travel, nothing rains on President Obama’s parade. In the first visit by a sitting U.S. president in 88 years, the first family touched down in Cuba on Sunday amidst some wet weather. They headed straight to a walking tour of Old Havana, a neighborhood that’s maintained its architectural character since its founding in 1519. The area is comprised of five large plazas: Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de San Francisco, Plaza del Cristo and Plaza de la Catedral. Each plaza is surrounded by significant buildings, monuments and narrow, winding streets.
  • Obama to lay out vision for Cuba in historic Havana speech

    03/16/2016 5:46:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 16, 2016 6:56 PM EDT | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama will use an historic speech in Havana next week to lay out a vision of greater freedoms and more economic opportunity in Cuba, White House officials said Wednesday, offering a glimpse of how the president hopes to use his trip to encourage change on the communist island. Obama’s speech on Tuesday at the Grand Theater of Havana will mark a moment that seemed unimaginable only a few years ago, before Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro moved to restore relations between the two estranged countries. Obama’s advisers said they hoped Cubans would be able to watch the...
  • US, Cuba to sign agreement on restarting commercial flights

    02/12/2016 1:30:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2016 4:24 PM EST | Michael Weissenstein
    U.S. officials say the United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to restart commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx flies to Havana on Tuesday to cement the deal. It will let U.S. airlines bid on routes for dozens of U.S.-Cuba flights per day. That's more than five times the current number of flights, all of which are charters. ...
  • A socialist vision fades in Cuba’s biggest housing project

    12/30/2015 1:15:47 AM PST · by Cincinatus · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 29, 2015 | Nick Miroff
    HAVANA - In the Alamar neighborhood on the outskirts of Havana, the streets don't have names. To find an address, you need to know the zone, the block number and the apartment, because all the buildings look the same. Long and rectangular, five stories tall, their facades have been stripped by the ocean air and re-pigmented in curlicue patterns of mildew. Alamar is the largest public housing project in Cuba, if not one of the largest in the world, with 100,000 residents. In a country sworn to socialist equality, it is arguably Cuba’s most equal place, because everyone pretty much...
  • Bernie Sanders’s Soviet Honeymoon [Back in the USSR]

    12/06/2015 4:10:05 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/24/2015 | John Fund
    What is it about worn-out socialist "worker paradises" like the old Soviet Union and Cuba that bring out the romantic in American radical politicians? After Vermont senator Bernie Sanders announced his run for president, Britain’s Guardian newspaper pawed through old archives in his home town of Burlington, Vermont where he served as mayor in the 1980s. They discovered that Sanders really did practice the socialist solidarity he preached about rhetorically. During Bernie's mayoral tenure, Burlington formed an alliance with the Soviet city of Yaroslavl, 160 miles northeast of Moscow. When in 1988 he married his wife, Jane, the mayor decided...
  • Emanuel gets heated when Cuba travel plans revealed

    12/02/2015 4:52:19 PM PST · by Michael.SF. · 21 replies
    Politico (via Drudge) ^ | 12/2/2015 | Nick Gass
    “We were saying backstage that you want to come back as an Emanuel child. You take your young people on fascinating trips around the world, headed these holidays to Cuba. Why?” POLITICO's senior White House correspondent asked. Emanuel bristled, responding, “Well, first of all, thanks for telling everybody what I’m going to do with my family." "You had a private conversation with me and now you decide to make that public. I really don’t appreciate that, for one, I really don’t," the mayor scolded
  • The Nuclear Option: Pope Francis Threatens Legacy Of Pope John Paul II,Ronald Reagan

    09/23/2015 11:44:41 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 24 replies ^ | September 23, 2015 | Charles Hurt
    Speaking under the hateful gaze of Che Guevara in Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution — a shrine to ruthless communism — Pope Francis scolded us to “serve people, not ideas.” “Service is never ideological, for we do not serve ideas,” he said. “We serve people.” What a quaint and beautiful concept to ponder here in this fallen world full of violent men who thirst for absolute power and feast on death, rape and slavery.
  • Dissidents arrested as Pope Francis celebrates his first Mass in Cuba

    09/21/2015 7:01:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | September 21, 2015 | Nick Squires
    Cuban authorities prevented leading dissidents from meeting Pope Francis in Havana on Sunday, in a sign of the Communist regime’s rigid intolerance of political opposition. Two well-known dissidents, Marta Beatriz Roque and Miriam Leiva, had been invited by the Vatican to attend a vespers service led by the Pope’s in Havana’s historic baroque cathedral.
  • How the Civil War Changed the World

    05/19/2015 10:33:26 PM PDT · by iowamark · 258 replies
    New York Times Disunion ^ | May 19, 2015 | Don Doyle
    Even while the Civil War raged, slaves in Cuba could be heard singing, “Avanza, Lincoln, avanza! Tu eres nuestra esperanza!” (Onward, Lincoln, Onward! You are our hope!) – as if they knew, even before the soldiers fighting the war far to the North and long before most politicians understood, that the war in America would change their lives, and the world. The secession crisis of 1860-1861 threatened to be a major setback to the world antislavery movement, and it imperiled the whole experiment in democracy. If slavery was allowed to exist, and if the world’s leading democracy could fall apart...
  • Terrorism Charge Snares Prominent American Missionary

    03/24/2015 11:07:56 PM PDT · by piasa · 3 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 3/23/2015 07:38AM | Deann Alford and Timothy C. Morgan
    If Christian broadcaster Stendal goes on trial in Colombia, missions work nationwide may be at risk. Is Russ Stendal, the famed missionary to FARC terrorists in South America, actually El Gringo, a terrorist leader seeking the overthrow of Colombia’s government? That question is before a three-judge panel, based on allegations from Carlos Manuel Silva, chief sectional prosecutor for the Colombian department of Cundinamarca, which includes the capital, Bogota. Stendal denies any allegation of leadership in FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). He said in a recent Facebook video, “Somebody set a trap for me, and I walked into it. They...
  • Did anybody tell Rep. Pelosi about the hotel that she stayed in Cuba?

    02/20/2015 9:30:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 20, 2015 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    We understand that Nancy Pelosi is married to a very successful businessman in California. We are very happy that the Pelosi family has enjoyed the fruits of capitalism. Of course, they've enjoyed those fruits because they live in a country that respects property rights and does not confiscate businesses. This week, Rep Pelosi went to Cuba and stayed at the Hotel Saratoga. Let me share this from our good friends at Capitol Hill Cubans: "The Hotel Saratoga is a beautiful neoclassical structure in Old Havana. It was purchased in 1939 by Blanco Lopez and Co., headed by Jose Blanco and...
  • Russian Spy Ship’s Arrival in Cuba Raises Eyebrows

    01/26/2015 11:16:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 21, 2015, 4:28 PM ET | Jim Avila and Serena Marshall
    The historic U.S.-Cuba talks are under way and they may have attracted a new addition to the Havana port. The Russian spy ship Viktor Leonov CCB-175 parked there Tuesday, laden with high-tech software, radar and 30-millimeter cannon and anti-aircraft guns, replacing a cruise ship that had been there the day before. Normally, the surveillance ship travels up and down the American Eastern Seaboard in international waters, with its radars pointed in the direction of the United States. On Tuesday, however, just as the Americans were due to arrive for big talks with Cuban officials—the first such high-level talks held in...
  • Blaming America First, From Ninety Miles Away

    12/23/2014 8:55:00 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 13 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 23, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Since The Resident’s unexpected and unethical decision to unilaterally discard a half-century of history and reopen diplomatic relations with the Castro brothers’ prison colony known as Cuba, a particularly destructive claim has resurfaced, one that merits careful analysis and rejection. For decades now, the Left has spouted a peculiar claim – that Cuba is poor because of our 54-year-long embargo against the communist country. If the reader has compassion for the suffering denizens of that miserable island, this has to be a strong argument, but it’s wrong – utterly without merit, in fact – for several critical reasons. The claim...
  • Andrew Klavan: Putin's Secret Message to Obama (video)

    08/07/2014 4:26:05 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies ^ | 8-7-2014 | Andrew Klaven
    Putin's Secret Message to ObamaI’m Andrew Klavan and this is the Revolting Truth. Ever since President Obama took office, he’s been making friendly overtures to the Russians, trying to “press the reset button” in relations between our two countries. In 2012, the president was even caught on an open mike promising he’d have more “flexibility” to cave in to Russian demands after he was re-elected. Russian President Vladimir Putin has responded warmly to Obama’s gestures by warmly cheating on our arms treaties, warmly supporting our enemies in Syria, warmly annexing Crimea, and warmly abetting the destruction of a Malaysian airliner...
  • The Last Communist City

    05/13/2014 3:05:22 PM PDT · by RWB Patriot · 10 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2014 | MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
    Neill Blomkamp’s 2013 science-fiction film Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, takes place in Los Angeles, circa 2154. The wealthy have moved into an orbiting luxury satellite—the Elysium of the title—while the wretched majority of humans remain in squalor on Earth. The film works passably as an allegory for its director’s native South Africa, where racial apartheid was enforced for nearly 50 years, but it’s a rather cartoonish vision of the American future. Some critics panned the film for pushing a socialist message. Elysium’s dystopian world, however, is a near-perfect metaphor for an actually existing socialist nation just 90...
  • Lessons learned on Bay of Pigs anniversary

    04/18/2014 7:06:35 AM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    Amrican Thinker ^ | April 18, 2014 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    Fifty-three years ago, my father had a meeting on the other side of town in Havana where we lived at the time. Cuba was in turmoil and opposition to Castro was widespread as more and more people saw communists in positions of responsibility. At mid-morning, my dad called my mom and told her that something was happening in Cuba. Our phone kept ringing as friends and neighbors spread the news. Humberto Fontova recalls the events of that day: ""Freedom is our goal!" roared commander Pepe San Roman to the men assembled before him 48 years ago this week. “Cuba is...
  • Russian spy ship docked in Havana

    02/26/2014 6:13:23 PM PST · by Art in Idaho · 39 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 26, 2014 | AFP
    Havana (AFP) - A Russian warship was docked in Havana Wednesday, without explanation from Communist Cuba or its state media. The Viktor Leonov CCB-175 boat, measuring 91.5 meters (300 feet) long and 14.5 meters wide, was docked at the port of Havana's cruise ship area, near the Russian Orthodox Cathedral. The Vishnya, or Meridian-class intelligence ship, which has a crew of around 200, went into service in the Black Sea in 1988 before it was transferred seven years later to the northern fleet, Russian media sources said.

    02/26/2014 6:35:47 PM PST · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 84 replies
    (AFP)—A Russian warship was docked in Havana Wednesday, without explanation from Communist Cuba or its state media. The Viktor Leonov CCB-175 boat, measuring 91.5 meters (300 feet) long and 14.5 meters wide, was docked at the port of Havana's cruise ship area, near the Russian Orthodox Cathedral. The ship is reportedly armed with 30mm guns and anti-aircraft missiles.
  • Internet access now a reality for some Cubans, but not cheap at $4.50 an hour

    08/07/2013 1:13:03 PM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    To the soundtrack of fingers banging on keyboards, a cluster of Internet users recently caught up on their e-mails, updated their statuses on Facebook and looked for love on The activity would seem unremarkable in any other Internet cafe except there were no lattes for sale and no soft-rock music being piped over speakers, and the owner of "the cafe" is the Cuban government. The "navigation hall" as such establishments are called here, is one of 118 government-run Internet access points that Cuban authorities opened in June, marking a small step towards greater connectivity in a country with some...
  • The Man Who Killed Leon Trotsky

    01/15/2009 11:58:28 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 1,869+ views ^ | Dec 28, 2008
    Ramón Mercader from Barcelona killed Trotsky with an ice axe in Mexico City. On 20th August 1940, the exiled Leon Trotsky was fatally wounded at his home in a suburb of Mexico City when an ice axe was driven into his skull. He cried out to his guards as they burst into his study, ‘Don’t kill him! He must talk.’ Despite struggling fiercely, and even managing to bite the hand of his assassin, Trotsky died the next day, and the man who wielded the murder weapon was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He insisted throughout his trial and his...
  • If You Thought Life Was Bad in Cuba for the Ordinary José- Wait 'til You See the Prisons

    01/25/2013 3:20:10 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 6 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 25 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    'Slave-like conditions, dismantling cars...' While the communist Castro regime likes to complain loudly about US activities at Gitmo -both real and imagined- maybe first they ought to answer a few questions about how they've been treating all the Cuban citizens locked-up down there... Of course, many of them were put in the slammer for dubious political offenses -like daring to complain about Cuban socialism's myriad failures- with 7000+ arrested just last year for peaceful political protest. But for any in the States who think Havana's liberalizing, hardly: a human rights group reported this week that the overall number of political prisoners...
  • Chavez' Term Ends Today/Will Not Take New Oath, Violates Constitution: DOES U.S. RECOGNIZE CHAVEZ?

    01/09/2013 7:58:30 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 13 replies
    Dictator Hugo Chavez and friend of Sean Penn and Oliver Stone was mandated to take a sworn presidential oath before the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela this morning due to the specifics of their Constitution and that he won the Oct. election (unfortunately) for another six-year term starting today. However Hugo "smells of sulphur", it is reported, and is out of the country and deathly ill in Havana, Cuba of apparently malignant cancer, so he is not exercising his duties in addition to being absent from the country in the first place. There are succession plans in place in Venezuelan...
  • Cuba after 2012: Unknowns in 2013

    12/21/2012 10:43:20 PM PST · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Havana Times ^ | December 21, 2012 | Isaac Risco (dpa)
    It was a year marked by the long awaited immigration reform (that 0 couldn't or never meant to deliver) the visit by Pope Benedict XVI, the "accidental" death of Oswaldo Paya, hurricane Sandy striking eastern Eastern Cuba suffered the worst hurricane damage in perhaps 50 years in Hurricane Sandy. Hundreds of thousands of homes were wrecked .( + attendant cholera and dengue fever)
  • Carter plans trip to Cuba at government's invite

    03/25/2011 1:34:11 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 25, 2011
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Former President Jimmy Carter is set to arrive in Cuba next week for a visit at the invitation of the Cuban government. The Atlanta-based Carter Center says the ex-president and his wife Rosalynn will arrive in Havana on Monday and meet with President Raul Castro.
  • CUBAN COMMUNIST PARTY NEWS SERVICE "La Prensa Latina" Positive Coverage of Obamacare/Iowa Visit

    03/25/2010 2:19:36 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 4 replies · 447+ views
    La Prensa Latina (Havana, Cuba) in Spanish ^ | 25 March 2010 | La Prensa Latina, Communist Cuba
    The Che Guevara-founded, official wire service of the Government of Communist Cuba, La Prensa Latina, reports Mr. Obama's victory tour to Iowa to bolster support for his Obamacare. (Link to article in Spanish above), and HERE.
  • Sign of the times: America caves to Cuban censorship

    07/29/2009 10:06:35 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 4 replies · 593+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 30, 2009 | Editorial
    The Obama administration has caved to demands from Fidel and Raul Castro's government to shut down a U.S.-sponsored electronic billboard in Havana. This is a symbolic step backward in America's mission to promote freedom.
  • U.S. turns off news ticker that angered Havana

    07/27/2009 9:38:18 AM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 15 replies · 1,120+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 27, 2009 | Marc Frank
    HAVANA (Reuters) - The United States has turned off a news ticker at its diplomatic mission in Havana that had long irritated the Cuban government, in another sign of efforts to improve relations with Havana, western diplomats said. The ticker, which streamed news, political statements and messages blaming Cuba's problems on the country's communist system and socialist economy, had infuriated former President Fidel Castro when it was turned on in January 2006 at a moment of high political tension with Washington. President Raul Castro took over from ailing elder brother Fidel last year.
  • Havana Geography [Shameless Vanity]

    04/19/2009 10:18:06 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 9 replies · 630+ views
    Google Maps ^ | April 19, 2009 | Google Maps
    Some place in Havana I just happened to be touring Havana via Google Maps, and came across this strange grey area. Zooming in as far as I can go, I can't figure out what this is. There's a big monument in the center that seems to surrounded by teeny little buildings.
  • Fidel Castro walks in Havana streets, Chavez says

    02/27/2009 3:32:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 604+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/27/09 | Frank Jack Daniel
    CARACAS (Reuters) – Cuba's ailing former leader Fidel Castro, not seen in public for almost three years, walked the streets of Havana in a "miracle" that made people cry, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Friday. Chavez, a close friend of the legendary revolutionary, spent several hours with Castro in Cuba last weekend and said he was in his best health since falling ill in July 2006. Other regional leaders have also described Castro as looking well in recent weeks. Chavez's account of the walk and a trip to visit farmland may indicate an improvement in Castro's health. Castro's frail...
  • The Batista and Bush clans have their candidate for 2012

    01/21/2009 9:10:54 AM PST · by em2vn · 10 replies · 1,446+ views
    Grandma International ^ | 12-08-09 | Jean-Guy Allard
    EVEN before the conclusion of the George W. Bush mandate, the most recalcitrant of Miami’s Cuban-American mafia, fleeced by their blind alliance with John McCain, have selected their Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential elections; no less than Jeb Bush. The association of the heirs of the Batista dictatorship with McCain was never a matter of chance; the U.S. media corporations were very careful to erase from the history of the Republican politician his particular links with the Cuba of Batista. On marrying Cindy Hensley on his arrival in Arizona, where he began his political career in 1982, McCain attached...
  • Fidel Castro: Corrupt judges hurt Cuban Olympians

    08/26/2008 9:09:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 276+ views
    AP ^ | August 25, 2008
    Fidel Castro says corrupt judges are to blame for Cuba's sub-par showing at the Beijing Olympics. Castro alleges that judges blatantly stole semifinal fights from two Cuban boxers, and that a judge must have been bribed in the case of Angel Matos, who kicked a referee in the face after he was disqualified in a bronze-medal taekwondo match.
  • Cuba lifts ban on home computers

    05/03/2008 10:37:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies · 464+ views
    BBC News ^ | 3 May 2008 | Michael Voss
    The first legalised home computers have gone on sale in Cuba, but a ban remains on internet access. This is the latest in a series of restrictions on daily life which President Raul Castro has lifted in recent weeks. Crowds formed at the Carlos III shopping centre in Havana, though most had come just to look. The desktop computers cost almost $800 (Ł400), in a country where the average wage is under $20 (Ł10) a month. But some Cubans do have access to extra income, much of it from money sent by relatives living abroad.
  • Havana, Berkeley sister cities? (Gotta read this!)

    03/02/2008 8:19:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 247+ views
    The Contra Costa Times ^ | March 2, 2008 | Robert Hallstrom
    MY INVISIBLE FRIEND dropped by the other day, fresh from her poetry group in Berkeley. I'm not sure why she doesn't just move over there because she does something in that city nearly every day. On Mondays, she is on campus to protest the war, on Tuesdays, she marches in front of the Marine recruiting office and on Wednesdays, she pickets the largest employer in town because it is the largest employer in town, so it must be corrupt, polluting and unfair to its workers. And on Fridays, she works the phones in some storefront raising funds for obscure left-wing...
  • Cigar festival lights up Havana

    02/27/2008 12:52:02 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 8 replies · 200+ views
    Cigar festival lights up Havana Cigar aficionados celebrate Cuba's tradition of fine cigar making at a week-long festival in Havana. One-third of the 400 million hand-rolled cigars sold in the world each year are Cuban, but they are banned in the United States under four-decade-old trade sanctions against Cuba's communist government.
  • Havin a ball in Havana-Cindy Adams loving Cuba

    07/09/2007 12:13:02 PM PDT · by mandingo republican · 10 replies · 1,007+ views
    NY Post ^ | 7-8-07 | Cindy Adams
    July 8, 2007 -- HAVANA - It's a short distance from the United States but Cuba doesn't know from Rosie/Donald/Barbara and that blond ditz, wouldn't know Paris Hilton from O.J. Simpson and even those few with a satellite dish never mention the Iraq war. By phone a friend from Martha's Vineyard reported excitedly, "Jake Gyllenhaal's here. I just saw him sitting on his mother's porch." Share this with your guide and it's Jake Who? There's only one lone pop-culture name everybody knows and that's Michael Moore, whose "Sicko" was filmed partly in their Hospital Ameijeiras. Cuba lives in yesterday.
  • Johnny Depp Diggs Che

    06/04/2007 2:36:09 PM PDT · by slickeroo · 23 replies · 823+ views
    Human Events ^ | 6/4/07 | Humberto Fontova
    Johnny Depp 'Digs' Che by Humberto Fontova Posted: 06/04/2007 The cover of the current Rolling Stone magazine features mega movie star Johnny Depp hugging mega rock star Keith Richards. In the world's top-grossing movie of the moment these two "blood brothers," as Rolling Stone calls them, team up as father-son. Throughout the RS article, Depp, who moved to Hollywood as an amateur rock guitarist only to see his fortunes blossom elsewhere in the entertainment industry, gushes about the Rolling Stones, and Keith Richards in particular, as his " models, inspiration," etc. etc. Hanging from Depp's neck during the Rolling Stone...
  • Cubans Feel Betrayed By Tourist Playground

    02/12/2007 7:33:35 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 882+ views
    Cubans feel betrayed by tourist playground Last Updated: 2:58am GMT 13/02/2007 Carlos swung his legs over the sea wall bordering one side of Havana's famous Malecon seafront promenade and looked on curiously as a 1957 Chevrolet with an open top slowed to allow its passengers to photograph the faded facade of a colonial building. "They watch us and we watch them," he said with a resigned laugh as the tourists turned their cameras to capture the image of a young boy optimistically fishing in the oily waters. A tourist horse and trap pass infront of a Che Guevara mural "It's...
  • 14-year-old student flees to Cuba

    09/27/2006 3:46:23 PM PDT · by WestVirginiaRebel · 39 replies · 1,321+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 09-27-06 | WestVirginiaRebel
    A 14-year-old West Miami-Dade boy ran away from home last week, boarded a plane and took a startling international flight alone-to Havana, his father said Tuesday.
  • Nonaligned Movement's Final Declaration

    09/16/2006 8:57:42 PM PDT · by SmithL · 37 replies · 1,173+ views
    AP ^ | 9/16/6
    Some highlights from the Nonaligned Movement summit's final declaration. TERRORISM: Denounces the brutalization of peoples under foreign occupation as the gravest form of terrorism. Asks that terrorism not be associated with any religion, nationality or ethnic group and that it be recognized that the struggle of peoples under colonial or alien domination does not constitute terrorism. MIDEAST CONFLICTS: Strongly condemns "the relentless Israeli aggression launched against Lebanon." Promotes a revival of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Supports the Palestinian people's "inalienable right to self-determination in their independent and sovereign State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital." NUCLEAR IRAN: Defends...
  • Ahmadinejad to Cuba, New York

    09/06/2006 11:35:43 PM PDT · by Sprite518 · 21 replies · 784+ views
    Drudge ^ | September 6, 2006
    Ahmadinejad to Cuba, New York Wed Sep 06 2006 20:23:38 ET Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to attend the summit of Non-Aligned Movement countries in the Cuban capital Havana in mid-September, an official said Wednesday. "The president will take part in the summit of Non-Aligned countries in Havana," said the official from the president's office, who asked not to be named. The summit of the 116-nation grouping is to take place between September 11-16, and Ahmadinejad is also expected to attend the UN General Assembly in New York that starts on September 12, the official said. MORE Ahmadinejad said in...
  • Raul Castro makes 1st public appearance (greets Hugo Chavez at the Havana airport)

    08/13/2006 12:01:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 757+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/13/06 | Anita Snow - ap
    HAVANA - Fidel Castro's younger brother, Raul, made his first public appearance as Cuba's interim president Sunday, receiving Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the Havana airport. Chavez arrived to celebrate the elder Castro's 80th birthday. Earlier, Fidel Castro cautioned Cubans that he faced a long recovery from surgery and advised them to prepare for "adverse news," but he urged them to stay optimistic. Castro said his health had improved since an unspecified intestinal ailment forced him to step aside as president two weeks ago, but he warned that risks remain. "I feel very happy," said a statement attributed to Castro...
  • Star's man in Havana caught by Castro

    08/06/2006 3:41:00 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 23 replies · 1,909+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | August 4 | Tim Harper
    Star reporter in Havana gets a taste of official Cuba at its most oppressive HAVANA—"Mr. Timothy, you must come with me. There is a problem in your room." I had just tucked into a pork sandwich at the hotel bar when the ominous voice from behind stopped me in mid-bite. I was about to get a hard lesson in the sensitivity to foreign journalists poking around in Cuba as long-time President Fidel Castro — potentially — lingers near death.
  • Ailing Castro said to be recovering

    08/05/2006 6:38:22 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 16 replies · 652+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 08/5/06 | Marc Frank
    Cuban President Fidel Castro was well enough to be eating and sitting up, government sources said on Saturday, but the longtime leader remained out of sight following surgery that forced him to temporarily cede power to his brother Raul. Cuban officials gave assurances that the 79-year-old former guerrilla fighter was recovering well, although one news report quoted Brazilian officials as saying he had stomach cancer and an unfavorable prognosis. The report by one of Brazil's top newspapers was denied by the Brazilian government. Bolivian President Evo Morales, in a speech to lawmakers in Sucre, Bolivia, attended by Cuban Vice President...
  • Castro hands power to brother during surgery

    07/31/2006 6:33:36 PM PDT · by tdewey10 · 521 replies · 35,495+ views
    CNN ^ | 7/31/06 | CNN
    Cuban President Fidel Castro is transferring power provisionally to brother Raul while he undergoes an operation, Cuban TV announces.

    06/21/2006 1:59:52 AM PDT · by CHACHI · 15 replies · 879+ views
    FOR FREEDOM-JUSTICE GROUP ^ | Agustin Blazquez with the collaboration of Jaums Sutton
    I wish it could have been sooner. But now is better than never for people who have been suffering the biased reporting of this “reporter’s reporter” for way too many years. Rather’s endless love affair with the tyrant-for-life of Cuba made him infamous among Cubans as he not only nauseated, ulcerated and may have caused high blood pressure, heart burn and heart attacks in Cuban Americans in the U.S. With the false image of Castro that Rather promoted, he caused a lot of pain and suffering for the Cuban’s surviving under Castro’s boots. How many more people died in the...
  • Fidel Castro: Zarqawi Killing a 'Barbarity'

    06/11/2006 5:58:43 AM PDT · by edpc · 72 replies · 4,077+ views ^ | June 10, 2006 | Carl Limbacher and Staff
    President Fidel Castro called the U.S. airstrike that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi a "barbarity," saying he should have been put on trial. The United States acted as "judge and jury" against the leader of the al-Qaida in Iraq, Castro said late Friday. "They bragged, they were practically drunk with happiness." "The accused cannot just be eliminated," he told a literacy conference. "This barbarity cannot be done." The U.S. military has said al-Zarqawi initially survived the dropping of two 500-pound bombs on his hide-out Wednesday, but died a short time later. Castro said if Cuba used the same logic, it could...
  • Castro Buys New Presidential Jet ($110M)

    03/11/2006 8:10:34 AM PST · by ChuckShick · 34 replies · 1,656+ views
    BBC ^ | 3/10/06 | BBC?
    The luxury plane was exported to Havana from Russia Cuba is buying one of Russia's most up-to-date airliners, carefully crafted for President Fidel Castro's personal comfort. The purchase is part of an initial Cuban order for two brand new Ilyushin planes worth $110 million (Ł63 million) which Russian officials say is a shot in the arm for their struggling airline industry. To head off criticism that a new presidential jet is an expensive luxury in austere times, Cuba says one of its new planes is being used to ferry workers to and from Venezuela. To finance the deal, Cuba has...
  • Eleven Cities Want Dem Convention in 2008

    02/28/2006 11:37:13 AM PST · by rebrane · 40 replies · 2,338+ views
    AP ^ | Feb. 27, 2006 | Will Lester
    WASHINGTON Feb 27, 2006 (AP)-- Eleven cities have shown interest in playing host to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, twice the number of cities that applied to get the 2004 gathering. The DNC initially sent out letters to more than 30 cities, giving them an overview and finding out their level of interest. The 11 cities that said they were interested: Anaheim, Calif.; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Las Vegas; Minneapolis; New Orleans; New York; Orlando, Fla.; Phoenix and San Antonio. Some of the cities are in critical swing states like Florida and Arizona, while others are in population centers like New...
  • Cigar lovers get whiff of paradise at Havana festival

    02/27/2006 9:34:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 687+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/27/06 | AFP
    HAVANA (AFP) - More than a thousand cigar lovers from 60 countries ringed the center of the cigar universe in Havana, comparing notes and celebrating Cuba's finest smokes. Distributors, specialists and simple aficionados packed opening day of the Eighth Habanos Festival, an annual event sponsored by Habanos, a global distributor of the esteemed Cuban cigar. British actor Joseph Fiennes was among a hundred celebrities on hand for the festivities, dedicated this year to Habanos' leading brand, Cohiba. The presence of the 36-year-old actor at the event, who played the lead of Will Shakespeare in the 1998 film comedy "Shakespeare in...