March 16, 2013
Re "Cross Cuba off the blacklist," Editorial, March 13 I toured Cuba last week as part of a college alumni educational exchange and saw firsthand the effects of the 50-plus-year-old U.S. embargo. Cuba is changing slowly, and it is time for the U.S. to reevaluate its hostility to this imperfect island nation. Cuba has made some egregious blunders, but our record is not spotless either. Carolyn A. Scheer Irvine ALSO: Letters: Prayer for the pope Letters: A stand-alone MOCA Letters: A taxing debate on gun control
November 22, 2009 |
ITALY Presentation David Farley discusses his new book, "An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's Oddest Town," an account of his time living in a Bohemian hill town near Rome. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 56 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. CUBA Slide show Mort Loveman will present "Cuba: A Cultural Experience." When, where: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roxbury Park Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills.
June 30, 2009 |
The images were decidedly retro and jarring in their distant familiarity, as if a grainy old family film long left in the attic had been brought out for a screening. In defense of la patria, army troops overpowered el palacio at dawn and placed el presidente on an airplane to be flown into exile, still wearing his pajamas. Sunday's coup in Honduras followed a script once so familiar it acquired cliche status, material even for a Woody Allen sendup.
May 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Cuba further distanced itself from terrorist activities last year but the U.S. government still considers it a state sponsor of terrorism along with Syria, Iran and Sudan, according to the State Department's annual report. The report for 2012, released Thursday, says the government in Cuba last year reduced support for Basque separatists in Southern Europe, joined a regional group that seeks to block terrorism financing, and sponsored peace talks between Colombia and an armed rebel group.
October 6, 2011 |
At 6 a.m. on Oct. 14, 1960, Cuban national radio announced that the Communist government was nationalizing sugar mills and rum factories — including the island's most famous business, Bacardi. Cuban marines quickly headed to Bacardi's office in Havana with a one-page official document (riddled with misspellings) that gave them control. However, Fidel Castro and his cabinet made a crucial error, and the repercussions live on in the world of rum today. They went not only to the wrong building but also to the wrong city.
May 22, 2013 |
Globus has joined the ranks of well-known tour companies offering trips to Cuba under a special U.S. Treasury Department license that permits people-to-people educational exchanges on the Communist island. Its nine-day “ Undiscovered Cuba ” itinerary, based in Havana, includes a city tour led by a local architect; meetings with musicians and university students and local car club members; dinner at a family-owned paladar (privately owned restaurant), with a discussion of the free-enterprise system; a visit with a tobacco farmer and his family; and an excursion to the home of late novelist Ernest Hemingway . Beach time is not on the agenda.