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September 9, 1994
There exists within our hemisphere a nation that has embodied all of the goals and ideals that President Clinton envisions for America. It is a nation where all citizens have universal health coverage and no one is allowed to own a gun. That nation is Cuba. RON YORKE Reseda
March 13, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - The Dodgers might have become considerably more entertaining Thursday. Erisbel Arruebarrena reported to camp. Arruebarrena, a 23-year-old shortstop, said he plays with the same flair and emotion as Yasiel Puig, his childhood friend from Cuba. “That's typical of Latinos,” Arruebarrena said. Like Puig, he will be well-compensated. Arruebarrena's five-year contract is guaranteed for $25 million. Arruebarrena and Puig have known each other since they were 9 years old. They lived near each other in the province of Cienfuegos and played for its team in the Cuban league.
August 23, 2011
Cuba at the Bowl With: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club with Omara Portuondo; Arturo Sandoval with Natalie Cole and the L.A. All Star Big Band; Ninety Miles Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood When: 8 p.m. Wednesday Tickets: $1 to $130 Information: (323) 850-2000 or
March 11, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
A racy, rambling and funny letter written by Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich, in which the famous novelist calls the German movie star “Dearest Kraut” and playfully imagines her naked, is going on auction later this month.  Hemingway wrote the letter in 1955 from his estate in Cuba, on letterhead he had made with the property's name, Fincia Vigia. It's up for sale as part of trove of belongings of the late actress that were left to her three grandchildren, the Hollywood Reporter writes . Dietrich was then working in Las Vegas and had written to Hemingway complaining about the staging of her act there.
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 | From The Los Angeles Times
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 | Andres Martinez, Andres Martinez is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
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 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
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 | By W. Blake Gray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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 | By Jane Engle
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.
March 8, 2014
Re "How do Americans see Cuba?," Opinion, March 6 Robyn Wapner is wrong to define the recent Atlantic Council survey of American opinions on Cuba as "one survey, one snapshot of public opinion, and one that appears to have had an agenda. " There have been a number of similar polls in recent years, and they all come up with strikingly similar results. The Atlantic Council poll results in 2014 show that 60% of Americans "want all economic restrictions lifted. " A 2012 poll by Angus-Reid of more than 1,000 Americans found that 62% wanted diplomatic relations reestablished.
March 6, 2014 | By Robyn J. Wapner
The Washington-based think tank Atlantic Council released a poll last month that has been touted by many as marking an unprecedented shift in support for a change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Media outlets, including the L.A. Times, jumped on the bandwagon, citing the poll as evidence that Americans are now eager for engagement. But a closer look shows that many of the most consequential results of the poll are based on push-polling tactics. Push polling is the craft of designing survey questions to shape and influence the results.
February 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The United States and Cuba have been locked in the coldest of relationships for more than half a century. But a new poll suggests that the American people think it's time to warm things up a bit. We agree. The poll, commissioned by the Washington-based Atlantic Council research group, found that 6 in 10 Americans favor normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba. The numbers are stronger in Florida than in the nation as a whole, and support holds even among Latinos in that state, which is where the bulk of the Cuban expatriate community resides.
February 6, 2014
Re "The voyage back," Feb. 3 Thanks to Robert Krakow for writing the play "The Trial of Franklin Delano Roosevelt," and to The Times for printing the article about the hundreds of European Jewish refugees in 1939 who were refused entry into Cuba and the U.S. and sent back to die in the Holocaust. This was one of America's darkest and most inhumane decisions. Perhaps we should remember "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" when we think of American values.
January 31, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Alexander Guerrero and Yasiel Puig come from the same country, but are nothing alike. That much became clear Friday, when Guerrero made his first public appearance with the Dodgers since he was signed to a four-year, $28-million contract in October. Talking about his escape from Cuba and his major league dreams while on the team's community-service caravan, Guerrero came across as soft-spoken and respectful, in contrast to Puig's loud and brash. They play differently, too, according to Guerrero.
January 18, 2014 | By Reed Johnson
In one of Andrew Moore's photographs of Cuba, on display through Feb. 15 at Couturier Gallery in Los Angeles, a half-dozen men and women are hanging out at an aging ferry terminal. Their postures are casual and unself-conscious, yet they form a quasi-theatrical tableau. One couple appears absorbed in intimate conversation. A single man rests his head on his hands. Through the modest structure's three arched openings, the verdant tropical landscape can be glimpsed. The image is titled "La Espera," a Spanish word that can mean both "wait" and "hope.
December 24, 2011
Dolores Merino of Los Angeles was on vacation in Cuba early this month when she came across these women in old Havana who brightened the mood.    
November 4, 1990
I fail to grasp the pertinence of the article about Cuba's heyday of yesteryear ("Cocktails and Millionaires," Traveling in Style, Oct. 21). It certainly has no relevance to Traveling in Style, since not only can few Americans expect to go there, but any who went would discover there's nothing left but the fine climate and the hapless Cuba of today. Where's the "style?" OLIVER BERLINER Beverly Hills
January 17, 2014 | By Leah Ollman
In one of Andrew Moore's inexhaustible photographs of Cuba, at Couturier, we face a courtyard lined with rows of silver chairs, their filigreed backs like a slightly chaotic jewelry display, a shiny jumble of upended pendants. At the far side of the courtyard is a building that proposes architecture as an act of whimsical montage, a dynamic piecing together of old and new, function, decoration and metaphor. The outdoor space operates as a theater, which is also how most of Moore's photographs feel, like naturalist stages where life is played out with heightened color and concentrated emotion.
December 12, 2013 | By David Horsey
At the memorial for Nelson Mandela, President Obama gave those who pander to right-wing outrage two great opportunities to rattle the cage of Obama haters. The first was his handshake with Cuban leader Raul Castro; the second was the "selfie" he posed for with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Taking the second one first, critics said it was disrespectful for the president to be clowning around with the two PMs in the middle of a funeral.
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