July 26, 1998 |
United Nations officials said Saturday that a drought in eastern Cuba is the worst in at least 40 years and has caused an estimated $60 million in losses to food crops, directly affecting more than half a million people. The officials of the U.N. World Food Program, reporting on an assessment visit to the affected Cuban provinces, said they had drawn up a proposal for emergency food assistance for Cuba to be approved by WFP headquarters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1998
Councilman William Paparian will travel to Cuba next week to attend a conference on U.S.-Cuba relations and deliver $100,000 worth of medical supplies for a charitable group. Paparian, who ignited controversy two years ago by traveling to Cuba and publicly addressing officials while serving as Pasadena's mayor, is part of a group seeking to end the U.S. economic blockade of the Communist island.
November 3, 1996 |
The Cuban government said Saturday that it will return to American donors boxes of rice, beans and powdered milk destined for hurricane victims that it says were marked with "counterrevolutionary propaganda." The rest of the 32 tons of U.S.-donated food--about 24 tons--will be distributed, Prensa Latina, Cuba's official news agency, said in a dispatch from Havana. The dispatch was monitored in Mexico City.
October 18, 1993 |
A flotilla loaded with 40 tons of powdered milk, vegetable oil and candy arrived in Cuba, the second such trip this year. Seventeen boats crossed the Straits of Florida to deliver the goods, said John Young, director of Basta!--Spanish for "enough." Cuban government officials received the group, he said. Because of the battered Cuban economy, many in the island nation are suffering from symptoms of malnutrition.
August 24, 1993 |
A Cuba-bound school bus crossed the International Bridge at Laredo, Tex., into Mexico, after the end of a three-week standoff between U.S. Customs and religious activists protesting the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba. Amid cheers by the vehicle's 30 passengers, the yellow bus was driven into Mexico en route to Tampico, Mexico, where it will be ferried to Havana. The bus had been parked in a U.S.
November 21, 1992 |
Federal agents allowed a relief convoy for Cuba to cross into Mexico after a scuffle and standoff at the border. The 44-vehicle caravan, carrying medical and school supplies, food, Bibles and other goods, began rolling into Mexico from Laredo, Tex., after working out an agreement with Treasury Department officials. Under a longstanding U.S. embargo against Cuba's communist government, a permit is required to move goods into or out of the country.