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August 26, 1992
If ever the time was right to establish normal relations with Cuba, it is now. The campaign for recognition should be led by major league baseball. I predict, before this century is out, there will be a major league baseball team in Havana. Would that ever be great! IRVING ZEIGER Los Angeles
March 24, 2012
Russ Fega captured this photo of an eatery near the National Capitol Building in Havana, which he visited in February. "What drew me to this, initially, were the faded colors, the flooring and the sense of everyday life that emanated from within," Fega said. "The man selling apples out front was a bonus!" The Altadena resident used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
February 3, 1992
I feel it is important to present my comments on The Times' reports regarding Cuba. It is true that Cuba is having difficulties in its manner of life, but to imply it is as tragic as your reporters write is simply not true. The tragic aspect to me is that my government is included in trying to destroy its government in line with what former director of the CIA Allen Dulles declared 30 years ago, namely: "We will do everything in our power to destroy Castro and the revolution." I have just returned from two weeks in Cuba as a reporter for a religious publication.
January 14, 1999
The recent pieces by Gillian Gunn Clissold (Commentary, Jan. 8) and Wayne Smith (Opinion, Jan. 10) accurately portray the halfhearted new policy initiative on Cuba by the Clinton administration. Our relief agency is fully licensed by the U.S. government to provide medical aid to Cuba. What the new policy fails to do is allow us any better means of providing that aid. On Jan. 8, we were forced to send lifesaving medications to a pediatric hospital in Havana by buying a full-fare airline ticket through Mexico to Havana and having a staff person hand-carry an ice chest with the medicines.
February 20, 2000
Recently, I attended a seminar on Cuba today. Reading Shireen Hunter's analysis of contemporary Iran ("Don't Expect Things to Change Overnight," Commentary, Feb. 14) gave me a shock of recognition. Both Cuba and Iran have population majorities born since their respective revolutions. Those young people are largely uninterested in the ideals that drove the revolutions; they have been attracted to a transnational material culture inescapable in a media-saturated world. Old revolutionaries, of all people, should know that you can't freeze time or stop history by fiat--but somehow, they never seem to learn.
October 20, 1994
In response to Alexander Cockburn's Column Left of Oct. 6, regarding our embargo against Cuba: I wonder if Cockburn was as consistent in denouncing our boycott against South Africa in the '80s. And as for his gushing praise of the Cuban health care system, all I can say is "so what?" Since when does that excuse totalitarian and oppressive government? Rather than rail against the U.S. embargo and cry crocodile tears for the poor, deprived citizens (maybe that should be "subjects"?
December 13, 2009 | Times Wire Services
The Cuban government has arrested a U.S. contractor working for the United States Agency for International Development who was distributing cellphones and laptop computers to Cuban activists, State Department officials and congressional sources said Saturday. The contractor, who has not been identified because of federal privacy rules, works for Development Alternatives Inc., based in Bethesda, Md. Jim Boomgard, company president and chief executive, said in a statement that his firm was awarded a government contract last year to help USAID "strengthen civil society in support of just and democratic governance in Cuba."
June 23, 2013 | By Sergei Loiko
MOSCOW - A plane from Hong Kong believed to be carrying the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden landed in the Russian capital late Sunday afternoon, and authorities said he was en route to Cuba. There were conflicting reports about what precisely happened to Snowden, who is wanted by U.S. authorities for leaking top-secret NSA information, once the flight landed at Sheremetyevo-2 Airport. He was not seen among the flight passengers emerging from passport control and customs.
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