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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
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.
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.
July 19, 2011 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Well, it had to happen. With the U.S. earlier this year loosening restrictions on Americans visiting Cuba, luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent is marketing tours of the Communist island that even a capitalist kingpin could love. More affordable options are opening up too with other tour companies. A&K's first " Cuba: The Forbidden Isle " trip (11 days for $4,325 per person, double occupancy, land only) went on sale Tuesday for a Sept. 30 departure.  It promises "exclusive accommodations at Cuba's best hotels," a private tour of late author Ernest Hemingway's seaside Finca Vigia home and time to indulge in salsa dancing and mojito s, a traditional Cuban rum drink, a news release said.
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"?
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