CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1998
The William Rogers piece on the deplorable state of Cuba (Commentary, Nov. 13) failed, as such comment usually does, to state the U.S. contribution to that sorry condition. Honest evaluation would recall the U.S. military and political corruption used to perpetuate our economic plundering of that small country. Fidel Castro is a product of the abuses of our colonial possession. Rogers' reference to "the massive Soviet subsidies that kept the Cuban economy afloat" failed to mention that they were equal in cost to the yearly amount we spend in Israel for half as many people.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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"?
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.
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.
April 26, 2011 |
Most Americans would at least consider visiting Cuba if all travel restrictions were lifted, according to an informal survey by Travel Leaders , a Minneapolis-based network of travel agencies. While not scientific, the survey of nearly 1,000 Americans adds fuel to the debate over travel to the Communist-ruled island. The results were released Tuesday, just days after the U.S. Treasury Department issued new guidelines to implement loosened restrictions on travel to Cuba that President Obama announced in January.
June 23, 2013 |
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.
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.
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.