April 14, 2010
So, a Cuban walks into his neighborhood barbershop for a trim and a shave on a Havana afternoon. In all likelihood, haircutter and customer argue about baseball. Maybe they discuss Companero Companero Fidel's latest column in Granma. When they finish, the newly coiffed client pays for the services in Cuban pesos; about 15% goes to the state for taxes, and the owner legally pockets the rest. For the record: A previous version of this editorial incorrectly said that since the 1959 revolution, Cuba had "privatized" most of its economy.
December 7, 2004 |
Cuba's Communist government freed an independent journalist Monday, the 14th member of a group of 75 jailed dissidents released on medical grounds as Havana seeks to repair relations with the European Union. Jorge Olivera Castillo, 43, was freed after serving 20 months of an 18-year prison sentence on charges of conspiring with the United States against Cuba. He said he was suffering from chronic colitis and hypertension.
May 22, 2002
Re "Bush Extends Hand to Cubans," May 20: I was interested to hear President Bush tell Cuba how its country should be run as a condition for trade with the U.S. How is it that the same message has not been sent to countries also known for human rights violations and nondemocratic governments, i.e. Saudi Arabia, China, Vietnam, etc., with which we now trade? Judy B. Rosener Newport Beach Sitting on, typing on, surrounded by, indeed almost suffocated by an avalanche of products from Communist China, I write to ask why our president wants to embargo Cuba.
November 7, 2001 |
Cuba began adding up the damage Tuesday from Hurricane Michelle, which killed at least five people, flooded crops, destroyed at least 2,000 homes and crippled the island's infrastructure. Although the Communist government had not yet offered a comprehensive damage report, early indications were that significant damage was caused to some crops and to the island's electrical and telecommunications systems.
October 26, 2004 |
Cuba said Monday that it would end circulation of the U.S. dollar in its territory as of Nov. 8 in response to tightened U.S. economic sanctions. Cubans, foreign residents and tourists will have to use locally printed pesos, equal in value to the dollar, the central bank said. A 10% fee will be charged for exchanging dollars. The ban will, in effect, tax remittances from the United States -- an estimated $1 billion a year -- unless they are sent in other currencies.
May 21, 2005 |
More than 200 people opened a rare opposition assembly Friday in Cuba, uninterrupted by authorities who had expelled European lawmakers, journalists and others who had planned to attend. Martha Beatriz Roque, the meeting's lead organizer and a former political prisoner, called it "a point of departure" for future work. Roque said it was the first such gathering in Fidel Castro's 46 years of communist rule. "This is a really nice surprise....
January 22, 2006
ROSEMARY McCLURE wrote an interesting article regarding Cuba ["Cuba, Suspended in Time," Jan. 15]. There is one thing, though, that I found disingenuous. Her article stated, "But Cubans also have universal healthcare and an effective education system." Perhaps I should give you the benefit of the doubt, in that you were not able to speak freely with the people of the island. I agree that they have a universal healthcare system. However, what good is a universal healthcare system if, when the doctor prescribes you a medication, it is nowhere to be found without dollars from a family in the States?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1992
When you read Benson's glowing commentary on life in Cuba you find clear proof of the charge that American universities are the last bastion of those extolling the virtues of dictatorial Marxism. I wonder if this member of the academic intelligentsia realizes that those things he likes so well--few cars thus no smog, no billboards or signs, clean streets sans graffiti, no destitute people, medical care cradle to grave, free day care centers, free schooling--are also the trademarks of totalitarian regimes be they fascist or socialist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1989
As a Republican and a pragmatist I was quite dismayed to read the column "A Case for Keeping the Squeeze on Castro" by Susan Kaufman Purcell (Op-Ed Page, Jan. 2). The premise that our posture should be to use the instrument of our accord with the Soviet Union in order to attempt to control Cuba, and to continue to deny Cuba our products is hardly reasonable in 1989. The author should be looking at what benefits the United States rather than seeking to punish an unruly child. We must remember that, historically, it is the pragmatists who have taken the lead in replacing the antiquated ideologically based relations with other countries with policies which served the interest of our country.