November 6, 2002 |
Film director Steven Spielberg, visiting Cuba for the first time, said the United States should end its trade embargo against the communist-run island and allow more cultural interaction with Cubans. "I personally feel that this embargo should be lifted. I do not see any reason for accepting old grudges being played out in the 21st century," Spielberg said at a news conference Monday. "It does not make sense to me that my country will trade with North Korea and China, but not with Cuba."
July 29, 1990
John Horn's cover story on tourism in Cuba ("The Other Caribbean," June 24) was remarkably fair and free of cold-war mentality. Cuba's pristine beaches and paucity of Coca-Cola signs, and the like, sound inviting. Alas, though Cuba welcomes tourists from the United States, our government prohibits ordinary tourists from visiting there. I thought it was Communist countries that restricted the travel of their citizens to capitalist countries to prevent them from learning what capitalism is really like.
September 25, 1987 |
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze will make a "working visit" to Cuba after this week's U.N. session in New York, Tass announced Thursday. Soviet officials earlier said Shevardnadze will also visit Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina.
May 30, 2013 |
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.
May 8, 2000
The reporter obviously did not speak with those people in Cuba who know about the Internet. Moreover, if the reporter wanted to know how many servers there are in Cuba, all one needs to do is go to http://www.cubanic.cu/buscar/search.html. How many people have accounts? Unknown. Real and virtual servers are found, but one needs to know where to look! A simple search of the Internet will reveal hundreds of virtual servers, i.e. black market accounts. NELSON P. VALDES Professor, Sociology Department University of New Mexico Albuquerque
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April 8, 1992
How refreshing to read the firsthand account of conditions in Cuba. It corroborates what I heard from other sources: no homeless, no beggars, no starving children. Free medical care, free education right through graduate school, a clean environment. And despite the severe centralization of power, a human rights record better than that of many of our allies. EUGENE KUSMIAK Fallbrook
April 22, 2009
Re "Obama calls for new start with Cuba," April 18 It is interesting to note that President Obama never mentioned nor hinted at the need for the Cuban government to make reparations and indemnify U.S. citizens and corporations whose properties were summarily confiscated by the Fidel Castro regime. The same holds for those who are in favor of lifting the embargo and resuming relations with Cuba. How can there possibly be a "new start" unless this issue is resolved? I hope our president does the right thing and makes this point a priority in any future talks with Cuba.
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.