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ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2002 | From Reuters
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."
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TRAVEL
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.
NEWS
September 25, 1987 | Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
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
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
OPINION
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.
WORLD
December 7, 2004 | From Reuters
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.
SPORTS
August 1, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Leave it up to the Southern California contingent to help the USA 15U national baseball team come back from a 9-5 deficit with six runs in the sixth inning to defeat Cuba, 11-9, at the COPABE Pan American Games on Thursday in Colombia. Chase Strumpf, a sophomore from JSerra, hit his fourth home run in five games. He also had an RBI double during the six-run outburst, with all the runs scoring after two outs. Christian Moya from Bishop Amat had a two-run triple. Isaak Gutierrez from St. John Bosco had an RBI single.
SPORTS
September 3, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jacob Nix, a senior pitcher at Los Alamitos, threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings of relief to help the USA 18U baseball team defeat Cuba, 6-5 , at the IBAF World Cup in Taiwan on Tuesday night. USA got a walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth to win the game. Nix, a UCLA commit, kept the USA team in the game after entering the game with the USA trailing, 3-0. He gave up four hits, struck out five and walked four. USA is 3-1 in the tournament. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
OPINION
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.
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