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 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.
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....