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May 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
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....
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TRAVEL
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.
NATIONAL
May 24, 2008 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
When the Clinton administration returned young castaway Elian Gonzalez in 2000 to communist-ruled Cuba, a regime his mother died trying to flee, angry Cuban exiles helped deliver Florida's electoral votes and victory to Republican presidential contender George W. Bush. Four years later, President Bush again carried this state.
SPORTS
March 16, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
Daisuke Matsuzaka again gave the nation of Japan reason to cheer. But Red Sox Nation? Well, not so much. And that's just fine with Matsuzaka, who said his country will always come before his employer. "I want to be on behalf of Japan," he said through an interpreter after pitching his country to a 6-0 win over Cuba in a second-round Pool 1 game of the World Baseball Classic on Sunday at Petco Park.
NATIONAL
April 11, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Two young boys, allegedly abducted by their parents last week and taken to Cuba, were frolicking and mugging for reporters Thursday outside the Florida home of their grandparents, who have legal custody of the children. “When you are in the middle of a nightmare, it's kind of hard to do a whole lot,” Bob Hauser, the boys' grandfather, told reporters at a nationally televised news conference. “We knew we would get through it.” Four-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase Hakken are back with the Hausers, their maternal grandparents.
NEWS
December 13, 2012 | By Sandra Hernandez
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made it through his fourth cancer surgery late Tuesday, but he is not expected to return to power any time soon. On Saturday, the ailing president announced in a nationally televised speech that he was traveling to Cuba for further treatment, and designated Vice President Nicolas Maduro as his successor if he were unable to return to office. Chavez's choice to replace him isn't that surprising. After all, Article 233 of the Venezuelan Constitution established that the vice president should take over if Chavez is unable to fulfill his duties.
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