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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1992
In response to "An Island on the Way to Ecotopia," by Robert W. Benson, Column Left, March 29: I'm glad to learn from Benson's report that Cuba provides its people with the right to food, shelter, medical and dental care, etc. The only beneficence Benson forgot was that the trains run on time. Of course, there is no democracy, no civil liberties and the residents cannot escape the bliss of their paradisiacal environment, albeit many try to do so at their peril. It is interesting to note that we have the same type of existence in the United States except we call it prison.
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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.
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.
WORLD
May 30, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Beyoncé and Jay-Z's anniversary trip to Havana, Cuba, was approved by the U.S. government, Treasury officials have said. The recording artists, Beyoncé Knowles Carter and husband Shawn Carter, headed to the island nation last week for their five-year wedding anniversary, raising official eyebrows as the U.S. has had a half-century-old trade embargo on the communist island that prohibits visits solely for the sake of tourism. Once images of the couple visiting Old Havana surfaced, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
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