July 28, 2009 |
Officials at the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Havana have quietly taken down an electronic sign that infuriated the government, the latest evidence of a partial thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations. Officials confirmed that last month they dismantled the 5-foot-tall sign, which for the last three years displayed messages critical of Cuban authorities. In return, the Cuban government has taken down some nearby billboards condemning the United States.
December 20, 1990 |
Cuba's low-level diplomatic mission to Washington, technically a tenant of the Czechoslovak Embassy since 1977, received an eviction notice Wednesday. The move could force Cuba to find another sponsor or lose its only official contact with the United States. But, in yet another sign of how much the world has changed in the last year, the hard-line Communist nation may find that it has few allies willing to sponsor its interests section.
April 12, 2003
Re "Castro Risks World's Ire, Envoy Says," April 8: Only the Bush administration could possibly have produced a fool such as U.S. envoy James Cason, the head of the massive U.S. Interests Section in Havana. What right has this man to blatantly foment anti-government sentiment in Cuba? Is that what he calls diplomacy? Would we want the head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington to step over the line and advocate anti-government acts here? Cason tells us that Fidel Castro wouldn't dare close our Havana facility because such "would provoke a tit-for-tat expulsion that would deprive Havana of its lobbying office in Washington."
May 29, 1987 |
A Cuban general who holds a top position in that nation's military command defected with his family to the United States on Thursday, flying a small plane to the Boca Chica Naval Air Station in Florida. A U.S. intelligence official described the defector, Brig. Gen. Rafael del Pino Diaz, as a "very big fish." He is believed to be the highest ranking military officer ever to flee the Havana regime of Fidel Castro. Information about the defection was sketchy, and U.S.
September 12, 1986
New economic sanctions ordered against Cuba in August by the Reagan Administration have had almost no effect because Havana trades almost exclusively with other Communist nations, according to Ramon Sanchez Parodi, head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington. "Everything that we need and every country with whom we can trade will trade with us," Sanchez Parodi said in a breakfast interview at The Times' Washington Bureau.
February 29, 2000 |
A Cuban diplomat who was expelled from the United States on allegations of spying and deported to Canada stayed inside the Cuban Embassy in Ottawa on Monday as the time limit on his transit visa ran out. Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy said Jose Imperatori would become an illegal alien if he remained in Canada beyond the two-day limit allowed by the visa granted him on Saturday.