February 16, 2008 |
Cuba will free seven of 59 dissidents imprisoned since 2003, a move that opponents of ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said reflects a "climate of change" under his brother's rule. The releases were negotiated by Spain and announced by Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos. The Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on its website that four of the released dissidents will be sent to Spain with their families to receive medical treatment. They are Omar Pernet, Jose Gabriel Ramon Castillo, Alejandro Gonzalez and Pedro Pablo Alvarez.
June 30, 1989 |
Cuba's interior minister, the Cabinet officer in charge of domestic law enforcement, was fired Thursday as that nation's drug purge continued, but the crackdown has failed to touch other leaders who U.S. officials say are involved in trafficking. The minister, Gen. Jose Abrantes, was replaced to allow an investigation to proceed into how a group of officers "conducted drug trafficking operations . . . with impunity and without being dis covered," a communique issued in Havana said.
May 23, 1989
President Bush challenged Cuban leader Fidel Castro to release all political prisoners and called for free elections in Cuba to "let the will of the people prevail." Bush also said he will not ease the stern U.S. policy toward Cuba until Castro improves human rights conditions in the island nation. Speaking before 230 Cuban-Americans invited to a White House briefing, Bush said: "Our demand is plain and simple--democracy and respect for human rights, not some time, not some day, but now."
November 7, 1987 |
Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who has shown coolness toward economic and social reforms taking place in the Soviet Union, held talks with Kremlin leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev on Friday. Tass news agency said the two discussed Soviet-Cuban relations and ways of ending the arms race in a "spirit of comradely trust and complete mutual understanding."
November 2, 1987 |
Leaders from the Communist world arrived in Moscow on Sunday for a weeklong celebration marking the 70th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, with Cuban leader Fidel Castro notably absent. Soviet television showed Cuban Vice President Carlos Rodriguez arriving at the head of his country's delegation.
October 20, 1987 |
ABC hopes to broadcast Ted Koppel's "Nightline" from Cuba and Nicaragua during the week of Nov. 2. The trip by Koppel & Co. apparently hinges on the availability of Cuban leader Fidel Castro for a broadcast. In addition, "Night-line" producers are working to set up an interview featuring both Sandinista and contra leaders, perhaps on Nov. 5, the day the Central American peace plan, authored by Costa Rica President Oscar Arias, goes into effect.