CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1996
We learn that modern, inexpensive medical care is available in Cuba to foreigners with hard currency (Nov. 29), and that Almeijeira Hospital in Havana has two remodeled floors for foreigners--but what about the Cubans on the remaining 22 floors? One Havana resident with whom I have contact says that her cataract surgery at Almeijeira was repeatedly postponed for two years due to contaminated operating rooms and medication shortages. Those who are admitted to hospitals bring their own bed linens and food rations.
December 10, 2013 |
President Obama's appearance at the Soweto memorial for Nelson Mandela provided a conflict in word and deed: a none-too-subtle upbraiding of nations like Cuba and a seemingly friendly handshake with the country's leader, Raul Castro. And if the handshake between presidents has no lasting impact, it will also put something of a lie to two long-held - and in one case demonstrably erroneous - assertions about politics: that pictures always trump words, and that any gesture of comity with Cuba will backfire in the electorally key state of Florida.
January 15, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- Cubans now for the first time have the right to travel off the island without a special exit permit, the latest in reforms that the communist government is slowly enacting in hopes of reinvigorating its troubled economy. The new and much-anticipated regulation went into effect Monday. Eager to take advantage, Cubans lined up from early hours and all day long outside travel agencies and the state offices that issue passports. Remarkably, it appeared that several longtime Cuban dissidents who have been repeatedly denied permission to travel will also be allowed to leave from and, importantly, return to Cuba.
December 16, 1999 |
Cuban detainees holding three hostages in a jail uprising in St. Martinville, La., released 26 fellow prisoners to police, officials said. As many as nine detainees armed with homemade knives were in control of the second floor of the three-story St. Martin Parish jail after overcoming a warden and two jail guards Monday. The Cubans, thought to be immigrants who had committed crimes in the United States, threatened to kill the hostages if their demands for safe passage out of the U.S.
November 12, 2009 |
My trip to Cuba last summer was a lifetime in the making. My father emigrated from Havana to Miami in 1961 at age 6, and the family who came with him filled my childhood in Dallas with food, politics, jokes and, yes, dominoes. I longed to visit the source, to understand what all the fuss was about. When the Obama administration loosened travel restrictions in April, my father, sister and I at last booked our tickets to Havana. "Get ready to go back in time," a friend told me. Her words had seemed exaggerated and dark, but the past was unavoidable.
April 5, 2012 |
HAVANA — Olga Lidia Garcia sat back and surveyed the length of her empire: a storefront with seven busy manicurists, scrubbing, clipping, buffing, gluing and polishing to the bounce of salsa. The shop, decked out in oversize Oriental fans and racks stocked with a Day-Glo rainbow of nail polishes, shares the street-level space with a tiny photo studio. Garcia, wearing a tumble of frizzy hair, electric-blue dress and dangling golden hoop earrings, is manicurist-in-chief. This is a good day. "Look at this," Garcia said, a note of wonder in her voice.