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.
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.
May 9, 2007 |
A federal judge Tuesday threw out an indictment accusing a Cuban militant of lying to immigration authorities, saying the government manipulated Luis Posada Carriles' statement to investigators. U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone said the interpretation of the April 2006 interview "is so inaccurate as to render it unreliable as evidence of defendant's actual statement." Authorities said he confessed to sneaking across the Mexican border into Texas.
December 26, 2006 |
The Bolivian government announced plans to deport a prominent Cuban dissident who publicly criticized President Evo Morales' close ties to Havana. Dr. Amauris Samartino, a Cuban who holds permanent residence status in Bolivia, will be expelled under a law forbidding immigrants to intervene in the country's politics, a government statement said. Samartino was arrested in the eastern city of Santa Cruz and will be flown to Cuba once his case has been processed.