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April 14, 2009 | Peter Pae and Alana Semuels
Airline flights. Phone service. Money transfers. Those are among enticing new or expanded business opportunities seen ahead for U.S. companies with Monday's loosening of the U.S. embargo with Cuba. "This is a big deal; it's a significant change in U.S. policy," said former Ambassador David A. Gross, the U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy and a partner at law firm Wiley Rein.
March 17, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Claude S. Brinegar, a former oil industry executive and the nation's third transportation secretary, who helped enact the controversial 55-mph speed limit during the Arab oil embargo in the 1970s, died of natural causes Friday at a retirement community in Palo Alto, according to his family. He was 82. Named to the post in late 1972, Brinegar succeeded John A. Volpe in President Nixon's Cabinet.
February 4, 2009 | Chris Kraul
To mend U.S.-Latin American relations, President Obama must first recover the moral authority the U.S. has lost with its operation of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, says former Bolivian President Carlos Mesa. Mesa has a unique perspective on U.S.-Latin American relations as a former news reporter, historian, U.S. cinephile and Bolivia's president from 2003 to 2005. He said he expects to run for the presidency again later this year against incumbent Evo Morales.
December 31, 2008
Fifty years ago, Ernesto "Che" Guevara led a column of war-steeled rebels into Havana as Fidel Castro took the city of Santiago at the other end of the island and declared a Cuban revolution. This one, Castro said, would not be like Cuba's 1898 independence from Spain, "when the Americans came and took over." Since that New Year's night in 1959, 10 U.S. presidents have tried to overthrow, undermine or cajole Castro, to no avail.
November 10, 2008 | Carol J. Williams
Bernardo Benes is plotting to reprise his role as broker of the one humanitarian breakthrough in U.S.-Cuban relations in the 50 years since Fidel Castro's revolution came to power. Benes, who negotiated the 1978 release of 3,600 political prisoners and the right for Cuban exiles to visit family on the communist island, plans a freelance mission to his homeland to sound out President Raul Castro on what the Havana regime wants from President-elect Barack Obama.
October 29, 2008
Among New York's rites of autumn -- the marathon, the rainbow of leaves in Central Park, the sudden profusion of wool overcoats -- a new one has emerged at the United Nations. In each of the last 16 years, the General Assembly has voted to condemn the United States for its embargo of Cuba. This year's ceremonial vote takes place today, and if it's anything like last year's, it will be overwhelming. Only Israel, the Marshall Islands and Palau stood with the U.S. in the 184-4 tally last October.
July 9, 2008 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Robert V. Phillips, a former general manager and chief engineer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power whose novel plan to ration electricity helped the city get through the Arab oil embargo in the early 1970s, has died. He was 91. Phillips died June 28 of heart failure and pneumonia at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, said his daughter, Jane Phillips Wehrey. Until his health began deteriorating in April, he had lived in Bishop, Calif.
April 25, 2008 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. joined calls Thursday for an arms embargo against Zimbabwe as the Chinese weapons shipment that sparked a scandal turned for home, shunned by ports in southern Africa. Young militiamen known as "green bombers" and war veterans have been attacking opposition activists and supporters in rural areas of Zimbabwe, according to human rights organizations and the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change. Britain has urged an international arms embargo against Zimbabwe because of the violence, and South African Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu and the top U.S. diplomat on Africa, Jendayi E. Frazer, joined the call Thursday.
November 4, 2007
Re "The Castro fixation," Opinion, Oct. 31 The president is wrong. It is not his job to promote freedom in Cuba. His job is to protect freedom in the United States. Instead, he continues to destroy every American's freedom to peacefully meet and trade with the Cuban people. Ending the embargo, the president claims, would only help the Cuban dictatorship. He's wrong again. Engagement will loosen the dictatorship's grip. U.S.
October 26, 2007
Name three countries that still have highly repressive communist regimes and lousy human rights records. All three have had bitter political and military conflicts with the United States within living memory. One has weapons of mass destruction and is also engaged in a major military buildup. The U.S.
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