July 14, 1988 |
The Soviet Union's top military officer, Marshal Sergei F. Akhromeyev, met with Cuban President Fidel Castro and discussed military collaboration, the official daily newspaper Granma said Wednesday. Without providing details on the Tuesday talks, attended by Raul Castro, the Cuban defense minister, the newspaper said they took place "in a friendly atmosphere, as befit the relations between the two countries."
November 16, 2012 |
Washington and Havana have taken baby steps over the last four years to end some of the more destructive elements of their relationship, like a U.S. prohibition against Cuban Americans' visiting their homeland more than once every three years and Cuba's demand that citizens get exit visas to go abroad. But this week's overwhelming international censure of the U.S. embargo against Cuba -- a 188-3 vote of condemnation by the U.N. General Assembly -- was a sobering reminder of how little has changed between the Cold War adversaries despite President Obama's 2008 campaign vow to end half a century of ideological standoff.
December 14, 2013
Judging by the media's coverage of Nelson Mandela's memorial this week, the gathering in South Africa consisted primarily of President Obama appeasing enemies of the United State and snapping juvenile "selfies" with his fellow national leaders. Those stirring eulogies of the late revolutionary who guided his country out of apartheid in the early 1990s were really just a sideshow. Our readers weren't having it. Almost all of the letters we received about the memorial dismissed the criticism of Obama's handshake with Cuban leader Raul Castro as petty politics; in fact, several praised Obama for his gesture.
July 24, 2008 |
Fidel Castro said Wednesday that his brother President Raul Castro was right to adopt a "dignified silence" over a Moscow newspaper report that Russia may refuel nuclear bombers on the island, and said Cuba doesn't owe Washington any explanation about the report.
October 12, 1997 |
It came as no surprise when Fidel Castro was unanimously reelected president of the Communist Party of Cuba on Friday evening at the close of its fifth national congress since he came to power 38 years ago. It's what happened next, after Castro's brother Raul, 66, was reelected as the nation's second-highest official, that set longtime party watchers here abuzz.
April 8, 2009 |
Fidel Castro met with three members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday, the former Cuban president's first meeting with U.S. officials since he fell ill nearly three years ago. Coming after lawmakers met with his brother Raul, the current president, the session appeared to underscore the Cuban government's desire for improved relations with the United States under President Obama. Greg Adams, a spokesman at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, said Rep.
June 26, 1989 |
An official admission by Raul Castro, the younger brother and designated successor of President Fidel Castro, that Cuban higher-ups have been involved in international narcotics trafficking has produced shock waves in that island nation and abroad. First word of the changed official position--Cuba has always denied complicity in the transportation of drugs through its territory--came in a rambling, 2 1/2-hour speech by Raul Castro on June 15. The speech specifically accused Gen. Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez, a highly decorated and popular former commander of Cuba's forces in Angola, of having personally profited from drug deals.