November 24, 1997 |
Jorge Mas Canosa, a wealthy Cuban American businessman who rose from exile to wield enormous influence in shaping this nation's hard-line policy toward Cuba, died Sunday of lung cancer. He was 58. Mas Canosa fled Cuba less than two years after Fidel Castro came to power in 1959. From his home in Miami, he became the Cuban president's most prominent and feisty foe.
July 14, 2001 |
President Bush ordered toughened enforcement of long-standing sanctions against Cuba on Friday and said he would also expand support for human rights activists on the Communist-run island. "The sanctions the United States enforces against the Castro regime are not just a policy tool but a moral statement," Bush said. "It is wrong to prop up a regime that routinely stifles all the freedoms that make us human."
August 20, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. -- Cuban Americans can relax. The 2012 Republican platform will continue the party's hard-line rhetoric toward the Communist regime in Cuba, though it does not call for reversing President Obama's decision to relax restrictions on travel and financial assistance to residents of the island. An earlier Politics Now post stated incorrectly that the GOP platform was silent on Cuba. A delegate on the party platform's foreign policy and defense subcommittee, who had a copy of the pertinent language, expressed surprise during a drafting session on the plank Monday that Cuba wasn't mentioned.
June 13, 1991 |
An alternative satellite television network has begun to distribute the first of seven hourlong documentaries on what producers say is a nationwide trend toward censorship of a wide spectrum of ideas--from abortion rights to the arts. Ironically, producers of the project at the New York-based Deep Dish TV Network have defrayed more than a third of the $91,000 cost of the project, "Behind Censorship: The Assault on Civil Liberties," with a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1997 |
Years ago I came to the sad conclusion that this country's fundamentally flawed policy toward Communist Cuba would not change until the Cuban strongman whose rigid politics helped create it was dead. Unfortunately, the stubborn Cuban political leader I had in mind was Fidel Castro--not Jorge Mas Canosa, the controversial Miami businessman who was Castro's archnemesis. The founder and chairman of the Cuban American National Foundation, Mas Canosa died last weekend of lung cancer.
July 9, 1993 |
The American government has killed TV Marti, its anti-Communist propaganda voice aimed at Cuba, while making plans to improve telephone communications between the United States and the Caribbean island. The Clinton Administration also is preparing to allow more Americans to visit Cuba, since Cuban President Fidel Castro is granting exit visas to some dissidents for the first time in years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1990 |
Cuban Spanish ricochets in the private dining room, fast and hard and soft at the same time: "He is a modern Nero," Javier Quintero says. "He realizes that he is surrounded," says Maria Quintero, his wife. "If we dance to his tune, that's no good," growls Reynaldo Rodriguez, a white-haired warrior with chiseled features. "He expects us to want war. They say we want an invasion, we want to fight. . . . No, that's not the way.
October 14, 1990 |
"Fidel doesn't fall, not even from his bed." So goes a popular Cubanism, often repeated throughout the island after one of Washington's habitual predictions of Castro's imminent ruin. But the bed is starting to wobble from the pounding Cuba has been taking in recent months as a result of dwindling economic help from its main partner, the Soviet Union. Castro is long accustomed to U.S. efforts to weaken his regime. But now, the United States has been joined by new and unexpected allies.
June 25, 1990 |
We learn from Ted Turner's interview with Fidel Castro that Turner can listen as well as talk. In "A Conversation With Fidel Castro" at 6 tonight on CNN, the Cuban President talks . . . and talks . . . and talks, while Turner--whose own nonstop verbosity is legendary--this time listens . . . and listens . . . and listens. CNN-founder Turner's interview with Castro was taped in Havana during Turner's June 8-10 visit to Cuba. This duel of epic talkers is a massacre from the start.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2000 |
Across the country, the polls are clear: Cuban Americans wanted to keep Elian Gonzalez with his great-uncle in Miami, while most Latinos and Americans as a whole overwhelmingly supported Atty. Gen. Janet Reno's decision to reunite the 6-year-old with his father in Washington. But too many people confuse Cuban American views on the Elian Gonzalez issue (and U.S.-Cuba relations) with that of U.S. Latinos as a whole.