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September 7, 1997 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The sweetest forbidden fruit at the border nowadays is not white, powdery or from Colombia. And it may not seem like the biggest threat to the Western world. But U.S. Customs Service officials are all fired up about a recent surge of the smuggling of Cuban cigars into San Diego.
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October 6, 2000 | JANET HOOK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
House and Senate negotiators on Thursday reached agreement on legislation to allow the sale of food and medicine to Cuba, moving to relax a trade embargo central to U.S. policy toward the communist regime of Fidel Castro for nearly four decades. Proponents hailed the measure, which now goes to the House and Senate for final approval, as a sea change in the U.S. approach to Cuba.
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August 10, 1998 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Franklin Sotolongo injected himself with the vial of experimental liquid that day in 1985, it was one of the most emotional moments of his life. Sotolongo was leading a small team of Cuban scientists struggling to save their nation from an epidemic of group B meningitis. Hundreds of children were dying, and there was neither a cure nor a vaccine--not only on their isolated Communist island, but anywhere on the globe.
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September 9, 2000 | Religion News Service
With less than six months remaining in President Clinton's term, the leader of the National Council of Churches urged him to end the decades-old trade embargo against Cuba before he leaves office. "If we wait until after the elections take place, a new administration will have to select new ambassadors and new persons in the State Department and prioritize their foreign policy," said the Rev.
NEWS
June 28, 2000 | From Associated Press
A senior Cuban official on Tuesday criticized a U.S. congressional plan that would allow the sale of American food and medicine to Cuba, saying the conditions it appears to impose could worsen a trade embargo against his island. Ricardo Alarcon, president of the Cuban National Assembly, said news reports of the agreement indicated that it would impose conditions on the sale of food, such as refusing U.S. financing for the purchases.
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July 27, 2000 | From Associated Press
Wearing white athletic shoes with his olive green uniform, Fidel Castro led hundreds of thousands of Cubans in a march Wednesday demanding an end to the U.S. trade embargo against this communist nation. "Down with the blockade! Long live the homeland!" the marchers chanted as they started the 3 1/2-mile trek, many of them waving small Cuban flags. After playing the Cuban national anthem to launch the event, a military band accompanied the protesters down Havana's coastal highway.
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July 25, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown called for an end to U.S. trade sanctions against Cuba during a visit aimed at increasing relations between his city and the eastern Cuban city of Santiago. During a visit with Cuban National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon, Brown noted that the Oakland City Council passed a resolution two years ago asking President Clinton to do away with the trade sanctions imposed against Cuba in 1962.
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March 24, 2000 | From Reuters
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Thursday to open the door to broader sales of U.S. food and medicine to Cuba, the target of 40 years of sanctions intended to topple communist leader Fidel Castro. Farm and business groups say the island nation, 90 miles from Florida, could be a natural market for U.S. exports. Anti-Castro sentiment in Congress scuttled two recent proposals to broaden food and medical trade with Cuba.
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July 5, 2000 | JIM MANN, Jim Mann's column appears in this space every Wednesday
Don't look now, but over the past six weeks, we've quietly entered a new era for U.S. foreign policy. A decade after the end of the Cold War, we now have the Corporate Peace. Since mid-May, the American business community has won a breathtaking series of victories in Washington, stripping away the sanctions that have somewhat limited its overseas operations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2000 | Religion News Service
With less than six months remaining in President Clinton's term, the leader of the National Council of Churches urged him to end the decades-old trade embargo against Cuba before he leaves office. "If we wait until after the elections take place, a new administration will have to select new ambassadors and new persons in the State Department and prioritize their foreign policy," said the Rev.
NEWS
July 27, 2000 | From Associated Press
Wearing white athletic shoes with his olive green uniform, Fidel Castro led hundreds of thousands of Cubans in a march Wednesday demanding an end to the U.S. trade embargo against this communist nation. "Down with the blockade! Long live the homeland!" the marchers chanted as they started the 3 1/2-mile trek, many of them waving small Cuban flags. After playing the Cuban national anthem to launch the event, a military band accompanied the protesters down Havana's coastal highway.
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July 25, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown called for an end to U.S. trade sanctions against Cuba during a visit aimed at increasing relations between his city and the eastern Cuban city of Santiago. During a visit with Cuban National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon, Brown noted that the Oakland City Council passed a resolution two years ago asking President Clinton to do away with the trade sanctions imposed against Cuba in 1962.
NEWS
July 21, 2000 | From Associated Press
The House voted Thursday to lift limits on U.S. food and drug sales to Cuba and to allow Americans to freely travel there. The vote was a major victory for farm, business and other groups trying to ease the four-decade-old sanctions against Fidel Castro's government. With supporters arguing that increased contacts would help weaken Castro's hold over the communist nation, the House voted 232 to 186 to stop enforcing rules that limit the ability of Americans to travel to Cuba.
NEWS
July 5, 2000 | JIM MANN, Jim Mann's column appears in this space every Wednesday
Don't look now, but over the past six weeks, we've quietly entered a new era for U.S. foreign policy. A decade after the end of the Cold War, we now have the Corporate Peace. Since mid-May, the American business community has won a breathtaking series of victories in Washington, stripping away the sanctions that have somewhat limited its overseas operations.
NEWS
June 28, 2000 | From Associated Press
A senior Cuban official on Tuesday criticized a U.S. congressional plan that would allow the sale of American food and medicine to Cuba, saying the conditions it appears to impose could worsen a trade embargo against his island. Ricardo Alarcon, president of the Cuban National Assembly, said news reports of the agreement indicated that it would impose conditions on the sale of food, such as refusing U.S. financing for the purchases.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2000
A House panel voted to ease the 40-year-old embargo against Cuba by permitting sales of food and medicine to the island nation, matching a similar decision Tuesday by a Senate committee. By a 35-24 vote, the House Appropriations Committee preserved a provision in an agricultural appropriations bill that would license such sales as long as they are not subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2000
A House panel voted to ease the 40-year-old embargo against Cuba by permitting sales of food and medicine to the island nation, matching a similar decision Tuesday by a Senate committee. By a 35-24 vote, the House Appropriations Committee preserved a provision in an agricultural appropriations bill that would license such sales as long as they are not subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1997
Nearly a year after Councilman Bill Paparian angered some constituents by standing on Cuban soil and denouncing the U.S. economic blockade of that nation, he took his fight to lift the decades-old embargo to Washington. Paparian was among a group of physicians, lawyers, church leaders and academics who went to Capitol Hill to support legislation introduced by a bipartisan group of legislators to exempt food and medicine from the long-standing embargo for humanitarian reasons.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2000 | SCOTT DOGGETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Despite the flare-up of rhetoric between the U.S. and Fidel Castro over Elian Gonzalez, the business climate in Cuba for American companies is warmer than it's been since 1962, when President Kennedy imposed a full trade embargo on the island nation. Incremental changes to the embargo made by President Clinton during the last 16 months now permit U.S. firms to sell medical and food items to nongovernmental groups in Cuba. And, in January, the Cuban leader allowed Havana's first-ever U.S.
NEWS
March 24, 2000 | From Reuters
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Thursday to open the door to broader sales of U.S. food and medicine to Cuba, the target of 40 years of sanctions intended to topple communist leader Fidel Castro. Farm and business groups say the island nation, 90 miles from Florida, could be a natural market for U.S. exports. Anti-Castro sentiment in Congress scuttled two recent proposals to broaden food and medical trade with Cuba.
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