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Archive 1/05-2/05

Links of Cuba and Africa highlighted at Havana launching of book by Sankara  2/28/2005 The Militant: "In this book, We Are Heirs of the World’s Revolutions, Pathfinder presents five speeches by Thomas Sankara between 1983 and 1987 in which he expresses clearly and firmly his revolutionary ideas, not only in defense of his people but of all the exploited of the world,” said Ulises Estrada in opening a meeting held here February 10 as part of the annual Havana International Book Fair. Estrada is the director of Tricontinental magazine, published by the Organization of Solidarity with the Peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America (OSPAAAL).Some 70 people attended the event, which presented Somos herederos de las revoluciones del mundo, the recently published Spanish-language translation of the booklet. It was one of many book launchings organized throughout the fair, which took place February 3-13. Thomas Sankara was the central leader of the 1983-87 popular revolution in the West African country of Burkina Faso."

Is Santeria used as ploy to skirt travel rules to Cuba?  2/27/2005 Miami Herald: was this printed at the request of Lincoln Diaz Balart?

Godfather of the Miami Mafia, are you out of your sugarcane-picking mind?  2/27/2005 Vheadlines: "What is estimated annual value of the pain and lifesaving services of the Cuban doctors in Venezuela? Say, US$100,000 for the estimated market value in medical services per doctor for a year times 10,000 Cuban doctors in Venezuela equals ONE BILLION DOLLARS a year for Venezuela."

US rules on payments put trade with Cuba at risk  2/26/2005 AP 

Cuba worried at US export change  2/25/2005 BBC: "The US treasury department said on Tuesday that Cuba would have to pay cash before US farm goods were shipped. As a result, Cuba fears the goods might be seized by US litigants with claims against the Havana government. Cuba's state agency Alimport says it will honour current US contracts, but may soon have to seek other suppliers."

U.S. food sales to Cuba may be in jeopardy  2/25/2005 NBC: "Tony Martinez, a Washington D.C.-based consultant on U.S. Food and Medical Sales to Cuba, is worried Alimport may already be looking for alternative sources of food. “Other nations will likely get that business in the future," he said. "We are likely going to lose a billion dollar plus customer and affect the lives of millions of people. That money and commerce has helped many of our people in difficult economic circumstances back in their home states.”"

Passport to Cuba  2/25/2005 Philadelphia Enquirer: "The newest big deal down the Shore is nothing like the rest of Atlantic City. It's more like mini-Vegas. It's also popular, hopping on winter weekend nights, and likely to be a summer-long hit. Curiously, it celebrates Havana - a place off-limits to Americans, some of whom still jump through bureaucratic hoops to travel there, or anywhere in Cuba."

Paramilitary personnel trained as medical techs for deployment to Venezuela  2/24/2005 CubaNet 

Treasury Department's Cuba Ruling Concerns US Rice Producers Association  2/24/2005 Kansas City Infozine 

Venezuela, Cuba: Chavez thanks Castro for warning him of alleged assassination plot  2/24/2005 Monday Morning, Lebanon 

We're Here to Bug You: Video Mocks Cuban Police  2/24/2005 Reuters 

Cubans Told to Limit Time With Foreigners  2/23/2005 AP 

U.S. aid funneled to Castro opponents  2/22/2005 Chicago Tribune: "The cash assistance is being channeled through the U.S.-financed National Endowment for Democracy and pays more than two dozen freelance writers for a Miami-based Web site that posts articles critical of the Cuban government. The cash also supports opposition figures, human-rights activists, and political prisoners and their families, including those prisoners jailed in 2003 during the government's crackdown on dissidents. Supporters argue the cash payments, totaling about $200,000 a year, help keep opposition alive in a country where most dissidents are fired from their jobs and ostracized."

U.S. aid funneled to Castro opponents - Ex-envoy calls effort `colossal mistake'  2/22/2005 Sun Sentinel 

Cuba and the U.S.: Waiting for the buy-in  2/20/2005 Dallas Morning News 

Cuban film festival features variety of styles  2/18/2005 University of Wisconsin 

‘In the exercise of my freedom’ - An interview with Eloy Gutiérrez Menoyo, who has been threatened by the government of the United States for supporting a political dialogue with the Cuban government.  2/17/2005 Radio Progreso 

‘U.S. needs to learn to live in a diverse world’ - Interview with Ricardo Alarcón (Part 2)  2/17/2005 Radio Progreso 

Spain, the European Union and Cuba  2/17/2005 Radio Progreso 

Castro could be arrested if he visits Chile: Chilean government  2/16/2005 AFP 

200 Mariel Cubans freed from prison since Supreme Court ruling  2/15/2005 AP 

Cuba, North Korea and the University of Miami's Unfortunate Analysis  2/15/2005 The Center for International Policy 

U.S. enlists colleges to tutor Cuba's poor  2/13/2005 Chicago Tribune: "Chicago's Loyola University last fall became one of several universities to accept such a grant, $425,000, which university officials say will be used to continue a program that teaches English to adults in a poor Havana neighborhood. Similar programs are conducted in many countries with little fanfare. But in Cuba, even a modest and benign educational program like Loyola's garners scrutiny because it is being financed by the U.S. government at a time when relations between the two nations are at their lowest point in years. U.S. officials argue the money that funds such programs is crucial to building political opposition to President Fidel Castro on the island and preparing for what they describe as Cuba's inevitable transition from dictatorship to democracy. Critics say the programs have failed to bolster Cuba's weak and divided dissident community and instead only endanger those who participate in them."

The US is Declining - An Interview with Ricardo Alarcon (Part One)  2/13/2005 Progreso Weekly 

Michigan couple must pay $5,250 fine for travel to Cuba, judge rules  2/11/2005 Detroit Free Perss: "Michael and Andrea McCarthy, of Port Huron, went to Cuba through Canada in April 2001. They are devout Catholics who considered the trip a missionary effort as well as a vacation. They brought medicine to a group of nuns in Havana, as they had done on similar trips to Mexico and Haiti, and participated in religious services. The fine was substantially lower than the typical fine of $7,500 each for first-time offenders, according to the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control. OFAC, which considers mitigating factors including how much people spend in Cuba, had asked Administrative Law Judge Irwin Schroeder to fine the couple a total of $9,750. Schroeder said he took into account a number of factors in deciding the amount of the fine, including the humanitarian and religious intentions of the trip and the couple's limited ability to pay a substantial civil penalty. Michael McCarthy is a physician's assistant and Andrea McCarthy is a nurse, and the couple have three college-aged children."

B.S. Detector - Selective blindness  2/10/2005 Progreso Weekly: "Once more, Miami's two Heralds have underreported a significant story. This time, it was the visit to Havana last week by Manuel Chaves, president of the autonomous government of Andalucía, Spain. Chaves' visit was important because he was the first high-ranking official of a European Union member nation to visit Cuba after the temporary suspension of political sanctions imposed by the EU in June 2003. In addition, he is president of the ruling Socialist Workers Party of Spain (PSOE)."

El pueblo, en andas, despidió a Lázaro Ros  2/9/2005 AIN 

Republican Senators Push Bush Administration to Expand Cuba Agricultural Trade and Travel  2/9/2005 Americans For Humanitarian Trade With Cuba: "Americans For Humanitarian Trade With Cuba (AHTC), a national organization that includes blue-ribbon leaders such as David Rockefeller, Frank Carlucci, Carla Hills and Paul Volcker, endorsed legislation introduced today by a powerful and unprecedented group of Republican Senators meant to head-off recent Bush Administration moves to cut back agricultural trade and travel to Cuba."

Cuba bans smoking in public places  2/9/2005 AP 

US warns exile who returned to Cuba of possible fine, prison  2/9/2005 AP: "A former exile turned Cuban dissident who returned to the island for good 18 months ago on Monday protested a United States government letter warning him of a fine of up to US$250,000 and up to 10 years in prison for staying so long. Eloy Gutierrez-Menoyo, founder of the Miami-based opposition group Cambio Cubano, returned to Cuba for good in August 2003 with hopes of eventually opening a Cambio Cubano office here."

Senators push for direct banking with Cuba  2/9/2005 Miami Herald 

Indonesian Official Praises Cuba´s Medical Aid  2/9/2005 Prensa Latina 

People over 100 Years Meet in Cuba  2/9/2005 Prensa Latina:  "How to Live Longer" is the key topic of the 1st International Conference for People over 100 Years Old that began Wednesday in Havana, sponsored by the 120 Year Old Club and the Caribbean Medical Association. Experts on the improvement of human life and a large group of seniors from various countries are attending the meeting at Cuba´s Hotel Nacional. Conferences, exhibition of products, videos, and related technology are part of the conference, where people over 90 years old will expound on their experiences and explain how to successfully live longer."

Senators to seek fewer restrictions on U.S.-Cuba trade  2/9/2005 Sun Sentinel 

Former Lansky bodyguard tells of Cuba's fabled past as playground  2/7/2005 Herald Today, FL 

Ex-exile protests US warning of fine, prison for staying in Cuba  2/7/2005 Tallahassee Democrat 

Cuba Action Day  2/6/2005 "Please fill out the registration form below if you will be travelling to Washington on April 27 to take part in Cuba Action Day. If you are not able to attend Cuba Action Day, but wish to remain involved in efforts to lift the travel ban and reform our entire approach to Cuba, please register to Take Action from Home. The registration information we ask you to provide will help us manage and administer the Cuba Action Day. By signing the registration form, you will begin receiving periodic e-mails to help you maximize the impact of your visit to Washington. We will provide information about the program and special events, and also send information you can use in making the case to your elected representatives."

Band on the rum  2/6/2005 Observer, UK: "Richard Neill ditched his job for Cuba, determined to join a band. The snag: he couldn't play an instrument. In this extract from his new book, he reveals how his teacher made a performer of him."

Cuban Leader Castro Calls Bush 'Deranged'  2/2/2005 AP 

Bésame mucho, pide Condoleezza Rice  2/2/2005 Aporrea 

Robert F. Williams and armed self-determination  2/2/2005 SF Bay View 


Cuba Elected to Working Group of UN Human Rights Commission  2/1/2005 Periodico 26 

EU lifts Cuba diplomatic freeze  1/31/2005 BBC 

Pope calls for lifting of U.S. embargo on Cuba  1/26/2005 Final Call 

'Rights abuser' Cuba put on U.N. action panel  1/26/2005 Miami Herald 

New film on Fidel Castro  1/25/2005 PBS 

Iran, Cuba stress consolidation of ties in all fields  1/18/2005 IRNA 

Iran grants Cuba 20-million euro credit  1/17/2005 Granma: "Plant under construction in that Asian country to manufacture a Hepatitis B vaccine, Interferon, Streptokinase and human Erythpoyetine with Cuban technology • Cooperation with Cuba to be diversified and extended starting this year, as the Iranian ambassador in Cuba informs this weekly."

You can't break the ties between us  1/15/2005 Cuba Now: An interview with Danny Glover

Cuban American Filmmaker Profiles Fidel Castro For PBS  1/13/2005 CubaNet 

Censoring the Pope  1/13/2005 Progresso Weekly: "Both The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald seriously underreported a statement made in Rome Jan. 8 by Pope John Paul II, in which he hoped for an end to the trade embargo imposed on Cuba by the United States. In a six-paragraph item published Jan. 9 (“The Pope worries about the embargo"), El Nuevo printed only one paragraph of the Pope's statement. The Herald did the same, in a five-paragraph brief (“Pontiff criticizes U.S. trade embargo.”) If the Pope had asked for a continuation of the embargo, or if he had applauded the cruel measures against the Cuban family imposed by the Bush administration, both newspapers would have run the story in full, on Page One. The fact they did not in this case confirms that they are not interested in reporting developments that disagree with their own narrow political agendas."

Health Care? Ask Cuba  1/12/2005 NYT: "Here's a wrenching fact: If the U.S. had an infant mortality rate as good as Cuba's, we would save an additional 2,212 American babies a year. Yes, Cuba's. Babies are less likely to survive in America, with a health care system that we think is the best in the world, than in impoverished and autocratic Cuba. According to the latest C.I.A. World Factbook, Cuba is one of 41 countries that have better infant mortality rates than the U.S. Even more troubling, the rate in the U.S. has worsened recently. In every year since 1958, America's infant mortality rate improved, or at least held steady. But in 2002, it got worse: 7 babies died for each thousand live births, while that rate was 6.8 deaths the year before. Those numbers, buried in a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, didn't get much attention. But they are part of a pattern of recent statistics dribbling out of the federal government suggesting that for those on the bottom in America, life in our new Gilded Age is getting crueler."

Oil Find Hints at a Less Dependent Cuba  1/11/2005 NYT: "The prospective output by the Canadian companies would cover only about three to four years of oil production by Cuba, which now imports much of its oil from Venezuela on favorable terms."

Pope calls for lifting of US embargo on Cuba  1/9/2005 AFP 

Affirmative Action, Cuban Style  1/6/2005 Black Commentator: "Which brings us back to Castro's gambit. Why is he reaching out to U.S. students? What an irony that poor Cuba is training doctors for rich America, engaging in affirmative action on our behalf, and – while blockaded by U.S. ships and sanctions – spending its meager treasure to improve the health of U.S. citizens. Whether one considers this a cunning move by one of history's great chess players or an extraordinary gesture of civic generosity - or a bit of both - it should encourage us to reexamine our stalled efforts to achieve greater racial and ethnic parity in American medicine. If Castro can find diamonds in our rough, we can too."

A Cuban Perspective on Gary Webb - The Journalist Who Exposed the Crimes of Luis Posada Carriles  1/5/2005 Counterpunch 

List of Cuban provincial papers and other sites

Guerrillero» «Pinar del Río
El Habanero» «La Habana
Tribuna de La Habana» «Ciudad de La Habana
Girón» «Matanzas
Vanguardia» «Villa Clara
5 de Septiembre» «Cienfuegos
Escambray» «Sancti Spíritus
Invasor» «Ciego de Ávila
Adelante» «Camagüey
26» «Las Tunas
La Demajagua» «Granma
Ahora» «Holguín
Sierra Maestra» «Santiago de Cuba
Venceremos» «Guantánamo
Victoria» «Isla de la Juventud

Emisoras de Radio Nacionales

Radio Reloj Radio Rebelde
Radio Habana Cuba  

Emisoras de Radio Provinciales

Radio Ciudad de La Habana Radio Metropolitana
Tiempo 21 Radio Cadena Habana
Radio Sancti Spíritus CMHW Villa Clara
Radio Victoria Radio Ciudad del Mar


Cubavisión Internacional CHTV

Revistas y otras publicaciones

Bohemia Habanera
Giga Temas
Prisma Negocios en Cuba
Alma Mater Caimán Barbudo
Mujeres La Jiribilla
La Gaceta de Cuba Zunzún
Avances Médicos de Cuba Travel Trade Cuba
Somos Jóvenes Opus Habana
Tricontinental Cine Cubano
Revolución y Cultura Cuba Internacional
Ciencias de la Información Salsa Cubana
Juventud Técnica Pionero
Opciones El economista
Notinet El Fénix
Orbe Senderos

Otros sitios

Ceniai IslaGrande
Infocom Cubaweb
Infomed Citmatel
Archivo Nacional Cubaciencia
Cubanic Cubarte
Cienfuegos UPEC
Redsolar Gobierno cubano
Sitio de Elián Cuba demanda
Cuba contra el bloqueo CubAhora
Sitio del Ajedrez en Cuba Marinas Puertosol
Directorio Turístico de Cuba Ballet Nacional de Cuba
Casa de las Américas


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