Cuba Subscribes to Socialism Light
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/14/2009 - 10:42

Cuba is attempting to salvage its failing economy by making last ditch efforts to scale back on socialism, The Miami Herald reports. Leaders insist picking away at socialism is the only way to save it, but some experts say their efforts are just a desperate attempt to stave off the inevitable.


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How Cuba Saved My Life
By Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez | 10/02/2009 - 13:50

It was December 2008, and like an estimated 46 million other Americans, I was without health insurance. On New Year’s Eve I suddenly developed heart palpitations, vertigo, tremors, pins and needles, burning spots all over my body, slurred speech, crying spells and severe drops in blood pressure upon standing. I rushed to the emergency room, thinking I was having a heart attack.


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President Obama Extends Cuban Embargo
By Mariela Rosario | 09/16/2009 - 12:31

After taking steps towards healing the longstanding rift between the U.S. and Cuban governments, President Barack Obama recently renewed the economic embargo against the island nation.

Under the Trading With the Enemy Act, established after World War I, U.S. companies are banned from trading with what are determined to be hostile nations.


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Benicio del Toro Honored in Cuba
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 08/03/2009 - 13:25

Che actor Benicio del Toro was celebrated in Cuba last week for his distinguished body of work. The Puerto Rican star was given the first Tomas Gutierrez Alea award (named after the late Cuban director) by the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba, or Uneac. "It's an honor. I share this with all the artists here. As an artist, I feel that we're all in the same boat," Del Toro said after accepting his honor.


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Che's Granddaughter Poses Nude for PETA Ads
By Anabell Romero | 06/19/2009 - 10:30

Lydia Guevara, granddaughter of revolutionary anticapitalist Che Guevara, recently stripped off her clothes for a new PETA campaign bearing the slogan, “Start a Vegetarian Revolution.”


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Man and Wife Arrested for Spying for Cuba for Over 30 Years
By Diana Buendia | 06/08/2009 - 15:25

Seventy-two-year-old Walter Kendall Myers, a retired top intelligence analyst at the State Department, and his wife Gwendolyn, 71, stand accused of spying for the Cuban government over the past thirty years.


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Senate Votes Against Funding Guantanamo Closure
By Mariela Rosario | 05/20/2009 - 14:00

The Senate has denied President Barack Obama's request for 80 million dollars to be alloted to facilitate the closure of the Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp located on the Eastern coast of Cuba.


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Obama Officially Lightening Travel Restrictions to Cuba
By Yuliana Gomez | 04/13/2009 - 17:32

Reuters.com is reporting that today President Barack Obama announced easing of restrictions on family travel and cash gifts from the United States to Cuba.


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U.S. Officials Begin Talks With Cuban Government
By Yuliana Gomez | 04/06/2009 - 16:50

This past weekend, seven U.S. legislators began talks with Cuban government officials, the Latin American Herald Tribune is reporting; the meetings are aimed at starting up a dialogue between two countries that have not had diplomatic relations in several decades.


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Joe Biden: “Cubans Should Determine Their Own Fate”
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 03/31/2009 - 16:30

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden attended the Progressive Government Summit in Chile this weekend, where he spoke at length about Cuba’s fate. He said the United States is not planning to lift its trade embargo on Cuba, and that it’s up to Cuba to build itself up.

“We thought that there was a need for transition in our policy toward Cuba. But we all share one thing in common. We think the Cuban people should determine their own fate, and that they should be able to live in freedom and with some prospect of economic prosperity,” Biden said.


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