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United States Loosens Travel Restrictions to Cuba
By Dorkys Ramos | 03/12/2009 - 16:05

United States residents will now have an easier time traveling to Cuba and sending money to family thanks to three provisions attached to the $410 billion omnibus spending bill President Obama signed yesterday.


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Fidel Castro Spotted, Brother Raul Replaces Fidel Loyalists With His Own
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 03/03/2009 - 16:10

An ailing Fidel Castro hasn’t made many public appearances since taking ill in 2006, prompting endless rumors about the Cuban leader’s proximity to death. The New York Times reports (via The Daily Beast)  Castro was spotted walking the streets of Havana recently after being released from the hospital. He casually strolled around, trailed heavily by security and sporting shorts and a track jacket.


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Benicio Talks About Oscar Snub of "Che"
By Mariela Rosario | 02/04/2009 - 12:45

Benicio del Toro is no stranger to accolades; the thespian recently took home a Goya Award for "Best Actor" for his work in Steven Soderbergh's epic film Che on top of the "Best Actor" award he won last year when the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.


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Benicio del Toro Storms Out of Washington Times Interview
By Mariela Rosario | 01/28/2009 - 16:30

Benicio del Toro was apparently upset by a writer for the Washington Times during an interview last week about the new film Che. The film, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring del Toro in the eponymous role, has sparked a controversy about the legacy of revolutionary icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara.


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New Photo of Fidel Castro Released
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 01/26/2009 - 14:20

A new photo Fidel Castro was released on Friday, temporarily quieting rumors that the former Cuban leader is gravely ill. The picture came from the office of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez two days after her meeting with Castro in Cuba. Castro, 82, can be seen standing next to Fernandez looking relatively strong.


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Fidel Castro Finally Speaks, Praises President Obama
By Yuliana Gomez | 01/22/2009 - 12:55

After several months of silence, ailing former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Wednesday finally resurfaced. Castro, 82, posted to his column on Cuban-run website cubadebate.cu. According to Reuters UK, at one point in 2008, he was averaging 8 columns a month; the most recent message from Castro comes after more than a month of absence, leading to speculation over his ill health.


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Obama Orders Guantanamo Prosecutions to Halt
By Mariela Rosario | 01/21/2009 - 17:45

In one of his first official acts on day one of his presidency, Barack Obama has halted prosecutions at the controversial Guantanamo Bay prison. Issuing a 120 suspension of military tribunals, the move was the first of many that President Obama will use to distance himself from the legacy of former President George Bush, who created the detention center in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.


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Obama Asked to Rethink Travel Ban to Cuba
By Yuliana Gomez | 01/08/2009 - 18:19

The non-partisan human rights group Freedom House recently released a statement asking President-Elect Barack Obama to re-examine the United States’ hardline position against travel to Cuba. Doing this would help advance human rights and democracy efforts in the dictator-ruled Caribbean island.


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Castro Says Cubans Now Allowed To Build Their Own Houses, With Their Own Money
By Mariela Rosario | 01/06/2009 - 15:16

Since Raul Castro assumed leadership of Cuba permanently in February 2008 due to his brother Fidel's failing health there have been some slow but noticeable changes taking place in the communist country.
The latest in the reforms came recently with Castro announcing that Cubans can build their own homes with their own money. As reported by Mercopress, the demand of Cuba's 11 million citizens for housing has been grossly outweighing the supply.


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Raul Castro Vows to Extend the Revolution
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 01/02/2009 - 11:08

Cuban President Raul Castro spoke to supporters gathered to mark the 50th anniversary of the revolution that began when Fidel Castro seized control of Santiago de Cuba on New Years Day 1959, as Ernesto "Che" Guevara marched into Havana.


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