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Oct 08, 2009 Cuba bloggers test government limits

QUOTE: [Cuban] Bloggers - many of whom were born after the 1959 revolution - are trying to move debate away from the established official doctrine to exploring social and economic issues

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Aug 06, 2009 When two plus two equals three: Cuba's penurious revolution

QUOTE: On taking over as president [of Cuba], Raúl Castro called for “changes of structure and concept” in the economy, raising hopes in some quarters that Cuba would imitate Vietnam in moving to a capitalist economy under communist political control. Those hopes have yet to be met.

May 03, 2008 Fugitive Financier Vesco Is Said to Have Died

QUOTE: If Mr. Vesco indeed eluded the American authorities until his final day, it was the fitting end to his nearly four decades on the run. He was wanted for, among other things, bilking some $200 million from credulous investors in the 1970s, making an illegal contribution to Richard M. Nixon’s 1972 presidential campaign and trying to arrange a deal during the Carter administration to let Libya buy American planes in exchange for bribes to United States officials.

New York Times
Apr 01, 2008 The End of 'Tourism Apartheid': Cuba Repeals Ban on Its Citizens Staying in Hotels on Island

QUOTE: The government of President Raúl Castro has lifted a ban on Cubans staying in hotels on the island, tourism industry employees said Monday, in an apparent end to a policy that exiled bloggers and other critics had dubbed "tourism apartheid."

Washington Post
Mar 12, 2008 State Dept. Rights Report Calls Record of Sudan 'Horrific'

QUOTE: The State Department's annual survey of human rights practices around the world calls Sudan's record "horrific" and notes that countries where power is in the hands of unaccountable rulers are the most systematic violators of human rights standards.

Washington Post
Jan 20, 2008 Radical Left, Iran’s Last Legal Dissidents, Until Now

QUOTE: In recent weeks, the leaders of the Marxist student movement have been arrested, suggesting that the government is worrying about the size of the demonstrations and the growing attraction of an ideology that is deeply antithetical to its own.

New York Times
Jan 14, 2008 The coddled "terrorists" of South Florida

QUOTE: Anti-Castro Cuban exiles who have been linked to bombings and assassinations are living free in Miami. Does the U.S. government have a double standard when it comes to terror?

Dec 19, 2007 Report Finds U.S. Agencies Distracted by Focus on Cuba

QUOTE: The report, from the Government Accountability Office, says that Customs and Border Protection, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, conducts secondary inspections on 20 percent of charter passengers arriving from Cuba at Miami International Airport, more than six times the inspection rate for other international arrivals, even from countries considered shipment points for narcotics.

New York Times
Nov 20, 2007 A Health System’s ‘Miracles’ Come With Hidden Costs

QUOTE: Cuban doctors abroad receive much better pay than in Cuba, along with other benefits from the state, like the right to buy a car and get a relatively luxurious house when they return. As a result, many of the finest physicians have taken posts abroad. The doctors and nurses left in Cuba are stretched thin and overworked, resulting in a decline in the quality of care for Cubans...

New York Times
Sep 02, 2007 The World: In Cuba, a Politically Incorrect Love of the Frigidaire

QUOTE: Cubans do not have to switch to Chinese refrigerators, but there are strong incentives to comply. When the exchange program is offered to a town or neighborhood, it is presented as the apple of Fidel’s eye, and as an opportunity to show one’s patriotism while lowering one’s electricity bill.

New York Times
Sep 01, 2007 8 Years After Elián, a Cuban Custody Battle

QUOTE: The dispute this time involves a 4-year-old girl who came to the United States from Cuba in 2005 with her mother and her 13-year-old half-brother. At issue is whether the girl’s father, a Cuban farmer who arrived in Miami in June with his wife and 7-year-old daughter to fight for his younger daughter’s custody, is fit to raise her.

New York Times
Jul 12, 2007 Cubans risk raids to get satellite TV: Police in Havana to close these illegal windows on the world.

QUOTE: Pedro, a young underground entrepreneur, gets his nightly news from Channel 23 (Univision), "because Cuban TV doesn't give me unbiased coverage of world news...” But in recent months, the Cuban government has stepped up efforts to curb this booming underground industry.

Christian Science Monitor
May 18, 2007 Internet Increasingly Censored The first comprehensive global survey of Internet filtering shows that online repression is on the rise worldwide.

QUOTE: "Over the course of five years, we've gone from just a few places doing state-based technical filtering, like China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, to more than two dozen," says John Palfrey, executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.

Technology Review
Dec 01, 2006 Is there a "black vote" in Venezuela?

QUOTE: Barlovento is home to one of the largest concentrations of black Venezuelans in the country, and it is a center of the growing Afro-Venezuelan movement. But leaders here say that their struggle for increased visibility is too often a lonely one, even though the government claims to represent the world's downtrodden.

Dec 18, 2005 Nations Reach Agreement at World Trade Conference

QUOTE: Trade ministers representing most of the world's governments reached a deal....sets a deadline for the global elimination of agricultural export subsidies, realizing a goal that United States negotiators have been pursuing for two decades. The agreement, to be known as the Hong Kong Declaration, also requires industrialized nations to eliminate almost all tariffs and quotas on the exports of the world's poorest nations, a goal of the United Nations...

New York Times
Nov 21, 2005 No Closer to Cracking the Kennedy Case: Meeting Yields Few Answers on Assassination

QUOTE: ...the proposition that drew about 135 people to a Bethesda hotel this past weekend -- that it is not too late "to solve the greatest mystery of the 20th century" -- has less traction with the public. According to the most recent poll, conducted in 2003 for the 40th anniversary of the JFK assassination, 75 percent of the public does not want another government investigation.

Washington Post
Nov 20, 2005 Che's Second Coming?

QUOTE: Morales is the first full-blooded Aymara, Bolivia's dominant ethnic group, to make a serious run for the presidency, which is in itself testimony to the extraordinary marginalization that Bolivian citizens of pure Indian descent, who make up more than half of the population, have endured since 1825, when an independent Bolivia was established.

New York Times
Nov 07, 2005 Supreme Court to Hear Tribunals Challenge: Use of Military Panels For Detainees Is Tested

QUOTE: President Bush has claimed broad power to conduct the war against al Qaeda and said that questions about the detention of suspected terrorists, their interrogation, trial and punishment are matters for him to decide as commander in chief. But the court's announcement that it would hear the case of Osama bin Laden's former driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, shows that the justices feel the judicial branch has a role to play as well.

Washington Post
Jul 11, 2005 Slander : The assassination of Alberto Coll

QUOTE: Coll is a former deputy assistant secretary of defense during the George H.W. Bush administration, a military scholar, and a dean at the U.S. Naval War College whose life has been nearly destroyed by a slander campaign accusing him of espionage and an absurd criminal prosecution for violating U.S. travel rules to Cuba.

May 18, 2005 Anti-Castro Militant's Arrest Puts U.S. in a Bind: Administration Mindful Of Fla. Cuban Exile Politics

QUOTE: ...the aging militant and vehement opponent of Cuban leader Fidel Castro was arrested by U.S. immigration officers...dilemma for the Bush administration, which has taken a strong stand against terrorism in all forms but has also been reluctant to cross the politically potent Cuban exile community...

Washington Post
Apr 13, 2005 U.S. Asylum Sought by Cuban Tied to Terror Cases

QUOTE: Luis Posada Carriles, a CIA-trained Cuban exile implicated in a series of terrorist incidents, applied for political asylum in the United States yesterday, prompting at least one congressman to assert that granting the request would undermine the nation's credibility in the war on terrorism.

Washington Post
Apr 20, 2004 Making the Law in Cuba

QUOTE: Meanwhile, let the Supreme Court recognize what history demonstrates beyond a shadow of a doubt: Cuba is not and never has been sovereign at Guantánamo Bay.

New York Times
Mar 16, 2004 IEEE members furious: Members protest engineering society's actions to comply with US trade embargoes

QUOTE: Members from nonembargoed countries are mad about several actions IEEE has taken—and hidden from them, they say—over the past 2 years: abruptly dropping embargoed members' services, not approaching other scientific organizations for help in fighting one particularly objectionable embargo regulation...

BioMed Central
Feb 14, 2004 'They Are Killing These People'

QUOTE: At least 20 Cuban dissidents, part of a group of 75 journalists, librarians and economists arrested nearly a year ago, are seriously ill in Cuban prison cells where they are being held under inhumane conditions...

Washington Post
Feb 08, 2004 Making the Facts Fit the Case for War

QUOTE: "...presidents and other decision makers usually get the intelligence they want. This doesn't mean that intelligence reports should be ignored, but that they must be viewed with skepticism."

New York Times
Jan 17, 2004 High Court to Consider Detention Case Justices to Decide if U.S. Can Indefinitely Imprison Criminal Illegal Immigrants

QUOTE: ... [The Supreme Court] will decide whether the federal government may indefinitely imprison hundreds of Cubans and other illegal immigrants who have finished their sentences for crimes in the United States but whose home countries cannot or will not take them back.

Washington Post
Oct 10, 2003 Cuban Troupe Cancels 'Sylphides'

QUOTE: The Ballet Nacional de Cuba has announced the cancellation of "Les Sylphides," response to an accusation of copyright infringement by the Fokine Estate in London.

New York Times
May 13, 2003 U.S. Expels 14 Cuban Diplomats

QUOTE: The move marks a major escalation of Washington's diplomatic feud with Cuba in the wake of a recent crackdown on dissidents by Cuban leader Fidel Castro. And it comes just a week after the United States blasted the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for electing Cuba into its ranks...

Washington Post
Apr 30, 2003 Cuba is reelected to U.N. rights panel; U.S. angered

QUOTE: ''Having Cuba serve again on the Human Rights Commission is like putting Al Capone in charge of bank security,'' White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said.

Miami Herald
Apr 13, 2003 Cuban Crackdown on Critics Stalls a Drive to Ease U.S. Embargo

QUOTE: Cuba's recent jailing of dozens of dissidents and the execution of three ferry hijackers have stalled what had been an increasingly popular drive in Congress to ease trade and travel restrictions on the island.

New York Times
Apr 04, 2003 Dozens of Cuban Dissidents Face Trial for Subversion

QUOTE: Cuban authorities began trying dozens of dissidents today on charges of subversion that could bring life sentences for some of the government's most outspoken opponents.

New York Times
Mar 22, 2003 Critics Blast Cuban Crackdown

QUOTE: Cuba's move to arrest more than 70 dissidents this week was timed to coincide with the focus of worldwide media attention on the Iraq conflict, U.S. government and media watchdog groups charged Friday.

May 21, 2002 Embargo Remains Until Cuba Alters Policy, Bush Says

QUOTE: President Bush, in a speech harshly critical of Fidel Castro, said today that he would not lift a trade embargo against Cuba without substantial movement toward democracy there.

New York Times
Nov 05, 2001 How Afghanistan Went Unlisted As Terrorist Sponsor

QUOTE: But since 1996, when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the nation harboring Osama bin Laden has never made the department's list of terrorist-sponsoring countries.

Washington Post
Oct 12, 2001 Legal Self-Defense in Responses to Terrorism: Interview with Robert F. Turner

QUOTE: Was the U.S. attack on Afghanistan and its Taliban leadership that began October 7, 2001 justified under U.S. and international law? Was it moral?
Sep 25, 2001 Among Miami's Cuban Americans, Terrorism is a Familiar Story: Tactics Used By -- and Against -- Castro Still Stir Debate in Exile Community

QUOTE: ...conference sponsored by a coalition of lesser-known exile groups who denounce what they view as the use of terrorism in U.S. policy against Cuba.

Washington Post
Sep 13, 2001 Terror in New York and Washington: Reaping What is Sown

ABSTRACT: ...we need to face the unwelcome truth that refreshing doses of freedom is not what many poor and desperate people, especially in the Third World, have been experiencing at this country's hands.

Jay's Leftist and 'Progressive' Internet Resources Directory
May 01, 2001 Friendly Fire: Book: U.S. Military Drafted Plans to Terrorize U.S. Cities to Provoke War With Cuba

QUOTE: In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terror in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba.

ABC News