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· August, 2006

Stories about Cuba from August, 2006

Cuba: Raúl Castro's first appointment

Raúl Castro appears to have made his first official appointment, writes Luis M. Garcia: “analysts and Cuban watchers will have a field day over the next few hours with these...

Cuba: Between the lines

The Cuban news daily Granma reports that a Syrian ministerial delegation has been received in Cuba by Raul Castro — and Luis M. Garcia (and, presumably, other watchers of the...

Cuba: Sex tourism

Luis M. Garcia reports briefly on the Cuban government's irate response to “a Spanish academic who says as many as 200,000 Spaniards travel to Cuba every year to engage in...

Cuba, Bahamas, USA: Moral authority

Rick Lowe takes issue with the Cuban ambassador to the Bahamas's declaration that the US lacks the moral authority to criticise Cuba.

Cuba: Alicia Alonso on Fidel

Luis M. Garcia is highly skeptical of comments made by Cuban ballet star Alicia Alonso about Fidel Castro.

Cuba: It's not the US economy

The real problem with the Cuban economy, says Luis M. Garcia, is not the US embargo. . . .

Cuba, Puerto Rico: Who's better off?

La Ventanita asks: “Who's better off since 1959, Cubans or Puerto Ricans?“

Cuba: The American's Guide to Cuban Diseases

Babalu Blog publishes “The American's Guide to Cuban Diseases”. Among the afflictions listed are “Ovarian Induced Dementia” and “Twisted Bonnet”.

Cuba: Sweet 15

Robin Thom had the good fortune to be on the right balcony at the right time in order to capture this lovely scene on the Paseo de Prado in Havana,...

Venezuela: Politics, Philosphy, and Gastronomy

Two more translated op-eds from Venezuela. Miguel Octavio has translated “Escape from Ramo Verde” by Teodoro Petkoff while Guillermo Parra has Héctor Silva Michelena's “The Postmodern Philosopher and the Human...

Ahmadinejad's blog and Fidel Castro

According to the BBC, the launch of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s blog was reported on state TV, which urged users to send in messages to the president. Several magazines and...

Cuba, Paraguay: Stroessner & Castro

On the occasion of the death of Paraguayan dictator General Alfredo Stroessner, Luis M. Garcia draws parallels between the career of the General and that of Fidel Castro: “. ....

Cuba: On Castro's latest message

Divergent views on the most recent message from Fidel Castro, published in Granma this past Tuesday: Pastor Batista, from Las Tunas Cuba, said (ES) it “made millions of Cubans and...

Cuba: US trade embargo

Val Prieto invites readers to offer their views on the US trade embargo against Cuba (92 comments so far. . . .)

Caribbean: Languages spoken here

Island Tips posts a list — by island — of the languages spoken in the Caribbean.

Cuba: Havana women

Robin Thom has a lovely Flickr photoset called “HavanaWomen” — the title is self-explanatory.

Cuba, Costa Rica: Arias calls for a democratic Cuba

Mora at Babalu Blog applauds Costa Rican president Oscar Arias's call for the democratisation of Cuba.

Cuba: Fidel's Adidas jogging suit

Riffing off the Adidas jacket in which Fidel Castro was photographed this weekend, Luis M. Garcia mentions a friend who e-mailed to remind him that “when she was a teenager...

Czech Republic: Fidel Castro's Diploma

Lemuel of Deleted by Tomorrow writes about Fidel Castro's honorary doctorate from a Czech university.

Fauxtographic evidence?: Bloggers on Castro's birthday photos

As the dog in the 1993 New Yorker cartoon once said: “On the internet, nobody knows if you're a dog.” But on the internet people do know if you've photoshopped...

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