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U.S. Grants Visa to Raul Castro’s Daughter but Denies Visit by Cuban Academics

Mariela Castro

The Obama administration granted a visa this week to the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro but rejected visas for nearly a dozen other Cubans to attend an academic conference in California, angering both conservative Cuban American leaders and American scholars seeking to improve U.S.-Cuban academic ties.

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Cuba Denounces U.S. Actions against Brands


The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday denounced new U.S. actions against Cuban trademarks, a position that threatens the protection of industrial property. In a declaration published in Granma newspaper, the Foreign Ministry mentioned the U.S. Supreme Court refusal to allow Cubaexport to defend its right to renew the registration of the Havana Club rum at the Patent and Trademark Office.

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US Prize Awarded to Cuban Poet Nancy Morejon

Nancy Morejon

Cuban writer and poet Nancy Morejon said she was surprised for the work/life award granted to her recently in San Francisco, California, by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). “It took me by surprise; I did not expect it,” the author of “Piedra Pulida” (Polished Stone) told Prensa Latina. She said it is not a book or an essay; it is an important award that recognizes an author’s career.

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Florida fire, journalist harassment reflect special U.S. rules for Cuba

Cuba - Miami

Early on April 27, fire destroyed the Coral Gables, Fla., offices of Airline Brokers, a charter flight provider servicing Cuba and other countries. The Fire Department blamed arson.

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Balancing Preservation and Transformation in Cuba: A Conversation with Eusebio Leal

Eusebio Leal

Cuba is undergoing a gradual economic and social transformation that potentially carries great importance for the island nation, as well as for its relationships with the United States and the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Nefarious details in the Cuban Five case

Gerardo Hernández

I sit on a gray plastic chair, facing a tiny, gray, plastic table and another empty, gray, plastic chair, waiting for Gerardo Hernandez in the visiting room of the maximum-security federal pen in Victorville, California.

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Contemporary LGBT rights in Cuba with Mariela Castro

Mariela Castro

In 2010 the Cuban government began providing sex reassignment surgery free of charge as part of their universal healthcare. This was the result of several years of work by the Cuban National Center for Sex Education under the leadership of Mariela Castro Espín, niece of Fidel Castro and daughter of current Cuban president Raúl Castro.

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Colombia Approves Draft Bill for Possible Peace Talks


Bogota, May 16 (Prensa Latina) The House of Representatives of Colombia approved a draft bill to establish a legal peace framework in the country for a possible negotiation with armed groups on the margin of the law. The draft bill was ratified by 126 votes in favor and four against. It should be now debated in the Senate of the Republic.

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Spain Calls for End of US Embargo against Cuba


Spain considers it “necessary to end the trade, economic and financial blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States” since it “violates the basic rules of international trade,” the Spanish government said in response to a question posed in Parliament.

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Karzai Approves Third Phase Security Transition in Afghanistan


Kabul, May 14 (Prensa Latina) The Afghan President Hamid Karzai approved the plan for the third phase of security transition at the hands of the local forces.In a statement made public this weekend, the president arguedthat the strong International Security Assistance will transfer full responsibility in the provincial capitals of Parwan, Kapisa and Uruzgan now in charged to protect the 75 percent of the population of the country.