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Cuban growth rate falls short of forecast

Cuban growth rate falls short of forecast
By IANS
Saturday December 29, 03:19 PM

Havana, Dec 29 (IANS) Cuba registered a growth rate of 7.5 percent
against an official forecast of 10 percent with both agriculture and
construction sectors badly hit by weather, Economy Minister Jose Luis
Rodriguez has said, Spain's EFE agency reported Saturday.

Rodriguez, tabling the economic survey… Continue reading

Castro again hints at retirement

Castro again hints at retirement

Cuba's ailing President, Fidel Castro, has for the second time this
month alluded publicly to the possibility of retiring from office.

In a letter read out to Cuba's National Assembly, he said in the past he
had been a person who "clung" to power, but that life had changed his
perspective.

Mr Castro also urged… Continue reading

Raul Castro suggests liberalisation as Fidel hints at retirement

Raul Castro suggests liberalisation as Fidel hints at retirement
By IANS
Saturday December 29, 05:11 PM

Havana, Dec 29 (DPA) Cuba's interim leader Raul Castro has suggested
that economic changes – though within a socialist system – could be on
the way, while his brother and long-time leader Fidel has again hinted
that he may soon leave office for good.… Continue reading

Cuba’s Castro says no longer ‘clings’ to powe

Cuba's Castro says no longer 'clings' to power
By Reuters
Saturday December 29, 07:05 AM

HAVANA (Reuters) – Convalescing Cuban leader Fidel Castro sent a written
message to the National Assembly on Friday saying he had "clung" to
power in his younger days, but that life had taught him to change his
attitude.

Castro, who handed over governance to his… Continue reading

Cuba reports strong growth for fourth yea

Cuba reports strong growth for fourth year
Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:36pm EST
By Marc Frank

HAVANA, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Cuba said on Friday its economy grew 7.5
percent in 2007, the fourth year the Communist-run country has reported
a big increase in the gross domestic product since being plunged into
crisis by the Soviet Union's demise.

Economy and… Continue reading

Cuba offers doctors, awaits RP reply

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Cuba offers doctors, awaits RP reply

By Francis Earl A. Cueto, Reporter

Doctors in the Philippines are turning themselves into nurses to be able
to work abroad immediately, with the United States seen as their
preferred destination. Their departure is said to worsen the so-called
brain drain in the Philippines.

Cuba can help Manila stop the… Continue reading

Exiles urged to stem tide of Cubans

IMMIGRATION
Exiles urged to stem tide of Cubans
As another group of Cubans landed, the U.S. Coast Guard's top official
called on Cuban exiles to stop financing trips that are resulting in
more dead at sea.
Posted on Sat, Dec. 29, 2007
BY LAURA MORALES
llmorales@MiamiHerald.com

As the Cuban government blamed U.S. policy Friday for an uptick in the
number… Continue reading

Santeria class less ritual, more rigor

EDUCATION
Santeria class less ritual, more rigor
Perhaps America's best known babalawo, Oba Ernesto Pichardo, is making
history with an FIU class that's long on history and short on chicken heads.
Posted on Sat, Dec. 29, 2007
BY ERIKA BERAS
eberas@MiamiHerald.com

Those who came to Oba Ernesto Pichardo's fall semester course at Florida
International University's Biscayne Bay campus expecting chicken… Continue reading

Castro once longed to cling to power

Castro once longed to cling to power
Posted on Fri, Dec. 28, 2007
By WILL WEISSERT
Associated Press Writer

HAVANA —
Fidel Castro said Friday that as a young man he hoped to cling to power
but has long since outgrown the urge, the latest ambiguous statement
about his future at the helm of the country he has ruled for… Continue reading

Cuba disputes migrant drownings account

Cuba disputes migrant drownings account
Posted on Fri, Dec. 28, 2007
By MIAMI HERALD STAFF
dnews@MiamiHerald.com

The Cuban government on Friday confirmed the deaths of two citizens and
the arrest of several others caught last week after trying to flee the
island illegally in an apparent failed attempt to reach the United States.

The two confirmed deaths dispute earlier family… Continue reading

Migrant smuggling spiked in past month

CUBAN MIGRANTS
Migrant smuggling spiked in past month
Twelve Cuban migrants made it to Elliott Key safely, but many who flee
aren't so lucky. Up to 65 people went missing this month.
Posted on Fri, Dec. 28, 2007
BY LAURA MORALES AND TIM CHAPMAN
llmorales@MiamiHerald.com

As 12 Cubans were picked up on Elliott Key Thursday, the U.S. Coast
Guard announced… Continue reading

Cuba looks to tourism to fuel economy

Cuba looks to tourism to fuel economy
New chain of hotels highlights island's culture, architecture
By Michael Martinez | Chicago Tribune
December 29, 2007

CIENFUEGOS, Cuba – When Cuban officials peer into the historic Hotel
Palacio Azul, they see a piece of Cuba's future. In their view, it's an
economy infused with foreign cash.

As the elegant, seven-room lodge was… Continue reading

Si Jesús hubiera nacido en Cuba

Publicado el sábado 29 de deciembre del 2007
Si Jesús hubiera nacido en Cuba (II)

No se sabe con certeza cuál fue el origen del árbol de Navidad. Hay
quienes sospechan que se trata de una costumbre de origen pagano: el
hombre creía que sus dioses vivían en la naturaleza y reverenciaba a los
árboles.

Si Jesús hubiera nacido en… Continue reading

EEUU ayuda a 12 países de la región contra tráfico humano

Publicado el viernes 28 de deciembre del 2007
EEUU ayuda a 12 países de la región contra tráfico humano
Por NESTOR IKEDA

Estados Unidos ha distribuido recientemente 16,5 millones de dólares a
gobiernos y grupos privados de 46 países para el desarrollo de programas
contra la trata de humanos, informó el viernes el Departamento de Estado.

Doce de esos países… Continue reading

Nuevo reclamo para liberar a Hilda Molina de Cuba

Nuevo reclamo para liberar a Hilda Molina de Cuba

28 de diciembre de 2007, 02:02 PM

En un nuevo y desesperado intento para lograr la liberación de la médica
Hilda Molina, impedida de salir de Cuba desde hace ya 14 años, el
diputado tucumano José Ignacio García Hamilton (UCR-Tucumán), presentó
hoy un proyecto de ley en el que se pide… Continue reading

Kirchner podría viajar a Cuba por el caso de Hilda Molina

Kirchner podría viajar a Cuba por el caso de Hilda Molina

Luego de intervenir en la gestión por los rehenes de las FARC, el ex
presidente podría arribar este año a la isla para negociar con el
régimen de Castro el permiso para que la médica viaje a la Argentina y
pueda visitar a su hijo y conocer a sus… Continue reading

Reclamo de libertades a Cuba

Viernes 28 de Diciembre de 2007
Argentina

Reclamo de libertades a Cuba

BUENOS AIRES.- El diputado nacional José Ignacio García Hamilton (UCR)
reclamó al Gobierno que, en coincidencia con las gestiones por los
rehenes colombianos, apoye la liberación de Hilda Molina y su madre,
impedidas de salir de Cuba por decisión del gobierno de Fidel Castro. El
legislador calificó como… Continue reading

BREVE RESUMEN DEL AÑO PARA CUBA

BREVE RESUMEN DEL AÑO PARA CUBA

Por Juan José López *
Colaboración
La Nueva Cuba
Diciembre 28, 2007

Un año mas que se va, represión, rebeldía, una economía fracasada en un
mapa diferente a dos años anteriores, estadísticas desaparecidas y
falsificadas como siempre.

El gobierno de sucesión en Cuba ha consolidado su nuevo mapa de
comercio, sustituye la preferencia por… Continue reading

Fidel Castro tomó la pluma en 2007, sin poder reasumir el gobierno

Fidel Castro tomó la pluma en 2007, sin poder reasumir el gobierno

Fidel Castro, hombre de tribunas y discursos eternos, irrumpió en 2007
con nuevo perfil: un asiduo editorialista que busca mantener vigencia
política, sin haber podido retomar el mando de Cuba por una enfermedad
que se alarga ya año y medio.

El presidente interino cubano, Raúl Castro, pronuncia un… Continue reading

Raúl Castro llama a impedir "suicidio" de la revolución cubana frente a EEUU

Raúl Castro llama a impedir "suicidio" de la revolución cubana frente a EEUU

La Habana.- El presidente provisional de Cuba, Raúl Castro, llamó a los
cubanos a impedir el "suicidio" de la revolución, frente a la
"agresividad" e intentos "desesperados" de Estados Unidos de
desestabilizar a la isla.

"De las manos y la conciencia de todos nosotros, los cubanos de… Continue reading

Raúl Castro pide tiempo para hacer cambios al socialismo en la isla

Cuba. Raúl Castro pide tiempo para hacer cambios al socialismo en la isla
"Me aferré al poder": Fidel

29-Diciembre-07

El convaleciente presidente cubano, Fidel Castro, reconoció el viernes
que "en la juventud'" estuvo aferrado al poder pero con el paso de los
años cambió de idea; mientras su hermano Raúl, que lo interina al frente
del gobierno, pidió a la… Continue reading

Secretario de Estado vaticano prepara visita a Cuba en febrero

Secretario de Estado vaticano prepara visita a Cuba en febrero

Sábado 29 de Diciembre de 2007
10:45
DPA
ROMA.- El secretario de Estado del Vaticano, Tarcisio Bertone, declaró
hoy que planea visitar Cuba en febrero, donde bendecirá un monumento en
memoria de la histórica visita del Papa Juan Pablo II a la isla en 1998.

Bertone, el "número dos" del… Continue reading

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