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The Pharmaceutical Market: Cuba – 2007 Update

March 19, 2008 10:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

The Pharmaceutical Market: Cuba – 2007 Update a Targeted Report Enabling
You to Keep Up to Date With Market Developments for a Year

DUBLIN, Ireland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets
(http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c52599) has announced the
addition of The Pharmaceutical Market: Cuba – 2007 Update from Espicom
Business Intelligence to their offering.

These in-depth… Continue reading

Cuba Denies Religious Rights To Prisoners, Report Claims

Cuba Denies Religious Rights To Prisoners, Report Claims
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
By BosNewsLife News Center
Religious rights have not improved under Raul Castro, new report suggests.

HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)– Religious rights of prisoners of conscience
are "systematically violated in Cuban prisons," despite a transfer of
power on the Communist-run island, according to a new report released
Tuesday, March 18,… Continue reading

Cuba to make computers, microwaves, other goods available to consumers

Saturday, March 15, 2008 – Page updated at 12:00 AM

Cuba to make computers, microwaves, other goods available to consumers
By Pablo Bachelet and Wilfredo Cancio Isla
McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — Opening a crack in Cuba's closely controlled communist
economy, the Cuban government reportedly will soon allow ordinary Cubans
an unrestricted possibility to purchase items such as computers and
microwave… Continue reading

Cuba allows purchase of agricultural equipment by private farmers

Cuba allows purchase of agricultural equipment by private farmers
11:14 | 18/ 03/ 2008

MEXICO City, March 18 (RIA Novosti) – Cuba has lifted a ban on private
farmers buying agricultural equipment in a sign that new Cuban President
Raul Castro is seeking to stimulate food production, Mexican mass media
reported on Tuesday.

The sale of machinery, fertilizer and mechanical… Continue reading

Transvestites and Crossdressers Key Workers Against AIDS

CUBA: Transvestites and Crossdressers Key Workers Against AIDS
By Dalia Acosta

PINAR DEL RIO, Cuba, Mar 17 (IPS) – Activism against AIDS is uniting a
group of transvestites and crossdressers in western Cuba in a project
that is going beyond peer education and making inroads into the world of
culture.

"The time has come to take us seriously. We are… Continue reading

Chinese buses bring welcome change to Cuba

Chinese buses bring welcome change to Cuba
Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:03pm EDT
By Esteban Israel

HAVANA (Reuters) – Change is coming to Cuba, on Chinese wheels.

And Cubans, long accustomed to waiting for hours on curb sides for a
creaking "guagua" (bus), like what they see.

Deficient public transport, one of the most pressing problems inherited
by Cuba's new… Continue reading

Why Cuba’s new Castro is loosening up

Why Cuba's new Castro is loosening up
Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2008 12:47 PM
Filed Under: Havana, Cuba
By Mary Murray, NBC News Producer

On Thursday, Cuba authorized the unrestricted sale of computers, DVD and
video players and other appliances in a move that's being seen as an
effort by Cuba's new leader, Raul Castro, to appease some of the… Continue reading

Brand Cuba

Brand Cuba
By MICHAEL CASEY
March 11, 2008; Page A21

As Fidel Castro brings his reign in Cuba to a long overdue end, we are
left to ponder how a leader with such a dismal economic record could
retain power for a half-century.

There is merit to many of the standard explanations for Castro's
longevity — both those of his… Continue reading

Gloria Estefan: Cuba won’t be free until Fidel dead

Gloria Estefan: Cuba won't be free until Fidel dead
By Herald wire services
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 – Updated 9d 7h ago

Fidel may be gone, but not much will change until he's really, really
gone, said Latin superstar Gloria Estefan, who believes Castro must
croak before her native Cuba can be free.

"There is still a Castro in there,"… Continue reading

Bush pays tribute to women of Myanmar, Cuba, Belarus

Bush pays tribute to women of Myanmar, Cuba, Belarus

Mar 10, 2008

WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President George W. Bush on Monday paid tribute to
women who have defied the governments of Belarus, Cuba and Myanmar,
promising US help as they "stand up for the freedom of their people."

He honored the wife of jailed Belarus opposition leader Alexander
Kozulin,… Continue reading

Dutch trade mission begins visit to Cuba

Dutch trade mission begins visit to Cuba
Published: Monday 10 March 2008 11:11 UTC
Last updated: Tuesday 11 March 2008 12:08 UTC

The Hague – A group of Dutch entrepreneurs has begun a trade mission to
Cuba. Representatives from more than 20 companies are taking part in the
mission, making it the largest Dutch economic delegation ever to visit
Havana.… Continue reading

Freedom in Cuba remains elusive

Freedom in Cuba remains elusive
POSTED: March 16, 2008

Much like the Soviet Union when old, hard-line Stalinists began to die
off, Cuba may be poised for reform.

But not just yet, as new Cuban President Raul Castro made clear recently.

Castro succeeded to the presidency because of his brother Fidel's age
(81) and infirmities. But in assuming the office,… Continue reading

Cuba should expand cellular network

Cuba should expand cellular network
Opinion Extending liberation further
By Tony Dennis: Saturday, 15 March 2008, 9:37 AM

SO RAUL Castro is easing restrictions on the sale of DVDs and computers
in Cuba. The obvious next move is to open up its cellular networks to
the local people.

It's currently estimated that out of Cuba's population of 11 million,
only… Continue reading

Cuba’s dictator-in-waiting

Cuba's dictator-in-waiting

By Tim Yeo

Published: March 8 2008 02:00 | Last updated: March 8 2008 02:00

The most important, though so far largely overlooked, consequence of
Fidel Castro's long-awaited retirement is its significance for golf.
Cuba is one of the world's great unexploited golf opportunities. I once
had dinner with the charismatic Cuban leader after playing the island's
only… Continue reading

Politicians show support for Cuban prisoners

Politicians show support for Cuban prisoners
By ?TK / Published 19 March 2008

Prague, March 18 (CTK) – Czech politicians and actors supported Cuban
political prisoners by letting themselves be symbolically "imprisoned"
in a large cage in Prague centre Tuesday.

The event has been organised by the People in Need human rights
organisation for the fifth time.

Former interior minister… Continue reading

Cuba’s spying to go on: experts

Cuba's spying to go on: experts
RAMPING UP? : Inside the US, Havana's spy network is believed to be
continuing surveillance of military bases and the Cuban exile community,
mainly in south Florida

AFP, MANILA
Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008, Page 7

AFP, MIAMI

Cuba's vast international spy network, considered among the best in the
world, will remain intact under the… Continue reading

No surrender by independent journalists, five years on from "black spring"

CUBA – Reporters Without Borders releases its report : No surrender by
independent journalists, five years on from "black spring"

MONTREAL, March 14 /CNW Telbec/ – As Razl Castro was formally
invested as
Cuban head of state in the last week of February 2008, a Reporters Without
Borders' special correspondent was in Cuba examining the state of press
freedom, five… Continue reading

When Will Cuba Be Open for Business?

February 29, 2008, 11:00PM EST
When Will Cuba Be Open for Business?
It's unclear whether a new U.S. President would lift the 45-year trade
embargo, but public opinion favors improved relations between the countries

by Geri Smith

For 45 years, Fidel Castro had a convenient scapegoat for many of the
island's problems: a U.S. trade embargo that since 1962 has… Continue reading

Freedom for Cuban journalists

Freedom for Cuban journalists

This article appeared in the Guardian on Tuesday March 18 2008 on p41 of
the Leaders & reply section. It was last updated at 00:01 on March 18 2008.

Today marks the fifth anniversary of Cuba's Black Spring, when
approximately 90 critics of Castro's regime were arrested as "agents of
the American enemy". One-day hearings were… Continue reading

Cuba Signs Two Treaties on Rights

Cuba Signs Two Treaties on Rights
By JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.
Published: March 1, 2008

HAVANA — Just days after Raúl Castro took office as president of Cuba,
its Communist government signed two important international human rights
treaties that Fidel Castro had long opposed, another sign the new
administration may be willing to set a new course.

It remains to… Continue reading

Sad anniversary of Cuba’s `black spring’

Sad anniversary of Cuba's `black spring'
OUR OPINION: DON'T FORGET VICTIMS WHO REMAIN IN CUBA'S JAILS
Posted on Fri, Mar. 21, 2008

A regard for common decency has never stopped either Fidel or Raúl
Castro from punishing political dissent even as they pretend to support
internationally recognized standards of freedom. As long as they have
something to say about it,… Continue reading

15 Cuban migrants come ashore in Grove

15 Cuban migrants come ashore in Grove
Posted on Tue, Mar. 18, 2008
Miami Herald staff report

Fifteen Cuban migrants, including small children, landed at Dinner Key
Tuesday morning, according to television and fire rescue accounts.

Aside from a touch of dehydration, they all appeared to be in good
condition.

''We are so happy to arrive here to the U.S.A.,''… Continue reading

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