oil refinery is now in operation, Prensa Latina reports, with the arrival of a tanker bringing crude oil from Cienfuegos . The refinery was a white elephant – built with Soviet aid, never put into operation, idle for more than a decade – until Venezuela sank $166 million into it. Last month’s New York Times report here. Venezuela
- The Feds have not let go of the case of those high school students from Manhattan who traveled to
last spring, and the New York Sun is on top of it. Cuba bought $600 million in Cuba agricultural products last year, AP reports. U.S.
- In his
speech last October, President Bush announced that he would ask foreign governments to contribute to an “international freedom fund” for Cuba . Three months later, the idea is apparently still on the drawing board; State and Commerce are “working internally on the concept of the fund and determining what its characteristics will be,” the Assistant Secretary of State for Cuba Latin Americatold AFP.