has renewed its offer of aid to United States , which apparently hinges on sending an assessment team. Again, I hope both governments find a way to make this work. State Department statement here. Another good move: the government will allow organizations already licensed to provide humanitarian aid, to provide more, and to hand out cash. It’s still beyond me why families aren’t allowed to do the same thing. Cuba
- Sun Sentinel correspondent Ray Sanchez’ roundup of the Ike’s impact is here; another from La Jornada is here.
- Armando Valladares in Diario las Americas: “Not one nail, not one board for the dictatorship.”
’s AIN news agency has a photo gallery depicting Ike’s damage in several provinces, and at the bottom of the page there’s a link to a page of photos of Gustav’s impact in Pinar del Cuba Rioand Isla de la Juventud.
- Cuban media report that Brazil’s President Lula da Silva called Raul Castro to express concern, to ask what
needs, and to start the process of providing aid. Cuba
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