Monday, December 6, 2010

Odds and ends

· Raul Castro attended a Hanukkah celebration at the synagogue in Vedado and made some remarks about the history of the Jewish people, the economic debates taking place in Cuba, and some grim events of a December 5 long ago when the anti-Batista fight had barely started. The Sunday evening newscast covered the event, AP reports. Granma story here.

· AP: Ernesto Cruz Leon, the Salvadoran convicted in Cuba for his participation in the 1997 hotel bombings, had his death sentence commuted by Cuba’s Supreme Court and replaced with a 30-year jail term. Another figure in those bombings, Luis Posada Carriles, is preparing to stand trial next month in El Paso on charges of immigration fraud, and the Herald reports that the prosecution is planning to use some evidence generated by Cuban authorities.

· Via, a Cuban news report about a Cuba-Venezuela-Angola joint venture that will produce oil in Venezuela.

· Herald: USAID’s Cuba program rolls along.

· The State Department protests the year-long detention of USAID contractor Alan Gross, calling it a “major impediment to advancing the dialogue” with Havana and noting Secretary Clinton’s statement that Washington “would view favorably” his release. The spokesman said Gross had “traveled to Cuba to help connect members of the Jewish community in Havana with other Jewish communities throughout the world.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The best way to proceed with freeing this contractor after he's spent a year in prision for illegally distributing satellite telephones in Cuba is for Secretary Clinton to make a personal visit to Havana. She has plenty of political cover while this guy is being held to cover the bases with conservatives at home. The Obama administration should seize this opportunity during this 1st year anniversary of his detention in Cuba. It would be a huge diplomatic victory for Obama and Clinton.