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New Documents on Bay of Pigs Invasion Revealed

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 15 (acn) New secret documents, recently released, describe how an operator of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) shot, by mistake, against his own pilots, during the Bay of Pigs invasion on April, 1961. According to these archives, the main official of the sinister US organization on board of one of the mercenary brigade's transport boats shot 75mm. recoilless rifles and 55mm. machine guns against the aircrafts, and hit one of them. Read More

Use of ALBA trade currency rising

<p style="text-align: justify;">Seventy-seven companies from ALBA member countries have used the Sucre compensation system for $144 million worth of trade transactions during the first half of this year, a Venezuelan central bank official announced. This makes it likely that the goal of $300 million will be reached by the end of this year, Central Bank Vice President Eudomar Tovar said. The total volume of Sucre-based transactions in the second half of 2010 was $40 million; only six companies participated during that half year. Read More

Early impact of the ALBA-1 undersea cable?

<p style="text-align: justify;">Earlier today, someone in Cuba posted this comment on my blog on the Cuban Internet &lt;;: Hi, just a bit of speculation, last weekend I noticed a huge improvement on the quality of telephone communication to Cuba. The usual 5-10 seconds latency seems to be reduced to 1-2 seconds. Is it possible that the alba cable is already being used? If you or those you know are in Cuba, have you noticed any change in telephone or Internet performance? Larry Read More

German businesses suing PayPal over Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">Potentially putting a big U.S. Internet company in a tight spot, at least 10 German businesses selling Cuban products online are planning to sue PayPal Europe, after the Luxembourg-based subsidiary of eBay Corp. had suspended some accounts, German Website reports.In the 1990s, the European Union instituted a law that puts penalties on companies that apply U.S. embargo laws in Europe. Read More

Writer Isabel Allende Cancels Chile Tour, Backs Students

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Ana Luisa Brown. Santiago de Chile, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) Unequal opportunities is the main issue behind student demands, affirmed writer Isabel Allende, who declined a national tour organized by Chilean Education Ministry. "The alternative of a free education with quality is a basic demand, and profit is part of the neoliberal system, which no longer works," the celebrated novelist told La Tercera newspaper. Read More

Almost three thousand applied to carry the Pan-American Fire

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.08.16 - 14:18:40 / / Almost three thousand applied to carry the Pan-American Fire Havana, Cuba. – After the deadline for application to participate in the Pan-American Torch Journey had to be postponed, the chosen were announced last August 5, reported the website of Guadalajara-2011 XVI Pan-American Games. According to Pedro Martinez Balderas, deputy manager of the Torch Relay, nearly 3000 people applied, of which the Organizing Committee chose about 1 200. Read More

Venezuela Opens New Line of Orinoquia Cell Phones

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Raquel Maria Garcia Alvarez.00:07Caracas, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) As part of its plan to increase people's access to telecommunication services, the Venezuelan Government has started to operate a new line of production of Orinoquia cell phones. The announcement was made by the Minister of Science, Technology and Intermediate Industries Ricardo Menendez on Monday during a visit to the Orinoquia Socialist Factory, in the Caracas-based La Carlota neighbourhood. Read More

Hemingway Bar: Cuba's Clever Daiquiri Diplomacy

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Steve Clemons. Aug 15 2011. A new bar is opening in DC, called "Hemingway's Bar", in the invite only Cuban Interests Section.&nbsp; This is vastly better public diplomacy than the US-Cuba tit-for-tat shenanigans of the past. On October 6th, the Cuban Interests Section (aka, the Cuban Embassy if we ever get back to normalizing relations) will launch a clever bit of public diplomacy by opening "Hemingway's Bar." And as commerce can't change hands between Americans and Cubans -- the drinks will be free.&nbsp; I plan to go and will want a "Hemingway Daiquiri" -- double the rum, and no sugar. Read More

Venezuela Stock Market Up 52.38%

<p style="text-align: justify;">“It caught my attention the day before yesterday that the world media reported that all the stock markets in the world fell yesterday, except Venezuela’s,” said Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez proudly from Cuba where he was undergoing chemotherapy for his cancer. CARACAS -- Caracas stocks rose 7.1% last week, closing at 99,528, a new all-time high.The Venezuela Stock Market Index is now up 52.38% for the year to date. Read More

Cuba offers medical courses for Malaysian students

<p style="text-align: justify;">Tuesday August 16, 2011 MYT 6:23:00 PM. PETALING JAYA: Cuba, with expertise in medicine and health, is offering medical courses for Malaysian students this year.Nestor Torres, second secretary at the Cuban embassy here, said the Latin American School of Medicine, touted as the largest medical school in the world, would offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes."Cuba first offered medical studies to Malaysian students in 2003, but it was only in 2007 that the first intake took place as not many Malaysians were aware of the offer until now," he said Tuesday. Read More