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Cuban environmentalist on climate change listen

12/11/09 Kelly Benjamin and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Roberto Perez Rivero is an environmental coordinator with a Cuban nature foundation, and is attending the Copenhagen climate conference.

WMNF asked him how Cuba has started to combat climate change.

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Two members of Cuban Five resentenced listen

12/09/09 Lauren Martinez
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday two members of the Cuban Five had their sentences reduced. WMNF spoke with Gloria LaRiva, coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, who attended their hearings.

"The Cuban Five are five men who've been in prison in the United States since September 1998. They were Cuban agents who came into the United States, specifically Miami and Tampa, in order to infiltrate terrorist organizations. These terrorist organizations have been financed, armed, given the green l...

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Tampa port director on Obama extending Cuban trade embargo listen

09/15/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday President Barack Obama signed an order extending the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba for another year. The director of the Port of Tampa says he is not surprised by the move, but predicts that all Americans will be allowed to travel to the country within a few years.

Obama’s move is largely symbolic because the 1996 Helms-Burton Act keeps sanctions in place regardless of whether Obama signed the extension. But had the president declined to sign the extension it would have been seen ...

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Tampa City Council discusses Cuba listen

07/23/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern has just returned from a 5 day trip to Cuba. But she appeared less than enthusiastic today when a colleague said the Council should take time out to discuss promoting international trade with the communist island.

The proposal came from Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena, who asked that a special discussion take place on the issue next month.

Mulhern said the timing appeared premature.

Although the economic embargo against Cuba continues, President O...

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Conference on possible Tampa-Cuba business relationships listen

06/29/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday, approximately 130 people packed into the historic Italian Club in Ybor City to hear a day-long discussion on improving Tampa’s trade and travel relations with Cuba.

Three Tampa City Council members, all possible Mayoral candidates in 2011, were at the event. Three members of Congress working on legislation to lift the travel ban to the communist island called in.

The event was put together by Al Fox, a 2006 Congressional candidate from Tampa, who runs the anti-embargo gro...

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Conference on future business with Cuba held in Tampa listen

05/29/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Bay Council on World Affairs and Commerce held a panel discussion this afternoon in at the University Club in Tampa. On the table, the implications of lifting the trade embargo with Cuba. The issue has been continually battled politically and economically. However the embargo has received additional attention recently because both Cuba and the U.S. have new heads of state.

Terry McCoy is director of the University of Florida’s Latin American Business Environment Program. He s...

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Martinez on plight of Cuba after Castro listen

02/20/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A day after Fidel Castro resigned as President of Cuba, dozens of Cuban-Americans are waiting in the Miami airport to greet relatives from the island nation. Cuban-born Republican Sen. Mel Martinez said that yesterday’s change just formalized what has already taken place.

WMNF asked Martinez whether he would continue to support the U.S. government policy to restrict the freedom of Americans to travel to Cuba.

“Not until such time as the Cuban people are treated better by their own g...

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More reaction on Castro's resignation

02/20/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)

Cuban President Fidel Castro has announced he is resigning from the government because of his health. For 50 years he has bucked the United States, charting a path toward socialism and a foreign policy frequently at odds with Washington.

Today we talked with Patrick Manteiga, editor and publisher of La Gaceta, a trilingual newspaper published in Ybor City with strong ties to the local Cuban community. Manteiga discussed the U.S. embargo, the effect on Cuban families, the presidential can...

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Castro resigns, reaction in Florida muted listen

02/19/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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After nearly 50 years in office, 81-year-old Cuban leader Fidel Castro announced today that he is stepping down because his health will not allow him to accept another term as president of the ruling Council of State.

The move comes five days before the National Assembly is to meet elect new office holders.

Castro has effectively been out of power the last 19 months, after an acute infection in his colon forced him to undergo emergency surgery. His 76-year-old brother Raul has been in ...

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Board of Governors opposes ban on research in Cuba listen

01/02/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In 2006, the Florida Legislature passed a law banning colleges and universities in the state from spending money to send professors to Cuba and other countries that are called state sponsors of terrorism. But the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida filed a lawsuit on behalf of university professors.

Last month the governing body of the state’s university system, the Board of Governors, filed a brief supporting the ACLU’s position. This afternoon, WMNF’s Seán Kinane spok...

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