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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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End the Cuban Embargo - Al Fox Rally

09/05/06 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday

Yesterday in the Channelside district near the Port of Tampa a Labor Day rally was held to end the Cuban embargo and to call attention to the campaign of Al Fox. Fox is a candidate for the 11th Congressional District, the seat Jim Davis is vacating.

Forty people held signs supporting Al Fox and calling for an end to the Cuban Embargo. One of the speakers at the rally was community historian Maura Barrios who spoke about why she thinks the embargo is unjust.

"Imagine if you were Alex H...

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