April 3, 2015 |
NEW YORK - A majority of Cuban Americans, whose opposition to the Communist regime in Cuba helped cement a 50-year U.S. trade embargo, now support normalizing trade relations between the two countries, according to a poll taken since President Obama's call for closer ties in December. The survey of 400 Cuban Americans by pollsters Bendixen & Amandi International, Miami, done in mid-March after the community had had three months to debate the new policy, showed 51 percent approved of Obama's call to end the embargo and improve trade relations, and 40 percent against.
April 29, 2013 |
HAVANA - Clarinets, reedy and thin, played something I'd never heard before. The low whine hung like humidity up and down narrow Consulado Avenue in Old Havana. I cocked my ear and detected the music coming from somewhere upstairs, through windows of a decaying, Spanish colonial-looking apartment building within sight of the national opera house. Brightening with each step as I drew closer, the sound wove an unforgettable sonic tapestry somewhere between laughing klezmer and the noble shriek of bagpipes.
December 2, 2012 |
Thomas Jefferson The Art of Power By Jon Meacham Random House. 493 pp. $35 Monticello perches on high ground outside Charlottesville, Va., an American version of Olympus, and its rarefied air contributes to the feeling of otherworldliness. From the serene design of the main house to the orderliness of the grounds, Thomas Jefferson's home is a magical place. Jon Meacham breathed a lungful of that atmosphere as he researched his effusive treatment of the most sainted of the Founders.
April 13, 2012 |
ON THE CARRETERA CENTRAL, Cuba - "Subanse," climb aboard, I said repeatedly, pulling the right wheels of my eight-seat van off the dangerous two-lane highway that snakes hundreds of miles across an island most Americans consider off limits. Ostensibly, I was in Cuba to cover Pope Benedict XVI's visit. But over the week and across the Ohio-size country, I gave more than five dozen Cubans a botella - in Cuban slang, a ride. My riders gave an unvarnished view of the country.
January 1, 2011 |
After he sold his family business in 1986 to his son, Donald B. Remmey decided to help the homeless. Working with the Philadelphia arm of the Catholic Worker Movement, his son, Donald Jr., said, Mr. Remmey in the 1990s helped rebuild houses in the Yorktown neighborhood of North Philadelphia. And for the last 15 years, his son said, Mr. Remmey, who lived in Abington Township, helped with breakfasts for the homeless on two mornings a week at the Kensington office of St. Francis Inn. On Dec. 15, during a trip to attend a sister-in-law's funeral, Mr. Remmey, 86, took ill. He died of endocarditis at San Diego Hospice in Carlsbad, Calif.
April 22, 2007 |
Despite persistent opposition in Congress and from the Bush administration to Cuba's communist government, American trade and travel restrictions on that island nation likely will be lifted one day. And when they are, the Duane Morris L.L.P. law firm in Philadelphia wants to be there to reap what some think will be a windfall in legal and consulting fees. Duane Morris, one of Philadelphia's largest law firms, with 650 lawyers, is one of a handful of professional-services firms nationwide positioning themselves to guide clients who want to do business in Cuba through the thicket of bureaucratic and political obstacles.
February 7, 2006 |
Keith Primeau is not ready to give up hope of playing again this season, but the Flyers center admits that resignation day could come at any time. Still feeling the effects of a concussion suffered on Oct. 28, Primeau was in Toronto yesterday to be examined by a specialist. There was growing speculation that Primeau was on the verge of being put on injured reserve for the remainder of the regular season, and he said yesterday that sitting out might be his best option. He said he had "been advised by the doctors that it may be in my best interests to forgo playing this year and continue my rehab in hopes of returning in September," Primeau said in a statement released on the Flyers' Web site.
October 3, 2004 |
From offices in Bala Cynwyd, Stefan and Don Brodie spent 20 years building a thriving, worldwide business only to find themselves snared in a legal dilemma that threatened them with ruin - and jail. Their experience, after four years of criminal and civil litigation, illustrates the problems America's 41-year-old Cuban trade embargo can present to an unsuspecting business. It amounts to a Catch-22: While the U.S. bans trade with Cuba, other nations make it a crime to obey the U.S. embargo in their countries.
August 8, 2003 |
What is it we're bringing to Iraq? Oh yeah, democracy. One body at a time. Now that two of Saddam Hussein's evil offspring are deader than doornails (whoop! whoop!), majority rule, free and fair elections, constitutional government, maybe even butterfly ballots and $2,000-a-plate fund-raisers - the works - are pretty much right around the corner. Or not. Before we try to topple another dictator and liberate another country, perhaps next time with the help of new-generation, low-yield, precision-guided nuclear weapons, let's thrust a limb into the gears of our trillion-dollar war machine long enough to ponder its basic assumption: that is, that it gets results.
June 17, 2003 |
Ruling that the prosecutors' improper comments may have swayed the jury more than the government's evidence, a federal judge ordered a new trial yesterday for two men and a Bala Cynwyd company accused of violating the 42-year-old U.S. trade embargo against Cuba. The comments by two federal prosecutors during closing arguments in April 2002 were flagged immediately by U.S. District Judge Mary A. McLaughlin, who ordered jurors to ignore them. But McLaughlin wrote in her opinion yesterday that "no curative instructions could have cured the array of improper arguments made here.