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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 09:31 PM
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Cuba Perks Up as Venezuelan Foils Embargo
As Ral Castro takes up the task of leading Cuba in place of his brother Fidel, there is, surprisingly, one less thing he may have to worry about: the state of Cubas economy.

The credit goes, in large part, to the economic lifeline thrown to Cuba by the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chvez, who is using his countrys tremendous oil reserves to prop up the Castro government and counter Bush administration policy in Latin America.

To the exasperation of American officials, long determined to force a change of government by choking off the Cuban economy with an embargo, Venezuelas patronage may take some pressure off Ral Castro at what is otherwise a time of great uncertainty.

The Cuban government released no new information on Thursday on the health of Fidel Castro, 79, who is recuperating from a still-unexplained abdominal surgery. Ral Castro, 75, who was named provisional leader on Monday by his brother, has yet to make an appearance.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/04/world/americas/04cuba...
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Cybergata Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 09:38 PM
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1. Viva Chvez
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