Today in Cuba news: Alan Gross wants ribs, a Cuban wrestler becomes a legend, Yoani remembers el maleconazo

NEWS

Olympic triathlete Manny Huerta lives immigrant’s dream

He was born in Havana and speaks with a Cuban accent, but he is an American at heart and was proud to march with the U.S. team in in the opening ceremony.

American man in prison in Cuba dreams of freedom, going to Cuban baseball game, eating ribs

Bonnie Rubinstein, the sister of Cuban prisoner Alan Gross, was in Washington Monday for a weekly demonstration in front of Cuba’s equivalent of an embassy.

In an interview afterward, she said her 63-year-old brother is a Washington Redskins football fan who has grown interested in Cuban baseball because his jailors watch games.

Cuba’s Mijain Lopez repeats as Olympic champion

Lopez is the third wrestler to win multiple golds at 120 kilograms, joining Russian legend Alexandre Karelin and Alexander Koltschinkski of the former Soviet Union.

Opinion

Heartbreak in Havana

The Suspicious Death of Catholic Lay Leader Oswaldo Paya and a Vibrant Young Colleague

Cuba: 18 Years After a Short-Lived Uprising (by Yoani Sanchez)

But on the morning of August 5 of that year, the Malecón became a battlefield. Around the ferry dock to Regla people were gathering, encouraged by the hijackings of several boats throughout the summer. An extended sensation of the end, of chaos, of “zero hour” was palpable in the atmosphere.

RELEASES

From Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: As A Dozen Former U.S. Foreign Policy Makers Endorse Document Rejecting Commercial Ties With Cuba While Castros Remain In Power, Ros-Lehtinen Congratulates Them For Putting Freedom First

(see the release below the fold)

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Guantanamera Cigars Sues Corporacion Habanos in Miami Federal Court

Happy Monday infidels,  interesting news on the cigar front….

A US Company, Guantanamera Cigars has filed a federal lawsuit against the Castro Run Cuban Cigar Company, Corporacion Habanos  alleging unfair competition and common law trademark infringement stemming from Corporacion Habanos’ advertisement of its Cuban “GUANTANAMERA” cigars in a magazine with United States distribution.

Give a look to the Cigar Law Blog and you’ll see for yourself how the Castro government uses US Trademark laws to screw US Companies and trademarks.  As noted by one of the recent posts:

Embargo? Yes. No Cuban products can be sold in U.S. However, most folks don’t know that Cuba and Cuban entities can register their trademarks in the U.S. even though they can’t sell products here. In order to maintain their U.S. trademark registrations they have to periodically file a “Declaration of Excusable Non-Use.” It’s ludicrous. Essentially, they can have a registration, never use it, and exclude American’s and others who wish to use the mark in the U.S. from doing so. It’s downright un-American, and I’m sick of it. Just try to do the same in Cuba. Just try it. Here’s one example for Cuba’s “LA CASA DEL HABANO”.

And of course, there are those, such as the libs and the elites at Cigar Aficionado who are just dying to do business with the castro brothers in the name of “it’s good for business” … who’s I must ask? Certainly not the Cuban people or US Businesses who continue to get screwed by the Cuban Government even here on our own soil.

Makes you sick huh?