Hotseat: Julia Cooke, The Other Side of Paradise

Cuba is the great unknown in America’s backyard, embargoed from both trade and direct travel. But during visits between 2008 and 2013, Portland-raised writer Julia Cooke talked to Havana’s p   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Juan of the Dead

The Cuban zombie crisis.

Movie Reviews & Stories
No wonder they lumber and moan. Zombies are the hardest-working ghouls in cinema, walking hunks of rotting flesh forced, like shambling Atlases, to shoulder metaphors both fascinating and overwr   More
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 AP KRYZA

Ban-Challenging Doc Returns from Cuba

Your move, President Obama. As previously reported, retired 94-year-old Dr. Charles Grossman spent a week in Cuba as a tourist to challenge America's ban on trade and travel to Cuba. Grossman returned at 6 am on May 11, was immediately put in handcuffs and shackles, and thrown in jail with a million dollar bail. No, not really. He went through customs with very little to-do: “I handed ...   More
Thursday, May 14, 2009 Megan Brescini

Cuba or Bust For This 94-Year-Old Doc

On April 13, President Obama lifted a U.S. ban that had made it illegal for Americans to visit family in Cuba or send them money. While a big step, it's not enough for Charles Grossman, a 94-year-old retired doc (and all around nice guy) who held a press conference today in advance of his law-challenging trip to Cuba. He wants the United States to allow tourism and trade that could set ...   More
Friday, May 1, 2009 Megan Brescini

L.A. Man Follows Portlander's Lead Challenging Cuba Travel Ban

Following in the footsteps of a Portland doctor, a Los Angeles resident has just returned from a trip to Cuba to challenge the ban on Americans traveling and spending money in the communist Caribbean island. The Associated Press reports that freelance producer Mytchell Mora is disappointed he wasn't arrested or questioned when he flaunted his Cuban passport stamp and Havana-bought souvenirs ...   More
Monday, July 27, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

One Group's Ordeal Of Trying To Get Into Cuba

Since 2003, a group of Portlanders has visited Cuba 13 times to get to know the Cuban people by helping with service tasks such as doing light construction, planting in community gardens, sewing baby clothes in workshops, and volunteering in retirement homes. That stretch abruptly ended the day after Christmas for the Unitarian outreach group known as Cuba AyUUda, which takes its name from the ...   More
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 Leah Dimatteo


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