Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 14th 2015 Contents HAVANA---Fidel Cas-
tro marked his 89th
birthday yesterday with
a newspaper column
that the US owes social-
ist Cuba "numerous
millions of dollars" for
damages caused by its
The brief essay came
a day before an historic
moment in US-Cuba
relations: Secretary of
State John Kerry is to
raise the Stars and
Stripes over a restored
American Embassy in
Havana, though the eco-
nomic embargo legally
remains in effect.
after 54 years of formal
was engineered by Fidel s
brother Raul, who took
over Cuba s presidency
after the elder Castro
suffered a health crisis in
Fidel Castro did not
directly mention the
restored relations, though
he made several critical
references to the US.
He said Washington
owes Cuba indemnifica-
tions "that rise to
numerous millions of
dollars" for damage
caused by the embargo.
He also repeated his
criticism of the US deci-
sion to stop swapping
dollars for gold in 1971,
a stand shared with some
Castro has said in the
past that such a move
left the dollar alone as
the world s measure of
value for currencies.
Castro came to power
in 1959 following a rev-
olution. Relations with
the US were broken in
1961 as Castro led Cuba
rapidly into a socialist
model allied with the
Soviet Union. (AP)
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HAVANA---Even Cubans who don t
speak a word of English eat "un cake"
on their birthdays.
They wear "los tennis" and
"bloomers." Their kids go crazy for
Taylor Swift and The Big Bang Theory.
US science fiction master Ray Bradbury
has pride of place on their bookshelves
beside revolutionary poet Jose Marti.
Far beyond the antique Chevys on
its streets and the memorials to Ernest
Hemingway, Cuba is a country whose
language, music, literature and fashion
are steeped in American influence
despite a half-century of official hos-
The US flag that rises over the
Havana waterfront at the symbolic
reopening of the US Embassy today
will instantly be the most powerful
symbol of the American presence in
communist, anti-imperialist Cuba. But
it will be far from the only one.
Immaculately polished red granite
letters spell out "Woolworth s" in the
sidewalk outside a sparsely supplied
government-run Havana variety store.
An "R and a "K poke out from behind
the post-revolutionary Banco Metro-
politano sign at what used to be the
National City Bank of New York.
There s a national love of baseball,
French fries and milkshakes. Cuba s
strain of Caribbean Spanish is rich with
borrowed American words. Some, such
as the greetings "brother" and "man,"
are as current as the pirated pop culture
consumed by the island s youth.
"US influence was very strong and
touched every aspect of life, from food
to movies," said cultural critic Ciro
Bianchi. "It has always persisted."
Observers of the two countries say
US-Cuban cultural ties are about more
than shared tastes in sports and movies.
The fact that the two countries
remained culturally close through
decades of conflict is likely to prove
essential as the US and Cuba move
beyond the re-establishment of diplo-
matic relations symbolised by today s
ceremony and enter a new phase of
broader economic and political nor-
US cultural influence in Cuba is
transmitted from child to parent, among
cousins and schoolmates, through the
hundreds of thousands of families and
groups of friends divided by decades
of emigration. (AP)
Images of Cuban revolutionary heroes, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, left, Fidel Castro, centre, and President Raul
Castro hang on a wall at a pizzeria in Santiago, Cuba. AP PHOTO
US culture already
widespread in Cuba
Fidel Castro turns 89
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