The U.S. OCB paid almost $700,000 to journalists and other opinion molders in Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America in return for their dissemination of anti-Cuban propaganda.
Beginning in 1982 the list has included Cuba as a "State Sponsor of Terrorism." Others this year are Iran, Sudan, and Syria.
Cuban doctors contribute to the long term construction of systems of public health throughout the global South, health systems that were abandoned or disregarded during decades of neo-liberalism.
The 400 Cuban doctors are part of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's "More Doctors" program joined, by several hundred physicians from Uruguay, Argentina, Spain, and Portugal and 1096 from Brazil itself.
Solidarity is a way of life for Cubans. It's currently seen in the number of medical professionals that are working in countries outside of Cuba.
At the airport, Gonzalez' wife Rosa Aurora, mother Magali Llort, and two sisters were the first to greet him. Cuban Five prisoner Rene Gonzalez, in Cuba since 2013, was also there.
The U.S. economic blockade of Cuba, cruel and reviled across the globe, has persisted for as long as the period between the U.S. Civil War and World War I.
The 33 heads of states on hand represented all Western Hemisphere nations south of the Rio Grande River, the region Marti called "Our America."
The Cuban ministry of health released new statistics that show that the country's infant mortality rate has hit a record low, placing it far ahead of the U.S.
On January 1, Cubans 2014 marked the 55th anniversary of their revolution's victory.