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November 26, 2014 |

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Thanksgiving Edition: Shout-outs and holiday helpings of news

As we prepare for the holiday and gird for stormy weather in the U.S., we offer you light reading and simple gratitude in today’s Thanksgiving Edition. In the final days of 2014, we have reached a moment to savor: the table has been set for President Obama to make decisive… read more »

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November 24, 2014 |

LINDA GARRETT: A Presidential Action that Benefits Millions but Excludes Many

While some critics question the legality of the immigration actions President Barack Obama unveiled in his address on November 20th, no one can doubt that the President cemented his legacy with Latinos and other immigrant communities. In a historic, often emotional address, the President presented measures within his executive authority that could benefit as many as five million undocumented immigrants.

Cuba

November 21, 2014 |

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Will Immigration Blowback Affect the Chances for Cuba Reforms?

We couldn’t watch the President’s immigration reform speech last night without wondering what we could learn from his action – and the overreaction to it. What will happen if Mr. Obama also uses his executive power to make decisive changes in Cuba policy? Here’s our take. Get ready for a… read more »

Cuba

November 16, 2014 |

NEW YORK TIMES: A Cuban Brain Drain, Courtesy of the U.S.

New York Times Editorial Board — Secretary of State John Kerry and the American ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, have praised the work of Cuban doctors dispatched to treat Ebola patients in West Africa. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently sent an official to a regional… read more »

Cuba

November 14, 2014 |

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: China Climate Deal a Model for Big Reforms on Cuba

The deal President Obama struck with China’s President Xi Jinping committing both countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions enraged climate change deniers, elements of the coal industry, and its core supporters in Congress. If you look at what made the breakthrough possible, how it happened, how it will be implemented,… read more »

Cuba

November 10, 2014 |

SARAH STEPHENS: Ending USAID Misadventures in Cuba

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For years, Cuba Central has raised alarms about the USAID regime change programs in Cuba and joined other principled individuals and organizations in calling for them to be shut down. These programs, funded via Section 109 of the Helms-Burton law, paid for the trips that landed Alan Gross in prison,… read more »

Cuba

November 9, 2014 |

NEW YORK TIMES: In Cuba, Misadventures in Regime Change

New York Times Editorial Board — In 1996, spurred by an appetite for revenge, American lawmakers passed a bill spelling out a strategy to overthrow the government in Havana and “assist the Cuban people in regaining their freedom.” The Helms-Burton Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton shortly after… read more »

Cuba

November 7, 2014 |

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: After the Deluge: Is There Hope President Obama Will Act On Cuba?

Last summer, where was the “smart money” when a deluge of unaccompanied kids fled violence and despair in Central America to seek safe haven in South Texas, upending the drive for immigration reform in the Congress, and raising the possibility that President Obama would use his executive authority to reform… read more »

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