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09/04/2015

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Definitions of Insanity on a Possible “Take Out the Garbage Day

In Washington, Friday afternoon is prime time on what White House operatives call “take out the garbage day.” It’s a term for managing the news cycle.  Simply put, it means scheduling the release of unpopular or controversial information to the U.S. news media on the eve of a weekend, or… read more »

08/21/2015

CUBA CENTRAL NEWSBLAST: Trump vs. Trump — is there another way to think about doing business in Cuba?

Back in 1996, Pamela Falk gave us a glimpse of Donald Trump’s vision of doing business with Cuba: “The people of Cuba are the greatest in the world. I’d like to help them rebuild the country and return it to its original splendor. And as soon as the law changes, I am… read more »

08/14/2015

CUBA CENTRAL NEWSBLAST: Flag-Raising in Havana — to see and hear something worth remembering

“Now comes the hard part,” wrote Fox News Latino.  “Years of work remain to normalize ties,” the Wall Street Journal said.  “Now comes the hard part,” an opinion piece in Politico repeated. Each of these articles was posted hours before Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Cuba to lead… read more »

08/07/2015

CUBA CENTRAL NEWSBLAST: Respect and the Wisdom of Letting Change Happen

Before next week’s opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, we wanted to say one last thing about last month’s opening of Cuba’s Embassy in Washington. Three days after the Cuban flag was hoisted at the Embassy, it was lowered to half-staff, as Rosa Miriam Elizalde reported here. This action, consistent… read more »

07/31/2015

CUBA CENTRAL NEWSBLAST: Watch Their Language! On listening to the Bipartisan Calls to End the Cuba Embargo

This morning, before an audience gathered at Florida International University, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “The Cuba embargo needs to go, once and for all. We should replace it with a smarter approach that empowers the Cuban private sector, Cuban civil society, and the Cuban-American community to spur… read more »

07/24/2015

CUBA CENTRAL NEWSBLAST: Flag Poles to Public Opinion Polls – Is Congress (Finally) Getting the Message?

Today, we ask when the pageantry of diplomacy and the immense, growing public support for the new U.S.-Cuba policy will translate into actions by Congress to realize the promise of engagement. That day may be closer than you think. On Monday, the United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations, the… read more »

07/17/2015

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: A Banner Year for Change

Last Friday, the Confederate Flag was lowered on the State House grounds in Columbia, South Carolina. Next Monday, the Cuban Flag will be hung in the State Department lobby and wave over the building in Washington that will once again serve as Cuba’s embassy. Later this summer, the flag of the United… read more »

07/10/2015

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Rubio, Cuba, and a tale of two speeches

On July 7th, Senator Marco Rubio delivered a speech said to be about reforming higher education and finding where the jobs of the future will be created. But, it was really about the failed ways of Washington and the character of strong leadership. In one key section he says: We… read more »

06/26/2015

Reflecting on Carlos Gutierrez’s Cuba Conversion and Why He Was Rebuked

As U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the administration of President George W. Bush, Carlos Gutierrez supported policies to overthrow Cuba’s government and replace its political and economic systems with a framework forged in Washington. A day after the speeches by President Obama and Castro on their decision to restore bilateral relations, Gutierrez… read more »

06/19/2015

The Cuban Military Not So Transparent Act

Legislation introduced earlier this month by Senator Marco Rubio (FL) – the Cuban Military Transparency Act – isn’t transparent at all. Rather than revealing something about Cuba’s military, the legislation conceals the intent of its authors; namely, to shame, harass, and try to stop every American from visiting Cuba or… read more »