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12/19/2014

SARAH STEPHENS en español: Un día de milagros

En La Habana, este 17 de diciembre fue un día de milagros. El primer día la fiesta judía de Janucá, los festejos de San Lázaro y la celebración afrocubana para honrar a este santo convergieron mágicamente. Había magia en el aire. Este fue un día para que Alan Gross, evocando… read more »

12/17/2014

AP: Cuba releases US prisoner Alan Gross

Julie Pace and Matthew Lee, Associated Press — American Alan Gross has been released from a Cuban prison after five years, as part of an agreement that also includes the release of three Cubans jailed in the United States, senior U.S. officials said Wednesday. Officials said Gross was on a… read more »

12/15/2014

NEW YORK TIMES: Cuba’s Economy at a Crossroads

Editorial Board, New York Times — In July 2007, while serving as acting president as his brother underwent medical treatment, Raúl Castro delivered a startling indictment of the Cuban economy when he railed about the inefficiencies of the dairy industry. His description of the onerous and expensive mechanism to get… read more »

12/05/2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Freeing Alan Gross — Does it hinge on what the definition of “equivalence” is?

A sad and troubling milestone was passed on Wednesday, which marked the fifth anniversary of Alan Gross’s arrest in Cuba. This week, the State Department said, “[his] continued incarceration represents a significant impediment to a more constructive bilateral relationship.”

12/04/2014

Video and Petition to Senator Rubio and Rep. Ros-Lehtinen Raise Questions about Double-Standards in U.S. Human Rights and Travel Policies

The Center for Democracy in the Americas has posted a petition and video on change.org focused on the visit to China that Senator Marco Rubio and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen allowed top staffers in their offices to take with expenses picked up by China’s government. The Tampa Bay Times broke the… read more »

11/26/2014

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 »

11/21/2014

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 »

11/16/2014

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 »

11/14/2014

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 »

11/09/2014

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 »