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02/27/2015

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: To Cuba and the U.S. — Live Long and Negotiate

When the U.S. and Cuba met in Washington today for their second round of talks on reestablishing diplomatic relations, we were all thinking about Leonard Nimoy. The iconic actor who played Spock in the Star Trek television and movie franchise died today at age 83. In Star Trek VI: The… read more »

02/20/2015

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: It’s time to throw mud and misunderstanding at U.S. travelers to Cuba

As more high-profile delegations from the U.S. Congress and the business community visit Cuba, critics of President Obama’s Cuba opening are ramping up their anti-travel campaign. Those who are doing the work and making the trips know exactly what the hardliner’s intentions are. This weekend in Regla, an Afro-Cuban community… read more »

02/13/2015

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Valentine’s Day Edition: (Almost) Everyone “HEARTS” Reforms

Two big changes have taken place since President Obama decided to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and reduce restrictions on the right of Americans to travel and trade with Cuba. In just the last few weeks, the forces of reform have gotten bolder and bigger, while the opponents are looking… read more »

02/06/2015

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Obama’s Policy Reforms: The Congressional Counteract Begins

Opponents of President Obama’s diplomatic opening with Cuba offered a somewhat exotic argument in congressional hearings they staged this week. They said U.S. diplomats engaged in the secret negotiations should have consulted Cuban dissidents who support U.S. sanctions before the U.S. and Cuba agreed to a process for removing them…. read more »

02/06/2015

ROLL CALL: Our New Relationship With Cuba | Commentary

Carol M. Browner, Roll Call — The United States and Cuba are moving rapidly toward re-establishing diplomatic ties which raises an interesting question: What does warming relations between these two nations mean for a warming climate? I grew up in Miami and have vivid childhood memories of regularly practicing diving… read more »

02/04/2015

ICYMI: Alan Gross made news on Capitol Hill today

Alan Gross made news on Capitol Hill today, only no one seems to have taken notice.   He submitted written remarks to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs for its hearing titled “Cuba: Assessing the Administration’s Sudden Shift.” His remarks say, “As Members of the Committee know, I recently concluded five… read more »

01/30/2015

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Cuba Reforms: Hope versus the Subcommittee of Many Syllables

The writers at West Wing would never let this into a script. Next Tuesday, the first hearing on President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba takes place in …wait for it… the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global… read more »

01/29/2015

STATEMENT BY SARAH STEPHENS: TRAVEL BILL PUTS US ONE STEP CLOSER TO ENDING THE EMBARGO

Responding to news of a bill co-sponsored by Senate Republicans and Democrats to end the Cuba travel ban, Sarah Stephens, Executive Director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA), said: “Travel legislation that gives every American the ability to visit Cuba without asking the government’s permission restores an… read more »

01/16/2015

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Cuba, the U.S., and Obama’s State of the Union

When President Obama speaks before a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday night, his State of the Union Address could be unlike any we have ever heard, should he address U.S.-Cuba relations. In his 1898 message to Congress, President McKinley justified U.S. intervention in the Spanish-American War as “the interests… read more »

01/09/2015

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Time the Conqueror: Rumors, Reforms, and Realities

Little has preoccupied the American mindset toward Cuba like our morbid fascination with Fidel Castro’s mortality. The CIA plotted to kill him, often haplessly, and never with “results”. It outsourced the job to contractors, which tied our government to terrorism in the hemisphere. Congress and President Clinton made his demise… read more »