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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 »

11/07/2014

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 »

11/03/2014

NEW YORK TIMES: A Prisoner Swap With Cuba

New York Times Editorial Board — Nearly five years ago, authorities in Cuba arrested an American government subcontractor, Alan Gross, who was working on a secretive program to expand Internet access on the island. At a time when a growing number of officials in Washington and Havana are eager to… read more »

10/31/2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: ICYMI: FATF Takes Cuba Off Its AML/CFT List! Wait, What?

Unless you cyber-troll the FATF website, you probably missed this item. Last Friday, FATF congratulated Cuba for taking such strong actions to police its financial system that Cuba will no longer be monitored for its compliance with anti-money-laundering and anti-terrorist finance rules. Be patient. Don’t flip to the “Recommended Reading”… read more »

10/28/2014

STATEMENT BY SARAH STEPHENS IN RESPONSE TO THE UN VOTE CONDEMNING THE EMBARGO

In reaction to the UN vote today, Sarah Stephens, executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA), said: “Today’s UN vote condemning the embargo is a powerful reminder that this policy divides the U.S. from its friends and allies around the world, and the continued pursuit of… read more »

10/28/2014

NEW YORK TIMES: On Cuba Embargo, It’s the U.S. and Israel Against the World — Again.

Ernesto Londoño, New York Times — A little-known former American ambassador on Tuesday addressed the General Assembly to perform a dreaded task: defending the issue that has isolated the United States diplomatically like no other, the Cuban embargo. “This resolution only serves to distract from the real problems facing the… read more »

10/26/2014

NEW YORK TIMES: The Shifting Politics of Cuba Policy

New York Times Editorial Board — There was a time, not too long ago, when any mainstream politician running for statewide or national office in Florida had to rattle off fiery rhetoric against the Cuban government and declare unquestioning faith that the embargo on the island would one day force… read more »