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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 »

01/07/2015

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: McCaskill to travel to Cuba to assess markets for Missouri agriculture

Chuck Raasch, St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says she will travel to Cuba before the end of February to assess the markets for Missouri agriculture. McCaskill told reporters Wednesday she had planned a trip before President Obama’s announcement last month that he would take steps to normalize… read more »

01/04/2015

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin Publicly Endorses End to Cuba Embargo

In September 2012, United States Senator Ben Cardin wrote a tough letter to Cuba’s president Raul Castro demanding the unconditional release of Alan Gross, the imprisoned U.S.A.I.D. subcontractor. He and 43 Senate colleagues said “Mr. Gross’s ongoing detention in your country presents a major obstacle to any further actions to… read more »

01/04/2015

Members of Santeria Faith in Cuba and U.S. Hail Diplomatic Breakthrough

Followers of the Santeria faith tradition on both sides of the Strait are offering optimistic forecasts for 2015 in the wake of the diplomatic breakthrough announced December 17th by Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro, according to news reports from Cuba and Florida. Reuters says that Santeria priests in Cuba offered New Year’s prophecies… read more »

12/26/2014

Victory on Cuba: As 2014 ends, a new battle begins

Last week’s announcement that the U.S. and Cuba would re-establish diplomatic relations was cause for celebration in both countries. President Obama’s bold changes in Cuba policy mark the culmination of decades of tireless work by pro-engagement activists. Now is the time to end the embargo once and for all. We… read more »

12/23/2014

STATEMENT BY JOHN BLOCK, SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE FOR RONALD REAGAN (’81-’86)

Responding to last week’s announcement regarding renewing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, John Block, Secretary of Agriculture for Ronald Reagan (’81-86), said: “As President Obama takes bold steps to base our Cuba policy on engagement, he should also recommit our country against using food as a foreign policy weapon. … read more »

12/23/2014

DAN HELLINGER: Ripe fruit, barricades and Obama’s new Cuba policy

St. Louis Dispatch — The most appealing and welcome words that President Obama spoke in restoring relations with Cuba were addressed to the island’s people, “Some of you have looked to us as a source of hope and we will continue to shine a light of freedom. Others have seen… read more »

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 »