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08/29/2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Labor Day Weekend “No Apologies” Edition

Dear Friends: Thank you for welcoming us back. While we were on holiday last week, the Associated Press reported, “The U.S. Treasury Department’s inspector general has determined Jay-Z and Beyonce’s fifth-anniversary trip to Cuba last year was legal under rules allowing educational travel to the island.” Did the AP get… read more »

08/15/2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: August Vacation and the Freedom to Travel

Just so you know, we are clearing out of the office for a week, which means we won’t be sending a fresh edition of the Cuba Central News Blast until August 29th. We’re going on vacation! Of course, if we were working in Europe we’d have longer leave (and a… read more »

08/12/2014

Sandra Abd’Allah-Alvarez Ramírez entrevista a Sarah Stephens: Cuando Washington “sujeta la pluma”

Sarah Stephens, la directora ejecutiva del CDA, fue entrevistada por Sandra Abd’Allah-Alvarez Ramírez del blog Negra Cubana Tenía Que Ser. La versión en español, publicada originalmente en Progreso Semanal, se puede leer abajo: Conocí a Sarah Stephens a raíz de la publicación de En primera persona, libro que presenta entrevistas realizadas a 49… read more »

08/11/2014

Sandra Abd’Allah-Alvarez Ramírez interview with Sarah Stephens: When Washington ‘holds the pen’

CDA Executive Director Sarah Stephens had this interview below with Sandra Abd’Allah-Alvarez Ramírez of the Negra Cubana Tenía Que Ser blog. The English version, originally published in Progreso Weekly, is here below: I met Sarah Stephens through the book “En primera persona”, which presents interviews of 49 Cuban women. Since then… read more »

08/08/2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Nixon Resigned, but “Dirty Tricks” in Cuba Live On

Today, August 8th, marks the fortieth anniversary of Richard Nixon’s decision to resign the presidency. History has been unkind to the 37th President of the U.S., and rightly so.  In one account of his resignation, Nixon is described as “paranoid, vicious, racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, with a casual disregard for anything besides his own… read more »

08/05/2014

Associated Press: Health Groups Decry U.S. Political Efforts in Cuba

Public health advocates and U.S. lawmakers are highly critical of the Obama administration’s use of an HIV-prevention workshop in Cuba for political purposes, saying such clandestine efforts put health programs at risk around the world. The program, funded and overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development, deployed nearly a… read more »

08/04/2014

Rep. Barbara Lee: Congresswoman Lee Denounces Alleged USAID Undercover Democracy Promotion Operation in Cuba

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Lee, a member of the Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, released the following statement in response to reports that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) engaged in undercover operations to encourage political change in Cuba: “I am appalled by recent reports that… read more »

08/04/2014

Associated Press: US Sent Latin Youth Undercover in Anti-Cuba Ploy

Fernando Murillo was typical of the young Latin Americans deployed to Cuba by a U.S. agency to work undercover. He had little training in the dangers of clandestine operations — or how to evade one of the world’s most sophisticated counter-intelligence services. Their assignment was to recruit young Cubans to… read more »

08/01/2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Friends Don’t Let Congress Drive Cuba Policy

Congress spent a month spinning itself into a frenzy over the crisis at the southern border of the U.S. But, after weeks of photo ops, accusations that the Obama Administration created the crisis and failed to stop it, and shameful efforts to marginalize the children who fled poverty and violence… read more »

07/29/2014

SARAH STEPHENS: The EU has recognized that its Common Position has failed to improve human rights in Cuba. It’s time for the U.S. to do the same with its embargo.

After the European Union voted to set aside its Common Policy (Helms-Burton “Lite”) in favor of direct negotiations with Cuba, Americas Quarterly asked CDA to contribute an article to its summer edition on whether this breakthrough had implications for U.S. policy. The summer edition is out now, and the article can be read for free here. In it, we identify the three arguments for the US following the EU’s lead that are most likely to inspire action by the Obama Administration.