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07/24/2015

CUBA CENTRAL NEWSBLAST: Flag Poles to Public Opinion Polls – Is Congress (Finally) Getting the Message?

Today, we ask when the pageantry of diplomacy and the immense, growing public support for the new U.S.-Cuba policy will translate into actions by Congress to realize the promise of engagement. That day may be closer than you think. On Monday, the United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations, the… read more »

07/17/2015

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: A Banner Year for Change

Last Friday, the Confederate Flag was lowered on the State House grounds in Columbia, South Carolina. Next Monday, the Cuban Flag will be hung in the State Department lobby and wave over the building in Washington that will once again serve as Cuba’s embassy. Later this summer, the flag of the United… read more »

07/10/2015

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Rubio, Cuba, and a tale of two speeches

On July 7th, Senator Marco Rubio delivered a speech said to be about reforming higher education and finding where the jobs of the future will be created. But, it was really about the failed ways of Washington and the character of strong leadership. In one key section he says: We… read more »

06/26/2015

Reflecting on Carlos Gutierrez’s Cuba Conversion and Why He Was Rebuked

As U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the administration of President George W. Bush, Carlos Gutierrez supported policies to overthrow Cuba’s government and replace its political and economic systems with a framework forged in Washington. A day after the speeches by President Obama and Castro on their decision to restore bilateral relations, Gutierrez… read more »

06/19/2015

The Cuban Military Not So Transparent Act

Legislation introduced earlier this month by Senator Marco Rubio (FL) – the Cuban Military Transparency Act – isn’t transparent at all. Rather than revealing something about Cuba’s military, the legislation conceals the intent of its authors; namely, to shame, harass, and try to stop every American from visiting Cuba or… read more »

06/12/2015

Is The Supreme Court Passport Decision A Threat to Helms-Burton? We think so.

The Supreme Court’s decision this week in what is called the Jerusalem Passport Case poses a clear danger to the Helms-Burton law, and it will help to accelerate the unraveling of what has held together our nation’s counterproductive policies against Cuba. The hardliners feared and predicted exactly this fallout from… read more »

06/11/2015

THE NEW YORK TIMES: The Cuban woman: A rising power

Luisita Lopez Torregrosa, The New York Times — Expectations and excitement about Cuba are at a high boil, with thousands of people on both sides of the Straits of Florida giddy with anticipation of historic change. Congressional, business and educational delegations are landing daily in Havana, eager to sample the… read more »

06/08/2015

TELESUR: Sarah Stephens on US-Cuba Relations

Jorge Gestoso, Telesur — In today’s edition of Interviews from Washington DC, US-Cuba relations is the topic, and our host Jorge Gestoso interviews Sarah Stephens of the Center for Democracy in the Americas. Stephens has made at least 60 visits to Cuba and has organized any number of visits of… read more »

06/05/2015

On respect, readiness, and what keeps you up at night

“Yes, but what keeps you up at night?” The question, at first, seemed to startle our friend Emilia, standing with us last Friday night in Havana. We began our conversation talking about why warmer relations with the United States meant so much to her. She is a state employee who… read more »

05/29/2015

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Hard-liners’ Edifice Complex

Last week, we stuck our necks out. We asked Members of Congress who support the opening with Cuba — and the companies which stand to benefit from it — to make their positions clear about the legislative riders cantering through the Appropriations Committee that seek to shut down new flights… read more »