Archive for the ‘CDA in the news’ Category

June 10, 2014 |

Mike Farrell: Small Business

Mike Farrell, Huffington Post — Returning to El Salvador after 25 years is a step through time featuring vast changes and too much of the same old same old. No longer is the roadway from the now-more-modern airport littered with corpses to warn those seeking an end to “La Represión,” a… read more »

June 5, 2014 |

Congressional Visit to U.S. Citizen Imprisoned in Cuba

Kent Cooper, Roll Call — Four members of Congress traveled recently to Cuba to visit a U.S. citizen imprisoned since December 2009 in Cuba, a lost closer to home than Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s location. The four members of Congress met with Alan Gross, 65, at a military hospital where he is… read more »

May 21, 2014 |

SARAH STEPHENS: Radio and TV Martí: Jammed in Cuba, Slammed by the U.S. Court of Appeals

Last week, when the U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a finding against the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the agency operating Radio and TV Martí, that it fired 16 employees in bad faith, its decision reopened the question of just how much waste taxpayers and policy makers will tolerate in the failed… read more »

May 20, 2014 |

El Salvador: Un nuevo gobierno, ¿una nueva oportunidad para la paz?

Durante la primavera, mediante una reñida contienda electoral, los ex insurgentes de El Salvador, el FMLN, obtuvieron de forma pacífica la presidencia de la nación. No obstante, el nuevo gobierno enfrenta un difícil momento de transición. Han transcurrido más de 20 años desde que finalizó la cruenta guerra civil y El Salvador continúa siendo un país violento.

May 19, 2014 |

LINDA GARRETT: El Salvador: New Government, New Opportunity for Peace?

On June 1st, El Salvador’s former insurgents, the FMLN, will see its candidate, President-Elect Sánchez Cerén, sworn into office following a peaceful transition. But, he will immediately face a deeply difficult problem. More than 20 years after its brutal civil war ended, El Salvador remained a violent country convulsed by a culture of gang violence, until a controversial 2012 truce between the gangs dramatically lowered the national homicide rate.

May 5, 2014 |

U.S. delegation urges talks to free American jailed in Cuba

Daniel Trotta, Reuters — Four U.S. lawmakers visiting Cuba on Monday urged President Barack Obama to authorize negotiations with the Cuban government about freeing jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross. The visiting Americans, who met with Gross in his hospital prison, also expressed hope those talks would cover other issues such as the U.S. trade… read more »

May 5, 2014 |

Congresistas de EEUU median en Cuba por diálogo bilateral

EFE — Cuatro congresistas demócratas de Estados Unidos se encuentran de visita en Cuba para “romper el hielo” y facilitar un diálogo sin condiciones entre ambos países que incluya el caso del contratista Alan Gross, encarcelado en la isla desde 2009 y a quien pudieron ver hoy en La Habana. La… read more »

April 20, 2014 |

SARAH STEPHENS: From the Bay of Pigs to the ‘Bay of Tweets’

Last week, the John F. Kennedy Library marked the 53rd anniversary of what it called “a botched invasion at the Bay of Pigs on the south coast of Cuba.” The invasion was a CIA covert operation with the goal of overthrowing the Castro government. President Kennedy was determined to conceal U.S. support… read more »

April 15, 2014 |

SARAH STEPHENS: USAID’s Twitter Trojan Horse

More than a week after the story broke, why are we still talking about USAID and the Cuban Twitter scandal? Why has it struck such a chord? Think about the Elián González saga from fifteen years ago. He was the six year old boy plucked from the ocean after the… read more »

March 28, 2014 |

It turns out Cuba actually needs the rest of the world

Roberto A. Ferdman, Quartz — Cuba is warming up to capitalism. The country’s National Assembly is set to approve a piece of landmark legislation over the weekend that will slash the country’s tax on foreign companies’ corporate profits in half, to 15%, and allow them to withhold those tax payments for as long as eight years, local news outlet… read more »