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October 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 »

October 30, 2014 |

SARAH STEPHENS: Cuba, Praised for Increased Vigilance against Terrorist Finance, Remains on US Terror List

Last Friday, The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) congratulated Cuba – along with Argentina, Ethiopia, Tajikistan and Turkey – for taking such strong actions to police its financial system that it will no longer be subject to the monitoring of its efforts against money-laundering and terrorist finance. Because of “Cuba’s… read more »

October 29, 2014 |

SARAH STEPHENS: CDC Official in Cuba Meeting with ALBA on Ebola — or “man bites dog” big time.

It took the Associated Press just 130 words to write one of the great “man bites dog” stories of 2014. “The United States has sent a health official to a Cuban meeting on coordinating Latin America’s response to Ebola,” according to the AP. The official, Dr. Nelson Arboleda, is the… read more »

October 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 »

October 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 »

October 27, 2014 |

SARAH STEPHENS: Get Cuba off the list

During the Cold War, Cuba’s decision to send its armed forces to Africa to support newly independent governments and movements fighting apartheid was used by the Reagan administration in 1982 to help justify putting Cuba on the U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism list. This false designation stigmatizes Cuba today and… read more »

October 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 »

October 24, 2014 |

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Cuban Doctors in Africa: A Transformative Moment for US Policy

During the Cold War, Cuba’s decision to send its armed forces to Africa to support newly independent governments and movements fighting apartheid was used by the Reagan administration in 1982 to help justify putting Cuba on the U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism list. This false designation stigmatizes Cuba today and… read more »

October 23, 2014 |

CULLEN MORAN: Here’s to Middle Ground

As a relative newcomer to the world of Cuba policy, I have noticed that most of the folks working to change U.S. policy toward the island represent a rare breed in this age of tweet-able, polarized politics. In a political atmosphere that favors the outrageous, Cuba advocates seem to have… read more »

October 19, 2014 |

NEW YORK TIMES: Cuba’s Impressive Role on Ebola

New York Times Editorial Board — Cuba is an impoverished island that remains largely cut off from the world and lies about 4,500 miles from the West African nations where Ebola is spreading at an alarming rate. Yet, having pledged to deploy hundreds of medical professionals to the front lines… read more »