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January 23, 2015 |

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Obama’s Cuba Policy & the Taming of the Shrill

In his State of the Union Address on Tuesday evening, President Obama devoted 127 words to his new policy on Cuba. “In Cuba, we are ending a policy that was long past its expiration date. When what you’re doing doesn’t work for fifty years, it’s time to try something new…. read more »

January 23, 2015 |

Statement of Sarah Stephens, Executive Director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas, on U.S.-Cuba Diplomacy

The women negotiating on behalf of the U.S. and Cuban governments narrowed the distance from Miami to Havana from 222 miles to six feet, and embarked on a direct discussion about human rights, cooperating on matters of mutual national interest, and opening embassies and exchanging diplomats for the first time… read more »

January 18, 2015 |

SARAH STEPHENS: Cuba, The US and Obama’s State of the Union

If President Obama talks about his Cuba policy on Tuesday night, his State of the Union Address could be unlike any our nation has experienced. Earlier presidents were colonizers; like William McKinley and Teddy Roosevelt, who used their State of the Union messages to justify intervening in Cuba, rewriting it’s Constitution, controlling its… read more »

January 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 »

January 9, 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 »

January 7, 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 »

January 4, 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 »

January 4, 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 »

December 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 »

December 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 »