Archive for the ‘Cuba Blog’ Category

July 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.

July 25, 2014 |

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Rubio Discovers Void, Proposes More of What Created It

In 1992, Brigadier General Simon P. Worden, then serving at the Department of Defense, coined the phrase “self-licking ice cream cones” to describe a curiosity of Washington bureaucratic life.  This is defined as a process that offers few benefits and exists primarily to justify its own existence. The U.S. embargo against Cuba… read more »

July 18, 2014 |

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: A Single Standard of Justice

In the news summary that follows, you will find reports about a new investigation into the USAID Cuban Twitter scandal, the growing impact of the increasingly tight enforcement of U.S. sanctions against Cuba and other nations on banks and global commerce, and the resumption of peace talks in Havana between… read more »

July 15, 2014 |

SARAH STEPHENS: Putin in Havana, America at the Movies

When Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Havana this week to build closer ties with Cuba’s senior leadership, it begged the question, “Haven’t we seen this movie before?” Our narrative starts at the height of the Cold War. Cuba’s revolutionary government established formal diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union on May… read more »

July 11, 2014 |

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Putin in Cuba, Groundhog Day in America

As Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Havana, and builds closer ties with Cuba’s senior leadership, it begs the question, “Haven’t we seen this movie before?” Our six-decade stalemate with Cuba started at the height of the Cold War.  Cuba established formal diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union on May 8,… read more »

July 3, 2014 |

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Democracy: Is there an app for that?

We are on the cusp of our July 4th holiday here in the U.S., when we remember the revolutionary origins of our country and celebrate our independence with baseball, beer, and displays of fireworks accompanied by a spirited rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Because we’re eager to finish the work week,… read more »

June 30, 2014

Just 50 cars sold in 6 months under new law

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press – Just 50 automobiles and four motorcycles have been sold in Cuba in the nearly six months since a new law took effect that let islanders buy vehicles from state-run dealerships without a special permit for the first time in decades, authorities said Monday. Sales totaled about… read more »

June 27, 2014 |

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Washington, Cuba, and the Climate for Dysfunction

This headline – “Cuba plans to drill near Keys again in 2015” – helped us clarify the news this week about U.S. policy toward Cuba and the dysfunction that surrounds it. As David Goodhue, reporting for the Florida Keys Keynoter, explained, Cuba will resume exploratory drilling off the Florida Keys… read more »

June 20, 2014 |

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: The Engagement Party

These days, the President can’t shake hands with an adversary – much less negotiate freedom for an American prisoner – without being stung by fifties-era fighting words like appeasement. This week, however, there was more evidence that the President has greater political space to negotiate with Cuba than he might have otherwise thought. Florida… read more »

June 18, 2014 |

CDA’s Statement on Alan Gross’s Loss

It was June 2011 when a delegation from the Center for Democracy in the Americas visited Alan Gross in prison for the first time.  He was thin and, all at once, cheerful, combative, and deeply sad.  We talked about everything from sports in the U.S. to his daily exercise regime… read more »