Archive for the ‘Cuba Blog’ Category

November 20, 2015 |

The Doorbell in the Wall

The military has an expression, SNAFU, which stands for “situation normal all fouled up,” except soldiers use a synonym for “fouled up.” Without making light of what is surely a humanitarian crisis, the surge of migration from Cuba has become more urgent and visible in the last days and weeks. … read more »

November 13, 2015 |

Is the New Cuba Policy Popular with U.S. Voters? ¡Sin Duda!

Next week, our friends at the Atlantic Council and Engage Cuba will release their “America’s Heartland Survey” of voter opinion in Iowa, Ohio, Tennessee, and Indiana about U.S. policy toward Cuba. While the hard numbers won’t be out until Tuesday, we do know that the poll shows significant support for engagement in… read more »

November 10, 2015 |

Senate Foreign Relations Committee votes 12-7 to advance Obama’s choice for envoy to Mexico

The Dallas Morning News– WASHINGTON–The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted minutes ago to advance the nomination of Roberta Jacobson to be the next U.S. ambassador to Mexico. The vote was 12-7 in favor of Jacobson and drew support from Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and all but one of the panel’s Democrats. Also voting in… read more »

November 6, 2015 |

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Free Roberta!

  Dear Friends,   The new play about Donald Trump, “Los Hijos de Trump,” or “Sons of Trump,” a comedy, is supposedly a big hit in Mexico City.   Putting Trump aside, however, U.S.-Mexico relations are no laughing matter. There is the crisis of Mexico’s drug cartels, problems facing the… read more »

October 30, 2015 |

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Now that’s normalization: Pentagon removes Cuba from State Sponsors of Terror List

Without Tim Devaney, a reporter for The Hill who is either eagle–eyed or really well–connected, we might have missed this jewel of an item. “Friday’s edition of the Federal Register,” he wrote, “contains new rules for defense acquisitions from Cuba. Following President Obama’s call to repair relations with Cuba and… read more »

October 27, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: With UN Vote Against Embargo Comes Acknowledgement of Change in US Policy

With UN Vote Against Embargo Comes Acknowledgement of Change in US Policy WASHINGTON D.C. – The Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) released the following statement on the UN Vote against the US embargo on Cuba by Sarah Stephens, CDA’s executive director: “For the first time since the General Assembly… read more »

October 23, 2015 |

CUBA CENTRAL NEWSBLAST: Navin R. Johnson’s UN Vote Preview

Spoiler alert: On Tuesday, the United Nations General Assembly will consider Cuba’s resolution on the “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America on Cuba.” The vote is not in doubt; a similar resolution condemning the U.S. embargo was adopted by a… read more »

October 16, 2015 |

CUBA CENTRAL NEWSBLAST: News about a Florida Poll, and reflections on travel and trade

By a greater than two-to-one margin, Floridians favor opening diplomatic relations with Cuba, according to the Sunshine State Survey released this week. When asked, “Do you favor freeing up diplomatic relations with Cuba?,” 56% of Floridians indicated support and only 26% opposed the idea. While the fact that diplomacy with… read more »

October 9, 2015 |

CUBA CENTRAL NEWSBLAST: You didn’t hear him knocking (Obama’s Cuba policy)

From today to the inauguration of the next U.S. president, two themes will likely shape our analysis of U.S.-Cuba relations over the next 67 weeks. The first is what we call the “Power Shift,” the ongoing transformation in “who calls the shots” in the Cuba policy debate; the second is… read more »

October 2, 2015 |

CUBA CENTRAL NEWSBLAST: Letter from Cuba – Where Technology is More Than Bright Shiny Objects

This week, we visited Cuba with a delegation of highly knowledgeable and engaged women leaders;  enabling us to share what we have learned, expand what know, and engage with Cubans – new and familiar, in government, civil society, and among the self-employed -with fresh eyes and ears.  One story of… read more »