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July 20, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: CDA Statement on the Historic Reopening of U.S. and Cuban Embassies

WASHINGTON – The Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) released the following statement on today’s historic reopening of embassies in Havana and Washington, DC. “Whether you are in Havana or Washington, DC watching our embassies open, what you are seeing is the final act of the Cold War,” said… read more »

July 13, 2015

Cuba’s Tourism Booms: 2 Million Visitors in 6 Months

TELESUR — Cuba’s tourism intake is soaring, but the government says more people could be visiting the island nation if the U.S. blockade was lifted. Cuba’s tourism sector is surging, with over 2 million international visitors touching down in the country since the start of 2015, according to figures released Friday…. read more »

July 4, 2015

Video: Fidel Castro makes first public appearance since US-Cuba announcement

Reuters — Cuban state television airs video of former president Fidel Castro meeting with cheese-makers in Havana, his first public foray since the U.S. said it was restoring ties with Havana. View video here: http://www.reuters.com/video/2015/07/04/fidel-castro-makes-first-public-appearan?videoId=364821906&videoChannel=13361.

July 1, 2015

U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years

Daniel Trotta and Lesley Wroughton, Reuters — The United States and Cuba formally agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations on July 20, setting up a trip to Havana by John Kerry, who would become the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the country in 70 years. Sealed by… read more »

July 1, 2015

Cuba ends mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN — Cuba is the first country in the world to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission, the World Health Organization announced. Officials said it shows that an end to the AIDS epidemic is possible, and they expect more countries to seek validation from the World Health Organization. The country… read more »

June 30, 2015

AP Source: US, Cuba to Announce Plan to Open Embassies

Julie Pace, AP — President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, a major step in ending hostilities between the Cold War foes, a senior administration official said. The U.S. and Cuba have been negotiating the… read more »

June 4, 2015

G.O.P.-Led House Votes to Keep Curbs on American Travel to Cuba

The Associated Press WASHINGTON (A.P.) — House Republicans voted Thursday to maintain restrictions on Americans seeking to travel to Cuba, a setback to efforts by the Obama administration to ease the five-decade standoff. The Republican-controlled chamber voted 247 to 176 to retain a Cuba-related provision in a transportation funding bill…. read more »

June 1, 2015

Byrne Has Change of Heart on Cuba

Rose Ann Haven — WKRG WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Cuba is a beautiful country and the people there are really great”, said Congressman Bradley Byrne Monday afternoon in Washington D.C. He’s looking forward to a normalized relationship with Cuba that’s beneficial to both countries. Byrne sounded very optimistic after he and… read more »

May 29, 2015

US removes Cuba from list of state sponsors of terror

BBC — The United States has removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. The move eliminates a major obstacle toward restoring diplomatic ties. The change allows Cuba to conduct banking in the United States, among other activities. Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32926821

May 22, 2015

US, Cuba Close Rounds of Talks With No Embassy Announcement

Bradley Klapper — Associated Press The United States and Cuba still have no agreement on re-establishing embassies. The former foes completed on Friday a third round of negotiations since Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced in December their intention to improve relations. A Cuban statement says they agreed to continue talks,… read more »