Friday, July 31st, 2015 |

PRESS RELEASE: CDA Statement on Secretary Clinton’s Landmark Cuba Speech

WASHINGTON – Sarah Stephens, executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA), issued the following statement on Secretary Hillary Clinton’s landmark campaign speech at Florida International University today: “What makes Secretary Clinton’s speech profound is her recognition that a policy of engagement rather than embargo offers the best… read more »

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 |

PRESS RELEASE: Emmer-Castor bill to Lift Cuba Trade Ban Offers Opportunity to Cuban People and U.S. Business

WASHINGTON – Sarah Stephens, executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA), issued the following statement about the Cuba Trade Act of 2015 in the U.S. House of Representatives: “The Emmer-Castor bipartisan Cuba Trade Act shows how engagement with Cuba can provide greater economic opportunities for the… read more »

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: CDA Statement on U.S. Senate Appropriations Cuba Amendments

WASHINGTON – Sarah Stephens, executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA), issued the following statement after the Senate Appropriations Committee adopted three amendments on travel and trade with Cuba: “Today’s bipartisan Senate Appropriations Committee vote to legalize travel adds new momentum to further the opening of… read more »

Monday, July 20th, 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 »

Monday, July 13th, 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 »

Saturday, July 4th, 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:

Wednesday, July 1st, 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 »

Wednesday, July 1st, 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 »

Tuesday, June 30th, 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 »

Thursday, June 4th, 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 »