Tag Archives: Alan Gross

June 25, 2014

Alan Gross “plans to end his life,” says lawyer of American jailed in Cuba

CBS News – The wife and lawyer of Alan Gross, a U.S. government subcontractor serving a 15-year prison sentence in Cuba, said Wednesday they fear for his life even more after his mother’s death from cancer last week. In Havana to visit her husband, Judy Gross again urged Washington to do whatever is necessary… 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 20, 2014

Obama Urges Cuba To Release Jailed U.S. Citizen

Mark Felsenthal, Reuters – U.S. President Barack Obama has sent an indirect message to Cuban President Raúl Castro through Uruguay’s leader, asking Cuba to release a jailed U.S. aid contractor and encouraging political reforms, U.S. officials said on Friday. It was a rare presidential-level communication between the United States and Cuba,… read more »

June 19, 2014

Mujica said to be mediating between Obama, Castro

El Observador – At the summit of the Group of 77+China, held June 14-15 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, [Uruguayan] President José Mujica took a key step toward an improvement in U.S.-Cuba relations and the end of the embargo that the U.S. has maintained against the island for more… 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 »

June 18, 2014

Jewish Telegraphic Agency: Mother of Alan Gross dies

Jewish Telegraphic Agency – The mother of Alan Gross, the Jewish-American contractor imprisoned in Cuba, has died. Evelyn Gross died Wednesday in Plano, Texas, according to a statement by Emily Black, a spokeswoman for the Gross family. She had long been suffering from cancer. She was 92. “This is a devastating… read more »

June 16, 2014

Fulton Armstrong: Why Isn’t Alan Gross on Next Plane Home After Bowe Bergdahl?

Fulton T. Armstrong, The Jewish Daily Forward – The Obama administration’s bungling of its media strategy with the release of the captive Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has obscured the essential fact that negotiations — even with interlocutors we can’t stand — do work. Anyone doing the American government’s bidding overseas deserves… read more »

June 11, 2014

SARAH STEPHENS: Secretary Clinton’s Bold Stroke

Diana Nyad, America’s most celebrated long-distance swimmer, tried and tried to cross the Florida Straits. No one had successfully completed the dangerous, marathon swim before. She set out four times, trained hard before setting off, and failed on each occasion. On her fifth attempt, at age 64, she made it…. read more »

June 6, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: No Americans Left Behind

What a week.  In her book Hard Choices, Hillary Clinton calls for an end to the embargo on Cuba. In reaction to the Taliban prisoner exchange to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the President’s political opposition is outraged; some are calling for his head.  Besieged by hate mail and other protests, the “Welcome… read more »

June 5, 2014

Clinton says she urged end to Cuba embargo

Matthew Lee, Associated Press – In her new book, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she pushed President Barack Obama to lift or ease the decades-long U.S. embargo on Cuba because it was no longer useful to American interests or promoting change on the communist island. In excerpts of… read more »