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August 8, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Nixon Resigned, but “Dirty Tricks” in Cuba Live On

Today, August 8th, marks the fortieth anniversary of Richard Nixon’s decision to resign the presidency. History has been unkind to the 37th President of the U.S., and rightly so.  In one account of his resignation, Nixon is described as “paranoid, vicious, racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, with a casual disregard for anything besides his own… read more »

August 4, 2014

American imprisoned in Cuba says goodbye to family

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press – A lawyer for an American who has spent more than four years imprisoned in Cuba said Monday that his client cannot take life in prison much longer and has said his goodbyes to his wife and a daughter. Alan Gross was arrested in Cuba in 2009… read more »

August 1, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Friends Don’t Let Congress Drive Cuba Policy

Congress spent a month spinning itself into a frenzy over the crisis at the southern border of the U.S. But, after weeks of photo ops, accusations that the Obama Administration created the crisis and failed to stop it, and shameful efforts to marginalize the children who fled poverty and violence… 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 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 »

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 »