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December 12, 2014

USAID’s Hip Hop Hiccup and the “Smart Power Prom”

A new USAID scandal was exposed yesterday by the exceptional investigative team at the Associated Press. USAID, acting through its notorious contracting partner, Creative Associates International, tried to infiltrate Cuba’s hip-hop community to intensify the political messaging of its artists and use their fans to foment a rapper’s revolution. The… read more »

November 30, 2014

Farc rebels free Colombian army general in boost for Cuba peace talks

The Guardian — Colombia’s largest rebel group has freed an army general and two others whose capture led President Juan Manuel Santos to break off peace talks. Santos said in a message posted on Twitter on Sunday that General Rubén Alzate and two others taken captive by the Revolutionary Armed… read more »

November 17, 2014

Colombia Peace Talks With FARC Suspended After Army General Kidnapped

Joshua Goodman, The Associated Press — A massive search operation was under way Monday for a Colombian army general whose surprise capture by leftist rebels prompted President Juan Manuel Santos to suspend two-year-old peace talks. Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate was surveying a rural energy project along the remote Atrato River… read more »

October 24, 2014

Top rebel commanders join Colombian peace talks in Cuba

Rosa Tania Valdés, Reuters – High-ranking guerrilla commanders joined the Colombian peace talks taking place in Cuba on Friday, injecting a sense of urgency into negotiations seeking to end Latin America’s longest-running war.   The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) called the presence of top commanders “political artillery,” and they… read more »

October 10, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Miami’s Democratic Opening

Not long ago – in places like Miami – it was dangerous to express views that deviated from the strict hardline that supported the U.S. embargo against Cuba. Human Rights Watch reported in 1994 that Miami-based participants in “The Nation and Emigration” conference in Havana returned home to find themselves… read more »

October 3, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: On Ending Pipsqueak Diplomacy

We offer three loud, enthusiastic cheers to our friends Bill LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh.  Their new book, Back Channel to Cuba, immediately made news and refocused discussion on the decrepit state of U.S.-Cuba diplomacy. “Clobber the pipsqueak” was Henry Kissinger’s call to war against Cuba. Using documents obtained from President… read more »

September 26, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Ending the Embargo: Can “Brand America” Bail Obama Out?

Not a great week for President Obama or his resilient support for the U.S. embargo against Cuba. With heads of state and government gathering at the United Nations for the 69th Session of the General Assembly, Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia, and Salvador Sánchez Cerén, President of El Salvador,… read more »

August 15, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: August Vacation and the Freedom to Travel

Just so you know, we are clearing out of the office for a week, which means we won’t be sending a fresh edition of the Cuba Central News Blast until August 29th. We’re going on vacation! Of course, if we were working in Europe we’d have longer leave (and a… 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 »

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 »