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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 »

February 10, 2014

Venezuela suspends sending of remittances to Colombia

EFE – The Venezuelan government suspended for an indefinite period the sending of family remittances to people living in Colombia, according to a special edition of the Official Gazette on Monday. The prohibition against sending money outside Venezuela to relatives in Colombia will remain in effect “until the mechanism and the… read more »

February 3, 2014

Colombian negotiators reach Cuba for peace talks with rebels

AFP – Negotiators for the government of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos arrived in communist Cuba Sunday to resume peace talks with their country’s leftist rebels. The team, led by former vice president Humberto de la Calle, is scheduled to sit down with representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia… read more »

January 26, 2014

Hector Silva Ávalos: Mr. Abrams, Let me explain drug trafficking in Central America

On Sunday, January 5th, Mr. Abrams, you authored an article for the Washington Post titled, “Under Siege: Central America faces a new threat: corruption driven by drug money”. The main thesis of the article is that if the FMLN wins the next presidential election in El Salvador, rivers of cocaine will flow through the roads and ports of the country. You write: “The hope of Salvadoran democracy and peace, and our hopes to continue cooperation against narcotics trafficking may be lost.”

January 17, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Jamming Bridges, Burning Bridges: What is it with politicians from New Jersey?

Aren’t there enough reasons to junk our Cold War-era policy toward Cuba? You’d think so.  The policy doesn’t work.  It hurts the Cuban people.  It infringes on the liberties of Americans barred from visiting the island or doing business there.  It stops world-class Cuban pharmaceuticals from reaching patients here who… read more »