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August 8, 2014

Cuban women say their businesses are doing well

Juan Tamayo, Miami Herald – One of the Cuban women makes fancy soaps. Another is a party planner, and a third owns a combination beauty parlor-gym. One owns a restaurant; another dreams of expanding her pizza parlor “to the rest of Cuba and more.” Each used her own capital to launch… read more »

July 29, 2014

SARAH STEPHENS: The EU has recognized that its Common Position has failed to improve human rights in Cuba. It’s time for the U.S. to do the same with its embargo.

After the European Union voted to set aside its Common Policy (Helms-Burton “Lite”) in favor of direct negotiations with Cuba, Americas Quarterly asked CDA to contribute an article to its summer edition on whether this breakthrough had implications for U.S. policy. The summer edition is out now, and the article can be read for free here. In it, we identify the three arguments for the US following the EU’s lead that are most likely to inspire action by the Obama Administration.

July 25, 2014

S. Africa Launches Campaign Against US Cuba Sanctions

Thuso Khumalo, Voice of America – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has launched the Cuban Solidarity Campaign – pledging to work against long-standing U.S. sanctions against the communist island nation. ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has pledged South Africa to help Cuba fight what he calls the “inhuman” U.S. sanctions against… 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 27, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Washington, Cuba, and the Climate for Dysfunction

This headline – “Cuba plans to drill near Keys again in 2015” – helped us clarify the news this week about U.S. policy toward Cuba and the dysfunction that surrounds it. As David Goodhue, reporting for the Florida Keys Keynoter, explained, Cuba will resume exploratory drilling off the Florida Keys… read more »

June 23, 2014

Crist changes mind, won’t visit Cuba this summer

Paul Guzzo, The Tampa Tribune – Charlie Crist, who capped his change of heart over the Cuban embargo with the news last month that he would visit the Communist nation this summer, will not go there after all, his campaign said this morning. “If at some point after the election there… read more »

June 20, 2014

Florida law seeks to change rules for Cuban baseball players

Bill Cotterell, Reuters – Major League Baseball must allow players in Cuba to sign contracts directly with professional teams in the United States in order to receive tax breaks in Florida under a new law signed by Governor Rick Scott on Friday. Because of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, existing… read more »

June 20, 2014

Cuba ferry possible for Tampa port property

Yvette C. Hammett, The Tampa Tribune — Patrick Allman envisions the day when a Cuban businessman could come to Tampa, purchase 20 cars at auction and on the same day, ship them back to his home country on a ferry docked in the Channel District. “I could see a shipment… read more »

June 17, 2014

Sarah Stephens: South Florida Poll Confirms Big Shift in Exile Community on Cuba

Public opinion about Cuba in South Florida has shifted dramatically. Actually, that’s an understatement. Let me illustrate the point this way. In March of 1991, seventy-three percent of Cuban Americans strongly favored tightening the embargo and 62 percent strongly favored assembling an exile army to overthrow Cuba’s government by military… read more »