Tag Archives: freedom to travel

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 »

July 3, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Democracy: Is there an app for that?

We are on the cusp of our July 4th holiday here in the U.S., when we remember the revolutionary origins of our country and celebrate our independence with baseball, beer, and displays of fireworks accompanied by a spirited rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Because we’re eager to finish the work week,… 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 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 17, 2014

FIU Poll: Miami Cuban-Americans support end to embargo

Laura Wides-Munoz, Associated Press – About half of Cuban-Americans surveyed in Miami support an end to the U.S. embargo of Cuba. Even more support resuming diplomatic relations with the communist island’s government. That’s according to a Florida International University poll released Tuesday. It’s the latest in a series of polls conducted… read more »

June 17, 2014

Miami exiles pressure U.S. to loosen policy on Cuba

David Adams, Reuters – Cuban exile Joe Arriola at one time would never have dreamed of returning to his homeland while it was under communist rule. But after 53 years in the United States, the former manager of the city of Miami swallowed his pride and decided he had waited long… read more »

June 16, 2014

William LeoGrande: Denying Visas to Cuban Scholars Cripples Obama’s Policy of Engagement

William M. LeoGrande, Huffington Post – Despite the stalemate in relations between the U.S. and Cuban governments, President Barack Obama deserves credit for deepening relations between the two societies. His 2009 decision to lift restrictions on Cuban American family travel and remittances has led to a five-fold increase in family visits… read more »