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January 20, 2015

Obama to Tell Congress Lifting Cuba Embargo Is the Right Thing to Do

Jim Avila and Serena Marshall, ABC News — President Obama will tell members of Congress at tonight’s State of the Union he has done all he can do to normalize relations with Cuba and only they can lift the 50-year-old embargo, sources told ABC news. The president will say it’s… read more »

January 16, 2015

Treasury and Commerce Announce Regulatory Amendments to the Cuba Sanctions

U.S. Department of Treasury Press Office — On December 17, 2014 the President announced a set of diplomatic and economic changes to chart a new course in U.S. relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.  The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department… read more »

January 5, 2015

Coast Guard reports surge in Cubans trying to reach Florida

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press — Driven by fear that their window is closing, the number of Cuban migrants attempting to reach the U.S. illegally in rafts has surged since the two countries announced they would restore diplomatic relations after 50 years, Coast Guard officials said Monday. U.S. authorities have captured,… read more »

December 17, 2014

Obama hails ‘new chapter’ in US-Cuba ties

BBC — US President Barack Obama has hailed a “new chapter” in US relations with Cuba, announcing moves to normalise diplomatic and economic ties. Mr Obama said the plans represented the “most significant changes in US policy towards Cuba in 50 years”. The US is looking to open an embassy… read more »

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 »

December 1, 2014

Obama dealt major setback in closing Guantanamo

Donna Cassata, The Associated Press — President Barack Obama’s 5-year-old campaign to close the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, suffered a major setback as lawmakers finalizing the annual defense policy bill rejected steps toward shuttering the facility. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, told reporters… read more »

November 4, 2014

Casa Blanca: detención de Alan Gross es un obstáculo con Cuba

El Nuevo Herald – La detención injustificada del contratista Alan Gross es un obstáculo para el mejoramiento de las relaciones entre Estados Unidos y Cuba, dijo este martes Josh Earnest, secretario de prensa de la Casa Blanca en una rueda de prensa en Washington. Earnest también descartó que EEUU esté considerando… read more »

October 17, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: End It! What the NY Times and UN say about the US Embargo

In its lead editorial on Sunday, “Obama Should End the Embargo on Cuba,” the New York Times reignited the debate on Cuba by calling for the U.S. embargo to be lifted to serve the national interest and provide President Obama with a foreign policy legacy worthy of the name. In… 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 »