Tag Archives: Summit of the Americas

April 11, 2015

Obama Meets Raúl Castro, Making History

Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Randal C. Archibold, The New York Times — President Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba met here Saturday in the first face-to-face discussion between the leaders of the two countries in a half-century. Seated beside Mr. Castro in a small room in the convention center downtown where the Summit of the Americas… read more »

April 10, 2015

Obama, Castro speak by phone amid bid to restore Cuba ties

Josh Lederman, Associated Press — The presidents of the United States and Cuba have spoken by phone for only the second time in more than 50 years, setting the stage for a historic encounter between the two leaders at a regional summit starting Friday in Panama. The call between President… read more »

April 9, 2015

U.S. Is Closer to Deciding Cuba’s Status on Terror List

Julie Hirschfeld Davis, The New York Times — President Obama is nearing a decision on removing Cuba’s three-decade-old designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, citing progress in his push to normalize relations with the island nation as he arrived here on Thursday night for a summit meeting of Latin American leaders. On… read more »

April 7, 2015

Official: Cuba expected to be removed from State Sponsors of Terrorism list

Jim Acosta, CNN — The State Department is expected to recommend that Cuba be removed from the government’s list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, a U.S. official tells CNN on Tuesday, a notorious designation that has been a stumbling block in the establishment of embassies in both Havana and Washington. “Our… read more »

March 26, 2015

Cuban dissidents will head to Summit of the Americas

Nora Gámez Torres, The Miami Herald — Cuban opposition leaders and activists Manuel Cuesta Morúa, Guillermo Fariñas, and Berta Soler will take part in civil-society events at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, according to the Miami-based Cuban Soul Foundation. The foundation — which promotes independent Cuban artists and… read more »

March 17, 2015

Latest Cuba-U.S. talks on diplomatic ties end after one day

Daniel Trotta, Reuters — The latest talks between Cuba and the United States on restoring diplomatic relations concluded after one day, Cuba said on Tuesday without disclosing what may have been agreed. Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson met in Havana on Monday with Josefina Vidal, the Cuban foreign ministry’s chief of U.S…. read more »

March 3, 2015

Cuba signals readiness to fast-track U.S. diplomatic ties

David Adams and Daniel Trotta, Reuters — Cuba is willing to restore diplomatic relations with the United States as soon as the Obama administration declares its intent to take the country off a list of state sponsors of terrorism, according to a senior Cuban official. That could take place before both sides… read more »

February 6, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. pressing Cuba to restore diplomatic ties before April – officials

Lesley Wroughton and Mark Hosenball, Reuters — The United States is pressing Cuba to allow the opening of its embassy in Havana by April, U.S. officials told Reuters, despite the Communist island’s demand that it first be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. A refusal by Cuba to allow the… 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 10, 2014

U.S. hints that it won’t oppose Cuban participation in Summit of the Americas

Jim Wyss, Miami Herald — In an apparent reversal of decades-long policy, Washington will not stand in the way of Cuban participation in the next Summit of the Americas, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Wednesday. In a speech marking the 20th anniversary of the first summit in Miami, Kerry… read more »