Tag Archives: Summit of the Americas

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 »

December 4, 2014

Panamá invita formalmente a Castro a Cumbre de Las Américas

El Nuevo Herald — El gobierno panameño invitó oficialmente el jueves al gobernante, Raúl Castro, a la Cumbre de Las Américas que tendrá lugar en el país centroamericano el 10 y 11 de abril, informó la cancillería panameña. Cuba figura entre los países en recibir las primeras invitaciones cursadas por… read more »

October 22, 2014

Rubio to Kerry: No Cuba at Summit of Americas

Ramsey Cox, The Hill – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told Secretary of State John Kerry Cuba should not be allowed to participate in the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Panama. Rubio wrote to Kerry on Tuesday, saying the administration has sent mixed messages to the Panamanian government about Cuba’s participation…. 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 »

September 19, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: The anti-isolationist, pro-free trade, Cuba embargo supporters

This week, two staunch defenders of the U.S. embargo against Cuba came out against isolationism and in favor of expanding global trade. Huh? Not that he didn’t mean it – although the AP headline, “Sen. Rubio adopts role of foreign policy hawk,” suggests otherwise – Senator Rubio gave a speech… read more »

September 12, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: The Roar of the Lion, and the Sound of a Whisper

When President Obama described our role in assembling the coalition the United States will lead into war, he called it “America at its best.” But, when a State Department spokesperson took a question about U.S. cooperation with Cuba on an issue of “security and safety,” she reacted like a character… read more »