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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 28, 2014

For 23rd time, U.N. nations urge end to U.S. embargo on Cuba

Mirjam Donath and Louis Charbonneau, Reuters — The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly for the 23rd time to condemn the decades-long U.S. economic embargo against Cuba, with many nations praising the island state for its response in fighting the deadly Ebola virus that is ravaging West Africa. In the… read more »

October 26, 2014

Cuba stalemate makes identifying rafters difficult

Christine Armario, The Associated Press — The bodies surfaced 20 miles out from a popular South Florida beach: Four men, still youthful. Their remains were badly deteriorated, bitten by sharks, their faces unrecognizable. One had a horseshoe-shaped scar on his head. Two bore tattoos: One of a spider, the other… 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 17, 2014

Kerry: Ebola presents ‘test of global citizenship’

Lara Jakes, The Associate Press — Secretary of State John Kerry pleaded with world diplomats on Friday to rush more money and supplies to battle the Ebola virus in west Africa, calling it “a real test of global citizenship.” “Meeting this crisis is going to require that we draw on… read more »

October 14, 2014

C.I.A. Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels

Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times — The Central Intelligence Agency has run guns to insurgencies across the world during its 67-year history — from Angola to Nicaragua to Cuba. The continuing C.I.A. effort to train Syrian rebels is just the latest example of an American president becoming enticed by the prospect… read more »

October 5, 2014

Cuban doctors flee foreign missions to Florida

Sun Sentinel — Hundreds of Cuban doctors and nurses are fleeing to Florida this year, a growing stream of professional refugees who struggle to learn English and take whatever jobs they can find. Enticed by U.S. officials, their numbers have expanded dramatically in recent months, mostly because of deteriorating conditions in… read more »

October 1, 2014

Records: Kissinger made plans to attack Cuba

Alexandra Olson, The Associated Press — U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger ordered contingency plans drawn up nearly 40 years ago to attack Cuba, incensed over the small island’s deployment of troops to Angola, according to declassified government documents posted online Wednesday. In several White House meetings, Kissinger advocated for… read more »

September 26, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Ending the Embargo: Can “Brand America” Bail Obama Out?

Not a great week for President Obama or his resilient support for the U.S. embargo against Cuba. With heads of state and government gathering at the United Nations for the 69th Session of the General Assembly, Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia, and Salvador Sánchez Cerén, President of El Salvador,… read more »