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Arturo Lopez Levy
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Arturo Lopez Levy is a Lecturer at the University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley. Lopez Levy has taught different courses about American politics, Comparative Politics, Problems of International Relations, and Latin American Politics at the University of Denver, the University of Colorado in Boulder and the Colorado School of Mines.
He is a consultant for the New America foundation and the Inter-American Dialogue about Cuba and American policy towards Latin America. In Cuba, before his emigration to the United States, in 2001, Lopez Levy worked as political analyst for the Cuban government between 1992 and 1994, when he resigned his position. Between 1999 and 2001, Lopez Levy was Secretary of the Bnai- Brith lodge of the Cuban Jewish Community. His doctoral dissertation discusses political liberalization in dominant party regimes through a comparative study of Taiwan and Mexico under the KMT and the PRI.

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An American Missile Landed in Cuba: A Pro-Embargo Charade

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 2:05 PM

The story on the front page of the Wall Street Journal about the American missile that allegedly ended up in Cuba, lost in Air France's baggage, speaks poorly of the Department of Defense. Not everything that comes out wrong from the Pentagon is a product of espionage or...

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The Florida Sun-Sentinel Is Right: Senator Marco Rubio Should Resign

(51) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 1:10 PM

After Senator Marco Rubio woke up Tuesday morning to this headline on the editorial page of the Florida Sun-Sentinel, "Marco Rubio should resign, not rip us off," he knew that he had a problem. Due to his absence from 43 percent of the votes taken this year in...

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What Can Senator Rand Paul Teach Bush, Rubio and Trump About Ronald Reagan and Cuba?

(5) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 6:32 PM

With only a week to go until Secretary John Kerry is scheduled to raise the American flag in Cuba, the political divide about American policy towards Cuba is increasing. Republican presidential candidates will have their first debate in which the Cuba issue might emerge. Cuba is a winning...

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Embassies in Havana and Washington: A Victory of Diplomacy and Democracy

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 1:06 PM

On July 1st, the governments of the United States and Cuba announced an agreement to open diplomatic relations and embassies in Washington and Havana. This is a major watershed in the road to full normalization of relations between the two states and the two societies. This...

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What Are the Consequences of Taking Cuba Off the State Sponsors of Terrorism List?

(9) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 3:26 PM

The April 14th decision to remove Cuba off the State Department's State Sponsors of Terrorism list is the most important, concrete step towards normalization of diplomatic relations with Havana taken by the U.S. government since the Carter Administration. It has both tangible and intangible implications of historical importance...

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Why Senator Rubio's Lies Matter

(110) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 3:14 PM

"Grounded by the lessons of history" -- according to his own words -- Senator Marco Rubio announced his campaign for the presidency of the United States. Since the senator has established history as the foundation for his new campaign, it will be interesting to look at the way...

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Cuba, The US and the VII Summit of the Americas

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 10:22 AM

The VII summit of the Americas -- the last one for President Obama and the first for any Cuban president -- is an opportunity to improve the relations between the US and Latin America. Thirty-five countries, all from this hemisphere, will be participating in Panama, ending the more than five...

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U.S.-Cuba Relations: Entering a Testing Period

(3) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 9:00 AM

In August 2010, Cuban Roman Catholic Cardinal Jaime Ortega went to Washington and shared with many a message he heard directly from Raul Castro: "He repeated to me on several occasions that he is ready to talk to the United States government directly, about every issue."

This message was...

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Relaciones Cuba-EE.UU: El inicio de un período de prueba

(6) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 9:48 AM

El pasado 17 de diciembre, el presidente Obama presentó una nueva visión oficial estadounidense sobre Cuba, con un consiguiente cambio de la política hacia la isla. Por primera vez, desde 1959, el discurso oficial norteamericano se refirió a Cuba no como una amenaza a la seguridad nacional, sino...

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Otra cara de la relación Estados Unidos-Cuba

(12) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 9:43 PM

Cuando los funcionarios electos establecen diferentes normas para sí mientras limitan los derechos constitucionales del resto de los estadounidenses, la credibilidad de las instituciones democráticas se erosiona.

Ese es el caso del Senador Marco Rubio y la congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, quienes se han erigido en principales oponentes...

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Rand Paul Versus Marco Rubio: Some Libertarian Air Is Good for Cuban-American Politics

(7) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 11:36 AM

This post was co-authored with Jhon Cores.

As prospective candidates claim their spot on the coveted 2016 Republican presidential ticket, two senators, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul bump heads on a newly awakened foreign policy issue: Cuba.

After President Obama's disclosure of renewed diplomatic relations with...

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Obama Corrects a Historic Mistake

(23) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 1:32 PM

"Behave chivalrously; do it like a big guy, not like a shyster." That was Henry Kissinger's recommendation to American diplomats engaged in negotiations with Cuba in 1975. And that was what President Barack Obama did on December 17, 2014.

Seemingly out of the blue, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro...

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How Ebola Could End the Cuban Embargo

(5) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 11:40 AM

When was last time in recent memory a top U.S. official praised Cuba publicly? And since when has Cuba's leadership offered to cooperate with Americans?

It's rare for politicians from these two countries to stray from the narratives of suspicion and intransigence that have prevented productive collaboration for over half...

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Hypocrisy and The Right to Travel to Cuba

(4) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 9:27 AM

Political hypocrisy and cynicism are cancers on the body politics. Most people don't realize the damage they are doing until it is too late. When elected officials set different standards for themselves while advocating policies that limit the constitutional rights of Americans, the credibility of the political system suffers and...

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El Vicepresidente Biden, Cuba y la flor del heno

(5) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 1:46 PM

Con su entrevista al Vicepresidente Joseph Biden, Yoani Sánchez ha sido la primera víctima de la campaña mediática que la presentó como una de las cien personas más influyentes del mundo.

En cuestión de meses desde la salida de su blog, Sánchez fue presentada como la encarnación...

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Free Alan Gross by Freeing the Cuban Five

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 4:35 PM

Alan Gross, an American imprisoned in Cuba since December 3, 2009, recently went on a hunger strike in Havana that lasted for eight days. He did so to protest the U.S. and Cuban governments' inaction in negotiating a solution to his tragedy.

Gross is...

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La visita de Laurent Fabius a Cuba: ¿Anticipo del diálogo con Europa?

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 8:44 PM

La visita del canciller francés Laurent Fabius a Cuba es una buena señal para las negociaciones de la Habana con Europa anunciadas a comenzar este 29 de Abril. Fabius fue una de las voces más activas en Europa Occidental, a favor de las sanciones comunitarias contra Cuba a raíz de...

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The University Is for Counterrevolutionaries

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 6:41 PM

A rapper, a graffiti artist, a blogger, two independent lawyers: In all, 17 students have arrived from Cuba with U.S government-sponsored scholarships to study at Miami Dade College.

Having students from Cuba in the United States is a welcome development. Reforms to

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Venezuela: ¿consejos cubanos?

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 3:59 PM

Entre las tragedias que vive Venezuela hoy un consejo y solo uno quisiera dar a los muchos amigos chavistas y opositores que tengo allí: no escuchen consejeros cubanos, no importa si de derecha o de izquierda, no importa si de la Habana o Miami. La política cubana es el modelo...

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Cuba: The CELAC Summit and Its Challenges

(11) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 9:30 AM

With the celebration in Havana of the 2nd Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Cuba's presidency of the organization comes to a close. Raúl Castro's government coordinated several regional cooperation initiatives in the areas of education, culture, anticorruption, and mitigating natural disasters. Havana also lead...

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