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Mauricio Claver-Carone
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Mauricio Claver-Carone is the Executive Director of Cuba Democracy Advocates in Washington, D.C., a non-partisan organization dedicated to the promotion of a transition in Cuba towards human rights, democracy and the rule of law. In an independent capacity, Mauricio serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC, the largest, single foreign-policy political committee in the United States. Until November 2003, Mauricio was an attorney-advisor for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Prior to his work for the U.S. Government, he served on the full-time faculty of The Catholic University of America's School of Law, and as an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University's National Law Center. Poder Magazine recently recognized Mauricio as one of 20 entrepreneurs, executives, leaders and artists under 40 who are shaping the future of the U.S. and the world.

Entries by Mauricio Claver-Carone

Facts Prove Obama's Cuba Policy Counter-Productive

(12) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 10:54 AM

President Obama announced a new Cuba policy on Dec. 17, 2014. It gave diplomatic recognition to the sole remaining dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere, unilaterally eased U.S. trade and travel restrictions, and commuted the prison sentences of three convicted Cuban spies, including one imprisoned for plotting the murder of three...

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Never Again: What Unites the Cuban and Jewish Diaspora

(3) Comments | Posted July 12, 2015 | 6:05 PM

The Cuban and Jewish diaspora share much in common.

Not least of which is the wonderful ethnic and religious hybrid, endearingly referred to as Jewbans.

But most importantly, our diasporas share an unwavering devotion to freedom, democracy and to the moral resolve of -- "Never Again."

This commitment stems from...

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5 Facts Obama Must Reconcile on Cuba's Terrorism Designation

(6) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 11:13 AM

Cuba's Raul Castro regime has made it clear in recent weeks that "normalizing" relations with the United States hinges on removing the designation of that island nation from the U.S. list of "state-sponsors of terrorism." Iran, Sudan and Syria are the only other nations currently on the list,...

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Obama Gives Cuba a Hemispheric Coup

(13) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 1:26 PM

The recent political witch-hunt against famed Venezuelan opposition legislator Maria Corina Machado reinforces growing concerns that democratic institutions are under concerted attack in the Western Hemisphere.

"Justice is on its knees in Venezuela with sentences being dictated from Miraflores or Havana," Machado says, summing up the political alliance...

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In Cuba Policy Debate, Theories Don't Cut It

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:03 PM

It's time for those who theorize that closer business ties to Cuba will trigger economic and political reform, and want to scuttle U.S. sanctions, to face some inconvenient truths.

First and foremost, from an economic perspective, the very concept of trade and investment in Cuba is grounded in a misconception...

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Not Surprised by Cuba's Weapons Smuggling to North Korea

(13) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 12:14 PM

A lot of people were baffled -- although it's not clear why the befuddlement -- that Cuba's Castro brothers were caught red-handed smuggling fighter jets, radar and missile components, and other weaponry to Kim Jong-un and North Korea in violation of the U.N. Security Council's arms...

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Cut Cuba-Syria Ties to Receive Public Funds

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 2:35 PM

With only a single dissenting vote, Florida lawmakers passed and sent HB 959 to Gov. Rick Scott. The legislation, signed into law by the governor last week, prohibits state and local governments from contracting with companies doing business with brutal dictatorships in Cuba and Syria. In 2009, legislators...

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Cuba's 'New' Reforms are an Old Scam

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2012 | 12:12 PM

Around the world, propagandists for the Castro brothers in Cuba are heralding the regime's "new economic reforms." After plundering the island's wealth during 52 years of brutal repression and totalitarian rule, the octogenarian dictators of Cuba are again introducing free-enterprise principles.

With their palms wide open, of course.


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Prevention of Cuba's Drilling Best Serves U.S. Interests

(6) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 1:53 PM

Reasonable minds should be able to agree that it's not in the United States' national interest to assist anti-American dictators in searching for oil to support their repressive, failing regimes. It won't drop the price of gas in the United States or do anything to enhance our "energy independence."

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John Kerry Should Support "Regime Choice" for Cuba

(14) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 1:43 PM

The argument du jour for opponents of the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) programs to promote democracy in Cuba is that they violate the island's "sovereignty" by advocating "regime change."

The latest congressional manifestation of this opposition comes from U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), chairman of the Foreign Relations...

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