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Former U.S. Marine Describes Being Tortured For Years In Iranian Prison

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A former U.S. Marine who was imprisoned in Iran for over four years is suing the Iranian government after publicly disclosing details ab...

'Next Year in Cuba': This Time for Real

Alfred J. López | Posted 12.23.2015 | Latino Voices
Alfred J. López

This holiday season, for the surviving original Cuban exiles, and their children and grandchildren, "next year in Cuba" is for the first time in 55 years a real possibility.

A Television Show Could Put Obama's Diplomatic Achievement With Cuba at Risk

Sarah Stephens | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Sarah Stephens

It would be nice if someone in the White House and State Department twisted the money spigot off on this dumb waste of taxpayer money before BBG awards this contract and puts the larger purposes of President Obama's diplomatic achievement with Cuba at risk.

Is Alan Guilty of Gross Ingratitude?

Sandy Goodman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

Gross may not have been an American spy. But he was surely a U.S. government agent who got caught on the job breaking Cuban law. Now that he's home, his continued lawsuit against the government that saved his life, paid him millions and made him a celebrity, is nothing less than Gross ingratitude.

"No, We Have No Illusions That It Will Be Easy"

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.03.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Since December 17, Cuba has not been the same. Discussions, questions and expectations have multiplied among us since the announcement from Barack Obama and Raul Castro about the reestablishment of relations between the United States and Cuba.

Alan Gross, the Hook That Ended Up Being Swallowed

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.03.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The Castro regime has won, although the positive result is that Alan Gross has emerged alive from a prison that promised to turn into his grave.

President Right to Normalize Relations With Cuba: Best Hope for Ending Repressive Regime

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Normalizing both economic and diplomatic relations with Havana should be seen not as a victory for the Castro government, but for the people of Cuba. Liberty will come to that land. The only question is when. Expanding relations should help speed the process.

Here's The Part Of Alan Gross' Story That Obama Hasn't Been Talking About

FactCheck.org | Robert Farley | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics

The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. In accounts from both sides of the aisle, recently-freed Alan Gross has been portrayed as a hum...

Is 53 Years Long Enough to Conclude Our Cuba Policy Has Failed?

Sen. Patrick Leahy | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Sen. Patrick Leahy

Normalization with Cuba will be a process, and its pace and scope will depend in part on the actions of the Cuban government to permit dissent. A good start would be to join international conventions that protect human rights.

Cuba: A Small Role in Improving Relations

Connie Lawn | Posted 02.17.2015 | DC
Connie Lawn

Sometimes people can change the course of history by being in the right place at the right time. This was my fortunate experience in helping to change America's 54 year old policy towards Cuba.

'Cuban Five' at Heart of US-Cuba Deal

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Because of the significance of the Cuban exile community in Miami, and the strategic importance of Florida in US elections, no US president has dared to normalize relations with Cuba. Obama has taken a courageous step in shifting US policy toward Cuba.

If It's True on Cuba, It's True on Iran

Trita Parsi | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Trita Parsi

Today, President Barack Obama took bold action to put an end to this farce. Over half a century of a counterproductive sanctions and isolation policy is coming to an end. But Cuba is only one of many examples of domestic politics rendering American foreign policy dysfunctional.

Pope Francis Played A Major Role In U.S.-Cuba Deal

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion

American subcontractor Alan Gross returned home on Wednesday after five years of incarceration in Cuba on smuggling charges -- and many say Pope Franc...

A Cuban Chanukah and Christmas Gift

Tara Sonenshine | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Tara Sonenshine

The administration's decision is a win-win for the international community.

'Hanukkah Miracle': Alan Gross Released From Cuban Prison

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion

Alan Gross, a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, was released from a Cuban prison on Wednesday, five years after being a...

Paige Lavender

Obama Speaks On Relations With Cuba, Release Of Alan Gross

HuffingtonPost.com | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama spoke Wednesday on U.S. relations with Cuba, hours after American Alan Gross was released from a Cuban prison, where he'd been ...

American Completes 5 Years In Cuban Prison

Reuters | Posted 12.03.2014 | World

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA, Dec 3 (Reuters) - U.S. foreign aid worker Alan Gross completed his fifth year in a Cuban prison on Wednesday with his wife...

Cuban Dissident/Kitten Lover Reveals Hardline Strategy on Alan Gross

Sarah Stephens | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Sarah Stephens

"If you ever meet (Carlos Luis Pardo), you will probably see him lovingly carrying a newborn kitten in his hands, or taking care of one of his persecu...

If Alan Gross Dies in Cuba... Who Is Responsible?

John McAuliff | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
John McAuliff

Both countries seem unable to move beyond affirmations of the legitimacy, even moral purpose, of their employees' projects. Each expects the other to act as though its laws are without merit.

Obama Says He Wants to Cut the 'Stupid Sh-t'? Start with Bad Cuba Policy

Ricardo Herrero | Posted 10.06.2014 | Latino Voices
Ricardo Herrero

President Obama drew attention earlier this summer for reportedly describing his policy doctrine to reporters with four simple words. Now it's time to see how serious the president is about adhering to this principle.

The Maxwell Smarts of USAID Are at It Again in Cuba

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

Four months after the Associated Press uncovered USAID's secret attempt to create ZunZuneo, a Twitter-like instant messaging service created to send subversive messages to Cuban users, AP has blown the cover on yet another covert USAID operation in Cuba.

Obama Urges Cuba To Release Jailed U.S. Citizen

Reuters | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics

By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON, June 20 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has sent an indirect message to Cuban President Raúl C...

A Prisoner Exchange that Could Improve Relations Between Cuba and the United States

Salim Lamrani | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

Barack Obama should use his powers as President of the United States and pardon the three Cubans that are still imprisoned. This will have the immediate effect of freeing Alan Gross and improving relations between Washington and Havana.

Free Alan Gross by Freeing the Cuban Five

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Arturo Lopez Levy

While the U.S. government has vigorously protested his treatment, it has proven unwilling to make the diplomatic overtures -- like releasing the Cuban Five -- that could secure his release.

Change With Cuba in President Obama's Hands

John McAuliff | Posted 02.22.2014 | World
John McAuliff

The handshake between President Obama and Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service would have made the South African leader smile. It was the latest sign of a gradual thawing in relations between Washington and Havana after a frozen half-century.