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Obama Cuba Policy

Mitch McConnell Thinks Congress Will Block Obama's Efforts To Engage With Cuba

Reuters | Posted 07.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 12 (Reuters) - The top U.S. Senate Republican said on Sunday that Congress is likely to block any nominee that President Barack Obama...

U.S. Lawmakers Prepare Bills To Ease Cuba Restrictions

Reuters | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers are preparing a series of bills to ease U.S. restrictions on trade w...

Cuba and the United States: The Challenges of Starting Anew

Lenier González Mederos | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
Lenier González Mederos

In this moment of negotiation with the United States political creativity is being imposed by the Cuban side. To that end prudence and moderation are needed, but at the same time firmness and clarity for the objectives at hand.

Cuba and the United States Leap Obstacles for the Progress of the Island

Roberto Veiga González | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
Roberto Veiga González

We know that the road won't be easy, as it will be marked by personal limits, political errors and human fears.

A Brighter Future for Cuba

Joseph Castro | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
Joseph Castro

The endless wait for someone to turn the page on Fidel Castro's mockery of a revolution has finally arrived.

The Right to Be Honest

Gabriel Marcella | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Gabriel Marcella

Resumed trade and open contact with the Cuban people will empower them to be confident and effective in claiming their right to participate in a Cuba where liberty and honesty can exist, freed from the repressive power of the state.

Give U.S.-Cuba Thaw a Chance

Gerardo M. Gonzalez | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Gerardo M. Gonzalez

Clearly, Cold War tactics have not worked in Cuba. Let's give the thaw a chance.

Amanda Terkel

Rep. Barbara Lee Says She 'Will Not Seek' Nomination To Be Ambassador To Cuba | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) is denying a report that she and President Barack Obama have a "gentlewoman's agreement" to make her the nex...

Cuba and Iran: A New Era for American Diplomacy?

William Luers | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
William Luers

Americans, who increasingly oppose costly conflict, may come to recognize that the U.S. would be better off with a Cuba and an Iran (without nuclear weapons) as functioning members of the international community.

The Fantasy of a Cuba Where Time Stood Still

Ruth Behar | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Ruth Behar

Let's face it: Cuba has already changed. The moment has come to cease thinking of Cuba as a primitive country frozen in time and to treat its people with the respect they have paid such a high price to attain.

Cuba: Obama Hit the Ball Out of the Park

Charles Shapiro | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Charles Shapiro

When relations are difficult is precisely the time when countries ought to have ambassadors in each other's capitals.

There's Another Kind of Embargo We Need to Address in Cuba

Richard Blanco | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
Richard Blanco

As a poet and storyteller, I have dedicated my life's work to understanding that emotional embargo -- that invisible Berlin Wall across the straits between Cuba and Florida.

Recognition Is Not Endorsement of the Cuban Government

Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.) | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.)

Diplomatic recognition of another country and its government is nothing more than an acknowledgement of its de-facto existence as a nation state, not tantamount to approval of its political system or its policies.

Changing From Within

Eduardo Mestre | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Eduardo Mestre

Change, to be lasting, has to come from within. This is the path forward and it is the Cubans themselves who have to find their own way.

Democracy In Cuba Must Be Homegrown, Not Midwifed By Washington

Carlos A. Saladrigas | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Carlos A. Saladrigas

Notwithstanding the actions taken on December 17, we will not have an effective Cuba policy until these questions about a future Cuban democracy are answered.

Raul Castro Has A New Dilemma To Figure Out

Michael Parmly | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Michael Parmly

The U.S. can only help Cuba so much, and it would be a mistake to try to do more. The world has been waiting for more than 50 years for this moment -- let's not blow the chance.

A View From Havana on Cuban-U.S. Relations

Miriam Leiva | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Miriam Leiva

Inside Cuba, many dissidents and opponents support the new American approach in the relations with the Cuban government, but many others do not.

The End of the Resource-Denial Policy Myth?

Tomas Bilbao | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Tomas Bilbao

The question now is whether members of Congress will stand up to those who would have them double down on resource denial, which amounts to little more than a costly myth, or if it too will decide instead to empower the Cuban people.

We Can Put Guantanamo Bay to Good Use After Closing the Detention Facility

Admiral Jim Stavridis (Ret.) | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Admiral Jim Stavridis (Ret.)

After closing the detention facility, we should explore the possibilities for collective use of Naval Station Guantanamo in addressing the real problems in this hemisphere: poverty, natural disasters, development and narcotics.

10 Lessons That Cuba Can Teach the U.S.

Richard E. Feinberg | Posted 03.08.2015 | World
Richard E. Feinberg

We should also stop a minute and recognize that we have much to learn from Cuba, too. Here are 10 takeaways from the Cuban experience.

A Former Ambassador's Perspective on the Path Ahead With Cuba

Thomas Pickering | Posted 03.08.2015 | World
Thomas Pickering

Long shot, sure it is; but the risk is worth the gamble; and the results could once again help make cooperation for the future of the Western Hemisphere a hallmark of U.S. leadership and serious progress.

Helms-Burton Helps Castro Hurt Cuban Civil Society

Ricardo Herrero | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Ricardo Herrero

Change won't happen overnight in Cuba, but our new policy approach begins the important process of taking away the Cuban government's preferred excuse for its repressive practices.

Cuba: Barack Obama, While Repairing an Anomaly from Another Time, Has Probably Made the Most Emblematic Decision of His Presidency

Salim Lamrani | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

By responding to the call of the international community and public opinion in his own country to restore relations with Cuba, President Obama has probably made the most emblematic decision of his two presidential terms and repaired a fault that dates from another time.

Cuba Tourism Expected To Rise

AP | BEN FOX | Posted 12.22.2014 | Travel

HAVANA (AP) — As the U.S. and Cuba begin to normalize relations for the first time in half a century, some Americans are already roaming the streets...

Cuba Policy Changes Mark a Momentous First Step

Ada Ferrer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Latino Voices
Ada Ferrer

As a historian of Cuba, as a Cuban-American, as an American citizen, I applaud President Obama's change of course on Cuba. Surprisingly, so do my 93 and 88-year old Republican parents in Miami.