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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.

'It's Up to Cubans to Decide Their Future,' Says US Negotiator

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

This loquacious woman with an attentive gaze has a profound knowledge of the Cuban reality. It is no wonder that she has led the first round of conversations between Cuba and the United States after the December 17th announcement about the reestablishment of relations between both countries.

Back to Cuba

Alfredo José Estrada | Posted 03.23.2015 | Latino Voices
Alfredo José Estrada

No one saw it coming, and it was breathtaking. Obama and Raul Castro spoke for 45 minutes, which hasn't happened since Nixon met with Fidel in 1959. Just like that, the U.S. and Cuba, if not yet friends, are no longer enemies

In Cuba, It's Time to Focus on More Than How Bad Fidel Castro Was

Pedro A. Freyre | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Pedro A. Freyre

Upon hearing the recent news, many of our elected representatives and community leaders have immediately jumped on the betrayal bandwagon.

President Obama Has Created A Dangerous Precedent In Cuba

Sebastian Arcos | Posted 03.12.2015 | World
Sebastian Arcos

President Obama not only handed Castro a huge propaganda victory, but also created a dangerous precedent by signaling our enemies that major policy concessions can be gained by taking an American hostage.

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.

2015: The Year of Change for Cuba and Haiti

Vicki J. Huddleston | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Vicki J. Huddleston

Cuba is an example of failed communism; Haiti of failed capitalism. If either country is to progress, it will have to significantly change its political and economic system.

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.

President Obama's New Policy on Cuba Could Be a Good Start

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

Most commentators here have missed what is the most important driving force behind this long-overdue spasm of normalcy from the north.

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

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 03.07.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

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.

This Risky Diplomatic Move Will Backfire on Obama

Carlos Alberto Montaner | Posted 03.05.2015 | World
Carlos Alberto Montaner

Senator Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, which funds U.S. embassies, has said that not a cent will be spent to bankroll the new policy. The U.S. Interests Section in Havana might now be called an "embassy" but there won't be an ambassador.

It's All About the Regs

Christopher Sabatini | Posted 03.04.2015 | World
Christopher Sabatini

The success of the President's plan to adapt a policy that, for over five decades, has failed to achieve its goals of protecting human rights and forcing the collapse of the famously autocratic Castro brothers' (Fidel and Raúl) regime hinges on the regulations developed in the bowels of the Commerce and Treasury Departments.

How Obama Moved the Cuba Needle

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 03.03.2015 | World
William M. LeoGrande

Most of the foreign-policy establishment concluded long ago that Washington's policy of hostility toward Havana made no sense, but because Cuba was a low priority issue during Obama's first term, establishment figures rarely spoke out about it -- until they began to sense that the policy was in flux.

Cuban Political Police Crush Free Speech, Days After US Diplomatic Opening

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.03.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The project to reenact the performance, but this time in the Plaza of the Revolution, invariably brought back to us memories of that night in the Wilfredo Lam center and the hope that this time the microphones would be open to a larger number of Cubans.

"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.

Goliath Opens His Wallet: A New Era for Cuba and the United States

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.03.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Generations of Cubans have grown up under the barrage of official propaganda against the United States. As the words directed against our neighbor to the north became more aggressive, our curiosity only grew.

Has D-Day Arrived for Cuba?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.03.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Events arrive in fragments, an advance here, a loss there. With no cries of "Long live free Cuba," nor uncorked bottles. Life obscures from us this turning point that we would mark forever on our calendars.

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.

A New Chapter in U.S.-Cuba Relations

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

It is time to reject the failed policies of the past and chart a new course that will better serve America's interests and improve the lives of Cubans and their families. And President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba is the right approach.

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.

1959 to 2014

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 03.02.2015 | World
Julia E. Sweig

Predictions for what the US-Cuba relationship might look like 56 years from now are beyond this observer's horizon. But I can hazard an educated guess about what to expect over the next five to 10 -- a blink of an eye in historical terms.

The Forgotten History of U.S.-Cuba Friendship

Van Gosse | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Van Gosse

It is not as absurd as many people think that there would be a rapprochement between the United States and revolutionary Cuba.

Obama Corrects a Historic Mistake

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 02.23.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

By re-establishing diplomatic relations, the U.S. will finally recognize the Cuban government as the sovereign representative of their state. Gone is the myth -- promoted by anti-normalization exiles and the internal opposition -- of a hijacked sovereignty that the United States should not respect.

On Cuba, Obama Goes Long and Castro Holds On

Ted Piccone | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Ted Piccone

It's hard to overstate the sense of relief that was felt in both Washington and Havana as Obama and Castro announced a breakthrough in such long-running hostility. It's worth taking a moment to understand how both sides got to this point and why it portends a major shift in U.S. foreign policy and potentially, in Cuban society.