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US Cuba Policy

The U.S. and Cuba: Obstacles to Full Normalization

Tomas Bilbao | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Tomas Bilbao

In the U.S. the obvious hindrance is the embargo, which is codified into law and can only be changed by the Congress, which just recently found the courage to begin to act. In Cuba, the slow pace and limited reach of reforms have a similar undermining effect.

Obama in Havana - A Long Time Coming...

Margarita Alarcon | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics
Margarita Alarcon

Cuba needs change, change that should happen with the help of the United States, specifically by lifting the constraints against the island and becoming a partner walking side by side.

The Business Case for a Sustainable Cuba -- Part I: Five Sectors Ready to Go

Julia Sagebien | Posted 03.02.2016 | Business
Julia Sagebien

The Cuba-U.S. commercial rapprochement reached its punto de caramelo (the tipping point where heated sugar and water alchemize into candy) during the ...

At Center of U.S.-Cuba Relationship Is America's Core Principle of Opportunity

James Williams | Posted 02.23.2016 | Politics
James Williams

We should celebrate President Obama's trip to Cuba as a historic moment. After years of a failed policy, it is time for our country to engage with Cuba and ensure our foreign policy encourages opportunity that is good for both Americans and Cubans.

Lifting the U.S. Trade Embargo on Cuba: Using Diplomacy to Sway Congress

Michael Parmly | Posted 01.29.2016 | Latino Voices
Michael Parmly

The U.S. work to normalize relations with Cuba is still just beginning. The U.S. certainly cannot rest on its laurels, and the President indicated as much in his recent State of the Union address when he repeated his call to Congress to support the new policy with Cuba.

Peeling the Onion: U.S.-Cuba Economic Normalization

Margaret E. Crahan | Posted 01.28.2016 | Latino Voices
Margaret E. Crahan

Implementation has proceeded slowly, and both U.S. and Cuban officials have described the process as akin to peeling an onion arduously, layer after layer.

Cuba's Irreversible Internet

Emily Parker | Posted 01.27.2016 | Latino Voices
Emily Parker

This is not to say that the Internet will open the floodgates of information. China has hundreds of millions of people online but it also has systematic censorship. It is too soon to know to if Cuban authorities will emulate this model. But even if they do, the Internet can still have a transformative effect.

So You Want to Visit Cuba 'Before It's Ruined'?

Tomas Bilbao | Posted 01.26.2016 | Latino Voices
Tomas Bilbao

This view ignores the very real possibility that many of the qualities that make Cuba such a special destination can be maintained and even enhanced through sustainable development.

Why the U.S. Should Embrace the Rise of Cuba's Entrepreneurs

Ted A. Henken | Posted 01.25.2016 | Latino Voices
Ted A. Henken

In the face of constant economic instability and state control, cuentapropistas are the defining social and economic catalyst for Cuba's future. They are men and women who display incredible motivation and creativity in their business ventures, and are willing to take risks, often at great personal cost.

A Sea Change in U.S.-Cuba Relations

Daniel Whittle | Posted 12.17.2015 | Green
Daniel Whittle

Noel Lopez Fernandez December marks the one-year anniversary of the renewal of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. In that short...

U.S.-Cuba Relations: What Was Accomplished in 2015, What Remains to Be Done

Angelika Albaladejo | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Angelika Albaladejo

While major hurdles have been cleared with the Obama administration's executive actions, much remains to be done.

From Hershey, PA to Hershey, Cuba

Michael Maisel | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business
Michael Maisel

On December 17, 2014, Presidents Obama and Castro publicly vowed to improve ties between our nations. Nevertheless, in the 50-plus-years that have passed without direct engagement between our nations, U.S. businesses have sprouted without permission to trade with a neighbor just 90 miles off our shores.

Fund the U.S. Embassy in Havana

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

This amendment is just one of a series that Republicans have added to various appropriations bills in their effort to hobble Obama's opening to Cuba and reinforce the 2016 campaign narrative that Obama is weak on foreign policy.

Carnival Cruise Lines to Sail to Cuba: A Paradigm of Our Times

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.09.2016 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Cubans don't appear scandalized when we talk about these floating behemoths that will arrive with sumptuousness and money, a lot of money. Rather, people calculate the benefit involved when the giant of the seas touches land and a flood of tourists descend with bulging wallets.

U.S.-Cuba Normalization and Migration Policy: Changing the Cuban Adjustment Act

Richard N. Gioioso | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Richard N. Gioioso

A new official U.S. migration policy for Cubans will be a fresh approach to stimulating the political and economic reforms through openness and exchange that five and a half decades of isolation have failed to achieve.

To My Fellow Cuban Americans Struggling to Embrace the Island as Home

Alfred J. López | Posted 05.26.2016 | Latino Voices
Alfred J. López

This is not for the 500,000 or so Cuban-Americans who are already traveling to Cuba every year. This is for my fellow second-generation Cuban-Americans, boomer children of the 1950s-1960s exiles, who were either born in America or arrived as small children.

The United States and Latin America, 2025

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

Climate change will emerge as a new driver of migration. As the oceans warm, feeding Atlantic hurricanes with ever-great energy, super storms will become more frequent and more devastating, wracking Central America and the islands of the Caribbean, demolishing homes, businesses, and jobs.

Here's Why American Tourism Won't 'Ruin' Cuba

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 03.25.2015 | Travel

It's been roughly three months since President Obama repealed the American embargo on all things Cuba, which made travel to and from the island nation...

Cuba's Potential as the Economic Growth Superstar

John Donovan | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
John Donovan

There is abundant evidence that it has been largely the energetic Cuban presence that has taken that decaying city and transformed it into what is really the economic capital of Latin America.

Fidel Castro Issues Statement Apparently In Support Of U.S.-Cuba Diplomacy

Reuters | Daniel Trotta | Posted 01.26.2015 | World

HAVANA, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday appeared to lend his support to talks with the United States in his first comme...

Conquering Democracy Is Our Task

Miriam Celaya | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Miriam Celaya

The independent civil society in Cuba can now choose between two attitudes: clinging to the anachronism of belligerency and the entrenchment that we have criticized the regime so much for, or assuming the challenges offered by the new era.

New Cuba Policy Will Bring the Benefits of Cooperation

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

As we send U.S. citizens of all backgrounds to Cuba, including athletes, businesspeople, diplomats, farmers, scholars, tourists and many others, the interactions they'll have, especially those with ordinary Cubans, will drive change.

U.S.-Cuba: Time to Push the Door

Fulton T. Armstrong | Posted 03.15.2015 | World
Fulton T. Armstrong

Ties between the American and Cuban people can be a very powerful engine for truly normal relations.

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.

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.