The dialogue with Cuban authorities initiated by the Catholic Church and Spain has been successful. Indeed, Havana has agreed to release, in the next four months, 52 of the 55 so-called "political" prisoners listed by AI.
One must ask why there is such stigmatization by Western media, the U.S. and the European Union. Does Cuba in fact represents a special situation with respect to human rights? Is it worse than the rest of the continent?
The longer we keep Cuba listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, an allegation roundly criticized by diplomats, the more we risk the credibility of our national security regime and reputation in the region.
Seventy-four of Cuba's most politically prominent dissidents have signed a letter to Members of the U.S. Congress asking them to support legislation to legalize travel to Cuba for all Americans and to increase sales of U.S. food to the island.
It is a remarkable but true fact that the US government cannot stop regular Americans from traveling to North Korea, Burma, Iran, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Congo, or any other complicated place in the world, except Cuba.