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.
Since its introduction in 2008, Bitcoin, the world's most recognized and frequently used crypto-currency has continued to grow in popularity. Bitcoin's peer-to-peer decentralized structure has steadily attracted global users seeking to make purchases and transfers of money digitally, privately, and with minimal transaction costs.
I am proud that this summer a delegation of Harlemites led by The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (GHCC)'s President Lloyd Williams and Council member Inez Dickens returned from their successful mission to Havana, Cuba, where I helped arrange their meetings with senior officials of the Cuban government regarding trade, business and tourism and our anticipated first annual cultural exchange program in 2016 -- Harlem Meets Havana.
Havana breaks your heart; Havana fills you with hope. As the poet said, the city makes love to the ocean; it is intimate with the spray, it smells like salt and foam and moves to the rhythm of the waves as they sweep in from the horizon. It was developed over the centuries with the Caribbean as its backdrop.
In 1867, then Prime Minister of Prussia Otto von Bismarck (who, with parallels today, maintained German hegemony over Europe) famously said that politics is the art of the possible. If you don't have to deal with a political opponent, you can dream up the perfect policy. But when you have an opponent, you have to set aside the dream and consider the political possibilities. This week, from Iran to Greece to Cuba, the world both celebrated and protested the politically possible. (continued)