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U.S. Tapped Contractors To Do Its Sneaky Work In Cuba

AP | JACK GILLUM and DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the...

Cuba: A Small Role in Improving Relations

Connie Lawn | Posted 12.18.2014 | DC
Connie Lawn

Sometimes people can change the course of history by being in the right place at the right time. This was my fortunate experience in helping to change America's 54 year old policy towards Cuba.

Rand Paul: Trade With Cuba 'Probably A Good Idea'

AP | By KEN THOMAS | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday the lengthy U.S. economic embargo against Cuba "just hasn't worked" and voiced support for o...

'Cuban Five' at Heart of US-Cuba Deal

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Because of the significance of the Cuban exile community in Miami, and the strategic importance of Florida in US elections, no US president has dared to normalize relations with Cuba. Obama has taken a courageous step in shifting US policy toward Cuba.

If It's True on Cuba, It's True on Iran

Trita Parsi | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Trita Parsi

Today, President Barack Obama took bold action to put an end to this farce. Over half a century of a counterproductive sanctions and isolation policy is coming to an end. But Cuba is only one of many examples of domestic politics rendering American foreign policy dysfunctional.

Pope Francis Played A Major Role In U.S.-Cuba Deal

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion

American subcontractor Alan Gross returned home on Wednesday after five years of incarceration in Cuba on smuggling charges -- and many say Pope Franc...

Alan Gross: 'Freedom Is Not Free'

AP | Posted 12.18.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alan Gross emerged Wednesday from five years of captivity in Cuba praising the Cuban people and offering a lesson he said he learn...

A Cuban Chanukah and Christmas Gift

Tara Sonenshine | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Tara Sonenshine

The administration's decision is a win-win for the international community.

'Hanukkah Miracle': Alan Gross Released From Cuban Prison

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion

Alan Gross, a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, was released from a Cuban prison on Wednesday, five years after being a...

Paige Lavender

Obama Speaks On Relations With Cuba, Release Of Alan Gross

HuffingtonPost.com | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama spoke Wednesday on U.S. relations with Cuba, hours after American Alan Gross was released from a Cuban prison, where he'd been ...

U.S., Cuba Seek To Normalize Relations

AP | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba will start talks on normalizing full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. p...

American Completes 5 Years In Cuban Prison

Reuters | Posted 12.03.2014 | World

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA, Dec 3 (Reuters) - U.S. foreign aid worker Alan Gross completed his fifth year in a Cuban prison on Wednesday with his wife...

Senators Meet With American Jailed In Cuba

AP | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

HAVANA (AP) — Two U.S. senators expressed optimism Tuesday that Cuba will free imprisoned American government contractor Alan Gross. Sens. Jeff F...

Cuban Dissident/Kitten Lover Reveals Hardline Strategy on Alan Gross

Sarah Stephens | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
Sarah Stephens

"If you ever meet (Carlos Luis Pardo), you will probably see him lovingly carrying a newborn kitten in his hands, or taking care of one of his persecu...

If Alan Gross Dies in Cuba... Who Is Responsible?

John McAuliff | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
John McAuliff

Both countries seem unable to move beyond affirmations of the legitimacy, even moral purpose, of their employees' projects. Each expects the other to act as though its laws are without merit.

Obama Says He Wants to Cut the 'Stupid Sh-t'? Start with Bad Cuba Policy

Ricardo Herrero | Posted 10.06.2014 | Latino Voices
Ricardo Herrero

President Obama drew attention earlier this summer for reportedly describing his policy doctrine to reporters with four simple words. Now it's time to see how serious the president is about adhering to this principle.

The Maxwell Smarts of USAID Are at It Again in Cuba

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

Four months after the Associated Press uncovered USAID's secret attempt to create ZunZuneo, a Twitter-like instant messaging service created to send subversive messages to Cuban users, AP has blown the cover on yet another covert USAID operation in Cuba.

Obama Urges Cuba To Release Jailed U.S. Citizen

Reuters | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics

By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON, June 20 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has sent an indirect message to Cuban President Raúl C...

A Prisoner Exchange that Could Improve Relations Between Cuba and the United States

Salim Lamrani | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

Barack Obama should use his powers as President of the United States and pardon the three Cubans that are still imprisoned. This will have the immediate effect of freeing Alan Gross and improving relations between Washington and Havana.

Free Alan Gross by Freeing the Cuban Five

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Arturo Lopez Levy

While the U.S. government has vigorously protested his treatment, it has proven unwilling to make the diplomatic overtures -- like releasing the Cuban Five -- that could secure his release.

Change With Cuba in President Obama's Hands

John McAuliff | Posted 02.22.2014 | World
John McAuliff

The handshake between President Obama and Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service would have made the South African leader smile. It was the latest sign of a gradual thawing in relations between Washington and Havana after a frozen half-century.

Barack Obama and Raul Castro: More Than a Handshake?

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 02.22.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

A simple handshake doesn't have to be exaggerated, but it matters. Civility isn't sufficient but it is a necessary and praiseworthy conduct in international affairs. It is worth remembering that international politics is made of many societal actors.

Could Alan Gross Be Home for the Holidays?

John McAuliff | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
John McAuliff

The pieces are in place. Will the U.S. and Cuba play them? The fourth anniversary of the imprisonment of Alan Gross marked a fundamental shift in discourse which provides President Obama with the moral and political space to negotiate with Cuba for his release.

Low-Hanging Fruit

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 02.07.2014 | World
Julia E. Sweig

Some 66 senators now back negotiations with Havana over Gross. Obama won Florida with 50 percent of the Cuban-American vote. What, exactly, is the president waiting for?

American Jailed In Cuba Pleads With Obama For Help

AP | JESSICA GRESKO | Posted 12.04.2013 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American man who is marking four years in prison in Cuba has written a letter to President Barack Obama asking the president to...