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Cuban Embargo

'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.

We Are All Cubans

Hirania Luzardo | Posted 12.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Hirania Luzardo

We have all lost in this fight. There are no winners, and with the announcement, pained feelings we have carried for five decades come to the surface.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Marco Rubio Vows To Unravel Obama's Cuba Deal | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will get no money for his Cuba policy, no ambassador will be confirmed and the embargo will never be lifted, Sen....

A Cuban Chanukah and Christmas Gift

Tara Sonenshine | Posted 12.17.2014 | World
Tara Sonenshine

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

Cuban Cigars About To Become Legal Again

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 12.17.2014 | Business

It’s the end of an era: Cuban cigars are about to become legal again in the U.S. President Barack Obama’s loosening of trade and diplomatic rel...

Cuba's 14ymedio Journalists Spend Two Hours With the New York Times' Ernesto Londoño

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Ernesto Londoño, who authored six editorials on Cuba published recently by The New York Times engaged in a friendly conversation on Saturday with a part of the 14ymedio team, in the hotel where he is staying in Havana.

It's Time to Talk About Cuba, Part 4

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Kate Oberdorfer

I know that when it comes to the United States and Cuba, we are all haunted by ghosts. But the only way that I know to make a ghost disappear, is to turn around and face it.

Turns Out Henry Kissinger Really Despised Castro and the Cubans

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

Thanks to the good folks and diligent researchers at the National Security Archive--a research organization at George Washington University--Americans will now be able to add another placeholder for the former Secretary of State: hater of the Castros.

What Was Missing From John Oliver's Takedown Of The Cuban Embargo

The Huffington Post | Ana Maria Benedetti & Roque Planas | Posted 09.24.2014 | Latino Voices

John Oliver made a big point on Sunday, and it wasn’t about women parading around in bikinis. Almost five months after its premiere, the host of ...

Latest Development in USAID Controversy Reflects Years of Botched Cuban Policy

Laura Weiss | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Laura Weiss

When it comes to U.S.-Cuba relations -- a history wrought with covert coup plans, bureaucratic missteps, and Cold War-era paranoia -- one struggles to know what to believe.

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.

Is It Time To Rethink U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Cuba?

The Huffington Post | Michael Maisel | Posted 06.24.2014 | World

Is it time to rethink U.S. foreign policy towards Cuba? That's the question Marc Lamont Hill discussed with academics and journalists on HuffPost Live...

Not Against All Cuba Sanctions, Just Dumb Cuba Sanctions

Ricardo Herrero | Posted 08.09.2014 | Latino Voices
Ricardo Herrero

Forget about "leading from behind." When it comes to Cuba, we are simply behind.

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.

Cuba & the U.S: The Case Against the Cuban Embargo

Adrian Brito | Posted 06.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Adrian Brito

How come we do business with some of the world's most authoritarian regimes with the worst human rights' records on the planet, yet we keep insisting that the Cuban embargo should be kept in place solely on moral grounds?

Flip Flopping on Cuba: Time To End Antiquated Cold War Embargo

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

In politics, once you take a stand on an issue, you better have a good reason to change your mind.

Wait, Wait, Let Me Guess What Comes Next

Christopher Sabatini | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Christopher Sabatini

The question is not whether the Cuban government will respond with its usual brutish behavior to prevent a policy change in the U.S.--it is who will listen to its partners, who will demand that we go backwards?

The Handshake Would Have Made Mandela Smile

Scott Blakeman | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Scott Blakeman

If any handshake critics had bothered to actually listen to President Obama's speech, they would have heard why the handshake was not only appropriate but it was something that Mandela himself would smile upon.

Should We Help End Cuba's 'Special Period'?

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 02.24.2014 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

The death of Hugo Chavez may leave Cuba in need of new allies. Perhaps it's time to negotiate a pact with Cuba: political reforms in Cuba in exchange for trade leniency from the U.S. In the process Cuba might regain her footing, and the U.S. might reap a significant political and economic opportunity.

Mandela, Miami and Cuba: The Real Story

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 09.23.2013 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

Capitalizing on Nelson Mandela's health problems, embargo supporters have constructed a false parallel between the multilateral sanctions against South Africa's apartheid regime and the illegal, immoral embargo against Cuba. Mandela's own relationship with Cuba tells a different story, with important lessons for current foreign policy.

President of the French Senate: 'The United States Ought to Lift Its Economic Sanctions Against Cuba'

Salim Lamrani | Posted 07.31.2013 | World
Salim Lamrani

President of the Senate since 2011, Jean-Pierre Bel is second in line in the French governmental hierarchy by virtue of the constitution.

How One Cuban Blogger Is Changing Cuban Minds

Ignacio Sosa | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Ignacio Sosa

I vowed never to return to Cuba until the country of my birth was free -- an unlikely proposition given the strong grip of the Cuban government on virtually all aspects of life on the island. Ms. Sanchez has changed my view on the future of Cuba.

Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Me: Our Trips to Cuba

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 06.13.2013 | World
Isabel Kaplan

Not one to be left out of the discussion, Jay-Z just dropped a new track called "Open Letter" (produced by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz) in which he discusses his recent trip to Cuba. He raps: "I'm in Cuba, I love Cubans/ This talk about Communism is so confusing." I feel ya, Jay-Z.

Rubio's Zoo: A Response to Marco Rubio's Views on Travel to Cuba

Vanessa Garcia | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Vanessa Garcia

In your speech you criticize Senators who go to Cuba and return with the realization that our embargo is a "relic of the cold war." The truth is that both are relics -- the Castro regime and American policy towards Cuba.

Ten New Year's Resolutions for U.S. Policy Towards Latin America

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 03.06.2013 | World
Lisa Haugaard

If we could keep these resolutions, 2013 would be a banner year for U.S.-Latin American relations.