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Mitch McConnell Opposes Obama On Cuba

Reuters | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics

(Adds quotes and details) WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he opposed U.S. Presi...

Chris Christie Wants Obama To Demand That Cuba Return Cop Killer To U.S.

AP | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie disagrees with President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and wants the preside...

Kate Sheppard

Rubio Pushes Back On Obama, Rand Paul On Cuba Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) blasted the Obama administration's recent decision to open up new ties to Cuba, arguing that the policy change...

Cuba Libre: Obama Frees a Monster in America's Head

Dan Siegel | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Dan Siegel

The Cold War against Cuba not only made life worse for ordinary Cubans. It also diminished America's own democracy and undermined its lofty spoken commitments to human rights and the rule of law.

New York Tabloids React To U.S.-Cuba Deal

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.18.2014 | Media

Cigars figured prominently in Thursday's New York tabloid covers. Following news that the U.S. would begin to reestablish diplomatic relations wit...

Jimmy Carter Calls U.S.-Cuba Diplomacy 'Courageous'

AP | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter says he is "proud and grateful" for the president's efforts to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba. Ca...

Mandy Fridmann

Miami's Cubans Express Sharply Divided Opinions About Obama's Announcement

HuffingtonPost.com | Mandy Fridmann | Posted 12.18.2014 | Latino Voices

President Barack Obama's announcement Wednesday that the United States would drastically shift its policy toward Cuba for the first time in more than ...

This Is The Biggest Change To U.S.-Cuba Policy In Most Of Our Lifetimes. Here's What It Means.

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 12.19.2014 | Latino Voices

The Obama administration has long said that it would take more steps to open up Washington’s long-frozen relations with Cuba as soon as the country ...

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...

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.

U.S. Funding (Another) Social Network to Try to Overthrow Castro

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
The GroundTruth Project

Piramideo and the various U.S. programs hope to capitalize on Cuban complaints about the country's mobile phone and internet services. Until 2008 the Cuban government prohibited citizens from owning cell phones. When the law changed, hundreds of thousands signed up.

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...

South Florida Poll Confirms Big Shift in Exile Community on Cuba

Sarah Stephens | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

Why has Florida's Cuban American community, the number one source of political support for the harshest possible Cuba policy, shifted its views so markedly?

US Trafficking in Cuban Players

Tom Hayden | Posted 06.24.2014 | Sports
Tom Hayden

It's conceivable that the MLB could make this a "Jackie Robinson moment" by embracing the cause of these Cuban players and demanding hearings toward a more rational policy than the embargo. Creating a level playing field for the players might spark public interest in a level playing field for the two countries.

Competition in Cuba

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Julia E. Sweig

Last year in Cartagena, the message was unanimous: Cuba next time, or no Summit. Obama can again dismiss this message and lose even more influence in the Americas. But the stars are aligning for Obama to make a big legacy move by 2015.

It's Time to Delist Cuba

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Arturo Lopez Levy

Characterizing Cuba as a terrorist state--and more generally implying that the island in any way poses any threat to U.S. security--hinders the United States' ability to develop a strategic vision for post-Fidel Cuba.

Cuba: The Beginning of the Post-Castro Era

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 06.04.2013 | World
Arturo Lopez Levy

In the next five years, the central challenge facing Cuban leaders is to have the audacity, creativity and self-confidence to accelerate economic reforms, without losing control of the ongoing political liberalization.

Alan Gross: Time to Negotiate

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 04.22.2013 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

The day there is political will in Washington and Havana to solve the structural problems of the bilateral relationship between the two countries, they will creatively solve the Gross affair.

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.

An American In Cuba

Tyler Wetherall | Posted 07.03.2012 | Travel
Tyler Wetherall

A great many flout the ban and travel here illegally, flying to Mexico or Canada from where they can buy a ticket to Cuba. And the chance of getting caught is slim.

Wanted -- A New Cuba Policy

Rajan Menon | Posted 04.26.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

Havana still rejects the principle of far-reaching political change as a precondition for scrapping the embargo. There's no reason to expect a change of heart, particularly because other major economic powers' willingness to trade with and invest in Cuba has made the American boycott less painful.

Re-Learning the Lesson of the United States

William Pierce | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics
William Pierce

As we slowly move forward in addressing immigration policy, we must remember our stories because to do otherwise is to deny the lesson of America.

A Tale of Two Dreams

Gretchen Sierra-Zorita | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Gretchen Sierra-Zorita

The immigration system is broken, and the Dream Act is an important part of the solution. Given the proven contributions of the Cuban-American community to this country, it would be unwise and unfair to deny non-Cuban undocumented youth the same advantages and opportunities.

Cuba Meets the Challenges of the 21st Century, Part V

Salim Lamrani | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

Professor of philosophy and a career diplomat, Alarcon spent nearly 12 years in the United States as the Cuban ambassador to the United Nations. Over time, he has become a spokesperson for the Havana government.

Cuba Meets the Challenges of the 21st Century, Part IV

Salim Lamrani | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

Professor of philosophy and a career diplomat, Alarcon spent nearly 12 years in the United States as the Cuban ambassador to the United Nations. Over time, he has become a spokesperson for the Havana government.