Daily Archives: December 19, 2014
Obama: “No sé si Castro en sus 80 cambiará, pero habrá un cambio
generacional en Cuba”
En entrevista con la cadena ABC el presidente de EE.UU. alabó al Papa
Francisco, dijo entender a los exiliados cubanos y eludió decir si cree
que Raúl Castro es un dictador.
diciembre 18, 2014
En la noche del día que cambió radicalmente… Continue reading
Obama hands Cuba’s Castros a major victory, but Congress can still stop it
By Mike GonzalezPublished December 17, 2014 FoxNews.com
Establishing ties with Cuba has been on President Obama’s bucket list
for some time. Health care — done. Amnesty for illegal immigrants —
done. Cuba — next. This last one also has the added bonus point that it
puts him… Continue reading
The US embargo is disappearing; so, too, must Cuba’s dictatorship
Supporters of the Castros have long argued that a transition to
democracy is made impossible by US hostility. That excuse may no longer
theguardian.com, Thursday 18 December 2014 11.23 GMT
‘If Cuba establishes democracy – while maintaining the grand
achievements of the revolution – it could become… Continue reading
How Venezuela’s Collapse Helped Thaw Cuban-American Relations
Girish Gupta @jammastergirish Dec. 18, 2014
Today a beleaguered Venezuela no longer has the spare cash to fund the
island’s beleaguered economy. The Castros likely realized this as
Chávez’s presidency was coming to an end and were not keen for a return
to the scarcity of the euphemistically titled Special Period of the… Continue reading
U.S.-Cuba’s complex political puzzle
BY MARC CAPUTO
12/18/2014 8:53 PM 12/18/2014 10:37 PM
Talking about U.S. policy toward Cuba used to be relatively easy for
politicians in Florida: say “Cuba libre” or “Cuba sí, Castro no.”
Support for sanctions and the embargo was a given.
But no longer.
The reaction to President Barack Obama’s historic announcement Wednesday
to try… Continue reading
Why Does Cuba Want to Re-establish Relations With the U.S.?
By Joshua Keating
For the Obama administration, the motivation for today’s moves to
normalize relations with Cuba is clear. The embargo against Cuba is
increasingly unpopular, even in parts of the Cuban-American community
that long supported it, and the president has been eager to find areas
of both foreign and… Continue reading
Castro brothers’ resistance to change could test renewed U.S.-Cuba
By Nick Miroff December 18 at 10:25 PM
During the 47 years that he ruled the island, Fidel Castro was a
dominant and near-daily presence in the lives of ordinary Cubans. He
cajoled, lectured and admonished them, feuding with enemies — especially
the United States — in looping, animated speeches that… Continue reading
Goliath Opens His Wallet / Yoani Sánchez: A New Era for Cuba and the
Posted on December 18, 2014
[From the New York Times] HAVANA — In one of my earliest memories, I am
in a schoolyard before a campfire. The kids are screaming and jumping
around it while the teacher stokes the flames, where a ridiculous Uncle… Continue reading
How Travel to Cuba May Change
DEC. 18, 2014
By MATT BEARDMORE
President Obama’s order on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations
with Cuba after more than 50 years has many ramifications, including for
travel. Many restrictions remain in place for Americans wanting to visit
Cuba, but the order makes it easier for a number of prospective travelers.
Q. What impact… Continue reading
U.S. trade embargo with Cuba keeps broader economic impact at bay for now
By Michael A. Fletcher December 18 at 2:02 PM
The biggest opening in U.S. relations with Cuba in more than half a
century could be a boon for farmers, telecommunications firms and
construction suppliers, but any broader economic impact is limited for
now by the trade embargo… Continue reading
Every big question you have about the U.S. opening to Cuba, answered
By Daniel W. Drezner December 18 at 9:19 AM
Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at Tufts
University and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
U.S. President Barack Obama greets Cuba’s President Raul Castro before
giving his speech at the memorial service for… Continue reading
Fabiola Santiago: Sound bites don’t capture maturity of Cuban exiles
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO
12/18/2014 7:01 PM 12/18/2014 8:50 PM
Ours is a weary exile community, molded by decades of searing losses and
In this Miami — “a profoundly American city, a place that reminds us of
what Cuban people can achieve,” as the president described us —… Continue reading
TOP 10 LIES IN OBAMA’S CUBA SPEECH
by JOEL B. POLLAK 18 Dec 2014
President Barack Obama unveiled a new U.S. policy toward Cuba on
Wednesday as part of a deal that brought American Alan Gross home in
exchange for three convicted Cuban spies. As he has done so often in the
past, Obama tried to channel the perspective of… Continue reading
Dissidents feel betrayed, abandoned
BY FRANK CALZON CUBACENTER.ORG
12/18/2014 7:01 PM 12/18/2014 7:01 PM
Americans rejoice that an American hostage has been freed from a Cuban
prison. For five years, Raúl Castro bartered Alan Gross for the release
of Cubans convicted of spying on U.S. military bases. In the end,
President Obama struck the deal that he expects will reset… Continue reading
Obama’s decision, pro and con
12/18/2014 7:10 PM 12/18/2014 7:10 PM
President Obama’s historic opening to Cuba is long overdue — and has a
chance of hastening the Castro dictatorship’s demise. Critics of the
accord should explain why they believe a policy that has failed
miserably for half a century could ever work.
What is it about Cuba that makes… Continue reading
For exiles in Miami, move toward closer Cuba ties stirs complicated emotions
BY PATRICIA MAZZEI
12/18/2014 7:36 PM 12/18/2014 10:21 PM
A man burst into Hialeah’s famed Vicky Bakery on Thursday afternoon and
held up his arms in victory.
“¡Triunfamos! ¡Triunfamos!” he said. We triumphed.
“What are you talking about?” a woman working behind the counter asked
him in… Continue reading
The pain of Cuban exiles
12/18/2014 7:50 PM 12/18/2014 7:53 PM
Though President Obama’s announcement of relaxed relations between the
United States and Cuba spurred excitement in many circles, the news felt
like a kick in the gut for many in our community.
Older Cuban exiles — the ones who have never stopped chanting “Viva Cuba
Libre!” at large patriotic… Continue reading
Venezuelan oil might be behind Cuba’s pivot to the U.S.
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
12/18/2014 8:44 PM 12/18/2014 11:05 PM
After 53 years of acrimony, a motivating factor in Cuba striking a
historic deal with the United States to renew diplomatic relations might
have been Venezuelan oil.
Both sides, of course, were eager to see their prisoners released —
USAID… Continue reading
Family: We’ve heard nothing of man hailed as superspy for U.S. in Cuba
BY NORA GAMEZ TORRESAND GLENN GARVIN
12/18/2014 10:04 PM 12/18/2014 10:36 PM
The family of a Cuban man believed to be Washington’s superspy in Havana
says he has disappeared from prison without a trace — and if he was
really flown to the United States as… Continue reading
Editorial: El muro del castrismo sigue intacto
DDC | Madrid | 19 Dic 2014 – 9:22 am.
El plan del castrismo para asumir las propuestas de Obama no está
todavía sobre la mesa, si es que existe.
En un inesperado giro, los gobiernos de EEUU y Cuba anunciaron este
miércoles el restablecimiento de relaciones diplomáticas. Contando con
mediación del Vaticano… Continue reading
Por ahora, el Gobierno cubano recibe bastante y da muy poco
DARIELA AQUIQUE LUNA | La Habana | 18 Dic 2014 – 11:43 am.
La cobertura oficial se ha centrado en la llegada al país de los tres
exprisioneros cubanos y deja en segundo plano el significado del
restablecimiento de relaciones con EEUU.
Hoy, tras 53 años, algo cambió en… Continue reading
La Habana y Washington abordarán la emigración y otros temas en primeros
diálogos en enero
AGENCIAS | Washington | 19 Dic 2014 – 12:52 am.
‘El restablecimiento de las relaciones implicará el fin del acuerdo que
Estados Unidos y Cuba mantienen con Suiza’, dice la secretaria de Estado
adjunta para Latinoamérica.
Los derechos humanos, la inmigración y otros asuntos sobre… Continue reading