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Polls show support for embargo, Cuba hardline is in minority

Polls show support for embargo, Cuba hardline is in minority
BY MARC CAPUTO
12/23/2014 8:41 PM 12/23/2014 9:32 PM

The polling is in: Cuban exile hardliners and Republicans are in the
clear minority nationwide when it comes to the embargo and
reestablishing ties with the island nation.

A raft of new surveys, taken after President Barack Obama announced
plans… Continue reading

Cuba and the United States – Regret the past or build the future?

Cuba and the United States: Regret the past or build the future?
JORGE CALAFORRA, Warsaw | Diciembre 22, 2014

On 17 December 2014 at 12:01 Washington DC time, the President of the
United States, Barack Obama, announced the United States’ new policy
toward Cuba. It should be recalled that the president of the United
States of America makes his decisions… Continue reading

Cuba Reality Check – Can You Really Do Business There?

Cuba Reality Check: Can You Really Do Business There?
By Gail DeGeorge, David Tweed and Christopher Donville Dec 22, 2014
6:01 AM GMT+0100

For companies seeking Miami attorney Pedro Freyre’s advice on how to
exploit President Barack Obama’s opening to Cuba, two stories may serve
as cautionary tales.

One concerns an 18-hole golf course that took a Canadian designer eight… Continue reading

F.A.C.E. Obama’s Cuba move is misguided

F.A.C.E.: Obama’s Cuba move is misguided
12/21/2014 2:00 PM 12/22/2014 7:15 PM

What’s next for the Cuban people?

F.A.C.E., Facts About Cuban Exiles, usually does not enter the strictly
political arena, but as its name implies, it is an organization that
aims to tell the truth.

President Obama, in his broadcast to the nation, dedicated some words to
those of… Continue reading

Cuba harbors one of America’s most wanted fugitives, JoAnne Chesimard, a.k.a. Assata Shakur

Cuba harbors one of America’s most wanted fugitives, JoAnne Chesimard,
a.k.a. Assata Shakur
BY TINA GRIEGOTHE WASHINGTON POST
12/22/2014 1:00 AM 12/21/2014 9:34 PM

Last week’s announced shift in relations between Washington and Havana
has renewed the call for Cuba to turn over one of the United States’
most controversial fugitives — a woman U.S. law enforcement officials
call a… Continue reading

Cuba says U.S. must respect its communist system

Cuba says U.S. must respect its communist system
By Daniel Trotta

HAVANA (Reuters) – President Raul Castro demanded on Saturday that the
United States respect Cuba’s communist rule as the two countries work to
restore diplomatic ties, and warned that Cuban-American exiles might try
to sabotage the rapprochement.

U.S. President Barack Obama this week reset Washington’s Cold War-era
policy on… Continue reading

Raúl Castro – Despite a new relationship with the U.S., Cuba’s revolution will continue

Raúl Castro: Despite a new relationship with the U.S., Cuba’s revolution
will continue
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
12/20/2014 2:10 PM 12/20/2014 8:19 PM

Despite U.S. promises of more trade and travel under renewed diplomatic
ties with the communist island, Cuban President Raúl Castro on Saturday
vowed his country would continue to make economic changes at its own
pace and wouldn’t… Continue reading

In Miami, Cuban Americans protest President Barack Obama’s new Cuba policy

In Miami, Cuban Americans protest President Barack Obama’s new Cuba policy
BY JOEY FLECHAS AND MELHOR MARIE
12/20/2014 2:46 PM 12/21/2014 12:52 AM

Cries of “Obama traidor!” (Obama is a traitor) rang out Saturday
afternoon at José Martí Park in Little Havana, where about 250 people
protested this week’s historic announcement by President Barack Obama
and Cuba’s Raúl Castro… Continue reading

Lifting the Embargo Means Cuba Can No Longer Play Victim

Lifting the Embargo Means Cuba Can No Longer Play Victim
Jose Miguel Vivanco Dec. 19, 2014

The status quo has allowed the Cuban government to exploit U.S. policy
to garner sympathy abroad

Some critics contend that President Obama’s decision to re-establish
full diplomatic relations with Cuba means that the United States has
abandoned its commitment to protect human rights in… Continue reading

Cuban-Americans deeply divided over opening to Cuba

Cuban-Americans deeply divided over opening to Cuba
Alan Gomez, USA TODAY 8:50 a.m. EST December 20, 2014

MIAMI — Christmas Eve dinner just got a little more interesting in this
South Florida city.

As Cuban-Americans soak in the news that the United States is
re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in
more than 50 years, it’s rekindled… Continue reading

US-Cuba deal to restore ties puts spotlight on island’s human rights record

US-Cuba deal to restore ties puts spotlight on island’s human rights record
Published December 19, 2014 Associated Press

HAVANA – To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a
brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out
political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.

Cuba’s supporters see the government as heroic, its sins… Continue reading

The US embargo is disappearing; so, too, must Cuba’s dictatorship

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
hold
Owen Jones
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

Fabiola Santiago – Sound bites don’t capture maturity of Cuban exiles

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
dashed hopes.

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

For exiles in Miami, move toward closer Cuba ties stirs complicated emotions

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

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

Cuban exiles see a different truth behind Obama’s policy change

Fred Grimm: Cuban exiles see a different truth behind Obama’s policy change
FRED GRIMM
12/17/2014 6:23 PM 12/17/2014 8:34 PM

A small group of angry exiles congregated along Calle Ocho on Wednesday,
utterly consumed by a collective sense of betrayal over news that
President Barack Obama was normalizing relations with Cuba.

But the reaction in Miami’s Little Havana didn’t… Continue reading

“A Slap in the Face”: Pilots’ Families Balk at Cuban Prisoner Swap

“A Slap in the Face”: Pilots’ Families Balk at Cuban Prisoner Swap

Three South Florida families are upset after learning Wednesday that
three of the men in the “Cuban Five” will be free and headed home after
a historic prisoner swap. (Published Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014)
Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 • Updated at 4:04 AM EST
The South Florida families… Continue reading

A roll of the dice on Cuba

A roll of the dice on Cuba
12/17/2014 8:03 PM 12/17/2014 8:08 PM

Comments
First things first: The release of Alan Gross, which this newspaper has
called for practically from the moment he was detained five years ago,
is indeed welcome news. All Americans should all rejoice in his freedom.
“The best Hanukkah,” the overjoyed Mr. Gross told reporters. “What… Continue reading

After a half century, a thaw in U.S.-Cuba ties

After a half century, a thaw in U.S.-Cuba ties
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
12/17/2014 9:10 PM 12/17/2014 10:14 PM

Changing a relationship frozen in time for more than 50 years, President
Barack Obama ushered in a new era of U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations
Wednesday that could bring more trade, support for Cuba’s nascent
entrepreneurs and more open communications with the island.… Continue reading

Cuba releases American Alan Gross in prisoner swap

Cuba releases American Alan Gross in prisoner swap
By Elise Labott, CNN Global Affairs Correspondent
December 17, 2014 — Updated 1453 GMT (2253 HKT)

The Obama administration announces landmark deal with Cuba
Alan Gross, arrested and held in Cuba since 2009, was freed Wednesday
Improved relations between the U.S. and Cuba will ease travel
restrictions between the two countries
Editor’s… Continue reading

Requiem for the 10th of December

Requiem for the 10th of December (International Day of Human Rights) /
by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Posted on December 11, 2014

The 10th of December is one of the saddest days. That day the political
police – only source of governance in our island – brings out all of its
henchmen to suppress dissent. Many are dressed with their… Continue reading

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