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Change in Cuba policy is a nod to reality

Change in Cuba policy is a nod to reality
By Katrina vanden Heuvel December 23

President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba is a
decision to recognize reality. For 50 years, the United States has
pursued a policy that has failed. The embargo hurt the Cuban people it
claimed to help and bolstered the regime that it intended to… 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

Fidel’s Shocking Silence

Fidel’s Shocking Silence / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya
Posted on December 22, 2014

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 18 December 2014 — After the brief
speech by General-President, Raúl Castro, about the release of Alan
Gross and of “a Cuban-born citizen” at the service of the CIA, and of
other prisoners who received “prison benefits, including the release of
individuals the US… Continue reading

Obama Defends Actions on Cuba and Promises Some Compromise With Congress

Obama Defends Actions on Cuba and Promises Some Compromise With Congress
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVISDEC. 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Friday rejected criticism that he should
not have reopened American relations with Cuba because of the nation’s
human rights record, saying the historic thaw would give the United
States more sway over the Cuban government.

“I share the… Continue reading

Many Cubans optimistic – and cautious – about new U.S. ties

Many Cubans optimistic – and cautious – about new U.S. ties
BY TIM JOHNSON MCCLATCHY FOREIGN STAFF
12/20/2014 7:39 PM 12/20/2014 7:39 PM

HAVANA
Francisco Gavez, a barber, shoved a newspaper into a visitor’s hands.

“Have you seen how the newspapers are covering this? Take a look at
Granma,” he said.

The mouthpiece of Cuba’s Communist Party, Granma reprinted the… Continue reading

Obama jokes that long-winded speeches run in the Castro family

Obama jokes that long-winded speeches run in the Castro family
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES
12/19/2014 2:48 PM 12/19/2014 6:45 PM

When President Barack Obama spoke by phone to Cuban leader Raúl Castro
earlier this week, they even had time for a bit of levity about Fidel
Castro’s legendarily long speeches.

The two leaders spoke Tuesday to… Continue reading

A necessary and useful change

A necessary and useful change
ELIECER ÁVILA, La Habana | Diciembre 19, 2014

The change in US policy concerning Cuba was necessary and useful,
although it did not happen with all the guarantees that many of us
wanted. Obama’s cabinet did not act lightly, but made a thorough
analysis and came to the same conclusions that many of the actors… Continue reading

Castroism has won — again

Castroism has won — again
BY YOANI SÁNCHEZ GENERACIONYEN.WORDPRESS.COM
12/19/2014 7:12 PM 12/19/2014 7:12 PM

HAVANA — With that pessimism that by now has become chronic in our
society, many of us Cubans thought that Alan Gross would leave Cuba only
“feet first,” in an image depicting a fatal outcome. The obstinacy that
the Cuban government has shown in its… 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

We hope the government will announce the names of the prisoners benefiting in the coming hours

“We hope the government will announce the names of the prisoners
benefiting in the coming hours”
REINALDO ESCOBAR, Havana | Diciembre 18, 2014

The spokesperson for the Commission on Human Rights and National
Reconciliation, Elizardo Sánchez, shares with the readers of 14ymedio
his reflections on the rapprochement between Havana and Washington
announced this Wednesday, after more than five decades of… Continue reading

Cuba as the next constitutional fight between Congress, Obama

Cuba as the next constitutional fight between Congress, Obama
By Scott Bomboy

The Obama administration’s move to end a decades-long feud with Cuba’s
Castro regime is shaping up as the next big tug-of-war between the
executive and legislative branches.

Already in the “balance of power” pipeline are fights over health care
and immigration that involve the limits of presidential powers.… Continue reading

As Washington and Havana talk, a question – Where is Fidel Castro?

As Washington and Havana talk, a question: Where is Fidel Castro?
BY NANCY SAN MARTIN AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES
12/18/2014 3:11 PM 12/18/2014 9:40 PM

The stunning announcement made simultaneously in Washington and Havana
of renewed diplomatic ties between both nations after nearly 56 years
has raised many questions.

Among the most prevalent: Where is Fidel Castro? And did… Continue reading

Obama hands Cuba’s Castros a major victory, but Congress can still stop it

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

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

U.S.-Cuba’s complex political puzzle

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

Goliath Opens His Wallet

Goliath Opens His Wallet / Yoani Sánchez: A New Era for Cuba and the
United States
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

Alan Gross, the hook that ended up being swallowed

Alan Gross, the hook that ended up being swallowed
YOANI SÁNCHEZ, La Habana | Diciembre 17, 2014

With the pessimism that has now become chronic in our society, many
Cubans thought that Alan Gross would only leave Cuba, “in a box,” in an
image allusive of a fatal outcome. The stubbornness shown by the Cuban
government in its relations with… Continue reading

Deal between U.S., Cuba culminated 18 months of secret talks

Deal between U.S., Cuba culminated 18 months of secret talks
BY GLENN GARVIN
12/17/2014 10:34 PM  12/18/2014 12:40 AM

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During a 2007 campaign debate when his White House prospects still seemed mostly like a pipe dream, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois was asked if, as president, he would sit down to talk to with leaders of countries… 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

Obama’s Cuba Opportunity

Obama’s Cuba Opportunity
After 50 years of perfect policy failure, the U.S. has a political
opening to help a reforming Cuba prosper.
By PHILIP PETERS • December 16, 2014

George Washington’s farewell address did more than warn against
permanent alliances that could “entangle” our young Republic in the
“ambition” and “rivalship” of others in ways that do not serve our… Continue reading

Cuba plans to open nursing homes for people with Alzheimer’s

Cuba plans to open nursing homes for people with Alzheimer’s
Published December 15, 2014 EFE

Cuba, a country affected by an aging population, is planning to open nursing homes for people with Alzheimer’s starting in 2015, according to officials in the Public Health Ministry, or MINSAP, as cited by local media.

One in every 10 Cubans 65 or older develops… Continue reading

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