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Test for U.S. Shift on Cuba Is Whether Rights Improve

Test for U.S. Shift on Cuba Is Whether Rights Improve
By MICHAEL R. GORDONDEC. 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s decision to restore full diplomatic
relations with Cuba will face an early test next year as the White House
tries to make good on its contention that the policy shift will lead to
a gradual improvement in the Cuban government’s… Continue reading

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

President’s failure to lead

President’s failure to lead
BY CARLOS CURBELO WWW.CARLOSCURBELO.COM
12/23/2014 8:12 PM 12/23/2014 8:12 PM

In my campaign to represent Florida’s 26th Congressional District in the
U.S. House, I pledged that when discussing U.S.-Cuba policy, I would do
so from my perspective as a proud U.S.-born citizen, seeking to advance
our country’s interests, independent of my personal and emotional ties
to… Continue reading

Shameful Distortions

Shameful Distortions / Rebeca Monzo
Posted on December 22, 2014

The big news for all Cubans, without a doubt, has been the
reestablishment of relations between Cuba and the United States, which
has been a dream for three generations on our captive island, although
there are opponents among some fellow countrymen both here and abroad.
The other story — the… 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

Sunday Respite for the Ladies in White

Sunday Respite for the Ladies in White
14YMEDIO, Havana | Diciembre 22, 2014

The Ladies in White marched for the freedom of political prisoners as
they left mass this Sunday, an activity held every week and one which
had special significance on this occasion because it was the first time
since the announcement of reestablishment of relations with the United… Continue reading

Cuba, Waiting for the “Yumas”

Cuba, Waiting for the “Yumas*” / Ivan Garcia
Posted on December 22, 2014

Dreaming does not cost anything. Lisván, a self-employed taxi driver who
spends twelve hours a day behind the wheel of an old American car from
the 1940s surrounded by the piercing smell of gasoline and cigar smoke,
is in theory one of those people counting on the… Continue reading

Ready To Hit The Cuban Beach? Americans Still Have To Wait

Ready To Hit The Cuban Beach? Americans Still Have To Wait
DECEMBER 21, 2014 9:36 AM ET
DAVID SCHAPER

With President Obama beginning the process of normalizing relations with
Cuba this week, many may envision soon soaking up the sun on a warm
Cuban beach, sipping a refreshing rum drink.

In reality, that’s not likely to happen for quite a… 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

Opponents formulate a strategy to derail Obama’s new Cuba policy

Opponents formulate a strategy to derail Obama’s new Cuba policy
BY PAUL KANETHE WASHINGTON POST
12/22/2014 1:00 AM 12/22/2014 6:00 AM

WASHINGTON
Opponents of President Barack Obama’s diplomatic opening toward Cuba
began plotting for the long road ahead to block the administration’s new
policy, focusing on areas where congressional consent is necessary.

The most likely targets are funding for new… Continue reading

Protesters – ‘It’s not the time’ for more Cuba ties

Protesters: ‘It’s not the time’ for more Cuba ties
By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and RACHEL LA CORTE

MIAMI (AP) — Cuban opposition leaders from the island joined Cuban
American politicians and activists on Saturday, pledging to oppose
President Barack Obama’s plan to normalize relations with the communist
nation and disputing the notion that their community is split by a
generational divide.… Continue reading

What Washington’s Policy Shift Means for Cuba’s Awful Internet Service

What Washington’s Policy Shift Means for Cuba’s Awful Internet Service
Alex Fitzpatrick @alexjamesfitz Updated: Dec. 19, 2014 10:17 AM

Part of the new deal involves efforts to literally bring Cuba up to speed

About a quarter of Cubans have Internet access, according to the
International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations agency that
oversees global communications. One in four may seem… Continue reading

One Big Risk for Cuba-U.S. Relations: Moving Too Fast

One Big Risk for Cuba-U.S. Relations: Moving Too Fast
DEC. 17, 2014 Neil Irwin

A normal economic relationship between the United States and Cuba has
been a long time coming; the strict trade embargo with the island nation
has been in place longer than the current president of the United States
has been alive.

But if Cuba and the United… Continue reading

Castros the beneficiaries of perilous policy shift

Castros the beneficiaries of perilous policy shift
BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ
12/20/2014 2:00 PM 12/20/2014 7:00 PM

President Obama just blew oxygen into the moribund Cuban economy — and
its governing elite — by announcing the reestablishment of full
diplomatic relations and economic concessions, a dramatic shift in
diplomatic relations between the two countries. The change is huge, but… 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

John Kerry – President Obama’s new Cuba policy looks forward, not back

John Kerry: President Obama’s new Cuba policy looks forward, not back
BY JOHN KERRY, PENNY PRITZKER AND JACOB J. LEWWWW.STATE.GOV
12/20/2014 8:09 PM 12/20/2014 8:31 PM

President Obama’s decision to begin normalizing relations with Cuba will
advance United States’ interests and those of the Cuban people. The 11
million people of this island nation have waited far too long —… 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

We Shall Fight to the End for the Liberty of Cuba

We Shall Fight to the End for the Liberty of Cuba / Cubanet, Ernesto
Garcia Diaz
Posted on December 19, 2014

Leaders of the opposition call Obama’s reconciliation with the Cuban
government a “betrayal” during a press conference in Havana
Cubanet, Ernesto García Díaz, Havana, 18 December 2014 — From the
headquarters of the Estado de SATS project in Miramar,… Continue reading

From Discontent to Joy in Twenty-four Hours

From Discontent to Joy in Twenty-four Hours / Cubanet, Miriam Leiva
Posted on December 20, 2014

Cubanet, Miriam Leiva, HAVANA, 18 December 2014 — President Barack Obama
announced a new direction in US policy toward Cuba, on December 17. The
Cuban population has expressed great joy at the news, both within the
archipelago and abroad. It is a brave and… 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

How to Tell Whether Obama Did the Right Thing on Cuba

How to Tell Whether Obama Did the Right Thing on Cuba
If the restoration of diplomatic ties leads to greater openness, then
the president’s bold move will be justified.
JEFFREY GOLDBERGDEC 19 2014, 2:53 PM ET

A narrow selection of books on the Plaza de Armas (William Z. Goldberg)
On my most recent visit to Cuba this past March, I… Continue reading

Historic agreement expands visiting rights to Cuba — and more

Historic agreement expands visiting rights to Cuba — and more
BY AMY SHERMAN POLITIFACT FLORIDA
12/19/2014 1:08 PM 12/19/2014 1:08 PM

In a historic move, President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17 that the
United States will begin talks with Cuba on normalizing relations after
five decades and re-open an embassy in Havana.

The announcement included Cuba releasing USAID worker… Continue reading

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