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2016 was a truly historic year for Cuba

2016 was a truly historic year for Cuba BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The death of Fidel Castro marked the end of a truly historic year for Cuba. After years of false rumors that he had died, the former Cuban ruler finally passed away at 10:29 p.m. Nov. 25, according to a statement read by […] Continue reading

Interview with Mary Jo Porter

Interview with Mary Jo Porter If paradise ends where choice begins, as Arthur Miller observed, then our digital age fantasy of paradise as a tropical island with no Internet collapses with our choice to travel to one. The permanent inhabitants of such an island, who live without Internet access or the luxury of travel, would […] Continue reading

White House expected to remove Cuba from state sponsor of terrorism list

White House expected to remove Cuba from state sponsor of terrorism list US and Cuba aiming to restore diplomatic ties after more than three decades May 25, 2015 10:27PM ET by Sara Hassan The White House is expected to remove Cuba from the United States’ state sponsor of terrorism list later this week. Despite progress […] Continue reading

ABOUT WHY DON’T WE CHANGE OUR OPINION ON THE NEW OBAMA POLICY TOWARDS CASTRO’S REGIME

ABOUT WHY DON’T WE CHANGE OUR OPINION ON THE NEW OBAMA POLICY TOWARDS CASTRO’S REGIME José Daniel Ferrer, Executive Secretary of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) analyzes in this Press Release UNPACU’s position regarding the current OBAMA’s policy towards the Castro regime and defends reasons why UNPACU is maintaining its position on this issue, […] Continue reading

Deal with Cuba benefits only the Castros

Deal with Cuba benefits only the Castros February 04, 2015 12:00 am  •  MONA CHAREN Cuban President Raul Castro has issued new demands for normalizing relations with the U.S. He wants us to lift the trade embargo, remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terror and give Cuba the U.S. naval base at […] Continue reading

Forum for Rights and Freedoms

Forum for Rights and Freedoms / Estado de Sats (see endnote) Posted on January 17, 2015 Announcements made by United States President Barack Obama and his administration have sparked an intense controversy about the Cuban conflict. Many opponents and civil society activists, within the island and in exile, have lamented, especially, the lack of transparency […] Continue reading

Lessons Cuba Can Learn From East Germany

Lessons Cuba Can Learn From East Germany BY DIANA VILLIERS NEGROPONTE 1/5/15 AT 5:02 PM The transformation of the German Democratic Republic (GDR or East Germany) has important lessons for Cuba as the island opens up to increased banking, agriculture and telecommunications exchange with the U.S. But there is a major difference: The GDR liberalized […] Continue reading

5 ways Cuba-US agreement will make waves

5 ways Cuba-US agreement will make waves The historic opening between the two countries could have an impact on travel and business in the long-term, though changes are likely to happen gradually. By Whitney Eulich, Staff writer DECEMBER 19, 2014 MEXICO CITY — US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro made history this […] Continue reading

Here’s what Cuba really needs, Mr. Obama

Here’s what Cuba really needs, Mr. Obama By Rosa María Payá Acevedo December 19 Rosa María Payá Acevedo is a member of the Cuban Christian Liberation Movement. Sr. Barack Obama President of the United States of America I am writing to you because I assume that goodwill inspired your decision to change U.S. policy toward […] 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 MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 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 […] Continue reading

Lift the embargo – but liberate Cuba first

Lift the embargo – but liberate Cuba first By Jeff Jacoby  | GLOBE COLUMNIST   JUNE 25, 2014 AT A June 12 appearance in New York before the Council on Foreign Relations, Hillary Clinton made the familiar argument for ending the US trade embargo against Cuba, the same one critics of the policy have been making […] Continue reading

A Miami Congressman Adamantly Defends Isolating Cuba

A Miami Congressman Adamantly Defends Isolating Cuba By DAMIEN CAVEMARCH 4, 2014 Representative Mario Díaz-Balart, the Republican congressman from Miami, has been a leader among the pro-embargo constituency for years, serving in Congress since 2003. His aunt, Mirta, was Fidel Castro’s first wife, leading many to argue that the divide between Cuba and the United […] Continue reading

Demystifying las UMAP – The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba

Demystifying las UMAP: The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba Joseph Tahbaz ’15 History major Dartmouth College Joseph.A.A.Tahbaz.15@dartmouth.edu Abstract: The UMAP, las Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la Producción, were forced-work agricultural labor camps operated by the Cuban government during the mid-1960s in the east-central province of Camagüey. The current academic literature […] Continue reading

DESPITE REFORM TO MIGRATION LAW, CUBA CONTINUES TO RESTRICT FREEDOMS OF EXPRESSION, ASSOCIATION AND ASSEMBLY AND TO HOLD PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE

DOCUMENT – CUBA: DESPITE REFORM TO MIGRATION LAW, CUBA CONTINUES TO RESTRICT FREEDOMS OF EXPRESSION, ASSOCIATION AND ASSEMBLY AND TO HOLD PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT AI Index: AMR 25/007/2013 20 September 2013 Despite reform to migration law, Cuba continues to restrict freedoms of expression, association and assembly and to hold prisoners of […] Continue reading

Amnesty names Cuban dissident a ‘prisoner of conscience,’ a month after recognizing 5 others

Amnesty names Cuban dissident a ‘prisoner of conscience,’ a month after recognizing 5 others BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 HAVANA – Amnesty International designated a sixth Cuban dissident jailed in the island nation as a “prisoner of conscience” Wednesday and called for his immediate and unconditional release. Ivan Fernandez Depestre, 40, […] Continue reading

Studying in Cuba – What Is the Lesson for Canadian Students?

Studying in Cuba: What Is the Lesson for Canadian Students? Dissident Views Marginalized in Popular Study Abroad Program By Victoria L. Henderson on Monday, September 9, 2013 In a few weeks time, students from one of Canada’s oldest, elite universities will be invited to sign-up for a study trip to Cuba. Queen’s University has offered […] Continue reading
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