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It's up to Cuba to Make Concessions

Jaime Suchlicki, Miami Herald

Why the Cuba Embargo Won't End

Kornbluh & Leogrande, The Atlantic

Raúl’s legitimacy is based on his closeness to Fidel Castro’s policies of economic centralization, control and opposition to U.S. policies. Raúl cannot re...(full article)

The alliance of left-leaning Latin American and Caribbean nations known as the ALBA-TCP agreed to share resources, doctors and information as they cobble together a plan to fight t...(full article)

Vietnam’s communists are a hell of a lot smarter than Cuba’s. Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, thunders with economic productivity and bristles with new construction while most...(full article)

Scanning a map of the world must give President Obama a sinking feeling as he contemplates the dismal state of troubled bilateral relationships his administration has sought to tur...(full article)

The history of this dramatic episode is far more complicated than Hillary Clinton portrays it. But she is correct about one thing: Should she become president, it will be far harde...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Venezuela's Perilous Closeup - Diego Arria, New York Daily News

Latin American and Caribbean governments have endorsed the Venezuelan communist tyranny created by Hugo Chavez by choosing his appointed substitute, Nicolas Maduro, to represent th...

Iran's Tango with Latin America - Yleem D.S. Poblete , TNI

The regime’s immediate priority is influencing or dictating developments in its neighborhood—Iraq, Gaza strip, Syria, Lebanon and certain Gulf states. However, it is expandin...

U.S. Living in the Past over Cuba - Global Public Square

Remember last December when President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raúl Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service, and got a lot of criticism for it? In t...

Putin's Power Play in America's Backyard - David Francis, The Fiscal Times

The downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 near the border of Russia and Ukraine, allegedly at the hands of Russian separatists, has gobbled up the attention of world media....

The Stateless Western Sahara - Michael Totten, World Affairs Journal

On the West Coast of Africa, directly across the Atlantic Ocean from Cuba, is the region known as the Western Sahara, one of the few remaining on earth that isn’t recognized as...

A World Full of Militarized NGOs - Moises Naim, The Atlantic

Who invaded Crimea? Civil society. Who has occupied government offices and police headquarters in eastern Ukraine, bringing massive instability to that region? Civil society. Who i...

How Censorship May Crumble in Cuba - A. Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

Cuba’s first major independent newspaper in more than five decades — a digital daily called 14ymedio — was quickly blocked within the island last week, but the bi...

The Last Communist City - Michael J. Totten, City Journal

If he were still around, Hemingway would be stunned to see what has happened to his old haunt. Cubans certainly aren’t happy about it, but the tourists are another story&mdas...

Cuba Is Running Out of Condoms - Anna Newby, Slate

Cubans have grown accustomed to shortages. From food staples to energy to toilet paper, basic goods regularly become unavailable due to the island’s ...

Major League Baseball's Next Headache: Cuba - Pete Bjarkman, Daily Beast

The baseball world has been stunned by reports the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig was smuggled from his homeland by a drug cartel, and a Miami gangster allegedly now owns 20% of his astron...

A Condom Shortage Crisis in Cuba - Juan Tamayo, Miami Herald

First, potatoes disappeared from Cuban markets. They are back, but police are struggling to keep throngs of frantic buyers in check. And now there are shortages of beer and condoms...

Cuba: To Embargo or Not? - Michael J. Totten, World Affairs Journal

For years now, the embargo has appeared to me as outdated as it has been ineffective. The Chinese government, while less repressive nowadays than Cuba’s, likewise defies intern...

Congress Must Rethink Sanctions on Cuba - Reihan Salam, Reuters

Congress ought to consider a new approach: the U.S. will relax sanctions if Cuba allows its citizens greater scope to build their own private businesses, which will have the right ...

Subtweeting the Castros - The Boston Globe

Named ZunZuneo after Cuban slang for the sound a hummingbird makes, the social media network attracted tens of thousands of users at its peak. But those users never knew who was be...

America's Clueless 'Cuban Twitter' Scheme - Tim Padgett, WLRN

If you needed any reminding of how archaic and clueless U.S. policy on Cuba can be – and the extent to which it so often actually aids an oppressive communist dictatorship &n...

U.S. Should Be Applauded for 'Cuban Twitter' Plan - Washington Post

It’s one thing to question the administration’s methods in Cuba and quite another to trash its goals. The messaging service, known as Zun Zuneo, strikes us as similar i...

Freeing Cuba One Tweet at a Time - Bloomberg View

Rarely is a government program shut down because it is too successful. Yet that is essentially what happened to a U.S. initiative to create a Cuban version of Twitter....

Why Is U.S. Cuba Policy So Absurd? - Matt Ford, The Atlantic

For years, American outreach to Cuba came in many forms: mafiosos, poison-drenched wetsuits, toxic cigars. But today we learned of a new tactic in the campaign to undercut the Ca...

Why the U.S. Built a Secret 'Cuban Twitter' - Butler, Gillum & Arce, AP

In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba's comm...

America's 'Topple Castro with Twitter' Plan - Joshua Keating, Slate

The must-read U.S. foreign policy story of the day is undoubtedly the AP’s extensive investigation into USAID’s efforts to create a social media project aimed...

Adolfo Suarez and the Dream of a Free Cuba - Carlos Montaner, Miami H'ld

In 1990, I asked Adolfo Suárez for help. At the time, I had made a political calculation that the former prime minister could be useful to Cuba's democratization and was a g...

The Dangers of a Cuban Collapse - Daniel Serwer, Politico Magazine

Cubans remain poor. It would be no fun to live on the $15-35 per month that is paid to most government employees. Even with subsidized (and rationed) staples as well as free rent, ...

Can the Chavistas Save Venezuela from Cuba? - Roger Noriega, RCW

Just as upstart Venezuelan university students stepped out ahead of the opposition establishment a month ago to launch street protests against crime and food shortages, now a new t...

Obama Shouldn't Forget Our Man in Havana - Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg

The U.S. argues -- correctly -- that Gross was not a spy, and that therefore his actions were not equivalent to those of the Cuban Five. But these sorts of trades are never neat. T...

Castro's 'Children' Run Away from Home - Carlos Montaner, Miami Herald

Officially, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, the candidate of the FMLN, won the recent presidential election in El Salvador. So declared the country's Electoral Supreme Court ...

Mexico's New Friend: Castro's Cuba - Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

There are many theories about why Mexico is cozying up to Cuba’s dictatorship and looking the other way as Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro brutally represses stree...

How Cuba Is Fueling Repression in Venezuela - Sen. Marco Rubio, NY Post

It is shameful that only three heads of state in this hemisphere have spoken out forcefully against what’s happening in Venezuela. It is shameful that many members of Congress wh...

Cuba: The Only Way Out Is Exile - Michael J. Totten, World Affairs Journal

If Cuba needed a Berlin Wall, Fidel Castro would have built one. Fortunately for him—though not for his much-abused subjects—one of the world’s last communist regimes is su...

Time for the U.S. to Change Gears with Cuba - Financial Times

The Cold War is over, it's time for the U.S. to change....

Obama and the Doberman in Havana - Carlos Montaner, Miami Herald

President Obama wants to modify U.S. policy toward Cuba. It is not an important priority, so he won't put too much effort into it, but he will try to do something if he doesn't fin...

Cuba's Changes Just Window-Dressing - Washington Post

Attacks, harassment and detentions are a day-to-day reality for Cuba’s dissidents, and they speak volumes about what kind of regime the Castro brothers preside over. Minuscule mo...

Americans Want Normal Relations with Cuba - Joshua Keating, Slate

A new Atlantic Council poll finds that 56 percent of Americans favor normalizing U.S. relations with Cuba. In Florida, traditionally considered the bastion of vehemently anti-Cas...

Why Cuba Is Back at the Center of Mexican Politics - Luis Rubio, Economia

Security became central in the Mexican government's logic towardCuba the day Fidel Castro set out from the Veracruz coast, to forge a revolution in Cuba. In the early years of...

Cuba: The Selling of a Nation - Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami Herald

How long can Castro sustain an almost totally unproductive society through activities that border on, or incur directly, in crime? No one can tell. Pimps usually live a long time....

Millions of Cubans May Lose Life Savings This Year - Justin Rohrlich, Vice

This, in a nutshell, is what having two currencies has done to the already dysfunctional Cuban economy for the past 20 years. The good news is that the government is finally attemp...

Is Fidel Castro the Greatest Lover of All Time? - Wes & Holly Davis, Vice

During an interview for her widely read 1993 Vanity Fair article on Castro, journalist Ann Louise Bardach asked El Comandante how many children he had sired. “Almost a tribe,” ...

Cuba's Lost World - Michael J. Totten, World Affairs Journal

Capital cities are bubbles. And much of Havana is in ruins after decades of hostile neglect by Fidel Castro. Most of it looks like a war zone minus the bullet holes. What does the ...

Stubborn or Cowardly? Only Raul Castro Knows - Carlos A. Montaner, MH

Raúl Castro has begun 2014 with another sorry speech. Why does the general repeat a string of ideological nonsense in which nobody believes, not even himself? Hard to tell. Appar...

Cuba's Classic Cars Are Icons of Oppression - Mark Wallace, The Guardian

The motor museum driving Cuba's roads each day might seem quaint to tourists, who can go back to their air-conditioned, reliable and safe modern cars when their holiday is over ...

Once Again, the Castro Regime Lies - Fabio Rafael Fiallo, RealClearWorld

The fiction of "reform" has once again been in full swing since 2010, as President Raúl Castro has introduced a new set of policy changes labeled as an "updating" of Cuba's ...

The Perversity of the Cuban Embargo - Nicholas Wapshott, Reuters

Whether Obama was entering into Mandela’s contagious spirit of reconciliation and forgiveness, or following in the footsteps of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan in reaching ou...

Obama Needs More than a Handshake with Cuba - Bloomberg

President Barack Obama’s handshake with Cuban president Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service last week has fed both hopes and fears that the half-century freeze bet...

Castro Regime Is Still an Enemy - Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Washington Times

Some handshakes matter more than others....

Is It Time for the U.S. to Shake Cuba's Hand Too? - Tom Hayden, LA Times

The handshake between President Obama and Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service would have made the South African leader smile. It was the latest sign of a gradual thawi...

Lift the Cuban Embargo - New York Times

Some Republicans and Cuban-American lawmakers are criticizing President Obama for shaking President Raúl Castro’s hand at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Thei...

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