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For years now, the embargo has appeared to me as outdated as it has been ineffective.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...(full article)

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 ...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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...

The Obama-Castro Handshake: Don't Stop There - Carl M. Cannon, RCP

Here’s an opening line that is neither a riddle nor a joke, especially to politically active Miami Cubans and their allies: What do you call a handshake between President Oba...

Cuba's American Hostage - Miami Herald

Alan Gross began his fifth year as a prisoner of Cuba’s unjust “justice” system last week, a symbol of the continuing estrangement between that island nation and ...

Dictator Honors Liberator - Alex Massie, The Daily Beast

Raúl Castro got his moment in the spotlight at Nelson Mandela’s funeral, but the the real headlines will come when Cuba finally finds a real liberator of its own....

Alan Gross, Left Behind in Cuba - Ruth Marcus, Washington Post

The fourth Thanksgiving. The fourth Hanukkah. This is a hard season for Judy Gross, even harder for her husband, Alan, who on Tuesday began his fifth year of captivity in a Cuban p...

The Once Great City of Havana - Michael J. Totten, World Affairs Journal

I’ve seen cities in the Middle East pulverized by war. I’ve seen cities elsewhere in Latin America stricken with unspeakable squalor and poverty. But nowhere else have I seen s...

Obama Thaws U.S.-Cuba Relations - DeWayne Wickham, USA Today

In little noticed speeches given last month, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry cryptically acknowledged the need for a new approach to Cuba, a country the U.S. has ...

Inside Castro's Panopticon - Michael J. Totten, World Affairs Journal

Fidel Castro made a liar out of me. Okay, I didn’t have to lie to immigration, customs, and security officials at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport. I could have just...

Monroe Doctrine, RIP? - Jaime Daremblum, RealClearWorld

Kerry's repudiation of the Monroe Doctrine quickly became a major news story in Latin America. Yet most people failed to grasp the larger significance of his speech....

Deciphering Diplo-Speak on Cuba - Richard Feinberg, Miami Herald

Diplomats often speak with purposeful ambiguity, to please multiple audiences and to not give away their hand prematurely. But a careful parsing of diplo-speak can offer valuable c...

Fidel Castro Weighs in on JFK Assassination - Jeffrey Goldberg, Atlantic

Fidel Castro shares at least one belief with the majority of Americans: He is convinced that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was not the work of a lone gunman, but w...

JFK Assassination: What Did Castro Know? - Brian Latell, Miami Herald

Nearing the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, the question of possible Cuban government involvement in the president’s death has never been adequately investigat...

Cuba and the Two Currencies - Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami Herald

The government of Raúl Castro has declared its intention to put a gradual end to monetary duality. Splendid. The faster that cruel anomaly disappears, the better. The fraud,...

U.S.-Cuba: Lessons of the Past - Gutierrez & Suchlicki, Miami Herald

We seem to cling to an outdated economic determinism in trying to understand events in other societies and the motivations of their leaders. Despite economic difficulties, Ra&uacut...

Weak Universities Hurt Latin America, Spain - Carlos Montaner, MH

The consequence of the phenomenon of reiterative cultures is that they live like parasites, clinging to creative centers established outside their perimeter. To a great degree, the...

Frankenstein in Havana - William Ratliff, Defining Ideas

Is Raúl Castro simply a clone of his elder brother Fidel? Answering that question is a step toward ending what may be the most prolonged and divisive dispute in the history ...

The Endless U.S.-Cuba Chess Game - Fabiola Santiago, Miami Herald

In the chess game that is Cuba-U.S. relations, the pieces are moving — but where to is anyone’s guess. If history provides a clue, it points in the direction of decade...

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