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Cuba’s Raul Castro dismisses harsher US tone under Trump

Cuba’s Raul Castro dismisses harsher US tone under Trump – Castro’s comments to Cuba’s National Assembly were his first on Trump’s June announcement of a partial rollback of the Cuba-U.S. detente – He also rejected any “lessons” on human rights from the U.S., saying his country “has a lot to be proud about” on the […] Continue reading

Cuban Government Fires Off One Lie After Another

Cuban Government Fires Off One Lie After Another / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 3 July 2017 — The fan stopped turning around 3:30 in the morning, when in the middle of a heat wave, a black out forced Ricardo, his wife and their two children to sleep on a mat on the balcony of their […] Continue reading

Why liberals should support Trump — not Obama — on Cuba policy

Why liberals should support Trump — not Obama — on Cuba policy BY MIKE GONZALEZ, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 06/27/17 11:00 AM EDT 54 Was President Obama’s opening to the Castro government motivated by a real belief that it would help Cubans, or was it a vanity project from the start? We will never know for […] Continue reading

The real reason Trump wanted Cuba restrictions

Commentary: The real reason Trump wanted Cuba restrictions OPINION By Jonathan C. Brown – Special to the American-Statesman LYNNE SLADKY Posted: 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017 President Donald Trump’s reversal of his predecessor’s Cuban policies proves once again that all politics are local. The White House says that the regime of Raúl Castro should […] Continue reading

Trump, The Military And The Division Of Powers In Cuba

Trump, The Military And The Division Of Powers In Cuba 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 20 June 2017 — The recent decision by the president of the United States to limit commercial relations with Cuban companies controlled by the military highlights a rarely explored corner of the national reality. Anyone who knows the Island minimally knows […] Continue reading

Thanks for Nothing, Trump

Thanks for Nothing, Trump Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 21 June 2017 — After much media frenzy, Trump’s “new policy” toward Cuba has not gone beyond the rhetoric expected by most political analysts. His act was more a symbolic gesture towards his faithful than any practical novelty. In short, those who expected an announcement of truly […] Continue reading

Elliott Abrams: Has Trump Made the Right Move in Cuba?

Elliott Abrams: Has Trump Made the Right Move in Cuba? Elliott Abrams, Newsweek • June 22, This article first appeared on the Council on Foreign Relations site. Congratulations to President Trump for a serious (though not total) reversal of the terrible Obama policy toward Cuba. Why? Because the Obama policy was values-free, granting all sorts […] Continue reading

Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy

Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 19 June 2017 – Over the weekend the official media have repeated ad nauseam the declaration of the government in response to Donald Trump’s speech about his policy toward Cuba. The declaration’s rhetoric recalls the years before the diplomatic thaw, when […] Continue reading

Trump Rolls Back ‘Completely One-Sided’ Cuba Policy

Trump Rolls Back ‘Completely One-Sided’ Cuba Policy By TERESA FRONTADO & NANCY KLINGENER & ADRIANNE GONZALEZ & HOLLY PRETSKY & ISABELLA CUETO • JUN 16, 2017 President Donald Trump Friday announced new restrictions on travel and business with Cuba, reversing some of the relaxed new relations instituted two years ago by President Barack Obama. “Effective […] Continue reading

Cuba Won’t Negotiate Trump’s New Policy

Cuba Won’t Negotiate Trump’s New Policy At a Monday news conference, the nation’s foreign minister called the latest deal “a grotesque spectacle straight from the Cold War.” ARIA BENDIX JUN 19, 2017 NEWS Speaking at a news conference in Vienna, Austria on Monday, Cuba’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez, said his nation was not interested in […] Continue reading

Trump’s Cuba policy tries to redefine ‘good’ U.S. tourism. That includes putting them back on tour buses.

Trump’s Cuba policy tries to redefine ‘good’ U.S. tourism. That includes putting them back on tour buses. By Nick Miroff June 17 at 2:43 PM The American traveler in Cuba — sweating, disoriented and probably a bit woozy from the rum drinks — is once more at the heart of the struggle for the island’s […] Continue reading

Travel Industry Scrambles After New Cuba Restrictions

Travel Industry Scrambles After New Cuba Restrictions By VICTORIA BURNETT JUNE 16, 2017 As President Trump outlined a stricter policy toward Cuba on Friday, travel industry representatives scrambled to decode new prohibitions and reassure clients that the island was not off limits. Hotel owners, tour operators and online booking agencies — who have been at […] Continue reading

Trump’s Cuba decision gives pause to U.S. companies doing business there

Trump’s Cuba decision gives pause to U.S. companies doing business there by Julia Horowitz @juliakhorowitz June 16, 2017: 7:03 PM ET President Trump said he’s “canceling” Obama’s deal with Cuba. But that agreement was good for a lot of American businesses. Many U.S. firms have welcomed the opening of a new market roughly 100 miles […] Continue reading

National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba

National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba MEMORANDUM FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES […] Continue reading

Trump’s new Cuba policy is too much for some, not enough for others

Trump’s new Cuba policy is too much for some, not enough for others BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com If President Donald Trump did one thing during his Miami trip it was stir up simmering passions about the best course for U.S. policy toward Cuba. Neither side in the emotional debate — those who favor a more […] Continue reading

President Trump’s ballyhooed Cuba travel policy is topsy-turvy

President Trump’s ballyhooed Cuba travel policy is topsy-turvy BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com My first reaction to President Donald Trump’s ballyhooed Cuba policy was to message my millennial American daughter to let her know that she can go ahead with her plans to visit Havana: “You can book your cruise.” Turns out the supposedly big reversal […] Continue reading

Americans will still be able to travel to Cuba, but rules will be stricter

Americans will still be able to travel to Cuba, but rules will be stricter BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The good news for Americans who want to travel to Cuba is they still can, but a draft of President Donald Trump’s presidential policy directive indicates they shouldn’t even think of sneaking away for a day on […] Continue reading

Trump recasts Cuba policy, takes harder line than Obama on military, travel

Trump recasts Cuba policy, takes harder line than Obama on military, travel BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND NORA GÁMEZ TORRES pmazzei@miamiherald.com In an overhaul of one of his predecessor’s signature legacies, President Donald Trump will redraw U.S. policy toward Cuba on Friday, tightening travel restrictions for Americans that had been loosened under President Barack Obama and […] Continue reading

Cuba to President Trump: We need to continue to cooperate and coexist

Cuba to President Trump: We need to continue to cooperate and coexist BY MAUREEN WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com Noting the hostile rhetoric of President Donald Trump in his Miami speech and saying the United States was in no position to be giving lessons on human rights, Cuba still extended an olive branch and said it wanted to […] Continue reading

Center for a Free Cuba petitions Trump to dismantle Obama Cuba policies

Center for a Free Cuba petitions Trump to dismantle Obama Cuba policies BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The Center for a Free Cuba sent a letter of gratitude to President Donald Trump Wednesday for his decision to come to Miami and said it was pleased that he would soon begin the “dismantling of Barack Obama’s concessions […] Continue reading

Trump’s announcement on Cuba could clash with Central American summit

Trump’s announcement on Cuba could clash with Central American summit BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com If President Donald Trump outlines his new Cuba policy in Miami on Friday, it could upstage a Central American conference that is bringing regional presidents and Mexican and U.S. Cabinet members to town this week. Sources have told the Miami Herald […] Continue reading

How will President Trump change Obama’s Cuba policy?

How will President Trump change Obama’s Cuba policy? Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS) Sunday, June 11, 2017 9:12pm President Donald Trump is expected to announce his changes on Friday. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected to roll back parts of President Barack Obama’s improvement of relations with Cuba, siding with hawks who oppose detente and […] Continue reading

Trump considers reversing historic Obama-era opening with Cuba

Trump considers reversing historic Obama-era opening with Cuba Tracy Wilkinson President Trump is expected to roll back parts of the historic Obama-era opening with Cuba, siding with hawks who oppose detente and rejecting demands from U.S. businesses for whom the island is a ripe potential market. The decision follows an inter-agency administration review of one […] Continue reading

Trump’s new Cuba policy: What’s at stake for the island?

Trump’s new Cuba policy: What’s at stake for the island? By Will Grant Cuba correspondent, BBC News From the section Latin America & Caribbean Warmer ties with Cuba after almost 60 years of hostility was one of President Barack Obama’s main foreign policy legacies. He and Cuban leader Raul Castro agreed to normalise diplomatic relations […] Continue reading

Trump to reveal Cuba policy in Miami next Friday

Trump to reveal Cuba policy in Miami next Friday BY PATRICIA MAZZEI pmazzei@miamiherald.com President Donald Trump will travel to Miami next Friday to announce his administration’s changes to U.S.-Cuba policy, a source with knowledge of the president’s plans told the Miami Herald. The location for the event is still in the works. But scheduling the […] Continue reading

Cuba then and now: LGBT progress is real

Cuba then and now: LGBT progress is real As the country opens its doors even farther, U.S. fundamentalists are looking for influence and to proselytize — not a good omen for LGBT Cubans. Mark Segal, Philadelphia Gay News Jun 5, 2017 It was 20 years ago when I first reported on the state of LGBT […] Continue reading

President Trump, citing human rights, considers reviving limits on travel to Cuba

President Trump, citing human rights, considers reviving limits on travel to Cuba By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, New York Times Thursday, June 1, 2017 8:19am WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is considering reversing major pieces of the Obama administration’s opening with Cuba and reinstating limits on travel and commerce, citing human rights abuses by the Castro […] Continue reading

How Cuba policy, and its inevitable drama, ensnared Trump’s White House

How Cuba policy, and its inevitable drama, ensnared Trump’s White House BY PATRICIA MAZZEI, NORA GÁMEZ TORRES, ANITA KUMAR AND FRANCO ORDOÑEZ pmazzei@miamiherald.com To unveil President Donald Trump’s new U.S.-Cuba policy, his young administration had eyed a day brimming with symbolism: May 20, Cuban Independence Day. But as the date approached, and rumors flew in […] Continue reading

Trump weighs shift on Cuba

Trump weighs shift on Cuba BY MELANIE ZANONA – 05/31/17 06:00 AM EDT 70 President Trump is weighing whether to take a harder line with Cuba, potentially risking the thaw in relations started by the last administration. But it’s unclear just how far Trump is willing to go in reversing former President Barack Obama’s historic […] Continue reading

Officials: Trump may roll back Obama opening with Cuba

Officials: Trump may roll back Obama opening with Cuba By Patrick Oppmann and Elise Labott, CNN Updated 0903 GMT (1703 HKT) May 31, 2017 Story highlights Officials: Trump may reverse Obama-era policies softening relations with Cuba Gesture would fulfill campaign promises to Cuban-American voters and anti-Castro Congress members Havana, Cuba (CNN)President Donald Trump is expected […] Continue reading

An Appeal to the White House

Editorial: An Appeal to the White House DDC | Madrid | 30 de Mayo de 2017 – 14:42 CEST. Castroism’s plans for 2018 are clear: to officially sanction the transfer of power to the family’s heirs and double down on the kind of state capitalism that the Castros and the military elite already administrate. This […] Continue reading

If Venezuela Goes to Hell, Will Things Look Bad for Cuba?

If Venezuela Goes to Hell, Will Things Look Bad for Cuba? / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 28 April 2017 — Soot covers the unpainted facades of buildings on Tenth of October Boulevard. Old American cars from the 1950s, rebuilt with modern diesel engines and now privately operated as taxis, transit across asphalt, leaving behind a […] Continue reading

The alliance between Spanish colonialism and the Castroist leadership

The alliance between Spanish colonialism and the Castroist leadership PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 28 de Abril de 2017 – 11:54 CEST. An article appearing in the Spanish newspaper El País, entitled “España no puede perder Cuba dos veces” (“Spain cannot lose Cuba twice”), analyzes the machinations of the latest Spanish Governments’ policies towards […] Continue reading

The King, The President and The Dictator

The King, The President and The Dictator

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 23 April 2017 — In the palace of the
Captains General in Havana there is a throne awaiting its king. It was
prepared when Cuba was still a Spanish colony and a monarch has never
sat in its imposing structure. The visit of Spain’s King Felipe VI visit
may… Continue reading

Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba?

Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba?
Apr 20, 2017

President Trump’s government has yet to reveal its hand on the issue of
reconciliation with Cuba. There had been a lot of progress towards
greater ties following President’s Obama’s overtures in December 2014:
Some cooperation agreements were signed – particularly in aviation and
communications — and Google… Continue reading

In the twilight of the Castros

In the twilight of the Castros
By Stephen Kinzer APRIL 14, 2017
SANTA CLARA, Cuba

THIS PROVINCIAL CAPITAL in central Cuba throbbed with life on a recent
Saturday night. In one plaza, a Beatles cover band sang “Ticket to Ride”
for an enthusiastic crowd. Exuberant groups of gay men made their way
toward a club that stages drag shows and… Continue reading

Cuban-American Relations in 2017

Cuban-American Relations in 2017
BY SAMANTHA MENDIGUREN AND JORGE DUANY • APRIL 12, 2017

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Jorge Duany,
director of the Cuban Research Institute.

Upon Fidel Castro’s arrival to power in 1959, the United States and Cuba
built up an oppositional animosity toward one another. The US responded
to Cuba’s communist ideology… Continue reading

Cynicism to disguise defeat

Cynicism to disguise defeat
PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 10 de Abril de 2017 – 13:43 CEST.

Cynicism is, according to the dictionary definition, the attitude of one
who lies shamelessly, and defends or practices in a brazen, impudent and
dishonest way something that deserves general disapproval.

Cynicism has always characterized the Government headed by the Castro
brothers. But… Continue reading

Marco Rubio ‘Trump will treat Cuba like the dictatorship it is’

Marco Rubio: ‘Trump will treat Cuba like the dictatorship it is’ BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Two months after the Trump administration announced a total review of U.S. policy toward Cuba, several controversial proposals are being circulated at the White House with no clear front-runner on the issue. But Sen. Marco Rubio says he has […] Continue reading

Never belonging – Random reflections on my last visit to Cuba

Never belonging: Random reflections on my last visit to Cuba OPINIONMIGUEL DE LA TORRE | MARCH 28, 2017 Returning to the land which witnessed my birth is always a gut-wrenching experience. Separation from my island has now been five times longer than Odysseus’ was from his. But unlike Odysseus, who was returning to a place […] Continue reading