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Cuba and the United States Return to the Trenches

Cuba and the United States Return to the Trenches / Iván García Iván García, 19 June 2017 — For both countries it amounts to a remake of the Cold War, this time in version 2.0. It will take time to determine the scope of the contest or if the new diplomatic battle will involve only […] 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

Cubans Feel Like Hostages to Both Castro and Trump

Cubans Feel Like Hostages to Both Castro and Trump / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 19 June 2017 — “Impotence.” This is the word that a performer in the Guiñol Theater (located in the basement of the FOCSA building in Havana’s Vedado district) uses when asked her opinion of the new Trump Doctrine regarding Cuba. On […] 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

Trump, Obama and subjugated Cubans

Editorial: Trump, Obama and subjugated Cubans DDC | Madrid | 22 de Junio de 2017 – 14:21 CEST. Cuba’s official television aired Donald Trump’s recent appearance at the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami. That makes two speeches by US presidents that Cubans on the Island have been able to watch recently. In March of 2016, […] 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

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

The good, bad, and ugly of Trump’s new Cuba policy

The good, bad, and ugly of Trump’s new Cuba policy By Ilya Somin June 18 at 3:18 PM Late last week, President Trump announced a change in US policy towards the communist dictatorship in Cuba. Although Trump claimed he was “canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba,” his new approach actually leaves most […] Continue reading

Better ties between the U.S. and Cuba? Miami’s Cubans are divided

Better ties between the U.S. and Cuba? Miami’s Cubans are divided Les Neuhaus When President Trump scaled back President Obama’s pact that broadened relations with Cuba, he said he was “completely canceling” a “terrible and misguided deal.” There was a time in Florida when the Cuban American community would have reacted to such an announcement […] Continue reading

Trump And Cuba, Or How To Bet On The Wrong Winner

Trump And Cuba, Or How To Bet On The Wrong Winner 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 13 June 2017 – In less than 72 hours President Donald Trump will declare in Miami the new basis for the United States government’s policies towards Cuba. At that time the decisions of his predecessor Barack Obama, during the process […] Continue reading

Trump rolls back some, not all, changes in US-Cuba relations

Trump rolls back some, not all, changes in US-Cuba relations Darlene Superville, Michael Weissenstein and Josh Lederman, Associated Press, Associated Press • June 17, 2017 MIAMI (AP) — Pressing “pause” on a historic detente, President Donald Trump thrust the U.S. and Cuba back on a path toward open hostility with a blistering denunciation of the […] 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

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

Opinan activistas y políticos

Opinan activistas y políticos DDC | Madrid | 17 de Junio de 2017 – 01:07 CEST. Éliecer Ávila, líder del movimiento Somos+ “De cara al posible retroceso que anunciaría el Presidente Donal Trump nos sentimos preocupados en principio, pero al escuchar su discurso, consideramos que la dimensión de los cambios no llega a revertir los […] Continue reading

US will ‘preserve some commercial activity’ with Cuba: Rex Tillerson

US will ‘preserve some commercial activity’ with Cuba: Rex Tillerson By Gabby Morrongiello June 13, 2017 | 1:46pm Modal Trigger WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that the Trump administration will preserve some commercial activity between the U.S. and Havana when it rolls back part of President Obama’s Cuba policy later this […] Continue reading

Race to influence the president on Cuba policy heats up

Race to influence the president on Cuba policy heats up BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com With an announcement on Cuba policy by President Donald Trump apparently imminent, those for and against engagement are jockeying to get their positions before the president — even his daughter Ivanka. There has been a flurry of letters to the president […] Continue reading

Amidst imminent Cuba policy announcement, dissidents express support for some change

Amidst imminent Cuba policy announcement, dissidents express support for some change BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com President Donald Trump’s anticipated announcement on Cuba policy changes has unleashed an unexpected unity on the island: Cuban dissidents of various political stripes agree that the United States must make changes to apply pressure to the Raúl Castro regime. […] 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

Quiénes están detrás de la campaña de desinformación sobre Cuba?

¿Quiénes están detrás de la campaña de desinformación sobre Cuba? El presupuesto presentado al Congreso propone eliminar la ayuda a la disidencia cubana, demostrando lo “preocupado” que está Trump por los derechos humanos de los cubanos Manuel Castro Rodríguez, Miami | 15/06/2017 10:20 am El escritor británico Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), que usó el seudónimo […] Continue reading

Human Rights Watch: ‘Revertir las medidas de Obama no mejorará los derechos humanos en Cuba’

Human Rights Watch: ‘Revertir las medidas de Obama no mejorará los derechos humanos en Cuba’ DDC | Nueva York | 14 de Junio de 2017 – 00:32 CEST. Revertir los cambios de la Administración de Barack Obama respecto a La Habana “no mejorará el respeto a los derechos humanos en la Isla”, señaló este martes […] Continue reading

From Worse to Impossible (and We Haven’t Hit Bottom Yet)

Cuba: From Worse to Impossible (and We Haven’t Hit Bottom Yet) / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 3 June 2017 — In coming days when the administration of the unpredictable Donald Trump, following four months of review, announces its Cuba policy, it could be that Obama’s guidelines are retained save for touch-ups of a few items […] 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

Drug smuggling a risk if US relations with Cuba shift, officials say

Drug smuggling a risk if US relations with Cuba shift, officials say By Patrick Oppmann, CNN Updated 1005 GMT (1805 HKT) June 12, 2017 Havana, Cuba (CNN)For Cuban officials on the front lines of the fight against drug trafficking, the Trump administration’s threat to roll back improved relations between the United States and the communist-run […] 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 and Francis may face new tensions over Cuba

Trump and Francis may face new tensions over Cuba John L. Allen Jr.June 12, 2017 EDITOR President Donald Trump and Pope Francis had a cordial meeting on May 24, stressing areas of agreement such as religious freedom and persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Since then, however, a Vatican aide described Trump’s pullout from the […] 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

Human Rights Violations: How to Report them?

Human Rights Violations: How to Report them? / Somos+ Somos+, 20 March 2017 — During the last session of Academia 10/10, we were joined by renowned Prof. Moisés Rodríguez Valdés, a physicist by profession but one with ample knowledge of human rights and civil liberties. He is the chief spokesperson in Cuba for Corriente Martiana. […] Continue reading

The poet says…

The poet says… ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 7 de Junio de 2017 – 10:19 CEST. Poets, they say, are usually noble people. They write of beauty and pain, rise above the banality of everyday life, and turn the simplest elements of the universe into magic. Poets, they say, have sensitive souls. But […] Continue reading

Senators introduce The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2017

Senators introduce The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2017 The legislation repeals the Cuban trade embargo. Jun 06, 2017 A bipartisan coalition of senators have introduced legislation, The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2017, to eliminate legal barriers for Americans doing business in Cuba. U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mike Enzi […] Continue reading

Autonomy of Cuban Dissidents Will Always Be Beneficial

Autonomy of Cuban Dissidents Will Always Be Beneficial / Iván García Iván García, 1 June 2017– The majority of the openly anti-Castro opponents I know do not live in lavish mansions nor do they possess items fashioned with the latest technology. Neither do they boast bank accounts in financial paradises and they do not own […] Continue reading

War Vocation in the “Peace Zone”

War Vocation in the “Peace Zone” Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 31 May 2017 — A brief note published by the official Cuban press reports the meeting held by “General of the Army Raúl Castro Ruz” with “the Chief of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army, Timoleón Jiménez” (FARC-EP), where the former “ratified the willingness […] Continue reading

Martha Beatriz Roque: “The Cuban Opposition Has Not Found The Right Path”

Martha Beatriz Roque: “The Cuban Opposition Has Not Found The Right Path” 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miamia, 25 May 2017 — On the verge of being operated on in Miami for a traumatic cataract caused by a punch from a Cuban State Security agent during one of the many acts of repudiation against her, the dissident […] 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

No USAID funds for Cuba in Trump budget proposal

No USAID funds for Cuba in Trump budget proposal BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com USAID programs in Cuba, which have been highly controversial in recent years, aren’t funded under the Trump administration’s proposed State Department budget for Fiscal Year 2018. “As we work to streamline efforts to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. taxpayer dollars, we […] Continue reading