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Cuba recovers after Irma

Cuba recovers after Irma

Hurricane Irma slammed into Cuba over the weekend, leaving 10 dead and causing destruction and flooding across the island. Irma, which made landfall in the country’s northeastern provinces as a Category 5 storm, was the strongest storm to hit Cuba in 85 years.

On Russia and Ros-Lehtinen’s retirement

On Russia and Ros-Lehtinen’s retirement

While the U.S. and Cuba have real differences, what prevented us from restoring diplomatic relations before, and hampers our ability to build confidence and enjoy the fruits of a more normal relationship now, is our domestic politics.

Mr. President, can we have 10 minutes of your time?

Mr. President, can we have 10 minutes of your time?

Taking a page from China’s President Xi’s playbook, we’re asking President Trump to take at least 10 minutes to consider the strongest arguments we and other advocates are making for pursuing the policy of engagement with Cuba now.

UN special rapporteur on human trafficking concludes Cuba visit

UN special rapporteur on human trafficking concludes Cuba visit

A United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons conducted a five-day visit to Cuba which finished on Friday. During her stay, Dr. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro examined human trafficking and prevention efforts on the island.

The Bay of Pigs, the Brigade 2506 and Trump’s promise

The Bay of Pigs, the Brigade 2506 and Trump’s promise

On April 17th, 1961, the Cuban-exile invasion force, known as Brigade 2506, landed at beaches along the Bay of Pigs. Late last year, the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association formally endorsed Donald Trump for president. Trump promised that if elected he would undo the Obama opening to the Havana government.

Food as a weapon

Food as a weapon

For a century the United States has provided food to nations out of the belief that hunger and famine undermine stability and threaten our values and our security. Yet, the sons of Cubans now members of the U.S. Congress are doing their best to make sure they keep American food from getting to Cuban tables.

Waiting for Godon’t

Waiting for Godon’t

During the presidential campaign last year, Mr. Trump promised to reverse President Obama’s new policy toward Cuba “until freedoms are restored.” So it’s fair to wonder what’s happening with the policy review, why the apparent delay, and what the substance of a future action would be.

Engagement versus estrangement

Engagement versus estrangement

Congressman James Comer, a first-term Republican from Kentucky, just returned from a five-day trip to Cuba on a fact-finding delegation. His office released a statement about the trip: “Congressman Comer strongly supports lifting the current trade embargo on Cuba.”

Calling Rex Tillerson

Calling Rex Tillerson

To be clear, we are 43 days in and the Trump administration has made no changes to Cuba policy. We’re not trying to jinx that. We’re trying to understand it. Now if Rex Tillerson can be found, he might suggest to Bruno Rodríguez, his Cuban counterpart, that sovereignty could be just the thing to bring the two leaders together.

Once estranged, they reunite over a White House meal with Cuba on the menu

Once estranged, they reunite over a White House meal with Cuba on the menu

President Trump broke bread with Senator Marco Rubio this week. It was a strange change of events when one considers that during the presidential primaries, then-candidate Trump and Sen. Rubio traded insults on the campaign trail, but then traded endorsements in advance of their successful runs for the presidency and reelection to the Senate.

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