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Keith Bolender

The real reason behind Trump’s Cuba policy

The real reason behind Trump’s Cuba policy

The new president could have totally dismantled the normalization process that Obama and Cuban president Raul Castro announced in December 2014. Instead, Trump focused on the most successful aspect of that opening – the easing of travel restrictions.

Trump’s new Cuba policy – we’re back in 1987

Trump’s new Cuba policy – we’re back in 1987

President Donald Trump’s speech reflecting the contentious relationship between Cuba and the United States was a perfect speech if it had been made 30 years earlier. Those days, thankfully, have passed and the key takeaway from Trump’s minor (though important) changes to Obama’s policy is the further indication that the forces to end the embargo are winning the war.

Comey’s comments and America’s lack of self-awareness

Comey’s comments and America’s lack of self-awareness

Former FBI head James Comey’s testimony before a Senate Intelligence Committee provides a fascinating, yet completely predictable, insight into America’s continued ability to sustain an impressive lack of self-awareness. Lacking was the appreciation among the political and media elite of America’s own long standing meddling in the elections and internal matters of other countries.

With Ros-Lehtinen retiring, the anti-embargo side has reason to celebrate

With Ros-Lehtinen retiring, the anti-embargo side has reason to celebrate

The surprise announcement that Republican representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen would not run for re-election is welcome news for those who are looking for something positive in the stalled normalization process under the Trump administration.

Fidel’s true legacy

Fidel’s true legacy

The death of Fidel Castro has resulted in the unfortunate, but entirely expected, repugnant coverage of his passing from the Western mainstream media, particularly in the United States. Fidel’s ability to provide Cuba with true sovereignty has never been recognized, or forgiven by the mainstream media.

Who will learn the most from Obama’s trip to Cuba?

Who will learn the most from Obama’s trip to Cuba?

Obama’s trip might provide an opportunity for him and all Americans to be challenged on their misperceptions of this fascinating island. It is the citizens of Cuba who may end up changing Obama and American attitudes, much more than the other way around.

Re-signing TWEA is a positive development

Re-signing TWEA is a positive development

When it comes to the contentious history between the government of the United States and the Cuban Revolution, nothing is ever as it seems. The latest example is the re-signing last week by President Obama of the Trading With the Enemy Act.

Long and contentious history stands in the way of normalization

Long and contentious history stands in the way of normalization

Until the divergent perspectives between the U.S. and Cuba are placed in their proper historical context, negotiations for the future of normalization will remain elusive, complicated and needlessly problematic.

Opening of the embassies and the historical legacy

Opening of the embassies and the historical legacy

The opening of embassies in Havana and Washington demonstrate that the movement towards a normal relationship between the two countries continues unabated, regardless of the ever-diminishing shrills from those who oppose any level of engagement.

Mid-term defeat prods Obama to renew relations with Cuba

Mid-term defeat prods Obama to renew relations with Cuba

Ironically, it was the loss of a powerful political opponent on the Cuba issue, one who came from his own party, that may have convinced the president it was the right time to end more than a half century of hostility with the island nation 90 miles off America’s shore.

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