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Cuba policy, 2 weeks before inauguration

Cuba policy, 2 weeks before inauguration

As the saying goes, it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. If we run out of candles, we can start using charcoal made from Cuban marabú. It is why the forces supporting reform are using every spare minute to make Obama’s Cuba policy ‘as irreversible as possible’ before President Trump takes office.




Trump’s other “Repeal and Replace” problem

Trump’s other “Repeal and Replace” problem

This week countless words were spoken in Washington, but these seven cut through the din: “Please don’t turn your back on us.” Speaking to journalists and Members of Congress, 4 Cuban women who run small businesses on the island urged President-elect Trump to maintain the reforms in U.S. policy that have helped make their businesses grow.





Cuba after Fidel; Trump after Fidel

Cuba after Fidel; Trump after Fidel

The photo at top is of Cubans massed together in Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution. They were there to pay posthumous tribute to Fidel Castro. In the days before his inauguration, we hope president-elect Donald Trump — before acting to implement his Cuba policy — will look at that picture of Revolutionary Square.




An embargo-free Cuba policy seems more and more possible

An embargo-free Cuba policy seems more and more possible

The list of increasingly visible, vested interests wanting to put an end to the embargo is growing in profoundly important and practical ways. Leading the way is the medical field where cheaper and better medicines may soon be available, as well as access to possible solutions to certain cancers.




Obama’s imprint on Cuba policy: Historic. More than rum & cigars. More left to do.

Obama’s imprint on Cuba policy: Historic. More than rum & cigars. More left to do.

The White House on Friday issued something called a Presidential Policy Directive devoted to “United States-Cuba Normalization.” At its core, the directive breaks, clearly and comprehensively, from the Cold War mold of U.S. policy toward Cuba.





Nothing trumps sovereignty

Nothing trumps sovereignty

The U.S. owes the government of China about $1.2 trillion. What would happen if China came to us and said, we’d be happy to cancel the debts you owe us, but you’d have to adopt China’s communist system as your own?





Contact, conversation make a big difference when dealing with Cuba

Contact, conversation make a big difference when dealing with Cuba

Cuba is a great place to go: to learn, exchange, make friends, make progress and make bigger plans – so long as you can set the tropes aside, and come with ears to hear.





Russian hack of the DNC and regime change hacks in Cuba: Is there a difference?

Russian hack of the DNC and regime change hacks in Cuba: Is there a difference?

The DNC computer hacking by the Russians is serious. It is one more reason to consider its implications for U.S. regime change policies toward Cuba.





The year of living diplomatically

The year of living diplomatically

Since diplomatic relations were re-established the U.S. and Cuba have signed ten agreements with another seven in train and may be ready before the end of this year. The prior 55 years of stalemated statecraft saw only five agreements between the two countries that remain in force today.




One year after reopening embassies, U.S.-Cuba relations progress

One year after reopening embassies, U.S.-Cuba relations progress

In the last year, normalization has meant that thousands of Americans have met and learned from Cubans through people-to-people travel, while U.S. corporations continue to prove that it’s good business to seek deals in Cuba.




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