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Barack Obama and Raúl Castro

Close but no cigar: US-Cuba wrangle on embassies 6 months after shock announcement on warming

Close but no cigar: US-Cuba wrangle on embassies 6 months after shock announcement on warming

Advocates of normalization face powerful brakes on progress in both countries. In Washington, anti-Castro lawmakers have attached riders to appropriations bills that would roll back Obama’s loosening of trade and travel.

Is the Supreme Court passport decision a threat to Helms-Burton? We think so.

Is the Supreme Court passport decision a threat to Helms-Burton? We think so.

The Supreme Court’s decision this week in what is called the Jerusalem Passport Case poses a clear danger to the Helms-Burton law, and it will help to accelerate the unraveling of what has held together our nation’s counterproductive policies against Cuba.

The changes in policy towards Cuba: are they irreversible?

The changes in policy towards Cuba: are they irreversible?

In this city that practically lives from the political debate, as well as in important segments of the press and public opinion in general, the recent mood has been that the changes are irreversible, and that they would even occur rapidly.

Cuba on Capitol Hill – some observations

Cuba on Capitol Hill – some observations

While the public drama of the U.S.-Cuba diplomatic negotiations has been widely reported and continues to dominate the now diminishing Cuba headlines, a quiet – but in the long run far more strategically decisive set of events – has begun to play out in the House and Senate around the policy shift.

Cuba-U.S.: ‘Delicate issues’ remain unresolved

Cuba-U.S.: ‘Delicate issues’ remain unresolved

It would be more than justified to state that the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba — which apparently will be accomplished sooner than later — will constitute the main legacy of President Barack Obama to the United States’ foreign policy.

The bank that took a risk and helped clear the way to reopen Cuba

The bank that took a risk and helped clear the way to reopen Cuba

Asked if Stonegate hoped to gain experience and be positioned to facilitate future U.S.-Cuba business dealings as trade regulations ease, Seleski answered, “That’s part of our logic. Stepping up to the plate and doing something first is always better than being last in line. We’re a bank; we’re no different from other companies.”

Some in congress working to curtail Obama’s advances on Cuba 

Some in congress working to curtail Obama’s advances on Cuba 

Whether Congress follows the regular order and starts enacting bills to finance Cabinet departments separately — or it wraps them all together in one giant package — sooner or later all these restrictions are going to land with a thump and a thud on President Obama’s Oval Office desk.

France’s ’17D’ in Cuba

France’s ’17D’ in Cuba

It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that the Europeans find allies where they least expect it and Hollande’s message penetrates forcefully into the U.S. Congress, facilitating Obama’s task in his intent to “normalize” relations with Cuba and, one might say, at least in part with the rest of the world.

Obama must normalize relations with all of Latin America

Obama must normalize relations with all of Latin America

The president’s approach to Venezuela may indicate how serious he is about detente with Cuba

‘Congress cannot remain idle’ on Cuba, says Diaz-Balart

‘Congress cannot remain idle’ on Cuba, says Diaz-Balart

With so many things moving in the right direction, and with U.S. companies now eying Cuba as an export market for fertilizers, now would be just the time for Congress to shake off its lethargy and act.

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