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Cuba's Own Napoleon III

Fabio Rafael Fiallo, RealClearWorld

7 Ways Obama Is Selling Out Cuba

Carlos A. Montaner, RealClearWorld

Last week's commemorations of the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo brought to mind a satirical poem, The Expiation, written by Victor Hugo about the decline of Napoleon ...(full article)

The Villa Marista prison in Havana is a complex of ornate, industrial-era buildings situated on the outskirts of the city. Before Fidel Castro came to power, in 1959, it was a Cath...(full article)

The first warning is that the government of the Castro brothers' 2015 vision of the United States is exactly the same as it was when the guerrillas came to power in January 1959....(full article)

President Barack Obama’s historic normalization talks with Cuba have brought about a lot of excitement in business circles, and hardly a day goes by without new reports of U....(full article)

A CURIOUS asymmetry exists across the 90-mile (150km) Straits of Florida that divide Cuba from the United States. This month American businessmen won permission from their governme...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Obama's Cuba Policy Deserves a Cigar - Bloomberg View

President Barack Obama's announcement Wednesday that the U.S. will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and reopen an embassy in Havana amounts to "unconditional surrender," oppo...

Cuba's 12 Most Absurd Prohibitions - Yusnaby Perez, Daily Beast

It's getting easier to go to Cuba, but not necessarily to live there. Sometimes it’s the little things that make you crazy. But, then, there are big things, too....

Springtime for Dictators - Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal

Raúl Castro’s “very friendly” meeting with Pope Francis....

Commie or Not, Castro Lives Like a King - William O'Connor, Daily Beast

A new trash-talking biography by a disaffected bodyguard says the Cuban leader owns houses galore, can’t dance, and always has to win when he shoots hoops....

Dictatorship and the Nature of the Vatican - Carlos Alberto Montaner, RCW

Raul Castro traveled to the Vatican and met with Pope Francis. Their conversation, behind closed doors, apparently satisfied the Cuban dictator. He declared that, if the Pope staye...

Obama Leads by Engaging - Anne-Marie Slaughter, Project Syndicate

Obama rejected his predecessor George W. Bush’s policy of isolating “rogue states,” recognizing that America’s only hope for influencing isolated countries&...

Castro, the Man Who Would Save Socialism from Itself - JP Rathbone, FT

The more things change, the more they can stay the same. Last week, Raúl Castro launched into a long speech against the US. Ad­dressing a regional summit in Panama, the ...

Cuba Off Terror List - Miami Herald

As politically unpalatable as it may seem, the Obama administration’s decision to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism is an inevitable bow to reality. Cu...

When Did Cuba Stop Exporting Revolution? - D. Francis & E. Groll, FP

The White House said Tuesday it will remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, stripping it of an anachronistic designation that has been used as a cudgel to punish H...

It's About Time Cuba Came Off the Terrorism List - Joshua Keating, Slate

In 1982, the U.S. State Department labeled Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism due to its support of Communist guerilla movements in Latin America and Africa. More than two decades a...

Obama's Cuba Triumph - Leon Krauze, Daily Beast

The president deftly navigated the treacherous waters at the Panama summit. But challenges remain....

A New Era Dawns for U.S.-Cuba Relations - Independent

It was Bill Clinton in 1992 who recognised that there could be value in formalising previously ad hoc meetings between the region’s heads of state. In recent times, his succe...

A Historic Summit of the Americas - Jon Lee Anderson, New Yorker

This Friday and Saturday, in Panama, most of the leaders of countries in the Western Hemisphere will gather for the biannual Summit of the Americas. This conclave promises to be an...

US-Based Airbnb Adds Cuban Homes to Listings - Sampson, Miami Herald

Airbnb lets travelers book stays in a shipping container in the Netherlands, a treehouse in Spain and a castle in Croatia. And as of Thursday, the San Francisco-based company will...

Conan O'Brien Proves 'Useful' to Regime - A.J. Delgado, Miami Herald

In 1959, Jack Paar, then host of The Tonight Show, interviewed Fidel Castro in Havana. That was the last time an American late-night host filmed in Cuba — until, that is, Conan...

U.S. to World: Give Us a Hand with Cuba - William LeoGrande, WPR

U.S. President Barack Obama defends his opening to Cuba as a more effective way to bring democracy to the island than his 10 predecessors’ policy of isolation. Engagement, he...

End Outdated Policy toward Cuban Migrants - Los Angeles Times

The criminals are, of course, outliers. But their presence, and President Obama's recent moves to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba, have refocused attention on a lack of fa...

Netflix Comes to Cuba - Matthew Zeitlin, BuzzFeed

The streaming video service announced today it was “delighted” to make its product available in Cuba. But with an estimated 5% of the Cuban population having access to ...

What Cuba Has Cost the World - Carlos Alberto Montaner, RealClearWorld

Cuban leader Raul Castro has presented to U.S. President Barack Obama a set of conditions to re-establish diplomatic relations. Among those conditions, Castro demands compensation ...

Guantanamo's Place in U.S. Caribbean Strategy - Sim Tack, Stratfor

Last week, the Cuban government declared that for the United States and Cuba to normalize relations, the United States would have to return the territory occupied by a U.S. naval b...

In Castro's Cuba, a Safe Haven for Jews - Emily Shire, Daily Beast

Because the population of Jews in Cuba is so small, Dworin estimates that 95 percent intermarry. For these reasons, the future of the Jewish community in Cuba seems tenuous at best...

Washington and Havana Break the Ice - New York Times

A couple of years after America’s attempted invasion of Cuba in 1961, the disastrous intervention known as the Bay of Pigs, an envoy President John F. Kennedy secretly dispat...

Give Guantanamo Back to Cuba - James Lockhart, War on the Rocks

Why did the United States originally occupy it? Primarily to preempt or counter conventional, extra-hemispheric threats. Strategic thinkers from John Quincy Adams to Alfred Thayer ...

The Top 5 Mistakes in Obama's Cuba Policy - CA Montaner, RealClearWorld

What Obama thinks will be part of his legacy - full and cordial relations with a military dictatorship - might turn into a nightmare. For now, it is a terrible mistake, one that no...

The Cuba that Was, the Cuba that Will Be - Paul Reyes, NYT Magazine

Cuba is the idiosyncratic sister of the Caribbean, and a large part of its idiosyncrasy stems from having watched as the last half-century passed it by. What was once a cultural ho...

Parallels Between Radical Islam and Castro-Chavism - F.R. Fiallo, RCW

http://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2015/01/15/the_parallels_between_islamism_and_latin_americas_far_left_110908.html...

A Year for Reform in Latin America - Daniel Zovatto, Brookings Institution

Latin America is starting off 2015 with a clear economic slowdown. The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) projects a modest recovery (2....

How Cuba Could Rejoin the IMF - James Boughton, Korea Times

SANIBEL ― The restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States unlocks new prospects for the island's economy. Some steps, including the removal of the U.S....

Rebuilding Venezuela - Roger Noriega, RealClearWorld

Venezuela is collapsing. President Nicolas Maduro's dash-for-cash to Beijing last week was a humiliating failure. Half-mile food lines wind through the streets of Caracas and other...

Why Isn't Cuba Releasing More Prisoners? - Washington Post

In announcing the normalization of relations with Cuba last month, President Obama violated two pledges he had made: to link such a liberalization to “significant steps towar...

On the Open Road in a Changing Cuba - William Neuman, New York Times

HAVANA — The signs of the times speak loudly in Cuba, sometimes through their silence. A 17-hour drive across the heart of the island in a battered burgundy and gray 1956 Fo...

In China, Cuba, Dictatorship Beats Trade - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

One of the chief arguments in favor of President Obama’s decision to recognize the Communist regime in Cuba more than a half century after the U.S. cut ties with it is that...

Could Cuba Strategy Work on North Korea? - Ted Galen Carpenter, NI

President Obama’s decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba was a wise and courageous exercise of leadership. His action marked the first stage toward ending a policy th...

Obama's Misplaced Faith in Cuba - John Sununu, Boston Globe

Sitting atop a Havana hotel on New Year’s Eve 1958, Hyman Roth, the fictional gangster featured in “The Godfather Part II” shared his vision for cooperation with ...

Cuba's Turn: Mao, not Gorbachev - D. Acevedo Carmona, Worldcrunch

The Cuban turn is quite unlike the Glasnost reforms of the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. It looks more like the path China's communists rulers chose after Mao, opting for ...

Nylons for Nothing in Cuba - Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post

There’s an old Cold War joke — pre-pantyhose — that to defeat communism we should empty our B-52 bombers of nuclear weapons and instead drop nylons over the Sovie...

Texas Ready to do Business in Cuba - A. Corchado, Dallas Morning News

While normalization won’t be complete until Congress ends its economic embargo, Thomas and others believe the move is a milestone for the United States, particularly Texas. O...

A Trojan Horse for the Castro Regime - Fabio Rafael Fiallo, RealClearWorld

Thus apprehensions are built from experience. Yet past experience should not obscure present reality: The Castro regime does not approach this new phase of its tumultuous relations...

Supporting Cuban Freedom - Crawford & Chougule, The Commentator

The U.S. and its allies should start preparing for a democratic revoution in Cuba now. Not because it definitely will happen after the recent initiative from Washington, but becaus...

Effects of Increased Cuban Tourism - Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

One of the big questions following President Barack Obama’s decision to significantly expand U.S. tourism to Cuba will be how much it will affect other Caribbean tourism destinat...

Lifting the Cuba Embargo a No-Brainer - Scott Lincicome, The Federalist

President Obama’s announcement last week that his administration will seek to normalize relations with Cuba elicited strong opposition from many freedom-loving conservatives....

America's Elating Shock-and-Awe Diplomacy - R. Feinberg, Brookings

I had the very good fortune to be participating in a conference on U.S.-Cuba relations at the Cuban diplomatic academy when this past Wednesday Presidents Barack Obama and Ra­&...

Cuba Derangement Syndrome - George Will, National Review

Rand Paul and Marco Rubio shouldn’t get so worked up over a geopolitical irrelevancy....

The Geopolitics of U.S.-Cuba Relations - George Friedman, Stratfor

This is the key: Whenever a major foreign power showed interest in Cuba, the United States had to react, which it did effectively until Castro seized power in 1959....

Bringing Down the Castros - Jaime Daremblum, RealClearWorld

Havana approaches Washington from a position of weakness. President Obama should take the opportunity presented by a more pliant Cuba to press for political and economic reforms....

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