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Cuba: The Big Change

Alma Guillermoprieto, New York Review of Books

Did Obama Change Cuba?

Joel Simon, Columbia Journalism Review

Obama's Cuban Disgrace

Jason Emert, RealClearWorld

The joke on everyone’s lips was that Obama should stay in Havana for a month, because in preparation for his three-day visit more had been done to fix up the place than in th...(full article)

The methodical approach to reform outlined by Castro and highlighted during debate on Saturday and Sunday throws cold water on hopes by some observers that the party gathering woul...(full article)

WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA made his historic visit to Cuba last month, the US media followed. At a joint press conference on March 21 with Cuban president Raúl Castro, Obama called on C...(full article)

I had the opportunity to visit Havana with the permission of the U.S. government in March 2013. Thankfully, I am blessed with a vivid imagination, and I could see that it must have...(full article)

Weeks before President Obama's arrival in Havana, uneasiness was already perceptible in the ranks of the Cuban government. For sure, President Raul Castro knew how much his regime ...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Obama's Anti-Establishment Foreign Policy - K. Vanden Heuvel, WaPo

While Obama hasn’t outright rejected the deeply entrenched establishment view that the United States is an “indispensable nation,” he has voiced frustration with ...

Obama Plays Small Ball in Cuba - Jose Cardenas, Foreign Policy

President Obama’s trip to Cuba this week certainly made history, at least in the strictest sense of the term. He indeed walked off Air Force One and set foot on Cuban soil, b...

Obama's Cuba Trip Is a Step Toward Freedom - Pierre Atlas, Indy Star

In an interview from Havana with Breitbart News, Flake likened Obama's initiative to Ronald Reagan's opening to the Soviet Union and said, "I don't think we need to have any respec...

Obama in Cuba: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly - Mike Gonzalez, Federalist

Addressing himself directly to Castro, Obama added: “I am also confident that you need not fear the different voices of the Cuban people — and their capacity to speak, ...

Obama's Triumphant Plays in Cuba - Irish Times

A Cuban military band played “The Star-Spangled Banner” under a billowing Cuban flag as the US president and a Cuban Politburo member appeared side by side. In the dist...

About Those Cuban Prisoners... - Wall Street Journal

Cuban dissidents were grateful for a two-hour audience with President Obama at the U.S. Embassy in Havana on Tuesday. In a police state that seldom allows influential visitors acce...

Miami, Ho Chi Minh City, and Cuba's Future - Roger Cohen, NY Times

The world has sped up since the mid-1990s, when Vietnam embarked on the opening that has fast-forwarded its economy over the past two decades. Like China, it has demonstrated that ...

The Cuba Reset Belongs to Congress Now - David Francis, Foreign Policy

For U.S. President Barack Obama, this week’s trip to Cuba helps cement a foreign-policy legacy that now includes ending more than five decades of strife with a onetime Cold W...

Cuba Shows the U.S. Doesn't Always Get Its Way - D. Ramos, Boston Globe

THAT PHOTOGRAPH of Air Force One descending into Havana on Sunday, over antique cars parked by ramshackle homes, didn’t just document the present state of transportation tech...

The Castro Bros Aren't Feeling the Bern - W.R. Mead, American Interest

President Obama is in Havana today because not even the Castro brothers can cling any longer to the pretense that, somehow, socialism can solve the problems of Latin America....

Fidel's Cuba Fades - The National

The arrival of Barack Obama in Cuba is historic. He is the first US president to visit the country in nine decades and his presence marks the beginning of a new chapter in US-Cuban...

American Businesses Are Rushing Back to Cuba - Nick Miroff, Wash Post

Instead of blocking off the forces of American capitalism, the Obama administration now wants them to come flooding in — and leave it up to the Cuban government to cope with ...

President Obama's Che Moment - Rich Lowry, National Review

After the Cuban missile crisis, Che said that in the event of a U.S. attack, “if the rockets had remained, we would have used them all and directed them against the very hear...

Obama's Road to Cuba - Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

Mandela’s funeral provided the White House with the opportunity to change the tenor of the talks. “The president was going to the funeral of Nelson Mandela—his pe...

Angola Amid Apartheid's Last Stand - J. Harding, London Review of Books

With the South Africans gone, there was a brief respite for the new government in Luanda, but it couldn’t begin to put its house in order without foreign help. The Cubans wer...

Hard Times for Castro's Heirs - Fabio Rafael Fiallo, RealClearWorld

These are hard times for Latin America's populist left, the one that, inspired by the Castro model, was brought to power at the dawn of the present century by Hugo Chavez in Venezu...

Will Obama Meet the Real, Invisible Cubans? - Chris Dickey, Daily Beast

As the U.S. president continues his historic visit to Cuba, he will be surrounded by a culture of oppression and quiet, vindictive resistance, but he probably won’t notice....

As Cuba Rises, Puerto Rico Falls - James Gibney, Bloomberg View

President Barack Obama dangles U.S. dollars before the Castros while Congress stonewalls Puerto Rico’s pleas for debt restructuring. The Tampa Bay Rays take the field in Hava...

This Is Not the Path to Cuban Freedom - Carlos Montaner, RealClearWorld

The U.S. president had not set foot in Cuba when the regime began to drop rhetorical bombs. First came a long editorial in Granma. Its essence? That Cuba won't budge an inch from i...

The Myth of a Reformed Cuba - Jan De Deken, The Daily Beast

As Obama heads to Cuba, islanders reflect on their revolutionary past—and their uncertain future....

Obama's Cuban Revolution - Edward-Isaac Dovere, Politico

President Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba is a metaphor for his foreign policy and a potential glimpse into his post-presidency, all in one landing here at José Marti Inte...

The Opening to Cuba Widens - New York Times

Americans are still barred by law from traveling to Cuba as tourists, despite the Obama administration’s opening with that country. But new rules announced by the administrat...

Limits of Capitalism With Communist Characteristics - B. Chellaney, PS

Clearly, where communists call the shots, the development of a free market for goods and services does not necessarily lead to the emergence of a marketplace of ideas. Even Nepal, ...

Obama Plays the Long Game in Cuba - William LeoGrande, New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s announcement that he will visit Cuba this month has prompted a new round of criticism from opponents of normalizing relations. Their comp...

Bernie's Deep Ties to Despots - Michael Moynihan, The Daily Beast

As mayor of Burlington, Sanders praised the regimes of Nicaragua and Cuba—claiming bread lines were a sign of economic health and press censorship was necessary in wartime....

Why Is Obama Visiting Cuba? - Konrad Yakabuski, Globe and Mail

In no material sense has Cuban President Raul Castro, who took over from his ailing brother Fidel in 2006, expanded the freedoms of ordinary citizens. Recent baby steps toward econ...

Cuba Isn't Libre - Wall Street Journal

The media build-up to President Obama’s March 21 visit to Cuba is well along pumping “historic” significance into the trip. That’s what happened last year w...

Obama, Cuba, and Us - New Republic

President Obama has announced that he will visit Cuba next month. This is a natural follow-on from his rapprochement with the Castro regime after our midterm elections in 2014....

Obama Just Wants a Closeup With Fidel Castro - Elliott Abrams, CFR

What about human rights? The Post tells us that “in recent weeks, administration officials have made it clear Obama would travel to Cuba only if its government made additiona...

Cuba Needs Financial Reform, Too - Peter Schecter, RealClearWorld

The ultimate goal must be to create a more vibrant private sector that shrinks state dominance, advances economic liberties, and provides better living standards for all Cubans....

An American President in Cuba - New York Times

President Obama spoke passionately last year about the importance of term limits during a visit to Africa, where he argued that “nobody should be president for life.” H...

Show Cuba That We Respect a Free Press - Miami Herald

President Obama should insist Cuba admit all U.S. journalists on trip. Anything less makes United States look weak....

Americans Can Travel to Cuba. Here's How - Johnny Harris, Vox

The US and Cuba signed an agreement on Tuesday to restore commercial flights between the two countries. But the good news is you don't have to wait for these flights to visit the i...

U.S.-Cuba Thaw Reignites a Global Rum War - Tim Fernholz, Quartz

A Bacardi spokesperson said it is still too early to be thinking about plans for selling and distilling rum in Cuba once again, should the status of the embargo change. But in an i...

U.S.-Cuba Commercial Flights on Horizon - Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald

American Airlines’ Howard Kass is hopeful that the airline will be flying regularly scheduled service between the United States and Cuba within the first half of this year an...

U.S. Should End Cuba's Special Immigration Status - M. Krikorian, NRO

These are not refugees seeking freedom. They’re not escapees hopping a tropical Berlin Wall. They’re coming for jobs, family, and access to American welfare, just like ...

The Cuban Migrant Crisis - Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker

For several years now, there has been grimly regular news of waves of Latin Americans seeking refuge in the U.S., mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, where gang and d...

U.S.-Cuba Relations: Plenty to Work on in 2016 - M. Whitefield, Miami Hld

If 2015 was a watershed year in U.S.-Cuba relations with the resumption of diplomatic ties and the opening of embassies, then 2016 is expected to be a year of definition as the two...

What Cuba Can Teach Us About Food & Climate Change - Raj Patel, Slate

After the Cold War, Cuba faced many of the agricultural challenges that the rest of the world is now anticipating....

Cuba and Iran, Melancholy Twins - Robin Wright, The New Yorker

Both Havana and Tehran began coming to terms with their nemesis this year. Part of the policy shift is a response to advanced age, an attempt to insure more years in the political ...

Cuba, One Year After Normalization - Miami Herald

ONE YEAR AGO, President Obama and Cuban leader Raúl Castro announced a historic agreement normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba. The Editorial Board laude...

In Cuba, Change at a Caribbean Pace - Alex Brooks & David Prodger, RCW

Tell someone you've recently visited Cuba, and you'll almost always get the same response: "I'd love to go too. Before it all changes."...

Investing in Cuba's Future - Bloomberg View

Don't break out your Montecristos just yet, but the U.S. and Cuba just started talks on compensation claims for expropriated property and damages. It's a promising moment for both ...

Cubans Fleeing Castro While They Can - Anna-Cat Brigida, Daily Beast

If Cubans try to float to the U.S., they’re sent back. So they take a great circle route overland that eventually funnels them across the Mexican border illegally....

Let's Bring Cuba Online - New York Times

Millions of Cuban citizens could have affordable access to the Internet in a matter of months. The only thing keeping the island in the digital Dark Ages is a lack of political wil...

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