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Baseball's Last Cuban Escapees

Sam Anderson, New York Times Magazine

The Bare Flagpoles of Havana

David Feith, Wall Street Journal

Kerry Failed to Act on Cuban Rights

Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Hld

For foreign baseball players hoping to make it in America, just about every conceivable journey — the 1,300 miles from Venezuela, the 5,000 miles from Japan, the 7,000 miles ...(full article)

There was an odd sight over John Kerry’s shoulder as he stood in the Havana sun Friday. At a flagpole in front of him, U.S. Marines were raising the Stars and Stripes to mark the...(full article)

For 38 years, the U.S. Interests Section was a flash point for controversy and a conduit for cooperation. Now that Cuba’s got a real embassy, can Havana and Washington talk l...(full article)

Kerry’s trip to Havana didn’t break new ground on human rights even symbolically, and in effect hurt Cuba’s fledgling internal opposition by making it look irrele...(full article)

The list of countries designated by the United States as state sponsors of terrorism is a pretty exclusive club, a veritable Legion of Doom populated by the likes of North Korea an...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

The Cars of the Cuban Trade Embargo - Elliot Grant, BBC

Two things have arguably shaped modern Cuba above all others - Fidel Castro and Washington's answer to him... its decades-long trade embargo. When US Secretary of State John Kerry ...

What Happens to Havana When American Tourists Arrive? - Atlantic

Old Havana, the historic district of Cuba’s capital, was founded by Spanish colonists in 1519. Its churches and fortresses carved from white limestone, Triangle Trade–e...

Hitchhiker's Guide To Cuba's Galaxy - Creede Newton, Daily Beast

Even thumbing a ride is government controlled in Castro-land, but people think that's been imposed on them by the U.S. embargo....

Growing Momentum to Repeal Cuban Embargo - New York Times

In 1962, the year Bob Dylan released his first album, Marilyn Monroe died of an overdose and Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, the American government began imposing an economic embar...

Cuba Hopes to Kickstart Offshore Oil & Gas Industry - A. Tully, Oil Price

Cuba is in the process of opening up its economy to foreign investment, a process that could accelerate following the recent thaw in relations between Havana and Washington. On Jul...

Cuba Should Follow the Singapore Model - Debora Spar, Foreign Policy

Fifty years ago Lee Kuan Yew turned a tiny rock in the sea into one of Asia’s strongest economies. Castro could do the same in the Caribbean....

Springtime for America's Enemies - Garry Kasparov, The Daily Beast

Keeping a firm grip on power is the only thing that matters in a dictatorship. The consequences of losing power in an authoritarian regime rarely involve peaceful retirement and a ...

U.S. Should Focus on Human Rights in Cuba - Washington Post

The opening of embassies upgraded the status of U.S. officials in Havana, who will now be full-fledged diplomats, with freedom to move around Cuba. Perhaps they should skip a diplo...

Cuba: New Beginning, Old Script - Miami Herald

It's a hopeful moment, but many Cuban-Americans and Cubans on both sides of the Florida Straits remain skeptical about the new approach. They have yet to see tangible progress in d...

Cuba & America: End of an Estrangement - Jon Lee Anderson, New Yorker

The reëstablishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba on Monday puts a formal end to more than a half century of estrangement between the two countries. T...

Obama Saves Cuba's Relic of a Regime - Carlos Alberto Montaner, RCWorld

When Obama awakens from his sleep, the Cuban dictatorship, like the dinosaur in Monterroso's fable, will still sit by his bed, unperturbed and ferocious, very satisfied at having w...

Backlash to Obama's Cuban Thaw Begins - Noah Rothman, Commentary

Talk to any Beltway insider and they’ll tell you that President Barack Obama’s administration is on the right side of history in its quest to implement a thaw in relati...

Obama's Faustian Bargain With Cuba - Marco Rubio, New York Times

When President Obama announced the formal re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba last week, he criticized the supposed failures of United States policy toward Cuba, whi...

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 Own Napoleon III - Fabio Rafael Fiallo, 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 ...

The High Cost of Democracy in Cuba - Joshua Hersh, BuzzFeed

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...

7 Ways Obama Is Selling Out Cuba - Carlos A. Montaner, RealClearWorld

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....

Cuba: Very Big Fuss Over Very Small Economy - A. Oppenheimer, MH

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....

Why Cubans Are Still Fleeing to America - The Economist

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...

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....

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