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#CubaNow Briefing: Lazy Pandering in Iowa, Soccer Diplomacy, and Debt Talks?

#CubaNow Briefing: Lazy Pandering in Iowa, Soccer Diplomacy, and Debt Talks?

Posted on 03/09/2015 @ 05:07 PM

#CubaNow Briefing

Pandering in Iowa, the launch of soccer diplomacy and more in today's #CubaNow briefing.

#CubaNow Briefing: Cuba Opening Up To The World, And Vice Versa

#CubaNow Briefing: Cuba Opening Up To The World, And Vice Versa

Posted on 03/06/2015 @ 03:49 PM

#CubaNow Briefing

A flurry of news this week shows Cuba opening up to the world and vice versa in the wake of the recent changes in U.S.-Cuba policy.

#CubaNow: Pumping Up the Volume

#CubaNow: Pumping Up the Volume

Posted on 03/04/2015 @ 02:28 PM

#CubaNow Blog Post

Starting today, #CubaNow will increase the frequency of our weekly briefings, bringing you must-read updates that contextualize this new era of evolving ties between our two nations.

Is Menendez Making a Mockery of the State Sponsors of Terrorism List?

Is Menendez Making a Mockery of the State Sponsors of Terrorism List?

Posted on 03/04/2015 @ 01:21 PM

#CubaNow Blog Post

As normalization talks between the U.S. and Cuba continue, more attention has been focused on Cuba’s placement on the state sponsors of terrorism list. In our latest blog post, we take a look at why one prominent senator’s justifications for keeping Cuba on the list aren’t just self-defeating, but run contrary to what they’ve said in the past.

Five Key Human Rights Issues to Watch as U.S.-Cuba Talks Continue

Five Key Human Rights Issues to Watch as U.S.-Cuba Talks Continue

Posted on 02/27/2015 @ 09:52 AM

#CubaNow Blog Post

The second round of diplomatic talks taking place today between the U.S. and Cuba is expected to officially launch a dialogue on human rights between the two countries. This is of great importance, since a strong diplomatic corps that enables us to better work with our allies and helps Americans engage with the Cuban people is indispensable in doing what the last five decades failed to do. We’ve highlighted five key human rights issues to track as these talks continue to move forward.

The House Of Reps’ Cuba Sideshow, Act III

The House Of Reps’ Cuba Sideshow, Act III

Posted on 02/25/2015 @ 05:41 PM

#CubaNow Blog Post

There’s one area of Congress that so far has shied away from anything resembling a "robust debate" on Cuba.

How Lifting Trade Sanctions Will Increase Connectivity For The Cuban People

How Lifting Trade Sanctions Will Increase Connectivity For The Cuban People

Posted on 02/18/2015 @ 02:49 PM

#CubaNow Blog Post

In a new article this week in Foreign Affairs by Jose W. Fernandez, a former Assistant Secretary of State under President Obama who oversaw international trade and investment, and international trade attorney Eric Lorber, the authors explain how investment in telecom "can empower reform-minded elements in the country and promote political change by lessening sector dependence on the Castro regime."

#CubaNow Recap: Facts Are Stubborn Things

#CubaNow Recap: Facts Are Stubborn Things

Posted on 02/12/2015 @ 04:33 PM

#CubaNow Recap

When changes to our US-Cuba policy were announced last December, status-quo advocates warned of political hell-fire and brimstone. Some called it a “major setback” to the cause of Cuban freedom that inflicted “even greater damage…to American leadership in the world.” The facts, however, are telling us a drastically different story.

Why The Senate’s Cuba Hearings Shouldn’t Try To Make Lemons From Lemonade

Why The Senate’s Cuba Hearings Shouldn’t Try To Make Lemons From Lemonade

Posted on 02/04/2015 @ 05:18 PM

#CubaNow Blog Post

If you’re Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and you’ve garnered a well-known reputation around your pro-embargo stance towards Cuba, chairing Tuesday’s Senate hearing on Cuba presented a bit of a pickle.

Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski on Improving Human Rights in Cuba

Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski on Improving Human Rights in Cuba

Posted on 02/04/2015 @ 04:07 PM

#CubaNow Blog Post

The remarks by Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski brilliantly articulate the reasons why our new policy approach toward Cuba stands to better advance the cause for human rights and help the Cuban people than 50 years of blanket sanctions.

House Foreign Affairs: The More Things Change...

House Foreign Affairs: The More Things Change...

Posted on 02/04/2015 @ 03:46 PM

#CubaNow Blog Post

...the more they stay the same.

Will Rubio Assume Responsibility For Fixing Our Failed Cuba Policy?

Will Rubio Assume Responsibility For Fixing Our Failed Cuba Policy?

Posted on 02/02/2015 @ 05:29 PM

#CubaNow Blog Post

Perhaps if Senator Marco Rubio could articulate how the embargo has helped build multilateral pressure on the Cuban government to embrace democratic reforms, more Americans might support it.

Deinventing The Wheel: Cuba Policy Critics Insist On Going Back to Failure

Deinventing The Wheel: Cuba Policy Critics Insist On Going Back to Failure

Posted on 01/27/2015 @ 05:16 PM

#CubaNow Blog Post

How some members of Congress lately who seem determined to portray any encouraging developments as unimportant at best and a betrayal of Cubans at worst.

#CubaNow Recap: Change Is In The Air

#CubaNow Recap: Change Is In The Air

Posted on 01/26/2015 @ 01:00 PM

#CubaNow Blog Post

Change doesn’t happen overnight, but we’re starting to see it in real time.

When Attacks on New Cuba Policy Go Wrong, Vol. 1

When Attacks on New Cuba Policy Go Wrong, Vol. 1

Posted on 01/08/2015 @ 04:08 PM

#CubaNow Blog Post

As they come down the pipe this year—and they definitely will—we’ll be taking a look at the misleading, disingenuous, and flat out wrong rhetoric coming from politicians opposed to the new changes being made to Cuba policy.

HuffPo Op-ed: Helms-Burton Only Undermines The Efforts Of Cuba’s Civil Society Leaders

HuffPo Op-ed: Helms-Burton Only Undermines The Efforts Of Cuba’s Civil Society Leaders

Posted on 01/06/2015 @ 10:56 AM

#CubaNow Blog Post

In an op-ed published on Monday as part of The Huffington Post’s “90 Miles” series, #CubaNow Executive Director Ric Herrero argues that by refusing to revisit the Helms-Burton Act, U.S. lawmakers would be making a huge disservice to Cuban civil society at a critical stage in its development.

 This Year In Havana

This Year In Havana

Posted on 12/25/2014 @ 10:23 AM

#CubaNow Press Release

Each year, we've made a toast that became a simple expression of a fleeting hope that we would soon be reunited: ‘Next Year in Havana.’ That is until now.

Forward-thinking Cuban-Americans were consulted for forward-thinking policy changes

Forward-thinking Cuban-Americans were consulted for forward-thinking policy changes

Posted on 12/22/2014 @ 04:53 PM

#CubaNow Blog Post

In the last few days since President Obama’s announcement on historic reforms to U.S.-Cuba policy, we’ve seen reactions ranging from hope and celebration on the Island to those in Miami wondering just what took so long. But one response in particular stood out just for how brazenly wrong—and calculated—it really was.

U.S.-Cuba Changes Widely Welcomed At Home And Abroad

U.S.-Cuba Changes Widely Welcomed At Home And Abroad

Posted on 12/19/2014 @ 07:00 PM

#CubaNow Blog Post

Barely two days into the announcement that the U.S. and Cuba would take steps towards normalized relations, the reaction at home and abroad has been clear: with time and effort, our engagement with Cuba is the best opportunity in decades to both support the rights of the Cuban people and boost our relations with the rest of the Americas. Check out the responses from here and around the world.

Conservatives Come Out Swinging For A New U.S.-Cuba Policy

Conservatives Come Out Swinging For A New U.S.-Cuba Policy

Posted on 12/19/2014 @ 04:14 PM

#CubaNow Blog Post

President Obama’s historic announcement on a new U.S.-Cuba policy is far from the polarizing move some might have you believe. Check out what conservatives are saying about one of the most popularly bipartisan moves in recent memory.