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#CubaNow Policy Group Highlights Key Generational Shift

Apr 28, 2014

#CubaNow Policy Group Highlights Key Generational Shift

WLRN

This year has seen a growing chorus of polls, studies and statements calling for an overhaul of U.S. policy on communist Cuba. On Monday a new group called #CubaNow added its voice -- and signaled the growing generational shift among Cuban-Americans.

New group, #CubaNow, tells Obama it's time to change Cuba policy

Apr 28, 2014

New group, #CubaNow, tells Obama it's time to change Cuba policy

Reuters

A new advocacy group calling for the United States to change its policy toward Cuba launched an advertising campaign on Monday with posters on the Washington D.C. metro system showing President Barack Obama and urging him to "stop waiting."

New group pushes Obama to ease Cuba restrictions

Apr 27, 2014

New group pushes Obama to ease Cuba restrictions

USA Today

Since declaring 2014 a "year of action" when he will use his executive authority to get things done, President Obama has been pressed by a variety of groups to use his pen to bypass Congress. Starting Monday, he can add another topic to the wish list: Cuba.

Jailed U.S. contractor in Cuba warns of terminal hunger strike

Apr 24, 2014

Jailed U.S. contractor in Cuba warns of terminal hunger strike

Reuters

The lawyer for jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross told the press in Havana on Wednesday that his client planned to return from Cuba to his family within the year, dead or alive, and called on the Obama administration to do more to obtain his release.

Cuba, US are warily, slowly improving relations

Apr 20, 2014

Cuba, US are warily, slowly improving relations

Boston Globe

The imposing, seven-story structure with darkened windows sits just across from the Malecon, or sea wall, central Havana’s communal hangout. It is unadorned, flying no flags, offering few signs that germinating inside are seeds of a better relationship between official enemies.

Cuban Americans hold rare meeting to discuss normalizing Cuba relations

Mar 15, 2014

Cuban Americans hold rare meeting to discuss normalizing Cuba relations

Reuters

Cuban Americans met in Miami on Saturday to discuss how to normalize relations with Cuba and end the five decade-long United States embargo against the communist-run island, the first such gathering in a decade in a city better known for hostility toward the communist-run island.

Exiles in America Soften Stance on Cuba Ties

Mar 13, 2014

Exiles in America Soften Stance on Cuba Ties

NBC News

For many years, Tony Zamora opposed U.S. ties with Cuba. He once slipped onto Cuban shores as part of the Bay of Pigs operation and was imprisoned following the failed mission. But today, the Miami-based foreign investment lawyer can be found speaking out about a once taboo subject for many Cuban Americans: increasing dialogue and even business between the two countries.

Some Who Fled Cuba Are Returning To Help

Mar 4, 2014

Some Who Fled Cuba Are Returning To Help

The New York Times

The business ideas have ranged from a bikini franchise to a peanut farm, restaurants, and design firms for software and home interiors. But even more novel than the pitches — in a country where entrepreneurship used to be illegal — is the financial muscle behind them: Cuban-Americans whose families lost their previous ventures to Cuba’s Communist government.

The Cuban Evolution

Mar 1, 2014

The Cuban Evolution

The New York Times

[T]his was not the Cuba of Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution. Nor was it the Cuba I first visited in the late 1990s with my wife, who is Cuban-American. That was a nation of grinding scarcity; nearly everyone we met asked us for something they needed — soap, pens, money, even the sneakers on our feet. This Cuba, which I encountered on a recent weeklong visit, felt like a country struggling with its wants and jumpy in its eagerness to catch up with the world...

Exiles join stream of visitors to Cuba

Feb 12, 2014

Exiles join stream of visitors to Cuba

The Sun-Sentinel

A growing number of aging Cuban exiles are returning to their birthplace, no longer willing to wait for the end of the Castro regime or to outlast the U.S. embargo before seeing their homeland.

Cuba poll reflects changing political landscape in Florida

Feb 11, 2014

Cuba poll reflects changing political landscape in Florida

The Miami Herald

A new poll indicating the majority of Floridians favor a change in U.S. policy toward Cuba comes as the issue of isolation of Cuba versus engagement is being hotly debated in the Cuban-American community.

U.S. policy change on Cuba stalled—by Obama

Feb 6, 2014

U.S. policy change on Cuba stalled—by Obama

Reuters

U.S. relations with Cuba are at their best in almost two decades, but President Barack Obama seems unwilling or unable to confront a well-organized anti-Cuba lobby and push for further progress.