CubaBrief: The controversy between the University of Miami and outgoing Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies Director, Dr. Jaime Suchlicki is a matter of concern in the Cuban American community, according to an article by Nora Gámez Torres just published by El Nuevo Herald. The Bay of Pigs Brigade 2506 Veterans Association in a letter to Julio Frenk, UM’s president, compliments the outstanding work of the ICCAS and its efforts focusing on “the real history of Cuba during all these years.”
CubaBrief : Cubanet and Diario de Cuba reported today online that two Catholic Cuban parish priests officiated a mass at the headquarters of the Ladies in White, the courageous women who every week try to attend mass all dressed in white, part of their campaign to obtain the release of Cuban political prisoners unjustly in jail.
In this CubaBrief reprint from column Heberto Padilla, The Wall Street Journal, CubaDecide, 14ymedio, and The Washington Post.
On the eve of this 4th of July, I think about our servicemen and women whose lives are at risk defending U.S. interests and the cause of freedom around the world. I also think about Cuba, so close to the United States, where a despotic regime continues to misrule; and about the Ladies in White, a group of women—mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives of Cuban political prisoners, punished for desiring the same freedoms that Americans will celebrate this weekend.
In foreign policy news, in USA Today, executive director of the Center for a Free Cuba Frank Calzon writes “let’s support the president and send the message to Havana that if the military regime wants millions from America, its anti-American foreign policy and repression at home must change.”
The brief includes today a response by Frank Calzon to Rick Christie’s blog in the Palm Beach Post today. Mr. Christie’s objections are part of the many criticisms directed at President Trump. Christie this time was focusing on The President’s Cuba speech in Miami. One of the great virtues of American society is the ability of everyone to express an opinion. Readers interested in reading Mr. Christie’s tirade may do so by visiting the Palm Beach Post’s opinion zone blog. CubaBrief prints below Frank Calzon’s response.
CubaBrief: “My administration’s policy will be guided by key U.S. national security interests and solidarity with the Cuban people,” according to a draft of President Trump’s directive to be issued tomorrow. According to Politico, the President is also reviewing what to do about GAESA, the business arm of the Cuban military that receives millions from American tourists visiting the island. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) are said to have had major input into President Trump’s Cuba policy.
The Center for a Free Cuba sent a letter of gratitude to President Donald Trump Wednesday for his decision to come to Miami and said it was pleased that he would soon begin the “dismantling of Barack Obama’s concessions to the Castro regime.”
CubaBrief: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today that Cuba policy must be “done in full compliance with our existing statutes, and not provide financial support to the Cuban regime.” The Secretary also said that the current policy provides “financial support to the Cuban government, which would violate U.S. law.” It is too bad that some business interests not only put profits over principles but that are willing to do so illegally. The Reuters story “Tillerson signals tough Trump administration stance on Cuba” follows.
CubaBrief: Today we include an important column from The Wall Street Journal, [June 8, 2017] about how the Cuban regime supported terrorism against America. The Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional [ Armed Forces for National Liberation], a Puerto Rican terrorist organization “was started in the mid-1960’s with a nucleus . . . that received advanced training in Cuba.”
CubaBrief: In this edition “Trump Will Reverse Damage Done by Obama's Cuba Policy” by Heritage Foundation’s Mike Gonzalez, “U.S. Must Take a Stand Against Cuba and Venezuela” by Florida Governor Rick Scott, “UN Sounds Alarm on Rising HIV Infections” in Cuba by UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS, and The UN Human Rights Council whitewashes brutality by UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.
CubaBrief reported recently on a piece of agitprop released by Engage Cuba. Today we publish a letter from Dr. Fernando J. Milanes on the report which is little more than a piece of disinformation. Hopefully those journalists who fell for Engage Cuba's report would go back to reread it without putting aside their critical faculties. Dr. Milanes's letter follows.
Reuters and The New York Times report today that Cuba's parliament says that the future of Cuba will be guided by the ideas of Jose Marti, Fidel Castro, Karl Marx, and Vladimir Lenin. Dim future indeed.
In this brief “An Appeal to the White House”, “Reagan: Won't visit Cuba until people are free” and Elliott Abrams on Manuel Noriega’s death: -- “We should avoid deluding ourselves about the nature of such regimes and such men.”
The central premise of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy was that, deep down, everyone on earth shares the same values. It is a gracious, humble, and optimistic way of perceiving the world. Under this precept, any opening of commerce and diplomacy can only be positive. Looking the other way at human rights abuses is just the cost of doing business. After all, who is the United States to talk?
CubaBrief: Cuban political police go on wild goose chase on the eve of Cuban Independence Day according to Spanish language article published by Cubanet. You can read the article in Spanish at the end of this CubaBrief.
CUBABRIEF: Last Sunday, May 21st The New York Times ran a story written in Luanda, Angola: Angola’s Leader Won’t Run Again. But Will He Cede Power? It was a good article. The New York Times reporterNorimitsu Onishi should be sent to Havana and consider the same question aboutthe “retiring” of General Raul Castro.
Protest at the Cuban embassy in Washington demands the release of a jailed pastor and his wife.