CUBA BRIEF: U.S.-Cuba diplomatic ties: What a difference two years and a new president makes.

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: Two Cuban parish priests offer mass in HQ of the Ladies in White in Havana. Witnesses testify at hearing on Castro regime’s crimes against humanity

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.

CUBA BRIEF: The Fourth of July and Cuban Women

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.

CUBA BRIEF: Trump Si, Castro No. The impact of Trump's policy shift on Cuba. Cuban dissident in Psychiatric hospital. Hypocrisy, Trump and his critics

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.

CUBA BRIEF: Engage Cuba Officials Listed as Registered Agents, The Best Trump Speech? Trump's memo to the Cabinet, and End of the Cycle for Castro in Cuba and Dos Santos in Angola Inbox x

In this issue:

  • “The End of The Cycle for Two Caudillos” by Yoani Sanchez
  • From The Hill “Trump’s Best Speech”
  • “Engage Cuba Officials Listed as Registered Agents,” The Washington Free Beacon
  • President Trump’s “National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba.”

CUBA BRIEF: Will Trump condemn providing dollars to the Cuban military tomorrow? Cuban Americans speak out ahead of Trump’s Little Havana visit, Reversal a victory for freedom

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.

CUBA BRIEF: Tillerson says U.S. Cuba policy should follow the law, Cuban military in charge of the economy including the tourist industry, Cuba reuses disposable syringes

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.

CUBA BRIEF: Supporting terrorism against America, Cubans "deceived" by tourism, Senators ask Trump to force Cuba to pay for stolen American properties

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.”  

CUBA BRIEF: Tourists beware HIV uptick in Cuba, Governor Scott: U.S. Must take a stand on Cuba and Venezuela

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.

CUBA BRIEF: Will President Trump put Cuba back on the terrorist list? Also Engage Cuba agitprop

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. 

CUBA BRIEF: Trump Set To Roll Back Obama’s Cuba Policies, Manuel Noriega, Dictator Ousted by U.S. in Panama, Dies at 83

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?