Carlos Eire: The Washington Post, Jose Azel: President Obama's "Anti-Logic" Cuba Policy in the PanAm Post

On Thursday, when President Obama ended the “wet foot, dry foot” policy allowing any Cuban who reached U.S. shores to be granted resident status as a refu­gee, he merely followed his unconditional support of the Raúl Castro regime to its logical end.

The logic is easy to follow: If relations have been normalized between the United States and Cuba, why should those Cubans who arrive here in rafts be treated any differently from other migrants? Why should Cuban doctors working as indentured servants abroad be allowed to claim refugee status when they manage to reach a U.S. Embassy?

To be Young in Cuba is to Face Difficult Choices

Throughout my teen years, I knew that the government of my country could not stand to see the streets full of young people. That's why my generation was forced to spend the three pre-university years in difficult “scholarships” to live-in schools in the countryside.

Acquiescing to Raul Castro: Obama slams the door on Cubans fleeing Castro

The announcement that President Barack Obama has rescinded the so-called “Dry-foot Wet-foot” policy for Cubans fleeing Castro is another example of a heartless foreign policy developed in secrecy without public discussion, and apparently without consultation with the U.S. Congress. Not even the three Cuban-American Senators seemed to have been consulted; while the White House has been negotiating for months with the Cuban dictatorship on this issue.

Tillerson would recommend veto of bill ending Cuba embargo

Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that he wouldn't support legislation to end the U.S. embargo against Cuba, a major goal of the Obama administration that now seems likely to go unfulfilled for the next several years.

Cuban physician, recipient of U.S. presidential medal of freedom detained in Havana

Human rights activists on the island have alerted the Center for a Free Cuba that Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet was arrested by the political police this morning. He is a former political prisoner, a physician who is not allowed to practice, a follower of Mahatma Gandhi’s doctrines and the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

We are writing to you and other supporters of human rights around the world to urge you to ask President/General Raul Castro to immediately release him.

Ex-US diplomats urge Trump to rescind US-Cuba intelligence sharing

A Florida congresswoman has joined five former U.S. diplomats in publicly urging President-elect Donald Trump to rescind President Obama’s recent directive that U.S. intelligence agencies share information with Cuba’s government.

Opponents, meantime, are defending the October 2016 directive.

Google’s Lack Of Transparency Harms US-Cuba Commercial Relationship

Google’s Lack Of Transparency Harms US-Cuba Commercial Relationship

The refusal by Mountain View, California-based Google (a subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc.; 2015 revenues exceeded US$74 billion) to provide the following information about their transaction with the government of the Republic of Cuba harms the United States-Republic of Cuba commercial relationship- and opportunities for its expansion and support by the soon-to-be Trump Administration.

Cuba puts on Show of Strength as Trump Inauguration Nears

Cuba paraded troops and hundreds of thousands of citizens through its emblematic Revolution Square on Monday in a traditional show of nationalist fighting spirit in the face of steep economic and diplomatic challenges.

The event marked the 60th anniversary of the landing of the Granma yacht which brought the Castro brothers and their bearded rebels from Mexico to Cuba to start their revolution against a U.S.-backed dictatorship.


Former U.S. ambassadors ask President-Elect Trump to stop U.S. intelligence COOPERATION with Cuban spy agencies

Just a few days before another anniversary of the coming to power of the Castro revolution on January 1st, several former American ambassadors called on President-elect Donald Trump to “withdraw, as soon as possible after being sworn in, President Barack Obama’s order to U.S. intelligence to begin cooperating with Cuban state security.”