Obama’s Next Steps Toward Gaining Cuba’s Trust

When the White House recently announced it was entering into a period of détente with Havana, I had just finished Fidel’s 2007 autobiography. I remember putting the book down and wondering when Cuba was going to release Alan Gross, a contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Washington still maintains Gross was never a spy but was […]

  • Jan 31, 2015
  • 10:33 AM

Obama’s Cuba Policy Shift Means Major Shifts in Latin America and Among U.S. Latino ‘Américanos’

To see my 92 year-old father’s morning face on waking up to news of President Obama’s announcement about U.S.-Cuban relations was to see the future of U.S. politics. “What?” he asked in the crackly, sleepy voice that’s taken on a sadder cadence since my mother María, his partner of 60-plus years, died last year. “Obama […]

  • Dec 18, 2014
  • 8:14 AM

What President Obama Said Today About Cuba Policy (VIDEO)

This is the full video of the changes to Cuba policy President Obama shared earlier today from The White House. The White House also released a transcript (below) right about an hour after the president spoke. The White House also issued a fact sheet, as well as a statement from Secretary of State John Kerry. […]

  • Dec 17, 2014
  • 1:51 PM

Obama Visits China… But What About Cuba?

There is one nation the U.S. government fears more than any other. It’s controlled by a single party, the Communist Party, that has established a dictatorship (not of proletarians, but of bureaucrats) after defeating a U.S.-backed tyrant with the help of countryside peasants over half a century ago. Its relations with the United States have been […]

  • Nov 11, 2014
  • 6:40 PM

Cuban Little League to Make History With First-Ever World Series Appearance

For the first time in history, Cuba will be represented in the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. A new documentary by Havana-based media organization Belly of the Beast, titled ‘Little League Dreams,’ showcases the young players and their individual journeys.

  • Aug 15, 2023
  • 11:50 AM

Economists Blast Menendez for ‘False Narrative’ About Crises in Cuba, Venezuela

More than 50 of the world’s top economists have slammed Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) for recent remarks he made about Cuba and Venezuela, asking that he “stop spreading the false narrative” that there is no connection between the crises in those countries and the U.S. sanctions against them.

  • Jul 14, 2023
  • 2:45 PM

US Offers Hurricane Assistance to Cuba Amid Blackouts

The United States said Tuesday it has offered critical emergency humanitarian assistance to the people of Cuba to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian, an unusual but not unprecedented move after years of bilateral tensions.

  • Oct 19, 2022
  • 11:40 AM

Renewed Hopes But More Delays for Cubans Seeking US Visas

The Biden administration has said it will reactivate the long-stalled Family Reunification Program, which lets Cubans legally in the U.S. bring close relatives. But while separated families see hope in the measures, the long wait of years and a web of political interests also make them skeptical.

  • Jun 1, 2022
  • 5:09 PM

Biden Administration Deserves Praise for Easing Restrictions Against Cuba (OPINION)

Cuban families will now have an easier time visiting relatives on the island by restoring flights to cities other than Havana. This is great news for U.S.-based Cubans who have family in provinces and face steep transportation costs to see their loved ones.

  • May 20, 2022
  • 11:54 AM

White House Moves to Loosen Remittance, Flight Rules on Cuba

The Biden administration says it will expand flights to Cuba, take steps to loosen restrictions on U.S. travelers to the island, and lift Trump-era restrictions on remittances that immigrants can send to people on the island.

  • May 17, 2022
  • 11:52 AM

Latin American Leaders to Skip Summit of the Americas If Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua Uninvited

Several Latin American leaders have signaled they will not attend this year’s 9th Summit of the Americas if Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua are not invited. “Nobody should exclude anyone,” Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said during a recent visit to Cuba.

  • May 12, 2022
  • 6:03 PM

Interview With Wife of Independent Journalist Jailed in Cuba

HOUSTON — Being an independent journalist in the U.S. is a tricky business. We regularly have our ideas and stories stolen from us. Many of us receive near-constant death threats from trolls, racists, and even cops on occasion. While you can compare what we go through to journalists in other countries, it’s rare for a […]

  • Apr 29, 2022
  • 12:10 PM

Cuba Says It Will Attend Migration Talks With the US

Cuban authorities said Tuesday that migration talks with the United States will take place this week, the first in four years since the hardening of relations between both countries and amid a sustained increase in arrivals of Cuban citizens at the southern border of the U.S.

  • Apr 19, 2022
  • 5:27 PM

Cubans Seek Broad Reforms, Not Another Revolution (OPINION)

While many in the United States use social media information to justify a regime change, the reality is, that’s not what every Cuban wants.

  • Apr 18, 2022
  • 4:49 PM

Comparing the U.S. Two-Party System to Cuba’s One-Party Rule (OPINION)

While other political parties exist in the U.S., they are often suppressed both politically and financially, with very few exceptions. It is because of that suppression that everyone from political pundits to conspiracy theorists has questioned the validity of the U.S. political system.

  • Mar 23, 2022
  • 10:59 AM

US to Resume Some Visa Services in Cuba After 4-Year Break

The U.S. government announced Thursday that it would resume limited processing of immigrant visas in Havana more than four years after halting that service and removing most diplomats from Cuba over suspicions they had been targeted for mysterious attacks.

  • Mar 3, 2022
  • 5:01 PM

Sen. Leahy Slams Biden White House Over Cuba Policy

“As someone who has observed the evolution of relations between the United States and Cuba for nearly 50 years, I find the situation between our two countries today bewildering, tragic, and frankly exasperating,” said the 81-year-old Senator.

  • Dec 7, 2021
  • 12:08 PM

The War on Cuba (EPISODE 6)

Cuban journalist Liz Oliva Fernández exposes the striking disconnect between U.S. policy and Cuba’s reality, revealing the absurdity of Biden’s offers to “help” the Cuban people with donations of vaccines, Internet access and remittances that bypass local financial institutions.

  • Nov 23, 2021
  • 1:28 PM

The War on Cuba (EPISODE 4)

The first episode of season two of Belly of the Beast’s “The War On Cuba” centers on the so-called “Havana Syndrome,” in which U.S. diplomatic personnel in the Cuban capital reported “sonic attacks” that caused health issues, and the “flames of hysteria” fanned by the U.S. media.

  • Nov 5, 2021
  • 1:34 PM

Cuba: US Protest Narrative Paving Way for Military Incursion

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba criticized the United States and President Joe Biden on Wednesday for a series of statements by senior officials after the unprecedented protests on the island last week, accusing the U.S. government of seeking to justify a military intervention.

  • Jul 22, 2021
  • 12:16 PM

Cuba, Haiti Stir Fresh Political Pressures for US President

WASHINGTON (AP) — They are two tiny Caribbean states whose intractable problems have vexed U.S. presidents for decades. Now, Haiti and Cuba are suddenly posing a growing challenge for President Joe Biden that could have political ramifications for him in the battleground state of Florida.

  • Jul 14, 2021
  • 11:59 AM

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