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Cuba and the U.S.

Headlining stories

Headlining stories

Cuba moves political prisoners ‘closer to home’ (AFP) As projected by officials of the Catholic Church last week, today the Cuban government began moving dissident prisoners to facilities closer to their homes in a gesture of humanitarian regard for the connection of families. The Archbishop of Havana announced that six prisoners have been transferred thus […]

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As the oil continues to spill

As the oil continues to spill

Cuba continues to wait for the effects of the BP oil spill in the Gulf to reach its shores—to foul the pristine clear waters that attract tourists and scientists to the island and are the pride of locals. The island, which remains largely untouched by the environmental ills of modernity, has such clean waters that […]

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Cuba, Mexico and Arizona

Cuba, Mexico and Arizona

At this point, it is unlikely that anyone has missed word of Arizona’s new immigration law. SB 1070 was signed by Governor Jan Brewer on April 23 and is the nation’s toughest law on unauthorized immigration. For the month since its passing, the country and the hemisphere have been abuzz debating the controversial nature of […]

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Follow-up: the May 20 remarks

Follow-up: the May 20 remarks

At the beginning of the month we discussed the opportunity that Arturo Valenzuela, Assistant Secretary of Western Hemisphere Affairs, would have in his May 20 speech before the Cuban American National Foundation—the opportunity to deliver the Obama administration’s first major statement on Cuba, and to say something new. May 20th has come and gone and […]

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Is this the compromise?

Is this the compromise?

Over the past year, the Obama administration has repeatedly answered criticism of its lack of progress on Cuba with the excuse that Havana has not responded in kind to any overtures Washington has tried to make (it has the distinct feel of the classic “he started it” argument). In fact, recent statements by top officials […]

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