Is Obama Acting Pragmatically in the Alan Gross Case?

Is Obama Acting Pragmatically in the Alan Gross Case?

Whether American diplomats realize it or not, the Obama Administration’s fixation on Cuba’s unilateral release of Gross is making US policy looks amateurish. Even if Washington considers it unreasonable for Cuba to link Gross to the five Cuban agents arrested in Florida, it makes no sense to put on hold constructive proposals for better relations in other areas. Obama’s legacy in the hemisphere will suffer if he wastes his second term flexibility to improve US-Cuba relations because of unrealistic expectations. Incidentally, the probability of releasing Gross will improve as general relations do.

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Los cubanos podrán viajar libremente: ¿ahora sí?

Los cubanos podrán viajar libremente: ¿ahora sí?

“El comentario general de mis amigos es que esperan que este sea el paso hacia reformas progresivamente más radicales, y que solo los extremistas del exilio histórico no se dan cuenta de que estas reformas son contundentes”, respondió a DW María Isabel Alfonso, profesora de Lenguas Modernas del St. Joseph's College de Nueva York. Alfonso es miembro de Cuban-Americans for Engagement, un grupo que pide la normalización de las relaciones entre Cuba y EE.UU.

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Scholar Advocates for Increased Academic Partnership Between U.S. and Cuba

The policy changes of January 2011 are just the beginning of an urgently needed reversal of Washington's policy of isolation against Cuba. All travel controls, outside obvious national security areas, are a relic of the Cold War and an infringement of Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is as valid for Cuba as it is for the U.S. Different from the Helsinki process in Europe, when the U.S. built bridges for a flow of people and ideas across countries, Washington has insisted on adding its own walls to those erected by Cuban communists.

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Coffee is Served! One Lump or Two? The Perverse Cuban-American Mythology

Coffee is Served! One Lump or Two? The Perverse Cuban-American Mythology

For the past two months there scarcely has passed more than a day that Cuba hasn’t been in the news. The highly covered visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the island the last week of March drew more attention than any papal visits in the recent past. The VI Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia turned out to be an unmitigated diplomatic failure that witnessed every other nation present to disagree with president Obama and his Canadian counterpart that Cuba should be denied the right to represent itself.

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