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By Jennifer Aron, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on February 26, 2013 | 3 CommentsMedia silence in the Caribbean is not necessarily good for Cuba, the island known in and around the world for its health care, tourism, and socialist economy. One should also recall the campaign Cuba had in the 1960s to produce 10 million tons of sugar in which it fell...
By Research Associate Jennifer Aron and Guest Scholar Adrian H. Hearn on February 26, 2013 | No CommentsOn Sunday, President Raúl Castro announced that his current five-year term will be his last and that he will be stepping down in 2018. This unanticipated announcement accompanied indications that the Cuban Constitution will be eventually ratified to impose future term limits on those in higher offices. Castro’s...
By Amandha Lopes, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on February 12, 2013 | No Comments
By Megan Cowell, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on February 8, 2013 | No CommentsDear Editor, Your January 21 article titled “’Curious’ Cuban net cable has activated, researchers say,” allowed for a balanced account of Cuba’s recently installed high-speed fiber-optic cable. This step, together with a torrent of other island-inspired reforms issued by the Castro administration, should be transformative. As a professed democratizing...
By COHA Director Larry Birns and COHA Senior Research Fellow Frederick B. Mills on January 30, 2013 | 9 CommentsThe Obama Administration should be prepared to take, in quick progression, three important initial steps to trigger a speedy rapprochement with Cuba: immediately phase out the embargo, free the Cuban five, and remove Havana from the spurious State Department roster of nations purportedly sponsoring terrorism. These measures should be seen...
By Erik Svedberg, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on January 25, 2013 | 4 CommentsDear Editor, Your January 13 article, “After Decades, Cuba Eases Travel Rules to Maintain Ties,” overlooked one of the most important aspects of these reforms: their parallels with patterns of U.S. immigration reform now under discussion in Washington. The Cuban government’s decision to ease travel restrictions took effect simultaneously...