Bloomberg View Editorial President Barack Obama’s handshake with Cuban president Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service last week has fed both hopes and fears that the half-century freeze between the U.S. and Cuba is about to thaw.
Fareed Zakaria, CNN's Global Public Square The best path forward for Washington is one that has been recommended by many experts, from Jorge Casteneda, the former Mexican foreign minister to Human Rights Watch. The United States should shift from a policy of regime change in Cuba, which has not worked, to one that promotes reform and human rights aggressively.
Fox News Latino - Español HAVANA – The normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States could take years and will not be resolved during the presidency of Barack Obama, a long-time head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington told the Communist Party daily Granma.
The New York Times Editorial Board Some Republicans and Cuban-American lawmakers are criticizing President Obama for shaking President Raúl Castro’s hand at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Their reaction to a gesture of common courtesy should come as no surprise given Washington’s senseless commitment to a failed 50-year policy toward Cuba.
MiamiHerald.com Cuban police have freed the last of the more than 150 dissidents detained during International Human Rights Day, including Estado de SATS founder Antonio G. Rodiles and rocker Gorky Aguila.
MiamiHerald.com A Cuban pastor who has been harshly critical of the government says he was denied permission to travel abroad last month for a religious gathering even though his passport and visa were all in order.
MiamiHerald.com Are the 1950s coming back? The United States and Russia appear to be vying for influence on Cuba again, one with a handshake and the other with money.
The New York Times SOWETO, South Africa — President Obama shook hands with President Raúl Castro of Cuba on Tuesday, offering a friendly gesture freighted with symbolism to one of America’s most enduring Cold War foes.
Fox News Latino - Español As many as 150 dissidents were arrested while trying to mark U.N. International Human Rights Day, the opposition Cuban Human Rights and National Reconciliation Commission said Wednesday.
The Huffington Post Just before Thanksgiving, Cuban-American families who had hoped to spend the holidays with their Cuban relatives got some bad news. On November 26th, Cuba suspended consular services -- including the issuing of passports and visas -- at its interest section in Washington.
Bloomberg Businessweek Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc will pay $100 million to settle U.S. and New York regulators’ accusations that it violated sanctions programs targeting Iran, Sudan, Burma and Cuba.
The Economist “ON BACKGROUND, I can confirm there was a handshake.” In such deliciously cloistered terms did aides in 2000 confirm that President Bill Clinton had shaken hands with Fidel Castro–the first time a sitting American president had ever done so with the Cuban leader. Compared with that, President Barack Obama’s quick but highly public handshake with Raúl Castro, the Cuban president (and Fidel’s brother), at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Johannesburg on December 10th looked like a sign of rapprochement between America and Cuba meant to be shouted from the rooftops.