The most damaging legacy of the Helms-Burton Act is not that it codified the bulk of U.S. sanctions into law, but that it codified the way we are supposed to think about solving the Cuban puzzle. It zapped our creativity and told us we must consider only one zero-sum, all-or-nothing course of action to foster change in Cuba — a course that never had a serious chance of succeeding.

Far worse, it codified our identity as victims. It denied us the freedom to take credit for the ground we’ve gained until the day the Castros are driven from power and there is a functional democracy in Cuba. It blinded us to the series of small victories that freedom advocates have won in Cuba over the past five years, and from recognizing the historic victory that the Cuban-American community won on Dec. 17:

Cuban Americans played a key role in the negotiations

Some claim that Cubans and Cuban Americans were left out of the negotiations between our two countries. While I can’t speak for what may have transpired in Havana, on the American side, that is not true. Over the better part of the last two years, Obama administration officials sought out the advice of prominent Cuban-American professional, civic and religious leaders on how to best chart a new course on Cuba policy. These talks often included members of distinguished organizations such as the Cuba Study Group, Roots of Hope, the Cuban American National Foundation and our own #CubaNow...



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Date Title
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12/31/14 U.S. condemns Cuba's 'practice of repressing' after activists detained
Daniel Trotta, Reuters
12/31/14 Cuba’s Frustrated Engineers Hold Key to Fast-Track GDP Growth
Anatoly Kurmanaev, Eric Martin and Sabrina Valle, Bloomberg News
12/30/14 Current Record
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Anatoly Kurmanaev and Eric Martin, Washington Post-Bloomberg
12/30/14 After the thaw: Re-imagining Cuba in 2015
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
12/30/14 Low-Profile US Diplomat Helped Negotiate With Cuba
Nedra Pickler, AP
12/30/14 Cuba-US detente upends life for Cuban dissidents
Michael Weissenstein, AP
12/29/14 In U.S.-Cuba Prisoner Swap, Mystery Surrounds The Unnamed 53
Reuters
12/29/14 Shifting Dynamics for Cuba’s Dissidents
Editorial Board, The New York Times
12/26/14 Move Forward With Cuba
Vicki Huddleston, The New York Times
12/24/14 CNN/ORC Poll: Americans side with Obama on Cuba
Jeremy Diamond, CNN
12/24/14 Cuba inches toward transparency, seeking investment and credit
Marc Frank, Reuters
12/24/14 As Cuban American demographics change, so do views of Cuba
Mark Hugo Lopez and Jens Manuel Krogstad, Pew
12/24/14 Cuba’s Promising New Online Voices
Editorial Board, The New York Times
12/23/14 Cuba signals that extradition of US fugitives off the table
Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, AP
12/23/14 Poll: Support increases for lifting Cuba embargo, travel restrictions
Scott Clement, The Washington Post
12/22/14 Analysis of the Portfolio of Opportunities for Foreign Investment in Cuba
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12/22/14 Opponents formulate a strategy to derail Obama’s new Cuba policy
Paul Kane, The Washington Post
12/22/14 The Conservative Case For A New Cuba Policy
Sen. Jeff Flake, The Daily Caller
12/22/14 Why Cuba move will help America
Fareed Zakaria, CNN
12/22/14 Canada's Foreign Minister: American Influence Will Make Cuba a Better Place
Jeffery Goldberg, The Atlantic
12/19/14 Lifting the Embargo Means Cuba Can No Longer Play Victim
Jose Miguel Vivanco, Time
12/17/14 Cuba Study Group Applauds Historic Steps Taken by the U.S. and Cuba
Cuba Study Group
12/16/14 Building the new Cuban economy
Mimi Whitfield, Miami Herald
12/15/14 Much unfinished work remains as Cuba reforms its economy
Mimi Whitfield, Miami Herald
12/15/14 Cuba’s Economy at a Crossroads
Editorial Board, The New York Times
12/15/14 Cuban Scholars in U.S. Can’t Get Bank Accounts
Ernesto Lodoño, The New York Times
12/12/14 Cuban rapper denies receiving money from USAID
Nora Gamez Torres, El Nuevo Herald
12/12/14 Why USAID Got Into Bed With Cuban Rappers
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12/12/14 Why I changed my mind about Cuba
Carmen Cusido, CNN
12/11/14 On Human Rights Day in Cuba: Instead of Bread and Circuses, We Get Beer and Repression
Yoani Sanchez, The Huffington Post
12/11/14 Timeline of US involvement in Cuban hip-hop
AP
12/11/14 U.S. Secretly Infiltrated Cuba's Hip-Hop Scene To Spark Anti-Government Movement: Report
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12/9/14 New comedy wave tests limits on criticism in Cuba
Anne Marie Garcia, AP
12/5/14 Internet in Cuba only for the rich -- or resourceful
Alexandre Grosbois, AFP