Relations between the United Statesand Venezuela are not at a high point. Shrill cries of Yankee imperialism and secret meddling are emanating from Caracas. Accusations of human rights abuses and attacks on democratic freedoms ring out from Washington. The US has slapped sanctions on some Venezuelan officials. Both countries are reducing embassy staffs as a part of the diplomatic duel. 

By contrast, relations between the US and Cuba appear to be improving at such a pace that President Obama says the two longtime adversaries could announce an accord to open embassies in each other’s capitals by next month.

But is the tension with Venezuela a harbinger of what is to come with Cuba? The two countries, after all, have much in common, from shared leftist political ideologies to fraught histories with the US. Can the US and Cuba actually carve a new future out of their new attempts to normalize relations, or are they likely to go down the same spiraling path the US and Venezuela seem to be on?..

Recent Articles

Date Title
3/31/15 U.S. and Cuba to face off on human rights in Tuesday Washington meeting
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
3/31/15 Pritzker: U.S. business can be at the forefront of change in Cuba
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
3/31/15 Cuba aims to ramp up Internet access -U.S. State Dept official
David Adams, Reuters
3/30/15 Who claims what property seized in Cuba? Facts and figures
Adam Geller, AP
3/29/15 Tampa could prosper from restoring cattle trade with Cuba
Tampa Tribune
3/26/15 Cuban dissidents will head to Summit of the Americas
Nora Gamez, The Miami Herald
3/26/15 Venezuela slashes oil shipments to Cuba, Caribbean in half
Antonio Maria Delgado, The Miami Herald
3/23/15 Obama Outmaneuvered Hardliners to Cut a Cuba Deal
Reuters, Newsmax
3/23/15 Giving Cubans a chance
Parris N. Glendening, Baltimore Sun
3/23/15 Cuba flirts with free speech
Marc Frank, Financial Times
3/19/15 Questions Over US-Cuba Talks Amid Venezuela Dispute
Peter Orsi and Andrea Rodriguez, AP
3/19/15 Current Record
3/19/15 First direct flights between New York and Cuba taking off
3/18/15 Travel company starts first direct charter flights between New York City and Havana, Cuba
3/18/15 3 months out of a Cuban prison, Alan Gross savors his freedom
Patrick Oppmann, CNN
3/18/15 Cruise line leaders have sights on Cuba
Arlene Satchell, Sun Seninel
3/17/15 Row between US and Venezuela sees Cuba caught in the middle
Nick Miroff, The Washington Post
3/17/15 North Korea, Cuba in 'same trench' against US: minister
3/16/15 Cuba, U.S. Renew Talks On Restoring Diplomatic Ties
Daniel Trotta, Reuters
3/16/15 Cuba approves first public wi-fi hub in Havana
3/13/15 Cuba Allows Rare Free Public Wi-Fi at Havana Cultural Center
3/13/15 Third round of U.S.-Cuba talks set in Havana
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
3/13/15 New York Flights Bound for Cuba Offer Glimpse of Growing Market
Katherine Chiglinsky, Bloomberg
3/13/15 Lessons from Eastern Europe for Cuba hardliners in Congress
Georgeta Dragoiu, The Hill
3/13/15 Seeding a Silicon Valley in Cuba
Ramphis Castro, Re/code
3/13/15 New Poll Shows Most Republicans Favor Lifting Embargo On Cuba
Pablo Manriquez, The Huffington Post
3/13/15 Three reasons why U.S. banks aren’t entering Cuba – yet
Nina Lincoff, South Florida Business Journal
3/12/15 New poll shows bipartisan support for Obama's Cuba policy
David Adams, Reuters
3/12/15 US and Cuba re-establish direct phone link
3/12/15 Cuba dissident leader expects to survive referendum vote
Anne-Marie Garcia, AP
3/11/15 U.S. Tourism to Cuba in the New Scenario of Bilateral Relations Files
Dr. José Luis Perelló Cabrera, From the Island
3/3/15 Young Cuban Artists Testing the Boundaries of Dissent
Tracy Wilkinson, L.A. Times
3/3/15 Why Midwestern farmers want to break the Cuba embargo
Nick Miroff, The Washington Post
3/3/15 'Ship to Cuba' option shows up on amid diplomatic talks
3/2/15 Obama hopes for U.S. embassy in Cuba before April summit in Panama
Jeff Mason, Reuters
3/2/15 How Better Relations With Cuba Might Affect American Baseball
Matt Schiavenza, The Atlantic
3/2/15 Mexican company gets deal to invest in Cuba development zone
3/2/15 Cuba signals readiness to fast-track U.S. diplomatic ties
David Adams and Daniel Trotta, Reuters
3/1/15 Red flags in Cuba slow investment
Alan Gomez and Rick Jervis, USA TODAY