Human rights abuses continue in Cuba and U.S.A.I.D. contractor Alan Gross remains in prison. But it is precisely for that reason that President Obama needs to continue to lift the veil of isolation the U.S. has placed over Cuba – doing so will promote a greater flow of information and independent activity that has led to political opening across the world. It’s no coincidence that there’s never been democratic change in a country under as tight as an embargo as the one the U.S. has had on Cuba for 53 years; and it's no coincidence that it has failed.

Because of the 1996 law (the unironically titled Libertad Act) much of the embargo is codified into law and requires an act of Congress to lift it. Given the paralysis of the current congress this appears very unlikely. But there is scope for the president to use executive authority to liberalize elements of the embargo, including nontourist travel, greater opportunities for commerce with the growing nonstate sector, U.S. telecoms investment and sales on the island, and removing Cuba from the U.S. Department’s State Sponsors of Terrorism list. In the latter case, there is no evidence to support the current designation...



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Date Title
10/30/14 U.S. attends Ebola meeting in Cuba called by leftist bloc
Reuters
10/30/14 In Cuba, a new church, a ray of hope
Alan Gomez, USA Today
10/29/14 Cuba tries to drive up fertility amid baby slump
AP, The Washington Post
10/29/14 Cuba's Roofs, Small Spaces of Freedom
Yoani Sanchez, The Huffington Post
10/29/14 Another exodus of Cubans in the making
Fabiola Santiago, The Miami Herald
10/27/14 The Shifting Politics of Cuba Policy
Editorial Opinion, The New York Times
10/22/14 Lech Walesa Meets Cuban Democracy Activists in Warsaw
Yoani Sanchez, The Huffington Post
10/21/14 From Havana, a Prominent Voice for Change
Miriam Leiva, The New York Times
10/21/14 Cuba should not be rewarded for denying freedom to its people
Editorial, The Washington Post
10/20/14 Calling time on America's blockade of Cuba
Will Grant, BBC
10/20/14 Cuba’s Impressive Role on Ebola
Editorial, The New York Times
10/17/14 How Business Can Change Cuba
Tim Padgett, Businessweek
10/16/14 Rare Independent Group Aims to Open Debate in Cuba
Michael Weissenstein, AP
10/16/14 Cuba to introduce modern, more secure ID cards
EFE
10/15/14 Still Pondering U.S.-Cuba Relations, Fidel Castro Responds
Ernesto Lodoño, The New York Times
10/15/14 Fidel Castro reprints NY Times embargo editorial
AP, The Washington Post
10/14/14 As times change, Cuban exiles in the U.S. learn it’s possible to go home again
Stephen Wicary, The Globe and Mail
10/14/14 The Castros Are Responsible for Cuba’s Failures, Not the U.S.
Jorge Benitez, The New York Times
10/14/14 Current Record
10/14/14 U.S. Engagement With Cuba Is Worth the Risk
Ted Henken, The New York Times
10/14/14 Obama Should End the Embargo on Cuba
Editorial, The New York Times
10/14/14 Cuba Doesn’t Deserve Normal Diplomatic Relations
Carlos Alberto Montaner, The New York Times
10/14/14 Cuban-Americans Want More Engagement
Ric Herrero, The New York Times
10/14/14 No Legitimacy for Cuba’s Dictators
Frank Calzon, The New York Times
10/14/14 Time to Restore the Rich Cultural Ties Between the U.S. and Cuba
Catherine Murphy, The New York Times
10/10/14 Changes in Cuban laws lead to a surge of migrants arriving in U.S. by land, sea and air
AP, Fox News Latino
10/10/14 In Rickety Boats, Cuban Migrants Again Flee to U.S.
Frances Robles, The New York Times
10/8/14 Miami congressional candidates differ on U.S.-Cuba policy
Patricia Mazzei, The Miami Herald
10/8/14 Summit missing a strong agenda
Dan Restrepo, Miami Herald
10/8/14 US Official Downplays Cuba's Invitation to Summit
AP
10/7/14 New book unveils diplomatic exchange between Castro and Obama
Nora Gamez Torres, El Nuevo Herald
10/7/14 Pro-Cuba travel TV ad airing in Miami
Tampa Bay Tribune
10/3/14 Cuba Advances Critical Task of Peso Unification, Bank Chief Says
Bloomberg
10/3/14 Records: Kissinger made plans to attack Cuba
Alexandra Olsen, AP
10/3/14 Political arrests down in Cuba, opposition says
EFE, Fox News Latino
10/2/14 Bodies of four victims found off Hollywood Beach identified as Cuban migrants
Alfonso Chardy, El Nuevo Herald