It has been almost three years since Barack Obama declared détente with Cuba, initiating, with Cuban President Raúl Castro, a normalization of relations between the two countries. But since his election last fall, Donald Trump has attempted to revert to an obsolete and aggressive Cold War policy by strengthening the economic embargo and promoting regime change. Trump’s ill-conceived measures and bombast cannot undo all of the advances in US-Cuba relations that have been made in the past few years. But they have added to the insecurity and daily struggles of Cubans in a time of economic difficulty and the resurgence of the right in the region. Those difficulties are compounded as the Cuban government addresses the lingering effects of Hurricane Irma.

Following on his earlier threats to cancel the agreements between Cuba and the United States under Obama, last week President Trump announced a set of new regulations that will prohibit people-to-people travel, or individual visits by US citizens not with a tour group. The regulations will also prohibit transactions with certain hotels and tour agencies that benefit Cuba’s military and intelligence sector, and will expand the list of Cubans who cannot receive funds from, or travel to, the United States. The new regulations intensify a regime-change approach that seeks to destabilize the Cuban government rather than build links. They encourage US travelers to patronize private businesses and to support dissident activities, while banning them from spending money on government hotels and resorts. Such an approach creates hardships for all Cubans—those who work in government-owned enterprises and those who supply them, and even those private businesses and private-home rentals that will be affected by a decline in tourism resulting from the prohibition on individual travel.



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Date Title
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Tyler Wetherall, The Guardian
11/29/17 United States bans most government scientists from travel to Cuba
Richard Stone, Science
11/29/17 Nestle, Cuba Lay First Stone for $55 Million Coffee and Biscuit Factory
Sarah Marsh, Reuters
11/29/17 Cruise ship executives want US and Cuba to 'work out their differences'
Hatzel Vela, WPLG
11/28/17 Uzbekistan incident raises suspicions of Russian involvement in Cuba attacks
Steve Dorsey, CBS News
11/27/17 Cuba begins harvest of weather-battered sugar crop
Marc Frank, Reuters
11/27/17 Your Mind is in Prison: Cuba's Web of Control Over Free Expression and Its Chilling Expression on Everyday Life
Amnesty International
11/27/17 Armando Hart, Castro loyalist during Cuban revolution, dies at 87
Michael Weissenstein, Washington Post
11/26/17 One year later, Fidel Castro’s death met with tributes in Cuba — and a shrug in Miami
Mimi Whitefield and Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
11/26/17 'The Highlight Of My Career': Diplo On Major Lazer Performing In Cuba
Michel Martin, NPR
11/26/17 Cuba holds municipal elections on road to Castro era’s end
Marc Frank, Reuters
11/21/17 Trump Is Returning Cuba Policy to the Cold War
Vicki Huddleston, New York Times
11/21/17 Raúl Castro: Will he stay in power in Cuba or retire?
Mimi Whitefield and Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
11/21/17 Cuba flights getting scarcer, but MIA still the premier gateway to get there
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
11/20/17 U.S. Tour Operators Optimistic About Cuba Travel Because They’re Even More Essential
Dan Peltier, Skift
11/19/17 Amid growing isolation, North Korea falls back on close ties with Cuba
Adam Taylor, Washington Post
11/19/17 Yes, you can still travel to Cuba — but make sure you know the new rules
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
11/16/17 Cuba takes to the web for ‘scientific exchange’ on acoustic attacks on U.S. diplomats
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
11/15/17 Alaska Airlines to halt flights to Cuba
AP, Washington Post
11/15/17 Current Record
11/13/17 Inside Cuba's National Ballet School
Rachel Brown, National Geographic
11/13/17 Cuba: Trump regulations a ‘serious setback’ in U.S.-Cuba relations
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
11/13/17 Cuba Tour Operators Relieved as State Department Spells Out New Hotel Restrictions
Stanley Jones, Travel Market Report
11/12/17 Under Trump, new rules for Cuba, yet again
Emiliy Mendrala, The Hill
11/12/17 Cuba attack mystery may be Cold War flashback, officials say
Ali Watkins, Politico
11/12/17 It’s your Cuba policy, Miami Republicans. You can’t blame Obama now.
Fabiola Santiago, El Nuevo Herald
11/9/17 Statement on the New Cuba Regulations Files
11/8/17 Rubio and other Miami Republicans blame ‘bureaucrats’ for softening Trump Cuba policy
Patricia Mazzei, Miami Herald
11/8/17 What Trump’s Cuba crackdown will look like
Patricia Mazzei, Nora Gámez Torres, and Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
11/7/17 Cuban government claims more tourists visiting island than ever before
Hatzel Vela, WPLG
11/2/17 Cuba’s Cultural Sector Slammed By Partial Closure of US Embassy
Isabel Albee, Huff Post
11/1/17 Caterpillar dealer to open shop in Cuba special development zone
Marc Frank, Reuters
11/1/17 U.S. and Israel only nations to vote no on U.N. resolution condemning embargo against Cuba
Mimi Whitefiled, Miami Herald