For as long as I’ve been alive, U.S.-Cuba policy has been largely dictated by South Florida politics. Legislation passed in the 1990s to tighten U.S. sanctions was championed and ardently defended by a majority of Cuban-Americans who believed at the time that doing so would topple the Castro regime. After decades of disillusionment and exhaustion, our community has widely lost faith in isolationism. A majority of Cuban-Americans have embraced greater engagement with the Cuban people as the most effective way to promote change, with more than half a million among us traveling to the island each year.

However, many continue to support status-quo policy, mainly because our representatives in Congress have preferred to hold on to an 18-year-old shoddy piece of legislation as a symbol of opposition to the Cuban regime. So far, they have failed to present us with policies that may actually achieve our long-standing objectives of promoting democratic values and empowering the Cuban people.

Now that Cuba is no longer a political third rail, our leaders have a responsibility to pursue a new approach that better advances America’s interests. The president’s 2009 regulatory changes allowing for greater freedom to travel and send remittances to the island have had a more positive impact in the last five years than cold war-era policies had in the previous 50. He should continue taking steps to expand the flow of support to Cuban civil society and call on Congress to propose a truly “creative and thoughtful” alternative to Helms-Burton and its related statutory provisions, so that we may finally have a coherent policy toward the island that responds to 21st century challenges....



Recent Articles

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 Democracy Can’t Take Root in Isolation
Chris Sabatini, The New York Times
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 Current Record
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