Washington — I WAS born in Havana in November 1953, about six years before Fidel Castro led a revolution in Cuba. In July 1960, my family fled to the United States in search of freedom. Like many Cubans, they left behind close relatives, a business, property and memories. We lost everything.

My parents’ decision to seek exile in the United States has been the single most important event of my life. Thanks to their vision, and the safety and opportunity of this country, I have achieved personal and professional success beyond anything I could have imagined as a 7-year-old refugee in Miami. I became a citizen, embraced my life as a new American and fell in love with the New York Yankees.

Like many fellow Republicans and Cuban-Americans, I was critical when President Obama announced in December 2014 that his administration would begin to normalize ties between the United States and Cuba. After years of hostility and failed attempts at détente, I wondered: Did the Cuban government really want better ties with America, or was this simply another chess move in a tired game? After all, Mr. Obama is not the first president to try to change the relationship with Cuba — Mr. Castro’s revolution has outlived 10 American administrations...



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Date Title
6/30/15 Discovery’s ‘Cuban Chrome’ Marks First U.S. TV Series Shot Entirely in Cuba
Seth Kelley, Variety
6/30/15 Cuba-U.S. Detente Needs Exile Land Claim Fix to Lure Developers
Andrew Willis, Bloomberg
6/30/15 Betting On Cuba's Economic Future As Havana Becomes Las Vegas Again
Steven Dudash, Forbes
6/28/15 How The Battle Over Elián González Helped Change U.S. Cuba Policy
Tim Padgett, WLRN
6/28/15 After trip to Cuba, Jorge Pérez talks art and business
Nora Gamez Torres, El Nuevo Herald
6/27/15 US Sen. Leahy Sees 'Positive Change,' Work to Do in Cuba
AP, The New York Times
6/26/15 First EU-Cuba high level human rights dialogue meeting on 25th June
Bloomberg
6/26/15 Cuba’s Top Rum Gets Boost From Tourism While Awaiting U.S. Entry
Bloomberg, The Washington Post
6/25/15 Colleges see opportunity in U.S.-Cuba opening, but treading carefully
Emma Baccellieri, The Miami Herald
6/25/15 Airbnb Looks to Expand Cuba Listings to Non-Americans
Michael Weissenstein, AP
6/24/15 First EU-Cuba High-Level Human Rights Dialogue Meeting on 25 June
EU Press Release
6/24/15 Even the Elderly Are Emigrating From Cuba
Yoani Sanchez, The World Post
6/24/15 Cuba Introduces Plans to Get More Citizens Online
Lulu Chang, Digital Trends
6/23/15 Current Record
6/23/15 Going Back in Time to Study Cuba's Coral Reefs
Fernando Bretos, The Huffington Post
6/22/15 Cuba sees first-half GDP growth of 4 percent
Reuters
6/20/15 Still many hurdles for a Keys ferry to Cuba
Anthony Cave, The Miami Herald
6/20/15 Lift the Cuba Travel Ban
The New York Times, Editorial Opinion
6/5/15 Declassified document says Posada Carriles likely planned 1976 bombing of Cuban plane
Nora Gamez Torres and Alfonso Chardy, El Nuevo Herald
6/5/15 US Republicans vote to keep Cuba travel curbs
BBC
6/5/15 6 Cuban Artists You Should Know
Louisa Strauss, Vanity Fair
6/4/15 How Rubio Can Fix His Cuba Double Standard: Tell U.S. To Break China Ties
Tim Padgett, WLRN
6/4/15 U.S.-Cuba Thaw Reverberating Through Nonprofits
Megan O’Neil, The Chronicle of Philanthropy
6/4/15 As Cuba trade beckons, U.S. ports jostle to become the gateway
Tim Johnson, The Miami Herald
6/4/15 Soon, This Is How You'll Get to Cuba
Justin Bachman, Bloomberg
6/3/15 US Journalism Courses Rile Cuba Amid Effort to Heal Rift
Ben Fox, AP
6/2/15 How Congress is trying to block Obama's shift in Cuba policy
Patricia Zengerle and Susan Cornwell, Reuters
6/1/15 At Cuban festival in North Hudson, Jersey City revelers welcome new U.S. policy
Matthew Speiser, The Jersey Journal
6/1/15 In an online world, Cuba remains a stand-in-line society
Nick Miroff, The Washington Post
6/1/15 As ideology fades in Cuba, spirituality and popes intervene
Nick Miroff, The Washington Post
6/1/15 Obama Vows to Defend Human Rights in Talks With Cuba's Raul Castro as He Prays at National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in Miami
Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post
6/1/15 The Surprising Reaction to Obama's Cuba Experiment in Miami's Little Havana
Melinda Henneberger, Bloomberg