The lone-star flag of Cuba was proudly raised over the “newest” embassy in Washington this week. Mojitos were served in the Ernest Hemingway bar in the lovely old Beaux Arts building, and there was much shouting of “Viva Cuba.” In a few weeks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will head down to the biggest island in the Caribbean to raise the American flag over the unlovely six-story concrete structure that has served as the U.S. interests section for decades and will now likewise become a full-fledged embassy.

Exchanging full diplomatic relations makes sense and is something that has been a long time coming. Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying that the deepest form of human insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” The U.S. embargo against Cuba long ago attained that level of globally recognized failure. U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration has done the right thing, and hopefully we will see Congress follow suit on the economic side by lifting the sanctions. Given the overall commercial interest in Cuban investment as well as higher levels of farm sales, this seems likely...



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Date Title
7/30/15 Rep. Tom Emmer leads GOP effort in House to lift Cuba trade embargo
Bloomberg
7/30/15 U.S. democratic presidential hopeful Clinton to call for lifting Cuban embargo
Reuters
7/29/15 Cuban-American lawmakers alarmed at Cuba’s upgrade on trafficking report
Chris Adams, The Miami Herald
7/29/15 Lung cancer vaccine CimaVax could be first of many medical advances made possible by U.S.-Cuba thaw
Dr. David Samadi, New York Daily News
7/29/15 Bill to boost trade with Cuba faces long odds, despite win
Chris Adams, Tribune News Service
7/29/15 US upgrades Malaysia and Cuba in annual trafficking report
Rachel Middleton, International Business Times
7/28/15 Kellogg-CSG Study Analyzes Purchasing Challenges and Opportunities for Cuban Entrepreneurs Files
Cuba Study Group
7/27/15 Republicans Stand Against Cuba Change Despite Public Opinion Shift
NPR
7/27/15 Struggling to surf the web in Cuba
BBC
7/26/15 Resumption of U.S.-Cuba relations isn’t expected to set off a business stampede
Miami Whitefield, The Miami Herald
7/24/15 GOP-controlled Senate panel votes to lift Cuba travel ban
Andrew Taylor, AP
7/24/15 Historic oil meeting in Cuba set for October
Bloomberg
7/24/15 Stonegate Bank should be ready to handle transactions with Cuba in three to four weeks
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
7/24/15 Pope to urge healing in Cuba during upcoming visit
AFP
7/23/15 Florida’s Stonegate Bank makes breakthrough in Cuba
Miami Whitefield, The Miami Herald
7/23/15 Current Record
7/23/15 U.S.-Cuba thaw provides new hope for a niche sport in Havana
Reena Flores, CBS
7/21/15 Americans Seek Compensation For Assets Lost In Cuban Revolution
NPR
7/21/15 U.S.-Cuban bank deal will let business make direct transactions
Felicia Schwartz and Ryan Tracy, MSN
7/21/15 Most Republicans back re-establishing ties with Cuba, ending trade embargo: poll
Seth McLaughlin, The Washington Times
7/21/15 Cuban-American resistance to diplomatic thaw proves tepid
David Adams, Reuters
7/21/15 Poll: Majority of Americans Favor Diplomatic Ties With Cuba
Deb Rieghmann and Emily Swanson, AP
7/21/15 Visitors to Havana can find US-Cuban connections everywhere
Beth Harpaz, The Miami Herald
7/21/15 U.S. Has Made an 'Irreversible Step' With Cuba, Kerry Says
Jon Schuppe, NBC News
7/20/15 Statement Regarding Today’s Reopening of Embassies in Havana and Washington, DC Files
Cuba Study Group
7/20/15 CBS News poll: Resuming relations with Cuba
Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Anthony Salvanto, and Fred Backus, CBS News
7/20/15 US and Cuba reopen embassies after 54 years with no diplomatic ties
Silvia Ayuso, El Pais
7/19/15 Jeffery DeLaurentis: The US State Department's 'Man in Havana'
Katy Watson, BBC
7/19/15 Hope takes over Havana
James Williams and Ricardo Herrero, The Miami Herald
7/12/15 Mitch McConnell Thinks Congress Will Block Obama's Efforts To Engage With Cuba
Reuters
7/11/15 The strange and challenging world of Cuban tech start-ups
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
7/10/15 How will arrival of US cruise giant affect Cuba?
Oliver Smith, The Telegraph
7/9/15 Airbnb's Secret To Scaling In Cuba
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7/9/15 Orlando airport's new charter service to Cuba took off Wednesday
Orlando Sentinel
7/7/15 Censorship still apparent as Cuba forges place in the art world
PBS
7/7/15 Cuba doesn’t love Marco Rubio. Why is that relevant?
Janell Ross, The Washington Post
7/7/15 Hola, Havana! Carnival Cleared by U.S. to Offer Cruises to Cuba
Chris Palmeri, Bloomberg
7/7/15 Cuban dissidents report being attacked by government security forces
Nora Gamez Torres, The Miami Herald
7/6/15 U.S. Cuba Policy: Where Things Stand Now
Felicia Schwartz, The Wall Street Journal
7/6/15 Cuban entrepreneur builds a business on classic American cars
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
7/6/15 Fight avoided over U.S. ambassador to Cuba, for now
Elise Viebeck, The Washington Post
7/6/15 Restoring U.S.-Cuba diplomatic ties long overdue
Editorial Opinion, The Dallas Morning News
7/4/15 A Reopened Embassy In Havana Could Be A Boon For U.S. Businesses
Michele Peleman, NPR
7/3/15 Obama's Cuba Policy Deserves a Cigar
Editorial Opinion, Bloomberg
7/3/15 Cuba opens WiFi hotspots across country
Adam Justice, International Business Times
7/2/15 Poll: Do you agree with U.S., Cuba opening embassies in each other's capitals?
The New Jersey Journal
7/2/15 How the Presidential Field Responded to Obama's Cuba Announcement
Bloomberg
7/2/15 Trade with Cuba? We already do $300 million worth
Politico
7/2/15 The U.S. and Cuba: A reality check
Politico
7/2/15 Time to accept change in relations
Mike Fernandez, The Miami Herald
7/1/15 U.S. and Cuba to Announce Plan to Reopen Embassies
Peter Baker and Julie Hirchfeld Davis, The New York Times
7/1/15 In ‘historic step,’ Obama announces full diplomatic relations with Cuba
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
7/1/15 No Internet? No Problem. Inside Cuba's Tech Revolution
Miguel Helft, Forbes
7/1/15 Statement on the Reestablishment of Diplomatic Relations with Cuba Files
Cuba Study Group
7/1/15 Cuba becomes first country to halt mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis – UN health agency
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