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Thanks for Nothing, Trump

Thanks for Nothing, Trump

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 21 June 2017 — After much media frenzy,
Trump’s “new policy” toward Cuba has not gone beyond the rhetoric
expected by most political analysts. His act was more a symbolic gesture
towards his faithful than any practical novelty. In short, those who
expected an announcement of truly transcendental changes in the policy… Continue reading

Cubans Feel Like Hostages to Both Castro and Trump

Cubans Feel Like Hostages to Both Castro and Trump / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 19 June 2017 — “Impotence.” This is the word that a
performer in the Guiñol Theater (located in the basement of the FOCSA
building in Havana’s Vedado district) uses when asked her opinion of the
new Trump Doctrine regarding Cuba.

On a day of African heat,… Continue reading

Elliott Abrams: Has Trump Made the Right Move in Cuba?

Elliott Abrams: Has Trump Made the Right Move in Cuba?
Elliott Abrams, Newsweek • June 22,
This article first appeared on the Council on Foreign Relations site.

Congratulations to President Trump for a serious (though not total)
reversal of the terrible Obama policy toward Cuba.

Why? Because the Obama policy was values-free, granting all sorts of
advantages to the Castro… Continue reading

Trump, Obama and subjugated Cubans

Editorial: Trump, Obama and subjugated Cubans
DDC | Madrid | 22 de Junio de 2017 – 14:21 CEST.

Cuba’s official television aired Donald Trump’s recent appearance at the
Manuel Artime Theater in Miami. That makes two speeches by US presidents
that Cubans on the Island have been able to watch recently.

In March of 2016, at his appearance in Havana,… Continue reading

Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy

Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 19 June 2017 – Over the weekend the
official media have repeated ad nauseam the declaration of the
government in response to Donald Trump’s speech about his policy toward
Cuba. The declaration’s rhetoric recalls the years before the diplomatic
thaw, when political propaganda revolved around confrontation… Continue reading

Cuba Won’t Negotiate Trump’s New Policy

Cuba Won’t Negotiate Trump’s New Policy
At a Monday news conference, the nation’s foreign minister called the
latest deal “a grotesque spectacle straight from the Cold War.”
ARIA BENDIX JUN 19, 2017 NEWS

Speaking at a news conference in Vienna, Austria on Monday, Cuba’s
foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez, said his nation was not interested in
negotiating with the Trump administration… Continue reading

The good, bad, and ugly of Trump’s new Cuba policy

The good, bad, and ugly of Trump’s new Cuba policy
By Ilya Somin June 18 at 3:18 PM

Late last week, President Trump announced a change in US policy towards
the communist dictatorship in Cuba. Although Trump claimed he was
“canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with
Cuba,” his new approach actually leaves most of Obama’s policies in
place.… Continue reading

Better ties between the U.S. and Cuba? Miami’s Cubans are divided

Better ties between the U.S. and Cuba? Miami’s Cubans are divided
Les Neuhaus

When President Trump scaled back President Obama’s pact that broadened
relations with Cuba, he said he was “completely canceling” a “terrible
and misguided deal.”

There was a time in Florida when the Cuban American community would have
reacted to such an announcement with almost uniform approval.

But… Continue reading

Trump And Cuba, Or How To Bet On The Wrong Winner

Trump And Cuba, Or How To Bet On The Wrong Winner

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 13 June 2017 – In less than 72 hours
President Donald Trump will declare in Miami the new basis for the
United States government’s policies towards Cuba. At that time the
decisions of his predecessor Barack Obama, during the process of
normalization of diplomatic relations… Continue reading

What does Trump’s new Cuba policy mean for travel to island?

What does Trump’s new Cuba policy mean for travel to island?
MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and DAVID KOENIG,Associated Press • June 17,

HAVANA (AP) — Here’s what’s changing with President Donald Trump’s new
policy on travel to Cuba, announced Friday:

BEFORE DETENTE

Before former President Barack Obama launched detente with Cuba in
December 2014, most Americans without family ties to Cuba traveled… Continue reading

Trump rolls back some, not all, changes in US-Cuba relations

Trump rolls back some, not all, changes in US-Cuba relations
Darlene Superville, Michael Weissenstein and Josh Lederman, Associated
Press, Associated Press • June 17, 2017

MIAMI (AP) — Pressing “pause” on a historic detente, President Donald
Trump thrust the U.S. and Cuba back on a path toward open hostility with
a blistering denunciation of the island’s communist government. He
clamped… Continue reading

Trump’s Cuba decision gives pause to U.S. companies doing business there

Trump’s Cuba decision gives pause to U.S. companies doing business there
by Julia Horowitz @juliakhorowitz
June 16, 2017: 7:03 PM ET

President Trump said he’s “canceling” Obama’s deal with Cuba. But that
agreement was good for a lot of American businesses.
Many U.S. firms have welcomed the opening of a new market roughly 100
miles from the U.S. coast.
Now,… Continue reading

National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba

National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of
the United States Toward Cuba

MEMORANDUM FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT
THE SECRETARY OF STATE
THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR
THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION
THE… Continue reading

Trump’s new Cuba policy is too much for some, not enough for others

Trump’s new Cuba policy is too much for some, not enough for others
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

If President Donald Trump did one thing during his Miami trip it was
stir up simmering passions about the best course for U.S. policy toward
Cuba.

Neither side in the emotional debate — those who favor a more hardline
approach and those who… Continue reading

Cuba to President Trump: We need to continue to cooperate and coexist

Cuba to President Trump: We need to continue to cooperate and coexist
BY MAUREEN WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com

Noting the hostile rhetoric of President Donald Trump in his Miami
speech and saying the United States was in no position to be giving
lessons on human rights, Cuba still extended an olive branch and said it
wanted to continue a dialogue with its… Continue reading

Opinan activistas y políticos

Opinan activistas y políticos
DDC | Madrid | 17 de Junio de 2017 – 01:07 CEST.

Éliecer Ávila, líder del movimiento Somos+

“De cara al posible retroceso que anunciaría el Presidente Donal Trump
nos sentimos preocupados en principio, pero al escuchar su discurso,
consideramos que la dimensión de los cambios no llega a revertir los
aspectos positivos fundamentales de la… Continue reading

US will ‘preserve some commercial activity’ with Cuba: Rex Tillerson

US will ‘preserve some commercial activity’ with Cuba: Rex Tillerson
By Gabby Morrongiello June 13, 2017 | 1:46pm
Modal Trigger

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that the
Trump administration will preserve some commercial activity between the
U.S. and Havana when it rolls back part of President Obama’s Cuba policy
later this week.

Puerto Rican Day Parade… Continue reading

Race to influence the president on Cuba policy heats up

Race to influence the president on Cuba policy heats up
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

With an announcement on Cuba policy by President Donald Trump apparently
imminent, those for and against engagement are jockeying to get their
positions before the president — even his daughter Ivanka.

There has been a flurry of letters to the president this week as Miami
awaits… Continue reading

Amidst imminent Cuba policy announcement, dissidents express support for some change

Amidst imminent Cuba policy announcement, dissidents express support for
some change
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

President Donald Trump’s anticipated announcement on Cuba policy changes
has unleashed an unexpected unity on the island: Cuban dissidents of
various political stripes agree that the United States must make changes
to apply pressure to the Raúl Castro regime.

The leader of Cuba’s largest… Continue reading

Center for a Free Cuba petitions Trump to dismantle Obama Cuba policies

Center for a Free Cuba petitions Trump to dismantle Obama Cuba policies
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

The Center for a Free Cuba sent a letter of gratitude to President
Donald Trump Wednesday for his decision to come to Miami and said it was
pleased that he would soon begin the “dismantling of Barack Obama’s
concessions to the Castro regime.”

The… Continue reading

Quiénes están detrás de la campaña de desinformación sobre Cuba?

¿Quiénes están detrás de la campaña de desinformación sobre Cuba?
El presupuesto presentado al Congreso propone eliminar la ayuda a la
disidencia cubana, demostrando lo “preocupado” que está Trump por los
derechos humanos de los cubanos
Manuel Castro Rodríguez, Miami | 15/06/2017 10:20 am

El escritor británico Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), que usó el
seudónimo literario de George Orwell, fue… Continue reading

Human Rights Watch: ‘Revertir las medidas de Obama no mejorará los derechos humanos en Cuba’

Human Rights Watch: ‘Revertir las medidas de Obama no mejorará los
derechos humanos en Cuba’
DDC | Nueva York | 14 de Junio de 2017 – 00:32 CEST.

Revertir los cambios de la Administración de Barack Obama respecto a La
Habana “no mejorará el respeto a los derechos humanos en la Isla”,
señaló este martes Human Rights Watch (HRW) en… Continue reading

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