Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Cuba Open For Business To US Telecom Carriers

In a sign of further steps towards the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) removed the communist nation from its “Exclusion List,’ a global regulatory structure for telecommunications, making it possible for US telecom companies to establish a physical presence in the country and to increase business […]

Agreement on U.S. – Cuba Commercial Flights

The United States and Cuba this week announced that they had reached an agreement to resume commercial flights between the two countries and to “establish scheduled air service” for official purposes because travel to Cuba strictly for tourism purposes is still prohibited under the law. The agreement will “facilitate an increase in authorized travel, enhance […]

Latino Lawmakers Urge Rubio to Drop Nomination Hold

Florida Senator Marco Rubio continues to hold up the nomination of President Obama’s nominee to be ambassador to Mexico and now, after months of delay, 19 fellow Latino lawmakers are calling on Rubio to allow a full vote by the U.S. Senate, in a vote Roberta Jacobson, current Assistant Secretary of State for the Western […]

Record Number of Cuban Refugees Entering U.S.

As a result of the continuing normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States, the U.S. has seen dramatic uptick in the number of Cuban refugees reaching its borders due in part out of fear on the island nation that the long-standing “wet foot, dry foot” policy that allows Cuban refugees to stay in […]

U.S. will not invite Cuban dissidents to Embassy flag-raising in Havana

The Obama administration reported they will not be inviting critics of the Cuban government to the historic flag-raising at the American Embassy in Havana on Friday. Secretary of State John Kerry will instead meet privately with activists after the event later in the day, illustrating the U.S. government’s policy shift from opposition to embrace. Still, […]

U.S., Cuban Embassies Reopen

The United States and Cuba officially reestablished diplomatic relations this week with the official opening of each country’s embassies in Washington and Havana. The openings, marked by a ceremonial flag-raising at each location, represent the culmination of diplomatic work that was first announced in December 2014 by President Obama at the White House. Cuban Foreign Minister […]

U.S. and Cuba Agree to Reopen Embassies, Restore Full Diplomatic Relations

Washington D.C. and Havana, Cuba will each open the doors at two new embassies on July 20 after over a half-century of diplomatic isolation, President Obama announced in the Rose Garden on Wednesday. The move comes following a wave of dramatically warming relations between the two Cold War foes, marking the most palpable sign of progress […]

Republicans Aim to Block Embassy in Cuba

In an effort to block the Obama Administration’s rapprochement policy towards Cuba, Republicans in the House of Representatives on Tuesday proposed a bill funding the State Department for 2016 while blocking necessary funding for the establishment of a formal embassy and other diplomatic infrastructure projects that would lead to further ties with the Communist regime. […]

US, Cuba Make Progress In Restoring Diplomatic Ties

An announcement by US and Cuban governments regarding the reopening of embassies could come as early as next week as relations continue to normalize between the two countries and recent talks between Cuban government officials and Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson, came to a close. Describing the talks as “highly […]

NY Gov. Cuomo heads trade mission to Cuba, becomes first sitting governor to visit

With a meeting between Presidents Barack Obama and Raúl Castro already in the books, the process of normalizing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba took another step forward on Monday, as Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) landed in Havana to lead a business delegation that included top American executives with a potential business interest in […]