In the news this week:
Congress once again heard the case for opening Cuba to travel and trade from a diverse panel of witnesses. The news summary opens and closes with reports from the hearing.
Houston, Texas is fired up and ready to go. Houston’s port now has the go-head to ship goods directly to Cuba. Its $85 million a year business is likely to skyrocket.
But some in Congress just can’t believe the Cold War is over. The appointment of Mari Carmen Aponte to be ambassador to El Salvador remains snagged in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee over decades-old allegations she had a honey who was tied to Cuban (and American!) intelligence.
We carry new and important reports about corruption in Cuba, drought in Cuba, flu in Cuba, dissent and repression in Cuba, cell phones, video games and homes in Cuba.
We bring the good news that Carlos Varela is returning to the United States, not to do politics but to play music. We even carry Hugo Chávez’s appeal to former President Castro: it’s time to tweet.
But we close with wise words from John Block, whose testimony reminds us that support for a new Cuba policy stretches beyond party, philosophy, and time.
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