November 9, 2018


Makeup of new Congress could create a different dynamic on Cuba policy

The Miami Herald analyzes how the results of Tuesday’s midterm elections could impact the congressional dynamic on Cuba policy. In Miami-Dade County, for example, Cuban American candidates lost two seats in the county’s three congressional districts. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) won the FL-26 district by over two points (51-49 percent), defeating incumbent Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R). Additionally, Donna Shalala (D), who served as Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Clinton Administration, then as President of the University of Miami, and more recently as President of the Clinton Foundation, defeated local journalist Maria Elvira Salazar (R) in Florida’s 27th district, a district previously represented by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the first Cuba-American elected to Congress. Only Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R) survived the challenge of former Judge Mary Barzee-Flores (D), winning FL-25 (60.3-39.7 percent).

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November 2, 2018


“This week, in Cuba news…”

UN votes overwhelmingly to condemn US embargo of Cuba

On Thursday, for the 26th consecutive year, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), voted in support of a resolution to denounce the U.S. embargo on Cuba. The resolution passed with a 188-2-0 vote. As has become the custom in recent years, only Israel joined the U.S. to vote against the resolution. Ukraine and Moldova did not vote. This year, the U.S. delegation introduced eight amendments calling on the Cuban government to respect human rights, especially freedom of expression, press, and assembly. All the amendments were rejected by vote and dismissed.

Cuba presented the first UNGA resolution against the U.S. embargo in 1992. On that occasion, the resolution was approved by a vote of 59 in favor, 3 opposed, and 71 abstentions. The U.S. and Israel have voted against the resolution each year but one; in 2016, following President Obama’s trip to Cuba in March of that year, both delegations abstained. That year, the resolution received a historic 191 votes in favor and zero opposed. However, in 2017, following President Trump’s policy directive requiring the U.S. to oppose the measure, the U.S. and Israel once again voted against it. The measure passed with 191 votes in favor.

Every year in the weeks before the vote, the Cuban government increases its statements against the embargo and launches efforts to solicit support from stakeholders in the international community.

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Cuba Central News Brief: 10/26/2018

October 30, 2018

This week, in Cuba news…

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October 19, 2018

Dear Friends,

The CDA team is taking a week off from reporting, reveling in the joy of CDA’s 12th Anniversary Celebration, which we held in Washington, D.C. this week (pictures coming soon). We were thrilled to honor the good work of Alicia Adams and Gilda Almeida, the team at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts behind the May 2018 Artes de Cuba Festival, and Ambassador (ret.) Jeffrey DeLaurentis, former U.S. chargé d’affaires, for their tremendous work to advance U.S.-Cuba engagement.

Thank you to all who celebrated with us, to our generous event sponsors, and to our many friends (that includes you!) who support our good work.

We will be back with the Cuba Central News Brief next week. In the meantime, find some recommended reading below.

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October 12, 2018


Kimberly Breier confirmed as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs

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CUBA CENTRAL NEWS BRIEF: Featuring Q&A on the visit of Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel to New York.

October 5, 2018

Q&A with Dr. Michael J. Bustamante and Dr. Arturo López-Levy on the visit of Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel to New York.

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September 28, 2018

This week, in Cuba news…

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