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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Once Again Trump’s Policy Benefits Russian Interests, Not Ours

The likelihood that Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal for principled or pragmatic reasons is vanishingly small, since he seems to know very little about the agreement. His own defense secretary, who understands the deal very well, advised him that it continues to serve our national security interests. Many observers […]

May 9, 2018

In Cuba, Trump’s Hostility Serves Russia — Not The United States

HAVANA — The presidency of Donald Trump is teaching millions of Cubans — along with people around the world – to see the United States as a symbol of disappointment rather than hope. Within a few months, his abusive attitude toward Cuba has nearly reversed the diplomatic, cultural, and humanitarian opening initiated by his predecessor. […]

February 22, 2018
Rick Scott

Rick Scott Figures Some Dictators Aren’t So Bad — If They’ve Got Money

Governor Rick Scott recently warned Florida’s seaports that they could lose critical state funding if they make any shipping deals with Cuba. He later told reporters: “I don’t believe any port in our state, none of them, should be doing business with a brutal dictator.” These would be stirring words if they didn’t reek with hypocrisy.

February 7, 2017
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House during his departure for Canada, in Washington, U.S. June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Obama’s Best (And Worst) Of Times

As the Barack Obama presidency dwindles down to the last day, there’s no silent amen. Donald Trump people are swarming the streets around Union Station. These Republicans seem to have come from the country to claim the country, what’s theirs. The barricades and bollards surround the beloved Capitol, the place looks like a police state. The citadel of democracy looks captured.

January 20, 2017
Obama, Cubans, Immigration

Obama Administration Ends ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’ Policy For Cubans

The move to end the policy comes just eight days before the Democratic president turns the White House over to Republican Donald Trump, who has said the United States should get more concessions from Havana in exchange for improved relations.

January 13, 2017
Castro Cuba Trump

With Trump Next Door, Cubans Worry About Life After Castro

Castro’s death has added to worries among Cubans that Donald Trump will slam the door shut on nascent trade and travel ties, undoing two years of detente between the estranged neighbors.

November 27, 2016
Trump's cuba policy

How Will Castro’s Death Shape Trump’s Cuba Policy?

Will Trump’s business interests prod him to take a more pragmatic course regarding Cuba, even if that angers the hard-core, anti-Castro elements of both parties?

November 26, 2016
Fidel Castro

Castro’s Death Could Change Cuba Reform Dynamic

Castro’s death could give his brother, President Raul Castro, more space to pursue economic reforms, but change will depend on whether Donald Trump decides to work with or challenge Cuba’s communist government.

November 26, 2016
Fidel Castro dead at age 90

Former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro Dies At 90

Castro’s death – which would once have thrown a question mark over Cuba’s future – seems unlikely to trigger a crisis as Raul Castro is firmly ensconced in power.

November 26, 2016
Cuban cigars, rum

Obama Eases Restrictions On Cuba, Lifts Limits On Rum And Cigars

The steps are part of President Barack Obama’s effort to make his historic opening to Cuba “irreversible” by the time he leaves office in January.

October 14, 2016

Excerpt: ‘American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election And The Politics Of Division’

The 2016 campaign may look like the craziest campaign in modern political history. But we’ve been here before. Forty-eight years ago, another racist demagogue who “told it like it is”; played on white racial anxieties and pledged to bring law and order to America ran for president. Alabama governor George Wallace might have run on a third party ticket that year – and only ended up winning 13 percent of the popular vote – but he gave Republican politicians a blueprint for how to use racial and cultural fear and anti-government populism to their political benefit.

October 2, 2016
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Clinton Says Trump May Have Violated U.S. Law On Cuba

“The efforts that Trump is making to get into the Cuba market, putting his business interests ahead of the laws of the United States … shows that he puts his personal and business interests ahead of the laws and the values and the policies of the United States of America,” Clinton said.

September 30, 2016
Cleveland, Obama

Obama Still Beats Trump And Cruz

Can anybody doubt that Obama would defeat either leading Republican candidate—the Sideshow Barker and the Snake Charmer alike—in a landslide? Doubtless his increased popularity derives partly from the contrast.

March 30, 2016
Barack Obama Syracuse University award journalism

Endorse This: Obama: Unlike Putin, I Don’t Edit Journalists

“Unlike you, Vladimir, I don’t get to edit the piece before it’s published.”

March 29, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama dances tango during a state dinner hosted by Argentina's President Mauricio Macri at the Centro Cultural Kirchner as part of President Obama's two-day visit to Argentina, in Buenos Aires March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Soft Shoe Diplomacy: Obama Dances The Tango At Argentine State Dinner

Getting back to the other side of the dance floor, Obama stopped to wave at the dinner guests as if to conclude. But his partner would have none of it.

March 24, 2016
A tour guide raises a Cuban national flag to regroup foreign visitors she is taking through Old Havana

Cuba: First Obama, then Mick Jagger

An American president is being welcomed, and his words are expected to be broadcast directly to the Cuban people. Such a thing was inconceivable not so long ago. No less historic is the Cuban regime allowing huge throngs to gather and rock out.

March 22, 2016
Air Force One carrying Obama and his family flies over a neighborhood of Havana as it approaches the runway to land at Havana's international airport

Obama Arrives In Havana For Historic Visit To Former Cold War Foe

The three-day trip, the first by a U.S. president to Cuba in 88 years, is the culmination of a diplomatic opening announced by Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro in December 2014, ending a Cold War-era estrangement that began when the Cuban revolution ousted a pro-American government in 1959.

March 20, 2016
A Cuban flag flies over 'Almendares' bridge in Havana, Cuba February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa

AT&T, Starwood, Marriott Working On Cuba Deals Ahead Of Obama Visit

The flurry of deal-making could help Obama use his historic March 20-22 trip to showcase what he sees as the benefits of Washington’s diplomatic opening with the former Cold War foe.

March 12, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton shake hands before the start of the Univision News and Washington Post Democratic U.S. presidential candidates debate in Kendall

Clinton, Sanders Spar Over Immigration In U.S. Presidential Debate

One of the evening’s most dramatic moments came when a Guatemalan immigrant in the audience at Miami-Dade College asked a question in Spanish of both candidates, noting that her husband had been deported, leaving her and her five children behind.

March 9, 2016

Cuba Issues Bristling Editorial Ahead Of Obama Visit

State newspaper: U.S. “should abandon the pretense of fabricating an internal political opposition, paid for with money from U.S. taxpayers.”

March 9, 2016
Blue Panorama and KLM aircrafts are seen as a taxi drives out of a parking lot at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 15, 2016. REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa

U.S. Airlines Vie For Limited Routes To Cuba

U.S. travelers must meet at least one of 12 criteria to visit, such as taking part in educational tours or visiting family in Cuba.

March 2, 2016

Gitmo Is A Stain On Our Reputation For Upholding Human Rights

In his first presidential campaign, President Barack Obama pledged to close the infamous U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where torture has been practiced and due process flouted. The reviled facility is a stain on our reputation as a beacon for human rights and as a role model in a world where the innate dignity […]

February 27, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro meet at the United Nations General Assembly in New York

Obama, Our Man in Havana

Former diplomat and Truman National Security Fellow Amanda Mattingly marks another step forward in U.S.-Cuba relations: “The tsunami of change is coming to Cuba.”

February 19, 2016

Obama To Meet Dissidents On Historic Visit To Cuba

White House official: Obama to meet “with members of civil society, including those who certainly oppose the Cuban government’s policies.”

February 18, 2016

Obama To Make Historic Trip To Cuba In Coming Weeks, Official Says

The visit to Havana by Obama would cap what administration officials see as one of his legacy foreign policy achievements.

February 17, 2016