U.S. and Cuba’s Efforts To Continue Normalization

With the impending arrival of the Trump Administration and twitterings that it might derail efforts at normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations, the Obama Administration, its U.S. allies and Cuba are continuing their efforts at that normalization. Let us examine these efforts by the latest U.S.-Cuba Bilateral Commission meeting, U.S. Senators and Representatives, Cuban entrepreneurs and a U.S. … Continue reading U.S. and Cuba’s Efforts To Continue Normalization

Other Reactions to U.S. Ordering Removal of 15 Cuban Diplomats   

On October 3, the U.S. ordered the removal of 15 Cuban diplomats from the U.S. as discussed in a prior post while other posts looked at recent developments on these issues and on Cuba’s reaction to that U.S. decision and order. This post will discuss reactions from others. Opposition to Expulsion of Cuban Diplomats[1] The … Continue reading Other Reactions to U.S. Ordering Removal of 15 Cuban Diplomats   

List of Posts to dwkcommentaries–Chronological (2016)

  # Date Title 785 01/01/16 Report on dwkcommentaries–2015 786 01/01/16 Pope Francis’ Message for World Peace 787 01/03/16 Book Group Tackles Norman Maclean’s “The River Runs Through It” 415A 01/04/16 Comment: New Quarters for Hennepin County Jury Assembly Room 788 01/04/16 Thoughts About “The River Runs Through It” 777B 01/06/16 Comment: NPR Commends Minnesota … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries–Chronological (2016)

Current Status of Efforts To End U.S. Embargo of Cuba

Many prior posts have discussed this blogger’s support for ending the U.S. embargo of Cuba. Unfortunately it looks increasingly unlikely that will happen in the last year of President Obama’s term in office. U.S. Congressional Efforts A 2/26/16 search of the U.S. Library of Congress THOMAS website regarding legislation in Congress reveals that no action … Continue reading Current Status of Efforts To End U.S. Embargo of Cuba

U.S. Ends Special Immigration Benefits for Cubans

On January 12, the U.S. announced that it is ending, effectively immediately, the “dry foot” immigration policy for Cubans and the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Policy. Below we will examine these cancelled policies, the U.S. announcement of the policy changes, Cuba’s announcement of the U.S. policy changes and reactions to the changes. The Cancelled U.S. Policies[1] … Continue reading U.S. Ends Special Immigration Benefits for Cubans

Another U.S. Event Promoting U.S.-Cuba Reconciliation

On February 10, 2016, another U.S. event was held to promote U.S.-Cuba reconciliation. This one at Washington, D.C.’s National Press Club was hosted by the U.S. Agricultural Coalition for Cuba, whose launch a year ago was covered in a previous post. [1] Now we look at an overview of its recent Annual Celebration Event followed … Continue reading Another U.S. Event Promoting U.S.-Cuba Reconciliation

Bills To End U.S. Embargo of Cuba Introduced in House of Representatives

Two bills to end the U.S. embargo of Cuba have been filed in the House of Representatives, but so far nothing in the Senate. [1] This post will examine the status of those two bills and the positions on the embargo of Minnesota’s U.S. Senators and Representatives  The Current Bills To End the Embargo  On … Continue reading Bills To End U.S. Embargo of Cuba Introduced in House of Representatives

Reactions to President Obama’s Speech in Cuba

A prior post provided the text of President Obama’s March 22nd speech to the Cuban people. Now we examine the reactions to the speech in Cuba and the U.S. while simultaneously acknowledging the superior reporting about the speech and the reaction provided in the March 25 post of the Cuba Central blog of the Center … Continue reading Reactions to President Obama’s Speech in Cuba

Bipartisan Bill To End Embargo of Cuba Introduced in House of Representatives           

On July 28 Representatives Tom Emmer (Rep., MN) and Kathy Castor (Dem., FL) introduced the Cuba Trade Act of 2015 (H.R.3238) to end the U.S. embargo of Cuba. The bill is cosponsored by Republican Representatives Ralph Abraham (LA), Justin Amash (MI), Charles Boustany, Jr. (LA), Reid Ribble (WI) and Mark Sanford (SC).[1] According to Emmer, … Continue reading Bipartisan Bill To End Embargo of Cuba Introduced in House of Representatives