Category Archives: Normalization of Relations

Vancouver skateboarder helps spread sport in Cuba

Norma Ibarra is on her 2nd trip to Cuba to donate boards from Vancouver For a country with no skate shops, Cuba’s skateboarding scene is incredibly vibrant. That’s what Vancouver skateboarder and photographer Norma Ibarra says. She is in Havana … Continue reading

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POTUS Announces Cuba Policy, June 16, 2017

On Friday, June 16, 2017, President Trump announced a change in policy affecting the parameters under which US residents are able to travel to Cuba. The new regulations make it impossible for Americans to travel to Cuba independently. Instead, they … Continue reading

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Opinion Universal healthcare, no illiteracy and other Cuban feats under a U.S. embargo

Los Angeles Times, June 20, 2017 To the editor: U.S. policy toward Cuba has been hijacked by a clique of Cuban American politicians who, along with President Trump, have demonstrated the corrupt nature of America’s political system. Can such a … Continue reading

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Trump’s Cuba Moves ‘an Epic Disaster’ for Entrepreneurs

Renewed ties were supposed to lead to economic progress. And now it’s all at a standstill. Last week, hopeful belief collided with hard fact. President Trump, as he promised he would during the campaign, began dismantling former President Obama’s historic … Continue reading

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Farmers Urge Caution on Cuba Policy

Importing $2 billion worth of food each year, Cuba represents the kind of growth opportunity U.S. farmers and ranchers need during this challenging economic period, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said recently as he encouraged the administration to … Continue reading

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Congresswoman Clarke’s Statement on Donald Trump’s Reversal of President Obama’s Cuba Policies

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement on Donald Trump’s reversal of President Barack Obama’s policy of opening relations between the United States and Cuba. Trump announced that he will limit travel by American citizens to … Continue reading

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Cuba Repeats Will to Continue Respectful Dialogue with U.S.

Cuba maintains its will to continue the respectful dialogue and cooperation in matters of common interest with the United States, and to negotiate pending bilateral issues, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez stressed here on Monday. In a press conference in … Continue reading

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Disengaging with Cuba

President Obama’s engagement with Cuba was one of his administration’s success stories. The policy shift was based on the entirely realistic as well as humanitarian assessment that permanent estrangement deepens enmity, isolates two peoples and separates families, reduces opportunities for … Continue reading

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Farmers say Trump’s Restriction Reversal to Cuba, Will Hurt Agriculture in AR

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Farmers in Arkansas speak out against President Trump’s reversal of door-opening trade policies with Cuba. Fifth generation farmer Robby Bevis spends his Saturdays out on his farm in Scott, AR. “I have a son that farms … Continue reading

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Heitkamp Statement on Cuba Policy

Press Release Senator Continues to Push Bipartisan Bill to Allow Private Financing of U.S. Ag Exports to Cuba WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today released the following statement after the president announced he would be reversing some of … Continue reading

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