Author Archives: Wayne Smith

New Rationale for Keeping Cuba on the List?

The U.S. could quickly and painlessly indicate a change in its policy toward Cuba by removing it from the list of “state sponsors of terrorism,” given that there is no valid evidence whatever that Cuba should be on the list.  … Continue reading

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The Shame and Harm of Keeping Cuba on the Terrorist List

A State Department spokesman stated on May 1 that Washington has no plans to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Hopefully, wiser heads will prevail and it will soon be removed. As CIP’s reports over the … Continue reading

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An Isolated and Outdated U.S. Cuba Policy

In what can only be seen as an important victory for Cuba and a rebuff to U.S. policy toward the island nation, on the last weekend in January the Community of Latin American and Caribbean states (CELAC), meeting in Santiago … Continue reading

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U.S.-Cuban Relations and the Gross Case

One often notes a certain surreal quality in U.S.-Cuban relations. Recently, for example, statements out of the State Department have suggested that everything hinges on the Gross case, that the U.S. will take no steps to improve relations with Cuba … Continue reading

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UN General Assembly Vote on US Economic Sanctions Again Shows The Total Isolation of U.S. Policy Toward Cuba

On November 13th, for the 21st year in a row, the UN General Assembly shot down the United States’ economic sanctions against Cuba in flames. This year, the vote was 188 to 3, with only Israel and Palau voting with … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy’s Impact in Cuba

Understandably, all our attention has been on the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Sandy on the Northeastern coast of the United States. Loss of lives and property damage have been appalling. We should note, however, that Cuba is a fellow sufferer. … Continue reading

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Reflections on the 1962 Missile Crisis

After the Bay of Pigs, as it became increasingly clear that Cuba would have a close relationship with the Soviet Union, it occurred to Khrushchev that perhaps the Soviet Union could place missiles in Cuba, just as the U.S. had … Continue reading

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Cuba Eases Restrictions on Travel Controls: Implications for the United States

As we have all seen, the Cuban government has just announced a significant easing of controls on the travel of Cubans abroad. Most significantly, most Cubans will no longer have to seek prior approval from the government. They will not … Continue reading

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Romney’s Skewed View

In his October 8 foreign policy speech, Mitt Romney suggested that our Latin American neighbors want to resist the failed system of Fidel Castro and to deepen ties with the U.S., but are uncertain of U.S. support. “Where does the … Continue reading

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Further on Colombian Peace Talks

Following up on our blog of September 6 (entitled “Cuba Off the Terrorist List”), which dealt largely with the fact that the Colombian Government and the FARC will shortly begin formal peace talks, CIP now wishes to call attention to … Continue reading

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