Minnesota lawmakers and other advocates for a more open relationship with the island say the Trump administration’s approach moves Cuba policy backwards.
Miguel Fraga, the first secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., is in Minnesota giving a series of talks on developing relations between Cuba and the U.S.
Make no mistake, even as Fidel Castro improved the lot of the poor and made education and health care free for all, he made a mess of the Cuban economy.
Trump’s announcement was a setback for politicians, including members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation, who would like to see a new approach to U.S.-Cuban relations.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Tom Emmer are big proponents of changing U.S. policy toward the island, but they had differing views on how recent developments affect reform’s chances.
On the list of U.S. military actions over the last century, Cuba pops up seven times, starting with the 1898 Spanish-American War.
Americans oppose the continuation of the embargo by a large margin. Congress might be starting to notice.
A thaw in relations has made it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba than ever before. But there are still some catches.
Nolan visited Cuba — and met with Fidel Castro — as part of a negotiating team during his first stint in Congress in the ’70s. He was back this week, along with President Obama.
A decrepit state-run economy is rarely dismantled without a lot of dislocation, corruption and unhappiness.
Minnesotans, if nothing else, are a practical people. Living through eight months of winter leaves most of us with little patience for anything that’s clearly not working.
Any question, on any aspect of Cuban life, will eventually bring you back to the basic fact of the Revolution.
“Hello, my name is Vladimir,’’ read the tag on a black terrier mix dozing inside the entrance of the Museum of Silverwork, near the Plaza de Armas.
I wanted to see the island one more time before the U.S. travel ban lifts, and my countrymen start pouring in. And they will – we will – because Cuba has always been a magnet for Yankee tourists and Yankee interests.
The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and its tragic aftermath offers a teaching opportunity. Cubans know that natural phenomena like hurricanes need not result in social catastrophes.
Klobuchar is the sponsor of a bill to officially lift the trade embargo on Cuba.
Since the thaw in relations that followed an unexpected prisoner swap late last year, Minnesota’s representatives have wasted no time getting involved in Cuba policy.
Ending the embargo will likely require a grass-roots political campaign to end a U.S. policy that has only harmed the people of both countries.
The orchestra’s trip will one day pay dividends we cannot even imagine now. This tour was a game changer.
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