Cuba http://blog.wlrn.org en The Power Of The Diaz-Balart Name, From Cuba To Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/power-diaz-balart-name-cuba-miami <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><a href="http://wlrn.org/quiz-do-you-know-south-florida-politicians"><strong>Take our quiz on South Florida's political families. &nbsp;</strong></a></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">When immigrants leave their country, they usually leave their connections and name recognition behind. But that doesn’t apply to Cubans in South Florida, which is home to almost half of the U.S. Cuban population.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:19:41 +0000 Elaine Chen 35292 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Power Of The Diaz-Balart Name, From Cuba To Miami The Florida Roundup: As Cuba Changes, Does U.S. Policy? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-roundup-cuba-changes-does-us-policy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Both the U.S. and Cuba have relaxed travel restrictions so family visits are easier and more money is flowing to the island nation, so what’s next?</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">NPR Morning Edition host David Greene joins us after spending a week in Cuba, talking with government officials, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers and fishermen.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:37:53 +0000 Elaine Chen 34656 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Florida Roundup: As Cuba Changes, Does U.S. Policy? Until Moderate Cuban-Americans Vote, No Poll Will Change U.S. Cuba Policy http://blog.wlrn.org/post/until-moderate-cuban-americans-vote-no-poll-will-change-us-cuba-policy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Cuba policy </span>hardliners<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in this country look more panicked than Fidel Castro trying to find his dentures.</span></p><p>Each month seems to bring more evidence that Americans – and Cuban-Americans – reject Washington’s long and failed strategy of isolating the communist island. The latest is this week’s Florida International University poll: A majority of Miami Cubans favor dropping the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba and engaging the country as a way of undermining the Castro dictatorship.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:35:25 +0000 Tim Padgett 34200 at http://blog.wlrn.org Until Moderate Cuban-Americans Vote, No Poll Will Change U.S. Cuba Policy Locked Up In Latin America: Why These Controversial Cases Are Hard To Resolve http://blog.wlrn.org/post/locked-latin-america-why-these-controversial-cases-are-hard-resolve <p>There’s an old saying among Mexican officials when dealing with the United States: Always tell the gringos yes, but never tell them when.</p><p>That dance is the result of two centuries of tortured bilateral relations marked by U.S. insensitivity and Mexican hypersensitivity. And it’s most likely what’s playing out now as Washington and Mexico City haggle over the fate of a former U.S. Marine, Andrew Tahmooressi.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:52:54 +0000 Tim Padgett 33508 at http://blog.wlrn.org Locked Up In Latin America: Why These Controversial Cases Are Hard To Resolve Please Don't Call Yoani Sánchez A Hero If You Really Don't Want To Help Her http://blog.wlrn.org/post/please-dont-call-yoani-s-nchez-hero-if-you-really-dont-want-help-her <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s hard to tell what’s most striking these days: </span>Yoani<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Sánchez’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> heroism or America’s hypocrisy.</span></p><p>Last week, when communist authorities tried to block Sánchez’s new digital newspaper, <strong><a href="http://www.14ymedio.com">14ymedio</a></strong>, Florida Senator Marco Rubio called her “one of Cuba’s most courageous” dissidents. And rightly so.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:38:16 +0000 Tim Padgett 33123 at http://blog.wlrn.org Please Don't Call Yoani Sánchez A Hero If You Really Don't Want To Help Her Group Of Foreign Policy Experts Call On President To Relax Cuban Embargo http://blog.wlrn.org/post/group-foreign-policy-experts-call-president-relax-cuban-embargo <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of businessmen and former high-ranking U.S. officials is asking President Obama to relax the embargo on Cuba.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They want the President to ease travel and investment restrictions to help Cubans with their economic and social needs.</span></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 22:54:33 +0000 Elaine Chen 33011 at http://blog.wlrn.org Group Of Foreign Policy Experts Call On President To Relax Cuban Embargo #CubaNow Policy Group Highlights Key Generational Shift http://blog.wlrn.org/post/cubanow-policy-group-highlights-key-generational-shift <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year has seen a growing chorus of polls, studies and statements calling for an overhaul of U.S. policy on communist Cuba. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday a new group called #</span>CubaNow<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> added its voice -- and signaled the growing generational shift among Cuban-Americans.</span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 03:15:25 +0000 Tim Padgett 31510 at http://blog.wlrn.org #CubaNow Policy Group Highlights Key Generational Shift Was "Cuban Twitter" Dumb Or Defensible? Or Both? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/was-cuban-twitter-dumb-or-defensible-or-both <p>Confession: When <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/cuba-clueless-covert-twitter-scheme-tweets-us-policy-failure">I criticized ZunZuneo</a> </strong>as the story emerged earlier this month, I left something important unsaid.</p><p>I support its basic intent. That is, the effort to help Cubans or anyone else access news, information and opinions that authoritarian governments around the world try to block.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:56:43 +0000 Tim Padgett 30729 at http://blog.wlrn.org Was "Cuban Twitter" Dumb Or Defensible? Or Both? What Everyone Is Reading April 6-12 http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-everyone-reading-april-6-12 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In honor of creative writing, and because it's still National Poetry Month, here's a whimsical headline combining all the stories from this past week's top-five:</span></p><p>"Cuban tabloid tweets Charlie Crist will be writing a poem about the possible end of greyhound racing in Florida."</p><p>Luckily, that's a piece of fiction.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:49:59 +0000 Diego Saldana-Rojas 30798 at http://blog.wlrn.org What Everyone Is Reading April 6-12 Deadline To Sign Up For Obamacare Passes: Now What? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/deadline-sign-obamacare-passes-now-what <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">The sign-up is over: now the coverage.</span></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:53:43 +0000 Elaine Chen 30293 at http://blog.wlrn.org Deadline To Sign Up For Obamacare Passes: Now What? Cuba Clueless: Covert Twitter Scheme Tweets U.S. Policy Failure http://blog.wlrn.org/post/cuba-clueless-covert-twitter-scheme-tweets-us-policy-failure <p></p><p>If you needed any reminding of how archaic and clueless U.S. policy on Cuba can be – and the extent to which it so often actually aids an oppressive communist dictatorship – look no further than Thursday’s excellent <strong><a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/03/4036402/us-secretly-created-cuban-twitter.html">Associated Press article</a></strong> about the “Cuban Twitter” fiasco.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:50:29 +0000 Tim Padgett 30290 at http://blog.wlrn.org Cuba Clueless: Covert Twitter Scheme Tweets U.S. Policy Failure Castro Opens Cuba's Capitalist Door Another Notch – Should Washington Walk Through? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/castro-opens-cubas-capitalist-door-another-notch-should-washington-walk-through <p></p><p>It may or not be a coincidence that Cuban leader Raúl Castro disclosed his new foreign investment law this week just as Venezuela was getting another&nbsp;big thumbs-down from the financial world.</p><p>Cuba’s threadbare communist economy depends on kindred benefactors like socialist Venezuela. But as that oil-rich country’s own economy continues to implode – the Fitch Ratings company downgraded Venezuelan credit to “Outlook Negative” on Tuesday – Castro has no choice but to open his island’s rusted doors more broadly to capital, capitalism and capitalists.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:54:51 +0000 Tim Padgett 29910 at http://blog.wlrn.org Castro Opens Cuba's Capitalist Door Another Notch – Should Washington Walk Through? Key West Reconnects With Its Cuban Roots Via Art Exchange http://blog.wlrn.org/post/key-west-reconnects-its-cuban-roots-art-exchange <p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:38:29 +0000 Christine Armario -- Associated Press 28797 at http://blog.wlrn.org Key West Reconnects With Its Cuban Roots Via Art Exchange Bittersweet: The Sugar Industry In South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/bittersweet-sugar-industry-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Talking about sugar in South Florida is like talking about politics and religion in polite company. Few people are without strong opinions about the sugarcane farms stretching across the eastern Everglades south of Lake Okeechobee. The industry is a mix of government price policies, environmental regulations, trade practices and the demand for food.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:58:30 +0000 Tom Hudson 28333 at http://blog.wlrn.org Bittersweet: The Sugar Industry In South Florida Crist And Cuba: Is Florida Ready For An Embargo Reversal? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/crist-and-cuba-florida-ready-embargo-reversal <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What does Charlie know that we don’t know?</span></p><p>Charlie Crist, Florida’s ex-Republican governor and now its leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate, assumed a real political risk this month: He called on Washington to lift the 52-year-old U.S. trade embargo against communist Cuba.</p><p>In an interview with WLRN, Crist insisted his changed stance is a matter of common sense.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:15:25 +0000 Kelley Mitchell & Tim Padgett 28066 at http://blog.wlrn.org Crist And Cuba: Is Florida Ready For An Embargo Reversal?