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    Long Live the 'Cuban Twitter'

    Cubans have lived on an information desert island for more than 50 years. Ten million people, once a vibrant part of the world — in tune with it and contributing to it, receiving information and even immigrants — were cut off soon after Fidel Castro took over in 1959. That … More

    Why Americans Should Care about Venezuela's Fight for Freedom

    While the uprising in Venezuela is getting lots less news coverage than the turmoil in Ukraine, the outcome is of equal importance — if not more — to the United States. Why? Geography. Quite simply, though not understating the importance of the results of “East versus West” in Ukraine, Venezue-la … More

    After Obama Handshake, Raul Castro Cracks Down on Dissidents in Cuba

    In commemoration of the International Human Rights Day, security forces in Cuba conducted widespread arrests and detained more than 150 dissidents. The crackdown began on Tuesday morning and carried over into Wednesday. From activists to musicians, no one was safe from the regime’s iron-fisted oppression. In addition to the detentions, … More

    President Obama Shakes Hands with Cuban Dictator

    Earlier today at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, President Obama shook hands with Cuba’s dictator, Raul Castro. This exchange marks the third time in history that leaders of these respective countries have exchanged public greetings; the first handshake occurred at the United Nations in 2000, between Bill Clinton and Fidel Castro, … More

    My Parents' Path to Freedom: Why the Cuba Embargo Stands for Democracy

    My mother left Cuba in 1965 at 11 years old. She and her parents were allowed to bring only three changes of clothes each and one or two pairs of shoes. No money and nothing of value. Diamonds? Gold? Left behind. My grandfather had a $20 bill in his pants … More

    U.S. Engages Cuba, Cuba Engages in Arms Trafficking

    The interception of a North Korean ship believed to be carrying missiles, jets, and other weapons from Cuba through the Panama Canal should be a wakeup call for the Obama Administration as it resumes migration talks with Cuban officials for the first time since 2011. The incident illustrates the wrongheadedness … More

    The Growing Presence of Iran in Latin America

    The Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee recently held a hearing about Iran’s influence and presence in Latin America. Contrary to a prior report released by the State Department, all of the experts who testified expressed deep concern over what they called a growing influence of Iran in the region. Ilan … More

    Human Rights: A Quiet Victory in the Americas

    In early June, the Organization of American States (OAS) elected three new members to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an OAS body, whose sole purpose is to promote and protect human rights in the region. The candidate from Ecuador, Erick Roberts Garcés, was not elected, and for that, … More

    Do Beyonce and Jay-Z Deserve Praise for Visiting Cuba?

    In an opinion piece this week, Heritage’s Mike Gonzalez called for a “Dennis Rodman Rule” for celebrities who travel to repressive countries for enjoyment. Rodman, the former basketball player, recently visited North Korea and claimed “it’s pretty much like any other country.” Music moguls Beyonce and Jay-Z were granted permission … More

    Heritage Libertad Podcast: Post-Chavez Venezuela and Jay Z and Beyonce’s Visit to Cuba

    What are we to make of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s trip to Cuba? And can we really expect a better U.S.–Venezuela relationship now that Hugo Chavez is out of the picture? Wonder no more because we’ve got some answers in this month’s installment of the Heritage Libertad podcast. Joining us is … More