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    The Health of Tyrants Chavez and Castro Worries Venezuela and Cuba

    Just weeks after his October presidential electoral victory, Hugo Chavez is returning to Cuba for unspecified cancer treatment. The brief announcement of his return appears to contradict Chavez’s campaign reassurances that he had conquered cancer. Prior to the October 7 elections, Chavez, president since 1999, did all in his power … More

    Cuba Drops Exit Permit Requirement, but Don't Expect a Travel Boom

    On October 16, Cuba’s official newspaper announced that the requirement of an exit visa to depart the island will be lifted on January 14. A future Cuban traveler will have to present only a renewed passport and a visa from his destination country in order to depart Cuba. Permissible periods of … More

    50 Years Later: The Cuban Missile Crisis and Presidential Leadership

    It was October 22, 1962. Two weeks before, a little-known British band called the Beatles had released its first single. A week before, the Yankees had beaten the Giants 4-3 in the World Series. It was a normal Monday night in the average American living room. Until 7:00, that is, … More

    50 Years Later: What the Cuban Missile Crisis Teaches Us About Nuclear Policy

    Fifty years ago, the world came to the brink of nuclear war. On October 14, 1962, U.S. policymakers learned that the Soviet Union was building missile bases in Cuba, which would have allowed Moscow to attack anywhere in the continental United States within minutes. An international crisis followed, and while … More

    Cuba: Cosmetic Changes Will Not Save the Castro Regime

    Today, Cubans are reportedly being allowed to listen to Gloria Estefan. She and about 50 other artists were, until this week, blacklisted and banned. However, it’s not just the airwaves that are getting a facelift: Earlier this month, the aged Castro regime adopted a new tax code said to simplify … More

    Death of Oswaldo Payá: A Loss in the Struggle for Cuban Freedom

    Mourners gathered in Havana on Monday to honor the late Oswaldo Payá, a major Cuban dissident and head of the Christian Liberation Movement. The freedom fighter died in a car accident along with the vehicle’s driver in the eastern city of Bamayo on July 22. It’s believed another vehicle may … More

    Cuban-American Leaders: "No Substitute for Freedom" in Cuba

    When it comes to dealing with the Castro dictatorship inCuba, there are several schools of thought. The one preferred by Washington liberals, idealists, and the architects of the Obama Administration’s Cuba policy holds that increased travel, remittances, and diplomatic engagement is softening hearts, opening Cuba, and loosening the regime’s unwavering … More

    Obama Administration Should Stand Against Cuban Repression

    Valiant Cuban dissident and democracy activist Jorge Luis Garcia Perez (Antunez) delivered a message of solidarity from the island to The Heritage Foundation in May. On June 7, Antunez testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee via video conference from Cuba. On both occasions, he urged real solidarity with those … More

    Cut off from Reality: Resuscitating U.S.-Cuba Policy

    Today, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will address the Castro regime’s stranglehold on Cuban civil society and how best to tackle the nation’s continued political repression. Congress deserves praise for highlighting this matter and drawing some much-needed attention to the need to reinvigorate U.S. commitment to the Cuban people … More

    Morning Bell: A Force for Liberty from China to Cuba

    On Saturday night, blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng arrived in Newark, N.J., after escaping seven years of persecution in China. With the sweet land of liberty under his feet, Chen breathed the free air and remarked, “We should link our arms to continue in the fight for the goodness in … More