SAVE THE DATE: Third Days of Action Against the Blockade

SAVE THE DATE: Third Days of Action Against the Blockade

The Institute for Policy Studies again joins the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity along with other U.S. organizations in solidarity with Cuba, in starting to plan the Third Days of Action Against the Blockade from the 11th to the 16th of...
Cuba Speaks for Itself

Cuba Speaks for Itself

Kenia Serrano — who is a parliamentarian in Cuba’s National Assembly — will talk about the struggle to end all U.S. economic, political, and travel sanctions against Cuba, the return of the illegally occupied Cuban territory of Guantanamo, and respect for...
September Days Against the Blockade

September Days Against the Blockade

After more than a half-century of Cold War estrangement the United States reopened its six-story embassy in Havana and Cuba raised a flag outside its own stately embassy in Washington last July. Despite this welcomed step the continuance of the U.S. blockade against...
Obama’s Triple Crown

Obama’s Triple Crown

It was only a couple years ago that I was bemoaning Obama’s failure to fulfill his promise to resolve major confrontations in the world diplomatically. “Smart power,” in the Obama lexicon, had largely been window dressing on the same old exercise of hard power — the...
Cuba, Africa, and the World

Cuba, Africa, and the World

U.S. President Barack Obama and the Cuban President Raul Castro announced on December 17, 2014 the decision to normalize diplomatic ties between the USA and Cuba. This major historical moment needs to be contemplated. Particularly for the world, the new Latin America,...
State of the Empire in 2015

State of the Empire in 2015

The Obama administration has never been one for grand State of the Union addresses. And once the commentariat has had its fun picking apart the subtle jabs, the applause lines, the body language, and whatever else, there’s often not a whole lot of oxygen left to dig...
Washington’s Slow-Motion Thaw

Washington’s Slow-Motion Thaw

The strangest part of seeing the Cuban embargo officially deemed past its use-by date is how long this took. I first traveled to Cuba in 1995, after convincing my editor that it would become a huge business story once President Bill Clinton normalized relations. Like...
IPS Applauds Release of Cuban 5 and New Era of U.S.-Cuba Relations

IPS Applauds Release of Cuban 5 and New Era of U.S.-Cuba Relations

The Institute for Policy Studies applauds the just-announced dramatic shifts in U.S.-Cuba policy— shifts that IPS public scholars have been advocating for many years. Key to the policy shift, which includes full normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations, was a prisoner...
The Latin American Gorilla

The Latin American Gorilla

It has become commonplace to say that Latin America was absent from the 2012 election campaign in the United States. It is understandable, because the region was mentioned only once in the candidates’ foreign policy debate (by Governor Romney, when he referred...
National Network On Cuba Fall Meeting

National Network On Cuba Fall Meeting

Want to hear about the latest developments taking place in Cuba? Want to hear from groups in the United States involved in solidarity work with Cuba? Want to learn the latest developments in the case of the Cuban 5? Want to network with people from around the country...
Romney and Ryan: Stabbing at Shadows

Romney and Ryan: Stabbing at Shadows

In an election season consumed by the sluggish U.S. economy, foreign policy has been a more marginal issue than usual in the U.S. presidential race. But when they have ventured to attack President Barack Obama’s record on global affairs, GOP nominee Mitt Romney...
Was This The Last Time the U.S. Is Invited to a Hemispheric Summit?

Was This The Last Time the U.S. Is Invited to a Hemispheric Summit?

Fidel Castro scored one big political victory last week without speaking or even leaving his house – and one sort of amusing little win. By a lopsided score at the Summit of the Americas meeting in Cartagena, Fidel beat President Obama 31-2. The USA and Canada...

Cuba: Ever the Scapegoat Closest to Hand

Cross-posted from Other Words. It’s election season. When they’re not kissing babies or holding staged conversations with average voters at coffee shops, presidential hopefuls will dust off tired arguments about the national security threat posed by Cuba,...
Our Failed Cuba Policy Fixation

Our Failed Cuba Policy Fixation

It’s election season. When they’re not kissing babies or holding staged conversations with average voters at coffee shops, presidential hopefuls will dust off tired arguments about the national security threat posed by Cuba, an island with a population the...
Environmental Internationalism: Cuba’s New Mission?

Environmental Internationalism: Cuba’s New Mission?

This is the second part of Saul and Nelson’s story on Cuba’s green economy future. For the first part, click here. Since 1959, Cuba has played a significant world role, quite a feat for a nation of 5 million – 11 million now. Cubans have shown their...