2014

Voters Favor Change in Cuba Policy By 2 to 1, According to New Zogby Analytics Poll

UNITED STATES,  December 22, 2014. A majority (56%) favor the just-announced change in direction toward Cuba, according to a brand new poll by Zogby Analytics. About one in four (27%) disagree and 17% are not sure. The new poll was conducted December 17 and 18 among 881 likely voters nationwide and has a margin of sampling error of +/-3.4 percentage points.

Nobel Prize asks Obama to end the blockade and release Ramón, Antonio and Gerardo

ARGENTINE, December 9, 2014. Nobel Prize, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, asked United States president Barack Obama to end the economic blockade against Cuba and to release the three antiterrorist Cubans still imprisoned in US jails.

In a letter sent from Buenos Aires, the human rights advocate urged Obama to "decide with open spirit" the freedom of the three Cubans part of the Cuban Five who still remain in United States.

Trips of U.S. Citizens to Cuba are on the Rise, Says the New York Times

CUBA,  December 4, 2014.  Trips of U.S. citizens to Cuba are on the rise in spite of Washington's sanctions against Havana, pointed out on Tuesday an article published on the blog of the editorial page of the New York Times (NYT).

The Guardian: Cuba's extraordinary global medical record shames the US blockade

UNITED KINGDOM, December 3, 2014. Cuba is still suffocated by the US trade embargo that has kept it in an economic and political vice for more than half a century, stated The Guardian in the article "Cuba's extraordinary global medical record shames the US blockade", published today.

The UK newspaper further states that "if Barack Obama wants to do something worthwhile in his final years as president he could use Cuba’s role in the Ebola crisis as an opening to start to lift that blockade and wind down the US destabilisation war".

Cuban and U.S. Artists Join to Promote Cultural Exchanges

CUBA,  November 28, 2014.  Artists of Cuba and the United States compose the non-governmental, nonprofit organization US-Cuba Artist Exchange to promote art cooperation programs and cultural exchanges between the two nations.

Mariesa Ryan, coordinator of the project, told ACN that visual arts and music, ballads (trova) and hip hop, are considered to be the most favored by the group's actions.

Exchanges include practical workshops, musical presentations and murals on facades of communities in cities visited by the members of the project, she added.

Spanish Chancellor Reiterates European Union's Opposition to U.S. Blockade of Cuba

CUBA,  November 27, 2014.  Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, who paid an official visit to Cuba, reiterated on Tuesday in this capital the European Union's disagreement with the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States on the Caribbean island.

During his stay in Havana, which ended on Tuesday, Garcia-Margallo held exchanges with Cuban authorities of various spheres, and received details on the damages caused by that arbitrary measure to the Cuban people and the economy.

The New York Times's Editorial: A Cuban brain drain, courtesy of the U.S.

UNITED STATES,  November 17, 2014. The New York Times most recent editorial crtiicizes the United States Government program to stimulate the emigration by Cuban health professionals.

"It is incongruous for the United States to value the contributions of Cuban doctors who are sent by their government to assist in international crises like the 2010 Haiti earthquake while working to subvert that government by making defection so easy", states the article.

Following, the editorial:

Germany rejects US blockade against Cuba

GERMANY, November 14, 2014. The new government of Germany condemned during a parliamentary debate, the economic, commercial and financial blockade of United States against Cuba.

In an address, Socialist legislator Wolfgang Gehrcke, the minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Michael Roth, highlighted the role of Germany each year during the votation against blockade at United Nations General Assembly.

"As previous years, the European Union has voted for the end of the blockade against Cuba", said Roth

UNASUR Slams Cuba's Exclusion from Summit of the Americas

CUBA,  November 14, 2014. UNASUR Secretary General Ernesto Samper lashed out against the decision to exclude Cuba from the Summit of the Americas.

“To exclude Cuba from the Summit of the Americas is like holding a lunch and not inviting a member of the family,” Samper stated through his Twitter account.

Cuba was expelled from the Organization of American States (OAS), the organizing body of the Summit of the Americas, in 1962 and has not participated in OAS activities since.

Time is Now to Resume U.S.-Cuba Relations, Says NYT Editor

 

WASHINGTON, November 13, 2014. For the first time in over 50 years, the political situation in the United States and Cuba is favorable to resume bilateral relations, said Andrew Rosenthal, editor of the editorial pages of The New York Times.

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