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Amir Hekmati has filed a complaint against the Iranian government, seeking damages for more than four years of imprisonment.
This holiday season, for the surviving original Cuban exiles, and their children and grandchildren, "next year in Cuba" is for the first time in 55 years a real possibility.
It would be nice if someone in the White House and State Department twisted the money spigot off on this dumb waste of taxpayer money before BBG awards this contract and puts the larger purposes of President Obama's diplomatic achievement with Cuba at risk.
Gross may not have been an American spy. But he was surely a U.S. government agent who got caught on the job breaking Cuban law. Now that he's home, his continued lawsuit against the government that saved his life, paid him millions and made him a celebrity, is nothing less than Gross ingratitude.
Since December 17, Cuba has not been the same. Discussions, questions and expectations have multiplied among us since the announcement from Barack Obama and Raul Castro about the reestablishment of relations between the United States and Cuba.
The Castro regime has won, although the positive result is that Alan Gross has emerged alive from a prison that promised to turn into his grave.
Normalizing both economic and diplomatic relations with Havana should be seen not as a victory for the Castro government, but for the people of Cuba. Liberty will come to that land. The only question is when. Expanding relations should help speed the process.
A 2013 GAO report says, “Since 1996, Congress has appropriated $205 million to USAID and State to support democracy assistance
Normalization with Cuba will be a process, and its pace and scope will depend in part on the actions of the Cuban government to permit dissent. A good start would be to join international conventions that protect human rights.
Sometimes people can change the course of history by being in the right place at the right time. This was my fortunate experience in helping to change America's 54 year old policy towards Cuba.
Because of the significance of the Cuban exile community in Miami, and the strategic importance of Florida in US elections, no US president has dared to normalize relations with Cuba. Obama has taken a courageous step in shifting US policy toward Cuba.
Today, President Barack Obama took bold action to put an end to this farce. Over half a century of a counterproductive sanctions and isolation policy is coming to an end. But Cuba is only one of many examples of domestic politics rendering American foreign policy dysfunctional.
"Pope Francis did what popes are supposed to do: Build bridges and promote peace. He acted much like his namesake, Francis
Sen. Marco Rubio vows to unravel everything President Barack Obama announced to normalize relations with Cuba, calling Obama the "worst negotiator" Rubio had ever seen.
The administration's decision is a win-win for the international community.
The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) had been vocal in its opposition to Gross' incarceration over the years and
President Barack Obama spoke Wednesday on U.S. relations with Cuba, hours after American Alan Gross was released from Cuban prison, where he'd been for five years.
In a background call with reporters about an hour and a half before the president spoke, senior administration officials
Gross' mental and physical health has declined, he can barely walk or see out of his right eye, and he has grown increasingly