Tag Archives: Cuba

United States-Cuban Normalized Relations: Major League Baseball’s Role

BY JAKE MARCUS On December 17, 2014, the United States and Cuba sought to normalize relations upon the release of U.S. contractor, Alan Gross, from Cuba after being imprisoned since 2009. This means that the U.S. will set up an embassy in Havana, carry on diplomatic relations, and negotiate over trade. Even though the countries […]

“Open for Business”: The Billion Dollar Plan to Revitalize Mariel

BY KELLY ROWLEY—In 1980, Mariel Harbor provided the departure point for 125,000 Cuban refugees fleeing Cuba for the United States.[1]  Thirty four years later, the seaside town, located 25 miles west of Havana, no longer serves as a symbol of refuge, but rather as a symbol of hope. Such newfound hope stems from an announcement […]

End of an Era? The Cuban Embargo and its Potential Demise

BY ABRAHAM RUBERT-SCHEWEL–The American embargo against Cuba began on October 19, 1960.  It was initiated in response to the rebellion and eventual takeover led by Fidel Castro against the U.S. backed government of Fulgenico Batista.  The conflict peaked during the Cuban Missile crises of 1962, and resulted in President John F. Kennedy ordering a naval […]

International Human Rights and Cuba: Was Imposing an Embargo and Severing Political Ties the Answer?

BY FERNANDO J. VALLE — The Beginning: When Fidel Castro and his supporters overthrew the Batista regime in Cuba in 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower formally recognized the new government. However, as the new Castro regime began nationalizing U.S.-held assets, the United States imposed more and more economic sanctions, ultimately resulting in a trade embargo […]