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November 26, 2016

Cuba
On the Death of Fidel Castro

On the death of Fidel Castro my thoughts today turned immediately to Huber Matos, who sadly did not live to see this day. Matos was a true hero of the Cuban Revolution--and was therefore imprisone…

February 20, 2015

Cuba
The CODELs That Bowed to Castro

Recently I wrote here about how Secretary of State Kerry absorbed the shouting and screaming of the Iranian negotiator in the nuclear talks, apparently without any objection. But it seems Kerry is no…

August 6, 2011

Obama and Castro

Fidel and Raul Castro have decided not to free the American hostage they now hold. Or, as the newspapers put it in legal language “Cuban court rejects appeal by U.S. contractor.” Alan Gross was a U…

November 16, 2012

Cuba
Alan Gross, Vilma Castro, and America’s Cuba Policy

Alan Gross is a former USAID contractor who has been in a Cuban jail since December 3, 2009.  The most recent reports are that he has lost 105 pounds while in prison, and may well be suffering from u…

May 26, 2015

Cuba
Castro 200, Obama 0: While Talks Continue, Beatings Continue

When President Obama junked 60 years of U.S. foreign policy to seek a rapprochement with the Castro regime in Cuba, he was aware that he would be accused of ignoring human rights. After all, the Obam…

February 5, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Julián Castro, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Julián Castro is seeking do what no Democrat has done in ninety-six years: win the party’s presidential nomination without first having been either a governor, senator, or vice president. The last pe…

Castro 2020

February 5, 2016

Cuba
Castro Mocks the American Outreach

The efforts of the Obama administration to ’normalize’ relations with Cuba have been mocked this past week. The U.S. Southern Command holds an annual regional security conference. For decades one of…

January 3, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Killing of Qasem Soleimani

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the U.S. drone strike that killed an Iranian general, the wisdom of Joe Biden’s Iraq vote, and for…

Demonstrators hold a picture of Qassim Suleimani as they protest his assassination by the United States in Tehran, Iran, on January 3. Nazanin Tabatabaee/West Asia News Agency via Reuters.

December 30, 2019

Global
Ten American Foreign Policy Notables Who Died in 2019

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2019 who through…

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June 17, 2017

Human Rights
Trump Si, Castro No

Congratulations to President Trump for a serious (though not total) reversal of the terrible Obama policy toward Cuba. Why? Because the Obama policy was values-free, granting all sorts of advantag…