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CDA’s Spring Celebration, held in Washington, DC this week, was an absolute blast! The event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our generous sponsors. We gathered to celebrate the individuals, organizations, companies, and policymakers who, in spite of a tough policy environment, continue to work tirelessly to promote U.S. engagement with Cuba. The evening featured an intimate and captivating performance by Aymée Nuviola, who just released her new album A Journey Through Cuban Music, recorded in Cuba with other greats like Chucho Valdés, Mayito Rivera and Septeto Santiaguero.

As we wrap up a week full of…


Dear friends,

Join us! We have limited tickets remaining for an intimate concert Monday evening, May 20, in Washington, DC. CDA is THRILLED to host Latin Grammy-award winning artist Aymée Nuviola at our Spring Celebration, where we will celebrate U.S.-Cuba cultural ties during a tough policy environment. RSVP for payment instructions at info@democracyinamericas.org or call us at (202) 234–5506. Tickets are $100 per person.

The U.S.-Cuba Business Council (USCBC) cordially invites you to participate in an off-the-record conversation on the opportunities and challenges for commercial engagement in Cuba. This event will feature congressional leaders, business executives, policy and legal experts…


Dear friends,

Greetings from Havana, where CDA is leading a high-level delegation to participate in events around the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Join us for an intimate concert Monday, May 20, in Washington, DC! CDA is THRILLED to host Latin Grammy-award winning artist Aymée Nuviola at our Spring Celebration, where we will celebrate U.S.-Cuba cultural ties. RSVP for payment instructions at info@democracyinamericas.org or call us at (202) 234–5506. Tickets are $100 per person. For sponsorship opportunities please email info@democracyinamericas.org.

This week, in Cuba news…

U.S.-CUBA RELATIONS

Canada, EU, Mexico, Spain vow to defend their business interests in…


Dear friends,

CDA is THRILLED to host Latin Grammy-award winning artist Aymée Nuviola Monday, May 20, in Washington, DC. Email Info@democracyinamericas.org for sponsorship opportunities.

This week, in Cuba news…

U.S.-CUBA RELATIONS

Carnival Corp. is the first U.S. company sued for using ‘stolen’ property in Cuba

Thursday morning, Carnival Cruise Lines became the first U.S. company to be sued under Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, which first entered into effect that same day, Miami Herald reports. Secretary of State Pompeo announced the enactment of the provision of U.S. law, which had been suspended by each U.S. presidential administration since 1996…


Dear friends,

Greetings from Havana! Following last week’s announcement of more travel restrictions and more sanctions against Cuba, CDA staff is in Cuba, on the ground, assessing reactions, and doing so alongside a delegation of policymakers. We aim to show these congressional actors the realities that Cuban people face today and the impact of U.S. policy.

Because we firmly believe that normalizing relations with Cuba is in the U.S. national interest and offers the best opportunity for Cubans to write the next chapter in their own country’s future. Forging constructive U.S.-Cuba relations will also have a beneficial and lasting impact…


Dear friends,

This week, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, speaking against an overtly political backdrop in the largest swing state in the U.S., announced new sanctions against Cuba. Frankly speaking, the measures are mean-spirited, and some can only be understood as a means of creating economic hardship for the Cuban people. …


Dear friends,

This week, in Cuba news…

U.S.-CUBA RELATIONS

Trump administration cancels Major League Baseball deal with Cuba

On Monday, the Trump administration declared a deal between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) to be illegal, the Washington Post reports. The deal, signed in December, would have allowed Cuban baseball players to play in the U.S. and Canada without having to defect to seek residency abroad, as we reported then.*

In response, MLB Vice President Michael Teevan said, “We stand by the goal of the agreement, which is to end the human trafficking of baseball players…


Dear friends,

This week CDA staff was busy with an agenda full of engaging events and pleasant surprises. From leading meetings between Cuban visionaries and influential Members of Congress and staff — Rep. Karen Bass, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Kathy Castor, and the House Foreign Affairs Committee; to a sold-out film screening and panel discussions with these same inspirational Cuban leaders organized by the Platform for Innovation and Dialogue with Cuba; a discussion on U.S. foreign policy with our very own Emily Mendrala hosted by Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security and the Brookings Institution; and, last but not…


Dear friends,

This week, in U.S.-Cuba news…

U.S.-CUBA RELATIONS

Google strikes deal to bring faster web content to Cuba

On Thursday, Google signed a “peering” agreement with Cuba’s telecom monopoly ETECSA to create a direct connection between the two internet networks, with a plan that could include an underwater cable linking Havana to Miami, the Financial Times reports. A direct connection reportedly depends on updated infrastructure, and once realized would eliminate costly third parties, improve the streaming capacity of Cuba’s network, and allow for the Cuban people to more readily access Google’s services. Cost savings could also be realized by…


Dear friends,

This week marks the three year anniversary of President Obama’s official visit to Cuba, the first of a sitting U.S. president in 88 years. He offered a rose of friendship to the Cuban people; he honored the personal stories of families separated by our countries’ animosities; his family watched an afternoon Tampa Bay Rays vs. the Cuban national team baseball game alongside Jackie Robinson’s family; and, in remarks to the Cuban people, he said he came to “bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas.”

Three years later, with a strong sense that those remnants…

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