The Cognitive Dissonance Is Astonishing

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It’s the morning after DC police forces sprayed hundreds of peaceful Washington protesters with teargas and rubber bullets — first to clear the way for the President’s shameful photo-op at a DC church, and later to terrorize citizens on a block of Swann Street, where protesters ended up needing to take shelter from the police in the home of a welcoming private citizen.

The protesters were marching for the right of Black Americans to live in their country free from state sanctioned violence.

Senator Rubio had one thing to say to protesters:

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For two decades, Reps. Diaz-Balart and Curbelo have prioritized punishing the Cuban people as a means to their end. On Tuesday, that can change.

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Source: AP

This year, once again, the outcome of the election in Florida will indicate the direction of the United States. This year, like past elections, Cuban-Americans have taken center stage, claiming the power to determine the fate of Miami-Dade and shape the outcome on a state level. And this year, as usual, Republican hardliners are using political theatrics to mobilize Cuban-Americans to head to the polls. Just last week, National Security Advisor John Bolton announced the administration’s…

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It’s 2018 and Cuba’s economy faces a complex challenge that has been on its docket for years: the unification of its dual currencies. Cuba uses the original Cuban peso (~24 to the US dollar), and the Cuban Convertible Currency (the CUC, equal to the dollar), created to isolate Cuba’s tourist economy from the Cuban socialist economy.

There are two Cuban economies: the socialist one, with low salaries and subsidized rationed goods, and the capitalist one, with CUC prices roughly in-line with world market prices. Cubans in the public sector are paid in Cuban pesos, but many purchases must be made…

Today, Obama ended our inhumane Cuban migrant policy. The Cuban Adjustment Act, or the “wet foot dry foot” policy, was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a way to encourage (or make it easier) for Cubans to become American citizens as soon as they step foot in the States — as they are given refugee status, a green card, and a pathway to citizenship in 2 years. It was (clearly) a move to spite the Castro regime.

It’s called wet-foot-dry-foot because if Cubans are caught in the water, they are turned back to Cuba, and if they…

How we encourage Cubans to take to the seas

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Today, I got word that a close Cuban friend of mine was denied a visa to travel to the US this summer. A student at the University of Havana, she had received a grant and an invitation to intern at a policy group in Washington, DC. She was interviewed at the US Embassy today. The whole thing lasted less than one minute. I was in class when my phone lit up.

“No me aprobaron la visa.” (They didn’t approve the visa).
“No me dijeron.” (They didn’t tell me).

Just like that.

Today, just like every day, hundreds of…

As the sun set on the Tribuna Antiimperialista last Sunday, half a million young Cubans dispersed into the dimly lit streets of Havana, some hopping máquinas or guaguas, but most leaving on foot. American DJ Diplo and Major Lazer had just concluded the first large American concert to take place in Cuba since the December 2014 diplomatic rapprochement between the two countries. (Questlove played in Havana in May, but for a much smaller crowd).

The concert was insane. It was alive. Stimulating. Happy. Hopeful. Half a million people were literally bouncing to the sounds of EDM for three hours under…

Four months into my stay in Havana, I woke up to find three enormous boxes of potatoes in the kitchen. I had never seen a potato in Cuba. Apparently, a friend brought them because, “Here, when you see potatoes in the market, you buy them for you and everyone you know.” For a week, potatoes were all anyone would talk about, and lines lasted for hours. Then, as suddenly as they arrived, the potatoes were gone.

It’s like that in Cuba. Nothing makes sense. Markets run out of things for no reason. …

Isabel Albee

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