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House bill proposes tying human rights to removal of sanctions against Cuba
April 17, 2015
A bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday proposing to tie any further removal of sanctions against Cuba to the nation's human rights record. The measure, titled The Cuban Human Rights Act of 2015 and introduced by Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey, comes in the w....... [more]

Colombia and FARC rebels agree to jointly remove landmines from rural areas
March 8, 2015
Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced on Saturday that they have agreed to help one another in removing landmines from rural areas of the country. The announcement came as a sign of progress, as the two sides have been engaging in peace talks for nearl....... [more]

Spain requests US aid in extradition of ETA members from Cuba
March 2, 2015
The Spanish government has requested that the US use diplomatic discussions with Cuba regarding the country's removal from the State Sponsors of Terrorism blacklist to seek the extradition of two members of the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) residing in Cuba, according to a stat....... [more]

Diplomatic Relations Between US and Cuba
February 4, 2015
01/29/2015: US lawmakers introduced bill to end Cuba travel restrictions 01/12/2015: Cuba released 53 political prisoners 01/05/2015: Cuba rights group reported record number of dissident detentions 12/17/2014: Obama announced Cuba policy changes 06/30/2014: BNP Paribas reported to pay almo....... [more]

Normalization of Diplomatic Relations
February 4, 2015
After Fidel Castro's authoritarian regime took control of Cuba in 1959, the US responded in 1960 by imposing a trade embargo- a prohibition against commercial, financial and economic dealings with Cuba enforced over time by a minimum of six statutes. In 1961, the US severed diplomatic relations wit....... [more]

US Embargo of Cuba
February 4, 2015
The US launched its embargo against Cuba in retaliation to Fidel Castro's declared allegiance to the Soviet Union. The embargo, though undergoing various transformations after its inception, remained official US policy until December 2014 when the Obama administration announced policy changes and p....... [more]

US and Cuba During the Cold War
February 4, 2015
Following the 1959 Cuban Revolution, in which revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro overthrew General Fulgencio Batista's government, United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower quickly recognized Cuba's new national government. Relations between the two nations soon soured, however, as a result of....... [more]

Diplomatic Relations Between US and Cuba
February 4, 2015
On December 17, 2014, US President Barack Obama announced a shift in US policy towards Cuba. Obama stated that the US would reestablish diplomatic ties with Cuba. This diplomatic move represented a dramatic shift in decades of US policy towards the communist nation. Transformed into enemies over the....... [more]

US lawmakers introduce bill to end Cuba travel restrictions
January 29, 2015
Eight Republican and Democratic Senators on Thursday introduced legislation that would end US travel restrictions on Cuba. The legislation, which was introduced by Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake, would also end financial transaction restrictions on travel between the two countries. The Senat....... [more]

Cuba releases 53 political prisoners
January 12, 2015
Cuba has released 53 political prisoners as part of last month's historic agreement between US and Cuba, US officials said Monday. The release of the prisoners, primarily opposition figures, was a condition of the policy changes that seek to assuage relations between the two countries after decades....... [more]

Cuba rights group reports record number of dissident detentions
January 6, 2015
The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCHRN) reported on Monday that the Cuban government detained 8,899 dissidents and activists in 2014. These detentions mark a significant increase from previous years—2,000 more than in 2013 and four times the number in 2010. Det....... [more]


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