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Raul Castro Could Reform Cuba

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Cuba

Many thought that there would be no difference between him and his brother. Well, if he keeps his promises…boy were “many” wrong. From Ahram Online: For the first time since he and his brother came to power more than a half century ago, President Raul Castro proposed term limits for Cuba’s leaders, admitted that errors […]

April 19th, 2011 | Permalink| 7 Comments »

Shorter Castro: Communism Doesn’t Work

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Blogging, Cuba, Media

First he told Jeffrey Goldberg that he was wrong when he told Russia to bomb us during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Now he’s saying that the entire Cuban model is flawed? From The Atlantic… But during the generally lighthearted conversation (we had just spent three hours talking about Iran and the Middle East), I asked […]

September 8th, 2010 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Americans’ Views, They Are A Changin’

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Cuba, Environment, Guns and Ammo, Immigration, Marriage, Religion, Sexuality

Take a look at the following at see how many of these you agree with. From ABC: Support for gay marriage, legalizing illegal immigrants and decriminalizing marijuana all are at new highs. Three-quarters of Americans favor federal regulation of greenhouse gases. Two-thirds support establishing relations with Cuba. But hold tight. If some views that may […]

April 30th, 2009 | Permalink| 35 Comments »

Obama To Lift Family Travel Ban To Cuba

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Cuba, Good Decisions

Republican Dick Lugar proposed normalizing relations a few days ago, and now we’re seeing some movement. And even though Obama has said that he’s opposed to normalization, I can’t help but think this is a first step towards that. Let’s hope. From Wash Post: WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to lift longstanding U.S. restrictions […]

April 4th, 2009 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Republican Lugar Urges Obama To Lift Cuba Ban

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Cuba, Republicans

This comes as a bit of a surprise, but it’s certainly long overdue. And now that Raul Castro is starting to shake things up, it could actually be politically realistic. From Wash Post: The nearly 50-year-old economic embargo against Cuba, Lugar (R-Ind.) said in a March 30 letter to Obama, puts the United States at […]

April 2nd, 2009 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Che Guevara Redux

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Cuba, History, Video

Do you know the real Che Guevara? Reason TV digs in… I’ve always been a bit baffled by Americans’ obsession with Che. Honestly, I just think his iconic image looks cool and so Americans think he’s cool. Yes, it’s as shallow as that. In the end, I wish more would see videos like this so […]

December 12th, 2008 | Permalink| 17 Comments »

The Time for Change In Cuban Policy is Now

By Brad Porter | Related entries in Cuba, News

My name is Bradley A. Porter, one of the founders of The Crossed Pond. Many thanks to Justin for inviting me to blog here. I’ve done a little bit of everything and lived a little bit of everywhere. I’ve been a monk, a rancher, a perpetual student, a political organizer, a preschool teacher, and everything […]

December 8th, 2008 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Bush Lifts Sanctions Against North Korea

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Bush, Cuba, Democrats, Good Decisions, Iraq, McCain, Military, Republicans, Terrorism, The War On Terrorism, The World

As hinted at yesterday, it’s happening and this decision will no doubt have far reaching consequences… The announcement came after North Korea handed over a long-awaited accounting of its nuclear work to Chinese officials on Thursday, fulfilling a key step in the denuclearization process. Bush called the declaration a positive step along a long road […]

June 26th, 2008 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Cuba Gets Connected

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Cuba, Economy, Technology, Video

I wrote about Raul Castro’s decision to let Cubans own computers and cell phones, so this is more of an add on than anything. Welcome to the 21st century Cuba! You’ve got a long way to go yet, and let’s hope that happens sooner rather than later. Tweet

May 6th, 2008 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

What’s Raul Castro Been Up To?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Cuba, Death Penalty

It’s been over 2 months since he officially took power, and The Seminal details some progress… Raul Castro announced today that he is commuting all death sentences in Cuba (with the exception of 3 individuals charged with terrorism) to lesser sentences, citing humanitarian reasons. Cuba has faced pressure from human-rights activists to abolish its death […]

April 30th, 2008 | Permalink| 3 Comments »