All Content: Cuba

WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale Testifies at House Hearing on Cuba

Analysis & Commentary
In his February 5 testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, Thale provided policymakers with a look at the concrete benefits that increased engagement with Cuba will bring to the island's people.

Did Raúl Castro Really Just Derail the U.S.-Cuba Talks with New Demands?

Castro’s overblown comments are neither surprising nor alarming
Analysis & Commentary
News stories and Twitter feeds yesterday trumpeted what sounded like new obstacles that Cuban President Raúl Castro was placing in the path of improved U.S.-Cuban relations. But the understanding of what Castro said, and what it means, has been mostly wrong.

9 Key Questions about New Cuba Regulations

What Do They Mean for Trade, Travel, Americans, and Cubans?
Analysis & Commentary
On January 15, 2015, the Obama administration released sweeping regulations to implement its new Cuba policy. This list covers the most significant measures and offers insight on how these regulations will make a difference for U.S. travelers to Cuba and the Cuban people.

Advocating for Drug Policy Reform at the United Nations

Analysis & Commentary
Learn more about what kind of drug policy reform WOLA is advocating for at the UNGASS in 2016

The View from Havana: WOLA Was on the Ground When History Happened

Analysis & Commentary
Members of WOLA's Cuba program staff were in Cuba when the news broke about the release of Alan Gross and President Obama's announcement. Program Director Geoff Thale shares his on-the-ground perspective of how the news was received in Cuba.

Obama's Historic Announcement on Cuba: WOLA Resources and Analysis

WOLA's Cuba experts are on hand to provide analysis and commentary on President Obama's change in U.S. policy toward Cuba.
News
Today, President Obama announced a historic change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. WOLA has experts on the ground in Havana, who are available for analysis.

President Obama Announces Major Shifts in U.S.-Cuba Policy

WOLA's Cuba Experts Provide Commentary on the Historic Change in Policy Towards Havana
News

WOLA Guantanamo Fact Sheet

Analysis & Commentary
On December 7, 2014, six detainees were transferred from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo to Uruguay. The detainees had been cleared for transfer by the special Guantanamo Periodic Review Board, which determined that their release would not represent a security threat.

Uruguay Receives Six Guantanamo Detainees

WOLA: Uruguay is a Leader for International Human Rights; Obama Administration can only begin closing Guantanamo with the help of other countries
News
Today, Uruguay received six Guantanamo detainees who the United States previously cleared for transfer. The move is significant step in the decade-long effort to close the prison at Guantanamo.

Signs of the Changing Cuban Economy

Analysis & Commentary
In late October 2014, WOLA staff led a four day research trip to Cuba with U.S. labor union leaders and labor experts to look at the changing Cuban economy and how the economic reforms have impacted worker protections on the island.

On Fifth Anniversary of Alan Gross's Arrest in Cuba, White House Action Could Bring Him Home

News
WOLA calls on the Obama administration to engage in a serious dialogue with the Cuban government to secure the release of Alan Gross, a USAID subcontractor who has been imprisoned in Cuba since 2009.

WOLA Endorses Uruguayan Candidate for Next OAS Secretary General

Foreign Minister Luis Almagro is a Great Candidate to Ensure Human Rights in the Hemisphere
News
WOLA is pleased to announce its endorsement of Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro in his candidacy to be the next Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS). WOLA believes that Minister Almagro is a great candidate to ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law in the region.

Ernest Hemingway’s Grandson, Environmentalists Call for U.S.-Cuba Cooperation on Marine Conservation

News
Hostile relations between the United States and Cuba hinder efforts to cooperate on key environmental issues. An end of ban on travel to Cuba is needed to facilitate scientific exchanges on environmental matters of mutual interest.

U.S.-Cuba Policy: No Longer a Third Rail in South Florida Politics

Analysis & Commentary
For years, Cuba policy has been the third rail of South Florida politics. But recent events demonstrate that far from being a political death sentence, supporting travel to Cuba may in fact be politically advantageous.

With Enemies Like Cuba, Who Needs Friends?

Obama designates Cuba a U.S. enemy; meanwhile, our militaries cooperate
Analysis & Commentary
On September 5, the White House announced that the Obama administration had renewed Cuba's designation as an enemy of the United States. Ironically, at the same time that the announcement was made, our military was closely cooperating with the Cuban military to monitor an unresponsive aircraft that cruised into Cuban airspace.

Cuba’s New Labor Code and Foreign Investment Law: Implications for Workers

Analysis & Commentary
Cuba's new labor code and foreign investment law both raise important questions about the future of social protections and labor rights in Cuba's changing economy.

The United States and Cuba Should Play Ball

Video
Former Representative David Bonior (D-MI) discusses his research trips to Cuba with WOLA and shares his experience finding common ground with the Cuban people through baseball.

The Future of U.S.-Cuba Policy: New Actors and Approaches

Analysis & Commentary
The launch of a new 501(c)4 organization, #CubaNow, underscores the degree to which the political debate around Cuba has changed and the abundance of political space that the Obama administration currently has to make further changes to its policy toward Cuba.

U.S. Government Should Negotiate with Cuba to Free Alan Gross, American Prisoner in Cuba

New Statements by Gross Underscore Need to Act
News
WOLA calls on the Obama administration to negotiate with the Cuban government to secure the release of USAID contractor Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned in Cuba for four years and faces another 11 years of his sentence.

USAID’s "Cuban Twitter" and Alan Gross

Resources and Analysis by WOLA
News
Recent developments in U.S.-Cuba relations have once again highlighted the counterproductive nature of U.S. policy toward Cuba.