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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

Reactions, analysis, and resources
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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.

WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

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WOLA is a leading research and advocacy organizations working to advance human rights in the Americas. To learn more about WOLA's work, please watch this short video.

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
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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

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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
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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

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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

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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
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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
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Recent developments in U.S.-Cuba relations have once again highlighted the counterproductive nature of U.S. policy toward Cuba.

USAID’s Cuban Twitter: “Democracy Promotion” Does More Harm than Good

In Cuba, the United States Should Do Less in Order to Accomplish More
Analysis & Commentary
A USAID program reportedly built a cell phone messaging platform in an elaborate attempt to inspire social unrest in Cuba.

President Obama’s Meeting with Pope Francis and the Issue of Cuba

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This Thursday, March 27, President Obama and Pope Francis are scheduled to meet at the Vatican. According to the president’s advisers, Cuba is on the short list of international issues that will likely be discussed during the talks.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Holds First Ever Hearing on Drug Policy

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On March 25, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held its first ever hearing to analyze the impact of current drug policy on human rights.