Cuban Baseball Players’ Impact on MLB

Cuban Baseball Players’ Impact on MLB

José D. Fernández’s death in a boating accident near a rocky Miami Beach inlet on September 25, 2016 highlighted the huge impact Cuban baseball players are making in Major League Baseball (MLB). Fernández was a professional baseball pitcher who came to the U.S. from Cuba just years before his baseball career started. He played for … Read more

Energy, Sustainability and Cooperation in Cuba’s Geological Resources

Energy, Sustainability and Cooperation in Cuba’s Geological Resources

The recent unpleasantness in Venezuela has spilled over into Cuba by reducing energy exports to the island nation. While only new thinking can replace Venezuela’s energy exports, Cuba’s path forward is complicated by market and political forces that may not cooperate. Former Chevron Corporation executive Silvia Garrigo shared insights on the future of environmental sustainability, … Read more

Secretary of State John Kerry Summarizes Progress with Cuba in His Exit Memo

Secretary of State John Kerry Summarizes Progress with Cuba in His Exit Memo

In 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Havana, Cuba to formally re-designate the U.S. Interests Section to U.S. Embassy Havana. Today Secretary Kerry summarizes our progress with Cuba in his, “Exit Memo From Secretary Kerry to President Obama”: For over fifty years, our efforts to isolate Cuba failed to advance our objective of … Read more

Charcoal for Cooking Becomes First Legal Import to the U.S. from Cuba

Charcoal for Cooking Becomes First Legal Import to the U.S. from Cuba

According to a report by AP, Artisanal charcoal will become the first legal Cuban export to the U.S. in decades under a deal  between Cuba’s government and the former lawyer for imprisoned U.S. government contractor Alan Gross. Attorney Scott Gilbert, who has sought to build economic ties between the two countries since Gross’ release, said … Read more

Days Before Trump, The First Direct Flight to Havana from LA

Days Before Trump, The First Direct Flight to Havana from LA

Alaska Airlines launched today its first flight from Los Angeles to Havana. The airline’s new service is part an agreement to normalize regularly scheduled commercial flights between the two nations. The agreement was negotiated in 2016 under Obama’s broader policy of engagement with Cuba. Alaska Airlines won the only West Coast route awarded in 2016 … Read more