Opinion Headlines

  1.  Foreign Policy. “The Berlin Wall Fell, but Communism Didn’t.” [From North Korea to Cuba, millions still live under tyrannous regimes.] by Marion Smith. 11-7-14
  2.  Cuba. “Obama’s Cuban Détente.” [New recognition for the Castros in return for two U.S. prisoners.] 12-18-14
  3. Cuba. “The Turning Point in Relations With Cuba.” [A debate]:  “A victory for Oppression.” By Marco Rubio. [President Obama’s policy is bad news for the Cuban people living under a dictatorship, and it sends a dangerous message to the world.]  12-18-14
  4. “Trade Will Lead to Freedom.” By Douglas Irwin. [The U.S. economic embargo has failed to bring about any positive political change in Cuba. It’s time to try something new.] 12-18-14
  5. Cuba. “The Cuban Regime is a Defeated Foe.” By Peggy Noonan. [In time, normalized relations will serve the cause of freedom.] 12-20-14
  6. Cuba. “Who Benefits if the Embargo Is Lifted?” by Mary Anastasia O’Grady. […which raises the question of just who Mr. Obama is trying to help by stepping in now.] 12-22-14
  7. Cuba. LTE. “Re-Establishing Normal Relations With an Unfree Cuba.”   12-23-14
  8. Cuba. LTE. “Do We Really Think Cubs Will Become Just Like Us?” 12-26-14
  9. Cuba. LTE. “Mine is Mine, Yours Is Negotiable.” 12-27-14
  10. Cuba. “Where Are Cuba’s Political Prisoners?” by Mary Anastasia O’Grady. [Fifty-three of those jailed by the Castros were supposed to have been freed in the Obama deal.] 1-5-15
  11. Cuba. “The U.S.-Cuba Deal Heightens the Spy Threat.” By Jason Poblete [In May 2003, 14 Cuban diplomats were expelled by the U.S. for ‘unofficial activities’ – espionage.] 1-13-15
  12. Cuba. “So How’s That Cuba Deal Gong?” by Mary Anastasia O’Grady [Raul Castro’s demands include reparations and no more U.S. asylum for doctors who defect.] 2-9-15
  13. Cuba. “Obama Elbows Into the Colombia Peace Talks.” By Mary Anastasia O’Grady. [Meddling in the FARC negotiations advances his Cuba policy; the rest is collateral damage.] 3-2-15
  14. Cuba. “Obama Rehabilitates the Castro Brothers.” By Mary Anastasia O’Grady. [The Organization of American States is now open to dictatorships.” 4-6-15
  15. Cuba. “Summiting With Raul.” [President Obama courts the Cuban, who is playing hard to get.] 4-10-15
  16. Cuba. “Another Gift for Castro.” [Obama takes Cuba off the U.S. terror list. The U.S. gets a lecture.] 4-15-15
  17. Cuba. “Springtime for Dictators.” By Daniel Henninger. [“…right now, Raul is hot. Raul Castro is taking meetings with everyone from President Barack Obama in Panama last month to Pope Francis in Rome last weekend…] 5-14-15
  18. Cuba. “Springtime for Dictators.” By Daniel Henninger. [“…right now, Raul is hot. Raul Castro is taking meetings with everyone from President Barack Obama in Panama last month to Pope Francis in Rome last weekend…] 5-14-15
  19. Cuba. “Behind the Pope’s Embrace of Castro.” By Mary Anastasia O’Grady. [Speculation runs from a Trojan house plan to Latin American antipathy of the U.S. 5-18-15
  20. Cuba. “The Secret Life of Fidel Castro.” By Mary Anastasia O’Grady. 6-8-15.
  21. Cuba. “Cuba After the Castros: The Likely Scenario.” By Jose Azel. [The armed forces control 70% of the economy now. It’s not likely they’ll give that up for a free market.] 6-15-15
  22. Cuba. “When Helping ‘the Cuban People’ Means Bankrolling the Castros.” By Mauricio Claver-Carone. [U.S. legislation to ease sanctions will instead primarily benefit Havana’s state-owned monopolies.] 6-24-15
  23. Cuba. LTE “Bishop Tutu: Venezuela Isn’t Nearly as Bad as Cuba Is.” 7-11-15
  24. Cuba. “Cuba No Libre.” [The U.S. outreach has changed little about life on the island.] 8-15-15
  25. Cuba. “The Bare Flagpoles of Havana. By David Feith. [Before Obama restored ties to Cuba, he ended an inventive UY.S. effort to promote freedom.] 8-18-15
  26. Cuba. “Obama’s New Cuban Partners, My Old Jailers.” By Armando Valladares. [The regime was built on the blood of dissidents like those the U.S. now avoids acknowledging.] 8-21-15
  27. Cuba. “Dissidents Beg to See the Pope.” By Mary Anastasia O’Grady. [The struggle for freedom and dignity in Cuba is essentially a Catholic movement.] 9-21-15
  28. Cuba. “Obama’s Castro Courtship.” [The U.S. may stay silent while the U.N. condemns the U.S. trade embargo.] 10-1-15
  29. Cuba. “Cuba One Year After Obama’s Olive Branch.” By Mary Anastasia O’Grady. [Thousands of political arrests, migrants flee, and Russia wants in. Sound familiar?] 12-21-15
  30. Cuba. “North Korea’s Cuban Friends.” By Mary Anastasia O’Grady. [The Castro Boys now have a U.S. Hellfire missile to share with Kim Jon Un.] 1-11-16
  31. Cuba. “Cuba’s Democrats Need U.S. Support.” By Mary Anastasia O’Grady. [Obama has helped the dictatorship but ignored the dissidents.] 1-25-16
  32. Cuba. “Cuba Isn’t Libre.” [The Castros try to exile dissidents for Obama’s March visit.] 2-24-16
  33. Cuba. “Behind the President’s Visit to Havana.” By Mary Anastasia O’Grady. [The spectacle is designed to pressure Congress into lifting the Cuban embargo.] 3-21-16
  34. Cuba. “Obama’s Havana Promenade.” [The President and Raul Castro trade tales of moral equivalence.] 3-22-16.
  35. Cuba. “The Cuban Casualties Escaping Obama’s Notice.” By Hayes Hunt and Tom Leonard. [Congress can insist that the embargo is not fully lifted unless there is justice for regime crimes.] 3-22-16.
  36. Cuba. “About Those Cuban Prisoners.” [Castro invited a list, dissidents provided one. Did Obama follow up?] 3-24-16
  37. Cuba. “Obama’s Illusions About Post-Castro Cuba.” By Jose Azel. 4-22-16
  38. Cuba. “Obama Betrayed Cuba’s Dissidents.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady. [Civil liberties have deteriorated since the U.S. said that it would normalize ties.]  8-15-16
  39. Cuba. “Venezuela’s Descent.”  [An opposition leader loses his appeal, as Cuba Exerts more control.]  8-15-16
  40. Cuba. “The Cost of Obama’s Cuba Policy.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [Exiles who oppose normalization could give Trump Florida’s 29 electoral votes.]  11-7-16
  41. Cuba. “For Cubans, the Long Wait Is Over.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Brady.  [With Fidel Castro dead, will the island nation finally begin to live again?]  11-28-16
  42. Cuba. “Fidel Castro’s Communist Utopia.”  [He turned a developing Cuba into an impoverished prison.]  11-28-16
  43. Cuba. “Fidel’s Legacy – a Dissident’s View.”  By Bret Stephens.  [A survivor of Cuba’s own Gitmo has a word for those mourning the late dictator.]  11-29-16
  44. Cuba. “Fidel’s Venezuelan Legacy.”  [Boat people flee the country that imitated the Castro model.]  12-1-16
  45. Cuba. “Castro and Human Dignity.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [Five or six prisoners would be confined for days in very narrow 6-foot-long cells.]  12-5-16
  46. Cuba. “Cuba Kills Another Dissident.” By Mary Anastasia O’Grady. [After Obama’s détente: More tourists on the island and more repression.] 3-6-17
  47. Cuba. LTE. “Continuing Tally of Death Under Cuba’s Dictatorship.” 3-11-17
  48. Cuba. “Cuba’s Proxy War in Venezuela.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady. [The commitment to Maduro among soldiers and police is breaking down.]  5-22-17
  49. Cuba. “How Fidel Castro supported Terrorism in America.”  By Zach Dorfman.  [‘FALN was started in the mid-1960’s with a nucleus…that received advanced training in Cuba.’]  6-9-17
  50. Cuba. “Open Cuba’s Market to U.S. Farmers.”  By John Boozman and Rick Crawford.  [Americans can sell food to the island, but only in cash transactions.  It’s time to extend credit.]  6-14-17
  51. Cuba. “Cubans Need a Truth Commission.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [Give survivors of Castro’s murderous regime a chance to tell their stories.]  6-19-17
  52. Cuba. “Google’s Broken Promise to Cubans.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [The company denies access to a pro-democracy website, blames the embargo.] 8-28-17
  53. Cuba. “Cuba’s Sonic Attacks.”  [How to respond to the harm done to 21 Americans in Havana.]  9-26-17
  54. Cuba. “Evening the Cuban Score.”  [Havana has to protect U.S. diplomats if it wants good relations.] 10-4-17
  55. Cuba. “Cuban Communism, in Fact and Fiction.”  (The Weekend Interview with Nelson DeMille by John J. Miller.)  [The best-selling suspense novelist talks about his writing career and his latest book, which sends up Yalies to Havana.]  10-7-17
  56. Cuba. “A Soviet Cleansing in Cuba.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [The Russians used their experience at home to annihilate dissident peasants.]  11-13-17
  57. Cuba. “Cuba Gets a Castro Convertible.” [A prize for the Ladies in White is bigger news than Diaz-Canel.] 4-23-18
  58. Cuba.  “Turtle Bay Truth Embargo.”  [“…Thursday’s 189-2 vote against the trade embargo on Cuba…”]  11-3-18
  59. Cuba.  “Baseball Teams Up With Castro.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [A league deal with Cuba benefits the business but treats players like chattel.]  12-31-18
  60. Cuba. “Cuba Imprisons a Humanitarian.” By Mary Anastasia O’Grady. [Jose Daniel Ferrer threatens the regime because his group serves Cuban needs.] 12-2-19
  61. Cuba. “Communist Cuba Enslaves Physicians.” By Marion Smith. [Havana sends them abroad, steals their wages, and forces them to act as spies.] 12-26-19
  62. Cuba. “A Day in Court for Cuban Property Owners.” By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.   [Those who traffic in assets confiscated after the revolution can be held liable.] 12-30-19
  63. Cuba. “The Real Cuba is a Land of Extreme Deprivation.” By Andy Laperriere. [Families were overjoyed when my church group brought children’s Tylenol and cheap reading glasses.] 2-29-20
  64. Cuba.   “Cuba Is an Academic Fraud.” By Paul E. Peterson. [Few educational stats are available, and they are highly suspect.] 3-17-20Cuba. “How Cuba’s Spies Keep Winning.” By Mary Anastasia O’Grady. They’ve infiltrated another attempt to unseat Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro.] 5-11-20
  65. Cuba.  “Cuban Medical Brigades to Mexico.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [Havana has a history of using its doctors to propagandize and build intel networks.]  6-15-20
  66. Cuba.  “A More Profound Truth.”  (Bookshelf by Ana Hebra Flaster.)  “The Cubans.”  By Anthony DePalma.  [A veteran foreign correspondent takes us behind the romantic veil that hides the day-to-day experiences of ordinary Cubans.’]   7-23-20
  67. Cuba.  “How Trump or Biden Can Get Serious About Human Rights in Cuba.”  By Paul J. Dobriansky and David B. Rivkin Jr.  [The Global Magnistky Act of 2016 allows sanctions to cut officials and associates off from financial services.]   11-12-20
  68. Cuba.  “Cuba’s San Isidro Uprising.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [There has been organized dissent for decades.  This time could be different.]   12-21-20
  69. Cuba.  “Cuba’s Support for Terror.    1-13-21
  70. Cuba.  “The Castros Still Run Cuba.”  By Marcell Felipe.  [Raul’s resignation as head of the ruling Communist party changes nothing.]   4-19-21
  71. Cuba.  “Cuba Frees Otero Alcantara.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.   6-1-21
  72. Cuba.  “Behind Cuba’s Covid Uprising.”  by Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [Most poor countries put all hands on deck in this crisis.  Havana exports its doctors.]   7-12-21
  73. Cuba.  “How Cuba’s Communists Cling to Power.”  By Walter Russell Mead.  [A mix of ruthless repression and shrewd opportunism makes the regime resilient.]  7-13-21j
  74. Cuba.  “An Uprising of Despair in Cuba.”  [Biden sounds the right notes but there’s more the U.S. can do.]   7-13-21
  75. Cuba.  “Resistance and Repression in Cuba.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [Protesters knew they would meet brutality.  They went out anyway, demanding liberty.]   7-19-21
  76. Cuba.  “Tearing Down Cuba’s Cyberwall.”  [Technology exists to restore the Internet if Biden is willing to use it.]  7-19-21
  77. Cuba.  “Ali Mayorkas, Keep Faith With Cubans.”  By Leora R. Levy.  [They deserve support from my childhood friend as they battle the communists.]   7-22-21
  78. Cuba.  “A Pandemic of Misrule.”  By Daniel Henninger.  [Protests against the governments in Cuba and South Africa are not random chaos.]   7-22-21
  79. Cuba.  “The root Causes of Cuban Poverty.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [The only blockade is the one imposed by Havana.  Regime elites oppose competition.]   7-26-21
  80. Cuba.  “Biden Is Failing Cuba’s Uprising.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [The White House is so far unwilling to challenge the U.S. left that likes the regime.]   8-16-21
  81. Cuba.  “A Sanction Worth Lifting In Cuba.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [Under the island’s military dictatorship, it’s illegal to fish for dinner.]  9-7-21
  82. Cuba.  “Cubans Want Freedom, Not Exile.”  By Oacar Biscet.  [Recent protests show the people’s resolve to end the communist dictatorship.]  9-20-21
  83. Cuba.  “Why the Future of Cuban Baseball Defected”  by Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [The ‘revolution’ is in tatters and Cubans in ever greater numbers find ways to say so.]   10-11-21
  84. Cuba.  “”’Cuba Libre’ at the Latin Grammys.”  [The patriotic protest anthem ‘Patria Y Vida’ wins song of the year.]  11-22-21
  85. Cuba.  “No Justice for Cuba’s July 11 Protesters.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [The regime used the Christmas holidays to issue prison sentences of up to 30 years.]   1-3-22
  86. Cuba.  “Why Won’t Joe Biden Take On Cuba?”  by Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [The president talks of troubles in the region but never mentions the heart of darkness.]  1-24-22
  87. Cuba.  “Cuba’s Human Trafficking on Trial.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [A U.N. subsidiary that allegedly abets Havana will have to defend itself in court.]   4-11-22
  88. Cuba.  “Biden’s Strange Help for Havana.”  [Why aid the struggling anti-American regime now?]   5-20-22
  89. Cuba.  “Cuba’s Power Grab Inside Washington.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.    [The U.S. needs to restore the integrity of the Pan American Health Organization.]  6-27-22
  90. Cuba.  “Cuba Faces A Power Vacuum.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [The revolution is dead, and so are its leaders.  Can the nation break free?]  8-15-22
  91. Cuba.  “Cuba Dares Biden to Look Away.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [Hosting Iran’s top diplomat makes a mockery of the U.S. policy of ‘engagement.’]   2-13-23
  92. Cuba.  “Havana Syndrome Revisited.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [Cuban intelligence opposed warming U.S. relations.  Did it send a message?}  3-20-23
  93. Cuba.  “How Americans Betray the Cuban People.”  By May Anastasia O’Grady.  [Brave protesters take to the streets again.  They lack solidarity from abroad.]   5-15-23
  94. Cuba.  “Why Cuba Belongs on the Terrorism List.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [Havana has alliances with Russia, China and Iran and a spy network in the U.S.]   1-22-24
  95. Cuba.  “Cuba Is Starving Its People.”  By Mary Anastasia O’Grady.  [The island’s latest crisis is home-grown.  Don’t believe the spin about U.S. sanctions.]   3-25-24




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