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One of 'Cuban Five' Spies to Walk Free Today in Florida

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
October 7, 2011 |

When Rene Gonzalez, one of five Cuban agents reviled by Miami hardliners and celebrated by the Havana government and its supporters, walks out of a Miami prison today after serving 13 years of a 15 year sentence, where will he go and who will be there to greet him? This is a question someone in the Obama administration surely must have considered, because how they answer could cost them – and the Miami Dade Police Department – dearly.

Obama's Cold War with Cuba: The Fuel Fidel Needed

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
September 30, 2011 |

President Barack Obama said Wednesday he's looking for a transformation on the island before "fully engaging" Cuba. His remarks actually complete something of a transformation for Mr. Obama, who went from saying this on one campaign trail, to saying this on the next campaign trail, to now saying stuff like this:

Is the White House Ready for a Cuban Deep Water Drilling Disaster?

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
September 21, 2011 |

The good news? Cuban energy officials are taking the lessons of the BP oil spill disaster very seriously, according to a group of oil drilling and environmental experts just back from Cuba, including the co-chairman of the Bipartisan National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling (also former EPA administrator), the head of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, a former senior executive for Royal Dutch Shell, and a longtime Cuba expert with the Environmental Defense Fund.

Learning Agenda Outlines Innovative YouthSave Research Plans

August 25, 2011

By Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis

Originally posted on www.youthsave.org

Trading Against Colombia

  • By
  • Lauren Damme,
  • New America Foundation
  • and David Callahan, Demos senior fellow
July 13, 2011 |

Earlier this month, Congress took up a major trade package that includes free-trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. All these pacts are flawed in their own way, but none is more problematic than the proposed deal with Colombia, which would reward a political elite that has long repressed labor unions and could devastate that country's rural farmers.

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Enduring Flaws: FTA Deal with Colombia Still Has Major Problems

  • By
  • Lauren Damme,
  • New America Foundation
  • and David Callahan, Demos International Program Director and Senior Fellow
June 16, 2011 |

The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, stalled in Congress since the George W. Bush Administration signed it in 2006, is likely to be voted on by legislators this summer as part of a broader trade package that also includes the pending pacts with Panama and South Korea.

We Support Democratic Uprisings in the Middle East. Why Not in Cuba?

  • By
  • Andrés Martinez,
  • New America Foundation
April 7, 2011 |

The world has been transfixed recently by the struggles of people living under atrophied dictatorships, who, empowered by new forms of communication, have risen up and collectively said "no mas" — or the Arabic equivalent. Individuals such as Wael Ghonim, the 30-year-old Google marketing executive who galvanized the Egyptian opposition on Facebook and spent a couple of weeks in prison for his efforts, have been lionized on American newscasts.

Evolving Structures of the Global Oil and Gas Industry

  • By Fareed Mohamedi, Partner and Head of Markets and Country Strategies
March 29, 2011

Current trends suggest that a major energy transition is unlikely before 2020. It is only after that date that trends such as the exhaustion of cheap oil or China’s conversion to a consumer society might raise prices enough to trigger long-term changes.

 

Seismic Inequality

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
March 15, 2011 |

The death and destruction in Japan may be horrifying, but the record earthquake that struck March 11 off the east coast of Honshu island still suggests one important lesson: Building codes and land use regulations can save lives. Japan's strict guidelines have been widely credited for keeping the death toll down to a fraction of the casualties in Haiti's quake last year.

Unholy Alliance

  • By
  • Andrés Martinez,
  • New America Foundation
March 7, 2011 |

Hugo Chavez is trying to come to the rescue of his friend and fellow "colonel," Moammar Kadafi. The Venezuelan president has offered to mediate Libya's civil war, and warned against any foreign intervention in support of Libya's opposition, which now controls much of the east of the country, including the port of Benghazi, home of the Hugo Chavez soccer stadium. The Venezuelan government even railed against the move to oust Libya from the United Nations Human Rights Council because of Kadafi's violent crackdown on his own people.

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