The Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) seems in disarray. In a recent press release reproduced in Progreso Weekly this week, the Miami once hard-right organization now turned towards the middle seem to take a step back, more to the right. My speculation, and it’s strictly that, there’s something going on within their four walls they’re not willing to discuss in public at this time. Remember, this is the same CANF who had a big falling out when Joe Garcia took over their helm and veered them, smartly I believe, towards the middle — when dealing with the Cuba issue. I say wait and see… there might be new developments coming when it comes to CANF.
And with President-elect Obama laying the groundwork for his Administration and setting up his cabinet and White House advisors, there is much speculation going on nationally with the issue of Cuba. Will he or won’t he? many are asking. During his drive for the presidency he promised to lift travel restrictions for Cuban American family members here in the U.S. We will see… but there is much more being discussed, including the issue of the embargo. What follows is an article that appeared in The Los Angeles Times on Saturday.
Alvaro F. Fernandez
Obama presidency could change the rules on Cuba
Obama’s presidency raises the prospect of significant policy changes because of his campaign promises to consider talks with Havana and to lift restrictions on the ability of Cuban Americans to travel and send money to the island.
In addition, there are new signs that many Cuban Americans, whose anti-Castro fervor has sustained a tough approach, no longer favor the economic embargo that has been the policy’s main ingredient. Congress is expected to press for reform next year as more Democrats enter and some hard-line Republicans retire.
Advocates of isolating Cuba “have been losing a lot of their mojo here,” said Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who has long advocated greater engagement with Cuba.
To read the full article click here: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-uscuba13-2008dec13,0,6899785.story