Analysis & Commentary

24th October 2016 - The Hill

Cuba, Iran’s island in the sun

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama administration thinks Iran's influence in Latin America is waning. That means it does not view the 80 or so cultural centers Iran has established across Central and South America as a threat.

30th March 2016 - The Washington Times

Our Man in Havana

Clifford D. May

“I have come here to bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas.” That was Barack Obama’s “historic” announcement in Cuba last week. But was it true? What is the Castro regime if not a vestige of communism’s 20th century struggle against the capitalist enemy – also...

22nd March 2016 - Forbes

Giving Hope To Evil

Michael Ledeen

As President Barack Obama was expressing his gratitude for Cuban criticism of the United States, terrorists were killing innocents at the Brussels airport and at subway stations, including one very close to the headquarters of the European Union.

20th September 2015 - PJ Media

The Pope of Montecristo

Michael Ledeen

So Pope Francis, having delivered himself of the usual Jesuit diatribe against capitalism and warned us all about rising global temperatures, has arrived in Cuba. That unhappy island inhabits a time-space warp that was formed in the 1960s, a world where the political slogans and the...

20th September 2015 - CTV

CTV News

Foundation for Defense of Democracies journalist-in-residence Claudia Rosett discusses how significant the Pope celebrating mass in Cuba is.

15th April 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

FDD Journalist-in-Residence Claudia Rosett comments on Cuba's connection to terrorists and authoritarian regimes.

10th April 2015 - FOX Business Network

Lou Dobbs Tonight

FDD Journalist-in-Residence Claudia Rosett comments on the high-level meeting between President Obama and his Cuban counterpart President Raul Castro.

17th January 2015 - CTV

CTV News

FDD Journalist-in-Residence Claudia Rosett on US-Cuba relations.

6th January 2015 - Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

How Not to Negotiate With Rogue Regimes

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The 114th Congress finds Republicans in command of the House and Senate for the first time in eight years. When it convenes, its agenda will inevitably include how to deal with Cuba and Iran — two sides of the same coin of a foreign policy of giving up too much too soon in the Obama...

28th December 2014 - Quoted by Susan Crabtree - The Washington Examiner

Obama Faces Narrowing Window to Score Foreign Policy Successes

Jonathan Schanzer

Unpredictable international events often wreak havoc with presidents’ lofty foreign policy goals, but no one could have predicted just how far President Obama would be thrown off course in 2014.

26th December 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Reading Washington’s New Cuba Policy in Tehran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Barack Obama’s overturning of Washington’s longstanding commercial and diplomatic isolation of Cuba earlier this month has grabbed the attention of another country chafing under U.S. sanctions: the Islamic Republic of Iran.

19th December 2014 - Cited by Stephen F. Hayes - The Weekly Standard

Nonstop Appeasement

Thomas Joscelyn

We don’t expect much. It’s been nearly six years. We’re long past the point of hoping that Barack Obama will adopt policies that deserve our grudging approval, if not enthusiastic endorsement, particularly on foreign policy and national security.

18th December 2014 - Forbes

Historic Day for Washington, Havana…and Pyongyang’s Hackers

On a day when hackers working for North Korea managed to shut down the release of an American movie, on American soil, by threatening terrorist attacks on American theaters, one might have supposed that a televised announcement from President Obama would have been all about measures to deter...

1st April 2014 - The Washington Times

How the U.S. Put Latin America Up for Grabs

Clifford D. May

I’m not about to pretend that spending a few days in this rather funky little surfing village on the Pacific has given me great insights into Latin America’s current political...

15th November 2013 - Syndicated

Secure Freedom Radio

FDD's Claudia Rosett talks about the election of China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Cuba to the UN Human Rights Council.

13th August 2013 - Foreign Policy

The Cuban in the Desert

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In April 2011, a post appeared on the leading jihadist web forum Shumukh al-Islam authored by a little known writer called Abu Asma al-Kubi.

6th May 2013 - NPR

Morning Edition

Over the weekend in Philadelphia, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro received an award for her gay rights advocacy. To understand the significance...

29th November 2012 - The Rosett Report

Meanwhile, UNESCO Chief Is Romancing Cuban Education

When UNESCO — the UN’s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization — admitted the Palestinian Authority as a full member last year, the decision triggered a U.S. law that forbids American...

2nd August 2012 - Gunpowder & Lead

Powering Guantánamo

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Last month, I undertook field research into U.S. detention policy at the detention camp operated by Joint Task Force-Guantánamo (JTF-GTMO). While out there, I had the opportunity to interview Captain John R. Nettleton.

19th June 2012 - New York Daily News

Hiding Cuba’s Crimes Behind Gay Rights Lies

On December 7, 1990, Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas ended his life. Forced into exile because of his political dissidence, and dying slowly of AIDS, he could no longer withstand the physical and mental torment of the disease.


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