Here are the most recent analysis on Cuba by Washington Office on Latin America’s Geoff Thale and Clay Boggs.
Rep. Paul Ryan's Surprising Voting Record on Cuba
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI pictured), Mitt Romney’s choice as
running mate on the Republican presidential ticket, once favoured lifting
the embargo against Cuba. But recently he changed his position.
Just how strong an opponent of the embargo was Ryan? WOLA's Geoff Thale
went back and counted the votes. He found that Ryan voted against the
embargo in 20 out of 24 Cuba votes between 2000 and 2007. In fact, Ryan
voted for easing or ending the embargo on every single vote from 2000 to
2005. Thale points to polling data to show that, contrary to
conventional wisdom, many Cuban Americans actually agree with Ryan's longtime opposition to the embargo.
Economic Reforms and Labour Protections in Cuba
In the past two years, Cuba has taken important steps
to open up its economy. WOLA's Clay Boggs and Geoff Thale argue that
the reform process has generated a mixture of support and resistance as
it impacts not only government bureaucrats but also ordinary Cubans, who
may experience both gains and losses in the process. In particular,
Boggs and Thale argue that the expanding private sector will inevitably
pose challenges for Cuba's limited but meaningful set of labor
protections. They note that two upcoming laws may help answer some of
the questions about labour in Cuba. One law is a framework for
cooperatives in Cuba; the other is a revised labour code.
For more information, please contact Clay Boggs at email@example.com or (202) 797-2171.