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Mitch Perry Report for 4.15.16 – The Brawl in Brooklyn

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Remember when we used to hold debates in this country? Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But it had been more than five weeks between debates before Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders engaged on the issues last night in a raucous two-hour forum in Brooklyn. While it can be annoying to have the audience cheering and jeering, somehow it felt appropriate in the Big Apple – it reminded me of the time when Al Gore and Bill Bradley engaged…

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Former Cuban hostage Alan Gross to speak at USF next week

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Alan Gross, the American aid worker who was imprisoned in Cuba for five years before his release in December of 2014, will speak at USF next Tuesday night, April 19. Gross traveled to Cuba in December of 2011 to  spread the values and benefits of democracy by helping to make internet service more accessible; he had visited synagogues and Jewish leaders across the country, including introducing them to search engines and Spanish-language Wikipedia. For those actions, he was convicted buy Cuban authorities of undertaking…

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Alan Gross marks 1 year since being freed from Cuban prison

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American Alan Gross spent five years in a Cuban prison before being released last year as part of a historic reopening of relations between the United States and Cuba, but he says he’d travel back to the island nation “in a heartbeat, as long as the government promises not to re-arrest me.” Gross was working as a U.S. government subcontractor setting up Internet access in Cuba in violation of Cuban law when he was arrested in 2009. He was ultimately…

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Engage Cuba kicks off drive to end U.S. sanctions

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Last night in Miami, Alan Gross, the American citizen who was detained in Cuba by the Castro-led government for five years before his release last December, spoke at the inaugural fundraiser for New Cuba PAC, a political action committee created to push for the end of the U.S. 53-year economic embargo against the Communist island. “It was a magical night,” says James Williams with Engage Cuba, a new nonprofit advocacy group created in tandem with the new PAC. “It really felt in many ways…

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Anti-Cuban embargo movement picks up steam in U.S.

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Big businesses and politicians from both sides of the ideological spectrum are putting their muscle into new Washington lobbying efforts to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba as the two countries press ahead to re-establish diplomatic relations. A new bi-partisan lobbying group called Engage Cuba is launching operations this month with the backing of more than a dozen Fortune 500 firms ranging from hotel companies to agricultural businesses, said James Williams, who heads the effort. At the same time, a…

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