It is interesting to read comments about President Barack Obama's visit to Cuba and the negative reaction from some conservatives, Democrats and Republicans alike, who believed it was inappropriate for the President of the United States to visit the communist state. After all, they say, the Cuban government is run by a dictator who keeps political prisoners, and the Cuban people are not free.
When the Orioles traveled to Havana in 1999 to play a goodwill game against a team of Cuban All-Stars, it had been nearly 40 years since a major league team had set foot in the tiny island nation. Little did anyone suspect at the time that it would be another 17 years before another big league team would do the same, but the Tampa Bay Rays will arrive in Cuba this week to play the Cuban national team against a much different geopolitical backdrop.
Even though it won¿t be this year, the Orioles have long had interest in returning to Cuba to play an exhibition game there. And if all goes well with the Tampa Bay Rays¿ exhibition game in Cuba next month, it could open the door for the Orioles to follow.
Bob Becker didn't plan to enter real estate. He just wanted a summer job. But that stint in 1975 as a driver for Ed St. John turned into a 40-year career working at St. John's company, the kind of professional path that is increasingly rare in today's frenetic, unstable working world.
Alan Gross, the aid worker from Maryland whose imprisonment in Cuba became an obstacle to the Obama administration's drive to improve U.S.-Cuban relations, said Wednesday that he's encouraged by the progress made by Washington and Havana in the year since his release.
The former government contractor from Potomac who spent five years in prison in Cuba said he had no trouble bringing sophisticated communications gear into the country and made little attempt to disguise his work to set up Internet connections.
Alan Gross, the former government contractor from Rockville who spent five years locked up in a Cuban jail, said in his first interview since being released in a historic deal last year that he thought he'd quickly be freed once his bosses intervened.
Since there was so much interest from teams wishing to participate in an exhibition game in Cuba this spring, Major League Baseball apparently decided to have a lottery to decide which team would get the opportunity. And it won¿t be the Orioles.
The steam powered, container and vehicle carrier El Faro, en route toward San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Jacksonville, Fla., most likely capsized and sank in the eastern Bahamas on the 1st of October, while trying to maneuver around and survive Hurricane Joaquin. This is a very personal loss for me. I grew up on the Baltimore waterfront and first went to sea in 1982. Four years later, in July, I signed onto El Faro when she was under her original name, Puerto Rico. She was on the Baltimore to San
The benefits of improved relations with Cuba, even in the short term, are manifold: increased cooperation on hurricane tracking, environmental protection, fighting drug trafficking, combating illegal migration. In the longer term, allowing U.S. companies to compete for rights to energy exploration in the Cuban waters of the Florida Straits, currently monopolized by Asian and European competitors, would benefit our economy and contribute to increased energy independence. A recent study predicts
Despite a report that surfaced Tuesday evening quoting a Cuban official saying that the Orioles will play a game in Cuba this season, there are currently no plans for any upcoming game there, according to Major League Baseball.
Sen. Ben Cardin became the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, providing the Obama administration with a potentially powerful ally at a critical time for U.S. foreign policy.
The Cuban government is far from where it needs to be, but refusing to engage with them would only continue to provide them with excuses to do what they have always done. I grew up alongside Cuban exiles. I know what they are capable of. After only modest economic reforms in recent years, half a million independent entrepreneurs on the island are already making tremendous strides and reshaping the socio-economic landscape of their country. I am excited to see what the Cuban people can build.
If the new relationship between the United States and Cuba allows for an ongoing relationship between Major League Baseball and the baseball-crazy island nation, the Orioles should be the team that breaks the ice. They earned it.