Nearly a dozen Arizona college students really got away from the snow for spring break - they went to Cuba. Assistant professor Melissa Santana of Northern Arizona University's school of interior design beat President Barack Obama's much-ballyhooed trip to the punch by a day, the Arizona Daily Sun reported. The architecture and design study trip lasted March 12 - 18. It was the Flagstaff school's first trip to the island nation.
Last week, Flake spoke on the senate floor, supporting the offing movement to restore diplomatic relations between countries. “I have always believed that denying Americans the ability to travel to and trade with Cuba has done more to extend dictatorial rule on that island than any other policy we could have adapted,” says Flake.
The American and Arizona leaders are planning to meet with Cuban officials, including Raul Castro. Flake said critics who claim America is embracing a Communist country by establishing relations with Cuba are wrong. “We’re not embracing Cuba,” he said. “We’re actually, finally, imposing a get tough policy, because we’re going to expose them to American values and commerce.” Flake said he hopes the Cuban trip will inspire the country’s leaders to adopt policies that help it move closer to a more capitalist society and help Arizonans realize what a Communist country is truly like.
Two University of Arizona physicians want to bring a prescription drug developed in Cuba to the United States to treat diabetic foot ulcers. Such ulcers can lead to death in some diabetics. David Armstrong and Marvin Slepian from UA traveled to Cuba to partner with medical colleagues to bring the drug called Heberprot-P to the United States. They hope the current normalization will help expedite the clinical trials and lead to FDA approval.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: FLAKE TRAVELS TO CUBA FOR RELEASE OF JAILED AMERICAN
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake traveled to Cuba early Wednesday and returned with released American contractor Alan Gross in advance of President Barack Obama's historic announcement that the United States would move to normalize relations with the Communist country. Flake, R-Ariz., has been a critic of U.S. policy toward Cuba, particularly the decades-old ban on travel, since his earliest days as a member of the House of Representatives. In November, Flake and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., met with Gross in Cuban custody. Flake has made multiple trips to Cuba over the years and has met with Cuban leader Raul Castro.