Cuba & Arizona in the News
“Yes, I think they are closer,” Flake said after he returned to Washington this week from a trip to Havana with Google's former Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, as well as Brett Perlmutter and Susanna Kohly, Google's executives in charge of relations with Cuba.
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.
Arizona Daily Star: Sen. Jeff Flake: Economic Liberty Key to Ensuring Cubans' Human Rights
This exponential expansion of Cuba’s entrepreneurial class would not have happened were it not for U.S. policy changes in 2009 that have led to an explosion of travel and remittances among Cuban Americans. Some suggest that remittances to the island are responsible for 70 to 80 percent of the capital used in small businesses in Cuba.
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.
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.
Arizona Farm Bureau: Normalized Relations with Cuba to Benefit Arizona Agriculture Exports
“Opportunities for improved trade is good news for Arizona agriculture as we export $1.26 billion in agriculture product around the globe. Cuba will certainly increase that number,” said Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers. “We appreciate the hard work and leadership Senator Jeff Flake has shown on this issue.”
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.