With Castro gone, will Cuba become America's 51st state?

Posted by David Ignatius on February 19, 2008 1:20 PM


Former Washington-based columnist for The Hong Kong Standard, The New York Sun, and Insight on the News, an online weekly published by The Washington Times. Covered economic and political relations between the United States and East Asia, with an emphasis on China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Former chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists' Association. Currently a business executive at a Chinese-language newspaper in Hong Kong.

Treat Cuba Like China

If trading with Communist China is supposed to pave the way to political freedom, then why not with Communist Cuba?

Posted by Kin-ming Liu Hong Kong | 60 COMMENTS
Feb 21, 2008 at 11:02 AM
Lamis Andoni is a Middle East consultant for Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news station. She has been covering the Middle East for 20 years. She has reported for the Christian Science Monitor, the Financial Times and the main newspapers in Jordan. She was a professor at the Graduate School in UC Berkeley.

Cuba As 51st State: Not Then, Not Now

Cuba has always stood up to the U.S., and usually won. This time will be no different.

Posted by Lamis Andoni Doha, Qatar | 24 COMMENTS
Feb 20, 2008 at 3:44 PM
Bill Emmott is the former editor of The Economist magazine, a leading international current affairs publication from England. He is now an independent writer, speaker, and consultant on international affairs.

Fighting Chavez for Cuba

The battles for Cuba are just beginning - and America isn't likely to win.

Posted by Bill Emmott Great Britain | 31 COMMENTS
Feb 20, 2008 at 2:58 PM
Ibsen Martínez is a Venezuelan playwright and novelist. A former telenovela writer based in Caracas, he is now a freelance writer and regular contributor to a number of newspapers, magazines and websites in both Spanish and English. He writes a weekly column for the Caracas daily "Tal Cual." Spanish language newspapers such as Madrid's "El País" and "ABC" as well as Buenos Aires's "La Nación" run his articles on a regular basis. His essays on literary and political subjects have appeared in prestigious magazines such as "La Nouvelle Revue Françoise", Mexico's " Letras Libres", Washington's "Foreign Policy" and The Washington Post's "Outlook" magazine. He also writes a monthly column on Latin American economic issues for the Liberty Fund's website, "Econlib Library (

Cuba: The Singapore of the Caribbean

Cuba would be crazy to turn its back now on a better-than-ever chance to become the region's business hub.

Posted by Ibsen Martinez Venezuela | 29 COMMENTS
Feb 20, 2008 at 2:53 PM
Originally from Pakistan, Anwer Sher is based in Dubai and writes for Gulf News, Khaleej Times and Emirates Today. His varied career experience includes banking, consulting, and real estate development. He has a Masters degree in International Relations.

Respect Cuba's Choices

Let’s make Cuba the first instance of foreign policy where we actually respect each others’ way of life.

Posted by Anwer Sher Dubai, UAE | 18 COMMENTS
Feb 20, 2008 at 2:49 PM
Miriam Leitao is a reporter and columnist for O Globo and Radio CBN in Brazil. She is also a commentator on Globo TV Network and runs her own blog,, hosted at Globo online at She was awarded Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2005.

In Cuba, Change Has Already Arrived

Fidel’s retirement is nothing but an echo of the end of the Cold War. Change is already happening in Cuba.

Posted by Miriam Leitao Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 5 COMMENTS
Feb 20, 2008 at 2:47 PM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

Cuba Will Thrive On Its Own

The politics of Cuba are likely to follow the contemporary Chinese model-- gradual, cautious and measured change in response to a coming out with the rest of the world.

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 1 COMMENTS
Feb 20, 2008 at 2:46 PM
Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist. He was born in Jerusalem in 1955. He is a former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in the United States. Mr. Kuttab is the former director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Ramallah, Palestine and the founder of AmmanNet, the Arab world's first internet radio station. His personal web page is

Cuba Still Hostage To Its Exiles

Cuban exiles in the U.S. will still control Cuba for years to come.

Posted by Daoud Kuttab Jerusalem/Amman, Jordan | 14 COMMENTS
Feb 19, 2008 at 2:21 PM

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