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You Can Now Fly from BWI to Cuba

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The first flight from Baltimore’s airport to Havana took off Wednesday, making BWI one of only a few airports to offer flights to Cuba.

Johns Hopkins to Offer Study Abroad Program in Cuba

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Normalizing relations between Cuba and the U.S. are opening up all sorts of new possibilities (remember those non-stop flights between BWI and Havana?). Now Johns Hopkins is taking advantage of the changing status of Cuba by offering a semester-long study abroad program on the island, in partnership with a consortium of other schools.

Non-Stop Flights from BWI to Cuba to Begin This Fall

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First Iceland, now Cuba: BWI’s international flights are getting really exciting. 

The Red Sox are Trying to Get In On the Orioles’ Cuba Connection

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Only one team has already done this.

In 1999, the Orioles played the Cuban national team in a home-and-home exhibition. Fifteen years later, Obama announced a diplomatic thaw with Cuba. Orioles fans (like us) started reminiscin about the last series dreaming of another one. Now that things are all “normalized” and it’s cool to play Cuba, though, the Red Sox want a piece.

Hopkins Cuba Expert Weighs In on New Policies

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President Obama announced this week that we can look forward to new, normalized (or at least normalizing) relations between the U.S. and Cuba. It’s a pretty big deal. (It’s also all thanks to the Orioles. Well, sort of.)

Hopkins foreign policy professor Piero Gleijeses thinks this is a good thing. He should know, too–he’s been traveling to Cuba for more than 30 years, and he’s also the only foreign scholar who’s been allowed to conduct research in that country’s archives.

He gave a long, meaty interview on US-Cuba relations to the Hopkins Hub; if it’s a topic that interests you, head over there and check out the whole thing. Here are a few highlights:

Baseball Diplomacy: Revisiting the Orioles’ Role in Normalizing Relations with Cuba

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Orioles and Cuba shake hands, circa 1999.
Orioles and Cubans shake hands, circa 1999.

American aid worker and Maryland resident Alan Gross was released from a Cuban prison after five years this morning. By noon, President Barack Obama announced a “new chapter” in relations with our Caribbean neighbor, which includes easing the ban on traveling to Cuba, and making moves to lift America’s longtime economic embargo against the Communist nation. The morning developments marked a swift turnaround after 50 years of hard-line stances toward Cuba that were filled with plenty of tense moments and high political theatre. In 1999, the Orioles were a part of the diplomatic dance.

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