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Castro, Obama and Orwell

Barry Lando | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Barry Lando

For the first time since 1956, an American President has held substantive discussions with a Cuban head of state. The world is now poised for Barack Obama's next Orwellian gambit: Removing Cuba from Washington's list of state sponsors of terrorism.

U.S. And Cuba Begin Historic Talks In Panama

AP | Posted 04.10.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. and Cuban diplomats have met in Panama in the highest-level meeting between the two governments in more than half a c...

Cuba: So What Now?

Dane Steele Green | Posted 03.31.2015 | Travel
Dane Steele Green

Not only is Cuba's tourism infrastructure way behind the times, the country could not be in a more competitive tourism region; Caribbean nations, some of which rely almost entirely on tourism dollars, have long since written the book when it comes to satisfying every last whim.

Is Alan Guilty of Gross Ingratitude?

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

Gross may not have been an American spy. But he was surely a U.S. government agent who got caught on the job breaking Cuban law. Now that he's home, his continued lawsuit against the government that saved his life, paid him millions and made him a celebrity, is nothing less than Gross ingratitude.

Travel to Cuba Got a Lot Easier Last Week. Here's How.

Scott Norvell | Posted 05.02.2015 | Travel
Scott Norvell

Each week now, the gates that have kept U.S. travelers from visiting Cuba are creaking open just a little more. If Paris Hilton -- who popped up in Havana this week unexpectedly -- can get there now, anyone can. Right?

Destination Wedding Disaster - Bad Love Stories

Susie Sampson | Posted 04.04.2015 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

In an effort to search for love, I listen to all sorts of stories. Good ones, bad ones, hilarious ones, scary ones... there's no shortage of stories out there.

Cuba Publishes First Photos Of Fidel Castro In 5 Months


HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba has published the first photos of Fidel Castro in more than five months, showing the 88-year-old former leader engaged in what app...

Cuba and Education: Is There a Lesson Here?

Vicki Cobb | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

Despite federal policies in education, it is clear that there is a high correlation in the United States between the education achievement gap and poverty.

Cuba: Barack Obama, While Repairing an Anomaly from Another Time, Has Probably Made the Most Emblematic Decision of His Presidency

Salim Lamrani | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

By responding to the call of the international community and public opinion in his own country to restore relations with Cuba, President Obama has probably made the most emblematic decision of his two presidential terms and repaired a fault that dates from another time.

The U.S., Cuba, and Strategic Foreign Policy

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

If you ask me, Obama's action on Cuba was a master stroke, and full of foresight. He has undercut Putin's ability to use Cuba as a pressure point against the U.S. going forward and has, in a single action, transformed a net negative for the U.S. and Cuba into a net positive for its government, people, and businesses.

The Worst Cuba Embargo Story of 2014

Sarah Stephens | Posted 02.05.2015 | Miami
Sarah Stephens

While President Obama has loosened the strings on travel, there are still Cold Warriors manning the ramparts in Congress, from both political parties, trying to roll back our liberties every chance they get.

Halloween Can Save American Democracy

John Beckman | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
John Beckman

For weeks in advance, kids raid thrift stores and even team up with obliging parents to masquerade as their most flagrant or forbidden selves. (In both fifth and sixth grades, my good Catholic mother meticulously applied my sinister Gene Simmons face paint.)

It's Time to Talk About Cuba, Part 3

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Kate Oberdorfer

The ever chivalrous Cuban opened the van's creaking door for me, and I climbed into the backseat. Within minutes, I was on my way to a Cuban medical center in a vehicle that needed a hospice of its own.

The Intersection of Queer and Gay -- And Straight?

Lewis DeSimone | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Lewis DeSimone

A neighborhood isn't just a plot of land. It's a culture. And changing that is a lot harder -- and a lot less defensible -- than repainting your walls or planting different flowers in the yard.

Random Notes & Fripperies -- The Prequel to the Sequel

Tom Alderman | Posted 09.22.2014 | Entertainment
Tom Alderman

Who's responsible for letting actor/author Chris Colfer voice his own audiobook, The Land of Stories, a Grimm Warning? Aside from garbled words, his fourth grade reading technique is a formidable obstacle to getting past the first chapter.

George Fowler: Cuba Libre

James P. Farwell | Posted 05.04.2014 | Books
James P. Farwell

In the movies, evil bad guys are often stupid and hire stupid people to do the wrong thing. Fidel Castro shows that evil people can be very smart, and find bright people who do the right things in advancing their goals, no matter how twisted.

AP Speaks Up About Fidel Castro's Hearing Aid Removal From Handout Photos

AP | Posted 02.11.2014 | World

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press is eliminating from its archive seven Cuban government handout photos of Fidel Castro after determining some we...

Obama and Castro: Caught Red-Handed?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Two leaders shake hands. Some people go nuts. ...

Rev. Jesse Jackson In Cuba, Hopes To See Jailed American

AP | Posted 11.28.2013 | Latino Voices

HAVANA — The Rev. Jesse Jackson is in Cuba and says he hopes to meet with jailed American government subcontractor Alan Gross. Jackson says he ...

Castro Expressed Admiration For Edward Snowden

AP | PETER ORSI | Posted 08.28.2013 | World

HAVANA -- Fidel Castro can't stay away. Despite a vow to retire from his second career as a columnist last year, the 87-year-old revolutionary whose ...

Fidel Turns 87

AP | PETER ORSI | Posted 10.13.2013 | World

HAVANA — Fidel Castro turned 87 behind closed doors Tuesday, with official tributes in state media serving as a reminder that the clock is ticki...

No Man Is an Island (Fidel Castro Turns 87)

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 10.13.2013 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

Unlike Mao in China and Stalin in the Soviet Union, Fidel Castro seems comfortable with his planned succession

Not Surprised by Cuba's Weapons Smuggling to North Korea

Mauricio Claver-Carone | Posted 10.09.2013 | World
Mauricio Claver-Carone

It can't be a surprise either that the world's remaining totalitarian states pursue their own survival, mutually assisting each other politically, economically and militarily.

Time to End the Cuban Embargo

David Mager | Posted 10.06.2013 | World
David Mager

Fifty-three years later, it's time to admit that we screwed up with the Bay of Pigs invasion and that the embargo we erected out of our embarrassment has not worked.

Uruguay President Speaks Out About Fidel's Mind

AP | Posted 07.26.2013 | Latino Voices

HAVANA -- Uruguay's president has met with Fidel Castro and says the retired Cuban leader is mentally sharp as he nears his 87th birthday. Jose Mujic...