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Another Improbable Possibility: A Trump, Putin and Castro 'Great Game'

Julia Sagebien | Posted 01.02.2017 | Politics
Julia Sagebien

The global geopolitical chessboard was knocked over by the U.S. electorate on November 8, 2016. Fortunately, consigned to institutionalized memory is ...

Castro - The Man Behind The Myth

Jack Rosen | Posted 12.12.2016 | Religion
Jack Rosen

While publically Castro revelled in his role as the enemy of the West, in private, I saw a different side.

How Castro Drove JFK's Anti-Media Bias and Press Censorship

Greg Mitchell | Posted 11.26.2016 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

With the death of Fidel Castro, we will be flooded with reflections on his long reign, including a good deal on Cuban Missile Crisis, when a nuclear w...

Partying in Havana, Chanel's Fashion Show Faux Pas

Joseph Anthony | Posted 05.24.2016 | Latino Voices
Joseph Anthony

Chanel landed in Havana, their first show in Latin America. From the moment their boat docked, loaded with aforementioned celebrities and models, Chanel put out all the stops for its "Cruise 2017" collection.

Cuba / USA: "An Asymmetric Conflict" Ob

Salim Lamrani | Posted 04.30.2017 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

Sébastien Madau La Marseillaise Salim ...

"The economic sanctions are cruel because they affect the most vulnerable sectors of the Cuban population."

Salim Lamrani | Posted 04.15.2017 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

Voice of America [TV version] The Voice of America, which began broad...

Cuban-American Photographer Shows What It Was Like To Cover Obama In Havana

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 03.24.2016 | World

Behind-the-scenes photos show the stress and chaos involved in covering President Barack Obama's three-day trip to Cuba earlier this week, the first v...

Obama's Human Rights Betrayal

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 03.23.2017 | Politics
Aaron Rhodes

The idea of human rights has become so expansive and that there is no longer any rational basis for determining what is and what is not a human right. But to preserve their meaning and what enforcement is possible, human rights need to remain clearly defined and apart from politics.

How Cuba's State-Controlled Media Is Covering Obama's Visit

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 03.21.2016 | World

When President Barack Obama arrived in Cuba on Sunday -- the first visit by a sitting U.S. president to the island in nearly 90 years -- members of th...

Communism in Cuba

Rick Steves | Posted 02.04.2017 | Travel
Rick Steves

Part of being a tourist in Cuba is sorting out the puzzle of its ideology and its struggling economy. With the country opening up to tourism, softening its controls on society, and preparing for the inevitable end of the Castro era, traveling here is filled with fun and curious insights.

A Television Show Could Put Obama's Diplomatic Achievement With Cuba at Risk

Sarah Stephens | Posted 09.16.2016 | World
Sarah Stephens

It would be nice if someone in the White House and State Department twisted the money spigot off on this dumb waste of taxpayer money before BBG awards this contract and puts the larger purposes of President Obama's diplomatic achievement with Cuba at risk.

Another Chance at Fair Play for Cuba

Van Gosse | Posted 07.17.2016 | Politics
Van Gosse

Stake out a corner in Miami's Little Havana, and you can observe Luis Posada Carriles walking around freely, despite his blowing up a Cuban airliner i...

Castro, Obama and Orwell

Barry Lando | Posted 06.15.2015 | 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.

Cuba: So What Now?

Dane Steele Green | Posted 05.31.2015 | 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 06.05.2015 | 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 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.