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Cuba and the United States: The Challenges of Starting Anew

Lenier González Mederos | Posted 01.29.2015 | World
Lenier González Mederos

In this moment of negotiation with the United States political creativity is being imposed by the Cuban side. To that end prudence and moderation are needed, but at the same time firmness and clarity for the objectives at hand.

Cuba and the United States Leap Obstacles for the Progress of the Island

Roberto Veiga González | Posted 01.29.2015 | World
Roberto Veiga González

We know that the road won't be easy, as it will be marked by personal limits, political errors and human fears.

Cuba: So Close You Could Almost Swim There

Diana Nyad | Posted 01.29.2015 | World
Diana Nyad

My swim from Cuba to Florida, aside from the personal challenge to make endurance history across a wild, epic ocean, was always meant to also make a statement of hopeful reconnection between our two beautiful nations.

Dirty (Clean) Havana

Sam Slovick | Posted 01.29.2015 | Travel
Sam Slovick

I'm not suggesting that the wheels of democracy are going to move at light speed, but there are enough people who could profit financially from normalized trade with Cuba that fantasy could become policy relatively quickly.

Special Guest Star: Bibi!

John Feffer | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

If you're going to defy protocol and encroach on the mandate of the president as commander-of-chief, why stop at Netanyahu? There are plenty of other controversial guest stars that Boehner and company could bring in to bat for their confrontational agenda.

Lawmakers Seek To End Restrictions On Travel To Cuba

Reuters | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics

(Adds comments, details from news conference, Amex and Kayak adding Cuba) By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reut...

Take Cuba Off the Terrorist List

Medea Benjamin | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Despite this long-awaited meltdown of U.S. policies that added to the island's economic woes but never succeeded in tumbling Cuba's communist government, a portion of the Cold War edifice remains intact: Cuba is still on the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list.

The Arts Thrive in Cuba

John M. Eger | Posted 01.28.2015 | Arts
John M. Eger

These has been a lot of ink about Cuba in the last few weeks ...about immigrants in rafts, Cuban doctors treating Ebola patients, the Summit of the Americas and of course, Lifting of the Embargo!

CultureZohn: Down Havana Way: Why Artists Are the Hope for Normalization

Patricia Zohn | Posted 01.28.2015 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

When I ask Alicia Alonso about the thaw in US-Cuban relations, the historic events of the week and if she is happy about that, she simply says, "Who wouldn't be?"

A Brighter Future for Cuba

Joseph Castro | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
Joseph Castro

The endless wait for someone to turn the page on Fidel Castro's mockery of a revolution has finally arrived.

The Right to Be Honest

Gabriel Marcella | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Gabriel Marcella

Resumed trade and open contact with the Cuban people will empower them to be confident and effective in claiming their right to participate in a Cuba where liberty and honesty can exist, freed from the repressive power of the state.

University of Southern Mississippi to Offer Study Abroad Program in Cuba

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.27.2015 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

What better way to expand your worldview than to study somewhere like Cuba? The educators who graduate and have studied in this program will be better connected to their students and classroom experiences and will have a unique perspective on students with Cuban roots.

Fidel Castro Issues Statement Apparently In Support Of U.S.-Cuba Diplomacy

Reuters | Daniel Trotta | Posted 01.26.2015 | World

HAVANA, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday appeared to lend his support to talks with the United States in his first comme...

How to Close Guantanamo

Tom Hayden | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Tom Hayden

Obama is proceeding to release small handfuls of detainees to places like Uruguay while asking congressional Republicans to lift their ban on sending Guantanamo detainees to high-security U.S. prisons. If those efforts prove fruitless, there now is a new way to achieve his promise.

Snowbirds Migrating to Free Birds: A Compelling Journey of Body & Spirit

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 01.26.2015 | Travel
Susan Sacirbey

What does one say about a couple embarking on a long road trip to Florida with multiple destinations in pursuit of family, adventure, and warmth while accompanied by two other family members -- their pet cats, who just happen to be 13-year-old brothers?

'It's Up to Cubans to Decide Their Future,' Says US Negotiator

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

This loquacious woman with an attentive gaze has a profound knowledge of the Cuban reality. It is no wonder that she has led the first round of conversations between Cuba and the United States after the December 17th announcement about the reestablishment of relations between both countries.

Give U.S.-Cuba Thaw a Chance

Gerardo M. Gonzalez | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Gerardo M. Gonzalez

Clearly, Cold War tactics have not worked in Cuba. Let's give the thaw a chance.

A Necessary and Useful Change

Eliécer Ávila | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Eliécer Ávila

I share the idea of a new approach that focuses on the people and not on their rulers, who are definitively not going to change now that they are in their nineties and covered with money.

Longing To Finally Visit The Cuba Of My Dreams

Richard Pérez-Feria | Posted 01.26.2015 | Fifty
Richard Pérez-Feria

I was besieged in an instant. The moment President Obama announced to the world the momentous change he's implementing regarding normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba, my phone went nuts -- texts, calls, emails, Facebook messages, Google alerts -- all of it, all at once.

Policymakers and Pundits Didn't Change Cuba Policy Alone

Mavis Anderson | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Mavis Anderson

Grassroots activists will be there again -- carrying out their responsibilities as constituents and their role as citizen diplomats.

Renewed U.S.-Cuba Relations: Saving American Lives and Limbs?

Gail Reed | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
Gail Reed

Heberprot-P is proof that the U.S. embargo, still to be lifted by an act of Congress, isn't just hurting Cubans. American lives and limbs are also, quite literally, at stake.

Chartering the 90 Miles: Millennials in Cuba and the U.S.

Michael Maisel | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
Michael Maisel

I've wanted to re-establish diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba since I was 10 years old. (But I'm glad that President Obama is beating me to it.)

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Steals GOP's Honeymoon

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most of our article today is going to deal with Obama and his speech, ending with the snappiest portions as this week's talking points. But before we get to that, let's take a quick look at what the Republicans have been up to, as well as some other minor political news of the week.

Senior U.S. Diplomat Ruffles Cuba

Reuters | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics

(Adds comment by dissident groups) By Lesley Wroughton and Daniel Trotta HAVANA, Jan 23 (Reuters) - A senior U.S. diplom...

Beyond the Rum and Cigars

John M. Eger | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
John M. Eger

On a trip to Cuba recently, it was clear to me that change is in the air. It wasn't just that President Obama and Raúl Castro had agreed to see if relations could be normalized, nor was it an admission that communism had failed. Rather, it seems to be an understanding that some form of capitalism is sorely needed to breathe life into the Cuban economy.