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Cuba Announcement 'A Truly Historic Moment'

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 12.21.2014 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we look at the future of U.S.-Cuba relati...

Kate Sheppard

Rubio Pushes Back On Obama, Rand Paul On Cuba Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) blasted the Obama administration's recent decision to open up new ties to Cuba, arguing that the policy change...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week brought two very different goodbyes. First, we said adios to 54 years of Cuban isolation policy, with President Obama lifting bans on travel and trade and resuming diplomatic relations. The other goodbye was to The Colbert Report. After nine years and 1,447 episodes, Stephen Colbert signed off in appropriate fashion, with Santa, a unicorn, Abe Lincoln, and a chess match with Death. Then, he was joined by dozens of former guests -- including Big Bird, Henry Kissinger, George Lucas, Katie Couric, James Franco, Cory Booker, Willie Nelson, and myself -- for a bittersweet version of "We'll Meet Again." After nearly a decade of Colbert, it's clear that what's truly special about him isn't his amazing wit, incredible timing, or even how staggeringly funny he is; it's his heart. Underneath his blowhard character, his humor consistently came from a place of compassion and truth (in the guise of truthiness) -- exactly what we need in these polarized times. Thankfully, we'll all be resuming ties with Colbert again soon.

A New Normal: US-Cuba Relations and the Path Forward

Mack McLarty | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Mack McLarty

With a bold stroke, the president has shaken up the political and diplomatic landscape from one end of the Americas to the other, with important potential benefits for the United States.

Pope Francis Wrote Little Known, Revealing Book On Cuba

Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion

A little-known book about Cuba by Jorge Mario Bergoglio now Pope Francis provides new insight into his views on Cuban society, Marxism and the U.S. tr...

Protesters Against Cuba-U.S. Plan Gather In Miami

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO and RACHEL LA CORTE | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics

MIAMI (AP) — Cuban opposition leaders from the island joined Cuban American politicians and activists on Saturday, pledging to oppose President Bara...

Obama's New Cuba Policy Corrects a Five-Decade Failure

Jason Marczak | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Jason Marczak

The policy changes are not a reward for the Castros. They are a recognition that involvement, not estrangement, will foster a productive relationship better able to reach our goals of an inclusive, democratic hemisphere.

Obama's Revenge

Politico | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics

Two senior White House staffers stumbled out of the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago into the boozy, early-morning aftermath of President Obama’s Nov. 6, 2...

Raul Castro: Detente With U.S. Won't Change Communist System

AP | ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 12.20.2014 | World

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostilit...

Obama Takes Foreign Policy Risk, But On His Own Terms

AP | By JULIE PACE | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has been criticized as cautious on foreign policy, but the secret negotiations on Cuba suggest a willingnes...

Jason Linkins

Obama's Cuba Plan Turned Some Folks Into Wind-Up-Toys Of Outrage

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics

So, that happened: This week, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would make an effort to normalize relations with Cuba, ending a ...

ABCs Middle Line Breaks the Cuban-American Hardline

Vanessa Garcia | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Vanessa Garcia

If I were an American that was not the daughter of Cuban immigrants, it would be easy to write this article. It seems obvious: Great news! Next, lift the embargo.

Week to Week News Quiz for 12/19/14

John Zipperer | Posted 12.19.2014 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Before you buy your tickets to Havana, try your hand at our latest Week to Week news quiz. Here are some random but real hints: I think he thought t...

The 25th Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Panama

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

With a thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations we might have an opportunity to come to terms with the long and sordid history of the United States' actions in the Caribbean divorced from the anti-communist hyperbole we still hear from some politicians and pundits.

Cuba Libre: Obama Frees a Monster in America's Head

Dan Siegel | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Dan Siegel

The Cold War against Cuba not only made life worse for ordinary Cubans. It also diminished America's own democracy and undermined its lofty spoken commitments to human rights and the rule of law.

My Trip to Cuba

Andy Schupak | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Andy Schupak

I remember visiting Cuba a few years ago and feeling like I had landed on another planet. But, contrary to what we read, Cuba did not appear to be an Orwellian nightmare.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Obama Defends Historic Deal With Cuba

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Friday defended his historic deal with Cuba and hit back at critics who said the decision overlooked the Castr...

Saudi Arabia Beheads Gays, but Marco Rubio Has No Problem With You Traveling There

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

If human rights abuses really were the metric by which we decided on trade and travel, the U.S. should be banning Americans from visiting our staunchest allies and our most popular vacation spots (including much of the Caribbean, where homosexuality is illegal, though it's not illegal in Cuba). It would literally be much of the globe.

This Is A Magazine Cover Of Obama As 'Che' Guevara

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 12.19.2014 | Latino Voices

Conservative Brazilian news magazine Veja marked the Obama administration’s opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba with a healthy dose of artisti...

Relating to Cuba

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Rev. Larry Hollon

They are everyday people seeking to live meaningful, purposeful lives like you and me, under difficult circumstances made unnecessarily more difficult by political differences that have festered now for a half century.

2016 Presidential Campaign Kicks Off With Two Grown Men Fighting Over Cuba

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics

A dispute between two possible presidential candidates escalated on Friday around the topic of newly opened diplomatic relations with Cuba, and the la...

Is It Always Right to Be Right? North Korea, Cuba, the Middle East, Africa and Our Global Diversity Dilemma

BJ Gallagher | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

There once was a world where people were always right. They knew they were right, and they were proud of it. It was a world where people stated with confidence, "I am right and you are wrong."

Cuba's Open -- Now Let's Open Iran

Reza Bavar | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Reza Bavar

What the US did in beginning the road towards reconciliation with Cuba is an act of true leadership that overshadows any military conquest any nation could ever claim. To open the door to dialogue and peace is a step in the direction of a future all humanity can share and prosper in.

Viva Estados Unidos

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The impact of Obama's decision is going to be felt far beyond Miami and Havana. America's standing in Latin America just received a zeppelin-sized dose of helium.

Pope for the Holidays

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

In the new year, I expect further diplomatic breakthroughs. I strongly suspect that by next Christmas we may see the Catholic Church enjoying normalized relations with the Chinese government.