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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 | 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 | 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.

Marco Rubio Plays Cheap Politics With Cuba Opening

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

The Rubio diatribe -- calling for the U.S. to maintain its decades-old stance in the hopes of forcing Castro and his cronies out -- against Obama and the United States' new policy on Cuba is hackneyed and strategically foolish.

Everything I Needed to Know About Corporate Cluelessness I Learned From Chris Rock

Lynda Bekore | Posted 12.19.2014 | Business
Lynda Bekore

As bad as Sony's cave-in, though, is the ridiculously false "shock" at the hackers' success in exposing the emails. There is incredible naiveté from everyone involved.

10 Lessons the U.S. Will Learn From CUBA

Alexia Parks | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact
Alexia Parks

There was a time when I ran a 10K race with the Mayor of Yelapa, Cuba. As we headed uphill on the only asphalt road going into and out of town, we were passed by a group of teenage girls running barefoot.

These Photos Show How Little Cuba's Struggling Economy Has Changed In A Half-Century

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford & Damon Scheuler | Posted 12.19.2014 | Business

With an economy that has basically stood still for more than half a century, it's often difficult to tell the difference between a present-day photo of Cuba and one that is decades old.

The Coming Cuba Gold Rush

The New York Times | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

In the wake of President Obama’s historic decision to mend diplomatic ties with Cuba, U.S. businesses and potential tourists scrambled to figure out...

Cuba -- Reacting to the Opening

Abraham R. Wagner | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Abraham R. Wagner

Reactions to Obama's announcement of normalization relations with Cuba were to be expected, but have already taken on a character that is largely divisive and unwarranted.

U.S. Tapped Contractors To Do Its Sneaky Work In Cuba

AP | JACK GILLUM and DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the...

Cuba Gives Obama a Chance for a Historical Achievement

Raghida Dergham | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama has rescued his legacy from oblivion through the Cuban gateway, having concluded that the nuclear negotiations with Iran and the Palestinian-Israeli peace process will hit the wall of Republican resistance in and outside Congress.

Obama Intends to Lift Several Restrictions Against Cuba on His Own

New York Times | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Obama will move as soon as next month to defang the 54-year-old American trade embargo against Cuba, administration officials...