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Menendez Downfall Could Be Diplomacy's Windfall

Medea Benjamin | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Menendez's indictment would be unfortunate for his family, his career, and his reputation, but it could bode well for world peace. While Menendez is progressive on issues such as immigration reform and gay rights, he is a hawk on two key foreign policy issues: Iran and Cuba.

Are U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela Really About Cuba?

Jorge G. Castañeda | Posted 03.27.2015 | World
Jorge G. Castañeda

MEXICO CITY -- For the last 15 years, Venezuela has been mired in crisis, characterized by wasteful government spending, rampant corruption, growing authoritarianism, relentless human rights violations, and now economic collapse. But, beyond the occasional sharp word from the late President Hugo Chávez, the periodic expropriation of a foreign company without adequate compensation, and some minor meddling in the elections of neighboring countries, the crisis barely registered abroad. This is no longer the case.

Cuba: The Day Peace Broke Out

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.26.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The feeling that everything can be accelerated has made some within Cuba reevaluate the price per square foot of their homes, others predict where the first Apple Store will open in Havana, and not a few begin to glimpse the silhouette of a ferry linking the island with Florida.

Here's Why American Tourism Won't 'Ruin' Cuba

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 03.25.2015 | Travel

It's been roughly three months since President Obama repealed the American embargo on all things Cuba, which made travel to and from the island nation...

Got My Mojo Back in Cuba

Sara Davidson | Posted 03.24.2015 | Travel
Sara Davidson

Looking through the door, I saw a four-piece band on a wooden dance floor, with several couples doing a provocative salsa and others sitting in metal folding chairs.

Cuba: Stuck In A Robinson Crusoe-Like Singularity?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.23.2015 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

I don't know if the world is ready for our country to cease to resemble a mid-twentieth-century sepia-toned postcard. Will it accept that we no longer appear as a country of "beautiful" ruins?

'Cuba Straits:' A Conversation With Randy Wayne White

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Randy Wayne White is a New York Times bestselling author well known for his twenty-one previous Doc Ford novels; the Hannah Smith series; and four collections of non-fiction.

MLB Wants To Play In Cuba For First Time Since 1999

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 03.20.2015 | Latino Voices

The big leagues may be returning to Cuba for the first time in more than 15 years. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Wall St...

Cuba -- Doing It Hassle-Free!

Gerald Eskenazi | Posted 03.19.2015 | Travel
Gerald Eskenazi

So you're thinking of heading off to Cuba ever since President Obama and Raul Castro jointly announced an easing of more than five decades of travel restrictions. Well, it's an interesting place--I just returned from there.

5 Facts Obama Must Reconcile on Cuba's Terrorism Designation

Mauricio Claver-Carone | Posted 03.19.2015 | World
Mauricio Claver-Carone

To sidestep clear legal impediments to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of states sponsoring terrorism would go beyond political embarrassment. It would be an irreparable blow to the credibility of the Administration's foreign-policy leadership.

Street Dogs In Cuba Find Homes, Care At State Organizations

The Associated Press | Posted 03.19.2015 | Good News

HAVANA (AP) — Old Havana's Museum of Metalwork is home to soaring colonial archways, galleries of gleaming artworks and five of the world's luckiest...

Step Inside A Shipping Container And Speak Face-To-Face With Strangers Around The World

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 03.18.2015 | Arts

It sounds like something out of a fantasy novel. Step inside a golden shipping container in the United States and stand face-to-face with a stranger a...

Cuban-Americans Behaving Badly, or, the Cayman in Winter

Alfred J. López | Posted 03.18.2015 | Latino Voices
Alfred J. López

I believe that had such a biography appeared 30 or even 20 years ago, the reception would have been much uglier, if only because first-generation exiles, the hardest of the hardliners, would have been alive in greater numbers.

Cuba, U.S. Renew Talks On Restoring Diplomatic Ties

Reuters | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA, March 16 (Reuters) - Cuba and the United States meet for talks on restoring diplomatic relations on Monday, s...

First Direct Flight From New Orleans To Cuba Since 1958 To Take Off This Weekend

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 03.13.2015 | Latino Voices

A group of 80 business and civic leaders will take the first direct flight from New Orleans, La., to Cuba since 1958 on Saturday, according to an arti...

After 50-Plus Years, Finally It Won't Cost $1 a Minute to Make a Call From Miami to Havana

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.13.2015 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Among the many dramas that play out because of emigration, in the case of Cuba we have to add the complications of communicating with the island. We have the most expensive rates in the world for those who want to communicate with us.

Here's What a $1000-a-night Penthouse in Havana Looks Like

Scott Norvell | Posted 03.13.2015 | Travel
Scott Norvell

Americans rushing to see Havana under the eased travel restrictions are finding rooms few and far between this season. Havana's high-end hotels are said to be booked solid for months. And it's not likely to get much better.

New Poll Shows Most Republicans Favor Lifting Embargo On Cuba

Pablo Manriquez | Posted 03.12.2015 | Latino Voices
Pablo Manriquez

Overall, 64 percent of all voters polled favor ending the embargo. Only about a quarter of Democratic voters and about one-third of Independent voters favor maintaining the U.S. embargo with Cuba. However, not all Republicans are enthusiastic about ending the embargo with Cuba.

Striking Images from Cuba

Gabriel Frye-Behar | Posted 03.11.2015 | Travel
Gabriel Frye-Behar

Cuba is the easiest place to take photographs in the world. I should clarify. As a photographer, if you want to take an interesting photo, or a pret...

Dividing the Pie: Cuba's Ration System After 50 Years

Medea Benjamin | Posted 03.09.2015 | Latino Voices
Medea Benjamin

As the economy expands, the hope is that Cubans across the island will have access to a more varied diet. In a world where so many people still go hungry, Cuba could become a model of how to grow the pie -- and make sure that everyone gets a piece.

What the Castro-Hilton Photo Means -- And Doesn't Mean -- For U.S.-Cuba Relations

David Tang | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
David Tang

HAVANA -- The real question is: was there any real substance behind that picture of Hilton and Castro that painted a thousand words?

Cubans Demand a Direct and Secret Ballot to Elect Their President

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.08.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Among the notable absences in the discussion, however, was the ban on candidates putting forth a program, which means the voters mark their ballots based on a biography, rather than on the proposals of their future representative.

Who Are We? What Do We Americans Truly Value?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

If we compare Black child well-being in America to child well-being in other nations, the U.S. Black infant mortality rate exceeds that in 65 nations including Cuba, Malaysia, and Ukraine. Our incidence of low-birth weight Black infants is higher than in 127 other nations.

Preventing Infant Deaths: What Can We Learn From Cuba?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

On a recent trip to Cuba I determined to find out how that country manages to have an infant mortality rate well below that of the U.S., with dramatically fewer resources than we have.

5 Things Cuba Can Do to Speed the Normalization of Relations With the United States

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 03.05.2015 | World
William M. LeoGrande

There a number of things Cuba can do to move the normalization process forward without compromising its sovereignty. These five steps flow directly out of the 18 months of secret talks between Washington and Havana. Except for the last, they are things to which Cuba has already agreed in principle but has not yet done.