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Cuban Accommodations

Rick Steves | Posted 02.12.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

The sudden spike in tourism in an economy with nowhere near enough infrastructure -- plus the embargo that makes it complicated to make payments from the USA or by credit card -- means that booking a room ahead is frustrating.

Bernie Sanders: The 2016 Peace Candidate

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

On February 10, 2016, Peace Action--the largest peace organization in the United States--announced its endorsement of Bernie Sanders for the Democrati...

Eating in Cuba

Rick Steves | Posted 02.12.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Cuban food? Imagine if the USSR were in the tropics. It's tasty -- if you like pork. Pork is king. Beef, chicken, rice, and beans are also available. ...

The Important Reason This Man Shined Pope Francis's Shoes

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.12.2016 | Religion

A wealthy Mexican-American broadcaster, who shined shoes as a boy to help his single mother, gave Pope Francis's shoes a quick polish on the p...

Money in Cuba

Rick Steves | Posted 02.11.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

The ongoing American embargo has a crippling impact on the Cuban economy. As is the case with most embargos, rather than bring about the overthrow of ...

Cuba Now: I Return to My Parents Homeland As Cubans Hope for Change

Chuck Gomez | Posted 02.11.2016 | World
Chuck Gomez

I returned recently from a magic-carpet-ride-of-a-trip to my parents homeland--Cuba. I felt a mixture of optimism and sadness. I felt optimism that...

An Evening at the Tropicana

Rick Steves | Posted 02.11.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

With a live orchestra, old-fashioned crooners, acrobats, contortionists and a razzle-dazzle troupe of outlandishly clad dancers with peacock tails, whirling tassels and towering hats of fruit and feathers -- and a bottle of good rum and local cola at each table -- it's a fun evening.

Retail Chatter #11

June Haynes | Posted 02.11.2016 | Style
June Haynes

Will luxury travel experiences be competing with luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany's and Hermes? Or is this a trend in fashion like a pair of bell-bottom jeans?

A Cuban Reality Tour

Rick Steves | Posted 02.10.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

When traveling in Central America, I like to have the help of guides from Augsburg College's Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE), which ...

The Richard Neutra House in Havana

Roslyn Bernstein | Posted 02.10.2016 | Arts
Roslyn Bernstein

It was a kind offer -a ride from the artist's sleek, new studio on Avenida 31 featured in The Wall Street Journal in his new Volkswagen to the Richard...

Imagine a Park Where Everyone Is Online

Rick Steves | Posted 02.10.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

As Internet access comes to Cuba, busy squares in Havana are crowded with people hungry to connect online. These are the big-city young generation waiting patiently for their society to break open. When it does... Look out!

The power of behavioral science for emerging economies: MIT explores Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago

Renée Richardson Gosline | Posted 02.10.2016 | Education
Renée Richardson Gosline

Both social scientists and policy makers have long puzzled over a basic question: Why do humans so often refuse to act in their own best interests? Th...

The U.S. Is Making Things More Dangerous In Central America, Again.

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 02.10.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

It's time to take stock of policy inconsistencies and re-evaluate how U.S. foreign policy responds to, and may actually perpetuate, violence in Central America through its current deportation policies.

Getting Online in Cuba

Rick Steves | Posted 02.09.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Traveling through Cuba, you often feel as if you're hanging out with people still living in the 20th century. But there's clearly a huge appetite for the Internet. People -- young and old, poor and less poor -- go to great lengths to get online.

Cuba's Complex Ethnic Mix

Rick Steves | Posted 02.09.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

One of the joys of visiting Cuba is meeting the people in this still remarkably closed society. It's so easy and fun to connect with people on the str...

Blessed are the peacemakers

Sarah Stephens | Posted 02.09.2016 | World
Sarah Stephens

Blessed are the peacemakers, it says in Scripture - and the peacemakers seem to converging in Havana. This Friday, the leaders of Roman Catholicism a...

Friendly Cuban Welcomes

Rick Steves | Posted 02.08.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Some of my favorite hours in Havana were spent simply strolling down the streets, venturing into back lanes, and popping into courtyards, shops, schools, and bakeries...anything that was open.

Photo Essay: Old Town Scenes

Rick Steves | Posted 02.08.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Beyond the cute tourist zone of Old Havana (Havana Vieja), the rest of the city provides a jarring contrast. The cityscape is three layers of architec...

A Cocotaxi Ride Across the River

Rick Steves | Posted 02.08.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

In this clip, our cocotaxi driver, Emma, zips us (as if in a coconut shell on a motorcycle) over the river with my partner Trish and son Andy. A 15-mi...

Cuba's Classic (and Not-So-Classic) Cars

Rick Steves | Posted 02.08.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Havana traffic is a mix of classic American cars (from before the Revolution), Russian Ladas (those infamous tin cans on four wheels, from the Soviet ...

Tourism in Havana

Rick Steves | Posted 02.08.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Havana Vieja (Old Havana) is polished, nicely cobbled and touristy. Rather than beggars, you find jaunty old men with giant cigars eager to pose for a dollar. Rather than begging, panhandlers find an excuse to make business.

Blockade, Bureaucracy, and Groceries

Rick Steves | Posted 02.09.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

During my time in Cuba, I encountered no animosity toward Americans. There are plenty of pro-Revolution billboards, but no anti-USA or anti-Imperialism messages. A few posters were anti-US embargo.

The Great Christian Rapprochement, Cuban Style

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 02.07.2016 | World
R. Andrew Chesnut

Pope Francis's dynamic papacy has been one of many firsts, the latest being the monumental meeting in Havana on February 12 with Russian Orthodox patr...

Friday Talking Points -- Toss of a Coin

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats are down to a head-to-head contest, which was on full display last night. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders made their respective cases fairly well, and the jostling between them for position was notable.

Facts Prove Obama's Cuba Policy Counter-Productive

Mauricio Claver-Carone | Posted 02.05.2016 | World
Mauricio Claver-Carone

President Obama announced a new Cuba policy on Dec. 17, 2014. It gave diplomatic recognition to the sole remaining dictatorship in the Western Hemisph...