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Policymakers and Pundits Didn't Change Cuba Policy Alone

Mavis Anderson | Posted 01.25.2015 | 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.

Larry Wilmore Can't Wait For Cuba To Open, Because Cigars And Shortstops!

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 01.24.2015 | Comedy

With the recent news that we're opening up relations with Cuba, Larry Wilmore's "Nightly Show" put together some important analysis on this historic p...

An Important Step for American Integration

Alejandro Cacace | Posted 01.23.2015 | World
Alejandro Cacace

Latin American leaders greeted with surprise and excitement the resumption of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States.

Business Owners: Here's How the President's SOTU Proposals Will Affect You

Gene Marks | Posted 01.23.2015 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Good speech? Bad speech? That's irrelevant. And it's not important what you think of the president either. What's more important is what will actually impact your company. And based on the above, some of what the president discussed will impact you. That's what you should be thinking about as you begin this new year.

A President Against Himself

Ladan Rafii | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Ladan Rafii

Yes, the latest polls may indicate that the President's popularity among Americans has increased by a few percentage points, but that won't make up for all the goodwill he's lost in the corridors of Capitol Hill.

Obama and India: Love in the Time of Cholera

Sunil Adam | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Sunil Adam

President Obama will be in India for a three-day visit starting Sunday, searching for that elusive foreign policy triumph to consolidate his presidential legacy. This is not the first time that New Delhi has come to the rescue of a president who lost his sheen.

Conquering Democracy Is Our Task

Miriam Celaya | Posted 01.23.2015 | World
Miriam Celaya

The independent civil society in Cuba can now choose between two attitudes: clinging to the anachronism of belligerency and the entrenchment that we have criticized the regime so much for, or assuming the challenges offered by the new era.

The U.S. Should Give Guantánamo Back To Cuba, Its Rightful Owner

Roque Planas | Posted 01.22.2015 | Latino Voices
Roque Planas

Most human rights advocates would agree that jailing people indefinitely without trial, at times in solitary confinement or other harsh conditions, is hard to justify. The biggest problem with Obama's call to close the military prison at Gitmo is that it doesn't go far enough.

New Cuba Policy Will Bring the Benefits of Cooperation

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

As we send U.S. citizens of all backgrounds to Cuba, including athletes, businesspeople, diplomats, farmers, scholars, tourists and many others, the interactions they'll have, especially those with ordinary Cubans, will drive change.

The Cuban and U.S. Revolutions: A New World Series?

Paul Webster Hare | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
Paul Webster Hare

Cuba will not build socialism through other peoples' money; neither will it soon espouse representative democracy.

Back to Cuba

Alfredo José Estrada | Posted 01.21.2015 | Latino Voices
Alfredo José Estrada

No one saw it coming, and it was breathtaking. Obama and Raul Castro spoke for 45 minutes, which hasn't happened since Nixon met with Fidel in 1959. Just like that, the U.S. and Cuba, if not yet friends, are no longer enemies

President Obama Name-Drops Pope Francis During SOTU

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis made a cameo appearance during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night. While outlining America's rappr...

Modernization and the Ghost That Haunted Europe

Orlando Márquez Hidalgo | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
Orlando Márquez Hidalgo

The Social Doctrine of the Church has defined and defended the social function of wealth, and it suggests that legal mechanisms are established that make those with more responsible for those with less.

Black Cubans: Restoring US Ties Is Cool, But America, Keep Your Hang-Ups About Race At Bay

The Root | Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele | Posted 01.21.2015 | Black Voices

It doesn’t matter how much Cuba’s culture changes now that the U.S. has restored diplomatic relations; if you’re waiting for black Cubans to set...

Now That Washington Has Begun To Dismantle Its Trade Embargo, Havana Must End Its Internal Embargo Against Island Entrepreneurs

Ted A. Henken | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Ted A. Henken

The prohibition of activities the government prefers to monopolize allows it to exercise control over Cuban citizens and impose an apparent order over society.

How to Travel to Cuba

U.S. News Travel | Posted 01.20.2015 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Since President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would ease diplomatic relations with Cuba, the number of people looking to travel to the largest country in the Caribbean has steeply risen. There are still a lot of unanswered questions about how the recent decision will affect Americans traveling in Cuba, but there are reasons to be optimistic.

Cuba and Iran: A New Era for American Diplomacy?

William Luers | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
William Luers

Americans, who increasingly oppose costly conflict, may come to recognize that the U.S. would be better off with a Cuba and an Iran (without nuclear weapons) as functioning members of the international community.

U.S. Officials Seek To Establish Embassy In Cuba, Lift Travel Restrictions

Reuters | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The United States will try to convince Cuba to lift travel restrictions and upgrade its interest section to an embass...

U.S.-Cuba Relations: Entering a Testing Period

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Arturo Lopez Levy

In August 2010, Cuban Roman Catholic Cardinal Jaime Ortega went to Washington and shared with many a message he heard directly from Raul Castro: "He repeated to me on several occasions that he is ready to talk to the United States government directly, about every issue."

What Happens in Cuba After Fidel?

Lillian Guerra | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Lillian Guerra

As a U.S.-born Cuban and historian who has traveled to Cuba dozens of times since my career began nearly 18 years ago, there is one question that I am asked more than any other: What will happen in Cuba after Fidel Castro dies?