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Real Cuban Rum Could Soon Return To America

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 05.22.2015 | Taste

The lifting of the United States' embargo on Cuban imports, which many expect to occur within the next two years, could be great news for American fan...

The Risks of Journalism In Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.21.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Belonging to an outlawed media outlet makes the work even more problematic, and gives a clandestine character to a job that should be a profession like any other. Now, if we look at "the glass half full," the limitation of not being able to access official spaces has freed us, in 14ymedio, from that journalism of "statements" that produces such harmful effects.

Confronting Homeland Security's 'SSSS' Watch List

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

If you were to look at my past and present passports, you'd see a host of nations stamped on it that the White House has historically considered an adversary, an "axis of evil" state, or a security threat.

Cuba Libre or Cuba Americana?

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Joan Z. Shore

I visited Cuba ten years ago with a medical group, and was overwhelmed by the openness and friendliness toward Americans. "It's your government we dislike," they said, "not you."

U.S., Cuba Talks To Focus On Reopening Embassies

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba resume talks on Thursday aiming to overcome obstacles to opening embassies in each other's...

Who (or What) Is Behind the Uniquely Cuban Version of Netflix?

Scott Norvell | Posted 05.20.2015 | Technology
Scott Norvell

If the paquete is a product of some Cuban ministry or other, the Castros are going to have to 'splaining to do if they ever sit down with the Justice Department.

Cuban Overtures: On the Road With the Minnesota Orchestra

Jesse Rosen | Posted 05.20.2015 | Arts
Jesse Rosen

Cultural diplomacy is what the policy wonks call it. On the ground in Havana with the Minnesota Orchestra, Marilyn C. Nelson, the orchestra's vice chair and tour underwriter, calls it love.

A New Organization to Control and Spy On Cuba's Computer Users

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.21.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The new Computer Users Union of Cuba (UIC) will enjoy the official recognition that has been lacking until now for independent groups of bloggers, gamers and programmers.

An Uncensored Minute with Detained Cuban Artist Tania Bruguera

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 05.19.2015 | Latino Voices
Sarah Illingworth

Following the Obama Administration's announcement on December 17, 2014 of a warming of the 53-year chill between the US and Cuba, Cuban artist Tania Bruguera returned to her homeland intending to stage a performance work titled #YoTambienExijo [I Also Demand].

From 'White Udder' to the 7-Legged Bull

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

For a long time the extraordinary, the unusual, was our hope. On this Island which must have been Atlantis, the reincarnation of Alexander the Great was born and there lived a cow who gave the most quarts of milk in the history of humanity.

The Quick Lowdown to Cuba Travel

Map Happy | Posted 05.15.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

For decades it's been Americans' forbidden fruit, a place where only devil-may-care travelers would slip past international borders, taking care not to have their passport stamped. But times are changing, as I'm sure everyone has heard by now.

Cuba's Had A Lung Cancer Vaccine For Years, And Now It's Coming To The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living

When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) headed to Havana on a historic trade mission in April, he returned with the promise of an important commodity:...

Cuba Is Booming On Airbnb

Posted 05.13.2015 | Travel

If you're looking to go somewhere in Cuba, make it an Airbnb. The country is Airbnb's fastest-growing market, according to The Miami Herald and company spokespeople.

Katherine Brooks

Artist 'Scent Engineers' Plants To Smell Like Dead Bodies, Sperm And Air Pollution | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.13.2015 | Arts

When one bends over to smell a flower, one usually expects to experience a pretty limited variety of odors, ranging from sweet perfumes to the aroma o...

Hollande Lauds and Encourages the Castro Regime on His Visit to Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

On this visit, we needed reaffirmation that the France of the "Rights of Man" still believes in the unshakeable values that recognize the rights of individuals to disagree, to express their differences without fear and to organize around them.

LGBT Rights -- Modernity vs. Forces of Yesteryear

András Simonyi | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
András Simonyi

No matter what, we need to be clear about our vision on global LGBT rights, so we can develop a better strategy and translate it into a sound, reliable and realistic policy. We should act, be relentless and impatient when there is an immediate need to protect individuals across the globe.

'Unprecedented' Blessing Of Gay Couples Marks Huge Step Forward In Cuba

AP | ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 05.11.2015 | Gay Voices

HAVANA (AP) — The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro sponsored a blessing ceremony Saturday for gay couples on an island where gay marriage rem...

Pope Francis Welcomes Raul Castro At Vatican Ahead Of Trip To Cuba

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 05.10.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro paid a call Sunday on Pope Francis at the Vatican to thank him for working for Cuban-U.S. detente ...

In LA, Communities in Need Get Their 15 Minutes of Fame

Mackenzie Long | Posted 05.12.2015 | Los Angeles
Mackenzie Long

Musicians from East Los Angeles have a long tradition of using their talents to draw attention to complex social and political issues.

Will Ferries Again Run From Florida to Cuba?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.07.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 7 May 2015 - Toward the other side of the sea, that point on the horizon that so many Cubans dream of, several of the curious were gazing yesterday as they sat along Havana's Malecon.

Grand Ambitions: Cuban Coders Looking to Energize a Nascent Startup Scene With First Regular Meetups

Scott Norvell | Posted 05.07.2015 | Technology
Scott Norvell

The dilapidated byways of Havana, with its crumbling facades and weather-worn doorways, would seem among the world's most unlikely places for a technology startup.

Sonia Ramirez

'Unseen Cuba' Shows Us The Island's Breathtaking Beauty Through Aerial Photographs | Sonia Ramirez | Posted 05.06.2015 | Latino Voices

Traveling and taking pictures is a passion for many, but not everyone has the opportunity to see the world from above. Unless, of course, someone does...

Women Bridge Divide Between Koreas By Crossing the DMZ

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

It's time to chart a diplomatic roadmap in another region with long-festering hostility: the Korean peninsula. On May 24, International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament, I will be one of 30 women from 15 countries who will engage in a historic march from North to South Korea, crossing the Demilitarized Zone.

Obama Administration Approves Ferry Service To Cuba

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

By David Adams MIAMI, May 5 (Reuters) - The return of passenger ferry services between the United States and Cuba took a major step forward on Tues...

The First American Cruise To Cuba Looks Utterly Amazing

Travel + Leisure | Posted 05.06.2015 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Earlier this year, the American and Cuban governments sought to reestablish diplomatic ties, opening the floodgates for travel teases like nonstop flights and Airbnb accommodations.