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Friday Talking Points -- Always Twirling for Freedom!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When it comes down to the freakiest of the freaky in the whole Republican field, Donald Trump is very hard to top. Trump not only is running for president, he's apparently on a mission to singlehandedly destroy his own Trump brand, forevermore.

Next Steps in the Normalization of U.S.-Cuban Relations: Thoughts From the Cuban Five

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Now that United States and Cuba are preparing to open embassies in each other's countries, what else needs to happen to support the process of détente between the two countries?

Beyond Symbolism, Restoring Ties With Cuba Has Practical Benefits

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 07.03.2015 | World
William M. LeoGrande

The reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana is symbolic of the change in U.S. policy that President Obama announced on December 17 of last year -- replacing the policy hostility and subversion dating back to the break in diplomatic relations 54 years ago with a new a policy of engagement and cooperation.

Embassies in Havana and Washington: A Victory of Diplomacy and Democracy

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 07.02.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

On July 1st, the governments of the United States and Cuba announced an agreement to open diplomatic relations and embassies in Washington and Havana. This is a major watershed in the road to full normalization of relations between the two states and the two societies.

The Implications and Potential of Normal Diplomatic Relations with Cuba

John McAuliff | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
John McAuliff

This is truly, as the President said today, "what change looks like". A fresh approach to foreign policy is one reason people voted for Barack Obama and why his poll numbers have steadily improved since his December announcement on Cuba.

From Junkanoo to Brukdown: A Booty-Shakin' Tour of the Caribbean

Bob Schulman | Posted 07.01.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Don't get me wrong. I love Jamaican reggae music. Ditto for its two predecessors, rocksteady and ska, and before that mento and old-time calypso. But down in the Caribbean you'll hear all kinds of other booty-shaking rhythms.

Locals Vandalize Conceptual Art During and After the 12th Habana Biennial

Rodrigo Cañete | Posted 07.01.2015 | Arts
Rodrigo Cañete

Vandalising bronze sculptures has become pandemic in cities like Buenos Aires or Sao Paolo, mostly, after the price of that metal soared.

U.S., Cuba To Announce Embassy Openings Wednesday: Report

AP | By JULIE PACE | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each othe...

Cuba Is The First Country To End Mother-Baby HIV And Syphilis Transmission

Reuters | Posted 07.01.2015 | World

HAVANA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization on Tuesday declared Cuba the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syph...

Why the State Sponsors of Terrorism List Has So Little to Do With Terrorism

Dennis Jett | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Dennis Jett

President Obama made history when he removed Cuba from the list of countries that are sponsors of terrorism, but not for the reason one might think. The list really has more to do with domestic politics and foreign policy objectives that have had little to do with terrorism.

Senators Visit Cuba Hoping Congress Will Ease Restrictions

Reuters | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA, June 27 (Reuters) - Three visiting U.S. senators said on Saturday they hoped Congress would support President...

This Man's Proposal To His Boyfriend Is A Musical Moment You Need To See To Believe

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices

Craig Young didn't realize he was in for the surprise of his life when he accompanied his longtime boyfriend, Michael Di Girolamo, to Cuba earlier thi...

Caribbean Facing Worst Drought In 5 Years

AP | DANICA COTO | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The worst drought in five years is creeping across the Caribbean, prompting officials around the region to brace for a ...

Even the Elderly Are Emigrating From Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.23.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The building where I live is like a diminutive Cuba, where the larger country appears represented with its vicissitudes and hopes. Fourteen stories that at times offer a biopsy of reality or a representative fragment of life outside. F

Summer Escapes: 11 Resorts Right on the Beach

Joy Pecknold | Posted 06.19.2015 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

South Beach, bringing the heat. Well, actually, close to South Beach but away from the fray, and whimsically dressed up in mid-century Art Deco--that's what this Thompson has to offer.

The Cuban Food Revolution

Tamar Lowell | Posted 06.18.2015 | Travel
Tamar Lowell

Now is the time to go to Cuba because change is exciting. The Cuban Food Revolution is well underway and visiting them now will give a few lucky people an insider's view of the past, present and future of this fascinating country.

Cuban Government Says It's Expanding Wi-Fi Access, Making It Cheaper

AP | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN | Posted 06.18.2015 | World

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba says it's expanding Internet access by adding Wi-Fi capacity to dozens of state-run Internet centers and more than halving the co...

How to Cruise Around Cuba Without Breaking the Bank

Hipmunk | Posted 06.17.2015 | Travel

Booking the trip is off the To-Do list, but what about getting around town? We've put together a list of Cuba's most popular and affordable transportation options, so all you have to do is enjoy your getaway.


Chris Weigant | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Jeb Bush could wind up being America's next president. That's a statement that my fingers would actually refuse to type for several other Republicans, just because attempting to substitute "Donald Trump" or "Carly Fiorina" in that sentence would be so downright laughable.

True Internet in Cuba? We Can Feel It in the Air...

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

There is a smell of rain these days -- a gust of damp certitude that is wafting the bird of the Internet our way.

A New Direction for the Organization of American States

Eric Farnsworth | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Eric Farnsworth

As foreign ministers from across the Americas gather in Washington today [June 15] for the opening of the annual General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), they must keep in mind the deteriorating situation in Venezuela and take specific steps to address it.

What Comes Next In Cuba?

Brin-Jonathan Butler | Posted 06.14.2015 | Sports
Brin-Jonathan Butler

One $64,000 question, now that President Obama has taken the radical measure of normalizing relations with Raul Castro and Cuba, is what happens next for over a billion dollars' worth of human capital currently on baseball fields and inside boxing rings in Cuba?

Blueprint for Saving Cuba's Coral Reefs

Luis A. Solórzano | Posted 06.12.2015 | Green
Luis A. Solórzano

Cuban coral reefs -- accounting for nearly a third of the coral reefs in the Caribbean -- do not appear to exhibit the more widespread disease and mortality occurring in other sites of the region.

5 Cities That Bring Colonial Cuba to Life

Hipmunk | Posted 06.11.2015 | Travel

We've rounded up five cities whose historic districts date as far back as the arrival of Spanish settlements in the early 16th century. Intrepid travelers determined to visit the island before the floodgates open will want to add these places to their itineraries, because there's just something so swashbucklingly romantic about cannons in the tropics.

7 Things To Know Before Travelling To Cuba

Hipmunk | Posted 06.11.2015 | Travel

While adventurous travelers are urged to visit Cuba before authenticity goes the way of a Starbucks on every corner, travelers should take a little extra time preparing, as heading to the island still isn't that easy.