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No Room for Business as Usual at the Summit of the Americas

Medea Benjamin | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wooed the crowd with his plan to provide internet access to everyone in Latin America, more traditional speakers included the CEOs of Coca-Cola, Cargill, Boeing, Associated Petroleum Investors, AES Corporation, Citigroup Latin America and Walmart Latin America.

Marco's Mask and Hillary as the Mom-Next-Door

Mark Green | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Mark Green


Rubio's meme is "I'm the future", but models JFK and Obama didn't want to go back to '20s and '50s. Clinton's is "I'm your neighbor's mom", but will GOP Evita-ize her? Lowry and Vanden Heuvel discuss both as well as whether the bi-partisan agreement on Congress's role on Iran Deal is win-win for both parties.

Cuban Dissidents: Allies of US Policy or a Hindrance?

Rafael Hernandez | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Rafael Hernandez

Beginning with Brigade 2506 until today, Cubans on the island have regarded Cuban political exiles as a function of North American policy dealing with the revolution. In that regard, December 17, 2014 showed that it wasn't the tail wagging the dog, but ultimately the dog doing the deciding.

The Shake Heard Around the World

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

Last week a handshake, and now, removing Cuba from our Terrorist State list, brings hope for harmony to our natural neighborhood. Obama's composition is Nobel Peace Prize and the tune is a Shake Heard Around the World. Bravo! Encore!

Dancing with Cubans!

Sara Davidson | Posted 04.16.2015 | Travel
Sara Davidson

I'm awakened the next morning by the sound of drums. Walking out on my balcony, I see four groups of musicians gathering in the square, drumming, singing, and I feel my body entraining with the music.

The Top 10 Sights to See in Cuba

Architectural Digest | Posted 04.16.2015 | Travel
Architectural Digest

As travel restrictions lift and embargoes soften, AD's Mitchell Owens heads to Havana, where the mojitos are sweet, the architecture is astounding, and society is embracing a new era.

Obama's Triple Crown

John Feffer | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

President Obama has nearly two years to make the rapprochements with Iran and Cuba irreversible. If he can do that, and bring about a ceasefire in Syria to boot, then his diplomatic legacy will be secure -- no matter what his successor does to reassert the worst kind of dumb power.

The Many Things You Won't Find in Cuba

Kevin Danaher | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Kevin Danaher

The recent changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba have produced plenty of U.S. media coverage examining the things Cuba is lacking: freedom of the press, new paint on buildings, leaders less than 80 years old. But our media have failed to document the many other things Cuba is lacking.

Cuba's Preventative Medical System; Economically Efficient and Medically Effective

Maxwell D. Dotson | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Maxwell D. Dotson

It bears pointing out that Cuba has had incredible, effective results, and is using them to reshape how developing countries tackle critical healthcare concerns in a world of economic constraint.

Castro, Obama and Orwell

Barry Lando | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Barry Lando

For the first time since 1956, an American President has held substantive discussions with a Cuban head of state. The world is now poised for Barack Obama's next Orwellian gambit: Removing Cuba from Washington's list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Cubans Hail Removal From U.S. List Of State Terrorism Sponsors

AP | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and MATTHEW LEE | Posted 04.15.2015 | World

HAVANA (AP) — The U.S. and Cuba will open talks about two of America's most-wanted fugitives as part of a new dialogue about law-enforcement coopera...

Diplomatic Travel Blocks US-Cuban Ties

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
William M. LeoGrande

The main hurdle to restoring full diplomatic relations in Cuba centers on how much freedom U.S. diplomats will have to travel around Cuba and what the U.S. embassy will be allowed to bring into the country. While these may seem like mundane issues of every-day operations that should be easy to settle, they are not.

Sam Levine

Obama To Remove Cuba From List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism | Sam Levine | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama notified Congress on Tuesday that he intends to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Obam...

Cyclepaths in Cuba

Richard Bangs | Posted 04.13.2015 | Travel
Richard Bangs

When gasoline was unavailable during the special period, Cubans turned to bicycles. Hundreds of thousands of clunky, but nearly indestructible, bikes, the ubiquitous Flying Pigeons, were imported from China, and Cuba soon had its own bike factory.

Cuba, The US and the VII Summit of the Americas

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 04.13.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

A mature dialogue between Cuba and the U.S. that stresses the common interests and values of both can mark new beginnings for our hemisphere. It's counterproductive that the U.S. State Department still includes Cuba in the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. Such baseless inclusion is a clear obstacle for U.S. interests.

So...You Want to do Business in Cuba? A Mini-Guide For U.S. Businesses, Social Entrepreneurs and NGOs

Eric Leenson | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Eric Leenson

Cuba and the U.S. are currently discussing the reestablishment of diplomatic relations. But the complete normalization of relations may take years to achieve and, in a number of fundamental business-related areas, will require congressional approval in the U.S.

Cuba's Coming Out Party at the Summit of the Americas

Medea Benjamin | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

There were expectations that President Obama would use the summit to announce that Cuba would be taken off the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, a critical step in the normalization of relations. But unfortunately, that didn't happen.

Obama's Miami Connections Helped Smooth The Path To Meeting With Castro

Reuters | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics

By David Adams MIAMI, April 12 (Reuters) - Barack Obama's historic talks with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday were the culmin...

History Now Made, The U.S. And Cuba Face A Bumpy Road Ahead

Reuters | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

By Daniel Trotta and Matt Spetalnick PANAMA CITY, April 12 (Reuters) - Cuba and the United States just made history. Now comes the har...

Barack Obama And Cuba President Raul Castro Make History With First Sit-Down Meeting

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Barack Obama sat down with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday, the first substantial meeting between the countries' ...

Raul Castro Says Cuba Blockade Not Obama's Fault

AP | Posted 04.13.2015 | World

PANAMA CITY (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Saturday declared his refusal to refight the Cold War battles while Cuban President Raul Castro rallied ...

The Sweetest Airbnbs In Cuba

Architectural Digest | Posted 04.10.2015 | HuffPost Home
Architectural Digest

By Lindsey DeSimone for Architectural Digest. As U.S. travel to Cuba kicks off, Airbnb has expanded its operations to the island with over 1,000 re...

Week to Week News Quiz for 4/10/15

John Zipperer | Posted 04.10.2015 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

It's finally here. You-know-who is going to do you-know what. You don't know? Take our latest Week to Week news quiz and find out. Here are some rand...

U.S. And Cuba Begin Historic Talks In Panama

AP | Posted 04.10.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. and Cuban diplomats have met in Panama in the highest-level meeting between the two governments in more than half a c...

Obama: Decision Near On Removing Cuba From Terror List

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — President Barack Obama will act soon on a recommendation about whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors ...