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Cuba: Ricky Ricardo Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Elinor Robin, PhD | Posted 03.04.2015 | Travel
Elinor Robin, PhD

There are obvious limitations on what can be learned about a culture -- especially one that is still wrapped in secrecy -- in just a few days. With that said, here is my take on Cuba in 2015.

Cuba Looks To U.S. Farmers For Help With Food Crisis

AP | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN | Posted 03.04.2015 | Latino Voices

GUIRA DE MELENA, Cuba (AP) — The rust-red fields stretched for miles in the Cuban sun, garlic shoots and beetroot leaves waving gently in the spring...

A Boxer in Central Havana

David LaFevor | Posted 03.03.2015 | Travel
David LaFevor

I first met Enrique Hitchman in a bar with no name on Neptuno Street in the neighborhood known as Central Havana. I had been living in Cuba, off and on, for several years to research the histories of race, national identity, and boxing for my dissertation.

Americans Can Go to Cuba -- Just Don't Lay on the Beach!

Medea Benjamin | Posted 03.03.2015 | Travel
Medea Benjamin

On a recent CODEPINK trip to Cuba with a 150-person delegation, we found the island crawling with Americans taking advantage of the relaxation of U.S. travel restrictions and the historic thawing of U.S.-Cuban relations.

Cuba Joins One Billion Rising To End Violence Against Women

Ann Wright | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Ann Wright

What an honor to be in Cuba for the first celebration of One Billion Rising to end violence against women!

Is Alan Guilty of Gross Ingratitude?

Sandy Goodman | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

Gross may not have been an American spy. But he was surely a U.S. government agent who got caught on the job breaking Cuban law. Now that he's home, his continued lawsuit against the government that saved his life, paid him millions and made him a celebrity, is nothing less than Gross ingratitude.

Travel to Cuba Got a Lot Easier Last Week. Here's How.

Scott Norvell | Posted 03.02.2015 | Travel
Scott Norvell

Each week now, the gates that have kept U.S. travelers from visiting Cuba are creaking open just a little more. If Paris Hilton -- who popped up in Havana this week unexpectedly -- can get there now, anyone can. Right?

Reason #4,572 To Go To Cuba? This Beach.

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 03.01.2015 | Travel

We can think of many reasons to go to Cuba -- it's not like we needed one of the best beaches on the planet to lure us there. But hey, we'll take ...

Katla McGlynn

5 Things That Happened To Conan O'Brien When He Went To Cuba | Katla McGlynn | Posted 02.27.2015 | Comedy

"Hey, who's paying for this?" asked Conan O'Brien as he entered an Italian restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, where about a dozen journalists were sitti...

Cuba Flights From The U.S. Are Now Open To Book Online

Posted 02.26.2015 | Travel

Americans are already going bonkers over the lessening of Cuba travel restrictions -- and now, one travel website is calling itself the first to offer flights from the U.S. to Cuba.

The Top 5 Things To Do In Cuba

Fodor's | Posted 03.02.2015 | Travel

I don't pretend to be an expert on Cuba but I have a patchwork knowledge--the equivalent of snapshots assembled from twenty-some trips, the first in 1...

It's Time to Get Acquainted with Cuba

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 02.25.2015 | Arts
Kate Oberdorfer

Now is the time to become acquainted with Cuba. Read the Cuban authors, listen to the Cuban musicians, go see Malpaso perform in one of their three cities, or if you're in New York in April, attend the Havana Film Festival.

What Americans Need to Know About Cuban History

Elinor Robin, PhD | Posted 02.25.2015 | Latino Voices
Elinor Robin, PhD

In order to put things in perspective, I think its important to take a look at Cuba's history and the violence and oppression that have overshadowed its story. Here is what I think you need to know


Julia E. Sweig | Posted 02.25.2015 | World
Julia E. Sweig

After years, no decades, of a diplomatic low profile in the Americas, the United States is staging a comeback that just might bear the elements, and fruits, of serious strategy.

Supreme Court Hands Victory To Cuban Cigar Company

Reuters | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to a state-owned Cuban cigar company on Mond...

Maduro Does Not Know How to Govern

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

All this to hide that he doesn't know how to govern and can only imitate the dismal model he's inherited from his mentors of the Plaza of the Revolution. The result is a bad copy of the Cuban model, a crude replica in which ideology has ceded its entire terrain to the ravings of a man.

UK, Canada Travelers Offer Cuba Travel Tips

Travelzoo | Posted 02.20.2015 | Travel

With relaxed restrictions for American travelers to Cuba making headlines, our Deal Experts are champing at the bit to visit this Caribbean nation that's so close to the U.S., but has been out of reach for so long.

U.S. Takes a Positive "Negative" Approach to Trade With Cuban Entrepreneurs

Ashley Miller | Posted 02.19.2015 | World
Ashley Miller

The greatest unknown is how the Cuban government will react to these and other elements of the President's new policy of engagement.

The Wet Foot / Dry Foot Song (with apologies to Dr. Seuss)

Alfred J. López | Posted 02.18.2015 | Latino Voices
Alfred J. López

Wet foot. Dry foot. Feet. Feet. Feet. How many feet. The Coast Guard meet!

Triumph Calls NBC 'A Crumbling Dictatorship' For Conan

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 02.18.2015 | Comedy

Triumph recently turned a game of Catchphrase on "The Tonight Show" into a complete train wreck, but apparently he's still not done pooping on NBC. ...

Exiled Cuban Author, Abilio Estevez: "It Does Not Matter to Return or Not Return"

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

A few hours after the launch of the book in the Alejo Carpentier room, the novelist with a degree in Hispanic Language and Literature responded by email to some questions for the readers of 14ymedio, from Barcelona's Gothic Quarter where he lives and creates.

In the "Country Without Internet" the Bytes Find Their Voice

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

ADSL cables Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 8 February 2015 -- "Do not talk about politics or religion," says the number one rule of the most extensiv...

Cuba: My State of Conflict

Elinor Robin, PhD | Posted 02.17.2015 | Miami
Elinor Robin, PhD

Some months ago, before the recent diplomatic adjustment, Cuba seemed to be calling me. I've lived in South Florida for most of my adult life. And, Cuba's culture and people have profoundly influenced Florida, despite the country's shroud of secrecy and mystery.

Conan Makes History

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 02.18.2015 | Comedy

Conan O'Brien made history this weekend, becoming the first host of an American late-night show to film in Cuba since the embargo began. The show will...

Cuban Citizens Deserve a Free and Democratic Media

Carmen Cusido | Posted 02.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Carmen Cusido

With diplomatic talks between the United States and Cuba scheduled to resume later this month, one important way to help empower Cuban citizens is to advocate for independent media on the island.