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The Price of Change in the Castros' Cuba

Anthony DePalma | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics
Anthony DePalma

In truth, so much has changed in Cuba recently that it is hard for someone like me, who has been traveling to the island since 1978, to keep track of it all. And yet it is also evident that much there hasn't changed at all.

Ends of the Earth 2: How An American Ran Across Cuba & Why CNN, Fox, and NBC Did Not Care!

Izyaslav Koza | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Izyaslav Koza

(The original article "Running to the ends of the earth" to which this one is now a diminished sequel can be found here.) This April when I touched d...

'I Want To See It Before It Changes' Is The Wrong Reason To Travel To Cuba

Nicki Fleischner | Posted 11.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Nicki Fleischner

The next time you see a Cuba news story or photo shoot that chooses to use yet another picture of an old car, remember it's more than the cool "caught-in-time" beauty of Havana -- it's somebody's lived reality and daily hustle.

IMO, Person of the Year in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.28.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Over the last 12 months Cuba was visited by a pope, a secretary of state and even by Mick Jagger. However, the person who takes all the palms is not a politician, a religious leader or a rocker. It is a mobile application with a short name and a profound impact on our reality: IMO.

Expanding Gender and Making It Roomier for All Of Us: three from Daylight Books

Janet Mason | Posted 11.25.2015 | Books
Janet Mason

Gender has always been on my mind -- or in my face -- whether I like it or not. As a budding feminist and then a young lesbian with short hair, I was called "Sir" on more than one occasion. I didn't like it, but was happy to have the privileges that being perceived as male brought. I am over six feet tall and trained as a martial artist.

New Wave Of Cuban Immigrants Reaches U.S., But Through Texas, Not Florida

Los Angeles Times | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 11.25.2015 | Latino Voices

When Jordanis Perez fled Havana this spring for the United States, he decided his best chances weren't by boat to Florida, but by a route increasingly...

Should You Ditch Your Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic Vacation & Go To Cuba Instead?

Mark Chesnut | Posted 11.25.2015 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

There are plenty of reasons to consider a trip to Cuba and also a vacation in Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic. But the experiences you'll have in Cuba, if you're a U.S. citizen, are likely very different from what you'll have on the other two islands.

Marco Rubio Touts Father's Story In First Early-State Ad

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) presidential campaign on Tuesday unveiled its first early-state ad, a biographical spot that recounts the candidat...

We've Seen This European Refugee Crisis Before

Janis Cooke Newman | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Janis Cooke Newman

The images are indelible. A body washed up on a beach like sea glass, flotsam from an overcrowded boat. It is said that history has a way of repeating itself. And for me, these images -- this vocabulary -- recall a story that is more than 70 years old. That of the refugee ship, the St. Louis.

Friday Talking Points -- A Knee-Jerk Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans, of course, do the whole fear thing very well. Democrats cannot hope to ever stoke the public's fear as effectively as Republicans. But this week it was on display more than usual, because there are still 14 Republicans running for their party's presidential nomination.

Chicago and Havana: A Musical Connection At The Auditorium Theater

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 11.20.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I recently enjoyed a scintillating evening of international cultural exchange featuring a concert of orchestral musical magic at Chicago's famous Au...

It's Time to Talk About Guayaba

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 11.20.2015 | New York
Kate Oberdorfer

I lived down the street from the Garden of Eden in New York City. I went there, like, three times a day--once for iced coffee before the gym, once for...

Extinguishing Liberty's Flame on Refugees

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Emma Lazarus, who's proud and shinning words stand indelibly inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, would weep in sorrow and shame if she were with us today as an ever increasing number of our political "leaders" and citizens call for the United States to extinguish the flame of liberty on Middle Eastern refugees of war.

What's it Like to be an Artist in Cuba?

Bibbi Abruzzini | Posted 11.17.2015 | Arts
Bibbi Abruzzini

Bogotà. One of its sunny Sundays, car-free, carefree day. Perfect conditions to absorb the energy of this dynamic city. Filling my eyes with the colo...

A Celebration of AfroCuban Roots and Electronic Expressions

Dash Harris | Posted 11.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Dash Harris

Cuba has been on a lot of minds lately. Especially mine. I have frequented the island four times, and have seen the "stuck in time" tourism spiel and more importantly, the day to day life of Cubans. "No es facil." A phrase, I have heard on many lips on every trip. I have seen new interest catapulting many to the island, as well as old interests, re-imagined, with the relaxed U.S. restrictions.

From Hershey, PA to Hershey, Cuba

Michael Maisel | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business
Michael Maisel

On December 17, 2014, Presidents Obama and Castro publicly vowed to improve ties between our nations. Nevertheless, in the 50-plus-years that have passed without direct engagement between our nations, U.S. businesses have sprouted without permission to trade with a neighbor just 90 miles off our shores.

Close Guantanamo and Return It to Cuba

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 11.14.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

If there is probable cause to believe a detainee committed a crime, he should be sent to the United States for trial in federal court. The remaining detainees should be returned to their countries of origin or third countries if that is not feasible. After shuttering the prison camp, Obama should return Guantanamo Bay to Cuba, its rightful owner.

Reflections on a Mozart Festival in Havana

Laurence Vittes | Posted 11.13.2015 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

It celebrated the completion of the Lyceum's first six-year phase, and made an important statement of commitment to classical music in a country where young musicians still suffer from limited access to the classical music resources.

How I Use Journalism to Change My Country

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I am no longer the teenager who turned her eyes away from the official press and looked for other alternative news sources. I now have new responsibilities. I lead a group of journalists, who every day must cross the lines of illegality to perform their jobs.

The Only Time You Can Recline Your Seat And Other Travel Tips

Lewis Krell | Posted 11.12.2015 | Travel
Lewis Krell

In regular society, your neighbor does not have the right to any part of your backyard and no man is allowed to purposely block your path to a fire escape in a crowded place. Somehow during air travel all of these agreed upon laws and social customs are completely ignored.

My Father's Fake Green Card

Diana de Armas Wilson | Posted 11.10.2015 | Latino Voices
Diana de Armas Wilson

La sangre llama. Blood calls. Every Latino child in the United States, even those who can't or won't speak Spanish, has heard that proverb. Its E...

Building a Code of Intimacy: Loving in English and Spanish

Vanessa Garcia | Posted 11.09.2015 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Garcia

It turned out that my Spanish-speaking self was more seemingly diffident. In Spanish, I did not have the ability to pluck the perfect word out of the great web of semantics, and, therefore, I seemed less assertive when I spoke. In English, on the other hand, I was a feminist, a woman who knew exactly what she wanted, and knew how to communicate that with precision. It was depressing that men who knew this side of me didn't seem to like it.

Rubio on National Security: A Candidate of the Past

John Bradshaw | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
John Bradshaw

Rubio needs to recognize that today's foreign policy must confront new challenges that are more complicated than those found in paperback novels about the Cold War, and stop trying to chart America's future by looking in the rearview mirror.

It's Time to Write to Marco Rubio

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
Kate Oberdorfer

Looks like things are going pretty well for you. On behalf of my Kennedy-Democrat Washington tribe, I would like to tell you that we were quite impressed by your performance in the Republican debate Wednesday night.

The Florida Sun-Sentinel Is Right: Senator Marco Rubio Should Resign

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 10.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

If Marco Rubio is going to keep missing more than 40 percent of the upper chamber's votes, if he is tired of being a Senator, he should follow the example of Speaker Boehner and resign.