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Confuddling Cuba

College Tourist | Posted 08.28.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

I had to put my camera down and remind myself that this was not about capturing the perfect Instagram snap; this was about watching, learning and soaking up all that Cuba could offer.

The Missing Statistics on Women in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Living in a country where there is no female circumcision or forced marriages, where women are not forbidden to drive a car, is not sufficient reason to breathe easily and believe that the serious problem of gender inequality is resolved.

Cuba Suffers Through The Worst Drought Of ‘The Last Century’

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 08.26.2015 | World

With the year-long drought in Cuba forecast to worsen in the coming months, some residents are harboring what may seem like an unusual hope. “I...

Cantaleta: Cuba's Funniest Import

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 08.25.2015 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Clowning is a compulsion. The pull of clowning is inescapable. So it was for Joan Fernández Cabrera. "I feel a little magic," is how Joan Fernández Cabrera describes his transformation into his clown alter ego, Cantaleta -- a hyperactive blend of mischief, athleticism and a hapless romantic.

Cuba: Investing in the New Frontier

Josh Lockman | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Josh Lockman

What doors to Cuba were really positioning to open to the international business community? Before our trip, we spoke to a range of legal and policy experts, who had varying opinions on almost everything. They did all agree on one thing: The future of Cuba is still largely unknown.

Q&A With Phillippe Diederich, Author of Debut Novel Sofrito

Lorraine C. Ladish | Posted 08.18.2015 | Books
Lorraine C. Ladish

Phillippe Diederich is a Haitian-American writer and photographer born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Mexico City and Miami. His short fiction has been published in numerous literary journals and awarded the 2013 Chris O'Malley Fiction Prize from The Madison Review.

When Escaping Abroad is the Only Option

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 08.17.2015 | Travel
Scott De Buitléir

"If only you could escape it all and fly away somewhere..." It's a phrase -- and its various versions -- that I've heard plenty of times by my friends. But few people would seize the opportunity if they had it.

Stop Punishing Cuba's People: Lift the Embargo

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 08.16.2015 | World
William M. LeoGrande

Since President John F. Kennedy imposed it in 1961, the embargo has been the centerpiece of Washington's policy of hostility, and remains today the oldest and most comprehensive set of U.S. economic sanctions against any country in the world.

Friday Talking Points -- The Rehabilitation of Golf in the GOP

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.14.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with a wrapup of the week that was in the presidential campaigns, and as befitting his status as the Republican frontrunner, we're going to start with Donald Trump.

Fidel Castro Marks Birthday By Asking U.S. For Millions In Damages

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.14.2015 | World

HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro marked his 89th birthday with a newspaper column Thursday repeating assertions that the U.S. owes socialist Cuba "nu...

Week to Week News Quiz for 8/14/15

John Zipperer | Posted 08.14.2015 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Not only is Donald Trump taking over the GOP primary campaign, he's taking over our latest Week to Week news quiz. See how much you know about the wee...

John Kerry: Why I'm Going to Havana

John Kerry | Posted 08.19.2015 | Latino Voices
John Kerry

After 50 years of stagnation, the sense of progress and potential is real. We are under no illusions that Cuba will be transformed overnight, and we are clear-eyed about the challenges ahead. Among these is Cuba's continued denial of universal human rights.

John Kerry Raises U.S. Flag At American Embassy In Cuba

Reuters | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics

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When the U.S. Severed Diplomatic Ties With Cuba

ADST | Posted 08.14.2015 | World
ADST

The United States and Cuba officially severed diplomatic relations on January 3, 1961, the culmination of months of increasingly hostile bilateral relations.

What My Millennial Students Can Learn from José Martí

Alfred J. López | Posted 08.13.2015 | Latino Voices
Alfred J. López

The highlight of Summer 2015 was the six weeks I spent in Miami, teaching a course on José Martí at Florida International University. So here's a preliminary and very personal list of what I think you can learn from your old Tío Pepe.

After Iran: A Deal With North Korea?

John Feffer | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
John Feffer

If international relations obeyed the rules of logic, the United States and North Korea would be sitting down right now to work out their differences.

The Last Mile to Havana

Natalia Martinez | Posted 08.12.2015 | Latino Voices
Natalia Martinez

Given the discussions over recent months, the ongoing normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations, and the many important questions ahead, the topic of proximity has once again been placed on the table for our degustation.

Cuban Dissidents Won't Attend U.S. Embassy Event In Havana

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 08.12.2015 | World

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Beyond Cigars, Salsa, Mojitos and Malecón: Finally, a Changing Cuba

Jim Laurie | Posted 08.12.2015 | Latino Voices
Jim Laurie

We cannot help but watch with admiration as Cubans, many of whom are part of an emerging, entrepreneurial and professional middle class, work their way forward, escaping want and scarcity, reinventing themselves, and building a new Cuba.

Friday Talking Points -- GOP Debates, Round One

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Well, that was entertaining, wasn't it? We refer, of course, to the grand spectacle of the first Republican presidential debates, held last night on Fox News. Since this is all anyone's talking about in the political world today, we are going to follow suit and devote most of this column to our reactions.

What Can Senator Rand Paul Teach Bush, Rubio and Trump About Ronald Reagan and Cuba?

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 08.05.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

One resource that Senator Paul can invoke to defend his libertarian approach to Cuba is Ronald Reagan's flexible approach to communist countries in transition. That is what Cuba is today.

Cuba + US (Should) = Proper Diplomacy

Margarita Alarcon | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Margarita Alarcon

Diplomacy is not meant to create chaos or disrespect. Quite to the contrary, it was created, and has been practiced for centuries, in order build proverbial bridges, to prevent hostilities and bring about order in as peaceful a manner as possible. So please, more respect to both countries.

Pope Francis Will Celebrate Mass Next To Che Guevara Portrait

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion

When Pope Francis visits Cuba in September, he will celebrate Mass in Havana's famous Plaza de la Revolución, above which a por...

Obama Political Staff Overruled Human Rights Experts On Slavery Report

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top diplomats at the State Department repeatedly overruled human rights experts in the crafting of a recent report on human trafficking...

Young Cubans Deserve to Be Heard

Giancarlo Sopo | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Giancarlo Sopo

While it was clear to me in Havana that U.S. isolation tactics have failed the Cuban people, it was also evident that their government's tight grip over the economy is the greatest obstacle to life on the island. Therein lies the root cause of many of Cuba's problems.