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The Other Side of the Cuban Embargo

Jess Davidson | Posted 04.28.2016 | Travel
Jess Davidson

For many Cubans, Obama has become the manifestation of increased tourism and thus increased opportunities for private business. As more private licenses are granted, more Cubans can seize the opportunity to move towards being a "have" instead of a "have-not."

VII Congress of the Communist Party Roars Against US Influence

Miriam Leiva | Posted 04.28.2016 | Latino Voices
Miriam Leiva

In Cuba nothing is what it seems. But Cubans can make a difference, seizing the challenges in a unique time of opportunities for changes.

Artists Welcome in Cuba

George Stevens, Jr. | Posted 04.27.2016 | Arts
George Stevens, Jr.

Artists are optimists by nature and this proved true on both sides of the equation during the first official U.S. cultural delegation to Cuba that arrived last week in the wake of President Obama's visit. The Cubans see light and take hope from meeting colleagues from abroad.

The Wrong Word Could Get You In Trouble On Venmo

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 04.26.2016 | Technology

Unless you're a drug trafficker or exotic animal smuggler, you've probably never worried about running afoul of U.S. trade law. But finding yourself ...

Cuba: The Collapse

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.26.2016 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Raul Castro erupts in fury at a press conference when asked about the existence of political prisoners in Cuba, he gets entangled in his earphones and comes out with some rigmarole a few feet from Barack Obama, who looks like the owner and master of the situation.

Breathtaking Photos Capture Cuba's Legendary Ballerinas Dancing In The Streets

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.26.2016 | Arts

Daniela Fabelo & Daniela Cabrera #OZR_Dance || #🇨🇺💃|| #Cuba A photo posted by Omar Z. Robles (@omarzrobles) on Mar 25, 2016 at 5:57pm PDT ...

Cuba's Complicated Path

Elaine Dutka | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics
Elaine Dutka

Cubans are almost as fixated as Americans on the wacky 2016 presidential race. The window opened by President Obama, some fear, could slam shut if the GOP wins. "Dump Trump," a customs officer quipped, perusing my passport on a recent trip to the island.

Time for the US to take Cuba seriously

Georges Ugeux | Posted 04.24.2016 | World
Georges Ugeux

These thoughts are the reflection of a people-to-people trip to Cuba with National Geographic, a program that is fundamentally educational and a disco...

Updating the Party: Cuba's New (and Not So New) Leaders

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 04.24.2016 | World
William M. LeoGrande

The new Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party reflects the priorities and style of its First Secretary. The party itself maintains the leading role, but the committee has a more technocratic tilt, positioning it for the complex economic tasks ahead.

Marc Anthony Says The GOP Is 'Just Showing What They've Always Been'

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 04.22.2016 | Latino Voices

Marc Anthony isn't shy about sharing his political beliefs. The Salsa superstar made headlines in February after shouting “Fuck Donald Trump!" at h...

Chats with Terry Manning and Dan Vallor, and Thank You Prince

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.22.2016 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

JESSE COOK'S "LOOP STATION IMPROV" EXCLUSIVE According to the Jesse Cook gang... "World music/jazz guitarist Jesse Cook wraps up his U.S. tour this ...

The U.S. May Soon Start Deporting More Cubans. Here’s What’s Waiting For Them.

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 04.20.2016 | World

HAVANA -- Francisco Jesús Jiménez misses a lot of things about the United States. He misses his five kids. He misses his car. He misses his phone. H...

Why Cuba is an education success story and what it can teach Africa

The Conversation Africa | Posted 04.20.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Clive Kronenberg, Cape Peninsula University of Technology Cuba takes education very seriously. It became a top priority after Fidel Castro became pri...

Why Refugee Status for Cuban Immigrants Should Change

Hirania Luzardo | Posted 04.19.2016 | Latino Voices
Hirania Luzardo

The Cuban Adjustment Act is a privilege. No other immigrant groups receive this unique red carpet treatment as soon as they arrive to this country. This program is an aid that should be short-term help for Cubans to resettle, not a burden cost to U.S. taxpayers.

Chef Jose Andres Cooks for 14ymedio Newsroom

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.20.2016 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

José Andrés arrived in Havana at the best and worst moment of the year. One of the most famous chefs in the world knocked on the door of the 14ymedio newsroom the same day that Barack Obama was saying goodbye to the Cuban people.

The Voiceo Your Rights: New TV Series on Human Rights in Latin America

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.18.2016 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Yoani Sánchez inaugurates a series of interviews on the channel Deutsche Welle Latin America: The Voice of Your Rights. (Video capture) 14ymedio, Yo...

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: 10 Days in Havana, Part Two

Perry Brass | Posted 04.15.2016 | Arts
Perry Brass

I spent ten days in Havana, Cuba, from February 9, 2016 to February 19, 2016--roughly a month before President Obama's historic trip. It was my first stay to Cuba, and I kept a journal. I also wrote poetry there, and I will include some of it in journal entries.

What Happened When I Pursued My Dream of Being a Travel Photographer​

Mariana Manina | Posted 04.25.2016 | Travel
Mariana Manina

I left my desk in Mexico City, to chase my passion for photography. Since I was a kid, my dream was to get featured in National Geographic and last year, I did.

Gorgeous Photos Show How This Charity Is Helping Kids In Cuba 'Free Their Minds'

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 04.18.2016 | Latino Voices

Rene Lecour remembers feeling like an outsider as a teen until he found a place in what he calls the "punk rock BMX skate culture." But during a famil...

"The economic sanctions are cruel because they affect the most vulnerable sectors of the Cuban population."

Salim Lamrani | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

Voice of America [TV version] The Voice of America, which began broad...

Frugal Innovation Scores Another Victory in Cuba: Lessons From an Embargo-Busting Small Tractor Company

Julia Sagebien | Posted 04.21.2016 | Business
Julia Sagebien

In early 2016, tiny Alabama-based Cleber, LLC managed to conquer two Goliaths with one stone. It became the first American company to receive authorization from both the US and Cuba to set up a manufacturing operation on the island's Mariel Special Development Zone.

Why I'm Not Cruising to Cuba with Carnival this Summer

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 04.13.2016 | Travel
Spencer Aronfeld

Carnival Cruise Lines, the world's largest passenger cruise ship conglomerate, is certainly in a hurry to be the first of the three major U.S.-based c...

A Tale of Two Ice Creams

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 04.14.2016 | Travel
Janice S. Lintz

The ice cream shop Coppelia is practically a landmark in Cuba. Owned by the Cuban government, the Havana-based parlor has sold the dessert since the 1...

Tuck Travel: Cuba Overview

Lauran & Justin Tuck | Posted 04.12.2016 | Travel
Lauran & Justin Tuck

Photo Credit: Tatiana Teo Photography Justin and I wanted to celebrate his retirement from professional football by taking a trip. Going somewhere ne...

Our Inhumane Cuban Migrant Policy

Isabel C. Albee | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Isabel C. Albee

I understand the need to protect our borders. But the stark difference between our policy in Cuba and our policy everywhere else forces me to believe that our policy is driven by old-school politics, inertia, or a simple inability to adapt to a new reality.