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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.

The View From Kepler-452b

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

High in the night sky over Washington, the bright stars Deneb and Vega mark a star field at the center of a probe unrelated to Benghazi or Hillary's emails or whether Iran will get the bomb. NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has discovered Kepler-452b.

Hillary Clinton Calls For End To Cuban Embargo In Miami Speech

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

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MSC Cruise Line Finds New Home in Havana

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 07.30.2015 | Travel
Spencer Aronfeld

They say home is where the heart is, and the heart of MSC Cruise Line will now be in Havana...

Yes, We Live in a Place Called the World

Nida Khan | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
Nida Khan

We are at an interesting crossroads right now. For a country that was founded on the slaughter of natives and the brutal enslavement of innocents, we have obviously made progress and strides in society. But our biggest challenge now -- that is in some ways even more difficult -- is eradicating institutional racism and inequality.

The 12 Best Things To Do In Cuba

Fodor's | Posted 07.28.2015 | Travel

Cuba offers terrific experiences that should be on every traveler's list. Here are Fodor's top picks for a memorable trip. More from

A Possible Cancer Cluster At Guantanamo Is Being Investigated

Reuters | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK, July 27 (Reuters) - NEW YORK - The U.S. Navy is investigating a complaint that seeks the evacuation of civilian and military lawyers from pa...

Friday Talking Points -- Following the Trump Whirlwind

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.24.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Two weeks ago, we kind of went out on a limb (the polling evidence was not all that clear when we wrote it) and subtitled our previous column: "Donald Trump, Frontrunner." Since that time, such a statement has gone from being a wild prediction to becoming an equally-wild reality.

How to Git Out of Gitmo

Robert Brustein | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Robert Brustein

Now that Obama has achieved a rapprochement with Cuba, it would seem the perfect time to give up our hold on Guantanamo. But what could the president get in return to satisfy the Congress?

Academics and Researchers Will Lead the Way in Cuba

Henry Louis Taylor Jr. | Posted 07.23.2015 | Education
Henry Louis Taylor Jr.

People want to go to this forbidden island. There is a big and growing market for these educational and cultural programs -- in part because they are only legitimate way for many people to travel to Cuba.

Capitalizing on a Diplomatic Thaw, Timing Is Ripe for U.S. and Cuban Governments to Make Their Next Moves

Alan H. Fleischmann | Posted 07.23.2015 | World
Alan H. Fleischmann

Monday's reestablishment of embassies in Washington and Havana represents the most tangible step to date in this new, warmer era of bilateral relations. It mustn't be the last. My visit to Cuba last week underscored the tremendous opportunity that exists for people on both sides of the Florida Straits from stronger collaboration between our two nations.

It's Official! Cuba Is Now the Newest Addition to Carnival Cruise Line Ports of Call

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 07.22.2015 | Travel
Spencer Aronfeld

Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line, the largest passenger cruise ship company in the world, just announced that it will begin to include Cuba as a Port of Call in May 2016. Carnival claims that when its ship, the Adonia, docks in Cuba next year, it will be the very first American cruise company to visit the island since the Cuban Embargo.

The Blackening of Havana

Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesus | Posted 07.21.2015 | Black Voices
Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesus

With all of the excitement around U.S. and Cuban relations finally opening up there is a host of questions around race and religion that are fundamental to the lives of Afro-Cuban religious practitioners left to be asked.

Fund the U.S. Embassy in Havana

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

This amendment is just one of a series that Republicans have added to various appropriations bills in their effort to hobble Obama's opening to Cuba and reinforce the 2016 campaign narrative that Obama is weak on foreign policy.

Not Your Grandma's Cuba: A New Day in the Caribbean

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

While many Cubans welcome change, any transition faces daunting challenges. Can Cuba liberalize commerce without inviting the staggering inequality endemic to Latin America? And can the state relinquish total power without sacrificing high quality, free public services?

Photos Show Cuban Embassy Opening After 54 Years

The Huffington Post | Chris McGonigal | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics

Crowds gathered on 16th St. NW in Washington, D.C., on Monday as the Cuban Embassy reopened 54 years after President Dwight D. Eisenhower cut off ties...

How U.S. Brands Can Engage The New Cuba

Jack Leslie | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Jack Leslie

Communications is the corporate world's most powerful catalyst for long-term success in and for Cuba. Marketing communications pertaining to products and services may end up doing more to determine the shape of U.S.-Cuban relations in the decades to come than diplomatic dispatches pertaining to politics.

A NEW ERA: U.S., Cuba Restore Full Diplomatic Relations

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 07.21.2015 | World

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Another Chance at Fair Play for Cuba

Van Gosse | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Van Gosse

Stake out a corner in Miami's Little Havana, and you can observe Luis Posada Carriles walking around freely, despite his blowing up a Cuban airliner i...

No More Tropical Fish

Pedro A. Freyre | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Pedro A. Freyre

To Cuban-American elected officials: The intellectual debate is over. The embargo is dead. These officials need to stop waving the bloody shirt of suffering to justify a policy that is intellectually bankrupt and that has supported the very regime that they have sought to bring down.

Cult of Personality in Cuban Parliament

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

On Tuesday, the entire National Assembly of People's Power dedicated itself to the presentation of the book Raul Castro: A Man in Revolution, written by the Russian Nikolai Leonov.

Never Again: What Unites the Cuban and Jewish Diaspora

Mauricio Claver-Carone | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Mauricio Claver-Carone

The Cuban and Jewish diaspora share much in common. Not least of which is the wonderful ethnic and religious hybrid, endearingly referred to as Jewbans.

Travel Options to Cuba Expanding With Fathom, JetBlue and AirBnB

Lea Lane | Posted 07.15.2015 | Travel
Lea Lane

The president's recent moves to restore diplomatic ties, reopen embassies, and loosen rules for U.S. travel to Cuba -- combined with America's pent-up curiosity -- are prompting travel companies to jump-start connections even before the embargo is lifted.

Alexis Tsipras' 'Betrayal'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

None of those who applauded his daring will pat him on the back to acknowledge he has chosen for his country and not for himself. For them, Tispras is the uncomfortable reminder of what might have been, the missed opportunity to project, through Greece, their own vendettas.