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Castro, Obama and Orwell

Barry Lando | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Barry Lando

For the first time since 1956, an American President has held substantive discussions with a Cuban head of state. The world is now poised for Barack Obama's next Orwellian gambit: Removing Cuba from Washington's list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Cubans Hail Removal From U.S. List Of State Terrorism Sponsors

AP | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and MATTHEW LEE | Posted 04.15.2015 | World

HAVANA (AP) — The U.S. and Cuba will open talks about two of America's most-wanted fugitives as part of a new dialogue about law-enforcement coopera...

Diplomatic Travel Blocks US-Cuban Ties

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
William M. LeoGrande

The main hurdle to restoring full diplomatic relations in Cuba centers on how much freedom U.S. diplomats will have to travel around Cuba and what the U.S. embassy will be allowed to bring into the country. While these may seem like mundane issues of every-day operations that should be easy to settle, they are not.

Sam Levine

Obama To Remove Cuba From List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism | Sam Levine | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama notified Congress on Tuesday that he intends to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Obam...

Cyclepaths in Cuba

Richard Bangs | Posted 04.13.2015 | Travel
Richard Bangs

When gasoline was unavailable during the special period, Cubans turned to bicycles. Hundreds of thousands of clunky, but nearly indestructible, bikes, the ubiquitous Flying Pigeons, were imported from China, and Cuba soon had its own bike factory.

Cuba, The US and the VII Summit of the Americas

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 04.13.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

A mature dialogue between Cuba and the U.S. that stresses the common interests and values of both can mark new beginnings for our hemisphere. It's counterproductive that the U.S. State Department still includes Cuba in the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. Such baseless inclusion is a clear obstacle for U.S. interests.

So...You Want to do Business in Cuba? A Mini-Guide For U.S. Businesses, Social Entrepreneurs and NGOs

Eric Leenson | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Eric Leenson

Cuba and the U.S. are currently discussing the reestablishment of diplomatic relations. But the complete normalization of relations may take years to achieve and, in a number of fundamental business-related areas, will require congressional approval in the U.S.

Cuba's Coming Out Party at the Summit of the Americas

Medea Benjamin | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

There were expectations that President Obama would use the summit to announce that Cuba would be taken off the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, a critical step in the normalization of relations. But unfortunately, that didn't happen.

Obama's Miami Connections Helped Smooth The Path To Meeting With Castro

Reuters | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics

By David Adams MIAMI, April 12 (Reuters) - Barack Obama's historic talks with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday were the culmin...

History Now Made, The U.S. And Cuba Face A Bumpy Road Ahead

Reuters | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

By Daniel Trotta and Matt Spetalnick PANAMA CITY, April 12 (Reuters) - Cuba and the United States just made history. Now comes the har...

Barack Obama And Cuba President Raul Castro Make History With First Sit-Down Meeting

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Barack Obama sat down with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday, the first substantial meeting between the countries' ...

Raul Castro Says Cuba Blockade Not Obama's Fault

AP | Posted 04.13.2015 | World

PANAMA CITY (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Saturday declared his refusal to refight the Cold War battles while Cuban President Raul Castro rallied ...

The Sweetest Airbnbs In Cuba

Architectural Digest | Posted 04.10.2015 | HuffPost Home
Architectural Digest

By Lindsey DeSimone for Architectural Digest. As U.S. travel to Cuba kicks off, Airbnb has expanded its operations to the island with over 1,000 re...

Week to Week News Quiz for 4/10/15

John Zipperer | Posted 04.10.2015 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

It's finally here. You-know-who is going to do you-know what. You don't know? Take our latest Week to Week news quiz and find out. Here are some rand...

U.S. And Cuba Begin Historic Talks In Panama

AP | Posted 04.10.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. and Cuban diplomats have met in Panama in the highest-level meeting between the two governments in more than half a c...

Obama: Decision Near On Removing Cuba From Terror List

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — President Barack Obama will act soon on a recommendation about whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors ...

It's Time to Summit With Cuba

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Kate Oberdorfer

The Summit of the Americas is upon us, and for the first time in five decades, all eyes are on Cuba and the United States. (And Venezuela but it's time for another blogger to take on that Mother.)

Direct Flights From Orlando To Cuba Will Start This Summer

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.09.2015 | Travel

U.S. travelers looking to visit Cuba will have the option of taking a direct flight from Orlando to Havana starting July 8. The weekly flight, char...

The Cuban Government Will Soon Print First Classified Ads Online And In Print

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 04.08.2015 | Latino Voices

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government says it will start publishing classified ads in print and online, entering a vibrant informal marketplace where C...

Overwhelming Amount Of Cubans Support Improved Ties With U.S.

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2015 | World

MIAMI, April 8 (Reuters) - A new poll conducted in Cuba found that 80 percent of Cubans have a highly favorable view of President Barack Obama, whil...

Imperfect but Historic

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 04.08.2015 | World
Julia E. Sweig

History is made out of tiny and sometimes major steps, so however imperfect the Panama moment may be, however much the Venezuela factor dilutes the powerful symbolism at hand, let's not forget its historic significance.

The Panama Summit of the Americas: What to Expect

Richard E. Feinberg | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Richard E. Feinberg

The Panama summit could be yet another contentious conclave and wasted opportunity -- or it could be a triumphal moment for multilateral diplomacy and U.S. leadership in its own hemisphere.

Latin Music From All Over the Map

Marty Lipp | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Marty Lipp

It seems appropriate to start off a column about odds and ends of recent Latin releases with the Buena Vista Social Club's latest, "Lost and Found," since it is a bit of yard sale of an album.

Fidel Castro Appears In Public For First Time In Over A Year

Reuters | Daniel Trotta | Posted 04.04.2015 | World

HAVANA, April 4 (Reuters) - Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, 88, appeared in public "full of vitality" for the first time in more than a year on M...

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Earning His Nobel

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A few months back, he announced a major shift in U.S. policy towards Cuba, ending a half-century of frostiness, and this week the outlines of a deal to avoid a war with Iran were unveiled, thawing a relationship that froze over back in 1979.