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Looking For a House in Havana

Elias Kulukundis | Posted 03.29.2016 | HuffPost Home
Elias Kulukundis

Last weekend, the world's attention was focused on President Obama's visit with his family to Havana, Cuba. I lived in Havana when I was ten years ...

Fidel Castro Slams Obama Following Historic Cuba Visit

Reuters | Sara Bondioli | Posted 03.28.2016 | Politics

HAVANA (Reuters) - Retired leader Fidel Castro accused U.S. President Barack Obama of sweet-talking the Cuban people during his visit to the island la...

The Obamas and the Blacks of Cuba: Some Questions of Power, Agency, and Representation

Odette Casamayor | Posted 03.28.2016 | Black Voices
Odette Casamayor

"In America," Obama said, "it's still possible for somebody like me... to pursue and achieve the highest office in the land." These words raised an unexpected question to myself: Would a Black Cuban ever become president in the island?

20 Pictures of Cuba Through My Lens

Rep. Xavier Becerra | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
Rep. Xavier Becerra

I had the honor to travel with President Obama, members of his Cabinet, and my Congressional Colleagues to Cuba this past week as part of an effort to chart a new era of U.S. relations with the Cuban people and the Cuban government.

The Rolling Stones Get Immense 'Satisfaction' From First Ever Cuba Show

Reuters | Lee Moran | Posted 03.26.2016 | Entertainment

HAVANA (Reuters) - The Rolling Stones rocked a massive crowd at a free, outdoor concert in Havana on Friday, capping a week of engagement with the Wes...

Weekend Roundup: Between Engagement and Terror

Nathan Gardels | Posted 03.26.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week we witnessed a world coming together and a world falling apart, a world between engagement and terror. For the first time in nearly 90 years, an American president visited Cuba, turning upside down the anti-Yanqui narrative that has been the raison d'être of one of the Western Hemisphere's most longest-lasting dictatorships. In Brussels, it appears that some children of Muslim immigrants expressed their explosive alienation in terror attacks in the very city many of them grew up, which also happens to be the capital of Europe. (continued)

Friday Talking Points -- Copulating Rodents!

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican presidential nomination race has previously devolved to the level of an elementary school playground (penis-measuring in a national debate), and has now risen to at least high school (if not a college frat house) with the vicious battle going on between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz over who can insult each other's wives the most.

The Terror Attacks in Brussels Prove Again That All Lives Really Don't Matter

Earnest Harris | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Earnest Harris

The constant coverage, the Twitter hashtags, the changed profile pics, the Belgian colors being used, all go to show how much we as a nation and world for that matter, only seem to care when Europeans die.

A Helpful List of Havana Do's and Don'ts

Susan Portnoy | Posted 03.25.2016 | Travel
Susan Portnoy

Has the President's trip to Cuba inspired you to make your own plans to visit the Island? If so, you'll want to check out this handy list of Havana Do...

Cuba: 57 Years After the Revolution

Joan Moran | Posted 03.25.2016 | Travel
Joan Moran

Fifty-seven years ago, in the city of Havana, Fidel Castro triumphantly declared, the victory of the Cuban revolution. The brutal and corrupt Fulgenci...

An insight view of Cuba

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 03.25.2016 | Latino Voices
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

Since President Obama took steps to normalize relations with Cuba, much of the public discussion has been about how to improve relations between the United States while also opening access for the Cuban people.

Cuba and Capitalism

John Feffer | Posted 03.25.2016 | World
John Feffer

While the right continues to believe that isolation will force out the Castros, the left is worried that capitalism will transform the system by other means. Cuba is like a vast undervalued neighborhood outside of Miami that's ripe for gentrification, and capitalism abhors such a vacuum. Some in the Cuban government fear that the proffered carrot has been poisoned; others are hoping to get a nibble for themselves. Cuba stands at a historic crossroads. Down one path lies strict adherence to the revolutionary legacy of the Castros. Down another path lies a revival of Cuba as a playground of rich moguls and shadowy criminal types, as it was just before the revolution. Are there any other paths that Cuba can take?

Scientists Want To Turn Guantanamo Bay Into A Research Park

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 03.25.2016 | Science

In the wake of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Cuba, questions remain about America's changing relationship with the island nation. Chief a...

Cuban Journal

Erica Abeel | Posted 03.24.2016 | Travel
Erica Abeel

I did a double take: the statue of the flamenco dancer, hewn from concrete, was smiling at us with a set of distinctly human teeth. It was positively eerie. Then it struck me that this statue and its toothy smile encapsulates what Cuba is all about.

'The Daily Show' Explains Why We Should Want To Americanize Cuba

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 03.24.2016 | Comedy

President Obama visited Cuba on Sunday, becoming the first U.S. president since 1928 to do so. But as "Daily Show" correspondent Desi Lydic shows us, ...

President Obama's Historic Visit

Diana Nyad | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics
Diana Nyad

I was among those invited by the White House to be part of President Obama's historic visit to Havana over the past couple of days. While the President's entourage was largely a congressional delegation, representatives of various business concerns, and Cuban-Americans who have lived the pain of separation from their families all these long six decades, it was my honor to be recognized as a non-Cuban who cares deeply that the hope to reunite our two peoples is on the near horizon.

Cuban-American Photographer Shows What It Was Like To Cover Obama In Havana

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 03.24.2016 | World

Behind-the-scenes photos show the stress and chaos involved in covering President Barack Obama's three-day trip to Cuba earlier this week, the first v...

Obama Tests His Comedy Skills On A Cuban Sketch Show

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics

President Barack Obama appeared on a sketch show with one of Cuba's most famous comedians during his historic visit to the country earlier this week. ...

An American's Havana Adventure of Discovering Cuba Through Music

Ibrahim Rashid | Posted 03.23.2016 | Good News
Ibrahim Rashid

I might look different, speak a different language, hail from a different country, and see the world from a completely different perspective than he does. But none of that mattered to Sergio; what mattered is that we both share a common passion for music.

Brussels Attacks: President Obama Makes a Stand From Baseball Game in Cuba

Anna Wilding | Posted 03.23.2016 | DC
Anna Wilding

Flags are flying at half mast around the world today, in the wake of the terrible multiple explosions that occurred in Brussels, Belgium, that left 34 dead and over 200 injured.

The Answer to Cuba's Problems Won't Come from the White House (Part II)

Ted A. Henken | Posted 03.23.2016 | World
Ted A. Henken

Just as the U.S. must recognize and respect Cuba's national sovereignty in order to achieve a "normalization" between nations, for its part the Cuban government must recognize that its national sovereignty -- like that of any nation -- is based on the popular sovereignty of each and every one of its citizens whom it has preferred to treat as subjects for decades.

Conservative Hypocrisy on Che Guevara

Dwayne Wong (Omowale) | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics
Dwayne Wong (Omowale)

The conservative outrage over Obama's photo in front of Che Guevara's mural is an example of selective outrage from a party that has had a history of supporting people with more blood on their hands than Che Guevara did.

How Cuba's Health System Became The Envy Of The Third World

Sammy Almashat | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics
Sammy Almashat

How has a Third World country, subjected to decades of economic sanctions, accomplished this? Part of the answer lies in the post-revolutionary government's establishment of a comprehensive, universal health care system.

Obama's Human Rights Betrayal

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Aaron Rhodes

The idea of human rights has become so expansive and that there is no longer any rational basis for determining what is and what is not a human right. But to preserve their meaning and what enforcement is possible, human rights need to remain clearly defined and apart from politics.

Interview With Photographer Peter Turnley: Moments of the Human Condition (Part 2)

Ben Arnon | Posted 03.22.2016 | Arts
Ben Arnon

"I've always conceived photography from the very outset as this opportunity to be, not only a diary and an autobiography of my life, but also a reflection of a world that I would want to live in."