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Colombia's Peace Talks with FARC: A Political Conspiracy?

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

The future of Colombia had never been so dark and uncertain. Two years ago, President Juan Manuel Santos embarked the country into a negotiation process with the terrorist organization FARC in Habana, Cuba.

Secretary Clinton's Bold Stroke

Sarah Stephens | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

Diana Nyad, America's most celebrated long-distance swimmer, tried and tried to cross the Florida Straits. On her fifth attempt, at age 64, she made it. If she runs for the presidency in 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could echo if not exceed the scope of Ms. Nyad's achievement.

Diving Cuba's Gardens of the Queen National Marine Park

Lindblad Expeditions | Posted 08.10.2014 | Travel
Lindblad Expeditions

On March 30 I plunged into the depths of the Gardens of the Queen National Marine Park in Cuba. I had some trepidation, as it had been a long time since I had donned a tank to spend time 60 or 70 feet below the surface.

Not Against All Cuba Sanctions, Just Dumb Cuba Sanctions

Ricardo Herrero | Posted 08.09.2014 | Latino Voices
Ricardo Herrero

Forget about "leading from behind." When it comes to Cuba, we are simply behind.

Cold Kisses Under A Tropical Sun

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.06.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

The fear of not being able to leave, of remaining locked on the island, is shared by many of my compatriots. Those who have never traveled fear they w...

Book: Hillary Clinton Urged Obama To End Cuba Embargo

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

PARIS (AP) — In her new book, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she pushed President Barack Obama to lift or ease the decades-lo...

The Free Territory of Skype, Forbidden In Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Yoani Sanchez

Without any new facilities for services such as Skype, many prefer to resort to fraudulent practices rather than to give up calling other parts of the world.

Miguel's Drone, Cuba From the Air

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Yoani Sanchez

Nobody knows how he got it into the country, with so many customs restrictions and government paranoia, but Miguel has a drone. Tiny, like a kid's toy...

Cuba in the Time of Cholera

Ko Im | Posted 07.30.2014 | Travel
Ko Im

I wanted to head to Cuba while the Castro regime is in place and the U.S. has relaxed its policy through people-to-people programs. I did a cultural e...

Skateboarders Take to the Streets of Cuba (VIDEO)

HUMANITY.TV | Posted 07.30.2014 | Travel
HUMANITY.TV

Cuba isn't known for its non-conformists, so skateboarding, with its counter-cultural roots, is not a sport that has been encouraged on the Caribbean island. But a group of young individuals are still ollie-ing and grinding through the streets of Havana.

"What's Your Network Called?": Young People Are Creating The Wireless Web In Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

They meet on a corner, eyes red from lack of sleep, their pants on the verge of falling down to their knees. They aren't yet twenty and have spent the night immersed in the plot of a video game.

Obama's Speech, Latin America, and the World as It Should Be

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Lisa Haugaard

There's much in Obama's foreign policy speech at West Point that resonates for those who would like to see a just foreign policy towards Latin America.

Our Girl in Havana: On the Road in Caibarién

Tyler Wetherall | Posted 07.29.2014 | Travel
Tyler Wetherall

I didn't go to Caibarién on purpose. My bus pulled into Remedios where I had planned to disembark. But when I looked out the window at yet another gorgeous colonial town, it left me dead.

Senator Hits Chamber Of Commerce For Cuba Trip

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman has told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that he believes its trip to Cuba is a bad i...

Reaping the Whirlwind: Academic Fraud in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.26.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Although fraudulent practices are common in Cuban schools, this case has provoked a profound reflection in our society, including in the official press.

14ymedio Is Born: Now I Can Dream Even Higher

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.21.2014 | Media
Yoani Sanchez

Today, I have achieved a dream. Unlike the character in that movie, it's not a piece of clothing but a space for journalism in which many colleagues accompany me.

Radio and TV Martí: Jammed in Cuba, Slammed by the U.S. Court of Appeals

Sarah Stephens | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

Last week, when the U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a finding against the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the agency operating Radio and TV Mart...

Colombian Peace Process and Cease-Fire Gets Big Boost From International Legislators

Dan Kovalik | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

At a critical juncture for the Colombian peace process, 245 lawmakers from the U.S. Congress, the Irish and UK Parliaments, and the Northern Irish Assembly have sent a letter of support to the Colombian government and FARC peace negotiators.

A Prisoner Exchange that Could Improve Relations Between Cuba and the United States

Salim Lamrani | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

Barack Obama should use his powers as President of the United States and pardon the three Cubans that are still imprisoned. This will have the immediate effect of freeing Alan Gross and improving relations between Washington and Havana.

Free Alan Gross by Freeing the Cuban Five

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Arturo Lopez Levy

While the U.S. government has vigorously protested his treatment, it has proven unwilling to make the diplomatic overtures -- like releasing the Cuban Five -- that could secure his release.

A Cuban Insult: 'Ah... You're Not in the Package'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.16.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Climbing into a collective taxi at midday, with its whole body heated by the sun and creaking at every pothole, is a shocking experience. You duck y...

14ymedio: A New Newspaper Is About To Be Born in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

In recent weeks we have seen a preview of how official propaganda will demonize us for creating this medium. Already, in fact, several people on our work team have received the first warning calls from State Security. However, we have no reason to be hesitant. 14ymedio emerges with nothing to hide.

The Limits of Military Power

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Perhaps military enthusiasts in the United States and other nations should consider whether military power is a reliable source of influence in world affairs. After all, just because you possess a hammer doesn't mean that every problem you face is a nail.

Cuba: Repression as Soap Opera

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The current strategy against the Cuban opposition resembles the slow creep of the spider's legs toward its victim.

Some Huge Advances For Cuba's Gay Community, But Why Is Marriage Equality So Distant?

Reuters | Posted 07.10.2014 | Gay Voices

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA, May 10 (Reuters) - Several hundred Cubans danced to a conga beat, waved the rainbow flag and proclaimed their...