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Cuban Embargo

Cuba: Ricky Ricardo Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Elinor Robin, PhD | Posted 03.04.2015 | Travel
Elinor Robin, PhD

There are obvious limitations on what can be learned about a culture -- especially one that is still wrapped in secrecy -- in just a few days. With that said, here is my take on Cuba in 2015.

It's Time to Dance With Cuba

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 02.03.2015 | New York
Kate Oberdorfer

The New York audiences loved Malpaso and the dance company is coming back to the United States at the end of February. The grey fog of the embargo is lifting and our relationship is changing. Poco a poco, we are finally talking to Cuba.

What Will We Do With Cubans' Overflowing Hopes?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.03.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The announcement of the restoration of relations between Cuba and the United States has provoked a resurgence in this country of a feeling lost for decades: hope. However, the expectations that have been created are so high and so difficult to meet in the short-term that many may feel disappointed.

'It's Up to Cubans to Decide Their Future,' Says US Negotiator

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

This loquacious woman with an attentive gaze has a profound knowledge of the Cuban reality. It is no wonder that she has led the first round of conversations between Cuba and the United States after the December 17th announcement about the reestablishment of relations between both countries.

Now That Washington Has Begun To Dismantle Its Trade Embargo, Havana Must End Its Internal Embargo Against Island Entrepreneurs

Ted A. Henken | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Ted A. Henken

The prohibition of activities the government prefers to monopolize allows it to exercise control over Cuban citizens and impose an apparent order over society.

The Little-Big Power Broker Behind the Cuba Detente

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Ximena Ortiz

When diminutive Uruguay opened its territorial arms to six detainees previously held by the United States in Guantanamo, Cuba, it could hardly have expected the geopolitical impact of its good-will gesture.

Free Trade With Cuba Now

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

With increasing global threats of terrorism and epidemics, we are increasingly in need of partners and allies on the world stage. Cuba will be a welcomed addition, as our two nations are both known for international assistance.

It's Time To Try a Different Strategy with Cuba

Sen. Byron Dorgan | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Sen. Byron Dorgan

A 50-year policy that restricted the freedom of the American people in travel and trade, hurt the poor people in Cuba, and gave the Cuban government an excuse to blame their failed economy on the embargo....it has been the trifecta of foreign-policy bad judgment!

This Risky Diplomatic Move Will Backfire on Obama

Carlos Alberto Montaner | Posted 03.05.2015 | World
Carlos Alberto Montaner

Senator Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, which funds U.S. embassies, has said that not a cent will be spent to bankroll the new policy. The U.S. Interests Section in Havana might now be called an "embassy" but there won't be an ambassador.

It's All About the Regs

Christopher Sabatini | Posted 03.04.2015 | World
Christopher Sabatini

The success of the President's plan to adapt a policy that, for over five decades, has failed to achieve its goals of protecting human rights and forcing the collapse of the famously autocratic Castro brothers' (Fidel and Raúl) regime hinges on the regulations developed in the bowels of the Commerce and Treasury Departments.

How Obama Moved the Cuba Needle

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 03.03.2015 | World
William M. LeoGrande

Most of the foreign-policy establishment concluded long ago that Washington's policy of hostility toward Havana made no sense, but because Cuba was a low priority issue during Obama's first term, establishment figures rarely spoke out about it -- until they began to sense that the policy was in flux.

Not That Healthy

Vinay Gupta | Posted 01.04.2015 | World
Vinay Gupta

Poor governance, marked by rising income inequality, corruption and lack of accountability, additionally challenges the sustainability of Cuba's universal health-care scheme. Havana ranks 75th in the annually-published Global Peace Index, a metric that attempts to quantify effective governance in a variety of sectors, putting it on par with troubled countries like Djibouti, Nepal and Malawi.

President Right to Normalize Relations With Cuba: Best Hope for Ending Repressive Regime

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Normalizing both economic and diplomatic relations with Havana should be seen not as a victory for the Castro government, but for the people of Cuba. Liberty will come to that land. The only question is when. Expanding relations should help speed the process.

Talking About Cuba

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Kate Oberdorfer

I have been trailing Cuba for nearly nine years now -- and that's nine years of asking when the embargo would be lifted, who would lift it, and what the impact of that lift would be. Would Starbucks suddenly appear on every crumbling corner of Havana?

Obama Corrects a Historic Mistake

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 02.23.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

By re-establishing diplomatic relations, the U.S. will finally recognize the Cuban government as the sovereign representative of their state. Gone is the myth -- promoted by anti-normalization exiles and the internal opposition -- of a hijacked sovereignty that the United States should not respect.

Kate Sheppard

Rubio Pushes Back On Obama, Rand Paul On Cuba Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) blasted the Obama administration's recent decision to open up new ties to Cuba, arguing that the policy change...

Obama's New Cuba Policy Corrects a Five-Decade Failure

Jason Marczak | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Jason Marczak

The policy changes are not a reward for the Castros. They are a recognition that involvement, not estrangement, will foster a productive relationship better able to reach our goals of an inclusive, democratic hemisphere.

ABCs Middle Line Breaks the Cuban-American Hardline

Vanessa Garcia | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Vanessa Garcia

If I were an American that was not the daughter of Cuban immigrants, it would be easy to write this article. It seems obvious: Great news! Next, lift the embargo.

My Trip to Cuba

Andy Schupak | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Andy Schupak

I remember visiting Cuba a few years ago and feeling like I had landed on another planet. But, contrary to what we read, Cuba did not appear to be an Orwellian nightmare.

'Cuban Five' at Heart of US-Cuba Deal

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Because of the significance of the Cuban exile community in Miami, and the strategic importance of Florida in US elections, no US president has dared to normalize relations with Cuba. Obama has taken a courageous step in shifting US policy toward Cuba.

We Are All Cubans

Hirania Luzardo | Posted 02.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Hirania Luzardo

We have all lost in this fight. There are no winners, and with the announcement, pained feelings we have carried for five decades come to the surface.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Marco Rubio Vows To Unravel Obama's Cuba Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will get no money for his Cuba policy, no ambassador will be confirmed and the embargo will never be lifted, Sen....

A Cuban Chanukah and Christmas Gift

Tara Sonenshine | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Tara Sonenshine

The administration's decision is a win-win for the international community.

Cuba's 14ymedio Journalists Spend Two Hours With the New York Times' Ernesto Londoño

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Ernesto Londoño, who authored six editorials on Cuba published recently by The New York Times engaged in a friendly conversation on Saturday with a part of the 14ymedio team, in the hotel where he is staying in Havana.

It's Time to Talk About Cuba, Part 4

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Kate Oberdorfer

I know that when it comes to the United States and Cuba, we are all haunted by ghosts. But the only way that I know to make a ghost disappear, is to turn around and face it.