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Cuban Embargo

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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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.

Rubio Doesn't Know Cuba's History

Harvey Simon | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Harvey Simon

As the leading opponent of President Obama's move to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, Rubio invokes an era before he was born to justify retaining a Cold War freeze on trade with our Caribbean neighbor.

Alexander C. Kaufman

Carnival Cruises Get The OK To Visit Cuba

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 07.07.2015 | Business

“This isn’t just another ship. It’s not for people who are just looking to go and have a good time. If you want to go to the beach and just relax, this is not for those types of people.”

Embassies in Havana and Washington: A Victory of Diplomacy and Democracy

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 07.02.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

On July 1st, the governments of the United States and Cuba announced an agreement to open diplomatic relations and embassies in Washington and Havana. This is a major watershed in the road to full normalization of relations between the two states and the two societies.

Havana Nights Days

Isabel C. Albee | Posted 05.28.2015 | Travel
Isabel C. Albee

Four months into my stay in Havana, I woke up to find three enormous boxes of potatoes in the kitchen. I had never seen a potato in Cuba. Apparently, a friend brought them because, "Here, when you see potatoes in the market, you buy them for you and everyone you know."

Real Cuban Rum Could Soon Return To America

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 05.22.2015 | Taste

The lifting of the United States' embargo on Cuban imports, which many expect to occur within the next two years, could be great news for American fan...

Effect of Cuban Embargo

Maurice Jourdane | Posted 05.05.2015 | Latino Voices
Maurice Jourdane

Recently, President Obama noted that the U.S. embargo of Cuba that impoverished the Cuban people for over half a century has failed. Today, the Cuban people look forward to hosting American visitors.

It's Time to Summit With Cuba

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 06.09.2015 | 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.)

Airbnb Expands Into Cuba

AP | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN | Posted 06.01.2015 | Travel

HAVANA (AP) — The popular online home-rental service Airbnb is allowing American travelers to book lodging in Cuba starting Thursday in the most sig...

Cuba: Ricky Ricardo Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Elinor Robin, PhD | Posted 05.04.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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 03.28.2015 | 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 03.22.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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 03.07.2015 | 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 03.06.2015 | 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.