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Cuban Embargo

Lifting the U.S. Trade Embargo on Cuba: Using Diplomacy to Sway Congress

Michael Parmly | Posted 01.29.2016 | Latino Voices
Michael Parmly

The U.S. work to normalize relations with Cuba is still just beginning. The U.S. certainly cannot rest on its laurels, and the President indicated as much in his recent State of the Union address when he repeated his call to Congress to support the new policy with Cuba.

Peeling the Onion: U.S.-Cuba Economic Normalization

Margaret E. Crahan | Posted 01.28.2016 | Latino Voices
Margaret E. Crahan

Implementation has proceeded slowly, and both U.S. and Cuban officials have described the process as akin to peeling an onion arduously, layer after layer.

Cuba's Irreversible Internet

Emily Parker | Posted 01.27.2016 | Latino Voices
Emily Parker

This is not to say that the Internet will open the floodgates of information. China has hundreds of millions of people online but it also has systematic censorship. It is too soon to know to if Cuban authorities will emulate this model. But even if they do, the Internet can still have a transformative effect.

So You Want to Visit Cuba 'Before It's Ruined'?

Tomas Bilbao | Posted 01.26.2016 | Latino Voices
Tomas Bilbao

This view ignores the very real possibility that many of the qualities that make Cuba such a special destination can be maintained and even enhanced through sustainable development.

Why the U.S. Should Embrace the Rise of Cuba's Entrepreneurs

Ted A. Henken | Posted 01.25.2016 | Latino Voices
Ted A. Henken

In the face of constant economic instability and state control, cuentapropistas are the defining social and economic catalyst for Cuba's future. They are men and women who display incredible motivation and creativity in their business ventures, and are willing to take risks, often at great personal cost.

Sorry President Obama, Congress Won't Help You This Year on Foreign Policy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

To Democrats, President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address in front of a national audience was quintessential Obama. But to Republicans, Obama's speech was the "same old, same old."

Sports History Shows Why Playing Ball With Cuba Makes Sense

The Conversation US | Posted 12.30.2015 | World
The Conversation US

Every few days, it seems, there is news about a new way in which Cuba and the United States are trying to heal more than a half-century of animosity, dating to the rise of Fidel Castro's communist regime on the Caribbean island. These fresh developments frequently involve baseball.

U.S.-Cuba Relations: What Was Accomplished in 2015, What Remains to Be Done

Angelika Albaladejo | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Angelika Albaladejo

While major hurdles have been cleared with the Obama administration's executive actions, much remains to be done.

What's it Like to be an Artist in Cuba?

Bibbi Abruzzini | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Bibbi Abruzzini

Bogotà. One of its sunny Sundays, car-free, carefree day. Perfect conditions to absorb the energy of this dynamic city. Filling my eyes with the colo...

From Hershey, PA to Hershey, Cuba

Michael Maisel | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business
Michael Maisel

On December 17, 2014, Presidents Obama and Castro publicly vowed to improve ties between our nations. Nevertheless, in the 50-plus-years that have passed without direct engagement between our nations, U.S. businesses have sprouted without permission to trade with a neighbor just 90 miles off our shores.

6 Things We Hope to See on the Pope's Cuba-U.S. Trip

Michael Maisel | Posted 09.18.2015 | World
Michael Maisel

The Pope was a trusted broker in the behind-the-scenes negotiations that led to an official rapprochement between our two countries, so we're confident that he'll speak favorably about warming U.S.-Cuba relations on his trip.

Now That Diplomats Can Freely Travel in Cuba, It's Time to Free the American People Too

James Williams | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
James Williams

If we're serious about strengthening civil society and helping Cuba's budding private small business sector continue to grow, it's time for the White House to stop forcing "people-to-people" travel to be hindered by third-party brokers.

Stop Punishing Cuba's People: Lift the Embargo

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 08.16.2015 | World
William M. LeoGrande

Since President John F. Kennedy imposed it in 1961, the embargo has been the centerpiece of Washington's policy of hostility, and remains today the oldest and most comprehensive set of U.S. economic sanctions against any country in the world.

Beyond Cigars, Salsa, Mojitos and Malecón: Finally, a Changing Cuba

Jim Laurie | Posted 09.10.2015 | Latino Voices
Jim Laurie

We cannot help but watch with admiration as Cubans, many of whom are part of an emerging, entrepreneurial and professional middle class, work their way forward, escaping want and scarcity, reinventing themselves, and building a new Cuba.

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.