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Not Your Grandma's Cuba: A New Day in the Caribbean

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

While many Cubans welcome change, any transition faces daunting challenges. Can Cuba liberalize commerce without inviting the staggering inequality endemic to Latin America? And can the state relinquish total power without sacrificing high quality, free public services?

Cuba Libre or Cuba Americana?

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Joan Z. Shore

I visited Cuba ten years ago with a medical group, and was overwhelmed by the openness and friendliness toward Americans. "It's your government we dislike," they said, "not you."

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.

Cuba: So What Now?

Dane Steele Green | Posted 05.31.2015 | Travel
Dane Steele Green

Not only is Cuba's tourism infrastructure way behind the times, the country could not be in a more competitive tourism region; Caribbean nations, some of which rely almost entirely on tourism dollars, have long since written the book when it comes to satisfying every last whim.

So, We Went to Cuba for the Weekend...

Dayna Steele | Posted 05.31.2015 | Travel
Dayna Steele

Cuba was the flavor of the Caribbean, the iron balconies and street music of New Orleans, the political suppression and fear of Russia, the poverty of Mexico, the quaint sidewalk cafes of Europe, the corner parks of New York City, the family love of Miami and no boats.

Dirty (Clean) Havana

Sam Slovick | Posted 03.31.2015 | Travel
Sam Slovick

I'm not suggesting that the wheels of democracy are going to move at light speed, but there are enough people who could profit financially from normalized trade with Cuba that fantasy could become policy relatively quickly.

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.

How Barack Obama Can End the Economic Sanctions Against Cuba

Salim Lamrani | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

With the authorization of conventional tourism to Cuba, the business community would certainly put pressure on members of Congress, whose political careers depend largely on the private funding they receive from companies, to permanently end the economic sanctions against Cuba.

Our Man in Havana: Part II

Alan Jones | Posted 03.14.2015 | Arts
Alan Jones

Thinking about Cuba is like trying to sort through the bits and pieces thrown haphazardly together in a data junk yard. Everyone has an opinion about this morality play. Actually, it's more of a cartoon except for the deeply tragic element.

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.

Relating to Cuba

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Rev. Larry Hollon

They are everyday people seeking to live meaningful, purposeful lives like you and me, under difficult circumstances made unnecessarily more difficult by political differences that have festered now for a half century.

10 Lessons the U.S. Will Learn From CUBA

Alexia Parks | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Alexia Parks

There was a time when I ran a 10K race with the Mayor of Yelapa, Cuba. As we headed uphill on the only asphalt road going into and out of town, we were passed by a group of teenage girls running barefoot.

The End of the Cold War

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Barack Obama just spoke on the telephone with the leader of Cuba to finalize the two countries' new relations -- an event that hadn't happened in over half a century. The Cold War is now almost completely a matter of interest only to historians, to put things into context.

The Worst Cuba Embargo Story of 2014

Sarah Stephens | Posted 02.05.2015 | Miami
Sarah Stephens

While President Obama has loosened the strings on travel, there are still Cold Warriors manning the ramparts in Congress, from both political parties, trying to roll back our liberties every chance they get.

What Was Missing From John Oliver's Takedown Of The Cuban Embargo

The Huffington Post | Ana Maria Benedetti & Roque Planas | Posted 09.24.2014 | Latino Voices

John Oliver made a big point on Sunday, and it wasn’t about women parading around in bikinis. Almost five months after its premiere, the host of ...

Latest Development in USAID Controversy Reflects Years of Botched Cuban Policy

Laura Weiss | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Laura Weiss

When it comes to U.S.-Cuba relations -- a history wrought with covert coup plans, bureaucratic missteps, and Cold War-era paranoia -- one struggles to know what to believe.

The United States, BNP Paribas and French Sovereignty

Salim Lamrani | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

By meekly complying to Washington's injunctions France has renounced its independence and permanently tarnished its image on the international scene.

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.

Has Putin Been Manipulating Energy Prices?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.06.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The crafting of Putin's new Euro-Asian vision -- in effect a new "Greater Russia" assembled from the remnants of the old Soviet Union in Central Asia and Europe -- has been greased by a pipeline delivery system under the Kremlin's control.

The U.S. Cuba Embargo: Making Diplomacy Impossible

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 02.10.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

Instead of seeking a superficial fix, the United States needs to lift its trade embargo on Cuba or at least remove the country from the state terrorism list. The time has come to normalize economic ties, improve political relations, and allow financial transactions to function regularly.

No Man Is an Island (Fidel Castro Turns 87)

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 10.13.2013 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

Unlike Mao in China and Stalin in the Soviet Union, Fidel Castro seems comfortable with his planned succession

Time to End the Cuban Embargo

David Mager | Posted 10.06.2013 | World
David Mager

Fifty-three years later, it's time to admit that we screwed up with the Bay of Pigs invasion and that the embargo we erected out of our embarrassment has not worked.

Life Under Sanctions

John Feffer | Posted 06.17.2013 | World
John Feffer

If you want the people of Iran to rise up against their leaders, why give the leadership an easy target to blame for the economic conditions that adversely affect the standard of living of average people?

The Embargo: Both Sides Are Still Living Out the Cold War

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.14.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Year after year the issue of the U.S. embargo against Cuba is presented in the United Nations. Year after year, the majority of countries votes against this fossil of the Cold War.

We Can Free Cuba Now

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 07.24.2012 | Latino Voices
Fernando Espuelas

Fifty-two years after U.S. policy first sought to break the communist dictatorship with an economic embargo, the Castro regime is still in power, lording over the Cuban people, enjoying trade and diplomatic relationships with countries across the globe.