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Maduro Does Not Know How to Govern

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

All this to hide that he doesn't know how to govern and can only imitate the dismal model he's inherited from his mentors of the Plaza of the Revolution. The result is a bad copy of the Cuban model, a crude replica in which ideology has ceded its entire terrain to the ravings of a man.

In the "Country Without Internet" the Bytes Find Their Voice

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

ADSL cables Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 8 February 2015 -- "Do not talk about politics or religion," says the number one rule of the most extensiv...

Cuba: My State of Conflict

Elinor Robin, PhD | Posted 02.17.2015 | Miami
Elinor Robin, PhD

Some months ago, before the recent diplomatic adjustment, Cuba seemed to be calling me. I've lived in South Florida for most of my adult life. And, Cuba's culture and people have profoundly influenced Florida, despite the country's shroud of secrecy and mystery.

Tania Bruguera: 'In Cuba We Have Learned Our Duties Very Well but Not Our Rights'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.06.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Trapped by Cuban justice since last December 30, when she was arrested during her performance #YoTambienExijo (I Too Demand), the artist remains in Havana hoping to resolve her legal situation. We talked with her about this, her artivism, and the future of Cuba.

Destination Wedding Disaster - Bad Love Stories

Susie Sampson | Posted 02.03.2015 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

In an effort to search for love, I listen to all sorts of stories. Good ones, bad ones, hilarious ones, scary ones... there's no shortage of stories out there.

Cuba Publishes First Photos Of Fidel Castro In 5 Months

AP | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 02.04.2015 | World

HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba has published the first photos of Fidel Castro in more than five months, showing the 88-year-old former leader engaged in what app...

Cuba Arts Journal: Island in Flux

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.01.2015 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

A vibrant culture is poised for its next great moment: music, art, food, already explored by international and American tourists lucky enough to get there, is in the ready for the world stage. Personal destiny may be sacrificed for the national good, but those values visibly erode as artists make progress in commerce.

Cuba's Potential as the Economic Growth Superstar

John Donovan | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
John Donovan

There is abundant evidence that it has been largely the energetic Cuban presence that has taken that decaying city and transformed it into what is really the economic capital of Latin America.

Fidel Castro Issues Statement Apparently In Support Of U.S.-Cuba Diplomacy

Reuters | Daniel Trotta | Posted 01.26.2015 | World

HAVANA, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday appeared to lend his support to talks with the United States in his first comme...

'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.

Longing To Finally Visit The Cuba Of My Dreams

Richard Pérez-Feria | Posted 01.26.2015 | Fifty
Richard Pérez-Feria

I was besieged in an instant. The moment President Obama announced to the world the momentous change he's implementing regarding normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba, my phone went nuts -- texts, calls, emails, Facebook messages, Google alerts -- all of it, all at once.

Back to Cuba

Alfredo José Estrada | Posted 01.21.2015 | Latino Voices
Alfredo José Estrada

No one saw it coming, and it was breathtaking. Obama and Raul Castro spoke for 45 minutes, which hasn't happened since Nixon met with Fidel in 1959. Just like that, the U.S. and Cuba, if not yet friends, are no longer enemies

What Happens in Cuba After Fidel?

Lillian Guerra | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Lillian Guerra

As a U.S.-born Cuban and historian who has traveled to Cuba dozens of times since my career began nearly 18 years ago, there is one question that I am asked more than any other: What will happen in Cuba after Fidel Castro dies?

Quick, Call Voltaire

Carlos Alberto Montaner | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion
Carlos Alberto Montaner

The worst fanaticism is religious fanaticism. It is based on absolute certainty. When someone is sure that he has God on his side, his hand doesn't waver. That's what we've just witnessed in Paris.

What If Cuba Isn't Really What It's All About?

Carl Meacham | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Carl Meacham

The messy work of diplomacy has just begun, and it won't be easy. But for now, let's make sure we don't let our justifiable myopia get the better of us.

In Cuba, It's Time to Focus on More Than How Bad Fidel Castro Was

Pedro A. Freyre | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Pedro A. Freyre

Upon hearing the recent news, many of our elected representatives and community leaders have immediately jumped on the betrayal bandwagon.

Rumors Of Fidel Castro's Death Circulate After Prolonged Absence From Public Life

The Huffington Post | Ana Maria Benedetti & Roque Planas | Posted 01.09.2015 | Latino Voices

Once again rumors of the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro have spread across the exile community and across social media. El Diario de la...

Cuba's Contributions to Local and Global Public Health

Donna A. Patterson | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Donna A. Patterson

President Obama's decision to begin restoring diplomatic and economic relations with Cuba is historic, and the U.S.-Cuba detente provides a valuable impetus for Cuba to expand its local and international biomedical capacity.

Helms-Burton Helps Castro Hurt Cuban Civil Society

Ricardo Herrero | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Ricardo Herrero

Change won't happen overnight in Cuba, but our new policy approach begins the important process of taking away the Cuban government's preferred excuse for its repressive practices.

It's All About the Regs

Christopher Sabatini | Posted 01.02.2015 | 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.

"No, We Have No Illusions That It Will Be Easy"

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.01.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Since December 17, Cuba has not been the same. Discussions, questions and expectations have multiplied among us since the announcement from Barack Obama and Raul Castro about the reestablishment of relations between the United States and Cuba.

Goliath Opens His Wallet: A New Era for Cuba and the United States

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.01.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Generations of Cubans have grown up under the barrage of official propaganda against the United States. As the words directed against our neighbor to the north became more aggressive, our curiosity only grew.

Has D-Day Arrived for Cuba?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.01.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Events arrive in fragments, an advance here, a loss there. With no cries of "Long live free Cuba," nor uncorked bottles. Life obscures from us this turning point that we would mark forever on our calendars.

Alan Gross, the Hook That Ended Up Being Swallowed

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.01.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The Castro regime has won, although the positive result is that Alan Gross has emerged alive from a prison that promised to turn into his grave.

Cuba: A New Year's Present

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

January 1 marks the fifty-sixth anniversary of Battista's overthrow and is a holiday that can now be celebrated by Cubans and Americans alike.