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IMO, Person of the Year in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.28.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Over the last 12 months Cuba was visited by a pope, a secretary of state and even by Mick Jagger. However, the person who takes all the palms is not a politician, a religious leader or a rocker. It is a mobile application with a short name and a profound impact on our reality: IMO.

Luxury Travel of Fidel Castro's Son Called Out By Cuban Communist Party

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Calling for austerity while living in opulence has been common practice for Cuban leaders for more than half a century. This contradiction undoubtedly annoys those who have to divide rationed bread with family, or cleverly cut up a bar of soap so it will last for several weeks.

Camilo Cienfuegos: Lost or Assassinated, No Longer Missed

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The wall of the Malecon tastes of salt and is rough to the touch. Standing on it, my school uniform splashed by the waves, every October of my childhood I threw a bouquet of flowers into the sea.

The Faces Of The Cuban Dream

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

"What is the Cuban dream?" he asked, as one inquires about the hour, the quality of the coffee, or the afternoon's weather forecast. Around the table we all remained silent in the face of this question launched by the visitor.

Cuba: In The Country of Solidarity, There Are No Foreigners

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Cuban immigration law is perhaps one of the strictest on the planet for a foreigner who settles in the national territory. For decades, living here was a privilege allowed only to the "comrades" of Eastern Europe, apprentice guerrillas, and political refugees from Latin American dictatorships.

Ben Carson, Firearms and False Parallels to the Holocaust

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I hold both extremes - the Holocaust deniers and the Holocaust revisionists - as offensive to the good people who were all taken from us far too soon. Let them rest in peace. Let the truth prevail.

Cuba and Mick Jagger's Kiss

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

This country is not going to change itself into a new nation because John Kerry visited, nor because of the third visit by a pope. But Cuba is changing when people like this British rocker, icon of good music and of the greatest possible irreverence, touch down in Havana.

How the Pope's 'Shock-the-Yankee' Attitude Got Rave Reviews in the U.S.

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 10.02.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- Understanding the culture and history of a host country enables one to be accepted and heard there. Thus, Pope Francis could raise as gently as possible some of the most debated issues in the U.S. while still ending his speech in Congress with a standing ovation.

Are We Cubans More Unruly Than Other Peoples?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.30.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Cubans are no more unruly than other human beings and yet, right now, a park filled with children's play structures needs to be guarded like a bank, so that the swing seats, the iron from the carousels or the ropes from the climbing nets aren't stolen.

Raul Castro, The Altar Boy

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.22.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The Cuban leader, Raul Castro, has accompanied Pope Francis at all his Masses during his tour of the island. From the one celebrated in Havana's Plaza of the Revolution to the words pronounced at the Santiago de Cuba Cathedral.

Fidel Castro Offers Religious Views In Meeting With Pope Francis

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion

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Pope Francis Meets With Fidel Castro In Cuba

AP | Adam Goldberg | Posted 09.20.2015 | Religion

HAVANA (AP) — Pope Francis and Fidel Castro, the man who transformed his country through decades of Communism, met on Sunday at the revolutiona...

Generation Y Behind Bars

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.18.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

There have been many published opinions about the pardons granted to 3,522 prisoners in anticipation of the visit of Pope Francis. Most of the criticism has focused on the fact that the beneficiaries include no one sentenced for political reasons.

Leopoldo Lopez, the Freest Prisoner In the World

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.12.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The authorities don't learn. They don't take into account that the bars magnify a political leader and the pain suffered in the cells hangs on his chest like a medal won on the bloodiest battlefield.

Havana's 'Sacred Way': A Stage Set for the Pope's Visit

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.08.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Havana preens for the arrival of Pope Francis. The facades along the streets are touched up where the Bishop of Rome will pass by and popular humor has derisively re-baptized the path "The Sacred Way." It is an ephemeral blush, rushed, one that the rain and the months will wash away.

Jose Ramon Machado Ventura: A Cuban Name That Will Be Lost to History

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.01.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

If anyone embodies the most antiquated orthodoxy of the Cuban political system, it is undoubtedly Jose Ramon Machado Ventura. With his frail gait and infinite power, the vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers represents the most reactionary and ultra-conservative wing of the island's government.

Drought in Cuba Lays Bare Decades of Water Mismanagement

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.29.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

We Cubans are waiting for something more than a crop of clouds altered with a blast of silver iodide. We deserve a coherent hydrology policy, over the long term, without magic or spells, but with guarantees.

The Missing Statistics on Women in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Living in a country where there is no female circumcision or forced marriages, where women are not forbidden to drive a car, is not sufficient reason to breathe easily and believe that the serious problem of gender inequality is resolved.

Fidel Castro Marks Birthday By Asking U.S. For Millions In Damages

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.14.2015 | World

HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro marked his 89th birthday with a newspaper column Thursday repeating assertions that the U.S. owes socialist Cuba "nu...

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.

He May be Argentine, but the Pope's no Che Guevara

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

Pope Francis prays for systems that provide financial services and facilitate commercial transactions that will equitably advance human well-being, promote the common good and make the protection of our common home, the earth, a top priority.

What Can Senator Rand Paul Teach Bush, Rubio and Trump About Ronald Reagan and Cuba?

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 08.05.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

One resource that Senator Paul can invoke to defend his libertarian approach to Cuba is Ronald Reagan's flexible approach to communist countries in transition. That is what Cuba is today.

Pope Francis Will Celebrate Mass Next To Che Guevara Portrait

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion

When Pope Francis visits Cuba in September, he will celebrate Mass in Havana's famous Plaza de la Revolución, above which a por...

Art and Politics

Edward Goldman | Posted 08.14.2015 | Arts
Edward Goldman

I have been advised on a number of occasions not to mix art and politics -- always heated subjects. But in the last few days I went to two museums where these subjects were mixed to maximum effect.

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?