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The Risks of Journalism In Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.21.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Belonging to an outlawed media outlet makes the work even more problematic, and gives a clandestine character to a job that should be a profession like any other. Now, if we look at "the glass half full," the limitation of not being able to access official spaces has freed us, in 14ymedio, from that journalism of "statements" that produces such harmful effects.

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."

Who (or What) Is Behind the Uniquely Cuban Version of Netflix?

Scott Norvell | Posted 05.20.2015 | Technology
Scott Norvell

If the paquete is a product of some Cuban ministry or other, the Castros are going to have to 'splaining to do if they ever sit down with the Justice Department.

A New Organization to Control and Spy On Cuba's Computer Users

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.21.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The new Computer Users Union of Cuba (UIC) will enjoy the official recognition that has been lacking until now for independent groups of bloggers, gamers and programmers.

Are Small Presses the Best Choice for Latino Writers?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Recently, I wrote about the dismal publishing scene for Latino authors. Well, I was remiss in at least one aspect. I implied that Hispanic writers are limited only to pitching the big New York publishing houses or jumping into the self-publishing quagmire. There is another option.

From 'White Udder' to the 7-Legged Bull

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

For a long time the extraordinary, the unusual, was our hope. On this Island which must have been Atlantis, the reincarnation of Alexander the Great was born and there lived a cow who gave the most quarts of milk in the history of humanity.

Hollande Lauds and Encourages the Castro Regime on His Visit to Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

On this visit, we needed reaffirmation that the France of the "Rights of Man" still believes in the unshakeable values that recognize the rights of individuals to disagree, to express their differences without fear and to organize around them.

Will Ferries Again Run From Florida to Cuba?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.07.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 7 May 2015 - Toward the other side of the sea, that point on the horizon that so many Cubans dream of, several of the curious were gazing yesterday as they sat along Havana's Malecon.

A Flooded May Day in Havana

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The main scene of the tragedy experienced in the Havana capital is indoors, in the homes where they couldn't save even a chair, but the official press tries to minimize it because it happened a few hours before the "triumphant" First of May.

This Earth Day, Let's Celebrate the Role of Zoos and Aquariums in Conservation

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

When we celebrate those who contribute to conservation, many times zoological parks are not a part of that discussion. In fact, these parks contribute to that effort robustly in land and seascapes across the globe through in-park conservation education, scientific field work, and breeding of species endangered in the wild.

The Shake Heard Around the World

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

Last week a handshake, and now, removing Cuba from our Terrorist State list, brings hope for harmony to our natural neighborhood. Obama's composition is Nobel Peace Prize and the tune is a Shake Heard Around the World. Bravo! Encore!

Bulk of Chicano and Latino Populations Critical of Sen. Rubio's Run for Presidency

DeeDee Garcia Blase | Posted 04.16.2015 | Latino Voices
DeeDee Garcia Blase

Republicans have long forgotten that the GOP has, indeed, supported immigration amnesty for years under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA), while damning Mexicans and other Latino immigrants who do not receive Cuban amnesty.

U.S. And Cuba Begin Historic Talks In Panama

AP | Posted 04.10.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. and Cuban diplomats have met in Panama in the highest-level meeting between the two governments in more than half a c...

Fidel Castro Appears In Public For First Time In Over A Year

Reuters | Daniel Trotta | Posted 04.04.2015 | World

HAVANA, April 4 (Reuters) - Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, 88, appeared in public "full of vitality" for the first time in more than a year on M...

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Earning His Nobel

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A few months back, he announced a major shift in U.S. policy towards Cuba, ending a half-century of frostiness, and this week the outlines of a deal to avoid a war with Iran were unveiled, thawing a relationship that froze over back in 1979.

In Cuba the Regime Decides Who Can, and Can't, Go Home Again

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Beyond his art, Aldo "Maldito" Menendez is a real cubanazo who boasts the talent, mischievousness and humor that so characterize us. So how is it possible that, for political reasons, he is prevented from being in the place where he's from, the site from which flows much of his art and his world of reference?

Cuba: So What Now?

Dane Steele Green | Posted 03.31.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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.

Cuba: The Day Peace Broke Out

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.26.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The feeling that everything can be accelerated has made some within Cuba reevaluate the price per square foot of their homes, others predict where the first Apple Store will open in Havana, and not a few begin to glimpse the silhouette of a ferry linking the island with Florida.

Cuba: Stuck In A Robinson Crusoe-Like Singularity?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.23.2015 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

I don't know if the world is ready for our country to cease to resemble a mid-twentieth-century sepia-toned postcard. Will it accept that we no longer appear as a country of "beautiful" ruins?

Cuban-Americans Behaving Badly, or, the Cayman in Winter

Alfred J. López | Posted 05.18.2015 | Latino Voices
Alfred J. López

I believe that had such a biography appeared 30 or even 20 years ago, the reception would have been much uglier, if only because first-generation exiles, the hardest of the hardliners, would have been alive in greater numbers.

After 50-Plus Years, Finally It Won't Cost $1 a Minute to Make a Call From Miami to Havana

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.13.2015 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Among the many dramas that play out because of emigration, in the case of Cuba we have to add the complications of communicating with the island. We have the most expensive rates in the world for those who want to communicate with us.

What the Castro-Hilton Photo Means -- And Doesn't Mean -- For U.S.-Cuba Relations

David Tang | Posted 05.09.2015 | World
David Tang

HAVANA -- The real question is: was there any real substance behind that picture of Hilton and Castro that painted a thousand words?

Cubans Demand a Direct and Secret Ballot to Elect Their President

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.08.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Among the notable absences in the discussion, however, was the ban on candidates putting forth a program, which means the voters mark their ballots based on a biography, rather than on the proposals of their future representative.

Maduro Does Not Know How to Govern

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.23.2015 | 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.