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Blockade, Bureaucracy, and Groceries

Rick Steves | Posted 02.09.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

During my time in Cuba, I encountered no animosity toward Americans. There are plenty of pro-Revolution billboards, but no anti-USA or anti-Imperialism messages. A few posters were anti-US embargo.

Despite Opening to U.S., The Castros Continue to Persecute Cuban Christians

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Americans should forthrightly encourage freedom in Cuba. Religious believers here should be particularly vocal in supporting people seeking to live out their faith under Communist oppression. Some day autocracy will give way to liberty even in Cuba.

Hollande And Castro: Plenty of Wine But No Democracy / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.01.2016 | World
Yoani Sanchez

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Washington, 1 February 2015 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani cancelled his lunch with François Hollande because the latter didn't want to take the wine off the table

The Death of Cuba's Railroads

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Now, when I stand in front of the lines at La Coubre terminal in Havana and observe the disaster that is rail transport in Cuba today, I ask myself if the era of the "sons of the railroad" will come to an end.

Jennifer Lawrence To Play Fidel Castro's Lover In 'Jane Bond'-Type Role

The Huffington Post | Cole Delbyck | Posted 01.20.2016 | Entertainment

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The One-sided Paralysis of the Cuban Press

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.06.2016 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The official Cuban press has tried to approach the country's reality in recent years. Several young faces appear on TV programs to report on administrative negligence and poor services. But even still, state journalism continues to be a long way from objectivity and respect for the truth.

The Deadly Kiss of Price Controls on Cuban Consumers

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.04.2016 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I was 10 years old when Fidel Castro launched the economic battle he called the "rectification of errors and negative tendencies." The Maximum Leader's rage fell, at that time, on private farmers and on the intermediaries who marketed their products.

The Price of Beans: Proof of Raul Castro's Failure

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.31.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Beans are not only a part of our traditional cuisine, they constitute an effective indicator to calculate the cost of living in Cuba.

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.

The Lilliput Rebellion

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Calling for austerity while living in opulence has been common practice for Cuban leaders for more than half a century. Demands to "tighten one's belt" are brandished about by officials with fat necks and ruddy faces, who for decades haven't known what a refrigerator with more frost than food looks like.

The Marriage Between Venezuela and 'Chavismo' Failed

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The people, the same people that the president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) invoked from the platform to justify his misdeeds, has said no to 21st-century socialism and the national project promoted by the ruling party.

The Price of Change in the Castros' Cuba

Anthony DePalma | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics
Anthony DePalma

In truth, so much has changed in Cuba recently that it is hard for someone like me, who has been traveling to the island since 1978, to keep track of it all. And yet it is also evident that much there hasn't changed at all.

Ends of the Earth 2: How An American Ran Across Cuba & Why CNN, Fox, and NBC Did Not Care!

Izyaslav Koza | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Izyaslav Koza

(The original article "Running to the ends of the earth" to which this one is now a diminished sequel can be found here.) This April when I touched d...

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...