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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 08.12.2015 | 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?

A NEW ERA: U.S., Cuba Restore Full Diplomatic Relations

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 07.21.2015 | World

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Cult of Personality in Cuban Parliament

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

On Tuesday, the entire National Assembly of People's Power dedicated itself to the presentation of the book Raul Castro: A Man in Revolution, written by the Russian Nikolai Leonov.

Alexis Tsipras' 'Betrayal'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

None of those who applauded his daring will pat him on the back to acknowledge he has chosen for his country and not for himself. For them, Tispras is the uncomfortable reminder of what might have been, the missed opportunity to project, through Greece, their own vendettas.

Carnival Cruise Lines to Sail to Cuba: A Paradigm of Our Times

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.09.2015 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Cubans don't appear scandalized when we talk about these floating behemoths that will arrive with sumptuousness and money, a lot of money. Rather, people calculate the benefit involved when the giant of the seas touches land and a flood of tourists descend with bulging wallets.

Rubio Doesn't Know Cuba's History

Harvey Simon | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Harvey Simon

As the leading opponent of President Obama's move to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, Rubio invokes an era before he was born to justify retaining a Cold War freeze on trade with our Caribbean neighbor.

Fidel Castro Congratulates Greek PM On His 'Brilliant Political Victory'

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.07.2015 | World

Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro wrote a gushing letter of praise to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras after Greece roundly rejected international ...

How Do You Lure Fidel Castro Out Of Hiding? Cheese, Apparently.

Fusion | John Walker | Posted 07.06.2015 | World

Although Fidel Castro has retreated from the public eye in recent years, he made a rare appearance last week to weigh in on one of the most import...

Fidel Castro Visits Cheese-Makers In Rare Public Appearance

Reuters | Posted 07.04.2015 | World

HAVANA, July 4 (Reuters) - Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, 88, visited 19 cheese masters for four hours on Friday in a rare trip outside his Ha...

True Internet in Cuba? We Can Feel It in the Air...

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

There is a smell of rain these days -- a gust of damp certitude that is wafting the bird of the Internet our way.

What Comes Next In Cuba?

Brin-Jonathan Butler | Posted 06.14.2015 | Sports
Brin-Jonathan Butler

One $64,000 question, now that President Obama has taken the radical measure of normalizing relations with Raul Castro and Cuba, is what happens next for over a billion dollars' worth of human capital currently on baseball fields and inside boxing rings in Cuba?

Listening to Cuba

Dr. Xavier Amador | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Dr. Xavier Amador

If the son of a man who was killed by the Castro brothers is willing to listen to Cuba's leadership, why shouldn't our leadership?

Art and Necessity at the Havana Biennial

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.28.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Need marks each work of art of the Havana Biennial. Material need, where a screw used in some pedestal could end up in the door of a home, or in a chair or even in the bed where four people sleep every night. And the other need, that of freedom, makes us approach the art to take for ourselves a piece of its rebellion, before the guard blows his whistle and we leave, empty-handed.

Why Cuba Matters

Camila Osorio | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Camila Osorio

When President Barack Obama met Cuban leader Raul Castro in the last summit of the Americas on April 11, he said: "The United States will not be imprisoned by the past. We're looking to the future and to polices that improve the lives of the Cuban people."

Reflections on a Cuba Visit

Kathy Kemper | Posted 05.26.2015 | Travel
Kathy Kemper

Havana is a fractured place--beautiful, colorful, and hopeful, but at the same time, poor, deprived, and repressed. Old Havana is full of charm, life, music, color, and tourists. It features architectural styles, including neoclassical and grand colonial, with courtyards and covered walkways, and some Art Deco.

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.