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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.

A New Chapter in U.S.-Cuba Relations

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

It is time to reject the failed policies of the past and chart a new course that will better serve America's interests and improve the lives of Cubans and their families. And President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba is the right approach.

President Right to Normalize Relations With Cuba: Best Hope for Ending Repressive Regime

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Normalizing both economic and diplomatic relations with Havana should be seen not as a victory for the Castro government, but for the people of Cuba. Liberty will come to that land. The only question is when. Expanding relations should help speed the process.

Talking About Cuba

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Kate Oberdorfer

I have been trailing Cuba for nearly nine years now -- and that's nine years of asking when the embargo would be lifted, who would lift it, and what the impact of that lift would be. Would Starbucks suddenly appear on every crumbling corner of Havana?

The Forgotten History of U.S.-Cuba Friendship

Van Gosse | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Van Gosse

It is not as absurd as many people think that there would be a rapprochement between the United States and revolutionary Cuba.

US Warming Toward Cuba: Right Time, Right Place, Right Man

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
John W. Boyd Jr.

To those of us who are old enough to remember, Cuba has always been like a ghost neighbor, untouchable and distant as long as the Castro regime lasted. Time has run its course with old political excuses. It's a new day, with a brave smart man in the White House.

Pope Francis Wrote Little Known, Revealing Book On Cuba

Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion

A little-known book about Cuba by Jorge Mario Bergoglio now Pope Francis provides new insight into his views on Cuban society, Marxism and the U.S. tr...

The 25th Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Panama

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

With a thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations we might have an opportunity to come to terms with the long and sordid history of the United States' actions in the Caribbean divorced from the anti-communist hyperbole we still hear from some politicians and pundits.