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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?

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.