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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.

Cuba Libre: Obama Frees a Monster in America's Head

Dan Siegel | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Dan Siegel

The Cold War against Cuba not only made life worse for ordinary Cubans. It also diminished America's own democracy and undermined its lofty spoken commitments to human rights and the rule of law.

My Trip to Cuba

Andy Schupak | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Andy Schupak

I remember visiting Cuba a few years ago and feeling like I had landed on another planet. But, contrary to what we read, Cuba did not appear to be an Orwellian nightmare.

Viva Estados Unidos

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The impact of Obama's decision is going to be felt far beyond Miami and Havana. America's standing in Latin America just received a zeppelin-sized dose of helium.

Marco Rubio Plays Cheap Politics With Cuba Opening

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

The Rubio diatribe -- calling for the U.S. to maintain its decades-old stance in the hopes of forcing Castro and his cronies out -- against Obama and the United States' new policy on Cuba is hackneyed and strategically foolish.

Viva Fidel!

Jeff Danziger | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Obama Seeks to End the Embargo As Cubans Are Trending Democrat

John A. Tures | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

When one wonders why the Cuban Embargo was around so long, Floridians used to tell me "It's politics." The same can be said of why the Cuban Embargo is ending.

Behind Cuba's Opening to the U.S.: Dropping Oil Prices Are Forcing an End to Venezuela's Subsidy of the Cuban Economy

Jorge Castañeda | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Jorge Castañeda

For anyone who can still see straight, it is obvious that Venezuela won't be able to keep on subsidizing the Castro regime with 100,000 daily oil barrels. Moreover, each day it becomes likelier that there will soon be a major political overhaul in Venezuela, one that, in one way or the other, will spell an end to the island's economic salvation.

Obama's Big Move: Time to Bring Cuba Through the Time Tunnel

William Bradley | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's way past time for the rest of us to let Cuba as it is, imperfect though it may be, like the rest of us, find what future it can.

New York Tabloids React To U.S.-Cuba Deal

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.18.2014 | Media

Cigars figured prominently in Thursday's New York tabloid covers. Following news that the U.S. would begin to reestablish diplomatic relations wit...

The End of the Cold War

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Barack Obama just spoke on the telephone with the leader of Cuba to finalize the two countries' new relations -- an event that hadn't happened in over half a century. The Cold War is now almost completely a matter of interest only to historians, to put things into context.

'Cuban Five' at Heart of US-Cuba Deal

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Because of the significance of the Cuban exile community in Miami, and the strategic importance of Florida in US elections, no US president has dared to normalize relations with Cuba. Obama has taken a courageous step in shifting US policy toward Cuba.

Cardinal Bertono Returns to Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.12.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Six years ago Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone came through the front door to Cuba. This December, however, he has returned on a private visit which is evidence of the discrete recognition of failure.

Fidel Castro Awarded China's Version Of The Nobel Peace Prize

AP | Posted 12.11.2014 | World

BEIJING (AP) — Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is this year's winner of China's Confucius Peace Prize, portrayed by organizers as an alternative to...

Reading Philippe Sollers: Literature and Politics à la Française

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Read this book right away. Because it carries the echo of the creeping devastation. And because the author proves that there is, in the ruins, another way to live. Not anger, not nostalgia, but insurrection through style.

Cuba's 14ymedio Journalists Spend Two Hours With the New York Times' Ernesto Londoño

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Ernesto Londoño, who authored six editorials on Cuba published recently by The New York Times engaged in a friendly conversation on Saturday with a part of the 14ymedio team, in the hotel where he is staying in Havana.

JFK Tried to Craft a Creative Course in Another Era of American Insecurity and Fear

William Bradley | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Just over a half-century ago, during another time of American insecurity and fear, of things both real and imagined, John F. Kennedy used his legendary but abbreviated presidency to try to chart a course to a more assured future.

Oscar Haza: 'We Journalists Are the Witnesses to History'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Of all the faces that circulate on the illegal information networks, there is a very serene and well-known one that has been with us for decades.

Cuban Government and USAID, a Fraught Relationship

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The bottom line is that Raul Castro's government is eager to express and receive belligerence from its great northern neighbor. What it will not tolerate and will never accept is grants to or recognition of the belligerence of its own civil society.

Cuba's Roofs, Small Spaces of Freedom

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.28.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Havana is a surface city, with very little underground. However, on the roofs of the houses, on the most unthinkable rooftops, little houses have been erected, baths, pig pens and pigeon coops. As if above the ceilings everything were possible, unreachable.

Pedro Pablo Oliva Defies Cuban Censorship to Open His Own Exhibition on the Island

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.27.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

I could never forget that picture, because in a limited number of inches Oliva had traced the national map of the last half century.

Lech Walesa Meets Cuban Democracy Activists in Warsaw

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.21.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Yesterday, Monday, Walesa talked for more than two hours with a group of activists from diverse provinces and political leanings. It was if a piece of Cuba had arrived in the autumn cold of Wasaw.

It's Time to Talk About Cuba, Part 4

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Kate Oberdorfer

I know that when it comes to the United States and Cuba, we are all haunted by ghosts. But the only way that I know to make a ghost disappear, is to turn around and face it.