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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.

Cuba Libre or Cuba Americana?

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Joan Z. Shore

I visited Cuba ten years ago with a medical group, and was overwhelmed by the openness and friendliness toward Americans. "It's your government we dislike," they said, "not you."

Who (or What) Is Behind the Uniquely Cuban Version of Netflix?

Scott Norvell | Posted 05.20.2015 | Technology
Scott Norvell

If the paquete is a product of some Cuban ministry or other, the Castros are going to have to 'splaining to do if they ever sit down with the Justice Department.

A New Organization to Control and Spy On Cuba's Computer Users

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.21.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The new Computer Users Union of Cuba (UIC) will enjoy the official recognition that has been lacking until now for independent groups of bloggers, gamers and programmers.

Are Small Presses the Best Choice for Latino Writers?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Recently, I wrote about the dismal publishing scene for Latino authors. Well, I was remiss in at least one aspect. I implied that Hispanic writers are limited only to pitching the big New York publishing houses or jumping into the self-publishing quagmire. There is another option.

From 'White Udder' to the 7-Legged Bull

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

For a long time the extraordinary, the unusual, was our hope. On this Island which must have been Atlantis, the reincarnation of Alexander the Great was born and there lived a cow who gave the most quarts of milk in the history of humanity.

Hollande Lauds and Encourages the Castro Regime on His Visit to Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

On this visit, we needed reaffirmation that the France of the "Rights of Man" still believes in the unshakeable values that recognize the rights of individuals to disagree, to express their differences without fear and to organize around them.

Will Ferries Again Run From Florida to Cuba?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.07.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 7 May 2015 - Toward the other side of the sea, that point on the horizon that so many Cubans dream of, several of the curious were gazing yesterday as they sat along Havana's Malecon.

A Flooded May Day in Havana

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The main scene of the tragedy experienced in the Havana capital is indoors, in the homes where they couldn't save even a chair, but the official press tries to minimize it because it happened a few hours before the "triumphant" First of May.

This Earth Day, Let's Celebrate the Role of Zoos and Aquariums in Conservation

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

When we celebrate those who contribute to conservation, many times zoological parks are not a part of that discussion. In fact, these parks contribute to that effort robustly in land and seascapes across the globe through in-park conservation education, scientific field work, and breeding of species endangered in the wild.

The Shake Heard Around the World

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

Last week a handshake, and now, removing Cuba from our Terrorist State list, brings hope for harmony to our natural neighborhood. Obama's composition is Nobel Peace Prize and the tune is a Shake Heard Around the World. Bravo! Encore!

Bulk of Chicano and Latino Populations Critical of Sen. Rubio's Run for Presidency

DeeDee Garcia Blase | Posted 06.16.2015 | Latino Voices
DeeDee Garcia Blase

Republicans have long forgotten that the GOP has, indeed, supported immigration amnesty for years under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA), while damning Mexicans and other Latino immigrants who do not receive Cuban amnesty.

U.S. And Cuba Begin Historic Talks In Panama

AP | Posted 04.10.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. and Cuban diplomats have met in Panama in the highest-level meeting between the two governments in more than half a c...

Fidel Castro Appears In Public For First Time In Over A Year

Reuters | Daniel Trotta | Posted 04.04.2015 | World

HAVANA, April 4 (Reuters) - Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, 88, appeared in public "full of vitality" for the first time in more than a year on M...

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Earning His Nobel

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A few months back, he announced a major shift in U.S. policy towards Cuba, ending a half-century of frostiness, and this week the outlines of a deal to avoid a war with Iran were unveiled, thawing a relationship that froze over back in 1979.

In Cuba the Regime Decides Who Can, and Can't, Go Home Again

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Beyond his art, Aldo "Maldito" Menendez is a real cubanazo who boasts the talent, mischievousness and humor that so characterize us. So how is it possible that, for political reasons, he is prevented from being in the place where he's from, the site from which flows much of his art and his world of reference?

Cuba: So What Now?

Dane Steele Green | Posted 05.31.2015 | Travel
Dane Steele Green

Not only is Cuba's tourism infrastructure way behind the times, the country could not be in a more competitive tourism region; Caribbean nations, some of which rely almost entirely on tourism dollars, have long since written the book when it comes to satisfying every last whim.

So, We Went to Cuba for the Weekend...

Dayna Steele | Posted 05.31.2015 | Travel
Dayna Steele

Cuba was the flavor of the Caribbean, the iron balconies and street music of New Orleans, the political suppression and fear of Russia, the poverty of Mexico, the quaint sidewalk cafes of Europe, the corner parks of New York City, the family love of Miami and no boats.

Cuba: The Day Peace Broke Out

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The feeling that everything can be accelerated has made some within Cuba reevaluate the price per square foot of their homes, others predict where the first Apple Store will open in Havana, and not a few begin to glimpse the silhouette of a ferry linking the island with Florida.