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Cuban Government and USAID, a Fraught Relationship

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.03.2015 | 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.

14ymedio, Our Independent Newspaper, Is Here To Stay; State Security Better Get Used to It

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.07.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Journalist Juan Carlos Fernandez and economist Karina Galvez Chiú. (Source: Facebook) Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 7 October 2014 - Monday afternoon was...

Turns Out Henry Kissinger Really Despised Castro and the Cubans

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

Thanks to the good folks and diligent researchers at the National Security Archive--a research organization at George Washington University--Americans will now be able to add another placeholder for the former Secretary of State: hater of the Castros.

This Book Will Completely Change How You See U.S.-Cuba Relations

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.03.2014 | World

From the clash at the Bay of Pigs to the Cuban missile crisis, American-Cuban relations have historically been perceived in as aggressive and confront...

It's Time to Talk About Cuba, Part 2

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Kate Oberdorfer

Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, provoked by Cuba's military presence in Angola, wanted to stop its military from spreading to other African countries and organized the Washington Special Actions Group to draw the plans.

It's Time to Talk About Cuba

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Kate Oberdorfer

Cuba is on the cusp of that change. And ninety miles north, so are we.

What Was Missing From John Oliver's Takedown Of The Cuban Embargo

The Huffington Post | Ana Maria Benedetti & Roque Planas | Posted 09.24.2014 | Latino Voices

John Oliver made a big point on Sunday, and it wasn’t about women parading around in bikinis. Almost five months after its premiere, the host of ...

Edge of Eternity: A Talk With Ken Follett

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

"It struck me that the period beginning with the First World War and ending with the fall of the Berlin wall was the period to write about. I realized it needed to be three books, each one based on a different war."

Have You Tried Cyanide... General?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Nearly two decades have passed and they are still imposing limits and prohibitions incompatible with development and with life. As if in this social laboratory they want to test what they can do to get the guinea pigs -- which are us -- to keep breathing, clapping, accepting.

Who Is Filling Cuba's University Classrooms?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The government is right to be worried; these young people who have entered the university will never become good soldiers or fanatics. The clay from which they are made cannot be molded.

After 40 Years of Working, Keeping Body and Soul Together Selling Plastic Bags

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Selling 'jabitas' (plastic bags) in front of an agricultural market in Havana. (Luz Escobar) 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 28 August 2014 - "I n...

A Caricature of a Cuban Woman

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.22.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Women are the sector of the population that has the most reason to shout their displeasure. Because half a century after the founding of the caricature of an organization that is the Federation of Cuban Women, we are neither more free, nor more powerful, nor even more independent.

By Her TV Absence, Barbara Walters Reminds Us of Her True Greatness

Richard Pérez-Feria | Posted 10.22.2014 | Entertainment
Richard Pérez-Feria

Barbara Walters may be a personal hero, yes, but she's also the best television journalist in the history of the world. So as she leaves public life at the height of the party, I hope this living legend, this television icon, this class act, takes a final, glorious bow.

Dengue Fever and Tall Stories for Children

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

In 1981 an epidemic of dengue hemorrhagic fever broke out in Cuba. I was barely six, but that situation left me deeply traumatized. The first thing they told us in school was that the disease had been introduced by "Yankee imperialism."

Gold Fever Hits Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Evening falls and the sound of the sieves in the rolling hills trails off. The three men collect their belongings. They've finished the first day in their arduous search for gold.

'Calling Us Communists Makes Us Look Bad'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.12.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Press agencies need to strengthen and carefully review their codes of ethics when dealing with Cuba.

My Mother and the Onions

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.06.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

My mother has to pay out three days worth of her pension to buy a pound of onions. I no longer have to say anything, she just concludes, "This country has to change."

The Maleconazo and the Rafter Crisis in a Can of Condensed Milk

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.05.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

When the Maleconazo broke out he joined in the shouting and escaped when the arrests started. He didn't want to go home because he knew the police were looking for him.

Let Eastern Ukraine Go

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land. Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.

Malaysian Airlines Massacre: Vladimir Putin and Katyn Forest Version 2.0

Sheldon Filger | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Sheldon Filger

The horrific destruction of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 is one of those rare events that shocks the conscience of the entire world. While an object...

U.S. Funding (Another) Social Network to Try to Overthrow Castro

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
The GroundTruth Project

Piramideo and the various U.S. programs hope to capitalize on Cuban complaints about the country's mobile phone and internet services. Until 2008 the Cuban government prohibited citizens from owning cell phones. When the law changed, hundreds of thousands signed up.