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Cuban Journal

Erica Abeel | Posted 03.24.2016 | Travel
Erica Abeel

I did a double take: the statue of the flamenco dancer, hewn from concrete, was smiling at us with a set of distinctly human teeth. It was positively eerie. Then it struck me that this statue and its toothy smile encapsulates what Cuba is all about.

Diplomatic Relations Restored With Cuba - My Trip There With Mary Hemingway!

Jay Weston | Posted 07.20.2016 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

You saw the news today......after 54 years the U.S. has restored diplomatic relations with Cuba, with embassies being reopened in both countries. Which brought to mind my trip to Cuba some years ago with Mary Hemingway, the fourth and last wife of America's most famous novelist.

George Fowler: Cuba Libre

James P. Farwell | Posted 05.04.2014 | Books
James P. Farwell

In the movies, evil bad guys are often stupid and hire stupid people to do the wrong thing. Fidel Castro shows that evil people can be very smart, and find bright people who do the right things in advancing their goals, no matter how twisted.

Fidel Versus the Ghouls

Sarah Stephens | Posted 01.06.2013 | World
Sarah Stephens

Since the Cold War, our country has had an unhealthy preoccupation with Fidel Castro's mortality. It's like a vestigial tail that our body politic refuses to shake.

Haiku Hype: The Flutter Over Fidel's Twitter-Length Reflections

Sarah Stephens | Posted 08.26.2012 | World
Sarah Stephens

What Fidel Castro says has been engaging some and enraging others since before the creation of the computer or the fax machine. Despite even more pressing high-tech business, it is no surprise that this development made news.

We Can Free Cuba Now

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 07.24.2012 | Latino Voices
Fernando Espuelas

Fifty-two years after U.S. policy first sought to break the communist dictatorship with an economic embargo, the Castro regime is still in power, lording over the Cuban people, enjoying trade and diplomatic relationships with countries across the globe.


Sarah Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Stephens

While the United States likes to impose embargoes, it doesn't really like being subject to them. So it's worth spending a moment considering what happens when the sanctions shoe is on the other foot.

Changes in Cuba Challenge Obama's Will to Respond and Change Course

Sarah Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Stephens

Barack Obama, who was born more than two years after Castro seized power, might want to rethink America's Cuba policy, now that even Castro is having second thoughts about fundamentals.

My Friend Went to Cuba and All She Brought Back Was... This Lousy Husband!

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I don't know if it's my pale skin, but my passport is just as blue and Cuban as the one he has. If not for his false impression that I'm a foreigner, he'd never come close to me.

On the Anniversary of Cuba's Revolution, the Case for Evolutionary Thinking Here at Home

Sarah Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Stephens

This is a moment for President-elect Obama to decide whether he wants to be the 11th president to champion a failed policy or the first president of a new era to be an advocate for a far more sensible course.