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How Obama Moved the Cuba Needle

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 03.03.2015 | World
William M. LeoGrande

Most of the foreign-policy establishment concluded long ago that Washington's policy of hostility toward Havana made no sense, but because Cuba was a low priority issue during Obama's first term, establishment figures rarely spoke out about it -- until they began to sense that the policy was in flux.

Raul Castro: Detente With U.S. Won't Change Communist System

AP | ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 02.19.2015 | World

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostilit...

Barack Obama and Raul Castro: More Than a Handshake?

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 02.22.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

A simple handshake doesn't have to be exaggerated, but it matters. Civility isn't sufficient but it is a necessary and praiseworthy conduct in international affairs. It is worth remembering that international politics is made of many societal actors.

Should We Help End Cuba's 'Special Period'?

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 02.24.2014 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

The death of Hugo Chavez may leave Cuba in need of new allies. Perhaps it's time to negotiate a pact with Cuba: political reforms in Cuba in exchange for trade leniency from the U.S. In the process Cuba might regain her footing, and the U.S. might reap a significant political and economic opportunity.

Cuba: The Beginning of the Post-Castro Era

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 06.04.2013 | World
Arturo Lopez Levy

In the next five years, the central challenge facing Cuban leaders is to have the audacity, creativity and self-confidence to accelerate economic reforms, without losing control of the ongoing political liberalization.

Chávez Congratulates Raúl Castro On Re-election

AP | Posted 02.25.2013 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has sent a message to Raul Castro, congratulating him for his re-election as Cuba's president. ...

Raul Castro Avoids the Ibero-American Summit in Cadiz

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.17.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Raul Castro travels little and when he does he prefers politically like-minded countries. His absence in Cadiz was expected, as he has never gone to any Ibero-American summits. Perhaps he prefers to avoid possible critiques of the state of human rights on the island.

What Does a President Do? And What Does Raul Castro Actually DO?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.28.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

So far in 2012, Raul Castro has given very few signs of industriousness in office. If we count the hours he has appeared in public, the speeches he's made, and the trips he's taken... we have to conclude that his productivity is extremely low.

The Fear of Sitting Down to Talk

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.13.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

In parallel with the tendency to confront our pressing problems from multiple angles, there is also a current that feeds the rejection of the other.

Che's 'New Man' and Corruption in Cuba Today

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.06.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The crusade against corruption displayed by Raul Castro keeps in suspense those who think they are protected by the lack of control and political will to end the illegalities.

Rising in Spite of Things in Cuba

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
Tiziana Dearing

The democratic reforms President Obama called for in Cuba might not be so crazy to imagine. I say that because in Havana, I saw a great deal about how hard it is to suppress people's desire to rise.

What the Pope Should Have Said in Cuba

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld | Posted 06.01.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

This past the week Pope Benedict XVI visited Cuba. Most of us never know what goes on behind closed doors, but by all public accounts, his visit was a profound disappointment to the Jewish community.

Cuba: No 'Concession To The Enemy'

AP | By PAUL HAVEN | Posted 03.30.2012 | World

HAVANA -- President Raul Castro delivered a full-throated defense of Cuba's one-party political system on Sunday, and a sharp warning to Communist Par...

Cuba Says Travel Restrictions To Remain In Place

AP | By PAUL HAVEN | Posted 02.22.2012 | Miami

HAVANA -- President Raul Castro on Friday put on ice highly-anticipated plans to ease travel restrictions on Cubans, telling lawmakers the nation woul...

Five Years Ago Raul Castro "Inherited" a Nation and Its People; What Has He Done With It?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.30.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Raul Castro has received the inheritance of a nation, its resources, its problems and even its inhabitants. Everything he has done in the last five years stems from the imperative not to lose this family possession, passed on to him by his brother.

Raul Castro Regrets Death Of Dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo

AP | PAUL HAVEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HAVANA — Cuban President Raul Castro issued an unprecedented statement of regret Wednesday over the death of a jailed dissident after a lengthy ...

Opportunity For New Beginning In US/Latin American Relations Squandered

Vivien Lesnik Weisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vivien Lesnik Weisman

With his mishandling of the Honduras coup, Obama squandered the promise of a friendship with Latin America, one where Lula da Silva with the US, and not Chavez, set the agenda for Latin America.

Juanita Castro's Cuba

Conchita Sarnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Conchita Sarnoff

You would think that in a family that nurtures politicos much like the Kennedys, political sparring would be a welcome activity. Not quite so in the Casto family.

21st Century Slaves: Cuba and Obama's Hope

Luis Carlos Montalván | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Luis Carlos Montalván

Today, the interests of international business, the U.S. government, and the Cuban populace coalesce around a single ideal: labor reform in Cuba.

US, Cuba Trade Warmest Words In Last 50 Years (SLIDESHOW)

AP | VIVIAN SEQUERA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — Trading their warmest words in a half-century, the United States and Cuba pressed ahead Friday with a dizzying series...

Let's Not Get Ahead of Ourselves on Cuba

Peter Drivas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Drivas

By all means, we should look to continue normalizing our relations with Cuba -- however, we ought to do so with caution.

Cuban Hip-Hop Protests Racism And Injustice (VIDEO)

Worldfocus | Peter Eisner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

For the Worldfocus signature story "Social, economic change is in the air in post-Fidel Cuba," Worldfocus correspondent Peter Eisner spoke with both...

A Year of Raul

David Paul Appell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Paul Appell

We need to finally get smart and deal with Havana like grown-ups instead of impetuous brats -- continuing the status quo has given us absolutely zero leverage.

Mountain of Snakes

Sean Penn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Penn

I'm not a socialist. Or at least not entirely so. As an American, I've got a little Al Capone in me. I like the idea of individual achievement -- just not against a background of hopeless oppression.

Cuba's Communist System Unshaken

AP | ANITA SNOW | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HAVANA — Cuba's parliament named Raul Castro president on Sunday, ending nearly 50 years of rule by his brother Fidel but leaving the island's c...