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To the Castro Regime, We Are All Guilty! / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.20.2016 | World
Yoani Sanchez

This summer, taxi drivers have become the government's new public enemy. (14ymedio) 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 20 July 2106 - At the beginning ...

Periodo Especial Forever In Cuba?

Miriam Leiva | Posted 07.14.2016 | Latino Voices
Miriam Leiva

For the first time the Castros do not have a patron. 57 years they exerted power backed by the economic support of the Soviet Union (1959-1989) and Ve...

Cuba's Journalists Missing in Action

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.07.2016 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The rape of a woman, for which the athletes are presumed responsible, was not mentioned in the statement, which constitutes an act of secrecy, concealment of the truth and disrespect for the audience.

We Were All At Pulse

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.16.2016 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The official Cuban press has treated the fact that the event took place in a gay establishment with omissions and squeamishness. The prudery on television and in the national periodicals, with this silence, only promotes homophobia and belies their own discourse of changes.

You Can't Promote Freedom In Cuba By Denying It To Americans

Ricardo Herrero | Posted 06.08.2016 | World
Ricardo Herrero

There is no better way to promote openness in Cuba than by allowing everyday Americans to travel freely to the Island and serve as on-the-ground ambassadors of our democratic values.

Private Property Returns to Cuba

Miriam Leiva | Posted 06.03.2016 | Latino Voices
Miriam Leiva

Hopefully private property will be recognized beyond the communist party's papers. Cubans living on the island have been discriminated against, while the New Investment Law is only for foreigners. The legislation must not only refer to medium, small and micro enterprises.

Cuba's Shameful Friends / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2016 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Alexandr Lukashenko has been in power in Belarus since 1994. (CC) 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 25 May 2016 - People with whom we sh...

A Revolution With Promises to Keep

Barbara E. Joe | Posted 05.11.2016 | World
Barbara E. Joe

Back in June 2015, at a book talk at a New York City public library, an audience member had asked me about Sirley Avila, the first time I'd ever heard her name. She had been attacked on May 24. I'd tried to find out more, but reliable information from Cuba is not easy to obtain. Now, less than one year later, here she was, sitting with me.

Talking Back to the Revolution

Anthony DePalma | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
Anthony DePalma

Everything gets old, even revolutions and the rebels that led them. That much was evident last month when the 7th Cuban Communist Party Congress focused on the need for bringing in new blood, but then re-elected for another five-year-term 84 year old Raúl Castro.

VII Congress of the Communist Party Roars Against US Influence

Miriam Leiva | Posted 04.28.2016 | Latino Voices
Miriam Leiva

In Cuba nothing is what it seems. But Cubans can make a difference, seizing the challenges in a unique time of opportunities for changes.

Cuba: The Collapse

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.26.2016 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Raul Castro erupts in fury at a press conference when asked about the existence of political prisoners in Cuba, he gets entangled in his earphones and comes out with some rigmarole a few feet from Barack Obama, who looks like the owner and master of the situation.

Cuba's Complicated Path

Elaine Dutka | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics
Elaine Dutka

Cubans are almost as fixated as Americans on the wacky 2016 presidential race. The window opened by President Obama, some fear, could slam shut if the GOP wins. "Dump Trump," a customs officer quipped, perusing my passport on a recent trip to the island.

Time for the US to take Cuba seriously

Georges Ugeux | Posted 04.24.2016 | World
Georges Ugeux

These thoughts are the reflection of a people-to-people trip to Cuba with National Geographic, a program that is fundamentally educational and a disco...

Updating the Party: Cuba's New (and Not So New) Leaders

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 04.24.2016 | World
William M. LeoGrande

The new Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party reflects the priorities and style of its First Secretary. The party itself maintains the leading role, but the committee has a more technocratic tilt, positioning it for the complex economic tasks ahead.

Why A Genuine Normalization of Relations Between America and Cuba Is an Uphill Struggle

Samuel Ramani | Posted 04.11.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

On March 21, 2016, US President Barack Obama and Cuba's leader Raul Castro held a historic joint news conference. Obama's visit to Havana, the first m...

An Open Letter to President Obama about José Martí

Alfred J. López | Posted 04.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Alfred J. López

Although the media commotion over your visit to Cuba has diminished, I'm sure that Cuba will continue to hold your attention in the coming months. So I thought this would be an opportune moment to write you about someone who was apparently much on your mind during your historic visit.

Castro Inc.: Cuba as Family Business

Daniel Williams | Posted 04.04.2016 | World
Daniel Williams

Everyone is all aflutter about the coming changes for Cuba now that US President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro have attended a baseball game together in Havana and generally made nice to each other.

Missing the Point of President Obama's Trips to Cuba and Argentina

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 04.03.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

While President Obama was keeping his eye on the ball during his recent trips to Cuba and Argentina, much of the U.S. media severely missed the point of this pivotal moment for U.S.-Latin America relations.

Cuba after Obama: One Cuban-American's Hope

The Heller School | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics
The Heller School

As a first-generation Cuban-American, I am keenly aware of the emotions that underlie the relations between our two countries. My own family fled Cuba in 1966. Their physical trip from Cuba was an hour-long flight, but the ripple effects of that journey continue to be felt today.

Fidel Castro Slams Obama Following Historic Cuba Visit

Reuters | Sara Bondioli | Posted 03.28.2016 | Politics

HAVANA (Reuters) - Retired leader Fidel Castro accused U.S. President Barack Obama of sweet-talking the Cuban people during his visit to the island la...

Cuba: 57 Years After the Revolution

Joan Moran | Posted 03.25.2016 | Travel
Joan Moran

Fifty-seven years ago, in the city of Havana, Fidel Castro triumphantly declared, the victory of the Cuban revolution. The brutal and corrupt Fulgenci...

Cuba and Capitalism

John Feffer | Posted 03.25.2016 | World
John Feffer

While the right continues to believe that isolation will force out the Castros, the left is worried that capitalism will transform the system by other means. Cuba is like a vast undervalued neighborhood outside of Miami that's ripe for gentrification, and capitalism abhors such a vacuum. Some in the Cuban government fear that the proffered carrot has been poisoned; others are hoping to get a nibble for themselves. Cuba stands at a historic crossroads. Down one path lies strict adherence to the revolutionary legacy of the Castros. Down another path lies a revival of Cuba as a playground of rich moguls and shadowy criminal types, as it was just before the revolution. Are there any other paths that Cuba can take?

Scientists Want To Turn Guantanamo Bay Into A Research Park

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 03.25.2016 | Science

In the wake of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Cuba, questions remain about America's changing relationship with the island nation. Chief a...

Cuban-American Photographer Shows What It Was Like To Cover Obama In Havana

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 03.24.2016 | World

Behind-the-scenes photos show the stress and chaos involved in covering President Barack Obama's three-day trip to Cuba earlier this week, the first v...

Obama and Cuba, Trump and AIPAC... and Brussels

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

What If They Wore Two Gloves? Awful terrorism seems to validate Trump's hard line. Security analysts point out that each of the two suspected suic...