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U.S., Cuba Announce Embassy Openings

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the United States and Cuba will open embassies in each other's countries. "This is a historic step ...

True Internet in Cuba? We Can Feel It in the Air...

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.15.2016 | Home
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.

Listening to Cuba

Dr. Xavier Amador | Posted 06.05.2016 | 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 05.28.2016 | Home
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 05.28.2016 | 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."

Why the United States and Latin America Need a New Venezuela Strategy

Samuel Ramani | Posted 05.21.2016 | Home
Samuel Ramani

The resistance displayed by OAS leaders to U.S.-imposed sanctions during the recent OAS summit highlights the severity of the credibility gap the United States faces in its attempts to counter adverse political conditions in Venezuela.

The Risks of Journalism In Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.21.2016 | Home
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.

U.S., Cuba Talks To Focus On Reopening Embassies

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba resume talks on Thursday aiming to overcome obstacles to opening embassies in each other's...

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

Scott Norvell | Posted 05.19.2016 | 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 05.19.2016 | Home
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.

From 'White Udder' to the 7-Legged Bull

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.15.2016 | Home
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 05.12.2016 | Home
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 05.07.2016 | Home
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.

Pope Francis To Meet With Cuban President Raul Castro

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis is planning to meet with Cuba’s President Raul Castro on Sunday, May 10, according to, the official Vatican Network. Vatica...

A Flooded May Day in Havana

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.01.2016 | Home
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.

What Are the Consequences of Taking Cuba Off the State Sponsors of Terrorism List?

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 06.27.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

The April 14th decision to remove Cuba off the State Department's State Sponsors of Terrorism list is the most important, concrete step towards normalization of diplomatic relations with Havana taken by the U.S. government since the Carter Administration.

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!

Obama's Triple Crown

John Feffer | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

President Obama has nearly two years to make the rapprochements with Iran and Cuba irreversible. If he can do that, and bring about a ceasefire in Syria to boot, then his diplomatic legacy will be secure -- no matter what his successor does to reassert the worst kind of dumb power.

Cuba, The US and the VII Summit of the Americas

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 06.13.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

A mature dialogue between Cuba and the U.S. that stresses the common interests and values of both can mark new beginnings for our hemisphere. It's counterproductive that the U.S. State Department still includes Cuba in the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. Such baseless inclusion is a clear obstacle for U.S. interests.

Obama's Miami Connections Helped Smooth The Path To Meeting With Castro

Reuters | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

By David Adams MIAMI, April 12 (Reuters) - Barack Obama's historic talks with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday were the culmin...

History Now Made, The U.S. And Cuba Face A Bumpy Road Ahead

Reuters | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

By Daniel Trotta and Matt Spetalnick PANAMA CITY, April 12 (Reuters) - Cuba and the United States just made history. Now comes the har...

Barack Obama And Cuba President Raul Castro Make History With First Sit-Down Meeting

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Barack Obama sat down with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday, the first substantial meeting between the countries' ...

Arizona's First Hispanic Governor Dies

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics

Former Arizona Gov. Raúl Héctor Castro (D), the first Latino to hold the position in the state, died at age 98. According to a family spokesman,...

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

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.01.2015 | Home
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?

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.