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Here's What Obama Could Do To Repair Relations With Cuba

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

By David Adams and Daniel Trotta MIAMI/HAVANA, Feb 6 (Reuters) - U.S. relations with Cuba are at their best in almost two decades, but...

Cuba: The CELAC Summit and Its Challenges

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 04.05.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

The presence in Havana of an overwhelming majority of the heads of state of Latin America and the Caribbean confirmed the gap between Washington and the rest of the continent with respect to Cuba.

Castro Calls For Regional Unity, Without U.S.

AP | PETER ORSI | Posted 03.31.2014 | World

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro called on Latin American and Caribbean leaders Tuesday to work together on pressing regional problems at a...

Cuban Regime 'Cleans Up' Opposition for CELAC Summit

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.30.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The streets where the presidential caravans will pass will be touched up, the asphalt addressed, the potholes and poverty hidden. The real Havana is disguised under another stage-set city, as if the dirt -- accumulated for decades -- was covered by a colorful and ephemeral tapestry.

Action by Cuba Against Terror Financing Compels a U.S. Response

Sarah Stephens | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

Cuba's government has unilaterally taken action against global terrorism, and this step deserves a positive response by the United States.

The Nobodies of the Cuban Nomenklatura

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.28.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

A crowd was waiting outside the mansion in Vedado with a statue of Abraham Lincoln in the garden. The language school opened its doors to new registrations and in the days that followed tested the attitudes of those interested.

Kapuschinski and Walls

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

That house had a protective fence bristling with iron spikes, and the one next door had a huge gate and double locks. On the doors of certain offices ...

The Cuba Diaries -- From Politics to Baseball

Erica Grossman | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Erica Grossman

Unfortunately, we're a punitive culture, repeatedly enacting legislation based on emotion rather than reason, and turning a blind eye toward the reality that punishment alone rarely works to alter another's behavior (GTMO, anyone?). We love heroes and we love villains -- and we are rarely right about either.

Cuba: One Year of Immigration And Travel Reform... What Changed?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

A good part of the population still can't afford a passport. For all these Cubans, the Immigration and Travel Reform takes place only in the lives of others, on television screens, or in the pages of newspapers.

The Ten Most Popular Android Apps in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.13.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

There's a green robot with antennae everywhere you look. In the mobile phone repairers' ads, on certain nice T-shirts, and even staring at us from the windshields of some cars.

Cuba: A Society of Alchemists and Liars

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.10.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

They don't turn iron into gold, but they are skilled at replacing ingredients and adulterating almost every product. The streets are full of glue sticks that, when you press them, only contain air. Bottles of shampoo mixed with clothes-washing detergent. Soap with plastic shavings.

Raul Castro Maintains Hard Line Toward U.S. and European Union

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.08.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

It does not sound, then, like an adiós to the former fellow travelers who put their shoulders, and pockets, to the wheel to sustain this system for decades. Who, then, is this "anyone" whom Raul Castro strips of any chance to make demands?

Yoani Sanchez: My Resolutions for 2014

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.05.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

As you can see, I have in hand the list of resolutions for 2014. I will have to cross some out along the way. Which? I don't know. But for now I like to think that all of them are possible.

The Cuban Mattress: A New One Costs a Year's Wages

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.02.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Mattress repairers always have work, a lot of work. In a country where many still sleep on the same bed their grandparents slept on, this work is vital.

Change With Cuba in President Obama's Hands

John McAuliff | Posted 02.22.2014 | World
John McAuliff

The handshake between President Obama and Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service would have made the South African leader smile. It was the latest sign of a gradual thawing in relations between Washington and Havana after a frozen half-century.

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.

Raul Castro Issues Stern Warning To Entrepreneurs


HAVANA (AP) — President Raul Castro issued a stern warning to entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries of Cuba's economic reform, telling parliament on ...

Cuba Changes the Rules for Car Buying: The Emerging Middle Class Wins, the Political Faithful Lose

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Recently, the Council of Ministers agreed to gradually implement the sale of modern cars -- new or used -- to any natural person, whether Cuban or foreign.

Fidel Castro Weighs In On Historic Handshake

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices

Former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro finally weighed in on the death of his ally Nelson Mandela, in a “Reflection” that addresses the famous handsha...

In a Country Where the Government Breaks All Its Promises, Cubans Turn to Saint Lazarus

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

When I approach El Rincón I feel this energy that comes from pain and faith. The leprosy asylum with its sad stories, the illegal settlements that have grown up on both sides of the railway line and the whiff of the always burning candles. It is not a place for smiles.

McCain Admits Castro-Hitler Comparison Was 'Gross Exaggeration'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 12.15.2013 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that his comparison of President Barack Obama's handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro to one between Adolf...

Cuba - U.S. Relationship Still Years Away From 'Normal'

Fox News Latino | Posted 12.15.2013 | Latino Voices

HAVANA – The normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States could take years and will not be resolved during the presidency of Barac...

Cuba's Outdated Film Festival Carries On

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.13.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

These are the days of the New Latin American Film Festival, but the whole context is very different from 35 years ago when it was founded. But.. what has changed more? The Festival or us?

Obama and Castro: Caught Red-Handed?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Two leaders shake hands. Some people go nuts. ...

Fear of the Word

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

These are bad times for the word, gray days for a philologist. The main problem is not the abundance of vulgar expressions, which can even be revealing in a linguistic and sociological analysis. The saddest thing is the decline of articulate speech.