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Housing Market Grows In Cuba's Grey Area

AP | PETER ORSI | Posted 04.30.2013 | World

HAVANA -- In some ways, Yosuan Crespo's real estate office resembles any you might find in New York, London or Tokyo. There are slick posters of hot p...

Cuba's Parliament Makes Historic Move

AP | ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 04.26.2013 | Latino Voices

HAVANA -- Havana's Capitol building will play host to Cuba's parliament for the first time since 1959, when it came to be seen as a symbol of the old ...

The Cuban Spring

Vanessa Garcia | Posted 06.23.2013 | World
Vanessa Garcia

People often ask me the following question: "If it's so bad in Cuba, why don't Cubans revolt?" Why don't the people inside the island pour out into the street and lift their fists into the air, burn effigies, call out for freedom?

Venezuela Split in Two

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.17.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

From now on the Cuban press will find it more difficult to speak of Venezuela as a country of only one color, of a single party. We have now listened to the polls and what they have said is a long way from the unanimity they wanted us to believe.

My Wish: May Venezuelans Achieve What Cubans Failed to Do

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.14.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The fact that Sunday, Venezuelans can go to the polls and decide with their votes the immediate future of their nation, is something that was taken from Cubans a long time ago. Comparing our situations, Venezuelans are left with the hope of maybe... Cubans, the frustrations of never.

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.

Cubans Are Trapped in a Myth

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.26.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I cringe again on hearing of the harsh lives of these activists -- I again put myself in their place. And who puts themselves in ours? Who unravels this myth in which we are trapped?

Proponents, Dynamics, and Challenges of Cuba's Migration Reform

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 05.21.2013 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

Cuba is changing because the political context of the island has changed with the retirement of Fidel Castro. There is a virtuous cycle in which less vertical relationships between the citizens and the state are emerging. These new types of links are the result of new attitudes among the population, but also of changes in several official policies.

When Will the Siege End?

Saul Landau | Posted 05.12.2013 | World
Saul Landau

Maybe, before I make another trip to Cuba, Secretary of State John Kerry will open discussions with Raul Castro for the purpose of restoring diplomatic and even commercial relations. What a change that will bring.

The End of Chavez

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.05.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

It was a question of dates, of choosing a date on the calendar to announce what many of us had already imagined. The news of the Hugo Chavez's death was produced on Tuesday afternoon, but for months his early end was predictable.

Hugo Chavez Is No Hero

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.05.2013 | World
Fernando Espuelas

Hugo Chavez is dead -- but he is no hero. Even as his supporters pour into the streets to mourn their fallen idol, the damage he caused to Venezuela is incalculable.

Will Correa Assume Chavez's Role Leading Latin American Socialism?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.05.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

With Hugo Chavez having now passed, the question of who will inherit his legacy as the vanguard of 21st century socialism in Latin America is foremost in the minds of many.

Pat Leahy's Ice Cream Diplomacy

Al Eisele | Posted 04.29.2013 | Comedy
Al Eisele

Declaring that Cuban President Raul Castro wants a better relationship with the United States, Senator Patrick Leahy called Tuesday for a new U.S.-Cuba policy based on what he called "ice cream diplomacy."

Cuba's New Number Two: Will He Survive or Get Stuck in 'The Honey of Power'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.29.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The ascension of Miguel Diaz-Canel, to the vice presidency of the Council of State has followed a well-known script, easily detected by analysts and the curious for months.

Cuba's Octogenarian Leaders Hand-Pick a Successor... and No One in Cuba Pays Much Attenion

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The designation of the number two man in the Cuban nomenklatura has probably been more commented on and discussed outside the Island than inside.

Cuba Under Raul Castro: Economic Reform as Priority?

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Arturo Lopez Levy

Even in East Asian countries, with far larger markets than that of Cuba, state promotion of foreign investment was oriented toward the promotion of exports, where competition performs with greater rigor.

A Tepid Response In Miami

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 04.27.2013 | Miami

MIAMI -- For more than five decades, Cuban exiles in Miami have waited for the Castro brothers to be out of power. The firmest step toward that happe...

Is This The Man To Lead Cuba After Castro?

AP | PAUL HAVEN | Posted 02.25.2013 | World

HAVANA -- Miguel Diaz-Canel has five years to get started and a lot of work to do. The man tapped as Cuban President Raul Castro's chief lieutenant a...

Castro Era To End In 2018

AP | PETER ORSI | Posted 02.25.2013 | World

HAVANA -- It's been more than 54 years since someone not named "Castro" led Cuba, and it will likely be five more. But now islanders and exiles alike...

Cuban Parliament Convenes To Pick President

AP | PETER ORSI | Posted 04.26.2013 | World

HAVANA — Raul Castro announced Sunday that he will step down as Cuba's president in 2018 following a final five-year term, for the first time pu...

Dem Senator: Cuba, U.S. Need 'Give And Take'

AP | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A senator just back from Cuba says it will require "give and take on both sides" and "quiet negotiation" to secure the release of an Ame...

Time To Retire?

AP | PAUL HAVEN | Posted 04.24.2013 | World

HAVANA — Cuban President Raul Castro has unexpectedly raised the possibility of leaving his post, saying Friday that he is old and has a right t...

U.S. Lawmakers In Cuba Make The Most Of Their Time

AP | PAUL HAVEN | Posted 04.22.2013 | Latino Voices

HAVANA — U.S. lawmakers confirmed on Wednesday that they visited an American man whose detention and long sentence in Cuba has hampered efforts ...

Happy to See Cuba Without Opposition?

Andy Jud | Posted 02.03.2013 | World
Andy Jud

This past Sunday, in Cuba, we had elections. Elections for the Parliament where 8.5 million Cubans voted in nearly 30,000 electoral centers. They chos...

Raul Castro's Presidency of CELAC Focuses Eyes on Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Since assuming the highest office in the nation in 2008, questions have surrounded Raul Castro's few trips abroad. This time the controversy ranged from cheering people to critics demanding the General be put on trial.