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US Cuba Policy

U.S. May Ease Rules For Travel To Cuba

nytimes.com | GINGER THOMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

The Obama administration is planning to expand opportunities for Americans to travel to Cuba, the latest step aimed at encouraging more contact betwee...

Cuba and the Virtue of Dialogue

Salim Lamrani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Salim Lamrani

The dialogue with Cuban authorities initiated by the Catholic Church and Spain has been successful. Indeed, Havana has agreed to release, in the next four months, 52 of the 55 so-called "political" prisoners listed by AI.

Cuba and the Rhetoric of Human Rights (1 of 2)

Salim Lamrani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Salim Lamrani

One must ask why there is such stigmatization by Western media, the U.S. and the European Union. Does Cuba in fact represents a special situation with respect to human rights? Is it worse than the rest of the continent?

Political Grandstanding in US Prevents Economic Opportunity in Cuba

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

The longer we keep Cuba listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, an allegation roundly criticized by diplomats, the more we risk the credibility of our national security regime and reputation in the region.

Cuba's Dissidents Are Speaking Up: Is Congress Listening?

Sarah Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Stephens

Seventy-four of Cuba's most politically prominent dissidents have signed a letter to Members of the U.S. Congress asking them to support legislation to legalize travel to Cuba for all Americans and to increase sales of U.S. food to the island.

CUBA: FIVE DAYS ON THE CHEAP, FREE CELL, FREE GUARD DOG, FREE GUARD

Sam Isaac Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Isaac Edwards

IN THE SPRING OF 2002 DR. STEVE FOSTER AND I STUMBLED INTO AVIATION HISTORY BY BECOMING THE ONLY TWO AMERICAN PILOTS WHO'VE EVER SURVIVED AN UNANNOUNC...

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 ...

Howard Berman/Richard Lugar Bipartisan Team Call for End to Cuba Travel Ban

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

It is a remarkable but true fact that the US government cannot stop regular Americans from traveling to North Korea, Burma, Iran, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Congo, or any other complicated place in the world, except Cuba.

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.

Blocked New York Philharmonic Trip To Cuba A Reminder That Relations Still Frosty (VIDEO)

GlobalPost | Nick Miroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Nick Miroff HAVANA, Cuba -- Despite a recent thawing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, the New York Philharmonic was reminded last week that ...

Cuban Vote at UN: "Here We Go Again"

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

For the 18th consecutive year, the General Assembly condemned the US embargo against Cuba. But this was the first vote since President Obama took office, and everyone listened for hints of change.

Cuba: Detained US Contractor Was Spying

AP | ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HAVANA — A senior Cuban official accused a detained U.S. government contractor of spying on Wednesday, a month after the man was arrested on sus...

Yoani Sanchez, HuffPost Blogger In Cuba, Not Allowed To Accept Columbia Award

AP | ANNE-MARIE GARCIA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HAVANA A Cuban blogger who has become an international sensation for offering frank criticism of her country's communist system said she was denied go...

Defying the Castro Brothers Under Cuban Skies

Luis Carlos Montalván | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Luis Carlos Montalván

Under cover of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, Cuban authorities arrested and charged 75 prominent dissidents with being agents of "Yankee Imperialism," as shown in a new documentary.

US Cuba Propaganda Ticker Turned Off

Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

It was smuggled through the US diplomatic pouch, secretly installed across the facade of a building overlooking Havana and tasked with a very specific...

US, Cuba Cooperate On Disaster Drill

Miami Herald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

About 150 U.S. and Cuban troops worked side by side last week, testing collaboration across a minefield that has long divided the Cold War adversaries...

US-Cuba Immigration Talks Resume

McClatchy News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Long-suspended talks between the U.S. and Cuba will resume Tuesday, the latest signal of the Obama administration's efforts to revive ties between the...

Why Can We Visit Kim Jung Il but Not Old Havana?

Jake Colvin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jake Colvin

Restricting travel to Cuba severely limits the positive impact Americans can have abroad through everyday activities and interactions.

Cuba Embargo Easing Could Make Cuba A US Oil Exporter

Miami Herald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Cuba has launched a bold policy of oil development that could turn the country into an important supplier of fuel in the Caribbean -- and the United S...

OAS Cuba Invitation Declined

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Cuba will not rejoin the Organization of American States, even though the multinational organization has lifted the 47-year-old suspension of the coun...

Cuban Musicians Help Thaw US-Cuba Relations

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Modiba

This is HuffPost World's regular feature that highlights interesting musicians and musical trends around the world. Know of a great musician doing g...

Castro: Never Mr. Nice Guy

David L. Wolper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David L. Wolper

Castro is no hero. The real Fidel Castro lied when he promised democracy, confiscated businesses large and small, and executed or jailed many of his fellow revolutionaries.

US-Cuba Thaw Taking Place In The Arts

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The U.S. and Cuba governments have taken the first, tentative steps towards ending 50 years of hostilities, but the thawing of relations is already in...

Havana From the Ground

Michael Rowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Rowe

Many ordinary Cubans see Barack Obama as the first light at the end of the nearly fifty year-old tunnel.

Larry Summers Contradicts Himself on US-Cuba Policy

Robert Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Schlesinger

One of the disappointments of the Obama administration thus far has been the extent to which it has embraced the traditional U.S. policy toward Castro-run Cuba.