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Beyond Symbolism, Restoring Ties With Cuba Has Practical Benefits

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 07.03.2015 | World
William M. LeoGrande

The reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana is symbolic of the change in U.S. policy that President Obama announced on December 17 of last year -- replacing the policy hostility and subversion dating back to the break in diplomatic relations 54 years ago with a new a policy of engagement and cooperation.

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 ...

U.S., Cuba To Announce Embassy Openings Wednesday: Report

AP | By JULIE PACE | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each othe...

Senators Visit Cuba Hoping Congress Will Ease Restrictions

Reuters | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA, June 27 (Reuters) - Three visiting U.S. senators said on Saturday they hoped Congress would support President...

Lessons from Cuba: What Businesses Can Learn

Betsie Gambel | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
Betsie Gambel

By no stretch of the imagination do I consider myself an expert on Cuba. To that end, this blog is not meant to be a political manifesto; rather, it...

U.S.-Cuba Normalization and Migration Policy: Changing the Cuban Adjustment Act

Richard N. Gioioso | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Richard N. Gioioso

A new official U.S. migration policy for Cubans will be a fresh approach to stimulating the political and economic reforms through openness and exchange that five and a half decades of isolation have failed to achieve.

One Board at a Time: Building Cuba's Skateboard Scene

Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr. | Posted 06.08.2015 | World
Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr.

Skateboarding is a global family. Language, cultural, and social barriers are broken down everyday throughout the world thanks to the power of a plywood board and four wheels. Therefore, it is of no surprise that American skateboarders have been a key part of rescuing the Cuban skate scene.

Our Right to Travel to Cuba

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

Cultivating interpersonal relationships will help our two peoples better understand one another's values, fears and aspirations, thereby building a foundation for reconciliation. But the most important benefit from lifting the travel ban is the simplest: restoring the constitutional right of U.S. citizens and residents to travel.

Listening to Cuba

Dr. Xavier Amador | Posted 06.05.2015 | 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?

Cuba Removed From Terrorism List, State Department Says

Reuters | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) - The United States on Friday formally dropped Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, the U.S. State Departme...

Exchange and Dissent at the 2015 Havana Biennial

MutualArt | Posted 05.29.2015 | Arts

The first Havana Biennale to be staged after the reopening of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, a tempered sense of optimism in the country feels tangible. This optimism remains restrained, however, as another, darker, situation casts its shadow over the Biennial's proceedings.

Havana Nights Days

Isabel C. Albee | Posted 05.28.2015 | Travel
Isabel C. Albee

Four months into my stay in Havana, I woke up to find three enormous boxes of potatoes in the kitchen. I had never seen a potato in Cuba. Apparently, a friend brought them because, "Here, when you see potatoes in the market, you buy them for you and everyone you know."

Obama Visits Miami Shrine In Nod To Cuban Americans

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

MIAMI, May 28 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama toured a Catholic shrine beloved by Cuban Americans on Thursday, a nod to his pledge to end more th...

Senators Visit Cuba To Drum Up More Support For Ending U.S. Travel Ban

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA, May 27 (Reuters) - A U.S. senator visiting Cuba said bipartisan support was gaining in Congress to lift a ban...

To My Fellow Cuban Americans Struggling to Embrace the Island as Home

Alfred J. López | Posted 05.26.2015 | Latino Voices
Alfred J. López

This is not for the 500,000 or so Cuban-Americans who are already traveling to Cuba every year. This is for my fellow second-generation Cuban-Americans, boomer children of the 1950s-1960s exiles, who were either born in America or arrived as small children.

Real Cuban Rum Could Soon Return To America

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 05.22.2015 | Taste

The lifting of the United States' embargo on Cuban imports, which many expect to occur within the next two years, could be great news for American fan...

Cuban Overtures: On the Road With the Minnesota Orchestra

Jesse Rosen | Posted 05.20.2015 | Arts
Jesse Rosen

Cultural diplomacy is what the policy wonks call it. On the ground in Havana with the Minnesota Orchestra, Marilyn C. Nelson, the orchestra's vice chair and tour underwriter, calls it love.

Cuba's Had A Lung Cancer Vaccine For Years, And Now It's Coming To The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living

When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) headed to Havana on a historic trade mission in April, he returned with the promise of an important commodity:...

The United States and Latin America, 2025

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

Climate change will emerge as a new driver of migration. As the oceans warm, feeding Atlantic hurricanes with ever-great energy, super storms will become more frequent and more devastating, wracking Central America and the islands of the Caribbean, demolishing homes, businesses, and jobs.

View From Latin America: Pope Francis Winning Over People in the Streets and in the Pews

David Briggs | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Scholars, religious leaders and journalists already see signs Pope Francis is making a difference.

Cuba's Preventative Medical System; Economically Efficient and Medically Effective

Maxwell D. Dotson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Maxwell D. Dotson

It bears pointing out that Cuba has had incredible, effective results, and is using them to reshape how developing countries tackle critical healthcare concerns in a world of economic constraint.

Sam Levine

Obama To Remove Cuba From List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism | Sam Levine | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama notified Congress on Tuesday that he intends to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Obam...

Why Senator Rubio's Lies Matter

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 06.14.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

By revising the date and reason for his parents' emigration, Rubio ingratiated himself with the dominant Cuban exile factions and placed his political narrative into a Reagan-esque storyline about freedom. But the significance of this story goes far beyond resume-padding; it has shined a spotlight on the senator's moral character.

So...You Want to do Business in Cuba? A Mini-Guide For U.S. Businesses, Social Entrepreneurs and NGOs

Eric Leenson | Posted 06.13.2015 | Impact
Eric Leenson

Cuba and the U.S. are currently discussing the reestablishment of diplomatic relations. But the complete normalization of relations may take years to achieve and, in a number of fundamental business-related areas, will require congressional approval in the U.S.

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...