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US Cuba Relations

Thousands Protest In Havana Against US Embargo

Zach Young | Posted 10.21.2016 | World
Zach Young

While the normalization of relations has proceeded apace and travel restrictions have been greatly relaxed, the future of the embargo is still uncertain.

Money Trumps Loyalty: How Trump Lost The Cuban-American Vote

Alfred J. López | Posted 10.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Alfred J. López

Perhaps in 2020 the GOP's Presidential nominee will begin to heal the damage that Trump has undeniably done to the party's Cuban-American coalition.

Obama Nominates First Ambassador To Cuba In More Than 50 Years

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 09.28.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated career diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis to be the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more...

Not Quite Kansas Yet...

Margarita Alarcon | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
Margarita Alarcon

For a little over two years now, everyone who comes to Cuba from where ever will ask the same question: "So, how are things now with all the changes?!"

Scholarships for Cuban Youth to Study in US Enrage Cuban Government

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.29.2016 | World
Yoani Sanchez

World Learning's scholarships are targeted to 16-18 year old students in Cuba. 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 27 September 2016 - The woman...

Goodbye dear friend

Margarita Alarcon | Posted 09.16.2016 | Politics
Margarita Alarcon

Stanely will be sorely missed. If ever I thought of cloning a person, it would have been him. So much to offer from a man who gave his wit, his love, his passion to all that surrounded him, a man who truly believed that a better world had to be possible.

First U.S.-Cuba Scheduled Flight In Decades Set To Depart

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 08.31.2016 | Travel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - The first regularly scheduled commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than half a century is se...

Cuba: More Than Just a Time Capsule

Celinne Da Costa | Posted 08.22.2016 | Travel
Celinne Da Costa

With the assistance of my newfound Cuban friend and others that I made along the way, I learned that Cuba is much more than a time capsule - it is a country still deeply entrenched in a complex political situation, a struggle for financial stability, and teetering on the brink of a collective craving for a better life.

Puerto Rico-Cuba Investment Corridor

Dante Disparte | Posted 08.15.2016 | Politics
Dante Disparte

The islands comprising the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico respectively, not only have deep historical roots,...

Will the Ugly American return to Cuba?

Julia Sagebien | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
Julia Sagebien

What was unthinkable a year ago today, when diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba were re-established, has now become the new normal. American ...

Planning A Visit To Cuba? Here's The Real Deal

Sherry Gray | Posted 06.24.2016 | Travel
Sherry Gray

Photo Credit: Eagle Creek, reprinted with permission Growing up in Key West, I found the myth and mystery of Cuba exotic and alluring. Most of my fri...

Greater Cuban Participation in LASA Despite Visa Rejections

María Isabel Alfonso | Posted 06.01.2016 | Latino Voices
María Isabel Alfonso

This year, around 250 Cuban scholars will participate in the 34th Latin American Studies Association International Congress. But, young Cuban scholars on the island are still confronted with a familiar dilemma: 50 of them didn't receive visas from the consular officials at U.S. embassy in Havana.

12 Books that Illuminate the Beautiful and Complex History of Cuba

Off The Shelf | Posted 05.27.2016 | Latino Voices
Off The Shelf

By Hilary Krutt | Off the Shelf Until recently, the fraught relationship between the United States and Cuba has made it difficult for Americans to fu...

Cuba's Slow-Brewing Economy and Homegrown Opportunity

Enrique J. Rueda-Sabater | Posted 09.21.2016 | Business
Enrique J. Rueda-Sabater

Creating an environment in which returning is an attractive possibility could produce a great growth boost and reassure potential foreign investors that Cuba is a place where business can thrive.

Another Trip Across: Sailing the Gulf Stream From Key West to Havana

Blake Scott | Posted 05.20.2016 | Travel
Blake Scott

Since the shift in U.S.-Cuban relations, recreational boaters from Florida have been literally racing to Havana.

What The United States Should Copy From Cuba

Robyn Stone | Posted 05.18.2016 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

When you visit Cuba you notice one thing right away: Older people are everywhere you look. Older people seem to be everywhere because they are welcomed everywhere. Unlike citizens in other Western countries, Cubans make it clear that their elders are an integral part of cultural and social life.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: 10 Days in Havana, Part Four

Perry Brass | Posted 05.16.2016 | Arts
Perry Brass

I spent ten days in Havana, Cuba, from February 9, 2016 to February 19, 2016--roughly a month before President Obama made his historic trip. It was my first trip to Cuba, and I kept a close journal of my time there.

Against All Hope: My 22 Years In Castro's Gulags

Armando Valladares | Posted 05.13.2016 | Religion
Armando Valladares

I am old enough to remember when there was no Amnesty International. I am also old enough to remember a Cuba before Fidel Castro. Indeed, my seemingly simple life trajectory dramatically changed course right as the two were coming into existence.

Beware, Cuba: Here Come Hungry American Cruisers

Greg Schwem | Posted 05.10.2016 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Raul Castro, have you gone completely insane? No, I'm not talking about the human rights abuses you continue inflicting on your country's residents e...

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: 10 Days in Havana, Part Three

Perry Brass | Posted 05.04.2016 | Arts
Perry Brass

From the outside, the Riviera looks close to abandoned, but it is still functioning; I was also told that, inside, it is a perfectly preserved piece of mid-1950s exuberantly excessive Americana.

10 Things That Will Be Cheaper (or More Expensive) if the U.S. Embargo on Cuba Is Lifted

GOBankingRates | Posted 05.02.2016 | Business

By Barbara Friedberg, Finance Writer With President Barack Obama's recent visit to Cuba, the media is ablaze with hopes that the U.S. embargo on the ...

Let's Trade with Cuba!

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

I am pleased that the first U.S. cruise ship to make a voyage to Cuba in almost 40 years arrived in Havana, Cuba, yesterday morning carrying 700 passengers, including Cuban Americans on board.

The Other Side of the Cuban Embargo

Jess Davidson | Posted 04.29.2016 | Travel
Jess Davidson

For many Cubans, Obama has become the manifestation of increased tourism and thus increased opportunities for private business. As more private licenses are granted, more Cubans can seize the opportunity to move towards being a "have" instead of a "have-not."

Artists Welcome in Cuba

George Stevens, Jr. | Posted 04.27.2016 | Arts
George Stevens, Jr.

Artists are optimists by nature and this proved true on both sides of the equation during the first official U.S. cultural delegation to Cuba that arrived last week in the wake of President Obama's visit. The Cubans see light and take hope from meeting colleagues from abroad.

Time for the US to take Cuba seriously

Georges Ugeux | Posted 04.24.2016 | World
Georges Ugeux

These thoughts are the reflection of a people-to-people trip to Cuba with National Geographic, a program that is fundamentally educational and a disco...