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Are U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela Really About Cuba?

Jorge G. Castañeda | Posted 03.27.2015 | World
Jorge G. Castañeda

MEXICO CITY -- For the last 15 years, Venezuela has been mired in crisis, characterized by wasteful government spending, rampant corruption, growing authoritarianism, relentless human rights violations, and now economic collapse. But, beyond the occasional sharp word from the late President Hugo Chávez, the periodic expropriation of a foreign company without adequate compensation, and some minor meddling in the elections of neighboring countries, the crisis barely registered abroad. This is no longer the case.

5 Facts Obama Must Reconcile on Cuba's Terrorism Designation

Mauricio Claver-Carone | Posted 03.19.2015 | World
Mauricio Claver-Carone

To sidestep clear legal impediments to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of states sponsoring terrorism would go beyond political embarrassment. It would be an irreparable blow to the credibility of the Administration's foreign-policy leadership.

Dividing the Pie: Cuba's Ration System After 50 Years

Medea Benjamin | Posted 03.09.2015 | Latino Voices
Medea Benjamin

As the economy expands, the hope is that Cubans across the island will have access to a more varied diet. In a world where so many people still go hungry, Cuba could become a model of how to grow the pie -- and make sure that everyone gets a piece.

Preventing Infant Deaths: What Can We Learn From Cuba?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

On a recent trip to Cuba I determined to find out how that country manages to have an infant mortality rate well below that of the U.S., with dramatically fewer resources than we have.

5 Things Cuba Can Do to Speed the Normalization of Relations With the United States

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 03.05.2015 | World
William M. LeoGrande

There a number of things Cuba can do to move the normalization process forward without compromising its sovereignty. These five steps flow directly out of the 18 months of secret talks between Washington and Havana. Except for the last, they are things to which Cuba has already agreed in principle but has not yet done.

Cuba: Ricky Ricardo Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Elinor Robin, PhD | Posted 03.04.2015 | Travel
Elinor Robin, PhD

There are obvious limitations on what can be learned about a culture -- especially one that is still wrapped in secrecy -- in just a few days. With that said, here is my take on Cuba in 2015.

Here's Your First Look At Conan's Cuba Episode In All Its Glory

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 03.04.2015 | Comedy

Now that relations between the U.S. and Cuba have begun to thaw, leave it to Conan O'Brien to be one of the first on the boat to check it out. The...

Americans Can Go to Cuba -- Just Don't Lay on the Beach!

Medea Benjamin | Posted 03.03.2015 | Travel
Medea Benjamin

On a recent CODEPINK trip to Cuba with a 150-person delegation, we found the island crawling with Americans taking advantage of the relaxation of U.S. travel restrictions and the historic thawing of U.S.-Cuban relations.

U.S. Takes a Positive "Negative" Approach to Trade With Cuban Entrepreneurs

Ashley Miller | Posted 02.19.2015 | World
Ashley Miller

The greatest unknown is how the Cuban government will react to these and other elements of the President's new policy of engagement.

A Cuban Mosque for the World

Wilfredo Amr Ruiz | Posted 02.12.2015 | Religion
Wilfredo Amr Ruiz

A Cuban Mosque represents not only the place of prostration for the Cuban Muslims and those Muslims who visit Cuba, but also a monument for basic human rights. These are values that history has proven are not only very hard to obtain and protect, but also easily lost.

Roque Planas

U.S.-Cuban Relations Aren't Normalizing As Fast As You Might Think | Roque Planas | Posted 02.09.2015 | Latino Voices

The U.S. and Cuba joint announcement on Dec. 17 that they would work toward re-establishing diplomatic relations seemed to symbolize the dawning of a ...

Netflix Expands To Cuba

AP | MICHAEL LIEDTKE and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN | Posted 02.10.2015 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix began selling its Internet video service in Cuba Monday in what appears to be a largely symbolic move driven by the rec...

U.S. Wants To Open Embassy In Cuba By April

Reuters | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

(Reuters) - The United States is pressing Cuba to allow the opening of its embassy in Havana by April, U.S. officials told Reuters, despite the Commun...

What Will We Do With Cubans' Overflowing Hopes?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.03.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The announcement of the restoration of relations between Cuba and the United States has provoked a resurgence in this country of a feeling lost for decades: hope. However, the expectations that have been created are so high and so difficult to meet in the short-term that many may feel disappointed.

U.S. Lawmakers Prepare Bills To Ease Cuba Restrictions

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers are preparing a series of bills to ease U.S. restrictions on trade w...

Cuba-USA: A New Hope for Human Rights

Robin Guittard | Posted 01.30.2015 | World
Robin Guittard

The positive steps taken in the past weeks must absolutely translate into the full implementation of a new human-rights agenda. That is the only hope for real change.

Medical Servants, Not Slaves

Phil Thompson | Posted 01.30.2015 | World
Phil Thompson

Cuba currently claims some 80,000 medical personnel, who serve in more than 20 countries worldwide. In Brazil, arriving doctors have been met with protest and branded "medical slaves."

Peace Corps in Cuba? You Heard It Here First

Barbara E. Joe | Posted 01.30.2015 | World
Barbara E. Joe

Before anyone starts bombarding Peace Corps headquarters with inquiries about Cuba service, it's only an embryonic idea right now, but one that I've been advocating for a while.

Cuba and the United States: The Challenges of Starting Anew

Lenier González Mederos | Posted 01.29.2015 | World
Lenier González Mederos

In this moment of negotiation with the United States political creativity is being imposed by the Cuban side. To that end prudence and moderation are needed, but at the same time firmness and clarity for the objectives at hand.

Cuba and the United States Leap Obstacles for the Progress of the Island

Roberto Veiga González | Posted 01.29.2015 | World
Roberto Veiga González

We know that the road won't be easy, as it will be marked by personal limits, political errors and human fears.

Cuba: So Close You Could Almost Swim There

Diana Nyad | Posted 01.29.2015 | World
Diana Nyad

My swim from Cuba to Florida, aside from the personal challenge to make endurance history across a wild, epic ocean, was always meant to also make a statement of hopeful reconnection between our two beautiful nations.

Lawmakers Seek To End Restrictions On Travel To Cuba

Reuters | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

(Adds Senator Menendez reaction, paragraph 12) By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Eight Republican and ...

The Arts Thrive in Cuba

John M. Eger | Posted 03.05.2015 | Arts
John M. Eger

These has been a lot of ink about Cuba in the last few weeks ...about immigrants in rafts, Cuban doctors treating Ebola patients, the Summit of the Americas and of course, Lifting of the Embargo!

A Brighter Future for Cuba

Joseph Castro | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
Joseph Castro

The endless wait for someone to turn the page on Fidel Castro's mockery of a revolution has finally arrived.

The Right to Be Honest

Gabriel Marcella | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Gabriel Marcella

Resumed trade and open contact with the Cuban people will empower them to be confident and effective in claiming their right to participate in a Cuba where liberty and honesty can exist, freed from the repressive power of the state.