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Facts Prove Obama's Cuba Policy Counter-Productive

Mauricio Claver-Carone | Posted 02.05.2016 | World
Mauricio Claver-Carone

President Obama announced a new Cuba policy on Dec. 17, 2014. It gave diplomatic recognition to the sole remaining dictatorship in the Western Hemisph...

The USA, the USSR, and Cuba

Rick Steves | Posted 02.05.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Two of the most striking buildings in Havana are the embassies of Russia and the USA. Immediately after Castro's victory in 1960, there was hope of a ...

A Havana Neighborhood Farmers Market

Rick Steves | Posted 02.05.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Although it's a huge city, Havana feels like a collection of neighborhoods -- each with its own small-town character and vibrant market. And a delight...

Despite Opening to U.S., The Castros Continue to Persecute Cuban Christians

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Americans should forthrightly encourage freedom in Cuba. Religious believers here should be particularly vocal in supporting people seeking to live out their faith under Communist oppression. Some day autocracy will give way to liberty even in Cuba.

Lifting the U.S. Trade Embargo on Cuba: Using Diplomacy to Sway Congress

Michael Parmly | Posted 01.29.2016 | Latino Voices
Michael Parmly

The U.S. work to normalize relations with Cuba is still just beginning. The U.S. certainly cannot rest on its laurels, and the President indicated as much in his recent State of the Union address when he repeated his call to Congress to support the new policy with Cuba.

Peeling the Onion: U.S.-Cuba Economic Normalization

Margaret E. Crahan | Posted 01.28.2016 | Latino Voices
Margaret E. Crahan

Implementation has proceeded slowly, and both U.S. and Cuban officials have described the process as akin to peeling an onion arduously, layer after layer.

Cuba's Irreversible Internet

Emily Parker | Posted 01.27.2016 | Latino Voices
Emily Parker

This is not to say that the Internet will open the floodgates of information. China has hundreds of millions of people online but it also has systematic censorship. It is too soon to know to if Cuban authorities will emulate this model. But even if they do, the Internet can still have a transformative effect.

So You Want to Visit Cuba 'Before It's Ruined'?

Tomas Bilbao | Posted 01.26.2016 | Latino Voices
Tomas Bilbao

This view ignores the very real possibility that many of the qualities that make Cuba such a special destination can be maintained and even enhanced through sustainable development.

Why the U.S. Should Embrace the Rise of Cuba's Entrepreneurs

Ted A. Henken | Posted 01.25.2016 | Latino Voices
Ted A. Henken

In the face of constant economic instability and state control, cuentapropistas are the defining social and economic catalyst for Cuba's future. They are men and women who display incredible motivation and creativity in their business ventures, and are willing to take risks, often at great personal cost.

12 Reasons Why You Should Visit Havana Now and 10 Tips Once You Get There

David Latt | Posted 01.20.2016 | Travel
David Latt

The flight from Miami to Havana took less than an hour. After we checked in to the Hotel Nacional we wasted no time and left the hotel so we could start experiencing Havana. We walked to the Malecón, the iconic seawall that protects the city from the ocean. Two fishermen talked as they held fishing lines in the water.

Sorry President Obama, Congress Won't Help You This Year on Foreign Policy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

To Democrats, President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address in front of a national audience was quintessential Obama. But to Republicans, Obama's speech was the "same old, same old."

2016 Will Be Colombia's Year, and Why It Matters

Alex Fattal | Posted 01.04.2016 | World
Alex Fattal

In 2015, news of Syria's globalized civil war and the mobilization of ISIS recruits dominated the international sections in U.S. newspapers. In contrast, Colombia's civil war, which has been winding down, has received much less attention.

Sports History Shows Why Playing Ball With Cuba Makes Sense

The Conversation US | Posted 12.30.2015 | World
The Conversation US

Every few days, it seems, there is news about a new way in which Cuba and the United States are trying to heal more than a half-century of animosity, dating to the rise of Fidel Castro's communist regime on the Caribbean island. These fresh developments frequently involve baseball.

'Next Year in Cuba': This Time for Real

Alfred J. López | Posted 12.23.2015 | Latino Voices
Alfred J. López

This holiday season, for the surviving original Cuban exiles, and their children and grandchildren, "next year in Cuba" is for the first time in 55 years a real possibility.

Let's Make a Deal: Doing Business in Cuba

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 12.21.2015 | Business
William M. LeoGrande

By the first anniversary of President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro's decision to normalize relations last December 17, much had been achieved on the diplomatic front. But progress on the commercial front has been lagging.

Miracles: As Congress Removes the Brakes on Cuba Policy, Commercial Flights Are Cleared for Take-off

Sarah Stephens | Posted 12.18.2015 | World
Sarah Stephens

With the threat of Congressional budgetary restrictions on the right of Americans to visit Cuba receding until (at least) September 2016, and commercial aviation cleared for take-off, progress on reconciliation with Cuba can proceed at an accelerating pace.

A Sea Change in U.S.-Cuba Relations

Daniel Whittle | Posted 12.17.2015 | Green
Daniel Whittle

Noel Lopez Fernandez December marks the one-year anniversary of the renewal of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. In that sho...

First Anniversary of December 17th and the Voice of Reason

Margarita Alarcon | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Margarita Alarcon

Last year Raul Castro and Barack Obama got their acts together and decided to do something that for far too long had been silenced, they gave voice back to reason and spoke of restoring relations between their two countries.

It's Time to Celebrate Our Anniversary

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Kate Oberdorfer

One year ago, I was sitting in the bowels of the Kennedy Center watching President Obama announce that the United States and Cuba were "moving towards normal relations." There was chatter all around me and I wanted to whip around and shout, "Shh! This is a historic moment!"

U.S.-Cuba Relations: What Was Accomplished in 2015, What Remains to Be Done

Angelika Albaladejo | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Angelika Albaladejo

While major hurdles have been cleared with the Obama administration's executive actions, much remains to be done.

U.S., Cuba Agree To Restore Scheduled Commercial Airline Service

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba have agreed to restore scheduled commercial airline service between the two countries, the ...

It's Time to Talk About the Cuba Summit

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Kate Oberdorfer

The one voice we did not hear was that of the Cuban government--they had been invited to the summit but had regretfully declined and the government's absence was a voice louder than all of the parts in the room. But even without the Cuban government, una cosa was undeniable: change is in fact happening with and in Cuba, and that change is now irreversible.

'I Want To See It Before It Changes' Is The Wrong Reason To Travel To Cuba

Nicki Fleischner | Posted 11.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Nicki Fleischner

The next time you see a Cuba news story or photo shoot that chooses to use yet another picture of an old car, remember it's more than the cool "caught-in-time" beauty of Havana -- it's somebody's lived reality and daily hustle.

What's it Like to be an Artist in Cuba?

Bibbi Abruzzini | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Bibbi Abruzzini

Bogotà. One of its sunny Sundays, car-free, carefree day. Perfect conditions to absorb the energy of this dynamic city. Filling my eyes with the colo...

From Hershey, PA to Hershey, Cuba

Michael Maisel | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business
Michael Maisel

On December 17, 2014, Presidents Obama and Castro publicly vowed to improve ties between our nations. Nevertheless, in the 50-plus-years that have passed without direct engagement between our nations, U.S. businesses have sprouted without permission to trade with a neighbor just 90 miles off our shores.