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The Arts Thrive in Cuba

John M. Eger | Posted 01.28.2015 | 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 01.28.2015 | 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 01.27.2015 | 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.

Fidel Castro Issues Statement Apparently In Support Of U.S.-Cuba Diplomacy

Reuters | Daniel Trotta | Posted 01.26.2015 | World

HAVANA, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday appeared to lend his support to talks with the United States in his first comme...

How to Close Guantanamo

Tom Hayden | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Tom Hayden

Obama is proceeding to release small handfuls of detainees to places like Uruguay while asking congressional Republicans to lift their ban on sending Guantanamo detainees to high-security U.S. prisons. If those efforts prove fruitless, there now is a new way to achieve his promise.

Give U.S.-Cuba Thaw a Chance

Gerardo M. Gonzalez | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Gerardo M. Gonzalez

Clearly, Cold War tactics have not worked in Cuba. Let's give the thaw a chance.

A Necessary and Useful Change

Eliécer Ávila | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Eliécer Ávila

I share the idea of a new approach that focuses on the people and not on their rulers, who are definitively not going to change now that they are in their nineties and covered with money.

Longing To Finally Visit The Cuba Of My Dreams

Richard Pérez-Feria | Posted 01.26.2015 | Fifty
Richard Pérez-Feria

I was besieged in an instant. The moment President Obama announced to the world the momentous change he's implementing regarding normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba, my phone went nuts -- texts, calls, emails, Facebook messages, Google alerts -- all of it, all at once.

Policymakers and Pundits Didn't Change Cuba Policy Alone

Mavis Anderson | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Mavis Anderson

Grassroots activists will be there again -- carrying out their responsibilities as constituents and their role as citizen diplomats.

Renewed U.S.-Cuba Relations: Saving American Lives and Limbs?

Gail Reed | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
Gail Reed

Heberprot-P is proof that the U.S. embargo, still to be lifted by an act of Congress, isn't just hurting Cubans. American lives and limbs are also, quite literally, at stake.

Chartering the 90 Miles: Millennials in Cuba and the U.S.

Michael Maisel | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
Michael Maisel

I've wanted to re-establish diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba since I was 10 years old. (But I'm glad that President Obama is beating me to it.)

Senior U.S. Diplomat Ruffles Cuba

Reuters | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics

(Adds comment by dissident groups) By Lesley Wroughton and Daniel Trotta HAVANA, Jan 23 (Reuters) - A senior U.S. diplom...

Larry Wilmore Can't Wait For Cuba To Open, Because Cigars And Shortstops!

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 01.24.2015 | Comedy

With the recent news that we're opening up relations with Cuba, Larry Wilmore's "Nightly Show" put together some important analysis on this historic p...

An Important Step for American Integration

Alejandro Cacace | Posted 01.23.2015 | World
Alejandro Cacace

Latin American leaders greeted with surprise and excitement the resumption of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States.

A President Against Himself

Ladan Rafii | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Ladan Rafii

Yes, the latest polls may indicate that the President's popularity among Americans has increased by a few percentage points, but that won't make up for all the goodwill he's lost in the corridors of Capitol Hill.

The U.S. Should Give Guantánamo Back To Cuba, Its Rightful Owner

Roque Planas | Posted 01.22.2015 | Latino Voices
Roque Planas

Most human rights advocates would agree that jailing people indefinitely without trial, at times in solitary confinement or other harsh conditions, is hard to justify. The biggest problem with Obama's call to close the military prison at Gitmo is that it doesn't go far enough.

New Cuba Policy Will Bring the Benefits of Cooperation

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

As we send U.S. citizens of all backgrounds to Cuba, including athletes, businesspeople, diplomats, farmers, scholars, tourists and many others, the interactions they'll have, especially those with ordinary Cubans, will drive change.

The Cuban and U.S. Revolutions: A New World Series?

Paul Webster Hare | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
Paul Webster Hare

Cuba will not build socialism through other peoples' money; neither will it soon espouse representative democracy.

Back to Cuba

Alfredo José Estrada | Posted 01.21.2015 | Latino Voices
Alfredo José Estrada

No one saw it coming, and it was breathtaking. Obama and Raul Castro spoke for 45 minutes, which hasn't happened since Nixon met with Fidel in 1959. Just like that, the U.S. and Cuba, if not yet friends, are no longer enemies

President Obama Name-Drops Pope Francis During SOTU

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis made a cameo appearance during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night. While outlining America's rappr...

Modernization and the Ghost That Haunted Europe

Orlando Márquez Hidalgo | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
Orlando Márquez Hidalgo

The Social Doctrine of the Church has defined and defended the social function of wealth, and it suggests that legal mechanisms are established that make those with more responsible for those with less.

Now That Washington Has Begun To Dismantle Its Trade Embargo, Havana Must End Its Internal Embargo Against Island Entrepreneurs

Ted A. Henken | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Ted A. Henken

The prohibition of activities the government prefers to monopolize allows it to exercise control over Cuban citizens and impose an apparent order over society.

7 Havana Attractions You Can't Wait to See | Posted 01.20.2015 | Travel

A 15-minute cab ride takes you just outside of Havana to this idyllic beach that attracts locals and tourists alike. Flag down one of the roaming vendors for a refreshing rum-coconut water combo sipped right out of the coconut.

Cuba and Iran: A New Era for American Diplomacy?

William Luers | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
William Luers

Americans, who increasingly oppose costly conflict, may come to recognize that the U.S. would be better off with a Cuba and an Iran (without nuclear weapons) as functioning members of the international community.

What Happens in Cuba After Fidel?

Lillian Guerra | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Lillian Guerra

As a U.S.-born Cuban and historian who has traveled to Cuba dozens of times since my career began nearly 18 years ago, there is one question that I am asked more than any other: What will happen in Cuba after Fidel Castro dies?