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Weekend Roundup: Politics Is the Art of the Possible

Kathleen Miles | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Kathleen Miles

In 1867, then Prime Minister of Prussia Otto von Bismarck (who, with parallels today, maintained German hegemony over Europe) famously said that politics is the art of the possible. If you don't have to deal with a political opponent, you can dream up the perfect policy. But when you have an opponent, you have to set aside the dream and consider the political possibilities. This week, from Iran to Greece to Cuba, the world both celebrated and protested the politically possible. (continued)

Academics and Researchers Will Lead the Way in Cuba

Henry Louis Taylor Jr. | Posted 07.23.2015 | Education
Henry Louis Taylor Jr.

People want to go to this forbidden island. There is a big and growing market for these educational and cultural programs -- in part because they are only legitimate way for many people to travel to Cuba.

Capitalizing on a Diplomatic Thaw, Timing Is Ripe for U.S. and Cuban Governments to Make Their Next Moves

Alan H. Fleischmann | Posted 07.23.2015 | World
Alan H. Fleischmann

Monday's reestablishment of embassies in Washington and Havana represents the most tangible step to date in this new, warmer era of bilateral relations. It mustn't be the last. My visit to Cuba last week underscored the tremendous opportunity that exists for people on both sides of the Florida Straits from stronger collaboration between our two nations.

It's Official! Cuba Is Now the Newest Addition to Carnival Cruise Line Ports of Call

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 07.22.2015 | Travel
Spencer Aronfeld

Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line, the largest passenger cruise ship company in the world, just announced that it will begin to include Cuba as a Port of Call in May 2016. Carnival claims that when its ship, the Adonia, docks in Cuba next year, it will be the very first American cruise company to visit the island since the Cuban Embargo.

The Blackening of Havana

Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesus | Posted 07.21.2015 | Black Voices
Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesus

With all of the excitement around U.S. and Cuban relations finally opening up there is a host of questions around race and religion that are fundamental to the lives of Afro-Cuban religious practitioners left to be asked.

Fund the U.S. Embassy in Havana

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

This amendment is just one of a series that Republicans have added to various appropriations bills in their effort to hobble Obama's opening to Cuba and reinforce the 2016 campaign narrative that Obama is weak on foreign policy.

How U.S. Brands Can Engage The New Cuba

Jack Leslie | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Jack Leslie

Communications is the corporate world's most powerful catalyst for long-term success in and for Cuba. Marketing communications pertaining to products and services may end up doing more to determine the shape of U.S.-Cuban relations in the decades to come than diplomatic dispatches pertaining to politics.

Never Again: What Unites the Cuban and Jewish Diaspora

Mauricio Claver-Carone | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Mauricio Claver-Carone

The Cuban and Jewish diaspora share much in common. Not least of which is the wonderful ethnic and religious hybrid, endearingly referred to as Jewbans.

Mitch McConnell Thinks Congress Will Block Obama's Efforts To Engage With Cuba

Reuters | Posted 07.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 12 (Reuters) - The top U.S. Senate Republican said on Sunday that Congress is likely to block any nominee that President Barack Obama...

Carnival Cruise Lines to Sail to Cuba: A Paradigm of Our Times

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.09.2015 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Cubans don't appear scandalized when we talk about these floating behemoths that will arrive with sumptuousness and money, a lot of money. Rather, people calculate the benefit involved when the giant of the seas touches land and a flood of tourists descend with bulging wallets.

Rubio Doesn't Know Cuba's History

Harvey Simon | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Harvey Simon

As the leading opponent of President Obama's move to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, Rubio invokes an era before he was born to justify retaining a Cold War freeze on trade with our Caribbean neighbor.

Some of World's Best Art Is Made in Cuba

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 07.08.2015 | Entertainment
Miles Mogulescu

Cuban artists are creating some of the most exciting and innovative contemporary art in the world. The best Cuban art can stack up against the best contemporary art being created in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London or other world art centers, while still maintaining an essential Cuban spirit.

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...