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Harlem Meets Havana

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

I am proud that this summer a delegation of Harlemites led by The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (GHCC)'s President Lloyd Williams and Council member Inez Dickens returned from their successful mission to Havana, Cuba, where I helped arrange their meetings with senior officials of the Cuban government regarding trade, business and tourism and our anticipated first annual cultural exchange program in 2016 -- Harlem Meets Havana.

Now That Diplomats Can Freely Travel in Cuba, It's Time to Free the American People Too

James Williams | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
James Williams

If we're serious about strengthening civil society and helping Cuba's budding private small business sector continue to grow, it's time for the White House to stop forcing "people-to-people" travel to be hindered by third-party brokers.

Heartbreak and Hope in Havana

Pedro A. Freyre | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Pedro A. Freyre

Havana breaks your heart; Havana fills you with hope. As the poet said, the city makes love to the ocean; it is intimate with the spray, it smells like salt and foam and moves to the rhythm of the waves as they sweep in from the horizon. It was developed over the centuries with the Caribbean as its backdrop.

Innovations in Science: The Cuban Research Connection

Olivier Dumon | Posted 08.26.2015 | Science
Olivier Dumon

Scientists the world over are typically quick to embrace relationships with like-minded colleagues in other countries regardless of international politics, so it's worth taking a look at what the collaborative opportunities might be for US/Cuban research.

Cuba: Investing in the New Frontier

Josh Lockman | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Josh Lockman

What doors to Cuba were really positioning to open to the international business community? Before our trip, we spoke to a range of legal and policy experts, who had varying opinions on almost everything. They did all agree on one thing: The future of Cuba is still largely unknown.

Stop Punishing Cuba's People: Lift the Embargo

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 08.16.2015 | World
William M. LeoGrande

Since President John F. Kennedy imposed it in 1961, the embargo has been the centerpiece of Washington's policy of hostility, and remains today the oldest and most comprehensive set of U.S. economic sanctions against any country in the world.

Week to Week News Quiz for 8/14/15

John Zipperer | Posted 08.14.2015 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Not only is Donald Trump taking over the GOP primary campaign, he's taking over our latest Week to Week news quiz. See how much you know about the wee...

John Kerry: Why I'm Going to Havana

John Kerry | Posted 08.19.2015 | Latino Voices
John Kerry

After 50 years of stagnation, the sense of progress and potential is real. We are under no illusions that Cuba will be transformed overnight, and we are clear-eyed about the challenges ahead. Among these is Cuba's continued denial of universal human rights.

When the U.S. Severed Diplomatic Ties With Cuba

ADST | Posted 08.14.2015 | World
ADST

The United States and Cuba officially severed diplomatic relations on January 3, 1961, the culmination of months of increasingly hostile bilateral relations.

The Last Mile to Havana

Natalia Martinez | Posted 08.12.2015 | Latino Voices
Natalia Martinez

Given the discussions over recent months, the ongoing normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations, and the many important questions ahead, the topic of proximity has once again been placed on the table for our degustation.

Cuban Dissidents Won't Attend U.S. Embassy Event In Havana

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 08.12.2015 | World

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Beyond Cigars, Salsa, Mojitos and Malecón: Finally, a Changing Cuba

Jim Laurie | Posted 08.12.2015 | Latino Voices
Jim Laurie

We cannot help but watch with admiration as Cubans, many of whom are part of an emerging, entrepreneurial and professional middle class, work their way forward, escaping want and scarcity, reinventing themselves, and building a new Cuba.

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.