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View From Latin America: Pope Francis Winning Over People in the Streets and in the Pews

David Briggs | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Scholars, religious leaders and journalists already see signs Pope Francis is making a difference.

Cuba's Preventative Medical System; Economically Efficient and Medically Effective

Maxwell D. Dotson | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Maxwell D. Dotson

It bears pointing out that Cuba has had incredible, effective results, and is using them to reshape how developing countries tackle critical healthcare concerns in a world of economic constraint.

Sam Levine

Obama To Remove Cuba From List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism | Sam Levine | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama notified Congress on Tuesday that he intends to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Obam...

Why Senator Rubio's Lies Matter

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 04.14.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

By revising the date and reason for his parents' emigration, Rubio ingratiated himself with the dominant Cuban exile factions and placed his political narrative into a Reagan-esque storyline about freedom. But the significance of this story goes far beyond resume-padding; it has shined a spotlight on the senator's moral character.

So...You Want to do Business in Cuba? A Mini-Guide For U.S. Businesses, Social Entrepreneurs and NGOs

Eric Leenson | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Eric Leenson

Cuba and the U.S. are currently discussing the reestablishment of diplomatic relations. But the complete normalization of relations may take years to achieve and, in a number of fundamental business-related areas, will require congressional approval in the U.S.

History Now Made, The U.S. And Cuba Face A Bumpy Road Ahead

Reuters | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

By Daniel Trotta and Matt Spetalnick PANAMA CITY, April 12 (Reuters) - Cuba and the United States just made history. Now comes the har...

Obama Seeks To Re-Engage With Latin America At Summit

AP | PETER ORSI and JOSHUA GOODMAN | Posted 04.13.2015 | World

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Climate change. Peace in Colombia. Argentina's longstanding claim of sovereignty over the Falkland Islands. Heads of state repre...

U.S. And Cuba Begin Historic Talks In Panama

AP | Posted 04.10.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. and Cuban diplomats have met in Panama in the highest-level meeting between the two governments in more than half a c...

Obama: Decision Near On Removing Cuba From Terror List

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — President Barack Obama will act soon on a recommendation about whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors ...

It's Time to Summit With Cuba

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Kate Oberdorfer

The Summit of the Americas is upon us, and for the first time in five decades, all eyes are on Cuba and the United States. (And Venezuela but it's time for another blogger to take on that Mother.)

Direct Flights From Orlando To Cuba Will Start This Summer

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.09.2015 | Travel

U.S. travelers looking to visit Cuba will have the option of taking a direct flight from Orlando to Havana starting July 8. The weekly flight, char...

The Panama Summit of the Americas: What to Expect

Richard E. Feinberg | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Richard E. Feinberg

The Panama summit could be yet another contentious conclave and wasted opportunity -- or it could be a triumphal moment for multilateral diplomacy and U.S. leadership in its own hemisphere.

Airbnb Expands Into Cuba

AP | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN | Posted 04.02.2015 | Travel

HAVANA (AP) — The popular online home-rental service Airbnb is allowing American travelers to book lodging in Cuba starting Thursday in the most sig...

Cuba: The Next Destination for Cruise Ships

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 03.30.2015 | Travel
Spencer Aronfeld

No one seems more excited about, prepared for, and capable of navigating major cruises to Cuba than Norwegian Cruise Line's newly minted CEO, Frank Del Rio.

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 05.06.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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 05.03.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 ...