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Will the Ugly American return to Cuba?

Julia Sagebien | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
Julia Sagebien

What was unthinkable a year ago today, when diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba were re-established, has now become the new normal. American ...

Planning A Visit To Cuba? Here's The Real Deal

Sherry Gray | Posted 06.24.2016 | Travel
Sherry Gray

Photo Credit: Eagle Creek, reprinted with permission Growing up in Key West, I found the myth and mystery of Cuba exotic and alluring. Most of my fri...

Greater Cuban Participation in LASA Despite Visa Rejections

María Isabel Alfonso | Posted 06.01.2016 | Latino Voices
María Isabel Alfonso

This year, around 250 Cuban scholars will participate in the 34th Latin American Studies Association International Congress. But, young Cuban scholars on the island are still confronted with a familiar dilemma: 50 of them didn't receive visas from the consular officials at U.S. embassy in Havana.

12 Books that Illuminate the Beautiful and Complex History of Cuba

Off The Shelf | Posted 05.27.2016 | Latino Voices
Off The Shelf

By Hilary Krutt | Off the Shelf Until recently, the fraught relationship between the United States and Cuba has made it difficult for Americans to fu...

Cuba's Slow-Brewing Economy and Homegrown Opportunity

Enrique J. Rueda-Sabater | Posted 05.23.2016 | Business
Enrique J. Rueda-Sabater

Creating an environment in which returning is an attractive possibility could produce a great growth boost and reassure potential foreign investors that Cuba is a place where business can thrive.

Another Trip Across: Sailing the Gulf Stream From Key West to Havana

Blake Scott | Posted 05.20.2016 | Travel
Blake Scott

Since the shift in U.S.-Cuban relations, recreational boaters from Florida have been literally racing to Havana.

What The United States Should Copy From Cuba

Robyn Stone | Posted 05.18.2016 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

When you visit Cuba you notice one thing right away: Older people are everywhere you look. Older people seem to be everywhere because they are welcomed everywhere. Unlike citizens in other Western countries, Cubans make it clear that their elders are an integral part of cultural and social life.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: 10 Days in Havana, Part Four

Perry Brass | Posted 05.16.2016 | Arts
Perry Brass

I spent ten days in Havana, Cuba, from February 9, 2016 to February 19, 2016--roughly a month before President Obama made his historic trip. It was my first trip to Cuba, and I kept a close journal of my time there.

Against All Hope: My 22 Years In Castro's Gulags

Armando Valladares | Posted 05.13.2016 | Religion
Armando Valladares

I am old enough to remember when there was no Amnesty International. I am also old enough to remember a Cuba before Fidel Castro. Indeed, my seemingly simple life trajectory dramatically changed course right as the two were coming into existence.

Beware, Cuba: Here Come Hungry American Cruisers

Greg Schwem | Posted 05.10.2016 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Raul Castro, have you gone completely insane? No, I'm not talking about the human rights abuses you continue inflicting on your country's residents e...

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: 10 Days in Havana, Part Three

Perry Brass | Posted 05.04.2016 | Arts
Perry Brass

From the outside, the Riviera looks close to abandoned, but it is still functioning; I was also told that, inside, it is a perfectly preserved piece of mid-1950s exuberantly excessive Americana.

10 Things That Will Be Cheaper (or More Expensive) if the U.S. Embargo on Cuba Is Lifted

GOBankingRates | Posted 05.02.2016 | Business

By Barbara Friedberg, Finance Writer With President Barack Obama's recent visit to Cuba, the media is ablaze with hopes that the U.S. embargo on the ...

Let's Trade with Cuba!

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

I am pleased that the first U.S. cruise ship to make a voyage to Cuba in almost 40 years arrived in Havana, Cuba, yesterday morning carrying 700 passengers, including Cuban Americans on board.

The Other Side of the Cuban Embargo

Jess Davidson | Posted 04.29.2016 | Travel
Jess Davidson

For many Cubans, Obama has become the manifestation of increased tourism and thus increased opportunities for private business. As more private licenses are granted, more Cubans can seize the opportunity to move towards being a "have" instead of a "have-not."

Artists Welcome in Cuba

George Stevens, Jr. | Posted 04.27.2016 | Arts
George Stevens, Jr.

Artists are optimists by nature and this proved true on both sides of the equation during the first official U.S. cultural delegation to Cuba that arrived last week in the wake of President Obama's visit. The Cubans see light and take hope from meeting colleagues from abroad.

Time for the US to take Cuba seriously

Georges Ugeux | Posted 04.24.2016 | World
Georges Ugeux

These thoughts are the reflection of a people-to-people trip to Cuba with National Geographic, a program that is fundamentally educational and a disco...

Updating the Party: Cuba's New (and Not So New) Leaders

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 04.24.2016 | World
William M. LeoGrande

The new Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party reflects the priorities and style of its First Secretary. The party itself maintains the leading role, but the committee has a more technocratic tilt, positioning it for the complex economic tasks ahead.

The U.S. May Soon Start Deporting More Cubans. Here’s What’s Waiting For Them.

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 04.20.2016 | World

HAVANA -- Francisco Jesús Jiménez misses a lot of things about the United States. He misses his five kids. He misses his car. He misses his phone. H...

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: 10 Days in Havana, Part Two

Perry Brass | Posted 04.15.2016 | Arts
Perry Brass

I spent ten days in Havana, Cuba, from February 9, 2016 to February 19, 2016--roughly a month before President Obama's historic trip. It was my first stay to Cuba, and I kept a journal. I also wrote poetry there, and I will include some of it in journal entries.

Why I'm Not Cruising to Cuba with Carnival this Summer

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 04.13.2016 | Travel
Spencer Aronfeld

Carnival Cruise Lines, the world's largest passenger cruise ship conglomerate, is certainly in a hurry to be the first of the three major U.S.-based c...

Our Inhumane Cuban Migrant Policy

Isabel C. Albee | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Isabel C. Albee

I understand the need to protect our borders. But the stark difference between our policy in Cuba and our policy everywhere else forces me to believe that our policy is driven by old-school politics, inertia, or a simple inability to adapt to a new reality.

Why A Genuine Normalization of Relations Between America and Cuba Is an Uphill Struggle

Samuel Ramani | Posted 04.11.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

On March 21, 2016, US President Barack Obama and Cuba's leader Raul Castro held a historic joint news conference. Obama's visit to Havana, the first m...

An Open Letter to President Obama about José Martí

Alfred J. López | Posted 04.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Alfred J. López

Although the media commotion over your visit to Cuba has diminished, I'm sure that Cuba will continue to hold your attention in the coming months. So I thought this would be an opportune moment to write you about someone who was apparently much on your mind during your historic visit.

Missing the Point of President Obama's Trips to Cuba and Argentina

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 04.03.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

While President Obama was keeping his eye on the ball during his recent trips to Cuba and Argentina, much of the U.S. media severely missed the point of this pivotal moment for U.S.-Latin America relations.

Cuba after Obama: One Cuban-American's Hope

The Heller School | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics
The Heller School

As a first-generation Cuban-American, I am keenly aware of the emotions that underlie the relations between our two countries. My own family fled Cuba in 1966. Their physical trip from Cuba was an hour-long flight, but the ripple effects of that journey continue to be felt today.