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US Cuba Relations

How Obama Moved the Cuba Needle

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 03.03.2015 | World
William M. LeoGrande

Most of the foreign-policy establishment concluded long ago that Washington's policy of hostility toward Havana made no sense, but because Cuba was a low priority issue during Obama's first term, establishment figures rarely spoke out about it -- until they began to sense that the policy was in flux.

Some Cuba Dissidents Freed After New Crackdown

Reuters | Posted 03.02.2015 | World

By Daniel Wallis and Daniel Trotta HAVANA, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Cuba freed some leading dissidents on Wednesday after holding the...

Not That Healthy

Vinay Gupta | Posted 03.06.2015 | World
Vinay Gupta

Poor governance, marked by rising income inequality, corruption and lack of accountability, additionally challenges the sustainability of Cuba's universal health-care scheme. Havana ranks 75th in the annually-published Global Peace Index, a metric that attempts to quantify effective governance in a variety of sectors, putting it on par with troubled countries like Djibouti, Nepal and Malawi.

1959 to 2014

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 03.02.2015 | World
Julia E. Sweig

Predictions for what the US-Cuba relationship might look like 56 years from now are beyond this observer's horizon. But I can hazard an educated guess about what to expect over the next five to 10 -- a blink of an eye in historical terms.

U.S. Condemns Cuba's 'Practice Of Repressing' After Activists Detained

Reuters | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA, Dec 31 (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday condemned what it called Cuba's practice of repression foll...

Cuba Detains Political Protesters Weeks After U.S. Deal

Reuters | Posted 03.01.2015 | World

(Adds State Department condemnation, other details) By Daniel Trotta HAVANA, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Cuban police detained se...

Talking About Cuba

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Kate Oberdorfer

I have been trailing Cuba for nearly nine years now -- and that's nine years of asking when the embargo would be lifted, who would lift it, and what the impact of that lift would be. Would Starbucks suddenly appear on every crumbling corner of Havana?

The Forgotten History of U.S.-Cuba Friendship

Van Gosse | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Van Gosse

It is not as absurd as many people think that there would be a rapprochement between the United States and revolutionary Cuba.

Obama Doesn't Rule Out U.S. Embassy In Iran

AP/The Huffington Post | By DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — While President Barack Obama hasn't ruled out the possibility of reopening a U.S. Embassy in Iran, Republicans say the Senate will...

On Cuba, Obama Goes Long and Castro Holds On

Ted Piccone | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Ted Piccone

It's hard to overstate the sense of relief that was felt in both Washington and Havana as Obama and Castro announced a breakthrough in such long-running hostility. It's worth taking a moment to understand how both sides got to this point and why it portends a major shift in U.S. foreign policy and potentially, in Cuban society.

Race to the Bottom

Endy Zemenides | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Endy Zemenides

We have shown the unfortunate tendency of abandoning sticks once we've reached for the carrots. For the sake of human rights around the world, hopefully we can recommit to a balanced approach.

Cuba Tourism Expected To Rise

AP | BEN FOX | Posted 12.22.2014 | Travel

HAVANA (AP) — As the U.S. and Cuba begin to normalize relations for the first time in half a century, some Americans are already roaming the streets...

The Taliban in the Self

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

How many children has our greed killed? How many children grow up without proper education? How many children are subjected to the slow deaths of racism, homophobia and sexism? How many children are dead because of our thirst for guns and violence? The questions can go on and on.

Chris Christie Wants Obama To Demand That Cuba Return Cop Killer To U.S.

AP | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie disagrees with President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and wants the preside...

Cuba Announcement 'A Truly Historic Moment'

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 12.21.2014 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we look at the future of U.S.-Cuba relati...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week brought two very different goodbyes. First, we said adios to 54 years of Cuban isolation policy, with President Obama lifting bans on travel and trade and resuming diplomatic relations. The other goodbye was to The Colbert Report. After nine years and 1,447 episodes, Stephen Colbert signed off in appropriate fashion, with Santa, a unicorn, Abe Lincoln, and a chess match with Death. Then, he was joined by dozens of former guests -- including Big Bird, Henry Kissinger, George Lucas, Katie Couric, James Franco, Cory Booker, Willie Nelson, and myself -- for a bittersweet version of "We'll Meet Again." After nearly a decade of Colbert, it's clear that what's truly special about him isn't his amazing wit, incredible timing, or even how staggeringly funny he is; it's his heart. Underneath his blowhard character, his humor consistently came from a place of compassion and truth (in the guise of truthiness) -- exactly what we need in these polarized times. Thankfully, we'll all be resuming ties with Colbert again soon.

A New Normal: US-Cuba Relations and the Path Forward

Mack McLarty | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Mack McLarty

With a bold stroke, the president has shaken up the political and diplomatic landscape from one end of the Americas to the other, with important potential benefits for the United States.

Protesters Against Cuba-U.S. Plan Gather In Miami

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO and RACHEL LA CORTE | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

MIAMI (AP) — Cuban opposition leaders from the island joined Cuban American politicians and activists on Saturday, pledging to oppose President Bara...

Obama's New Cuba Policy Corrects a Five-Decade Failure

Jason Marczak | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Jason Marczak

The policy changes are not a reward for the Castros. They are a recognition that involvement, not estrangement, will foster a productive relationship better able to reach our goals of an inclusive, democratic hemisphere.

Raul Castro: Detente With U.S. Won't Change Communist System

AP | ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 02.19.2015 | World

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostilit...

ABCs Middle Line Breaks the Cuban-American Hardline

Vanessa Garcia | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Vanessa Garcia

If I were an American that was not the daughter of Cuban immigrants, it would be easy to write this article. It seems obvious: Great news! Next, lift the embargo.

The 25th Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Panama

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

With a thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations we might have an opportunity to come to terms with the long and sordid history of the United States' actions in the Caribbean divorced from the anti-communist hyperbole we still hear from some politicians and pundits.

Cuba Libre: Obama Frees a Monster in America's Head

Dan Siegel | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Dan Siegel

The Cold War against Cuba not only made life worse for ordinary Cubans. It also diminished America's own democracy and undermined its lofty spoken commitments to human rights and the rule of law.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Obama Defends Historic Deal With Cuba | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Friday defended his historic deal with Cuba and hit back at critics who said the decision overlooked the Castr...

Saudi Arabia Beheads Gays, but Marco Rubio Has No Problem With You Traveling There

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

If human rights abuses really were the metric by which we decided on trade and travel, the U.S. should be banning Americans from visiting our staunchest allies and our most popular vacation spots (including much of the Caribbean, where homosexuality is illegal, though it's not illegal in Cuba). It would literally be much of the globe.