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Cuban Embargo

Is It Time To Rethink U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Cuba?

The Huffington Post | Michael Maisel | Posted 06.24.2014 | World

Is it time to rethink U.S. foreign policy towards Cuba? That's the question Marc Lamont Hill discussed with academics and journalists on HuffPost Live...

Not Against All Cuba Sanctions, Just Dumb Cuba Sanctions

Ricardo Herrero | Posted 06.09.2014 | Latino Voices
Ricardo Herrero

Forget about "leading from behind." When it comes to Cuba, we are simply behind.

Free Alan Gross by Freeing the Cuban Five

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Arturo Lopez Levy

While the U.S. government has vigorously protested his treatment, it has proven unwilling to make the diplomatic overtures -- like releasing the Cuban Five -- that could secure his release.

Cuba & the U.S: The Case Against the Cuban Embargo

Adrian Brito | Posted 06.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Adrian Brito

How come we do business with some of the world's most authoritarian regimes with the worst human rights' records on the planet, yet we keep insisting that the Cuban embargo should be kept in place solely on moral grounds?

Flip Flopping on Cuba: Time To End Antiquated Cold War Embargo

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

In politics, once you take a stand on an issue, you better have a good reason to change your mind.

Wait, Wait, Let Me Guess What Comes Next

Christopher Sabatini | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Christopher Sabatini

The question is not whether the Cuban government will respond with its usual brutish behavior to prevent a policy change in the U.S.--it is who will listen to its partners, who will demand that we go backwards?

The Handshake Would Have Made Mandela Smile

Scott Blakeman | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Scott Blakeman

If any handshake critics had bothered to actually listen to President Obama's speech, they would have heard why the handshake was not only appropriate but it was something that Mandela himself would smile upon.

Should We Help End Cuba's 'Special Period'?

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 02.24.2014 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

The death of Hugo Chavez may leave Cuba in need of new allies. Perhaps it's time to negotiate a pact with Cuba: political reforms in Cuba in exchange for trade leniency from the U.S. In the process Cuba might regain her footing, and the U.S. might reap a significant political and economic opportunity.

Mandela, Miami and Cuba: The Real Story

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 09.23.2013 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

Capitalizing on Nelson Mandela's health problems, embargo supporters have constructed a false parallel between the multilateral sanctions against South Africa's apartheid regime and the illegal, immoral embargo against Cuba. Mandela's own relationship with Cuba tells a different story, with important lessons for current foreign policy.

President of the French Senate: 'The United States Ought to Lift Its Economic Sanctions Against Cuba'

Salim Lamrani | Posted 07.31.2013 | World
Salim Lamrani

President of the Senate since 2011, Jean-Pierre Bel is second in line in the French governmental hierarchy by virtue of the constitution.

How One Cuban Blogger Is Changing Cuban Minds

Ignacio Sosa | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Ignacio Sosa

I vowed never to return to Cuba until the country of my birth was free -- an unlikely proposition given the strong grip of the Cuban government on virtually all aspects of life on the island. Ms. Sanchez has changed my view on the future of Cuba.

Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Me: Our Trips to Cuba

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 06.13.2013 | World
Isabel Kaplan

Not one to be left out of the discussion, Jay-Z just dropped a new track called "Open Letter" (produced by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz) in which he discusses his recent trip to Cuba. He raps: "I'm in Cuba, I love Cubans/ This talk about Communism is so confusing." I feel ya, Jay-Z.

Rubio's Zoo: A Response to Marco Rubio's Views on Travel to Cuba

Vanessa Garcia | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Vanessa Garcia

In your speech you criticize Senators who go to Cuba and return with the realization that our embargo is a "relic of the cold war." The truth is that both are relics -- the Castro regime and American policy towards Cuba.

Ten New Year's Resolutions for U.S. Policy Towards Latin America

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 03.06.2013 | World
Lisa Haugaard

If we could keep these resolutions, 2013 would be a banner year for U.S.-Latin American relations.

The Embargo: Both Sides Are Still Living Out the Cold War

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.14.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Year after year the issue of the U.S. embargo against Cuba is presented in the United Nations. Year after year, the majority of countries votes against this fossil of the Cold War.

Cuba Loosens Grip on Economy (VIDEO)

Alexander Ragir | Posted 12.12.2012 | World
Alexander Ragir

The Cuban government is relaxing its grip on the island's socialist economy, allowing the legal creation of private enterprise for the first time sinc...

The Virtual Black Hole Of Havana

Tyler Wetherall | Posted 08.05.2012 | Travel
Tyler Wetherall

All I wanted was to tell my family that I hadn't passed out on the Cuban pavement in a rum stupor. I didn't know it was possible to run out of internet.

An American In Cuba

Tyler Wetherall | Posted 07.03.2012 | Travel
Tyler Wetherall

A great many flout the ban and travel here illegally, flying to Mexico or Canada from where they can buy a ticket to Cuba. And the chance of getting caught is slim.

Wanted -- A New Cuba Policy

Rajan Menon | Posted 04.26.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

Havana still rejects the principle of far-reaching political change as a precondition for scrapping the embargo. There's no reason to expect a change of heart, particularly because other major economic powers' willingness to trade with and invest in Cuba has made the American boycott less painful.

The United States Needs America More Than Ever

Monica Gutierrez | Posted 06.15.2012 | Latino Voices
Monica Gutierrez

When you say "America" everywhere else in the world, the word makes unequivocal reference to the whole concept: including North, Central, South America, the Caribbean, and the adjacent islands.

End the Embargo, End Castro Regime's Excuse for All Its Failures

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I hope that today's vote in the UN is favorable toward those of us who wish such absurdity to end, especially we who consider the end of the embargo as a definitive blow to the authoritarianism under which we live.

The Long Distance Run-Around

Margarita Alarcon | Posted 09.20.2011 | World
Margarita Alarcon

To say that one state controls US policy towards Cuba is in fact silly and insane. Its not one state, its worse.

Yoani Sánchez Forbidden by Cuba to Collect Her Award; CEPOS Freedom Prize Presented in Absentia

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 07.05.2011 | World
Thor Halvorssen

Yoani Sánchez -- the world-renowned Cuban blogger and philologist -- will be honored here with the inaugural Freedom Award by CEPOS. But there's one oddity: Yoani is forbidden to leave her country to accept the award.

Made in Cuba

Margarita Alarcon | Posted 06.27.2011 | World
Margarita Alarcon

Mother's Day is a few weeks away and Havana is all geared up for the merchandizing aspect of the day. In the past, due to scarcities, the embargo and...

Bureaucracy: A Week of Enduring the Cuban System

The Morningside Post | Posted 06.06.2011 | World
The Morningside Post

Why did the most mundane of tasks require going from place to place and person to person, and waiting in numerous lines?