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Reading Mysteries in Havana: It Takes Two to Salsa But Will the US and Cuba Face the Music?

Marwan Bishara | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Marwan Bishara

Cuba is an enigmatic place to its friends and foes, especially to its curious nemesis to the north. But it's unraveling slowly and surely. With new players, new clues, and many twists and turns.

When Is Covert Action Not Covert? When It's 'Discreet.' USAID's Indiscreet Twitter Program in Cuba

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

Ever since the Associated Press revealed that USAID created a short-lived, free text message app for Cuban cell-phone users called ZunZuneo, Obama administration officials have been indignantly denying that the program was covert.

ZunZuneo, USAID and How the U.S. Lost the Confidence of the Cuban People

Victor Salcedo | Posted 04.03.2014 | Latino Voices
Victor Salcedo

Kudos to USAID for thinking outside the box and trying to solve this 20th century problem with 21st century technologies. Nonetheless, the agency failed too soon and too publicly.

In Cuba Policy Debate, Theories Don't Cut It

Mauricio Claver-Carone | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Mauricio Claver-Carone

It's time for those who theorize that closer business ties to Cuba will trigger economic and political reform, and want to scuttle U.S. sanctions, to face some inconvenient truths.

George Fowler: Cuba Libre

James P. Farwell | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
James P. Farwell

In the movies, evil bad guys are often stupid and hire stupid people to do the wrong thing. Fidel Castro shows that evil people can be very smart, and find bright people who do the right things in advancing their goals, no matter how twisted.

The University Is for Counterrevolutionaries

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 03.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

A rapper, a graffiti artist, a blogger, two independent lawyers: In all, 17 students have arrived from Cuba with U.S government-sponsored scholarships to study at Miami Dade College.

Roque Planas

Poll Reveals That Most Americans Don't Support Cuban Embargo

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 02.11.2014 | Latino Voices

The U.S. public wants to see the Cuban embargo end. More than half of Americans are in favor of normalizing the United States' fractured relations...

Here's What Obama Could Do To Repair Relations With Cuba

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

By David Adams and Daniel Trotta MIAMI/HAVANA, Feb 6 (Reuters) - U.S. relations with Cuba are at their best in almost two decades, but...

Cuba: The CELAC Summit and Its Challenges

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 04.05.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

The presence in Havana of an overwhelming majority of the heads of state of Latin America and the Caribbean confirmed the gap between Washington and the rest of the continent with respect to Cuba.

Americans Leave Cuba With A New Attitude: Study

AP | PETER ORSI | Posted 02.03.2014 | Latino Voices

HAVANA (AP) — When President Barack Obama reinstated "people-to-people" travel to Cuba in 2011, the idea was that visiting Americans would act as cu...

Miami Dade College Sets Back Educational Exchange With Cuba

John McAuliff | Posted 03.26.2014 | Miami
John McAuliff

Cuban-American initiative has muddied the waters of educational exchange with the U.S. in the run-up to an important international conference in Cuba February 10-14, Universidad 2014.

End the Cuban Embargo

Daniel Raphael | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Daniel Raphael

Due to the United States' attempts to destroy the regime through an embargo and its resulting effect on the economy, there is minimal infrastructure in Cuba. This is a double-edged sword in that it makes the U.S. a common enemy of the Cuban people, subtly aiding an authoritarian regime.

A Major First In The Cuban Art World

AP | ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 01.25.2014 | Latino Voices

HAVANA (AP) — Thirty woodcuts by the late Mario Sanchez are on display in Havana, the first exhibition of an American artist of Cuban descent to be ...

U.S. And Cuba Start New Round Of Migration Talks

AP | PETER ORSI | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban and U.S. representatives are set to meet in Havana for a new round of restarted migration talks on Thursday, a signal of the lon...

Change With Cuba in President Obama's Hands

John McAuliff | Posted 02.22.2014 | World
John McAuliff

The handshake between President Obama and Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service would have made the South African leader smile. It was the latest sign of a gradual thawing in relations between Washington and Havana after a frozen half-century.

Barack Obama and Raul Castro: More Than a Handshake?

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 02.22.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

A simple handshake doesn't have to be exaggerated, but it matters. Civility isn't sufficient but it is a necessary and praiseworthy conduct in international affairs. It is worth remembering that international politics is made of many societal actors.

Our Girl in Havana: The Artists of Camagüey

Tyler Wetherall | Posted 02.16.2014 | Travel
Tyler Wetherall

Some people assume the strictures of the socialist regime in Cuba suppress any form of expression until only a bland diet of state-sanctioned work remains. This couldn't be further from the truth.

What to Make of the Cuba Handshake

Jake Colvin | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Jake Colvin

For as much as the media made of the handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, it's not nearly as juicy as other aspects of the U.S.-Cuba relationship.

The U.S. Cuba Embargo: Making Diplomacy Impossible

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 02.10.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

Instead of seeking a superficial fix, the United States needs to lift its trade embargo on Cuba or at least remove the country from the state terrorism list. The time has come to normalize economic ties, improve political relations, and allow financial transactions to function regularly.

Michael McAuliff

GOP Lawmaker Deplores Obama's 'Bloody' Castro Handshake

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With Republicans assailing President Barack Obama for shaking the hand of Cuban leader Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's funeral on Tuesda...

American Jailed In Cuba Pleads With Obama For Help

AP | JESSICA GRESKO | Posted 12.04.2013 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American man who is marking four years in prison in Cuba has written a letter to President Barack Obama asking the president to...

JFK's Real Legacy: Unintended Consequences of Needless Foreign Meddling

Ivan Eland | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

JFK's orchestration of the attempted overthrow of a foreign regime -- Fidel Castro's in Cuba -- is usually treated in American history as a one-off disaster from which JFK's presidency later recovered.

Obama: U.S. Must Continue To Update Policies On Cuba

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 11.11.2013 | Latino Voices

MIAMI -- MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. must continue updating its policies toward Cuba. Obama says the U.S. has started to see ...

President Obama: In Search of a Creative Policy Towards Cuba

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

With the emergence of autonomous civil society and a significant market-oriented sector in Cuba, the U.S. insistence that the embargo is against the Castro government, not the people, becomes contradictory.

Cuba Opens Door For Athletes To Sign In U.S.

AP | ANNE-MARIE GARCIA and PETER ORSI | Posted 11.27.2013 | Sports

HAVANA -- Could a new wave of Cuban baseball players be headed for the major leagues without having to defect from the communist island? Cuba announc...