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What Was Missing From John Oliver's Takedown Of The Cuban Embargo

The Huffington Post | Ana Maria Benedetti & Roque Planas | Posted 09.23.2014 | Latino Voices

John Oliver made a big point on Sunday, and it wasn’t about women parading around in bikinis. Almost five months after its premiere, the host of ...

Hemingway, Tourism, and the Contradictions of Revolutionary Cuba

Blake Scott | Posted 09.03.2014 | Travel
Blake Scott

At El Floridita bar in Old Havana, Ernest Hemingway drank in the afternoons and supposedly met his only Cuban love, Leopoldina (a sex worker). Hemingw...

Latest Development in USAID Controversy Reflects Years of Botched Cuban Policy

Laura Weiss | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Laura Weiss

When it comes to U.S.-Cuba relations -- a history wrought with covert coup plans, bureaucratic missteps, and Cold War-era paranoia -- one struggles to know what to believe.

President Obama Can Help Charlie Crist Win in Florida

John McAuliff | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
John McAuliff

Progresso Weekly has published an optimistic assessment of how Charlie Crist can regain the governorship of Florida as a Democrat, an important contest for Americans who want more rational relations with Cuba.

Obama Says He Wants to Cut the 'Stupid Sh-t'? Start with Bad Cuba Policy

Ricardo Herrero | Posted 08.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Ricardo Herrero

President Obama drew attention earlier this summer for reportedly describing his policy doctrine to reporters with four simple words. Now it's time to see how serious the president is about adhering to this principle.

U.S. Funding (Another) Social Network to Try to Overthrow Castro

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
The GroundTruth Project

Piramideo and the various U.S. programs hope to capitalize on Cuban complaints about the country's mobile phone and internet services. Until 2008 the Cuban government prohibited citizens from owning cell phones. When the law changed, hundreds of thousands signed up.

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...

South Florida Poll Confirms Big Shift in Exile Community on Cuba

Sarah Stephens | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

Why has Florida's Cuban American community, the number one source of political support for the harshest possible Cuba policy, shifted its views so markedly?

A Prisoner Exchange that Could Improve Relations Between Cuba and the United States

Salim Lamrani | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

Barack Obama should use his powers as President of the United States and pardon the three Cubans that are still imprisoned. This will have the immediate effect of freeing Alan Gross and improving relations between Washington and Havana.

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.

US Trafficking in Cuban Players

Tom Hayden | Posted 06.24.2014 | Sports
Tom Hayden

It's conceivable that the MLB could make this a "Jackie Robinson moment" by embracing the cause of these Cuban players and demanding hearings toward a more rational policy than the embargo. Creating a level playing field for the players might spark public interest in a level playing field for the two countries.

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

Marwan Bishara | Posted 06.16.2014 | 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 06.11.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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 06.02.2014 | 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 05.04.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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...