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Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.20.2014 | 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 12.20.2014 | 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 12.20.2014 | 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 12.20.2014 | 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 12.20.2014 | 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 12.19.2014 | 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 12.19.2014 | 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 12.19.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 12.19.2014 | 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.

Relating to Cuba

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Rev. Larry Hollon

They are everyday people seeking to live meaningful, purposeful lives like you and me, under difficult circumstances made unnecessarily more difficult by political differences that have festered now for a half century.

2016 Presidential Campaign Kicks Off With Two Grown Men Fighting Over Cuba

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics

A dispute between two possible presidential candidates escalated on Friday around the topic of newly opened diplomatic relations with Cuba, and the la...

These Photos Show How Little Cuba's Struggling Economy Has Changed In A Half-Century

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford & Damon Scheuler | Posted 12.19.2014 | Business

With an economy that has basically stood still for more than half a century, it's often difficult to tell the difference between a present-day photo of Cuba and one that is decades old.

Cuba -- Reacting to the Opening

Abraham R. Wagner | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Abraham R. Wagner

Reactions to Obama's announcement of normalization relations with Cuba were to be expected, but have already taken on a character that is largely divisive and unwarranted.

U.S. Tapped Contractors To Do Its Sneaky Work In Cuba

AP | JACK GILLUM and DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the...

Cuba Policy Changes Mark a Momentous First Step

Ada Ferrer | Posted 12.19.2014 | Latino Voices
Ada Ferrer

As a historian of Cuba, as a Cuban-American, as an American citizen, I applaud President Obama's change of course on Cuba. Surprisingly, so do my 93 and 88-year old Republican parents in Miami.

Obama Intends to Lift Several Restrictions Against Cuba on His Own

New York Times | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Obama will move as soon as next month to defang the 54-year-old American trade embargo against Cuba, administration officials...

Obama Seeks to End the Embargo As Cubans Are Trending Democrat

John A. Tures | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

When one wonders why the Cuban Embargo was around so long, Floridians used to tell me "It's politics." The same can be said of why the Cuban Embargo is ending.

Cuba: A Small Role in Improving Relations

Connie Lawn | Posted 12.18.2014 | DC
Connie Lawn

Sometimes people can change the course of history by being in the right place at the right time. This was my fortunate experience in helping to change America's 54 year old policy towards Cuba.

White House Does Not Dismiss Idea Of Castro Visit

Reuters | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - The White House does not dismiss the possibility of an eventual, precedent-shatterin...

New York Tabloids React To U.S.-Cuba Deal

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.18.2014 | Media

Cigars figured prominently in Thursday's New York tabloid covers. Following news that the U.S. would begin to reestablish diplomatic relations wit...

Mandy Fridmann

Miami's Cubans Express Sharply Divided Opinions About Obama's Announcement

HuffingtonPost.com | Mandy Fridmann | Posted 12.18.2014 | Latino Voices

President Barack Obama's announcement Wednesday that the United States would drastically shift its policy toward Cuba for the first time in more than ...

Why Obama's Cuba Policy Changes Are Possible, In One Easy Chart

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas and Ana Benedetti | Posted 12.18.2014 | Latino Voices

President Barack Obama’s move to normalize U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations for the first time since 1961 would have been unthinkable for most other p...

Jaweed Kaleem

How Pope John Paul II Paved The Way For The U.S.-Cuba Thaw

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion

While Pope Francis is being credited with orchestrating the detente between the U.S. and Cuba, the roots of the delicate agreement stretch to the last...

What You Need To Know About The 'Cuban Five'

AP | Posted 12.18.2014 | World

HAVANA (AP) — The "Cuban Five" refers to intelligence agents whose so-called "Wasp Network" operated in Florida in the 1990s. They were arrested in ...