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What The U.S. Could Learn From Cuba About Ending Zika

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.29.2016 | Healthy Living

Cuba has successfully held off the Zika epidemic and in the process all but eliminated Dengue fever and other mosquito-carried illnesses, state-run me...

Obama in Cuba: Three Months Later

Miriam Leiva | Posted 06.27.2016 | Latino Voices
Miriam Leiva

The impact of Obama's visit to Cuba on the population has neutralized the political battle waged under the flag of a revolution, whose permanent failure diminishes life quality and hopes.

Planning A Visit To Cuba? Here's The Real Deal

Sherry Gray | Posted 06.24.2016 | Travel
Sherry Gray

Photo Credit: Eagle Creek, reprinted with permission Growing up in Key West, I found the myth and mystery of Cuba exotic and alluring. Most of my fri...

Colombia's FARC Rebels Sign Historic Ceasefire With Government

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.23.2016 | World

HAVANA/BOGOTA, June 23 (Reuters) - Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels signed a historic ceasefire deal on Thursday, bringing them tantalizi...

Cuba's Seldom-Seen Undersea Paradise

Lindblad Expeditions | Posted 06.22.2016 | Travel
Lindblad Expeditions

Did you know that Fidel Castro was an avid scuba diver? It's part of the reason — along with low development and economic stagnation — that some of Cuba's undersea is in such prime condition.

Latin America in the mirror of 'Brexit' / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.22.2016 | World
Yoani Sanchez

A demonstration against the costs of the Mercosur Summit in 2014. (Digital Analysis) 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 22 June 2016 -- Rupture can onl...

China's GBD Public Diplomatic & Cultural Exchange Center Gifts Castro Portrait to Cuba

AsiaToday | Posted 06.19.2016 | World

By Hong Soon-do, Beijing correspondent, AsiaToday - China and Cuba are friendly since both of them are socialist countries. They enjoy active exchange...

We Were All At Pulse

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.16.2016 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The official Cuban press has treated the fact that the event took place in a gay establishment with omissions and squeamishness. The prudery on television and in the national periodicals, with this silence, only promotes homophobia and belies their own discourse of changes.

How Are You Using 86,400 Daily Seconds?

Heidi Allen | Posted 06.15.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Heidi Allen

For a long time, I stood in front of my kitchen chalkboard and stared at the number I'd written there. 86,400. A number I'd been obsessing over for ...

"Night Life" Was Nominated For A Hugo Award. "Night Work" Has Fidel Castro, A Body In Central Park, And An Incorruptible Cop -- And It's Even Better.

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 06.15.2016 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

I don't read thrillers, and I especially don't read thrillers with police as heroes, but I read "Night Life" non-stop, and when it was over, I cheered...

Obama Administration Signs Historic Health Agreement

STAT | Posted 06.14.2016 | Healthy Living

The long-estranged countries will work together on global health issues, including infectious diseases like dengue fever, and the medical challenges that come with aging populations, the department announced.

Cuba Travel Opens Dramatically With New Commercial Flights and the Individual General License

John McAuliff | Posted 06.13.2016 | Travel
John McAuliff

"This change is intended to make authorized educational travel to Cuba more accessible and less expensive for U.S. citizens, and will increase opportu...

U.S. Approves Flights To Cuba By Six American Carriers

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 06.10.2016 | World

The United States approved scheduled flights to Cuban cities other than Havana from five U.S. cities, with service starting as soon as this fall, the ...

16 Travel Tips for a 'Gringo' Visiting Cuba

Hirania Luzardo | Posted 06.07.2016 | Travel
Hirania Luzardo

Traveling to Cuba is a humanitarian and educational experience... a mission trip. Probably a painful expedition, especially for a Cuban exile like me....

U.S. Nostalgia for Cuba

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Carla Gardina Pestana

I am going to Cuba for a conference, my first visit to that island. When I mention these travels, I almost invariably get a positive reaction.

You Can't Promote Freedom In Cuba By Denying It To Americans

Ricardo Herrero | Posted 06.08.2016 | World
Ricardo Herrero

There is no better way to promote openness in Cuba than by allowing everyday Americans to travel freely to the Island and serve as on-the-ground ambassadors of our democratic values.

Private Property Returns to Cuba

Miriam Leiva | Posted 06.03.2016 | Latino Voices
Miriam Leiva

Hopefully private property will be recognized beyond the communist party's papers. Cubans living on the island have been discriminated against, while the New Investment Law is only for foreigners. The legislation must not only refer to medium, small and micro enterprises.

Vacationers Bunk Down in Homes Away From Home

Bob Schulman | Posted 06.03.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Imagine yourself bedding down in someone's villa on, say, the island of Bali, while your local host arranges sightseeing tours, clues you in on shoppi...

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: 10 Days in Havana, Part Five

Perry Brass | Posted 06.02.2016 | Arts
Perry Brass

Inside the newly renovated Gran Teatro Alicia Alonzo. I spent ten days in Havana, Cuba, from February 9, 2016 to February 19, 2016--roughly a month...

Travel in a Changing Cuba

Paul Schmitz | Posted 06.01.2016 | Travel
Paul Schmitz

Entering a Communist totalitarian state, I expected more militaristic security personnel at the airport. Instead, we were warmly welcomed to Cuba by the female immigration and security agents wearing uniforms that included shorts and patterned fishnet stockings.

Un-Touring Havana: 5 Ways to Soak It In

Tamar Lowell | Posted 06.01.2016 | Travel
Tamar Lowell

Excitement about Cuba continues to grow. There's the culture, the rum, the cigars, the incredible warmth of its people. And of course, there is this sense that Cuba has been a forbidden fruit for so long, and everyone wants a taste.

Greater Cuban Participation in LASA Despite Visa Rejections

María Isabel Alfonso | Posted 06.01.2016 | Latino Voices
María Isabel Alfonso

This year, around 250 Cuban scholars will participate in the 34th Latin American Studies Association International Congress. But, young Cuban scholars on the island are still confronted with a familiar dilemma: 50 of them didn't receive visas from the consular officials at U.S. embassy in Havana.

Sustainable Peace in Colombia and True Democracy in Cuba Requires Peace in Venezuela

Mariana Atencio | Posted 05.31.2016 | World
Mariana Atencio

There is a dire need for the international community to coalesce in condemnation of the crisis in Venezuela to ensure prosperity and democracy throughout the region.

12 Books that Illuminate the Beautiful and Complex History of Cuba

Off The Shelf | Posted 05.27.2016 | Latino Voices
Off The Shelf

By Hilary Krutt | Off the Shelf Until recently, the fraught relationship between the United States and Cuba has made it difficult for Americans to fu...

Cuba's Shameful Friends / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2016 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Alexandr Lukashenko has been in power in Belarus since 1994. (CC) 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 25 May 2016 - People with whom we sh...