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As the future closes in, there’s still time to travel to authentic Cuba

As the future closes in, there’s still time to travel to authentic Cuba THE WASHINGTON POST PUBLISHED: August 5, 2016 at 2:16 pm | UPDATED: August 5, 2016 at 2:19 By Moriah Balingit The Washington Post For many travelers, the goal is to physically move – to be flung through airspace and to cross borders […] Continue reading

Discovering the African Heartbeat in Cuba

Discovering the African Heartbeat in Cuba Johnica Reed Hawkins This story originally appeared in the August issue of ESSENCE. Cuba is a land of contradictions. It’s a nation that is largely defined by the descendants of enslaved Africans, yet also a place where those influences are often denied and racism is rarely confronted. Writer Johnica […] Continue reading

In Cuba, as an uncertain future inches closer, it’s still a step back in time

In Cuba, as an uncertain future inches closer, it’s still a step back in time By Moriah Balingit July 28 at 4:30 PM For many travelers, the goal is to physically move — to be flung through airspace and to cross borders — but to remain in spaces that are comfortably familiar. They would prefer […] Continue reading

Obama pushes Cuba to improve human rights

Obama pushes Cuba to improve human rights By Frank Jack Daniel in Havana, Matt Spetalnick 1:19 PM Wednesday Mar 23, 2016 Castro accuses US of double standards after Obama criticises human rights record. United States President Barack Obama yesterday pushed Cuba to improve human rights during his historic visit to the Communist-led island, publicly sparring […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Complex Ethnic Mix

Cuba’s Complex Ethnic Mix 02/09/2016 04:24 pm ET | Updated 14 hours ago Rick Steves Author of European travel guidebooks and host of travel shows on public television and public radio One of the joys of visiting Cuba is meeting the people in this still remarkably closed society. It’s so easy and fun to connect […] Continue reading

Will American tourists change Cuba for better or worse

Will American tourists change Cuba for better or worse December 26, 2015 5:40 PM MST In Cuba, everybody’s equal—politically, economically and socially speaking. Unlike the U.S., Cuba prides itself on being an egalitarian society. Since Fidel Castro’s Revolucion in 1958, Cuba has embraced a socialist ideology in which the government owns virtually everything and the […] Continue reading

N.J. cop killer Chesimard living as a ‘ghost’ in Havana

Kelly: N.J. cop killer Chesimard living as a ‘ghost’ in Havana LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2015, 7:22 AM BY MIKE KELLY HAVANA — More than three decades after she broke out of a New Jersey prison and fled to Cuba with a promise of political asylum from Fidel Castro, Joanne Chesimard finds herself ensnared […] Continue reading

McCaskill says Cuban officials worried after embargo lifted

McCaskill says Cuban officials worried after embargo lifted BY LINDSAY WISE MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU 02/23/2015 7:17 PM 02/23/2015 7:17 PM WASHINGTON The Castro regime is busy trying to tamp down sky-high expectations among Cubans eager for a closer relationship with the U.S., Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., told reporters after a trip to the communist-run Caribbean […] Continue reading

State Department negotiator meets with Cuban cardinal, dissidents

State Department negotiator meets with Cuban cardinal, dissidents BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 01/23/2015 7:00 AM 01/23/2015 9:57 PM U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson hosted a group of seven dissidents for breakfast Friday as part of an American commitment to keep human rights front and center in its evolving relationship […] Continue reading

Market-style reforms widen racial divide in Cuba

Market-style reforms widen racial divide in Cuba Tue Sep 2, 2014 5:00am EDT (Reuters) – Cuba’s experiment with free-market reforms has unintentionally widened the communist-led island’s racial divide and allowed white Cubans to regain some of the economic advantages built up over centuries. Under President Raul Castro, who took over from his brother Fidel Castro […] Continue reading

New Independent Digital Newspaper in Cuba Is Quickly Hacked

New Independent Digital Newspaper in Cuba Is Quickly Hacked By Karla Zabludovsky Filed: 5/22/14 at 3:35 PM | Updated: 5/22/14 at 5:12 PM After years of blogging and tweeting about the hardships of daily life in Cuba to a rapidly expanding international audience, writer Yoani Sanchez launched a digital newspaper Wednesday, testing the limits of […] Continue reading

Blacks and Mixed-Race Still Marginalized in Cuba

Blacks and Mixed-Race Still Marginalized in Cuba / Ivan Garcia Posted on May 5, 2014 Every summer since 2009, in line with the economic openings of General Castro, Gerald, the owner of a photography business, has rented a room in a hotel in Varadero for 5 nights. Gerald, a white man married to a mixed-race […] Continue reading

Race and Identity

Race and Identity / Yoani Sanchez Posted on February 17, 2014 It’s just been born and in a few hours they will register the baby with its brand new name. A few days will pass before the parents get the birth certificate and then the so-called “minor card.” Without an identification card you can’t receive […] Continue reading

Manuel Cuesta Commits to a “Common Strategy” for Change in Cuba

Manuel Cuesta Commits to a “Common Strategy” for Change in Cuba / Manuel Cuesta Posted on November 5, 2013 On Monday, Cuban dissident Manuel Cuesta Morúa, spokesman for Progressive Arc of Cuba, and a Cubanet journalist, committed to a “common strategy” of the opposition to bring about political change in the island, and he denounced […] Continue reading

Orlando Luis Pardo: “I was afraid when I had no voice, when I started talking, I lost the fear.”

Orlando Luis Pardo : “I was afraid when I had no voice, when I started talking, I lost the fear.” Posted on September 9, 2013 Interview by Emilio Sanchez Cartas – from Los Andes Internacionales The restless, multifaceted Pardo Lazo graduated in biochemistry from the University of Havana, but left the field after 10 years. […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident says racism remains a grave problem

Posted on Thursday, 05.16.13 Cuban dissident says racism remains a grave problem By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com Cuban dissident Manuel Cuesta Morua on Wednesday called for “affirmative action” to redress what he called the “grave” problem of racism on the communist-ruled island. “As long as the race problem is not resolved, we don’t believe that […] Continue reading

Six-day event in Pittsburgh targets discrimination in Cuba

Six-day event in Pittsburgh targets discrimination in Cuba Fidel Castro declared it nonexistent, but racism is still pervasive in a country known more for its rich culture May 11, 2013 12:13 am By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Think Cuba, and images of music, dance, cuisine and the 1959 revolution come to mind. But […] Continue reading

Leading Dissident Group ‘Ladies In White’ Want A Cuba Without Castro

Leading Dissident Group 'Ladies In White' Want A Cuba Without Castro Published April 28, 2013 Fox News Latino CORAL GABLES, FL – APRIL 27: Berta Soler, co-founder of the Ladies in White, and current leader of the Cuban opposition group leads a cheer as she visits with Cuban exiles during an event at Merrick Park […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Ladies in White leader Berta Soler praises exile support

Posted on Saturday, 04.27.13 Cuba’s Ladies in White leader Berta Soler praises exile support By Melissa Sanchez msanchez@elnuevoherald.com The leader of Cuba’s Ladies in White thanked Miami’s exile community on Saturday for its continued support for dissidents on the island and asked for more moral, spiritual and material help for those who seek to end […] Continue reading

We need a ‘Dennis Rodman rule’ for celebrities who travel to rogue nations

We need a 'Dennis Rodman rule' for celebrities who travel to rogue nations By Mike Gonzalez Published April 11, 2013 FoxNews.com The quiet dignity of Rosa Maria Paya was unmistakable Tuesday as she asked the international community to pressure Cuba's government into allowing a plebiscite on democracy and for an investigation into the murder of […] Continue reading