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By Katharine Keane Saving Places   When I Google “Edificio Jose Marti,” the all-knowing search engine generates few links related to the building I am researching: a building database with little more than the address listed, a 2008 “Miami New Times” article about a party held there, a few Spanish sites referencing the eponymous Cuban […]


LatinaLista — Like medical doctors around the world, Cuban-born Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet took an ethical and professional oath when medically treating his patients. Yet, Dr. Biscet assumed one more responsibility towards his fellow Cubans — to work tirelessly for his country’sP democracy and freedom from Communism. It was that personal oath that garnered Dr. […]


By John Affleck The Conversation   Every few days, it seems, there is news about a new way in which Cuba and the United States are trying to heal more than a half-century of animosity, dating to the rise of Fidel Castro’s communist regime on the Caribbean island. These fresh developments frequently involve baseball. Since […]


LatinaLista — Campaign:  The New Cuba Libre!   On September 19, 2015, Pope Francis lands at the José Martí International Airport in Havana, Cuba. He says:                     “In the words of José Martí,                  the process of normalizing the relations between people                 is a sign of the victory of culture and encounter,                 […]


LatinaLista —  Campaign:  Nuestra Cuba   Nuestra Cuba tells the inspiring stories of Cuba's first women and Afrocuban film directors. In the years following the Cuban Revolution, the island would become a leader in the Latin American film movements to eradicate colonial ideologies that once controlled the region. Nuestra Cuba is a two-part documentary series, directed by Amberly […]

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LatinaLista — The name Carlos Varela is quickly becoming known among festival theatergoers thanks to the award-winning music documentary The Poet of Havana. Though mainstream audiences are just now discovering Varela’s story and music and his constant censorship battles with the Cuban government, his skills as a musician and songwriter have endured for the past […]

A privately owned taxi is driven past Havana's university September 13, 2010. Cuba will let more than 500,000 state employees go by next March and try to move most to non-state jobs in the biggest shift to the private sector since the 1960s, the official Cuban labor federation said on Monday. According to Communist party sources who have seen the detailed plan to "reorganize the labor force," Cuba expects to issue 250,000 new licenses for self-employment by the close of 2011, almost twice the current number, and create 200,000 other non-state jobs. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan (CUBA - Tags: SOCIETY TRANSPORT EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS POLITICS) - RTR2IAS5

By Gerardo M Gonzalez The Conversation The thawing of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba will be good for people on the island and in America – and that includes students and academics. American universities, such as Indiana University, where I serve as dean emeritus and professor of educational leadership and policy studies […]

Eduardo Clark holds American and Cuban flags across the street from the Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, July 20, 2015. A diplomatic freeze that stretched five decades, outlasting the Cold War and nine U.S. presidencies, formally ends Monday when Cuba and the U.S. reopen embassies. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez will attend a flag-raising ceremony at the Cuban chancery in Washington before meeting Secretary of State John Kerry, who will travel to Havana at a later date. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

LatinaLista — In 1961, Jim Tracy, F.W. “Mike” East, and Larry C. Morris were three young Marines assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. Their final duty, before the U.S. Embassy shut its doors for what would be a 54-year absence from the island, was to lower the American flag for the last time. […]

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By Ralph de la Vega LatinaLista I’m a firm believer that opportunities are often disguised as obstacles. What may look like an obstacle or a challenge often contains hidden opportunities. That’s particularly true during turbulent times. I learned that lesson early in life during one of those turbulent times: the Cuban Revolution. After my parents […]


By Roberto Lovato LatinaLista To see my 92 year-old father’s morning face on waking up to news of President Obama’s announcement about U.S.-Cuban relations was to see the future of U.S. politics. “What?” he asked in the crackly, sleepy voice that’s taken on a sadder cadence since my mother María, his partner of 60-plus years, […]


LatinaLista — Campaign: Cuban Salsa Inside & Out In the nearly twenty years that have lapsed since the towering success of Wim Wender’s documentary and album BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, foreigners enamored by the rhythms of the tiny island nation have been throwing off the drudgery of their nine-to-fives to learn Casino, Cuban-style salsa dancing. […]


LatinaLista — In Cuba, there is not one skate shop despite a growing community of over 1,000 skateboard enthusiasts who recycle old boards to perform their sport. One of those Cuban skateboarders is a young man named Yojani Pérez Rivera, but he’s known around the island as Mamerto. Mamerto has a crew of fellow skateboarders […]


LatinaLista — Ever since the Obama administration eased travel restrictions to Cuba, travelers from the United States have been flocking to the Communist-governed island. A recent study on Cuba-bound US flights revealed that, in the course of 30 days of monitoring (from June 17 to July 17), more flights left for the island from Miami […]