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Elaine Diaz

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A Cuban Writes to Donald Trump

"What kind of global power believes that allowing its people to travel to an island with 11 million inhabitants and a president named Castro could enrich only that government?"

Browsing the Web from Cuba's Public Hotspots

Internet in Cuba – from public access points – is limited to using one social network, an email service, and chat and video applications.

Raising Flags and Hopes

"We are witnessing a new era in Cuba. . . for the first time in my life there isn’t a specific enemy we're expected to fight at all costs."

After 33 years, Cuba Is Off the US List of Countries Sponsoring Terrorism

The list is reserved for nations that, according to the US government, repeatedly provide support for international acts of premeditated, politically motivated violence against non-combatants.

Cuba at the Summit of the Americas: The Struggle for Voice and Representation

The Summit of the Americas shined a spotlight on the political divisions that characterize Cuban civil society inside the country and abroad.

What Does Airbnb's Cuba Launch Mean for US Citizens and Cuban Homeowners?

Renting out rooms is nothing new to Cubans, who have been doing so as an additional source of income for more than two decades.

Cuba Announces New IT Policy and Does Not Mention Internet Access

ICT use and access is one of the talking points in the process of normalizing relations between Cuba and the United States.

The Honest, Controversial Profile of a Cuban Nurse Who Died Abroad

The article about Reynaldo Villafranca, who died of malaria, offered a human take on Cuban medical internationalism beyond the official narrative of heroism. Such honesty didn't sit well with everyone.

Netflix is Coming to Cuba — But Will They Have Any Customers?

Netflix seems unaware that even those Cubans who have Internet access do not have a strong enough connection to watch videos online.

US-Cuba Policy Experts Discuss ‘Deep Differences’ on Human Rights

The debate on human rights in Cuba implies a thorough review of the model of democracy in this country.

‘A Happy Day Has Come’ for Cuba and the US

In 1974, Cuban singer songwriter Silvio Rodríguez wrote "The Happy Day That Is Coming." This day has finally come.

The New York Times Joins Clamor to Change US Policy Toward Cuba

The newspaper has called on President Obama to make a litany of changes to the country's foreign policy toward its Caribbean neighbor, including ending its embargo and resuming diplomatic relations.

A Theater Company Is Crowdfunding to Produce This ‘Powerful’ Play in Cuba About Homosexuality

"Bent" tells the story of the abuse and internment of homosexuals in Nazi Germany leading up to World War II.

Fans Unite to Cheer for the Cuban Boxer Gamboa Using #animogamboa

The Cuban professional boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa lost by knockout, and his fans used social media massively to support him.

What Would Happen If the Ban on U.S. Travel to Cuba Were Lifted?

If the ban on U.S. travel to Cuba is lifted, private entrepreneurs residing on the island could bring in over $47 million in revenue each year.

In Cuba, a Correspondence Exchange Spices up the 2014 World Cup

After one of the letters was removed from the online magazine, the author said it was censored.

Google's Eric Schmidt Makes a Surprise Visit to Cuba to Promote Internet Freedom

If the US wants change, it should empower Cubans with smartphones, encourage freedom of expression and give them information tools, Schmidt said.

The Lights and the Shadows of the New Cuban Labor Code

The new Labor Code in Cuba has sparked controversy because it excludes important protections in the workplace for certain marginalized communities, such as transsexual people.

Informal WiFi Networks Have Been Dismantled in Havana

The networks are primarily used to play games, share TV shows, series, and movies.

“We are Leaderless” in Cuba

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