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The U.S. Embassy in Havana Is a Perfect Metaphor for American Diplomacy

John Kerry watched a soldier hoist the American flag over the United States Embassy in Havana on Friday morning. He’s the first secretary of state to visit the land of Castro, communism, and cigars in 70 years. The embassy itself, an acclaimed example of midcentury modern architecture, has been rotting for just as… »8/15/15 11:30am8/15/15 11:30am

Cuba's Finally Doing Something About Its Insanely Expensive Internet

Getting online is damn near impossible in Cuba—unless you’re very rich. That’s because the state-run run telecom company, Etecsa, has historically limited access and charges exorbitant fees for connectivity. Faced with growing international pressure, the company is finally going to add wifi hotspots and drop prices »6/19/15 11:05am6/19/15 11:05am

The US Is Finally Getting Access to a Promising Cancer Drug From Cuba

Tourism isn’t the only industry eager to benefit from the relaxing of the decades-long trade embargo against Cuba. Medical researchers on both of sides of the Straits of Florida now have the chance to collaborate with previously off-limits colleagues. Of particular interest to the U.S. is a Cuban lung cancer drug that… »5/11/15 6:55pm5/11/15 6:55pm

The U.S. tries to pay Cuba about $4,000 a year to lease Guantanamo Bay

With the announcement today that the United States will normalize relations with Cuba, we expect a lot to change. Some travel restrictions will be loosened (though not lifted altogether), Americans will soon be able to bring back $100 worth of Cuban cigars and rum. But will Cuba start cashing the checks we've been… »12/17/14 4:04pm12/17/14 4:04pm

The Abandoned Communist Nuclear Reactor That Could Have Killed Us All

Just 90 miles off the tip of Florida lies a half-baked, abandoned relic of the Cold War-era arms race—what was once going to be a joint Cuban-Soviet nuclear reactor. And thank god it never panned out. Because not only do we now have these incredible shots from photographer Darmon Richter, but every last aspect of… »10/09/14 2:56pm10/09/14 2:56pm

How a country that has no new bike parts fixes its bicycles

What happens if you live in Cuba and your bike breaks down? It's not like you can hop on the Internet and get two day shipping for a new bike. In fact, it's pretty much impossible to score new bike parts. What you have to do is find a guy who knows another guy who might have some parts of the part you need. »9/03/14 9:01pm9/03/14 9:01pm

The U.S. Built a Bizarre "Cuban Twitter" To Help Undermine Castro

In one of the oddest reports of spy games we've heard in years—and that's saying something—the AP has uncovered a United States plot to create a "Cuban Twitter" that would lure in users with soccer scores and music news before evolving its message into anti-Castro rhetoric. If any part of that made you say what, don't… »4/03/14 8:53am4/03/14 8:53am