Cubans attend a public discussion to revamp the country’s Cold War-era constitution in Havana, in August 2018.
Cuba will not legalize same-sex marriage, as gay activists hoped. But its new constitution adds greater protections for LGBTQ people and for women, and gives Cubans the right to own private property.
Next time you are in Cuba, skip the racist curios and bring back some rum, cigars or local paintings instead.
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Are you heading to Cuba this March break? Think carefully before you bring home your souvenirs. Many of them contain old racist imagery.
If Cuban exiles can sue businesses operating in Cuba, it could affect flights to the country, like this JetBlue landing in Havana.
Cuban exiles in the US may soon be able to sue companies that use property seized from them in the Cuban revolution. If Trump moves to allow that, it could slow economic development in Cuba.
City Farm is a working sustainable farm that has operated in Chicago for over 30 years.
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Urban farming can make it easier for city residents to obtain healthy, affordable food. But to raise big yields from small pieces of land, farmers need training and support.
Salty and fatty foods are driving up obesity.
At the turn of the century, the greatest threats were posed by infectious diseases today, the biggest threats are posed by lifestyle diseases.
Wilhem Berrouet’s impression of Columbus arriving in America.
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No records of the size of Native American populations before 1492 and the arrival of Europeans survive. A new study has found answers.
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, director of the 1968 Cuban film Memories of Underwood.
60 years ago a revolution began within the revolution for Cuba's film industry.
Guantanamo Nay detainees sit in a holding area at Camp X-Ray on Jan. 11, 2002.
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On Dec. 10, 1903, the US military leased 45 square miles of Cuban territory to build a naval base. How did Guantanamo Bay become an infamous prison for alleged terrorists?
Team member Felix Knight looks through archives at the Church of Espiritu Santo in Havana, Cuba.
The Slave Societies Digital Archive documents the lives of approximately 6 million free and enslaved Africans in the Americas.
The Rainbow Pride flag.
Changes that protect or increase human rights should always be welcomed – but we should check motives, too.
North Korea and Cuba have struck up a friendship that is particularly bizarre given each country’s attitudes towards children. North Korean children, left, live an Orwellian nightmare at the hands of its socialist government while Cuban children, right, are revered, supported and celebrated.
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The new friendship between North Korea and Cuba is puzzling. The two countries should share values as socialist republics, but their brands of socialism are worlds apart when it comes to children.
Pik Botha played a central role in the intricate talks that eventually led to Namibia’s independence.
Pik Botha defended apartheid and South Africa's occupation of Namibia, but in the end helped end both.
As gay Cubans gain more rights, opposition is also growing.
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Cuba is avowedly secular. But as the country debates a new Constitution that would protect LGBT rights, churches have come out strongly against gay marriage — a sign of change on the Communist island.
John F. Kennedy’s assassination shocked the world in the 1960s and arguably played a part in the rise of Donald Trump today.
The reverberations of JFK's assassination can still be felt to this day in the paranoid and racialised politics of the American right
Sections of a Brazilian slave ship from the 19th century.
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Merchants from Brazil, Cuba, North America and the British West Indies traded goods grown by slaves on plantations, for more slaves.
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez was a major financier of Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, seen here at a 2016 commemoration on the third anniversary of the socialist leader’s death.
Cheap Venezuelan oil boosted Nicaragua's economy and funded President Daniel Ortega's many anti-poverty programs. With Venezuela in crisis, the oil has dried up – as has support for Ortega's regime.
Cuba is freeing up the market in residential private property but with a public referendum still to come, what impact will such measures have for ordinary Cubans.
The U.S. won’t be able to walk all over Putin with unilateral sanctions.
American policymakers and lawmakers are floating unilateral sanctions against Russia, Iran and even Turkey in an effort to change behavior. But research shows sanctions only work in narrow circumstances.
A sound vibration.
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A mystery disease that struck US personnel in Cuba and China triggered fears of a sonic weapon. But two experts argue that this is just about leveraging a medical mystery for political gain.
Sonic interference could cause mild brain injuries.
US diplomats in Cuba and China have shown symptoms of brain injuries.