The latest American to flock to Cuba.
Cuba has been reforming parts of its economy since 2008. Will the thaw in relations with its Cold War adversary and Obama's visit accelerate those changes?
How did Washington get its hands on Guantánamo Bay – and why does its presence there still cause so much trouble?
Cine Petro Atletica, once Huambo’s finest cinema, was destroyed during fierce fighting in Angola’s bloody civil war.
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Apartheid South Africa started a war in which it could not maintain a strategic advantage. It misread the quest for national liberation and international opinion that undermined its effectiveness.
Penn State’s Nittany Lions became simply ‘USA’ during its games against Havana’s famed Industriales and other teams.
Kelsie Netzer/John Curley Center
The US risks being left out of Cuba's transformation if it doesn't act quickly.
Education is free in Cuba, and is one of the island nation’s top priorities.
Cuba used three major methods to revolutionise its education system from the 1960s. The hard work has paid off and the system holds many lessons for other countries.
GM: often assumed to be better.
The solutions presented by GM crops are rarely tested against the other options. Take a look at our philosophy of farming and it all starts to make sense.
Peace at last
REUTERS/Cesar Carrion/Colombian Presidency/Handout via Reuters
Peace has been elusive in Colombia for so many years because of the country's economic history. To understand the reason why peace has come only now, one needs to "follow the money."
They see me rollin’…
Pope Francis's US visit is being trumpeted as exceptional, but the Vatican has been a superpower for decades.
University of Havana.
The US Embassy is open in Havana. Now American academics can begin strengthening ties with their counterparts in Cuba.
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter with Fidel Castro in 2011. Picture taken March 30 2011.
John Kerry will raise the flag over the American Embassy in Cuba on Friday. That moment is possible thanks to work Jimmy Carter began four decades ago.
Cuba telecoms: updates required.
Will the thaw in Cuba's diplomatic relations improve its creaking internet? Cubans hope so.
Cuba has a unique and highly productive agricultural system in the cities and on the fringes of suburbia.
Javier Ignacio Acuña Ditzel/Flickr
Farms in the cities and suburbs produce half of Cuba's vegetables. But warming relations with the US could put this unique, productive system at risk.
Cuba’s pivot to the US is a signal to the region that its experiment with old-fashioned socialism will come to an end.
The historic warming of US-Cuban relations offers new opportunity for American entrepreneurs and Cuba's famously well-educated people – but it isn't good news for Latin American socialists.
President Obama and his Cuban leader Raul Castro shake hands as U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
The attention lavished on the handshake between Obama and Castro belies the hard work needed to create true, equal partnerships between the United States and Latin America.
In a candid 1962 conversation with a Guardian editor, President Kennedy unpacked his views on Cuba, the Soviet Union, and nuclear war. What can Obama learn from him?
Once upon a time it was an eternal indestructible friendship
The remnants of the Cuba-Soviet relationship are still very much part of Cuban culture – a fact on display at this month's Miami International Film Festival
Presidents Obama and Castro instigated rumors of a thaw when they shook hands for the first time at the memorial for Nelson Mandela in December last year.
This past December, Presidents Barack Obama and Raoúl Castro ended over fifty years of economic and political isolation between the US and Cuba with their shock announcement that they intend to re-establish…
US and Venezuela meet in Brazil
The Obama administration announced the intention to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba the same week that Congress approved sanctions against Venezuela for human rights violations. The timing was coincidental…
A harbinger of things to come? VP Joe BIden up close and personal with Brazil’s President Rousseff
The New Year always provides an opportunity for both introspection and speculation. So it seems a good time to consider what the big stories are likely to be this year. Some of the five major stories I…
The author with his brother and father on the way to Florida
“Normalization” – that’s been the word of the week among Cubans and Cuba watchers. Set aside for the moment whether it’s really possible for a dictatorship and a democracy to have normal relations, since…