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Returning To The Caribbean Reminded Me Why I Left My Homophobic Home

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

As much as I craved my mother's warm embrace, the smell of the sea and the happy moments that I did share with my partner in our home, I couldn't help but wonder if my homophobic attackers were still around. And that uncertainty - coupled with the fact that our love is still considered a crime there - was my wake-up call.

5 Reasons You Shouldn't Wait To Visit Cuba | Posted 02.15.2017 | Canada Travel

As the number American-based airlines traveling to Cuba increase, the rumors circulate even faster. Stories of hoards of American tourists flocking to otherwise tranquil beaches and lavish resorts are butting bed and breakfasts out of the way and cruise ships are flocking there in droves from Miami. While most of the stories you hear are probably just tall tales, the following are five reasons why you shouldn't put off your bucket-list trip to Cuba.

I Rejected My Cuban Identity Out Of Fear

Daniela Sosa-Roque | Posted 02.15.2017 | Canada Living
Daniela Sosa-Roque

The long years of communist leadership in Cuba and the violation of human rights, specifically the attacks on freedom, have pushed many to pursue a life elsewhere. The way I saw it, there weren't any reasons to be proud.

Cuba: Can We Pay Back Our Debt With Rum?

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.15.2016 | Canada Business

Creditors would still prefer cash.

My Family Didn't Leave Cuba To Watch Trudeau Praise Castro

Ana Rodriguez | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Living
Ana Rodriguez

I am a part of this country. So is my father. So is my mother. Do not erase our experiences. Do not claim that you can separate one aspect of this man from all the others. My family did not escape from under the foot of a dictator to live in a country where its leader praises and celebrates that same dictator.

Media Coverage Of Fidel Castro's Death Has Been Abysmally One-Sided

Stephen Kimber | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Stephen Kimber

The problem is that, by monochromatically portraying Fidel Castro simply as a brutal dictator -- full stop -- the western media has had to do pretzel-twists to explain away the reality of why so many people in Cuba, Latin America and, indeed, much of the developing world do see him as an heroic, larger than life figure, whose passing is a cause for sadness while his legacy is reason for celebration.

Standing Up To America Doesn't Absolve Castro Of His Crimes

Lauryn Oates | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Living
Lauryn Oates

It would appear that this is a potent form of immunity, a kind of magical cloak that can make any crime, no matter how heinous, invisible to a certain kind of person pre-programmed to be sympathetic to anyone who uses the word "America" and "imperialism" in the same sentence.

Trudeau Just Outflanked NDP With Statement On Castro's Death

Sid Ryan | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Sid Ryan

Thanks to right-wing anti-Cuba propaganda, politicians on the left run for cover when asked for an opinion on Castro. The latest shameful example was furnished by interim NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. Is it any wonder that Justin Trudeau ate the NDP's lunch during the 2015 federal election, and continues to do so?

Fidel Castro And His Legacy Of Bloodshed

David Easey | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Politics
David Easey

Fidel Castro was no saint. He was a cruel dictator who oppressed and terrorized the Cuban people for nearly 50 years. Anybody who remembers him fondly is ignoring his trail of human rights violations, while openly supporting a communist regime.

Lessons The World Can Learn From Fidel Castro

Luke Rebello | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada
Luke Rebello

Fidel Castro will forever be remembered as one of the most controversial figures in modern history, to his many adoring supporters and vocal critics. ...

Fidel Castro Was A Dictator, Trudeau Says

CP | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Politics

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the former Cuban president Fidel Castro was a dictator, but that does not mean it was ...

Politicians Slam Trudeau's 'Shameful' Statement On Fidel Castro

CP | Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Politics

"Cuban citizens and exiles deserve better."

Fidel Castro Dead At 90

CP | Michael Weissenstein And Peter Orsi, AP | Posted 11.26.2016 | Canada

Cuba's former president ruled for a half-century.

There Is Nothing Normal About Violence Against Women

Oxfam Canada | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

Eliminating violence against women and girls requires the implementation of laws, services and access to justice for women and girls that experience violence, and raising awareness among influential actors and everyday people. Transforming what is "normal" in society -- expected, naturalized, unsaid -- is the critical piece of the puzzle, and one that we can all help put in place. We can challenge what we hear and see, check our own behaviour and beliefs, and defy expectations that promote gender inequality.

Cuba: Long-Term Efforts Amidst A Hurricane Response

Development Unplugged | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

Hurricane Matthew left its own path of destruction in Cuba. After hitting Haiti, the storm made landfall over the eastern tip of Cuba. Aerial photographs of the affected region show a shattered landscape with crops wiped out; buildings, schools and key infrastructure destroyed; and homes left in ruin.

Trudeau Meets With Raul Castro In Cuba

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Politics

This is the first visit by a Canadian prime minister in two decades.

Blue Jays' Wild Card Moment Shows The Unifying Power Of Sport

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Living
Marcello Cabezas

That night proved once again that sport can be one of the most powerful unifiers in our world. No matter the colour of our skin, the size of our wallet, what we did for work, or our religious beliefs, everyone was invited last night to share a common experience.

Will The U.S-Cuba Thaw Give Canadians A Chill?

Shachi Kurl | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada Politics
Shachi Kurl

Overwhelmingly, America's neighbours to the north profess strong support for both the reestablishment of U.S. diplomatic ties with Cuba, and the lifting of the U.S. trade embargo against the island nation, according to an Angus Reid Institute survey of Canadians. But there is one thing bothering Canadians about this thaw in near-frozen U.S.-Cuba relations.

Bliss Out In Cuba's Viñales Valley

Vitamin Daily | Posted 12.11.2016 | Canada Travel
Vitamin Daily

Cuba is synonymous with beaches but, on a recent trip to the lush Viñales Valley, white sand was (miraculously!) the furthest thing from our minds. After two days in Havana, a 1950s Chevrolet whisked us west to the tranquil valley, deemed a UNESCO world heritage site for its majestic mogotes (limestone rock formations).

Rihanna Brings Back Her Fierce Red Hair For Vanity Fair Cover

The Huffington Post Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Style

Rihanna gets personal.

Iran Nuclear Deal Opens a New Era for Peace and Dialogue With the U.S.

Mehrdad Loghmani | Posted 08.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Mehrdad Loghmani

For Iran, the rationale for the long march toward partnership can not be found in strategic alignment or expediency of politics alone, it runs much deeper; for many Iranians, America represents the new world, where individuals thrive on the merit of their skills and character, rather than old world feudal hierarchy.

US, Cuba Restore Full Diplomatic Relations

CP | Matthew Lee And Peter Orsi, Associated Press | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada

WASHINGTON -- More than a half century of Cold War and lingering enmity came to an abrupt but quiet end on Monday as the United States and Cuba restor...

5 Things To Know About U.S. Reopening Its Cuba Embassy Today

CBC | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada

The United States and Cuba officially resume diplomatic relations today and reopen their embassies after severing ties 54 years ago. It's a new chapt...

Cuba Has A Lung Cancer Vaccine, And It's Coming To America

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Impact

Despite 50 years of the U.S. embargo, Cuban doctors have developed cancer drugs that are getting worldwide attention

Harper's Change Of Heart On Cuba

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Politics

PANAMA CITY - Measuring Stephen Harper's success or failure at this weekend's meeting of hemispheric leaders in Panama will depend on how he navigates...