Friday Dec 13
Obama's Cuba Policy: So much for 'People-to-People'
Dr. Jaime Suchlicki from the University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies talks to a group of unhappy college students just back from a Potemkin Village tour of Cuba that was sold to them as a "people-to-people" to encounter: Last week, I hosted at the University of Miami a group of 15 students from Wabash College in Indiana ... (more)
Wed Dec 11, 2013
South China Morning Post
Historic Obama-Castro handshake prompts both hope and derision
The historic handshake between US President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro at Mandela's memorial was greeted on the streets of Cuba with surprise and hopes of improved relations.
Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from...
Alan Gross began his fifth year as a prisoner of Cuba's unjust "justice" system last week, a symbol of the continuing estrangement between that island nation and the United States, and, more important, the fundamentally unchanged nature of the governing regime.
Tue Dec 10, 2013
Did Lindsay Lohan Order an Attack on Barron Hilton?
What does Lindsay Lohan have against a quiet evening at home? Whenever she stays out late, trouble is bound to follow.
Albany Times Union
Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Raul
President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro Tuesday at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, a simple gesture that signaled possible thawing between the leaders of two Cold War foes.
Sun Dec 08, 2013
National briefs: Senators push train cameras
A week after four people died in a New York commuter train derailment, two federal lawmakers proposed Sunday that trains nationwide be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks.
Sat Dec 07, 2013
Cuba reforms seen as changing ideals,...
But as more and more islanders go into business for themselves under President Raul Castro's economic reforms, the ethos of capitalism is increasingly seeping into Cuban daily life, often in stark conflict with fundamental tenets of the Cuban Revolution.
Fri Dec 06, 2013
Jerusalem Demolition Plan Could Force More Than 1,000 People From Homes
Ras Khamis, a poor neighborhood in a neglected part of Jerusalem, might be mistaken for being outside the city altogether.
Ukraine To Improve Access and Safety at Jewish Tourist and Pilgrimage Sites
"The route will include about 10 places of worship in the Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, Poltava and Khmelnitsky regions," the cabinet of the governor of the Cherkasy region, Sergei Tulub, said in a statement last month to daily Vesti.
EU Regrets Hosting Rabbi Accused of Holocaust Denial at Sponsored Event
The European Union regrets the attendance at an event it sponsored of an anti-Zionist rabbi who has been accused of Holocaust denial, the parliament spokeswoman has said.
The Village Voice
The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 12/6/13
A$AP Ferg + Joey Fatts+ Aston Matthews+Overdoz+100s Irving Plaza 7:00 p.m., $20 "It's lonely at the top," confesses A$AP Ferg at one point on his debut album, Trap Lord.
Internet: Gal Gadot's Boobs Aren't Big Enough for Wonder Woman
Yesterday, the Internet was abuzz with the fact that Israeli supermodel Gal Gadot had been cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman."
Thu Dec 05, 2013
Celebrities Mourn Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela, icon of South African freedom, passed away today at the age of 95. People around the world signed on to Twitter to mourn collectively, and celebrities were no exception.
Haredim Protest Jailing of Yeshiva Student Refusing IDF Draft
Hundreds of haredi Orthodox protesters took part in a second day of demonstrations against the jailing of a yeshiva student who refused to present himself at an IDF enlistment center.
Ukrainian Jewish Community Goes on 'High Alert' During Protests
Widespread protests in Ukraine have prompted the country's Jewish communities to up security arrangements, a community leader from Kiev has said.
Progress Being Made in Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks Says Kerry
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said progress is being made in the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, following a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Family Faults Obama Inaction as Alan Gross Marks Four Years in Cuban Prison
The chants of "Free Alan Gross!" were unlikely to reach the ears of President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.
Wed Dec 04, 2013
New York Daily News
'Cubans in Paris, Cubans at Home' at New York Festival of Songs
Cuban music is coming to New York - by way of Paris. The New York Festival of Song's 2013-14 Mainstage series resumes Dec. 5 with "Cubans in Paris, Cubans at Home," a five-section, 90-minute concert primarily composed of music that journeyed from Cuba's nightclubs and theaters to Paris during the late 1920s and '30s.
Stranger gives 4-year-old kidney
Little four year old Rosie Miller and her friend, Michelle Clark are reading a story together.
Tue Dec 03, 2013
Obama, Give Me Five
On November 12th, the three of us traveled twelve hours by bus from Havana to reach HolguA n, site of the 9th International Colloquium for the Freedom of the Five.