6 Reasons You Should *STILL* Travel to Cuba

Ok. Let’s take a deep breathe before I begin my thesis. It has been a shocking week for all involved in Cuba/US relations. After witnessing a silver lining in the cloud of Cuba/US relations (2014 to 2016), the skies have grown dark once again with our current administration, who to be honest, has brought a…

Hello Trump. Now What?

(Illustration: Jasper Rietman for NY Times) Tomorrow is January 20th. It’s official. Mr Trump will now be our President, and despite all the other issues to face internationally, this blog post is about one thing only — How “the Donald” will be handling Cuba/US relations and how you as an American can help shape policy…

Cuba Takeover at Sundance

Utah is getting a big injection of Cuban fever at the start of 2017. We’ve spent the better part of the year reading about the importance of Cuba/US engagement from media outlets like New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and a myriad of other outlets. Journalists have played an important role in opening this discussion…

A Journey with Questlove to Cuba

Questlove was the first person to reach me after President Obama's announcement to normalize relations with Cuba on December 17, 2014 and ask to visit Cuba. His heart and soul has been invested in the island nation since their Havana performance in 2002, always dreaming of the day he'd go back. Enter April 2015, there…

Airbnb Just Launched in Cuba

It's official. Yesterday, Airbnb announced their launch in Cuba, listing 1,000 Cuban properties on its website for American users to book (half of these homes are in Havana). I'm impressed with the official statement made by the company on its blog, specifically stating the support of the Cuban people and it's growing private sector. "Because we’re…

Obama + The Embargo

Interesting article found in American Foreign Policy reads: As the presidential election of 2012 approaches, more and more critics are deriding President Obama’s pre-election vision of hope and change, targeting what they consider to be Obama’s naivete in foreign policy. This January, however, the president announced one significant foreign policy reform that he hopes will…

Obama’s New Telecom Game with Cuba

April 13th, 2009- The Obama administration said today that it was changing some U.S. policies toward Cuba, hoping to, among other things, "promote the freer flow of information and humanitarian items to the Cuban people." The news could create some major changes with regard to cellphones, computers and broadband in Cuba. The administration proposes to…