Once banned in Cuba, Christmas festivities resurgent

Dec 25, 2014

Once banned in Cuba, Christmas festivities resurgent

Cubans this year celebrated Christmas, a resurgent holiday banned for 38 years by the communist government, with an early gift from U.S. President Barack Obama: a historic rapprochement. Across the island, houses, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels and state-run stores have put up Christmas decorations, embracing ...

U.S. thaw: New life for Cuba's classic cars?

Dec 25, 2014

U.S. thaw: New life for Cuba's classic cars?

Dairo Tio cruises the streets of Havana in a gleaming black 1954 Buick with polished chrome highlights and the diesel motor from an electric plant bolted beneath the hood. When the brakes failed in his beautiful Frankenstein of a taxicab, Tio couldn’t work for ...

Cold War fugitives spawn Cuba-U.S. tensions

Dec 24, 2014

Cold War fugitives spawn Cuba-U.S. tensions

For decades some of the most-wanted U.S. fugitives made new lives for themselves in Cuba, marrying, having children and becoming fixtures of their modest Havana neighborhoods as their cases went mostly forgotten at home. Granted political asylum by former President Fidel Castro, they became ...

Dec 24, 2014

U.S. to pay $3.2 million to contractor freed from Cuba prison

Alan Gross, the contractor freed last week after five years in a Cuban jail will receive $3.2 million from the U.S. government as part of a settlement with his employer, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced on Tuesday. Gross was employed by Bethesda, ...

Obama, executive in charge

Dec 23, 2014

Obama, executive in charge

by Noah Feldman

U.S. executive power waxed under the presidency of George W. Bush then waned during the first five years of the Obama administration. Now the subject is back, on issues such as the war against Islamic State, immigration reform and diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Dec 23, 2014

Going it alone, Obama made big moves in 2014

President Barack Obama rang in 2014 by declaring a “year of action” focusing on fairness, competitiveness and the power of American diplomacy. Since Congress seemed unwilling to help, the president acted alone, issuing more than 80 executive actions and related measures. On immigration, climate ...

Thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations may put island's vintage cars on notice

Dec 22, 2014

Thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations may put island's vintage cars on notice

Cuba’s iconic stock of refurbished vintage American sedans from the 1950s may be facing their last trips to the garage soon, following the historic thawing of ties between Havana and Washington. Flashy Pontiacs, Plymouths, Dodges and Chevrolets, as well as crudely patched and rickety ...

Why the U.S.-Cuba talks had to be kept secret

Dec 21, 2014

Why the U.S.-Cuba talks had to be kept secret

When reporters needled her for details of delicate Israeli-Syrian talks 15 years ago, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright replied: “Sometimes talks, like mushrooms, do better in the dark.” That homespun axiom proved true again Wednesday with the revelation that a year and a ...

Dec 21, 2014

Exile groups face choice: adapt or die

by Laura Wides-Munoz

Hours before President Barack Obama announced an end to a half-century of U.S. efforts to isolate Cuba’s communist government, the Cuban American National Foundation opened the doors to its inviting new headquarters, with a modern glass and concrete lobby in the heart of Miami’s ...