World 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, Maryland-based ...

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

World / Politics 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 half ...

Editorials Dec 21, 2014

Ending 50 years of failure in Cuba

The surprise U.S.-Cuba agreement to end a 50-year U.S. embargo that had failed to accomplish any of its stated objectives could bring about the long-sought liberalization of the island 150 km off the Florida coast.

Obama has power to further weaken Cuba sanctions

World / Politics Dec 19, 2014

Obama has power to further weaken Cuba sanctions

President Barack Obama has the power to further weaken U.S. sanctions against the Communist-run island nation beyond the normalization of relations with Havana that he announced on Wednesday, experts said. While the restoration of diplomatic ties to Havana after decades of animosity was a big ...

A most dangerous spy

World / Crime & Legal May 1, 2013

A most dangerous spy

by Jim Popkin

Ana Montes has been locked up for a decade with some of the most frightening women in America. Once a highly decorated U.S. intelligence analyst with a two-bedroom co-op in Washington, Montes today lives in a two-bunk cell in the highest-security women's prison in ...