Tag: Cuba

Falling Into Each Other’s Arms, a Step at a Time

Melissa Fernandez and Lyvan Verdecia met through social media in the spring of 2015. She was living in Harlem and had been performing for three years with Ballet Hispánico, a contemporary dance company in Manhattan. He was in Miami working as a day laborer, hopping on trucks bound for South Florida fields in need of […]

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In Cuba, a ‘Hidden’ Zika Outbreak

A previously unknown outbreak of the Zika virus swept across Cuba in 2017, a year after the global health emergency was declared over, scientists reported on Thursday. Until now, the Pan American Health Organization had no record of any Zika infection in Cuba in 2017, much less an outbreak. Following inquires by The New York […]

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My 60 Years of Disappointment With Fidel Castro

MEXICO CITY — I was 11 years old when I found out about the triumph of the Cuban Revolution from a friend’s Marxist-leaning mother. “Finally, justice will be served: Everyone may be poor, but equal,” she said. At that time, it was difficult to predict that Fidel Castro would become one of the most influential […]

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Cuba Expands Internet Access to Private Homes and Businesses

The airy three-story rental house on the outskirts of Havana would seem to have all the luxury attributes a cosmopolitan tourist might want: elegant appliances, high-end artwork, a rooftop plunge pool and ocean views. Yet it is lacking one critical amenity, an absence that has become a deal breaker for some prospective clients: Wi-Fi. “It’s […]

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Were U.S. Diplomats Attacked in Cuba? Brain Study Deepens Mystery

In late 2016, dozens of United States diplomats working in Cuba and China began reporting odd mental symptoms: persistent headaches, vertigo, blurred vision, hearing phantom sounds. Since then, scientists and commentators have groped for plausible explanations. Deliberate physical attacks, involving microwaves or other such technology? Or were psychological factors, subconscious yet mind-altering, the more likely […]

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De Blasio’s Guevara Lesson: What He Says in New York Should Stay in New York

In his tenure as mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio has been known to adopt the patter of the proletariat, often calling out to union leaders and their followers as “brothers and sisters.” He is also prone to repeating some of his remarks in Spanish, and peppering his speeches with Spanish phrases. “Somos siempre […]

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A New Trump Battleground: Defining Human Rights

After the horrors of World War II, the United States led in adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, recognizing the “inherent dignity” and “equal and inalienable rights” of all people to life and liberty. For three-quarters of a century it has stood for the protection of human rights by the rule of […]

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The Biggest Barrier to a Leftist Foreign Policy: Democrats

In the last six weeks, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has called for President Trump to invade Venezuela. National Security Adviser John Bolton proclaimed that the Monroe Doctrine is “alive and well” as he announced new sanctions on Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua in front of a group of Bay of Pigs veterans. Secretary of State Mike […]

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Brazil Fails to Replace Cuban Doctors, Hurting Health Care of 28 Million

EMBU-GUAÇU, Brazil — The shiny plastic chairs all sat empty in a public health clinic, and the patients who staggered in were told to come back Thursday — the only day of the week now when a doctor is there. This small Brazilian city, Embu-Guaçu, home to 70,000 people, recently lost eight of its 18 […]

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Trump Administration Announces New Cuba Travel Restrictions

The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed new restrictions on Americans going to Cuba, banning the most common way Americans travel to the island. The United States will not permit group educational and cultural trips known as “people to people” trips to the island, the Treasury Department said in a statement. Those trips have been used […]

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Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders

THE CROWDED HOUR Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American CenturyBy Clay Risen It is almost impossible to write a book in which Theodore Roosevelt plays a supporting role. If he’s in it, he’s the star. Roosevelt’s ability to take over a story is all the more remarkable because none of […]

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The Rough Riders’ Guide to World Domination

In 1894, Benjamin Colbert, a 21-year-old Chickasaw Indian from the Oklahoma Territory, quit his railroad job and made his way to Guatemala. There he intended to board a ship to Cuba — tensions between Spain and the island, under Madrid’s control for nearly 400 years, were coming to a boil, and he was eager to […]

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