Pointers: How to be a Dictator (The Economist) →
… the release of 2,900 prisoners in anticipation of the Pope’s visit to Cuba, reported Reuters. If this keeps up, maybe it won’t be as long as we think for those headlines to read differently.
Maybe next time it'll be Cuba: "U.S. Restores Full... →
It’s hard to call diplomatic relations a bad thing. Here’s to hoping some similar reforms happen in Cuba so that the headline can read just one word differently next time.
Ahmadinejad in Cuba: "Our interpretations are...
Two stories by Jeff Franks for Reuters on the diplomatic visit; here, and here. Jeff seems, in his writing, to be as annoyed as I am that this visit is looking so friendly.
Give Gitmo Back →
A short, clear-eyed history of early 20th c U.S.-Cuba relations in this NYT op-ed on why we really should hand over the base at Guantánamo.
The Queen of Cuba: "You never forget your first... →
Old but good
Christopher Hitchens on Che Guevara and the four kinds of currency that used to circulate around Havana, from the New York Review of Books
Havana on the NYT 45 Places to go in 2012
“The only thing that lies between Americans and the sultry streets of Havana these days is the Florida Straits, since the Obama administration has widened the kind of travel allowed.” Just a wee bit misleading, this— 90 miles of Florida Straits stretch long and arduous when the paperwork and cost of visas and charter flights are factored in. “A growing list of...
Seriously, though, in Havana, the renegade... →
Bringing New Art to Old Havana
My interview with gallery proprietress Concha Fontenla; this gallery is still the coolest one in Havana.
Old, great Jon Lee Anderson story in the LA Times... →