| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
PARIS -- A Gallup poll issued this month says that 99 percent of the American public now has become convinced that Iran's civilian nuclear program will threaten "the vital interests of the United States in the next ten years." Eighty-three percent say...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
PARIS -- The current of awkward revelations concerning the clandestine or publicly misrepresented practices of the present and recent American administrations goes on. A long exposition in the New York Times and International Herald Tribune from July 8...
| Nov 18, 2012
HAVANA — "It's been 51 years since the event you Americans call the Bay of Pigs, but now Playa Girón is a popular beach destination for foreigners," the guide tells me. It is hard to imagine that the words "Bay of Pigs" could do anything but fill...
| Oct 22, 2012
In "Back to Blood," Tom Wolfe takes us to Miami, to what the book jacket suggests is "the American city of the future," a town built on the dreams of immigrants and newcomers who believe with equal fervor in reinvention and/or the witness protection...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 8:22 AM
Since her Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Color Purple” appeared in 1982, the novelist and poet Alice Walker has been one of best-known black women in American literature. Although none of her books has matched “The Color Purple” in...
| Oct 28, 2012
Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo, a rebel leader in the Cuban revolution who went from fighting alongside Fidel Castro to spending 22 brutal years in prison after trying to overthrow him, has died. He was 77.
Gutierrez Menoyo died Friday of a heart attack at a...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 2:32 PM
CARACAS, Venezuela —Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the charismatic socialist whose Bolivarian Revolution reduced poverty and galvanized anti-American sentiment across Latin America but left his nation deeply polarized and ever more dependent on...
| Mar 26, 2013
Pianist and bandleader who fled Cuba
Bebo Valdes, 94, a renowned Cuban pianist who recorded with Nat King Cole, was bandleader of Havana's Tropicana nightclub during its glittering heyday and was considered the last luminary from the...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Flying used to be fun. You'd stroll onto an airplane without anyone searching your carry-on luggage. No one scanned your body either. On the plane itself, your kid might get invited into the cockpit, and they'd serve you Alaskan crab and Champagne —...
| Apr 3, 2013
Yoani Sánchez comenzó su súbita conquista de la ciudad de Miami el lunes pasado cuando se presentó ante cientos de espectadores en la histórica Torre de la Libertad, edificio que alguna vez sirvió de puente para miles de exiliados que llegaban de su...
| Aug 19, 2012
There's been a lot of beard news to comb through this summer: Egypt elected Mohammed Morsi, its first bearded president. In Ohio, the big news is a series of beard- and hair-cutting attacks by Amish people against fellow Amish. Meanwhile, entertainment...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 8:50 PM
Oscar Niemeyer, the architect whose soaring buildings form the heart of Brasilia, the instant modernist capital built in the wilds of Brazil in the late 1950s, has died. He was 104.
Niemeyer, who had outlived his contemporaries to become the world's...