Another mess: Reclaiming seized art

A New York lawyer is calling on museum curators in Cuba and elsewhere to begin looking for ways to compensate the owners of artwork seized during the early days of the Cuban revolution. Wendy Dickieson, of the firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, wrote: Cuba cannot truly begin the process of normalization with these stolen treasures still … Read more

Cuban blood match far from over

Sixty years ago this month, Gustavo Villoldo Argilagos died of what his supporters called “politically induced suicide.” The family blamed Fidel Castro and his band of revolutionaries for Villoldo’s death. They later filed a wrongful death lawsuit and a Florida court awarded an eye-popping $2.79 billion in damages in 2011. Since then, Villoldo’s sons, Gustavo, … Read more

Cuban spycraft began well before Cold War

A common myth is that Cuba’s penchant for counterintelligence began with Fidel Castro in the Sierra Maestra, according to a scholar at the Enrique José Varona Pedagogical University in Havana. Counterintelligence began much earlier, with José Martí, according to Manuel Río Rojas, a specialist at the university’s Criminal Investigation and Operations Directorate. He writes: In … Read more

Like father, like son: The urge to rebel

Juan Juan Almeida, son of a revolutionary who fought with Fidel Castro, grew up around Cuba’s political and military elites. He studied criminal law and became a lawyer. In 2009, he wrote “Memoirs of an unknown Cuban guerrilla fighter,” a novel that satirized the ruling class. He wanted to leave the country, but authorities wouldn’t … Read more