Anti-embargo activist leads cross-country march

Below is a quick and imperfect transcript of my interview with Carlos Lazo, a Cuban-American activist who is leading a march from Miami to Washington, D.C., in hopes of pressuring the Biden administration to reverse Donald Trump’s hardline policies against Cuba. The Spanish version is first, followed by the English translation. Carlos Lazo: Bueno, yo … Read more

Strolling among spies

A new book takes readers on a walking tour of a Washington, D.C., neighborhood that has been home to everyone from covert agents for the Cuban government to Henry Kissinger and Kermit the Frog. The book, “Spies, Bombs and Beyond: A Walking History of Washington, DC’s Tenleytown,” was written by Mark Fitzpatrick, a career diplomat, … Read more

Civil rights activist: “We should do more to export Cuban consciousness”

U.S. policy toward Cuba “only serves the interests of imperialism,” civil rights activist Benjamin Chavis said at a conference in Havana. “Why in 2019 does the United States continue to impose sanctions?” he asked. “Whose interests are served? Not the United States’ interests and not Cuba’s. U.S. policy only serves the interests of imperialism.” Chavis … Read more

Activist: Cuban ideals “the absolute opposite of Donald Trump”

Weeks before the U.S. assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, one of America’s top anti-war activists traveled to Cuba to promote improved relations between the United States and Cuba. I spoke with Medea Benjanin, co-founder of the group CODEPINK, right around the fifth anniversary of the announcement that the U.S. and Cuba were restoring diplomatic … Read more

Cuba policy shifts “toward madness,” analyst says

As Cuba’s socialist government today marks its 60th year in power, U.S. officials continue trying to “suffocate” the country’s economy, “like a screw that you try to tighten and tighten, but it has already lost its thread and you can’t tighten it anymore,” Iroel Sánchez says. Sánchez is a political analyst and journalist who works … Read more