Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2004, provide new details of William Alexander Morgan's behind-the-scenes power struggle with Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, the CIA and the mob for control of Cuba during one of the most dangerous periods in U.S. history. Here are two excerpts, including a battle that Morgan led during the revolution.
Five years ago today - on January 12th, 2010- Port-au-Prince crumbled to the ground in one of the worst natural disasters of recent times. Over 200,000 were killed in the earthquake, with another 300,000 injured. Entire neighborhoods were raised. As many as 2.3 million people- the equivalent of half the population of the Miami metro area- were displaced from their homes. More than 50 percent of all government, administrative and economic infrastructure was destroyed. Haiti lay in ruins.
President Barack Obama’s new policy of seeking a normalization of ties with Cuba may have been a good decision in light of the failure of the six-decade-old U.S. embargo, but one of the biggest — and least talked about — lingering question is whether the Cuban regime will allow it to happen.
Creating a whole greater than the sum of its parts is the essence of the American project. This aspiration is reflected in our nation’s motto — E Pluribus Unum. The vision of the United States as a country where people of all backgrounds have the right to “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” is more precious than ever. It is the main reason so many have strived to come to this land and still do today.
Uruguay and Guatemala have nominated candidates to replace Jose Miguel Insulza, secretary general of the 34-country Organization of American States. In the second part of an occasional series leading up to January’s vote, columnist Andres Oppenheimer asks former Guatemalan Vice President Eduardo Stein five questions about his plans for the OAS. Excerpts: