By MIRTA OJITO
In a talk in New York this week, the Cuban writer Leonardo Padura noted that though Americans went through a cha-cha-cha craze in the 1950s, they never did learn the correct name of the Cuban rhythm. They called it the “cha-cha,” dropping the last “cha.”
BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ
It is a developer’s nightmare: Archeologists discover significant historical remains of an Indian civilization in the development of a lucrative project that will require costly changes in design. This is the case of MDM, whose MetSquare development in downtown Miami includes a hotel, cinemas, restaurants and more, might have to undergo a full redesign of the project after the discovery of an extraordinary ancient Tequesta Indian dwelling.
By JOE CARDONA
For as far back as I can remember my great-uncle, Mario, stood out. He was the patriarch of my family — a distinguished gentleman who had put himself through the University of Havana and willed his way to success, pulling his entire family up by the proverbial bootstraps. He was ethical and compassionate, even-keeled and sophisticated. My Tio Bebo, as we lovingly called him, meant the universe to my mother, whom he helped raise. He was, basically, a third grandfather to me.
By DANIEL SHOER ROTH
People, by nature, chase miracles.
By STEPHEN A. CROCKETT, JR.
I imagine you taller now. I imagine you ready for college or the armed forces, or sulking because the world isn’t kind to those who are fresh out of high school. I imagine you annoyed that the economy sucks and that tuition is high and scholarship opportunities are limited and the paperwork is endless.
BY DANA MILBANK
There was a time, not too long ago, when Republicans decried “activist judges.” Now they’re lamenting that judges are not being activist enough.
BY FRANK CALZON
It was 1958, and he was a schoolteacher and a small rice grower near the Sierra Maestra mountains in Cuba’s easternmost province. Unhappy with Fulgencio Batista’s dictatorship, he carried rifles to the rebels amid the produce of his farm.
BY ROGER F. NORIEGA
Recent revelations about secret dealings by El Salvadors ruling party with street gangsters and international narcotraffickers have many in that country worried that they may be drifting toward the lawlessness that has spawned chaos in Venezuela.
BY MARGARET CARLSON
If you’re like me — and I’m not advising it — you sometimes read the reaction to an article before you read the article itself.
BY CARME CHACÓN
I suspect that news about secessionist movements within a part of a country far smaller than the United States might sound strange in a time of globalization and open economies.
BY CHARLES SHAPIRO
This is not a U.S.-Venezuela issue. It is an issue between Venezuela and its people.” This curt dismissal by White House Spokesman Jay Carney of President Nicolás Maduro’s charges of U.S. plotting against Venezuela epitomizes the different approach between the Bush and Obama administrations on Venezuela.
In My Opinion
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN
During the 1967 football season, two missions consumed Jake Gaither, Florida A&M’s legendary coach. The first one, visible to any sports fan, consisted of leading the Rattlers to a championship after several subpar years. And in the second, conducted entirely behind closed doors, Gaither was trying to use his beloved sport to break the stranglehold of segregation.
BY SEBASTIAN A. ARCOS
In late January, Cuba announced it had decided to freeze funds linked to the terrorist groups al Qaida and the Taliban. Signed by President Raúl Castro, the decree stressed that the sanctions demonstrated Cuba's “commitment in the fight against money laundering, financing terrorism and the proliferation of weapons.”
BY TIM PADGETT
Mexico's nightmarish, decade-long drug war seemed to start in 2001, when Joaquín Guzmán escaped from a Guadalajara prison inside a laundry truck.
BY FRIDA GHITIS
Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted the Olympics to showcase his New Russia — strong, competent, self-assured, like him. The Sochi Olympics ended peacefully and the games unfolded without any significant problem. Better yet, Russian athletes topped the medal count. Bravo!
BY CARLOS MIGOYA, FRANK SACCO, AND FRANK NASK
Imagine being a high-school freshman. Your grandparents believe it’s important for teenagers to have part-time jobs, so they make an offer: For every dollar you earn at work, they’ll give you another dollar toward college.
BY ANN MCFEATTERS
Sometimes the federal government makes us a tiny bit nervous. Actually, sometimes the government seems completely bonkers.
BY DAVID GUEST
To anyone who has spent much time in Florida, the decline of our fresh water springs is heartbreaking.
BY EDUARDO J. PADRÓN
For DREAMers, “life” seems to happen a lot more. The unexpected circumstances, the twists and turns of everyday life appear to occur more frequently and affect more severely our undocumented youth. These life challenges occur at the same time they are facing an immigration policy in need of reform, one that leaves them in limbo with their futures on hold.