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.
By T. WILLARD FAIR
I was just finishing the ninth grade in Winston-Salem, N.C., when Brown v. Board of Education struck down the false belief, and consequently the policy structure, that schools could be racially separate but equal.
MICHAEL DUNN TRIAL
BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ
A dog can really steal your heart. Who could resist smiling upon learning that the Davie Fire-Rescue, police and sanitation workers worked for hours to save Sugar, a 2-month-old Pomeranian who fell into a pipe in the yard.
By CRIS ARCOS
Nearly two decades after Canada, Mexico and the United States created the world’s largest free-trade zone with NAFTA, there are two simple, overarching testimonies to its resounding success.
By SHERRI DAY
When I was pregnant, I worried that I would have a boy. As it turned out, we had a girl. Then came pregnancy No. 2: twin boys. The pregnancy was difficult, but even after our boys were born healthy there was a nagging fear.
By MALIKA SAADA SAAR
Would you call Tami a child prostitute?
AL AND JUDY WARRINGTON
By BERNIE MACHEN
Friday night, Al Warrington, a UF alumnus, an accomplished businessman — and a Miamian — along with his wife, Judy, pledged the single largest gift ever to the University of Florida.