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Fidel hell: USSR is dead, but Castro’s iron grip on Cuba endures

Fidel hell: USSR is dead, but Castro’s iron grip on Cuba endures

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — For as long as I can remember, the phrase Castro’s Cuba was synonymous with a Caribbean island ruled by one Family. Indeed for sixty years the phrase had a certain, if unfortunate, political ring. So when Raul Castro, the second member of the ruling dynasty, stepped down from […]

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The free press: Secret threat to North Korean tyranny

The free press: Secret threat to North Korean tyranny

North Korea is usually off limits to reporters. But to mark the 65th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party, Pyongyang issued a rare invitation to foreign journalists to visit the country. The occasion provided the first public sightings of the young Kim Jong Eun, and the press dutifully beamed photos of the dictator-in-training overseeing North […]