For decades, conventional wisdom has held that the United States and Cuba were never closer to all-out war than during the 13 days in October 1962 that we now call the Cuban Missile Crisis. But new records show that more than a decade after that crisis, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger drew up det ... More >>
The tenuous Israeli-Palestinian relationship teetered on a knife's edge last week when the bodies of three murdered Israeli teens were found. It threatened to tip into outright mayhem days later when a Palestinian teen was kidnapped and burned alive in a revenge killing. And this weekend, a Florida ... More >>
Protests have rumbled through President Nicolas Maduro's Venezuela for the past month, but in a televised press conference today, Hugo Chavez's successor seemed more concerned with what was going on in Miami and Washington, D.C. Maduro singled out Senator Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinene ... More >>
Thanks to the government shutdown, national parks are closed, hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be sent home without a paycheck, and all federal government activities considered non-essential will effectively halt. However, controversial and ineffective government-sponsored broadcasts ... More >>
Florida's legislature is not famous for passing competent, legally sound bills. (Remember when they tried to forbid doctors from talking to patients about guns and the courts were like, "LOL! First Amendment. No." Good times.)Still, it takes a particularly dumb law to simultaneously piss off all of ... More >>
On the same day Rick Scott's secretary of state issued a plan to avoid a repeat of November's catastrophic voting delays, a Miami commissioner put out his own, more radical idea: Printing Dade County's ballots in a single language, instead of the lengthy documents in English, Spanish and Haitian Cre ... More >>
Imagine how the last fifty years of Miami history would have played out if Fidel Castro had been sitting on an arsenal of 100 tactical nuclear missiles just 90 miles away from Florida.That's exactly what nearly happened after the Cuban Missile Crisis, according to new documents made public this morn ... More >>
You're going to have to wait for that romantic cruise to Havana. Under President Obama, travel restrictions to Cuba have eased from the Bush years, with new air charters opening routes from Miami and Tampa and even Texas to the island. That thaw, though, apparently doesn't include passenger boats ... More >>
Ex-Bolivian president Gonzalo "Goni" Sanchez de LozadaTwo years ago, New Times brought you the story of a handful of indigenous Bolivians who have taken to federal court in Miami to seek justice against their nation's former leaders, who they say engineered a bloody massacre of protestors outside ... More >>
Hugo Chavez: Voice of reason?We have taken our fair share of shots at Hugo Chavez over the years. But in the tug-of-war over the remains of former Venezuelan president Carlos Andres Perez, Chavez has somehow come across as a veritable voice of reason.Yesterday Chavez pleaded for a quick resolutio ... More >>
photo by Martina Harris via Wikimedia CommonsWikileaks founder Julian Assange is looking more and more like a man without a country -- after releasing thousands of embarrassing diplomatic cables over the weekend, his homeland, Australia, is investigating whether he broke any laws. His would-be ad ... More >>
via Dominican TodayOut of all the things Haiti needs right now as it continues to rebuild after this year's devastating earthquake are prostitutes. Yet, Time magazine reports today that post-quake Haiti has attracted a startling number of sex workers, mostly women from the neighboring Domini ... More >>
A massive 7.0 earthquake struck just south of Port-au-Prince last night, devastating a Haitian capital still rebuilding from multiple serious hurricanes two summers ago.Even in this age of instant information, news is only trickling out of Haiti. CNN reports this morning that there's no casualty cou ... More >>
In 2001, a start-up phone company set up shop in a Miramar office park, looking to corner the market on international calls from Little Haiti to Port-au-Prince.It was a great business plan in Miami. Unfortunately, according to the feds, the company's execs decided there was only one way to make i ... More >>
I guess it is possible a news ticker could bring down an oppressive regime, but in reality it's just going to serve as another silly point of conflict. The U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana turned on the five-foot high, 25-windows-long news ticker in January 2006. The first message, to celebrat ... More >>
Almost two months after the first case was reported, and about a month since anyone cared, the World Health Organization has declared swine flu is officially the first flu pandemic in 41 years!So far, H1N1 has killed 144 people, a small number compared to the millions who died during the last fl ... More >>
Ecuador has its first reported case of confirmed swine flu, and the victim is an 11 year-old boy who had arrived only days earlier from Miami. Meanwhile, Miami-Dade now has 12 confirmed cases. Being such an international hub certainly puts Miami-Dade at risk for swine flu, but it also places us ... More >>
It may seem counterintuitive to dine on six-hour osso buco and goat milk ice cream so that the hungry of Darfur might eat, but Slow Food Miami and the Sagamore Art Hotel in South Beach are inviting you to do just that Wednesday, April 29. The new Whitehall Restaurant at the Sagamore, cheffed by Manu ... More >>
Cigar Aficianado normally devotes its editorial content to, as the name suggests, cigars and the celebrities that love them. Yes, they've always been against the Cuban Embargo, but their February issue goes all Atlantic-esque high brow, ditches the smokey celeb portrait, and puts their political lea ... More >>
"Just assume these local politicians are lying when they say anything."
If Florida counted in the primaries.
Have a beer with the Peace Corps at Shuckers.
Our sister paper in Minnesota, City Pages, is reporting that state's governor, Tim Pawlenty has flip-flopped on the trade embargo with Cuba. The reason: ambition. Pawlenty would like to become John McCain's VP. The Repubnant Arizonan wants Miami Cubans' support. So Pawlenty contradicted his own a ... More >>
Marcus Samuelsson cooks it up at Starbucks
Miami Police Chief John Timoney
Celeste Fraser Delgado
Caught between Iraq and a hard-line place
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The Great Art Debate, Part 2: This letter not intended for stupefied couch potatoes
Sounds Like Free Trade
Was Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega really a drug trafficker? Or is it possible he was set up by the U.S. government? Try asking a few dozen people who should know.
Wouldn't you love to rub shoulders with a man who has been knighted by the Queen of England, honored by the Pope, and appointed our local Liberian ambassador? Of course you would!
"You've reached Fidel Castro's voice mail. Please press 1 to leave a message, or 2 to hear his opinion about this new telephone service."