Tech guru says CIA is out to get him


The Tampa Bay Times published this story. See original version. Rogue tech guru John McAfee is campaigning for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination, and his headquarters earlier this summer was a yacht at the Marina Hemingway, west of Havana. “I chose Cuba because the American government has manufactured totally ridiculous crimes against me in order

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Bolton’s firing hasn’t eased U.S.-Cuba tensions


The Tampa Bay Times published this story. See original version. HAVANA – Adelaida Borges spent decades as a schoolteacher before finding fame as a fortune teller. Her flamboyant outfits and long, colorful fingernails have drawn hordes of American visitors, from Beyoncé and Katy Perry to Michelle Obama. “Many Americans came to visit. We were happy

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How Havana is collapsing, building by building


With support from the Pulitzer Center, Katherine Lewin and I produced this piece for USA Today. See original version. HAVANA – Rafael Álvarez was up at 6:30 a.m. to warm milk for his baby daughter when he heard the sound of pebbles falling. “That’s when the floor below us came loose. We were left hanging

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Giant African snails are eating their way across Havana


I wrote this piece for USA Today. See original version. HAVANA — Giant African snails are quietly eating their way across Cuba’s capital, gobbling up leaves, flowers, bark and even the bones of dead animals. The snails, one of the world’s most invasive species, can grow up to 8 inches long and weigh a pound.

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Supporters Defend Castro


I wrote this article for NBC News (see original article). HAVANA — Cubans endured grinding poverty, food shortages and crumbling streets during the rule of Fidel Castro. His critics say his legacy is a disaster, a country in ruins that will take years to repair. Castro’s die-hard supporters reject such a dire view, recalling that

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