Controversial senator insists on tough U.S. policy toward Cuba

To prosecutors, he’s a criminal, a clever politician who stashed gold bars and hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in his closet. But to supporters, Sen. Bob Menendez is a patriot, a hero who can do no wrong. Menendez “is the most important figure in the history of the Cuban exile in Washington,” television … Read more

Cuban transitional government seeks U.S. recognition

Members of a group called the Cuban Constitutional Government of the Transition hope to secure U.S. government support in their effort to bring about democracy in Cuba. “We are not asking for U.S. military intervention. We are asking for support, recognition. We would not want bloodshed,” said Rubén Ricardo, a leader of the group. Ricardo … Read more

A son’s execution, a mother’s rage

I wrote this story for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on June 8, 2003. The knock on the door came at 6 a.m. “Your son has been executed,” a state security agent said. Rosa María García flew into a rage and began hurling insults – and rocks. When her husband tried to stop … Read more