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The Gold, Skype-Equipped Shipping Container Being Used to Connect America With Iran

A gold-gilded shipping container, currently stationed in Washington, D.C.’s Woodrow Wilson Plaza, provides 20-minute video links to the Iranian capital of Tehran; Herat, Afghanistan; and Havana, Cuba.

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Cuba Officially Removed From U.S. State Sponsor of Terror List

The White House takes an important symbolic step by removing Cuba from the official state sponsor of terror list.

Shadow Government

The Cuban Market Mirage

It’s a safe bet that neither Cy Tokmakjian or Stephen Purvis will be attending a Brookings Institution event next week on doing business in Cuba. Canadian and British businessmen, respectively, they ...

Feature

When Prayer Turns to Violent Penance

From Malaysia to Cuba, how religious minorities use rituals — from simple prayer to violent penance — to create a sense of community.

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Why Pope Francis Inspires Raúl Castro to Go to Church

Warming relations between Havana and the Vatican demonstrate a broader trend of reconciliation between the once-hostile ideologies, which has accelerated under social welfare-minded Francis.

Voice

How Cuba Could Stop the Next Ebola Outbreak

West Africa’s medical system was brought within an inch of its life by a devastating epidemic. But Havana could help nurse it back to health.

The Cable

State Dept. Reports No Progress on Restoring Ties With Cuba

The State Department cannot cite any progress on a key step in the Obama administration’s policy of restoring ties with the Cuban government: the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana.

Shadow Government

Can Obama’s Reset with Latin America Possibly Live Up to the Hype?

The Obama administration was certainly in a triumphal mood following the recent Summit of the Americas in Panama. In carefully choreographing the “interaction” between President ...

The Cable

Exclusive: Congress Won’t Block Obama From Delisting Cuba on Terror List

In a major victory for the White House, the Republican-controlled Congress will not advance legislation designed to block President Barack Obama’s executive action removing Cuba from the state sponsor of terrorism list.

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