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February 27, 2014

Cuba
Huber Matos, R.I.P.

Huber Matos, a great hero of the struggle for freedom in Cuba died today at age 95. Matos was a revolutionary comandante in the Cuban revolution, a leader of the struggle against the Batista dictato…

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November 26, 2016

Cuba
On the Death of Fidel Castro

On the death of Fidel Castro my thoughts today turned immediately to Huber Matos, who sadly did not live to see this day. Matos was a true hero of the Cuban Revolution--and was therefore imprisone…

June 4, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
NGO Verdict in Cairo, Failure in Washington

Here is what happened in Cairo in the case of 43 NGO workers whose crime was to promote democracy in Egypt: An Egyptian court on Tuesday convicted 43 nonprofit workers, including at least 16 America…

December 29, 2014

Global
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2014

Last week, I wrote about ten Americans who died in 2014 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. Below are ten world figures who died in 2014. Each made a mark on history. Some we…

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June 7, 2013

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Turkey Broils, Egypt Prosecutes, and Syria Deteriorates

Significant Developments Turkey. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was welcomed home today from a four-day trip to Africa by thousands of supporters at the airport— the first major show of suppor…

Anti-government protesters try to protect themselves from a water cannon as riot police disperse them during a protest in Ankara June 5, 2013 (Bektas/Courtesy Reuters)..

October 21, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: John Kennedy Prepares to Tell the Nation About Soviet Missiles in Cuba (Cuban Missile Crisis, Day Six)

Sundays are usually the one day of the week that presidents can count on for a break from their frenetic daily schedule. That wasn’t the case for John F. Kennedy on Sunday, October 21, 1962, the sixt…

Secretary of State Dean Rusk, President John F. Kennedy, and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara meet in the Cabinet Room in January 1961.(Abbie Rowe. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)

March 2, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: Americans Out of Egypt

Above the Fold. The six Americans charged with violating Egypt’s civil-society laws finally got to come home last night. The National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute p…

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April 5, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Syria’s Friends Meet, Kofi Announces a Deadline, and Egypt’s Brotherhood Fields a Candidate

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. The Friends of Syria group held its second ministerial conference on Sunday to discuss UN special envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan for Syria. Meeting in Ista…

Supporters of presidential candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party Khairat al-Shater, cheer while carrying banners bearing images of him, as he presents recommendation documents to the Higher Presidential Elections Commission (HPEC) headquarters in Cairo on April 5, 2012 (Asmaa Waguih/Reuters).