Ten titles deserved the Reader’s Award that the Cuban Book Institute convenes. Awarded this time to the volumes with the highest commercial circulation between January 2016 and 2017, the award distinguished those whose sales exceeded 70% of its circulation. They are available to the reading public in the Great Bookstore of the San Carlos de […]

In the weeks following their arrests in September 1998, Gerardo Hernandez, René González, Ramon Labañino, Fernando González and Tony Guerrero — the Cuban Five — were as alone as they would ever be. They were being held in solitary confinement in the Miami Detention Center. Five of the comrades arrested with them were in the […]

My most recent article — with John Kirk — for World Financial Review on the state of U.S-Cuba relations in the Age of Obama: “Ending the embargo remains the sine qua non for improving US–Cuba relations. While only Congress can eliminate it, Obama is doing his best to eviscerate its provisions. Before he left for […]

By John Kirk and Stephen Kimber On Dec. 17, 2014, President Barack Obama went on television to declare the United States was unilaterally ending America’s “outdated approach [to Cuba] that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests.” So why do so many American politicians and commentators still persist in arguing the U.S. has been […]

In the spring of 2013, U.S. and Cuban negotiators needed a neutral location for secret talks that would lead — 18 months later— to the stunning, Dec. 17, 2014, announcement the world’s two “closest of enemies” were re-establishing relations. The only thing they could agree on initially, however, was that those talks should take place […]

  Hoy en la Feria del Libro textos sobre Los Cinco 15 febrero 2016 / Fuente original: Radio Cubana Los textos “Del otro lado del mar. La verdadera historia de los cinco cubanos” y “La redención del pasado. De la lucha por la libertad a la sanación”, serán presentados hoy en la XXV Feria Internacional […]

You’re invited to the launch of the Spanish-language Cuban edition of  What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five   Lo que race a travis del mar: La verdadera history de los Cinco cubans Monday, February 15 at 10 a.m. Sala Nicolás Guillén, Morro Cabaña. The Cuban edition, which is published by Nuevo Milenio, features an introduction […]

Review of What Lies Across the Water in Science & Society By Helen Yaffe (University College London), Science & Society In 2009 Stephen Kimber was in Havana researching for a love story he planed to write when, he explains, he “got sideswiped by the truth-is-stranger-but-way-more-interesting story of the Cuban Five” (1). Thanks to serendipity, Kimber […]

Halifax December 17, 2014 Inside the second-floor King’s College boardroom, close to a dozen of us huddled around a meeting table, wake-up coffees in hand, listening while our university’s director of finance walked us through her Powerpoint presentation of bad news we already knew, but in far more excruciating detail than any of us wanted […]

Two key, interconnected figures in the story of the Cuban Five are in the news. Guistino Di Celmo, 94, died in Havana on September 2, 2015. An Italian-born businessman, he relocated to Havana after his son, Fabio, was murdered by a terrorist bomb set off in the Copacabana Hotel on September 4, 1997. The terrorist behind the 1997 bombing […]