Havana, September 4, 1997, 11:00 a.m. Fabio Di Celmo was apologetic. Another day perhaps, he suggested into the telephone. The person at the other end of the line was a representative of Biconsa, a division of Cuba’s Ministry of Domestic Trade with whom he hoped to make a deal. But not today. Their appointment was for noon, […]

Stephen Kimber jokes that he’s in his “Cuban-ist period” though it might more appropriately be called his “Cuban Five period.” Kimber, the award-winning author of 10 books who accidentally discovered the case of the Cuban Five while researching a novel in Havana in 2009, says he is now planning to write a second nonfiction book […]

What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five is currently in development as a major motion picture. Canadian producer Barrie Dunn, best known for his role in bringing the cult series Trailer Park Boys to the small and big screens — the television series has been sold to more than 30 […]

“Maybe I’m idealistic, but I’m a true believer in the strengths Cuba has as a nation. One of the most precious things we have is our people. And this will help in our new relations with the United States…” During the four years Josefina de Caridad Vidal Ferreiro spent as first secretary of the Cuban […]

 “I hope one day you will be able to update the story with the happy ending that many justice-seeking people around the world are still working for.” — Gerardo Hernández in a 2013 letter to the author This is the Epilogue to What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five by Stephen […]

As this weekend’s historic Summit of the America’s wraps up —with Cuba finally at the table — here are three short, sort-of-related excerpts from What Lies Across The Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five. Felix Rodriguez: Rodriguez, the former CIA agent credited with orchestrating the murder of Che Guevera, was in Panama for the […]

I was interviewed December 17, 2014, following the official announcement the United States and Cuba had agreed to a prisoner swap, freeing the three remaining members of the Cuban Five still in U.S. prisons.

In the sweet afterglow of last month’s historic rapprochement between the United States and Cuba, much has been made of the pivotal roles played by Pope Francis, the Canadian government, New York Times editorialists, various American politicians and their aides, even “sperm diplomacy.” All that is true, of course, but there are other narratives in […]