President Obama’s speech Wednesday signaling his intention to normalize relations with Cuba (including, eventually, lifting the trade embargo) has prompted many passionate responses from Americans. But Obama’s speech — in which he also announced that Alan Gross, an American contractor who spent five years in a Cuban jail, had been released to American custody in exchange […]
Jordan Allott is a British-born documentary filmmaker and founder of In Altum Productions. He lives outside Washington, D.C. and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I recently returned from the Middle East, where I captured stories for a film project about Christians living their faith in the face of crippling persecution. In Beirut, Lebanon, I spoke with two Lebanese Christians, Georges Maalouly — a 48-year old, Orthodox father of three — and his friend Father Joseph — a priest at […]
Leading Cuban dissident Dr. Oscar Biscet was beaten and arrested in Havana today, according to his wife, Elsa Morejón. Biscet, a physician and winner of numerous human rights awards, including the 2008 Presidential Medal of Freedom, has been advocating for human rights and democracy in Cuba for two decades. I spoke with Biscet’s wife, Elsa […]
Yoani Sánchez seemed exhausted when she arrived to give a talk at the Czech embassy in Washington, D.C., on a Tuesday evening in late March. The well-known Cuban blogger and dissident was in the middle of an 80-day, twelve-country tour. (Sánchez was given permission to leave Cuba in February after the Cuban government changed a […]
In America, 2009 has thus far been dominated by discussions about how best to alleviate a recession that began just over a year ago. But in communist Cuba, 2009 has been dominated by the commemoration of a revolution that helped induce 50 years of economic depression and instability. But after half a century of broken […]
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” — Frederick Douglass December marks the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Crafted in the aftermath of World War II, the document (the world’s most translated) represented the […]