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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

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Orlando Zapata Tamayo wasn't a prominent voice in Cuba's small opposition movement. He wasn't one of the dissident activists whom foreign reporters often call for quotes, and he didn't have a blog or an academic degree. Read more»

Each February, Cuba’s International Book Fair transforms the old Spanish fortifications that overlook the Havana harbor into one of the biggest book parties in the world. The fair is Cuba’s largest cultural event, and as such, it brings out the best and worst elements of a one-party socialist system that celebrates reading but practices careful censorship. Read more»