Fidel and the Americano

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I was 11 years old when I read the New York Daily News account of William Alexander Morgan’s execution. Morgan was an American adventurer who had gone to Cuba in 1958 to join the fight against Fulgencio Batista. A brave and resourceful soldier, he became a comandante in Castro’s army—the only foreigner to attain that rank apart from Che Guevara. Yet, just three years after he arrived, Castro denounced him as a traitor and ordered him shot.

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A Tale of Three Speeches

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We mere citizens of the world who once upon a time looked to the President of the United States to be both a strong leader and a bold representative of important moral principles sit aghast at the horror of #USElections2016. Still, it may soon be over, or not as the case may be.

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Energy Independence at Last?

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After eight presidents of the United States from Nixon to Obama have promised and failed to make this country energy independent, is there any reason why Americans should listen to a former president of Shell Oil USA?

To which I reply, yes. And what’s more, we’d better.

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Forgetting Oneself Into Immortality

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The lives of saints are invariably paradoxical. Whenever Mother Theresa was asked how she kept the adulation that came with being an international celebrity from infecting her with the sin of pride, she would reply that Jesus had given her a great grace: the deepest conviction of her total nothingness. “If He could find a poorer woman through whom to do his work,” she said, “He would not choose me, but He would choose that woman.”

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Village Fool

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‘Ti Laurent wasn’t right in the head, and wandered from footpath to footpath saying, “Tu fais bien, c’est pour toi; tu fais mal, c’est pour toi.” [“When you do good, it’s on you; when you do bad, it’s on you.” “What goes around comes around.”]

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