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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Our Moment in Cuba?

Last month I had the privilege of joining a study tour to Cuba with former members of Congress — sponsored by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC). We met with government and Communist Party officials, members of the National Assembly and Foreign Ministry, artists, scholars, academics, economists, entrepreneurs, even cigar workers. Cubans feel genuine optimism that the recent normalization of relations with the United States may usher in a new era of cooperation. Continue reading Our Moment in Cuba?

The Queen’s 1983 Nuclear War Speech That Never Was

Nuclear Bomb Here’s an interesting speechwriting challenge. Draft a speech for a Head of State to deliver to the nation as a nuclear war breaks out. What to say? What on earth or even in space is the right tone on such a Dr. Strangelove occasion?

Government documents from 1983 newly released by the UK National Archives include words for a speech to the nation that might be given by HM The Queen as a nuclear war between NATO and the Warsaw Pact started. Continue reading The Queen’s 1983 Nuclear War Speech That Never Was