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Dissolution of Marriage in Cuba

The rights of married women and divorcées in Latin American countries sometimes differ greatly from those in the US. In many cases, married women benefited more from historical Latin American protections than they would benefit from the “reformed” rights that took place in North America. Cuban marriage laws, however, stand in sharp contrast even to those of other countries in Latin America. One notable difference Read More

Bishop Leo Frade; Evangelist & Convicted Felon?

          Although they may be separate, there have been occasions in the history of the United States when church and state found one another at odds. This article profiles Leo Frade, the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida, who has spent his life promoting humanitarian goals. Governments in two countries have opposed his efforts, but so far, he has Read More

Property Rights in Cuba: the Impact of Recent “Reforms”

Shortly after the Cuban revolution brought Fidel Castro to power in 1959, the new regime abolished nearly all private property rights, resulting in a property system virtually unrecognizable to many Americans. Car sales were severely limited, and most homes effectively became the property of the state. With home ownership forbidden, home sales were likewise impermissible. Instead, the government would assign Read More

“Vamos a Cuba” is Going Nowhere

Vamos a Cuba! Is Going Nowhere On November 16, 2009, the United State Supreme Court unanimously denied a petition for writ of certiorari from petitioners, including the American Civil Liberties Union, to keep a children’s book, Vamos a Cuba!, on library shelves in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Though only 32 pages long, the book inspired hundreds of pages of opinion in federal courts and a three-year clash Read More