Polls have consistently shown a significant majority of Americans favor normal relations with Cuba.
Pakistanis are protesting U.S. drones while South Africans are negotiating better prices for anti-HIV drugs. All of this and more in World Notes.
Still, there are five innocent anti-terrorist fighters sitting in U.S. prison, and it's important to keep their spirits up.
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Cuba is charting a new socialist course, asking "What is socialism, if not to give well-being to the people and redistribute the resources in the best way possible?"
The five men held in U.S. prisons for protecting Cuba from terrorist attacks, known as the Cuban Five, send their greetings of optimism and struggle for the New Year.