Critics decry slashing of agricultural aid as US tries to balance competing foreign relief priorities.
John Parke Wright, with close ties to the Castro brothers, says Cuba is starting to open up economically.
Robert Scheidt is poised to win another sailing medal for his soccer-crazy country.
In the chaos of upended lives after 9/11, a cricket connection is made.
The island nation's deep pool of well-trained artists, along with anticipation of political and social changes, have pushed Cuban art to the fore.
A warming climate would mean less food and more immigration, which could worsen ethnic strife.