Why The Dreyfus Affair Matters, By Louis Begley

This work from an American lawyer and novelist probes the murky Dreyfus affair and draws parallels with Bush's Guantanamo solution. Begley points out the "analogous restrictions on access, recreation, correspondence, rations" and savage constraints of Devil's Island and Guantanamo.

Cruises: the ultimate holiday?

Why are holidays afloat such a success story for the travel industry? Because you unpack, sit back and see the world, says Simon Calder

Torture settlement brings hope to last British inmate in Guantanamo

Britain presses US to free Shaker Aamer after almost nine years in detention

Chico & Rita (15)

Starring: Javier Mariscal & Fernando Trueba. Voices: Mario Guerra, Limara Meneses

'Sophisticated justice' in Guantanamo trial

The first civilian trial in America of a Guantanamo Bay detainee showed a "sophisticated justice system" at work, the UK Government's independent terror legislation watchdog said today.

Hague's Guantanamo plea overshadows Middle East talks

A day after announcing it was to pay millions in tax-payers' money to compensate a group of 16 men who were detained and allegedly tortured by American interrogators at Guantanamo Bay, the Government last night implored the US to free the last Briton remaining there.

Released Cuban dissident to resume protests

Cuba has freed one of 13 political prisoners who refused to go into exile and will let him stay on the island, in a signal that they all may be released soon. Arnaldo Ramos said yesterday that he was in good shape after more than seven years in prison and planned to resume his opposition to the Communist government.

Paul Vallely: Play is about life. Video games prefer death

While Cuba is stung by the latest 'Call of Duty' storyline, we should all be wary of fantasies that glorify retribution

Album: Roberto Fonseca, Live in Marciac (Enja)

Afro-Cuban pianist Fonseca is one of the biggest new stars in jazz, and this live CD & DVD combo shows why.

Black Ops game draws fire from Cuba over Castro target

Cuban leader Fidel Castro is known to have a rather dry sense of humour when it comes to the myriad of unsuccessful assassination attempts that have been carried out against him. "I think I hold the dubious record of having been the target of more assassination attempts than any politician, in any country, in any era," he once remarked in a speech. "The day I die, nobody will believe it."

Dissident postpones new hunger strike

A prominent dissident has pulled back from a threat to go on hunger strike to pressure the government to free the last 13 political prisoners jailed in a 2003 crackdown. He said he was heeding a call for restraint from the men and their wives.

Rivals gloat at death of 'Tony Tormenta'

A day after marines killed a powerful drug lord his rivals hung dozens of banners in cities across Mexico's Gulf coast with ominous messages gloating about his demise.

Latin lessons: What can we learn from the world’s most ambitious literacy campaign?

Fifty years ago this month, Cuba committed itself to teach every citizen basic literacy. Today, the country's education system is the envy of the rest of the world. Nina Lakhani travels to Havana to discover the story behind the success – and ask why some believe that cracks are starting to show...

Drug baron killed in shootout with marines

Alleged drug cartel leader Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen was killed in a shootout in the border city of Matamoros, a Mexican official said.

No survivors in Cuba plane crash

A state airliner filled with Cubans and travellers from Europe and Latin America crashed and burst into flames in a mountainous area after declaring an emergency and losing contact with air traffic controllers, the island's worst air disaster in more than 20 years.

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