Achy Obe­jas, a Havana-born mem­ber of the In These Times Board of Edi­tors, is the author of Ruins (Akashic 2009, akashic​books​.com) and Aguas & Otros Cuen­tos (Edi­to­r­i­al Letras Cubanas, 2009). A for­mer staff writer for the Chica­go Tri­bune, she is also the trans­la­tor, into Span­ish, of Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize-win­ning The Brief Won­drous Life of Oscar Wao (River­head 2008). She is cur­rent­ly the Dis­tin­guished Vis­it­ing Writer at Mills Col­lege, Oak­land, Calif.
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Obama’s Cuba Visit Reflects Shift of Cuban-Americans Away From the GOP
Younger Cuban Americans are radically departing from the political views of their elders
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Why Cuba, Why Now?
The 5 likeliest reasons behind Obama's surprise move to reverse a 53-year-old policy.
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Obama’s Delay on Immigration: Shameful, But Savvy
Latinos won't tip the midterms. Anti-immigrant right-wingers might.
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Venezuela Tries the Talking Cure
Amidst turmoil, President Maduro meets with opposition leaders. But will it help?
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Cuban Players, Caught in a Pickle
U.S. law pushes Cuban baseball players into exile if they wish to go pro.
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Ending the Pain in Venezuela
A call for civility between Venezuela's warring factions.
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Citizens of Nowhere
Thousands of Haitian-Dominicans were stripped of Dominican citizenship. Where's the U.S. outrage?
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Obamacare After Obama
The Affordable Care Act's issues will be far from resolved by 2016.
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How Cuba’s Bitter Sons Shut Down the U.S. Government
In Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, the Tea Party found the perfect pawns.
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Which Box Would Zimmerman Check?
How Trayvon Martin's killing challenged our assumptions about Latinos.
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Robbing Peter to Pay DePaul
As Rahm Emanuel decimates public schools, he's gifting a private college $55 million in public funds.
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Our Iron Curtain
The 'border security' provisions of the new immigration bill solve a problem that isn't.
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The Next Chavez?
A narrow victory bought Nicolás Maduro immense power.
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The Gay Old Party
Republicans are waving a white flag in their battle against marriage equality--or is that a rainbow flag?
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The GOP’s Cuban Conundrum
As they begin to lose their Cuban-American base, Republicans start seeing faults in a Cold War-era immigration policy.
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How Long Can Hugo Chavez Call In Sick?
Venezuela's ailing president has kept the wolves at bay for 69 days, but restlessness is brewing.
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Extreme Makeover: GOP Edition
Fearful of being outflanked by far-right extremists, the GOP is pushing for moderation in its ranks.
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Who’s Afraid of Homophobia?
The Associated Press's decision to favor 'anti-gay' over 'homophobic' isn't as bad as some say.
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Castro’s Greatly Exaggerated Demise
Rumors of Fidel's failing health are likely overplayed yet again.
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Voting for Obama with No Illusions
Four reasons to keep Obama in the White House and Romney out.
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Cuba Goes Both Ways on Gay Rights
United Nations vote opens room for dissent
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INSIDE CUBA: Voices From the Island
Welcome to Cuba.
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The Big Other
A giant stalks the literary landscape.
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Portrait of the Awkward Artist
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Prairie Style Romance
Though Nancy Horan takes great liberty in imagining intimate scenes between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney--of which there is no evidence--Loving Frank ultimately rests on historical record
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Survival of the Adapted
The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory takes the theory of evolution--"survival of the fittest," a phrase that appeared only in a later printing of Charles Darwin's classic text--and, in alternating chapters, juxtaposes the relationship between Darwin and fellow biologist Alfred Russel Wallace with Fries' curiosity about his own adaptations to a world unprepared for his body and his means of motion
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No Happy Endings
Escape from North Korea, the world's most repressive regime