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Daniel Rey is a writer based in Northern California.
Far from encouraging democratisation, the new policy stymies the Cuban private sector, which is arguably the principal agent of change.
On the 50-year anniversary of his death, the author of The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden has never felt more relevant.
A pioneering public organisation is taking a stand against the growing problem of homelessness on the West Coast. In so doing, it is re-defining the very idea of a library.
In 1959, Cuba had more doctors per capita than the NHS.