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The Future of Cuba

The Future of Cuba

I returned to the United States from Cuba in late September, and, for the first time in more than two years, I felt a sense of optimism. In Cuba, shortages had still been apparent …

December 1, 1993
Cuban Baseball

Cuban Baseball

The pitcher for the local team is throwing a perfect game--no hits, no walks--through three innings. His Pinar del Rio teammates have jumped all over the opposition, Los Agropecua…

September 1, 1993
Cuban Davidoffs

Cuban Davidoffs

Last September, Edward Sahakian, the owner of Davidoff of London, received an inquiry from a local accountant on behalf of his Hong Kong client for a large stock of Cuban Davidoff …

September 1, 1993
Hotel Nacional, Havana

Hotel Nacional, Havana

In the warm Cuban twilight, the silhouette of a man can be seen wading in the pool of the Hotel Nacional and smoking a long, pungent cigar. Forty years ago, it could have been …

June 1, 1993
The Montecristo War

The Montecristo War

Members of Spain's political elite might be in for a surprise the next time they ask for the humidor at one of their preferred Madrid restaurants such as the Paradis, just around …

June 1, 1993
Melia Varadero, Varadero, Cuba

Melia Varadero, Varadero, Cuba

Cuba's Varadero has always been known for its exquisite white, sandy beaches and clear, light blue sea, but the hotels available until recently had very little in common with the …

September 1, 1992
Great Moments: Kennedy, Cuba and Cigars

Great Moments: Kennedy, Cuba and Cigars

Cigars have been a part of my life. My smoking habit began in my youth, helped me write my own adult history, and now, cigars are in my dreams. Even though the world is rising …

September 1, 1992
Cuba's Cohiba

Cuba's Cohiba

It might have been a scene out of Bizet's Carmen. Dozens of women sat in rows of brown, oily, wooden desks in small, dark, musty rooms in the El Laguito factory on the outskirts …

September 1, 1992