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Cuban Spy Scandal • May/Jun 02

Features

America's Cuban Territory

America's Cuban Territory

It was January 1996 and I had just landed on the island of Cuba in a U.S. Navy plane, which was strange enough. Now I was riding a launch, bucking low waves, entering bright …

The Cuban Spy Connection

The Cuban Spy Connection

In September 11, the entire U.S. defense and intelligence establishment was put on high alert. Ships at sea went to "zip lip" status, meaning they ceased radio communications …

The Cuban Trade Embargo Paradox

The Cuban Trade Embargo Paradox

U.S.-Cuban relations should be fascinating to observe over the next year or so, for increasingly the White House is moving in one direction while the American people and the …

An Exclusive Interview with Oliver North

An Exclusive Interview with Oliver North

Richard Nixon. Ted Kennedy. Ronald Reagan. Bill Clinton. Newt Gingrich. Rush Limbaugh. Mention these names in partisan political company, and you will be barraged with either …

The Return of Thoroughbred Mania

The Return of Thoroughbred Mania

Blustery, fall winds blow across Belmont Park as 54,000 thoroughbred fanatics crowd the stands. Horses are scrutinized, racing forms are perused, and an edge of big-time …

The Money Pitch

The Money Pitch

More and more, Major League Baseball resembles high-stakes poker. Bringing the most money to the table doesn't guarantee you a victory in poker tournaments. But you need a load …

Coming of Age

Coming of Age

Jim Thorpe could talk the bark off a tree, the grip off a shaft, the cover off a golf ball. Thorpe has opinions about this, that and the other thing, and doesn't mind offering …

BMW's 7th Heaven

BMW's 7th Heaven

A thick shroud has descended over the Texas hill country, an early morning calm suddenly shattered by the roar of a dark sedan. It bursts through the mist with the poise of a big …

Driving Force

Driving Force

You've undoubtedly seen them. Maybe you didn't realize what they were, but if you've looked down recently you've seen them. Well-heeled men seem to be shod in a sporty cross …

The Laundry Man

The Laundry Man

What is his secret? What separates Thomas Keller from the rest? What makes him one of the most gifted chefs creating in America today? His kitchen offers clues, even at 11 in …

Cigars

The Rebirth of Habanos

The Rebirth of Habanos

Are Cuba's cigar mavens finally shifting from quantity to quality?

A Leaf of Their Own

A Leaf of Their Own

Dominican Republic cigarmakers are following the example of Fuente Fuente OpusX and growing their own wrapper tobacco

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Up Front

The Stock Option Scam

The Stock Option Scam

Warren Buffett is a genius. Everybody knows that. The Omaha, Nebraska—based investor built Berkshire Hathaway into one of the world's most successful companies and in the process …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

There are also many untold stories of volunteers and their selfless acts. They were just ordinary people who wanted to do something —Mark DeFazio, NYPD, New York, New York …

The Good Life

Treo Communicator

Treo Communicator

Available since February, the Treo communicator from Handspring is a phone, Palm, wireless Web and e-mail system compacted into a less-than-6-ounce wonder. The flip phone has …

Sports Vision Eyewear

Sports Vision Eyewear

You're racing along at 120 per, when the sun comes up over the autobahn. You reach for eye protection—but not just any sunglasses. From the case comes a set of Sport Vision …

Big Bertha C4 Driver

Big Bertha C4 Driver

For many golfers, there's no better feeling than crushing a 300-yard drive, no moment more exhilarating than watching the ball soar down the center of the fairway. Callaway's …

S4 Carl Fogarty

S4 Carl Fogarty

If you can't afford a Ferrari Maranello or even the new Maserati Spyder convertible, why not go for a Ducati motorcycle? The Duc to have at the moment is the S4 Carl Fogarty, a …

Oval Lighters

Oval Lighters

The restaurateur looks at the man lighting a cigar and scowls. But it's the lighter that irks him, not the smoke. "Whatever happened to the nice lighters?" he says, picking the …

Dancin' Shoutin' James Brown

Dancin' Shoutin' James Brown

To book music legend James Brown for a party, you'd have to shell out between $100,000 and $250,000. But for a fraction of the cost, you can get the next best thing: the Dancin' …

Masseto

Masseto

One of the hottest wines from Italy is a pure Merlot produced on the west coast of Tuscany, near the town of Bolgheri, on the wine estate of Tenuta dell' Ornellaia. Masseto was …