The North and South Poles are at the center of the earth. The earth’s survival, that is. The two polar regions, the Arctic and Antarctic, are “actors and barometers” of rapid climate and environmental changes that the world is experiencing. That was the message last week of a joint meeting of the Arctic Council, involving eight countries as well as organizations of indigenous peoples, and the 47 Antarctic Treaty nations.
Momentum is building toward breaking down U.S.-imposed barriers against trade and travel with Cuba. The five-day visit to Cuba in early April of seven members of the Congressional Black Caucus provided a push.