Send greetings to the Cuban Five

We take the occasion of the beginning of a new year to urge readers to write to the Cuban Five. Antonio, Fernando, Gerardo, Rene and Ramon have been in U.S. federal prisons for ten years.

Afghanistan: Peace group projects a way out

Ex-presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, visiting Afghanistan this week, predicted the situation there will get worse before it gets better, “just like the surge in Iraq was.” But in the war’s eighth year, observers warn that a “troop surge” won’t reverse Afghanistan’s slide into chaos, violence and poverty.

World Notes: December 13

India: Russia aids nuclear development Somalia: Slaughter, suffering continue Italy: Historic rescue underscores risks Colombia: Gov’t evidence evaporates Cuba: Scientists, industry respond to world vaccine needs Gaza: Siege builds