Rene Gonzalez, one of the "Cuban Five" who have been imprisoned in the United States since 1998, is now free and back in Cuba.
A three-judge panel headed by Judge Jazmin Barrios sentenced him to 80 years in prison.
In this week's news has come a sobering wake-up call for anyone hoping the end of 2014 will really mark the end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan.
The fact that the president is exercising caution at this point is, for many, a positive change from the Bush-Cheney approach.
It doesn't take much to agitate the defenders of the official orthodoxy.
The owners didn't build fire escapes. They'd locked the doors on the upper floors "to prevent theft," trapping workers in the flames.
In the current crisis on the Korean Peninsula, the Obama administration is virtually repeating the 2004 Bush playbook.
Paraguayans are now wondering what kind of president Horacio Cartes will turn out to be.
Ten years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, pretty much no one is optimistic about the prospects for democracy and a decent life for the people in that cradle of civilization.
His mandate runs until 2019 and he has promised to continue the socialist policies of his predecessor.