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What route did the first settlers to colonize the islands of the Caribbean take? M.M. Swee/Moment via Getty Images

Archaeologists determined the step-by-step path taken by the first people to settle the Caribbean islands

Did people settle these islands by traveling north from South America, or in the other direction? Reanalyzing data from artifacts discovered decades ago provides a definitive answer.
Co-founders Craig (left) and Marc Kielburger introduce Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau as they appear at the WE Day celebrations in Ottawa in November 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The other WE Charity scandal: White saviourism

An intense controversy over sending Canadian teens to Cuba to cut sugar cane in the 1970s raises questions about why WE Charity's international development approach hasn't been controversial for years.
Cuban dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer was a US ally in Cuba during the Obama-era restoration of diplomatic and economic ties with the Island. Sven Creutzmann/Getty Images

US and Cuba spar over jailed dissident – but is José Daniel Ferrer really a political prisoner?

The US is demanding the 'immediate' release of a Cuban activist jailed since Oct. 1. But allegations of violence and fraud suggest the charges against José Daniel Ferrer are criminal, not political.
Cubans record a street musician’s performance at an internet hotspot along the seafront in Havana, July 14, 2018. Reuters/Alexandre Meneghini

Fidel’s Cuba is long gone

Some Cuban entrepreneurs are so openly anti-communist that they sound like, well, capitalists.
A neuro-otologist at the University of Miami reported “central vestibular” (inner ear) findings in 36 per cent of American diplomats and their families affected by Havana syndrome. (Shutterstock)

‘Havana syndrome’ symptoms of diplomats in Cuba are not mass hysteria

Multiple sclerosis and endometriosis in women both used to be diagnosed as hysteria. The same could be happening with 'Havana syndrome.'
Former prime minister Pierre Trudeau and his wife, Margaret, visited Fidel Castro in Cuba in January 1976. THE CANADIAN PRESS/File

Canada-Cuba relations take a sad turn with new visa requirements

The ugly turn in Canadian-Cuba relations stemming from Canada's new visa requirements puts at risk decades of creative, productive connections between Cuban and Canadian people.
Airlines that fly into Cuba’s main airport could now be sued for profiting off of property confiscated during the country’s 1959 revolution. AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File

Trump declares economic war on Cuba

The Trump administration has declared the most severe new sanctions against Cuba since President John F. Kennedy imposed an economic embargo banning all trade with the communist island in 1962.

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