Alfred J. Lopez’s ‘Jose Marti’ | The Miami Herald The Miami Herald

February 20, 2015 7:01 PM

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Alfred J. Lopez’s ‘Jose Marti’ | The Miami Herald The Miami Herald

When the half-century Cold War between Cuba and the United States came to a dramatic conclusion in December, a dour Raul Castro made the announcement sitting in a drab office, dressed in his four-star verdes olivos, reading from a sheaf of papers. He could well have been reciting a weather report, not breaking his country’s biggest news story since 1959.

There was just one concession to stagecraft to signify the import of the moment: a portrait of José Martí, the iconic poet-saint of Cuba, that hung over Raul’s head. Nor did President Barack Obama miss the opportunity to invoke Martí in his speech announcing the historic rapprochement: “Liberty is t...

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