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Fidel’s Cuba Leaves Indelible Scars

Jesus de Leon at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 16, 2017. De Leon defected from Cuba in 2004 while he was on a work trip to Brazil. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Jesus de Leon at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 16, 2017. De Leon defected from Cuba in 2004 while he was on a work trip to Brazil. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

NEW YORK—Jesús de León remembers clearly when his spirit finally shattered. He was 13 years old. It wasn’t an obvious wound like a broken leg,...

  • Linda McMahon testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, at her confirmation hearing to be the next leader of the Small Business Administration,  Jan. 24, 2017. A recent study by the New American Economy highlighted the importance of immigrants as business creators. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

    Immigrant Entrepreneurs: The Job Creators We Don’t Always Hear About

    While stereotypes may have it that immigrants take jobs from Americans—particularly those Americans shun, like butchering hogs, cleaning houses, and working as nannies—the statistics tell... Read more

  • Ildiko Trien, former trapeze artist from Romania, shares her experiences living under communist rule before moving to America in 1970, in New York on Feb. 26, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    A Life Turned Upside Down by Communism

    NEW YORK—Ildiko Trien’s charmed and pampered life in Romania was flipped on its head when she was 5 1/2 years old.   Her father, who... Read more

  • Raven Faith, 45, at her home in the Los Angeles area on Mar. 6. (Ke Yuan/Epoch Times)

    Stopping the Cycle of Abuse

    LOS ANGELES—With her slight frame, wide eyes, and long black hair, Raven Faith projects the feeling of a fragile yet beautiful bird as she recounts memories of... Read more

  • Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, together with his family, from left, Eric Trump, Melania Trump, Tiffany Trump and Ivanka Trump, waves part of a ribbon after cutting the ribbon during the grand opening of Trump International Hotel in Washington on Oct. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

    Trump Hotel Is the Place to Be in the Nation’s Capital

    WASHINGTON—At a circular booth in the middle of the Trump International Hotel’s balcony restaurant, President Donald Trump dined on his steak—well-done, with ketchup—while chatting with... Read more

  • Juan Rangel, former CEO of the United Neighborhood Organization and founder of Chicago’s Octavio Paz Charter School, speaks at the American Enterprise Institute, Feb. 22, on civic education for immigrants. To the left sits David Randall, National Association of Scholars, who also spoke on civic education in America. (Gary Feuerberg/ Epoch Times)

    U.S. Civics Education in Need of a Makeover

    WASHINGTON—We often hear today that our democracy is in peril. One reason offered is the lack of understanding by the public of how our government... Read more

  • US President-elect Donald Trump talks with media, after his meeting with families and victims of last week's attack at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on Dec. 8, 2016. Somali student Abdul Razak Ali Artan plowed his car into a crowd and slashed several people with a knife on Nov. 28, 2016. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Terrorism Risk Trump Talks About

    When President Donald Trump banned U.S. entry to travelers from seven “countries of concern” for 90 days, it was primarily “to protect its citizens from... Read more


    Breaking the Cycle of Violence in Chicago

    CHICAGO—Every day, Clarence Franklin would brush his teeth, wash his face, put on his best clothes, pick up his phone and his gun, and go... Read more

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    Escaping Prostitution

    She thought she was about to die. Lying on the hotel room floor, her face was red and swollen from an hour-long beating, and the... Read more

  • Tuskegee airman Dr. Roscoe Brown during the "Red Tails" press junket in New York in 2012. "Red Tails," a film that chronicles the heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri)

    WWII Hero Roscoe Brown Leaves Legacy of Optimism and Hope

    For Black History Month, Epoch Times honors the contribution the late Roscoe Brown Jr. made to civil rights in New York and the nation. The... Read more

  • With insurers leaving the Obamacare exchanges, Congress needs to act quickly—and find a way to handle the 22 million who have been insured by the law.

    The Breaking Apart of Obamacare

    President Donald Trump and the Republicans have no choice about replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), as the law is generally recognized... Read more

  • (L–R) Wang Huijuan, Li Fuyao, and Li Zhenjun at their home in Queens, New York, on Jan. 8, 2017. The family escaped China in 2014 and were granted asylum after enduring years of torture for practicing Falun Gong. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Life After Torture

    NEW YORK—She had been interrogated before, but this time was worse. Wang Huijuan, an elementary school teacher, was a prize catch, and the guard at... Read more

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    Pressure Cooker: Stress, Long Hours, and a Macho Culture Are Pushing Chefs to the Brink

    NEW YORK—The world was Chef Michael Young’s oyster. He was sous chef at Aqua, a fine dining seafood establishment in San Francisco in the late... Read more

  • U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy holds a picture showing Clement Richard Attlee, British statesman and prime minister (1945–1951), making a communist salute during the Spanish civil war. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

    McCarthyism Was Wrong—and Right

    Two realities of the McCarthyism era, which reached its height in the early 1950s, deserve revisiting. One reality: Politicians engaged in grandstanding and bullying, leveled... Read more

  • Human Rights Executive Director Kenneth Roth introduces the “World Report 2017,” Human Rights Watch’s 27th annual review of human rights practices around the world. It draws on events from late 2015 through Nov. 2016. Roth is speaking at the National Press Club on Jan. 12. (Gary Feuerberg/ Epoch Times)

    Human Rights Watch: Populist Leaders Attacking Human Rights Values

    WASHINGTON—The increased willingness by authoritarian national leaders to ignore and, in some cases, flout fundamental human rights is the dominant theme of Human Rights Watch’s... Read more

  • Yvonne Wakim Dennis talks about her life's work educating people about Native American Indian history and culture, New York, Jan. 12, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    A Messenger of American Indian Culture

    NEW YORK—The desire to preserve and pass on authentic teachings from America’s indigenous people is embodied in Yvonne Wakim Dennis. It is perhaps a fitting passion... Read more

  • On Oct. 24, 2016, in San Francisco, Peiqi Gu talked about her family’s educational values, and how she almost lost the chance to complete school in China due to the persecution of her spiritual faith—Falun Gong. (Cat Rooney/Epoch Times)

    College Student Overcomes Fear of Persecution in China

    SAN FRANCISCO— “For 16 years, I’ve been living in the fear of being persecuted for my faith,” said Peiqi Gu, 30, who grew up in... Read more

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