Tattoos on the rebound in Cuba after years underground

HAVANA (AP) — Bent in concentration beneath the vaulted ceiling of his Old Havana studio, Mauro Coca draws a tropical bird in blue ink down the length of Julivic Marquez’s arm. “That’s really good,” the 21-year-old art student says, and Coca presses his electric needle to her forearm. She winces …

‘Finally:’ Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader

MEXICO CITY (AP) — With an exclamation of “Finally,” Pope Francis embraced Patriarch Kirill on Friday in the first meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a brief but historic encounter held during a stopover in Cuba before the pope flew on to Mexico. The …

Hillary, Bernie and History – The New York Times

Democratic women are voting their ages in the nominating contests. It’s a sad time for Hillary Clinton’s fans. Well, I guess that’s obvious, since she got clobbered in New Hampshire. But it’s the way she went down that was particularly painful. Bernie Sanders got more than half the women’s vote, …

The Mubarak mirage – Al Jazeera English

Why do so many feel nostalgia for the deposed dictator? And is this justified? It was one of those paradoxes of revolution. Hosni Mubarak’s most hotly anticipated speech was to prove to be his last. He was never much of an orator, and whenever a Baba Mubarak speech was on …