With last Wednesday’s announcement of plans to release 52 political prisoners, President Raúl Castro took his first major step away from decades of hardline policy. But by taking the most obvious human-rights issue off the table, Castro has driven a new wedge between U.S. and European policies.
Joran van der Sloot was detained after Natalee Holloway’s death in Aruba, but the lack of evidence led to his eventual escape from charges. Even after a Dutch journalist with a hidden camera caught the young man confessing to a role in the Holloway case, he evaded responsibility. This time a trail of evidence, from the bloody hotel room to his videotaped departure alone in her car, links him to a Peruvian murder.