Special to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette – 01/23/2015 – Cubans rest on a bench in the town of Mariel on Dec. 23, 2014. Across the harbor is a new container port that Cuba hopes will bring in needed hard currency. Mariel was made famous in 1980 when some 125,000 Cubans fled to the United States from the harbor in a massive boatlift. (Tim Johnson/McClatchy DC/TNS)
MARIEL, Cuba — The deepwater port of Mariel, once the site of an exodus of refugees to the United States, stands to be a stage for a new chapter in Cuba’s history, one that flirts with global trade and free markets.
By Tim Johnson Tribune News Service, Northwest Arkansas Demokrat Gazette