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Big changes are coming to the United States' relationship with the island nation of Cuba. Just 90 miles from Florida, the two countries have been locked in a cold war strategy of cold shoulders for 55 years. Today President Obama announced the two nations would again establish regular diplomatic relations, exchanging ambassadors and having embassies in their respective capitals.

Two major stories have dominated the news this summer: the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the clash between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza.

While both stories have settled into an uneasy peace, San Antonio-based poet Naomi Shihab Nye has a unique perspective having grown up in both places. She offers this commentary.

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  More than 1,000 individuals representing companies and organizations that ship materials across borders are in San Antonio this week for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Conference. They came to network with their international partners and to learn more about special government programs that streamline processing and offer additional security when they send goods to other countries.

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They are more cosmopolitan, less religious, and more educated than their parents and grandparents. The millennials of the Arab world are going to change the way we think of the Middle East and North Africa, argues Juan Cole in his new book, "The New Arabs."

Cole, who has been writing about the interaction between the Muslim World and the West for years, points to the fact that the internet-savvy citizens of Libya,  Egypt and Tunisia used their skills to topple their repressive governments.

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The backlash from the non-discrimination ordinance continues to play out here in San Antonio. While anti-NDO advocates were unable to force a citywide vote for the policy -- failing to garner even half the required signatures -- recall efforts for the mayor and several council members who voted for the policy continue.