Tag: President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama
Wednesday, March 25th 2015 - 07:35 UTC

Obama and Rousseff look to improved relations with a visit to the White House

Rousseff had been scheduled to make a state visit in October 2013, but she cancelled angered by revelations that the NSA spied on her

The Obama administration has again invited Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff for a state visit to Washington, a diplomatic breakthrough that both sides hope will lead over time to greater trade between the two biggest economies in the Americas.

Friday, March 20th 2015 - 08:23 UTC

Venezuela condemns US 'tyrannical” attempts in New York Times full page ad

“Never before in the history of our nations has a president of the United States attempted to govern Venezuelans by decree,” said Venezuela’s ad

Venezuela has placed a full page ad in The New York Times decrying what it charges are “tyrannical” attempts by the US government to undermine its socialist system. The ad declaring that “Venezuela is not a threat” comes amid mounting tensions between the two countries after President Nicolás Maduro this month accused Washington of plotting to oust him and ordered the US Embassy in Caracas to slash staffing levels.

Monday, March 16th 2015 - 10:25 UTC

UK caught on the wrong side in a US/Beijing dispute over Chinese development bank

“There will be times when we take a different approach,” a spokesperson for Prime Minister David Cameron said about the rare rebuke from the US.

The US has expressed concern over the UK's bid to become a founding member of a Chinese-backed development bank. The UK is the first big Western economy to apply for membership of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) despite the fact that US has raised questions over the bank's commitment to international standards on governance.

Sunday, March 15th 2015 - 01:10 UTC

US ambassador in Argentina received by cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez

Fernandez and Mamet shake hands during the ‘protocol’ meeting at Government House, Casa Rosada

Argentina’s Cabinet Chief Anibal Fernández received United States ambassador to Argentina Noah Mamet in his Casa Rosada office. Apparently the meeting was strictly protocol, and no details of the agenda were supplies to the media.

Friday, March 13th 2015 - 10:51 UTC

New York Times warns Obama's strategy towards Venezuela could be failing

The step could end up backfiring if President Maduro is able to use it to bolster his bogus contention that the United States is trying oust him through a coup.

In an editorial piece, “A failing relationship with Venezuela”, The New York Times expressed doubts about the latest measures imposed by the Obama administration on seven top officials from the Venezuelan government and goes even further questioning whether they will not end actually reinforcing President Nicolas Maduro position.

Tuesday, March 10th 2015 - 08:07 UTC

US confirms sanctions against seven top officials from Maduro's regime

Manuel Bernal Martínez, Justo Noguera Pietri, Gustavo González López, Antonio Benavides Torres, Miguel  Vivas Landino and Manuel Pérez Urdaneta

United States President Obama on Monday issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela.

Tuesday, February 3rd 2015 - 06:14 UTC

Obama's 4 trillion budget gives priority to the middle class and infrastructure

Some 70% of the spending is obligatory, as it covers public safety net programs such as Social Security and health coverage for the elderly (Medicare)

President Barack Obama's 2016 budget unveiled Monday sets priorities for the middle class and proposes major infrastructure improvements, to be paid for largely through increased contributions by the wealthy and corporate America.

Thursday, January 29th 2015 - 06:32 UTC

Raul Castro demands the return of Guantanamo and compensation for US trade embargo

The Cuban president told the Celac summit that “if these problems aren't resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement wouldn't make any sense.”

Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.

Saturday, January 24th 2015 - 05:50 UTC

Cuba/US: catching a glimpse of the possible future

The hostile policy first adopted by President Eisenhower (1953/61) was followed with only slight variations by Republican and Democratic administrations

By Leonardo Padura Fuentes (*) - All Cubans, on either side of the Florida Straits, but also in places like Spain, France or Greenland – where there must be a couple of Cubans – as well felt it was a historic moment that included each and every one of us, when U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17 the normalization of relations after half a century of hostility.

Friday, January 23rd 2015 - 07:04 UTC

US and Cuba agree to continue disagreeing but want to advance

The two sides discussed technical issues that need to be worked out to open embassies but, Jacobson said, “I can’t tell you exactly when that will happen.”

The United States and Cuba fell short of setting dates to reopen embassies but agreed to meet again to overcome deep rifts after they wrapped up historic talks aimed at normalizing relations.

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