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Saturday, January 3rd 2015 - 05:43 UTC

We have so much to learn from Cuba

The embargo has almost certainly helped keep the Castro brothers [Fidel and Raul] in power for the last five decades.

By Robert F Kennedy Jr. (*) - In early December, President Barack Obama announced the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than five decades of a misguided policy which my uncle, John F. Kennedy, and my father, Robert F. Kennedy, had been responsible for enforcing after the U.S. embargo against the country was first implemented in October 1960 by the Eisenhower administration.

Tuesday, December 30th 2014 - 07:37 UTC

Argentina's Supreme Court clears the way for Kurt Sonnenfeld's extradition

Kurt Sonnenfeld either killed his wife or is a victim of the US government.

Charged with killing his first wife, he claims it is all a US conspiracy to silence him for what he saw as a Ground Zero videographer on 9/11

Saturday, December 27th 2014 - 10:03 UTC

US offer 5 million dollars for former Guantanamo detainee

Ibrahim al-Rubaish extremely dangerous

Held since 2002, Ibrahim al-Rubaish was released in 2006 to a rehabilitation camp in Saudi Arabia, but has now become a leading Al Qaeda, ISIS operative

Saturday, December 27th 2014 - 06:27 UTC

Maduro makes diplomatic changes, sends separate letters to Castro brothers

Nicolás Maduro makes a few moves on the diplomatic gameboard.

Rafael Ramirez new ambassador to the UN, Rivas Alvarado to ALADI and Mercosur. Delcy Rodríguez new chancellor. Letters to the Castro brothers in which he speaks of a “change of era” published in Havana.

Wednesday, December 24th 2014 - 06:43 UTC

State Dept. confirms resignation of Guantanamo Closure Special Envoy

Clifford Sloan's word was pivotal for President Jose Mujica to allow six Gitmo refugees into Uruguay

Clifford Sloan had acted as a liaison with Uruguayan President Jose Mujica in bringing six refugees into the South American country for humanitarian reasons

Friday, December 19th 2014 - 07:58 UTC

New gameboard for Maduro after US-Cuba reconciliation

Nicolas Maduro hasn't so far taken up the gauntlet from what US-Cuba resumption of ties actually brings along.

Analysts agree that the Venezuelan president will need to put aside some of his anti-imperialist jargon and socialist practices to stay in play.

Thursday, December 18th 2014 - 23:04 UTC

US sanctions against Venezuela officials signed into law

US President Barack Obama now has legal grounds to punich Venezuelans in volved in human rights violations

The United States will now be able to impose punitive measures on Venezuelan government officials involved in a crackdown on protesters against the Maduro administration, or on those who have carried out acts of violence or violated the human rights of political opponents.

Thursday, December 18th 2014 - 19:58 UTC

Mujica's role in US-Cuba understanding praised worldwide

Uruguayan President Jose Mujica, a kew player in the new geopolitical order of things in the region.

The role played by Uruguay's President in the process which led to Wednesday's announcements that the United States and Cuba are to restore full diplomatic ties, was praised by Presidents Barack Obama, Raul Castro and international analysts.

Thursday, December 18th 2014 - 01:17 UTC

Francis instrumental in US-Cuba relationship process

Presidents Barack Obama of the United Stes and Raul Castro of Cuba agreed to restore full diplomatic ties with help from Pope Francis.

The first Latin American pope in history sent letters to Obama, Raúl Castro and brokered negotiations which ended up in Wednesday's announcement that both countries are to resume full ties.

Thursday, December 18th 2014 - 01:00 UTC

US, Cuba to resume full diplomatic ties

US citizen Alan Gross' release from Cuban prison for humanitarian reasons paved the way for full diplomatic ties to be restored. (Pic AP)

Presidents Obama and Castro finalize details over the telephone, make announcement. US restrictions require Congressional approval to be fully lifted. Alan Gross released. Other swaps ensue.

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