Central America & Caribbean

Who is Colonel James Steele? 1980s Central American Insurgency, Iran-Contra, and the Iraq War

March 7, 2013

“Colonel James Steele, then 58, was a retired special forces veteran nominated by Donald Rumsfeld to help organise the paramilitaries in an attempt to quell a Sunni insurgency, according to an investigation by the Guardian and BBC Arabic.”

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Cuban President Raul Castro Announces Plans to Retire, Not Run for Re-Election in 2018

February 24, 2013

“Castro made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament.”

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Report: Exclusive Dominican Resort Frequented By Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) Known For Prostitutes

February 7, 2013

“The prostitutes talk of occasionally being secreted into Casa de Campo in the back seats of chauffeur-driven SUVs with tinted windows, gliding into the complex past a large, thatched-roof security checkpoint after the swipe of a card opens the gate.”

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Europol: 680 Suspicious Soccer Matches With Evidence of Match-Fixing

February 4, 2013

“The European Union’s police agency said an 18-month review found 380 suspicious matches in Europe and another 300 questionable games outside the continent, mainly in Africa, Asia and South and Central America.”

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Cubans Vote in the Country’s Parliamentary Elections

February 4, 2013

“The elected unicameral legislature will convene Feb. 24 and pick a new parliament chief for the first time in two decades, with the body’s longtime leader, Ricardo Alarcon, not on the ballot.”

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Guantanamo Bay Judge Orders End to Secret U.S. Government Censorship of Trial Audio

February 3, 2013

“Finding that the Military Commission Rules already provide the remedy that, if followed, would preclude the United States from indefinitely detaining unclassified information, Judge Pohl held essentially that the United States must comply with its own regulation.”

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Poll: Xiomara Castro, Wife of Deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, Leads in the Country’s Presidential Race

January 30, 2013

“Honduran presidential candidate Xiomara Castro, the wife of deposed former President Manuel Zelaya, is leading the race to become the next head of the Central American country, according to a poll released on Tuesday.”

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Guantanamo Defense Lawyers Request Permission to Spend 48 Hours in the Guantanamo Bay Prison

January 29, 2013

“They are housed in “Camp 7,” a maximum-security detention facility reserved for captives previously held in secret CIA prisons overseas.”

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Guatemala Court Orders Former Dictator Efrain Rios Montt to Stand Trial on Charges of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

January 28, 2013

“A judge found sufficient proof linking Rios Montt, who ruled during a particularly bloody period of the country’s 36-year civil war, to the killing of more than 1,700 indigenous people in a counterinsurgency operation in 1982 and 1983.”

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U.S. Warns Antigua and Barbuda to not Retaliate Against U.S. Restrictions on Internet Gambling With Piracy

January 28, 2013

“The World Trade Organization authorized Antigua in 2007 to suspend copyright protection on about $21 million of U.S. intellectual property annually after Washington failed to comply with a ruling against a U.S. ban on Internet gambling.”

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Spain Newspaper Apologizes for Publishing Fake Photo of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

January 24, 2013

“The grainy photo that El Pais originally splashed on its front page on Thursday, billed as a global exclusive, showed the head of a man lying down with a breathing tube in his mouth.”

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Cuba Confirms Activation of Cuba’s First Hard-Wired Internet Connection to the Outside World

January 24, 2013

“Until now Cuba’s Internet has been strictly via ponderous satellite links, and out of reach for the great majority of islanders.”

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Meets With President Hugo Chavez in Cuba

January 24, 2013

“He also said that those currently in Havana include Vice President Nicolas Maduro, Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez and Attorney General Cilia Flores, as well as the president’s elder brother, Adan Chavez.”

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Cuba Confirms 51 Cases of Cholera in Havana

January 15, 2013

“Tuesday’s advisory is the first official public admission of a cholera outbreak in the capital.”

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Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro: Hugo Chavez Asked Aides Questions During Visit in Cuba

January 15, 2013

“Vice President Nicolas Maduro said on television that he and other officials including Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez met with Chavez on Monday. Maduro said they provided him with an update on “the government in a new stage” and other matters.”

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