Central America & Caribbean

Cuban Authorities file criminal charges against a Spanish Politician in a crash that killed a Cuban Dissident

August 1, 2012

“Granma noted that Carromero, a member of Spain’s center-right Popular Party, and Jens Aron Modig, from a conservative Swedish faction, had entered Cuba on tourist visas but “illegally” engaged in political activity.”

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Analysis: Russia’s plan to extend its naval forces to foreign bases poses little strategic threat to the U.S.

July 30, 2012

“It is more a political move than a military one, as President Vladimir Putincontinues to contest American supremacy, particularly during the Syrian crisis.”

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Report: Russia hopes to establish its first naval base abroad since 1991 in either Cuba, Vietnam or Seychelles

July 28, 2012

“Russia has been increasing the reach of its navy in recent years, sending warships further afield as part of an effort to restore pride project power in a world dominated by the U.S. military.”

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Former driver for Osama bin Laden released from Guantanamo Bay & sent home to Sudan

July 12, 2012

“Ibrahim al-Qosi pleaded guilty to terror charges in July 2010 in exchange for the possibility of release after he served a two-year prison sentence.”

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Medical Journal editorial calls Chagas, a tropical disease spread by insects, the “new AIDs of the Americas”

May 31, 2012

“More than 8 million people have been infected by Chagas, most of them in Latin and Central America. But more than 300,000 live in the United States.”

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U.S. Military Officials investigating whether new images of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed were smuggled out of the Guantanamo Bay

May 29, 2012

“The photos, which show a relaxed and often smiling Mohammed, were published Wednesday by “Al-Ebdaa,” an jihadist media group, and documented by Flashpoint Partners, a global security company run by NBC News terrorism analyst Evan Kohlmann.”

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Defense Lawyers at Guantanamo Bay seek the testimonies of former President Bush and President Obama in a motion to dismiss charges

May 28, 2012

“Also among those called to testify are Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder and Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who has been active in detainee policy, as well as several Pentagon officials.”

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Cuba’s newly-imposed restrictions on state corruption and inefficiency are pushing foreign businesses out of Cuba

May 21, 2012

“Tighter restrictions following President Raúl Castro’s crackdown on state corruption and inefficiency is leading foreign businesses to leave Cuba, jeopardizing the investment that his reform program needs if it is to succeed.”

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Honduran Human Rights Group: U.S. DEA Agents killed 4 to 6 civilians in a raid on May 11

May 21, 2012

“The victims included two pregnant women and two children.”

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Putting the “go” in “Cuban Embargo”? U.S. State Dept grants Cuban President Raul Castro’s daughter a U.S. Travel Visa

May 17, 2012

“Presidential Proclamation 5377, signed by Ronald Reagan, prohibits granting non-immigrant visas to member of Cuba’s Communist Party.”

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Hugo Chavez ends “successful” cancer treatment in Cuba and insists he will still run for re-election

May 12, 2012

“Officials have said that Mr Chavez’s low profile in recent weeks has been due to the effects of radiotherapy. However, there had been speculation his condition might be more serious than has been revealed.”

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Five 9/11 Detainees, including Khalid Shaikh-Mohammed, appear at a Military Tribunal hearing in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

May 8, 2012

“Amid disruptions both passive and aggressive, the government’s attempt to restart its efforts to prosecute the five defendants in the long-delayed Sept. 11 case got off to a slow and rocky start in a trial that could ultimately result in their execution.”

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returns to Cuba for additional cancer treatment

May 1, 2012

“Addressing the nation on television from the Miraflores presidential palace, Chavez said he’ll leave Venezuela today for a sixth trip to the communist island this year. The National Assembly today approved his request to be absent from the country for more than five days.”

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Colombian President: U.S. should look to allies in Latin America instead of focusing on “faraway conflicts” like Afghanistan

April 15, 2012

“U.S. influence has waned in recent years in a region it traditionally saw as its backyard, allowing China to gain ground and emerge as the No. 1 trade partner with various countries, including regional powerhouse Brazil.”

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President Obama travels to Colombia for the Summit of the Americas

April 15, 2012

“Before leaving Washington, Obama made clear in an interview with the Grupo de Diarios America, an association of leading Latin American newspapers, that he rejects the idea of decriminalizing drugs as proposed by some Central American leaders.”

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