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George Friedman and the Next 100 Years

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“Be Practical, Expect the Impossible.” So declares George Friedman, chief intelligence officer and founder of Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (Stratfor), a private intelligence agency whose clients include foreign government agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Gathering information from its global network of operatives and analysts (drawing the nickname “the Shadow CIA”), Stratfor produces thoughtful and genuinely engrossing […]

February 17th, 2011 | Posted in Current News | Read More »

FoxNews: Israel Warns It Might Act on Iranian Warships Passing Through Suez Canal

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Israel is monitoring two Iranian warships about to pass through the Suez Canal for Syria and warn they might act. The Israeli Navy will be tracking the two warships as they cross the Suez Canal for the Mediterranean Sea, according to defense officials. Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in a statement that it had […]

February 16th, 2011 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

CBS News: Social Media Tips Middle East Balance

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Sometimes hurled in protest, stones in Cairo also spelled out a much more powerful weapon when they spelled out “Facebook.” Following social media’s pivotal role in the Egypt revolution, Facebook pages and Twitter groups are now popping up in at least ten countries across the Middle East and North Africa, reports CBS News correspondent Seth […]

February 16th, 2011 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Miami Herald: Humanitarian programs help both sides

I read Mauricio Claver-Carone’s Feb. 12 Other Views column, Travelers to Cuba beware, with disappointment. I do not support the treatment that U.S. government contractor Alan Gross has received, and I hope that he comes home soon. However, I find Claver-Carone’s insinuation that those who travel to Cuba for educational purposes will somehow be subjected […]

February 15th, 2011 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News | Read More »

TechnologyNewsWorld:LG Puts 3D on Optimus Smartphone, World Waits to See Why

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“Big screen, middle screen, little screen,” might be a fast way to describe the journey of 3D technology, the last leg of which LG unveiled Monday at the Mobile World Congress. The world’s first three-dimensional smartphone, LG’s Optimus 3D runs the Android operating system on a 4.3-inch LCD glasses-free screen. Images don’t jump out at […]

February 15th, 2011 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider,Technology | Read More »

FoxNews: Jordan’s Top Diplomat Says Middle East Revolutions Will Not Affect King’s Rule

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Jordan’s top diplomat denied that the revolutions that have rocked Tunisia and Egypt over the last month, and which sent the longtime rulers of both countries fleeing their respective capitals, will spread to Amman. In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judah said the recent wave of protests in Arab and […]

February 15th, 2011 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Freedom-Now.org: Cuban Human Rights Advocate Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet Gonzalez Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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February 11, 2011 For Immediate Release Contact: Jeremy Zucker +1 (202) 468-4648 jzucker@freedom-now.org Washington, D.C. – Freedom Now and the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights are pleased to announce the nomination of Dr. Óscar Elías Biscet González for the Nobel Peace Prize by the Prime Minister of Hungary, members of the Parliament of Canada, members […]

February 13th, 2011 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Andrew Breitbart’s BigPeace.com:Eric Holder Partners with Fidel Castro—Again

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This week the U.S. Dept. of Justice, at U.S. taxpayer expense, transported a Lt. Col. of Fidel Castro’s KGB-trained secret police named Roberto Hernandez-Caballero to a U.S. courtroom. The U.S. State Dept. classifies Cuba as a “State Sponsor of Terrorism,” and Fidel Castro classifies the U.S. as “the Great Enemy of Mankind!” A former colleague […]

February 12th, 2011 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Facebook: Does Cuba Fear A Facebook-Powered Revolution?

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Now circulating virally: “The Cyber Police in Cuba,” a filmed lecture that appears to be directed at Cuban officials, asking them to be extremely wary of social media. We’ve embedded a copy at the bottom of this post, and have translated some key quotes as well. (Remember that last month Facebook had reinstated Cubadebate’s page on […]

February 11th, 2011 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

AP:Church: Cuba offers to free 2 prominent dissidents

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba agreed to release two prominent dissidents who have refused for months to accept exile in Spain, but one of the men quickly turned down the offer, telling his wife he would remain in jail until ailing prisoners are free and other demands are met. The decision to free Hector Maseda and […]

February 11th, 2011 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News | Read More »

WSJ: Mubarak’s Swiss Assets Frozen

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ZURICH—The Swiss government froze assets possibly belonging to departed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak and his entourage Friday, marking the latest efforts by the Alpine nation to crack down on illicit holdings in its banks. The Foreign Ministry said Friday the government had frozen “any potential assets” belonging to Mr. Mubarak and his “associates.” The freeze […]

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FoxNews: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Steps Down

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down and handed control of the country to the military, Vice President Omar Suleiman said Friday in an address on state television. The announcement touched off a wave of jubilation throughout Cairo’s Tehrir Square, where tens of thousands of anti-government protesters had gathered demanding Mubarak’s ouster hours after he […]

February 11th, 2011 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

For a popular uprising in Cuba, Por el Levantamiento popular en Cuba

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IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL CUBANS TO INVITE THEIR FRIENDS, CUBANS AND NON-CUBANS, TO THIS EVENT WE ARE PROMOTING! LET’S ALL GET INVOLVED! LET’S JOIN THE EGYPTIAN PEOPLE AND DEMAND A DEMOCRACY IN CUBA! GO TO THE FACEBOOK PAGE AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE IN CUBA WHO WILL BE ABLE TO SEE […]

February 11th, 2011 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Miami Herald: Coast Guard interdicts refugees

The U.S. Coast Guard repatriated 30 Cuban migrants this week, including five men spotted on a raft on Sunday by the Disney Magic cruise ship. The men were found about 21 miles southeast of Key West. A small Coast Guard crew boat picked up the refugees to transport them to a larger cutter for repatriation. […]

February 11th, 2011 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News | Read More »

Big Peace: Time Magazine Still Stuck on Che Guevara

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Time Magazine just listed Che Guevara among the world’s top 25 political icons. Che ranks number 9, between Adolph Hitler (8) and Ronald Reagan (10). Mao Tse Tung ranks 3rd, Genghis Khan 5th, and Mohandas Gandhi 1st. So okay, Time’s obviously not making a moral judgment call here. “We look at world leaders whose legacies […]

February 11th, 2011 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

TechNewsWorld: Obama Digs In for Nationwide Wireless Push

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It was deja vu for President Barack Obama and the Federal Communications Commission, as both executive branch representatives unveiled broad plans this week to expand broadband access. In June 2010, the White House ordered billions of dollars from government spectrum auctions to build new public safety networks. Obama revisited the idea Thursday with his Wireless […]

February 11th, 2011 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider,Technology | Read More »

Science Daily: Diet Soda May Raise Odds of Vascular Events; Salt Linked to Stroke Risk

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Even if you drink diet soda — instead of the sugar variety — you could still have a much higher risk of vascular events compared to those who don’t drink soda, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2011. In findings involving 2,564 people in the large, multi-ethnic Northern Manhattan […]

February 10th, 2011 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider,Science News | Read More »

Miami Herald (Cuba): Cuban government unblocks critical sites

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Popular Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez described it Wednesday as the end of “the long night of censorship” — the government’s surprise unblocking of access to her and 40 more Internet sites critical of the government. The question is why, and for how long. Sanchez seemed giddy as she told in a post how she used […]

February 10th, 2011 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

FoxNews: Awlaki Tops Bin Laden as Top Terror Threat To U.S., Counterterrorism Official Says

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Usama bin Laden dethroned as top terrorist threat to the United States? That’s the assessment of Michael Leiter, head of the National Counterterrorism Center, who testified Wednesday before the House Homeland Security Committee at a hearing on Islamic extremism. The committee’s new chairman, Republican Rep. Peter King of New York, cut right to the chase, […]

February 10th, 2011 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

AP (Associated Press): Despite retreats, Egypt regime’s core stands firm

CAIRO –  Egypt’s regime has offered a string of concessions in the face of the strongest threat yet to its rule, but so far nothing that uproots its entrenched monopoly on power. The power elite has ruled for six decades, backed by a constitution it wrote, state media it controls and millions of Egyptians who […]

February 8th, 2011 | Posted in Current News | Read More »

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