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BBC: Venezuela devalues currency by 32% against the dollar

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Venezuela has cut the value of its currency against the US dollar by 32%, in an effort to boost its economy. The widely expected measure ramps up the official exchange rate of the bolivar from 4.3 to 6.3 per US dollar. It was announced after Vice-President Nicolas Maduro’s return from Cuba, where he said President […]

February 9th, 2013 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Belfast Telegragh: Chavez ‘stable’ after post-op scare

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Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez has a respiratory infection after undergoing cancer surgery in Cuba and must have “complete rest” for the next few days, the government said. The socialist leader is in a stable condition after being diagnosed with the infection on Monday, information minister Ernesto Villegas said on television, reading a government statement. “It […]

December 18th, 2012 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

CBC.ca: Fidel Castro visits Chavez as he recovers from surgery

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President Hugo Chavez is in full control of his mental faculties and has been talking with his children and getting daily visits from Fidel Castro while recovering slowly from cancer surgery in Cuba, his son-in-law said. Chavez has been recovering favourably despite some “moments of tension” after Tuesday’s surgery and is now in a “process […]

December 16th, 2012 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Miami Herald: Cuban dissidents say attacks are evidence of anxiety about the opposition

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Cuban human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez Santa Cruz says the secret police harassed him for the first time in 20 years, and dissident Guillermo Fariñas says they hit him, in what the two men called yet another sign of the government’s growing nervousness over the opposition. Sánchez has been one of the few critical voices […]

November 30th, 2012 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Selous Foundation: The Cuban-American Vote

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By Tania C. Mastrapa l November 19, 2012 For liberal media, academia and others of a leftist persuasion, Cuban-Americans are not so much “Hispanic voters” as they are a persistent irritant and a symbol of a minority hijacked, in the broadminded opinion, by the Republicans. Any sign of their defection from the GOP is welcomed […]

November 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Miami Herald: Cuba cancels 2 charter firms’ flights

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Cuba has decided to suspend, beginning Nov. 27, charter-flight operating permits to fly to the island for Airline Brokers and C&T Charters, two of the most important and recognized agencies of this type in South Florida. Havanatur Celimar, the Cuban state agency that administers and regulates the operations, announced the decision Wednesday. Reasons for the […]

November 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Al Jazeera: FARC hits Bogota with harassment allegation

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The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has accused the Colombian government of harassing relatives of a senior rebel, highlighting tensions without disrupting a third day of peace talks in Havana, Cuba. Viviana Hernandez, a FARC spokeswoman, read out a statement on Wednesday alleging that Colombian police had threatened the relatives of unit commander Francisco Gonzalez as they sought […]

November 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

BBC: Alan Gross sues US over detention in Cuba

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An American contractor serving a 15-year jail term in Cuba is suing his former employer and the US government. Alan Gross and his wife Judy say he was not adequately trained or told about the risks he was incurring when he went to Cuba to do development work. Mr Gross was jailed by Cuba in […]

November 17th, 2012 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

FoxNews.com: Obama defeats Romney to win second term, vows he has ‘more work to do’

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President Obama won a second term in the White House Tuesday night, overcoming concerns about the fragile economic recovery to soundly defeat Republican nominee Mitt Romney. “We’ve got more work to do,” Obama declared, addressing a cheering crowd at his victory rally in Chicago early Wednesday morning. The president spoke to supporters at his campaign […]

November 7th, 2012 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

USA Today: Mayor rejects criticism of plan to hold NYC Marathon

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2:28PM EDT November 2. 2012 – NEW YORK — Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday rejected criticism of his decision to go ahead with Sunday’s New York City Marathon, saying it would give the storm-ravaged city “something to cheer about.” Critics have slammed the mayor’s decision as “idiotic,” insensitive and a diversion of city resources at […]

November 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Daily News Blog (Live Updates): Tracking Hurricane Sandy

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New York’s Hurricane Sandy death toll climbed to 39 Thursday as the city struggled to find some sort of post-superstorm normalcy. As Mayor Bloomberg spoke at a City Hall news conference, searchers on Staten Island recovered the bodies of the two Staten Island boys lost Monday as their mom tried to rescue the doomed pair as […]

November 1st, 2012 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Bloomberg.com: Hurricane Sandy’s Waters Flood Blacked-Out New York City

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Hurricane Sandy sent floodwater gushing into New York’s five boroughs, submerging cars, tunnels and the subway system and plunging skyscrapers and neighborhoods into darkness. The storm shaped up to be among the worst in city history, rivaling the blizzards of 1888 and 1947. Two deaths were reported in Queens and more than 670,000 were without […]

October 30th, 2012 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Real Clear Politics: Lance Armstrong’s World Unravels From Doping Scandal

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong stepped down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer-fighting charity and Nike severed ties with him as fallout from the doping scandal swirling around the famed cyclist escalated Wednesday. Armstrong announced his move at the charity in an early-morning statement. Within minutes, Nike said that it would end its relationship […]

October 18th, 2012 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

WSJ: Sky Diver Makes Highest Jump Ever

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Austrian pilot and sky diver Felix Baumgartner set a world record Sunday for the highest parachute jump, safely landing after leaping from a capsule carried by a helium balloon to an altitude of 128,100 feet, some 24 miles up. He also broke the sound barrier during his free fall, as he had hoped, reaching a […]

October 15th, 2012 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider,Science News | Read More »

Business Insider: The Soviet Union Planned To Leave 100 Nukes On Cuba After The Cuban Missile Crisis

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The Soviet Union secretly planned to leave 100 nuclear weapons on Cuba after the end of the crisis but were so scared by Fidel Castro’s instability that they made up a law to retrieve them. Documents released by the US National Security Archive disclose how close Cuba came in 1962 to becoming Latin America’s first […]

October 12th, 2012 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

ABC: Venezuela Election Results: Hugo Chavez Declared Winner

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President Hugo Chávez has retained power in Venezuela, after defeating opponent Henrique Capriles, by a comfortable victory of 900,000 votes. Chávez, the longest serving president in Latin America, has been re-elected for the third time. His new term will be from 2013 to 2019. He was first elected to power in 1998. Shortly after his […]

October 8th, 2012 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Miami Herald: Chávez’s defeat could have major impact in Cuba

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Cuba would undoubtedly suffer a devastating economic punch if Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, whose subsidies to Havana are estimated at more than $4 billion a year, loses his reelection bid Sunday. But a Chávez defeat has a long-shot chance of carrying a thin silver lining, some analysts say. It could boost Cubans who favor deeper […]

October 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Examiner.com: Persecuted Cuban Church Leader Visits Austin

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On May 22nd- 2008 Cuban State Security officials, local police, and several other government authorities surrounded Pastor Omar Gudes’ house, knocked on the door and then entered to arrest him. He was paraded out in handcuffs with much fanfare and surrounded by enough police, security and armed guards that one would have thought that an […]

September 27th, 2012 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

News.Sky.com: Reports: US Links Al Qaeda To Libya Attack

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Intelligence sources believe the deadly attack on an American consulate in Libya was directly linked to al Qaeda, with a former Guantanamo inmate involved, according to US media reports. Fox News said officials had revealed the connection on the same day a top Obama administration official called the assault in Benghazi a “terrorist attack”, after […]

September 20th, 2012 | Posted in Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

Huffington Post: It’s Time For a Free Cuba

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In 1958, a senior from my high school named Robert Thurman was expelled for trying to join Fidel Castro’s revolution in Cuba. I traveled to Cuba this August to see for myself what the legacy of that revolution really is. Any visitor to Cuba can see that the Castro Revolution is a failure. As a […]

September 7th, 2012 | Posted in Cuba Related,Current News,Post To Slider | Read More »

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