This Week in Palestine Week April 5-11)

April 12, 2014 | No Comments »

While Israeli attacks targeting the West Bank and Gaza leave four injure this week, the Palestinian President formally signed up to the Geneva Conventions this week.

Seventy-two Cuban Women Freed from Forced Prostitution in Ecuador

April 11, 2014 | No Comments »

The Ecuadorian police informed today of the rescue of 72 Cuban women forced into prostitution by a band dedicated to sexual exploitation and migrant smuggling, reported dpa news service.

Maduro Dares US to Punish Venezuela

April 11, 2014 | 4 comments

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has dismissed statements by US officials warning about the possibility of sanctions against his country and even dared the superpower to carry out its threats, DPA reported.

Venezuela: Ice Breaking Meeting between Government and Opposition

April 8, 2014 | 1 Comment »

The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, met with a delegation of the opposition Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD) to find common ground for a possible dialogue to overcome the situation of turmoil following nearly two months of antigovernment protests, reports dpa news.

This Week in Palestine Week March 29 – April 4

April 4, 2014 | No Comments »

This week Israel refused to release the last wave of Palestinian political detainees meanwhile Israeli troops and settlers attacks targeting West Bank communities left five injured this week. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Is USAID the New CIA? Agency Secretly Built Cuban Twitter Program

April 4, 2014 | 46 comments

The communications network was called “ZunZuneo” — slang for a Cuban hummingbird’s tweet. It was reportedly built with secret shell companies financed through foreign banks. The US planned to use the platform to spread political content that might trigger a Cuban Spring.

US Defends Its “Cuba Twitter”

April 3, 2014 | 29 comments

The US government said today that its program to create a “Cuban twitter” was not a covert action or intelligence gathering, but a properly supervised project for “strengthening civil society” in Cuba. Another clandestine USAID effort involving telecommunications equipment landed agent Alan Gross in a Havana jail with a 15-year sentence.

Ecuador Reopens Door to Cubans

April 2, 2014 | 1 Comment »

A year after establishing strict regulations applicable to Cubans wishing to travel to Ecuador, Rafael Correa’s government has decided to eliminate the letter of invitation hitherto required of visitors from the island. The move could drastically increase arrivals.

A Cuban on the Crisis in Crimea: “Crocodiles Don’t Eat Crocodiles”

April 2, 2014 | 15 comments

“Crocodiles don’t eat crocodiles,” says the refrain of a popular Cuban song. It comes to mind now, in connection with the story I’m about to tell. It has to do with events in the former Yugoslavia and today’s Crimea.

Fidel Castro’s Son Backs Russia in Crimea Dispute

March 31, 2014 | 5 comments

As Russia and the United States/European Union continue in dispute over the former’s annexation of Crimea and troop buildup near the Ukraine, visiting Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart made it clear where Cuba stands.