Cuban president Raul Castro spoke to the nation today at noon, the same time that Barack Obama was making an address from the White House. The two leaders were addressing, in their own way, a successful diplomatic effort that included the release of prisoners Alan Gross, the three remaining Cuban Five members and an unnamed US agent who was also jailed in Cuba.
More than 3,000 people took part in a peaceful demonstration held in Nicaragua’s capital this Wednesday to demand respect for human rights and protest the building of an inter-ocean canal that the Chinese consortium HKND will begin in coming days.
Graphic new details of the post-9/11 U.S. torture program came to light Tuesday when the Senate Intelligence Committee released a 500-page summary of its investigation into the CIA with key parts redacted.
As we broadcast from the United Nations Climate Summit in Lima, Peru, we speak with Pascoe Sabido of the Corporate Europe Observatory, which has just released a new report, “Corporate Conquistadors: The Many Ways Multinationals Both Drive and Profit from Climate Destruction.” “This is COP 20. For 20 years we’ve been going without progressing to a fair and progressive climate deal that we need,” Sabido says. “One of the big reasons is the aggressive lobbying of the fossil fuel industry both at the national level and here at the talks.”
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday that he plans on launching a “powerful socialist offensive” at the beginning of 2015, aimed at ending the “economic war waged against the country by unpatriotic oligarchs,” DPA reported.
The Cuban doctor who recovered from Ebola after contracting it Sierra Leone returned to the island on Saturday. Felix Baez is the first known Latin American to have been infected with the deadly disease.
The Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone has recovered from the disease and will soon return to the island, according to a statement from the health authorities published today in Havana.
In a holiday special, we spend the hour with Isabel Allende, one of Latin America’s and the United States’ greatest novelists. Just this week she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Allende is the author of 20 books, including “The House of the Spirits,” “Paula” and “Daughter of Fortune.” Her latest is a mystery novel titled “Ripper.”
A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling ordering Louisiana to release Albert Woodfox, a former Black Panther who has spent more than 40 years in solitary confinement, longer than any prisoner in the United States. Nevertheless…
The Nicaraguan government gave a little known Chinese businessman a 100 year+ concession to build and operate an interoceanic canal dividing the country from west to east. Besides the canal itself, the consortium (HKND) has the right to purchase property anywhere it so decides for well below market value and keep it even if the canal isn’t built.