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Bradley Manning

The military trial of Bradley Manning is a judicial lynching. The government has effectively muzzled the defense team. The Army private first class is not permitted to argue that he had a moral and legal obligation under international law to make public the war crimes he uncovered. The documents that detail the crimes, torture and…

Last laugh on Benghazi

By Bill Press In the last five years, I’ve been to a lot of uplifting events at the White House, from welcoming NASCAR winners, to awarding the Medal of Honor, to honoring the teacher of the year. But I’ve never been to a bigger White House celebration than Wednesday afternoon, June 5. I was there…

Tampa: Gateway to Cuba

By Richard Danielson From Tampa Bay Times TAMPA – For City Council member Harry Cohen, his first trip to Cuba was intense, perhaps most on the flight home from Havana. Just 20 minutes after takeoff, Cohen looked out the window and saw Fort Myers and Interstate 75. Normally, he thought, going somewhere so different requires…

Colombia and NATO

By Atilio A. Borón From the Argentine newspaper Página 12 President Juan Manuel Santos’ announcement that in June he “will sign a cooperation agreement with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to show his willingness to join it” has caused a predictable commotion in Latin America. Santos justified the news by saying that Colombia has…

Limp economies

By Max J. Castro By now, United States and Western Europe, together with Japan and China the strongest economies in the world, were supposed to be well beyond the reach of the tidal waves set off by the 2008 financial earthquake. But that is hardly the case on either side of the Atlantic. Hundreds of…

Cuba’s other revolution

By Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero “During the Special Period’s most difficult years, countless and creative solutions were found by our campesinos and agricultural science researchers. There was one objective and one priority: to recover our agricultural systems and produce what’s necessary to feed ourselves. However, we needed integrating and modeling concepts for the changes that were now…

The vigilant state

By Yadira Escobar From her blog Yadiraescobar.com MIAMI – I don’t want to sound like an anarchist. I acknowledge that every State needs a minimum of vigilance over its citizens to protect itself from its foreign and domestic enemies. Here comes the big BUT. But if they inspect our personal mail, our tastes, sniff around…

The mysteries of U.S. policy

By Jesús Arboleya Cervera HAVANA – Throughout history, it has been quite common for the American security and intelligence services to demonstrate an “absolute incapacity” to investigate those events that directly affect that country’s policy. In the case of Cuba, one such example is the “mystery” that still surrounds the convenient explosion aboard the battleship…

Assata Shakur, FBI’s white whale?

By William Boardman From Reader Supported News Why does the FBI consider a 65-year-old woman a “Most Wanted Terrorist?” NOTE: As you consider this article, keep in mind an undisputed, convicted terrorist who bombed hotels and nightclubs in Havana and a Cuban Airliner, killing 73. Luis Posada Carriles has denied the airliner, admitted the rest….

Cuban blogger who reveres Castro pushes for reform

By Natalie Kitroeff From The New York Times NEW YORK – Elaine Díaz may be the most important Cuban dissident you’ve never heard of. But that is perhaps because she doesn’t even call herself a dissident. Ms. Díaz is a leader of a group of Cubans who are opening a new avenue for criticism in…

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