Cuban human rights group: Number of political prisoners has doubled | Miami Herald

January 23, 2013 11:58 am0 comments
Cuban human rights group: Number of political prisoners has doubled | Miami Herald

The number of prisoners held on political charges in Cuba doubled to 90 in the past 10 months despite the government’s preference for short-term detentions to control dissent, a Havana human rights group reported Tuesday. About 30 of the new prisoners are leaders and members of the Cuban Patriotic Union […]

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Reuters: Cuba’s mystery fiber-optic Internet cable stirs to life

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Reuters: Cuba’s mystery fiber-optic Internet cable stirs to life

(Reuters) – An undersea fiber-optic cable that promises to bring Cuban Internet and phone communications into the 21st Century stirred to life this week, two years after it was laid betweenVenezuela and the Caribbean island. Financed by the Venezuelan government, the ALBA-1 cable under the Caribbean was laid with much fanfare […]

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Capitol Hill Cubans: Long-Term Political Imprisonments on the Rise

January 22, 2013 4:43 pm0 comments
Capitol Hill Cubans: Long-Term Political Imprisonments on the Rise

In 2011, the Castro regime banished most of the 75 political prisoners it had arrested during the “Black Spring” crackdown of 2003. Apologists of the Cuban dictatorship are still heralding this banishment, which in itself was a violation of international law. Today, the Cuban Commission for Human Rights has released a list […]

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The Economist: Nationalising utilities in Bolivia

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The Economist: Nationalising utilities in Bolivia

SINCE becoming Bolivia’s president in 2006, Evo Morales has brought ever more of the country’s economy into the hands of the state. In his first year in office he renationalised the oil industry. Telecoms, much of electricity generation and then zinc and tin mining all followed. On December 29th Mr […]

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Miami Herald: As Colombia aims for peace, some see the guerrillas diversifying

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Miami Herald: As Colombia aims for peace, some see the guerrillas diversifying

BUENAVENTURA, Colombia – In a muddy creek on the outskirts of town, hundreds of thick logs were piled up waiting to be turned into planks and plywood. Luis Mercedes, a veteran logger, admits he felled the trees and floated them downriver without a permit, but he says poverty forces him to […]

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Bloomberg: Chavez to Return to Venezuela From Cuba Soon, Brother Tells AP

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Bloomberg: Chavez to Return to Venezuela From Cuba Soon, Brother Tells AP

President Hugo Chavez, who has been recovering from cancer surgery in Cuba, is expected to return to Venezuela in the coming days, the Associated Press reported, citing his brother Argenis Chavez. While Chavez continues to recover, the final decision about whether he’s well enough to return home rests with his doctors, Argenis, who […]

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Fox News: Chavez ally says economic adjustments being considered to combat inflation in Venezuela

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Fox News: Chavez ally says economic adjustments being considered to combat inflation in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela –  An ally of President Hugo Chavez says the government is considering economic adjustments to combat Venezuela’s 20 percent inflation. Former Finance Minister Rodrigo Cabezas is a well-connected political supporter of the socialist president and is currently president of the Latin American Parliament, a regional organization. Cabezas told […]

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Miami Herald: What’s behind Cuba’s new travel policy?

January 18, 2013 3:55 pm0 comments
Miami Herald: What’s behind Cuba’s new travel policy?

As Cubans embraced their first week as potential global travelers, the rest of the world pondered Cuba’s motivation in enacting one of its most sweeping reforms to date and how it might affect travel throughout the region. And one ally responded swiftly to the prospect of an increase in Cuban […]

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El Universal: Panama removes OAS ambassador upon remarks on Venezuela

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El Universal: Panama removes OAS ambassador upon remarks on Venezuela

Panamanian Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) Guillermo Cochez said that the Panamanian Government has removed him from office upon his criticisms Wednesday at a meeting of the OAS’s Permanent Council concerning the silence of the organization with respect to the political situation of Venezuela. Cochez said that […]

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WP: Venezuela’s Chavez reportedly convalescing in secrecy at Cuba hospital famed for security

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WP: Venezuela’s Chavez reportedly convalescing in secrecy at Cuba hospital famed for security

HAVANA — It’s a blocky, blush-colored building surrounded by a lush canopy of trees near the rumored home of Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro. Somewhere inside, as best as can be determined, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is fighting for his life. People in Venezuela and other parts of the world […]

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