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Haitians Protest Outside Hillary Clinton’s Office Over ‘Billions Stolen’ by Clinton Foundation

Haitian activists protested outside of the Clinton Foundation in New York over the loss of “billions of dollars” that was meant to help rebuild after the devastating 2010 earthquake. The activists are claiming the money was stolen through the Haiti Reconstruction Commission that was headed by Bill Clinton. In January 2015, the Clinton Foundation was the target of protests for wasting more than $10 billion and awarding contracts to non-Haitian companies. The activists also said Haiti as a cover for ... Read More »

Colombia’s FARC agrees to remove child soldiers from ranks

Colombia’s Marxist FARC rebels agreed May 15 to remove child soldiers from their ranks as part of the peace deal they are close to signing with the government. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) agreed to “implement departure of those under 15 years of age as soon as terms are agreed upon,” the parties said in a statement from Cuba, which is hosting peace negotiations… Source: Colombia’s FARC agrees to remove child soldiers from ranks – AMERICAS Read More »

Asia’s economic ties with Latin America: NAFTA and China

Second of two parts In the first part of this article, I recounted the story of the unlikely creation of NAFTA after Mexico ditched half a century of inward-looking, protectionist policies and proposed a free trade agreement to the United States, which eventually turned into the North American Free Trade Agreement, including Canada, in 1994. Also, we narrated how soon-after NAFTA’s trade started expanding fast, China’s… Source: Asia’s economic ties with Latin America: NAFTA and China – Asia Times Read More »

Viewpoint: How would Trump remove 11 million people from the US?

Lost in the most consistently astonishing US presidential campaign since the 1864 Democrats ran on a platform of conceding the Civil War, is a disturbing question that seems to bring into doubt the very premise of the American experiment. Exactly how would Donald Trump deport 11 million undocumented migrants from the US?.. Source: Viewpoint: How would Trump remove 11 million people from the US? – BBC News Read More »

Mexico President Pena Nieto seeks to relax drug laws

Plan would see medical marijuana legalised and increase the amount of cannabis people can carry. Guerrero, Mexico – Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has announced a proposal to relax some of the country’s drug laws. The plan would see medicinal marijuana legalised and increase how much cannabis people can carry…. Source: Mexico President Pena Nieto seeks to relax drug laws – AJE News Read More »

What the Panama Papers tell us about Ireland

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What links Putin, Flannery, and a Cavan man called ‘Paudie’? The Panama Papers dominated global media this week, toppling the Icelandic prime minister and embarrassing the UK’s, infuriating President Putin and prompting China to leap into censorship mode to try to protect its political… Source: What the Panama Papers tell us about Ireland Read More »

Why is Honduras the world’s deadliest country for environmentalists?

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The environment is the new battleground for human rights, and activists are getting caught in the crossfire – particularly in Honduras, where two were killed last month. ince her mother’s murder a month ago, Bertha Isabel Zuniga Cáceres has scarcely had time to grieve. The 25-year-old student is adamant that her… Source: Why is Honduras the world’s deadliest country for environmentalists? | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Taking Stock of Historic Trip To Cuba by Barack Obama

It wasn’t always easy, but in the end Barack Obama and Raúl Castro did the wave together in the stadium. Veit Medick was in Cuba, traveling with the US president’s press corps. Impressions from a memorable state visit… Source: Taking Stock of Historic Trip To Cuba by Barack Obama – SPIEGEL ONLINE Read More »

Obama and Cuba’s Castro air differences over human rights

U.S. President Barack Obama pushed Cuba to improve its record on democracy and human rights as he met with President Raul Castro on a historic visit to the Communist island on Monday, but Castro responded by decrying U.S. “double standards”. Obama said the two had “frank and candid” discussions about human rights as well as areas of cooperation. Castro said they could achieve much better relations if the United States lifted its 54-year-old trade embargo on the island… Source: Obama and Cuba’s Castro air differences over human ... Read More »

Obama begins historic visit to Cuba

HAVANA — President Obama arrived in Cuba on Sunday afternoon, a journey of only 90 miles from U.S. shores that took more than half a century to complete. Stepping off Air Force One under drizzling skies, the president held an umbrella over his wife, Michelle, as he was greeted by senior Cuban officials… Source: Obama begins historic visit to Cuba – The Washington Post Read More »

The Obama Doctrine: The Road to Havana

“They understood they were dealing with a different American president.” On Sunday, President Obama will begin his historic visit to Cuba. He will be the first president since Calvin Coolidge to visit the island, and his mission is a prime manifestation of what some people—not me, necessarily—might call the “Obama Doctrine.” Obama has been… Source: The Obama Doctrine: The Road to Havana – The Atlantic Read More »

Fixing Both Sides of the U.S.-Mexico Border

The vice president’s visit is a chance to address critical issues of security and prosperity. Vice President Biden and a team of senior U.S. officials travel to Mexico City February 24–25 for a High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED). Why? We trade over a million dollars a minute with Mexico. It is our second-largest export market in the world. Over thirty-five million U.S. and Mexican… Source: Fixing Both Sides of the U.S.-Mexico Border | The National Interest Read More »

Guantanamo Bay closure plans criticised by US conservatives, former lawyer for David Hicks

The release of the Obama administration’s plan to close the controversial Guantanamo Bay detention centre is met with criticism from US conservatives… Source: Guantanamo Bay closure plans criticised by US conservatives, former lawyer for David Hicks – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Pact on U.S.-Cuba Flights Reopens Battle for Seized Property

MIAMI — The Obama administration’s top transportation officials joined Cuban dignitaries at the Hotel Nacional in Havana on Tuesday to sign an agreement that will restore commercial airline service between the two countries for the first time in more than 50 years. José Ramón López, 62, the… Source: Pact on U.S.-Cuba Flights Reopens Battle for Seized Property – The New York Times Read More »

Mrs. Clinton’s Mixed Immigration Message

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In Thursday night’s Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton defended her past statements that Central American migrant children needed to be sent home from the border to “send a message” to other families: Don’t come. The New York Times – By THE EDITORIAL BOARD  Wrong answer — which Bernie Sanders immediately pointed out. “Who are you sending a message to?” he said, reminding her that mothers and children were fleeing Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to avoid being murdered. “I don’t think we ... Read More »

BRICS: Too early to read the last rites?

The BRICS grouping is falling apart, according to a recent article in the Financial Times that claimed commodity giants Russia and Brazil are being outperformed by other emerging economies that are attracting better investment. Does BRICS have a future or will the changing economic climate see it sidelined by new groupings such as the so-called TICKs?.. Source: BRICS: Too early to read the last rites? | Russia Beyond the Headlines Read More »