Central America

Cuba and the U.S.: Turning the Page

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The dramatic improvement this week in U.S.-Cuban relations, and the possibility of an end to the decades-long U.S. embargo of the island, is set to transform political relations in the entire hemisphere. In the three posts below, the director of Crisis Group’s Latin America and Caribbean program, Javier Ciurlizza, and our vice president and special adviser on Latin America, Mark ... Read More »

Historic breakthrough in US-Cuba relations

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WASHINGTON – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The United States and Cuba made a historic breakthrough in their Cold War stand-off Wednesday, moving to revive diplomatic ties and launch measures to ease a five-decade US trade embargo. In the wake of a prisoner exchange, President Barack Obama said the United States was ready to review trade ties and to re-open its embassy in ... Read More »

Guantánamo prisoners released to Uruguay: ‘We are so happy to be here’

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Six former US detainees who were never charged with a crime, were flown to Uruguay on Sunday to begin new lives as refugees The Guardian – Uki Goñi in Montevideo Over the past 12 years, Ali al-Shaaban has experienced precious little human kindness. Detained in Pakistan as a suspected al-Qaida member in the months after the 9/11 terror attacks, he was ... Read More »

Remains Of One Of Mexico’s Missing Students Identified: Official

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — At least one of 43 college students missing since September has been identified among charred remains found several weeks ago near a southern Mexico garbage dump, two government officials confirmed Saturday. The two could not provide more details on how many of the students might have been identified. They agreed to speak about the development only ... Read More »

Cuba’s extraordinary global medical record shames the US blockade

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From Ebola to earthquakes, Havana’s doctors have saved millions. Obama must lift this embargo Four months into the internationally declared Ebola emergency that has devastated west Africa, Cuba leads the world in direct medical support to fight the epidemic. The Guardian – Seumas Milne The US and Britain have sent thousands of troops and, along with other countries, promised aid – ... Read More »

Brazil’s Foreign Policy and Latin America: A New Chapter?


ICG – Javier Ciurlizza | @javierciurlizza Foreign policy has never had a substantial impact on election campaigns in Brazil. Ever since the return of democracy in 1985, the country’s international relations have been less a matter of public debate than the preserve of a competent diplomatic corps. It is no surprise, then, that recent presidential and congressional elections revolved around domestic, ... Read More »

Erdoğan vows to teach Turkish children Muslim discovery of Americas

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has instructed Turkey’s educational institutions to adopt a policy of highlighting the contribution of Islam to global science and arts, including the discovery of the American continent by Muslim sailors some 300 years before Columbus. “I have to be clear that there is an important responsibility falling on the shoulders of our Education Ministry and YÖK ... Read More »

Erdoğan says America was discovered by Muslims, not Columbus

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America was discovered by Muslims, not by Christopher Columbus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has claimed, vowing to build a mosque “on that hill” in Cuba if the authorities of the Caribbean nation grant the permit. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the first LatinAmerican Muslim leaders summit in Istanbul on Nov. 15, Erdoğan slammed colonialism before referring to a ... Read More »

US, China Reach Breakthrough on WTO Free Trade Deal

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The U.S. and China have reached a breakthrough in talks to expand a World Trade Organization agreement that would eliminate tariffs on high-tech products. The deal was announced in Beijing by President Barack Obama, who meets Tuesday with top Chinese leaders following the conclusion of a regional economic summit. President Obama said the U.S. and China have “reached an understanding” ... Read More »

New Scans of the Voynich Manuscript, a Medieval Book No One Can Read


The Voynich Manuscript is one of the most obsessed-over historical enigmas. A medieval book dating from the late 15th or 16th century, its strange, flowing script has never been deciphered, its origins never determined. The 113 plant illustrations it contains seem to depict no flora found on Earth, and throughout its vellum pages are visuals of the cosmos, a small army of naked women cavorting ... Read More »