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Putin kicks off Latin tour in Havana, recalling the Cold War chill

Special to By Miles Yu, Russian President Vladimir Putin is making a big statement aimed at the United States by choosing Cuba as his first stop on a 6-day visit to Latin America. However, Putin’s Cuba trip is not just […]

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Getting the band back together: Putin’s victory march through Latin America

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua’s First Lady Rosario Murillo, right, in Managua, on July 11.  /AFP/Presidencia de Nicaragua/César Pérez

UNITED NATIONS — It’s been a momentous week for Russian President Vladimir Putin. While the major media focused on his trip to Brazil to accept the handover for the next FIFA World Cup football tournament in Russia as well as […]

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While UN’s Ban was making nice in Havana, the Cuban delegation punished NGOs back in NYC

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, right, with Cuba’s Raul Castro in Havana.

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — If it’s Tuesday, this must be Havana. Given UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s peripatetic global travels, the two-day visit to Cuba, especially in the midst of a frigid New York Winter, seemingly made sense. […]

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The UN’s Human Rights Council farce: U.S. silent as brutal regimes take seats

Chen Guangcheng: “China wants to join the UNHRC not to promote human rights, but rather to prevent democracies from questioning their human rights record.” /South China Morning Post/Reuters

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — You can’t make this up. In recent elections for the UN’s 47 member Human Rights Council, (UNHRC) some of the winners of the coveted seats are ironically the countries who are among the major […]

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Targeting Sen. Menendez: Obama’s push to ‘normalize’ U.S.-Cuban ties made strange bedfellows

Beyoncé and Jay-Z in Cuba.  /

Special to Global Information System/Defense & Foreign Affairs The seemingly unrelenting wave of media “revelations” in the United States against one of the key strategic policy officials in the government, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (Democrat, New […]

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U.S. files felony charges against HSBC bank for laundering rogue states’ funds

HSBC’s record penalty caps a year in which U.S. regulators have fined UK banks $3.4 billion.  /AP

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has determined that a British bank helped money-laundering with Iran, Libya and Sudan. Federal prosecutors filed charges against Britain’s HSBC Holdings for allegedly violating international sanctions on several countries deemed by Washington […]

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The politics of Romney’s non-Asian world view


Special to By Donald Kirk, Sometimes you have to wonder what the Asian half of the world means to Americans. How could a serious candidate for president make a whole “foreign policy” address and leave out America’s allies […]

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Barack Obama, Hugo Chavez, the Cuban DGI and U.S. national security


Special to By Cliff Kincaid President Obama’s mind-boggling statement about Marxist Hugo Chavez of Venezuela not having “a serious national security impact” on the United States is getting little national media attention. But like the private conversation with outgoing […]

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New book on Cuba’s DGI: Castro knew about JFK’s assassination in advance


Special to By Cliff Kincaid Former CIA officer Brian Latell’s new book, “Castro’s Secrets”, includes the revelation that Fidel Castro knew Lee Harvey Oswald was going to kill President Kennedy. The book deserves far more attention than it has […]

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The Bilderberger protests and other distractions from real threats


Special to By Cliff Knicaid The major news organizations have been driven by the Drudge Report and WorldNetDaily to cover protests against a meeting of the “Bilderbergers” at a Marriott hotel outside Washington, D.C. The stories usually feature Alex […]

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