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In Turnaround, Cuba Agrees to Talks With U.S.

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31 May 09 | WaPo

Cuba has agreed to open talks with the United States on issues ranging from immigration to anti-narcotics cooperation and direct mail service, a senior State Department official said today, in a sign that the island’s communist government is warming to President Obama’s call for a new relationship after decades of tension. Read the rest of this entry »

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31 May 2009 at 12:57 pm

Senate Democrats Reject Funding to Close Gitmo

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20 May 09 | RT and AJE

Barack Obama’s controversial decision to shut down Guantanamo Bay made headlines around the world. But while most Democrats initially supported the plan, now theyre refusing to finance the move. (2:50):

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20 May 2009 at 10:16 am

Commission Names 13 Countries as Religious Freedom Violators

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1 May 09 | VOA News

The latest annual report by the independent U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom names 13 countries as serious violators of religious freedom. The commission expresses concern about increasing extremism in many countries, including sharp criticism for Pakistan, saying extremism poses a particular threat to religious freedom. Read the rest of this entry »

Iran: U.S. Lacks Credibility, Jurisdiction in Judging Them ‘Leading Sponsor of Terrorism’

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1 May 09 | AJE , PTV and AT

Iran remains the most active state sponsor of “terrorism”, a US state department report has said.

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Obama Suggests Cuba Release Political Prisoners

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19 Apr 09 | AP

President Barack Obama on Sunday suggested that Cuba release its political prisoners and defended his highly publicized handshakes with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, closing an overseas trip that he said heralded a new start in U.S. ties with Latin America. Read the rest of this entry »

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19 April 2009 at 9:36 pm

Isolation Will Not Free Cuba

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by Christopher Caldwell

17 Apr 09 | FT

A message of reconciliation has gone out from Washington, albeit a confusing one. On the eve of this weekend’s Summit of the Americas in Trinidad, the White House announced that it will no longer be a crime for Americans to make gifts of fishing tackle, dog medicine or soap-making equipment to a citizen of Cuba, provided he is not a member of the Communist party. Visits to Cuba are unlimited and so are remittances – provided you have a relative there who is a second cousin or closer, or live with a person who has such a relative. You are free to lay fibre-optic cable in Cuba, and engage in most kinds of telecommunications work, but other forms of business contact remain off-limits. Read the rest of this entry »

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17 April 2009 at 2:49 pm

Obama Eases Cuba Travel, but Embargo Remains

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by Howard LaFrenchi

13 Apr 09 | CSM

His reforms make it easier for Cuban-Americans to visit and financially support family on the island. But some Latin leaders say the changes don’t go far enough. Read the rest of this entry »

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13 April 2009 at 12:14 pm

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