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US Charges WikiLeaks Julian Assange under Espionage Act

The Trump administration today disclosed 17 new criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under the Espionage Act for unlawfully obtaining and disclosing national defense information.

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Taiwan Gets Cold Feet with Ortega, Fears US Sanctions

The news last February, that Taiwan would lend 100 million dollars to the Government of Nicaragua, through its Export-Import Bank (Eximbank), brought outrage and cheers from opponents and supporters of the Ortega regime.

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More Vegetarians in Cuba, but Not By Choice

Saturday is the day you?re most likely to find food at markets where we live in Mayari, Holguin. It?s normal for vendors to save a bit on the side so they can sell it on this day.

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Nicaragua: Ortega Announces His Plan to Stay in Power

Faced with today?s general strike, the delegation of Daniel Ortega to the stalled Negotiating Table issued its own unilateral agenda in an attempt to ward off more international sanctions against its inner circle and close collaborators.

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Cuba and Its Fight for Survival between World Empires

Trump?s administration has fully implemented the Helms-Burton Act and in doing so, has added fuel to the bonfire of contradictions between the US and European Union, that was never completely put out. With the attempt to tighten the noose, the Cuban Revolution has once again run into the savior of Europe and its economic opportunism.

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Passenger bus in Cardenas, Cuba ? Photo of the Day

Passenger bus in Cárdenas, Cuba ? By Osvan Salinasm Cuba.  Camera: Samsung Galaxy

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Havana Weather for May 23-29

For this forecast week the days will be mostly sunny, with some cloudiness in the afternoons and a chance of thundershowers. The high temperatures will be between 30 and 32° C (86 and 90 F), while the lows will be 22 and 23° C (72 and 73 F).

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Havana?s El Cerro Doesn?t Have the Key

The true paradises are the paradises that we have lost. Somebody said that once upon a time. That?s to say, that you have to lose something in order for it to be considered a paradise; whether that?s a man, a woman, a country or a neighborhood.

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Nicaragua: National Strike Set for Thursday, May 23

A large group of business associations, civil society organizations, mothers of victims of repression, and student movements, among others, formalized a call for a 24-hour national strike, starting at 12:00 a.m. on Thursday May 23rd.

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Venezuelan-Nicaraguan Company, Albanisa, the PDVSA Laundering Machine

The company ?Alba de Nicaragua SA? (Albanisa) would be part of an ?international criminal organization? related to ?Petroleos of Venezuela SA? (PDVSA) to create front businesses for corruption purposes and launder money with the protection of the leaders of the ALBA countries, according to an investigation carried out by the US consultants Douglas Farah and Caitlyn Yates.

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More on Trump and the Cuban-Venezuelan-Nicaraguan Triad

The Trump administration has the following as part of its political agenda: ?End Communist dictatorships in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba.?

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Russia Accuses US of Trying to Overthrow Maduro in Venezuela

Russia on Wednesday accused the United States of trying to forcibly overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whom Moscow supports.

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Cuba?s Self-Employed Demand Legal Advice and Support

Cuba?s self-employed are dissatisfied with many things including the lack of legal protection they have and the treatment they receive from certain officials who interpret regulations at their own discretion, making them oblige.

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Port of Havana, Cuba ? Photo of the Day

Port of Havana, Cuba. By Bob Nikkel, USA. Camera: iPhone 8

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How a Delivery App Became a Lifeline for Venezuelan Migrants

If you've traveled through any large Latin American city lately you've undoubtedly seen Rappi at work. The company's meteoric rise (its business grew by 20 per cent every month in 2018) has also been propelled by another less likely source: Venezuelan migrants.

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Gioconda Belli: ?It?s Time to Pound on the Table?

We must stop this irrational cruelty, and force this government to confront the harm they?re causing. Self-interest must be put aside in favor of exercising our moral or economic power before this dire sequence of events sinks us even further into the labyrinth of disgrace.

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Why Nicaragua Needs a Special Prosecutor?s Office

The murder of political prisoner, Eddy Montes Praslin, by a prison guard in the La Modelo prison last Thursday, should be the Ortega Murillo dictatorship?s last political crime.

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How Repression Is Excercized in Today?s Cuba

With a history of decades of crisis, it?s the roughest sector in Cuban society (working-class mobs given a repressor card and the green light to take out their frustration and envy). Such is the State?s favorite to do its dirty work: repression at its roughest ?visible beatings, insults and humiliation.

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NYT Journalist Leaves Colombia after Online Harassment by Lawmakers

The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Colombian lawmakers to cease their harassment of New York Times Andes Bureau Chief Nicholas Casey and local press freedom organization, Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP), and to ensure that journalists can report safely in the country.

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CPJ, HRW Call on Venezuela to Release Journalist Jesus Medina

Venezuelan authorities should immediately release Jesús Medina, who they have arbitrarily imprisoned because of his reporting for nearly nine months, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Human Rights Watch said today.

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Business Fair Shows Diversity of Cuban Entrepreneurism

Ready-made crafts, body art studios, bars, marketing and design services, event planning and I.T. solutions etc., all revealed the diversity of this Caribbean country?s private sector, at a fair held in the Cuban capital.

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Cutting the Pig in Havana ? Photo of the Day

Cutting the Pig in Havana, Cuba.  By Mike Podega from the USA.  Camera: Nikon J5

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Leaving the Nest One Day

A few days ago, my younger daughter (my loyal companion) and I wanted to visit some very dear friends of ours. Vain as she is, she decided to put on one of her best outfits; but she had quite a surprise...

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OAS Special Session on Nicaragua Tuesday (Watch Live)

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) plans to hold an extraordinary session on the crisis in Nicaragua this Tuesday afternoon (2:30 p.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. in Nicaragua). It can be watched live in both English and Spanish.

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Mysterious Murders of Activists Raise Uneasy Questions in Colombia

When the human rights activist was just a teenager in the northern Colombian town of Tiquisio, Juan Meneses stood up against paramilitary groups which tried to pressure boys to join them at the gates of his school.

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Grief and Demands for Justice at Nicaraguan/US Citizen?s Burial

On Sunday, May 19, hundreds of citizens in Matagalpa bid farewell to the Nicaraguan political prisoner Eddy Montes. Montes, also a US citizen, who was killed by a bullet to the back at the La Modelo prison near Managua.

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Nicaraguan Opposition Breaks Off Talks with Ortega Gov.

"The Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy is withdrawing from the negotiating table until the government releases [and drops all charges and sentences] against the hundreds of political prisoners from the agreed list held by the International Committee of the Red Cross," the alliance said in a statement.

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Nicaragua: Kidnapped Young People Appear at the Cathedral and a Hospital

Student leader Zayda Hernandez appeared Sunday night with signs of abuse on her body. The young woman was kidnapped since Friday, abducted in the vicinity of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Managua, when she went to attend a protest for the murder Thursday of political prisoner Eddy Montes Praslin.

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Carlitos? Brief Time on this Earth

Carlitos, the ?Box Loader?, has passed away. A neighbor told me the news. It left me stunned. After a highly emotional silence, these words erupted from me: But, what happened? He was young, only 40-something years old, active, full of energy.

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Cubans Lining Up for Soap?!

A few days ago, long lines peaked at bodega ration stores and markets in my neighborhood. This is because products are being sold outside the ration booklet and in regular Cuban pesos. People are trying to satisfy a need that has yet to come.

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The Cuban Revolution vs. Negative Media Campaigns

Smear campaigns against the Cuban Revolution began as soon as the popular uprising defeated dictator Fulgencio Batista?s armed forces, who were backed, armed and trained by the US to repress the Cuban people. Twenty thousand young revolutionaries? lives were the price for freedom.

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Havana, Cuba ? Photo of the Day

Havana, Cuba.  By Lourdes Rayneri, Cuba.  Cámera: cell phone S9

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WikiLeaks: Ecuador to let US officials take Assange?s possessions

Ecuador is expected to allow US officials to enter its London embassy on Monday to take away possessions left behind by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after his arrest last month, the whistle-blowing website said.

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Mexican Reporter Francisco Romero Murdered in Playa del Carmen

Mexican authorities must immediately undertake a credible and transparent investigation into the killing of Francisco Romero Diaz, a reporter who was shot dead yesterday in Playa del Carmen, a beachside resort in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Ortega Opposes Reparations to Victims of the Nicaragua Massacre

Reparations in Nicaragua are part of the demand for justice of the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy, which includes the truth about the massacre and no repetition, based on the demands of the Mothers of April Association.

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Local Ecotourism in Holguin, Cuba

On the outskirts of Holguin, Yaima Ramirez dreams about her ecotourism agency ?Cuba Hola? being so successful that it can offer other women like her a job. She describes herself as an entrepreneur, feminist and Christian.

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The Old Train, Havana, Cuba ? Photo of the Day

The Old Train, Havana, Cuba. By Onyi Nwalia, from Canada. Camera: iPhone 8plus

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Hundreds Line up to Buy Chicken at Havana?s Carlos III Mall

Saturday awakened with hundreds of people forming a long line on both sides of Calle Seco, leading up to the Carlos III Shopping Plaza.  With police surveillance, they were waiting their turn to buy frozen food, mainly chicken pieces at the official price.

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Cuban Government Reacts to the Population?s Growing Civic Awareness

The Communist dream is to invent a ?drug? to cure the ?human disease? of freedom and democracy, or at least this is what their actions seem to tell us. If it wasn?t for this small detail, this problem, they would be able to govern forever and be the people?s Gods of Redemption.

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Guard Kills Political Prisoner in Nicaragua

According to the Nicaraguan Interior Ministry, Eddy Antonio Montes Praslin, a political prisoner, was killed by a prison guard this Thursday, May 16, inside the La Modelo prison.  The institution, under the Ortega-Murillo regime, asserted that the prisoners mutinied against the guards, who were ?attacked? and acted ?in self-defense?.

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Let?s Talk About It ? Havana, Cuba ? Photo of the Day

Let's Talk About It, Havana, Cuba. Carlyle  MacDuff. Scotland.  Camera: Canon Power Shot ELP

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Festival of the Arts in Aguacate, Cuba (May 25-26)

The 2nd edition of the Aguacate, Mayabeque, Cuba, Festival of the Arts is set take place on Saturday and Sunday May 25-26 with activities for people of all ages.

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Student Protestor Makes Film on the Civic Rebellion in Nicaragua

In a parallel universe Nicaragua has become a technologically advanced society, but it is dominated by the Orewellian State led by the Supreme Commander. This perverse being has created a plan to appropriate all assets and convert Nicaraguans into followers who cannot reason or think for themselves.

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Nicaragua/Women: They Kill Us Because They Hate Us

Women in Nicaragua are hated not only by their partners, their ex-partners, and their acquaintances, but also by the State. None of the past governments, much less that of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, have shown the least interest in preventing violence against women.

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Cespedes Park, Santiago de Cuba ? Photo of the Day

Cespedes Park in Santiago de Cuba. By Jenny Cressman, USA. Camera: Pentax K20

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The Crossfire over Cuba?s March for LGTBQ Rights

This past Saturday (May 11), activists, members of the LGTBQ community and people who support the struggle for minority rights staged a demonstration in the heart of Havana. It was the first spontaneous citizenship protest on the island, without authorization from official institutions, in decades.

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Havana?s El Prado Promenade

The El Prado Promenade took on its current appearance when the Republic was founded in the early 20th century. Politicians and presidents set up house in its surrounding areas. (17 fotos)

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Havana Weather for May 16-22

Clouds and rain will continue in the Cuban capital throughout the weekend, with occasional lightning storms. The high temperatures will be between 31 and 33° C (88 and 91 F), while the lows will be around 24° C (75 F). The relative humidity will hover around 90%.

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Maduro Gov. Accuses US of Violating Vienna Convention

Police arrested four activists earlier today inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. The activists from CodePink, ANSWER Coalition and Popular Resistance had spent weeks inside the building at the invitation of Venezuela?s government in order to prevent it from being taken over by Venezuela?s U.S.-backed opposition.

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Sergio Ramirez: I See No Future for the Ortega Regime

?I think it?s the first time that the country has the opportunity for an institutional change without anyone perching himself and then refuse to get down,? said author Sergio Ramirez, who was Vice President of Nicaragua during Ortega?s first term, between 1985 and 1990.

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