Monday, October 20th, 2014

Ebola summit in Cuba seeks to unify prevention strategies

Daniel Trotta, Reuters – Cuba and its closest allies from Latin America and the Caribbean meet in Havana on Monday to set plans for protecting their countries from Ebola and seek ways to help West Africa. “I am convinced that if this threat is not stopped in West Africa with an immediate… read more »

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Castro: Cuba would cooperate with US against Ebola

Anne Marie Garcia, The Associated Press – Cuba stands ready to cooperate with the United States in the battle against Ebola, former leader Fidel Castro said in an article published Saturday. Cuba is sending about 460 doctors and nurses to West Africa to help fight Ebola, an effort that was praised… read more »

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Head of Cuba’s Ebola effort expects more aid soon

Michael Weissenstein, The Associated Press — A leftist Latin American summit next week should generate more aid to fight Ebola, including additional Cuban doctors and support staff from other nations, the head of Cuba’s effort to slow the disease said Friday. Jorge Perez, the head of Cuba’s top tropical medicine… read more »

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Kerry: Ebola presents ‘test of global citizenship’

Lara Jakes, The Associate Press — Secretary of State John Kerry pleaded with world diplomats on Friday to rush more money and supplies to battle the Ebola virus in west Africa, calling it “a real test of global citizenship.” “Meeting this crisis is going to require that we draw on… read more »

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Rare independent group aims to open debate in Cuba

Michael Weissenstein, The Associated Press — The former editors of one of Cuba’s few non-government controlled media outlets have quietly restarted efforts to spur debate about the nation’s future, launching a series of public forums and plans for a new journal addressing the island’s most urgent problems. The project, known… read more »

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

C.I.A. Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels

Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times — The Central Intelligence Agency has run guns to insurgencies across the world during its 67-year history — from Angola to Nicaragua to Cuba. The continuing C.I.A. effort to train Syrian rebels is just the latest example of an American president becoming enticed by the prospect… read more »

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

New York Times: End the U.S. Embargo on Cuba

New York Times Editorial Board — Scanning a map of the world must give President Obama a sinking feeling as he contemplates the dismal state of troubled bilateral relationships his administration has sought to turn around. He would be smart to take a hard look at Cuba, where a major… read more »

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Sharp Rise in Cuban Migration Stirs Worries of a Mass Exodus

Frances Robles, NYT — Leonardo Heredia, a 24-year-old Cuban baker, tried and failed to reach the shores of Florida eight times. Last week, he and 21 friends from his Havana neighborhood gathered the combined know-how from their respective botched migrations and made a boat using a Toyota motor, scrap stainless… read more »

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

5 Dead in Venezuela After Tense Police Standoff

AP — President Nicolas Maduro called Wednesday for an investigation into a confusing shootout with police that left a well-connected government supporter and four others dead. Police before dawn Tuesday raided a high-rise building occupied by presumed members of armed pro-government groups known as “collectives,” leading to a tense, eight-hour… read more »

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Exclusive: BNP asks other banks for help as dollar clearing ban nears

Karen Freifeld, Dmitry Zhdannikov, and Ron Bousso, Reuters – BNP Paribas has asked at least three banks to help it clear certain energy transactions in U.S. dollars next year to make sure it can keep its energy trade finance division operating after a ban imposed for violating U.S. sanctions, sources said. The French… read more »