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FORMER CIA OFFICER: Edward Snowden Is No Traitor


JUL. 20, 2013, 9:54 PM 

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There are a number of narratives being floated by the usual suspects to attempt to demonstrate that Edward Snowden is a traitor who has betrayed secrets vital to the security of the United States. 

All the arguments being made are essentially without merit. 

Snowden has undeniably violated his agreement to protect classified information, which is a crime. 

But in reality, he has revealed only one actual secret that matters, which is the United States government’s serial violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution through its collection of personal information on millions of innocent American citizens without any probable cause or search warrant.

That makes Snowden a whistleblower, as he is exposing illegal activity on the part of the federal government. The damage he has inflicted is not against U.S. national security but rather on the politicians and senior bureaucrats who ordered, managed, condoned, …

Chile Labour Minister Evelyn Matthei to run for president

Evelyn Matthei comes from a military family

Chile's governing conservative alliance has appointed Labour Minister Evelyn Matthei to run for president in November.

She replaces Pablo Longueira, who resigned on Wednesday saying he was suffering from depression.

Evelyn Matthei is an experienced politician known for her outspoken rhetoric.

She will run against former left-wing Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who is leading in the opinion polls.

"We have four months. It is very little time, which means we need to begin working now," said Ms Matthei.

"These are difficult times," said Patricio Melero, president of Ms Matthei's UDI (Independent Democratic Union) party.

But he said his party had made the right choice: "We think Matthei is a winning candidate."

Ms Matthei has served as labour minister in President Sebastian Pinera's government since 2011.

The new president will have to deal with ongoing protests against social inequality

Michelle Bachelet, a…

In building the world's third-largest dam, Brazil aims to build good social practices

Despite controversy over the construction of Brazil's Belo Monte dam, some say it could change the approach to community engagement around large-scale projects.

By Nina Wegner, Contributor / July 20, 2013

Indigenous Munduruku men survey the quarry site for the Belo Monte Dam. On May 27th, an indigenous group made up predominantly of Munduruku occupied the dam and halted construction on the main turbine site.

Taylor Weidman 


Brazil is busy polishing its image in anticipation of hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, spending billions on budgets for border control, crime eradication, and public projects.

But while the construction of soccer stadiums and the war on crime grab headlines, Brazil’s largest and most expensive infrastructure project is hidden deep in the Amazon on the “Big Bend” of the Xingu River. 

There, the Belo Monte dam – the third largest dam in the world – is rapidly being built. And how the dam is completed could play an important role in …

IMO BLOG (Mango World Magazine) hits 2.4 MILLION PAGEVIEWS SINCE MARCH 14, 2011 ...(Two years and four months) ....

28 Months ago, The IMO BLOG (Mango World Magazine) went digital.

On March 14, 2011 Google Analytics began tracking Global viewership of daily posts to the IMO BLOG.

Viewership is 24/7 and around the World.

It is amazing to think that at any given minute of the day...... someone....somewhere..... in the world.... is on line viewing the IMO BLOG....

Here are some Statistics:

Pageviews today

Pageviews yesterday

Pageviews last month

Pageviews all time history

Global Viewership:

Top Ten ALL TIME Pageviews by Countries


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1,955,387 which leaves an additional 444,957 viewers from other countries.

Over the past 28 months nearly every country on the Planet has visited the IMO BLOG....Now THAT is an impressive statistic !!!!

Top Ten Pageviews for the past 30 days by Countries


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El asunto de Snowden va en serio, USA amenazó al gobierno de Venezuela con represalias


by Carlos Vilchez Navamuel • 19 julio, 2013 •

Por Carlos Vilchez Navamuel

El periódico español el ABC publicó un artículo el 18 de julio 2013 titulado “Estados Unidos toma represalias contra Venezuela para que no acoja a Edward Snowden”

Aquella fotografía donde se le veía embobado de felicidad al canciller venezolano Elías Jaua con John Kerry hace unos días será solo para el recuerdo, la llamada de atención de parte de EEUU al gobierno impugnado de Maduro les debe de haber caído como un balde de agua fría y el jalón de orejas a Jaua todavía lo debe de sentir.

La información que publica el diario español dice así “Kerry llamó a Jaua el viernes por la noche, horas después de que Snowden hiciera público un comunicado en el que aceptaba el asilo político ofrecido por Venezuela, aunque expresaba su imposibilidad momentánea de trasladarse a ese país. 

Con un lenguaje duro, según describen fuentes conocedoras de la conversación, Kerry trasladó a Jaua la extrema importancia que EE.UU…

Mangoes: The True Caribbean Currency

July 20, 2013 | 6:00 am 

By Nigel Spence
CJ Contributor

FROM MY YEARS as a youth, to the present — an older youth (no comment), one thing has never ceased to amaze me; the power and value of a Mango.

In the Caribbean, mangoes have enterprised and developed into their own form of currency. In fact, many a deal has been sealed, not with a kiss, but with a cardboard box full of juicy, ripe, sweet-smelling mangoes.

This is not a myth, my friends, as I can most assuredly attest to this from my own experiences.

I remember clearly, one Saturday afternoon, while on summer holidays from school in Jamaica, a group of us were playing around the house and had a sudden clamoring for ice cream.

No one in the group had any money to buy this delightful treat and, as we had been less than good “do” bees (a saying famous from TV’s “Romper Room” days), the parents declined to underwrite our yearning for ice cream.

Our yard boasted over seven mango trees, comprising a variety of Julie, East Indian, Blackie and a…