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NARCO ESTADO DE CUBAZUELA : Acercamiento EEUU-Cuba le ‘mueve el piso’ a política exterior de Maduro


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Los mandatarios de Cuba y Venezuela, Raúl Castro (i) y Nicolás Maduro (d), hablan durante la sesión plenaria de la XIII Cumbre de la Alianza para los Pueblos de América (ALBA) el domingo 14 de diciembre de 2014, en La Habana (Cuba). En su discurso inaugural Castro, expresó su "solidaridad" con Venezuela así como su "más enérgica condena" ante las nuevas sanciones anunciadas por Estados Unidos contra el país sudamericano.ALEJANDRO ERNESTO EFE


El restablecimiento de relaciones diplomáticas entre Cuba y Estados Unidos “le mueve el piso” a la política del presidente venezolano Nicolás Maduro, que podría verse obligado a replantear su discurso, señalaron este miércoles varios analistas.

“Este anuncio le mueve el piso al gobierno de Maduro en su política hacia Estados Unidos, e incluso el discurso político interno, que se fundamentaba en gran medida en la lucha anti-imperialista y la condena al bloqueo estadoun…


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U.S.-Cuba Relations Thaw Amid Prisoner Exchange

December 17, 2014 | 15:34 GMT

Supporters rally on behalf of Alan Gross across from the White House in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 3, 2013.(PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)


On Dec. 17, the Cuban government released former U.S. contractor Alan Gross in exchange for three Cuban spies who have been held in the United States since 1998. 

Havana also released a U.S. intelligence source who has been held in Cuba for nearly 20 years and, at the United States’ behest, 53 prisoners held in Cuba. 

U.S. President Barack Obama is set to make an announcement later today concerning the exchange and the United States' new policy toward Cuba. 

Obama is expected to declare a relaxation of restrictions on banking transactions, trade and travel to Cuba. The United States could also move to take Cuba off its list of state sponsors of terrorism.

The prisoner release, w…

Opinion: LA Times’ Mexican investigation reveals blight on produce sector

December 16th, 2014

By Fresh Fruit Portal editor Matthew Ogg

Mexico, I’ve never really been so I don’t really know. 

These lyrics from James Taylor fill my head as I try to address the delicate subjects of exploitation, indentured servitude and child labor that exist on some of the country’s farms, as revealed by the Los Angeles Times ‘ recent four-part investigative report ‘Product of Mexico’.

In a nation known for its drug-related violence, a dismal corruption perceptions index and a third of its population living in ‘moderate’ poverty at best, it should come as no surprise that some of the society’s most vulnerable people would fall prey to the practices described.

But I was surprised, and I was appalled that such pertinent issues had been swept under the rug and ignored for so long. 

As a member of the press who reports regularly on the Mexican produce industry, I felt like I was a part of the process for not having covered it myself. 

That shock then turned to disappointment. 

** How can…

Oil now officially cheaper than water as price collapse threatens financial security

Analysts call current barrel cost 'unsustainably low'


Tuesday 16 December 2014

The price of oil has spectacularly collapsed, affecting not just Vladimir Putin’s plans for world domination but also every single person in the UK.

There are a number of ways this can be represented – but perhaps the simplest is to say that oil by the barrel is now cheaper than bottled water.

That’s the verdict if you compare the current, shockingly low price of below $60 (£38) per barrel for Brent crude, and the cost of a (value!) multipack of six, 1.5-litre Evian natural mineral water bottles.

The £3.80 water pack works out at about 42p per litre – some 40 per cent cheaper than oil at 24p a litre.

John Kemp, a market analyst for Reuters, pointed out the bizarre state of affairs on Twitter and said not only that the current oil price represented“an unsustainable low level” – but that it was “impossible to predict how low prices might fall”.

Evian natural mineral water six-pack, as listed on…