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A CIA Insider on Cuba

William Ross Newland III

Managing Director, The Delian Group LLC



Dec 18, 2014








I was based in Havana, Cuba as the CIA's Chief of Station from 1994-1996, and since then I have followed developments in Cuba closely.




 Cuba 'gets under your skin' and you cannot leave the place without taking an interest in Cuba's future. 


Over the years U.S. efforts at rapprochement were often rebuffed, and Cuban efforts at reform were too modest and usually abandoned.




The simultaneous announcements by President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro that the U.S. and Cuba would normalize relations presents the best opportunity in many years for the U.S. to improve relations in the hemisphere. 




For too long U.S. involvement in the region has been characterized by admonishments and criticism related to narcotics trafficking, human rights, and immigration. 


Positive engagement with a more diverse and mature Latin American hemisphere will enable the U.S. to advance its interests and limit Russian, Chin…

ORGANIZED CRIME & PRODUCE EXPORTS : Honduran brothers charged in cocaine-trafficking case

DRUG TRAFFICKING




MATT ZAPOTOSKY | THE WASHINGTON POST 




7 HOURS AGO






A plane prepares to take off from a Honduran Air Force base with alleged drug traffickers Luis Miguel and Alonso Arnulfo Valle, in Tegucigalpa, on Dec. 18, 2014. Both were extradited last Wednesday to the United States.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two brothers believed to be leaders of one of the most prolific cocaine-trafficking organizations in Central America were charged in a massive drug conspiracy case unsealed Friday in U.S. federal district court in Alexandria, Virginia.







In the indictment, Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle, 42, and Luis Alonso Valle Valle, 45, both of Honduras, were accused of directing the Valle drug-trafficking organization, which federal authorities say moved tons of cocaine into the United States, netting millions of dollars.




 The indictment says the brothers’ organization maintained an “arsenal of firearms,” influenced public officials in Honduras, and used kidnapping and murder to advance th…

OIL SUPPLIES WILL BE AROUND LONG AFTER MONETARY RESERVES ARE DEPLETED BY 2018 AT CURRENT PRICES

SHANE FERRO


DEC. 18, 2014, 11:57 AM











RBC

This chart from RBC Capital Markets' Helima Croft shows the proven oil reserves for the biggest oil-producing countries around the world.











Despite Saudi Arabia's huge reserves, RBC writes that "a policy of keeping prices low for the prolonged period needed to put US shale producers out of business would essentially eliminate the country's reserves
According to the International Monetary Fund, if oil prices fall $25 below the Fund's $100-$105 reference case, with no spending adjustment, Saudi government reserves will be entirely depleted by 2018."










If the Saudis are screwed by 2018, every other country on this list that relies heavily on oil revenue to balance its budget is probably going to see reserves depleted before then.













Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-proven-oil-reserves-2014-12#ixzz3MTYOkdGq






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