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Central America News - 10/01/2014
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10/01/2014 -  Kissinger drew up plans to attack Cuba, records show - 02:35 AM

Nearly 40 years ago, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger mapped out secret contingency plans to launch airstrikes against Havana and "smash Cuba," newly disclosed government documents show. Kissinger was so irked by Cuba's military incursion into Angola that in 1976 he convened a top-secret group of senior officials to work out possible retaliatory measures in case Cuba deployed forces to other African nations, according to documents declassified by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library at the request of the National Security Archive, a research group.

09/30/2014 -  Some answers please, Madam PM - 10:56 PM

IT is very rare, if ever, for a small island state to be invited by the world's current sole superpower, US, to co-sponsor a resolution of the United Nations Security Council to combat global terrorism. Yet this is exactly what happened last Tuesday between superpower US - the world's primary military/industrial complex and the Caribbean Community's small, cosmopolitan and comparatively wealthy member state - Trinidad and Tobago.

09/30/2014 -  Jeremy Roloff Honeymooning in Jamaica-See the Pics, and Watch... - 07:11 PM

Shortly after Jeremy Roloff and Audrey Botti said their I-dos on the family farm in Oregon, the Little People, Big World stars are beginning to celebrate with a stunning tropical vacation. "Greetings from Jamaica, yamon!" Jeremy shared on Instagram while staying at the Couples Resort in Negril.

09/30/2014 -  Bahamas strikes tough tone on immigration at UN - 03:12 PM

The foreign minister of the Bahamas said Tuesday his country is determined to control illegal immigration, saying that allowing it to balloon could be a "recipe for civil strife." Frederick Mitchell struck a tough tone during his speech at the U.N. General Assembly, less than two weeks after his government announced a measure making it harder for migrants to work in the island chain.

09/30/2014 -  Cruise Ship Worker Who Beat, Raped Passenger Before Trying to Throw Her Into the Ocean Pleads Guilty - 11:18 AM

Ketut Pujayasa, an Indonesian citizen accused of beating, raping, and trying to throw a female passenger off a nudist cruise ship last Valentine's Day, has pleaded guilty before a federal judge.

09/30/2014 -  Gay Rights in Trinidad & Tobago Are Once Again Out of Reach as Prime Minister Backpedals - 07:27 AM

See all those languages up there? We translate Global Voices stories to make the world's citizen media available to everyone. Photo of the front page of the Trinidad Guardian by FREEPRIDE.

09/30/2014 -  Chikungunya Spreading in Latin America - 03:36 AM

An excruciating mosquito-borne illness that arrived less than a year ago in the Americas is raging across the region, leaping from the Caribbean to the Central and South American mainland, and infecting more than 1 million people. Some cases have already emerged in the United States.

09/29/2014 -  Buoyant future for Bridgetown Port and employees through Competency-Based Training - 11:53 PM

A docker sees a buoyant future for himself at the Bridgetown Port due, in large part, to receiving his Caribbean Vocational Qualification in Stevedoring Foundation Skills at Level 1, and being among the first six employees there to do so. Marcellus Louis , 49, is the first to admit that he thought the on-the-job training which required him to master and effectively demonstrate skills would have been challenging but he declares: " It's the best thing that could have happened to me ."

09/29/2014 -  Man jailed in Cuba maintains innocence - 08:06 PM

A 74-year-old Canadian businessman sentenced in Cuba to 15 years in prison on corruption-related charges is determined to clear his name, his son said Monday during an emotional plea for his father's release. Cy Tokmakjian, who owns the Ontario-based automotive company Tokmakjian Group, and two Canadians working for his company have been sentenced to long prison terms, the firm said, calling them victims of a campaign by Havana's Communist government to rid the country of what it calls a culture of bribes.

09/29/2014 -  DHS Changed Regulation That May Have Stopped Machete Murder - 04:16 PM

In July of 2011, Cristian Zamora, a 19-year-old illegal alien from El Salvador, was cited for driving without a valid driver's license in Walker County, Texas, by a Texas Department of Public Safety officer. According to the police incident report, Zamora arrived at the scene of a crash that was already under investigation in order to pick up family members, "lied about how he got to [the] scene," and was ultimately found to be driving without a valid license.

09/29/2014 -  Bookie sued over missing cash - 09:28 AM

THE Government's "red-tape reduction program" was simply a way to increase gambling revenues, according to an Anglican Church report. WITH the raised terror threat police have been instructed to go armed at all times - and our top cop is leading from the hip.

09/29/2014 -  Great girlfriend getaways to the Caribbean - 05:44 AM

A diamond may be a girl's best friend but a women's-only getaway in the Caribbean is worth gold. Great girlfriend getaways to the Caribbean A diamond may be a girl's best friend but a women's-only getaway in the Caribbean is worth gold.

09/28/2014 -  Canada commits to supporting justice reforms in Jamaica - 10:50 PM

Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding , shares a light moment with : Chief Justice Zalia McCalla; Canadian High Commissioner, Robert Ready; Senior Director for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development , Dr Gail Miller; and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer. Occasion was the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation programme partnership breakfast meeting held on Wednesday.

09/28/2014 -  Who loves it the most? - 04:08 PM

Hermitage is a small village in south Trinidad and, according to Google Trends, it has the highest ratio of people searching for pornography on the Internet. In 2008, Trinidad and Tobago topped Google's list of countries with people using the search word "porn" on a per capita basis.

09/28/2014 -  Global crackdown on tax havens fails to sway Australian companies - 09:27 AM

Australia's top companies have been unswayed by a global crackdown on corporate tax avoidance, with almost 60 per cent of the top 200 listed companies holding subsidiaries in tax havens or low-tax jurisdictions. Data also shows some companies that promised to get out of tax havens have actually added to their offshore subsidiaries.

09/28/2014 -  Arrested Catholic Archbishop's computer contained over 100,000 images of children - 02:53 AM

Vatican detectives analyzing a computer used a by an archbishop arrested earlier this week discovered over 86,000 pornographic photos and 160 sexually explicit video files of children, reports the International Business Times . Former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, 66, was arrested at the Vatican earlier this week on charges that he paid to have sex with minors when he was a papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic from 2008 to 2012.

09/27/2014 -  Cuba sentences Canadian CEO to 15 years on financial charges - 08:12 PM

A Cuban court has sentenced Canadian executive Cy Tokmakjian to 15 years in prison for bribery and other economic charges in a case his company and Western diplomats have called a chilling development for potential foreign investors. Two of his aides from the Tokmakjian Group received sentences of 12 and 8 years, and Cuba seized about $100 million worth of the company's assets, the Ontario-based transportation firm said in a statement.


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